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October 5, 2012
10:15 EDTINFA, DLTR, GPS, TMO, FDO, ADP, PBY, OI, FIS, WALOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Automatic Data Processing (ADP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Dollar Tree (DLTR) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... FIS (FIS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... Family Dollar (FDO) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Informatica (INFA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Owens-Illinois (OI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Thermo Fisher (TMO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Western Alliance (WAL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Pep Boys (PBY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Benchmark Co. Gap (GPS) upgraded to Buy from Above Average at Caris.
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May 21, 2015
07:41 EDTDLTRDollar Tree sees Q2 EPS ex-acquisition costs 63c-68c, consensus 70c
Sees Q2 revenue $2.17B-$2.23B, consensus $2.23B. Sees Q2 low to low-mid single-digit increase in same-store sales and 8% square footage growth.
07:39 EDTDLTRDollar Tree reports Q1 EPS ex-acquisition costs 71c, consensus 75c
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May 20, 2015
15:00 EDTDLTRNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include Dollar Tree (DLTR), consensus 75c... Best Buy (BBY), consensus 29c... Advance Auto Parts (AAP), consensus $2.48... Patterson Companies (PDCO), consensus 65c... Donaldson Company (DCI), consensus 35c... Booz Allen Hamilton Holding (BAH), consensus 33c... The Buckle (BKE), consensus 78c... Monro Muffler Brake (MNRO), consensus 39c... Brady Corp. (BRC), consensus 37c... Trina Solar (TSL), consensus 9c... Quality Systems (QSII), consensus 15c... Kirkland's (KIRK), consensus 11c... Bon-Ton Stores (BONT), consensus ($1.56).
12:33 EDTPBYOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session relatively unchanged from yesterday’s close and continue to trade in a holding pattern as investors await the release of the minutes from the Federal Reserve's last FOMC meeting. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., EIA inventory data showed a 2.67M barrel fall in crude stocks, versus expectations for a 1.75M barrel decrease. The Federal Reserve is scheduled to release the minutes from its last rate setting meeting at 2 pm EDT. In Asia, Japan's GDP accelerated to a 2.4% growth pace in the first quarter, which was much better than expected. Japanese stock markets rallied on the news, sending the Nikkei 225 average to its best level in 15 years. COMPANY NEWS: Five of the world's largest banks - Citi (C), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Barclays (BCS), The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and UBS (UBS) - agreed to pay more than $5B and plead guilty to felony charges related to manipulating foreign currencies and interest rates. In conjunction with previously announced settlements with regulatory agencies in the United States and abroad, today’s resolutions bring the total fines and penalties paid by these five banks for their conduct in the foreign exchange spot market to nearly $9B, the Department of Justice stated... Target (TGT) shares advanced 1% after the retailer's first quarter earnings topped expectations and it raised the low-end of its fiscal year profit forecast. Brian Cornell, chairman and CEO of Target, said the company was pleased with its first quarter traffic and sales, particularly in its signature categories, which drove better-than-expected profitability through improved gross margin and continued expense management. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), which rallied 53% after the company announced that, following meetings with the FDA, it would submit its eteplirsen drug to the FDA for approval on a rolling basis, with various components of the application being submitted separately. Eteplirsen is a treatment for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, or DMD. Also higher was Pep Boys (PBY), which gained 14% after The Wall Street Journal said private equity firm Golden Gate Capital and other potential suitors have expressed interest recently in buying the company. Among the noteworthy losers was Etsy (ETSY), which operates an online marketplace to buy and sell handmade items and vintage goods. The stock, which priced its IPO at $16 and opened for trading at $31 per share, dropped 22% to trade near $16.50 after the company issued its first financial report since coming public in April. Also lower were shares of several airline stocks, led by Southwest (LUV), which was down 8% near noon. In a regulatory filing last night, Southwest indicated it expects FY15 capacity growth to increase 7%-8% and to grow another 6%-7% in FY16. Buckingham downgraded Southwest to Neutral from Buy this morning, stating it has a more cautious revenue outlook for the company due to a worsening backdrop as competitors vow to compete aggressively. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 6.10, or 0.03%, to 18,306.29, the Nasdaq was up 1.65, or 0.03%, to 5,071.69, and the S&P 500 was down 0.49, or 0.02%, to 2,127.34.
10:00 EDTWALOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Achillion (ACHN) downgraded on valuation at JMP Securities... Ashland (ASH) downgraded to Equal-Weight from Overweight at First Analysis... Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Braskem (BAK) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Comerica (CMA) downgraded to Underperform at Baird... Crestwood Midstream (CMLP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Fifth Third (FITB) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Keysight Technologies (KEYS) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Leju (LEJU) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at CLSA... Marrone Bio (MBII) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Southwest (LUV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham... SunTrust (STI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Western Alliance (WAL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette.
09:25 EDTPBYOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: American Eagle Outfitters (AEO), up 8.6%... Computer Sciences (CSC), up 4.1%. ALSO HIGHER: Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), up 44.5% after announcing plans for rolling eteplirsen NDA... Genocea Biosciences (GNCA), up 22.5% after GEN-003 Phase 2 trial met primary endpoint... IsoRay (ISR), up 31.7% after Cesium-131 reports 96% success in local control and 100% survival in 5 years... AVEO Pharmaceuticals (AVEO), up 15.7% after presenting results of extension study 902 and gets FDA feedback for tivozanib... Pep Boys (PBY), up 12.5% following reports that potential buyer have approached the company about a possible takeover. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Etsy (ETSY), down 19.5%... China Distance Education (DL), down 7.7%... Keysight Technologies (KEYS), down 5.7%.... Lowe's (LOW), down 5.2%. ALSO LOWER: Lpath (LPTN), down 75.6% after announcing that it will undergo corporate restructuring... Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN), down 10.1% following collaboration for HCV with Janssen... El Pollo LoCo (LOCO), down 3.5% after 6M share Block Trade priced at $22.25... Cimarex Energy (XEC), down 3.3% after 6M share Spot Secondary priced at $109.00.
08:03 EDTPBYPep Boys June volatility elevated into reports suitors approached
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08:01 EDTTMOThermo Fisher to host analyst meeting
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06:04 EDTPBYPotential buyers approach Pep Boys about possible takeover, WSJ reports
Pep Boys has been approached about a takeover, according to sources cited by The Wall Street Journal. The sources say Golden Gate Capital and other potential suitors have expressed interest recently in buying the company. The auto-parts and services retailer is not currently in negotiations with any of the firms and is not working with an investment bank, one source notes. Reference Link
05:41 EDTWALWestern Alliance downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette
Keefe Bruyette downgraded Western Alliance to Market Perform citing valuation.
May 19, 2015
09:18 EDTTMOBofA/Merrill life sciences analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Analysts, along with Nancy J. Kelley, a nationally recognized executive and lawyer who has championed the field of Synthetic/Engineering Biology in the U.S., discuss what Synthetic Biology is and whether it will disrupt the Healthcare landscape and how Synthetic Biologic-based products would be regulated on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on May 19 at 2 pm.
09:08 EDTTMO3D Systems enters reseller agreement with Thermo Fisher
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06:40 EDTPBYGabelli adds another nominee to join board of Pep Boys
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May 18, 2015
10:01 EDTOIOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: A10 Networks (ATEN) upgraded to Overweight from Sector Weight at Pacific Crest... Cal-Maine Foods (CALM) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... ChemoCentryx (CCXI) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Cheniere Energy Partners LP (CQP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Chicago Bridge & Iron (CBI) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Continental Resources (CLR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Ctrip.com (CTRP) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Emerge Energy (EMES) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... FEMSA (FMX) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... GoPro (GPRO) upgraded to Perform from Underperform at Oppenheimer... Holly Energy (HEP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... JP Energy (JPEP) upgraded on better visibility on volumes at RBC Capital... Laredo Petroleum (LPI) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Malvern Bancorp (MLVF) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Newfield Exploration (NFX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Norsk Hydro (NHYDY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Owens-Illinois (OI) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Penn National (PENN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Roche (RHHBY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Schnitzer Steel (SCHN) upgraded on stabilizing headwinds at KeyBanc... Seventy Seven Energy (SSE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Toll Brothers (TOL) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Sterne Agee CRT... United Therapeutics (UTHR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... Volvo (VOLVY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Zayo Group (ZAYO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman.
08:46 EDTDLTRDollar Tree weakness an attractive buying opportunity, says UBS
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07:47 EDTOIOwens-Illinois upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill
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06:45 EDTOIOwens-Illinois upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill
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May 15, 2015
17:33 EDTDLTRPoint72 Asset Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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17:07 EDTFDOTrian Fund gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: None. INCREASED STAKES: PepsiCo (PEP), Mondelez (MDLZ), Bank of New York Mellon Group (BK), and Du Pont (DD). DECREASED STAKES: Family Dollar (FDO), and Ingersoll-Rand (IR). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Lazard (LAZ).
14:15 EDTDLTRDollar Tree volatility flat into Q1 and outlook
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