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Fly News Breaks for March 20, 2017
Mar 20, 2017 | 07:33 EDT
Credit Suisse analyst Julian Mitchell raised his price target for 3M to $203 from $192 as he starts to factor in higher earnings power from more aggressive capital deployment and an improving top-line outlook. The analyst believes that the company may be on track for the higher end of its EPS guidance range for 2017. He reiterates an Outperform rating on the shares.
News For MMM From the Last 2 Days
Aug 16, 2017 | 16:11 EDT
Stocks opened in positive territory as the market extended its rally from the past few days. There was little reaction to the day's economic reports which included data on housing and energy as investors looked toward the afternoon's release of the Fed's minutes from last month's FOMC meeting. The minutes showed Fed participants were clearly concerned about the lower pace of inflation but concluded it was most likely transitory. The day's activity was overshadowed by the coverage of the fallout from the president's statements about the Charlottesville protests. Oil prices closed more than 1.5% lower despite a larger than expected draw in inventory. The price of crude is now below $47 a barrel. ECONOMIC NEWS: In the U.S., the MBA mortgage market index rose 0.1% in data released earlier, along with a 1.5% drop in the purchase index and a 1.6% rise in the refinancing index for the week ended August 11. U.S. housing starts dropped 4.8% in July to a 1.155M clip, weaker than forecast, after climbing 7.4% to 1.213M in June, which was revised from 1.215M. Single family starts dropped 4.8%, while multifamily starts dipped 0.5%. In energy news, API reported yesterday that crude inventories for the week of August 11 fell 9.2M barrels. In Fed news, minutes from the last FOMC meeting showed definite concerns over inflation, with the Fed saying taht inflation might remain below 2% for longer than expected. COMPANY NEWS: Following a litany of top executives announcing their departure from President Donald Trump's Manufacturing Council and Strategic & Policy Forum, the President tweeted that he would be ending both the Council and the Forum. The tweet came after CNBC reported that the Strategic & Policy Forum had agreed to disband, and CNBC's Berth Coombs noted that CEOs in the Forum said Trump's press conference yesterday was the "tripwire" and "point of no return." In the midst of all this, multiple members from both the Council and the Forum provided statements on their decisions to leave such councils following Trump's controversial remarks on the white supremacist demonstration in Charlottesville over the weekend, including JPMorgan CEO (JPM) Jamie Dimon, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) CEO Alex Gorsky, Campbell Soup (CPB) CEO Denise Morrison, United Technologies (UTX) CEO Gregory Hayes, BlackRock (BLK) CEO Larry Fink, and 3M (MMM) CEO Inge Thulin. Other companies who had top executives on such councils include Blackstone (BX), Intel (INTC), Under Armour (UAA, UA), Merck (MRK), and IBM (IBM)... Meanwhile, shares of Target (TGT) rose 3.7% after the retail giant reported better than expected quarterly results, provided an upbeat guidance for the third quarter, and raised its adjusted earnings per share guidance for the fiscal year. Despite the earnings beat, chairman and CEO Brian Cornell said on the company's earnings conference call that the retail environment is "choppy" and will continue to be "challenging"... Additionally, Apple (AAPL) shares were in focus after the Wall Street Journal reported that the company has allocated $1B to create and acquire original content over the next year. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the noteworthy gainers was LPL Financial (LPLA), which advanced 2.6% after it announced the acquisition of National Planning Holdings. Also higher after earnings were Urban Outfitters (URBN) and Agilent (A), which gained 17.5% and 4.7%, respectively. Among the notable losers was Neff (NEFF), which fell 6.1% after it said it received notice from H&E Equipment Services (HEES) that H&E has opted not to submit a revised proposal to acquire Neff after a strategic bidder submitted a competing offer for the company. Also lower was Dorman Products (DORM), which slipped 4.9% after Spruce Point Capital put a Strong Sell on the stock, calling for 30%-50% downside. INDEXES: The Dow rose 25.61, or 0.12%, to 22,024.60, the Nasdaq gained 12.10, or 0.19%, to 6,345.11, and the S&P 500 advanced 3.52, or 0.14%, to 2,468.13.
Aug 16, 2017 | 13:16 EDT
President Donald Trump tweeted, "Rather than putting pressure on the businesspeople of the Manufacturing Council & Strategy & Policy Forum, I am ending both. Thank you all!" Reference Link
Aug 16, 2017 | 12:42 EDT
Members of President Trump's Strategic and Policy Forum appeared to be on the verge of disbanding following controversial comments Trump made on Tuesday, The New York Times reports, citing people briefed on the matter. Blackstone (BX) CEO Stephen Schwarzman, one of Trump's closest confidants in the business community, organized a conference call for members of the forum Wednesday morning, with members debating how to proceed. According to the report, one option under "serious consideration" is to disband the forum; several CEOs are expected to resign if the forum does survive. The council includes BlackRock's (BLK) Laurence Fink and IBM's (IBM) Ginni Rommety. 3M (MMM) CEO Inge Thulin said Wednesday he would step down from Trump's manufacturing council, following similar moves by the CEOs of Merck (MRK), Intel (INTC) and Under Armour (UA, UAA). Reference Link
Aug 16, 2017 | 12:29 EDT
3M CEO Inge Thulin announced in a statement his resignation from President Trump's Manufacturing Jobs Initiative. He states, "After careful consideration, I believe the initiative is no longer an effective vehicle for 3M to advance these goals...At 3M, we will continue to champion an environment that supports sustainability, diversity and inclusion."
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