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June 23, 2014
10:02 EDTREN, MOV, ENBL, A, SFBS, RYAM, LDRH, EOX, TIF, PEGI, KW, DMND, NILE, ACTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Actavis (ACT) resumed with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Agilent (A) reinstated with a Neutral at Goldman... Blue Nile (NILE) initiated with a Market Perform at Barrington... Diamond Foods (DMND) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Emerald Oil (EOX) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Enable Midstream (ENBL) initiated with a Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Kennedy Wilson (KW) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... LDR Holding (LDRH) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Movado (MOV) initiated with an Outperform at Barrington... Pattern Energy (PEGI) initiated with a Buy at KeyBanc... Rayonier Advanced Materials (RYAM) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Resolute Energy (REN) initiated with a Neutral at Global Hunter... ServisFirst (SFBS) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Tiffany (TIF) initiated with a Market Perform at Barrington.
News For ACT;NILE;A;DMND;EOX;ENBL;KW;LDRH;MOV;PEGI;RYAM;REN;TIF;SFBS From The Last 14 Days
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August 25, 2015
07:24 EDTSFBSCorrection: ServisFirst not Sound Financial Bancorp upgraded at Raymond James
August 24, 2015
14:44 EDTTIFTiffany August weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Tiffany August weekly call option implied volatility is at 46, October is at 37, November is at 33; compared to its 52-week range of 17 to 41, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on August 27.
August 21, 2015
11:58 EDTRYAMRayonier Advanced Materials comments on implications of strategic repositioning
In investor presentation slides, Rayonier Advanced Materials commented on the implications of its strategic repositioning. Sees expected annual cost savings of approx. $14M. Sees commodity production capacity increases by 11% to approx. 245,000 MT annually. Says CS capacity will be reduced by 190,000 MT or 28%. Says the reconfiguration requires a capital investment of approx. $25M and includes a one-time, non-cash write off of $28M. For 2015, sees CS volumes comparable with 2014/2013 levels, CS prices 7%-8% below 2014 average prices. Sees commodity sales volumes higher than 2014, EBITDA $210M-$225M. Sees cost savings of $20M-$40M, CapEx of $80M. Priorities for capital allocation include: Reducing debt/increasing financial flexibility, investing in business, funding modest dividend. Rayonier Advanced Materials is up 3.96% to $6.82 in late morning trading.
August 19, 2015
16:58 EDTRYAMOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
The market opened deep in negative territory after a tumultuous trading session in China and a softer than expected U.S. consumer prices report. Sellers continued to push the averages lower throughout the morning, with the Dow tacking on losses of more than 200 points as investors waited for the release of the Fed minutes. The market rallied following an early leak of the minutes, which suggested officials are getting closer to raising rates but appear to be waiting for additional data. Despite the afternoon rally, the averages sold off once again heading into the close, leaving all three indices in the negatives for Wednesday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., 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%. There were no revisions to the 0.3% headline gain in June or the 0.2% growth in the ex-food and energy component. Component gains were muted across the board, with Energy prices up just 0.1% in July. Meanwhile, FOMC minutes showed no definitive indication of a September rate hike. Most committee members "judged that the conditions for policy firming had not yet been achieved, but they noted that conditions were approaching that point." Other members, however, believed that the inflation outlook "might not soon meet one of the conditions... for initiating a firming of policy." COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Dot Hill Systems (HILL) soared $4.50, or 86.87%, to $9.68 after Seagate Technology (STX) agreed to acquire the company for $9.75 per share, noting that it expects the deal to be non-GAAP EPS accretive in fiscal 2016. Shares of the hard drive giant fell 5.03% to $49.43 for the session... Lowe's (LOW) shares saw gains of $1.34, or 1.84%, to $74.36 following the company's earnings report this morning, while Target (TGT) rose $59c, or 0.73%, to $80.89 after beating on both top and bottom lines. On a subsequent conference call, Target executives forecast a "choppy" competitive environment in Q3, though they added that the company "will not get beat" on promotions in Q4. Separately, American Eagle (AEO) lost 7.42% to $16.92 after its quarterly numbers. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Palatin (PTN) and Apricus (APRI), showing respective advances of 3.19% and 7.89% after the FDA approved Sprout's female sexual dysfunction drug Addyi, with the agency remarking that it "continues to encourage drug development in this area." Note that both Palatin and Apricus are developing their own treatments in the space, and Apricus reaffirmed this morning its intent to seek a global partner as it advances its Femprox sexual dysfunction medication. Also higher was Yum! Brands (YUM), which gained $1.90, or 2.26%, to $86.10 after appointing a new CEO of its China division, adding that its same-store sales in the region "have turned significantly positive." Among the noteworthy losers was Rayonier Advanced Materials (RYAM), plunging $6.01, or 44.09%, to $7.62 after disclosing a legal battle with its customer Eastman Chemical (EMN) over "meet or release" contract stipulations which may impact Eastman's purchase obligations. Also lower was Caesarstone (CSTE), which lost $3.43, or 7.14%, to $44.61 after short-selling hedge fund Spruce Point said the stock has up to 75% downside due to heightened raw material costs and competitive concerns, among other factors. Separately, EOG Resources (EOG), Baytex Energy (BTE), and Vanguard Natural (VNR) saw respective losses of 4.15%, 15.53%, and 13.83% after WTI crude fell 5.02% for the session. INDEXES: The Dow declined 162.61, or 0.93%, to 17,348.73, the Nasdaq fell 40.30, or 0.80%, to 5,019.05, and the S&P 500 lost 17.31, or 0.83%, to 2,079.61.
13:30 EDTRYAMOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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12:52 EDTRYAMRayonier Advanced Materials trading resumes, shares down $6.93 to $6.71
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12:45 EDTRYAMRayonier Advanced Materials says legal position 'correct one and will be upheld'
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12:41 EDTRYAMRayonier Advanced Materials says contract dispute should not impact 2015
12:24 EDTRYAMRayonier Advanced Materials downgraded to Hold at Vertical Research (earlier)
Vertical Research analyst Chip Dillon earlier today downgraded Rayonier Advanced Materials (RYAM) to Hold from Buy with a $12 price target. Dillon sees increased uncertainty as the company battles its top customer Eastman Chemical (EMN) in court over a contract. Shares of Rayonier Advanced Materials are halted for news pending after declining 55% to $6.12.
12:20 EDTRYAMRayonier Advanced sinks amid court battle with top customer Eastman
Rayonier Advanced Materials (RYAM) disclosed earlier today that on August 13, it filed a declaratory judgment action against Eastman Chemical (EMN) in the Superior Court of Gwinnett County, Georgia regarding the company's chemical cellulose specialty products contract with Eastman. Eastman was served with this action on August 14. The company's filing asks the court to confirm the meaning of certain "meet or release" pricing and volume provisions in the agreement that require the company, under certain circumstances, to respond to offers made to Eastman by other suppliers. Rayonier Advanced Materials seeks a declaration that these provisions apply to a maximum of 7,500 metric tons of product per year. In addition, the company has asked the court to confirm the meaning of certain contract provisions relating to pricing in future contract years. On the evening of August 12, the company learned that Eastman had filed a similar declaratory judgment action on August 4 in the Chancery Court for Sullivan County, Tennessee, concerning the same contract "meet or release" provisions. Eastman's filing seeks a declaration that all of its contracted volume is subject to the meet or release provision or, in the absence of such interpretation, that the contract is invalid. Rayonier Advanced Materials was served with that action on August 13. It believes that the "contract is valid and enforceable in accordance with its terms as to both price and volume requirements, and that the meet or release provisions should be enforced in accordance with the Company's position." Rayonier Advanced Materials sank 55%, or $7.51, to $6.12 in today's trading before being halted for news pending.
12:14 EDTRYAMRayonier Advanced Materials halted for news after dropping 55% to $6.12
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07:22 EDTENBLCitigroup to hold a conference
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August 17, 2015
17:48 EDTAAgilent says confident in delivering on margin expansion goals
On the company Q3 earnings conference call, Agilent said that it is confident in delivering on margin expansion goals. The company noted that it is committed to a 22% operating margin by 2017 and will continue its buybacks in Q4. The company sees a number of areas of strength including Pharma, Life Science, Research and Diagnostics. The company is seeing double-digit growth in Pharma and has no reason to believe it will slow down. Agilent sees "a lot " of reasons to be positive on outlook.
16:21 EDTAAgilent says some U.S. and state government large deals delayed into Q4
Agilent said in a slides presentation that some US and state government large deals delayed into Q4. Customers in industrial markets continue cautious stance in light of macro-economic conditions.
16:09 EDTAAgilent narrows FY15 EPS view to $1.68-$1.72 from $1.67- $1.73
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16:07 EDTAAgilent sees Q4 EPS 45c-49c, consensus 50c
Sees Q4 revenue $1.03B-$1.05B, consensus $1.06B.
16:06 EDTAAgilent reports Q3 EPS 44c, consensus 41c
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14:48 EDTANotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Agilent (A), consensus 41c... Urban Outfitters (URBN), consensus 49c... MasTec (MTZ), consensus 15c... Fabrinet (FN), consensus 39c.
10:55 EDTTIFOptions with increasing implied volatility
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07:46 EDTRENEnerCom to hold a conference
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