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January 25, 2013
10:07 EDTPKOH, BRO, SKS, EBAY, STRZA, MMC, CHMT, SRPT, RHT, FOR, WPRT, OMCL, BMR, ACT, BXP, AON, ACN, BIOS, AMZNOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Accenture (ACN) initiated with an Overweight at Evercore... Actavis (ACT) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Amazon.com (AMZN) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Aon Corp. (AON) initiated with a Market Perform at Wells Fargo... BioMed Realty (BMR) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... BioScrip (BIOS) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... Boston Properties (BXP) initiated with an Overweight at Evercore... Brown & Brown (BRO) initiated with a Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Forestar Group (FOR) initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson... Marsh & McLennan (MMC) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo... Park-Ohio (PKOH) initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital... Red Hat (RHT) initiated with an Outperform at Northland Securities... Starz (STRZA) initiated with a Sell at Stifel Nicolaus... Starz (STRZA) initiated with an Underweight at Evercore... Omnicell (OMCL) initiated with a Buy at Benchmark Co... Sarepta (SRPT) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... eBay (EBAY) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Westport Innovations (WPRT) initiated with a Market Perform at Raymond James... Chemtura (CHMT) initiated with a Buy at Sidoti... Saks (SKS) initiated with a Buy at Maxim.
News For ACN;ACT;AMZN;AON;BMR;BIOS;BXP;BRO;FOR;MMC;PKOH;RHT;STRZA;OMCL;SRPT;EBAY;WPRT;CHMT;SKS From The Last 14 Days
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December 9, 2014
06:23 EDTAMZNAmazon.com testing faster deliveries through bikes, drones, WSJ reports
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06:16 EDTAMZNAmazon unveils 'Make an Offer' for customers to negotiate lower prices
Amazon.com has announced the "Make an Offer" experience that allows customers to negotiate even lower prices on thousands of items. Expanding on Amazonís traditional fixed price model, the new pricing feature allows customers to offer to buy items at even lower prices. If agreed upon, customers can then purchase the items at a savings from the listed price. To start, more than 150,000 items from sellers on Amazon are enabled with the "Make an Offer" experience across Sports and Entertainment Collectibles, Collectible Coins and Fine Art. The new feature will expand to hundreds of thousands of items from sellers in 2015. The "Make an Offer" feature is not an auction format. All negotiations are 1:1 and private between individual customers and sellers. A seller is able to accept a customerís offer at any time. The intention is to lower prices, and a customer negotiating with a seller will never pay more than the listed price.
06:14 EDTACTAllergan price target raised to $245 from $210 at Citigroup
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05:34 EDTAMZN, EBAYChannelAdvisor says Amazon November SSS up 35.7%, eBay up 9.8%
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December 8, 2014
18:12 EDTBXPBoston Properties declares special cash dividend of $4.50 per share
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16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; December 8, 2014
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13:52 EDTEBAYeBay advances slightly in down tape after Stifel upgrades shares
Shares of eBay (EBAY) are rising slightly in a down market after research firm Stifel upgraded the stock to Buy from Hold. WHAT'S NEW: The risk/reward ratio on eBay appears to be favorable, Stifel analyst Scott Devitt wrote in a note to investors today. In the most likely scenario for the company, the shares could increase as high as about $65 from their current level of around $55, but are unlikely to drop much below $50, Devitt believes. In a possible bullish scenario, the shares could go up to $75, the analyst stated. The spin off of eBay's PayPal business, expected to occur within nine months, should be a significant catalyst for the stock, while the gross merchandise volume generated by the company's marketplaces business should accelerate in the second half of next year, wrote Devitt. Marketplaces comparisons become easier starting in the second half of the year, the analyst explained. Additionally, eBay will begin to emphasize that the percentage of e-commerce transactions processed by PayPal is increasing, Devitt stated. Meanwhile, eBay's valuation is "compelling," and the upcoming spin-off reminds Devitt of the separation of Expedia (EXPE) and TripAdvisor (TRIP), which proved to be a positive catalyst, he wrote. Devitt set a $65 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, eBay gained 17c, or 0.3%, to $54.97.
12:25 EDTACTAntibiotic makers rise after Merck agrees to buy Cubist
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11:30 EDTACTLeerink generics pharmaceutical analyst holds analyst/industry conference call
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10:37 EDTFORForestar Group announces plan to explore strategic alternatives
Forestar Group announced that its board, working together with its management team and financial advisor, Goldman, Sachs, is exploring strategic alternatives to enhance shareholder value. This analysis will include a review of alternatives with respect to the oil and gas business. There is no assurance that exploration of strategic alternatives will result in any transaction being consummated. The company does not intend to discuss or disclose further developments during this process until its review is complete.
10:04 EDTACNAccenture and Microsoft launch hybrid cloud platform
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10:00 EDTRHTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:00 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Antero Resources (AR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Apache (APA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Applied Materials (AMAT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Arch Capital (ACGL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... CU Bancorp (CUNB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Calpine (CPN) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Commerzbank (CRZBY) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Keefe Bruyette... EastGroup Properties (EGP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Enbridge Energy Management (EEQ) upgraded to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Enbridge Energy (EEP) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... GasLog (GLOG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Hoegh LNG (HMLP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Illinois Tool Works (ITW) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Global Hunter... LaSalle Hotel (LHO) upgraded at Morgan Stanley... Lufthansa (DLAKY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... NASDAQ (NDAQ) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Newfield Exploration (NFX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Omega Healthcare (OHI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Orange SA (ORAN) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman... SM Energy (SM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Southwest (LUV) upgraded at Goldman... TSMC (TSM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... United Technologies (UTX) upgraded at Bernstein... eBay (EBAY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel.
08:50 EDTAMZNAmazon increasing robot fulfilment use faster than expected, says Janney Capital
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08:14 EDTRHTRed Hat downgraded at Wells Fargo
As noted earlier, Wells Fargo downgraded Red Hat to Market Perform from Outperform. The firm downgraded the stock based on valuation. Target $64-$68.
07:29 EDTMMCMarsh & McLennan may bid for Towergate, Sunday Times reports
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06:30 EDTAMZNAmazon's German workers strike again, WSJ reports
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06:10 EDTEBAYeBay upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel
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05:54 EDTRHTRed Hat downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
05:24 EDTACNAccenture awarded contract by Japan Tourism Agency
The Japan Tourism Agency, or JTA, has awarded Accenture a seven-month contract to provide management consulting services to help increase the number of tourists to Japan. The effort is part of the governmentís initiative to attract 20M foreign tourists in the run up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. Accenture will present recommendations to JTA based on a survey the company develops to better understand the challenges tourists say they face in traveling to the country. The survey, which will be conducted at airports and other travel locations, will examine the environment for welcoming foreign guests in Japan, including communications infrastructure, payment and purchase options and multilingual support options. Results and recommendations will be shared across Japan and abroad.
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