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March 12, 2014
12:44 EDTTOL, EPL, WLH, PGR, PAY, PHM, EXXI, GERNOn 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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July 27, 2015
10:13 EDTPHMHigh option volume stocks
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07:26 EDTPGRAaron's shares should be bought on weakness, says KeyBanc
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July 24, 2015
05:45 EDTEXXIStocks with implied volatility movement; EXXI HPQ
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July 23, 2015
06:35 EDTPHMPulteGroup reports Q2 EPS 28c, consensus 26c
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July 22, 2015
16:25 EDTWLHWilliam Lyon Homes promotes of Matthew Zaist to co-CEO
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15:26 EDTPHMNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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July 20, 2015
10:00 EDTPGROn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:34 EDTPGRProgressive downgraded to Sell from Hold at Deutsche Bank
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July 17, 2015
13:04 EDTPGRProgressive June miss due to higher than expected cat losses, says Wells Fargo
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09:00 EDTPGRProgressive reports Q2 EPS with gain 62c, may not compare to consensus 55c
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July 16, 2015
15:02 EDTPGRNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include General Electric (GE), consensus 28c... Honeywell (HON), consensus $1.49... Synchrony Financial (SYF), consensus 62c... SunTrust Banks (STI), consensus 81c... Progressive (PGR), consensus 55c... W.W. Grainger (GWW), consensus $3.05... Kansas City Southern (KSU), consensus $1.02... JB Hunt Transport (JBHT), consensus 90c... Autoliv (ALV), consensus $1.55... Comerica (CMA), consensus 75c... First Horizon (FHN), consensus 20c.
July 15, 2015
07:29 EDTPAYNokia's HERE forms Open Mobile Ticketing Alliance
Nokia's (NOK) HERE mapping services announced that along with partners in the public and private sector it is forming the Open Mobile Ticketing Alliance, an effort to develop global standards that would allow people to buy public transit tickets from a single app on their mobile devices in cities worldwide. The aim of the Open Mobile Ticketing Alliance is to enable the vision of 'Register once, travel anywhere' by developing open, interoperable standards with payment vendors and transit operators. Other founding members include transportation service providers Scheidt & Bachmann and Thales (TCSFY), and mobile payment provider Verifone (PAY) Mobile Money. Public transit authorities implementing solutions based on OMTA benefit from lower fare-collection costs, while passengers can get the lowest possible fare based on how often they ride.

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