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April 10, 2013
06:52 EDTBK, TYC, WIN, LMT, MS, CAG, K, AN, 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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September 24, 2015
07:43 EDTLMTMarket overly negative on Aerojet Rocketdyne, says Oppenheimer
After Boeing (BA) rejected an unsolicited offer from Aerojet Rocketdyne (AJRD) for United Launch Alliance, a 50/50 joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin (LMT), Oppenheimer thinks the market's reaction to the news ignores Aerojet's positive catalysts. The firm says that the news will not impact Aerojet's operations until 2019 and will probably not have an impact of more than about $115M. The firm keeps a $26 price target and Outperform rating on Aerojet.
07:10 EDTMSBanks clash with regulators over energy lending, WSJ reports
Banks are fighting with regulators over loan reviews that might compress the flow of net credit to the oil patch, the Wall Street Journal reports. The disagreement is focused on the narrow issue of loans secured by oil and gas companies' reserves, but it highlights the point of how postcrisis regulation of the financial industry impacts sectors outside of Wall Street, the report says. Caught in between banks and regulators are the small and medium exploration and production companies that rely on credit lines using their energy reserves as collateral, the report says. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
September 23, 2015
17:52 EDTLMTLockheed Martin awarded $120.4M government contract modification
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10:44 EDTNDAQChinese Internet stock pullback a buying opportunity, CLSA says
Shares of multiple Chinese Internet companies are down again in morning trading amid more weak economic data from the Asian nation. However, research firm CLSA released a note making favorable comments and evaluations of several of the country's largest Internet players amid the economic slowdown. LITTLE IMPACT FROM SLOWDOWN: After 25 Chinese Internet and telecom companies attended CLSA's Investors' Forum, analyst Elinor Leung stated that Internet companies in China reported that they have been little affected by growing weakness in the nation's economy. Leung said that such companies have attributed their successful performance to a high savings rate, which increases consumer spending power, as well as gains in offline market share. Additionally, companies already listed may benefit from a weak A-share market in China, since smaller companies do not have access to financing and the slow market speeds up consolidation, Leung noted. RATINGS CHANGES: CLSA upgraded online travel service provider Ctrip (CTRP) to Buy from Outperform and maintained an $85 price target on its shares, while also raising its rating on Baidu (BIDU) two notches, to Buy from Underperform. Leung, who lowered Baidu's price target to $180 from $225, said the firm's top sector picks in the country are (JD), Alibaba (BABA), Tencent (TCEHY), and Ctrip. The analyst added that Tencent and Ctrip shares are the "most defensive" stocks, while JD and Alibaba could rebound even more after sentiment improves. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Last Thursday, TechInAsia reported that Baidu chief executive officer Robin Li said that the company was weighing the idea of delisting from the Nasdaq (NDAQ) and re-listing on the A-shares market in China. TechInAsia later added that a spokesperson from the Chinese internet giant "downplayed" the potential move, saying that Li's comments referred to an "unlikely hypothetical situation" in which U.S. investors don't recognize the importance of the online-to-offline market. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Baidu shares fell 1.4% to $134.21, Ctrip shares were flat near $66.64, shares slid 2% to $25.04 and Alibaba shares declined 2% to $60.69.
08:35 EDTCAGConAgra strategic upside remains intact, says Morgan Stanley
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07:33 EDTCAGConAgra added to Analyst Focus List at JPMorgan
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September 22, 2015
16:36 EDTCAGOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
Stocks on Wall Street began the session sharply lower and remained that way throughout the session. There was little in the way of buying as each of the major equity indexes slid over 1% and the market internals were decidedly negative. The auto industry and biotech sector were both notably weak, after the French government called for an investigation into the entire auto industry in the wake of the Volkswagen (VLKAY) emissions scandal and Democratic Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton presented a plan to limit the cost of drugs for consumers. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the FHFA home price index rose 0.6% to 224.5 in July, which was better than the 0.4% rise that was expected. The Richmond Fed factory index fell to -5 in September, versus the reading of 2 that was expected. In Asia, the Asian Development Bank cut its growth forecast for the region, citing a weaker outlook for China and India and a delayed recovery in the world's advanced economies. The bank now sees the Chinese economy growing 6.8% this year and 6.7% next year, down from its previous forecasts of 7.2% and 7%, respectively. COMPANY NEWS: Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman Sachs (GS) Chairman and CEO, disclosed that he was diagnosed with lymphoma. "Fortunately, my form of lymphoma is highly curable and my doctors' and my own expectation is that I will be cured," Blankfein stated in an open letter that was shared by the bank... Bank of America (BAC) shareholders approved a proposal to ratify the 2014 amendments to the company's bylaws that permitted the board of directors to determine its leadership structure, meaning Brian Moynihan can retain his dual role as both Chairman and CEO... Shares of several fertilizer companies slid after Mosaic (MOS) announced it will reduce its potash production in response to current crop nutrient market conditions, primarily related to delayed fertilizer purchases in Brazil and North America. Shares of Mosaic finished the day down 7% at $33.87 following last night's announcement, while Potash (POT) fell 6.5% and Agrium (AGU) dropped 3.5%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Ashland (ASH), which advanced $2.78, or 2.6%, to $108.50 after announcing it will proceed with a plan to separate into two independent, publicly traded companies. Also higher was Weatherford (WFT), which gained 90c, or 10.7%, to $9.31 after cancelling plans for a public share offering, after which research firms Jefferies and Iberia both reiterated Buy-equivalent ratings on the stock. Among the noteworthy losers were Office Depot (ODP) and Staples (SPLS), which declined a respective 4% and 5.8% after the New York Post quoted a source as saying the FTC may move to block their merger plan. Also lower was Groupon (GRPN), which slipped 2.2% to $4.08 after announcing plans to cut 1,100 jobs related primarily to its international operations. ConAgra (CAG), Carnival (CCL), and CarMax (KMX) fell 7%, 5.5%, and 4.65%, respectively, following their quarterly earnings reports. INDEXES: The Dow fell 179.72, or 1.09%, to 16,330.47, the Nasdaq lost 72.23, or 1.5%, to 4,756.72, and the S&P 500 dropped 24.23, or 1.23%, to 1,942.74.
12:22 EDTCAGConAgra falls after Q1 revenue significantly misses estimates
Shares of packaged food company ConAgra (CAG) are falling after the company's first quarter revenue fell significantly short of analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, ConAgra reported Q1 adjusted earnings per share of 45c, ahead of the consensus of 40c, and revenue of $2.79B, well short of expectations of $3.67B. ConAgra reported Q1 Consumer Foods sales of approximately $1.7B and Commercial Foods segment sales of $1.1B. The divestiture process for the private label operations is proceeding as planned, and the company expects to have an announcement on the outcome of this process later this fall. The company will assess opportunities to increase the dividend after it is further along with the strategic plan outlined at the end of fiscal 2015. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Looking ahead to Q2, the company expects diluted EPS, adjusted for items impacting comparability, to be approximately in line with year-ago comparable amounts, compared to consensus of 63c. Despite strong fundamentals and expectations for continued margin expansion, comparable operating profits for the Consumer Foods segment in the fiscal second quarter are expected to be negatively impacted by foreign exchange, as well as a planned increase in marketing investment. Profits for the Commercial Foods segment are expected to post an increase in profitability year-over-year in the fiscal second quarter. Expected contribution from the private label operations, which are now in discontinued operations, is included in this guidance. On its Q1 conference call, ConAgra said its private brands divestiture was "on track" and there was "a lot of interest" in it. Management noted that they were "aggressively" pursuing maximizing actions and making "good progress" on margin improvement efforts. They said they were committed to an investment grade rating, marketing investments will increase throughout the year, and results from the last six months indicate positivity going forward. They said the company took a $1.95B charge on private label business in Q1, but remain confident that they will realize a tax benefit from the capital loss. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, ConAgra fell $2.39, or about 5.64%, to $40.01 on heavy trading volume. Despite the pull back, the shares have gained approximately 19% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the packaged foods space include Boulder Brands (BDBD), down 0.5%, Pinnacle Foods (PF), down 2.5%, General Mills (GIS), up 0.6%, JM Smucker (SJM), down 3%, and TreeHouse Foods (THS), down 0.4%.
12:14 EDTCAGOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session deep in negative territory and have remained there throughout the morning. There has been little in the way of buying as the downward pressure in the market has not shown any sign of letting up. There is also little in the way of explanation as to why the market is so weak other than continued disappointment in the Fed's interest rate decision and the ongoing concern over China's economic growth. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the FHFA home price index rose 0.6% to 224.5 in July, which was better than the 0.4% rise that was expected. The Richmond Fed factory index fell to -5 in September, versus the reading of 2 that was expected. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Groupon (GRPN) slumped 2.5% after the online and mobile deal provider said it plans to cut more than 1,000 jobs relating primarily to the company's international operations. The news is the latest in a recent run of job cut announcements, after HP Enterprise said last week that it expects 25,000-30,000 people to leave the company and Johnson Controls (JCI) recently announced plans to reduce its global salaried workforce by as many as 3,000 people... Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman Sachs (GS) chairman and CEO, disclosed that he was told by doctors that he has lymphoma. "Fortunately, my form of lymphoma is highly curable and my doctors' and my own expectation is that I will be cured," Blankfein stated in an open letter that was shared by the bank. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Weatherford (WFT), which rose 9.6% after stating that it has decided not to pursue its previously announced concurrent public offerings of ordinary shares of the company and mandatorily exchangeable subordinated notes. Also higher was Vascular Biogenics (VBLT), which gained 15% to around $9.30 per share after the stock was initiated with a Buy rating and $25 price target at Chardan. Among the noteworthy losers following their earnings reports were ConAgra (CAG) and Carnival (CCL), which each fell more than 5%, and Red Hat (RHT), which slid 2%. Also lower were shares of Staples (SPLS) and Office Depot (ODP), which fell 7% and 8%, respectively, after the New York Post said a top FTC regulator may be leaning toward recommending against approving their merger agreement. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 263.77, or 1.6%, to 16,246.42, the Nasdaq was down 99.52, or 2.06%, to 4,729.44, and the S&P 500 was down 32.51, or 1.65%, to 1,934.46.
10:21 EDTCAGConAgra says 'a lot of interest' in private label business
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09:53 EDTCAGConAgra says private brands divestiture 'on track'
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07:42 EDTCAGConAgra says to assess opportunities to increase dividend
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07:35 EDTCAGConAgra reports Q1 Consumer Foods sales approx. $1.7B
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07:34 EDTCAGConAgra CEO says 'off to a strong start' in FY16
Sean Connolly, CEO of ConAgra Foods, said, "We are off to a strong start in fiscal 2016. While early days, we are making good progress against our plan to drive margin improvement within a more focused portfolio. In the near-term, we expect to grow profits modestly in fiscal 2016 across the Consumer Foods and Commercial Foods segments by building on the stronger foundations established last fiscal year, with an emphasis on improving price/mix and implementing relentless cost discipline." The company is committed to an investment grade debt rating, and plans a balanced approach to capital allocation in fiscal 2016, including further debt reduction, repurchasing shares as market conditions warrant, and a top tier dividend. The company will assess opportunities to increase the dividend after it is further along with the strategic plan outlined at the end of fiscal 2015. The company will offer more details on fiscal 2016 EPS guidance once it is further along with the process of divesting the private label operations, determining associated SG&A reduction targets, and finalizing investment levels for the remaining segments. The company expects the Consumer Foods and Commercial Foods segments to post modest comparable operating profit growth for the full fiscal year. As announced on June 30, 2015, the company is focused on the divestiture of the private label operations, as well as on creating long-term value by: Aggressively reducing costs, with an increased focus on SG&A and the elimination of stranded costs once the sale of the private label operations is complete, Growing consumer brands and Lamb Weston, as well as Balanced capital allocation.
07:33 EDTCAGConAgra sees Q2 adjusted EPS approx. in line with year-ago, consensus 63c
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07:31 EDTCAGConAgra reports Q1 adjusted EPS 45c, consensus 40c
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07:30 EDTNDAQNASDAQ management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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September 21, 2015
14:57 EDTCAGNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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09:29 EDTCAGConAgra has favorable risk/reward ahead of Q1, says Morgan Stanley
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09:03 EDTNDAQAuthentidate announces receipt of favorable NASDAQ listing determination
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