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July 2, 2014
10:00 EDTDRWI, BHI, ABBV, TRGP, ORCL, ETP, CP, BRGYY, WBMD, PTEN, LMCA, LLY, BAC, ALU, URBN, PKE, HPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AbbVie (ABBV) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... BG Group (BRGYY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... Baker Hughes (BHI) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Guggenheim... Bank of America (BAC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Canadian Pacific (CP) upgraded to Outperformer from Sector Performer at CIBC... DragonWave (DRWI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at H.C. Wainwright... Eli Lilly (LLY) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays... Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) upgraded to Outperform at Wells Fargo... Helmerich & Payne (HP) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Guggenheim... Liberty Media (LMCA) upgraded at Morgan Stanley... Men's Wearhouse (MW) upgraded at Stifel... Oracle (ORCL) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities... Park Electrochemical (PKE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Patterson-UTI Energy (PTEN) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Guggenheim... Targa Resources (TRGP) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Urban Outfitters (URBN) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... WebMD (WBMD) upgraded at Stifel.
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July 19, 2015
19:12 EDTBACFederal Reserve proposes changes to 'stress test' regulations
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16:33 EDTBRGYYShell expects 'billions' more in synergies from BG Group deal, FT says
Shell (RDS.A, RDS.B) CFO Simon Henry told a group of roughly 40 investors and analysts that the company's proposed acquisition of BG Group (BRGYY) is financially sound despite less-than-ideal oil prices due to "value synergies" at a multiple of $1B, reports the Financial Times, citing sources present at Henry's speech. The CFO insisted that the takeover works even with oil near $70 a barrel, explaining that cash flow would be immediately improved and the current dividend would be maintained, said the sources. Reference Link
July 17, 2015
16:41 EDTBACStocks end week higher as Google, Greece bring out the buyers
Stocks ended the week higher and the major averages are back at record highs after Iran agreed to a nuclear deal, Greece's parliament paved the way for the country to receive another bailout by agreeing to new austerity measures and Google (GOOG) gave investors hope that earnings from tech's other heavyweights will be similarly better than expected. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., retail sales unexpectedly fell 0.3% in June, versus the consensus forecast for growth of 0.3%. The producer prices index showed prices rose 0.4% in June, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%. The consumer price index rose a seasonally adjusted 0.3% in June from a month earlier, matching the consensus forecast. Compared with last year, consumer prices rose 0.1%, marking the first annual increase since December. Housing starts rose 9.8% to a 1.17M rate in June and building permits rose 7.4% to a 1.34M pace, both of which topped expectations. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index for July came in at 60, a point better than forecast. The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment reading dropped to 93.3 in the preliminary July figure, which was below the 96.0 reading that was expected. During testimony before Congress, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen stayed on message, stating that the central bank is on track to raise record-low interest rates this year, so long as the labor market and the economy keep improving... In China, exports rose 2.1% from a year earlier during June and imports dropped 6.7%, leaving a trade surplus of $45.8B for the month, the nation's customs administration reported. The nation's GDP was reported to have grown 7% in the second quarter from a year earlier, beating the consensus expectation for growth of 6.8%... In Europe, Greek lawmakers passed the country's austerity agreement and Euro-area finance ministers reportedly agreed in principle to extend a bridge loan to Greece. The loan should help keep Greece afloat while its Prime Minister negotiates the details of the country's latest bailout... Iran reached a deal on restrictions and inspections intended to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions by six world powers. The agreement still faces a political fight in the U.S. before taking effect, but President Barack Obama has vowed to veto any congressional effort to block its implementation. COMPANY NEWS: Class A shares of Google (GOOG, GOOGL) surged at the end of the week after the search giant reported better than expected revenues and earnings in the second quarter. Research firms all over Wall Street raised their price targets on the stock in the wake of the report... Netflix (NFLX) rallied to a split-adjusted all-time high after the streaming service operator reported stronger than expected second quarter results, including higher than expected Q2 subscriber metrics, prompting a large number of research firms to raise their price targets on the stock... Many of the nation's largest banks reported on their results in the second quarter this week. JPMorgan (JPM), Bank of America (BAC) and Citigroup (C) all posted quarterly profits, excluding certain items, that beat the average estimates of analysts. Wells Fargo (WFC) reported earnings in-line with consensus estimates and revenue somewhat below expectations, while Goldman Sachs (GS) reported headline earnings that appeared to fall far short of the consensus forecast. However, that was due to Goldman's nearly $1.5B in provisions for litigation and regulatory matters. Excluding those provisions, the bank's earnings were ahead of consensus... On the M&A front, Receptos (RCPT) advanced after Celgene (CELG) announced a deal to buy the smaller drugmaker for $232 per share in cash, or a total of about $7.2B net of cash acquired. A number of research firms applauded the deal, especially noting the price Celgene agreed to pay, but cautioned that a rival bidder may still emerge for Receptos. Marathon Petroleum (MPC) gained after MPLX (MPLX), the company's fee-based master limited partnership, agreed to acquire MarkWest Energy (MWE) in a cash and stock deal that implies a total enterprise value for MarkWest of approximately $20B, including the assumption of debt of approximately $4.2B. Micron (MU) rose after The Wall Street Journal reported that China's state-owned Tsinghua Unigroup had offered to acquire the memory chip maker for $23B, or $21 per share... Shares of Twitter (TWTR) spiked Tuesday morning after a questionable takeover report was published on a website that mimicked, but had a different web address, than Bloomberg News. A Bloomberg spokesman said soon afterward that the Twitter takeover story being attributed to the news service was a fake, while a Twitter spokesperson also denied the report of an alleged deal... Macy's (M) jumped after Starboard CEO Jeffrey Smith called the stock his "best idea" for 2015, adding that the shares could be worth $125 each if the company takes steps to maximize the value of its real estate holdings. Amazon (AMZN) announced it sold more units on its first "Prime Day" than the biggest Black Friday ever and had more new members try its Prime service worldwide than any single day in company history. The e-commerce giant noted that its worldwide order growth increased 266% over the same day last year and 18% more than Black Friday 2014, adding that it will "definitely be" doing another Prime Day in the future. A number of semiconductor equipment stocks, including Applied Materials (AMAT) and Lam Research (LRCX), dropped after Intel (INTC) cut its capital expenditures guidance while reporting on its quarterly results. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow gained about 1.05% to close at 18,086.45, the Nasdaq advanced about 3.37% to close at 5,210.14, and the S&P 500 rose about 1.67% to close at 2,126.64.
16:24 EDTBACBank of America provides mid-cycle stress test results
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14:00 EDTBACEarnings Watch: Morgan Stanley rounds out quarterly results for financial firms
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13:29 EDTALUWireless infrastructure shares up after Ericsson,TESSCO report
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13:03 EDTBHIBaker Hughes reports U.S. rig count down 6 to 857 rigs
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10:05 EDTBACOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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10:00 EDTBHISchlumberger CEO says Halliburton deal creating 'uncertainty' for customers
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09:24 EDTBACBank of America upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus
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09:04 EDTABBVAbbVie granted FDA orphan status for Viekira Pak in pediatric patients
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08:06 EDTABBVAbbVie, C2N Diagnostics announce orphan drug designation of C2N-8E12
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July 16, 2015
18:48 EDTORCLOracle drops largest copyright damages theory against Rimini Street
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16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; July 16, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.17 to 16.52 Option volume leaders: NFLX AAPL BAC FB F INTC C EBAY AMZN GM JPM MU PFE BABA JD X
11:39 EDTORCLOracle management to meet with Evercore ISI
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10:00 EDTPTENOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Arc Logistics (ARCX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Dean Foods (DF) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... FreightCar America (RAIL) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Frontier Communications (FTR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Google (GOOG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Intel (INTC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Medtronic (MDT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Rosenblatt... New Jersey Resources (NJR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... ONEOK Partners (OKS) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Patterson-UTI (PTEN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... SJM Holdings (SJMHY) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at JPMorgan... Statoil (STO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... SunOpta (STKL) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia Howard Weil... Viacom (VIAB) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Werner (WERN) upgraded on 'compelling' valuation at Wells Fargo... Wisconsin Energy (WEC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... voxeljet (VJET) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray.
09:35 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
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08:06 EDTBACBank of America expense savings run-rate sustainable, says Morgan Stanley
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07:52 EDTPTENPatterson-UTI upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
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06:25 EDTORCLOracle announces 'disciplined reduction' in overall compensatoin
Oracle announced bonuses to Ellison, Catz and Hurd will be paid out at $0 in FY15, compared to 16% targe tin FY14. Oracle said that no performance-based cash bonuses will be awarded in years where no growth in non-GAAP pre-tax profits is achieved. PSU payouts are based on Oracle revenue growth and operating cash flow growth relative to select peer company performances. In connection with the management transition in 2015, the compensation committee canceled 1.5M equity equivalent shares of Ellison's FY15 equity award. The company announced option awards will be reduced to 5 year terms from 10 year terms in 2016, significantly reducing its value and maintaining long-term vest. Comments taken from slides for July Investor Presentation.
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