Thursday, October 2, 2008

Pre Market Trading Gap News

Gapping Down

In reaction to disappointing earnings/guidance: MOS -20.0% (also downgraded to Underperform at Merrill), SMSC -13.5%, MAR -10.1%… Select fertilizer/ag names showing weakness following MOS results and analyst downgrades: POT -12.5%, IPI -10.6%, CF -10.3% and TRA -9.5% (all downgraded to Underperform at Merrill); AGU -8.9% (to buy-back 7.9 mln shares through a normal course issuer bid), SYT -8.4%, MON -6.6%… Select metals/mining names showing weakness with lower spot prices and strength in dollar: BHP -5.6%, SLV -5.1%, AU -4.8%, MT -4.5%, RTP -4.4%, GFI -4.0%, HMY -4.0%, AUY -3.6%, NEM -3.3%, GOLD -2.6%, AEM -2.4%, GLD -1.9%… Other news: GE -4.1% (it was reported that stock sale may be offered at $22.25-$22.50, below than $24.50 closing price), WRI -3.8% (announces launch of 2.3 mln common share offering)… Analyst comments: CGV -8.5% (downgraded to Neutral at Merrill), LVS -7.6% (downgraded to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley), AKAM -7.1% (downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman- DJ), WYNN -4.0% (downgraded to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley), KLAC -3.2% (downgraded to Underperform at RBC), EBAY -2.9% (downgraded to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley), AA -2.2% (downgraded to Neutral at Goldman - DJ), HBC -2.0% (downgraded to Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette), JNPR -2.0% (downgraded to Market Perform at Morgan Keegan), HPQ -1.4% (downgraded to Add at Calyon)

Gapping Up

In reaction to strong earnings/guidance: BLUD +2.6%, UBS +2.2% (also upgraded to Buy at Deutsche Bank)… Select financial related names showing strength following Senate bill and UBS guidance: NCC +14.9% (declares quarterly dividend of $0.01/share, unchanged from prior dividend), SLM +11.0%, ABK +10.3%, RF +10.1%, AIG +6.8% (prepares large asset sale - FT), SOV +6.0% (upgraded to Market Perform at Friedman Billings), FRE +5.8%, ETFC +4.6%, STT +4.4%, PMI +4.1%, WB +3.4%… Other news: KBR +10.8% (Cramer makes positive comments on MadMoney), CEG +9.5% (EDF looks to trump Buffett’s bid for CEG - FT), RYAAY +8.2% (still checking), STP +1.5% (announces initiatives to expand share of U.S. solar market), BMY +1.5% (U.S. Food & Drug Administration approved the use of REYATAZ boosted with Ritonavir, combination therapy, for previously untreated HIV-1 infected adult patients)… Analyst comments: ASML +2.1% (upgraded to Neutral at Goldman - DJ).

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