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February 20, 2013
16:52 EDTNTSP, TRI, HNR, CHTP, OMX, TSS, CAT, ODPOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower as each of the major averages dropped after the minutes from the last FOMC meeting indicated several Fed members are ready to vary the pace of bond buying... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., 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. The minutes from the FOMC's Jan 29-30 meeting, released at 2 pm ET, said that several Fed members are concerned about the costs and risks of additional asset purchases. Several members of the committee said the Fed should be prepared to vary the pace of asset purchases, as the committee members continued to see moderate economic growth and gradually declining unemployment... COMPANY NEWS: The Office Depot (ODP) and OfficeMax (OMX) merger, reported over the long holiday weekend by the Wall Street Journal, was formally announced by the companies. However, the confirmation was inadvertently released on Office Depot's website ahead of the joint announcement, an error for which Thomson Reuters (TRI) later took responsibility. Shares of both companies, which had run-up after the WSJ story, declined following the confirmation, with Office Depot losing 84c, or 16.73%, to $4.18 and OfficeMax falling $91c, or 7%, to $12.09... Dow member Caterpillar (CAT) dropped $2.38, or 2.49%, to $93.22 after disclosing that global retail machine sales were down 4% in the three month rolling period ending January 31... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were shares of Chelsea Therapeutics (CHTP), up $1.14, or 149.51%, to $1.91 after the company received FDA guidance for a Northera new drug application resubmission and the stock was upgraded to Buy at Ladenburg. Also higher was NetSpend (NTSP), up $3.52, or 28.64%, to $15.81 after agreeing to be acquired by Total Systems (TSS) for $16 per share. Shares of buyer Total Systems lost $1.51, or 6.43%, to $21.97 following the acquisition. Also lower were shares of Harvest Natural Resources (HNR), down $3.71, or 40.5%, to $5.45 after its agreement to sell interests in Venezuela was terminated since the government of Indonesia voted against the transaction... INDICES: The Dow was down 108.13, or 0.77%, to 13,927.54; the Nasdaq was down 49.18, or 1.53%, to 3,164.41; and the S&P 500 was down 18.99, or 1.24%, to 1,511.95.
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11:01 EDTTRIBroadridge to acquire Fiduciary Services unit from Thomson Reuters
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10:37 EDTCATCaterpillar April update seems negative for earnings power, says Wells Fargo
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10:00 EDTTSSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:14 EDTCATCaterpillar reports retail machines sales down 11% in three months end April
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06:04 EDTODPStaples sees Q2 non-GAAP EPS 11c-13c, consensus 11c
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May 19, 2015
16:50 EDTTSS, TSSTotal System initiated with an Outperform at CLSA
Target $46.
14:51 EDTCATCaterpillar management to meet with William Blair
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09:22 EDTHNROn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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May 18, 2015
13:59 EDTTSSTotal System to host analyst day
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10:12 EDTCATJPMorgan says sell Deere ahead of potential liquidity crunch for farmers
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May 11, 2015
17:16 EDTHNRHarvest Natural files to delay Form 10-Q
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10:14 EDTCATAnalyst says buy Caterpillar, Joy Global before mining bottoms
The shares of Joy Global (JOY) and Caterpillar (CAT) are climbing after research firm Baird analyst Mircea Dobre upgraded both names, citing a potential bottom in commodity prices. Both companies develop mining equipment. WHAT'S NEW: In a note to investors earlier today, Baird's Dobre upgraded Joy Global and Caterpillar to Outperform from Market Perform. There are signs that the worst of the downturn in commodity prices may have passed, the analyst stated. Additionally, the shares of both Caterpillar and Joy Global historically bottom three to five quarters before mining equipment shipments rebound, according to Dobre. Consequently, investors who wait for evidence of a turnaround in the companies' mining equipment bookings may be late to the party, the analyst warned. Both stocks have now underperformed the market by amounts that are similar to their worst underperfomance during the early 1980s commodity bust, according to Dobre, who raised the price target on Caterpillar to $101 from $80 and on Joy Global to $62 from $45. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Joy Global climbed nearly 4% to $43.64 and Caterpillar rose 1.5% to $88.60.
09:59 EDTCATOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Caterpillar (CAT) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... Cisco (CSCO) upgraded to Outperform with $36 target at Pacific Crest... Evolution Petroleum (EPM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Hecla Mining (HL) upgraded on hedging discipline at Roth Capital... Joy Global (JOY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... Monster Beverage (MNST) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Nokia (NOK) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... On Deck Capital (ONDK) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Sterne Agee CRT... Royal Caribbean (RCL) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... SMC (SMECF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Sally Beauty (SBH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Southwestern Energy (SWN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) upgraded to Outperform at BMO Capital... Suburban Propane (SPH) upgraded on positive outlook at Stifel... Suffolk Bancorp (SUBK) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Syngenta (SYT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Triumph Group (TGI) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... United Natural Foods (UNFI) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Web.com (WWWW) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Zillow Group (Z) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust.
09:02 EDTCATCaterpillar upgraded to Outperform at Baird
As reported previously, Baird upgraded Caterpillar to Outperform from Neutral as the firm noted the stock's meaningful underperformance over the past four years and its history of having never underperformed the broader market for five consecutive years. Baird raised its price target to $101 from $80 on Caterpillar shares.
06:23 EDTCATCaterpillar upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird

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