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November 6, 2012
10:02 EDTROST, KRFT, CAMP, WDAY, PSMI, DVAX, CRUS, SMRT, MDLZ, FANG, ADTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: ADT Corp. (ADT) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... CalAmp (CAMP) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Cirrus Logic (CRUS) initiated with a Buy at Capstone... Diamondback Energy (FANG) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... Dynavax (DVAX) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities.... Kraft Foods (KRFT) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Mondelez (MDLZ) initiated with a Sell at Canaccord... Palo Alto (PANW) initiated with a Market Perform at FBR Capital... Peregrine (PSMI) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Ross Stores (ROST) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Stein Mart (SMRT) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Workday (WDAY) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman.
News For ADT;CRUS;CAMP;FANG;DVAX;KRFT;MDLZ;PSMI;ROST;SMRT;WDAY From The Last 14 Days
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December 18, 2014
08:41 EDTKRFTKraft Foods CEO Vernon to retire, Cahill to be Chairman and CEO
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December 16, 2014
10:14 EDTROSTRoss Stores downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen
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09:59 EDTCRUSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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05:06 EDTCRUSCirrus Logic upgraded to Perform from Underperform at Oppenheimer
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December 15, 2014
16:36 EDTCRUSOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
The Dow began the session with triple digit gains, but the move was short lived and so was the positive start for the equities market, which tumbled with oil prices and struggled for the remainder of the session. The day’s economic reports, which included the Empire Manufacturing report, industrial production and capacity utilization reports, and the NAHB housing market index, had little effect on the market. Stocks recovered a bit but did not get back into the green before the close, with investors wondering how the Fed, which begins its final FOMC meeting of the year tomorrow, will view its strategy in light of the recent weakness in oil. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Empire State manufacturing index fell to -3.6 in December, which was significantly worse than the expectation for it to rise to 12.4 from its prior 10.2 reading. Industrial production jumped 1.3% in November, which was better than the expected 0.7% increase. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index fell one point to 57 in December, versus expectations for a one point rise to a 59 reading. Near noon, WTI crude was down more than 2% and was trading below $57 per barrel. COMPANY NEWS: Riverbed Technology (RVBD) rose $1.57, or 8.38%, to $20.31 after the company agreed to be acquired by private equity investment firm Thoma Bravo and the private investor department of Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. Riverbed stockholders will receive $21 per share in cash, or a total of approximately $3.6B, which Wells Fargo views as a "good decision" and good deal for the company given the challenges in its business... PetSmart (PETM) advanced $3.30, or 4.25%, to $80.97 after the company agreed to be acquired by a consortium led by BC Partners at a price of $83.00 per share in cash. However, the private equity backers of Petco that were not allowed to participate in the auction process because of competition concerns, Leonard Green & Partners and TPG, could still make a rival offer, according to The Deal Pipeline, citing a source familiar with the situation. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Sorrento Therapeutics (SRNE), which advanced $1.50, or 25.86%, to $7.30 after the company announced that it has entered into a binding agreement with NantWorks founder Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong to establish a strategic collaboration to jointly develop next generation immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer and auto-immune diseases. Also higher was Cirrus Logic (CRUS), which rallied $4.12, or 21.87%, to $22.96 after Barclays upgraded the stock two notches to Overweight from Underweight and said the company is poised to make significantly more money per each iPhone sold next year. Among the noteworthy losers was CGG SA (CGG), which was downgraded to Underperform at Raymond James and dropped $2.41, or 28.29%, to $6.11 after Technip (TKPPY) said that it does not plan to file a tender for the company after talks between the companies did not result in a deal. Also lower were shares of Habit Restaurants (HABT), which fell $7.20, or 17.19%, to $34.69 as analysts rolled out coverage of the stock following its IPO about a month ago. Amid the coverage initiations, Habit Restaurants shares were initiated with a Neutral and $41 price target at RW Baird, with a Market Perform rating at Wells Fargo, with an Equal Weight at Stephens and with an Overweight rating and $48 target at Piper Jaffray. INDEXES: The Dow fell 99.99, or 0.58%, to 17,180.84, the Nasdaq dropped 48.44, or 1.04%, to 4,605.16, and the S&P 500 declined 12.70, or 0.63%, to 1,989.63.
13:19 EDTPSMIGabelli liquidates 5.03% stake in Peregrine
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12:15 EDTCRUSCirrus jumps after Barclays ups stock two notches citing Apple opportunity
Shares of Cirrus (CRUS) are rallying after Barclays upgraded the stock two notches to Overweight from Underweight in a note to investors today. The company is poised to make significantly more money per each iPhone sold next year, the firm stated. Cirrus develops audio components for smartphones. WHAT'S NEW: Cirrus will obtain $2.50-$3.50 for each of Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 6S sold next year, up from about $2 for Apple's latest iPhone, the iPhone 6, Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis wrote. A new component made by Cirrus will enable smartphones to always respond to voice commands, even if the devices are turned off, the analyst reported. The new component can also enable Cirrus to obtain more revenue from Android phones, Curtis wrote. The company should obtain a significant amount of revenue from Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S6 devices, the analyst contended. He hiked his 2015 earnings per share estimate for the company to $1.55 from $1.19 and increased his price target on Cirrus shares to $28 from $18. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading Cirrus rallied 19.4% to $22.50.
10:27 EDTCRUSCirrus Logic rallies sharply following upgrade, levels to watch
The stock is on a tear to the upside, last up over 18% to $22.33 on more than four times the average daily volume. With over 13% of the float short as of the last available report, there is an opportunistic short-squeeze in progress that is helping move the shares. Resistance is at $23.55. Support is at $22.07. Barclays earlier upgraded the stock to Overweight, saying that the company's share of chips in Apple (AAPL) devices was increasing.
10:10 EDTCRUSHigh option volume stocks:
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10:00 EDTCRUSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:27 EDTCRUSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Opko Health (OPK), up 13.1% after Pfizer (PFE) and OPKO Health enter into global agreement for hGH-CTP... Cirrus Logic (CRUS), up 7.5% after being upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at Barclays... PetSmart (PETM), up 4.7% after being acquired by BC Partners led consortium for $83 per share... Sohu.com (SOHU), up 3% after being upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Oracle (ORCL), up 2.2% after receiving FedRAMP provisional authority to operate. LOWER: Unwired Planet (UPIP), down 25.7% after commenting on Google (GOOG) Markman ruling... EXCO Resources (XCO), down 13% after suspending its dividend.
05:39 EDTCRUSCirrus Logic upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at Barclays
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December 12, 2014
07:23 EDTKRFTCredit Suisse to hold a conference
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06:41 EDTWDAYWorkday resumed with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray
Price target raised to $87 from $83.
December 11, 2014
07:51 EDTKRFTCredit Suisse to hold a conference
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December 10, 2014
07:24 EDTADTImperial Capital to hold a conference
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December 9, 2014
12:06 EDTROST, SMRTBurlington Stores rises after beating Q3 estimates, raising FY14 outlook
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December 8, 2014
09:31 EDTADTADT Corp. downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
07:40 EDTFANGMany E&P target prices lowered at SunTrust
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