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December 19, 2012
10:10 EDTHLX, EPL, C, AKZOY, RF, MS, FAF, EXFO, CVO, ACMP, WDC, RGC, HBAN, FNF, DNKN, CRH, STX, PNRAOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Access Midstream Partners (ACMP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... AkzoNobel (AKZOY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... CRH Plc. (CRH) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Cenveo (CVO) upgraded to Outperform from In-Line at Imperial Capital... Citigroup (C) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Dunkin' Brands (DNKN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Miller Tabak... EXFO Inc. (EXFO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at TD Securities... Energy Partners (EPL) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Global Hunter... Fidelity National (FNF) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... First American (FAF) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Helix Energy (HLX) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Evercore... Morgan Stanley (MS) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Evercore... Panera Bread (PNRA) upgraded at Wedbush... Regal Entertainment (RGC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Regions Financial (RF) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Seagate (STX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Western Digital (WDC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum
News For ACMP;AKZOY;CRH;CVO;C;DNKN;EXFO;EPL;FNF;FAF;HLX;HBAN;MS;PNRA;RGC;RF;STX;WDC From The Last 14 Days
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August 26, 2015
06:24 EDTRGCRegal Entertainment upgraded to Buy from Long-Term Buy at Hilliard Lyons
Hilliard Lyons upgraded Regal Entertainment to Buy from Long-Term Buy based on valuation and maintained its $22 price target.
August 25, 2015
16:49 EDTCHSBC, others back Abengoa capital increase, Reuters says
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16:06 EDTCOptions Update; August 25, 2015
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12:20 EDTCOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:12 EDTCNumerous analysts upgrade Bank of America amid market rebound
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09:59 EDTRFOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:31 EDTMSMorgan Stanley upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham
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09:18 EDTSTXSeagate participates in a conference call with Maxim
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07:07 EDTRFRegions Financial upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James
Raymond James upgraded Regions Financial to Strong Buy and a $11.50 price target citing the pullback in shares.
06:29 EDTRFRegions Financial upgraded to Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette
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August 24, 2015
16:07 EDTMSMonogram Residential Trust CFO Garfield to leave role, Swanstrom appointed CFO
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07:05 EDTCCitigroup volatility at high end of range
Citigroup August weekly call option implied volatility is at 39, October is at 30; compared to its 52-week range of 14 to 30, suggesting large near term price movement.
August 21, 2015
16:34 EDTSTXMarket enters correction territory in worst week in four years
For the week, stocks plummeted amid concerns about a slowing Chinese economy and declining oil prices. MACRO NEWS: Monday, the Empire State manufacturing index crashed to -14.92 in August after rebounding to 3.86 in July from June's -1.98. The consensus estimate was 4.75, and the surprising drop puts the index at its lowest point since April 2009... Meanwhile, the NAHB homebuilder sentiment index rose to 61 in August from 60 in June, matching consensus estimates... Tuesday, July housing starts edged up 0.2% to 1.206M, beating consensus estimates for 1.180M in the best reading since October 2007. Building permits, however, fell 16.3% to 1.119M against expectations for 1.230M, while single family starts rose 12.8% and multifamily numbers fell 17.0%... Wednesday, the July consumer price index edged up 0.1% against expectations for 0.2% reading. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, also came in at 0.1% versus consensus estimates of 0.2%... Meanwhile, FOMC minutes showed no definitive indication of a September rate hike... Thursday, initial jobless claims rose to 277,000 from a revised 273,000, bringing the 4-week moving average to 271,500... The Philadelphia Fed index rose 2.6 points to 8.3 in August, beating expectations for a 7.5 reading... Friday, the PMI Manufacturing Index Flash for August came in at a level of 52.9, below the prior level of 53.8 and the consensus level of 54.2. COMPANY NEWS: Monday, Liberty Interactive (QVCA) announced an agreement to acquire zulily (ZU) for $18.75 per share in a deal valuing the online shopping site at $2.4B. The acquisition will be attributed to Liberty's QVC tracking stock, though the companies specified that QVC and zulily will operate as separate brands... Amazon (AMZN) founder and CEO Jeff Bezos downplayed a recent New York Times critique of the company's workplace practices, telling employees in an email that "the article doesn't describe the Amazon I know or the caring Amazonians I work with every day..." Tuesday, Wal-Mart (WMT) cut its full year earnings outlook, with company executives on a subsequent conference call expressing confidence in China but noting that Brazil and U.K. remain challenging markets for the company... Wednesday, Seagate Technology (STX) agreed to acquire Dot Hill Systems (HILL) for $9.75 per share, noting that it expects the deal to be non-GAAP EPS accretive in fiscal 2016... Thursday, Valeant (VRX) agreed to acquire Sprout Pharmaceuticals for roughly $1B in cash plus a profit-sharing agreement, adding that it expects to bring the company's recently-approved female sexual dysfunction drug Addyi to the U.S. by Q4... Friday, Steiner Leisure (STNR) entered into a definitive merger agreement where an affiliate of Catterton will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Steiner for $65 per share in cash. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow lost about 5.79% to close at 16,459.75, the Nasdaq declined about 6.71% to close at 4,706.04, and the S&P 500 fell about 5.73% to close at 1,970.89.
16:01 EDTCOptions Update; August 21, 2015
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09:40 EDTWDCWestern Digital Q3 TAM tracking ahead of guidance, says Cleveland Research
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08:40 EDTMSCanadian Security Traders Association to hold a conference
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August 20, 2015
14:39 EDTSTXEarnings Watch: Hewlett-Packard reports ahead of company split
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10:00 EDTRF, HBANOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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06:10 EDTMSWeather Channel said to hire banks to explore sale, Bloomberg reports
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06:07 EDTMS, CSamsung Bioepis picks Citi, Goldman as lead managers for IPO, Reuters says
Samsung Bioepis has selected Citigroup (C) and Goldman Sachs (GS) as the lead managers for its planned listening on Nasdaq next year, a source tells Reuters. Morgan Stanley (MS) and Credit Suisse (CS) will also take part in the listing for Samsung's (SSNLF) biosimilar drug development arm, the source says. Reference Link
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