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July 31, 2014
12:29 EDTTMUS, AVP, OTEX, SYF, EDAP, ILIAF, WFM, S, LLL, LPSN, GEOn 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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February 3, 2016
07:04 EDTLLLCowen to hold a forum
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February 2, 2016
16:53 EDTWFMGoldman Sachs reports 6% passive stake in Whole Foods
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10:01 EDTGEGE Appliances agrees to four-year contract extension with Taylor Morrison
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08:04 EDTTMUSForum Global to hold a conference
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February 1, 2016
12:41 EDTLLLCACI completes acquisition of L-3 National Security Solutions
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10:00 EDTLLLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Air Products (APD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... American Airlines (AAL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Axiall (AXLL) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... BASF (BASFY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... CNH Industrial (CNHI) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... CU Bancorp (CUNB) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Fig Partners... CaixaBank (CAIXY) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Societe Generale... Chipotle (CMG) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Concho Resources (CXO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Continental Building (CBPX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Eastman Chemical (EMN) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA... Extreme Networks (EXTR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Glacier Bancorp (GBCI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Fig Partners... IBERIABANK (IBKC) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Infineon (IFNNY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Jarden (JAH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Joy Global (JOY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... KT Corporation (KT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Kennametal (KMT) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... L-3 Communications (LLL) upgraded to Buy on valuation at BofA/Merrill... Maximus (MMS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Micron (MU) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Monster Beverage (MNST) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Newell Rubbermaid (NWL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Northrop Grumman (NOC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... PTC (PTC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT... Peoples Bancorp (PEBO) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Boenning & Scattergood... Praxair (PX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Proofpoint (PFPT) upgraded to Outperform from In-Line at Imperial Capital... Seagate (STX) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Benchmark... Siemens (SIEGY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Superior Drilling (SDPI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Vertex (VRTX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Werner (WERN) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... ZAIS Financial (ZFC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays.
09:07 EDTGEGE to stop making coiled compact fluorescent lamps for U.S. market
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08:32 EDTGEGE Hitachi Nuclear Energy completes services outage at PWR facility
GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy announced the successful completion of its first services outage at a Pressurized Water Reactor, or PWR, facility. The outage, completed in partnership with Exelon Generation at the R.E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant in Ontario, New York, was completed under budget and ahead of schedule with no safety-related or human performance issues. GEH is a part of a global nuclear alliance created by GE and Hitachi to serve the global nuclear industry.
08:16 EDTLLLL-3 Communications upgraded to Buy on valuation at BofA/Merrill
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06:28 EDTLLLL-3 Communications upgraded to Buy from Underperform at BofA/Merrill
05:46 EDTGEGE Oil & Gas reports over $700M of customer agreements
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05:44 EDTGEGE Oil & Gas announces investments in Italy worth $600M
GE Oil & Gas announced a new Memorandum of Understanding that will lead to the investment of $600M over the next five years in Italy. The MoU was signed today in Florence by GE Oil & Gas at a ceremony attended by the Minister of Economic Development Federica Guidi, the President of Tuscany Region Enrico Rossi, GE's Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt, the President and CEO of GE Italia Sandro De Poli, the President and CEO of GE Oil & Gas Lorenzo Simonelli and the President of Nuovo Pignone Massimo Messeri. The investment in significant research, development and technological innovation in the country reaffirms GE Oil & Gas' commitment to the Italian market, and reinforces its cooperation with universities, SMEs and the regional economy where it operates. Tuscany is the home to Oil & Gas' Turbomachinery Solutions division and is also present in Lombardy, Calabria and Apulia. Another Memorandum of Understanding has been signed in the last weeks between Avio Aero - a GE Aviation business - and the Italian Minister of Economic Development, consisting of EUR200M over the next four years and involving Piedmont, Apulia and Campania, the geographical areas in which Avio Aero employs about 4,000 people. The MoU announced today will see GE Oil & Gas operations invest $600M over the next five years establishing a centre of global excellence in Tuscany for the oil and gas sector that will involve 500 highly qualified people coming from GE, universities, research labs, and small and medium-sized enterprises. The project aims at increasing Italian production by 50% and increase company revenue by $1.7B in five years. The program, named Galileo, supports the development of gas turbines and centrifugal compressors with a 5-65MW power range and innovative digital technologies covering their entire life cycle with aim of optimising the performance and operative life of the products.
January 31, 2016
11:39 EDTSS&P falls 5% in January despite second straight winning week to close month
Stocks finished the month of January with two straight winning weeks, but investors are still glad to see the calendar flip as those winners only cut the S&P's loss to 5% for the month. With growth worries abounding amid troubling signs from China and as oil languishes below $35 per barrel, the manufacturing readings from China, Europe, and the U.S. due out on Monday will be essential to whether the new month continues the uptrend of the end of January or the dour tone that dominated the early half of the month. MACRO NEWS: The Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged following its policy meeting this week, as almost universally expected. In its accompanying statement, the central bank said its committee members expect that economic conditions will "evolve in a manner that will warrant only gradual increases in the federal funds rate." The group added that inflation is expected to "remain low in the near term, in part because of the further declines in energy prices, but to rise to 2% over the medium term as the transitory effects of declines in energy and import prices dissipate and the labor market strengthens further"... In other domestic economic news, the Commerce Department's first read on fourth quarter gross domestic product came in at 0.7% annualized growth, below the already anemic 0.8% growth forecast. The S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5.8% from the prior year in November, topping expectations for a 5.7% year-over-year increase. The separate FHFA house price index showed a monthly gain of 0.5% in November, matching the consensus forecast. Markit's services PMI for January came in at 53.7, missing the 54.0 forecast. The preliminary reading of the Conference Board's consumer confidence index for January came in at 98.1, topping the 96.5 reading that was expected. New home sales surged 10.8% to a 544,000 annualized pace in December, topping expectations and hitting their highest level in 10 months. Initial jobless claims fell to 278,000 last week, versus the expected 281,000 first-time claims. Durable goods orders dropped 5.1% in December, versus expectations for a decrease of 0.7%. The core reading, which removes transportation items, was down 1.2%, versus expectations for a decline of 0.1%. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment index slipped to 92.0 in the final January print, missing the 93.0 reading that was forecast... In a surprising move in Asia, the Bank of Japan introduced a rate of minus 0.1% on certain excess holdings of cash while maintaining the pace of its asset purchases. Japan also reported data pointing to a softening economy, as total CPI grew 0.2% year-over-year in December, core CPI rose at only a 0.1% pace and industrial production fell a preliminary 1.4% month-over-month in December. COMPANY NEWS: McDonald's (MCD) advanced Monday after the fast food giant reported better than expected earnings and comparable sales growth for the fourth quarter, powered by the launch of All Day Breakfast in the U.S.... Earnings season accelerated Tuesday as four members of the bluechip Dow Jones Industrial Average posted results before the opening bell. 3M (MMM) was the top advanced on the index with a gain of over 5%, while Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Procter & Gamble (PG) and DuPont (DD) all notched gains that day following their reports as well... Apple (AAPL) declined more than 6.5% on Wednesday after the tech giant reported first quarter earnings that topped consensus estimates, but also issued revenue guidance for the new quarter that missed expectations. The company was noted by several analysts as taking a particularly downbeat tone in its earnings conference call, invoking the difficult macroeconomic environment and weakness it has recently seen in China. Apple was not the worst performer in the Dow that day, as Boeing (BA) shares plummeted nearly 9% after its profit outlook for the new fiscal year fell far short of the Street's consensus forecast... Facebook (FB) surged 15.5% on Thursday after the social media giant's fourth quarter earnings and revenue beat expectations. A number of Wall Street analysts increased their price targets for the stock following the report, including Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster, who hiked his target to a "Street-high" $170 per share. The same day, Caterpillar (CAT) reported better than expected quarterly earnings, excluding certain items, but its revenue came in below the consensus forecast and the heavy equipment maker warned that it does not anticipate an improvement in the world economy or commodity prices in 2016. The stock, which had declined almost 20% in the last three months prior to this morning's report, rebounded almost 5% after the company jumped over the lowered bar that had been set by bearish analysts... On Friday, shares of Amazon (AMZN) declined more than 7.5% after the company's fourth quarter results came in below expectations. Meanwhile, Microsoft (MSFT), which reported better than expected earnings, gained almost 6%. Chevron (CVX) reported a quarterly loss due to taking impairments and other charges of $1.1B. The company, which also reported that its average sales price per barrel of crude oil and natural gas liquids in the U.S. was $35 in fourth quarter, down from $66 a year ago, edged up 0.7% to $86.44... Among the many others reporting earnings this week, Visa (V), Mastercard (MA), Under Armour (UA), Sprint (S) and Biogen (BIIB) gained immediately following their reports, while Qualcomm (QCOM), eBay (EBAY), U.S. Steel (X), VMware (VMW) and Anthem (ANTM) all slid following their own... Xerox (XRX) announced plans to separate into two independent publicly-traded companies: one focused on Document Technology and another Business Process Outsourcing company. Xerox also announced an agreement related to the governance of the Business Process Outsourcing company under which six directors of the new company will be selected by Xerox and three will be selected by current Xerox shareholder Carl Icahn... Terex (TEX) surged more than 36% higher on Tuesday after receiving a $30 per share acquisition offer from China's Zoomlion. Terex peers Manitowoc (MTW), Joy Global (JOY) and Oshkosh (OSK) also gained after the offer was disclosed... Weight Watchers (WTW) shares soared nearly 20% Tuesday after noted shareholder and partner Oprah Winfrey tweeted a video detailing her progress using the company's program, indicating that she'd already lost 26 pounds thanks to its plan... AIG (AIG) provided its much-anticipated strategy update, committing to return at least $25B to shareholders over the next two years and announcing the sale of AIG Advisor Group to Lightyear Capital and PSP Investments. The company, under ongoing pressure from activist investors including Carl Icahn, also said it will publicly offer a portion of its United Guaranty unit, though it expressly rejected a full company breakup... SunEdison (SUNE) gained 18% during the week after agreeing to new corporate governance initiatives with David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital, including amending its bylaws to restrict equity issuances for two years without a supermajority board vote... Twitter (TWTR) slumped nearly 6% this week after CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed the departure of four company executives, leading research firm Stifel to downgrade the shares. INDEXES: The Dow gained about 2.2% to close at 16,466.30; the S&P 500 rose about 1.6% to close at 1,940.24; the Nasdaq advanced about 0.4% to close at 4,613.95.
January 29, 2016
09:34 EDTGEActive equity options trading on open: AMZN MSFT FB AAPL GILD GE
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06:10 EDTGEGE intends to invest $760M in Italy R&D facilities, Bloomberg reports
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January 28, 2016
09:04 EDTTMUST-Mobile adds Amazon Video, other services to 'Binge On'
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07:01 EDTLLLL-3 Communications raises FY16 EPS to $7.40-$7.60 from $6.90-$7.10
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06:59 EDTLLLL-3 Communications reports Q4 funded orders of $2.6B
Funded orders for the 2015 fourth quarter were $2.6 billion, a decrease of 18.7% compared to the 2014 fourth quarter. Funded orders for the year ended December 31, 2015 were $9.9 billion, compared to $11.0 billion for the year ended December 31, 2014. The book-to-bill ratio was 0.89x for the 2015 fourth quarter and 0.94x for the year ended December 31, 2015. Funded backlog declined 13% to $8.4 billion at December 31, 2015, compared to $9.7 billion at December 31, 2014, due to the divestiture of MSI and a book-to-bill ratio of less than 1.
06:58 EDTLLLL-3 Communications to be 'leaner' more focused company in 2016
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06:57 EDTLLLL-3 Communications reports Q4 adjusted EPS $2.16, consensus $2.00
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