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July 9, 2014
10:02 EDTCMI, VMW, TAM, PCL, MRVL, GIMO, COH, UN, RGSE, MCO, LPX, GRMN, VVC, TOT, POT, MHFI, IP, BP, APAM, BNPQY, APO, CG, ALV, 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.
News For AEIS;APO;APAM;ALV;BNPQY;BP;CG;COH;CMI;GRMN;GIMO;IP;LPX;MRVL;MHFI;MCO;PCL;POT;RGSE;TAM;TOT;UN;VMW;VVC From The Last 14 Days
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August 24, 2015
14:25 EDTBPBP refrains from trip to Iran amid U.S. sanction concerns, FT says
BP has chosen not to join U.K. foreign secretary Philip Hammond's trip to reopen the country's Iranian embassy due to concerns over U.S. sanctions that are still in effect, the Financial Times reports, citing people close to the company. "Sanctions are still in place and we will not do anything while that is the case. We are monitoring the situation and will take a look at the opportunities," said the company, according to the publication. Reference Link
09:23 EDTBPGevo, Butamax enter global patent cross-license, settlement agreements
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August 23, 2015
17:49 EDTBP, TOTIran to increase oil production as BP, Shell express interest, Bloomberg says
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August 21, 2015
12:17 EDTPOTDeere slides after Q3 results and outlook impacted by deteriorating farm economy
Despite reporting third quarter results that surpassed analyst expectations, shares of farm equipment maker Deere (DE) are falling after the company said it sees farm equipment sales for the year lower than previously thought, as the downturn in the agricultural economy continues. WHAT'S NEW: Deere reported Q3 EPS of $1.53, down from $2.33 in the year-ago quarter, and revenue of $7.6B, down 20% from last year's Q3. Analysts' consensus estimates for Q3 were for EPS of $1.44 on revenue of $7.17B. John Deere's Chief Executive Officer Samuel Allen said, "John Deere's third quarter results reflected the continuing impact of the downturn in the farm economy as well as lower demand for construction equipment." WHAT'S NOTABLE: Looking ahead, the farm equipment maker forecast full year 2015 world-wide sales of its farm equipment to be lower by about 25% for the year compared to the 24% it forecast in May with its Q2 report. On its Q3 earnings conference call, the company said crop prices are stabilizing near the long-term average and the dairy sector remains under pressure. Beef prices remain solid while pork prices remain at low levels, Deere added. In China, the company sees continued slowdown in economic growth, lower commodity prices impacting agricultural economy, and mechanizing trends and ongoing subsidies supportive of agriculture. In India, the company sees positive consumer and investor sentiment supporting economic growth, and two consecutive below normal monsoon seasons impacting farm incomes. In the Commonwealth of Independent States, the company sees a continued deterioration of economic growth and credit conditions remaining challenged. Deere sees crop value of agricultural production in Brazil to decrease 11% in 2015. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Deere are down $6.04, or 6.6%, to $84.61 in midday trading. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies that are leveraged to agriculture include AGCO (AGCO),Potash (POT), Mosaic(MOS), Agrium (AGU), Syngenta (SYT), CF Industries (CF), and DuPont (DD).
10:02 EDTCMICummins upgraded to Buy from Hold at Standpoint Research
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07:36 EDTCGKKR, Affinity teaming up to bid for Tesco's South Korean unit, Reuters reports
KKR (KKR) is teaming up with Affinity Equity Partners to bid for Tesco's (TSCDY) South Korean unit, Reuters reports, citing sources. Another bidder, Carlyle (CG), is teaming up with Singapore's GIC, the sources say. The Tesco unit is valued at about $6B. Reference Link
August 20, 2015
18:59 EDTCGGoogle, Amazon, private equity compete for Indian data center unit, ET says
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14:39 EDTVMWEarnings Watch: Hewlett-Packard reports ahead of company split
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06:10 EDTTOT, BPAuction for drilling leases attracts little interest, NY Times reports
A federal auction for drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico Wednesday attracted only $22.7M in sales from five companies, the lowest since 1986, reports the New York Times. Most companies have insisted they would not sacrifice production in future years, but executives have recently expressed concern that the oil price collapse could last through 2016 and possibly even 2017. Publicly traded companies in the space include BP (BP), Chevron (CVX), ConocoPhillips (COP), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) and Total (TOT). Reference Link
August 19, 2015
14:32 EDTMRVLMarvell August volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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10:00 EDTMRVLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:14 EDTMRVLMarvell upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Ladenburg
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August 18, 2015
19:47 EDTAPOCaesars creditors give ultimatum to Apollo Global, Bloomberg says
Earlier this month, creditors opposed to Caesars Entertainment's (CZR) bankruptcy plan demanded that Apollo Global (APO) -- one of the company's owners -- relinquish control of the bankrupt unit's parent company, reports Bloomberg, citing two people with knowledge of the matter. In exchange, the creditors offered to withdraw several lawsuits related to the bankruptcy, said the sources. Apollo rejected the ultimatum, though sources noted that talks are continuing. Reference Link
10:00 EDTCOHOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:45 EDTCOHCoach trades higher, levels to watch
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08:12 EDTTOTGlobal Big Oil sector upgraded at Citi
Citi analysts Alastair Syme and Michael Alsford upgraded their rating on the Global Big Oil space and now recommend investors position "at least a benchmark-weight" in the group. The analysts, who had been multi-year cautious on the space, prefer Total (TOT), ConocoPhillips (COP) and Statoil (STO), which they call "self-helpers." The sector price-to-book ratio of 1.2 times is now below the Q1 of 2009 and Q4 of 1998 troughs, Syme and Alsford write. Cost-cutting and better capital allocation are key to restoring the industry's profitability, they believe.
07:46 EDTCOHJefferies sees longer turnaround for Vera Bradley, cuts to Hold
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07:40 EDTCOHJefferies says Coach turnaround not being appreciated, ups to Buy
Jefferies analyst Randal Konik upgraded Coach (COH) to Buy from Neutral and raised his price target for shares to $50 from $35. The stock closed yesterday up 8c to $32.02. Survey results show the handbag maker is starting to attract new customers at a faster rate while its remodel initiative should help drive a return to positive comps, Konik tells investors in a research note. He believes the company's turnaround is not being fully appreciated by the market. The analyst also added Coach to the Jefferies Franchise Picks List. He coupled the upgrade with a downgrade Vera Bradley (VRA) to Hold.
06:53 EDTCGPrivate equity firms dominate bidding for Airbus defense assets, Bloomberg says
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06:42 EDTCOHCoach upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies
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