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November 26, 2012
10:00 EDTAAPL, LNCO, SRPT, RLGY, Z, SMBL, SNDK, RDS.A, BP, DNKN, ATRSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Apple (AAPL) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... BP (BP) initiated with an Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... Dunkin' Brands (DNKN) initiated with a Buy at UBS... Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) initiated with an Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas... SanDisk (SNDK) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Silicon Laboratories (SLAB) initiated with an Outperform at Pacific Crest... Smart Balance (SMBL) initiated with a Top Pick at RBC Capital... Zillow (Z) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Sarepta (SRPT) initiated with an Outperform at Burrill... Realogy (RLGY) initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital... LinnCo (LNCO) initiated with a Strong Buy at Raymond James... Antares Pharma (ATRS) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim.
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September 26, 2014
07:47 EDTSRPTEMA to review BioCryst, Sarepta, Tekmira experimental Ebola medicines
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07:22 EDTAAgilent management to meet with Jefferies
Meeting to be held in the Mid-Atlantic area on October 2 hosted by Jefferies.
September 25, 2014
17:01 EDTSNDKSanDisk up 1.4% to $98.30 after Micron reports Q4 results
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12:29 EDTSNDKEarnings Preview: Several analysts positive on Micron ahead of Q4 report
Micron (MU) is expected to report fourth quarter earnings after the close on Thursday, September 25, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Micron manufactures semiconductor devices, principally DRAM, NAND Flash and NOR Flash memory. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 81c on revenue of $4.15B. The consensus range is 66c-$1.03 for EPS on revenue of $4.05B-$4.3B, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: On June 23, Micron reported third quarter EPS of 79c, compared to the 70c consensus estimate of analysts. Micron's quarterly revenue of $3.98B beat expectations for $3.89B. Revenues for both DRAM and NAND Flash products were down slightly for the quarter compared to the prior quarter. The company’s overall consolidated gross margin of 34% for the third quarter was consistent with the second quarter, as mix-related decreases in average selling prices were essentially offset by corresponding decreases in manufacturing costs. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after its last report, Needham upgraded Micron to Strong Buy from Buy and raised its price target for the shares to $50 from $40. The firm said then that it expected NAND gross margins to improve in 2015 and recommended investors look past the company's Q4 margin guidance. On July 31, Goldman and Sterne Agee issued competing views on how comments from Samsung could impact Micron. On that day, Sterne Agee reported that Samsung said its DRAM bit growth in the second half of 2014 would be limited, while its 2015 bit growth will drop compared to this year. The firm saw the guidance as "a major positive" for Micron and SanDisk (SNDK) and kept Buy ratings on both. However, Goldman said Samsung's increased DRAM bit supply growth forecast was an incremental negative for Micron. Goldman continues to have a Neutral rating on shares of Micron. More recently, Sterne Agee said Micron's stock has lagged due to concerns about potentially weaker Q4 DRAM prices and worries about NAND seasonality. The firm thinks these concerns are misplaced and continues to view Micron as a beneficiary of industry consolidation over the long-term. The firm keeps a $40 price target and Buy rating on Micron. Wedbush said it expects Micron's Q4 results to beat consensus expectations and for the company to provide upbeat commentary. The firm thinks that investor sentiment towards the stock has stalled on concerns about unfavorable DRAM supply/demand dynamics in 2015. However, Wedbush remains bullish on memory market dynamics heading into 2015 and keeps a $37 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. UBS believes DRAM and NAND average selling price trends continue to be favorable for Micron in the near to medium term and that the company should report Q4 EPS and revenue that are in line with consensus or better. The firm maintains its Buy rating on Micron and raised its price target on the stock to $36 from $35 ahead of tonight's Q4 report. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after last quarter's report, shares of Micron have advanced about 1%. Ahead of tonight's report, Micron was down over 2% to $31.54 in afternoon trading.
September 24, 2014
09:59 EDTRLGY, SRPTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Ameren (AEE) initiated with a Buy at Ladenburg... Autoliv (ALV) initiated with an Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... BNY Mellon (BK) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... Burlington Stores (BURL) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Cameron (CAM) initiated with a Market Perform at Wells Fargo... CoreLogic (CLGX) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... FMC Technologies (FTI) initiated with a Market Perform at Wells Fargo... FNFV (FNFV) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Fidelity National (FNF) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... First American (FAF) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Freeport McMoRan (FCX) initiated with an Outperform at Scotia Capital... Helmerich & Payne (HP) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo... HomeAway (AWAY) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... IMS Health (IMS) initiated with a Buy at Topeka... Nabors Industries (NBR) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo... National Oilwell (NOV) initiated with a Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Northern Trust (NTRS) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... Pacific Drilling (PACD) initiated with a Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Paragon Offshore (PGN) initiated with a Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Patterson-UTI Energy (PTEN) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo... Pioneer Energy (PES) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo... Realogy (RLGY) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Ruckus Wireless (RKUS) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... Sarepta (SRPT) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Skyworks (SWKS) initiated with a Buy at MKM Partners... State Street (STT) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Ubiquiti Networks (UBNT) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... Wafergen Biosystems (WGBS) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital.
07:03 EDTSRPTSarepta initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse
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05:35 EDTRLGYRealogy initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray
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September 23, 2014
07:57 EDTATRSAntares Pharma management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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September 22, 2014
13:01 EDTZZillow volatility flat as shares pullback into planned acquisition of Trulia
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10:15 EDTRLGYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Actavis (ACT) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Aetna (AET) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Auxilium (AUXL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... CARBO Ceramics (CRR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee... Commerzbank (CRZBY) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Concur (CNQR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... Dresser-Rand (DRC) downgraded to Neutral from Accumulate at Global Hunter... Finish Line (FINL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... General Communications (GNCMA) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Drexel Hamilton... InvenSense (INVN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Las Vegas Sands (LVS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Lindsay Corp. (LNN) downgraded at Sterne Agee... Melco Crown (MPEL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Outerwall (OUTR) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at B. Riley... PSEG (PEG) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Realogy (RLGY) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Regal-Beloit (RBC) downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at Global Hunter... SABMiller (SBMRY) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Bernstein... Saba Software (SABA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... Suburban Propane (SPH) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Swiss Re (SSREY) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Towers Watson (TW) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Valmont (VMI) downgraded at Sterne Agee... Walgreen (WAG) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Watts Water (WTS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... Wynn Resorts (WYNN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Yahoo (YHOO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill.
06:42 EDTRLGYRealogy downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse downgraded Realogy to Underperform following industry checks that indicate weak buyer traffic levels, softening home sales, and depressed mortgage applications.
September 19, 2014
15:20 EDTSRPTSarepta sees start of large DMD trial delayed, Boston Business Journal reports
Sarepta CEO Chris Garabedian previously has said that dosing in a large confirmatory trial for its Duchenne muscular dystrophy drug eteplirsen would begin before the end of September, but he now sees dosing to begin in October or November due to delays “outside the company” with contract research and manufacturing partners, according to Boston Business Journal, citing an interview with the executive. Shares of Sarepta are down 4% in afternoon trading following the report. Reference Link
15:16 EDTSRPTSarepta CEO says start of main DMD trial delayed, Boston Business Journal says
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08:03 EDTSNDKInvenSense, NXP, RF Micro chips included in iPhone 6, iFixit reports
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September 18, 2014
17:04 EDTLNCOLINN Energy, LinnCo announce Permian-California trade with Exxon Mobil
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September 17, 2014
18:29 EDTAOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:01 EDTAAgilent board approves separation of Keysight, declares special dividend
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16:57 EDTAAgilent creates new group for services, consumables
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16:55 EDTAAgilent announces Mike McMullen to succeed Bill Sullivan as CEO in March 2015
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07:26 EDTZAmerican Enterprise Institute to hold a conference
3rd International Conference on Housing Risk to be held in Washington, D.C. on September 17-18.
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