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February 5, 2014
10:04 EDTCNC, BBVA, ENTG, WDR, STLD, MYGN, GTN, BLK, ADM, PH, WAIR, VALE, SSRI, MBT, FNFG, BDX, ZION, Z, TYG, PCAR, LAMROn the Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Archer Daniels (ADM) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia Capital... Banco Bilbao (BBVA) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Becton Dickinson (BDX) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... BlackRock (BLK) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Centene (CNC) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... First Niagara (FNFG) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Gray Television (GTN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Lamar Advertising (LAMR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Mobile TeleSystems (MBT) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Myriad Genetics (MYGN) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at JMP Securities... PACCAR (PCAR) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... Silver Standard (SSRI) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... Steel Dynamics (STLD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Tortoise Energy (TYG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Vale (VALE) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Waddell & Reed (WDR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Wesco Aircraft (WAIR) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Zillow (Z) upgraded to Buy from Fair Value at CRT Capital... Entegris (ENTG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Zions Bancorp (ZION) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Parker-Hannifin (PH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at MKM Partners.
News For ADM;BBVA;BDX;BLK;CNC;FNFG;GTN;LAMR;MBT;MYGN;PCAR;SSRI;STLD;TYG;VALE;WDR;Z;WAIR;ENTG;ZION;PH From The Last 14 Days
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February 24, 2015
08:00 EDTCNCCentene subsidiary announces successful reprocurement of foster care contract
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07:28 EDTZZillow Group downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie
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February 23, 2015
19:40 EDTCNCLeerink healthcare services analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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12:21 EDTCNCOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:29 EDTADMEU investigates Cargill's proposed acquisition of ADM's chocolate business
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11:10 EDTCNCHealth insurers rise after CMS releases preliminary Medicare Advantage rates
The shares of a number of health insurers are rising after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, issued preliminary 2016 Medicare Advantage rates. According to Credit Suisse, the rates were favorable for health insurers. WHAT'S NEW: On Friday after the market closed, CMS issued a proposal for 2016 Medicare Advantage rates. The rates are preliminary and could change when CMS announces the final 2016 rates on April 6 of this year, the agency noted. In a note to investors earlier today, Credit Suisse analyst Ralph Giacobbe estimated that, under CMS' initial proposal, insurers would see rate changes of between -1% and +1%, depending on the risk that each insurer faces. The preliminary rates were "favorable" for insurers, since the rates were "in-line if not slightly better" than investors had expected, the firm stated. Moreover, CMS decided not to restrict at-home health risk assessments, as had been feared, and agreed to reduce the weighting of certain risk factors that had hurt previously certain plans with a higher proportion of low-income beneficiaries, acceding to a request by insurers. Insurers with the highest exposure to Medicare Advantage include Humana (HUM), UnitedHealth (UNH), and WellCare (WCG), the analyst stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: After analyzing CMS' proposal, health insurer Aetna (AET) estimated that the proposal would cause government funding for its Medicare Advantage business to decline by about 1% in 2016. Aetna added that it is continuing to evaluate the changes outlined in the Advance Notice and their impact on the company and its Medicare Advantage members. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other publicly traded health insurance companies include Anthem (ANTM), AMERIGROUP (AGP), Centene (CNC), Cigna (CI), Health Net (HNT), Healthspring (HS), and Molina Healthcare (MOH). PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Humana climbed 5.3% to $164.43, UnitedHealth rose 2.6% to $115.56, WellCare gained 6.3% to $90, Aetna advanced 2% to $99.91, and Centene added 3.4% to $61.93.
09:59 EDTVALEOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Antofagasta (ANFGY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Arch Coal (ACI) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Argus... BHP Billiton (BHP) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Beazer Homes (BZH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Boeing (BA) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Century Communities (CCS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... CyberArk (CYBR) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... DirecTV (DTV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Brean Capital... Enerplus (ERF) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Desjardins... Fiserv (FISV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Monness Crespi... GP Strategies (GPX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... Interactive Brokers (IBKR) downgraded to Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... MRC Global (MRC) downgraded at BB&T... Precision Castparts (PCP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Quest Diagnostics (DGX) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... Rio Tinto (RIO) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Roth Capital downgraded Spectrum (SPPI) on court case loss... Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Howard Weil... Ryland Group (RYL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Salix (SLXP) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink... Standard Pacific (SPF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Superior Energy (SPN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Transocean (RIG) downgraded to Negative from Neutral at Susquehanna... Vale (VALE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley.
09:52 EDTZTrulia could lose 40% of listings if lawsuit fails, says Deutsche Bank
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09:25 EDTVALEOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:20 EDTVALEVale downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
08:05 EDTCNCCMS releases preliminary Medicare Advantage rates for 2016
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07:45 EDTSTLDSteel Dynamics remains a Best Idea at Morgan Stanley
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February 20, 2015
15:09 EDTBDXBecton Dickinson management to meet with JPMorgan
Meetings to be held in New York on February 24 and in Atlanta on February 25 hosted by JPMorgan.
14:36 EDTZZillow sues to maintain ListHub listings on Trulia, GeekWire reports
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12:53 EDTPCARCitigroup sees truck carrier stocks poised to outperform
With the U.S. economy growing quickly, the stocks of truck carriers are likely to outperform the S&P 500, Citigroup believes. WHAT'S NEW: Truck transportation prices and truck carrier stocks "respond most directly to economic growth," Citigroup analyst Christian Wetherbee wrote in a note to investors today. After carriers' truckload rates rose 4% last year, the rates should rise by a similar amount this year, Wetherbee predicted. Economic growth, along with the difficulties the carriers are experiencing with recruiting drivers, should be supportive of additional rate increases, the analyst stated. Wetherbee warned that the stocks of truck builders usually underperform during periods such as the current one, when a large amounts of U.S. class 8 trucks are being built. Consequently, truck carrier stocks present investors with an opportunity, while investors should be cautious on truck builders and parts suppliers, he wrote. Among truck carriers, Swift (SWFT) is particularly attractive, since it has underperformed its peers over the last year, Wetherbee stated. Additionally, the company's results appear likely to at least meet consensus estimates, the analyst predicted. He also kept a Buy rating on another truck carrier, Knight Transportation (KNX) and maintained a Buy rating on Cummins (CMI), which builds truck engines. The analyst kept a Hold rating on truck builder PACCAR (PCAR). OTHERS TO WATCH: Navistar (NAV) builds trucks and Celadon (CGI) is another truck carrier. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Swift rose 1%, Knight Transportation gained 1.3%, Cummins added 0.7%, and PACCAR lost 0.5%.
06:27 EDTPCARTrucking stocks likely to outperform S&P 500, says Citigroup
Citigroup says its work indicates trucking stocks respond most directly to economic growth. With the economy on a growth trajectory, Citi expects trucking stocks are likely to outperform the S&P 500. The firm reiterates Buy ratings on Swift Transportation (SWFT) and Knight Transportation (KNX), with a preference for Swift. It also has a Buy rating on Cummins (CMI) and Neutral on PACCAR (PCAR).
05:19 EDTSSRISilver Standard sees FY15 gold production 160K-175K oz
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05:16 EDTSSRISilver Standard reports adjusted Q4 EPS (8c), may not compare to consensus 20c
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February 19, 2015
08:33 EDTZJMP Securities more upbeat on Zillow purchase of Trulia
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07:17 EDTZMaxim to hold a bus tour
Internet/Tech Bus Tour travels throughout Seattle, Washington to various with various industry companies on February 19.
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