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News For ADI;CTRX;DISCA;EQIX;LBTYA;LMCA;REGN;SBAC;VRSK;WDC From The Last 14 Days
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December 17, 2014
10:14 EDTWDCHP best way to play coming PC sales outperformance, Citi says
Sales of PCs will be at least flat next year, before growing slightly in 2016 and 2017, Citigroup wrote in a note to investors today. The firm identified HP (HPQ) as the best way to play better than expected PC sales. WHAT'S NEW: Although many believe that PCs will become extinct, there are several reasons why sales of personal computers will begin growing again, Citi analyst Jim Suva contended. Sales of commercial PCs in emerging markets should increase over the long-term, as those PCs are aging, according to Suva. He estimated that commercial PCs in emerging markets account for 27% of the total PC market. Meanwhile, tablets were supposed to replace PCs, but tablet sales growth slowed to just 8% this year, indicating that tablets are becoming less of a threat to PCs, he wrote. Additionally, some believe that PC demand was inflated by a rush to replace computers running Microsoft's (MSFT) Windows XP operating system this year after the company stopped supporting XP, but Suva believe that PC demand growth in 2014 was more driven by a need to buy new computers following a lull in growth in 2012-2013 than by the XP situation. As a result, the analyst estimates that the XP phenomenon will only reduce next year's PC growth by 1%, versus the 3%+ reduction that investors fear. HP is the best way to play the PC rebound, wrote Suva, who raised his price target on the company's shares to $46 from $40 and kept a Buy rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Suva raised his price target on hard disk drive maker Western Digital (WDX) to $125 from $110 and on its competitor, Seagate (STX), to $74 from $70, as he noted that the companies obtain about 50% of their revenue from PCs. He kept Buy ratings on both names. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Hewlett-Packard gained 2.7% to $38.32, Western Digital rose 1.7% to $106.30, and Seagate climbed 1% to $63.89.
10:02 EDTLBTYAOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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06:44 EDTLBTYALiberty Global resumed with an Overweight at JPMorgan
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06:25 EDTWDCWestern Digital price target raised to $125 from $110 at Citigroup
Citigroup raised its price target for Western Digital (WDC) shares to $125 on expectations PCs will return to positive growth in 2016-2017. Citi believes Western Digital will benefit if its thesis on PCs proves correct. It also raised its price target for Seagate (STX) shares to $74 from $70. Citi keeps a Buy rating on both stocks.
December 16, 2014
16:12 EDTVRSKVerisk Analytics ends effort to acquire EagleView, announces $500M ASR
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08:09 EDTWDCWestern Digital story remains under-appreciated, says Brean Capital
Brean Capital believes the enterprise value/free cash flow valuation for Western Digital remains under-appreciated. The firm sees an improving product mix and ongoing margin expansion and believes the company's acquisition of Skyera is a positive. Brean Capital reiterated its Buy rating and $125 price target on Western Digital shares.
December 15, 2014
08:56 EDTWDCWestern Digital announces HGST to acquire Skyera
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December 12, 2014
10:01 EDTDISCAOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: BreitBurn Energy (BBEP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... CIBC (CM) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Costco (COST) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... Discovery (DISCA) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Emerald Oil (EOX) downgraded to Neutral from Accumulate at Global Hunter... Goodrich Petroleum (GDP) cut to Underweight on lower oil at JPMorgan... Hain Celestial (HAIN) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Hovnanian (HOV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Mindray Medical (MR) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Morgan Stanley (MS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham... Oracle (ORCL) resumed with a Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Rackspace (RAX) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at DA Davidson... Zayo Group (ZAYO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG.
08:01 EDTREGNPiper predicts two large-cap biotechs could be acquired in 2015
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07:17 EDTADISemiconductor indications have improved, says Bernstein
Bernstein believes that indicators for the semiconductor sector have improved since September, as expectations and valuations have dropped, while revision trends have been favorable,according to the firm. The firm thinks the outlook for the space is "reasonably positive." In conjunction with this note, Bernstein upgraded its rating on Freescale (FSL) to Outperform from Market Perform and hiked its target on the stock to $31 from $20. The firm increased its price target on Texas Instruments (TXN) to $63 from $54 and on Analog Devices to $55 from $50. It keeps an Outperform rating on Texas Instruments and a Market Perform rating on Analog Devices.
06:23 EDTDISCADiscovery downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital
RBC Capital downgraded Discovery to Sector Perform based on soft domestic ad trends, decelerating International growth, and lack of catalysts heading into 2015. Price target is $38.
December 11, 2014
07:34 EDTEQIXBarclays to hold a bus tour
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December 10, 2014
08:35 EDTCTRXCatamaran management to meet with SunTrust
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08:09 EDTWDCWestern Digital price target raised to $129 from $124 at Jefferies
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07:53 EDTLBTYAUBS to hold a conference
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07:31 EDTLBTYALiberty Global, Searchlight to acquire Choice
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December 9, 2014
15:03 EDTDISCADiscovery Communications rises after CEO sees outperforming U.S. peers
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11:29 EDTDISCADiscovery CEO says international market 'steady, good' for company
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11:27 EDTDISCADiscovery CEO says will buy back more shares in 2015 than 2014
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11:11 EDTDISCADiscovery, Hulu announce new distribution agreement
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07:32 EDTDISCAUBS to hold a conference
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07:07 EDTWDCWestern Digital resolves two non-compliance matters with MOFCOM
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06:48 EDTDISCAAnalysts say Netflix undermining TV ad revenue, NY Times reports
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December 8, 2014
14:51 EDTADIArrow Electronics to offer Hittite Microwave product line
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11:30 EDTCTRXLeerink generics pharmaceutical analyst holds analyst/industry conference call
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10:00 EDTDISCAOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:37 EDTVRSKVerisk Analytics acquires Maplecroft for GBP 20.25M
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07:28 EDTEQIXFBN Securities to hold a bus tour
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December 5, 2014
16:56 EDTDISCADiscovery initiated with a Neutral at UBS
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December 4, 2014
09:32 EDTADIAnalog Devices attractive at current levels, says Argus
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08:43 EDTEQIXMomentum building for Equinix, says Pacific Crest
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06:47 EDTREGNRegeneron removed from Top Picks List at Credit Suisse
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