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July 14, 2014
10:00 EDTWHF, NDAQ, EGOV, NDSN, OGE, RAX, RAI, TPH, SBNY, EBSB, LEA, KLAC, INFA, CFX, CHL, AB, AAPL, ARUN, AVGO, EAT, ABDCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Alcentra Capital (ABDC) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... AllianceBernstein (AB) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Apple (AAPL) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Aruba Networks (ARUN) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Avago (AVGO) resumed with a Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Brinker (EAT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... China Mobile (CHL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Colfax (CFX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Informatica (INFA) upgraded to Overweight from Equal-Weight at Evercore... KLA-Tencor (KLAC) upgraded to Strong Buy from Neutral at ISI Group... Lear (LEA) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Meridian Interstate Bancorp (EBSB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... NASDAQ (NDAQ) upgraded to Overweight from Equal-Weight at Evercore... NIC Inc. (EGOV) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Nordson (NDSN) upgraded to Accumulate from Neutral at Global Hunter... OGE Energy (OGE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Rackspace (RAX) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at DA Davidson... Reynolds American (RAI) upgraded at RBC Capital... Signature Bank (SBNY) upgraded at Sterne Agee... TRI Pointe Homes (TPH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham... WhiteHorse Finance (WHF) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich.
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July 11, 2014
10:17 EDTAAPLFirm raises Apple price target on iPhone 6 optimism
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10:00 EDTRAIOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Altria Group (MO) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Berkshire Hills Bancorp (BHLB) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... CGI Group (GIB) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Halozyme (HALO) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Lorillard (LO) initiated with an Underperform at Cowen... MacroGenics (MGNX) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Philip Morris (PM) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Prothena (PRTA) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Reynolds American (RAI) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Seventy Seven Energy (SSE) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... SouFun (SFUN) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) initiated with a Neutral at Longbow... Sterling Bancorp (STL) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Xencor (XNCR) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... YPF (YPF) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... iGATE (IGTE) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair.
10:00 EDTEATOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:37 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL WFC C SUNE FB AMZN TSLA TWTR
09:33 EDTEGOVNIC Inc. upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Avondale
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09:14 EDTAAPLSanDisk has several positive catalysts, says Sterne Agee
Sterne Agee expects SanDisk (SNDK) to benefit from several developments, including a strengthening high margin retail market and new Apple (AAPL) products that will include embedded MCP and SSDs. The firm expects SanDisk to report solid June quarter results and guide to a stronger September quarter. It keeps a Buy rating.
09:09 EDTRAIOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:49 EDTAAPLJune CIO survey indicates strong 2H, says Morgan Stanley
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08:36 EDTNDAQNASDAQ Hearings Panel approves continued listing of Ixia shares
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08:25 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $112 from $102 at Canaccord
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08:02 EDTRAILorillard acquisition by Reynolds may be announced soon, says Wells Fargo
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08:01 EDTRAILorillard volatility expected to move on Reynolds American confirms discussions
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07:26 EDTAAPLApple, Coke on board with Obama 'SupplierPay' initiative, WSJ says
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07:16 EDTCHLChinese telcos confirm establishment of tower facilities joint venture
China Telecom (CHA) announced that the company, China United Network Communications (CHU) and China Mobile (CHL) entered into a promoters’ agreement to jointly establish China Communications Facilities Services Corporation Limited. The registered share capital of the tower venture is RMB10B. The three companies intend to subscribe for 2.99B shares, 3.01B shares and 4.00B shares of the tower company respectively in cash at a par value of RMB1.00 per share, representing a shareholding percentage of 29.9%, 30.1% and 40.0%, respectively. The tower venture company will primarily engage in the construction, maintenance and operation of telecommunications towers, and will also engage in the construction, maintenance and operation of ancillary facilities such as control rooms, power supply systems and air conditioning systems of base stations, etc and indoor distribution systems as well as the provision of outsourcing maintenance services for base station equipment. At present, the respective parties are at a preliminary stage of considering potential injections of certain telecommunications assets into the tower company, China Telecom stated.
07:04 EDTAAPLAnalyst Ming-Chi Kuo: iWatch to enter mass production in November, 9to5Mac says
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07:02 EDTRAIReynolds American confirms discussions about business combination
Reynolds American (RAI) confirms that it is in discussions with Lorillard (LO) regarding a possible acquisition of Lorillard. The discussions are consistent with RAI's strategy of considering a variety of options to enhance shareholder value. British American Tobacco, RAI's largest shareholder, is participating in these discussions. If the transaction proceeds, BAT expects to support the transaction by subscribing for additional shares in RAI and would maintain its existing 42% equity position in RAI. Imperial is also involved in these negotiations as a possible purchaser of brands and other assets from Lorillard and RAI. There is no assurance that any agreement will be reached by any of the parties. Unless circumstances dictate otherwise, RAI does not intend to comment further on these matters.
07:01 EDTRAILorillard confirms talks regarding potential acquisition by Reynolds American
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06:54 EDTEATBrinker downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich
06:04 EDTRAIImperial confirms talks with Reynolds, Lorillard over asset acquisition
Imperial Tobacco (ITYBY) notes the recent speculation relating to a potential transaction involving Reynolds American (RAI) and Lorillard (LO). Imperial confirmed it is in discussions with Reynolds and Lorillard to evaluate a possible acquisition of certain assets and brands owned by Reynolds and Lorillard. Earlier today, Financial Times reported that Reynolds and Lorillard are close to a merger agreement.
05:54 EDTRAIReynolds American, Lorillard close to merger agreement, FT reports
According to the Financial Times, Reynolds American (RAI) and Lorillard (LO) are close to agreeing on a merger. The companies, which would have a combined market capitalization of $56B, have agreed with British American Tobacco (BTI), which holds a 42% stake in Reynolds, on key elements of the deal, including price. The companies are currently finalizing details on which production facilities and cigarette brands would be disposed of to ease antitrust concerns. Reference Link
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