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November 30, 2015
17:04 EDTXOM, CVXOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
After seeing an early-morning jump, stocks on Wall Street spent Monday's trading session generally lower amid a glut of reports on Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales trends as well as weaker than expected financial data on manufacturing and home sales. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago purchasing managers' index dropped 7.5 points to 48.7 in November, coming in much worse than the expected 54.0 reading. Pending home sales for October, meanwhile, rose 0.2% from the prior month, lower than the forecasted 1% monthly increase. The Dallas Fed's manufacturing index rose 7.8 points to -4.9 in November, which was better than the anticipated -10.0 reading. The National Retail Federation said that about 151M people say they shopped in-store or on-line over the past four days, compared with 136M who said in a mid-November survey that they planned to shop over the holiday period. Also, as expected, the International Monetary Fund Monday added the Chinese yuan to the the fund's basket of reserve currencies, joining the U.S. dollar, the euro, the Japanese yen and the British pound. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Amazon (AMZN) spiked momentarily on Monday morning amid media reports that the company was seeing a strong start to the holiday sales season, with ChannelAdvisor reporting same-store sales growth of above 20% for the e-commerce giant over Black Friday and the rest of the long Thanksgiving weekend. By session close, however, the shares gave up their early gains, falling 1.26% to $664.80. Meanwhile, Target (TGT) slipped 1.28% to $72.50 as shoppers visiting the company's website in search of Cyber Monday deals encountered intermittent delays, which the company pinned on record sales volumes. Fellow retailer Wal-Mart (WMT) dipped 1.70% to $58.87, while specialty names Express (EXPR), Urban Outfitters (URBN), and Guess? (GES) fell a respective 5.48%, 5.29%, and 6.68%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were a number of renewable fuel companies, with Pacific Ethanol (PEIX) and Renewable Energy Group (REGI) advancing a respective 21.12% and 6.50% after the EPA finalized its biofuel targets. Petroleum refiners HollyFrontier (HFC) and Tesoro (TSO) slipped 3.30% and 1.74%, respectively, following the news, while oil majors Exxon Mobil (XOM) and Chevron (CVX) closed the day up a respective 0.69% and 1.24%. Also higher was ITC Holdings (ITC), which jumped $3.11, or 9.21%, to $36.86 following a Bloomberg report that the company is exploring a potential sale. Separately, Microsoft (MSFT) rose 42c, or 0.78%, to $54.35 after research firm Raymond James upgraded the company two notches to Strong Buy from Hold, predicting that the tech giant will become one of the few large scale cloud vendors that can succeed across the industry's various segments. Among the noteworthy losers was Lockheed Martin (LMT), which declined $6.65, or 2.94%, to $219.26 after Barclays downgraded the shares to Underweight from Equal Weight, saying it "doesn't make sense" to expect further outperformance from the defense major. Also lower was Under Armour (UA), which fell $3.43, or 3.82%, to $86.25 after Piper Jaffray analyst Erinn Murphy cut her price target on the stock following visits to malls and retailers Thanksgiving night, reportedly finding evidence of deeper discounts than last year. Additionally, Lululemon (LULU) lost 8.91% to $47.82 after being downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital after the research firm discovered "significantly higher" clearance levels on company products in-store and online. INDEXES: The Dow fell 78.57, or 0.44%, to 17,719.92, the Nasdaq lost 18.86, or 0.37%, to 5,108.67, and the S&P 500 slipped 9.70, or 0.46%, to 2,080.41.
November 24, 2015
16:00 EDTAOptions Update; November 24, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 13c to 19.04, Option volume leaders: AAPL FB NFLX BAC PFE AMZN CHK TWTR GE SUNE DE AGN AAL MSFT INTC X BABA A
15:38 EDTAOptions with increasing volume: SUNE HPQ TSM PMCS TSO EPI A DE CREE
November 23, 2015
05:46 EDTXOMStocks with implied volatility movement; X XOM
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November 19, 2015
16:10 EDTAAgilent increases cash dividend to 11.5c per share
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November 18, 2015
16:45 EDTXOMOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
Stocks on Wall Street were higher from the opening bell onward despite housing starts data that was weaker than expected. Investors waited for the release of the FOMC minutes and saw what they had suspected; that the Fed was reinforcing its message that the December meeting is an option for the central bank to begin raising interest rates. The visibility on rates gave investors confidence, leading to a late-day rally that saw the averages close at their highs. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the minutes from the Fed's last FOMC meeting showed that most participants expect that rate hike conditions will be met by their December meeting. The Fed repeated its constant refrain, though, that the actual decision would depend on the implications for the medium-term outlook from recent economic data. Housing starts fell 11.0% to a 1.06M pace in October, weaker than the expected rate of 1.16M. Building permits, however, rose 4.1% to a 1.15M rate, versus an expected rise of 3.8%. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Target (TGT) fell 4.3% to $69.78 after the retailer reported in-line quarterly sales and profits and narrowed the range of its fiscal year earnings view. Target, which guided for same-store sales in the new quarter to be up 1%-2%, added that it sees "indications of heavy inventory levels" at some competitors into the holiday season... Shares of Apple (AAPL) climbed 3.17% to $117.29 after Goldman Sachs added the stock to its Conviction Buy List, predicting that investors should begin to focus on the company's monetization and recurring revenue opportunities over the next year, which would be a boon to its valuation... Raymond James analyst Pavel Molchanov downgraded Exxon Mobil to Underperform, the firm's equivalent to a "Sell" rating, saying he expects a modest oil recovery in 2016 but that Exxon's limited leverage to oil prices will act as a hindrance during a recovery. Despite Molchanov predicting Exxon shares to be a source of funds for investors turning more constructive on oil in 2016, the stock rose about 1% to $80.74 today amid a rally in oil prices. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Fairchild (FCS), which jumped $1.52, or 8.5%, to $19.40 after agreeing to be acquired for $20 per share by ON Semiconductor (ON), whose stock fell 7.9% to $9.89 after the news. Also higher were Canadian Pacific (CP) and Norfolk Southern (NSC), with the two railway operators advancing a respective 5.8% and 6.35% after Canadian submitted a bid to acquire Norfolk, though the latter immediately criticized the offer as "low-premium." Additionally, ConAgra (CAG) gained 4% to $40.93 after announcing plans to separate into two independent public companies. Among the noteworthy losers was Qualcomm (QCOM), which dropped $4.98, or 9.4%, to $48.00 after disclosing that Korea's Fair Trade Commission alleged the company does not "properly negotiate" aspects of its licenses and may be violating Korean competition law. Also lower was Sprint (S), which fell 9.3%, to $3.99 after announcing a 50% discount for new customers switching from competing wireless carriers. GoPro (GPRO) declined 5.1% to $19.81 after research firm Piper Jaffray noted that the company has been offering discounts on its cameras, including featuring them on "flash sale" sites, and cut its price target on the stock to $15 per share. INDEXES: The Dow rose 247.66, or 1.42%, to 17,737.16, the Nasdaq gained 89.19, or 1.79%, to 5,075.20, and the S&P 500 advanced 33.14, or 1.62%, to 2,083.58.
10:02 EDTXOMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Citrix (CTXS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... Diana Shipping (DSX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Exxon Mobil (XOM) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Hartford Financial (HIG) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Kinder Morgan (KMI) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Kinross Gold (KGC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Nuverra Environmental (NES) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Oxford Lane (OXLC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Maxim... SM Energy (SM) downgraded at BMO Capital... Scorpio Bulkers (SALT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Star Bulk Carriers (SBLK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... StoneCastle (BANX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Suncor (SU) downgraded to Hold from Buy at TD Securities... ZS Pharma (ZSPH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi.
07:43 EDTXOMExxon Mobil downgraded to Underperform on subpar oil leverage at Raymond James
As previously reported, Raymond James downgraded Exxon Mobil to Underperform from Market Perform. Analyst Pavel Molchanov expects a modest oil recovery in 2016 and said Exxon Mobil's limited leverage to oil prices will act as a hindrance during a recovery. Molchanov expects Exxon shares to be a source of funds for investors turning more constructive on oil in 2016. The analyst said this is not a short-term trading call but a 6-12 month time horizon, which could prove wrong if oil spends the year below $50 territory.
06:36 EDTXOMExxon Mobil downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James
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November 17, 2015
10:16 EDTBPBP confirms exploring sale of Alabama petrochemical facility
BP confirmed that it has decided to market for sale its Decatur, Alabama, petrochemicals complex as part of a broader reorganization of the company's global petrochemicals business. BP said its refocused petrochemicals strategy is pursuing a competitively advantaged portfolio through world-scale, low-cost facilities that utilize BP proprietary technology including the production of purified terephthalic acid, or PTA, a key raw material in the production of polyester. BP is spending $200M to upgrade its Cooper River, S.C., plant and its sister facility in Geel, Belgium - the largest PTA-producing sites in the Americas and Europe, respectively. The investment will enable the two facilities to lower operating costs, improve reliability and reduce emissions. Earlier this year, BP also started up its new Zhuhai 3 unit in Guangdong Province, China. Using BP's latest technology and capable of producing up to 1.25M tons of PTA per year, Zhuhai 3 is the world's largest single-train PTA production unit as well as being one of the largest and most efficient PTA production units in the world. While BP's Decatur complex no longer fits with this strategy, the facility has been a major contributor to BP's U.S. petrochemicals business for many years. It makes chemicals essential for the production of thousands of items, from plastic water bottles to flat-screen televisions. BP expects to complete a sale of all or part of the facility provided a buyer can be found and an acceptable deal can be reached. Reference Link
09:48 EDTBPBP to explore sale of Alabama petrochemical plant, Bloomberg reports
Bloomberg cites e-mailed statement from BP.
08:43 EDTAAgilent pullback after earnings a buying opportunity, says Cowen
Cowen said any pullback in Agilent after its Q4 earnings report would be a buying opportunity. Even though guidance was lower than expected, the firm still thinks 2017 targets are achievable. Cowen maintained its Market Perform rating and $39 price target on Agilent shares.

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