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April 26, 2012
12:22 EDTXOM, LEAP, BCO, SWI, PCS, ALU, AKAM, AET, PHM, REGN, XLNX, EQIX, CTXS, CHK, JNJ, UPS, NIHDOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday, in spite of jobless claims that were higher than expected and disappointing results from Exxon Mobil (XOM). Stocks began the day quietly following the jobless claims data. The averages were mixed in the opening half hour but spurted higher following the March pending home sales report. The data was much better than expected and pushed the averages to their session highs. The averages have since remained in a narrow range but have drifted higher... ECONOMIC EVENTS: Domestically, 388,000 initial jobless claims were reported, versus expectations of 375,000. Continuing claims came in at 3.31M, versus expectations for 3.29M. The Chicago Fed National Activity Index had a reading of -0.29. Pending home sales for the month of March were up 4.1% from the prior month, versus expectations of an increase of 1.0%... COMPANY NEWS: Exxon Mobil and UPS (UPS) both reported revenues and earnings that missed expectations, sending shares of both tumbling. Exxon slid almost 2% following its report, while UPS fell over 3%... Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) increased its dividend by 7%... Reuters reported that the SEC opened an informal inquiry into Chesapeake Energy's (CHK) well participation program as the company came out separately and said it did not review or approve of specific transactions made by its CEO Aubrey McClendon under that program... Among companies reporting earnings, advancers included Citrix Systems (CTXS), Equinix (EQIX), Xilinx (XLNX), Regeneron (REGN) and Pulte (PHM); decliners included Aetna (AET), Akamai (AKAM), Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) and MetroPCS (PCS)... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were SolarWinds (SWI), up 19%, after guiding to FY12 adjusted earnings that were above consensus at the midpoint, and Brinks (BCO), up over 17%, following results that beat on both the top and bottom line. Noteworthy losers included Leap Wireless (LEAP), down 20%, following downgrades at Raymond James and Guggenheim after its weak Q1 results, and NII Holdings (NIHD), down more than 18%, after its revenues and earnings disappointed... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 63.46, or 0.48%, to 13,154.18; the Nasdaq was up 6.61, or 0.22%, to 3,036.24; and the S&P 500 was up 2.62, or 0.19%, to 1,393.31.
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August 8, 2014
09:01 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson remains undervalued, says Cowen
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08:32 EDTEQIXVMware, others could benefit from increased cloud adoption, says Pacific Crest
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August 7, 2014
17:12 EDTREGNRegeneron reports 8.1% passive stake in Avalanche Biotechnologies
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14:06 EDTAETReinsurance Group names Tim Matson as Chief Investment Officer
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13:23 EDTAETLeerink healthcare services analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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12:29 EDTAETHealth insurers fall after two downgrades from Goldman
Shares of a number of health insurers are falling after Goldman Sachs downgraded its rating on one stock in the sector and removed another from its Conviction List. WHAT'S NEW: Goldman analyst Matthew Borsch downgraded his rating on Aetna (AET) to Neutral from Buy and removed UnitedHealth (UNH) from the firm's Conviction List, as he believes that other stocks in the healthcare sector are more attractive. Utilization of healthcare services by individuals who don't have the Affordable Care Act is likely to show signs of increasing by 2015, posing a "manageable" challenge to health insurers, Borsch wrote. However, the increase in the utilization of these services is likely to be "relatively gradual" compared with similar trends in the past, the analyst contended. Borsch based his forecast on healthcare spending trends during previous economic recoveries. He reduced his 2015 earnings estimate for Aetna to $7 from $7.10 and for United Health to $5.95 from $6. He reduced his 2015 EPS estimates for other companies in the sector, as his earnings outlook for WellPoint (WLP) declined to $9.20 from $9.35, while his estimate for Cigna (CI) for next year dropped to $7.90 from $8. The analyst kept Neutral ratings on both WellPoint and Cigna. Meanwhile, Borsch cut his price target on Aetna to $88 from $91 and on UnitedHealth to $91 from $96. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Aetna fell 3% to $76, UnitedHealth slumped 2.5% to $79.50, WellPoint declined 2.5% to $108, and Cigna retreated 2.5% to $89.
11:57 EDTXOMExxon Mobil evacuating staff from Kurdistan, Reuters says
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10:00 EDTAETOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:00 EDTCHKOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:48 EDTCHKChesapeake upgraded at Stifel
As noted earlier, Stifel upgraded Chesapeake to Buy from Hold. The firm believes that the company's Q2 results confirm that the company is becoming well-positioned from a capex efficiency perspective heading into 2015. The firm expects the company's 2015 production to come in at the high end of guidance, and it thinks the stock has reached a good entry point. Target $34.
06:22 EDTCHKChesapeake upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel
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05:41 EDTAETAetna downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
Goldman Sachs downgraded Aetna to Neutral citing less favorable sector trends. The firm lowered its price target for shares to $88 from $91.
August 6, 2014
16:59 EDTXOMSunoco Logistics announces binding open season for Permian Longview
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08:40 EDTREGNRegeneron price target raised to $373 from $349 at RBC Capital
RBC Capital increased its price target on Regeneron as the firm thinks that the company's Q2 results addressed many of investors' concerns. The firm is upbeat on the company's near-term outlook and keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:17 EDTCHKChesapeake raises midpoint of 2014 production view by 10,000 boepd
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07:09 EDTCHKChesapeake sees receiving over $700M in assets sale proceeds in 2H
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07:05 EDTCHKChesapeake reports Q2 adjusted EPS 36c, consensus 44c
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06:45 EDTXOMMexican Congress paves way for foreign energy companies, NY Times reports
The Mexican Congress yesterday approved legislation that paves the way for large, foreign energy companies to seek oil and gas in Mexico, according to The New York Times. 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
06:21 EDTJNJPiper Jaffray to hold a summit
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