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December 14, 2012
10:00 EDTTER, WBMD, R, MRO, HST, OFC, ESV, SNY, RDS.A, ITG, EVR, ADBE, BSX, CVS, SPW, RJF, GFIG, DVAOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Adobe (ADBE) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at JMP Securities... Corporate Office Properties (OFC) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... DaVita (DVA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Evercore Partners (EVR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... GFI Group (GFIG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Host Hotels (HST) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... ITG (ITG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Marathon Oil (MRO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Raymond James (RJF) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Ryder (R) upgraded to Top Pick from Outperform at RBC Capital... SPX Corp. (SPW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Sanofi (SNY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... WebMD (WBMD) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... CVS Caremark (CVS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Ensco (ESV) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Teradyne (TER) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Pacific Crest... Boston Scientific (BSX) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at Barclays.
News For A;R;SPW;SNY;WBMD;CVS;ESV;TER;BSX From The Last 14 Days
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July 2, 2015
16:37 EDTSPWStocks end holiday shortened week lower after Greece defaults
Stocks on Wall Street began with a slide on Monday, but not as precipitous a drop as may have been feared, after Greece shut down its banks and announced it will put the concession deal offered by its creditors, and essentially its continued inclusion in the eurozone, up for a popular vote. The major averages regained a bit of their losses in the next two sessions as news regarding the Greek situation continued to dominate the headlines. U.S. markets are closed on Friday in observance of Independence Day, but investors will be returning to big news, for better or worse, following the referendum that is scheduled to occur on July 5. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., the monthly nonfarm payrolls report showed the addition of 223,000 jobs, versus expectations for 233,000 jobs to have been added last month. The unemployment rate fell to 5.3% from the prior month’s 5.5% rate. Factory orders fell 1.0% in May, which was larger than the expected 0.5% decline. The Conference Board's consumer confidence index rose to 101.4 in June from a revised 94.6 reading for May, beating expectations for a reading of 97.4. Markit's manufacturing purchasing managers' index for June came in at 53.6, narrowly above the 53.4 forecast. ISM's manufacturing index rose to 53.5 in June, topping May's 52.8 reading and the 53.2 consensus forecast. Construction spending rose 0.8% in May, versus the expected growth of 0.5%. Additionally, Puerto Rico's Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla, in an interview published by the New York Times, warned that the commonwealth's "debt is not payable" and a report warned that the territory's crisis was even worse than previously thought... In Europe, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called a surprise referendum on the terms put forth by the country’s creditors in exchange for additional rescue funds and the country shut down its banks until after this Sunday's vote. Standard & Poor's Ratings lowered its sovereign credit ratings on Greece, stating that the probability of the country exiting the eurozone is now about 50%, in its view. Greece officially missed its $1.7B payment to the International Monetary Fund, as expected. Greece's government requested a third bailout from the eurozone, but the request was dismissed by European officials. Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem said Wednesday that he saw no need for further talks on Greece at that point as he awaits the result of its referendum... In China, the People’s Bank cut the one-year lending rate by 25 basis points to 4.85% and lowered the amount of reserves certain banks are required to hold by 50 basis points, but the same day the Shanghai Composite entered bear market territory, meaning the index was down more than 20% from its peak in mid-June. Chinese manufacturing PMIs came in short of expectations, as the HSBC/Markit PMI slipped to a final 49.4 in June from the flash reading of 49.6, while the government's official manufacturing PMI fell to 50.1 in June from 50.9 in May. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of BP (BP) advanced after the oil major announced it has reached agreements in principle to settle all U.S. federal and state claims arising from the Deepwater Horizon accident and spill in 2010. BP said it will pay up to $18.7B to settle the claims and that the expected impact of its agreements would be to increase the cumulative pre-tax charge associated with the accident and spill by around $10B from $43.8B at the end of the first quarter... In a blockbuster deal in the insurance industry, ACE Limited (ACE) agreed to acquire Chubb (CB) in a cash and stock transaction valued at over $28B. The combination will create the number one global Property and Casualty insurance company by P&C underwriting income and the number two U.S. public P&C insurer by market cap. Elsewhere on the M&A front, managed healthcare company Centene (CNC) announced a definitive agreement to acquire managed health care services rival Health Net (HNT) in a cash and stock deal valued at approximately $6.8B, including the assumption of approximately $500M of debt. Additionally, Willis Group (WSH) agreed to combine in an all-stock merger of equals with Towers Watson (TW) and Chambers Street Properties (CSG) announced a merger agreement with Gramercy Property Trust (GPT)... U.S. airline stocks dropped after the Associated Press reported that the Justice Department is investigating potential "unlawful coordination" between companies attempting to artificially limit growth to keep fares high... Juno Therapeutics (JUNO) advanced after the company announced a ten-year global collaboration for the development and commercialization of immunotherapies with Celgene (CELG). As part of the deal, Celgene will make an initial payment of approximately $1B, which includes the purchase of approximately 9.1M shares of Juno stock at $93 per share... Pentair (PNR) gained after Nelson Peltz's Trian Group confirmed it has taken a 7.24% stake. Trian urged the company to consider acquisitions and other industrial parts makers, including SPX Corp. (SPW), Flowserve (FLS), Xylem (XYL) and Colfax (CFX), also advanced following the activist's disclosure of its position... In a ruling with implications for coal miners and electric utilities, the Supreme Court overturned the EPA's Mercury Admissions and Toxic Standard, or MATS, rule, stating that the regulator did not properly take into account the costs to utilities and others in the sector in implementing a national standard for the reduction of power plant emissions of mercury and other air toxins... General Motors (GM) reported its U.S. sales fell 3% in June compared to the same month of last year, while Ford (F) said its sales grew 1.6% last month compared to last year. FCA US, the parent of the Chrysler and Jeep brands, reported U.S. sales increased 8% compared with sales in June 2014... Bond insurers MBIA (MBI) and Assured Guaranty (AGO) declined amid the worries about the debt situation in Puerto Rico. INDEXES: The Dow fell about 1.25% to close at 17,730.11, the Nasdaq declined about 1.43% to close at 5,009.21, and the S&P 500 dropped about 1.22% to close at 2,076.78.
16:12 EDTSPWPoint72 Asset Management reports 5.1% passive stake in SPX Corp.
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June 30, 2015
13:28 EDTSPWSPX Corp. upgraded to Buy on M&A optionality at BofA/Merrill
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12:09 EDTSPWPentair peers advance after Peltz urges company to look for acquisitions
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June 29, 2015
10:09 EDTROn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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06:33 EDTRRyder upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel
Stifel upgraded Ryder to Buy with a $104 price target based on reasonable valuation and expectations for Fleet Management Solutions NBT margin growth. The firm expects improved sales/marketing efforts to drive higher full service leasing growth and significant growth from the recently launched On-Demand maintenance product.
June 25, 2015
14:03 EDTSNYSanofi initiated with a Buy at HSBC
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June 24, 2015
10:00 EDTTEROn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Autoliv (ALV) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Catamaran (CTRX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Citi (C) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Esperion (ESPR) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Fortinet (FTNT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... General Motors (GM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Goldman Sachs (GS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... IBERIABANK (IBKC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Independent Bank (INDB) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Baird... Inphi (IPHI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Northland... MoneyGram (MGI) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Sensata (ST) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Cross Research... Teradyne (TER) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Alcobra (ADHD) downgraded to Hold from Speculative Buy at WBB Securities.
08:33 EDTCVSCVS Health enters into four new clinical affiliations
CVS Health has entered into new clinical affiliations with Sutter Health in California, Millennium Physician Group in Florida, Bryan Health Connect in Nebraska and Mount Kisco Medical Group, PC in New York. Through these clinical affiliations, CVS Health will provide prescription and visit information to the participating health care organizations.
07:12 EDTTERTeradyne downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman
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June 23, 2015
12:35 EDTBSXBoston Scientific CEO says M&A an important strategy
Boston Scientific CEO is speaking in a CNBC interview.
10:54 EDTCVSCVS Health expects to complete $5B in share repurchases in 2015
10:40 EDTCVSCVS Health sees Omnicare transaction closing by end of year
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10:31 EDTCVSCVS Health names Norman de Greve as Chief Marketing Officer, effective July 15
CVS Health announced that Norman de Greve will join CVS Health as Chief Marketing Officer, effective July 15. In this role, de Greve will be accountable for marketing strategy across the enterprise. He is currently the President of the Boston and Detroit offices of DigitasLBi.
07:25 EDTBSXPiper Jaffray to hold a summit
2015 Piper Jaffray Heartland Summit is being held in Minneapolis on June 23-24.
June 22, 2015
09:04 EDTBSXBoston Scientific initiates study to assess EMBLEM S-ICD
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