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October 22, 2013
12:22 EDTDD, RSH, WHR, TRV, LXK, UTX, NFLX, COH, DALOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after the delayed jobs report for September showed employers added a disappointing 148,000 jobs in the month, though the unemployment rate edged further down toward 7%. Though the jobs data missed the mark it is already dated and did represent the 43rd consecutive month of employment growth, which was enough to push the S&P to its fourth consecutive day hitting an all-time high. ECONOMIC EVENTS: The Labor Department's previously delayed employment report for September showed the economy added 148,000 jobs in September, well below analystsí expectations for 185,000 and down from the nearly 200,000 jobs added in the prior month. The unemployment rate, however, dipped to 7.2% from 7.3%. The Richmond Fed's manufacturing index inched up to 1 in October from a 0 reading in the prior month. Construction spending rose 0.6% in August, beating expectations for it to have grown 0.4% during the month. COMPANY NEWS: Netflix (NFLX) last night reported stronger than expected quarterly results and the stock opened nearly 10% higher this morning. But the shares were down about 4% near noon, after several analysts warned that the stock may not be attractive following its rapid and steep rally... Among the many companies reporting earnings last night and this morning were three members of the Dow Jones Industrial Index: DuPont (DD), Travelers (TRV), and United Technologies (UTX). All three reported headline earnings that beat consensus, though UTX also narrowed its full-year profit forecast and saw its shares slide nearly 1% near noon. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was appliance maker Whirlpool (WHR), which rallied over 11% after the company's adjusted earnings beat forecasts and it raised its full year profit outlook. Also higher following their earnings reports were printer maker and business service provider Lexmark (LXK), which rose 7%, and Delta Air Lines (DAL), which advanced 4%. Among the noteworthy losers following their earnings reports were electronics retailer RadioShack (RSH), which dropped over 23%, and handbag maker Coach (COH), which fell almost 8%. INDEXES: Near noon, the Dow was up 60.75, or 0.39%, to 15,452.95; the Nasdaq was up 6.63, or 0.17%, to 3,926.68; and the S&P 500 was up 8.29, or 0.48%, to 1,752.95.
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May 13, 2015
08:51 EDTDDTrian says 'appears Trian nominees not elected to DuPont board'
Trian Fund Management, L.P., one of the largest stockholders of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, which beneficially owns approximately 24.6 million DuPont shares, said it appears that the Trian nominees were not elected to the DuPont Board at todayís Annual Meeting of Stockholders. Trian issued the following statement: "Trianís involvement in DuPont over the past two years has created substantial value for all stockholders. We are proud of the quality of our analysis and the role we have played as a positive change agent at DuPont. Since we first invested in mid-2013, DuPont has upgraded its Board of Directors, authorized a $5 billion share buyback, begun a long-overdue cost cutting initiative, improved the design of its executive compensation program, and announced the separation of Chemours with a $4 billion return of capital. We donít believe these actions would have happened without our involvement. The vote was close. We greatly appreciate the support we received from the vast majority of institutional stockholders and mutual funds as well as the leading proxy advisory firms, who all recognize the need for change at DuPont. DuPontís Board and management team have staked their reputations on executing the Companyís current strategy. Our efforts have created appropriate pressure to prove this strategy can actually deliver high quality and consistent earnings growth. Regardless of the voting results, we believe that going forward, DuPont stockholders will be less tolerant of continued missed earnings guidance, extraordinary charges, value-destructive acquisitions and divestitures, executive compensation that is not aligned with performance, and operating metrics such as revenue growth and margins that fail to meet DuPontís own targets. We will continue to closely monitor DuPontís performance.Ē
08:31 EDTDDDuPont seen winning close proxy fight, CNBC's Faber reports
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08:29 EDTDDDuPont seen winning proxy fight, CNBC's Faber reports
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07:16 EDTNFLXMoffett Nathanson to hold a summit
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07:13 EDTDALBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
2015 Transportation Conference is being held in Boston on May 13-14.
07:04 EDTDALDelta Air Lines to return additional $6B to shareholders through 2017
Delta's board announced a new $5B share repurchase program, to be completed no later than December 31, 2017. In addition, the company's quarterly dividend will increase by 50% to 13.5c per share beginning in the September 2015 quarter. These two programs are expected to return more than $6B to shareholders through 2017. The company also announced that it is on track to complete the remaining $725M of its prior $2 billion share repurchase authorization by June 30. When this authorization is completed, Delta will have returned a total of $3B in dividends and share repurchases since announcing its initial program two years ago. Going forward, the company intends to return at least 50% of free cash flow to shareholders through 2017. The new $5B repurchase authorization and 50% increase to the quarterly dividend approved by Delta's board are expected to return more than $6B to shareholders through 2017. Delta ended the March 2015 quarter with $7.4B of adjusted net debt, a reduction of $2B since the end of 2013 and roughly $10B since the company began its debt reduction efforts in 2009. The company has set a target to achieve and maintain $4B of adjusted net debt by year end 2017. This debt level is expected to result in annual net interest expense of ~$200M, a $1.1B reduction compared to 2009. Since 2009, Delta has increased its pension plan assets by $1.7 billion, net of $5.2 billion in distributions, through a combination of contributions and asset returns. The company plans to maintain its current $1 billion annual funding level through 2020, with a goal of achieving 80% funded status by that date. Delta made a one-time additional $200M contribution in 2015, for a total contribution of $1.2B for the year, to keep the company on track to achieve its 2020 target.
06:55 EDTNFLXInsiders speculate bidding war to erupt over AOL, Business Insider reports
The consensus speculation from investment bankers, hedge fund traders and people close to AOL (AOL) is that another company will emerge and offer a price for AOL that is higher than $50 per share, reports Business Insider. The potential suitors include Time Warner (TWX), Comcast (CMCSA), Yahoo (YHOO), Alibaba (BABA), Softbank (SFTBF), AT&T (T), Netflix (NFLX) and Apple (AAPL). Reference Link
May 12, 2015
09:38 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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09:19 EDTUTXBombardier teams up with Pratt & Whitney
Bombardier announced that it has teamed up with Pratt & Whitney to develop and implement a data management service for the CSeries aircraft - part of the overall Bombardier Aircraft Health Management System, or AHMS, capable of transmitting real-time and recorded data from the aircraft. The AHMS will facilitate remote troubleshooting and deliver efficient and accurate diagnostics for use by maintenance and flight crews. Under this agreement, Pratt & Whitney's eFAST system will be the infrastructure unit used to perform data transmissions from the CSeries aircraft's on-board Health Management Unit to the ground. Along with Bombardier, they will make up the data acquisition structure which will automatically download, process and store data that will be available for upload to respective customer portals. Pratt & Whitney's is a subsidiary of United Technologies .
09:07 EDTUTXPratt & Whitney signs data management service agreement with Bombardier
Bombardier (BDRBF) announced that it has teamed up with Pratt & Whitney, a United Technologies (UTX) company, to develop and implement a data management service for the CSeries aircraft - part of the overall Bombardier Aircraft Health Management System, or AHMS, capable of transmitting real-time and recorded data from the aircraft. The AHMS will facilitate remote troubleshooting and deliver efficient and accurate diagnostics for use by maintenance and flight crews. Under this agreement, Pratt & Whitney's eFAST system will be the infrastructure unit used to perform data transmissions from the CSeries aircraft's on-board Health Management Unit, or HMU, to the ground. Along with Bombardier, they will make up the data acquisition structure which will automatically download, process and store data that will be available for upload to respective customer portals.
08:07 EDTNFLXSunTrust to hold a conference
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06:51 EDTUTXFinmeccanica not interested in bidding for Sikorsky, Reuters reports
Finmeccanica said yesterday that it is not interested in bidding for United Technologies' Sikorsky unit, Reuters reports. United Technologies is considering its options for Sikorsky, including whether to spin the unit off. Reference Link
06:49 EDTLXKLexmark considered inversion transaction before deciding to buy Kofax, WSJ says
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06:02 EDTNFLXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LNKD NFLX
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05:26 EDTDDDuPont issues statement regarding Trian's statements
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May 11, 2015
16:00 EDTNFLX, DALOptions Update; May 11, 2015
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12:28 EDTDDPeltz says 'we don't even think of not winning' DuPont proxy contest
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12:24 EDTDDPeltz says chances for last minute deal with DuPont 'dim'
Nelson Peltz says he wants to be collaborative with DuPont, adding that he is restricted in his comments about DuPont due to legal reasons as his proxy fight with the company continues. Peltz, however, said the prospects for a last minute settlement with DuPont are "very dim" and that his last talks with DuPont were weeks ago. Peltz said he and Trian are committed to maintaining R&D levels at DuPont. Nelson Peltz of Trian Fund Management is speaking on CNBC.
11:32 EDTDDDuPont indicates support from CalPERS, others for board nominees
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06:33 EDTNFLXTV networks worried amid tough competition from digital outlets, NY Times says
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