Wednesday, March 06, 2013

American Political News for Wednesday, March 6, 2013

President Barack Obama


Obama reaches out to congressional Republicans

Obama seeks authority for IMF voting reforms

White House, Congress, Senate, Government Agencies


Kerry: US confident in arms-vetting for Syrians

States' rights bills surge in GOP states

Washington nuclear cleanup faces $171 million in budget cuts

Key Republican says he may back two gun-control billsKey Republican says he may back two gun-control bills

AG Holder urges senators to confront gun violence

Hagel meets with Israeli minister, pledges support

Napolitano Warns of Long Lines at US Airports

Republicans block Obama nominee to appeals court

Other News


US accuses Iran of nuke 'deception and delay'

Election bump over, Obama approval drops to 43 percent: Reuters/IPSOS poll

US, China propose tough UN sanctions for NKorea

L.A. mayor’s race headed to runoff

Booker won’t announce Senate bid until fall

Snyder's numbers still down in the dumps

DOW, NASDAQ, Pink Sheets, OTC, Stocks, Dividends


CBOE Most Actives & Gainers/Losers - Equity Options

CBOE Most Actives & Gainers/Losers - Index Options

CBOE Most Actives & Gainers/Losers

CBOE Futures Exchange Daily Market Statistics

NYSE Market Movers: Overview

NYSE Market Movers: Most Active

NYSE Market Movers: Advances

NYSE Market Movers: Declines

S&P 500

Dow Jones Industrial Average

NASDAQ Composite

Markets keep rising after Dow hits record high

Dow hits fresh record as private hiring picks up

Nasdaq, SharesPost to set up market for unlisted stocks

Willbros Provides Information on Willbros Stock Trading Halt

Early Glance: Coal companies

Early Glance: Silver companies

Early Glance: Gold companies

Midday Glance: Silver companies

Midday Glance: Gold companies

Midday Glance: Coal companies

US Economy


Private survey shows steady job gains in February

January factory orders fall on weak transportation demand

Fed should stop easing, have some patience: Plosser

Private sector adds 198,000 jobs in February: ADP

In U.S., Government Hiring Levels Modest Before Sequester

Ben S Bernanke: Long-term interest rates

Economy growing throughout nation, Fed says

US: $1.464B CouponPurchase 2013-03-06 NYFed permanent open market operations

Bonds, Mutual Funds, ETFs, Treasuries


Record Bets Against High-Yield Bond ETFs

PowerShares Files For 3-Year Bond Fund

Emerging Market Bond ETFs for Yield

Federal Reserve offers $3 billion in 28-day term deposits through its Term Deposit Facility

Commodities


Corn Futures

Distillers Dried Grain Futures

Wheat Futures

Soybeans Futures

Soybean Oil Futures

Oats Futures

Rough Rice Futures

Crude Palm Oil Futures

Live Cattle Futures

Lean Hogs Futures

NYMEX Cocoa Futures

NYMEX Coffee Futures

NYMEX Cotton Futures

Nymex No. 11 Sugar Futures

Light Sweet Crude Oil (WTI) Futures

Crude Oil Volatility Index (VIX)

CBOT Denatured Fuel Ethanol Futures

Henry Hub Natural Gas Futures

Heating Oil Futures

RBOB Gasoline Futures

UxC Uranium U3O8 Futures

Crude Oil, Gold May Push Higher on Upbeat Fed Beige Book

Chavez death may lead to higher Venezuelan oil output

US crude oil supplies grew by 3.8 million barrels

Grain futures mostly fall, livestock prices fall

Keep Close Eye on Exports and Feed Use

Fungicides Can Protect Corn Health, Even in Drought

Oil drops on US supplies; pump price down to $3.73

US Dollar, Currency


Foreign Exchange Rates

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Credit/Stock/Company Rating


Critical Alerts For FedEx, Disney, Celgene, Pioneer Natural Resources, and Cemex Released By InvestorsObserver

Critical Alerts For Starbucks, Prudential, American Eagle Outfitters, CarMax, and KLA Tencor Released By InvestorsObserver

Critical Alerts For American Express, Sina, Allstate, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Eagle Materials Released By InvestorsObserver

The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Hewlett-Packard, Google, Microsoft, CIBER and Washington Post

The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Google, Delta Air Lines, United Continental Holdings, JetBlue Airways and Tumi Holdings

Zacks Bull and Bear of the Day Highlights: Skechers USA, salesforce.com, Hess, ConocoPhillips and Marathon Oil

The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Athenahealth, Microsoft, Epocrates, Cerner and Allscripts Healthcare Solutions

The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights:Boeing, Avery Dennison, United Stationers, ACCO Brands and Standard Register Co.

Zacks Industry Outlook Highlights: Simon Property Group, Taubman Centers and Ventas

Fitch Rates Greenville County, SC's GOs 'AAA'; Outlook Stable

Fitch Rates Greater New York Mutual Insurance Company's Insurer Financial Strength 'A-'

Fitch Expects to Rate ACE INA Holdings' $950MM Sr. Debt Issue 'A'

Fitch Expects to Rate International Lease Finance Corp's Unsecured Notes 'BB'

Fitch Rates CareFusion Corporation's Notes Offering 'BBB'

Fitch Affirms Torchlight Loan Services' CMBS Special Servicer Ratings

Fitch Rates $548MM New York State GO Bonds 'AA'; Outlook Positive

Fitch Rates University of Virginia's Series 2013 Rev Bonds 'AAA'; Outlook Stable

Fitch Affirms Philadelphia Hsg Auth & Redevelopment Auth of Philadelphia Cap Fund Revs at 'AA-'

Fitch Downgrades 4 Classes of JPMCCM 2005-LDP1

Fitch Affirms Hillsborough County Port Dist (Port of Tampa, FL) Seaport Revs at 'A'; Outlook Stable

Fitch Affirms Poudre School Dist R-1, CO's ULTGOs at 'AA+'; Outlook Stable

Fitch Rates Markel Corporation's $500MM Senior Notes 'BBB'

Fitch Publishes New Issue Report on Race Point VIII CLO, Limited

Fitch Affirms Palestine ISD, TX's ULT Bonds at 'AA-'; Outlook Stable

Fitch Rates Illinois Housing Development Authority's $100MM 2013 A & B HRBs 'AAA'; Outlook Negative

A.M. Best Affirms Ratings of Delphi Financial Group, Inc. and Its Subsidiaries

Fitch Affirms M/I Homes' IDR at 'B'; Rates Convertible Sr. Sub Notes Offering 'CCC+/RR6'

Fitch Rates Freescale's Amended Credit Facility 'CCC+/RR3'

Fitch: Genting's Las Vegas Strip Debut a Risk for U.S. Operators

Fitch Takes Various Rating Actions on Enhanced Municipal Bonds and TOBs

Fitch Rates New York City, NY's GO Bank Bonds 'AA'; Outlook Stable

Fitch Rates Ventas, Inc.'s $225MM Sr. Unsecured Notes Due 2043 'BBB+'; Outlook Stable

Fitch: Hess Corporation's Announced Restructuring; Mixed Credit Impact

Fitch Rates American Airlines Inc.'s Proposed 2013-1 EETC Class A Certs 'BBB+' & Class B Certs 'B'

Kroll Bond Rating Agency Assigns Preliminary Ratings to MSC 2013-ALTM

Fitch Rates Collateralized Servicer Advance Receivables Trust, Series 2013-MM1 Term Notes

Fitch Rates MedStar Series 2013 Rev Bonds 'A'; Outlook Stable

Fitch Rates McKesson's Proposed Senior Unsecured Notes 'A-'

Fitch Affirms Preferred Share Ratings of 2 Pioneer Corporate Fixed-Income Closed End Funds at 'AAA'

Fitch Affirms Preferred Share Ratings of 2 Pioneer Municipal Closed End Funds at 'AAA'

Fitch Withdraws Ratings on Certain Utica (NY) Municipal Bond Maturities

Fitch: Vornado's Exit from J.C. Penney Indicative of Priorities

Fitch Publishes 'U.S. Credit Card ABS Tear Sheet' with January 2013 Performance Data

Fitch Affirms LoanStar Asset Partners II, L.P., 1995 Master Trust Notes; Revises Outlook to Positive

Fitch Publishes Servicer Report on Strategic Asset Services, LLC

Fitch Affirms Cedar Brakes I Ratings; Outlook Stable

Fitch Takes Various S-T Rating Actions on NY Muni Water and Sewer Sys Rev Bonds, 2008 B-1

Fitch: Rise in Vehicle Depreciation Poses No Detriment to U.S. Auto ABS

Fitch Rates SCE's $400MM First & Refunding Mortgage Bonds 'A+'; Outlook Stable

US Companies/Industry


Smith & Wesson's quarterly earnings triple

Cedar Fair Completes Issuance Of $500 Million Senior Unsecured Notes

Cedar Fair Completes Refinancing Of Senior Secured Credit Facilities

Residential Finance Corp. Offers Mortgages to Foreign Homebuyers

Former CEO of Sibir Cement Andrey Muraviev to Come Back as Director

Onstream Media Launches Visual Webcaster 4, Including Advanced Social Media and Mobile Capabilities

Classic Cape Cod® Flavor with 40% Less Fat

Trans Energy, Inc. Announces Expansion Of Existing Credit Facility To $75 Million From $50 Million

Microsoft fined $752M by European Commission

Staples 4Q hit by charges, forecast misses view

Exxon Mobil predicts lower production this year

Dell's special committee defends sale of company

GM struggles to overcome Chevrolet and Opel rivalry

Full House Resorts Announces Three Month and Full Year Results for the Period Ended December 31, 2012

Trans World Corporation Reports 2012 Fourth Quarter and Year End Financial Results

Ignite Restaurant Group, Inc. to Announce Fourth Quarter 2012 Results on March 20, 2013

Transgenomic to Hold Fourth Quarter Financial Results Conference Call on March 13, 2013

Speedway Motorsports Reports Results for Fourth Quarter and Year Ended December 31, 2012 and Provides Full Year 2013 Guidance

Simulations Plus Reports Preliminary Revenues for Second Fiscal Quarter FY2013

American Eagle Outfitters Reports Record Annual Sales of $3.5 Billion and 43% Growth in Adjusted EPS

Osiris Therapeutics Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Financial Results

Asset Acceptance Capital Corp. Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Results

Brown-Forman Reports Strong Third Quarter Results and Updates Full Year Outlook

Zalicus Reports Financial Results for the Fourth Quarter and Year End 2012

POZEN Reports Fourth Quarter & Year End 2012 Results

Antares Pharma to Host Fourth Quarter 2012 Call

Sucampo Pharmaceuticals Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Financial Results and Operating Highlights Teleconference and Webcast

Delek Logistics Partners, LP Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2012 Results

HickoryTech Reports Fourth Quarter 2012 Results

Dole Food Company, Inc. to Report Fiscal Year 2012 Results on March 12, 2013

Symbion, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter and Year-End 2012 Conference Call

Midstates Petroleum Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Financial and Operating Results

Globalscape to Announce Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2012 Financial Results on Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Tilly’s, Inc. to Report Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2012 Results on March 20, 2013

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. Announces Release Date for Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2012 Results: Tuesday, March 19, 2013

AG Mortgage Investment Trust, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter Earnings

IGI Laboratories Announces 4th Quarter 2012 and Year End 2012 Results

Pernix Therapeutics to Report Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Financial Results on March 18, 2013

AeroVironment, Inc. Announces Fiscal 2013 Third Quarter Results

TRI Pointe Homes to Host Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Earnings Conference Call

Systemax Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Financial Results

Radisys Reports Fourth Quarter Results and Returns to Non-GAAP Profitability

InSite Vision Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2012 Financial Results

VeriFone Reports Results for the First Quarter of Fiscal 2013

Nutrisystem Reports 2012 Results

Jamba, Inc. Announces Fourth Quarter 2012 and Fiscal Year 2012 Financial Results

ImmunoCellular Therapeutics Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Financial Results

Alpha Pro Tech, Ltd. Announces Financial Results for the Fourth Quarter and Year Ended December 31, 2012

Infinity Provides Company Update and Reports Full-Year 2012 Financial Results

Sypris Solutions, Inc. to Announce Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Financial Results, Host Conference Call and Webcast on March 12

Knowledge Universe Education LLC and Knowledge Universe Education Holdings Inc. Announce Procedures for Access to the Quarter Ended December 31, 2012 Conference Call by Holders of the 7 ¾% Senior Subordinated Notes Due 2015

Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics acquires Applied Bioprocess Containers

Structural Integrity Associates, Inc. Acquires ANATECH Corporation

AdvantEdge Healthcare Solutions Acquires Hill Associates

IceWEB Webcast Reminder Regarding Acquisition of CTC

NGDATA Acquires ENQIO

Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, LLC Delivers Definitive Proposal to Outdoor Channel Holdings, Inc.

H.J. Heinz Company Announces Redemption of all 5,787 Outstanding Shares of Third Cumulative Preferred Stock, $1.70 First Series

Zep Inc. Completes Phase 1 of Zep Vehicle Care Integration Which Becomes First Zep Inc. Platform to Focus Exclusively on a Specific End Market

Toca Boca Acquires zinc Roe Tickle Tap App Series and Development Team

Systems Maintenance Services Acquires UK-Based Olympic Support

Pacific Premier Bancorp, Inc. and San Diego Trust Bank Announce Merger Agreement

Diodes Incorporated Closes Acquisition of BCD Semiconductor Manufacturing Limited

Presidential Financial Corporation Announces Final Acquisition by MidFirst Bank

K-Swiss Schedules Special Stockholder Meeting in Connection with E.Land Transaction

Edmodo Acquires Education Technology Start-up Root-1

Hecla’s Agreement to Acquire Aurizon is Superior for Aurizon Shareholders

Pacific Marketing Associates and Polaris Group Join Forces to Tackle Accelerating West Coast Residential Real Estate Market

Sagentia Acquires Quadro Design Associates

Health Media Network Acquires WAMG TV

Genie Energy Ltd. Completes Exchange Offer

Campus Crest Communities, Inc. Announces Exercise of Underwriters’ Option and Subsequent Closing of Common Stock Offering

BankUnited, Inc. Announces Secondary Offering of Common Stock

Columbia Laboratories Extends Stockholder Rights Plan to Preserve Use of Net Operating Losses under Section 382

Salon Media Group Announces Recapitalization Results

SCVBank Reports Results of Treasury Auction of TARP

Realty Income Announces Pricing of Upsized 15.0 Million Share Common Stock Offering to Fund Property Acquisitions

PS Business Parks, Inc. Announces Pricing of 5.70% Cumulative Preferred Stock, Series V

Sally Beauty Holdings, Inc. Announces $700 Million Share Repurchase Program

Structured Asset Trust Unit Repackagings (SATURNS); Series 2006-2 Trust; Receipt of Notice of Intent to Exercise Warrants in Full

Realty Income Corporation Announces Commencement of Public Offering of Common Stock

Xcel Energy Announces “At-The-Market” Offering

Sverica International Announces its Acquisition of Dexmet Corporation

Ubiquity Broadcasting Corporation Executes Agreement and Plan of Merger

Best Buy follows Yahoo's lead on telecommuting ban

Segway Announces Development of a Three-Wheel Personal Transportation Device for the Public Safety Market

WECOSIGN™ Identifies Former Disgruntled Employees Responsible for Posting False Statements on the Internet

TerraVest announces 2012 year-end financial results, introduces quarterly dividend and announces change in year-end

ADARA Hires Steve McChesney as Vice President of Worldwide Sales

Paul Weirtz Named President of AT&T Minnesota

Cargill’s animal nutrition business conducts voluntary recall of select mineral product used in ruminant feed

EQUIPMENT:MOTORCYCLE:HELMETS FROM Zhejiang Jixiang Motorcycle Fittings Co.

Legal/US Buisness Lawsuits


Netflix Shareholder Alert: Briscoe Law and Powers Taylor Investigate Possible Breaches of Fiduciary Duty by Officers and Directors

Investor Alert: Holzer Holzer & Fistel, LLC Announces Investigation into Atlantic Power Corporation

SHAREHOLDER ALERT: Levi & Korsinsky, LLP Announces Investigation into Possible Breaches of Fiduciary Duty by the Board of Newport Bancorp, Inc. in Connection with the Sale of the Company to SI Financial Group, Inc.

Family Dollar Stores Shareholder Alert: Briscoe Law and Powers Taylor Investigate Possible Breaches of Fiduciary Duty by Officers and Directors

SHAREHOLDER ALERT: Levi & Korsinsky, LLP Notifies Investors of Claims of Breaches of Fiduciary Duty by the Board of Asset Acceptance Capital Corp. in Connection with Sale of Company to Encore Capital Group Inc.

Rigrodsky & Long, P.A. Continues Investigation Of NetSpend Holdings, Inc. Buyout

Federal Court of Appeals Affirms Dismissal of Antitrust Lawsuit Against Nielsen

Asset Acceptance Capital Shareholder Alert: Briscoe Law Firm and Powers Taylor, LLP Investigate Sale to Encore Capital Group

Holzer Holzer & Fistel, LLC Announces Investigation into Bazaarvoice, Inc.

ITT Exelis reaches patent settlement agreements with Verizon, Qualcomm, LG and Kyocera

Affinity Denounces Lawsuit Filed Against It In Connection With Recent Entity Conversion

PayOne Files Mobile Payment Patent Infringement Lawsuit Against The Home Depot

Rosen Law Firm Announces Investigation of AutoInfo Inc. in Connection with its Sale to Comvest Partners – AUTO

Glancy Binkow & Goldberg LLP Announces Investigation of Accretive Health, Inc.

Rigrodsky & Long, P.A. Announces Investigation Of Newport Bancorp, Inc. Buyout

Finkelstein Thompson LLP Announces Investigation of AutoInfo, Inc.

Shareholder Rights Law Firm Johnson & Weaver, LLP Announces Investigation of Impax Laboratories Inc.

Shareholder Rights Law Firm Johnson & Weaver, LLP Announces Investigation of Atlantic Power Corporation

Asset Acceptance Capital Corp. Board of Directors Under Investigationby Glancy Binkow & Goldberg LLP for Potential Breaches of Fiduciary Duty

Newport Bancorp Inc. Board of Directors Under Investigation by Glancy Binkow & Goldberg LLP for Potential Breaches of Fiduciary Duty

Holzer Holzer & Fistel, LLC Announces Investigation into Impax Laboratories, Inc.

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