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January 27, 2014
12:28 EDTSLM, WIT, NNI, RGR, INFY, FMD, SWHC, CTSHStocks worth watching ahead of State of the Union
Student lenders, IT outsourcers, and gun makers are among the sectors that investors may want to keep an eye on ahead of the State of the Union address tomorrow night. STUDENT LENDERS: Senator Elizabeth Warren intends to introduce a bill to let students refinance their old loans at new, lower rates, she said earlier this month. Shares of SLM Corp. (SLM), which provides loans to college students, have been weak due to concerns that President Obama will express support for this legislation during his State of the Union address tomorrow night, FBR Capital analyst Edward Mills wrote in a note to investors last week. But the concern is misplaced, as Congress is unlikely to pass Warren's bill, Mills contended. He thinks the weakness in the stock of the company formerly known as Sallie Mae creates a buying opportunity for investors. Other names in the student lending space include First Marblehead (FMD) and Nelnet (NNI). INDIAN IT OUTSOURCERS: On Saturday, The Wall Street Journal reported that President Obama is likely to highlight immigration reform legislation in the State of the Union address, Wells Fargo analyst Ed Caso stated in a note to investors earlier today. Immigration reform legislation could surface next spring, and the House could vote on it in the early fall, Caso stated, citing unnamed sources. The House bill may be less hurtful to Indian IT outsourcing companies than the Senate immigration reform bill, the analyst believes. But the outsourcers' stocks could be negatively impacted by the advancement of legislation in the House, he added. Indian IT outsourcing companies provide foreign workers who hold temporary U.S. visas to American firms. A new immigration law could place restrictions on these visas, undermining the Indian IT outsourcers' business. Stocks in the outsourcing space include Cognizant Technology (CTSH), Infosys (INFY) and Wipro (WIT). GUN MAKERS: In his 2013 State of the Union address, President Obama called on Congress to tighten the country's gun control laws. Congress did not comply with his request, and the President could reiterate his call, or even announce that he is taking action on his own on this issue. Names in the space include Smith & Wesson (SWHC) and Sturm, Ruger (RGR).
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October 5, 2015
17:30 EDTSWHC, RGRGunmakers surge as Clinton vows regulatory reform
Shares of gunmakers Smith & Wesson (SWHC) and Sturm Ruger (RGR) advanced Monday after presidential candidate Hillary Clinton reaffirmed her vow to expand firearm regulations following last week's Oregon shooting. REGULATORY PROMISES: Speaking at a New Hampshire town hall meeting, Hillary Clinton outlined her plan to reduce gun violence across the United States. The presidential candidate vowed to close loopholes affecting sales at gun shows and over the Internet, no longer permitting private sellers to skip background checks. Additionally, the Democrat promised to revise the so-called "default proceed" rule, which currently allows gun sales to proceed without background checks if that check is not completed within three days. Clinton also said she would strive to repeal a law preventing victims of gun crime from suing the firearm manufacturers themselves, and called for comprehensive background checks to "keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers, other violent criminals, and the severely mentally ill." PRICE ACTION: Shares of Smith & Wesson and Sturm Ruger rose a respective 7.29% and 2.75% during Monday's session, while hunting retailer Cabelas (CAB) advanced 2.88%. The positive moves come after a reported surge in gun sales on fears of sharply increased regulations, with Clinton notably promising to "take administrative action" on the issue.
13:47 EDTINFYOptions with increasing volume
Options with increasing volume; DOW BBBY HOG INFY JBL SFUN YNDX AMAT CIT
09:48 EDTSLMSallie Mae Strong Sell rating removed at Off Wall Street Research
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September 30, 2015
08:27 EDTINFYInfosys partners with General Electric for Internet of Things solutions
Infosys (INFY) will create new Internet of Things solutions in collaboration with General Electric (GE) and others to develop these solutions. The Industrial Internet Consortium, an international body of industries, governments and academics focused on developing best practices for the Industrial Internet, recently approved two Infosys-led testbeds: an Asset Efficiency Testbed tht enables holistic monitoring, analysis and optimization of critical infrastructure assets; and the Industrial Digital Thread Testbed, which creates more intelligent linkages between the three phases of manufacturing - design, production and field testing/service. IDT has been co-developed by Infosys and GE, and will be implemented first as a pilot project at GE Aviation.
September 29, 2015
19:46 EDTSLM, NNI, FMDNavient falls after government report criticizes student loan servicers
Shares of student loan stock Navient (NAVI) fell over 4% on Tuesday after the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, or CFPB, released a report critical of student loan servicers, titled 'Student loan servicing: Analysis of public input and recommendations for reform.' WHAT'S NEW: The CFPB's 152-page report cited issues such as conflicting, incomplete, or inaccurate loan statements; missing or ignoring specific payoff instructions which would apply payments to higher interest loans; and servicing transfers resulting in processing problems, surprise fees, damaged credit, lost repayment benefits and loan records, among other issues. WHAT'S NOTABLE: CFPB Director Richard Cordray said in a statement, "With one out of four student loan borrowers struggling to repay their loans or already in default, cleaning up the servicing market is critical. Today's report underscores the need for market-wide student loan servicing reforms to halt harmful practices and boost assistance for distressed borrowers." PRICE ACTION: Shares of Navient dropped 53c, or 4.36%, to $11.63 in Tuesday's trading session. PEERS: Other student loan servicers include First Marblehead (FMD), which fell 3.4%, SLM Corporation (SLM), which declined 0.86%, and Nelnet (NNI), which was up fractionally.
September 28, 2015
10:00 EDTINFYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: ANI Pharmaceuticals (ANIP) upgraded on valuation at Roth Capital... AbbVie (ABBV) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... Astec (ASTE) upgraded to Accumulate from Neutral at Global Hunter... Atmel (ATML) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... BAE Systems (BAESY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... BG Group (BRGYY) upgraded on valuation at BMO Capital... Boston Scientific (BSX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... C.H. Robinson (CHRW) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Citi (C) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Diamond Offshore (DO) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... Endologix (ELGX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... Infosys (INFY) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Societe Generale... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded on confidence in CEO, initiatives at Sterne Agee CRT... Knowles (KN) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at FBR Capital... Lexicon (LXRX) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Gabelli... MTN Group (MTNOY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Natera (NTRA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Omnicell (OMCL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sidoti... RBC Bearings (ROLL) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Global Hunter... Raptor Pharmaceuticals (RPTP) upgraded to Perform from Underperform at Oppenheimer... Regal Entertainment (RGC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Repsol (REPYY) upgraded on valuation at BMO Capital... Star Bulk Carriers (SBLK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Stoneridge (SRI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Transocean (RIG) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... Vertex (VRTX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Wabash (WNC) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Global Hunter.
06:13 EDTINFYInfosys upgraded to Hold from Sell at Societe Generale
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