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February 19, 2014
10:00 EDTRHT, SNI, JBHT, CX, CVBF, SAIA, GOGO, CPST, PAAS, CCMP, MTB, G, ACT, AHTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Actavis (ACT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Ashford Hospitality (AHT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... CEMEX (CX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee... Capstone Turbine (CPST) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Genpact (G) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Gogo (GOGO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Evercore... J.B. Hunt (JBHT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... M&T Bank (MTB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Saia, Inc. (SAIA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Scripps Networks (SNI) upgraded at Argus... Cabot Microelectronics (CCMP) upgraded at DA Davidson... CVB Financial (CVBF) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Fig Partners... Red Hat (RHT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Pan American Silver (PAAS) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at BMO Capital.
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February 2, 2016
07:22 EDTSNIScripps, TWC, reach multiyear retrans agreement, Broadcasting & Cable says
Scripps (SNI) and Time Warner Cable (TWC) have quietly reached a multi-year retransmission consent deal for stations representing more than 3M households in 14 markets, Broadcasting & Cable reports, citing a broadcast source familiar with the deal. The agreement also includes certain Bright House cable systems, the report says. Affected markets include Bakersfield, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Denver, Detroit, Green Bay, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Nashville, Omaha, Milwaukee, San Diego and Tampa, the report says. Reference Link
February 1, 2016
10:02 EDTAHTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AIG (AIG) downgraded at BMO Capital... ARMOUR Residential (ARR) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Abraxas Petroleum (AXAS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin (ABCW) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... Ashford Hospitality Prime (AHP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Ashford Hospitality (AHT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Axiall (AXLL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... Boston Private Financial (BPFH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Colliers International (CIGI) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao (CBD) downgraded to Neutral at Credit Suisse... Connecticut Water (CTWS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Duke Realty (DRE) downgraded on valuation, growth outlook at BMO Capital... EP Energy (EPE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Eastman Chemical (EMN) downgraded at SunTrust... Equity Residential (EQR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... Genuine Parts (GPC) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Hersha Hospitality (HT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Jones Energy (JONE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Mondelez (MDLZ) downgraded to Neutral from Positive at Susquehanna... Nokia (NOK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Ollie's Bargain Outlet (OLLI) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Oshkosh (OSK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Drexel Hamilton... Outerwall (OUTR) downgraded on Redbox weakness at Roth Capital... PACCAR (PCAR) downgraded to Underperform from Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Restoration Hardware (RH) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Rex Energy (REXX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Sanchez Energy (SN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... SandRidge Energy (SD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Santander Consumer (SC) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Tiffany (TIF) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Trex Company (TREX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... U.S. Steel (X) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... United Community Financial (UCFC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Boenning & Scattergood... Xerox (XRX) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley.
08:50 EDTRHTRed Hat management to meet with JPMorgan
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06:24 EDTAHTAshford Hospitality downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord
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January 29, 2016
10:05 EDTCXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Atlassian (TEAM) upgraded on positive outlook at JMP Securities... BRF S.A. (BRFS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Bank of America (BAC) upgraded to Outperform from Sell at CLSA... CEMEX (CX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Chemical Financial (CHFC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Fig Partners... Computer Programs (CPSI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka... DST Systems (DST) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... Diamond Offshore (DO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... First Cash Financial (FCFS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... First Merchants (FRME) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Flex (FLEX) upgraded on solid results at Stifel... Intercept (ICPT) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... JetBlue (JBLU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Juniper (JNPR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Live Oak Bancshares (LOB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Microsemi (MSCC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... NetSuite (N) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... NextEra Energy (NEE) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... Oshkosh (OSK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... PC Connection (PCCC) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... Pinnacle Financial (PNFP) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Potash (POT) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotiabank... Rayonier (RYN) upgraded on valuation at BMO Capital... SanDisk (SNDK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Select Comfort (SCSS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Sotherly Hotels (SOHO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... Textura (TXTR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Valley National (VLY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill.
06:34 EDTCXCEMEX upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies
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January 28, 2016
11:58 EDTJBHTJ.B. Hunt raises quarterly dividend 5% to 22c per share
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10:05 EDTPAASOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Azure Midstream Partners (AZUR) downgraded at Stifel... Chesapeake (CHK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... CorEnergy (CORR) downgraded at Stifel... DCP Midstream (DPM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... DynCorp (DCP) downgraded at Stifel... Ericsson (ERIC) downgraded on challenging outlook at BMO Capital... H&E Equipment (HEES) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Halcon Resources (HK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... InvenSense (INVN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Barrington... Invitae (NVTA) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink... Kirby (KEX) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... MEG Energy (MEGEF) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Metro (MTTRY) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... OSI Systems (OSIS) downgraded to Hold following Q2 miss at BB&T... Oasis Petroleum (OAS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... Pan American Silver (PAAS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Qualcomm (QCOM) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Range Resources (RRC) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Rockwell Automation (ROK) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Royal Gold (RGLD) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... SEI Investments (SEIC) downgraded to Underperform at Keefe Bruyette... SandRidge Energy (SD) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Wunderlich... Seadrill (SDRL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... ServiceNow (NOW) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at MKM Partners... State Bank Financial (STBZ) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... Sunoco Logistics (SXL) downgraded at Stifel... Tallgrass Energy GP (TEGP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Tallgrass Energy (TEP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Textron (TXT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Drexel Hamilton... TripAdvisor (TRIP) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Tupperware Brands (TUP) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... U.S. Steel (X) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... United Rentals (URI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Welltower (HCN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Western Gas Partners (WES) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich.
07:28 EDTPAASPan American Silver downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital
FBR Capital analyst Lucas Pipes downgraded Pan American Silver to Market Perform and lowered his price target for the shares to $6 from $8. The company is "somewhat constrained by softness in global silver pricing," Pipes tells investors in a research note.
06:20 EDTCCMPCabot Microelectronics reports Q1 non-GAAP EPS 56c, consensus 47c
Reports Q1 revenue $100.4M, consensus $102.20M.
January 27, 2016
08:39 EDTCPSTCapstone Turbine receives order for two C1000 microturbines
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January 26, 2016
14:00 EDTJBHTSwift spikes after reporting Q4 earnings beat
Shares of trucking company Swift (SWFT) are rallying after reporting better-than-expected quarterly earnings on Monday evening. WHAT'S NEW: Swift reported fourth quarter earnings per share of 53c on revenue of $1.09B. Analysts were anticipating Q4 EPS of 47c on revenue of $1.12B. With its Q4 financial results, the company guided for fiscal 2016 EPS of $1.50-$1.60 against analyst estimates of $1.55. Swift attributed the earnings beat to strong operational execution, declining fuel prices, gains on equipment sales, and a better than anticipated tax rate. "We were able to generate year-over-year rate increases in our three largest reportable segments, despite difficult comparison quarters. Investments in our fleet technology are also beginning to pay off, with improved accident and workers' compensation trends, driver retention, and fuel efficiency in the quarter. We also realized improvements in our Intermodal container turns," the company said in a letter to investors. WHAT'S NOTABLE. In late September, the company slashed it fiscal 2015 EPS view to $1.43-$1.52 from $1.64-$1.74. At the time, the company blamed its reduced view, in part, on the additional carrying expense associated with the large volume of new tractors received late in the second quarter due to delivery delays, as well as a reduction in expected volumes of seasonal project business in Q4 of 2015 due to customers' recent logistical changes. A month later, with its third quarter results, the trucking company noted that as it moved into Q4, it would focus on improving utilization of its fleet. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Swift lost about 50% of their value in 2015 and closed Monday at $13.67. In Tuesday afternoon trading, shares of Swift are up over 19% to $16.31. OTHERS TO WATCH: Shares of other companies in the truck and logistics space are also up, including JB Hunt (JBHT), Hub Group (HUBG), Landstar System (LSTR), and Werner Enterprises (WERN).
10:34 EDTRHTBattleground: BofA says sell NetSuite, DA Davidson still bullish
Over the last two days, analysts have issued mixed views on NetSuite (N), with Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Stephens downgrading the shares, while research firm DA Davidson argued in its own note to investors that the company should report better than expected fourth quarter results on January 28. NetSuite develops cloud based financial and enterprise resource planning, or ERP, tools for businesses. BEARISH TAKE: Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst Kash Rangan downgraded NetSuite to Underperform, the firm's equivalent of a sell rating, from Neutral today. The company has increased its sales force by about 40%, but its billings are accelerating by only about 30%, the analyst stated. Moreover, NetSuite's operating margins are expected to come in at only about 4% in 2016, making it difficult for investors to value the stock on a price to earnings or enterprise value to free cash flow basis, Rangan believes. The stock may face obstacles if its billings growth doesn't accelerate significantly or if its operating margin doesn't increase to 10%-12%, Rangan wrote. Meanwhile, the company is facing tough competition from Microsoft (MSFT) in the mid-market and from other players at the lower end, according to the analyst, who cut his price target on the name to $80 from $95. Also writing that NetSuite is facing increased competition, Stephens analyst Alex Zukin yesterday downgraded the stock to Equal Weigh from Overweight. These competitive pressures along with changes to the company's organizational structure, the loss of a number of its "marquee" customers, and its premium valuation, led to the downgrade, Zukin stated. He slashed his price target on the stock to $75 from $100. BULLISH TAKE: NetSuite's Q4 results should beat expectations, with revenue coming in at $207.6M, above the company's guidance range of $202M-$205M and the consensus outlook of $204.4M, predicted DA Davidson analyst Jack Andrews. The company will report EPS of 5c, versus the consensus outlook of 4c, estimated Andrews. NetSuite can continue to increase its market share at the expense of mid-tier ERP vendors, believes the analyst, who reiterated a $130 price target and Buy rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In the same note to investors this morning, Merrill Lynch's Rangan also downgraded Paylocity (PCTY) and Marketo (MKTO) to Underperform from Neutral and it cut his rating on Red Hat (RHT) to Neutral from Buy. Paylocity provides payroll and human capital management software to medium businesses, while Marketo provides cloud-based marketing tools and Red Hat provides open source software solutions. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, NetSuite fell 3.6% to $65.45.
07:11 EDTRHTRed Hat downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill
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07:02 EDTCPSTInternational Exposition Company to hold an expo
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January 25, 2016
18:02 EDTCVBFSierra Bancorp to acquire Porterville Branch of Citizens Business Bank
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10:00 EDTJBHTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: American Express (AXP) upgraded to Perform from Underperform at Oppenheimer... BankMutual (BKMU) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Hovde Group... Black Hills (BKH) upgraded on acquisition at BMO Capital... Bruker (BRKR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... Cedar Fair (FUN) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Charles Schwab (SCHW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Corporate Office Properties (OFC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Entegris (ENTG) upgraded on valuation, outlook at Pacific Crest... First Financial upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Goldman Sachs (GS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Graphic Packaging (GPK) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Home Depot (HD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Intel (INTC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... J.B. Hunt (JBHT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Magna (MGA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Masco (MAS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Mattel (MAT) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... PACCAR (PCAR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... People's United (PBCT) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at Piper Jaffray... Quality Systems (QSII) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... RadiSys (RSYS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Standard Motor (SMP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at CL King... Swedbank (SWDBY) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... Toll Brothers (TOL) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Voyager Therapeutics (VYGR) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Chardan... Yahoo (YHOO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Pivotal Research.
08:57 EDTJBHTJ.B. Hunt upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T
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08:33 EDTCPSTCapstone Turbine to update Federal Government headquarters building
Capstone Turbine announced that it received an order for side by side C800 and C200 microturbines to be used in a combined heat and power plant application at a United States Federal Government headquarters building in Washington, DC. E-Finity Distributed Generation, Capstone's distributor for the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern United States, secured the order, which is expected to be commissioned later this year. The C800 and C200 microturbines will provide a combined 1MW of power and help to offset the building's electrical load. The waste heat from the exhaust will be used to generate 315 tons of chilled water for the building's cooling system. This project will help support the U.S. Federal Government in meeting its sustainability goals through innovative cogeneration measures.
07:37 EDTJBHTJ.B. Hunt should be bought at current levels, says RBC Capital
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