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October 17, 2012
10:03 EDTS, MAA, EQR, C, FTNT, BRO, CATY, MUR, ESS, ADTNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Adtran (ADTN) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Brown & Brown (BRO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Equity Residential (EQR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Essex Property Trust (ESS) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Fortinet (FTNT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Mid-America Apartment (MAA) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James.. Murphy Oil (MUR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Brean Capital... Citigroup (C) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Sprint (S) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus...Cathay General (CATY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill.
News For ADTN;BRO;EQR;ESS;FTNT;MAA;MUR;C;S;CATY From The Last 14 Days
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August 20, 2015
06:07 EDTCSamsung Bioepis picks Citi, Goldman as lead managers for IPO, Reuters says
Samsung Bioepis has selected Citigroup (C) and Goldman Sachs (GS) as the lead managers for its planned listening on Nasdaq next year, a source tells Reuters. Morgan Stanley (MS) and Credit Suisse (CS) will also take part in the listing for Samsung's (SSNLF) biosimilar drug development arm, the source says. Reference Link
August 19, 2015
13:30 EDTSOptions with increasing put volume;
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10:58 EDTCCiti to pay $15M to settle SEC charges of compliance, surveillance failures
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10:20 EDTSBig telecom firms put M&A on hold, CTFN reports
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10:06 EDTCCiti reports July credit loss 2.33% vs. 2.49% last month
Reports July delinquencies 1.46% vs. 1.42% last month.
08:22 EDTSSprint traffic levels increasing, says Pacific Crest
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07:56 EDTMAAMid-America Apartment management to meet with Jefferies
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06:24 EDTCCiti to give back additional $4.5M in fee overcharges, Reuters reports
Citigroup subsidiary Citigroup Global Markets has reached an agreement with the New York attorney general to return $4.5M in account management fees charged on roughly 15,000 frozen accounts, Reuters reports. As a result of the deal, more than $20M will be refunded to Citi customers for overcharges in a probe started by New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman, the report says. Reference Link
August 18, 2015
18:35 EDTSSoftbank increases Sprint stake by roughly 16.8M shares
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11:34 EDTSSprint rises on plans to abandon two-year contracts
Sprint shares are higher this morning after the company's chief executive officer said that the carrier plans to move away from two-year contracts. WHAT'S NEW: In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said that the company will stop offering two-year contracts by the end of 2015 in favor of a "smartphone lease" model. Sprint began offering a lease option last year, The Journal noted, and Claure said the carrier is planning to move entirely to that model by the end of the year. As part of its shift, Sprint yesterday unveiled iPhone Forever, a new leasing plan that starts at $22 per month for an iPhone. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In a similar move earlier this month, Sprint rival Verizon (VZ) said it would drop phone subsidies and two-year contracts for new customers. T-Mobile (TMUS), another market rival, abandoned contracts over two years ago, leaving AT&T (T) as the only major U.S. carrier still offering to subsidize new smartphone purchases. Separately, Softbank (SFTBF), Sprint's primary stakeholder, disclosed last week that it increased its holdings in the company to approximately 80%, though the company said it does not plan for its stake in the carrier to exceed 85%. Meanwhile, a study released Tuesday by RootMetrics, an independent company that evaluates wireless networks, shows that Sprint is improving its network, having solidified third place nationally in overall performance, surpassing T-Mobile for the second consecutive six-month stretch. PRICE ACTION: Sprint is up 7c, or 1.52%, to $4.67 in morning trading.
09:51 EDTFTNTFireEye called top-tier security vendor in new upgrade
Shares of FireEye (FEYE) are getting a boost after Imperial Capital highlighted the company's "significant progress" when upgrading its rating on the name. California-based FireEye is a provider of cybersecurity solutions. UPGRADE: Imperial Capital analyst Michael Kim upgraded FireEye to Outperform from In-Line this morning in a note to investors, citing a favorable risk/reward at current share levels. The stock trades at the lower valuation end of similar high-growth security vendors, Kim tells investors in a research note. He believes FireEye is making "significant progress" on driving higher sales productivity and margin expansion. Ramping global adoption of the company's platform has made FireEye a top-tier security vendor, Kim argues. He raised his price target for shares to $55 from $45.50. NOT ALONE: Kim is not alone in recommending stocks in the cybersecurity space. Analysts at Piper Jaffray and Wells Fargo last week highlighted security names that they view as attractive investments. CyberArk Software (CYBR), Barracuda Networks (CUDA) and Fortinet (FTNT) were among the stocks recommended by the firms. Piper Jaffray analyst Andrew Nowinski said the recent pullback in the sector is an attractive buying opportunity. Stocks with the most attractive valuations include Barracuda, CyberArk, Fortinet and Palo Alto Networks (PANW), he told investors last week. Wells Fargo analyst Gray Powell last week upgraded Israel-based CyberArk to Outperform from Market Perform saying the company's billings growth as well as its sales and marketing efficiencies are "exceeding peers by a wide margin. HACKS CONTINUE: High-profile cyber attacks continue with the Internal Revenue Service yesterday raising the number of accounts that were compromised in a data breach earlier this year. In May, the IRS revealed that 114,000 tax accounts through its "Get Transcript" application were exposed to thieves. Yesterday, the agency said a recent review revealed approximately 220,000 additional tax accounts may have been breached, bringing the total number of victims up to 334,000. Shares of FireEye are up 56c to $44.21 in early trading. CyberArk is up 13c to $60.06 while Proofpoint (PFPT), a company focused on securing email communication, is up 16c to $65.06.
08:06 EDTCCiti sells alternative investor services unit to SS&C
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08:02 EDTCSS&C acquires Citi's alternative investor services business
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07:56 EDTCCiti reports July credit loss 2.33% vs. 2.49% last month
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August 17, 2015
18:12 EDTSSprint to move away from two-year contracts, WSJ says
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14:27 EDTFTNTIRS says cyber attack larger than originally thought, AP says
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14:24 EDTCCiti reports July credit loss 2.33% vs. 2.49% last month
Reports July delinquencies 1.46% vs. 1.42% last month.
10:39 EDTCCitigroup affiliates to pay $180M in SEC settlement
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08:22 EDTSSprint customers can upgrade iPhone anytime, included in monthly rate
Sprint (S) announced that customers can upgrade their Apple (AAPL) iPhone anytime, included in their monthly rate. New and upgrade eligible Sprint customers can get iPhone for just $22 per month with iPhone Forever. Anytime customers don't have the latest iPhone, they are eligible to upgrade. They bring their iPhone, upgrade on the spot and away they go. It's that simple. iPhone Forever is available on any eligible Sprint rate plan and upgrade eligibility is always included in your price. New or existing customers who are upgrade eligible can bring in any smartphone and get a 16GB iPhone 6 model and their monthly rate will be reduced to just $15 until their next upgrade. As a special promotion, customers who get iPhone 6 and upgrade before December 31 continue with the discount price of $15 until their next upgrade.
06:56 EDTCDOJ probes Citi dealings with Carlos Hank Rhon companies, Bloomberg says
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