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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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July 15, 2014
05:43 EDTKKellogg downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman Sachs downgraded Kellogg to Sell on expectations the company's sales will miss expectations and its full year guidance could be cut when the company reports on July 31. Goldman thinks sales weakness is wiping out benefits from cost-savings and it lowered its price target for shares to $59 from $64.
July 14, 2014
17:21 EDTLMTLockheed Martin awarded $278.65M government contract modification
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12:46 EDTLMTBAE goes against Lockheed for $10B F-16 revamp work, Reuters says
BAE Systems (BAESY) anticipates to win more than half of the $10B market to upgrade F-16 fighter jets, saying its cost-effective offering could give it a leg-up in the fight against Lockheed Martin (LMT), according to Reuters, citing comments from BAE Systems' vice president for global fighter programs John Bean. Reference Link
11:01 EDTLMTLockheed Martin receives $212M contract
Lockheed Martin received a contract award recently totaling $212M from the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command for Patriot Advanced Capability-3 Maintenance & Surveillance services to U.S. and international PAC-3 customers from the Missile Support Center. These Maintenance and Surveillance services will begin immediately at Lockheed Martin facilities in the U.S.
10:00 EDTNDAQOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:52 EDTANAutonation revenues likely to be above consensus, says ITG Research
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07:32 EDTCAGConAgra acquires TaiMei Potato for $93M
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06:37 EDTLMTLockheed Martin to invet on offshoot of joint strike fighter program, WSJ says
Lockheed Martin is set to invest in a new offshoot of its C-130J military transport plane called SeaHerc in a push for more export orders, reports the Wall Street Journal. In an interview, CEO Marillyn Hewson said the company is trying to interest countries such as Canada and the U.K., saying that they are in the midst of discussions with customers with "strong interest in the capability." Reference Link
06:13 EDTNDAQNASDAQ upgraded to Overweight from Equal-Weight at Evercore
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July 13, 2014
16:40 EDTLMTDefense officials see no systematic flaws in Lockheed F-35, Bloomberg says
U.S defense officials see no broad safety issues with Lockheed Martin's F-35 Joint Strike Fighter after an engine fire resulted in the grounding of the fleet, says Bloomberg. Reference Link
July 11, 2014
18:42 EDTBKBNY Mellon looks to hold Argentina bond payment, Bloomberg reports
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08:36 EDTNDAQNASDAQ Hearings Panel approves continued listing of Ixia shares
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07:34 EDTMSMorgan Stanley July volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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07:20 EDTMSBig banks seen losing reserve release cushion, Reuters says
Releasing loan-loss reserves has helped U.S. big banks weather a period of weak loan demand and lower fee income, but Q2 results from the banks may see less benefit from the practice as loss rates and reserves near their lower limits, said Reuters. 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
July 10, 2014
14:33 EDTANAutonation July volatility elevated at 31 into Q2
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13:58 EDTLMTPentagon says F-35 fire may have been isolated incident, The Hill says
A fire on an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter plane may have been an isolated incident, and not indicative of a systemic problem, the Pentagonís chief weapons buyer told lawmakers today, according to The Hill. The Pentagon has grounded the planes, which are made by Lockheed Martin (LMT) and United Technologies (UTX). Reference Link
09:20 EDTMSMorgan Stanley, Lazard recommended at Bernstein
Bernstein recommends Morgan Stanley (MS) and Lazard (LAZ) for their exposure to high margin investment banking. The firm also likes Morgan Stanley because of its exposure to wealth management.
08:12 EDTLMTPratt & Whitney, U.S. government close to $2B engine deal, WSJ reports
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July 9, 2014
11:16 EDTLMTAeroVironment rallies after better than expected results
Shares of AeroVironment (AVAV), which develops a portfolio of products and services for unmanned aircraft and efficient energy systems, are rallying after the company reported better than expected fourth quarter results. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, AeroVironment reported Q4 EPS of 35c and revenue of $73.5M, compared to analysts' consensus estimates of 22c and $69.62M, respectively. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The company forecast fiscal 2015 revenue of $250M-$270M, compared to consensus of $256.2M, along with gross profit margins of 34.5%-37.5%. The company noted that planned increases in research and development and business development investments for Tactical Missile Systems, Commercial UAS and Global Observer business areas in FY15 may largely offset operating profit in the current fiscal year. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, AeroVironment soared $4.49, or 14.5%, to $35.45 on nearly five times its average daily trading volume. Including today's advance, the stock is up more than 70% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the unmanned aircraft space include Lockheed Martin (LMT), General Dynamics (GD), and Northrop Grumman (NOC), though all of those are significantly larger than AeroVironment.
06:54 EDTLMTPentagon says no decision yet on F-35s air show attendance, Reuters says
Pentagon press secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby said that a choice has not been made yet on whether to send a group of Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighters to Britain for the plane's international debut at two air shows after the fleet was grounded in response to an engine fire, according to Reuters, citing comments from Kirby. Kirby said, "A decision will be coming pretty soon." Reference Link
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