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March 12, 2014
12:44 EDTTOL, PHM, WLH, GERN, PAY, EPL, EXXI, PGROn 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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October 29, 2014
10:33 EDTPGRProgressive to host conference call
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October 27, 2014
10:32 EDTPAYVeriFone rises after Barron's says Apple Pay positive for company
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09:14 EDTPAYOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:19 EDTPGRProperty/Casualty Insurers Association of America to hold a meeting
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October 26, 2014
13:28 EDTPAYApple Pay could make winners of VeriFone, others, Barron's says
Apple Pay (AAPL) could provide long-term investors with confidence in Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA) as well as make winners of VeriFone (PAY), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), and Synaptics (SYNA), Barron's contends in a feature article. Reference Link
October 23, 2014
06:43 EDTPHMPulteGroup reports Q3 EPS 37c, consensus 36c
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06:41 EDTPHMPulteGroup increases share repurchase authorization by $750M
PulteGroup also announced that its board approved a share repurchase authorization of $750M. At the end of Q3, the company had $85M available under its existing repurchase authorization.
06:40 EDTPHMPulteGroup raises quarterly dividend by 60% to 8c per share
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October 22, 2014
15:37 EDTPHMNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Comcast (CMCSA), consensus 71c; Union Pacific (UNP), consensus $1.52; 3M (MMM), consensus $1.96; AbbVie (ABBV), consensus 77c; Celgene (CELG), consensus 95c; Eli Lilly (LLY), consensus 67c; Occidental Petroleum (OXY), consensus $1.57; Caterpillar (CAT), consensus $1.36; Alexion Pharmaceuticals (ALXN), consensus $1.16; Precision Castparts (PCP), consensus $3.32; Raytheon (RTN), consensus $1.60; American Electric Power (AEP), consensus $1.02; Southwest Airlines (LUV), consensus 53c; Lorillard (LO), consensus 90c; T. Rowe Price (TROW), consensus $1.15; Mead Johnson (MJN), consensus 91c; Zimmer Holdings (ZMH), consensus $1.30; Nucor (NUE), consensus 73c; Nielsen (NLSN), consensus 65c; Prologis (PLD), consensus 46c; Sigma-Aldrich (SIAL), consensus $1.06; Under Armour (UA), consensus 40c; EQT (EQT), consensus 56c; Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS), consensus 88c; Cameron International (CAM), consensus $1.10; Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), consensus 89c; Quest Diagnostics (DGX), consensus $1.08; CMS Energy (CMS), consensus 41c; Airgas (ARG), consensus $1.29; PulteGroup (PHM), consensus 36c; Diamond Offshore (DO), consensus 79c; Bemis (BMS), consensus 67c.
12:19 EDTEXXIOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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October 20, 2014
14:47 EDTEXXIEnergy XXI price target lowered to $13 from $26 at Raymond James
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12:28 EDTPAYNCR Corp. plummets after guidance lowered
Shares of payment solutions company NCR Corp. (NCR) are sinking after the firm’s third quarter forecasts missed analysts’ consensus estimates and it lowered its outlook for fiscal 2014. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, NCR Corp. forecast Q3 EPS of 67c and revenue of $1.647B, below analysts' consensus estimates of 71c and $1.66B, respectively. Q3 free cash flow is seen at $132M, which includes the previously announced recovery of $93M related to the Fox River environmental matter. The company cited a challenging retail market as well as difficult global macroeconomic conditions, including foreign currency headwinds, for the weak outlook. WHAT'S NOTABLE: NCR Corp. lowered its FY14 EPS view to $2.60-$2.70 from $3.00-$3.10, compared to consensus of $3.00. It also cut its FY14 revenue outlook to $6.575B- $6.625B from $6.75B-$6.85B, versus consensus of $6.74B. The company said, “While we are disappointed by these results, our Financial Services business remains a bright spot, Q3 free cash flow improvement was strong, and our previously announced restructuring program is on track to deliver annual run-rate savings of approximately $90M by 2016. While we continue to be faced with challenging and uncertain market dynamics, we remain confident in the actions we are taking to address these challenges, including strengthening our Retail Solutions team and talent, as well as utilizing our restructuring program to allocate more resources to our highest growth, highest margin opportunities to drive long-term profitable growth.” PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, NCR Corp. fell $6.43, or about 21.5%, to $23.45 on nearly five times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week low of $23.32. Including today's pull back, the shares have lost approximately 41% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the payment solutions business include VeriFone Systems (PAY) and Diebold (DBD).
07:51 EDTPHMPulteGroup initiated with a Buy at Buckingham
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07:51 EDTTOLToll Brothers initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham
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07:03 EDTEXXIEnergy XXI CFO West Griffin steps down, Bruce Busmire to succeed
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October 17, 2014
11:25 EDTPAYVeriFone wins appeal of patent ruling in favor of CardSoft
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08:00 EDTPAYVeriFone fundamentals unchanged despite sell-off, says Jefferies
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