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February 20, 2013
12:35 EDTTSS, OMX, MM, NTSP, ODP, HNR, CATOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday following the release of several domestic economic reports and ahead of the minutes from the last FOMC meeting. The averages drifted quietly with little direction in the early part of the session, but weakened following rumors that a sizable commodity hedge fund was in trouble and was forced to liquidate. Details of that rumored collapse were scarce, though crude prices were down over 2% in midday trading... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Commerce Department figures showed total housing starts dropped 8.5% to a 890K rate in January, which was less than forecast. However, building permits were up 1.8% in the month, versus expectations for an increase of 1.2%. Producer prices in January rose 0.2%, versus expectations for an increase of 0.3%. The core producer price inflation figure, which excludes volatile food and energy components, rose 0.2%, which was in line with expectations. Also, the Federal Reserve is scheduled to release the minutes from its Jan. 29-30 meeting at 2pm ET... COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Office Depot (ODP) and OfficeMax (OMX) both declined after confirming their previously rumored plan to merge, but the announcement took a strange turn. Office Depot inadvertently announced the deal early as part of its earnings report, though both companies confirmed the merger in press releases later in the morning. Following the confirmation of the all-stock deal, Office Depot fell 14%, while OfficeMax slid nearly 4%... Dow member Caterpillar (CAT) declined almost 2% after disclosing that global retail machine sales dropped 4% in the three months through January, continuing a trend of declining sales that began in the prior month... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was NetSpend (NTSP), which rose over 28% to $15.79 after agreeing to be acquired by Total Systems (TSS) for $16 per share. Shares of buyer Total Systems slipped more than 6%. Also lower were shares Harvest Natural Resources (HNR), down over 38% after its agreement to sell interests in Venezuela was terminated, and Millennial Media (MM), which fell 36% after its quarterly report and a downgrade of the stock at Morgan Stanley... INDICES: Near midday, the Dow was down 18.97, or 0.14%, to 14,016.70; the Nasdaq was down 17.42, or 0.54%, to 3,196.17; and the S&P 500 was down 6.17, or 0.40%, to 1,524.77.
News For ODP;OMX;CAT;NTSP;TSS;HNR;MM From The Last 14 Days
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January 28, 2016
08:33 EDTCATOptions expected to be active
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07:36 EDTCATCaterpillar Financial reports Q4 revenue $648M, profit after tax $114M
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07:35 EDTCATCaterpillar sees FY16 Energy & Transportation sales to decline 10%-15%
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07:35 EDTCATCaterpillar sees FY16 EPS excluding restructuring costs $4.00, consensus $3.48
Expects restructuring costs in 2016 to be about $400M or about 50c per share.
07:34 EDTCATCaterpillar sees FY16 EPS $3.50, consensus $3.48
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07:33 EDTCATCaterpillar does not anticipate improvement in world economy, commodity prices
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07:33 EDTCATCaterpillar reports Q4 EPS excluding items 74c, consensus 69c
Reports Q4 revenue $11B, consensus $11.43B.
05:20 EDTODPStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; HLF ODP
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Herbalife (HLF) 63, Office Depot (ODP) 94 according to iVolatility.
January 27, 2016
14:34 EDTCATNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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12:26 EDTCATCaterpillar volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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11:44 EDTCATEarnings Watch: Analysts cautious on Caterpillar ahead of Q4 results
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10:23 EDTODPOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:04 EDTCATCaterpillar falls, levels to watch
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10:00 EDTTSSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: BG Group (BRGYY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi... Bill Barrett (BBG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Brown & Brown (BRO) downgraded to Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG... Canadian National (CNI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... DreamWorks (DWA) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Topeka... FirstMerit (FMER) downgraded at RBC Capital... Gentex (GNTX) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Haverty Furniture (HVT) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... Hercules Technology (HTGC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Horizon Technology (HRZN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Installed Building downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... Jarden (JAH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... K+S (KPLUF) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Berenberg... La-Z-Boy (LZB) downgraded at BB&T... Legacy Reserves (LGCY) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Medivation (MDVN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Merck (MRK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Metaldyne Performance (MPG) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Pier 1 Imports (PIR) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... Priceline (PCLN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Profire Energy (PFIE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Chardan... Regeneron (REGN) downgraded to Hold at Canaccord... Starwood (HOT) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA... Swiss Re (SSREY) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... TSYS (TSS) downgraded to Equal-Weight from Overweight at First Analysis... Talmer Bancorp (TLMR) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... TopBuild (BLD) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... TripAdvisor (TRIP) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... VMware (VMW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Summit Research... W.R. Grace (GRA) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... WEC Energy (WEC) downgraded to Neutral from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Welltower (HCN) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Yamana Gold (AUY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan.
09:12 EDTCATCaterpillar reports retail machines sales down 16% in three months end December
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06:53 EDTTSSTSYS downgraded to Equal-Weight from Overweight at First Analysis
06:32 EDTTSSTSYS downgraded to Equal-Weight from Overweight at First Analysis
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January 26, 2016
16:22 EDTTSSTSYS sees FY16 adjusted EPS $2.56-$2.62, consensus $2.63
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16:21 EDTTSSTSYS reports Q4 adjusted EPS 57c, consensus 60c
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16:20 EDTTSSTSYS acquires TransFirst for $2.35B in cash
TSYS announced it has entered into a definitive agreement with Vista Equity Partners to acquire TransFirst, a Vista portfolio company and U.S. merchant solutions provider, in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $2.35B. The board of TSYS has approved the transaction, which is expected to close in Q2 of 2016, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. TSYS expects the transaction to be accretive in the low double digits to adjusted EPS for the first twelve-month period following closing, excluding one-time acquisition-related fees and expenses. Effective with the closing of the transaction, Mark Pyke, senior executive vice president and president of the TSYS Merchant segment, will be leaving TSYS after six years of service to pursue a new professional challenge in the payments industry. John Shlonsky will assume Pyke's duties and responsibilities for the combined businesses at that time.
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