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August 16, 2013
10:08 EDTVLTR, CL, RRGB, NOR, AA, RIG, STM, PT, GIS, MXIM, DANG, INO, JWN, AVOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Alcoa (AA) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Aviva (AV) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... General Mills (GIS) downgraded to Underperform from Hold at Jefferies... Noble Energy (NBL) downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at ISI Group... Noranda Aluminum (NOR) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Nordstrom (JWN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee... Portugal Telecom (PT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Red Robin (RRGB) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... STMicroelectronics (STM) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at HSBC... Inovio (INO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Aegis... Colgate-Palmolive (CL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Dangdang (DANG) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Noble Energy (NBL) downgraded at ISI Group... Transocean (RIG) downgraded to Underweight from Overweight at Johnson Rice... Volterra (VLTR) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at B. Riley... Maxim Integrated (MXIM) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley.
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July 23, 2015
15:04 EDTMXIMNotable companies reporting after market close
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09:06 EDTAAAlcoa announces realignment of downstream portfolio
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09:02 EDTAAAlcoa completes acquisition of RTI International
Alcoa (AA) announced that it has completed the acquisition of RTI International Metals (RTI). The merger, announced on March 9, became effective today. Under the terms of the merger agreement, each share of RTI common stock has been converted into the right to receive 2.8315 shares of Alcoa common stock, plus an amount of cash in lieu of fractional shares of Alcoa common stock. Alcoa expects RTI to contribute $1.2 billion in revenue in 2019, up from $794 million that RTI generated in 2014, with 65 percent of revenues supported by contracts over the next five years. RTI’s profitability is expected to reach 25 percent EBITDA margin in 2019. Contracts that underpin RTI’s growth include the recently announced contract with Airbus for finished titanium structural supply parts for the new A350-1000 aircraft program. Under the agreement, Alcoa will supply titanium parts for the fuselage, among other components. Alcoa expects global aerospace sales growth of 8 to 9 percent in 2015. Projections for 2016 and 2017 sales growth have nearly doubled to 8 and 13 percent, from 4 to 5 percent and 6 percent, respectively, showing the ongoing strength of the sector. Eighty percent of RTI’s revenues in 2014 were from the aerospace and defense industries. With RTI, Alcoa’s 2014 pro forma aerospace revenue increases by 13 percent to $5.6 billion. RTI is being integrated as a standalone business unit into Alcoa’s downstream Engineered Products and Solutions segment.
08:18 EDTINOInovio, EORTC to collaborate on Phase 2 cervical cancer trial
Inovio announced it is collaborating with the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer, or EORTC, to evaluate Inovio's immunotherapy, INO-3112, in combination with traditional chemo-radiotherapy for the treatment of patients with locally advanced stage cervical cancer. The trial, primarily funded by the EORTC, is expected to begin by the end of the year. A partnership with the EORTC will offer Inovio clinical trial efficiency and speed in recruiting patients in Europe and in obtaining and analyzing results. The EORTC encompasses all aspects of cancer research, from translational research and new drug development to large phase III clinical trials and meta-analyses. EORTC is the only organization which carries out clinical studies throughout Europe for all types of cancer. Collaboration with the EORTC also leverages their connections to a network of more than 2,500 pre-clinical scientists and oncologists in more than 300 hospitals in over 30 countries.
05:19 EDTSTMSTMicroelectronics sees Q3 revenue up 2.5% sequentially plus or minus 3.5 points
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05:17 EDTSTMSTMicroelectronics reports Q2 adjusted EPS 6c, consensus 4c
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July 22, 2015
14:51 EDTMXIMEarnings Watch: Qualcomm reports after speculations of potential breakup
Qualcomm (QCOM) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the close on July 22, with a conference call scheduled for 4:45 pm ET. Qualcomm is a maker of semiconductors and telecommunications equipment. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 95c on revenue of $5.85B. EPS consensus ranges 90c-$1.05 on a revenue range of $5.59B-$6.08B, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: On April 22, Qualcomm reported Q2 EPS of $1.40 against expectations for $1.33, and revenue of $6.89B versus estimates of $6.83B. The company also cut its FY15 EPS guidance to $4.60-$5.00 from $4.85-$5.05 and lowered projected revenue to $25B-$27B from $26.3B-$28B, saying it expects pressure in its semiconductor business due to customer shifts in the premium segment and a decline in Qualcomm's share at an unnamed large customer. NEWS: On May 8, Reuters reported that EU antitrust regulators asked Qualcomm's competitors how the company's licensing and business practices affect them, and on July 16, the European Commission confirmed two formal antitrust investigations of the company. On May 25, Qualcomm and Daimler (DDAIF) announced a strategic collaboration to develop connected car technology. Coming on the heels of Avago's (AVGO) May 28 agreement to acquire Broadcom (BRCM), Bloomberg quoted a source later that day as saying Qualcomm, Intel (INTC), Altera (ALTR), Analog Devices (ADI), Maxim Integrated (MXIM), Texas Instruments (TXN), and Microchip Technology (MCHP) are all considering their own M&A opportunities. Note that on June 1, Intel announced an agreement to acquire Altera. On June 23, Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMI), Qualcomm, Huawei, and Imec announced the formation of a joint venture to focus on a type of 14 nanometer technology. More recently, the Wall Street Journal reported on July 20 that Qualcomm is "expected" to begin a comprehensive strategic review which may include the possibility of a breakup following pressure from "activist" shareholder Jana Partners, according to sources, adding that the move could be announced concurrent with Wednesday's earnings release. STREET RESEARCH: Following last quarter's earnings report, Exane BNP Paribas downgraded Qualcomm to Neutral from Outperform, while both Canaccord and Brean Capital lowered price targets for the stock after "disappointing" guidance. Meanwhile, Citi said it expects the company's chip business to recover in 2016 despite this "very bad year." On May 28, CLSA said it sees continued pressure on Qualcomm chipsets, potentially spurring the company to consider making an acquisition, and on June 2, Craig-Hallum noted that Skyworks (SWKS) would be a great fit for Qualcomm. On June 24, Summit Research called Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC) an "affordable" target for Qualcomm, with AMD (AMD) and Cavium (CAVM) also looking like potential takeover candidates. On June 29, Drexel Hamilton downgraded Qualcomm to Sell from Hold, citing expected price cuts. Lastly, following media reports on July 20 that Qualcomm could be weighing a breakup, Bernstein said that such a "dis-synergistic" split would likely destroy value rather than create it. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Qualcomm are down more than 1% to $64.37 in afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's earnings report.
12:35 EDTMXIMAnalog chip makers fall after Linear cites weak end market demand
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10:01 EDTSTMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:38 EDTJWNNRF cuts 2015 retail sales growth forecast to 3.5% from 4.1%
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07:06 EDTNORNoranda Aluminum reports Q2 EPS ex-items (25c), consensus (7c)
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05:31 EDTSTMSTMicroelectronics downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi
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July 21, 2015
10:01 EDTCLOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:01 EDTGISOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: ASML (ASML) upgraded to Accumulate from Neutral at SNS Securities... Anacor (ANAC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Artisan Partners (APAM) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Canadian National (CNI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... General Mills (GIS) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Halliburton (HAL) upgraded to Accumulate from Neutral at Global Hunter... Harte-Hanks (HHS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... MDC Partners (MDCA) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... SABMiller (SBMRY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Sanmina (SANM) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Longbow... Santander Mexico (BSMX) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Sherwin-Williams (SHW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Northcoast... Southwestern Energy (SWN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Global Hunter... Verisk Analytics (VRSK) assumed with an Outperform at Keefe Bruyette.
06:46 EDTGISGeneral Mills upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
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06:45 EDTGISBonduelle in talks for bid to buy Green Giant, Reuters reports
Bonduelle is in talks to team with Centerview Partners in a bid to purchase General Mills' Green Giant frozen and canned vegetables unit, Reuters reports, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
July 20, 2015
16:35 EDTCLColgate-Palmolive initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee CRT
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13:18 EDTGISOptions with increasing call volume
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12:32 EDTGISGeneral Mills calls active on unconfirmed takeover speculation
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11:36 EDTGISRumor: General Mills goes positive on unconfirmed takeover speculation
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