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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
16:20 EDTCATOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street gained after China's central bank cut interest rates for the first time in over two years to bolster its economy. Additionally, the head of Europe's central bank said he was determined to do what is needed to ensure the area's economy does not once again fall into crisis. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Kansas City Fed manufacturing index for November had a reading of 7, compared to the consensus forecast for a reading of 6. In Asia, the People's Bank of China unexpectedly cut interest rates, slashing the one-year lending rate by 40 basis points and the one-year deposit rate by 25 basis points. The move, which was the central bank's first interest rate cut since 2012, surprised markets around the globe. In Europe, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said indicators have been declining to levels he would deem "excessively low" and that he is determined to use more aggressive measures, such as large scale asset purchases, as needed. COMPANY NEWS: Microsoft (MSFT) was the worst performer on the Dow after Jefferies initiated coverage of the stock with an Underperform rating. Microsoft's stock has rallied 30% in the last year, but the company is still facing the same fundamental problems as in previous years, Jefferies analyst John DiFucci wrote. He set a $40 price target on the shares, which slipped 74c, or 1.5%, to $47.97. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Ross Stores (ROST), which advanced $6.06, or 7.28%, to $89.27 after the company reported stronger than expected Q3 results. Also higher were shares of Caterpillar (CAT), which rose $4.36, or 4.27%, to $106.45 amid the quantitative easing actions taken abroad and after research firm Stifel initiated coverage of the stock with a Buy rating. Among the noteworthy losers was GameStop (GME), which sunk $5.68, or 13.05%, to $37.86 after the video game retailer's third quarter results, as well as its fourth quarter and full year profit forecasts, trailed consensus estimates. Also lower were shares of The Gap (GPS), which dropped $1.68, or 4.19%, to $38.46 after the owner of Banana Republic, Old Navy and its namesake clothing brand lowered its fiscal year profit outlook. INDEXES: The Dow rose 91.06, or 0.5%, to 17,810.06, the Nasdaq gained 11.10, or 0.24%, to 4,712.97, and the S&P 500 added 10.75, or 0.52%, to 2,063.50.
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.

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