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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.
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January 23, 2015
07:38 EDTCVXChevron downgraded at Credit Suisse
As previously reported, Credit Suisse downgraded Chevron to Neutral from Outperform. The analyst said the drop in oil will result in less production, increased debt, and lower upstream cash margins. Price target lowered to $115 from $130.
07:20 EDTCVXBass says 'want to be long oil companies, but don't want to buy them yet'
Oil majors include BP (BP), Chevron (CVX), ConocoPhillips (COP), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) and Total (TOT). Kyle Bass of Hayman Capital continues speaking on CNBC.
06:40 EDTCVXChevron downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse
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06:34 EDTCVXAnalysts: King's death unlikely to change Saudi oil strategy, NY Times says
The death of Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah earlier today probably will not result in a change in the country's strategy as far as oil production is concerned, analysts said, according to The New York Times. Publicly traded companies in the space include BP (BP), Chevron (CVX), ConocoPhillips (COP), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) and Total (TOT). Reference Link
January 22, 2015
17:22 EDTSGMSScientific Games says Peppermill Casinos selected array of Bally Systems
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14:28 EDTPGProcter & Gamble volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Procter & Gamble January weekly call option implied volatility is at 20, February is at 14, March is at 12; compared to its 26-week average of 14 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on January 27.
January 21, 2015
13:43 EDTCVXOPEC El-Badri says oil will bounce back, not drop to $20, Bloomberg reports
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12:35 EDTPGProcter & Gamble's David Taylor likely candidate to succeed CEO, Fortune says
After a recent promotion to lead the beauty business at Proctor & Gamble by CEO A.G. Lafley, David Taylor, who currently runs the global health and grooming business division, now running two of the four business units, appears as the lead candidate to succeed CEO Lafley when he retires from the company, Fortune reports. Reference Link
10:01 EDTCVXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:37 EDTCVXWells upgrades Exxon Mobil, downgrades Chevron
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06:32 EDTCVXChevron downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
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January 20, 2015
18:02 EDTCVXChevron Australian subsidiary signs SPA with SK LNG Trading
Chevron announced its Australian subsidiaries have signed a binding Sales and Purchase Agreement, or SPA, with SK LNG Trading Pte. Under the SPA, SK LNG Trading, which is part of a leading industrial conglomerate in South Korea, will receive 4.15M tons of LNG over a five-year period starting in 2017. During the time of this agreement, over 75% of Chevronís equity LNG from Gorgon will be committed to customers in Asia.
January 19, 2015
06:47 EDTCVXJPMorgan says oil may drop below $40/barrel in near-term
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January 18, 2015
14:22 EDTCVXSchlumberger boss says oil price to challenge land producers, WSJ says
Paal Kibsgaard, CEO of Schlumberger, said U.S. energy producers are not done with work force reductions and that because of high costs, producers that focus on shale fields are worse off than rivals, says the Wall Street Journal. Publicly traded companies in the space include BP (BP), Chevron (CVX), ConocoPhillips (COP), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A), Total (TOT), Schlumberger (SLB) and Baker Hughes (BHI). Reference Link
January 16, 2015
10:24 EDTCVXOptions point to oil falling to near $30 per barrel, Merrill Lynch says
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09:01 EDTPGProcter & Gamble files suit against former employees for theft of trade secrets
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06:49 EDTCVXOil prices climb after IEA says production falling, Reuters reports
Oil prices rebounded today after the International Energy Agency, or IEA, said it saw signs that oil production was falling in some areas, including North America, according to Reuters. "A price recovery...may not be imminent, but signs are mounting that the tide will turn," Reuters quoted the IEA as saying. Oil prices could rebound in the second half of the year, the IEA indicated, the news service reported. Publicly traded companies in the space include BP (BP), Chevron (CVX), ConocoPhillips (COP), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) and Total (TOT). Reference Link
January 14, 2015
10:10 EDTSGMSHigh option volume stocks
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06:54 EDTCVXEnergy Department says oil production to rise this year, NY Times says
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January 12, 2015
14:51 EDTCVXSaudi Prince Alwaleed says oil won't hit $100 again, USA Today reports
Oil will never reach a price of $100 per barrel again, Saudi billionaire businessman Prince Alwaleed bin Talal said, according to USA Today. Publicly traded companies in the space include BP (BP), Chevron (CVX), ConocoPhillips (COP), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) and Total (TOT). Reference Link
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