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August 1, 2014
16:24 EDTVCRA, BYI, SGMS, CVX, WWWW, MGAM, PGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in negative territory and remained there for most of the session, capping a down week with a down day. The averages made it into positive territory for a short time during the morning hours but were never able to build any momentum. Investors were hit with a heavy dose of information, including more corporate earnings, the monthly U.S. jobs report, data on personal income and spending, construction spending and domestic manufacturing, along with manufacturing PMI readings from China. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., non-farm payrolls rose 209K in July, missing the 230K forecast. The unemployment rate rose to 6.2% from 6.1% previously. Personal income rose 0.4% in June, with spending up 04% as well, and both of those matched expectations. The final reading of the University of Michigan consumer sentiment index for July came in at 81.8, which was in-line with expectations. seen 81.9; previously 81.3. ISM's manufacturing PMI for July rose to 57.1, beating expectations for a more modest rise to 56.0. Construction spending dropped 1.8% in June, versus expectations for it to have risen 0.4%. In China, the government's official manufacturing PMI for July came in above expectations at 51.7, though the HSBC-Markit PMI came in at 51.7, missing the median forecast of 52.0. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Procter & Gamble (PG) advanced $2.33, or 3.01%, to $79.65 to lead the Dow Jones Industrial Average after the company's core earnings per share beat expectations and it said it intends to pare back its portfolio to focus on the 70 to 80 "core" brands that make up about 90% of its revenue... Another member of the Dow, Chevron (CVX), moved in the opposite direction, falling $1.34, or 1.04%, to $127.90 after its own earnings report. The oil major also lowered its FY14 production view by 1%-2%, citing weather, asset sales and a shutdown at its Angola LNG site as negative production drivers. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Bally Technologies (BYI), which surged $17.53, or 29.13%, to $77.70 after the company agreed to be acquired by Scientific Games (SGMS) for $5.1B, or $83.30 per share. Another company in the same sector, Multimedia Games (MGAM), rose $2.21, or 9.16%, to $26.33, while Scientific Games gained 24c, or 2.81%, to $8.78 following the announcement of the deal. Among the noteworthy losers was Vocera (VCRA), which fell $3.42, or 27.21%, to $9.15 and was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Craig-Hallum and cut to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens following the company's Q2 report and lowered FY14 guidance. Also lower were shares of Web.com (WWWW), which dropped $6.43, or 24.22%, to $20.12 and was downgraded at SunTrust and BWS Financial after its own quarterly report. INDEXES: The Dow dropped 69.93, or 0.42%, to 16,493.37, the Nasdaq fell 17.13, or 0.39%, to 4,352.64, and the S&P 500 declined 5.52, or 0.29%, to 1,925.15.
News For PG;CVX;BYI;MGAM;SGMS;VCRA;WWWW From The Last 14 Days
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May 26, 2015
07:11 EDTWWWWCraig to hold a conference
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06:24 EDTPGL'Oreal not interested in buying P&G's Wells business, Reuters reports
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May 22, 2015
13:49 EDTPGHenkel seen in lead for Procter & Gamble's Wella brand, Bloomberg says
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12:48 EDTPGHenkel seen in lead for Procter & Gamble's Wella brand, Bloomberg says
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08:12 EDTPGProcter & Gamble should consider break-up, says Bernstein
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05:38 EDTWWWWWeb.com price target raised to $32 from $25 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster raised his price target for Web.com to $32 citing confidence in the company's turnaround and eventual return to growth. Munster believes Web.com's turnaround is on plan and expects guidance for the next two quarters to meet consensus estimates. He reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock.
May 21, 2015
10:26 EDTPGDesigner Parfums, LUXE Brands to purchase Frederic Fekkai brand from P&G
Designer Parfums and LUXE Brands announced they have collaborated to form a joint venture to acquire the Frédéric Fekkai luxury hair care brand and salons from Procter & Gamble, effective June 30. The Fekkai business comprises a range of hair products and seven salons in New York, Connecticut, Florida, Texas and California. Approximately 225 people are currently employed in the salon business; they are expected to transfer to the newly formed entity.
May 20, 2015
07:26 EDTCVXUBS to hold a conference
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May 19, 2015
09:37 EDTCVXActive equity options trading on open
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09:09 EDTVCRAVocera participates in a conference call with Leerink
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07:43 EDTWWWWJPMorgan to hold a conference
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May 18, 2015
10:01 EDTCVXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTCVXActive equity options trading on open
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09:20 EDTCVXW.R. Grace, Chevron JV to build catalysts plant in Lake Charles, LA
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08:52 EDTPGProcter & Gamble removed from US Focus List at Credit Suisse
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07:56 EDTCVXKosmos provides update on Mauritania drilling
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07:23 EDTCVXChevron downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman
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May 15, 2015
07:38 EDTPGP&G fighting lawsuits over laundry-pod poisonings, WSJ reports
Procter & Gamble (PG), which has a commanding spot in the laundry-pod market and has put the products at the center of its laundry strategy, is defending itself against several lawsuits alleging injuries from the products, reported The Wall Street Journal. The Journal noted it reviewed data showing that at least seven people, including four last year and one earlier this year, have died after biting into laundry-pods. A P&G spokesman said there are indications that the rate of accidents relative to the number of pods sold is declining since 2012, when the products were first introduced in the U.S. Reference Link
06:44 EDTCVXEnvironmentalists file lawsuit over oil train safety rules, NY Times says
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