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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 2, 2015
12:37 EDTTOLToll Brothers management to meet with MKM Partners
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July 1, 2015
07:06 EDTEXXIEnergy XXI announces sale of East Bay Field
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June 30, 2015
13:42 EDTEXXICorEnergy completes GIGS acquisition, board confirms dividend raise
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10:59 EDTEXXICorEnergy could be worth $13 per share, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo views CorEnergy's (CORR) recently announced plans to buy the Grand Isle Gathering System from Energy XXI (EXXI) as a net positive, but also a deal that carries risks due to the financial health of the seller. The firm maintains its Outperform rating on CorEnergy and raised its price target range on the stock to $9-$11, but added that it believes the stock could be worth $13 per share if Energy XXI's financial position improves and the visibility of future payments increases.
June 22, 2015
19:00 EDTEXXIOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:25 EDTEXXIEnergy XXI monetization of GIGS takes current liquidity to nearly $1B
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16:19 EDTEXXICorEnergy to acquire GIGS from Energy XX for $245M in cash
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10:00 EDTPGROn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:42 EDTPGRAllstate downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi
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07:21 EDTPGRProgressive upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James
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07:05 EDTEXXIEnergy XXI reaches agreement with BOEM on supplemental bonding
Energy XXI announced that after several constructive meetings and exchanges of information, Energy XXI has reached an agreement with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, or BOEM, with regard to supplemental bonding requirements for the company and its subsidiaries. Energy XXI has provided $150M of supplemental bonding, bringing the company's total supplemental bonding to $319M at an annual premium expense of $4.8M, with approximately $10M collateral posted. In addition, the company maintains $226M in Letters of Credit to third parties on additional assets in the Gulf of Mexico. The BOEM has agreed to withdraw its orders with regard to supplemental bonding upon dismissal of the appeals filed by Energy XXI with the Interior Board of Land Appeals, and postponed until November 15 the issuance of any further requirements for financial assurance with respect to activities on existing properties of Energy XXI and its subsidiaries. In addition to the consideration provided under the agreement, during the interim period, Energy XXI and its subsidiaries continue to cooperate with and engage in constructive discussions with the BOEM and its sister agency, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, with regard to decommissioning and financial assurance matters.
June 19, 2015
14:26 EDTTOL, PHMHomebuilders advance after KB Home reports earnings
Shares of homebuilder stocks are rallying in a down market after group member KB Home (KBH) reported second quarter EPS of 10c on revenue of $623M, beating consensus estimates of 8c and $619M, respectively. Net orders grew 33% to 3,015 in the current quarter, compared to 2,269 in the year-earlier quarter, largely driven by expansion in the company’s average community count. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading KB Home is up about 10% to $16.46. Other homebuilder stocks are moving up as well, with DR Horton (DHI) and PulteGroup (PHM) each up about 2% and Lennar (LEN) up 3%.

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