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July 31, 2014
12:29 EDTTMUS, LLL, AVP, ILIAF, LPSN, OTEX, WFM, GE, SYF, S, EDAPOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were sharply lower at midday, following the lead of international markets that were also lower overnight after Argentina defaulted on its debt. The averages, which opened deep in the red, took another leg lower shortly after the open when the Chicago Purchasing Manager’s Index came out well below expectations with a reading of 52.6, versus a 63.0 forecast. The Argentinian default and the U.S. data, coupled with concerns over the Fed tightening its monetary policy sooner than expected, have pushed buyers to the sidelines ahead of tomorrow’s monthly jobs report. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims rose 23K to 302K in the week ended July 26 from a revised 279K figure for the prior week. The Chicago PMI dropped a surprising 10 points to 52.6 in July, making for its lowest print since June of 2013. Internationally, Argentina failed to head off its second default in the past 13 years, sending its stock and bond markets sharply lower and causing ripples throughout global debt and equity markets. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of T-Mobile (TMUS) gained 5% after the company reported second quarter results that beat expectations and The Wall Street Journal reported that French mobile carrier Iliad (ILIAF) has made an offer to acquire the company. Following that report, Sprint (S), which has been widely seen as the most logical buyer of T-Mobile, fell nearly 4%... Shares of Synchrony Financial (SYF), the North American Retail Finance business of GE Capital (GE) that is being spun off from the parent company, began trading on the New York Stock Exchange. 125M Synchrony shares priced at $23.00 per share and began trading at $23.00 per share. General Electric Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt stated afterward that the industrial giant continues to target completing its exit in late 2015 through a capital-efficient split-off transaction. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Open Text (OTEX), which rose 15%, and LivePerson (LPSN), which gained 18%, after both reported better than expected results and both were upgraded this morning at Credit Suisse. Also rising following their earnings reports were Avon (AVP), which advanced 3.7%, and Allstate (ALL), which moved 4.4% higher. Among the noteworthy losers was Whole Foods Market (WFM), which sunk 3% after the company cut its full-year guidance. Also lower was L-3 Communications (LLL), which dropped 16% and was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Drexel Hamilton after the company cuts its FY14 EPS outlook. Another loser in today's market was EDAP TMS (EDAP), which plunged 43% after an FDA panel voted against recommending approval for its Ablatherm-HIFU device. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 231.85, or 1.37%, to 16,648.51, the Nasdaq was down 88.96, or 1.99%, to 4,373.94, and the S&P 500 was down 32.24, or 1.64%, to 1,937.83.
News For TMUS;S;SYF;GE;WFM;OTEX;LPSN;ILIAF;AVP;LLL;EDAP From The Last 14 Days
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October 10, 2014
07:27 EDTTMUST-Mobile upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies
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07:25 EDTGEGE CEO to continue shedding divisions in FY15, Bloomberg says
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07:21 EDTGEGE expects data division to exceed $1B in sales this year, Reuters says
GE CEO Jeff Immelt said that the company was en route to gross over $1B in sales from its industrial data-analysis division in FY14, and is looking to broaden the availability of its software platform in FY15, according to Reuters, citing comments from Immelt. Reference Link
06:21 EDTAVPAvon Products upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS
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05:59 EDTAVPStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; AVP ACHN
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Avon Products (AVP) 61, Achillion (ACHN) 200 according to iVolatility.
05:45 EDTTMUST-Mobile upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies
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05:27 EDTILIAFIliad upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas
October 9, 2014
16:53 EDTLLLPointState Capital reports 6.0% passive stake in L-3 Communications
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10:00 EDTLPSNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Acuity Brands (AYI) upgraded at Oppenheimer... Agnico-Eagle (AEM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Desjardins... Apple (AAPL) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Bank of Montreal (BMO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... Basic Energy (BAS) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... BreitBurn Energy (BBEP) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Golden Minerals (AUMN) upgraded at Roth Capital... Helmerich & Payne (HP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... II-VI (IIVI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... LivePerson (LPSN) upgraded at Credit Suisse... Luminex (LMNX) upgraded to Market Perform at Cowen... MGM Resorts (MGM) upgraded at Craig-Hallum... New Gold (NGD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Desjardins... New Source Energy (NSLP) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Pacific Coast Oil (ROYT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Pioneer Energy (PES) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Precision Drilling (PDS) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Randgold (GOLD) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Resource Capital (RSO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at MLV & Co.... Toyota (TM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Transocean (RIG) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Iberia... Universal Technical (UTI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Vulcan Materials (VMC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow.
09:33 EDTGEGE, Verizon announce alliance
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07:54 EDTGEGeneral Electric to hold a meeting
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07:19 EDTLPSNLivePerson upgraded at Credit Suisse
As previously reported, Credit Suisse upgraded LivePerson to Outperform from Neutral. The firm upgraded shares based on expectations revenue growth will accelerate following positive checks for its new product platform, LiveEngage 2.0. Price target raised to $17 from $13.
06:36 EDTLPSNLivePerson upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
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06:22 EDTGECFM launches next phase of testing for LEAP engine
CFM International's LEAP engine took the skies for the first time on October 6 on a modified 747 flying testbed at GE Aviation Flight Test Operations in Victorville, California, launching the next phase of testing for the advanced engine program. The engine behaved well and completed multiple aeromechnical test points at various altitudes during the nearly three-hour first flight. Over the next several weeks, the engine will complete a comprehensive test schedule that will gauge engine operability, stall margin, performance, and acoustics. The LEAP-1A/-1C variants are on track for engine certification in 2015. The total program, which encompasses all three LEAP engine variants, includes 28 ground and CFM flight test engines, along with a total of 32 flight test engines for Airbus (EADSY), Boeing (BA), and COMAC. Although all three LEAP engine variants will fly on the modified testbed, the configuration currently being tested is a fully integrated propulsion system. CFM is a joint venture between GE (GE) and France's Safran. Reference Link
06:08 EDTAVPStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; AVP ACHN
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Avon Products (AVP) 60, Achillion (ACHN) 195 according to iVolatility.
October 8, 2014
09:05 EDTWFMLionsgate partners with Doritos, Mazda and Whole Foods Market for new film
Lionsgate (LGF) announced that PepsiCo's (PEP) Doritos, Mazda and Whole Foods Market's (WFM) Whole Planet Foundation will partner with the studio for the film The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 which opens in theaters worldwide on November 21.
08:12 EDTTMUST-Mobile checks positive, says Pacific Crest
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07:15 EDTLPSNLivePerson to hold a user conference
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07:09 EDTSSprint to shut down WiMAX network around November 6, 2015, FierceWireless says
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05:58 EDTAVPStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; AVP AMD
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