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August 1, 2014
16:24 EDTWWWW, MGAM, PG, VCRA, BYI, SGMS, CVXOn 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.
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November 18, 2014
05:55 EDTWWWWWeb.com shares trading below fair value, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray attributes the 54% pullback in shares of Web.com since June to "overblown concerns" over competition from Google and other players. Piper sees a buying opportunity at current levels and believes shares are trading below fair value. It reiterates an Overweight rating on Web.com with a $25 price target.
November 17, 2014
10:02 EDTPGOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:47 EDTCVXWilliams says Gulfstar One placed into service
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08:43 EDTCVXChevron confirms first oil production from Tubular Bells in Gulf of Mexico
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08:36 EDTCVXHess Corp. announces first production from Tubular Bells Field
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06:39 EDTPGProcter & Gamble downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord
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November 14, 2014
16:26 EDTPGNasdaq clear leader as major averages end week higher
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13:13 EDTSGMSScientific Games volatility increases on wide price movement
Scientific Games November call option implied volatility is at 99, December is at 96, January is at 92, April is at 77; compared to its 26-week average of 81 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement.
November 13, 2014
16:36 EDTPGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street saw another day of relatively quiet trading in a tight range, but the major averages once again finished the session higher than where they'd began. The Dow, powered by the post-earnings advance from Wal-Mart (WMT), led and closed at a new all-time high for the third time in the last four days. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims rebounded 12K to 290K in the week ending November 8, versus expectations for 280K first-time claims. The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, or JOLTs report, showed job openings fell to 4.335M in September, versus the consensus forecast for 4.8M openings. The Treasury reported a $121.7B budget deficit for October, versus the consensus deficit forecast of $117B. COMPANY NEWS: Wal-Mart led the Dow, advancing $3.74, or 4.72%, to $82.94 after the world's largest retailer's earnings beat expectations and it reported U.S. comparable store sales grew 0.5% during the just-completed quarter... Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) agreed to acquire the Duracell battery business from Procter and Gamble (PG) via a stock swap. In exchange for a recapitalized Duracell company, which will include approximately $1.7B in cash at closing, P&G will receive shares of its own common stock currently held by Berkshire having a current value of approximately $4.7B, the companies announced. Shares of Procter & Gamble, which also guided to FY15 core EPS growth in a mid-single digit percentage range, fell 88c, or 0.98%, to $88.60 after the deal was announced and guidance was issued. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Baker Hughes (BHI), which surged $7.77, or 15.24%, to $58.75 after The Wall Street Journal said the company is in fast-moving talks to be acquired by larger peer Halliburton (HAL), which also rose 56c, or 1.05%, to $53.79 following the report. Also higher was DreamWorks Animation (DWA), which jumped $3.15, or 14.08%, to $25.52 after several media outlets reported that the animated movie maker company was in talks about selling itself to toy maker Hasbro (HAS). Hasbro shares fell $2.49, or 4.33%, to $54.98 following the reports. Also lower were shares of Revance (RVNC), which fell $4.93, or 23.48%, to $16.07 after the company said last night that the preliminary results from its ongoing open-label study suggest it still has "some work to do" to increase the probability of success for its upcoming Phase 3 pivotal program for RT001. INDEXES: The Dow rose 40.59, or 0.23%, to 17,652.79, the Nasdaq gained 5.01, or 0.11%, to 4,680.14, and the S&P 500 added 1.08, or 0.05%, to 2,039.33.
12:44 EDTPGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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08:40 EDTPGProcter & Gamble says top line comps are more difficult in Q2 vs 2H15
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08:13 EDTCVXChevron abandons geothermal project in Sumatra, Jakarta Post says
A Chevron unit has handed over its working area in Lampung, Sumatra, to the local government, with a government official stating that company said its early survey failed to find steam at an economical level to continue its geothermal project, according to the Jakarta Post. Reference Link
07:44 EDTPGProcter & Gamble to restate Batteries results to discontinued operations
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07:44 EDTPGP&G to incur non-cash charge of approx. 28c per share in current quarter
07:42 EDTPGProcter & Gamble sees FY15 core EPS growth mid-single digits
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07:41 EDTPGProcter and Gamble volatility flat into Berkshire Hathaway acquiring Duracell
Procter and Gamble (PG) overall option implied volatility of 13 is near its 26-week average of 14 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement into Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK.B) acquiring the Duracell battery business from Procter & Gamble in deal valued at approximately $6.4B.
07:40 EDTPGProcter & Gamble reiterates FY15 organic sales, core EPS growth guidance
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07:40 EDTPGProcter & Gamble sees clsoing Duracell transaction in 2H15
Following its prior announcement of plans to exit the Duracell business, P&G (PG) said it now plans to execute a split transaction, in which it will exchange a recapitalized Duracell Company for Berkshire Hathaway’s (BRK.A) shares of P&G stock. Berkshire’s stock ownership is currently valued at approximately $4.7 billion. P&G said it expects to contribute approximately $1.8 billion in cash to the Duracell Company in the pre-transaction recapitalization. P&G said the transaction maximizes the after-tax value of the Duracell business and is tax efficient for P&G. The value received for Duracell in the exchange is approximately 7-times fiscal year 2014 adjusted EBITDA. This equates to a cash sale valued at approximately 9-times adjusted EBITDA. As part of the exit of the battery business, P&G announced that it closed the sale of its interest in a China-based battery joint venture earlier in the week. Based on the signing of the contract to exit the Duracell business, P&G will restate Batteries results to discontinued operations effective with the reporting of October-December 2014 quarterly results. The Company expects to restate earnings per share of approximately 12c-14c to discontinued operations for fiscal year 2014. All-in GAAP earnings per share are not affected by the restatements. P&G said it will incur a non-core, non-cash charge of approximately 28c per share in current quarter results to adjust Duracell goodwill and intangible assets to the expected after-tax transaction value. P&G expects to finalize the restatement and one-time charge amounts in the next few weeks, and will update shareholders when final amounts are available. P&G said it expects to close the Duracell transaction in the second half of calendar year 2015 pending necessary regulatory approvals.
07:31 EDTPGBerkshire Hathaway to acquire Procter & Gamble's Duracell battery business
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07:30 EDTPGBerkshire Hathaway to acquire Procter & Gamble's Duracell battery business
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