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May 15, 2014
10:01 EDTZMH, TWTR, ACXM, STLD, RRC, NMBL, LLL, HPY, BNCL, SRC, PTX, MIDD, KMI, GTIV, BP, RGC, PKY, MILL, JHX, ENLKOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Acxiom (ACXM) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at BMO Capital... BP (BP) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Beneficial Mutual (BNCL) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Boenning & Scattergood... EnLink Midstream (ENLK) upgraded at Oppenheimer... Gentiva Health (GTIV) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... Heartland Payment (HPY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... James Hardie (JHX) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Kinder Morgan (KMI) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... L-3 Communications (LLL) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Middleby (MIDD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Miller Energy (MILL) assumed with a Buy from Hold at Brean Capital... Nimble Storage (NMBL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Parkway Properties (PKY) upgraded at Stifel... Pernix Therapeutics (PTX) upgraded at Needham... Plug Power (PLUG) upgraded at Cowen... Range Resources (RRC) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Regal Entertainment (RGC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka... Spirit Realty (SRC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Ladenburg... Steel Dynamics (STLD) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Twitter (TWTR) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at Atlantic Equities... Zimmer (ZMH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust.
News For ACXM;BP;BNCL;ENLK;GTIV;HPY;JHX;KMI;LLL;MILL;MIDD;NMBL;PKY;PTX;RRC;RGC;SRC;STLD;TWTR;ZMH From The Last 14 Days
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January 14, 2015
07:25 EDTLLLL-3 Communications coverage resumed with a Hold at Stifel
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07:24 EDTBNCLBeneficial Bancorp downgraded to Neutral at Boenning & Scattergood
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06:54 EDTBPEnergy Department says oil production to rise this year, NY Times says
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06:16 EDTRRCRange Resources upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
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January 13, 2015
16:00 EDTTWTROptions Update; January 13, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 66c to 34.42. Option volume leaders: AAPL JNJ CELG WFM TSLA TWTR AMZN GILD according to Track Data.
13:12 EDTTWTRTwitter February volatility elevated at 63
Twitter January call option implied volatility is at 49, January weekly is at 48, February is at 63; compared to its 26-week average of 54 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement.
11:57 EDTNMBLHP rises after PC report despite Pacific Crest downgrade
Shares of personal computer maker Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) are rising after research firm Gartner estimated that worldwide PC shipments had risen 1% last quarter. The advance comes despite research firm Pacific Crest having downgraded HP shares this morning. WHAT'S NEW: Worldwide shipments of PCs increased 1% last quarter, Gartner estimated. "These results indicate a slow, but consistent improvement following more than two years of decline," the firm wrote. The estimate suggests that PCs are not fading into oblivion, as some had predicted. Despite this news, research firm Pacific Crest downgraded HP to Sector Perform from Outperform in a note to investors today. HP is facing increased competition, as a number of companies are buying fewer individual servers and IT storage products, Pacific Crest analyst Brent Bracelin stated. Instead, they are buying integrated IT stacks. Ongoing technological trends could make this option more popular going forward, the analyst believes. Additionally, new data storage systems - including next wave systems with software-defined controls, cloud storage systems, and open sources systems - are growing rapidly and could increase the competitive pressure on HP, the analyst stated. Bracelin is less confident that HP's multiple can expand further going forward, he added. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Bracelin also downgraded NetApp (NTAP) to Sector Perform from Outperform for the same reasons that he cut his rating on HP. The analyst identified Tableau (DATA), F5 Networks (FFIV), Qlik Technologies (QLIK), and Nimble Storage (NMBL) as his favorite names in the IT infrastructure sector. F5 should benefit from earnings and multiple expansion as it carries out its security strategy, while Qlik is well-positioned to generate improved growth and margins, the analyst stated. Tableau and Nimble are poised to report better than expected results as their new products ramp up, Bracelin believes. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies that benefit from upbeat PC sales include Intel (INTC), Microsoft (MSFT), and hard disk drive makers Seagate (STX) and Western Digital (WDC). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, HP shares climbed 1.5% to $40.50.
11:31 EDTSTLDBofA/Merrill metals & steel analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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07:42 EDTZMHJPMorgan to hold a conference
33rd Annual Healthcare Conference is being held in San Francisco on January 12-15 with webcasted company presentations to begin on January 13 at 10:30 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
07:04 EDTNMBLTop 2015 IT infrastructure ideas identified at Pacific Crest
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06:44 EDTNMBLHP downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest downgraded HP (HPQ) to Sector Perform citing valuation and rising competitive risks from hyperconvergence and new datastores. The firm lists Tableau (DATA), F5 Networks (FFIV), lik Technologies (QLIK) and Nimble Storage (NMBL) as its top names to own in the Cloud, Analytics & Data Infrastructure space. Pacific Crest also downgraded also NetApp (NTAP) to Sector Perform citing the same rationale as HP.
06:19 EDTKMIKinder Morgan resumed with a Neutral from Buy at Citigroup
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January 12, 2015
17:32 EDTACXMAcxiom announces resignation of Chief Revenue Officer Nada Stirratt
Acxiom announced that Nada Stirratt will step down as Chief Revenue Officer to pursue other opportunities. Stirratt’s resignation is effective March 31, the end of the company’s current fiscal year. Until that time, she will assist the company in the transitioning of her responsibilities. Stirratt joined Acxiom in 2012 as Chief Revenue Officer and Executive Vice President. Acxiom CEO Scott Howe will lead the sales organization until a permanent replacement has been hired. The company has engaged a recruiting firm to assist in the search for candidates.
17:02 EDTENLKEnLink Midstream to acquire LPC Crude Oil Marketing for about $100M
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16:00 EDTTWTROptions Update; January 12, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.57 to 33.54. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN AA SIRI RIG FRO C according to Track Data.
15:43 EDTTWTRTwitter in talks to acquire ZipDial of India, TechCrunch reports
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14:51 EDTBPSaudi Prince Alwaleed says oil won't hit $100 again, USA Today reports
Oil will never reach a price of $100 per barrel again, Saudi billionaire businessman Prince Alwaleed bin Talal said, according to USA Today. Publicly traded companies in the space include BP (BP), Chevron (CVX), ConocoPhillips (COP), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) and Total (TOT). Reference Link
10:00 EDTHPYOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:34 EDTBP, TWTRActive equity options trading
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06:54 EDTHPYHeartland Payment initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse
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