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July 25, 2014
10:02 EDTPBR, NTRS, VRSN, PTEN, LOGI, BPOP, OSTK, ISSI, IMAX, EIX, ABCB, GIL, DECK, FLS, CABOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Ameris Bancorp (ABCB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Cabela's (CAB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Deckers Outdoor (DECK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Edison International (EIX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Flowserve (FLS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Maxim... Gildan Activewear (GIL) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... IMAX (IMAX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Benchmark Co.... Integrated Silicon (ISSI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Feltl... Logitech (LOGI) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Northern Trust (NTRS) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Overstock.com (OSTK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Patterson-UTI Energy (PTEN) upgraded at CLSA... Petrobras (PBR) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Popular (BPOP) upgraded at Guggenheim... VeriSign (VRSN) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup.
News For ABCB;CAB;DECK;EIX;FLS;GIL;IMAX;ISSI;LOGI;NTRS;OSTK;PTEN;PBR;BPOP;VRSN From The Last 14 Days
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January 21, 2015
12:24 EDTNTRSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday, as details of a reported bond buying program planned by the ECB offset weakness in the Dow after IBM's (IBM) earnings report. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts rose 4.4% in December to a 1.89M rate, versus expectations for an increase of 1.2%, while building permits fell 1.9% to a rate of 1.03M, versus expectations of an increase of 0.8%. The Bank of Canada lowered its target for the overnight rate by one-quarter of one percentage point to 0.75% in response to the recent sharp drop in oil prices, which it said will be negative for growth and underlying inflation in Canada. Reports indicated that a proposal from the European Central Bank’s executive board is calling for it to begin making bond purchases of about EUR 50B per month and continue that easing program for at least one year. In Asia, the Bank of Japan refrained from expanding its stimulus program, although it expanded and extended its loan programs aimed at boosting bank lending. Also, the BoJ cut next fiscal year's CPI forecast to 1.0% from the 1.7% it had projected three months ago. COMPANY NEWS: Last night, IBM reported better than expected Q4 earnings, though its revenue and FY15 profit outlook trailed estimates, sending the stock down over 3% this morning. Citigroup cut its price target for IBM shares to $170 from $180 after reducing its sales and earnings estimates following the tech giant's Q4 results. Citi reiterated a Neutral rating on IBM, saying it wants to see stability in fundamentals and free cash flow growth before getting more positive on the name. Meanwhile, Jefferies said IBM's cash flow guidance for 2015 is "very weak" and that the company has yet to reach a bottom. The firm continues to believe the risk/reward for shares is skewed negatively and it kept an Underperform on IBM with a $130 price target following the company's Q4 results... Netflix (NFLX) jumped 17% to trade near $409 per share after the company reported stronger than expected fourth quarter results and a number of research firms raised their price targets for the stock while pointing out the company's global subscriber growth had exceeded expectations. Bucking the trend, FBR Capital analyst Barton Crockett said Netflix's EPS would only have been in-line with the consensus outlook if non-operating items were excluded. He said he is less impressed with Netflix following its report and trimmed his price target on the stock to $400 from $425 while keeping a Neutral rating on the shares. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were Northern Trust (NTRS), which rose 6%, and U.S. Bancorp (USB), which gained 3.5%. Among the noteworthy losers was Eldorado Gold (EGO), which dropped 19% after the company reported on its 2014 gold production, gave guidance on production in 2015, and its shares were downgraded at Credit Suisse, TD Securities and Canccord. Also lower was Acacia Research (ACTG), which fell more than 14% after a court granted a motion finding no infringement of certain method claims asserted by the company's Adaptix subsidiary against Apple(AAPL), Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and HTC. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 42.03, or 0.24%, to 17,557.26, the Nasdaq was up 27.36, or 0.59%, to 4,682.21, and the S&P 500 was up 12.25, or 0.61%, to 2,034.80.
10:38 EDTNTRSNorthern Trust upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse
10:26 EDTNTRSHigh option volume stocks
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07:50 EDTDECKDeckers Outdoor weakness a buying opportunity, says Canaccord
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07:35 EDTNTRSNorthern Trust reports Q4 EPS ex-items 94c, consensus 81c
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06:17 EDTOSTKOverstock to introduce streaming-video service later this year, WSJ reports
Overstock.com (OSTK) is planning to launch a streaming-video service later this year, CEO Patrick Byrne announced at the National Association of Television Program Executives conference, The Wall Street Journal reports. Overstock would compete in the space with Amazon (AMZN), Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, CMCSK, FOXA), Netflix (NFLX), and Time Warner's (TWX) HBO is also planning a standalone online streaming service that will launch this year. The new Overstock service would be tied to the company's $20-per-year Club O membership program and will launch with about 30,000 titles. Reference Link
06:13 EDTDECKDeckers Outdoor recent pullback overdone, says Citigroup
Citigroup views the 18% pullback in shares of Deckers Outdoor since mid-December as overdone. Citi continues to believe UGG is better positioned versus fashion footwear peers. It lowered its price target for shares to $95 from $105 to reflect reduced multiples in the space as well as currency headwinds. Citi keeps a Buy rating on Deckers.
05:05 EDTDECKDeckers Outdoor appoints David Lafitte as COO
Deckers Brands announced the appointment of David Lafitte to COO, effective February 2. Lafitte previously served as the company's general counsel. He replaces Zohar Ziv, who retired from the company on January 16.
January 20, 2015
15:21 EDTNTRSNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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12:01 EDTOSTKOverstock.com to appeal patent infringement case
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11:23 EDTDECKFollow-up: Deckers Outdoor downgraded at Buckingham
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11:16 EDTDECKDeckers Outdoor downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham
10:47 EDTDECKDeckers Outdoor down 5.3% to $81.88
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07:28 EDTNTRSTreasury Institute for Higher Education to hold a symposium
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January 18, 2015
17:03 EDTFLSFlowserve should benefit when oil prices stabilize, Barron's says
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January 16, 2015
16:00 EDTPBROptions Update; January 16, 2015
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13:34 EDTBPOPManning & Napier Advisors reports 5.76% passive stake in Popular
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10:01 EDTFLSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: 21st Century Fox (FOXA) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Arista Networks (ANET) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Boston Beer (SAM) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Brocade (BRCD) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... CBS (CBS) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Cabela's (CAB) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Coach (COH) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Costco (COST) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Crane (CR) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Flowserve (FLS) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Fortinet (FTNT) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... Gap (GPS) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... GrubHub (GRUB) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Imperva (IMPV) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... KLX Inc. (KLXI) initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... KNOT Offshore Partners (KNOP) initiated with a Buy at UBS... L Brands (LB) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Michael Kors (KORS) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Northstar Realty (NRF) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... OmniVision (OVTI) initiated with a Buy at Rosenblatt... Qorvo (QRVO) initiated with a Buy at Brean ... RSP Permian (RSPP) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Ross Stores (ROST) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... SPX Corp. (SPW) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... TJX (TJX) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Tiffany (TIF) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Viacom (VIAB) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Xylem (XYL) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... iGATE (IGTE) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... lululemon (LULU) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein.
06:25 EDTCABCabela's initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James
Target $63.
06:21 EDTFLSFlowserve initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna
Target $59.
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