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June 17, 2014
10:08 EDTAWI, WHZ, SNDK, MDT, EXC, DSW, AINV, LUV, PEG, LAZ, EGN, XEC, AEM, WMB, SNV, NFLX, EXPE, EZCHOn 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.
News For AEM;AINV;AWI;XEC;DSW;EZCH;EGN;EXC;EXPE;LAZ;MDT;NFLX;PEG;SNDK;SNV;LUV;WHZ;WMB From The Last 14 Days
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August 19, 2015
07:08 EDTEXCExelon called 'clear value' ahead of PJM auction results at Deutsche Bank
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06:01 EDTNFLXNetflix price target raised to $143 from $116 at UBS
UBS analyst Doug Mitchelson raised his price target for Netflix (NFLX) shares to $143 after increasing his longer term revenue assumptions. The streaming service closed yesterday down $1.31 to $124.05. Mitchelson upped his 2020-2026 revenue estimates to reflect his belief that Netflix will successfully monetize its streaming platform beyond just monthly subscription fees, such as bundling and promoting third party services. He has increased confidence in the company's U.S. growth outlook after T-Mobile (TMUS) just launched a promotion for its wireless service that included one free year of Netflix. As competition among broadband providers intensifies, Netflix's inexpensive monthly streaming service could become one of the standard promotional tools, Mitchelson tells investors in a research note. The analyst's "upside case" for Netflix shares is $199 while his "downside case" is $55. The downside case assumes Hollywood starts restricting content licensing to streaming services like Netflix in attempt to slow their growth. Mitchelson keeps a Buy rating on Netflix.
August 18, 2015
20:00 EDTLUVAirline stocks fall as companies face probes, labor issues, WSJ says
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16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; August 18, 2015
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11:14 EDTNFLXStocks with call strike movement; NFLX VALE
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10:00 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:39 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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09:23 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:29 EDTXECEnerCom to hold a conference
The Oil & Gas Conference is being held in Denver, Colorado on August 16-20 with webcasted company presentations to begin on August 18 at 10:00 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
07:27 EDTSNDKSanDisk downgraded to Underperform on industry capex increases at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill downgraded SanDisk two notches to Underperform from Buy and lowered its price target to $40 from $75. The firm is more cautious on the memory chip sector given new developments of SK Group's "significantly higher capex budget" and Micron's unexpected FY16 capex hike. BofA/Merrill said excess capacity is now a concern and cut long-term earnings estimates for most memory chip stocks.
06:01 EDTWMBStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; WMB ATML
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August 17, 2015
16:53 EDTWMBOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
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12:23 EDTNFLXStocks with call strike movement; Netflix J.C. Penney
Netflix (NFLX) January 150 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 48, J.C. Penney (JCP) January 10 call option implied volatility increased 1% to 40 according to IVolatility.
11:18 EDTEZCHEZchip to supply chips to cloud data centers, Bloomberg says
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11:11 EDTSNDKAnalysts split on Micron after analyst day
Analysts were divided on the outlook for flash memory product maker Micron (MU) following its analyst day. Wells Fargo upgraded the stock to Market Perform from Underperform and Piper Jaffray said that the stock was unlikely to drop much further. However, Bank of America/Merrill and Wedbush cut their rating on the shares to Neutral from Buy. UPGRADE: Wells Fargo upgraded Micron to Market Perform from Underperform. Following the stock's decline over the last few months, the shares "reflect a more realistic view" of the flash memory sector's outlook, the firm stated. Additionally, the sector's financial condition has improved in recent years, which should boost the sector's profits and margins over the longer term, Wells Fargo stated. However, the firm still believes that the company is facing several risks, including falling prices for DRAM, a widespread form of flash memory, and its rising capital spending. Although Micron is facing "challenging near-term conditions," including a weak PC market, the company outlined many positive aspects of its business, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Ruben Roy. The longer term trends for the flash memory sector remain positive, as consolidation, low supply growth and diversifying demand should increase the profits of suppliers, Roy believes. And although Micron said its capital spending would be above expectations, Roy expects these investments to help the company enhance its manufacturing process and efficiency, boosting its performance over the longer term. Micron may miss estimates in the short-term but its share price is unlikely to drop much further, and its performance should improve significantly next year, according to Roy. He kept an Overweight rating on the stock. BEARISH TAKE: The DRAM supply/demand dynamic probably won't improve and Micron's cost reductions probably won't outpace price declines until mid-2016, according to Wedbush analyst Betsy Van Hees. Although Van Hees believes that the company's spending will help it over the longer term, she forecast that the stock would "continue to struggle" until the DRAM supply/demand dynamic stabilizes. The analyst cut her price target on the name to $19 from $26. Micron's decision to raise its capital spending suggests that it is "overconfident" in its new chips, according to Bank of America/Merrill Lynch analyst Simon Dong-je Woo. The margins on the new chip "could easily" be negative, the analyst believes. Woo thinks that Micron's capital expenditures next year should be $3B-$4B versus the company's guidance of $5.3B-$5.8B. The analyst's target on the name fell to $19 from $28.40. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Micron lost 0.2% to $17. Earlier the stock reached a new 52-week low of $16.12. The shares of another flash memory product maker, SanDisk (SNDK), were flat at $58.
09:38 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB BAC MU NFLX TWTR HUN TSLA BABA MSFT
09:02 EDTLUVSouthwest management to meet with Sterne Agee
Meeting to be held in Dallas on August 21 hosted by Sterne Agee.
07:23 EDTWMBSpectra making bid for whole of Williams Companies, Reuters reports
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06:01 EDTWMBStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; WMB ODP
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Williams (WMB) 57, Office Depot (ODP) 60 according to iVolatility.
August 16, 2015
18:20 EDTLUVFAA working with airlines to restore operations after August 15 cancellations
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