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February 8, 2013
09:37 EDTATVI, WLK, MAA, MFC, GES, LNKD, IGT, UDR, RNST, NTES, LRE, ARMH, AVB, BRE, BCS, BIIB, DFS, EQR, PCS, ACMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AECOM Technology (ACM) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... ARM Holdings (ARMH) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... AvalonBay (AVB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... BRE Properties (BRE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Barclays (BCS) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Biogen (BIIB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Discover (DFS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Equity Residential (EQR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... LRR Energy (LRE) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... MetroPCS (PCS) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at Nomura... NetEase.com (NTES) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Renasant (RNST) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... UDR, Inc. (UDR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Westlake Chemical (WLK) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... New Jersey Resources (njr) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sidoti... Mid-America Apartment (MAA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Hilliard Lyons... Manulife Financial (MFC) upgraded to Sector Outperformer from Sector Performer at CIBC... Renasant (RNST) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Guess (GES) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... LinkedIn (LNKD) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA... International Game (IGT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Activision Blizzard (ATVI) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie.
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July 13, 2014
14:06 EDTACMAECOM sees URS deal accretive to GAAP EPS in FY15
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14:02 EDTACMAECOM backs FY14 EPS view in lower range of $2.50-$2.60, consensus $2.49
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13:54 EDTACMAECOM Technology to acquire URS for $56.31 per share
AECOM Technology (ACM) and URS (URS) announced the execution of a definitive agreement under which AECOM will acquire all outstanding shares of URS for a combination of cash and stock valued at approximately $4B or $56.31 per URS share, based on the AECOM closing share price as of July 11. Including the assumption of URS debt, the total enterprise value of the transaction is approximately $6B. The combined company will be a leading, fully integrated infrastructure and federal services provider with more than 95,000 employees in 150 countries. It would have calendar year 2013 pro forma revenues of more than $19B and EBITDA of approximately $1.3B. AECOM will pay $56.31 per URS share, based on AECOMís closing price on July 11, representing a premium of 19% over the trailing 30-day average closing price of URS shares ending July 11. URS stockholders will receive per share consideration equal to $33 in cash and 0.734 shares of AECOM common stock for each URS share. URS stockholders may elect to receive all cash or all stock consideration, subject to proration in the event of oversubscription. The election will be subject to a customary proration mechanism to achieve an aggregate consideration mix of approximately 59% cash and 41% AECOM common shares. The stock portion of the consideration is expected to be tax-free to URS stockholders. AECOM expects the combination to be accretive to its GAAP earnings per share and more than 25% accretive to its cash earnings per share in fiscal year 2015, excluding transaction-related costs. AECOM also expects annual cost synergies of $250M, nearly all of which it expects to achieve by the end of fiscal year 2016. These synergy expectations are based on the due diligence and planning that have already been conducted. Including the realization of expected synergies, the approximately $6B enterprise value of the transaction is less than 7x pro forma 2015 URS EBITDA. The terms of the definitive agreement have been unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals, approval by URS stockholders of the merger agreement, and the approval by AECOM stockholders of the issuance of shares in the transaction. The transaction is expected to close in October 2014. AECOM also announced that it continues to target diluted earnings per share in the lower end of its range of $2.50 to $2.60 for fiscal year 2014, excluding transaction-related costs. It also still anticipates that its third-quarter EPS will be approximately 25% of its full-year results. The companyís backlog continues to grow sequentially and year over year, and remains at record levels.
July 12, 2014
18:33 EDTARMHIntel looks to Chinese unbranded makers to boost tablet presence, WSJ says
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July 11, 2014
15:47 EDTBCSBarclays index unit could sell for close to $1B, Reuters reports
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07:30 EDTBCSBarclays to re-purpose cashiers with more customer-focused role, FT says
Barclays plans to have its 6,500 cashiers change their positions away from processing simple transactions and turning more toward giving customers advice, said Financial Times, which noted that the bank will give those employees an automatic 2.8% annual pay raise from October. Reference Link
06:48 EDTBCSBank of England says banks' capital requirement could rise, Reuters reports
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06:10 EDTLNKDJPMorgan expects solid Q2 results in Internet space
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July 10, 2014
11:21 EDTIGTInternational Game Technology rises as GTECH reportedly prepares bid
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10:05 EDTDFSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:05 EDTMAAOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AuRico Gold (AUQ) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Cincinnati Bell (CBB) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Eldorado Gold (EGO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Fortuna Silver Mines (FSM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Gerdau (GGB) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Hi-Crush Partners (HCLP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Ingredion (INGR) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... Investors Bancorp (ISBC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Lumber Liquidators (LL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Mid-America Apartment (MAA) downgraded to Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Northern Tier (NTI) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... S&T Bancorp (STBA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... T. Rowe Price (TROW) downgraded to Equal-Weight from Overweight at Evercore... Tahoe Resources (TAHO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Tractor Supply (TSCO) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... UnitedHealth (UNH) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Waddell & Reed (WDR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Washington Trust Bancorp (WASH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim.
09:15 EDTIGTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Zumiez (ZUMZ), up 5.7% after raising Q2 outlook... DragonWave (DRWI), up 5% after reporting better than expected Q1 results... International Game (IGT), up 3.6% after Italian press report says the company will soon get a $4B offer from GTECH... United Continental (UAL), up 2.9% after reporting June traffic. LOWER: Lumber Liquidators (LL), down 23% after downgraded at Jefferies and Credit Suisse following the company's reduced full-year outlook. Tile Shop (TTS), which also serves flooring customers, down 5.5% following Lumber Liqudators' profit warning... Family Dollar (FDO), down 1.9% after reporting Q3 earnings that missed expectations... Tractor Supply (TSCO), down 5.9% after reporting Q2 preliminary results, saying it now sees FY14 results at low end of guidance range... Liquidity Services (LQDT), down 8% after revising Q3 guidance after its sales of selected rolling stock and other assets under its Surplus Contract with the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency have ceased at the request of DLA... Potbelly (PBPB), down 18% after lowering its Q2 and FY14 outlook... Memorial Production Partners (MEMP), down 7.4% after filing to sell 8.6M shares of common units for partners... Kosmos (KOS), down 3.3% after filing to sell 17M shares of common stock.
08:44 EDTIGTInternational Game reported to soon get $4B offer from GTECH, Bloomberg says
International Game Technology (IGT), which has put itself up for sale, will "soon" get an offer worth about $4B in cash and shares from lottery operator GTECH, according to Italy's La Repubblica, reported Bloomberg. International Game shares in New York are up nearly 6% in pre-market trading.
07:28 EDTMAAMid-America Apartment downgraded to Underweight at Morgan Stanley
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07:08 EDTBCSECB keeps tight grip on banks with health check results, Reuters says
The European Central Bank is targeting to keep a tight grip banks in the final phase of a balance sheet health check in October, giving them only 48 hours to review the test results before publishing them, according to Reuters, citing two people familiar with the matter. The assessment will look into banksí balance sheets and measure their ability to handle shock and stress. Publicly traded European banks include Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and UBS (UBS).
06:52 EDTBCSGoldman gains energy marketer Golender from Barclays, Reuters says
Goldman Sachs (GS) appointed oil marketer Roy Golender as vice president of energy sales from Barclays (BCS), according to Reuters citing a company spokesman. Golender's LinkedIn profile says that while at Barclays Golender spent four years in commodity derivatives sales. Reference Link
06:28 EDTWLKAxiall may attract activist or acquirer after preannouncement, says Citigroup
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July 9, 2014
17:48 EDTDFSDiscover initiated with an Outperform at Macquarie
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12:00 EDTIGTStocks with call strike movement; BBRY IGT
BlackBerry (BBRY) December 14 call option implied volatility decreased 5% to 54, International Game (IGT) October 19 call option implied volatility increased 3% to 51 according to IVolatility.
07:23 EDTBIIBBiogen price target raised to $375 from $325 at RBC Capital
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