NEW YORK, January 19, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
Moments ago, Analysts Review released new research updates concerning several important developing situations including Comerica (NYSE: CMA), Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ), Schlumberger (NYSE: SLB), Monsanto (NYSE: MON), and Courier (NASDAQ: CRRC). Analysts Review provides a single unified platform for investors' to hear about what matters - proudly employing registered CFA® research staff and rigorous compliance procedures. The full research reports are being made available to the public for informational purposes only.
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CMA Research Report: ( http://get.analystsreview.com/pdf/?c=Comerica&d=19-Jan-2015&s=CMA ),
JNJ Research Report: ( http://get.analystsreview.com/pdf/?c=Johnson%20%26%20Johnson&d=19-Jan-2015&s=JNJ ),
SLBResearch Report: ( http://get.analystsreview.com/pdf/?c=Schlumberger&d=19-Jan-2015&s=SLB ),
MONResearch Report: ( http://get.analystsreview.com/pdf/?c=Monsanto&d=19-Jan-2015&s=MON ),
CRRC Research Report: ( http://get.analystsreview.com/pdf/?c=Courier&d=19-Jan-2015&s=CRRC ).
Analyst Update: Financial Results,Collaborations, Regulatory Updates, and Acquisitions
Reviewed by: Rohit Tuli, CFA®
The U.S. market snapped its five-day long losing streak on Friday, helped by rebound in the energy shares and a jump in the consumer sentiment index to 11-year high levels. The University of Michigan preliminary consumer sentiment index for January 2015 rose to 98.2, beating the median forecast of 94.1 that came from economists surveyed by Bloomberg. Energy stocks rallied sharply on Friday, following a rise in the oil prices, helping the S&P 500 index gain 1.34% to close at 2,019.42. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 1.10% to close at 17,511.57, and the Nasdaq Composite gained 1.39% to close at 4,634.38. Meanwhile, European equity markets closed mostly higher on Friday, while Swiss market remained under pressure after the Swiss National Bank's move to scrap its three-year old ceiling on franc. In Asia, the markets ended mostly lower as investors fled to safe-haven assets after the Swiss central bank's move.
Comerica Incorporated (Comerica) surpassed Q4 2014 analysts' estimates on lower expenses. The Company reported Q4 2014 adjusted EPS of 82 cents, ahead of Zacks consensus estimate of 77 cents, and higher than the prior-year figure of 62 cents. For 2015, the firm expects a stable net interest income, assuming no rate hikes. Read more about the results and management viewpoint in our research report on Comerica.
Johnson & Johnson announced that it has joined hands with leading global research institutions and non-government organizations to work in conjunction with Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies to speed up the development of its Ebola vaccine regimen. The consortia would be funded through the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) Ebola+ Program, which is supported by the European Commission. Read more about the consortia and other latest developments affecting Johnson & Johnson.
Schlumberger Ltd (Schlumberger) reported that its Q4 2014 revenues increased 6.2% YoY to $12.6 billion. However, profit fell to $302 million, or 23 cents per share, from $1.67 billion, or $1.26 per share, a year ago, as the world's biggest oilfield-services company took a $296 million charge relating to the layoff of approximately 9,000 people, and $806 million charge for the restructuring of its WesternGeco marine seismic fleet in an effort to lower operating costs. A further detailed analysis of the financial results is available in our research report on Schlumberger.
Monsanto Co. (Monsanto) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has decided to deregulate Monsanto's dicamba-tolerant trait technologies -Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans and Bollgard II XtendFlex cotton. Monsanto has hailed the decision and is hopeful that these weed management solutions will provide farmers with more consistent, flexible control of tough-to-manage broadleaf weeds. Read more about Monsanto's Next-Generation weed control trait technology in our research report.
Shares of Chelmsford, Massachusetts-based Courier Corporation (Courier) zoomed 35.40% to close at $19.62 after Quad/Graphics Inc. agreed to acquire Courier in a transaction valued at c.$260 million, to transform its book platform. Read more about the terms and conditions of the acquisition in our research report.
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