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August 15, 2014
10:01 EDTSHOO, MNST, GK, CELP, BBG, UPL, HOT, MBI, FANG, GSJK, ATHL, TCO, PRGO, JMPLY, DANG, CHL, AAUKY, ABDCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Alcentra Capital (ABDC) upgraded at RW Baird... Anglo American (AAUKY) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at RBC Capital... Athlon Energy (ATHL) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Tudor Pickering... Bill Barrett (BBG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Global Hunter... China Mobile (CHL) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Mizuho... Compressco (GSJK) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Cypress Energy (CELP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... Dangdang (DANG) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Diamondback Energy (FANG) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Tudor Pickering... G&K Services (GK) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Johnson Matthey (JMPLY) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman... MBIA (MBI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... Monster Beverage (MNST) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Perrigo (PRGO) upgraded at B. Riley... Starwood (HOT) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Steven Madden (SHOO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee... Taubman Centers (TCO) upgraded at Morgan Stanley... Ultra Petroleum (UPL) upgraded to Overweight from Equalweight at Capital One.
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January 28, 2015
07:57 EDTMBIMBIA March volatility elevated as shares trade near 20-month low
MBIA February call option implied volatility is at 46, May is at 49, August is at 44; compared to its 26-week average of 43 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement.
07:41 EDTSHOOSteven Madden price target raised to $43 from $36 at Canaccord
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07:10 EDTBBGGlobal Hunter Securities to hold a tour
Denver Energy Bus Tour travels throughout Denver, Colorado on January 28.
January 27, 2015
16:37 EDTUPLUltra Petroleum downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman
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14:27 EDTCHLEarnings Preview: Apple China iPhone sales seen eclipsing U.S. for first time
Apple (AAPL) is set to report first quarter earnings after the market close on Tuesday, January 27, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Apple, the world's most valuable company by market capitalization, is the manufacturer of the iPhone and iPad, among other desktop and mobile computing devices. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $2.60 on revenue of $67.69B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $2.44-$2.97 on revenue of $65.01B-$74.27B. Along with its last earnings report, Apple said it sees Q1 revenue of $63.5B-$66.5B and a gross margin of 37.5%-38.5%. In a note to investors, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster recently raised the firm's iPhone unit expectation to 65M from 61M based on the company reaching supply/demand balance before the end of the quarter. The firm reduced its iPad expectation to 22M from 25M and said it expects Mac sales to be roughly in line with the Street at around 5.3M units. LAST QUARTER: Apple reported fourth quarter EPS of $1.42, which topped the consensus estimate for $1.31. Fourth quarter revenue of $42.1B also beat the $39.85B consensus expectation. Apple reported it sold 39.27M iPhones, 12.32M iPads, 5.52M Macs, and 2.64M iPods in Q4. Apple reported Q4 gross margin of 38%, versus 37% last year, and noted that international sales accounted for 60% of the quarter’s revenue. NEWS: On November 11, Alibaba's (BABA) Executive Vice Chairman Joseph Tsai said the company and Apple were in talks for a potential partnership that would focus on the Chinese market, reported the Wall Street Journal. In an interview, Tsai said, “We are positive about the potential cooperation, but it depends on the details being worked out.” On January 8, Apple announced that the first week of January set a new record for billings from the App Store with customers around the world spending nearly half a billion dollars on apps and in-app purchases, and New Year’s Day 2015 marked the single biggest day ever in App Store sales history. These milestones follow a record-breaking 2014, in which billings rose 50% and apps generated over $10B in revenue for developers, Apple added. Yesterday, the Financial Times reported that Apple is expected to say it sold more iPhones in China than the U.S. for the first time last year. Analysts estimate the turning point in sales came last year after a deal with China Mobile (CHL), the publication added. ANALYST OPINION: On the day after Apple's last earnings report, Cantor Fitzgerald said Apple "executed impressively" in Q4 and provided a strong outlook for Q1. The firm added that it believed investors should "start thinking more boldly" about the company. It raised its price target for shares to $143 and keeps a Buy rating on the stock. Deutsche Bank, meanwhile, said it believed strong near-term growth was largely priced into Apple shares at then-current levels, while catalysts were limited ahead of Apple Watch. The firm expected shares to be range bound and kept a Hold rating on Apple following the company's better than expected Q4 results. On January 13, Credit Suisse analyst Kulbinder Garcha upgraded Apple to Outperform from Market Perform. The company should sell 215M iPhones in both fiscal 2015 and fiscal 2016, Garcha estimated. The same day, Canaccord analyst T. Michael Walkley said surveys showed strong demand and market share gains for the new iPhones. The analyst increased his iPhone estimates for Apple's December quarter, as well as his estimates for the company's overall December quarter results and reiterated a $135 price target and Buy rating on the shares. On January 15, Mizuho downgraded Apple to Neutral from Buy and maintained its $115 price target based on its belief that the risk/reward for the stock was balanced. The firm said it expects solid Q1 results and for the company's March outlook to be in-line with consensus, but expects iPhone sales to decelerate later in the year and for iWatch sales to potentially disappoint. Yesterday, Piper Jaffray said it believes investors are expecting Apple to report 65M-69M iPhone sales for the December quarter. Piper, which thinks the iPhone 6 sales cycle is off to a better than expected start and will be more sustainable than in past cycles, believes Apple's March quarter revenue guidance could imply about 5% upside to Street estimates, which it feels should be enough for the stock to react positively post earnings. Piper reiterated an Overweight rating on Apple with a $135 price target. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Apple advanced about 2.7% on the first day of trade following its Q4 report. Over the last three months, shares of Apple are up a bit over 5%. In afternoon trading ahead of its Q1 report tonight, Apple was down almost 2% to just over $111 per share.
07:06 EDTGKG&K Services raises low end of FY15 EPS view to $3.20-$3.30 from $3.15-$3.30
Consensus is $3.27. Still sees FY15 revenue $930M-$950M, consensus $942.13M, as organic growth continues to be partially offset by the impact of a lower exchange rate for the Canadian dollar.
07:05 EDTGKG&K Services reports Q2 cont ops EPS 83c, consensus 82c
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January 26, 2015
16:26 EDTUPLMarathon Oil, Cobalt, RSP Permian downgraded at UBS
UBS lowered its Brent and WTI forecasts to $52.50 and $49 from $67.50 and $62.50, respectively, and downgraded a number of names in the energy space in conjunction. Along with making changes to its oil price forecasts, UBS downgraded Marathon Oil (MRO), Cobalt (CIE) and RSP Permian (RSPP), all to Neutral from Buy. The firm also identified ConocoPhillips (COP), Devon Energy (DVN), Murphy Oil (MUR), Ultra Petroleum (UPL), Range Resources (RRC), Denbury Resources (DNR), and Magnum Hunter (MHR) as having high valuations, slowing growth and wide free cash flow deficits and said it was cautious on all of those names as well.
08:33 EDTHOTStarwood expands presence in Germany with Shraton Berlin Grand Hotel
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06:37 EDTCHLApple to report China iPhone sales topped US iPhone sales, Financial Times says
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January 23, 2015
10:02 EDTAAUKYOn the Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AmSurg (AMSG) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Anglo American (AAUKY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Autobytel (ABTL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Ascendiant... Charles River Labs (CRL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair... Chesapeake (CHK) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... CubeSmart (CUBE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Cypress Semiconductor (CY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... DreamWorks Animation (DWA) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... E-Trade (ETFC) upgraded at Credit Suisse... Kate Spade (KATE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... LinkedIn (LNKD) upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James... Matthews (MATW) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Meridian Bioscience (VIVO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Michael Kors (KORS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... NIC Inc. (EGOV) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Maxim... Natural Grocers (NGVC) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Nucor (NUE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... ResMed (RMD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Smith & Wesson (SWHC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Dougherty... Ternium (TX) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Union Pacific (UNP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... ZAGG (ZAGG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... lululemon (LULU) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.
08:01 EDTHOTStarwood expects another year of accelerated growth in North America
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05:51 EDTUPLStocks with implied volatility movement; BBRY UPL
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05:39 EDTAAUKYAnglo American upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman
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January 21, 2015
09:16 EDTFANGOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:15 EDTFANGDiamondback Energy 1.75M share Spot Secondary priced at $60.50
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06:41 EDTFANGDiamondback Energy files to sell 1.5M shares
Diamondback intends to use the net proceeds from this offering to repay a portion of the outstanding borrowings under its revolving credit facility. Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC is acting as sole book-running manager for the offering.
January 20, 2015
11:16 EDTPRGOPerrigo management to meet with B. Riley
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January 16, 2015
10:01 EDTHOTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:26 EDTHOTStarwood downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill
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