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October 25, 2013
10:01 EDTAAP, SHPG, UAL, SNE, WDC, EAT, CL, F, EFX, RMD, BSRR, MPWR, AMZN, CYS, CECO, COLM, DD, FRX, ESI, VLCCF, MCKOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Advance Auto Parts (AAP) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Amazon.com (AMZN) upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James... CYS Investments (CYS) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Career Education (CECO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Columbia Sportswear (COLM) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... DuPont (DD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Forest Labs (FRX) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at BMO Capital... ITT Educational (ESI) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Compass Point... Knightsbridge Tankers (VLCCF) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Evercore... Monolithic Power (MPWR) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Sierra Bancorp (BSRR) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... ResMed (RMD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Shire (SHPG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... United Continental (UAL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham... Sony (SNE) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Western Digital (WDC) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Craig-Hallum... Brinker (EAT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Ford (F) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Colgate-Palmolive (CL) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Canaccord... Equifax (EFX) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... McKesson (MCK) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
News For AAP;AMZN;CYS;CECO;COLM;DD;FRX;ESI;VLCCF;MPWR;BSRR;RMD;SHPG;UAL;SNE;WDC;EAT;CL;F;EFX;MCK From The Last 14 Days
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October 9, 2014
06:31 EDTSNEFiling says Sony to begin console packaging in China, Bloomberg says
A filing on the website of the China Pilot Free Trade Zone said that Sony (SNE) is aiming to begin packaging over 200K new video game consoles starting in December in China, according to Bloomberg, citing the filing which was verified as authentic by a spokesman for Sony Computer Entertainment. The company is looking to accumulate sales in the country as the end of a 14-year ban on the devices approaches. Microsoft (MSFT) already began selling Xbox Ones in China. Reference Link
06:29 EDTSNEIDC: Worldwide PC shipments down 1.7% in Q3, DigiTimes reports
Worldwide PC shipments are down 1.7% with 78.5M units shipped in Q3, reports DigiTimes, citing the IDC. Shipments in the US grew 4.3% to 17.3M, with growth centered from strong momentum in te portables category. Reference Link
06:26 EDTSNEMIC: Taiwan smartphone shipments surpasses 5.4M in Q3, DigiTimes says
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06:26 EDTAMZNGoogle's tax arrangement facing new challenge by France, WSJ reports
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05:22 EDTSHPGShire provides regulatory update on SHP 465
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October 8, 2014
17:53 EDTAMZNAmazon.com expands operations in Costa Rica, creates more than 1,000 new jobs
Amazon Support Services in Costa Rica inaugurates its fourth service center and announces 1,000 new jobs at its offices located in Calle Blancos and Lagunilla. The Earth's most customer centric company offers seasonal jobs and permanent positions with open dress code, paid training, transportation, doctor on site, plus others. The new operation comes as part of the $19M accumulated investment by 2014. With the company's expansion and the ongoing hiring of staff at its other sites, Amazon expects to employ more than 3,000 persons in Costa Rica by the end of 2014.
17:21 EDTUALUnited Continental reports September consolidated traffic down 0.2% y-o-y
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16:29 EDTDDU.S. Chemicals sector initiated with an Overweight at RBC Capital
RBC Capital started the U.S. Chemicals sector with an Overweight rating citing the growth of shale gas. The firm lists ethylene stocks LyondellBasell (LYB), Westlake Chemical (WLK) and Dow Chemical (DOW) its top picks in the space. RBC views coatings stocks as good ways to play the pending recovery in construction, and has Outperform ratings on Sherwin-Williams (SHW) and PPG Industries (PPG). RBC put its only Underperform rating in the sector on Axiall (AXLL), citing the company's short ethylene position and leverage to single-family housing.
16:20 EDTDDDuPont initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital
Target $71.
16:01 EDTAMZNOptions Update; October 8, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 2.73 to 29.51. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX PBR AA CLF GILD according to Track Data.
14:30 EDTWDCSeagate confirms court affirms arbitration award from Western Digital
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13:08 EDTWDCWestern Digital to pay $630.4M award to Seagate after court ruling
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11:41 EDTAMZNJ.C. Penney says store base count 'roughly' where it needs to be
Says evaluating stores to see if EBITDA accretive. Says "disciplined" regarding promotions. Says won't risk margin over promotions. Says Apple (AAPL), Samsung (SSNLF), Amazon (AMZN) taking "chunk" out of consumer spending. Sees returning to 37%-39% gross margins over time.
11:26 EDTUALUnited Continental volatility increases as shares pull back
United Continental October weekly call option implied volatility is at 65, October is at 51, November is at 50, December is at 47; compared to its 26-week average of 43 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement.
10:33 EDTFFord falls to fresh 52-week low, levels to watch
The shares are down 2% at time of writing to $13.82, just above the fresh 52-week low set earlier today at $13.76. Support below today's low is at $13.36. Resistance is at the session high at $14.10.
10:00 EDTMCKOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:42 EDTAMZNeBay SSS rose 8.9% in September, Amazon SSS up 37.9%, ChannelAdvisor says
Amazon's (AMZN) September SSS rose 37.9%, a decrease compared to August's 45.1%, ChannelAdvisor reported. eBay's (EBAY) September came in at 8.9% up from August's 5.9%, but below the e-commerce growth rate. "This is the first up-tick in eBay SSS since June and indicates that eBay is recovering from the breach and Google issues," ChannelAdvisor stated. Reference Link
06:53 EDTAMZNAmazon has not enacted Luxembourg special tax agreements, Reuters says
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06:16 EDTMCKMcKesson initiated with a Buy at Citigroup
Target $235.
06:13 EDTSNE, AMZNNon-Apple notebook, tablet demand to be weak till 2Q15, DigiTimes reports
Demand for non-Apple (AAPL) notebooks and tablets may remain weak until the second quarter of 2015, reports DigiTimes. Citing Taiwan makers, the pressure due to booming sales from Apple products may decrease sales until Microsoft (MSFT) launches Windows 10 next year. Demand for Samsung (SSNLF), Sony (SNE) , And HTC smartphones have also dropped worldwide recently. Reference Link
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