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February 6, 2014
07:41 EDTBA, SPR, EADSYSpirit AeroSystems reports total backlog about $41B at year end
Spirit's (SPR) backlog at the end of Q4 increased by over 7% from the previous quarter to $41B as orders exceeded deliveries. Spirit calculates its backlog based on contractual prices for products and volumes from the published firm order backlogs of Airbus (EADSY) and Boeing (BA), along with firm orders from other customers.
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February 23, 2015
16:27 EDTBAOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in negative territory and remained there for most of the session, with the Nasdaq the lone index to post a small gain. The Dow was weighed down by shares of Boeing (BA), which slid after the stock received a downgrade. There was little in the way of positive economic news, as the most notable report showed existing homes were lower than expected due to a shortage of inventory. The averages drifted for most of the session, as investors may be waiting on the sidelines ahead of tomorrow’s banking panel testimony by Fed Chair Janet Yellen. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed national activity index rebounded to 0.13 in January, which was nearly in-line with expectations. Existing home sales dropped 4.9% to a 4.82M rate in January, which was much worse than the expected 1.8% drop to a 4.95M unit rate. In Europe, the Ifo Institute’s measure of German business confidence rose to 106.8 in February, which was up a tenth of a percentage point from the previous month but below the 107.7 consensus forecast. Also, the Bank of Israel became the latest central bank to cut rates this year, lowering its main interest rate to 0.1% from 0.25%. COMPANY NEWS: The shares of a number of health insurers rose after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, issued preliminary 2016 Medicare Advantage rates. According to Credit Suisse, the rates were favorable for the insurers. Following the CMS announcement made late Friday, Humana (HUM) climbed $8.40, or 5.38%, to $164.52, UnitedHealth (UNH) rose $3.78, or 3.36%, to $116.40, and WellCare (WCG) gained $4.68, or 5.53%, to $89.30. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was PTC Therapeutics (PTCT), which jumped $9.77, or 17.7%, to $64.96 after Reuters said the company is working with financial advisers to explore a potential sale after receiving takeover interest from several companies including Shire (SHPG) and BioMarin (BMRN). Also higher was Valeant (VRX), which rose $25.49, or 14.71%, to $198.75 after the company agreed to buy Salix (SLXP) for $158 per share and also reported better-than-forecast earnings. Salix shares, however, fell $2.09, or 1.32%, to $155.76, as a report Friday from CNBC's David Faber telegraphed the deal and suggested Valeant could value Salix around $160 per share. Among the noteworthy losers was Spectrum Pharmaceuticals (SPPI), which dropped $1.18, or 15.82%, to $6.28 after a judge ruled that a drug which could compete with the company's Fusilev treatment does not infringe on the company's intellectual property. Also lower were shares of Boeing, which fell $3.57, or 2.26%, to $154.74 after the stock was downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman Sachs. INDEXES: The Dow fell 23.60, or 0.13%, to 18,116.84, the Nasdaq gained 5.01, or 0.1%, to 4,960.97, and the S&P 500 slipped 0.64, or 0.03%, to 2,109.66.
12:21 EDTBAOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:13 EDTBABoeing falls after Goldman downgrades to Sell, levels to watch
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09:59 EDTBAOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Antofagasta (ANFGY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Arch Coal (ACI) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Argus... BHP Billiton (BHP) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Beazer Homes (BZH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Boeing (BA) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Century Communities (CCS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... CyberArk (CYBR) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... DirecTV (DTV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Brean Capital... Enerplus (ERF) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Desjardins... Fiserv (FISV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Monness Crespi... GP Strategies (GPX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... Interactive Brokers (IBKR) downgraded to Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... MRC Global (MRC) downgraded at BB&T... Precision Castparts (PCP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Quest Diagnostics (DGX) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... Rio Tinto (RIO) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Roth Capital downgraded Spectrum (SPPI) on court case loss... Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Howard Weil... Ryland Group (RYL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Salix (SLXP) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink... Standard Pacific (SPF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Superior Energy (SPN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Transocean (RIG) downgraded to Negative from Neutral at Susquehanna... Vale (VALE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley.
06:51 EDTSPR, BAAerospace sector downgraded to Neutral from Attractive at Goldman
Goldman downgraded the Aerospace sector to Neutral based on group outperformance and increased downside risks. The firm believes Boeing (BA) and Airbus are now oversupplying the market after a decade of undersupply and replacement demand required to sustain production may prove difficult to achieve. Goldman said accelerated new aircraft replacements was partially due to fuel economics and lower fuel prices and global growth volatility could substantially change Aerospace dynamics. As part of the sector view change, Goldman downgraded Boeing to Sell from Neutral and Precision Castparts (PCP) to Natural from Buy.
06:19 EDTBABoeing downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman
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February 20, 2015
08:48 EDTBABoeing price target raised to $196 from $164 at Sterne Agee
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07:02 EDTEADSYAirbus in talks with Indian firms to produce military helicopters, Reuters says
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February 19, 2015
17:28 EDTBABoeing awarded $591.25M government contract modification
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07:46 EDTBAAustralia opens bids for $8B armored vehicle defense contract, WSJ says
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06:18 EDTEADSYBAE Systems sees winning more Typhoon jet, naval orders in 2015, WSJ reports
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February 18, 2015
09:02 EDTBAOrbital ATK begins production of Boeing 787 Dreamliner frames
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08:16 EDTBAKaman awarded 777/767 fixed trailing edge kits LTA by Boeing
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08:03 EDTBAAlaska Air purchasing six Boeing Extended Range aircraft
Alaska Airlines (ALK) is purchasing six more Boeing (BA) 737-900 Extended Range aircraft, valued at $594M. Boeing's current list price. The new planes, four scheduled for delivery in 2016 and two in 2017, bring Alaska's total of locally manufactured jets on order to 79.
07:07 EDTBABarclays to hold a conference
Industrial Select Conference is being held in Miami on February 18-19.
February 17, 2015
12:49 EDTSPRSpirit AeroSystems likely to collect some funds from Gulfstream,says Wells Fargo
After Spirit AeroSystems (SPR) disclosed in a February 13 regulatory filing that it had settled its dispute with General Dynamics' (GD) Gulfstream unit with respect to amounts due on G650 deliveries from 2010 through Q3 2013, Wells Fargo expects Spirit to collect some of the $135M that it held n retainage in accounts receivable for Gulfstream underpayments as of the end of last year. The firm says it cannot estimate the amount that Spirit will collect. It keeps an Outperform rating on Spirit.
11:04 EDTBABoeing awarded $29.5M contract for laser weapons on Navy ships
Boeing said it has been awarded a $29.5M contract to design and develop a beam control system that could provide exceptional accuracy for laser weapons on U.S. Navy warships.
07:03 EDTEADSYDucommun says awarded first direct contract on Airbus A350 XWB
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February 13, 2015
18:02 EDTBABoeing awarded $402.78M government contract modification
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07:49 EDTEADSYAirbus A321 deliveries rising as Asiana places prelim order for 25, Reuters says
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