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March 25, 2014
12:28 EDTGM, HIMX, WAG, SONC, MKC, CCLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with the Nasdaq lagging the other major indexes for a second session in a row. Stock index futures were higher during pre-market trading, leading to a higher open for the broader market. The averages began to slip about an hour into trading and the tech-heavy Nasdaq was the first to fall into negative territory. Despite a consumer confidence reading that hit its highest level in about six years, the benchmark S&P 500 is little changed near noon. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Conference Board’s index of consumer confidence rose to 82.3 in March from 78.3 a month earlier, beating expectations and hitting its highest level since the beginning of 2008. The S&P/Case-Shiller index of property values in 20 cities increased 13.2% from the prior year in January. New home sales dropped 3.3% to a 440K rate in February. Analysts had forecast a 4.9% decrease in the month. The Richmond Fed's business activity survey for March came in at -7, marking its second negative reading in a row. COMPANY NEWS: Walgreen (WAG) shares climbed 3% despite a headline earnings miss after the company said it plans to close 76 drugstores and expects more synergies from its Alliance Boots acquisition... Shares of cruise line operator Carnival (CCL) declined over 5% after the company narrowed its full-year profit forecast, citing higher costs. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was drive-in restaurant operator Sonic (SONC), which rose more than 9% after its quarterly earnings beat analysts’ consensus estimate. Also higher following its earnings report was spice maker McCormick (MKC), which advanced 6%. Among the noteworthy losers was Himax Technologies (HIMX), which fell 15% after Bank of America Merrill Lynch downgraded the stock two notches to Underperform from Buy. Also lower were shares of General Motors (GM), which slid 2.5% amid more press reports regarding its botched recall of vehicles with faulty ignition switches. The New York Times said GM lied about the evidence it had regarding defects in its cars, while Reuters reported that two GM customers filed an emergency motion seeking to compel the carmaker to warn owners to immediately stop driving the 1.6M vehicles that have been recalled over the switch issues. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 35.13, or 0.22%, to 16,311.82, the Nasdaq was down 19.32, or 0.46%, to 4,207.06, and the S&P 500 was up 0.34, or 0.02%, to 1,857.78.
News For WAG;CCL;SONC;HIMX;MKC;GM From The Last 14 Days
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December 17, 2014
12:57 EDTCCLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:17 EDTCCLEasing of Cuba restrictions pushes number of stocks higher
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December 16, 2014
09:59 EDTGMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:30 EDTGMGeneral Motors retreats in pre-market after analyst downgrades shares
GM shares are falling in pre-market trading after RBC Capital downgraded the stock to Sector Perform from Outperform, citing weak auto trends in North America and overly optimistic targets by the company. WHAT'S NEW: In North America, GM will face slowing demand, negative pricing trends, and higher regulatory and content costs, RBC Capital analyst Joseph Spak wrote in a note to investors today. The company's target for 10% profit margins in North America appears to be optimistic, given competition from the major Japanese automakers, which are benefiting from yen weakness, the analyst stated. Similarly, GM's Cadillac sales targets also seem ambitious, as it faces competition from German competitors that are in a strong position in North America and have a foothold in China, according to Spak. The analyst reduced his price target on the stock to $35 from $41. PRICE ACTION: In early pre-market trading, GM fell nearly 1% to $30.75.
06:33 EDTGMGeneral Motors downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital
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December 15, 2014
13:16 EDTGMUAW head looking for wage hikes in new contract, Automotive News says
Veteran auto workers should get a wage increase in a new contract, while the compensation of newly hired employees should move closer to that of longer serving workers, UAW President Dennis Williams said today, according to Automotive News. Williams said he is not considering launching a strike when the auto workers' contact ends in September, the website added. Publicly traded companies in the space include Fiat S.p.A. (FIATY), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY).Reference Link
11:30 EDTGMGeneral Motors management to meet with Sterne Agee
Meeting to be held in New York on December 19 hosted by Sterne Agee.
06:55 EDTGMTakata tightening restrictions on suppliers, Reuters reports
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December 14, 2014
18:45 EDTCCLCarnival, Royal Caribbean could climb 20%, Barron's says
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December 11, 2014
08:28 EDTWAGWalgreen CEO retirement a positive, says Citigroup
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07:49 EDTGMThe New York Times to hold a conference
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07:28 EDTWAGCBI to hold a summit
2nd Specialty Data Optimization Summit is being held in Philadelphia on December 11.
December 10, 2014
18:31 EDTWAGOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Restoration Hardware (RH), up 5.9%... Casey's General Stores (CASY), up 1.6%. ALSO HIGHER: Walgreen (WAG), up 1.7% after CEO Greg Wasson announces intention to retire after Alliance merger. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Wet Seal (WTSL), down 38.9%... Lakeland Industries (LAKE), down 8.2%... Men's Wearhouse (MW), down fractionally. ALSO LOWER: Burlington Stores (BURL), down 1.4% after filing to sell 8M shares of common stock for holders... Nielsen (NLSN), down 1.9% after filing to sell 20M shares of common stock for holders.
16:19 EDTWAGWalgreen CEO Greg Wasson announces retirement after Alliance merger
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10:00 EDTWAGOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: 3D Systems (DDD) initiated with an Underperform at Longbow... AutoZone (AZO) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... C.H. Robinson (CHRW) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... CSX (CSX) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... CVS Health (CVS) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... Canadian National (CNI) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Carrizo Oil & Gas (CRZO) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... CenterPoint Energy (CNP) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Con-way (CNW) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Depomed (DEPO) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Dollar General (DG) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Dollar Tree (DLTR) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... Dynagas LNG (DLNG) initiated with a Buy at ABN Amro... EMC (EMC) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Energy Focus (EFOI) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Expeditors (EXPD) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... GasLog (GLOG) initiated with a Buy at ABN Amro... Genesee & Wyoming (GWR) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Golar LNG (GLNG) initiated with a Sell at ABN Amro... HII Technologies (HIIT) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Hudbay Minerals (HBM) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... J.B. Hunt (JBHT) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Kansas City Southern (KSU) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Kroger (KR) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Lear (LEA) initiated with a Buy at Northcoast... Lundin Mining (LUNMF) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... NetApp (NTAP) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Norfolk Southern (NSC) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... PROS (PRO) initiated with an Outperform at Pacific Crest... Qlik Technologies (QLIK)initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Rentokil (RTOKY) initiated with a Neutral at UBS... Revolution Lighting (RVLT) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... ServiceNow (NOW) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Stratasys (SSYS) initiated with a Neutral at Longbow... Suburban Propane (SPH) initiated with a Hold at Stifel... Tableau (DATA) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Teekay LNG (TGP) initiated with a Buy at ABN Amro... Tessera (TSRA) initiated with a Buy at Sidoti... Union Pacific (UNP) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Viper Energy (VNOM) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Visteon (VC) initiated with a Buy at Northcoast... Walgreen (WAG) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Werner (WERN) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura.
06:18 EDTWAGWalgreen initiated with a Buy at Citigroup
Target $80.
December 9, 2014
10:23 EDTWAGOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:11 EDTWAGWalgreen downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho
Mizuho downgraded Walgreen to Neutral based on limited EPS upside, sub-par base business organic growth, execution risk with Alliance Boots due to management turnover, international and currency risk, and valuation. Price target is $72.
December 8, 2014
11:30 EDTWAGLeerink generics pharmaceutical analyst holds analyst/industry conference call
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11:10 EDTGMVolkswagen sees challenging developments continuing for rest of year
Volkswagen (VLKAY) said, “The challenging developments on markets worldwide – above all in Eastern Europe and South America – will continue for the remainder of this year. The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand handled these challenges successfully during the course of the year, but was not entirely immune to their impact.” Other publicly traded companies in the passenger automotive space include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), and Toyota (TM).
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