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March 28, 2014
10:05 EDTAEM, TEP, TCP, SCTY, PFSI, NKA, NR, NICE, KGC, INVN, HLSS, FNSR, FDUS, EPB, CTSH, BOFI, AA, VECOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Agnico-Eagle (AEM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... Alcoa (AA) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Bofi Holding (BOFI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Cognizant (CTSH) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... El Paso Pipeline (EPB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Fidus Investment (FDUS) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Finisar (FNSR) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Home Loan Servicing (HLSS) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... InvenSense (INVN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Roth Capital... Kinross Gold (KGC) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... NICE Systems (NICE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Newpark Resources (NR) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at First Analysis... Niska Gas (NKA) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... PennyMac (PFSI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... SolarCity (SCTY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... TC PipeLines (TCP) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Tallgrass Energy (TEP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Veeco (VECO) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA.
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October 8, 2014
16:16 EDTAAAlcoa raises production growth view for North America commercial transportation
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16:07 EDTAAAlcoa CEO says 'transformation is delivering'
“This quarter is a clear data point that Alcoa’s transformation is delivering,” said Klaus Kleinfeld, Alcoa Chairman and CEO. “Our downstream business again achieved historically high profitability, the midstream maintained disciplined cost control while capturing growth, and Primary Metals performed at levels not seen since before the downturn. This strong quarter is the direct result of our intense focus on repositioning our portfolio, and we’re just hitting our stride.”
16:06 EDTAAAlcoa continues to see global aerospace sales growth of 8%-9% for 2014
Alcoa continues to project 2014 global aerospace sales growth of 8%-9% driven by robust demand for both large commercial aircraft and regional jets. The company tightened its projection for 2014 global automotive production growth from a previous range of 1%-4% in the second quarter to 2%-4%. Global packaging sales growth of 2%- 3% and global building and construction sales growth of 4%-6% in 2014 remain unchanged. In the industrial gas turbine market, the company’s projected decline of 8%-12%, on lower orders for new gas turbines and spare parts, also remains unchanged for the year.
16:04 EDTAAAlcoa continues to see 2014 global aluminum demand growth of 7%
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16:03 EDTAAAlcoa reports Q3 adjusted EPS 31c, consensus 23c
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16:01 EDTAAOptions Update; October 8, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 2.73 to 29.51. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX PBR AA CLF GILD according to Track Data.
15:25 EDTAANotable companies reporting after market close
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14:32 EDTAAAlcoa technical comments before earnings
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12:31 EDTAAAlcoa October weekly 15.5 straddle priced for 5.4% move into Q3
11:42 EDTAAStocks with call strike movement; AA MU
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10:01 EDTSCTYSolarCity and Honda renew partnership to fund $50M in solar projects
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10:00 EDTTCPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: ADTRAN (ADTN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Applied Materials (AMAT) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Bill Barrett (BBG) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... CNOOC (CEO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Calamos (CLMS) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Keefe Bruyette... Calix (CALX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Cimarex Energy (XEC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Cogent (CCOI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Coty (COTY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at B. Riley... Dassault Systemes (DASTY) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays... EOG Resources (EOG) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Glu Mobile (GLUU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Benchmark Co.... Goldcorp (GG) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Goodrich Petroleum (GDP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Greif (GEF) upgraded at Wells Fargo... PHH Corp. (PHH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Parsley Energy (PE) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Rent-A-Center (RCII) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Northcoast... Royal Gold (RGLD) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at HSBC... Rush Enterprises (RUSHA) upgraded to Strong Buy at Raymond James... Sanchez Energy (SN) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Springleaf (LEAF) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... TC PipeLines (TCP) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Tesco (TSCDY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... Vocera (VCRA) upgraded to Outperform at FBR Capital.
09:38 EDTAAActive equity options trading on open
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08:11 EDTSCTYSolarCity launch of MyPower expected but details a positive, says BofA/Merrill
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07:25 EDTAAFutures suggest a bounce at the open
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06:56 EDTTCPTC PipeLines upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan
JPMorgan upgraded TC PipeLines to Neutral citing the potential for accelerated drop-downs in the near-term. The firm raised its price target for shares to $69 from $49.
06:02 EDTSCTYSolarCity adds financing option in move to expand
SolarCity introduced MyPower today, a solar financing option that combines the low upfront cost and immediate utility savings of a power purchase agreement with the benefits of ownership. SolarCity customers pay for their MyPower solar loan similar to the way they pay for a solar PPA—based on the energy the system produces from the sun—but they retain ownership of the solar panels. MyPower's unique structure creates America's most affordable solar loan—with a lower cost than PPAs in many locations. MyPower can allow customers to pay as much as 40% less for solar power than utility power, and unlike other loans, MyPower allows customers to prepay their entire balance or prepay a portion of their solar loan to lower their monthly payments at any time, with no fees or penalties. Starting today, SolarCity will offer MyPower to customers in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey, and ultimately plans to expand the product beyond its existing service territory.
October 7, 2014
15:13 EDTAAEarnings Preview: Alcoa sees Q3 EPS to 'continue to build on strong Q2'
Alcoa (AA) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings after the close on Wednesday, October 8, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Alcoa is a global manufacturer of aluminum products. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 23c on revenue of $5.85B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 15c-28c on revenue of $5.62B-$6.07B. LAST QUARTER: Alcoa reported second quarter adjusted EPS of 18c against estimates for 12c on revenue of $5.8B against estimates for $5.66B. The company reiterated its 2014 global aluminum demand growth view of 7%, and backed its 2014 global aerospace growth outlook of 8%-9%. It raised its 2014 estimate for the North America commercial transportation market to 10%-14%, from a previous range of 5%-9%. The higher estimate was based in part on rising truck orders and backlogs. CEO Klaus Kleinfeld said the company's transformation was in "high gear." He noted that aerospace business is a tailwind due to strong demand for commercial aircraft, and said the company is well-positioned to capture upside from recent investments. On Alcoa's Q2 earnings conference call, management said during the quarter the company witnessed revenue growth across all major end markets and the businesses continued to deliver productivity gains. They expect Q3 earnings per share to "continue to build on the strong second quarter." ATOI is expected to grow by 5%-10% over last year's third quarter due to continued share gains, stronger market conditions and productivity. Productivity gains are expected to offset cost increases in Q3. For 2014, productivity is ahead of schedule with $556M of productivity gains achieved in first half 2014 against the annual target of $850M. On September 11, Alcoa signed a multi-year supply contract with Boeing (BA) valued at over $1B. STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been overwhelmingly positive in the weeks leading up to Alcoa's Q3 earnings report. On July 9, three firms, Stifel, JP Morgan, and Argus raised their respective price targets on Alcoa. On September 30, BofA/Merrill upgraded Alcoa to Buy from Neutral with a price target of $18. The firm was more positive on the outlook for aluminum and raised Alcoa's 2015 EPS estimate to $1.05 and EBITDA to $4.1B vs. consensus of 85c and $3.8B. BofA said plant closures, better demand, and falling pension costs were catalysts. PRICE ACTION: Alcoa shares have rallied approximately 8% over the past three months, touching a 52-week high of $17.36 in September. Over the past twelve months, the stock is up about 100%. In early afternoon trading ahead of tomorrow's Q3 report, Alcoa shares are down fractionally.
08:49 EDTTEPTallgrass Energy raises quarterly dividend to 41c per share
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06:01 EDTCTSHCognizant acquires Cadient Group, terms not disclosed
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