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January 4, 2013
10:24 EDTILMN, WAT, JPM, BK, ABT, ALV, FSL, LULU, SKT, FSLR, DOLE, MSFT, ENDP, WFC, LGND, BBT, ABC, GBX, WACOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Abbott (ABT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... AmerisourceBergen (ABC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... BB&T (BBT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... BNY Mellon (BK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Dole Food (DOLE) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at BofA/Merrill... First Solar (FSLR) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... JPMorgan (JPM) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Ligand Pharmaceuticals (LGND) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Cantor... Tanger Factory (SKT) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Waters (WAT) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Wells Fargo (WFC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... lululemon (LULU) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Illumina (ILMN)downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Wedbush... Freescale (FSL) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan.... Endo Health (ENDP) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Walter Investment (WAC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee... Microsoft (MSFT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Autoliv (ALV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham... Greenbrier (GBX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Avondale.
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August 19, 2015
05:30 EDTBBTNational Penn downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
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August 18, 2015
17:35 EDTWFCWells Fargo to build additional car loan branches, Reuters says
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16:58 EDTJPMJPMorgan in talks to settle investment bias charges for $150M, WSJ says
JPMorgan is in advanced discussions with the SEC to settle allegations that it inappropriately guided clients to its own investment products, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
16:49 EDTBBTOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
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13:33 EDTBBTOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Repeating yesterday's start, the market began the session in negative territory before recapturing those losses. Early weakness was attributed to a dip in Wal-Mart (WMT) shares after the company's earnings report as well as a selloff in the Chinese market overnight. Heading into the afternoon, the market has drifted back across the flat line, with all three indices negative despite July's housing starts showing the strongest reading in eight years. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts edged up 0.2% in July to 1.206M, outpacing consensus estimates for 1.180M in the best reading since October 2007. Building permits fell 16.3% to 1.119M against expectations for 1.230M from a revised 1.337M in June, while single family starts rose 12.8% and multifamily numbers fell 17.0%. In Europe, Eurozone parliaments are set to vote on Greece's prospective bailout deal this week, with Reuters reporting earlier today that the Austrian parliament has approved the EUR86B agreement. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of National Penn (NPBC) rose nearly 17% to $12.77 after BB&T (BBT) agreed to acquire the company in a $1.8B cash and stock deal. On a conference call discussing the acquisition, BB&T CEO Kelly King called the "very, very synergistic" deal a "compelling use of capital," adding that the company expects to consolidate about 25 branches to help drive annual cost savings of $65M... Wal-Mart (WMT) fell roughly 3.2% to near $69.50 after cutting its full year earnings outlook this morning, with CFO Charles Holley noting that operating profit will see continued pressure. Meanwhile, Home Depot (HD) and Dicks Sporting Goods (DKS) saw respective gains of about 2.3% and 1.8% after their pre-market earnings reports. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Omeros (OMER), surging more than 69% to $24.58 after releasing positive preliminary data on its Phase 2 trial of OMS721 for the treatment of organ blood clots. Also higher was Inteliquent (IQNT), rising about 19% to $21.24 after announcing a three-year agreement with T-Mobile (TMUS) to provide IP voice services for the carrier. Separately, Lumber Liquidators (LL) has gained almost 5.7% to nearly $15 in afternoon trading after announcing the appointment of Jill Witter as Chief Compliance and Legal Officer. Among the noteworthy losers was Esperion (ESPR), falling over 11% despite rising 5% in pre-market trading after reporting that the ETC-1002 Phase 3 program is on track, adding that the FDA will not require a cardiovascular outcomes trial prior to the drug's potential approval. Also lower was American Apparel (APP), slipping about 1.9% after disclosing "substantial doubt" about its ability to sustain operations during the coming year. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 40.37, or 0.23%, to 17,504.81, the Nasdaq lost 26.86, or 0.53%, to 5,064.96, and the S&P 500 was lower by 6.02, or 0.29%, to 2,096.41.
12:00 EDTBKBNY Mellon pays $14.8M to settle FCPA Violations
The Securities and Exchange Commission announced that BNY Mellon has agreed to pay $14.8M to settle charges that it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by providing "student internships to family members of foreign government officials affiliated with a Middle Eastern sovereign wealth fund." The agency stated, "An SEC investigation found that BNY Mellon did not evaluate or hire the family members through its existing, highly competitive internship programs that have stringent hiring standards and require a minimum grade point average and multiple interviews. The family members did not meet the rigorous criteria yet were hired with the knowledge and approval of senior BNY Mellon employees in order to corruptly influence foreign officials and win or retain contracts to manage and service the assets of the sovereign wealth fund."
11:03 EDTFSLRSunEdison raises capital while Trina Solar tops expectations
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10:00 EDTLULUOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) initiated with an Underperform at Wolfe Research... Abiomed (ABMD) initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital... Aeropostale (ARO) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... American Eagle (AEO) initiated with an Outperform, Top Pick at Wolfe Research... American Electric (AEP) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... Benefitfocus (BNFT) initiated with an Overweight at First Analysis... Blue Buffalo Pet Products (BUFF) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Capitala Finance (CPTA) initiated with an Equal Weight at Stephens... Chico's (CHS) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Children's Place (PLCE) initiated with an Outperform at Wolfe Research... Chimerix (CMRX) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Ciena (CIEN) initiated with a Market Perform at Northland... Crane (CR) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair... Entergy (ETR) initiated with a Neutral at Mizuho... Express (EXPR) initiated with an Outperform, Top Pick at Wolfe Research... Finisar (FNSR) initiated with a Market Perform at Northland... Francesca's (FRAN) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Gap (GPS) initiated with an Underperform at Wolfe Research... Infinera (INFN) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... International Game (IGT) initiated with a Buy at Union Gaming... Juno Therapeutics (JUNO) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... L Brands (LB) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Luca Technologies (LUCA) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Lumentum (LITE) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... M/A-COM (MTSI) reinstated with a Buy at Jefferies... MRV Communications (MRVC) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Michael Kors (KORS) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... NN, Inc. (NNBR) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... NeoPhotonics (NPTN) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Oclaro (OCLR) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Scientific Games (SGMS) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee CRT... SolarCity (SCTY) initiated with a Neutral at UBS... Summit Materials (SUM) initiated with a Neutral at Citi... Tech Data (TECD) initiated with an Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Urban Outfitters (URBN) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Zumiez (ZUMZ) initiated with an Underperform at Wolfe Research... lululemon (LULU) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research.
09:23 EDTBBTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:02 EDTBBTBB&T to host conference call
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05:25 EDTILMNIllumina, Warburg Pincus, Sutter Hill form Helix, announce collaborations
Illumina (ILMN), Warburg Pincus and Sutter Hill Ventures announced that they have formed a company to empower consumers to discover insights into their own genomes through a vibrant ecosystem of high-quality content partners. The company, called Helix, is based in the San Francisco Bay Area and received financing commitments in excess of $100M. Jay Flatley, CEO of Illumina, will serve as chairman. Helix will enable individuals to acquire an unprecedented amount of genetic information by providing affordable sequencing and database services for consumer samples brought through third party partners, driving the creation of an ecosystem of consumer applications. Helix also announced two collaborations today with major partners. First, the Center for Individualized Medicine at Mayo Clinic is collaborating with Helix to develop applications initially focused on consumer education and health-related queries. As part of the collaboration, Mayo Clinic also made a strategic investment in Helix. Second, Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (LH) will develop and offer innovative analysis and interpretation services, initially focused on medically actionable genetic conditions, to consumers through Helix's platform. Helix expects that other partners will develop applications focused on areas such as genealogy, fitness or wellness, and inherited traits to enable insights related to an individual's genetics.
05:12 EDTBBTBB&T to acquire National Penn in cash, stock deal valued at $1.8B
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05:09 EDTBBTBB&T to acquire National Penn in cash, stock deal valued at $1.8B
August 17, 2015
17:04 EDTALVAutoliv completes acquisition of M/A-Com Technology automotive business
Autoliv (ALV) announced that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of the automotive business of M/A-COM Technology Solutions Holdings (MTSI). The purchase price for MACOMs Automotive Solutions business is approximately $100M in cash, plus up to an additional $30M in cash based on achievement of revenue-based earn-out targets through 2019. In addition, MACOM has agreed to perform consulting services for Autoliv over a 2-year period for up to $15M in fees. Autoliv expects to have this acquisition fully integrated in Autoliv facilities in Lowell, MA before the end of 2015 and plans to disclose more details on the technology and business in connection with the upcoming Capital Markets Day on October 1-2.
16:57 EDTLULUlululemon initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research
Target $65.
16:00 EDTMSFTOptions Update; August 17, 2015
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09:38 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB BAC MU NFLX TWTR HUN TSLA BABA MSFT
07:39 EDTFSL, MSFTTMC to hold a conference
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06:12 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports July net credit losses 2.31% vs. 2.34% last month
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05:55 EDTJPMJPMorgan upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette
Keefe Bruyette analyst Christopher Mutascio upgraded JPMorgan to Outperform with a $77 price target, suggesting total return potential of 16%. Mutascio views the stock's valuation as attractive and highlights the "high dividend yield in a low-interest-rate environment."
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