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January 17, 2013
10:02 EDTQLIK, NEE, AFL, YUM, GS, EQT, WSM, SAP, GLW, BK, XEL, WAT, LEAP, CSCO, A, INFA, VVUS, CREE, BA, 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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February 3, 2016
06:04 EDTCSCOCisco says ITC ruling 'beginning of the end' for Arista's copying
Cisco's (CSCO) Mark Chandler in a blog post last night commented on the International Trade Commission's ruling in the first of their investigations into Arista Networks (ANET). The judge found violations of three Cisco patents, foreshadowed an exclusion order banning imports of all Arista switches and installed a challenging ITC review process for any new designs, Chandler wrote. "The details of the Judge's determination will be published within 30 days, but this notice marks the beginning of the end for Arista's systemic copying of our intellectual property," he added. He listed four options for Arista: Withdraw the products, modify the products so that they no longer infringe, face an exclusion order or evade the ITC exclusion order. Chandler continued, "And this is just the beginning. In April we will see a ruling in the second ITC investigation, which may confirm more violations and import bans. Arista will also face two District Court juries with these rulings on their record. The judges and juries in those trials will note this day as the day that Arista no longer can pretend that its products aren't tainted by misconduct. This will be important as they consider injunctions to remove infringing Arista product from the market." Shares of Arista closed yesterday down $1.56 to $57.70. Cisco closed down 65c to $22.83. Reference Link
05:59 EDTYUMYum! Brands volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Yum! Brands February weekly call option implied volatility is at 86, February is at 44, March is at 34; compared to its 52-week range of 19 to 47, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results today.
05:54 EDTXELXcel Energy downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS
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05:16 EDTGSStocks with implied volatility movement; GS C
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February 2, 2016
16:25 EDTCSCOArista responds to initial ruling in Cisco dispute, plans new software in Q2
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15:50 EDTCSCOCisco looks to stop imports of Arista Networks routers, Bloomberg says
Arista (ANET), according to a U.S. trade judge, violates three Cisco (CSCO) patents, adds Bloomberg.
10:49 EDTGSGoldman Sachs Asia unit censured by Hong Kong regulator
The Securities and Futures Commission, SFC, has publicly censured Goldman Sachs Asia for breaches of the Code on Takeovers and Mergers whilst acting as a financial advisor to Wing Hang Bank, Limited in relation to a voluntary general offer for the bank. Goldman Sachs' conduct fell far short of the standards expected of a financial advisor under the Takeovers Code in that between 8 November 2013 and 6 January 2014: Goldman Sachs executed 111 trades in the securities of Wing Hang Bank without making the requisite dealing disclosures and no prior consent was obtained as required for 26 of these trades ; and Goldman Sachs failed to comply with the restrictions on issue and distribution of research reports in relation to the research reports it published on Wing Hang Bank. In deciding the sanction, the SFC took into account Goldman Sachs' cooperation and self-reporting of the breaches. Reference Link
10:26 EDTCSCOFireEye calls active
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10:18 EDTCSCOCisco could be interested in FireEye, dealReporter says citing sources
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09:12 EDTEQTEQT Corporation coverage assumed with a Buy at SunTrust
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06:23 EDTBABoeing on pace for early delivery of new 737 Max, WSJ says
Boeing (BA) is on track to deliver a new 737 Max jetliner ahead of schedule, the Wall Street Journal reports. The new jet completed its first flight on Friday, a move which marks a major step towards Boeing's goal of delivering the first of such a plane to Southwest Airlines (LUV) in 3Q17, the report says. Boeing is telling customers that it may deliver the jet as soon as six months early, the report says. Reference Link
February 1, 2016
19:09 EDTAFLOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL), up 5.2% and 4.7%, respectively... Mattel (MAT), up 5.6%... Anadarko Petroleum (APC), up 4%... AFLAC (AFL), up 1.5%. ALSO HIGHER: PVH Corp. (PVH), up 8.1% after giving guidance for fiscal 2015 and entering a license agreement with G-III Apparel (GIII) for Tommy Hilfiger womenswear collections. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Integrated Device (IDTI), down 15.8%... Rent-A-Center (RCII), down 9.6%. ALSO LOWER: Pixelworks (PXLW), down 5.7% after giving fourth quarter guidance and announcing the resignation of its CEO... PDL BioPharma (PDLI), down 14.3% after cutting its quarterly dividend to 5c per share from 15c per share.
16:35 EDTAFLAflac reports Q4 Japan adjusted net premium income up 1.6%
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16:33 EDTAFLAflac sees FY16 operating EPS $6.17-$6.41, consensus $6.32
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16:27 EDTAFLAflac reports Q4 adjusted EPS $1.56, consensus $1.47
Reports Q4 revenue $5.32B, consensus $5.21B.
14:32 EDTAFLNotable companies reporting after market close
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13:26 EDTXELJP Morgan reports 5.1% passive stake in Xcel Energy
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10:11 EDTAFLAflac technical comments before earnings news
The key level on the downside for the shares is at the $55 area. This has held quite consistently as support since late 2013. A breakdown below $55 on bearish news would resolve the range bearishly. Next supports below would be at $53.20 and then at the 52-week low at $51.41. If the news is a positive surprise, resistance levels to watch as potential upside objectives would be at $58.54, $60.18, and $61.49.
January 31, 2016
12:33 EDTGSU.S. banks could return 20% or more, Barron's says
The banking sector looks like "one of the best bargains in the market," Barron's contends in a cover story. Names such as Citi (C), JPMorgan (JPM), Bank of America (BAC), Wells Fargo (WFC), Goldman Sachs (GS), Morgan Stanley (MS), BB&T (BBT), PNC Financial (PNC), SunTrust (STI) and U.S. Bancorp (USB) are showing healthy balance sheets and could offer "at least" 20% upside, the publication argues, adding that the industry's exposure to the energy sector "looks manageable" given information offered in recent earnings reports and conference calls. Reference Link
11:39 EDTBAS&P falls 5% in January despite second straight winning week to close month
Stocks finished the month of January with two straight winning weeks, but investors are still glad to see the calendar flip as those winners only cut the S&P's loss to 5% for the month. With growth worries abounding amid troubling signs from China and as oil languishes below $35 per barrel, the manufacturing readings from China, Europe, and the U.S. due out on Monday will be essential to whether the new month continues the uptrend of the end of January or the dour tone that dominated the early half of the month. MACRO NEWS: The Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged following its policy meeting this week, as almost universally expected. In its accompanying statement, the central bank said its committee members expect that economic conditions will "evolve in a manner that will warrant only gradual increases in the federal funds rate." The group added that inflation is expected to "remain low in the near term, in part because of the further declines in energy prices, but to rise to 2% over the medium term as the transitory effects of declines in energy and import prices dissipate and the labor market strengthens further"... In other domestic economic news, the Commerce Department's first read on fourth quarter gross domestic product came in at 0.7% annualized growth, below the already anemic 0.8% growth forecast. The S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5.8% from the prior year in November, topping expectations for a 5.7% year-over-year increase. The separate FHFA house price index showed a monthly gain of 0.5% in November, matching the consensus forecast. Markit's services PMI for January came in at 53.7, missing the 54.0 forecast. The preliminary reading of the Conference Board's consumer confidence index for January came in at 98.1, topping the 96.5 reading that was expected. New home sales surged 10.8% to a 544,000 annualized pace in December, topping expectations and hitting their highest level in 10 months. Initial jobless claims fell to 278,000 last week, versus the expected 281,000 first-time claims. Durable goods orders dropped 5.1% in December, versus expectations for a decrease of 0.7%. The core reading, which removes transportation items, was down 1.2%, versus expectations for a decline of 0.1%. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment index slipped to 92.0 in the final January print, missing the 93.0 reading that was forecast... In a surprising move in Asia, the Bank of Japan introduced a rate of minus 0.1% on certain excess holdings of cash while maintaining the pace of its asset purchases. Japan also reported data pointing to a softening economy, as total CPI grew 0.2% year-over-year in December, core CPI rose at only a 0.1% pace and industrial production fell a preliminary 1.4% month-over-month in December. COMPANY NEWS: McDonald's (MCD) advanced Monday after the fast food giant reported better than expected earnings and comparable sales growth for the fourth quarter, powered by the launch of All Day Breakfast in the U.S.... Earnings season accelerated Tuesday as four members of the bluechip Dow Jones Industrial Average posted results before the opening bell. 3M (MMM) was the top advanced on the index with a gain of over 5%, while Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Procter & Gamble (PG) and DuPont (DD) all notched gains that day following their reports as well... Apple (AAPL) declined more than 6.5% on Wednesday after the tech giant reported first quarter earnings that topped consensus estimates, but also issued revenue guidance for the new quarter that missed expectations. The company was noted by several analysts as taking a particularly downbeat tone in its earnings conference call, invoking the difficult macroeconomic environment and weakness it has recently seen in China. Apple was not the worst performer in the Dow that day, as Boeing (BA) shares plummeted nearly 9% after its profit outlook for the new fiscal year fell far short of the Street's consensus forecast... Facebook (FB) surged 15.5% on Thursday after the social media giant's fourth quarter earnings and revenue beat expectations. A number of Wall Street analysts increased their price targets for the stock following the report, including Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster, who hiked his target to a "Street-high" $170 per share. The same day, Caterpillar (CAT) reported better than expected quarterly earnings, excluding certain items, but its revenue came in below the consensus forecast and the heavy equipment maker warned that it does not anticipate an improvement in the world economy or commodity prices in 2016. The stock, which had declined almost 20% in the last three months prior to this morning's report, rebounded almost 5% after the company jumped over the lowered bar that had been set by bearish analysts... On Friday, shares of Amazon (AMZN) declined more than 7.5% after the company's fourth quarter results came in below expectations. Meanwhile, Microsoft (MSFT), which reported better than expected earnings, gained almost 6%. Chevron (CVX) reported a quarterly loss due to taking impairments and other charges of $1.1B. The company, which also reported that its average sales price per barrel of crude oil and natural gas liquids in the U.S. was $35 in fourth quarter, down from $66 a year ago, edged up 0.7% to $86.44... Among the many others reporting earnings this week, Visa (V), Mastercard (MA), Under Armour (UA), Sprint (S) and Biogen (BIIB) gained immediately following their reports, while Qualcomm (QCOM), eBay (EBAY), U.S. Steel (X), VMware (VMW) and Anthem (ANTM) all slid following their own... Xerox (XRX) announced plans to separate into two independent publicly-traded companies: one focused on Document Technology and another Business Process Outsourcing company. Xerox also announced an agreement related to the governance of the Business Process Outsourcing company under which six directors of the new company will be selected by Xerox and three will be selected by current Xerox shareholder Carl Icahn... Terex (TEX) surged more than 36% higher on Tuesday after receiving a $30 per share acquisition offer from China's Zoomlion. Terex peers Manitowoc (MTW), Joy Global (JOY) and Oshkosh (OSK) also gained after the offer was disclosed... Weight Watchers (WTW) shares soared nearly 20% Tuesday after noted shareholder and partner Oprah Winfrey tweeted a video detailing her progress using the company's program, indicating that she'd already lost 26 pounds thanks to its plan... AIG (AIG) provided its much-anticipated strategy update, committing to return at least $25B to shareholders over the next two years and announcing the sale of AIG Advisor Group to Lightyear Capital and PSP Investments. The company, under ongoing pressure from activist investors including Carl Icahn, also said it will publicly offer a portion of its United Guaranty unit, though it expressly rejected a full company breakup... SunEdison (SUNE) gained 18% during the week after agreeing to new corporate governance initiatives with David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital, including amending its bylaws to restrict equity issuances for two years without a supermajority board vote... Twitter (TWTR) slumped nearly 6% this week after CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed the departure of four company executives, leading research firm Stifel to downgrade the shares. INDEXES: The Dow gained about 2.2% to close at 16,466.30; the S&P 500 rose about 1.6% to close at 1,940.24; the Nasdaq advanced about 0.4% to close at 4,613.95.
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