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January 17, 2013
10:02 EDTAFL, NEE, EQT, YUM, QLIK, GS, XEL, INFA, WSM, WAT, VVUS, A, BK, BA, CSCO, GLW, CREE, LEAP, SAP, ADTNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Adtran (ADTN) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Agilent (A) downgraded to Outperform from Buy at CLSA... BNY Mellon (BK) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Boeing (BA) downgraded to Underweight from Hold at BB&T... Cisco (CSCO) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Corning (GLW) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Cree (CREE) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at Jefferies... Leap Wireless (LEAP) downgraded to Underperform from Hold at Jefferies... SAP (SAP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... VIVUS (VVUS) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Brean Capital... Waters (WAT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Williams-Sonoma (WSM) downgraded to Market Perform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Informatica (INFA) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Wedbush... Xcel Energy (XEL)downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... NextEra Energy (NEE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... EQT Corporation (EQT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel Nicolaus... Yum! Brands (YUM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Qlik Technologies (QLIK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel Nicolaus... Goldman Sachs (GS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... Aflac (AFL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James.
News For ADTN;A;BK;BA;CSCO;GLW;CREE;LEAP;SAP;VVUS;WAT;WSM;INFA;XEL;NEE;EQT;YUM;QLIK;GS;AFL From The Last 14 Days
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October 7, 2014
16:24 EDTYUMYum! Brands down 1% following Q3 results
16:23 EDTYUMYum! Brands expects to develop at least 700 new restaurants in China this year
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16:22 EDTYUMYum! Brands lowers FY14 EPS growth ex-items to 6%-10%
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16:19 EDTYUMYum! Brands provides China update
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16:15 EDTYUMYum! Brands reports Q3 EPS ex-items 87c, consensus 89c
Reports Q3 revenue $3.35B, consensus $3.48B. Worldwide system sales grew 1%. Worldwide restaurant margin decreased 2.7 percentage points to 14.9%, and worldwide operating profit decreased 12%.
15:16 EDTYUMNotable companies reporting after market close
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15:13 EDTBAEarnings Preview: Alcoa sees Q3 EPS to 'continue to build on strong Q2'
Alcoa (AA) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings after the close on Wednesday, October 8, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Alcoa is a global manufacturer of aluminum products. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 23c on revenue of $5.85B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 15c-28c on revenue of $5.62B-$6.07B. LAST QUARTER: Alcoa reported second quarter adjusted EPS of 18c against estimates for 12c on revenue of $5.8B against estimates for $5.66B. The company reiterated its 2014 global aluminum demand growth view of 7%, and backed its 2014 global aerospace growth outlook of 8%-9%. It raised its 2014 estimate for the North America commercial transportation market to 10%-14%, from a previous range of 5%-9%. The higher estimate was based in part on rising truck orders and backlogs. CEO Klaus Kleinfeld said the company's transformation was in "high gear." He noted that aerospace business is a tailwind due to strong demand for commercial aircraft, and said the company is well-positioned to capture upside from recent investments. On Alcoa's Q2 earnings conference call, management said during the quarter the company witnessed revenue growth across all major end markets and the businesses continued to deliver productivity gains. They expect Q3 earnings per share to "continue to build on the strong second quarter." ATOI is expected to grow by 5%-10% over last year's third quarter due to continued share gains, stronger market conditions and productivity. Productivity gains are expected to offset cost increases in Q3. For 2014, productivity is ahead of schedule with $556M of productivity gains achieved in first half 2014 against the annual target of $850M. On September 11, Alcoa signed a multi-year supply contract with Boeing (BA) valued at over $1B. STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been overwhelmingly positive in the weeks leading up to Alcoa's Q3 earnings report. On July 9, three firms, Stifel, JP Morgan, and Argus raised their respective price targets on Alcoa. On September 30, BofA/Merrill upgraded Alcoa to Buy from Neutral with a price target of $18. The firm was more positive on the outlook for aluminum and raised Alcoa's 2015 EPS estimate to $1.05 and EBITDA to $4.1B vs. consensus of 85c and $3.8B. BofA said plant closures, better demand, and falling pension costs were catalysts. PRICE ACTION: Alcoa shares have rallied approximately 8% over the past three months, touching a 52-week high of $17.36 in September. Over the past twelve months, the stock is up about 100%. In early afternoon trading ahead of tomorrow's Q3 report, Alcoa shares are down fractionally.
14:27 EDTYUMYum! Brands October weekly 70 straddle priced for 4.6% move into Q3
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13:03 EDTYUMYum! Brands technical notes ahead of results
The shares have markedly under-performed in the prior three months, trading down over 14%. A great deal of the share price loss came at the front of the interval during the tainted-meat scandal in China. After the initial drop, shares have been basing in a range of $70 at the low and $73 at the high. The base at $70 may be particularly important. If the news is worse than already low expectations, that support at the $70 area could be lost. Next support below would be at $68.20 and then at $66.16. An extreme price reaction could see the 52-week low at $64.08 tested as well or perhaps broken. Equally, an upside surprise could see the top of the range tested at $73. Given low expectations, a bit of stronger news could push the stock through that resistance level. Next upside would be at $73.84, $75.44, and then at $76.33 on an increasing band of positive surprises.
12:17 EDTBKMBIA notified of 'huge data leak,' KrebsonSecurity reports
The IT security blog KrebsOnSecurity reported that on Monday it notified MBIA (MBI) that a misconfiguration in a company server exposed customer account numbers, balances and other sensitive data and that the company "quickly disabled" the vulnerable site after being notified about the breach. The blog noted that data from Cutwater Asset Management, a subsidiary slated to be acquired by BNY Mellon (BK), was impacted. Reference Link
09:17 EDTGS, BKSecurities Industry & Financial Markets Association to hold a conference
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09:05 EDTCREECree achieves production milestone with U.S. DoD
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08:01 EDTBABoeing says cannot plan for 'armageddon' of Ex-Im bank closure, Bloomberg says
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07:38 EDTBKBNY Mellon set up well into earnings after underperformance, says UBS
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07:36 EDTCSCOCisco unlikely to split-up despite speculation, says UBS
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07:28 EDTGSWells Fargo ups price target ranges for capital markets banks
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06:52 EDTCSCOAruba Networks may be displacing Cisco in some verticals, says RBC Capital
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06:51 EDTGSJustice Department set to attack more large banks by year end, NY Times says
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06:17 EDTCREENavigant: Market for LEDs in residential apps set to explode, DigiTimes says
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05:29 EDTBABoeing forecasts world air cargo traffic to double in next 20 years
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