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June 27, 2014
16:27 EDTNKE, DD, FINL, MNKD, MTW, DG, AMEDOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher after a late day rise allowed all of the major averages to end the week on a high note. The averages began the session in negative territory but soon turned mixed. The Nasdaq was able to hold its head above water for most of the session while the Dow struggled for most of the day under the weight of DuPont (DD) shares, which were down more than 3% after the company lowered its guidance. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the final University of Michigan consumer sentiment index for June rose to 82.5, which beat the consensus expectation for a reading of 81.9. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of athletic apparel and footwear giant Nike (NKE) and sports shoe retailer Finish Line (FINL) climbed after both companies reported better than expected quarterly sales and profits. Dow member Nike rose 82c, or 1.07%, to $77.68, while Finish Line advanced 41c, or 1.41%, to $29.56... Another member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, DuPont, moved in the opposite direction, falling $2.26, or 3.34%, to $65.44 after the industrial conglomerate cut its earnings outlook for its second quarter and its current fiscal year. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Amedisys (AMED), which rose $4.01, or 29.81%, to $17.46 and was upgraded at CRT Capital after the company gave Q2 guidance. Also higher was Manitowoc (MTW), which gained $3.22, or 10.84%, to $32.93 and was upgraded to Hold at Jefferies after activist Relational Investors took an 8.5% stake in the company and urged for a spin-off of its food business. Among the noteworthy losers was discount retailer Dollar General (DG), which fell $4.49, or 7.28%, to $57.19 after Chief Executive Officer Rick Dreiling announced plans to retire. Also lower were shares of MannKind (MNKD), which dropped 58c, or 5.48%, to $10.00 after the FDA approved its Afrezza inhalation powder to treat diabetes but required the drug to have a Boxed Warning and required the company to conduct several post-marketing studies on the drug. INDEXES: The Dow was up 5.71, or 0.03%, to 16,851.84, the Nasdaq was up 18.88, or 0.43%, to 4,397.93, and the S&P 500 was up 3.74, or 0.19%, to 1,960.96.
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July 23, 2014
10:02 EDTDDOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: 21st Century Fox (FOXA) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Brinker (EAT) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Cubist (CBST) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities... DiamondRock (DRH) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... DuPont (DD) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... FirstMerit (FMER) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Helmerich & Payne (HP) downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at Tudor Pickering... Hexcel (HXL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Juniper (JNPR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... King Digital (KING) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... Lexmark (LXK) downgraded at Raymond James... McDonald's (MCD) downgraded at RW Baird... Mead Johnson (MJN) downgraded to Outperform from Buy at CLSA... National Oilwell (NOV) downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at Tudor Pickering... Nintendo (NTDOY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Raytheon (RTN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Bernstein... Targa Resources (TRGP) downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at Global Hunter... Time Warner (TWX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Timmins Gold (TGD) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... United Technologies (UTX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Viacom (VIAB) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Xilinx (XLNX) downgraded at BMO Capital.
06:14 EDTDDDuPont to lay off 'low single digits' of employees, Bloomberg reports
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06:04 EDTDDDuPont downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
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July 22, 2014
16:36 EDTDDOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:32 EDTMTWManitowoc receives favorable initial determination in patent infringement suit
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12:29 EDTDDOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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09:47 EDTDDDuPont confident in profitable Q4 due to strong crop protection business
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08:37 EDTDDDuPont sees Nutrition and Health to have modest growth in Q3
Q3 Nutrition and Health operating earnings to be higher due to higher sales, mix enrichment and productivity. Sees Q3 Industrial Biosciences sales to up be modestly on continued enzyme demand in ethanol production. Sees Q3 Safety & Protection sales to be up modestly reflecting continuing demand by Asia and North America. Sees Q3 Electronics and Communications to have increased global photovoltaic module installations with mid-teens growth rate. Expects strong 2H in PV driven by installations in China. Q3 Electronics and Communications sales are expected to be slightly higher with operating earnings slightly lower. Sees Q3 Performance Materials sales flat due to GLS/Vinyls sale. Sees Q3 Performance Chemicals sales essentially flat. Sees 2H14 Agriculture sales to be modestly higher due to growth in insecticide volumes. Sees a similar Q3 loss as prior year followed by a strong Q4 for Agriculture. Comments taken from slides for Q2 earnings conference call.
07:17 EDTDDNational Association for Business Economics to hold a seminar
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06:41 EDTDDDuPont up 4.2% after reporting Q2 results, increase in quarterly dividend
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06:07 EDTDDDuPont says Performance Chemicals separation still on track for mid-2015
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06:04 EDTDDDuPont backs FY14 EPS view of $4.00-$4.10, consensus $4.03
DuPont's FY14 EPS guidance is based on expected growth in global industrial market demand.
06:03 EDTDDDuPont sees Q3 EPS $1.25-$1.35, may not compare to consensus 60c
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06:02 EDTDDDuPont reports Q2 EPS $1.17, consensus $1.17
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05:58 EDTDDDuPont raises Q3 dividend by 4% to 47c per share
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July 21, 2014
16:00 EDTDGOptions Update; July 21, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 65c to 28.53. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB NFLX DG CMCSA GILD PBR TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
15:30 EDTDDNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Verizon (VZ), consensus 90c; Coca-Cola (KO), consensus 63c; Comcast (CMCSA), consensus 72c; United Technologies (UTX), consensus $1.70; McDonald's (MCD), consensus $1.44; Altria Group (MO), consensus 66c; du Pont (DD), consensus $1.17; Lockheed Martin (LMT), consensus $2.66; Kimberly-Clark (KMB), consensus $1.50; Travelers (TRV), consensus $2.07; Ingersoll-Rand (IR), consensus $1.11; State Street (STT), consensus $1.26; TD Ameritrade (AMTD), consensus 34c; Harley-Davidson (HOG), consensus $1.46; Polaris Industries (PII), consensus $1.39; Crocs (CROX), consensus 31c.
13:23 EDTDGHigh option volume stocks: RFMD LCI MR PII DG CTRL
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July 18, 2014
16:03 EDTMNKDOptions Update; July 18, 2014
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11:47 EDTMNKDStocks with call strike movement; BBRY MNKD
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