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July 29, 2014
17:06 EDTPGTI, CTL, FTR, CLF, VZ, WIN, GLW, UPS, TOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower amid new sanctions from both the U.S. and Europe against Russia. The sanctions news that came out throughout the session overshadowed a better than expected consumer confidence reading and another round of earnings reports. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the S&P Case Shiller home price index rose 9.34% from the prior year in May to 170.64, which was a bit below the expectation for a 9.9% year-over-year increase. The Conference Board's consumer confidence reading climbed to 90.9 in July from an upwardly revised 86.4 June figure, beating expectations for a 85.4 reading and reaching its highest level since October 2007. Also, the U.S. and European Union both announced new sanctions against Russia, including some against some of the nation's largest banks. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Windstream (WIN) rose $1.30, or 12.35%, to $11.83 after the company announced that it would spin off some of its assets into a real estate investment trust, or REIT. The implications of the ruling Windstream received from the IRS and the company's plan reverberated throughout the telecommunications sector, as illustrated by Frontier Communications' (FTR) shares also gaining 85c, or 14.31%, to $6.79. However, UBS analyst Scott Arwin said he does not expect large telecom companies like Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T) to follow Windstream's lead, as he does not think the larger companies will want to open their networks to competitors at regulated rates. Raymond James similarly said it believes Verizon has looked at potential REIT transactions in the past, and that it’s doubtful the company would be comfortable not owning its assets and that AT&T and CenturyLink (CTL) may be in similar positions. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was PGT Inc. (PGTI), which gained $2.02, or 27.33%, to $9.41 after reporting better than expected quarterly results and agreeing to buy CGI Windows & Doors for about $111M. Also higher was Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF), which rose $1.03, or 6.21%, to $17.62 after activist shareholder Casablanca Capital announced that all six of its nominees have been elected to Cliffs' board of directors according to preliminary estimates. Among the noteworthy losers was UPS (UPS), which fell $3.80, or 3.7%, to $98.86 after reporting Q2 adjusted earnings per share that missed expectations and lowering its fiscal year earnings outlook, citing its plans to increase operating expenses for capacity and peak season related projects. Also lower were shares of Corning (GLW), which fell $2.05, or 9.3%, to $20.00 after reporting on its Q2 results and guiding its Q3 LCD glass volume to be up by a mid-single digit percentage sequentially. INDEXES: The Dow fell 70.48, or 0.42%, to 16,912.11, the Nasdaq dropped 2.21, or 0.05%, to 4,442.70, and the S&P 500 declined 8.96, or 0.45%, to 1,969.95.
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March 23, 2015
07:07 EDTCLFCliffs Natural agrees to sell Chromite assets to Noront for $20M
Cliffs Natural Resources announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Chromite assets in Northern Ontario, Canada to Noront Resources Ltd. for $20M. The transaction is comprised of the chromite deposits and associated claims held by Cliffs. The sale of these assets to Noront, an experienced mining company with a strategic interest in the Ring of Fire region, further demonstrates execution of Cliffs' strategy which includes divesting non-core assets and focusing on being the major supplier of iron ore pellets to the North American steel industry. Moelis & Company acted as financial advisor to Cliffs Natural Resources.
March 20, 2015
11:30 EDTPGTIPGT, Inc. management to meet with SunTrust
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March 19, 2015
16:26 EDTTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened lower but turned mixed early in the day and remained that way for most of the session. The Dow and S&P spent most of the day deep in negative territory, while the Nasdaq managed to stay just above the flat line. Investors had a chance to digest yesterday’s comments from the Fed and may have re-considered whether it latest policy stance was as dovish as originally believed. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims rose 1K to 291K in the week ended March 14, which nearly matched the consensus 293K forecast. The current account deficit widened to $113.5B in Q4 from a revised deficit of $98.9B in Q3. The leading indicators for February rose 0.2% to 121.4, which was in-line with expectations. The Philadelphia Fed business outlook survey ticked down to a 5.0 one-year low from 5.2 in February, missing expectations for it to have risen a 7.0 reading. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) joined the Dow Jones Industrial Average after the close last night, replacing AT&T (T). Shares of Apple finished their first day in the blue chip index down 97c, or 0.76%, at $127.50, while AT&T fell 39c, or 1.16%, to $33.20... Coffee giant Starbucks (SBUX) rose $1.92, or 2%, to close at $97.76 after hitting a new all-time high of $99.20 earlier. The move follows the company's investor day meeting yesterday, where it unveiled plans for two pilots of delivery services, reported a partnership to expand the distribution of its ready-to-drink products in China, and announced that its board has declared the sixth two-for-one split of the company’s stock since its IPO in 1992. Goldman Sachs and Wells Fargo were both unphased by the record highs and predicted the rally is not over for Starbucks in upbeat notes on the stock today. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Amicus Therapeutics (FOLD), which rose $3.11, or 33.26%, to $12.46 after reporting positive results in meetings with the EMA and FDA. Also higher was Wynn Resorts (WYNN), which gained $7.19, or 5.85%, to $130.11 after research firm Brean Capital last night initiated coverage of the stock and several casino peers with Buy ratings. Among the noteworthy losers was Transocean (RIG), which fell $1.09, or 7.15%, to $14.16 after saying that it intends to scrap four rigs and noting that with those it has announced plans to scrap a total of 16 floaters. Also lower after its earnings report was diversified apparel company Vince Holding (VNCE), which fell $3.50, or 16.36%, to $17.89. INDEXES: The Dow fell 117.16, or 0.65%, to 17,959.03, the Nasdaq gained 9.55, or 0.19%, to 4,992.38, and the S&P 500 declined 10.23, or 0.49%, to 2,089.27.
13:09 EDTTAT&T to pay $40M after missing appeal deadline, Bloomberg reports
AT&T is required to pay $40M in a patent infringement case because the company's lawyers failed to read a court document, reports Bloomberg. An appeals court ruled that AT&T missed the deadline to appeal a jury verdict for $27.5M, plus interest, won by Two-Way Media LLC. AT&T said its missed deadline was “excusable neglect” because of the incorrect docket entry, but the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said others were given the information needed and refused to extend the time period for the appeal. Reference Link
13:00 EDTTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with Nasdaq slightly higher and the Dow and S&P 500 both down a bit more than 0.5%. The day’s economic reports were generally benign and are likely less significant to the trading action than participants having had some time to digest yesterday’s Fed comments. Immediately after the Fed's policy statement yesterday, the U.S. dollar fell as low as 1.10 against the euro, but that move was almost entirely reversed overnight. The dollar was back near pre-Fed levels against the euro early this morning, and similar moves were seen in pairs of the dollar and other major currencies. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims rose 1K to 291K in the week ended March 14, which nearly matched the consensus 293K forecast. The current account deficit widened to $113.5B in Q4 from a revised deficit of $98.9B in Q3. The leading indicators for February rose 0.2% to 121.4, which was in-line with expectations. The Philadelphia Fed business outlook survey ticked down to a 5.0 one-year low from 5.2 in February, missing expectations for it to have risen a 7.0 reading. In Europe, the Swiss National Bank left rates unchanged, cut its growth forecasts for the country's economy, said that it will intervene in currency markets as needed since it believes the Swiss Franc remains overvalued. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) joined the Dow Jones Industrial Average today, replacing AT&T (T). Shares of the iPhone maker were down 0.5% near midday, while AT&T stock fell a bit more than 1%... Shares of coffee giant Starbucks (SBUX) hit a new all-time high of $98.50 earlier this afternoon following the company's investor day meeting yesterday. In conjunction with its meeting, Starbucks reaffirmed its goal to grow its market cap to $100B, unveiled plans for two pilots of delivery services, announced that its board has declared the sixth two-for-one split of the company’s stock since its IPO in 1992 and said it has entered into an agreement for Tingyi to manufacture and expand the distribution of Starbucks ready-to-drink products throughout mainland China. Goldman Sachs and Wells Fargo both issued upbeat notes on the stock today, saying that the coffee retailer's shares can continue to climb. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Coronado Biosciences (CNDO), which gained 42% after announcing the formation of a new company, Mustang Therapeutics, focused on Chimeric Antigen Receptor, or CAR-T, technology. The company also announced a licensing agreement with NeuPharma for EGFR inhibitors. Also higher was Guess (GES), which gained 15% after reporting higher than expected profits for its fiscal fourth quarter. Among the noteworthy losers was Transocean (RIG), which fell 6% after having announced last night that four of its 5th generation UDW drillships will be cold stacked and the contract with ENI (E) for the Transocean Amirante was terminated. Transocean also said it intends to scrap four rigs, noting that with those it has announced plans to scrap a total of 16 floaters. Also lower following its earnings report was diversified apparel company Vince Holding (VNCE), which fell 16%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 128.51, or 0.71%, to 17,947.68, the Nasdaq was up 3.15, or 0.06%, to 4,985.98, and the S&P 500 was down 13.36, or 0.64%, to 2,086.14.
09:05 EDTTApple up fractionally in pre-market trade ahead of Dow entry
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08:24 EDTCLFCliffs Natural says Bank of Nova Scotia files lawsuit against company
Cliffs Natural (CLF) said in a filing that as previously disclosed, on January 27, the company announced that Bloom Lake General Partner Limited and certain of its affiliates, including Cliffs Québec Iron Mining ULC commenced restructuring proceedings in Montreal, Québec, under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act. Certain obligations of the Bloom Lake Group, including equipment loans, are guaranteed by the Company. On March 16, The Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS) filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division, against the company, asserting that the company breached its obligations under a guaranty of certain equipment loans pursuant to a Master Loan and Security Agreement, dated September 27, 2013, among certain members of the Bloom Lake Group and Key Equipment Finance Inc.. BNS is seeking an award of $52.6M plus unpaid accrued interest and expenses. Among other defenses to this litigation, the company is current in its payment obligations under the Equipment Loans.
08:24 EDTCLFJPMorgan pulls Cliffs target on 'relentless' iron ore price slide
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07:04 EDTTAmerican Express confirms plans to launch Plenti loyalty program
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March 18, 2015
16:00 EDTCLFOptions Update; March 18, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.20 to 26.10. Option volume leaders: AAPL RAD PBR TWTR FB TSLA CLF BP MGM according to Track Data.
13:59 EDTT, VZT-Mobile announces 'Un-contract,' 'Carrier Freedom' initiatives
Today, during an event held to announce Un-carrier 9.0 − Un-carrier for Business − T-Mobile (TMUS) unveiled two new major Un-carrier initiatives for consumers. First, with T-Mobile’s new "Un-contract," customers will now have more certainty in their wireless pricing than ever before. Consumers and businesses with the Simple Choice rate plan will find that rates won’t go up as long as they’re a T-Mobile customer and keep their plan − and even customers with unlimited 4G LTE will lock in their rates for a minimum of two years. The Un-carrier also launched "Carrier Freedom," a new move where T-Mobile will now cover all outstanding phone and tablet payments up to $650 per line when customers from AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ) or Sprint (S) switch to T-Mobile.
10:26 EDTVZVerizon agrees to settle 911 outage probe for $3.4M
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09:23 EDTVZVerizon may launch mobile TV service as soon as June, Bloomberg says
Verizon (VZ) has secured mobile television streaming rights with Viacom (VIA, VIAB) and DreamWorks Animation (DWA) and plans to start a mobile video streaming service as early as June, according to Bloomberg, citing a person familiar with the matter. Verizon plans to have programming from ABC (DIS), NBC (CMCSA), CBS (CBS) and Fox (FOXA) as part of the service, the report added. The Fly notes that Verizon has publicly confirmed previously that it plans to launch such a service, but has not provided many details to date.
07:30 EDTTAT&T-DirecTV getting less attention than Comcast-Time Warner Cable, Reuters says
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07:10 EDTCLFPlatts to hold a forum
11th Annual Steel Markets North America is being held in Chicago on March 17-18.
06:16 EDTTAmerican Express to launch Plenti loyalty program this spring, WSJ reports
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March 17, 2015
10:05 EDTUPSUPS management to meet with Oppenheimer
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10:02 EDTWINHigh option volume stocks
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09:34 EDTWINActive equity options trading on open
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06:10 EDTVZSpherix announces Markman hearing held as scheduled in Verizon case
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