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March 12, 2014
12:44 EDTEXXI, GERN, TOL, EPL, WLH, PGR, PAY, PHMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with the Nasdaq the lone major index trading in positive territory. Stocks trading in New York began the session in the red, taking their lead from overseas markets which were weaker on global growth concerns. The market drifted off its lows and all three major averages made it back to positive ground, though the Dow and S&P have slipped back below yesterday's closing levels. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., MBA's mortgage applications index fell 2.1% last week. The federal budget for February is scheduled to be reported at 2:00 pm ET. In Asia, Reuters said overnight that China's central bank is prepared to cut the amount of cash that banks must keep as reserves if economic growth slows further. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of a number of homebuilders sunk after Credit Suisse downgraded three companies in the sector, saying that the spring selling season looks set to be "underwhelming." Credit Suisse analyst Daniel Oppenheim wrote that the firm's survey of real estate agents last month indicates that demand for housing was weak. Buyer traffic fell compared with January and February 2013, the analyst stated, adding that homebuilders' stocks generally reflect optimistic outlooks. As a result, he downgraded three names in the sector - Toll Brothers (TOL), PulteGroup (PHM), and William Lyon Homes (WLH) - to Neutral from Outperform. Near midday, Pulte shares were down over 2%, Toll slid almost 2% and William Lyon fell 1%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was electronic payment solution provider VeriFone Systems (PAY), which hit a new 52-week high earlier in the session and was up about 9% near midday after the company's first quarter results topped expectations. Also higher was EPL Oil & Gas (EPL), which jumped 30% after the company agreed to be acquired by Energy XXI (EXXI) in a deal that will see stockholders receive a consideration valued at $39.00 per EPL share. Shares of Energy XXI slipped 6% following the deal announcement. Among the other noteworthy losers was insurer Progressive (underwhelming), which fell more than 3% after reporting its net premiums written rose 3% to $1.54B in February. Also lower were shares of Geron (GERN), which plunged over 62% and was downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray after the FDA put a full clinical hold for all company-sponsored imetelstat studies. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 36.20, or 0.22%, to 16,315.05, the Nasdaq was up 3.14, or 0.07%, to 4,310.33, and the S&P 500 was down 3.89, or 0.21%, to 1,863.74.
News For TOL;PHM;WLH;GERN;PAY;EPL;EXXI;PGR From The Last 14 Days
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January 20, 2015
08:16 EDTPHMPulteGroup downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham
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07:11 EDTPHMPulteGroup downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
Price target lowered to $19 from $20.
January 16, 2015
13:37 EDTPAYManning & Napier Advisors reports 5.15% passive stake in Verifone
10:01 EDTPGROn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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05:49 EDTPGRProgressive downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette
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January 15, 2015
10:00 EDTPHM, TOLOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:38 EDTPHMPulteGroup initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
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07:38 EDTTOLToll Brothers initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
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January 14, 2015
10:00 EDTPGROn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:06 EDTPHMKB Home margin issues company specific, says Deutsche Bank
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06:28 EDTPGRProgressive upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie
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January 13, 2015
16:24 EDTPHMOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
The Wall Street averages spent time in both positive and negative territory during the session, before closing a bit below where they'd started the day. The market opened sharply higher after Alcoa’s (AA) better than expected report gave some optimism about the upcoming earnings season. The early move higher came despite oil continuing its slide. The major averages saw their highs shortly after the open and then began to drift slowly lower. By mid-afternoon the market was in the red, though the equity averages eventually made it briefly back into positive ground, but failed to hold those narrow gains into the close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the NFIB small business optimism index for December came in at 100.4, which was stronger than the expected 98.5 reading. The JOLTS report showed job openings increased 142K to 4.972M in November, beating the 4.85M consensus forecast. Treasury posted a $1.9B surplus in December, which was a bit below the expected surplus of $3B. Also of note is the fact that the U.S. and European benchmarks of WTI and Brent crude were at parity for the first time since 2013 during the session, with both trading near $46 per barrel for a time. COMPANY NEWS: KB Home (KBH) reported better than expected revenue and higher orders in its fourth quarter, but the stock declined $2.70, or 16.29%, to $13.87 after CEO Jeffrey Mezger warned on the associated earnings call that margins could drop "significantly" in its current quarter from the levels seen last year. KB's margin outlook, which it blamed on rising costs, heavier use of incentives and a sequential decline in average selling prices, dragged down peers in the housing space as well. D.R. Horton (DHI), the biggest homebuilder by market cap, finished the day down $1.26, or 4.83%, to $24.82, while PulteGroup (PHM) also slid $56c, or 2.47%, to $22.13... MetLife (MET) said it will sue to oppose the U.S. Financial Stability Oversight Council’s designation of the insurer as a SIFI, or "systemically important financial institution." The life insurer called the label premature and said it has offered “substantial and compelling evidence” that it isn’t a SIFI. Wells Fargo said it thinks it is appropriate for MetLife to challenge the ruling, though the firm does not presently see a Dodd-Frank provision that enables an entity to shed its designation. Wells added that a MetLife victory would have no impact on either AIG (AIG) or Prudential (PRU), which did not challenge their SIFI designations before their windows closed. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Emulex (ELX), which rose $1.21, or 20.86%, to $7.01 after the company issued better than expected guidance on its second quarter results. Also higher was McGraw Hill Financial (MHFI), which jumped $5.13, or 5.98%, to $90.89 after reports said the company's Standard & Poor’s rating unit was in talks about a potential $1B settlement to its fight with the Justice Department and state attorneys general over allegations of inflating credit ratings on mortgage investments preceding the financial crisis. Among the noteworthy losers was ChannelAdvisor (ECOM), which plunged $11.32, or 53.52%, to $9.83 after its fourth quarter revenue warning prompted no less than eight downgrades of the stock by Street analysts. Also lower were shares of Ocwen Financial (OCN), which dropped $4.41, or 36.18%, to $7.78 after the Los Angeles Times reported that California is seeking to suspend the company's mortgage license in the state. Altisource Portfolio Solutions (ASPS), which is a related company to Ocwen, also declined $10.45, or 38.79%, to $16.49. Shares of GoPro (GPRO) fell $6.91, or 12.17%, to $49.87 after the Patently Apple blog reported that Apple (AAPL) was granted a patent for a camera system that specifically mentions the weaknesses of GoPro devices. INDEXES: The Dow fell 27.16, or 0.15%, to 17,613.68, the Nasdaq lost 3.21, or 0.07%, to 4,661.50, and the S&P 500 dropped 5.23, or 0.26%, to 2,023.03.
12:48 EDTPHM, TOLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:50 EDTTOL, PHMKB Home comments hit shares of Homebuilders
Shares of companies in the Homebuilders space declined after KB Home (KBH) said on its earnings conference call that it will not meet its housing gross profit margin goal in 2015. KB cautioned that there is "still much work to do be done" to achieve its financial goals going forward. The homebuilder noted that as Q4 progressed, demand in some of its markets softened. It expects gross margins in Q1 to be down "significantly" from the year-ago period. Publicly traded companies in the space include Beazer Homes (BZH), D.R. Horton (DHI), Hovnanian (HOV), Lennar (LEN), M.D.C. Holdings (MDC), PulteGroup (PHM), Ryland Group (RYL) and Toll Brothers (TOL). The stocks moved lower following KB's comments.
11:44 EDTTOL, PHMHomebuilders decline after KB says won't hit 2015 housing margin goal
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January 12, 2015
10:00 EDTTOLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:50 EDTTOLToll Brothers downgraded at KeyBanc
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06:52 EDTTOLToll Brothers downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc
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