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June 17, 2014
10:08 EDTAEM, WHZ, LUV, SNV, SNDK, PEG, NFLX, MDT, LAZ, EXPE, EXC, EGN, EZCH, DSW, XEC, AWI, AINV, WMBOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Agnico-Eagle (AEM) upgraded at BMO Capital... Apollo Investment (AINV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Armstrong World (AWI) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Cimarex Energy (XEC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Global Hunter... DSW (DSW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... EZchip (EZCH) upgraded to Strong Buy from Buy at Feltl... Energen (EGN) upgraded to Accumulate from Neutral at Global Hunter... Exelon (EXC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Expedia (EXPE) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Lazard (LAZ) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Medtronic (MDT) upgraded at Credit Suisse... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... PSEG (PEG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... SanDisk (SNDK) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Southwest (LUV) upgraded at Stifel... Synovus (SNV) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Drexel Hamilton... Whiting USA Trust (WHZ) upgraded at RW Baird... Williams (WMB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank.
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August 8, 2014
17:10 EDTMDTMarket finishes week up slightly as earnings offset by political events
Stocks finished the week fractionally higher than where they started as strong corporate earnings reports and better than expected economic data was weighed against concerns about geopolitical issues and negative M&A news. MACRO NEWS: A few ongoing geopolitical conflicts worried investors and weighed on shares. Russia unveiled sanctions against Western countries, banning the import of a wide range of food items from the U.S, the EU and a few allied countries in response to sanctions recently enacted against it from G7 nations... President Obama authorized the bombing of rebels in Iraq and Hamas and Israel failed to reach a permanent truce... An ISM services index, the U.S. trade deficit for June, and weekly jobless claims were all better than expected. Meanwhile, the increase in unit labor costs last quarter came in below the consensus outlook, perhaps easing fears that the Fed will need to raise interest rates sooner than expected. COMPANY NEWS: On the M&A front, two huge potential deals fell through as 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) withdrew its offer to acquire Time Warner (TWX) and Sprint (S) reportedly decided to end its pursuit of a merger with peer T-Mobile (TMUS)... President Obama indicated that his administration would take unilateral steps in an effort to prevent companies from carrying out tax inversion acquisitions. Among the deals or possible transactions that involve inversion are Medtronic's (MDT) acquisition of Covidien (COV), Valeant's (VRX) proposed takeover of Allergan (AGN) and Mylan's (MYL) acquisition of Abbott's (ABT) developed markets branded generics pharmaceuticals business. Meanwhile, Walgreen's (WAG) stock tumbled after the U.S. company said it would not structure its takeover of European drugstore chain Alliance Boots as a tax inversion deal... 21st Century Fox, 3D printer maker Stratasys (SSYS), chip maker NVIDIA (NVDA), brewer Molson Coors (TAP), and luxury accessories maker Coach (COH) all rose following their earnings reports. Conversely, Target (TGT), luxury accessories maker Michael Kors (KORS) and Internet coupon provider Groupon (GRPN) fell following their results or guidance... Gannett (GCI) struck a deal to acquire the remaining 73% interest in Classified Ventures, whose primary asset is the online car shopping website Cars.com, for $1.8B from the other partners in the venture, which include McClatchy (MNI), Tribune Media (TRBAA), Graham Holdings (GHC) and A. H. Belo (AHC). Gannett also announced plans to spin-off its Publishing business, which includes USA Today, through a tax-free distribution to shareholders... McDonald's (MCD) stock was little changed after the company reported that its comparable store sales fell 2.5% in July, which was significantly worse than expected. Food quality issues weighed on the fast food company's sales in Asia and as a result of the China supplier issue, the company warned its previously issued global comparable sales forecast for 2014 is now at risk. INDEXES: The Dow finished the week up 0.35% to 16,553.93, the S&P 500 rose 0.32% to 1,931.59, and the Nasdaq gained 0.41% to 4,370.90.
16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; August 8, 2014
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15:33 EDTEGNEnergen management to meet with Topeka
Meetings to be held in Boston on August 13-14 hosted by Topeka.
12:27 EDTAINVApollo Investment management to meet with JMP Securities
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10:34 EDTEXCExelon initiated with a Neutral at Tigress Financial
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10:00 EDTXECOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Activision Blizzard (ATVI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... Allergan (AGN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink... Andersons (ANDE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Feltl... Arista Networks (ANET) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Barrick Gold (ABX) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Brinker (EAT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... CF Industries (CF) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Feltl... CST Brands (CST) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Cimarex Energy (XEC) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group... Coca-Cola HBC (OCCH) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Delek US (DK) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... Fifth Street Finance (FSC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Glimcher Realty Trust (GRT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Goodrich Petroleum (GDP) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Monster Beverage (MNST) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Longbow... NIC Inc. (EGOV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington... NVIDIA (NVDA) upgraded at Needham... POZEN (POZN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Ascendiant... Power Solutions (PSIX) upgraded to Accumulate from Neutral at Global Hunter... Primoris (PRIM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Sierra Bancorp (BSRR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Sonus Networks (SONS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington... Stone Energy (SGY) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Tornier (TRNX) upgraded at BMO Capital... Tyson Foods (TSN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... WGL Holdings (WGL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Brean Capital.
09:37 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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07:22 EDTXECCimarex Energy upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group
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07:01 EDTMDTHarvard professor says Treasury can reduce inversion incentives, NY Times says
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06:02 EDTSNDKStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; XLNK SNDK
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August 7, 2014
10:28 EDTEXPEOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:36 EDTNFLX, EXPEActive equity options trading on open
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09:31 EDTMDTMedtronic receives FDA approval for Attain Performa quadripolar lead
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08:58 EDTMDTMedtronic receives request of additional info from FTC for Covidien acquisition
On August 6, 2014, in connection with the FTC review of the pending acquisition by Medtronic (MDT) of Covidien (COV), which will result in both Medtronic and Covidien becoming wholly owned subsidiaries of Medtronic, Medtronic received a request for additional information and documentary material from the FTC. Issuance of the second request extends the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 until 30 days after Medtronic and Covidien have substantially complied with the second request, unless the waiting period is extended voluntarily by the parties or terminated earlier by the FTC. Medtronic and Covidien intend to cooperate fully with the FTC and continue to expect the Transaction to be completed in the fourth calendar quarter of 2014 or early 2015.
08:26 EDTMDTMedtronic risk/reward attractive, says Morgan Stanley
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08:18 EDTLUVSouthwest reports July traffic up 6.6%
Southwest Airlines flew 10.6 B revenue passenger miles in July, a 6.6% increase from the 10.0B RPMs flown in July 2013. Available seat miles increased 2.6% to 12.3B vs. July 2013 level of 11.9B. July 2014 load factor was 86.7% vs. 83.5% in July 2013. Passenger revenue per ASM is estimated to have increased approximately 4% vs. July 2013.
07:35 EDTAINVApollo Investment reports Q2 NII 23c, consensus 22c
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06:42 EDTMDTObama to look to limit inversion deals, Politico says
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06:41 EDTNFLXNetflix CEO says has more subscription revenue than HBO
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06:04 EDTSNDKStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; INTC SNDK
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Intel (INTC) 19, SanDisk (SNDK) 27 according to iVolatility.
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