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June 26, 2014
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October 14, 2014
16:37 EDTAPAApache announces resignation of CFO Alfonso Leon, appoints interim CFO
Apache announced that Alfonso Leon, executive vice president and CFO, has resigned to pursue other opportunities. Leon's departure is not related to any issues regarding financial disclosures, accounting or legal matters. Executive Vice President P. Anthony Lannie will serve as interim CFO as the company conducts a search for a new CFO. Prior to joining Apache as general counsel in 2003, Lannie served as president of Kinder Morgan Power Company and president of Coral Energy Canada, a subsidiary of Shell Oil Company.
12:20 EDTETEOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after three of the nation's largest banks reported on their results in the most recent quarter of the year. The market began the session in positive territory but the move seemed tenuous and the averages were almost back in negative ground within a half hour of the opening bell. As the morning progressed and the bears were unable to gain control, the buyers emerged and pushed the Dow to a triple digit gain and the Nasdaq to an increase of nearly 1.5%. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the National Federation of Independent Business' small business optimism index came in at 95.3, versus the consensus expectation for a 95.8 reading. COMPANY NEWS: JPMorgan (JPM) swung to a third quarter profit, but its headline earnings per share fell below analystsí consensus estimate. Of note, the company's press release on its results came out earlier than planned on Nasdaq's (NDAQ) Shareholder.com website, which the exchange operator attributed to an internal "human error." Wells Fargo (WFC) reported in-line earnings and stronger credit quality, but its stock slid 1.4% following the report. Citigroup (C) generated the most headlines, however, as it reported better than expected adjusted third quarter profit, announced plans to pull back from retail banking in eleven countries and said it will disband a legacy Banamex unit that provided personal security services after an investigation uncovered illegal conduct. Shares of Citi bucked the trend set by its two peers, rising 3% near noon... In addition to JPMorgan, Dow member Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) reported on its third quarter earnings. The drug and medical device giant reported better than expected profits and revenues and raised its FY14 EPS outlook, but the stock was fractionally lower near midday. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Energy Transfer Equity (ETE), which gained 8.5% after the stock was among the energy industry names upgraded this morning at RW Baird. Also higher was Skyworks (SWKS), which rose 11% after the company preannounced stronger than expected results that its CEO attributed to the "broad-based strength" of its business. Among the noteworthy losers was EnerNOC (ENOC), which dropped 11% after JPMorgan downgraded the stock to Neutral citing risk to the company's Demand Response revenue at PJM given the challenge to FERC Rule 745. Also lower was Tyco (TYC), which fell nearly 4% after Barclays downgraded the stock citing valuation and coupled the ratings change with an upgrade of Eaton (ETN). INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 133.38, or 0.82%, to 16,454.45, the Nasdaq was up 60.63, or 1.44%, to 4,274.29, and the S&P 500 was up 21.51, or 1.15%, to 1,896.25.
10:01 EDTETEOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AU Optronics (AUO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Antero Resources (AR) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... BHP Billiton (BHP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Bill Barrett (BBG) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... BorgWarner (BWA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... CRH Plc. (CRH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Comstock Resources (CRK) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Cracker Barrel (CBRL) upgraded at Argus... Delphi Automotive (DLPH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... EOG Resources (EOG) upgraded at Bernstein... Eaton (ETN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Energizer (ENR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Energy Transfer Equity (ETE) upgraded to Outperform at RW Baird... Federal-Mogul (FDML) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Ford (F) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Buckingham... Gulfport Energy (GPOR) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group... Halcon Resources (HK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... HeartWare (HTWR) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Helmerich & Payne (HP) upgraded to Outperform at FBR Capital... Legg Mason (LM) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Level 3 (LVLT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Gabelli... Magnum Hunter (MHR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... NetScout (NTCT) upgraded at DA Davidson... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded to Buy with $600 target at BTIG... Newfield Exploration (NFX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... Nielsen (NLSN) upgraded at Bernstein... Orbitz (OWW) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... PDC Energy (PDCE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... Rackspace (RAX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore... Range Resources (RRC) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group... Rex Energy (REXX) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... SM Energy (SM) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Sanchez Energy (SN) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Targa Resources (TRGP) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Tudor Pickering... Unilife (UNIS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Ladenburg... Universal Forest (UFPI) upgraded at Sterne Agee.
08:18 EDTETEEnergy Transfer Equity upgraded to Outperform at RW Baird
As reported previously, Baird upgraded Energy Transfer Equity to Outperform from Neutral and highlights it as a high quality flight to safety play against the falling price of crude. Price target remains $65.
07:51 EDTETEEnergy Transfer Equity upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird
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06:45 EDTBCSData says UK banks paid less than 40% to cover mis-selling, Reuters says
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October 10, 2014
09:13 EDTBCSEBA says EU stress test results to be published October 26
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08:56 EDTHCAHCA Holdings outlook positive, says RBC Capital
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October 9, 2014
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09:41 EDTCHSBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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09:26 EDTCBSOCBS Outdoor reinstated with a Neutral at Goldman
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October 8, 2014
13:34 EDTBCSBarclays to pay $20M to settle accusations over Libor manipulation, Reuters say
Barclays has agreed to pay $20M to resolve a U.S. class action lawsuit over Libor manipulation, reports Reuters, citing court papers filed Wednesday. The $19.98M settlement must be approved by a federal judge. Reference Link
06:59 EDTBCSBarclays urges NY court to throw out fraud suit, Reuters says
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October 7, 2014
11:34 EDTCHSChristopher & Banks plummets after cutting Q3 revenue outlook
Shares of specialty women's apparel retailer Christopher & Banks (CBK) are sinking after the company lowered its third quarter revenue outlook. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Christopher & Banks lowered its Q3 revenue outlook to $114M-$118M from its previous guidance of $122M-$124, trailing the consensus of $123.98M. The company also cut the top end of its Q3 margin forecast, lowering its margin growth outlook to 75-100 basis points from its prior view of 75-125 bps. SG&A dollars for the quarter are expected to be approximately $33.5M-$34M, below its prior guidance of $34M-$34.5M. Christopher & Banks expects its inventory at the end of the quarter will remain higher than the comparable prior year period on a dollar per square foot basis, but at a level lower than at the end of Q2, due to planned higher levels of core inventory. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The company believes sales have been negatively impacted by continued softness in mall traffic and lower than expected sales from its September fashion show. The company noted that the demand for fashion merchandise exceeded planned inventory levels, due to late receipts associated with the West Coast port disruptions. President and Chief Executive Officer LuAnn Via said in a statement, "We believe that the continued softness in traffic trends, coupled with the difficult overall retail environment, have adversely affected our sales as compared to our initial expectations for the quarter." She said the firm assumes promotional activity will continue to be aggressive and that the current environment will continue to be challenging, creating continued pressure on sales and margins. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Christopher & Banks fell $2.69, or about 30%, to $6.40 on nearly four times its average daily trading volume. Despite today's pull-back, the shares have only lost approximately 2% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other specialty women's retailers include Chico's FAS (CHS), down 1.28%, Ann Inc. (ANN), down 2.1%, and L Brands (LB), down 1.13%.
07:35 EDTBCSBarclays to hold a symposium
MedTalks Symposium: Healthcare From the Inside Out is being held in New York on October 7.
06:51 EDTBCSJustice Department set to attack more large banks by year end, NY Times says
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06:03 EDTHCACMS readmission penalties increase in 2015, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo says CMS released the final 2015 IPPS payment penalties for hospital readmissions, with incremental earnings Impact of down 0.2% to down 1.9% at for-profit hospitals. The firm estimates Community Health Systems (CYH) and Tenet Health (THC) will see the largest incremental reimbursement reduction in 2015, equal to down 1.9% and down 1.4%, respectively. It notes 2015 is the third year of hospital readmission penalties with a maximum penalty of 3%, up from 2% in 2014 and 1% in 2013. Wells has Outperform ratings on Community Health and HCA Holdings (HCA), and Market Perform ratings on LifePoint Hospitals (LPNT), Tenet and Universal Health (UHS).
October 6, 2014
07:51 EDTBCSBofA/Merrill European banks analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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07:13 EDTCHSMobile Marketing & Technology Magazine to hold a conference
Mobile Payments Conference is being held in Chicago on October 6-8.
06:54 EDTDDominion Midstream Partners files 17.5M unit IPO between $19.00-$21.00
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