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January 19, 2014
00:13 EDTKBH, TOL, DHI, RYL, LEN, HOV, HUN, BZH, MDC, PHM, USG, AXLLHomebuilders, suppliers may benefit as young buyers emerge, Barron's says
Given the improving economic conditions, young adults may increasingly be able to become homebuyers, which is good news for builders as well as makers of building materials like USG (USG), Axiall (AXLL), and Huntsman (HUN), according to the chief investment officer at Advisors Capital Management, Charles Lieberman, reported Barron's. Reference Link
News For USG;AXLL;HUN;DHI;PHM;HOV;TOL;MDC;LEN;KBH;BZH;RYL From The Last 14 Days
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February 12, 2016
11:44 EDTPHMPulteGroup management to meet with Buckingham
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10:12 EDTLENLennar management to meet with Buckingham
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10:11 EDTAXLLAxiall says Westlake fundamentals at peak, Axiall fundamentals at trough
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February 11, 2016
13:39 EDTHUNHuntsman downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc
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10:28 EDTAXLLHigh option volume stocks:
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06:05 EDTHUNHuntsman reports Q4 adjusted EPS 51c, consensus 22c
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February 5, 2016
13:43 EDTAXLLFranklin Resources lowers stake in Axiall to 5.6% from 7.4%
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12:25 EDTUSGUSG advances as pricing and cost control drive Q4 earnings
Shares of building products company USG Corporation (USG) are advancing this morning after reporting higher than expected fourth quarter earnings. WHAT'S NEW: USG reported Q4 EPS of 42c, which handily beat analysts' expectations of 30c per share. The company reported Q4 revenue of $925M, just shy of expectations, as foreign currency unfavorably impacted net sales by $18M in the quarter. USG CEO James Metcalf attributed the improved results to margin expansion in its Gypsum and Ceilings businesses. "Improved pricing in both businesses, coupled with our cost discipline, drove this increased performance," Metcalf noted. On its quarterly earnings conference call, the CEO said the main driver for margin expansion in the quarter was improved pricing of all product categories in the Ceiling segment. The company sees continued strength in its markets in 2016 with overall demand improving 5% in most of its key markets. On its call, USG stressed that it will continue its "relentless cost control program" in 2016. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On its quarterly conference call on January 29, USG Corporation peer Eagle Materials (EXP) noted that its gypsum customers are reporting 5%-7% increase in volume needs for calendar year 2016. ANALYST VIEWS: On January 26, Credit Suisse analyst Michael Dahl downgraded USG to Underperform, saying he sees risk to consensus estimates from increased competition in ceilings and a lack of traction on wallboard pricing. The analyst views the stock's risk/reward as unfavorable and cut his price target for the name to $17 from $26. PRICE ACTION: On a negative day in the broader market, shares of USG Corporation are up almost 5%, while peer Eagle Materials is up fractionally.
09:32 EDTBZHBeazer Homes downgraded to Hold from Buy at Zelman
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08:02 EDTUSGUSG reports Q4 adjusted EPS 42c, consensus 30c
Reports Q4 revenue $925M, consensus $948.42M. Foreign currency unfavorably impacted net sales by $18M in the fourth quarter of 2015.
February 4, 2016
06:36 EDTBZHBeazer Homes reports Q4 New Home Orders down 4.5% to 923
Reports Q4 Total Home Closings up 18.5% to 1,049.
06:35 EDTBZHBeazer Homes reports Q4-end backlog was $634.6M
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06:35 EDTBZHBeazer Homes reports Q1 EPS cont ops 4c, consensus (9c)
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February 3, 2016
06:16 EDTMDCM.D.C. Holdings reports Q4 EPS 46c, consensus 52c
Reports Q4 revenue $564.95M, consensus $545.34M. Reports Q4 ending backlog dollar value $1.05B.
February 2, 2016
07:31 EDTAXLLSell rating on Axiall maintained on fundamentals at UBS
UBS noted Axiall (AXLL) rejected the $20 all cash bid from Westlake Chemical (WLK) and believes the possibility exists for counteroffers, but said bids from other parties are less likely. The firm believes market conditions will remain challenged for Axiall but raised its price target to $16 from $11 to account for a 50% probability of a deal.
February 1, 2016
13:54 EDTAXLLBrigade Capital sends letter to Axiall, urges sale of company
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10:02 EDTAXLLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AIG (AIG) downgraded at BMO Capital... ARMOUR Residential (ARR) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Abraxas Petroleum (AXAS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin (ABCW) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... Ashford Hospitality Prime (AHP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Ashford Hospitality (AHT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Axiall (AXLL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... Boston Private Financial (BPFH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Colliers International (CIGI) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao (CBD) downgraded to Neutral at Credit Suisse... Connecticut Water (CTWS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Duke Realty (DRE) downgraded on valuation, growth outlook at BMO Capital... EP Energy (EPE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Eastman Chemical (EMN) downgraded at SunTrust... Equity Residential (EQR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... Genuine Parts (GPC) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Hersha Hospitality (HT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Jones Energy (JONE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Mondelez (MDLZ) downgraded to Neutral from Positive at Susquehanna... Nokia (NOK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Ollie's Bargain Outlet (OLLI) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Oshkosh (OSK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Drexel Hamilton... Outerwall (OUTR) downgraded on Redbox weakness at Roth Capital... PACCAR (PCAR) downgraded to Underperform from Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Restoration Hardware (RH) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Rex Energy (REXX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Sanchez Energy (SN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... SandRidge Energy (SD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Santander Consumer (SC) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Tiffany (TIF) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Trex Company (TREX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... U.S. Steel (X) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... United Community Financial (UCFC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Boenning & Scattergood... Xerox (XRX) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley.
10:00 EDTAXLLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Air Products (APD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... American Airlines (AAL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Axiall (AXLL) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... BASF (BASFY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... CNH Industrial (CNHI) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... CU Bancorp (CUNB) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Fig Partners... CaixaBank (CAIXY) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Societe Generale... Chipotle (CMG) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Concho Resources (CXO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Continental Building (CBPX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Eastman Chemical (EMN) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA... Extreme Networks (EXTR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Glacier Bancorp (GBCI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Fig Partners... IBERIABANK (IBKC) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Infineon (IFNNY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Jarden (JAH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Joy Global (JOY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... KT Corporation (KT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Kennametal (KMT) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... L-3 Communications (LLL) upgraded to Buy on valuation at BofA/Merrill... Maximus (MMS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Micron (MU) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Monster Beverage (MNST) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Newell Rubbermaid (NWL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Northrop Grumman (NOC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... PTC (PTC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT... Peoples Bancorp (PEBO) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Boenning & Scattergood... Praxair (PX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Proofpoint (PFPT) upgraded to Outperform from In-Line at Imperial Capital... Seagate (STX) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Benchmark... Siemens (SIEGY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Superior Drilling (SDPI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Vertex (VRTX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Werner (WERN) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... ZAIS Financial (ZFC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays.
06:44 EDTAXLLAxiall upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Jeffrey Zekauskas upgraded Axiall (AXLL) to Overweight saying the company would fit well with Westlake Chemical (WLK). It is reasonable to think that Westlake will raise its bid for Axiall, Zekauskas tells investors in a research note after the company's $20 per share offer got rejected. The possibility of Westlake proposing a management slate in a proxy filing could provide incentives for negotiation, he contends. Zekauskas raised his price target for Axiall to $25 from $20. Citi this morning downgraded the stock to Neutral.
06:02 EDTAXLLAxiall downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi
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