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April 10, 2013
06:52 EDTWIN, LMT, K, BK, MS, AN, TYC, CAG, FITB, NDAQFirm lists likely takeover targets, NY Times reports
Windstream (WIN), Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB), ConAgra Foods (CAG), and Tyco International (TYC) are among the companies most likely to become takeover targets, according to The New York Times, citing a report released today by research firm Rotary Gallop. Any activist shareholder that obtains a stake of 14% in those companies would have a good chance of acquiring them, the new3spaper quoted the firm as saying. Among the companies in a good position to be taken over by existing shareholders are AutoNation (AN), Morgan Stanley (MS), BlackRock (BK), Kellogg (K), Lockheed Martin (LMT), and Nasdaq (NDAQ), the firm added. Reference Link
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October 15, 2014
10:01 EDTLMTNorthrop Grumman awarded contract from Lockheed
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09:14 EDTLMTLockheed Martin awarded $124.6M THAAD contract
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09:02 EDTLMTLockheed Martin working on new compact fusion reactor
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October 14, 2014
17:17 EDTLMTLockheed Martin awarded $595.48M government contract modification
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13:46 EDTCAGConAgra reaffirms guidance, sees Q2 EPS in-line with year ago
ConAgra Foods said it expects to affirm its previously announced FY15 guidance of diluted earnings per share to show a mid-single digit rate of growth over comparable FY14 when meeting with investors today. It adds the remaining EPS growth in FY15 is expected to occur in the second half of the fiscal year. Comparable EPS for Q2 is expected to be in line with year-ago amounts given the "strong comparable EPS performance" in the second quarter of last year. The company reaffirms its operating cash flow, debt reduction, and dividend guidance.
13:08 EDTTYCEaton rallies, Tyco falls after Barclays swaps ratings
Shares of industrial products maker Eaton (ETN) are rising while peer Tyco (TYC) is falling after analysts at Barclays upgraded the former and downgraded the latter. WHAT'S NEW: Noting that Eaton had tumbled 23.5% so far this year and Tyco had risen 1.2%, Barclays analyst Scott Davis wrote that the disparity between the stocks' valuations had become too extreme. Although Tyco faces slightly less risk and its management has been more effective than Eaton's, the two companies' profit growth is "comparable,” the analyst stated. Meanwhile, Eaton's valuation looks too low, as the stock price appears to anticipate that the company's profits will be as much as 20% below the consensus outlook, which is unlikely to occur in the near-term, Davis believes. According to Davis, the industrial sector is still in the midst of a generally positive trend although it's undergoing "a healthy correction." Stocks that have been "overly punished", such as Eaton's are likely to advance, the analyst stated. Davis upgraded Eaton to Overweight from Equal Weight and cut his rating on Tyco to Equal Weight from Overweight. He kept a $78 price target on Eaton and a $48 price target on Tyco. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Eaton rose 2.5% to $60 and Tyco fell 3% to $40.
12:20 EDTTYCOn 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 analysts’ 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.
11:50 EDTNDAQNasdaq calls JPMorgan earnings release 'human error,' CNBC reports
Nasdaq (NDAQ) said the early release today of JPMorgan's (JPM) earnings on its Shareholder.com website was an internal "human error," CNBC reports, citing a statement from the exchange. Reference Link
11:25 EDTCAGCargill to distribute certain ConAgra foods in Brazil
Cargill and ConAgra Foods are pleased to announce a partnership to bring the Hunt’s line of condiments and ACT II microwave popcorn to Brazil. In the past three years the condiments market has grown 4.5% a year; the main product in this category is tomato ketchup, which accounts for about 93% of this market. In Brazil, the microwave popcorn market has considerable growth potential as a result of strong sales of microwave ovens to the country’s new middle class in recent decades.
10:01 EDTTYCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:11 EDTLMTAssociation of the U.S. Army to hold annual meeting
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05:29 EDTTYCTyco downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
Barclays downgraded Tyco (TYC) citing valuation and keeps a $48 price target for shares. The firm coupled the downgrade with an upgrade of Eaton (ETN).
05:28 EDTTYCEaton upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
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October 13, 2014
16:28 EDTANOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street spent most of today's quiet session see-sawing across the flat-line before dropping sharply in the final hour of trading and closing at their lows. The market opened in negative territory but soon made a move to the upside and appeared ready to break the recent market slide that has seen the S&P lose about 5% of its value. Before the averages gained significant steam, they reversed again and moved back into negative ground. The averages moved in a fairly narrow range for most of the afternoon, before accelerating to the downside with conviction in the final hour of trading. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no economic data of note was reported and banks and bond markets were closed in observance of the Columbus Day holiday. In China, the nation's customs administration reported a trade surplus of about $31B for September. Exports in the month increased 15.3% from a year earlier, beating expectations and making for the biggest monthly increase since February 2013. Imports rose 7%, significantly outpacing the consensus projection for a 2% decline. COMPANY NEWS: The Wall Street Journal reported that CSX (CSX) was approached by a larger rival, Canadian Pacific (CP), about a possible merger. However, Credit Suisse analyst Allison Landry wrote in a note to investors that a merger between the two would not be able to occur, due to high regulatory hurdles. Still, CSX rose $1.76, or 5.88%, to $31.70 following the Journal's report, while Canadian Pacific fell $4.40, or 2.32%, to $184.97... Shares of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCAU) made their debut on the New York Stock Exchange and opened at $9 per share. The stock of the newly merged company closed trading down about 1% at $8.92... J.C. Penney (JCP) selected Marvin Ellison, who is currently executive vice president of stores at Home Depot (HD), to become its next CEO. The stock, which was also downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS this morning, spent much of the trading day in positive ground but moved lower late in the session and closed down 3c, or 0.42%, at $7.09. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Alnylam (ALNY), which advanced $13.83, or 18.98%, to $86.68 after the company announced data from study of its treatment for patients with familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy and Piper Jaffray raised its price target on the stock to $133 from $101 citing the trial results. Among the noteworthy losers was AutoNation (AN), which fell $4.11, or 8.01%, to $47.21 after another company in the same sector, Lithia Motors (LAD), lowered its profit outlook for the third and fourth quarter and issued a lower than expected earnings forecast for fiscal 2015. Shares of Lithia, meanwhile, plunged $16.85, or 20.84%, to $64.01. Also lower were shares of GoPro (GPRO), which fell $8.38, or 9.85%, to $76.67 after a French journalist reported that the son of racing legend Michael Schumacher attributed the severity of his father's brain injury following a skiing accident on the GoPro camera mounted to his helmet. INDEXES: The Dow fell 223.03, or 1.35%, to 16,321.07, the Nasdaq dropped 62.58, or 1.46%, to 4,213.66, and the S&P 500 declined 31.39, or 1.65%, to 1,874.74.
11:55 EDTANLithia Motors sinks after cutting profit forecasts
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10:58 EDTLMTLockheed Martin receives $90.6M foreign military sale contract from U.S. Army
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06:44 EDTMSRegulators seeking banks' auto loan data, Reuters reports
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06:37 EDTMSBlackRock, Morgan Stanley to buy shares in Link Net, WSJ reports
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06:25 EDTMSMorgan Stanley may not close Rosneft deal, WSJ reports
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October 12, 2014
13:03 EDTMSBanks agree on derivatives procedures for future crisis scenario, WSJ says
Meeting at the Federal Reserve in Washington, top banking executives from 18 large U.S., European and Japanese banks agreed in principle to wait up to 48 hours before seeking to terminate derivatives contracts and collect associated payments from a troubled financial institution, says the Wall Street Journal. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
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