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June 16, 2014
10:10 EDTACMP, CCE, COV, GNC, NCLH, RNR, TMHOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Access Midstream (ACMP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Covidien (COV) downgraded to Fair Value from Buy at CRT Capital... GNC Holdings (GNC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Norwegian Cruise Line (NCLH) downgraded to Neutral at SunTrust... RenaissanceRe (RNR) downgraded at JMP Securities... Team Health (TMH) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman.
News For ACMP;CCE;COV;GNC;NCLH;RNR;TMH From The Last 14 Days
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August 22, 2014
07:01 EDTCOVCovidien acquires Reverse Medical, terms not disclosed
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August 20, 2014
08:51 EDTGNCGNC purchase of shares by chairman a vote of confidence, says Sterne Agee
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07:18 EDTCOVMedtronic shares have upside with or without deal, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank sees limited downside risk and significant upside potential for shares of Medtronic (MDT), with or without the pending Covidien (COV) acquisition. Deutsche says the Q1 results show improving trends and it keeps a Buy rating on Medtronic with an $85 price target.
August 19, 2014
08:22 EDTCOVMedtronic: We will continue to pay significant US taxes following Covidien deal
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August 18, 2014
16:10 EDTCOVCovidien says study shows directional atherectomy safe, effective
Covidien announced that directional atherectomy is "safe and effective as a frontline therapy for the treatment of peripheral arterial disease," according to a Covidien study published online today in the Journal of American College of Cardiology, Cardiovascular Interventions. Results from the DEFINITIVE LE study using Covidienís TurboHawk and/or SilverHawk directional atherectomy systems demonstrated 95% limb salvage in patients with critical limb ischemia and 78% overall patency in claudicant patients at 12 months.
10:01 EDTRNROn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:27 EDTRNRRenaissanceRe downgraded to Sell from Hold at Deutsche Bank
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August 15, 2014
06:09 EDTNCLHNorwegian Cruise Line added to Focus List at Citigroup
Citigroup added Norwegian Cruise Line to its Focus List after its latest channel checks indicated the company's booking volume growth has accelerated to over 30% year-over-year. Citi believes investor sentiment is low and reiterates a Buy rating on Norwegian with a $40 price target.
August 14, 2014
17:20 EDTGNCTrian Fund gives quarterly update on stakes
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17:16 EDTCOVPaulson & Co gives quarterly update on stakes
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07:27 EDTCOVJPMorgan a buyer of Medtronic at current levels
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06:15 EDTCOVCovidien risk/reward very favorable, says Citigroup
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August 13, 2014
16:18 EDTTMHTeamHealth names Miles Snowden as Chief Medical Officer
TeamHealth Holdings (TMH) announced the appointment of Miles Snowden, M.D., MPH, as the company's Chief Medical Officer effective September 15. Dr. Snowden is replacing Gar LaSalle, M.D., who retired from this position earlier this year. Snowden most recently served as Chief Medical Officer for Optum, the health services division of UnitedHealth Group (UNH).
16:15 EDTGNCGNC Holdings increases share repurchase authorization to $500M
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August 11, 2014
10:27 EDTGNCGNC rises after upgrade, Vitamin Shoppe seen as potential partner
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10:19 EDTGNCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Achillion (ACHN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Alon USA Partners (ALDW) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Buenaventura (BVN) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... CNO Financial (CNO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Central European Media (CETV) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Cepheid (CPHD) upgraded to Neutral from Cautious at ISI Group... Chuy's (CHUY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Compressco (GSJK) upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James... Concho Resources (CXO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Frank's International (FI) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Freeport McMoRan (FCX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... GNC Holdings (GNC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Genworth (GNW) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Gulfport Energy (GPOR) upgraded at Stifel... Huntington Ingalls (HII) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Hyatt Hotels (H) upgraded at Stifel... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Craig-Hallum... Kinder Morgan (KMI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Krispy Kreme (KKD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Oasis Petroleum (OAS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee... PepsiCo (PEP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Regency Centers (REG) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... SandRidge Energy (SD) upgraded to Reduce from Sell at KLR Group... Southwest Gas (SWX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Brean Capital... Tesla (TSLA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank.
05:42 EDTGNCGNC Holdings upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse upgraded GNC Holdings (GNC) to Outperform citing valuation, its positive view of new CEO Michael Archbold, and the potential for an accretive acquisition of Vitamin Shoppe (VSI). The firm keeps a $43 price target for shares.
August 8, 2014
17:10 EDTCOVMarket finishes week up slightly as earnings offset by political events
Stocks finished the week fractionally higher than where they started as strong corporate earnings reports and better than expected economic data was weighed against concerns about geopolitical issues and negative M&A news. MACRO NEWS: A few ongoing geopolitical conflicts worried investors and weighed on shares. Russia unveiled sanctions against Western countries, banning the import of a wide range of food items from the U.S, the EU and a few allied countries in response to sanctions recently enacted against it from G7 nations... President Obama authorized the bombing of rebels in Iraq and Hamas and Israel failed to reach a permanent truce... An ISM services index, the U.S. trade deficit for June, and weekly jobless claims were all better than expected. Meanwhile, the increase in unit labor costs last quarter came in below the consensus outlook, perhaps easing fears that the Fed will need to raise interest rates sooner than expected. COMPANY NEWS: On the M&A front, two huge potential deals fell through as 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) withdrew its offer to acquire Time Warner (TWX) and Sprint (S) reportedly decided to end its pursuit of a merger with peer T-Mobile (TMUS)... President Obama indicated that his administration would take unilateral steps in an effort to prevent companies from carrying out tax inversion acquisitions. Among the deals or possible transactions that involve inversion are Medtronic's (MDT) acquisition of Covidien (COV), Valeant's (VRX) proposed takeover of Allergan (AGN) and Mylan's (MYL) acquisition of Abbott's (ABT) developed markets branded generics pharmaceuticals business. Meanwhile, Walgreen's (WAG) stock tumbled after the U.S. company said it would not structure its takeover of European drugstore chain Alliance Boots as a tax inversion deal... 21st Century Fox, 3D printer maker Stratasys (SSYS), chip maker NVIDIA (NVDA), brewer Molson Coors (TAP), and luxury accessories maker Coach (COH) all rose following their earnings reports. Conversely, Target (TGT), luxury accessories maker Michael Kors (KORS) and Internet coupon provider Groupon (GRPN) fell following their results or guidance... Gannett (GCI) struck a deal to acquire the remaining 73% interest in Classified Ventures, whose primary asset is the online car shopping website Cars.com, for $1.8B from the other partners in the venture, which include McClatchy (MNI), Tribune Media (TRBAA), Graham Holdings (GHC) and A. H. Belo (AHC). Gannett also announced plans to spin-off its Publishing business, which includes USA Today, through a tax-free distribution to shareholders... McDonald's (MCD) stock was little changed after the company reported that its comparable store sales fell 2.5% in July, which was significantly worse than expected. Food quality issues weighed on the fast food company's sales in Asia and as a result of the China supplier issue, the company warned its previously issued global comparable sales forecast for 2014 is now at risk. INDEXES: The Dow finished the week up 0.35% to 16,553.93, the S&P 500 rose 0.32% to 1,931.59, and the Nasdaq gained 0.41% to 4,370.90.
10:36 EDTCOVOptions with increasing implied volatility
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07:01 EDTCOVHarvard professor says Treasury can reduce inversion incentives, NY Times says
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