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February 20, 2013
12:35 EDTHNR, CAT, TSS, OMX, MM, NTSP, ODPOn 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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November 21, 2014
12:10 EDTCATCaterpillar jumps after Stifel puts Buy rating on shares
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10:01 EDTCATOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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05:59 EDTCATCaterpillar initiated with a Buy at Stifel
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November 20, 2014
09:20 EDTCATCaterpillar reports retail machines sales down 9% in three months end October
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November 19, 2014
11:56 EDTODPStaples rallies after Q3 results beat estimates
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10:00 EDTTSSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Beacon Roofing (BECN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc... BlackBerry (BBRY) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Consolidated Edison (ED) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Denbury Resources (DNR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... Synchronoss (SNCR) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at RW Baird... Total System (TSS) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Movado (MOV) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Barrington... Transocean Partners (RIGP) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Seadrill Partners (SDLP) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Petrobras (PBR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS.
06:10 EDTTSSTotal System downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman
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November 17, 2014
10:02 EDTODPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:21 EDTODPOffice Depot downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
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November 14, 2014
10:00 EDTTSSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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05:42 EDTTSSTotal System downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities
JMP Securities downgraded Total System Services to Market Perform saying the proposed rules by the CFPB are an "unambiguous effort" to ban overdraft fees on pre-paid cards. JMP views the shares as fairly valued at current levels.
November 13, 2014
15:01 EDTTSSTotal System announces new licensing agreement with Fair Isaac
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10:16 EDTODPOffice Depot, OfficeMax stores to open at 6pm on Thanksgiving Day
Office Depot and OfficeMax retail stores will be open from 6-9 p.m. local time on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27, and will re-open on Black Friday, Nov. 28, at 8 a.m.
09:01 EDTMMInterpublic Group, Millennial Media announce yearlong global partnership
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November 12, 2014
09:54 EDTCATCaterpillar reaffirms 2014 EPS outlook about $6.50, consensus $6.56
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November 7, 2014
07:15 EDTODPOffice Depot management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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