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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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November 23, 2015
09:29 EDTAAAlcoa rallies after Elliott takes 6.5% stake
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09:22 EDTAAElliott takes activist stake in Alcoa, CNBC reports
Elliott Management has taken a 6.5% activist stake in Alcoa, CNBC's David Faber reports, citing sources. Elliott supports a split of the company and wants improved margins, Faber added. The activist fund has had conversations with Alcoa management, which Faber deemed constructive. Shares of Alcoa jumped 5% to $9.12 following the report. A regulatory filing detailing the stake is forthcoming, according to Faber.
09:18 EDTAAElliott takes 6.5% stake in Alcoa, CNBC's Faber reports
05:25 EDTRIGTransocean announces intention to delist from SIX Swiss Exchange
Transocean announced its intent to delist its shares from the SIX Swiss Exchange. The company expects the SIX listing authorities to approve its delisting application prior to year-end and the related delisting to occur in Q1. The company will remain incorporated in Switzerland and its shares will continue to be listed and traded on the New York Stock Exchange.
November 19, 2015
10:25 EDTJWNOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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05:22 EDTJWNStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; JWN FOSL
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Nordstrom (JWN) 29, Fossil (FOSL) 48 according to iVolatility.
November 18, 2015
10:10 EDTJWNOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:23 EDTMXIMTowerJazz to acquire Maxim Integrated facility in San Antonio
TowerJazz (TSEM) has signed an agreement with Maxim Integrated (MXIM) to purchase Maxim's 8-inch fabrication facility in San Antonio, Texas. The proposed purchase will expand TowerJazz's current worldwide manufacturing capacity, cost-effectively increasing production by approximately 28K wafers per month. TowerJazz and Maxim expect to close the transaction in January 2016. As part of the transaction, the companies have also signed a long-term supply agreement for TowerJazz to manufacture products for Maxim in the San Antonio facility. The transaction is to be paid with TSEM ordinary shares with a total value of approximately $40M. All of the site's nearly 500 employees will be retained.
09:08 EDTJWNTJX benefitting from off-price retail market growth, WSJ says
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09:06 EDTGISHain Celestial weakness looks overdone, says Bernstein
Bernstein notes that Hain Celestial (HAIN) is now trading at a lower valuation than a number of "ostensibly more challenged food companies like" Kellogg (K) and General Mills (GIS). The firm expects the company to benefit over the longer term from current food trends. It trimmed its price target on the name to $50 from $60 and keeps an Outperform rating.
08:19 EDTMXIMRBC Capital to hold a tour
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November 17, 2015
10:33 EDTMXIMCiti says Xilinx, not Maxim, likely to be acquired
According to Citi, analog chip maker Maxim Semiconductor (MXIM) probably won't be acquired, despite Bloomberg reports which stated that Texas Instruments (TXN) and Analog Devices (ADI) had held talks about potentially buying the company. The firm sees Xilinx (XLNX) as the only large cap chip maker remaining that has "all of the attributes of a good takeover target." WHAT'S NEW: The only two companies capable of buying Maxim are Texas Instruments and Analog Devices, Citi analyst Christopher Danely wrote in a note to investors today. However, Maxim's valuation is too high for Texas Instruments and the deal would be too big for Analog Devices, the analyst stated. However, Xilinx is a potential takeover target, partly due to its high margins, a size large enough that it could impact an acquirer's profits and its cost cutting opportunities, Danely stated. One potential acquirer of Xilinx is Qualcomm (QCOM), which has suggested that it could be interested in M&A opportunities in the future, the analyst wrote. Despite his belief that Xilinx could be acquired, Danely kept a Neutral rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On October 14, Bloomberg reported that Analog Devices and Maxim were in merger talks. On October 28, the news service reported that Texas Instruments was in talks about buying Maxim. According to Bloomberg, Maxim was working with a bank on a strategic review before it was approached by Analog Devices. Maxim may not want to sell itself unless it receives a large premium, the news service stated. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Maxim was flat near $38.86 per share, while Xilinx gained 1.5% to $47.83.
08:54 EDTMXIM, STMMaxim could be bidder for Fairchild, says Citi
Citi analyst Atif Malik views Maxim Integrated (MXIM) as a potential acquirer Fairchild Semiconductor (FCS). Bloomberg on October 13 reported that Fairchild was seeking advice for a potential sale, and listed potential acquirers as STMicroelectronics (STM), Infineon (IFNNY) and ON Semiconductor (ON). Bids from STM and ON seem unlikely, but Infineon and Maxim could be potential acquirers of Fairchild, Malik tells investors in a research note. In a bull case scenario, Fairchild's buyout value could reach $25 per share, the analyst contends. Fairchild closed yesterday at $17.76. Malik's peer at Citi, analyst Christopher Danely, argued today in research note that Maxim Integrated (MXIM) is unlikely to get acquired despite reports of interest from Analog Devices (ADI) and Texas Instruments (TXN). Danely views Xilinx (XLNX) as a potential takeout target, potentially for Qualcomm (QCOM).
08:37 EDTMXIMCiti sees Xilinx, not Maxim, as potential takeout candidate
Citi analyst Christopher Danely says he does not expect Maxim Integrated (MXIM) to get acquired despite reports of interest from Analog Devices (ADI) and Texas Instruments (TXN). Xilinx (XLNX) is the only large-cap semiconductor company left with "all of the attributes of a good takeover target," Danely tells investors in a research note. He believes Xilinx management could be willing sellers at the right price, and points out Qualcomm (QCOM) has a history of doing deals. Xilinx could make a good candidate for Qualcomm, Danely contends.
07:45 EDTJWNNordstrom price target lowered to $63 from $82 at UBS
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November 16, 2015
16:00 EDTRIGOptions Update; November 16, 2015
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11:35 EDTJWNDillard's sinks to 52-week low after joining chorus of 'disappointed' retailers
Shares of Dillard's (DDS), a retailer of fashion apparel, cosmetics and home furnishing, are falling to their worst level in a year after the company became the latest in its industry to report lower than expected third quarter results. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Dillard's reported Q3 earnings per share of $1.19 and revenue of $1.435B, narrowly missing analysts' consensus estimates of $1.20 and $1.49B, respectively. Same-store sales for the quarter fell 4%. Total merchandise sales decreased 3% for the 13-week period ended October 31. Weaker performing categories were men's apparel and accessories and ladies' accessories and lingerie with notable weakness in home and furniture the company explained. Dillard's Chief Executive Officer, William T. Dillard, II, stated, "We are disappointed with our third quarter sales performance and in the resulting decline in profit. Share buyback remained a high priority, and we repurchased $175 million of stock under our share repurchase program." WHAT'S NOTABLE: Gross margin from retail operations improved 11 basis points of sales for the 13 weeks ended October 31 compared to the prior year third quarter. Consolidated gross margin for the 13 weeks ended October 31 declined 30 basis points of sales compared to the prior year third quarter. The disparity between retail and consolidated gross margin performance is attributable to increased revenue at CDI, which is a substantially lower margin business. Inventory increased 6% at October 31 compared to November 1, 2014. For FY15, the company expects capital expenditures of $150M. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Dillard's fell $5.81, or 7.5%, to $71.79 on more than three times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week low of $68.05. Including today's pull back, the shares have lost about 36% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other apparel, cosmetics and home furnishing retailers include Macy's (M), Kohl's (KSS), JC Penny (JCP), Sears (SHLD) and Nordstrom (JWN).
10:25 EDTJWNOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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07:24 EDTINOSalomon to hold a conference
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07:22 EDTINOBrean Capital to hold a summit
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