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August 6, 2014
15:30 EDTZU, UHAL, JACK, EVHC, RGP, AWK, AR, ETE, QEP, SYMC, SXL, FOXA, CXO, DNB, CF, CTL, LNT, GMCR, PAA, TEG, RIG, PRUNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Prudential (PRU), consensus $2.35; CenturyLink (CTL), consensus 64c; Symantec (SYMC), consensus 42c; Transocean (RIG), consensus $1.12; CF Industries (CF), consensus $6.71; QEP Resources (QEP), consensus 33c; Integrys Energy (TEG), consensus 45c; Dun & Bradstreet (DNB), consensus $1.35; Energy Transfer (ETE), consensus 33c; Plains All American (PAA), consensus 50c; Concho Resources (CXO), consensus 97c; Antero Resources (AR), consensus 37c; Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR), consensus 88c; Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA), consensus 38c; American Water Works (AWK), consensus 64c; Alliant Energy (LNT), consensus 61c; Sunoco Logistics Partners (SXL), consensus 37c; Regency Energy (RGP), consensus 16c; Envision Healthcare (EVHC), consensus 25c; AMERCO (UHAL), one estimate $6.36; zulily (ZU), consensus 4c; Jack in the Box (JACK), consensus 57c.
News For PRU;CTL;SYMC;RIG;CF;QEP;TEG;DNB;ETE;PAA;CXO;AR;GMCR;FOXA;AWK;LNT;SXL;RGP;EVHC;UHAL;ZU;JACK From The Last 14 Days
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August 26, 2015
07:51 EDTAWKThree Part Advisors to hold a conference
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August 25, 2015
19:16 EDTFOXATV service Hulu to feature programmatic ads powered by Facebook, Oracle
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18:47 EDTRIGOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:11 EDTRIGTranocean tanks after proposing dividend cancellations, peers follow
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17:00 EDTRIGTransocean may cancel Q3, Q4 dividend
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10:57 EDTFOXAHilliard Lyons upgrades Disney after recent pullback
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August 24, 2015
18:02 EDTGMCRS&P 500 enters correction territory amid global growth concerns
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14:21 EDTSYMCJMP Securities says pullback in Palo Alto a buying opportunity
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12:20 EDTETEEnergy Transfer Equity bids for Magnum Hunter Eureka stake, Bloomberg says
Energy Transfer Equity (ETE) is making a bid to acquire Magnum Hunter Resources' (MHR) stake in the Eureka Hunter Pipeline, Bloomberg reports, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The approximately 46% stake may be worth as much as $600M, the report says. Reference Link
12:02 EDTETEEnergy Transfer Equity bids for Magnum Hunter Eureka stake, Bloomberg says
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09:45 EDTFOXAOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:34 EDTFOXA21st Century Fox downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham
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August 23, 2015
16:22 EDTFOXA'Straight Outta Compton' finds little contention for No. 1 box office spot
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August 21, 2015
16:34 EDTZUMarket enters correction territory in worst week in four years
For the week, stocks plummeted amid concerns about a slowing Chinese economy and declining oil prices. MACRO NEWS: Monday, the Empire State manufacturing index crashed to -14.92 in August after rebounding to 3.86 in July from June's -1.98. The consensus estimate was 4.75, and the surprising drop puts the index at its lowest point since April 2009... Meanwhile, the NAHB homebuilder sentiment index rose to 61 in August from 60 in June, matching consensus estimates... Tuesday, July housing starts edged up 0.2% to 1.206M, beating consensus estimates for 1.180M in the best reading since October 2007. Building permits, however, fell 16.3% to 1.119M against expectations for 1.230M, while single family starts rose 12.8% and multifamily numbers fell 17.0%... Wednesday, the July consumer price index edged up 0.1% against expectations for 0.2% reading. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, also came in at 0.1% versus consensus estimates of 0.2%... Meanwhile, FOMC minutes showed no definitive indication of a September rate hike... Thursday, initial jobless claims rose to 277,000 from a revised 273,000, bringing the 4-week moving average to 271,500... The Philadelphia Fed index rose 2.6 points to 8.3 in August, beating expectations for a 7.5 reading... Friday, the PMI Manufacturing Index Flash for August came in at a level of 52.9, below the prior level of 53.8 and the consensus level of 54.2. COMPANY NEWS: Monday, Liberty Interactive (QVCA) announced an agreement to acquire zulily (ZU) for $18.75 per share in a deal valuing the online shopping site at $2.4B. The acquisition will be attributed to Liberty's QVC tracking stock, though the companies specified that QVC and zulily will operate as separate brands... Amazon (AMZN) founder and CEO Jeff Bezos downplayed a recent New York Times critique of the company's workplace practices, telling employees in an email that "the article doesn't describe the Amazon I know or the caring Amazonians I work with every day..." Tuesday, Wal-Mart (WMT) cut its full year earnings outlook, with company executives on a subsequent conference call expressing confidence in China but noting that Brazil and U.K. remain challenging markets for the company... Wednesday, Seagate Technology (STX) agreed to acquire Dot Hill Systems (HILL) for $9.75 per share, noting that it expects the deal to be non-GAAP EPS accretive in fiscal 2016... Thursday, Valeant (VRX) agreed to acquire Sprout Pharmaceuticals for roughly $1B in cash plus a profit-sharing agreement, adding that it expects to bring the company's recently-approved female sexual dysfunction drug Addyi to the U.S. by Q4... Friday, Steiner Leisure (STNR) entered into a definitive merger agreement where an affiliate of Catterton will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Steiner for $65 per share in cash. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow lost about 5.79% to close at 16,459.75, the Nasdaq declined about 6.71% to close at 4,706.04, and the S&P 500 fell about 5.73% to close at 1,970.89.
13:11 EDTFOXAFly Watch: 'Straight Outta Compton' eyes second weekend at top spot
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12:17 EDTCFDeere slides after Q3 results and outlook impacted by deteriorating farm economy
Despite reporting third quarter results that surpassed analyst expectations, shares of farm equipment maker Deere (DE) are falling after the company said it sees farm equipment sales for the year lower than previously thought, as the downturn in the agricultural economy continues. WHAT'S NEW: Deere reported Q3 EPS of $1.53, down from $2.33 in the year-ago quarter, and revenue of $7.6B, down 20% from last year's Q3. Analysts' consensus estimates for Q3 were for EPS of $1.44 on revenue of $7.17B. John Deere's Chief Executive Officer Samuel Allen said, "John Deere's third quarter results reflected the continuing impact of the downturn in the farm economy as well as lower demand for construction equipment." WHAT'S NOTABLE: Looking ahead, the farm equipment maker forecast full year 2015 world-wide sales of its farm equipment to be lower by about 25% for the year compared to the 24% it forecast in May with its Q2 report. On its Q3 earnings conference call, the company said crop prices are stabilizing near the long-term average and the dairy sector remains under pressure. Beef prices remain solid while pork prices remain at low levels, Deere added. In China, the company sees continued slowdown in economic growth, lower commodity prices impacting agricultural economy, and mechanizing trends and ongoing subsidies supportive of agriculture. In India, the company sees positive consumer and investor sentiment supporting economic growth, and two consecutive below normal monsoon seasons impacting farm incomes. In the Commonwealth of Independent States, the company sees a continued deterioration of economic growth and credit conditions remaining challenged. Deere sees crop value of agricultural production in Brazil to decrease 11% in 2015. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Deere are down $6.04, or 6.6%, to $84.61 in midday trading. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies that are leveraged to agriculture include AGCO (AGCO),Potash (POT), Mosaic(MOS), Agrium (AGU), Syngenta (SYT), CF Industries (CF), and DuPont (DD).
10:02 EDTSYMCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:53 EDTFOXAAfter rough week, Disney shares expected to recover
With fears of cord cutting and declining advertising rates consuming the minds of investors and analysts this week, Disney (DIS) shares have dropped 7% over the past five trading days. Stepping out of the growing pack of bearish analysts is FBR Capital's Barton Crockett. ROUGH WEEK: On Tuesday, Wells Fargo analyst Marci Ryvicker downgraded her rating on Disney (DIS), CBS (CBS), 21st Century Fox (FOXA) to Market Perform from Outperform. None of the large media companies reported that their revenue from cable stations or broadcast networks increased in the most recent quarter, Ryvicker told investors. TV distributors have more favorable characteristics than the media companies, she argued. Then on Thursday, Bernstein analyst Todd Juenger downgraded Disney (DIS), along with Time Warner (TWX), to Market Perform from Outperform. The move by viewers away from ad-supported platforms to non-ad-supported services like Netflix (NFLX) will bring a "prolonged structural decline" to the U.S. television industry, Juenger contended. PATH TO RECOVERY: Sentiment is driving Disney and the media stocks lower, FBR Capital's Barton Crockett tells investors this morning in a research note titled "Performance Is the Best Defense: How Disney, Near Term, Can Separate from Peers." Cord cutting and advertising fears are taking down the valuation multiples in the media sector, but consensus earnings estimates are little changed, the analyst writes. Cord cutting is the term used to describe the dropping of cable or satellite TV in favor of an online streaming service. Crockett sees a number of "performance positives near term" that can help shares of Disney recover. The owner of ESPN can separate itself from peers with solid second half of 2015 advertising trends when football returns, he believes. Disney can also benefit from the retail push for Star Wars movie merchandise, starting with a midnight door-buster national product launch on September 4, the analyst writes. PETER OUT: Crockett expects cord-cutting fears to "peter out." Cable bundles broadband with TV, and most households have a sports fan, he points out. While Netflix takes audiences from non-sports content, sports will save the bundle subscription model that benefits Disney's ESPN unit, Crockett thinks. He has an Outperform rating on Disney with a $124 price target. The stock closed yesterday down $6.44, or 6%, to $100.01. Over the past three months, Disney is down over 9%.
06:48 EDTSYMCSymantec upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley
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05:51 EDTGMCRStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GMCR TEVA
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Teva (TEVA) 25, Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) 39 according to iVolatility.
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