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July 9, 2014
10:02 EDTVVC, MRVL, MHFI, MCO, PCL, POT, RGSE, TAM, TOT, UN, VMW, LPX, IP, GIMO, GRMN, CMI, COH, APO, APAM, ALV, BNPQY, BP, CG, AEISOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Advanced Energy (AEIS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Dougherty... Apollo Global (APO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Artisan Partners (APAM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Autoliv (ALV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Nordea... BNP Paribas (BNPQY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... BP (BP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Carlyle Group (CG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Coach (COH) downgraded at Buckingham... Cummins (CMI) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Garmin (GRMN) downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at Pacific Crest... Gigamon (GIMO) downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at Needham... International Paper (IP) downgraded at RBC Capital... Louisiana-Pacific (LPX) downgraded at RBC Capital... Marvell (MRVL) downgraded to Underperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... McGraw Hill Financial (MHFI) downgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James... Moody's (MCO) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Plum Creek Timber (PCL) downgraded at RBC Capital... Potash (POT) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... RGS Energy (RGSE) downgraded at Cowen... Taminco (TAM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Total (TOT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Societe Generale... Unilever (UN) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at Nomura... VMware (VMW) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Vectren (VVC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc.
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July 22, 2014
16:12 EDTGIMOGigamon appoints Mike Burns as CFO
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16:03 EDTVMWVMware reports Q2 EPS 81c, consensus 79c
Reports Q2 revenue $1.46B, consensus $1.44B.
15:49 EDTCGBlackstone to buy majority stake in Service King from Carlyle, WSJ says
Blackstone's (BX) purchase from Carlyle Group (CG) of the majority stake in the repair chain values the company at about $650M, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing a source. Reference Link
15:30 EDTVMWNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:25 EDTCGBlackstone to buy majority stake in Service King from Carlyle, Dow says
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12:54 EDTVMWVMware technical notes ahead of results
Shares have sharply underperformed in the last three months. Ahead of results the stock is trading up toward the top of the narrow range which has developed over the last ten weeks. The bulk of the range is contained by a low at the $93 area and a high at the $98 area. As we have seen several times in this earnings season, narrow ranges with the right catalyst can lead to very strong post-earnings moves. Technically for the range to be broken it would require a strong move below the low of above the high, and so these boundaries become key. On better than expected news or guidance, a move above $98 on an increasing scale of positive surprise would have $99.24, $102.83, and $106.87 as upside objectives. If the news disappoints, the low at the $93 area would be the first test of support. If that low is broken, supports below as downside objectives would be at $90.93, and then at $87.10 and $85.
10:00 EDTIPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:28 EDTVMWEMC spin-off of VMware unlikely at this point, says Janney Capital
Following the report of Elliott taking a stake in EMC (EMC) and pushing for a break-up to unlock value, Janney Capital said it does believe that a spin-off of VMware (VMW) could help improve EMC's multiple but that the firm thinks such a move is not likely at this point. Janney adds that while it views a spin-off as unlikely, other shareholder-friendly responses, such as a dividend boost or increased share buybacks, are possible. The firm keeps its Buy ratings on both EMC and VMware.
08:49 EDTIPInternational Paper downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman
Goldman removed International Paper from the Conviction Buy List and maintains it Buy rating to reflect increased risk to a potential decline in containerboard prices. The firm notes the first reduction in semi-chemical medium prices since Q4 2008 occurred in July, indicating the market may be weaker than expected.
06:56 EDTVMWElliot Management to consider activist options for EMC, NY Times reports
Elliot Management is expected to consider a push for the breakup of EMC (EMC) and spinoff VMware (VMW), reports the New York Times. Citing people briefed on the matter, the hedge fund is expected to meet with EMC executives this week after the company reports its quarterly earnings to determine whether to undertake a full-bore activist campaign. Reference Link
06:29 EDTBPEU weighing new sanctions on Russia, NY Times says
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July 21, 2014
16:22 EDTVMWOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the trading day in negative territory and remained there through nearly the whole session. The market action was influenced more by the geopolitical events in Russia and Israel than by the upcoming avalanche of earnings scheduled for release throughout the week. Despite the weak open and subsequent drop during the first hour of trading, the market drifted off its lows and managed to pare its losses, even turning mixed for a short time. The averages dipped again heading into the bell, though they closed well of their worst levels. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed's National Activity Index dipped to 0.12 in June from a reading of 0.16 in May. COMPANY NEWS: Allergan (AGN) rose $3.74, or 2.23%, to $171.14 after the company's Q2 results and its FY14 outlook beat expectations. The company, which is working to fend off a proposed acquisition by Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX), also announced plans to cut its workforce by 13%, or about 1,500 employees, as part of a broader restructuring effort. In related news, Valeant announced it has contacted both the SEC and Canadian financial authorities regarding Allergan's "apparent attempt to mislead investors and manipulate the market for Valeant common shares by continuing to make false and misleading statements regarding Valeant's business." Later in the day, Bill Ackman of Pershing Square, who is partnering with Valeant in its attempt to buy Allergan, called the restructuring a "Valeant light" effort and said Valeant does not need to raise its bid for Allergan. Ackman explained that he believes that shares of Valeant will rise around $10 should the Allergan board engage in takeover talks with the company and that a $10 share rise would boost Valeant's bid for Allergan by $8 per share. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Extreme Networks (EXTR), which rose 69c, or 15.79%, to $5.06 after the company raised its Q4 earnings per share outlook and narrowed its Q4 revenue view. Also higher were shares of EMC (EMC), which advanced $1.35, or 5.0%, to $28.33 after the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources, that activist investor Elliott Management has taken a stake of over $1B in the data-storage company and plans to push it to break itself up and spin off VMware (VMW), which is 80% owned by EMC. Shares of VMware fell $2.36, or 2.48%, to $92.95 following the Journal's report. Among the other noteworthy losers was Monster Beverage (MNST), which fell $3.07, or 4.53%, to $64.74 after Morgan Stanley downgraded the stock, citing slowing U.S. trends and balanced valuation. Also lower were shares of Yum! Brands (YUM), which fell $3.29, or 4.25%, to $74.13 after Associated Press reported that the company's KFC brand and McDonald's (MCD) were sold expired beef and chicken in China from food supplier Husi Food. Shares of McDonald's, which is scheduled to report on its quarter before tomorrow's market open, slid $1.44, or 1.45%, to $97.55. INDEXES: The Dow fell 48.45, or 0.28%, to 17,051.73, the Nasdaq dropped 7.44, or 0.17%, to 4,424.70, and the S&P 500 declined 4.59, or 0.23%, to 1,973.63.
16:16 EDTAPAMArtisan Partners reports Q2 adjusted EPS 84c, consensus 82c
Reports Q2 revenue $208.5M, consensus $211.92M. Assets under management of $112B at June 30.
12:10 EDTVMWOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:34 EDTBNPQYBNP suit prompts calls for whistleblower rewards in banking, Reuters says
BNP Paribas' $9B settlement with U.S. authorities, assisted by internal whistleblowers, has prompted calls for federal banking regulators to defend and offer incentives to individuals who report wrongdoing by banks, according to Reuters, citing comments from architect of the Securities and Exchange Commission's whistleblower representation program Jordan Thomas. Reference Link
09:00 EDTIPInternational Paper downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie
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08:16 EDTBPFMC Technologies signs agreement to develop susbsea equipment and systems
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07:55 EDTIPJuly containerboard medium prices decline $10, says Deutsche Bank
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06:27 EDTVMWElliott Management to push EMC to break up, WSJ reports
Elliott Management has taken a stake of over $1B in EMC (EMC), according to sources, and plans to push the data-storage company to break itself up, the Wall Street Journal reports. Elliott reportedly believes EMC's stock would get a boost from spinning off VMware (VMW), of which it owns an 80% stake. Reference Link
06:14 EDTUNTesco names Unilever's Dave Lewis as CEO, effective October 1
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