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January 29, 2013
19:55 EDTMT, X, NUE, AKSSteelmakers look to raise prices 8%, WSJ reports
U.S. Steel (X), ArcelorMittal (MT), AK Steel (AKS), and Nucor (NUE) each sent letters to customers last week announcing price increases for major categories of steel, some by as much as 8%, according to a Wall Street Journal report that cites the letters which were review by WSJ. Reference Link
News For X;AKS;NUE;MT From The Last 14 Days
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February 10, 2016
11:20 EDTXOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: ZIOP ETE INFN X PSEC PAGP MRO ETP SPLK HCP
05:16 EDTMTStocks with implied volatility movement; DIS MT
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February 9, 2016
10:00 EDTMTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: American Capital Senior Floating (ACSF) downgraded to Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... American Science & Engineering (ASEI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Benchmark... ArcelorMittal (MT) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... BioCryst (BCRX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Brixmor (BRX) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Diana Shipping (DSX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Clarksons Platou... Eagle Point Credit (ECC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Golden Ocean (GOGL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Clarksons Platou... Lukoil (LUKOY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Memorial Resource (MRD) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Navios Maritime (NM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Clarksons Platou... Northstar Realty (NRF) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Plains All American (PAA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Plains GP Holdings (PAGP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Qualys (QLYS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at DA Davidson... Quidel (QDEL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Randgold (GOLD) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Scorpio Bulkers (SALT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Clarksons Platou... Tortoise Energy (TYG) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Winnebago (WGO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Northcoast.
10:00 EDTMTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: ArcelorMittal (MT) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Electronic Arts (EA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Hilliard Lyons... First Interstate (FIBK) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Fig Partners... Flagstar Bancorp (FBC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Frontline (FRO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Clarksons Platou... Grifols (GRFS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Berenberg... Grupo Financiero (GGAL) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Kinross Gold (KGC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Luxottica (LUX) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... PrivateBancorp (PVTB) upgraded on growth outlook at SunTrust... SS&C (SSNC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Salesforce (CRM) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... TCF Financial (TCB) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Compass Point... TreeHouse (THS) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... WPX Energy (WPX) upgraded to Overweight from Equalweight at Capital One... Yelp (YELP) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at B. Riley.
07:30 EDTNUESenate Environment & Public Works Committee holds a hearing
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06:08 EDTMTArcelorMittal downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
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05:35 EDTMTArcelorMittal upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman
Goldman Sachs analyst Stephen Benson upgraded ArcelorMittal to Neutral citing the recent underperformance of the shares. The analyst lowered his price target for the stock to EUR 3.30 from EUR 3.90.
February 5, 2016
11:14 EDTMTOptions with increasing call volume
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10:13 EDTMTHigh option volume stocks
High option volume stocks: SC YRCW MKTO MT LNKD EPAM SBGL ALLY QLIK
February 4, 2016
19:36 EDTMTArcelorMittal plans EUR3B capital increase, Bloomberg says
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17:47 EDTMTArcelorMittal said to prepare capital raise of about EUR3B, Bloomberg says
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February 2, 2016
11:50 EDTAKSOptions with increasing put volume; BKLN AKS ROK MCHP EXXI TPX ALU TXT RCL
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February 1, 2016
10:02 EDTXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AIG (AIG) downgraded at BMO Capital... ARMOUR Residential (ARR) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Abraxas Petroleum (AXAS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin (ABCW) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... Ashford Hospitality Prime (AHP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Ashford Hospitality (AHT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Axiall (AXLL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... Boston Private Financial (BPFH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Colliers International (CIGI) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao (CBD) downgraded to Neutral at Credit Suisse... Connecticut Water (CTWS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Duke Realty (DRE) downgraded on valuation, growth outlook at BMO Capital... EP Energy (EPE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Eastman Chemical (EMN) downgraded at SunTrust... Equity Residential (EQR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... Genuine Parts (GPC) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Hersha Hospitality (HT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Jones Energy (JONE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Mondelez (MDLZ) downgraded to Neutral from Positive at Susquehanna... Nokia (NOK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Ollie's Bargain Outlet (OLLI) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Oshkosh (OSK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Drexel Hamilton... Outerwall (OUTR) downgraded on Redbox weakness at Roth Capital... PACCAR (PCAR) downgraded to Underperform from Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Restoration Hardware (RH) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Rex Energy (REXX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Sanchez Energy (SN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... SandRidge Energy (SD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Santander Consumer (SC) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Tiffany (TIF) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Trex Company (TREX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... U.S. Steel (X) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... United Community Financial (UCFC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Boenning & Scattergood... Xerox (XRX) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley.
07:07 EDTXU.S. Steel downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie
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January 31, 2016
15:57 EDTMTArcelorMittal exploring sale of certain U.S. long steel mills, Platts says
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11:39 EDTXS&P falls 5% in January despite second straight winning week to close month
Stocks finished the month of January with two straight winning weeks, but investors are still glad to see the calendar flip as those winners only cut the S&P's loss to 5% for the month. With growth worries abounding amid troubling signs from China and as oil languishes below $35 per barrel, the manufacturing readings from China, Europe, and the U.S. due out on Monday will be essential to whether the new month continues the uptrend of the end of January or the dour tone that dominated the early half of the month. MACRO NEWS: The Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged following its policy meeting this week, as almost universally expected. In its accompanying statement, the central bank said its committee members expect that economic conditions will "evolve in a manner that will warrant only gradual increases in the federal funds rate." The group added that inflation is expected to "remain low in the near term, in part because of the further declines in energy prices, but to rise to 2% over the medium term as the transitory effects of declines in energy and import prices dissipate and the labor market strengthens further"... In other domestic economic news, the Commerce Department's first read on fourth quarter gross domestic product came in at 0.7% annualized growth, below the already anemic 0.8% growth forecast. The S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5.8% from the prior year in November, topping expectations for a 5.7% year-over-year increase. The separate FHFA house price index showed a monthly gain of 0.5% in November, matching the consensus forecast. Markit's services PMI for January came in at 53.7, missing the 54.0 forecast. The preliminary reading of the Conference Board's consumer confidence index for January came in at 98.1, topping the 96.5 reading that was expected. New home sales surged 10.8% to a 544,000 annualized pace in December, topping expectations and hitting their highest level in 10 months. Initial jobless claims fell to 278,000 last week, versus the expected 281,000 first-time claims. Durable goods orders dropped 5.1% in December, versus expectations for a decrease of 0.7%. The core reading, which removes transportation items, was down 1.2%, versus expectations for a decline of 0.1%. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment index slipped to 92.0 in the final January print, missing the 93.0 reading that was forecast... In a surprising move in Asia, the Bank of Japan introduced a rate of minus 0.1% on certain excess holdings of cash while maintaining the pace of its asset purchases. Japan also reported data pointing to a softening economy, as total CPI grew 0.2% year-over-year in December, core CPI rose at only a 0.1% pace and industrial production fell a preliminary 1.4% month-over-month in December. COMPANY NEWS: McDonald's (MCD) advanced Monday after the fast food giant reported better than expected earnings and comparable sales growth for the fourth quarter, powered by the launch of All Day Breakfast in the U.S.... Earnings season accelerated Tuesday as four members of the bluechip Dow Jones Industrial Average posted results before the opening bell. 3M (MMM) was the top advanced on the index with a gain of over 5%, while Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Procter & Gamble (PG) and DuPont (DD) all notched gains that day following their reports as well... Apple (AAPL) declined more than 6.5% on Wednesday after the tech giant reported first quarter earnings that topped consensus estimates, but also issued revenue guidance for the new quarter that missed expectations. The company was noted by several analysts as taking a particularly downbeat tone in its earnings conference call, invoking the difficult macroeconomic environment and weakness it has recently seen in China. Apple was not the worst performer in the Dow that day, as Boeing (BA) shares plummeted nearly 9% after its profit outlook for the new fiscal year fell far short of the Street's consensus forecast... Facebook (FB) surged 15.5% on Thursday after the social media giant's fourth quarter earnings and revenue beat expectations. A number of Wall Street analysts increased their price targets for the stock following the report, including Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster, who hiked his target to a "Street-high" $170 per share. The same day, Caterpillar (CAT) reported better than expected quarterly earnings, excluding certain items, but its revenue came in below the consensus forecast and the heavy equipment maker warned that it does not anticipate an improvement in the world economy or commodity prices in 2016. The stock, which had declined almost 20% in the last three months prior to this morning's report, rebounded almost 5% after the company jumped over the lowered bar that had been set by bearish analysts... On Friday, shares of Amazon (AMZN) declined more than 7.5% after the company's fourth quarter results came in below expectations. Meanwhile, Microsoft (MSFT), which reported better than expected earnings, gained almost 6%. Chevron (CVX) reported a quarterly loss due to taking impairments and other charges of $1.1B. The company, which also reported that its average sales price per barrel of crude oil and natural gas liquids in the U.S. was $35 in fourth quarter, down from $66 a year ago, edged up 0.7% to $86.44... Among the many others reporting earnings this week, Visa (V), Mastercard (MA), Under Armour (UA), Sprint (S) and Biogen (BIIB) gained immediately following their reports, while Qualcomm (QCOM), eBay (EBAY), U.S. Steel (X), VMware (VMW) and Anthem (ANTM) all slid following their own... Xerox (XRX) announced plans to separate into two independent publicly-traded companies: one focused on Document Technology and another Business Process Outsourcing company. Xerox also announced an agreement related to the governance of the Business Process Outsourcing company under which six directors of the new company will be selected by Xerox and three will be selected by current Xerox shareholder Carl Icahn... Terex (TEX) surged more than 36% higher on Tuesday after receiving a $30 per share acquisition offer from China's Zoomlion. Terex peers Manitowoc (MTW), Joy Global (JOY) and Oshkosh (OSK) also gained after the offer was disclosed... Weight Watchers (WTW) shares soared nearly 20% Tuesday after noted shareholder and partner Oprah Winfrey tweeted a video detailing her progress using the company's program, indicating that she'd already lost 26 pounds thanks to its plan... AIG (AIG) provided its much-anticipated strategy update, committing to return at least $25B to shareholders over the next two years and announcing the sale of AIG Advisor Group to Lightyear Capital and PSP Investments. The company, under ongoing pressure from activist investors including Carl Icahn, also said it will publicly offer a portion of its United Guaranty unit, though it expressly rejected a full company breakup... SunEdison (SUNE) gained 18% during the week after agreeing to new corporate governance initiatives with David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital, including amending its bylaws to restrict equity issuances for two years without a supermajority board vote... Twitter (TWTR) slumped nearly 6% this week after CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed the departure of four company executives, leading research firm Stifel to downgrade the shares. INDEXES: The Dow gained about 2.2% to close at 16,466.30; the S&P 500 rose about 1.6% to close at 1,940.24; the Nasdaq advanced about 0.4% to close at 4,613.95.

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