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June 26, 2014
10:35 EDTETP, BCS, CHS, CBSO, HCA, APA, SO, D, ETE, TPHOptions with increasing implied volatility
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News For TPH;APA;CHS;ETE;HCA;BCS;D;CBSO;ETP;SO From The Last 14 Days
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January 31, 2016
15:37 EDTBCSBarclays, Credit Suisse to pay $154M to settle dark pool claims, Bloomberg says
Barclays (BCS) and Credit Suisse (CS) are expected to reach a $154.3M settlement Monday with New York and the SEC over allegations that they didn't give clients accurate information regarding their dark pool trading, reports Bloomberg, citing a source. Barclays will pay $70M while Credit Suisse will pay $84.3M, noted Bloomberg. Reference Link
January 29, 2016
14:24 EDTHCAEarnings Watch: Aetna down 9% since last report
Aetna (AET) is scheduled to report fourth quarter earnings before the market open on Monday, February 1, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Aetna, a diversified health care benefits company in the United States, operates in three segments: Health Care, Group Insurance, and Large Case Pensions. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.21 on revenue of $14.93B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.16-$1.32 on revenue of $14.44B-$15.36B. LAST QUARTER: Aetna reported third quarter EPS of $1.90 on revenue of $14.97B against analyst estimates of $1.77 and $14.95B, respectively. The company raised its fiscal 2015 EPS view to $7.45-$7.55 from "at least $7.40." Operating earnings were $668.6M for Q315 compared with $638.6M for Q314. The increase in operating earnings was primarily due to higher underwriting margins in Aetna's Health Care segment, partially offset by an increase in general and administrative expenses and lower underwriting margins in Aetna's Group Insurance segment. On January 11, Aetna said it see FY15 EPS at the high end of the $7.45-$7.55 range. Consensus for FY15 EPS is $7.54. STREET RESEARCH: On January 15, Wells Fargo said it expects health insurers' stock to do well this year, as the firm expects M&A deals made the last years to increase profits this year, and it thinks investors should be attracted to what it sees as the defensive names in the sector. Wells does not believe that any changes to or replacements of the ACA will be worse for the sector than the status quo. It identified Aetna and HCA Holdings (HCA) as its favorite names in the sector. On January 25, Leerink analyst Ana Gupte said she believed the recent selloff has provided a "strong" buying opportunity in the Managed Care space. Valuations are attractive on multiple metrics, Gupte told investors in a research note. Her top picks are UnitedHealth (UNH), Aetna, Humana (HUM) and Molina Healthcare (MOH). The analyst also favors Anthem (ANTM) and Cigna (CI). PRICE ACTION: Shares of Aetna are down approximately 9% since its last earnings report. The stock is up 2.6% to $101.42 in Friday afternoon trading ahead of Monday morning's report.
13:02 EDTBCSBarclays names Venkatakrishnan chief risk officer
Barclays (BCS) has named C.S. Venkatakrishnan as Chief Risk Officer. Venkatakrishnan joins Barclays from JP Morgan Chase (JPM) where he has been the Head of Model Risk and Development since 2012 and Head of Operational Risk since September 2013. He will join the Executive Committee of Barclays and report directly to the group CEO Jes Staley. Once Mr Venkatakrishnan assumes his new role, current Chief Risk Officer Robert Le Blanc will become Vice Chair of Risk and Strategy, reporting to Staley. Reference Link
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10:05 EDTDOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Abbott (ABT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Chuy's (CHUY) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Cypress Semiconductor (CY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee CRT... Darden (DRI) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Dominion (D) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Ensco (ESV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... First Financial (FFIN) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Global Partners (GLP) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Mitsubishi UFJ... Investors Bancorp (ISBC) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Compass Point... NetScout (NTCT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Precision Castparts (PCP) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Gabelli... Spirit AeroSystems (SPR) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Synaptics (SYNA) downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at Needham... Terex (TEX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Avondale... UniCredit (UNCFF) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Berenberg... United Rentals (URI) downgraded to Neutral from Positive at Susquehanna... Xcel Energy (XEL) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie.
07:36 EDTAPAAnalysts still predicting mergers as oil slump drags on, WSJ reports
Bankers and analysts have been predicting a wave of merger activity will come almost since crude prices began to fall from over $100 a barrel, but the only big acquisition by an oil major so far has been Shell's (RDS.A) purchase of BG Group (BRGYY), said The Wall Street Journal, which added that analysts still believe deal-making is likely to return this year if prices continue to languish. With Chevron (CVX) set to report today and its big peers soon to follow, analysts are expecting the four biggest publicly traded Western oil companies to have their weakest combined profits since 1998, the Journal noted. The report noted that U.S. shale oil producers, such as Apache (APA) and Whiting Petroleum (WLL), were previously targeted though potential sellers were reluctant to accept offers as they hoped for a rebound in oil prices and potential buyers wondered if any deal struck would look expensive if crude prices fell further, but "both impediments are gone now," the Journal contends. Reference Link
05:51 EDTDDominion downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS
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January 28, 2016
08:35 EDTHCAHCA Holdings sees FY16 adjusted EPS $6.00-$6.45, consensus $5.79
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08:33 EDTHCAHCA Holdings reports Q4 EPS $1.40, consensus $1.40
Reports Q4 revenue $10.249B, consensus $10.16B.
January 27, 2016
16:29 EDTETPEnergy Transfer Partners does not see need for common equity issuance in 2016
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16:28 EDTETPEnergy Transfer Partners evaluating project financing of Bakken pipeline
Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) announced it is evaluating project financing of the Bakken Pipeline. "This measure would materially reduce the direct spending required for this project and would substantially further reduce ETP's and Sunoco Logistics Partners' (SXL) 2016 growth capital funding requirements," the company noted.
16:27 EDTETPEnergy Transfer Partners sees FY16 growth capital funding $4.2B
Energy Transfer Partners announced it has identified approximately $750M of growth capital expenditures that can be reduced in 2016. ETP's current growth capital funding estimates for 2016 are $4.2B, compared to $4.95B that ETP previously projected.
14:34 EDTHCANotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:21 EDTETEEnergy Transfer plans to keep Williams takeover terms, Bloomberg reports
Energy Transfer Equity LP (ETE) plans to keep unchanged the terms of its Williams Cos. (WMB) acquisition, Bloomberg reports, citing people familiar with the matter. To cover some of the deal costs, Energy Transfer intends to make lower than expected quarterly distributions, a source told the news agency. Reference Link
13:18 EDTETEEnergy Transfer to keep terms of Williams takeover, Bloomberg says
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06:03 EDTTPHTRI Pointe authorizes $100M stock repurchase program
TRI Pointe has approved a $100M stock repurchase program under which the company may repurchase common stock with an aggregate value of up to $100M through January 25, 2017.
January 26, 2016
10:00 EDTSOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AMC Entertainment (AMC) upgraded on valuation, 2017 outlook at RBC Capital... America Movil upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... BNC Bancorp (BNCN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Gabelli... Casella Waste (CWST) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Cenovus Energy (CVE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Cracker Barrel (CBRL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... D.R. Horton (DHI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Zelman... Edison International (EIX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... First Financial Bancorp (FFBC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Hartford Financial (HIG) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities... Heartland Financial (HTLF) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... MFA Financial (MFA) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... National General (NGHC) upgraded to Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Navios Maritime Partners (NMM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... PG&E (PCG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... SBA Communications (SBAC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Sally Beauty (SBH) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Sanmina (SANM) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... Scorpio Bulkers (SALT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Southern Company (SO) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Evercore ISI... Southern Copper (SCCO) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Vodafone (VOD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies.
08:10 EDTSOSouthern Company upgraded to Hold from Sell at Evercore ISI
Evercore ISI analyst Greg Gordon upgraded upgraded Southern Company to Hold and increased his price target to $46 from $43.50.
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