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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.
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September 9, 2014
10:10 EDTPHMOn the Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:12 EDTPAYOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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05:46 EDTPHMPulteGroup upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan
JPMorgan upgraded PulteGroup to Neutral citing valuation and raised its price target for shares to $22 from $19.
September 8, 2014
14:19 EDTPAYAlex Meruelo Living Trust reports 5.45% stake in VeriFone
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10:42 EDTPAYOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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September 5, 2014
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10:05 EDTPAYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:30 EDTPAYApple iWallet would be positive for payment networks, says JPMorgan
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06:00 EDTPAYVeriFone downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James
Raymond James downgraded VerFone to Market Perform due to valuation, ongoing reinvestments that limit upside profitability, and potentially peaking EMV demand at large customers.
September 4, 2014
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09:06 EDTPAYOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: PVH Corp. (PVH), up 9%... Verifone (PAY), up 3.8%... Methode Electronics (MEI), up 13%... Bazaarvoice (BV), up 9%. ALSO HIGHER: Bolt Technology (BOLT), up 35.7% after Teledyne (TDY) agrees to acquire the company for $22 per share in cash... Mitek Systems (MITK), up 58% after USAA lawsuit settlement... Tibco Software (TIBX), up 7% after announcing that it is reviewing strategic alternatives... Stereotaxis (STXS), up 22% after receiving FDA clearance for Vdrive with V-Loop system... NewLink (NLNK), up 3.4% after reporting FDA approval for Phase 1 clinical studies of Ebola vaccine. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Ciena (CIEN), down 3%... Joy Global (JOY), down 1%... Matrix Service (MTRX), down 11%... Mobileye (MBLY), down 1.3%. ALSO LOWER: Yum! Brands (YUM), down 2.8% after updating third quarter China division same-store sales guidance... 3D Systems (DDD), down 2.9% after downgraded at Pacific Crest... GoPro (GPRO), down 3.5% after downgraded at JPMorgan... Shanda Games (GAME), down 4% after announcing reconstitution of special committee.
07:36 EDTPAYVeriFone ups FY14 EPS view to $1.46-$1.47, consensus $1.45
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07:35 EDTPAYVeriFone sees Q4 EPS 39c-40c, consensus 42c
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07:34 EDTPAYVeriFone reports Q3 EPS 40c, consensus 35c
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September 3, 2014
17:44 EDTTOLToll Brothers looks unattractive, Barron's says
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15:29 EDTPAYNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Joy Global (JOY), consensus 84c; VeriFone Systems (PAY), consensus 35c; Ciena (CIEN), consensus 29c; Mattress Firm (MFRM), consensus 60c; Methode Electronics (MEI), consensus 40c; UTi Worldwide (UTIW), consensus 1c.
07:38 EDTPAYVeriFone Q3 results could bring another guidance raise, says Jefferies
Jefferies does not think expectations are too high into VeriFone's Q3 results tomorrow. The firm believes another FY14 guidance hike is possible, and that a beat and raise quarter would be positive for shares. Jefferies says the upside potential in Q3 is unlikely to be as big as Q2. It keeps a Buy rating on VeriFone with a $42 price target.
06:16 EDTTOLToll Brothers sees FY14 revenue $3.76B-$3.99B, consensus $3.84B
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06:14 EDTTOLToll Brothers sees Q4 home deliveries 1,710-1,910
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05:59 EDTTOLToll Brothers reports Q3 EPS 53c, consensus 45c
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