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September 20, 2013
10:01 EDTSFG, MET, CF, ARAY, PACW, SUNE, TAL, SM, DRH, BOH, INFA, ELX, URBN, SYNA, PIR, FB, AEE, NPBC, TIBX, PT, TECHOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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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January 26, 2016
09:32 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: FB PEP NFLX PM GM RMBS MSFT GLW AAPL
09:04 EDTMETMetLife says commercial real estate lending topped $14B in 2015
MetLife said that it originated, through its real estate investment group, approximately $14.3B globally in commercial real estate loans in 2015, an 18% increase over the $12.1B originated in the previous year. MetLife also committed to invest approximately $1B in real estate equity in 2015, either through direct acquisition or as part of joint venture partnerships.
08:26 EDTFBTwitter in play after executive departures, says Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali believes yesterday's news of several senior executives leaving Twitter (TWTR) puts the company in play and could encourage potential bidders to step forward. Twitter's current valuation and sizeable user base makes it a strategic asset for a number of potential buyers, Squali told investors last night in a research note. Potential suitors on the technology side include Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL), Facebook (FB) and Microsoft (MSFT), the analyst contends. On the media side, Squali thinks 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Disney (DIS), Comcast (CMCSA) or Time Warner (TWX) could express interest in Twitter. No concentration of share ownership and no super-voting structure increase the odds of a buyout, Squali argues. The analyst, however, adds that the executive departures are not good news for a company in the midst of a turnaround. He maintains a Buy rating on the microblogging operator with a $45 price target. Twitter closed yesterday down 82c, or 5%, to $17.02..
07:44 EDTFBStreet margin outlook for Amazon continues to be too low, says Bernstein
Bernstein says that Amazon's (AMZN) margins are poised to beat Street expectations, and the firm's 2016 and 2017 EBITDA estimates for the company are about 17% above Street levels. The firm is more upbeat on Amazon than on Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL) and Facebook (FB)
January 25, 2016
18:13 EDTSUNEGreenlight Capital engages SunEdison over board composition
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16:14 EDTSUNEOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
Stocks began the session in negative territory and remained there throughout the day. The market has yet to de-couple from oil prices, as stocks continue to move in the direction of the commodity. The averages almost made it back to positive ground in the early afternoon, but with oil down more than 4% the sellers emerged and pushed the market toward session lows. The market continued to lose ground as oil fell further, giving up nearly 6% by the close on the New York Mercantile Exchange, bringing stocks' two day win streak to an end. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the economic calendar was light. The Dallas Fed manufacturing survey, the lone report of note, came in at -34.6, below the revised prior reading of -21.6 and short of the consensus -14.5 forecast. West Texas Intermediate for March delivery fell $1.85, or 5.8%, to close at $30.34 a barrel on the NYMEX. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of McDonald's (MCD) advanced 0.7% to $119.20 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... Twitter (TWTR) fell 4.6% to $17.02 after CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed on Sunday night the departure of four company executives, leading research firm Stifel to downgrade the shares... Tyco (TYC) jumped 11.6% to $34.15 after reaching a merger agreement with Johnson Controls (JCI) which will see Johnson shareholders owning 56% of the combined company's equity. Johnson Controls fell 3.9% to $34.21 following the merger announcement. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Valeant (VRX), which rose 4.55% to $92.63 after hospitalized CEO Michael Pearson said he is "on the road to recovery" after a bout of pneumonia. The news was followed by announcements that Valeant has sold three of its skincare brands and received FDA acceptance of its biologics license application for psoriasis drug Brodalumab. Also higher was SunEdison (SUNE), which advanced 2.6% to $2.72 after the Wall Street Journal reported that the company is set to give David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital a seat on its board. Meanwhile, energy savings firm EnerNOC (ENOC) jumped 69.5% to $7.05 after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of FERC's so-called "demand response" rule, sending energy generators Dynegy (DYN) and Talen Energy (TLN) down a respective 11.6% and 6.2%. Among the noteworthy losers was OncoMed (OMED), which plunged 42.9% to $10.04 after its Phase 2 trial of tarextumab in pancreatic cancer showed futility in an interim analysis. Also lower were containerboard and paper makers KapStone (KS), WestRock (WRK) and Packaging Corp (PKG), which dropped about 21%, 15% and 13%, respectively, after an industry publication reported that prices in the sector had declined. Additionally, Caterpillar (CAT) was the Dow's biggest decliner Monday, sinking 5% to $57.90 after being downgraded to Sell at Goldman Sachs. INDEXES: The Dow fell 208.29, or 1.29%, to 15,885.22, the Nasdaq lost 72.69, or 1.58%, to 4,518.49, and the S&P 500 declined 29.82, or 1.56%, to 1,877.08.
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; January 25, 2016
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15:12 EDTFBFacebook volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
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12:05 EDTFBTwitter growth acceleration less likely in near-term, says Evercore ISI
Evercore ISI analyst Ken Sena says the likelihood of near-term growth reacceleration at Twitter (TWTR) looks less likely following today's executive departures. The analyst adds in an intraday research note that traffic trends and agency channel checks continue "to point to the worst" for the company. Sena lowered his Q4 estimates to the low-end of the company's guidance and cut his price target for the shares to $19 from $22. He continues to prefer Facebook (FB) and keeps a Hold rating on Twitter.
09:42 EDTSMSM Energy downgraded to Sell from Trim at Tudor Pickering
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09:32 EDTFBApple Active equity options trading on open
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09:13 EDTSUNESunEdison rallies sharply in pre-market
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09:03 EDTSUNEOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Tyco (TYC) and Johnson Controls (JCI), up 9% and 1%, respectively, after announcing a definitive merger agreement. Johnson Controls shareholders will own approximately 56% of the equity of the combined company, while current Tyco shareholders will own approximately 44%... SunEdison (SUNE), up 10% after the Wall Street Journal reported that the company is set to give David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital a seat on its board... Affimed Therapeutics (AFMD), up 26% after entering a clinical research collaboration in immuno-oncology with Merck (MRK). UP AFTER EARNINGS: McDonald's (MCD), up 3%... LOWER: Twitter (TWTR), down 5% after its CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed in a tweet last night that several executives are departing the company. Media reports also indicate that, as part of its shake-up, Twitter intends to bring in two new members to its board as soon as this week... OncoMed (OMED), down 38% after an independent data safety monitoring board remarked on several findings regarding futility of the company's Phase 2 ALPINE clinical trial... Medivation (MDVN), down 7% after FDA places investigational new drug application for MDV9300 on partial clinical hold... International Paper (IP), down 4.8%, Packaging Corp. (PKG), down 4.8%, WestRock (WRK), down 6%, after Pulp & Paper Week reduced January kraftliner and corrugated medium prices... Caterpillar (CAT), down 4% after Goldman cuts rating to sell... Regeneron (REGN), down 3% after downgraded at Chardan to sell. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Kimberly-Clark (KMB), down 2.5%.
08:02 EDTBOHBank of Hawaii reports Q4 EPS 99c, consensus 93c
Loan and lease balances were $7.9B at December 31, 2015, up 2.5% from September 30, 2015 and up 14.2% compared with December 31, 2014. Deposit growth remained strong during the fourth quarter, increasing 2.4% from September 30, 2015 and 4.9% from December 31, 2014. The net interest margin was 2.85% during the fourth quarter of 2015 compared with 2.77% in the previous quarter and 2.84% in the same quarter last year.
07:40 EDTFBFBR sees constructive setup into Facebook earnings report
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06:25 EDTSUNESunEdison volatility up, into report to give board seat to Einhorn's Greenlight
SunEdison January weekly call option implied volatility is at 156, February is at 151; compared to its 52-week range of 35 to 250, suggesting price movement into the company set to give David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital a seat on its board, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing sources.
05:51 EDTFB, SUNEOptions expected to be active: TYC JCI TWTR SUNE AAPL PG HAL AMZN FB
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January 24, 2016
20:21 EDTSUNEOn The Fly: Top five weekend stock stories
Catch up on the weekend's top five stories with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Twitter (TWTR) could announce a significant executive upheaval Monday, with several product heads said to depart and a new Chief Marketing Officer reportedly stepping in. 2. Johnson Controls (JCI) and Tyco (TYC) are in advanced merger talks, according to the Wall Street Journal. 3. Airbus (EADSY) and Boeing (BA) saw mentions on the heels of Iran's aviation summit as the country eyes big orders to modernize its aging fleet after a lifting of sanctions. 4. SunEdison (SUNE) is set to give David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital a seat on its board, the Wall Street Journal reported. 5. International Paper (IP), Newell (NWL) and Houghton Mifflin (HMHC) were discussed positively by Barron's this weekend, while Chipotle (CMG) was warned against.
19:51 EDTSUNESunEdison to give board seat to Einhorn's Greenlight, WSJ says
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14:40 EDTFBCollapse in private tech could ripple into public markets, Barron's says
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