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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Pre Market Trading Gap News

Gapping Down

In reaction to disappointing earnings/guidance: AAI -20.3%, CNB -19.1%, ANAD -18.7%, ABB -14.9%, AMZN -13.7%, SNE -12.1%, ADCT -11.6% (also downgraded to Underweight at JPMorgan), ACL -11.4%, TEX -10.3%, LRCX -6.3% (also downgraded to Neutral at Credit Suisse), STX -6.3%, DAI -4.9%, PLD -4.7%, BDK -4.5%, NTRI -4.4%, BIDU -3.2%, CS -2.8%, BG -2.1%… Select financials trading lower: BCS -8.7%, AXA -7.9%, ING -7.9% (announces John Hele, Chief Financial Officer, will leave ING as of March 31 2009), STD -3.2%, BAC -2.5%, HBC -2.3%, GS -2.2%, JPM -1.4%, WFC -1.4%… Select oil/gas names showing weakness with crude trading lower: REP -4.9%, PBR -4.1%, TOT -3.0%, BP -2.7%… Select metals/mining names showing weakness with lower spot prices: BHP -8.5% (BHP said to face EU objections to RTP offer - Bloomberg.com), BBL -8.4%, MT -7.6% (Arcelor Mittal reviews $35 bln plan for growth - FT), GOLD -7.1%, RIO -6.4%, AEM -6.2%, ABX -4.8%, NEM -4.0%, GLD -3.2%, AUY -2.0%, AA -2.0%… Other news: CDNS -7.4% (announces accounting review and postpones release of Q3 financial results and webcast; reaffirms the expected third quarter 2008 results; also downgraded to Hold from Buy at Citigroup), EBAY -1.5% (trading down in sympathy with AMZN)… Analyst comments: PCU -7.8% (downgraded to Sell at Goldman - DJ), FRO -6.2% (downgraded to Underweight at JPMorgan), AKS -4.2% (initiated with Sell at BofA), FCX -4.2% (downgraded to Neutral at Goldman - DJ), BHI -1.4% (downgraded to Hold at Stern Agee).

Gapping Up

In reaction to strong earnings/guidance: RHD +61.8%, SPAR +38.1% (light volume), SSCC +36.8%, FFIV +12.2%, CTXS +10.2%, LVLT +9.8%, WIRE +8.2%, NE +7.9%, SYT +6.6%, DOW +5.6%, ELN +5.5%, JBLU +5.0%, AMGN +4.3%, BMY +3.3%, GSIC +3.2% (also upgraded to Buy at Stifel Nicolaus), POT +2.8%, DO +2.8%, AXYS +2.7%, PSSI +2.4%, NOV +2.1%, UPS +1.9%… M&A news: JUPM +83.3% (to be acquired by Getty Images for $96 mln in cash).



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