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November 9, 2012
11:21 EDTDIS, MDRX, THI, MSCC, GRPN, DTSI, AEG, PANL, SPRD, LPL, EONGY, CSCO, TWC, PSX, IQNTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AEGON (AEG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Allscripts (MDRX) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Cisco (CSCO) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... DTS, Inc. (DTSI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Barrington... Disney (DIS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... E.ON AG (EONGY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... Groupon (GRPN) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Inteliquent (IQNT) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Avondale... LG Display (LPL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Topeka... Microsemi (MSCC) downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at Needham... Phillips 66 (PSX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Spreadtrum (SPRD) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Tim Hortons (THI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Time Warner Cable (TWC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel Nicolaus... Universal Display (PANL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Avondale.
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November 12, 2014
16:38 EDTCSCOCisco sees Q2 adjusted EPS 50c-52c, consensus 53c
16:12 EDTCSCOCisco says Q1 was "strongest ever" in terms of revenue, non-GAAP EPS
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16:10 EDTCSCOCisco announces CFO transition, Frank Calderoni to step down
Frank Calderoni recently notified Cisco of his decision to step down as executive vice president and CFO of Cisco, effective January 1, 2015. Cisco plans to appoint Kelly A. Kramer to succeed Calderoni. She is currently senior vice president, Business Technology and Operations Finance of Cisco.
16:07 EDTCSCOCisco repurchased approximately 41M shares of common stock in Q1
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16:06 EDTCSCOCisco reports Q1 cash flow from operations $2.5B
Cash flows from operations were $2.5B for the first quarter of fiscal 2015, compared with $3.6B for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014, and compared with $2.6B for the first quarter of fiscal 2014.
16:05 EDTCSCOCisco reports Q1 adjusted EPS 54c, consensus 53c
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15:29 EDTCSCONotable companies reporting after market close
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15:08 EDTCSCOEarnings Preview: Cisco reports amid analyst debate on break-up potential
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13:07 EDTCSCOPacific Crest remains cautious on Cisco
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12:56 EDTTWCFCC chairman disagrees with Obama on Internet rules, Washington Post says
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told the executives of major Internet companies that he favors a more nuanced solution for regulating the Internet than the one suggested by President Obama, according to The Washington Post. Wheeler said he would "try to split the baby" between the president's proposal and the agenda of Internet executives who don't want the rules to affect their business, the newspaper stated, citing four unnamed sources who attended a meeting with Wheeler. Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (TWC), Verizon (VZ), Cablevision (CVC) ,and AT&T (T) are major Internet Service Providers. Executives from Google (GOOG) and Yahoo (YHOO) were at the meeting with Wheeler, the newspaper said. . Reference Link
12:35 EDTDTSIDTS, Inc. price target raised to $41 from $32 at Barrington
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11:55 EDTCSCOCisco November weekly 25 straddle priced for 4.4% move into Q1
11:51 EDTCSCOCisco technical comments before earnings
The stock has underperformed the broader averages in the past three months, falling over 1%. That lower performance would have been far worse if not for the recent uptrend off the mid-October lows. That rally helped to overcome the otherwise bearish head and shoulders that had developed on the daily chart and had completed at mid-October. In a long view, the current price action appears to put the shares either at a double top, or poised for a breakout that would results in four-year highs or more. The key level is at $26, not far from where the stock is currently trading. On better news or guidance, a move above $26 would seem highly probable and that would constitute a technical bullish breakout. Next resistance would be at $27.74 and then at $28.40. If the news is not as bullish as current price action suggests, the recent uptrend would probably be broken. It would only take a move below $24.50 for that to happen. Additional downside objectives might be at the following supports at $23.76, $22.43 and $21.94. A move down to or below $22 would confirm a major top was in place, which would have long-term bearish implications for price.
11:44 EDTDISSeaWorld sinks to 52-week low after Q3 profit, attendance fall
Shares of theme park and entertainment company SeaWorld (SEAS) are plunging after the company’s profit, attendance and adjusted EBITDA all fell significantly on a year over year basis. The also forecast fiscal year 2014 revenue and adjusted EBITDA to be down from last year. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, SeaWorld reported Q3 adjusted earnings per share of $1.01, missing analysts' $1.13 consensus by 12 cents. Revenue for the quarter was $495.84M, compared to analysts' consensus estimates of $495.4M. Adjusted EBITDA in the quarter was $209.1M, a decrease of $45.3M, or 18%, compared to the third quarter of 2013. Attendance in Q3 ws 8.4M, down from 8.9M a year ago. The company believes the decline in attendance results from a combination of factors including negative media attention in California along with a challenging competitive environment, particularly in Florida. The competitive challenges in Florida relate to significant new attraction offerings at competitor destination parks, along with a delay in the scheduled opening of one of the company's new rides at its Busch Gardens Tampa park. The decrease in total revenue in the third quarter was primarily driven by a 5.2% decline in attendance, along with a 2.9% decline in total revenue per capita from $60.74 in the third quarter of 2013 to $58.99. WHAT’S NOTABLE: Looking ahead, SeaWorld forecast FY14 revenue and adjusted EBITDA to be down 6%-7% and 14%-16%, respectively. The FY14 revenue consensus ahead of the company's report was $1.37B. The company also said it expects to take a restructuring charge of up to $13M in Q4 related to its cost reduction initiatives. The company sees FY14 capital expenditures to be in the range of $155M-$165M and fiscal year 2015 CapEx to be in the range of $185M-$195M. Jim Atchison, the company's Chief Executive Officer, noted that the attendance trends the company experienced in the latter part of the second quarter continued into Q3. He called 2014 a “challenging year,” and said the company was executing a cost savings plan that is expected to deliver approximately $50M of annual cost savings by the end of 2015. He also said the company was adjusting its attraction and marketing plans to address immediate top-line concerns. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, SeaWorld fell $2.24, or 12.04%, to $16.36 on more than twice its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week low of $16.53. Including today's pull back, the shares have lost approximately 48% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the theme park space include Disney (DIS), up 0.03%, Six Flags (SIX), down 0.16%, and Cedar Fair (FUN), up 0.76%.
10:43 EDTDISBernstein downgrades Discovery, Viacom, citing 'structural decline' in TV
Research firm Bernstein sees strong evidence that audiences of ad-supported TV have entered a period of "structural decline." The firm cut its rating on Discovery (DISCA), the owner of the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet cable stations, and Viacom (VIA,VIAB), which owns MTV and and Nickelodeon. The firm also cut its price target on CBS (CBS). WHAT'S NEW: Noting that audiences for ad-supported TV have fallen by unprecedented amounts for four months, Bernstein analyst Todd Juenger added that consumption of subscription video on demand, or SVOD, services continue to grow. Meanwhile, TV networks are seeing increased competition from Internet websites for ad dollars, limiting the ability of the networks to raise ad prices, Juenger stated. The profit margins and return on investment of content owners are likely to decline over time, the analyst believes. He downgraded Discovery to Market Perform from Outperform and set a $37 price target on the stock, and cut Viacom to Underperform from Market Perform, placing a $71 price target on that stock. Juenger reduced his price target on CBS to $55 from $60 and kept a Market Perform rating on the shares. He kept Outperform ratings on 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Disney (DIS), and Time Warner (TWX), saying that those are least affected by the trend, as they are less dependent than their peers on the American TV ad market and have a large amount of sports programming. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Discovery lost 0.6% to $31.81, Viacom class A shares gained 0.6% to $70.09, CBS fell 0.7% to $51.48, Twenty-First Century Fox class A shares lost 0.5% to $34.75, Time Warner fell 0.5% to $77.69 and Disney was flat near $90 per share.
10:13 EDTCSCOEZchip expects revenue from Cisco to grow YoY in 2014
Comments taken from Q3 earnings conference call.
09:58 EDTCSCOCisco November volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
Cisco November weekly call option implied volatility is at 77, November is at 34, December is at 23, January is at 19, February is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results after the market close on November 12.
07:51 EDTDISDisney trades at a premium despite low forward growth, says Cowen
Cowen raised its price target on Disney shares to $83 from $75, but reiterated its Market Perform rating on Disney shares, citing the stock's premium trading valuation despite the lowest forward earnings growth of its peer group. The firm also cited higher sports programming costs, as well as difficulty envisioning outperformance to current estimates.
07:45 EDTTWCARRIS should be bought on weakness, says RBC Capital
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07:42 EDTGRPNGroupon price target raised to $10 from $8 at Brean Capital
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