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October 25, 2013
10:01 EDTF, WDC, SHPG, MPWR, FRX, CECO, AAP, MCK, CL, SNE, RMD, VLCCF, DD, CYS, EFX, EAT, UAL, BSRR, ESI, COLM, AMZNOn 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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November 14, 2014
06:16 EDTAMZNEU says Starbucks tax deal in Netherlands may be illegal state aid, WSJ says
The European Union said the tax deal struck by Starbucks (SBUX) in the Netherlands amounts to illegal state aid, reports the Wall Street Journal. European Commission regulators said it reached a preliminary view that the tax deal violated guidelines produced by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. It said the tax deal "tolerates questionable adjustments which allow Starbucks Manufacturing BV to lower the resulting corporate income tax basis in the Netherlands." The EU is also investigating tax arrangements of Apple (AAPL) in Ireland and Amazon (AMZN) and Fiat S.p.A. (FIATY) in Luxembourg. Reference Link
November 13, 2014
17:00 EDTDDTrian Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:38 EDTAAPAdvance Auto Parts initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee
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16:03 EDTAMZNOptions Update; November 13, 2014
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13:14 EDTEFXEquifax to host investor meeting
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11:43 EDTAMZNAmazon.com, Hachette end dispute, New York Times reports
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11:15 EDTFFord wary of expanding South African investment, Reuters says
Due to repeated disruptions to its operations from strikes, Ford is reticent to expand its investment in Its South African operation, says Reuters. Jeff Nemeth, president of Ford's South African business, said, "A challenge for us here in South Africa is convincing our board to continue to invest in a country where the stability of output is a little less certain than in other countries," added Reuters. Reference Link
09:40 EDTWDCActive equity options trading
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07:24 EDTEFXSunTrust to hold a conference
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06:45 EDTSNEMicrosoft Xbox sales tripled since price cut, CNet reports
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06:20 EDTAMZNAmazon's Web-services chief not threatened by cash threat from rivals, WSJ says
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06:17 EDTSNESony unveils PlayStation Vue, a cloud-based TV service
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November 12, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; November 12, 2014
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13:47 EDTAMZNEarnings Preview: Wal-Mart sees FY15 net sales up 2%-3% vs. last year
Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings before the market open on Thursday, November 13, with a conference call scheduled for 7:00 am ET. Wal-Mart, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, operates retail stores in various formats under 69 different banners in 27 countries with its "everyday low price" philosophy. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.12 on revenue of $118.35B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.08-$1.17 on revenue of $115.17B-$119.67B. LAST QUARTER: Wal-Mart reported second quarter EPS of $1.21, in line with estimates, on revenue of $119.3B, against estimates of $119B. Walmart U.S. comp sales were flat for the 13-week period ended August 1, and U.S. net sales increased $1.9B, or 2.7%, to over $70B. Currency exchange rate fluctuations negatively impacted net sales by approximately $700M, the company said. Wal-Mart forecast Q3 EPS of $1.10-$1.20, with U.S. comp store sales relatively flat and Sam's Club comp sales, excluding fuel, slightly positive. and increased investments in Sam's Club membership programs. The company lowered its fiscal year 2015 EPS view to $4.90-$5.15 from $5.10-$5.45, against estimates at that time of $5.15. The new full year guidance reflects incremental investments in e-commerce and higher U.S. health-care costs than previously anticipated. The annual effective tax rate is projected to be between 32%-34%. NEWS: On its Q2 earnings conference call, Wal-Mart lowered its FY15 e-commerce sales growth forecast to 25%. In mid-October, Wal-Mart said that as a result of a tougher sales environment than it anticipated a year ago, it now expects to grow net sales for FY15 between 2%-3% on last year’s $473.1B. The company indicated in February that it expected net sales growth to be at the low end of its guidance provided last October of 3%-5%. The company sees fiscal year 2016 net sales growth of 2%-4%, or approximately $10B-$20B of net sales growth. The company said FY16 operating expenses will grow at a rate "somewhat faster" than sales growth and operating income will be flat to slightly down. Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon said the company will invest less in stores and more in e-commerce. Wal-Mart sees FY15 capital investments of $12.5B-$13B and FY16 capital investments $11.6B-$12.9B. Wal-Mart also sees FY16 e-commerce and digital spending of $1.2B-$1.5B. Ahead of a holiday shopping season that may be fiercely promotional, Wal-Mart is testing a program to match online prices from rivals including Amazon.com (AMZN), reported the Wall Street Journal. The company announced the "New Black Friday" will include five days of deals. STREET RESEARCH: Cleveland Research said Wal-Mart's trends softened in September and October following a strong August driven by soft traffic and less promotional activity. The firm believes Wal-Mart is positioned to maintain share during the holidays, but sees "growing caution" on the consumer spending outlook. Baird said expectations for Wal-Mart appear to be muted into the Q3 report. The firm believes sales may remain lackluster and margins may slip in the near-term, but sees international as an opportunity. During the quarter, shares were initiated with a Neutral rating at Sterne Agee. PRICE ACTION: Wal-Mart shares are up 6.9% over the last three months but are only up 0.8% year-to-date. In early afternoon trading, Wal-Mart shares are up 0.4% to $79.35.
12:55 EDTAMZNAmazon to expand its R&D in Cambridge, UK, TechCrunch reports
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12:41 EDTESI, CECOFor-profit education stocks look appealing, analyst says
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10:29 EDTEFXEquifax and Argus announce strategic alliance
Equifax (EFX) announced that it has formed a strategic alliance with Argus Information and Advisory Services, a Verisk Analytics (VRSK) business. The companies announced a new solution, Primary Impact, which will help optimize demand deposit account acquisition and maximize portfolio growth and customer profitability for financial institutions.
09:37 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading
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07:22 EDTESI, CECOPiper says time to increase exposure to Education sector
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07:22 EDTFFord offers favorable risk/reward, says UBS
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