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November 15, 2012
16:32 EDTVELT, SZYM, WMT, DNB, BG, NTAP, OSIS, AMD, BPOn 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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January 20, 2015
09:44 EDTWMTSupreme Court denies appeal of 'swipe fee' ruling, Reuters reports
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05:49 EDTAMDStocks with implied volatility movement; RSH AMD
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January 19, 2015
06:47 EDTBPJPMorgan says oil may drop below $40/barrel in near-term
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January 18, 2015
18:32 EDTBPBP will cite crude price decline in Gulf spill fine determination, WSJ says
BP, which is facing up to $13.7B in federal fines, is set to go to trial on January 20 in federal court in New Orleans to determine the amount it must pay the U.S. government for each barrel of crude that spilled into the Gulf during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, says the Wall Street Journal. BP's lawyers plan to use the recent plunge in oil prices in their arguments before the court and will likely cite a weakened BP Exploration & Production, the subsidiary that is charged with the spill violations, added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
18:11 EDTBPAnadarko faces pollution penalty in Deepwater Horizon disaster, WSJ says
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14:22 EDTBPSchlumberger boss says oil price to challenge land producers, WSJ says
Paal Kibsgaard, CEO of Schlumberger, said U.S. energy producers are not done with work force reductions and that because of high costs, producers that focus on shale fields are worse off than rivals, says the Wall Street Journal. Publicly traded companies in the space include BP (BP), Chevron (CVX), ConocoPhillips (COP), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A), Total (TOT), Schlumberger (SLB) and Baker Hughes (BHI). Reference Link
January 16, 2015
10:24 EDTBPOptions point to oil falling to near $30 per barrel, Merrill Lynch says
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10:12 EDTWMTSprint unit Virgin Mobile to offer no contract data sharing plans
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10:01 EDTBPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:29 EDTBPBP downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
JPMorgan downgraded BP to Underweight saying it expects 2015/2016 consensus estimates for Big Oil names to decline by more than 50% as oil price outlooks come down.
07:37 EDTBPBP downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord
06:49 EDTBPOil prices climb after IEA says production falling, Reuters reports
Oil prices rebounded today after the International Energy Agency, or IEA, said it saw signs that oil production was falling in some areas, including North America, according to Reuters. "A price recovery...may not be imminent, but signs are mounting that the tide will turn," Reuters quoted the IEA as saying. Oil prices could rebound in the second half of the year, the IEA indicated, the news service reported. Publicly traded companies in the space include BP (BP), Chevron (CVX), ConocoPhillips (COP), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) and Total (TOT). Reference Link
January 15, 2015
17:53 EDTBPBP may pay up to $13.7B in fines for Deepwater Horizon Gulf spill case, WSJ says
BP may have to pay a maximum $13.7B in fines for the oil that escaped into the Gulf of Mexico in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon incident, says the Wall Street Journal. A federal judge ruled that the company is liable for just over 3M barrels of oil spilled in the disaster, added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
15:02 EDTAMDEarnings Preview: Jefferies refutes bear case on Intel
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11:19 EDTAMDStocks with call strike movement; BBRY AMD
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09:24 EDTWMTEpiq Systems to hold a webinar
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09:04 EDTSZYMSolazyme receives FDA GRAS no questions letter for Whole Algal Protein
Solazyme announced that the FDA has issued a favorable response to Solazyme’s notification concluding that Whole Algal Protein is Generally Recognized as Safe, or GRAS, as an ingredient in food and beverage products. This No Questions letter will further pave the way for mainstream adoption of this new source of vegan protein enabling the creation of new products that meet consumer demand for healthy, sustainable ingredients. Commercialized under the brand AlgaVia Microalgae Food Ingredients, AlgaVia Whole Algal Flour received a GRAS No Questions letter from the FDA in June 2013. AlgaVia Whole Algal Protein and AlgaVia Whole Algal Flour are the first-ever microalgae-based food ingredients of their kind to be GRAS. AlgaVia Whole Algal Protein is a vegan-friendly, gluten-free product that contains a rich collection of fiber, lipids and micronutrients such as lutein and zeaxanthin.
06:10 EDTBPBP cutting 300 jobs in onshore roles, Daily Mail reports
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January 14, 2015
16:00 EDTWMTOptions Update; January 14, 2015
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06:54 EDTBPEnergy Department says oil production to rise this year, NY Times says
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