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September 20, 2013
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Ameren (AEE) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Bank of Hawaii (BOH) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... CF Industries (CF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... DiamondRock (DRH) upgraded to Buy from Hold at MLV & Co... Facebook (FB) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... MetLife (MET) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Pier 1 Imports (PIR) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... SM Energy (SM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... StanCorp Financial (SFG) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Synaptics (SYNA) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... TAL International (TAL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Techne (TECH) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... Urban Outfitters (URBN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... Portugal Telecom (PT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... SunEdison (SUNE) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... PacWest Bancorp (PACW) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Emulex (ELX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... TIBCO (TIBX) upgraded Susquehanna... Informatica (INFA) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Accuray (ARAY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... National Penn Bancshares (NPBC) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Sterne Agee.
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November 16, 2015
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; November 16, 2015
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15:02 EDTURBNNotable companies reporting after market close
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13:57 EDTTALTAL International upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill
13:07 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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12:28 EDTSUNEOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday as markets around the world, most notably in Europe, held up better than may have been expected after the terrorist attacks in Paris. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., stock futures were pointing to a higher open early this morning, showing a good amount of resiliency in the face of the events in France this weekend. However, the futures weakened following the release of manufacturing data from the N.Y. region, leading to a slightly lower open for the broader market. The Empire State index edged up to -10.74 in November, which was improved from the -11.4 reading for last month but below expectations for a -6.50 reading. In Asia, Japan's gross domestic product declined 0.8% in the third quarter, missing expectations for a 0.2% decrease and taking the nation's economy back into recession. COMPANY NEWS: Starwood Hotels & Resorts (HOT) found a buyer, but it was not the one that recent reports had been foreshadowing. Starwood and Marriott (MAR) announced a merger agreement under which the companies will create the world's largest hotel company. Starwood, which had been linked in media reports to a number of other potential buyers in the past, including Hyatt (H) most recently, fell 6% following the deal announcement, while Marriott shares slid fractionally. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was (JD), which rallied 9.5% after the company reported third quarter earnings. Also higher was CONSOL Energy (CNX), which gained 6% after Business Insider reported that Greenlight Capital's David Einhorn reiterated the company as his "best idea" while presenting at the Robin Hood investors conference. Among the noteworthy losers was SunEdison (SUNE), which fell over 6.5% after quarterly filings showed that at least two prominent hedge funds have exited or trimmed their stakes in the company. Also lower was Clovis (CLVS), which was down 70% after it announced that the FDA requested additional data for rociletinib. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 68.18, or 0.4%, to 17,313.42, the Nasdaq was down 5.62, or 0.11%, to 4,922.27, and the S&P 500 was up 6.19, or 0.31%, to 2,029.23.
12:05 EDTSYNASynaptics to host analyst and investor meeting
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11:30 EDTSUNELoeb exits SunEdison while Deutsche says liquidity worries overdone
Deutsche Bank said that investors' fears that SunEdison (SUNE) will run out of liquidity are unfounded, as the solar energy company is not poised to suffer any liquidity events. Meanwhile, quarterly filings are showing that several prominent hedge funds have exited or trimmed their stakes in SunEdison and another firm downgraded the shares of a SunEdison subsidiary. LIQUIDITY WORRIES OVERDONE: Investors are worried about SunEdison's liquidity, but these fears are overdone, wrote Deutsche Bank analyst Vishai Shah. Only about $3B of the company's total $12B debt consists of recourse loans, the analyst stated. Additionally, in the near-term, investors are primarily worried about a $510M payment that SunEdison has to make in connection with its acquisition of the company Wind Energy, according to the analyst. Although SunEdison will not be able to sell its wind projects to TerraForm (TERP) due to the "disarray" of alternative energy financing markets, SunEdison will instead drop the projects into one of its warehouses, enabling it to recognize cash margins for the projects, the analyst explained. Additionally, the interest owed by SunEdison's project development company will only amount to about $150M, versus the $210M per quarter shown on its income statement, Shah stated. The discrepancy is due to the consolidation of its subsidiaries and the non-recourse debt it holds, he explained. Shah kept a $28 price target and Buy rating on SunEdison shares. HEDGE FUND UPDATES: Leon Cooperman's Omega Advisors lowered its stake in SunEdison last quarter, while Dan Loeb's Third Point sold its entire stake in the solar energy company last quarter, their quarterly filings disclosing their positions as of September 30 revealed. TERRAFORM DOWNGRADE: There is "substantial doubt" about TeraForm's ability to profitably buy assets from SunEdison or third parties, according to UBS analyst Julien Dumoulin-Smith. The analyst said he reached this conclusion because of TeraForm's 10%+ dividend yield and deteriorating balance sheet. Given the yieldco's recently revealed need to invest significantly more capital in projects than expected, its balance sheet will be more stressed than he had predicted, the analyst explained. Dumoulin-Smith lowered his price target on TerraForm to $14 from $30 and downgraded the stock to Neutral from Buy. ANOTHER TO WATCH: After meeting with First Solar's (FSLR) management last week, Shah wrote today that he was more confident about the company's upcoming products and earnings. Although investors are concerned about the company's 2017 earnings outlook, its 2017 earnings should grow to over $4 per share that year, he believes. Among the factors that will increase First Solar's profits are cost reductions, capacity expansion, and strong backlog growth, he believes. Shah kept a Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, SunEdison fell 8% to $4.53, TerraForm sank 9% to $12.56 after earlier reaching a 52-week low of $12.51 earlier in the session and First Solar was fractionally higher at $52.90.
09:59 EDTSUNE, FBOmega bought Valeant in Q3, sold some SuneEdison
Leon Cooperman's Omega Advisors gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this morning, disclosing its positions as of September 30. NEW STAKES: Pfizer (PFE), Valeant (VRX) Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA), TerraForm Global (GLBL), Cigna (CI). INCREASED STAKES: Google Class A (GOOGL), Facebook (FB), Delta Air Lines (DAL). DECREASED STAKES: SunEdison (SUNE), Shire (SHPG), Citi (C), KAR Auction (KAR), LyondellBasell (LYB). LIQUIDATED STAKES: McKesson (MCK), 21st Century Fox (FOXA), General Motors (GM), QEP Resources (QEP), eBay (EBAY).
09:37 EDTFB, SUNEActive equity options trading on open
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08:57 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters to acquire The Vetri Family restaurants
Urban Outfitters announced today it has entered into an agreement to acquire substantially all The Vetri Family group of restaurants including award winning Pizzeria Vetri. The Vetri Family group of restaurants was created and co-headed by James Beard award winning Chef Marc Vetri and his business partner Jeff Benjamin.
07:18 EDTDRHDeutsche Bank to hold a conference
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07:17 EDTSMSeaport Global to hold a conference
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07:16 EDTSM, CFHayman Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Impax (IPXL), CF Industries (CF), GW Pharmaceuticals (GWPH), ProNAi Therapeutics (DNAI). INCREASED STAKES: BioMarin (BMRN), NMI Holdings (NMIH), Vertex (VRTX), Endo (ENDP). DECREASED STAKES: Mylan (MYL). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Perrigo (PRGO), Oasis Petroleum (OAS), Whiting Petroleum (WLL), Newfield Exploration (NFX), SM Energy (SM).
06:40 EDTSUNEDeutsche does not expect liquidity event for SunEdison
Deutsche Bank analyst Vishal Shah says that based on analysis of recent regulatory filings and company guidance, he does not foresee any liquidity event for SunEdison (SUNE). The company could generate cash in 2016 post earn outs and debt payments, Shah tells investors in a research note. He reiterates a Buy rating on SunEdison following the recent weakness. The analyst has a $28 price target for shares. The developer and seller of photovoltaic energy solutions closed Friday up 39c to $4.93 but is down 35% over the past week. Shah this morning also reiterated a Buy rating on First Solar (FSLR) after meeting with management last week.
05:56 EDTSUNETerraForm Power downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS
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November 15, 2015
17:54 EDTFBFacebook to expand use of 'Safety Check' feature in wake of Paris attacks
Facebook announced it will be expanding its use of "Safety Check," a feature allowing users of the social network who live in endangered areas of the world to let friends and family know they are safe. Traditionally limited to natural disasters, the policy change has been made in the wake of the terrorist attacks on Paris, France, during which the company turned on Safety Check for affected users. The move spurred both praise for quick action and criticism for not using the feature during other serious events such as Thursday's tragedy in Beirut, prompting Facebook to reconsider its use of the service. "Each time we have launched the tool, we've improved it... We are learning to make the tool and policies behind it better as we go -- and because Safety Check is a relatively new feature for us, we're still understanding how it can best be used... We talked with our employees on the ground, who felt that there was still a need that we could fill. So we made the decision to try something we've never done before: activating Safety Check for something other than a natural disaster... We want this tool to be available whenever and wherever it can help," explained the company.
November 13, 2015
17:04 EDTSUNEThird Point gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:24 EDTURBNOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
Stocks on Wall Street ended a tough week on a down note, falling after the Commerce Department reported that retail sales grew by an anemic 0.1% last month. This data comes on the heels of this week's downbeat quarterly report from Macy's (M) and a similarly disappointing report last night from peer Nordstrom (JWN). ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales rose 0.1% in the month of October, versus expectations for an increase of 0.3%. When autos and gas are removed, the core reading was up 0.3%, versus expectations for a rise of 0.4%. Producer prices fell 0.4%, versus expectations for them to be up 0.2%. When food and energy are removed, the core reading was down 0.3%, versus expectations for it to be up 0.1%. Business inventories grew 0.3% in September while sales were flat compared to August. Consumer sentiment, as measured by the preliminary print from the University of Michigan survey, improved 3.1 points to 93.1 in November, which was better than the 91.5 reading that was expected. In Europe, data showed that eurozone's economy grew by just 0.3% in the third quarter, which was a slowdown from the 0.4% GDP growth recorded three months earlier and weaker than the 0.4% consensus growth forecast. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of retailers broadly declined following the weaker than expected retail sales data reported by the government as well as third quarter earnings reports from Nordstrom and J.C. Penney (JCP), which fell 15% and 15.5% respectively. Virtually every mass-market, brick-and-mortar retailer was down today, from giants like Wal-Mart (WMT) and Costco (COST), to smaller retailers like Ross Stores (ROST) and Urban Outfitters (URBN)... Shares of Mylan (MYL) jumped 12.9% to $48.78 after the company's offer to acquire Perrigo (PRGO) failed, ending a seven-month fight between the two drug makers. Perrigo Chief Executive Officer Joseph Papa said he was "delighted" that his company's shareholders rejected the offer and the company added that it will immediately commence its previously announced $2B share buyback program, but its shares slid 6.16% to $146.90 in the wake of the shareholder vote... Cisco (CSCO) fell 5.8% after its first quarter earnings and revenue beat expectations but its guidance for the new quarter disappointed. A number of analysts that had been bullish on the name trimmed their price targets in response but also recommended the post-earnings weakness as a buying opportunity. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Springleaf Holdings (LEAF), which surged $5.07, or 11.5%, to $49.27 after reaching a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice that will allow the company to proceed with closing its previously announced acquisition of OneMain Financial from Citi (C). On the closing of the acquisition, the company will be renamed OneMain Holdings and has applied to the New York Stock Exchange to change its ticker symbol to "OMF," Springleaf noted. Also higher was Illumina (ILMN), which gained $10.26, or 6.6%, to $165.65 after being selected to replace Sigma-Aldrich (SIAL) in the S&P 500. Among the noteworthy losers was Fossil (FOSL), which plunged $18.62, or 36.5%, to $32.39 after the watchmaker gave lower than expected profit guidance for the upcoming quarter and said it continues to expect this fiscal year's results to be "significantly" negatively impacted by foreign currency changes. Also lower were shares of Vipshop (VIPS), which fell $5.03, or 27%, to $13.60 after issuing weaker than expected preliminary third quarter revenue guidance, which it said was partially driven by the warmer-than-expected fall weather in China. INDEXES: The Dow dropped 202.83, or 1.16%, to 17,245.24, the Nasdaq lost 77.20, or 1.54%, to 4,927.88, and the S&P 500 declined 22.93, or 1.12%, to 2,023.04.
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; November 13, 2015
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09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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