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October 3, 2011
09:55 EDTSTT, DEL, PNRG, ACI, DFSGappers report: Bearish gaps
This is a list of stocks making unusual moves on the open versus the prior day close. Gapping stocks often have excessive movements during the day and in the days thereafter. We use 5% for filter criteria and scanned for stocks that traded above $10 the prior day. GAPPING DOWN: ACI (7.89%), PNRG (7.37%), DFS (6.54%), DEL (5.80%), STT (5.25%).
News For ACI;DEL;DFS;PNRG;STT From The Last 14 Days
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February 11, 2016
11:17 EDTDFSCredit card stocks downgraded on fears about weakening economy
Bank of America Merrill Lynch downgraded its ratings on several credit card networks today, citing "palpable anxiety" about the U.S. economy. WHAT'S NEW: Bank of America analyst Kenneth Bruce downgraded Visa (V), MasterCard (MA), Capital One (COF) and Discover (DFS) to Neutral from Buy. Bruce said that he is less optimistic that the stocks can rebound quickly from their recent declines given investors' worries about the U.S. economy. Moreover, although U.S. consumers are currently "in a generally decent financial position," that could change if the economy slows significantly, the analyst believes. In the face of that risk, the valuations of the credit card networks will probably stay at the lower end of their normal ranges, Bruce forecast. He cut his price target on Visa to $75 from $85, on MasterCard to $92 from $105, on Capital One to $66 from $88 and on Discover to $48 from $60. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Visa fell 3.8% to $67.50, MasterCard lost 2.2% to $81.50, Capital One declined 3.6% to $59.60 and Discover slumped over 5% to $43.30.
10:01 EDTDFSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ARM Holdings (ARMH) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Apollo Investment (AINV) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities... Cabot Microelectronics (CCMP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... Caesarstone (CSTE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Capital One (COF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Discover (DFS) downgraded to Neutral on potential US slow-down at BofA/Merrill... Douglas Emmett (DEI) downgraded at Stifel... E.ON AG (EONGY) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Berenberg... Flowers Foods (FLO) downgraded on disappointing results at SunTrust... HCP (HCP) downgraded at Stifel... International Flavors (IFF) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... LinnCo (LNCO) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Stifel... LivePerson (LPSN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Roth Capital... MasterCard (MA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Matrix Service (MTRX) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... Prospect Capital (PSEC) downgraded to Underperform at Raymond James... RWE AG (RWEOY) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Berenberg... Regions Financial (RF) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Rush Enterprises (RUSHA) downgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James... Smith & Nephew (SNN) downgraded to Neutral at UBS... SolarCity (SCTY) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Sotheby's (BID) downgraded on weak art market at Stifel... SunEdison Semiconductor (SEMI) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi... Sunrun (RUN) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Synovus (SNV) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Tenaris (TS) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Twitter (TWTR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Topeka... Visa (V) downgraded to Neutral on possible US slow-down at BofA/Merrill... W.P. Carey (WPC) downgraded to Equalweight from Overweight at Capital One... Wendy's (WEN) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan.
08:27 EDTDFSDiscover downgraded to Neutral on potential US slow-down at BofA/Merrill
As previously reported, BofA/Merrill downgraded Discovery to Neutral from Buy. Analyst Kenneth Bruce said US consumers are in a decent financial position, but may be at risk of a material domestic slow-down, which could pressure valuations. The analyst thinks Discovery valuation will be discounted until macro visibility improves and lowered his price target to $48 from $60 on shares.
06:42 EDTDFSDiscover downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill
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February 10, 2016
07:54 EDTACISupreme Court issues stay of coal emissions regulations, NYT reports
In what was called a "stunning development," the Supreme Court temporarily blocked the Obama administration's proposed regulations for emissions from coal-fired power plants, reported The New York Times. The case is most likely to return to the top court after an appeals court considers an expedited challenge from states, corporations and industry groups opposing the rules, the report noted. Publicly traded companies in the coal space include Alliance Resource Partners (ARLP), Alpha Natural (ANR), Arch Coal (ACI), CONSOL (CNX), Cloud Peak (CLD) and Peabody (BTU). Reference Link
February 5, 2016
06:00 EDTSTTState Street close to deal to buy GE asset management unit, Reuters reports
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January 29, 2016
07:31 EDTDFSBank, financial stocks look cheap, says Oppenheimer
After an index of bank stocks fell 19% since last summer, versus an 8% decline for the S&P, Oppenheimer says that "the group looks cheap." The firm says that banks' balance sheets will remain strong whether the economy is resilient or enters a downturn. The firm says that the banks' Q4 results were stable, and it expects the group to benefit from steady loan growth and slightly rising NIMs in 2016. Oppenheimer continues to recommend Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), Discover (DFS), and Fifth Third (FITB)
January 28, 2016
12:20 EDTDFSOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street have moved all over the place in a wild morning of trading. The averages opened sharply higher as oil prices rose above $34 a barrel. The Dow opened with triple digit gains but following reports from Iraq that it would increase oil production, and refutations of rumors that OPEC might cut production, the commodity began to weaken, taking equities with it. The averages turned negative and it looked like another rout might be in the making. Before the market fell too far, it gathered itself and moved back into positive ground and the major averages are now in the green, but not far from where they ended yesterday's session. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., 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 National Association of Realtors' pending home sales index for December rose 0.1%, versus expectations for it to be up 0.9%. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Facebook (FB) surged 14.5% after the social media giant's fourth quarter earnings and revenue beat expectations. Wall Street analysts were nearly unanimous in their praise following the report, with a number increasing their price targets for its shares... 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 about 2% this morning after the company jumped over its lowered profit hurdle... Shares of eBay (EBAY) and PayPal (PYPL) diverged after the recently-split companies reported their respective fourth quarter results and gave guidance, with eBay falling 13% and PayPal rising 7% near midday... The Dow Jones US Healthcare ETF (IYH) fell over 2% at midday after a number of big-names in the space gave disappointing guidance. Celgene (CELG) fell 5% following its Q4 report and fiscal year outlook, while Abbott (ABT) dropped 8% in the wake of its own results and guidance. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Kinder Morgan (KMI), which rallied 8.5% after it was upgraded at Credit Suisse and Stifel. Also higher were Under Armour (UA), Dolby (DLB) and Deluxe (DLX), which gained 18%, 11% and 9%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. Among the noteworthy losers was OSI Systems (OSIS), which fell 35% and was downgraded to Hold at BB&T following downbeat quarterly earnings. Also lower were Qualcomm (QCOM) and Discover (DFS), which each dropped about 7% after their quarterly earnings reports. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 1.37, or 0.01%, to 15,945.83, the Nasdaq was up 21.12, or 0.47%, to 4,489.28, and the S&P 500 was up 3.36, or 0.18%, to 1,886.31.
08:13 EDTDFSDiscover shares should be bought on weakness, says Stifel
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07:14 EDTDFSDiscover outlook still positive despite miss, says Wells Fargo
After Discover reported lower than expected EPS, Wells Fargo blamed the miss on higher credit costs. The firm still expects the company to have about 1.3 percentage points of positive operating leverage this year, along with 2.3% core revenue growth, and it keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.

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