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January 16, 2014
10:02 EDTMKC, GNRC, EV, ALU, AMRN, AGCO, BEAM, BBY, MRC, FDO, D, ACM, RL, PCRFY, EMC, MHFI, KR, EFX, CSX, ROK, CLI, NUSOn 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.
News For ACM;ALU;CSX;D;EV;EFX;FDO;GNRC;KR;MRC;MKC;MHFI;BBY;NUS;EMC;BEAM;CLI;PCRFY;AGCO;ROK;RL;AMRN From The Last 14 Days
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April 8, 2015
10:16 EDTEMCEMC calls active amid speculation of an activist investor stake
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10:10 EDTEMCRumor: EMC moves up amid speculation of an activist investor stake
09:35 EDTALUActive equity options trading on open
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08:09 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says sales trends in March 'rebounded nicely'
"We continue to see tangible benefits from the investments we have made to strengthen our value proposition for customers. Our comparable store sales and customer traffic trends are improving, and we are beginning to see stabilization in key categories. While our trends in late-February were adversely impacted by severe winter weather, our sales trends in March rebounded nicely, reflecting both improved traffic trends and the benefit of an earlier Easter,” said Howard R. Levine, Chairman and CEO. “We are excited about the pending merger with Dollar Tree, and our teams are working to ensure a successful integration.”
08:05 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says not providing guidance
On January 22, Family Dollar (FDO) stockholders adopted the merger agreement with Dollar Tree (DLTR). The completion of the merger remains subject to Federal Trade Commission clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended, and other closing conditions. Dollar Tree, with support from Family Dollar, is continuing to work with the FTC to obtain clearance under the HSR Act, including in connection with arranging for divestitures. Dollar Tree has informed Family Dollar that Dollar Tree intends to close the merger by the end of May 2015. In light of the pending transaction, the company has not provided earnings guidance for fiscal 2015 and will not hold a conference call to discuss its second quarter results.
08:05 EDTFDOFamily Dollar reports March SSS up 3.7%
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08:04 EDTFDOFamily Dollar reports Q2 adjusted EPS 74c, consensus 73c
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April 7, 2015
16:55 EDTEMCXerox upgraded to Buy ahead of Q1 results at Citigroup
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16:38 EDTFDODollar Tree discloses update on FTC review process of Family Dollar acquisition
Dollar Tree (DLTR) disclosed in a regulatory filing, the following update on the Federal Trade Commission’s review process of the company’s pending acquisition of Family Dollar Stores (FDO). As of April 1, the FTC’s staff has substantially completed its review and identified approximately 340 stores for divestiture, representing approximately $47.4M of operating income. The company expects that all or almost all of the stores that will be divested will be Family Dollar stores. The company continues to make progress with divestiture buyers and has received multiple indications of interest from buyers, each of whom intend to operate these divested locations as dollar stores to address the FTC's concerns. The company is working to finalize divestiture agreements with the selected bidders in April 2015 and in parallel to secure FTC approval. The company intends to close the proposed merger in May, but this timing is subject to certain factors beyond the company’s control, including FTC approval.
16:17 EDTMRCMRC Global subsidiary awarded three-year supply agreement
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15:30 EDTFDONotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:08 EDTCSXNTSB: Oil train cars should be replaced more quickly, Washington Post says
The National Transportation Safety Board, or NTSB, yesterday said that oil train cars should be replaced more quickly than the current planned timetable of ten years, according to The Washington Post. "We can’t wait a decade for safer rail cars,” the newspaper quoted the agency's chairman as saying in a statement. Publicly traded railroad operators include CSX (CSX), Canadian National (CNI), Canadian Pacific (CP), Genesee & Wyoming (GWR), Kansas City Southern (KSU), Norfolk Southern (NSC) and Union Pacific (UNP). Publicly traded railroad car makers include Greenbrier (GBX), FreightCar America (RAIL), and American Railcar Industries (ARII). Reference Link
10:05 EDTRLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Carnival (CCL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Crown Castle (CCI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Ctrip.com (CTRP) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Demandware (DWRE) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... FirstEnergy (FE) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Frontier Communications (FTR) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at DA Davidson... JPMorgan (JPM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Pattern Energy (PEGI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Ralph Lauren (RL) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA... ResMed (RMD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Ryanair (RYAAY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Splunk (SPLK) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Total (TOT) upgraded at RBC Capital... Verifone (PAY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... XL Group (XL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS.
08:22 EDTRLRalph Lauren upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA
As previously reported, CLSA upgraded Ralph Lauren to Buy from Outperform. The firm upgraded shares citing brand strength, global brand realignment, new operating systems, accelerating store conversions and select new openings, and redcu3ed operating costs. Price target raised to $170 from $159.
07:29 EDTRL, RLRalph Lauren upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA
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06:14 EDTCSXOil train shipments stalled due to safety concerns and crude prices, WSJ reports
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06:04 EDTALUAccenture, Alcatel-Lucent announce four-year agreement with Telefonica
Accenture (ACN) and Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) have announced a four-year agreement with Telefonica (TEF) to deploy Alcatel-Lucent's Motive Customer Experience Management software for Telefonica residential customers in European and Latin American countries. As a result, customers will gain more control over their broadband experience, including self-help tools to reduce calls to customer care and shorten resolution times. Through a combination of Alcatel-Lucent's CEM products and Accenture's systems integration and transformation capabilities, Telefonica will expand the capabilities of its customer care centers.
April 6, 2015
15:42 EDTCSXCrude-by-rail shipments slow, WSJ says
Shipments of crude by rail have slowed amid lower prices for the commodity in recent months with oil-train traffic declining 1% in the fourth quarter of 2014, says the Wall Street Journal. A rash of derailments of trains carrying crude recently also impacted rail traffic this year, added the Wall Street Journal. Publicly traded companies in the space include CSX (CSX), Canadian National (CNI), Canadian Pacific (CP), Genesee & Wyoming (GWR), Kansas City Southern (KSU), Norfolk Southern (NSC) and Union Pacific (UNP). Reference Link
10:02 EDTAGCOOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AGCO (AGCO) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Deutsche Bank... CONSOL (CNX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Catamaran (CTRX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Comerica (CMA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Gannett (GCI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Magnum Hunter (MHR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... Qualcomm (QCOM) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Regions Financial (RF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... SAP (SAP) downgraded at Wells Fargo... Sanderson Farms (SAFM) downgraded to Underweight from Sector Weight at KeyBanc... Scorpio Tankers (STNG) downgraded to Neutral from Accumulate at Global Hunter... Simpson Manufacturing (SSD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at DA Davidson... Skyworks (SWKS) downgraded at Stephens... TripAdvisor (TRIP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Western Union (WU) downgraded to Neutral from Positive at Susquehanna... Zillow Group (Z) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays.
06:55 EDTAGCOAGCO downgraded to Sell from Hold at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank downgraded AGCO to Sell saying 2015 consensus earnings expectations are "far too optimistic." The firm sees 40c-60c of earnings per share risk to the company's annual guidance of $3.00 amid slowness in Europe and currency headwinds. Deutsche cut its price target for shares to $40 from $48.
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