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March 12, 2014
12:44 EDTPGR, PAY, PHM, EXXI, GERN, TOL, EPL, WLHOn 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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April 24, 2015
09:39 EDTPHMPulteGroup upgraded to Buy from Hold at Zelman
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09:07 EDTPHMSusquehanna keeps Positive rating on PulteGroup despite Q1 shortfall
Susquehanna maintained its Positive rating on PulteGroup following the company's Q1 miss, which the company blamed on construction delays that pushed deliveries into the second half of the year. The firm noted that the company retained its full year guidance and expects gross margins off 23%. Susquehanna is tweaking its estimates to reflect cost pressures and limited pricing power, but maintained its $26 price target on PulteGroup shares.
April 23, 2015
09:58 EDTPHMPulteGroup falls after earnings miss, levels to watch
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09:18 EDTPHMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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06:32 EDTPHMPulteGroup reports Q1 EPS 15c, consensus 20c
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April 22, 2015
15:50 EDTPHMNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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April 21, 2015
10:01 EDTGERNOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Agios Pharmaceuticals (AGIO) initiated with a Perform at Oppenheimer... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... BioCryst (BCRX) initiated with an Outperform at FBR... Bovie Medical (BVX) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... Calavo Growers (CVGW) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... Clorox (CLX) initiated with a Sector Weight at KeyBanc... Coach (COH) initiated with a Sell, $32 target at Cantor... Compugen (CGEN) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Corcept Therapeutics (CORT) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Criteo (CRTO) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... CytRx (CYTR) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Dollar Tree (DLTR) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... Facebook (FB) initiated with a Buy at Cleveland Research... Gap (GPS) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Genocea (GNCA) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Geron (GERN) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Home Depot (HD) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... HubSpot (HUBS) initiated with a Buy at Needham... Jernigan Capital (JCAP) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... La Jolla (LJPC) initiated with an Outperform, $43 target at Oppenheimer... Lowe's (LOW) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Lumber Liquidators (LL) initiated with a Buy, $45 target at Cantor... New Residential (NRZ) reinstated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Rent-A-Center (RCII) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... Ross Stores (ROST) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Rubicon Project (RUBI) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... SolarCity (SCTY) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... SolarEdge (SEDG) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Spectrum Brands (SPB) initiated with an Overweight at KeyBanc... Summit Materials (SUM) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Synergy Resources (SYRG) initiated with a Buy at KLR Group... Synta Pharmaceuticals (SNTA) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... TJX (TJX) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Tiffany (TIF) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... TubeMogul (TUBE) initiated with a Market Perform at Raymond James... Urban Outfitters (URBN) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... WhiteWave Foods (WWAV) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... Williams-Sonoma (WSM) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Zafgen (ZFGN) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital.
April 20, 2015
18:48 EDTGERNOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Lam Research (LRCX), up 9.2%... Fortinet (FTNT), up 9%. ALSO HIGHER: Lumber Liquidators (LL), up 2% after being initiated with a Buy, $45 target at Cantor... Geron (GERN), up 2.2% after being initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Applied Materials (AMAT), up 1.6% after Lam Research reported quarterly results. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Sanmina (SANM), down 10.5%... IBM (IBM), down marginally... Rambus (RMBS), down 3.7%.
16:31 EDTGERNGeron initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer
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April 15, 2015
15:47 EDTPGRProgressive March EPS beat expectations, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo said Progressive's March operating EPS of 19c topped the firm's 13c estimate and meant its Q1 EPS came in at 46c, which was above the firm's 40c estimate and the consensus forecast of 43c. The firm keeps a Market Perform rating on Progressive, noting that it believes its shares could contract to a level closer to other personal lines peers as the company takes on more earnings volatility with its ASI acquisition.
08:58 EDTPGRProgressive reports Q1 EPS 50c, consensus 43c
Reports Q1 net premiums written up 8% to $5.07B and net premiums earned up 6% to $4.67B. Reports Q1 combined ratio of 92.7, down 0.7 pts. from prior year. Reports Q1 total pretax net realized gains on securities $33.0M, down 72% YoY.
April 14, 2015
15:34 EDTPGRNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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10:01 EDTPAYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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05:44 EDTPAYVerifone upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
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