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January 2, 2013
10:02 EDTABBV, ABT, ALJ, ALDW, FB, WGP, WES, LRCX, WHFOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: AbbVie (ABBV) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Abbott (ABT) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Alon USA Energy (ALJ) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Alon USA Partners (ALDW) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Facebook (FB) coverage assumed with a Neutral at Cowen... Western Gas Equity (WGP) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Western Gas Partners (WES) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... Lam Research (LRCX) initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson... WhiteHorse Finance (WHF) initiated with a Buy at BB&T.
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August 13, 2014
11:04 EDTFBInstagram names James Quarles as new ad chief, Re/code reports
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06:33 EDTFBFacebook coverage resumed with a Buy at Stifel
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August 12, 2014
09:32 EDTABTAbbott says Medicare NCD expands access to MitraClip
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August 11, 2014
15:36 EDTFBFacebook unique desktop visitor growth turns positive, says Goldman
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10:19 EDTALDWOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Achillion (ACHN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Alon USA Partners (ALDW) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Buenaventura (BVN) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... CNO Financial (CNO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Central European Media (CETV) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Cepheid (CPHD) upgraded to Neutral from Cautious at ISI Group... Chuy's (CHUY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Compressco (GSJK) upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James... Concho Resources (CXO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Frank's International (FI) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Freeport McMoRan (FCX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... GNC Holdings (GNC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Genworth (GNW) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Gulfport Energy (GPOR) upgraded at Stifel... Huntington Ingalls (HII) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Hyatt Hotels (H) upgraded at Stifel... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Craig-Hallum... Kinder Morgan (KMI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Krispy Kreme (KKD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Oasis Petroleum (OAS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee... PepsiCo (PEP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Regency Centers (REG) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... SandRidge Energy (SD) upgraded to Reduce from Sell at KLR Group... Southwest Gas (SWX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Brean Capital... Tesla (TSLA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank.
09:36 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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07:06 EDTALDWAlon USA Partners upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse upgraded Alon USA Partners to Outperform to reflect Permian exposure and a 13% yield. Price target is $23.
06:12 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 31 at lower end of index mean range
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August 8, 2014
17:10 EDTABTMarket finishes week up slightly as earnings offset by political events
Stocks finished the week fractionally higher than where they started as strong corporate earnings reports and better than expected economic data was weighed against concerns about geopolitical issues and negative M&A news. MACRO NEWS: A few ongoing geopolitical conflicts worried investors and weighed on shares. Russia unveiled sanctions against Western countries, banning the import of a wide range of food items from the U.S, the EU and a few allied countries in response to sanctions recently enacted against it from G7 nations... President Obama authorized the bombing of rebels in Iraq and Hamas and Israel failed to reach a permanent truce... An ISM services index, the U.S. trade deficit for June, and weekly jobless claims were all better than expected. Meanwhile, the increase in unit labor costs last quarter came in below the consensus outlook, perhaps easing fears that the Fed will need to raise interest rates sooner than expected. COMPANY NEWS: On the M&A front, two huge potential deals fell through as 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) withdrew its offer to acquire Time Warner (TWX) and Sprint (S) reportedly decided to end its pursuit of a merger with peer T-Mobile (TMUS)... President Obama indicated that his administration would take unilateral steps in an effort to prevent companies from carrying out tax inversion acquisitions. Among the deals or possible transactions that involve inversion are Medtronic's (MDT) acquisition of Covidien (COV), Valeant's (VRX) proposed takeover of Allergan (AGN) and Mylan's (MYL) acquisition of Abbott's (ABT) developed markets branded generics pharmaceuticals business. Meanwhile, Walgreen's (WAG) stock tumbled after the U.S. company said it would not structure its takeover of European drugstore chain Alliance Boots as a tax inversion deal... 21st Century Fox, 3D printer maker Stratasys (SSYS), chip maker NVIDIA (NVDA), brewer Molson Coors (TAP), and luxury accessories maker Coach (COH) all rose following their earnings reports. Conversely, Target (TGT), luxury accessories maker Michael Kors (KORS) and Internet coupon provider Groupon (GRPN) fell following their results or guidance... Gannett (GCI) struck a deal to acquire the remaining 73% interest in Classified Ventures, whose primary asset is the online car shopping website Cars.com, for $1.8B from the other partners in the venture, which include McClatchy (MNI), Tribune Media (TRBAA), Graham Holdings (GHC) and A. H. Belo (AHC). Gannett also announced plans to spin-off its Publishing business, which includes USA Today, through a tax-free distribution to shareholders... McDonald's (MCD) stock was little changed after the company reported that its comparable store sales fell 2.5% in July, which was significantly worse than expected. Food quality issues weighed on the fast food company's sales in Asia and as a result of the China supplier issue, the company warned its previously issued global comparable sales forecast for 2014 is now at risk. INDEXES: The Dow finished the week up 0.35% to 16,553.93, the S&P 500 rose 0.32% to 1,931.59, and the Nasdaq gained 0.41% to 4,370.90.
07:48 EDTABBVCredit Suisse remains a buyer of AbbVie
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07:38 EDTABTAbbott overhang removed by CMS decision on MitraClip, says RBC Capital
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07:01 EDTABTHarvard professor says Treasury can reduce inversion incentives, NY Times says
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August 7, 2014
17:09 EDTALJAlon USA Energy reports Q2 EPS ex-items (5c), consensus (1c)
Reports Q2 revenue $1.74B, consensus $1.45B.
15:33 EDTFBFacebook in talks with studios on content for Oculus Rift, The Information says
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10:37 EDTFBPrivateCore to join Facebook
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10:29 EDTABTMylan: Noise about inversion is tremendous speculation and that's all it is
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10:24 EDTFBFacebook acquires security startup PrivateCore, VentureBeat reports
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10:20 EDTABTMylan says litigation ins ongoing in India regarding Teva
Mylan (MYL) said that it expects Teva's (TEVA) efforts to seek an injunction will "as ineffective as it was in U.S. courts." The company said it will not provide further comment on the matter. Mylan said it will also postpone its 2014 Investor Day due to the ongoing nature of the Abbott (ABT) transaction. It expects its fully realized savings and profit from new products will not be realized till 2015. Comments taken from Q2 earnings conference call.
06:42 EDTABTObama to look to limit inversion deals, Politico says
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06:02 EDTFBFacebook hires former BBM head Bocking to run Internet.org app, Re/code says
Facebook (FB) has hired Andrew Bocking to run its new Internet.org mobile app, reports Re/code. Bocking was previously head of BlackBerry Messenger (BBRY). Reference Link
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