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March 12, 2014
12:44 EDTEXXI, GERN, TOL, EPL, WLH, PGR, PAY, PHMOn 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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September 2, 2015
17:04 EDTGERNGeron announces publication of two papers in NEJM
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September 1, 2015
08:06 EDTPAYVerifone, Aava Mobile partner to offer 'pocketable' mPOS Solution
Verifone (PAY) and Aava Mobile announced the first handheld mobile point of sale solution powered by Intel (INTC) to deliver a flexible, long-lasting EMV-ready mPOS solution for enterprise retailers. The solution is based on Verifone's device and operating system-agnostic mPOS terminal integrated with Aava Mobile's rugged handheld tablet PC, which is powered by the Intel Atom processor.
August 28, 2015
17:23 EDTGERNGeron files $250M mixed securities shelf
07:12 EDTPGRWilliam Blair names 21 stocks best positioned for volatile markets
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August 25, 2015
16:43 EDTTOLOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
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13:00 EDTPHM, TOLToll Brothers lags market rebound after reporting Q3 results
Shares of luxury home builder Toll Brothers (TOL) are trading lower after reporting third quarter profit and revenue that were lower than last year's Q3 results. WHAT'S NEW: Toll Brothers this morning reported Q3 earnings per share of 36c, well below the 53c the company reported in the year-ago quarter. Revenue for the quarter of $1.03B and deliveries of 1,419 units declined 3% in dollars and 2% in units from the year-ago level, while impairments rose to $18M from $6M in the year-ago quarter. Analysts were expecting Toll Brothers to report Q3 EPS of 49c on revenue of $1.05B. The company said that the average price of homes delivered was $724,000, compared to $732,000 in 3Q14. Looking ahead, Toll Brothers forecast fourth quarter deliveries of 1,645-1,945 units priced between $780,000-$800,000. The company also lowered the top end of its 2015 home deliveries forecast, and now sees deliveries of 5,350-5,650 homes compared to its prior forecast of 5,300-5,900 homes. Separately, The Commerce Department reported new home sales for July were up 5.4% to an annual pace of 507,000, which fell within the range of expectations. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On quarterly earnings conference call, Toll Brothers said it still sees net income and gross margin growth in 2016. The company added that the housing recovery is built on a "very solid foundation." The steady acceleration the industry is experiencing bodes well for the health of housing market due to pent-up demand, increasing household formations and current industry-wide production, the company said. The home builder said that there is "significant room" for growth with increased profitability in fiscal year 2016 and beyond. Toll also said it sees further consolidation in the sector. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the home building space include Lennar Corporation (LEN) PulteGroup (PHM), Hovnanian Enterprises, (HOV) and Ryland Group (RYL). PRICE ACTION: Shares of Toll Brothers are down 0.5% to $37.87 amid a broader market advance.
11:54 EDTTOLToll Brothers sees further consolidation in home builder sector
11:51 EDTTOLToll Brothers says continues to have 'terrific' pricing power
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11:22 EDTTOLToll Brothers says 'careful,' 'opportunistic' about land spend
11:18 EDTTOLToll Brothers says housing market remains on an upward trend
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11:18 EDTTOLToll Brothers says still sees net income, gross margin growth in 2016
Says that for the first four weeks of August, contracts in units are up 16% vs. last year. Says seeing strength in "active adult" communities. Says rental apartment business continues to outperform expectations. Says plans to expand rental apartment business nationally. Says housing recovery built on "very solid foundation." Says slow but steady acceleration industry is experiencing bodes well for health of housing market due to pent up demand, increasing household formations, current industry wide production. Says has "significant room" for growth, increased profitability in FY16 and beyond. Says "very optimistic" about future. Sees Q4 tax rate approx. 31%, FY tax rate around 32% vs. previous view of around 31%. Still sees net income, gross margin growth in 2016. Comments made on the Q3 earnings conference call. Toll Brothers is fractionally lower at $38.05 in morning trading.
09:59 EDTPAYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:33 EDTPAYVerifone upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray
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05:34 EDTTOLToll Brothers sees FY15 deliveries 5,350-5,650 units priced between $745K-$760K
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05:33 EDTTOLToll Brothers sees Q4 deliveries 1,645-1,945 units priced between $780K-$800K
05:32 EDTTOLToll Brothers reports Q3 EPS 36c, may not compare to consensus 49c
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August 24, 2015
15:09 EDTTOLNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include Best Buy (BBY), consensus 34c... Toll Brothers (TOL), consensus 49c... Valspar (VAL), consensus $1.26... DSW (DSW), consensus 42c... Children's Place (PLCE), consensus (33c).
13:01 EDTTOLEarnings Watch: UBS positive on Toll Brothers ahead of Q3 results
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12:45 EDTTOLToll Brothers technical comments before earnings
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August 21, 2015
07:48 EDTTOLToll Brothers August volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Toll Brothers August weekly call option implied volatility is at 38, September is at 30, December is at 26; compared to its 52-week range of 20 to 34, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on August 25.
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