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August 1, 2014
16:24 EDTSGMS, CVX, WWWW, MGAM, PG, VCRA, BYIOn 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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March 25, 2015
17:28 EDTPGFutureFuel down 8% after 'significant adverse impact' of P&G pact termination
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17:22 EDTPGFutureFuel to see adverse impact from early termination of P&G purchase pact
On March 19, FutureFuel (FF) received notice from The Procter & Gamble Company (PG) exercising its right of early termination and advising the company of its intent to terminate, effective December 31, the purchase agreement entered into as of April 1, 2008 between The Procter & Gamble Manufacturing Company, The Procter & Gamble Distributing LLC and Procter & Gamble International Operations SA, as buyer, and FutureFuel, as seller, as amended. P&G indicated that its decision to terminate resulted from its need for flexibility to address declining market trends in the dry laundry additives marketplace. P&G exercised its right to terminate the purchase agreement with at least 270 days prior written notice pursuant to a contractual provision allowing for early termination in the event P&G’s expected annual purchases fell below a certain threshold. The purchase agreement will remain in full force and effect during the notification period, during which time the parties will have the opportunity to negotiate a mutually acceptable alternative. FutureFuel plans to further discuss options for continuing its business relationship with P&G, but there can be no assurance that such efforts will be successful. If no such alternative is reached, the purchase agreement will terminate effective December 31, one year prior to the stated termination date of the purchase agreement. FutureFuel’s revenues related to the purchase agreement were reported as $43.93M for FY14. The termination of the purchase agreement is expected to have a significant adverse impact on the company’s revenue, net income and cash flow beginning in FY16. FutureFuel will not incur any early termination penalties as a result of the termination of the purchase agreement.
05:57 EDTPGStocks with implied volatility movement; VZ PG
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March 24, 2015
12:02 EDTSGMSScientific Games management to meet with Craig-Hallum
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06:34 EDTPGKimberly-Clark upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
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March 22, 2015
17:59 EDTCVXOPEC will not take sole responsibility for supporting oil price, Reuters says
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March 20, 2015
07:19 EDTCVXWhite House expected to unveil fracking rules today, WSJ says
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06:37 EDTCVXOil prices fall again, Reuters reports
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March 19, 2015
09:37 EDTCVXActive equity options trading on open
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08:03 EDTPGInter Parfums unit to acquire Procter & Gamble's Rochas brand for $108M
Inter Parfums (IPAR) announced that its majority owned Paris-based subsidiary, Interparfums S.A. has entered into an agreement with The Procter & Gamble Company (PG) to acquire the Rochas brand. This transaction will cover all brand names and registered trademarks for Rochas, mainly for class 3 cosmetics and class 25 fashion. This acquisition will be payable in cash on the closing date for $108M and financed entirely through a medium term loan. This transaction is expected to be completed within the first half of 2015, subject to customary closing conditions.
07:19 EDTCVXKuwaiti minister says OPEC can't cut oil production, Bloomberg reports
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March 18, 2015
09:56 EDTCVXRumor: BP strength attributed to takeover speculation
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March 17, 2015
10:13 EDTSGMSOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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March 16, 2015
11:11 EDTCVXOPEC sees oil prices to hit U.S. oil output by late 2015, Reuters says
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10:46 EDTPGProcter & Gamble weighs deal for beauty brands, Bloomberg reports
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10:40 EDTPGProcter & Gamble weighs single deal for beauty brands, Bloomberg says
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09:26 EDTCVXAtwood Oceanics Atwood Osprey to be out of service for 30 days due to cyclone
Atwood Oceanics (ATW) announced that its semisubmersible drilling unit, the Atwood Osprey, parted several mooring lines and drifted approximately three nautical miles from its original position during Cyclone Olwyn, which impacted the northwest coast of Australia on March 12. The rig is currently stable with a support vessel in position, and preliminary results indicate minimal damage with an estimated maximum of 30 days out of service time for repairs. No rig personnel were injured in the event. The Atwood Osprey is contracted to Chevron Australia (CVX) and was on location at the Iago 1B well. The well had been shut down and secured in accordance with Chevron's cyclone demobilization procedures and the rig had ballasted down and evacuated all its rig personnel in advance of the cyclone. Atwood Oceanics is coordinating its efforts with Chevron, the Australian offshore regulator and other affected parties.
08:06 EDTCVXCB&I awarded technology and FEED contracts for coker unit
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06:16 EDTPGWal-Mart to sell Tide rival Persil in stores, WSJ reports
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