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March 12, 2014
12:44 EDTEPL, WLH, PGR, PAY, PHM, EXXI, GERN, TOLOn 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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December 15, 2014
14:11 EDTPAYVeriFone technical comments ahead of results
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13:56 EDTPAYVeriFone technical comments ahead of results
The stock has been in a downtrend since topping out near the 52-week high in November. That 52-week high, at $38.26, has been notable resistance in the prior year. If the news is weaker than expected, the downtrend could extend. Support levels that could become additional downside objectives are at $31.13, $30.19, and $28.95. A move that takes the shares below $30 would signal a potential major topping pattern that could be long-term bearish for price. If the news is better than expected, resistance levels that could become upside objectives are at $34.94, $36.53, $37.46, and the 52-week high at $38.26.
10:10 EDTPAYHigh option volume stocks:
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December 12, 2014
07:43 EDTPHMPulteGroup remains a Key Call, says UBS
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December 11, 2014
10:13 EDTTOLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ARIAD (ARIA) downgraded at Credit Suisse... AbbVie (ABBV) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Aimco (AIV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc... Anglo American (AAUKY) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Approach Resources (AREX) downgraded at Sterne Agee... CommVault (CVLT) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Fifth Street Senior (FSFR) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Harmonic (HLIT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sidoti... Macerich (MAC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Newell Rubbermaid (NWL) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Olin Corp. (OLN) downgraded at Longbow... Penn West (PWE) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Prudential plc (PUK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... Semiconductor Manufacturing (SMI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Suncor (SU) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Talisman Energy (TLM) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Thompson Creek (TC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Toll Brothers (TOL) downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Travelers (TRV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... United Therapeutics (UTHR) downgraded at Credit Suisse... Vera Bradley (VRA) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Sterne Agee.
07:23 EDTTOLToll Brothers downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
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06:13 EDTTOLToll Brothers downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
December 10, 2014
14:57 EDTTOLToll Brothers says orders through first six weeks of Q1 up 16%
Says if order growth continues, FY15 results likely to come in at upper end of forecast. Says homebuyers still 'skittish.' Says expects housing recovery to be "bumpy." Says demand will come back when buyers no longer fear price drops. Says has pricing power in CA, NYC, Dallas. Says looking to expand City Living into new markets.
14:35 EDTTOLToll Brothers sees accelerating community count growth into FY16
Says "very excited" about FY16. Expects more community growth in FY15, FY16. Says lacks pricing power to improve margins. Says FY15 city living to fall roughly 15% in dollars. Says will be "opportunistic" in regard to share repurchases.
14:23 EDTTOLToll Brothers sees FY15 gross margins roughly flat vs. FY14
Sees 270-310 communities at end of FY15. Sees FY15 tax rate 36%. Sees drop in city living condo sales in FY15, but expects recovery in FY16. Expects improving operating margins, deliveries in FY16. Expects housing recovery to continue for many years. Comments from company's Q4 earnings conference call.
08:39 EDTPGRProgressive reports Nov. net premiums written up 9% to $1.3B
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07:26 EDTPHMPulteGroup price target raised to $26 from $23 at Susquehanna
Susquehanna raised its price target on PulteGroup to reflect the company's current return profile, which has done better than its historic average. Susquehanna reiterated its Positive rating on PulteGroup shares.
05:31 EDTTOLToll Brothers expects to deliver 5,000-6,000 homes in FY15
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05:25 EDTTOLToll Brothers reports Q4 EPS 71c, consensus 73c
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December 9, 2014
15:18 EDTTOLNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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10:23 EDTPGROn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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06:57 EDTPGRProgressive initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan
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December 8, 2014
14:30 EDTPHMPulteGroup December volatility elevated into investor day
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09:33 EDTEXXIEnergy XXI downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital
08:11 EDTGERNGeron to host analyst and investor meeting
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