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March 18, 2014
04:55 EDTPH, PH, PH, PH, SI, SI, SI, SI, UTX, UTX, UTX, UTX, OSK, OSK, OSK, OSK, TKR, TKR, TKR, TKR, AGCO, AGCO, AGCO, AGCO, ALSN, ALSN, ALSN, ALSN, DCI, DCI, DCI, DCI, URI, URI, URI, URI, GNRC, GNRC, GNRC, GNRC, HON, HON, HON, HON, MMM, MMM, MMM, MMM, TXT, TXT, TXT, TXT, ETN, ETN, ETN, ETNBofA/Merrill to host a conference
Global Industrials & EU Autos Conference 2014 is being held in London, England on March 18-21.
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October 14, 2014
17:14 EDTUTXUnited Technologies awarded $591.92M government contract modification
United Technologies, Pratt & Whitney Military Engine, is being awarded a $591.92M modification to the previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm target Low Rate Initial Production Lot VII F135 propulsion systems contract. This modification provides for the procurement of 19 F135-PW-100 Conventional Take Off and Landing propulsion systems for the U.S. Air Force; six F135-PW-600 Short Take-off and Vertical Landing propulsion systems for the U.S. Marine Corps; and four F135-PW-100 propulsion systems for the U.S. Navy. In addition, this modification provides for five F135-PW-100 propulsion systems, one F135-PW-100 spare propulsion system and one F135-PW-600 propulsion system for international partners, including program administrative labor, engineering assistance to production, initial spare modules and long-lead hardware. Work is expected to be completed in September 2016.
13:08 EDTETNEaton rallies, Tyco falls after Barclays swaps ratings
Shares of industrial products maker Eaton (ETN) are rising while peer Tyco (TYC) is falling after analysts at Barclays upgraded the former and downgraded the latter. WHAT'S NEW: Noting that Eaton had tumbled 23.5% so far this year and Tyco had risen 1.2%, Barclays analyst Scott Davis wrote that the disparity between the stocks' valuations had become too extreme. Although Tyco faces slightly less risk and its management has been more effective than Eaton's, the two companies' profit growth is "comparable,” the analyst stated. Meanwhile, Eaton's valuation looks too low, as the stock price appears to anticipate that the company's profits will be as much as 20% below the consensus outlook, which is unlikely to occur in the near-term, Davis believes. According to Davis, the industrial sector is still in the midst of a generally positive trend although it's undergoing "a healthy correction." Stocks that have been "overly punished", such as Eaton's are likely to advance, the analyst stated. Davis upgraded Eaton to Overweight from Equal Weight and cut his rating on Tyco to Equal Weight from Overweight. He kept a $78 price target on Eaton and a $48 price target on Tyco. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Eaton rose 2.5% to $60 and Tyco fell 3% to $40.
12:20 EDTETNOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after three of the nation's largest banks reported on their results in the most recent quarter of the year. The market began the session in positive territory but the move seemed tenuous and the averages were almost back in negative ground within a half hour of the opening bell. As the morning progressed and the bears were unable to gain control, the buyers emerged and pushed the Dow to a triple digit gain and the Nasdaq to an increase of nearly 1.5%. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the National Federation of Independent Business' small business optimism index came in at 95.3, versus the consensus expectation for a 95.8 reading. COMPANY NEWS: JPMorgan (JPM) swung to a third quarter profit, but its headline earnings per share fell below analysts’ consensus estimate. Of note, the company's press release on its results came out earlier than planned on Nasdaq's (NDAQ) Shareholder.com website, which the exchange operator attributed to an internal "human error." Wells Fargo (WFC) reported in-line earnings and stronger credit quality, but its stock slid 1.4% following the report. Citigroup (C) generated the most headlines, however, as it reported better than expected adjusted third quarter profit, announced plans to pull back from retail banking in eleven countries and said it will disband a legacy Banamex unit that provided personal security services after an investigation uncovered illegal conduct. Shares of Citi bucked the trend set by its two peers, rising 3% near noon... In addition to JPMorgan, Dow member Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) reported on its third quarter earnings. The drug and medical device giant reported better than expected profits and revenues and raised its FY14 EPS outlook, but the stock was fractionally lower near midday. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Energy Transfer Equity (ETE), which gained 8.5% after the stock was among the energy industry names upgraded this morning at RW Baird. Also higher was Skyworks (SWKS), which rose 11% after the company preannounced stronger than expected results that its CEO attributed to the "broad-based strength" of its business. Among the noteworthy losers was EnerNOC (ENOC), which dropped 11% after JPMorgan downgraded the stock to Neutral citing risk to the company's Demand Response revenue at PJM given the challenge to FERC Rule 745. Also lower was Tyco (TYC), which fell nearly 4% after Barclays downgraded the stock citing valuation and coupled the ratings change with an upgrade of Eaton (ETN). INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 133.38, or 0.82%, to 16,454.45, the Nasdaq was up 60.63, or 1.44%, to 4,274.29, and the S&P 500 was up 21.51, or 1.15%, to 1,896.25.
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10:01 EDTETNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AU Optronics (AUO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Antero Resources (AR) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... BHP Billiton (BHP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Bill Barrett (BBG) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... BorgWarner (BWA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... CRH Plc. (CRH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Comstock Resources (CRK) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Cracker Barrel (CBRL) upgraded at Argus... Delphi Automotive (DLPH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... EOG Resources (EOG) upgraded at Bernstein... Eaton (ETN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Energizer (ENR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Energy Transfer Equity (ETE) upgraded to Outperform at RW Baird... Federal-Mogul (FDML) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Ford (F) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Buckingham... Gulfport Energy (GPOR) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group... Halcon Resources (HK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... HeartWare (HTWR) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Helmerich & Payne (HP) upgraded to Outperform at FBR Capital... Legg Mason (LM) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Level 3 (LVLT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Gabelli... Magnum Hunter (MHR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... NetScout (NTCT) upgraded at DA Davidson... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded to Buy with $600 target at BTIG... Newfield Exploration (NFX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... Nielsen (NLSN) upgraded at Bernstein... Orbitz (OWW) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... PDC Energy (PDCE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... Rackspace (RAX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore... Range Resources (RRC) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group... Rex Energy (REXX) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... SM Energy (SM) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Sanchez Energy (SN) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Targa Resources (TRGP) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Tudor Pickering... Unilife (UNIS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Ladenburg... Universal Forest (UFPI) upgraded at Sterne Agee.
09:05 EDTHONHoneywell's UOP selected by PennTex subsidiary
UOP, a Honeywell company, announced that PennTex North Louisiana, a subsidiary of PennTex Midstream Partners, has selected UOP to engineer, procure and construct, or EPC, a gas processing plant to recover valuable natural gas liquids, NGLs, in northern Louisiana. The new plant will be capable of processing 200 MMSCFD of natural gas and will be in production in the Q4 of 2015. PennTex has also entered into a letter of intent with UOP to purchase a third 200 MMSCFD cryogenic plant, scheduled for delivery in November 2015, which will be used in one of Penntex's midstream platforms.
07:46 EDTHONJacobs on team to deliver Ravenhall Prison project in Melbourne, Australia
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05:29 EDTETNTyco downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
Barclays downgraded Tyco (TYC) citing valuation and keeps a $48 price target for shares. The firm coupled the downgrade with an upgrade of Eaton (ETN).
05:28 EDTETNEaton upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
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October 13, 2014
10:17 EDTUTX, TXTEbola related weakness in aerospace stocks seen as buying opportunity
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10:08 EDTPHOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Bankrate (RATE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... CME Group (CME) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Cliffs Natural (CLF) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Dana Holding (DAN) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Darden (DRI) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Dover (DOV) downgraded to Neutral at RW Baird... DryShips (DRYS) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Imperial Capital... Infineon (IFNNY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... J.C. Penney (JCP) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Johnson Controls (JCI) downgraded to Outperform from Top Pick at RBC Capital... Juniper (JNPR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Kennametal (KMT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Masco (MAS) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... New Gold (NGD) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... ON Semiconductor (ONNN) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest... PBF Energy (PBF) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Parker-Hannifin (PH) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... STMicroelectronics (STM) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Silicon Laboratories (SLAB) downgraded to Sector Perform at Pacific Crest... VOXX International (VOXX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen.
09:22 EDTPHParker-Hannifin downgraded to Neutral at Baird
As reported previously, Baird downgraded Parker-Hannifin to Neutral from Outperform citing softening energy prices which are likely to impact future growth. Baird lowered its price target on Parker-Hannifin to $115 from $128.
09:10 EDTHON, UTXHoneywell and United Technologies complete second helicopter engine test
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08:04 EDTTXTTextron announces $15.22M foreign military sales contract
Textron Systems Marine & Land Systems, a Textron business, announced a $15.22M firm-fixed-price, foreign military sales contract from the U.S. Army Contracting Command, Warren, MI, to provide 10 COMMANDO Select four-wheeled armored vehicles, along with related fielding hardware and technical services, to the Bulgarian National Military Forces. The vehicles initially will be deployed in support of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan. Work will be performed in Slidell, LA, Hunt Valley, MD, and Afghanistan with vehicle deliveries in the 1Q15. All contract activities are expected to be completed by June 30, 2015.
07:26 EDTUTXCommercial aerospace stocks should be bought on any weakness, says Wells Fargo
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06:51 EDTPHParker-Hannifin downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird
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05:40 EDTPHParker-Hannifin downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
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October 10, 2014
11:47 EDTUTXUnited Technologies initiated with a Buy at Tigress Financial
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October 9, 2014
14:01 EDTOSKOshkosh Defense segment aims to cut workforce by 250-300
Oshkosh announced that its Defense segment plans to reduce its workforce in Oshkosh by approximately 250-300 hourly positions in December. In addition, approximately 70 salaried positions will be eliminated with the majority being temporary employees, elimination of open positions and those retiring. With the reduction, Oshkosh will retain more than 1,800 Defense employees in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and key regional facilities around the world. The company said, "We continue to reshape our workforce as a result of significantly lower U.S. defense spending and dramatic reductions in military vehicle production. We have gone to great lengths to minimize and delay the impact of these changes on our Defense workforce. At the same time we are aggressively competing for future contracts including JLTV, MSVS and other international opportunities, which will serve as a catalyst for growth of the Defense business.”
13:56 EDTUTXObama calls on Congress to lift defense spending cuts, Politico says
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