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May 16, 2014
16:33 EDTWMT, RAX, NYT, VRX, AGN, M, JWN, DE, KO, IBM, GM, GMCR, RDEN, CSCO, JCPMarket finishes week slightly lower after weak retail sales growth
The market finished the week lower after several economic data points missed expectations and a number of notable companies reported soft results. MACRO NEWS: Retail sales and industrial production for April, a housing market index, and a measure of consumer confidence in May were all worse than expected. On the other hand, jobless claims fell more than expected and reached a seven year low... Overseas, the euro zone's GDP increased only 0.2% last quarter, versus the 0.4% growth forecast by economists. The trend of poor economic news also extended to China, whose April industrial output came in below expectations. COMPANY NEWS: Among the companies that reported weaker than expected results were Wal-Mart (WMT) and Elizabeth Arden (RDEN). Also, IBM (IBM) and farm equipment maker Deere (DE) fell after providing guidance that disappointed investors. Conversely, Cisco (CSCO), Nordstrom (JWN), J.C. Penney (JCP) and Macy's (M) climbed after their earnings surpassed expectations... Allergan (AGN) officially rejected an unsolicited takeover offer from Valeant (VRX), which indicated that it would raise its bid... GM (GM) retreated after the company announced five new recalls covering about 2.7M vehicles and agreed to pay a record $35M civil penalty levied by the DOT... The New York Times (NYT) slumped after abruptly announcing that it had dismissed the executive editor at its namesake newspaper, effective immediately... Cloud computing services provider Rackspace (RAX) announced that it had been approached by a number of other companies that expressed interest in exploring strategic relationships, including partnerships and acquisitions. Rackspace hired Morgan Stanley (MS) to evaluate the proposals and explore other alternatives... Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) advanced after Coca-Cola (KO) confirmed plans to exercise its option to raise its stake in the K-cup coffee machine maker up to 16%. INDEXES: The Dow was down 0.55% to 16,491.31, the S&P 500 was down 0.03% to 1,877.86, and the Nasdaq was up 0.46% to 4,090.59.
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October 13, 2014
16:28 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street spent most of today's quiet session see-sawing across the flat-line before dropping sharply in the final hour of trading and closing at their lows. The market opened in negative territory but soon made a move to the upside and appeared ready to break the recent market slide that has seen the S&P lose about 5% of its value. Before the averages gained significant steam, they reversed again and moved back into negative ground. The averages moved in a fairly narrow range for most of the afternoon, before accelerating to the downside with conviction in the final hour of trading. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no economic data of note was reported and banks and bond markets were closed in observance of the Columbus Day holiday. In China, the nation's customs administration reported a trade surplus of about $31B for September. Exports in the month increased 15.3% from a year earlier, beating expectations and making for the biggest monthly increase since February 2013. Imports rose 7%, significantly outpacing the consensus projection for a 2% decline. COMPANY NEWS: The Wall Street Journal reported that CSX (CSX) was approached by a larger rival, Canadian Pacific (CP), about a possible merger. However, Credit Suisse analyst Allison Landry wrote in a note to investors that a merger between the two would not be able to occur, due to high regulatory hurdles. Still, CSX rose $1.76, or 5.88%, to $31.70 following the Journal's report, while Canadian Pacific fell $4.40, or 2.32%, to $184.97... Shares of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCAU) made their debut on the New York Stock Exchange and opened at $9 per share. The stock of the newly merged company closed trading down about 1% at $8.92... J.C. Penney (JCP) selected Marvin Ellison, who is currently executive vice president of stores at Home Depot (HD), to become its next CEO. The stock, which was also downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS this morning, spent much of the trading day in positive ground but moved lower late in the session and closed down 3c, or 0.42%, at $7.09. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Alnylam (ALNY), which advanced $13.83, or 18.98%, to $86.68 after the company announced data from study of its treatment for patients with familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy and Piper Jaffray raised its price target on the stock to $133 from $101 citing the trial results. Among the noteworthy losers was AutoNation (AN), which fell $4.11, or 8.01%, to $47.21 after another company in the same sector, Lithia Motors (LAD), lowered its profit outlook for the third and fourth quarter and issued a lower than expected earnings forecast for fiscal 2015. Shares of Lithia, meanwhile, plunged $16.85, or 20.84%, to $64.01. Also lower were shares of GoPro (GPRO), which fell $8.38, or 9.85%, to $76.67 after a French journalist reported that the son of racing legend Michael Schumacher attributed the severity of his father's brain injury following a skiing accident on the GoPro camera mounted to his helmet. INDEXES: The Dow fell 223.03, or 1.35%, to 16,321.07, the Nasdaq dropped 62.58, or 1.46%, to 4,213.66, and the S&P 500 declined 31.39, or 1.65%, to 1,874.74.
15:23 EDTKOCoca-Cola Amatil could sell water brand to Coca-Cola, AFR says
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12:16 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly lower at midday amid light trading volume. Banks and bond markets are closed in observance of the Columbus Day holiday, though equity markets remain open. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was reported. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of a number of freight train operators rose after The Wall Street Journal reported that one of the companies in the sector, CSX (CSX), was approached by a larger rival, Canadian Pacific (CP), about a possible merger. Following the Journal's report, CSX rose 10% and Canadian Pacific advanced 1%, while Norfolk Southern (NSC) and Kansas City Southern (KSU) both climbed about 3%... Chrysler returned to the U.S. stock market, as shares of Fiat Chrysler began trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "FCAU." MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was J.C. Penney (JCP), which rose 3% after the company selected Marvin Ellison, who is currently executive vice president of stores at Home Depot (HD), to become its next CEO. Also higher were Atlas Energy (ATLS), which rose 20%, and Atlas Pipeline Partners (APL), which advanced 6%, after Targa Resources Partners (NGLS) and Targa Resources (TRGP) agreed to acquire Atlas Pipeline Partners for cash and stock valued at $38.66 per APL common unit and agreed to buy Atlas Energy following the company's spin-off of its non-midstream assets. Among the noteworthy losers was Aerohive Networks (HIVE), which plunged 30% after the company lowered its guidance for the third quarter, citing weaker-than-expected order volume near the quarter's end. Also lower were shares of GoPro (GPRO), which fell over 8% after a French journalist reported that the son of racing legend Michael Schumacher attributed the severity of his father's brain injury following a skiing accident on the GoPro camera mounted to his helmet. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 32.14, or 0.19%, to 16,511.96, the Nasdaq was down 7.97, or 0.19%, to 4,268.27, and the S&P 500 was down 6.85, or 0.36%, to 1,899.28.
12:10 EDTGMGM lawyer says 27 people eligible for ignition switch compensation, AP reports
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12:05 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney risk/reward remains balanced, says RW Baird
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10:12 EDTJCPHome Depot bench deep, Ellison departure not surprising, says RW Baird
RW Baird said it is not surprised to see Marvin Ellison leaving Home Depot (HD) since he was likely in the running for the CEO post that went to someone else, but the firm expects a smooth internal transition and noted that it views the company's management bench as deep. Baird, which maintains its Outperform rating on Home Depot, believes J.C. Penney (JCP) is getting a strong leader with extensive retail experience in hiring Ellison.
10:08 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Bankrate (RATE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... CME Group (CME) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Cliffs Natural (CLF) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Dana Holding (DAN) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Darden (DRI) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Dover (DOV) downgraded to Neutral at RW Baird... DryShips (DRYS) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Imperial Capital... Infineon (IFNNY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... J.C. Penney (JCP) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Johnson Controls (JCI) downgraded to Outperform from Top Pick at RBC Capital... Juniper (JNPR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Kennametal (KMT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Masco (MAS) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... New Gold (NGD) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... ON Semiconductor (ONNN) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest... PBF Energy (PBF) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Parker-Hannifin (PH) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... STMicroelectronics (STM) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Silicon Laboratories (SLAB) downgraded to Sector Perform at Pacific Crest... VOXX International (VOXX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen.
10:06 EDTJCP, MJ.C. Penney rises after selecting Home Depot executive as next CEO
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09:23 EDTRAXHP could buy lower valuation company, says Bernstein
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09:02 EDTWMTWal-Mart October volatility elevated into investment community meeting
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08:38 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney names Marvin Ellison CEO-Designee
The board of J. C. Penney (JCP) announced the appointment of Marvin Ellison, currently executive vice president of stores at Home Depot (HD), as president and CEO-Designee, effective November 1. Ellison will also join the board. He will then succeed Myron E. Ullman, III as CEO of JCPenney on August 1, 2015. At that time, Ullman will become executive chairman of the board for a period of one year.
07:26 EDTGMCRAB InBev has studied potential deal to acquire PepsiCo, Bloomberg says
Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD), which has a history of growth via acquisition and has been speculated to be targeting peer SABMiller (SBMRY), has also studied whether a merger with PepsiCo (PEP) makes sense, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. The report added that one source said no talks between Anheuser-Busch and Pepsi are ongoing, no deal is imminent, and the scenario is among many that has been examined. The report also noted that Albert Fried views Monster Beverage (MNST) and Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) as other suitable targets for AB InBev. Reference Link
07:15 EDTWMTNational Association of Corporate Directors to hold a conference
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07:08 EDTDEDeere reports September U.S./Canada utility tractor sales up more than 28%
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06:44 EDTGMRegulators seeking banks' auto loan data, Reuters reports
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06:39 EDTAGNAllergan takeout value at or above $210 per share, says Leerink
Leerink believes Allergan's takeover value is now at or above $210 per share given the company's recent execution. After speaking with management, the firm says Allergan's upside in Q3 was driving by fundamentals, not cost cuts. It continues to view the "most likely and straightforward outcome" for Allergan as being an outright sale of the company. Leerink raised its price target for shares to $215 from $184 and keeps an Outperform rating on Allergan.
06:15 EDTM, JCPJ.C. Penney downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS
UBS downgraded its rating on J.C. Penney (JCP) shares to Sell saying the company's 2017 EBITDA target of $1.2B is overly optimistic as it assumes years of market share gains against strong competitors like Macy's (M) and Kohl's (KSS). UBS halved its price target for Penney shares to $5 from $10. The retailer's stock closed Friday down 52c to $7.12.
October 12, 2014
17:55 EDTWMTWal-Mart, DSW could benefit from holiday sales, Barron's says
Wal-Mart (WMT) and DSW (DSW) could benefit from the recent forecast of a 4% increase in holiday spending, Barron's contends in a follow up article. Reference Link
17:21 EDTGMTesla ahead of other car makers on semiautonomous driving system, WSJ says
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17:20 EDTCSCOGE, Splunk, Cisco, others could benefit from Internet of Things, Barron's says
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