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February 5, 2014
10:04 EDTSTLD, MYGN, GTN, BLK, ADM, PH, WAIR, VALE, SSRI, MBT, FNFG, BDX, ZION, Z, TYG, PCAR, LAMR, CNC, BBVA, ENTG, WDROn 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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April 16, 2014
15:10 EDTLAMRCBS Outdoor, other REIT seekers rise after IRS ruling
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14:47 EDTLAMRIron Mountain, Lamar Advertising higher after IRS ruling on CBS Outdoor
Shares of Iron Mountain (IRM), up 3%, and Lamar Advertising (LAMR), up 4%, are higher after the IRS approved CBS Outdoor's (CBSO) plan to convert to a REIT. Iron Mountain and Lamar have both been seeking to gain REIT status with the IRS. Shares of CBS Outdoor are also higher, up more than 5%, following the announcement, as are shares of its parent company, CBS (CBS), up more than 2%.
13:03 EDTMBTMobile TeleSystems upgraded to Buy from Hold at Standpoint Research
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10:00 EDTCNCOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: A10 Networks (ATEN) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Actavis (ACT) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... Allergan (AGN) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... Autohome (ATHM) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... BitAuto (BITA) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Centene (CNC) initiated with a Neutral at UBS... Endo International (ENDP) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... FS Investment (FSIC) initiated with an Overweight at Evercore... Hertz (HTZ) initiated with a Buy at Gabelli... Hilton (HLT) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Hospira (HSP) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... ImmunoGen (IMGN) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Impax (IPXL) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Imperva (IMPV) assumed with a Neutral at Wedbush... Ingredion (INGR) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Laredo Petroleum (LPI) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Lpath (LPTN) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... MediWound (MDWD) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Medivation (MDVN) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP) assumed with a Buy at Canaccord... Nimble Storage (NMBL) initiated with a Market Perform at Raymond James... Regeneron (REGN) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Salix (SLXP) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... Sibanye Gold (SBGL) initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital... Teva (TEVA) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Wipro (WIT) assumed with a Hold at Jefferies.
06:32 EDTBLKGoldman Sachs tries to jump start stock-trading business amid concerns, WSJ says
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05:52 EDTLAMRStocks with implied volatility movement; LAMR WYNN
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05:34 EDTCNCCentene initiated with a Neutral at UBS
Target $62.
April 15, 2014
16:22 EDTADMOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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13:19 EDTADMArcher Daniels announces $350M unit sale to Mosaic, other actions
Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) announced three actions in the company’s ongoing portfolio management. ADM has signed an agreement to sell its fertilizer business in Brazil and Paraguay to The Mosaic Company (MOS) for $350M. The transaction consists primarily of five ADM-owned blending facilities in Brazil and Paraguay. The purchase price includes $150M in working capital. As part of the transaction, ADM will purchase fertilizer from Mosaic after the closing and will continue to supply certain fertilizer customers in Brazil and Paraguay. ADM also announced it will pursue the sale of its chocolate business, while retaining the majority of its cocoa press operations. The company has engaged advisers to facilitate the sale process. Finally, ADM announced it will acquire the remaining 20% minority stake of Alfred C. Toepfer International for EUR83M, representing about 1.1x net book value. The proposed transaction, which is occurring through the exercise of a put agreement by Union InVivo, will be subject to customary regulatory approvals. Since 2002, ADM has owned 80% of Toepfer. InVivo will remain a strategic business partner for ADM in Europe.
12:31 EDTADMMosaic to acquire Archer Daniels' Brazil, Paraguay fertilizer units
Mosaic (MOS) signed definitive agreements with Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) to acquire its fertilizer distribution business in Brazil and Paraguay for $350M. The purchase price assumes the delivery of $150M in working capital at closing. This acquisition is expected to accelerate Mosaic's previously announced growth plans in Brazil as well as replace planned internal investments in that country. Under the terms of the agreement, Mosaic would acquire four blending and warehousing facilities in Brazil, one in Paraguay and additional warehousing and logistics service capabilities. The acquisition of ADM's fertilizer distribution business would increase Mosaic's annual distribution in the region from approximately 4M metric tonnes to about 6M metric tonnes of crop nutrients. The parties have also negotiated the terms of five-year fertilizer supply agreements providing for Mosaic to supply ADM's fertilizer needs in Brazil and Paraguay. Mosaic will fund the acquisition with cash from operations. The transaction is not expected to impact Mosaic's shareholder distribution plans. The proposed sale will be contingent on customary regulatory approvals.
11:23 EDTENTGATMI shareholders approve proposed merger with Entegris
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08:54 EDTBLKBlackRock April volatility elevated at 38 into Q4 and outlook
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07:28 EDTBLKSEC officials weighing curbs on trading fees, WSJ says
SEC officials, including some commissioners, are considering a trial program to curb "maker-taker" fee plans that are a major source of revenue for exchanges and some high-frequency trading firms, according to The Wall Street Journal. Fund managers, including BlackRock (BLK), are concerned about the negative effects of maker-taker, the report added. IntercontinentalExchange (ICE) CEO Jeffrey Sprecher, along with representatives from T. Rowe Price (TROW) and from RBC Capital (RY), recently held a series of private meetings with SEC Chairman Mary Jo White to push for its elimination, according to the report, citing people familiar with the matter. Like IntercontinentalExchange, which owns the New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq (NDAQ) is a publicly-traded exchange operator. Reference Link
07:09 EDTPHParker-Hannifin Q1 results could beat expectations, says KeyBanc
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06:32 EDTCNCPatients paying much more for specialty drugs, NY Times says
The amount that patients with certain diseases must pay for specialty drugs has increased significantly, a research firm reported, according to The New York Times. Meanwhile, consumers' use of health care increased in 2013 for the firm time in three years, the newspaper quoted the firm, the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, as saying. Publicly traded drug makers include AstraZeneca (AZN), Bristol-Myers (BMY), Eli Lilly (LLY), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Merck (MRK), Novartis (NVS), Pfizer (PFE), Roche (RHHBY) and Sanofi (SNY). Publicly traded health insurers include AMERIGROUP (AGP), Aetna (AET), Centene (CNC), Cigna (CI), Health Net (HNT), Healthspring (HS), Humana (HUM), Molina Healthcare (MOH), UnitedHealth (UNH), WellCare (WCG) and WellPoint (WLP).Reference Link
April 11, 2014
12:42 EDTZOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
ASML (ASML) initiated with a Cautious at ISI Group... Analog Devices (ADI) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Applied Materials (AMAT) initiated with a Strong Buy at ISI Group... Aruba Networks (ARUN) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... Broadcom (BRCM) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... CSX (CSX) initiated with an Outperform at Macquarie... Cisco (CSCO) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... F5 Networks (FFIV) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... Genesee & Wyoming (GWR) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Intel (INTC) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... Juniper (JNPR) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... KLA-Tencor (KLAC) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... Lam Research (LRCX) initiated with a Strong Buy at ISI Group... Linear Technology (LLTC) initiated with a Cautious at ISI Group... Maxim Integrated (MXIM) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... Micron (MU) initiated with a Strong Buy at ISI Group... NVIDIA (NVDA) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) initiated with a Strong Buy at ISI Group... Qualcomm (QCOM) initiated with a Strong Buy at ISI Group... Riverbed (RVBD) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... SanDisk (SNDK) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... Teradyne (TER) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Texas Instruments (TXN) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... Trulia (TRLA) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Union Pacific (UNP) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Zillow (Z) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Flamel Technologies (FLML) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Parker Drilling (PKD) initiated with an Accumulate at Tudor Pickering.
April 10, 2014
16:10 EDTZZillow initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna
Target $115.
13:43 EDTBLKFidelity to pitch new lost cost trading venue to large asset managers, WSJ says
Fidelity is working on a new trading venue, dubbed "Sakura," that it hopes will be a collaboration among big mutual-fund firms to reduce costs and streamline trading and will be an improvement over other "dark pools," reported The Wall Street Journal, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The report said Fidelity is in the initial planning stages and has just started pitching the idea to other large asset managers. Publicly traded fund managers include BlackRock (BLK), Franklin Resources (BEN) and T. Rowe Price (TROW), while Investment Technology Group (ITG) currently operates dark pools that facilitate block trading among large institutions. Exchange operators Nasdaq (NDAQ) and Intercontinentalexchange's (ICE) NYSE have previously testified to legislators that too much trading occurs in dark pools, hurting investors. Reference Link
10:06 EDTZZillow volatility elevated on tight price movement
Zillow April call option implied volatility is at 60, May is at 71, August is at 57; above its 26-week average of 53 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement.
07:26 EDTVALECommittee recommends Vale be stripped of Simandou license, WSJ says
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