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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 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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October 16, 2014
15:22 EDTGERNGeron volatility increases to 134
Geron overall option implied volatility of 134 is above its 26-week average of 106 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement.
07:23 EDTEXXIHart Energy to hold a conference
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October 15, 2014
11:46 EDTEXXIOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:02 EDTEXXIOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:25 EDTEXXICanaccord to hold a conference
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07:18 EDTEXXIEnergy XXI upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Global Hunter
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05:49 EDTEXXIStocks with implied volatility movement; EXXI AFSI
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October 14, 2014
11:28 EDTEXXIOptions with increasing implied volatility
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October 13, 2014
12:33 EDTEXXIOptions with increasing implied volatility
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October 10, 2014
14:23 EDTEXXIEnergy XXI volatility increases as shares trend to five-year low
Energy XXI October call option implied volatility is at 101, November is at 85, December is at 98, January is at 86; compared to its 26-week average of 43 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement.
12:11 EDTEXXIOptions with increasing implied volatility
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11:44 EDTPGRProgressive September operating EPS better than expected, says Wells Fargo
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10:01 EDTPHMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:28 EDTPHMPulteGroup upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at FBN Securities
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09:17 EDTPAYVeriFone management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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08:49 EDTPGRProgressive reports September net premiums written up 5% to $1.42B
Reports September net premiums earned up 6% to $1.4B. Reports September net income up 49% to $92M. Reports September net income per share 16c vs. 10c last year.
07:14 EDTPAYJackson Square reports 11.94% passive stake in VeriFone
October 9, 2014
11:00 EDTEXXIOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: ARWR PBR EXXI PWE GST GLNG WTW AFSI ETE VALE
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