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November 15, 2012
16:32 EDTDNB, BG, NTAP, OSIS, AMD, BP, VELT, SZYM, WMTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street finished the day lower after midday buying sent the averages briefly into positive territory, though the averages yet again could not hold onto their gains. Wal-Mart (WMT), which reported earnings before the bell, issued cautious Q4 guidance ahead of the holiday season. Uncertainty also weighed heavily on investors as concerns over the fiscal cliff, which have abounded since the election, were compounded by increased concerns in the Middle East... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims jumped by 78,000 from the prior week to 439,000. Analysts had forecast a smaller rise to 375,000 and the steep climb in claims was partially attributed to Superstorm Sandy. Consumer prices rose 0.1% overall in October, versus the expected increase of 0.1%. The NY Fed Empire State Survey for November had a -5.22 reading, versus the expected -8.00, and the Philadelphia Fed Manufacturing Survey had a reading of -10.7, versus the expected +2.0. In Europe, Eurostat data showed the Eurozone fell back into recession in the third quarter... COMPANY NEWS: Wal-Mart, despite beating consensus estimates for the most recent quarter, provided guidance for the upcoming quarter that was lower than Street estimates. This tempered outlook sent shares of the Dow component lower by $2.59, or 3.63%, to close at $68.72... BP (BP) agreed to plead guilty to felony charges and to pay the largest criminal penalty in U.S. history for the Deepwater Horizon accident. The company said the aggregate amount of the settlement is about $4.5B, with payments scheduled over a period of six years. Shares of BP opened the day higher, but fell through the session and eventually settled fractionally higher, up 14c, or 0.35%, to $40.30... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was NetApp (NTAP), up $3.04, or 11.20%, to $30.16 after its earnings beat expectations and shares were upgraded at Raymond James. Also trading higher were shares of Solazyme (SZYM), up 71c, or 10.01%, to $7.80 after the company announced strategic partnerships with Archer Daniels (AMD) and a subsidiary of Bunge Limited (BG) that will expand the company's oil production capacity. Among noteworthy losers were shares of Velti (VELT), down $2.27, or 34.19%, to $4.37 after the company reported Q3 earnings that missed consensus estimates and the stock received a downgrade to Hold at Needham. Also lower were shares of OSI Systems (OSIS), down $21.40, or 28.05%, to $54.89 after a Bloomberg report said that Congressman Mike Rogers sent a letter to the TSA stating that the company may have "knowingly manipulated" the result of an operational test. The company later issued a statement denying claims made in the Bloomberg report. Dun & Bradstreet (DNB) declined $7.60, or 9.40%, to $73.21 after a late afternoon report by Reuters said talks between the company and its potential buyers fell apart... INDICES: The Dow lost 28.57, or 0.23%, to 12,542.38; the Nasdaq fell 9.87, or 0.35%, to 2,836.94; and the S&P 500 slid 2.17, or 0.16%, to 1,353.32.
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December 10, 2014
06:06 EDTBPBP sees $1B in group-wide restructuring charges over coming year
"Although the current environment is challenging, BP is well-positioned to respond and manage our Upstream business for the long term,” said Upstream CEO Lamar McKay. “We expect to see growth from our conventional and deepwater assets and an increasing contribution from gas. And we also have a quality pipeline of opportunities that we believe are capable of extending underlying growth well beyond 2020. Our focus throughout will remain firmly on safe operations, execution efficiency and greater plant reliability.” BP also said that, as part of its wider ongoing Group-wide programme to simplify across its Upstream and Downstream activities and corporate functions, it expects to incur non-operating restructuring charges of circa $1B in total over the next five quarters, including the current quarter. Details of these charges and further guidance on the program are expected to be given with each quarter’s results. Across the Group, BP has said it will be looking to pare or re-phase capital expenditure without compromising safety or future growth. In October, BP told investors this could result in reductions of $1B-$2B in capital expenditure across the Group in 2015 against guidance of $24B-$26B laid out in March. This will be reviewed further as part of the 2015 plan, recognising the current outlook for oil prices. Between now and 2020, the Upstream team’s focus will be on delivery, through safe and reliable operations, strong execution in the existing base business, and the start-up of a suite of new projects which are expected to be capable of adding over 900,000 barrels of oil equivalent a day of net incremental production to BP’s portfolio by 2020. BP will also be progressing opportunities expected to continue to drive underlying growth into the next decade as it builds out its well-established conventional and deepwater oil positions and a distinctive and material portfolio of gas options.
05:53 EDTBPBP upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank upgraded BP (BP) to Buy saying shares could see an inflection point in 2015 with the Macondo penalty phase going to trial in January. Deutsche coupled the upgrade of BP with a downgrade of Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) to Hold.
December 9, 2014
16:19 EDTAMDAMD announces move to NASDAQ
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11:40 EDTBPBP to invest $12B in Egypt over next five years, Reuters reports
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08:39 EDTBPBP to close U.S. cellulosic operations, Bloomberg reports
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07:41 EDTAMDBarclays to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference is being held in San Francisco on December 9-10 with webcasted company presentations to begin on December 9 at 10:40 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
07:22 EDTAMDBMO Capital to hold a conference
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December 8, 2014
16:24 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower amid another drop in crude oil prices, which tumbled to five-year lows. The market opened slightly lower following weaker than expected data from China and Japan, with nothing of note on the domestic calendar to get buyers involved in the day’s activity. Near noon, the averages gained downside momentum and though the market pared its losses several times, it was never able to gain any steam to pull the indexes back into the green. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was released. In Asia, Chinese exports rose 4.7% from a year earlier in November, which missed the consensus estimate for an 8% increase. Chinese imports fell 6.7% from the prior year last month, compared with projections for a 3.8% increase. Additionally, Japan's revised third quarter gross domestic product estimate showed the economy shrank more than initially thought, with growth contracting an annualized 1.9%. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Cubist Pharmaceuticals (CBST) surged $26.24, or 35.29%, to $100.60 after Merck (MRK) agreed to acquire the maker of next-generation antibiotics for $102 per share in cash, or $8.4B and the assumption of $1.1B in debt. A number of other antibiotic makers also climbed, including Tetraphase (TTPH), which rose $2.45, or 8.82%, to $30.24, and Cempra (CEMP), which advanced $1.64, or 11.37%, to $16.06, while shares of Merck finished fractionally higher, adding 39c, or 0.63%, to $61.88 following the deal announcement. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their presentations at the American Society of Hematology, or ASH, annual meeting were Calithera Biosciences (CALA), which gained $2.38, or 22.52%, to $12.95, and Acceleron Pharma (XLRN), which jumped $5.11, or 13.6%, to $42.67. Among the noteworthy losers was McDonald's (MCD), which fell $3.70, or 3.84%, to $92.61 after the Dow member reported a 2.2% decline in global same-restaurant sales in November. Additionally, the fast-food giant warned that its fourth quarter results would be hurt by its sales pressures, supplier issues in China and a stronger U.S. dollar. Also lower were shares of Liquidity Services (LQDT), which plunged $2.77, or 27.0%, to $7.49 after the company disclosed that Wal-Mart (WMT) had terminated a deal to provide it with surplus merchandise. INDEXES: The Dow fell 106.31, or 0.59%, to 17,852.48, the Nasdaq dropped 40.06, or 0.84%, to 4,740.69, and the S&P 500 slipped 15.06, or 0.73%, to 2,060.31.
12:40 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:53 EDTBPBP to continue advocating for probe of suspicious, implausible spill claims
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10:49 EDTWMTLiquidity Services plunges after Wal-Mart seeks to end supply deal
Shares of Liquidity Services (LQDT) are tumbling after the company disclosed that Wal-Mart (WMT) had terminated a deal to provide it with merchandise. Liquidity Services operates an auction marketplace that features surplus and salvaged items. WHAT'S NEW: Liquidity Services reported after Friday's market close in a regulatory filing that Wal-Mart had decided to stop supplying products to Liquidity Services.The auction company noted that it had previously had the right to purchase certain consumer items that have been removed from Wal-Mart's shelves. However, Wal-Mart, on December 1, reported to the company that it would terminate the deal, effective today. Wal-Mart is alleging that Liquidity Services violated certain requirements of the agreement between the companies, Liquidity Services stated. However, the auction company disputed Wal-Mart's assertions and said it was "evaluating all its options" before determining how to proceed. Liquidity Services indicated that it still expects to meet its guidance for its December quarter results. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, Colin Sebastian, an analyst at research firm Robert W. Baird, predicted that the loss of the contract would have a significant impact on Liquidity Services' results starting in 2015. However, he believes that the extent of the impact on the company's earnings before interest taxes depreciation and amortization will depend on its ability to manage its expenses. The analyst cut his price target on the name to $9 from $12 and kept a Neutral rating on the shares. Meanwhile, Janney Capital analyst Shawn Milne wrote that Liquidity Services had previously disclosed that Wal-Mart accounted for 11% of its gross merchandise volume in fiscal 2014. Milne predicted that the termination of the deal would reduce Liquidity Services' annual EBITDA by less than $10M. He also kept a Neutral rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Liquidity Services sank 25% to $7.70.
10:11 EDTBPBP's plea to review Deepwater Horizon settlement rejected, WSJ reports
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10:03 EDTWMTLiquidity Services price target lowered to $9 from $12 at RW Baird
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09:20 EDTWMTLiquidity Services estimate cuts possible on Wal-Mart fight, says Janney Capital
After Liquidity Services (LQDT) disclosed that Wal-Mart (WMT) terminated its return agreement and that the two are now in dispute over the deal, Janney Capital noted Liquidity 's recent 10K filing indicated that Wal-Mart accounted for 11% of FY14 gross merchandise volume, including Commercial Capital assets. Janney estimates the full year EBITDA impact from the contract to be somewhere below $10M, but said there is a potential for further estimate cuts given the dispute. The firm maintains its Neutral rating on Liquidity Services shares.
09:13 EDTWMTLiquidity Services reports Walmart terminates return agreement
Liquidity Services (LQDT) had previously acquired from ILJ Enterprises its business of purchasing closeouts, excess merchandise and customer returns for resale to retailers, wholesalers, and other third parties and consumers. In connection with the acquisition, the company, through one of its subsidiaries, assumed ILJ’s rights and obligations with Wal-Mart Stores (WMT). Under the Wal-Mart agreement, Liquidity Services has the exclusive right to purchase certain consumer products from Wal-Mart that have been removed from the sales stream of Wal-Mart’s retail operations. On December 1, Wal-Mart provided Liquidity Services written notice terminating the Wal-Mart Agreement, effective December 8. The termination notice alleges that the company failed to comply with certain provisions under the Wal-Mart agreement with respect to service level requirements and restrictions on the disposition of merchandise, Liquidity disclosed in a regulatory filing late Friday. The company disputes these allegations and is contesting the termination of the agreement with Wal-Mart. The company had been in negotiations with Wal-Mart to address Wal-Mart’s failure to honor the company’s exclusive right to purchase selected merchandise from Wal-Mart but was unable to reach a satisfactory resolution. The company is currently evaluating all of its options, reserves all rights with respect to this matter and will continue to seek appropriate relief from Wal-Mart for its failure to honor the company’s exclusive rights to purchase selected merchandise and any related actual damages the company has incurred. The company does not believe that the purported termination of the Wal-Mart Agreement will result in the company being unable to meet its financial guidance for its first fiscal quarter ending December 31, 2014, Liquidity Services stated.
07:53 EDTBPClimate for Exxon E&P acquisition improved by falling prices, WSJ says
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07:32 EDTAMD, NTAPRaymond James to hold a conference
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07:28 EDTNTAPFBN Securities to hold a bus tour
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06:09 EDTBPBP to cut hundreds of U.K. jobs this week, Guardian reports
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December 7, 2014
19:41 EDTBPBP set to reduce middle management ranks, freeze projects, Sunday Times says
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