News of acquisitions, earnings report and guidance, and other significant stories drove stock activity for several companies spanning numerous industries, including accident and life insurance, chemical manufacturing, synthetics, business software and services and airlines companies.
DALLAS, Texas – Beacon Equity Research announces the release of Trade Alerts covering market movers: AFLAC Inc. (NYSE: AFL), Sherwin-Williams Co. (NYSE: SHW), Huntsman Corp. (NYSE: HUN), Interwoven Inc. (Nasdaq: IWOV), Eclipsys Corp. (Nasdaq: ECLP) and Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV).
In the Trade Alert, the author highlights the affect that the decline of hybrid securities has on AFLAC:
“AFLAC Inc. (AFL) closed Thursday at $22.90, down 36.86% from its previous close of $36.27. Aflac, through its subsidiaries, engages in the marketing and sale of supplemental health and life insurance in the United States and Japan. … Expressing concern about the company's holdings of hybrid securities issued by European financial institutions, Morgan Stanley analyst Nigel Dally, in a note to clients, said there had been a severe decline in the price of various hybrid securities issued by European financial institutions. He said he believed Aflac had significant exposure to the securities. … Dally wrote that the insurer has $7.9 billion of exposure to hybrid securities. He estimated, using the statutory filings, that roughly 80% of this exposure is to European financial-services firms, with U.K. banks including RBS Barclays PLC, and HBOS among the holdings.”
The Trade Alert author also featured SHW’s decline in fourth-quarter profit:
“Sherwin-Williams Co. (SHW) shares declined 13.03% Thursday, closing at $48.20. Sherwin-Williams engages in the development, manufacture, distribution and sale of paints, coatings and related products to professional, industrial, commercial and retail customers in North and South America, the United Kingdom, Europe, China and India. … Citing lower sales and higher expenses, the Cleveland, Ohio-based company announced its fourth-quarter net income declined $50.17 million or 42 cents per share from $100.82 million or 80 cents per share in the corresponding quarter last year. Revenue decreased to $1.7 billion from $1.85 billion. …. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters expected earnings of 53 cents per share on revenue of $1.83 billion.”
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