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October 5, 2012
06:13 EDTPEUGY, BP, AAMRQ, GM, COP, UNH, FIATY, XOMOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: Four years after the financial crisis, as the stock market reaches toward new highs, many investors refuse to return. Stock indexes have doubled in value since the market low in March 2009, but investors have pulled a net $138B from mutual funds and exchange-traded funds that invest in U.S. stocks, according to the Investment Company Institute, a mutual-fund trade group. Investors over the same period put $1T into bond funds, the Wall Street Journal reports...Energy companies are moving to export natural gas from the U.S., looking for more profitable markets as a gas glut pushes prices to the lowest levels in a decade. A consortium including ExxonMobil (XOM), ConocoPhillips (COP) and BP (BP) said itís going ahead with plans to export natural gas from Alaska's North Slope in a project that could cost as much as $65B, the Wall Street Journal reports...REUTERS: The Greek leader Antonis Samaras said his country couldnít manage beyond November without the next tranche of international aid and suggested the ECB could help by easing the terms of its Greek debt holdings, Reuters reports...Fiat (FIATY) CEO Marchionne would buy GMís (GM) European subsidiary Opel if GM's alliance with Peugeot (PEUGY) dissolves, according to Italian daily Il Sole-24 Ore, Reuters reports...BLOOMBERG: UnitedHealth Group (UNH) is in talks to buy a stake or all of the Brazilian insurer and hospital operator Amil Participacoes that has a market value of $4.47B, sources say, Bloomberg reports...American Airlines (AAMRQ) risks having to tap its $5B bankruptcy cash fund and probably will lose some passengers after on-time arrivals fell, cancellations jumped and incorrectly installed seat clamps were found on six planes, Bloomberg reports.
News For XOM;COP;BP;FIATY;GM;PEUGY;UNH;AAMRQ From The Last 14 Days
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February 2, 2016
05:56 EDTBPBP sees Q1 refining margins lower than Q4
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05:56 EDTBPBP sees FY16 underlying production 'broadly flat' with 2015
Sees Q1 reported production "broadly flat" with 4Q15. Says oil prices continue to be challenging in the near term.
05:54 EDTBPBP reports Q4 adjusted profit $196M
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05:41 EDTCOPStocks with implied volatility movement; ORCL COP
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February 1, 2016
18:46 EDTGMAutomakers hit with additional costs due to China regulatory shift, Reuters says
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14:32 EDTXOMNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include Exxon Mobil (XOM), consensus 64c... Pfizer (PFE), consensus 52c... United Parcel Service (UPS), consensus $1.42... Dow Chemical (DOW), consensus 70c... Emerson Electric (EMR), consensus 51c... Archer-Daniels-Midland (ADM), consensus 66c... Baxter (BAX), consensus 32c... Sirius XM (SIRI), consensus 3c... Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCL), consensus 92c... Ally Financial (ALLY), consensus 51c... Michael Kors (KORS), consensus $1.46... ADT Corp. (ADT), consensus 46c.
13:59 EDTBPBP volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
BP February weekly call option implied volatility is at 45, February is at 36, March is at 34; compared to its 52-week range of 16 to 46, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on February 2.
13:49 EDTBPS&P cuts rating on Shell, puts several other EU oil majors on watch
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11:45 EDTBPKinder Morgan closes acquisition of 15 BP terminals
Kinder Morgan, Inc. (KMI) closed the previously announced plan to acquire 15 refined products terminals from BP Products North America (BP) in a transaction valued at approximately $350M. Kinder Morgan and BP Products North America have also formed a joint venture limited liability company terminal business to own 14 of the acquired assets, which Kinder Morgan will operate and market on the JV's behalf. The fifteenth terminal will be owned and operated solely by KMI. In connection with the transaction, BP has entered into commercial agreements securing long-term storage and throughput capacity from the JV, which will market additional capacity to third-party customers. Kinder Morgan owns a 75% interest in the JV, with BP owning the balance. This investment is included in Kinder Morgan's 2016 capital plan as discussed in its Jan. 27 investor conference, the company noted.
10:44 EDTXOMExxon Mobil technical comments ahead of earnings
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10:19 EDTBPBP appoints Lamar McKay to deputy group chief executive
BP announced the appointment of Lamar McKay to the new position of Deputy Group Chief Executive. McKay, currently chief executive of BP's Upstream segment and a 35-year veteran of BP, will be based in London and take up the role following a suitable handover period. McKay will be succeeded as Upstream chief executive by Bernard Looney, currently chief operating officer, production, in the Upstream segment. In addition to assuming some duties currently borne by BP's Group Chief Executive, McKay's responsibilities will include strategy and long-term planning, safety and operational risk, technology, and corporate governance - including ethics and compliance. BP America will continue to report to him. These appointments headline a reorganisation of BP's executive team that includes other adjustments which will follow the retirement of Katrina Landis, executive vice president of corporate business activities, who leaves the company on May 1 following a career of 24 years with BP. Landis will not be replaced on the executive team and her current role's responsibilities will be assigned to other members of the team. Reference Link
10:02 EDTGMGeneral Motors volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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08:39 EDTXOMExxon Mobil volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Exxon Mobil February weekly call option implied volatility is at 31, February is at 29, March is at 27; compared to its 52-week range of 13 to 40, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on February 2.
January 29, 2016
15:10 EDTXOMExxon Mobil volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Exxon Mobil February weekly call option implied volatility is at 33, February is at 29, March is at 27; compared to its 52-week range of 13 to 40, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on February 2.
14:24 EDTUNHEarnings Watch: Aetna down 9% since last report
Aetna (AET) is scheduled to report fourth quarter earnings before the market open on Monday, February 1, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Aetna, a diversified health care benefits company in the United States, operates in three segments: Health Care, Group Insurance, and Large Case Pensions. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.21 on revenue of $14.93B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.16-$1.32 on revenue of $14.44B-$15.36B. LAST QUARTER: Aetna reported third quarter EPS of $1.90 on revenue of $14.97B against analyst estimates of $1.77 and $14.95B, respectively. The company raised its fiscal 2015 EPS view to $7.45-$7.55 from "at least $7.40." Operating earnings were $668.6M for Q315 compared with $638.6M for Q314. The increase in operating earnings was primarily due to higher underwriting margins in Aetna's Health Care segment, partially offset by an increase in general and administrative expenses and lower underwriting margins in Aetna's Group Insurance segment. On January 11, Aetna said it see FY15 EPS at the high end of the $7.45-$7.55 range. Consensus for FY15 EPS is $7.54. STREET RESEARCH: On January 15, Wells Fargo said it expects health insurers' stock to do well this year, as the firm expects M&A deals made the last years to increase profits this year, and it thinks investors should be attracted to what it sees as the defensive names in the sector. Wells does not believe that any changes to or replacements of the ACA will be worse for the sector than the status quo. It identified Aetna and HCA Holdings (HCA) as its favorite names in the sector. On January 25, Leerink analyst Ana Gupte said she believed the recent selloff has provided a "strong" buying opportunity in the Managed Care space. Valuations are attractive on multiple metrics, Gupte told investors in a research note. Her top picks are UnitedHealth (UNH), Aetna, Humana (HUM) and Molina Healthcare (MOH). The analyst also favors Anthem (ANTM) and Cigna (CI). PRICE ACTION: Shares of Aetna are down approximately 9% since its last earnings report. The stock is up 2.6% to $101.42 in Friday afternoon trading ahead of Monday morning's report.
07:36 EDTBP, XOMAnalysts still predicting mergers as oil slump drags on, WSJ reports
Bankers and analysts have been predicting a wave of merger activity will come almost since crude prices began to fall from over $100 a barrel, but the only big acquisition by an oil major so far has been Shell's (RDS.A) purchase of BG Group (BRGYY), said The Wall Street Journal, which added that analysts still believe deal-making is likely to return this year if prices continue to languish. With Chevron (CVX) set to report today and its big peers soon to follow, analysts are expecting the four biggest publicly traded Western oil companies to have their weakest combined profits since 1998, the Journal noted. The report noted that U.S. shale oil producers, such as Apache (APA) and Whiting Petroleum (WLL), were previously targeted though potential sellers were reluctant to accept offers as they hoped for a rebound in oil prices and potential buyers wondered if any deal struck would look expensive if crude prices fell further, but "both impediments are gone now," the Journal contends. Reference Link
January 28, 2016
12:32 EDTGMGM, Lithia Motors settle FTC actions alleging inadequate car inspection programs
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10:55 EDTCOP, XOM, BPOPEC delegates say no plan for meeting Russia about production, Bloomberg says
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06:24 EDTUNHAnthem added to Focus List at Citi
Citi analyst Ralph Giacobbe added Anthem (ANTM) to his firm's Focus List. As Anthem and Express Scripts (ESRX) continue to negotiate their pharmacy benefits manager contract, the analyst sees UnitedHealth (UNH) as a potential alternative for Anthem. Regardless of the outcome, Anthem is in the "driver's seat for significant savings/upside," which is not reflected in the stock. Giacobbe tells investors in a research note. He keeps a Buy rating on the name with a $172 price target.
06:09 EDTGMGM's Opel unit, watchdog recalling undisclosed number of models, Reuters reports
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