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January 16, 2014
10:02 EDTBBY, MRC, FDO, D, ACM, RL, PCRFY, EMC, MHFI, KR, EFX, CSX, ROK, CLI, NUS, MKC, GNRC, EV, ALU, AMRN, AGCO, BEAMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AECOM Technology (ACM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc... Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Evercore... CSX (CSX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Dominion (D) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Eaton Vance (EV) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup... Equifax (EFX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Family Dollar (FDO) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Generac (GNRC) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Kroger (KR) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... MRC Global (MRC) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at BofA/Merrill... McCormick (MKC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... McGraw Hill Financial (MHFI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Best Buy (BBY) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Nu Skin (NUS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... EMC (EMC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Monness Crespi... Beam (BEAM) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Argus... Mack-Cali Realty (CLI) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Panasonic (PCRFY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... AGCO (AGCO) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Rockwell Automation (ROK) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Ralph Lauren (RL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Amarin (AMRN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at MKM Partners.
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April 10, 2014
10:27 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says search for president, COO is 'under way'
Says last few quarters have been "challenging." Says holiday season was challenged by a more promotional environment and a more financially constrained consumer. Sees opportunities to improve execution, increase relevance. Plans to slow square footage growth in the beginning of FY15. The company says it is on track to open approximately 525 stores this year, 350-400 stores next year. Says 18 storms resulted in 60 days negatively impacted by winter weather in Q2. Sees gross margin for Q3 to be similar to Q2. Sees charge in Q3 of about $4M related to employee severance costs. Sees SG&A expense to be develeraged in Q3. Sees gross margin to decline in FY14. Expects SG&A will deleverage for FY14. Expects tax rate for FY14 to be 36%-36.5%.
10:21 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says recently cut about 10% of corporate workforce
Sees charge in Q3 of about $4M related to employee severance costs. Comments made on the Q2 earnings conference call.
10:00 EDTEMCOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Apple (AAPL) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Crocs (CROX) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... Deckers Outdoor (DECK) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... EMC (EMC) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... HP (HPQ) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... IBM (IBM) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... NeoPhotonics (NPTN) coverage resumed with a Market Perform at Raymond James... NetApp (NTAP) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Nutrisystem (NTRI) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... Questar (STR) initiated with an Underperform at BofA/Merrill... S&T Bancorp (STBA) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... STB Systems Inc (STBI) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Skechers (SKX) initiated with an Underperform at Buckingham... Steven Madden (SHOO) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... UGI Corporation (UGI) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Web.com (WWWW) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Ally Financial (ALLY) initiated with a Buy at BTIG... Visteon (VC) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Greatbatch (GB) initiated with a Buy at KeyBanc... Steris (STE) initiated with a Buy at KeyBanc... Cooper Companies (COO) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Hill-Rom (HRC) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Invacare (IVC) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Teleflex (TFX) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Provident Financial (PROV) initiated with a Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... UMH Properties (UMH) initiated with a Hold at Wunderlich.
08:44 EDTEMCCLSA technology analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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07:11 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says winter weather had at least 5c negative impact to Q2 EPS
Family Dollar Stores CEO Howard Levine said, “Our second quarter results did not meet our expectations. The 2013 holiday season was challenged by a more promotional competitive environment and a more financially constrained consumer. In addition, like many retailers, our second quarter results were significantly impacted by severe winter weather, which resulted in numerous store closings, disrupted merchandise deliveries and higher than expected utility and store maintenance expenses. Notwithstanding the macro-economic pressure, competitive environment and severe weather, we are not satisfied with our results, and we hold ourselves accountable for improving our performance. To that end, we have initiated an in-depth business review to identify opportunities to strengthen our value proposition, increase operational efficiencies and improve financial performance.” The company estimates that the negative financial impact in Q2 from the adverse winter weather was at least 5c of earnings per diluted share.
07:09 EDTFDOFamily Dollar sees FY14 EPS ex-items $3.05-$3.25, consensus $3.38
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07:07 EDTFDOFamily Dollar sees Q3 EPS ex-items 85c-95c, consensus 98c
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07:05 EDTFDOFamily Dollar to close about 370 stores, take other actions to reduce costs
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07:03 EDTFDOFamily Dollar reports Q2 EPS 80c, consensus 90c
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06:52 EDTEMCEMC initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank
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April 9, 2014
15:19 EDTFDONotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:00 EDTAGCOApril WASDE data imply modest row crop cash improvement, says Wells Fargo
Well Fargo estimates that the latest WASDE report from the USDA implies U.S. row crop farmer cash receipts declining 13% in 2013/14 from the prior year, which is a modest improvement from March's implied forecast. The firm notes that the data still suggests an apparent decrease in 2013/2014 farm cash flow and keeps its Underperform ratings on Deere (DE) and AGCO (AGCO).
13:38 EDTDHouse panel backs bill to expedite gas exports, The Hill says
A House subcommittee today approved a bill that would seek to expedite natural gas exports to U.S. allies, according to The Hill. Companies that are looking to export natural gas from the U.S. include Cheniere Energy (LNG), Sempra (SRE), Dominion (D), BG Group (BRGYY), and Southern Union, which is jointly owned by Energy Transfer Equity (ETE) and Energy Transfer Partners (ETP). Reference Link
April 8, 2014
06:41 EDTDU.S. can do little to get gas to Europe in short-term, NY Times says
Although U.S. politicians are talking about exporting gas to Europe to reduce the continent's dependency on Russia, America can export little gas to Europe in the short-term, according to The New York Times. Moreover, a facility being built by Cheniere Energy (LNG) is the only plant that has received all of the regulatory approvals necessary to export natural gas, and in 2017 it will only be able to handle one-sixth of the total amount of gas exported by Russia to Europe, the newspaper added. Companies that are looking to export natural gas from the U.S. other than Cheniere include Sempra (SRE), Dominion (D), BG Group (BRGYY), and Southern Union, which is jointly owned by Energy Transfer Equity (ETE) and Energy Transfer Partners (ETP). Gazprom (OGZPY) is Russia's largest natural gas exporter. Reference Link
April 7, 2014
10:00 EDTCSXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:18 EDTCSXCSX downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham
Buckingham downgraded CSX due to valuation. Price target is $29.
06:33 EDTBBYBest Buy implied volatility of 32 at lower end of index mean range
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06:08 EDTKRKroger price target raised to $50 from $46 at Deutsche Bank
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April 4, 2014
13:29 EDTFDOFamily Dollar April volatility elevated into Q2
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08:59 EDTBBYBest Buy has upside drivers ahead, says BofA/Merrill
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