|November 9, 2012|
|11:21 EDT||TWC, PSX, IQNT, DIS, MDRX, THI, MSCC, GRPN, DTSI, AEG, PANL, SPRD, LPL, EONGY, CSCO||On 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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|September 24, 2015|
|05:26 EDT||AEG||AEGON upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman|
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|September 23, 2015|
|20:08 EDT||CSCO||Chinese president visits U.S. amid cybersecurity, copyright worries|
As part of his first official U.S. visit, Chinese president Xi Jinping held a meeting with American business leaders on Wednesday to address concerns of copyright infringement and cybersecurity, among numerous topics. In attendance were corporate giants from both nations, including Microsoft (MSFT), Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), Cisco (CSCO), Alibaba (BABA), Tencent (TCEHY), and Baidu (BIDU), according to media reports. COPYRIGHT CONCERNS: Responding to oft-cited concerns of copyright infringement by Chinese companies, Xi said China will "stand firm to protect" the intellectual property rights of American companies, according to Wall Street Journal coverage of the event. Note that in late 2014, China began establishing specialized courts to deliberate on intellectual property rights cases, and Xi commented Wednesday that "the newly established IPR courts are working smoothly. This means there will be much stronger IPR protection which will serve the interests of foreign businesses as well as Chinese companies." Chinese consumer electronics company Xiaomi is perhaps the most talked-about firm when it comes to the matter, with media outlets frequently criticizing its alleged "copying" of Apple design sensibilities. In mid-July, Xiaomi VP of global operations Hugo Barra told Bloomberg that the company is preparing to enter U.S. markets, though he cautioned that the launch could be "much more" than a year away as it seeks to build up its patent portfolio. CYBERSECURITY TENSIONS: Wednesday's meeting comes in the wake of numerous high-profile "hack attacks," with Sony (SNE), American Airlines (AAL), Anthem (ANTM), United Airlines (UAL), and Target (TGT) all reporting digital security breaches in recent years. Xi has consistently denied the involvement of state-backed hackers, but tensions have nevertheless arisen as cybersecurity firms such as FireEye (FEYE) and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) backtrace connections to the country. Cybersecurity intrusions originating from China have recently slowed ahead of Xi's visit, according to Reuters, with Kevin Mandia of security firm Mandiant telling the publication, "In my gut, I feel like the Chinese and the U.S. over the next couple of years are going to figure this out."
|16:34 EDT||CSCO||On The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday|
Stocks began the day in quiet fashion and remained that way during the first hour of trading. Following the release of the weekly energy inventory report, the averages moved lower and looked to be possibly setting up for another selloff. Positive comments on China's economy by its President, who is visiting the U.S., brought out buyers, who pared the market's losses. The averages finished slightly in the red in a day marked by low volume as a number of market participants may have been absent in observance of the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's flash manufacturing purchasing manager's index was flat at 53.0 in September, which was slightly better than the expectation for it to dip to 52.8. EIA inventory data showed a 1.93M barrel fall in crude oil inventories, versus expectations for a weekly drawdown of 1.25M barrels. In China, Markit's flash manufacturing PMI fell to 47.0 in September from 47.3 last month. In Europe, Markit's composite PMI for the eurozone came in at 53.9 in the first look for September, down from 54.3 in August and below expectations for a reading of 54.1. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Volkswagen (VLKAY) trading in New York rebounded 6.5% to $27.10 following the resignation of Chief Executive Officer Martin Winterkorn, with the company's supervisory board subsequently praising the decision and saying it will consider his replacement at a meeting Friday. Prior to the CEO change news, the stock was downgraded at research firms JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank and Natixis to hold or equivalent ratings this morning. Accounting for today's advance, U.S.-listed shares of Volkwagen are still down nearly 29% since last Friday, when the EPA publicly accused the automaker of equipping certain diesel cars sold in the U.S. with software that circumvented emissions standards... Against the backdrop of China's President Xi Jinping visiting the U.S., Boeing (BA) announced deals to sell 300 planes to three Chinese companies and set up an aircraft factory in China. The deals are possibly worth tens of billions of dollars in total and represent the largest total order the planemaker has received from Chinese companies, according to Reuters. The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter, that Cisco (CSCO) plans to announce a partnership with Chinese server maker Inspur Group during President Xi Jinping's visit. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was First Niagara (FNFG), which advanced $1.30, or 14.5%, to $10.26 following a Bloomberg report that the company is exploring a sale. DealReporter noted that potential suitors include Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD), Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) and New York Community Bancorp (NYCB). BioMed Realty (BMR) gained $2.36, or 12.3%, to $21.54 after Bloomberg reported that the company is in talks to sell itself and has attracted attention from firms including Blackstone (BX). Heron Therapeutics (HRTX) rose $7.25, or 21.6%, to $40.81 after announcing that its Phase 2 study of HTX-011 for post-operative pain met its primary endpoint. Shares of a competitor Pacira (PCRX) declined 7.65% after the news, with several analysts remarking that Heron's data compares favorably versus Pacira's Exparel drug. Summit Midstream Partners (SMLP) declined $3.90, or 18.2%, to $17.52 following a Bloomberg report that Energy Capital Partners is seeking to sell its stake in the company. Synchronoss (SNCR) fell 10.75% to $33.37 after research firm Baird said it has become "increasingly concerned" that Verizon (VZ) is "no longer fully committed" to the white-label cloud product it offers in conjunction with the cloud services provider. INDEXES: The Dow fell 50.58, or 0.31%, to 16,279.89, the Nasdaq lost 3.98, or 0.08%, to 4,752.74, and the S&P 500 declined 3.98, or 0.2%, to 1,938.76.
|13:34 EDT||TWC||Liberty Broadband shareholders approve proposals related to Charter merger|
Liberty Broadband (LBRDA, LBRDK) announced that at its special meeting of stockholders, the holders of Liberty's common stock entitled to vote thereat approved both proposals presented at the meeting relating to Liberty's issuance of shares of its Series C common stock to third party investors, the proceeds of which will fund all or a portion of Liberty's purchase of $4.3B of stock of a new publicly traded Charter Communications (CHTR) following its proposed merger with Time Warner Cable (TWC), all as previously announced.
|10:00 EDT||LPL||On The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary|
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Baytex Energy (BTE) downgraded to Sector Performer from Outperformer at CIBC... CarMax (KMX) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Cytec Industries (CYT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... LG Display (LPL) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Magna (MGA) downgraded to Sector Performer from Outperformer at CIBC... Norilsk Nickel (NILSY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Sherwin-Williams (SHW) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Longbow... Volkswagen (VLKAY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank.
|09:31 EDT||TWC||Time Warner Cable announces partnership with Telemundo|
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|09:18 EDT||CSCO, DIS||Paulson Institute and CCPIT to co-host U.S.-China Business Roundtable|
The Paulson Institute and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) provide an opportunity for U.S. and Chinese business leaders to discuss issues facing the two countries in a roundtable being held in Seattle, Washington on September 23.
|08:19 EDT||LPL||LG Display downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill|
BofA/Merrill downgraded LG Display to Underperform following checks that indicate weaker than normal trends in second half sales volumes and blended ASPs.
|08:18 EDT||DIS||Disney volatility flat on tight one-month price movement |
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|07:54 EDT||GRPN||Groupon restructuring a sign of maturation, says Brean Capital|
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|07:18 EDT||MDRX||Allscripts management to meet with Deutsche Bank|
Meeting to be held in San Francisco on September 23 hosted by Deutsche Bank.
|06:21 EDT||CSCO||Cisco preps for Inspur deal to bolster China business, WSJ reports|
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|September 22, 2015|
|16:36 EDT||GRPN||On The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday|
Stocks on Wall Street began the session sharply lower and remained that way throughout the session. There was little in the way of buying as each of the major equity indexes slid over 1% and the market internals were decidedly negative. The auto industry and biotech sector were both notably weak, after the French government called for an investigation into the entire auto industry in the wake of the Volkswagen (VLKAY) emissions scandal and Democratic Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton presented a plan to limit the cost of drugs for consumers. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the FHFA home price index rose 0.6% to 224.5 in July, which was better than the 0.4% rise that was expected. The Richmond Fed factory index fell to -5 in September, versus the reading of 2 that was expected. In Asia, the Asian Development Bank cut its growth forecast for the region, citing a weaker outlook for China and India and a delayed recovery in the world's advanced economies. The bank now sees the Chinese economy growing 6.8% this year and 6.7% next year, down from its previous forecasts of 7.2% and 7%, respectively. COMPANY NEWS: Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman Sachs (GS) Chairman and CEO, disclosed that he was diagnosed with lymphoma. "Fortunately, my form of lymphoma is highly curable and my doctors' and my own expectation is that I will be cured," Blankfein stated in an open letter that was shared by the bank... Bank of America (BAC) shareholders approved a proposal to ratify the 2014 amendments to the company's bylaws that permitted the board of directors to determine its leadership structure, meaning Brian Moynihan can retain his dual role as both Chairman and CEO... Shares of several fertilizer companies slid after Mosaic (MOS) announced it will reduce its potash production in response to current crop nutrient market conditions, primarily related to delayed fertilizer purchases in Brazil and North America. Shares of Mosaic finished the day down 7% at $33.87 following last night's announcement, while Potash (POT) fell 6.5% and Agrium (AGU) dropped 3.5%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Ashland (ASH), which advanced $2.78, or 2.6%, to $108.50 after announcing it will proceed with a plan to separate into two independent, publicly traded companies. Also higher was Weatherford (WFT), which gained 90c, or 10.7%, to $9.31 after cancelling plans for a public share offering, after which research firms Jefferies and Iberia both reiterated Buy-equivalent ratings on the stock. Among the noteworthy losers were Office Depot (ODP) and Staples (SPLS), which declined a respective 4% and 5.8% after the New York Post quoted a source as saying the FTC may move to block their merger plan. Also lower was Groupon (GRPN), which slipped 2.2% to $4.08 after announcing plans to cut 1,100 jobs related primarily to its international operations. ConAgra (CAG), Carnival (CCL), and CarMax (KMX) fell 7%, 5.5%, and 4.65%, respectively, following their quarterly earnings reports. INDEXES: The Dow fell 179.72, or 1.09%, to 16,330.47, the Nasdaq lost 72.23, or 1.5%, to 4,756.72, and the S&P 500 dropped 24.23, or 1.23%, to 1,942.74.
|12:14 EDT||GRPN||On The Fly: Top stock stories at midday|
Stocks began the session deep in negative territory and have remained there throughout the morning. There has been little in the way of buying as the downward pressure in the market has not shown any sign of letting up. There is also little in the way of explanation as to why the market is so weak other than continued disappointment in the Fed's interest rate decision and the ongoing concern over China's economic growth. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the FHFA home price index rose 0.6% to 224.5 in July, which was better than the 0.4% rise that was expected. The Richmond Fed factory index fell to -5 in September, versus the reading of 2 that was expected. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Groupon (GRPN) slumped 2.5% after the online and mobile deal provider said it plans to cut more than 1,000 jobs relating primarily to the company's international operations. The news is the latest in a recent run of job cut announcements, after HP Enterprise said last week that it expects 25,000-30,000 people to leave the company and Johnson Controls (JCI) recently announced plans to reduce its global salaried workforce by as many as 3,000 people... Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman Sachs (GS) chairman and CEO, disclosed that he was told by doctors that he has lymphoma. "Fortunately, my form of lymphoma is highly curable and my doctors' and my own expectation is that I will be cured," Blankfein stated in an open letter that was shared by the bank. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Weatherford (WFT), which rose 9.6% after stating that it has decided not to pursue its previously announced concurrent public offerings of ordinary shares of the company and mandatorily exchangeable subordinated notes. Also higher was Vascular Biogenics (VBLT), which gained 15% to around $9.30 per share after the stock was initiated with a Buy rating and $25 price target at Chardan. Among the noteworthy losers following their earnings reports were ConAgra (CAG) and Carnival (CCL), which each fell more than 5%, and Red Hat (RHT), which slid 2%. Also lower were shares of Staples (SPLS) and Office Depot (ODP), which fell 7% and 8%, respectively, after the New York Post said a top FTC regulator may be leaning toward recommending against approving their merger agreement. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 263.77, or 1.6%, to 16,246.42, the Nasdaq was down 99.52, or 2.06%, to 4,729.44, and the S&P 500 was down 32.51, or 1.65%, to 1,934.46.
|11:06 EDT||GRPN||Groupon slumps after announcing plans to cut jobs, exit markets|
Shares of Groupon (GRPN) are slumping in morning trading after the company said it plans to cut more than 1,000 jobs relating primarily to the company's international operations. WHAT'S NEW: Groupon said this morning in a regulatory filing that its board approved a restructuring program under which it will cut 1,100 jobs and take a pre-tax charge of $35M. Of the pre-tax charges, Groupon said it will record $22M-$24M in the third quarter of 2015. The restructuring actions are expected to be complete by September 2016, the company said, adding that "substantially all of the pre-tax charges are expected to be paid in cash and will relate to employee severance and compensation benefits." Cost savings from the cuts will be reinvested in the business, Groupon said. WHAT'S NOTABLE: As part of the restructuring, Groupon will cease operations in several international markets: Morocco, Taiwan, Thailand, Panama, The Philippines, Puerto Rico and Uruguay. The closures come on top of recent exits in Turkey and Greece, as well as a sale of part of its stake in Groupon India to Sequoia. Rich Williams, the company's chief operating officer and president of North America, commented in a blog post that the 1,100 jobs that will be eliminated "over the next several months" will mostly come from the Deal Factory and Customer Service units. "We believe that in order for our geographic footprint to be an even bigger advantage, we need to focus our energy and dollars on fewer countries," Williams explained, adding that "just as our business has evolved from a largely hand-managed daily deal site to a true ecommerce technology platform, our operational model has to evolve." Williams also said that "in order for our geographic footprint to be an even bigger advantage, we need to focus our energy and dollars on fewer countries," and the countries it is exiting are "where the required investment and market potential don't align." PRICE ACTION: Groupon is down 1.7% to $4.10 in morning trading. Shares are down over 50% year-to-date.
|10:56 EDT||CSCO||Analysts disagree on Infoblox outlook|
The shares of network controller maker Infoblox (BLOX) are retreating after Deutsche Bank downgraded the stock to Hold in a note to investors today. However, Stifel gave a divergent opinion on the stock yesterday, recommending it as a Buy. BUY: Research firm Stifel yesterday initiated coverage of Infoblox with a Buy rating, saying that the company is poised to benefit from "the tremendous growth of IP-based devices in enterprises." Infoblox has significant growth potential and is the leader in its markets, wrote Stifel, adding that the company should be boosted by its new products and better sales execution going forward. It set a $23 price target on the stock. HOLD: Infoblox still has to work hard to sell its IP Address management system and its Domain Name System, or DNS, product, Deutsche Bank analyst Vijay Bhagavath indicated. Moreover, the company will probably have to increase the amount of money it spends on sales initiatives in fiscal 2016, putting a lid on its earnings power, the analyst warned. Also likely to hurt Infloxblox in fiscal 2016 are its transition to an "as a service model," which is likely to cause analysts to lower their estimates for the company and Cisco's (CSCO) launch of an OpenDNS product for companies, according to Bhagavath, who cut his price target on Infoblox to $20 from $30. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Infoblox fell 3.7% to $17.11.
|10:07 EDT||DIS||Media companies adjust Netflix strategy ahead of OTT growth, Bloomberg says|
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|09:20 EDT||GRPN||On The Fly: Pre-market Movers|
HIGHER: Ashland (ASH), up 4% after announcing that its board has approved proceeding with a plan to separate Ashland into two independent, publicly traded companies: the new Ashland, a provider of specialty chemical solutions, and Valvoline, which will focus on building the world's leading engine and automotive maintenance business... Solera Holdings (SLH), up 3% after Bloomberg reported that IHS (IHS) is considering besting Vista Equity Partners' $55.85 per share offer for Solera. Shares of IHS are up xxx% following the report... Weatherford (WFT), up 11% after stating that it has decided not to pursue its previously announced concurrent public offerings of ordinary shares of the company and mandatorily exchangeable subordinated notes. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Carnival (CCL), down 3.7%. ALSO LOWER: Groupon (GRPN), down 0.7% after announcing plans to cut 1,100 jobs relating primarily to the company's international operations... New Mountain Finance (NMFC), down 4% after its 5M share spot secondary priced at $14.14 per share... Memorial Resource Development (MRD), down 4% after announcing it acquired additional acreage in North Louisiana and pricing its 12M share spot secondary at $17.60 per share.
|09:02 EDT||GRPN||Groupon volatility flat into announcing restructuring, plans to cut 1,100 jobs|
Groupon September weekly call option implied volatility is at 51, October is at 48; compared to its 52-week range of 33 to 83, suggesting non-directional price movement into announcing a restructuring, plans to cut 1,100 jobs, sees pretax charges up to $35M.
|08:54 EDT||GRPN||Groupon to cut 1,100 jobs, sees pretax charges up to $35M|
In a regulatory filing, Groupon disclosed that its board of directors approved restructuring actions relating primarily to the company's international operations. These actions are expected to involve an overall reduction of approximately 1,100 positions globally and be substantially complete by September 2016. In connection with these actions, the company expects to record total pre-tax charges of up to $35M, including approximately $22M-$24M in the third quarter of 2015. Substantially all of the pre-tax charges are expected to be paid in cash and will relate to employee severance and compensation benefits, with an immaterial amount of the charges relating to asset impairments and other exit costs. The company intends to exclude the restructuring charges from its non-GAAP financial metrics, including Adjusted EBITDA and non-GAAP EPS. In addition, the company expects that any cost savings from the restructuring actions will be immaterial in 2015. Cost savings in subsequent years are expected to be primarily reinvested in the business.