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January 23, 2014
10:01 EDTDKS, VSI, EBAY, RIG, SDRL, NE, DO, ESV, SNDK, FFIV, VLO, CRM, RDC, CTXS, DK, GNC, G, GOL, HPY, HERO, ORA, LAMR, AEOOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: American Eagle (AEO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Citrix (CTXS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Delek US (DK) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... GNC Holdings (GNC) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at William Blair... Genpact (G) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Gol Linhas (GOL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Heartland Payment (HPY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Hercules Offshore (HERO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Global Hunter... Lamar Advertising (LAMR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Ormat Technologies (ORA) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Rowan Companies (RDC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Salesforce.com (CRM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Valero (VLO) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Vitamin Shoppe (VSI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... eBay (EBAY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Transocean (RIG) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Nordea... Seadrill (SDRL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Nordea... Noble Corp. (NE) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Nordea... Ensco (ESV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Nordea... Diamond Offshore (DO) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Nordea... SanDisk (SNDK) downgraded at Needham... Coach (COH) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... F5 Networks (FFIV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... Dick's Sporting (DKS) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley.
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April 11, 2014
08:49 EDTCRMBoston Properties signs 714,000 square foot lease with Salesforce.com
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07:23 EDTEBAYEBay's Donahoe dined with Icahn to spark thaw before deal, Bloomberg says
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06:58 EDTSDRLSeadrill downgraded at Credit Suisse
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06:47 EDTEBAYSamsung ups S5 incentives to fend off rivals, Bloomberg says
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06:28 EDTSDRLSeadrill downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse
06:08 EDTSNDKMemory suppliers look to bundle NAND flash sales with DRAM chips, DigiTimes says
Some memory device suppliers may be pushing sales of NAND flash chips with DRAM chips in an effort to easy the oversupply of NAND flash products, reports DigiTimes. According to market sources, the prices of NAND chips have continued to decline this year due to the capacity ramps from major companies. Reference Link
06:08 EDTFFIVF5 Networks initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust
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April 10, 2014
16:39 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were sharply lower as selling pressure took hold early in the session and did not relent. The averages closed near their worst levels, with the tech-heavy Nasdaq down more than 3%. With today's close, each of the major indexes is now lower for the year. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial claims for unemployment benefits fell to 300K last week, hitting their lowest weekly level since May 2007. The the timing of Easter and Passover, as well as other seasonal factors, however, may have lead many to discount the figure. Export prices rose 0.8% in March, while import prices grew 0.6%, both of which were greater than expected advances. In China, exports fell 6.6% from a year earlier in March, while imports plunged 11.3%. Economists had predicted year-over-year gains for both. COMPANY NEWS: eBay (EBAY) and activist investor Carl Icahn settled their proxy contest, with Icahn withdrawing both his two board nominees and his proposal for eBay to spin off its PayPal unit. As part of its agreement with Icahn, eBay will expand the number of independent directors on its board to 10 and add David Dorman to serve in that capacity. The online retail marketplace was among the many tech names suffering losses, closing the session down $1.81, or 3.24%, at $54.08... Ally Financial (ALLY), formerly the auto finance and financial services arm of General Motors (GM), lost $1.02, or 4.08%, to close at $23.98 in its first day of trade following its return to the public markets after having price its return offering at $25.00 per share... General Motors made news again as well by confirming that two of its engineers have been placed on paid leave as part of the company's ongoing ignition switch recall probe. The company also added ignition lock cylinders to its safety recall of 2.2 million vehicles in the U.S. and said it expects to take a $1.3B charge in the first quarter due to recall-related repairs... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was drugstore operator Rite Aid (RAD), which rose 54c, or 8.44%, to $6.94 after reporting earnings and revenue and that beat expectations and giving a revenue outlook for its fiscal 2015 that came in above estimates. Also higher following a better than expected earnings report was casual restaurant owner Ruby Tuesday (RT), which advanced 72c, or 12.08%, to $6.68. Among the noteworthy losers was data security solutions provider Imperva (IMPV), down $21.73, or 43.7%, to $28.00 which plunged 41% after the company slashed its first quarter profit and sales outlook. Another name in computer security, FireEye (FEYE), was among a a number of so-called "momentum" stocks that fell during the session, sliding $6.64, or 11.77%, to $49.75. Other momentum stocks that fell included 3D Systems (DDD), down $5.90, or 10.79%, to $48.78, and Yelp (YELP), down $7.78, or 10.92%, to $63.47. INDEXES: The Dow was down 266.96, or 1.62%, to 16,170.22, the Nasdaq was down 129.79, or 3.1%, to 4,054.11, and the S&P 500 was down 39.10, or 2.09%, to 1,833.08.
16:23 EDTSNDKSanDisk initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group
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12:53 EDTHPYHeartland Payment acquires school solution provider MCS Software
Heartland Payment Systems has acquired MCS Software, a provider of school foodservice point-of-sale, back office and online payment solutions for more than 4,000 K-12 schools nationwide. Heartland noted that is School Solutions division now serves over 34,000 K-12 schools nationwide, representing a 35% share of the public schools in the U.S.
12:52 EDTEBAYCarl Icahn says eBay separation 'not if but when'
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12:25 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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09:21 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:01 EDTCRMSalesforce.com should be bought ahead of results, says Pacific Crest
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08:35 EDTEBAYeBay CEO says Icahn now becoming 'long-term shareholder'
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08:35 EDTEBAYEBay volatility expected to move on settling proxy contest with Carl Icahn
eBay volatility is expected to move on settling a proxy contest with Carl Icahn. Overall option implied volatility 29 is near its 26-week average of 28 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement.
08:22 EDTEBAYeBay says appointment will expand independent directors to 10
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08:22 EDTEBAYeBay says to appoint David Dorman as independent director
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08:21 EDTEBAYeBay, Carl Icahn settle proxy contest, PayPal spin-off proposal withdrawn
eBay announced that it has reached an agreement with investor Carl Icahn, ending the proxy contest before the company’s upcoming annual meeting of stockholders. Icahn is withdrawing both his proposal to separate the company’s PayPal business and his two nominees to the company’s Board of Directors. The company said it has agreed to Icahn’s suggestion to appoint business executive David Dorman as an independent director to its Board of Directors. This will expand the number of independent directors to 10 on the 12-member board. The other two directors are eBay Founder and Chairman Pierre Omidyar, the company’s largest shareholder, and company President and CEO John Donahoe. Dorman is a Founding Partner of Centerview Capital Technology. “We are very pleased to have reached this agreement with Carl, settling proxy issues and enabling our board and management team to focus our full attention on a goal every shareholder agrees on – growing PayPal and eBay, and delivering sustainable shareholder value,” said eBay President and CEO John Donahoe. “As a result of our conversations, it became clear that Carl and I strongly agree on the potential of PayPal and our company,” Donahoe said. “I respect Carl’s willingness to work together to drive sustainable shareholder value today and into the future. His record shows that he has done this with many other companies in the past. Icahn has signed a confidentiality agreement covering any non-public information that directors and certain officers of the company may share with him. In addition, the company agreed not to adopt a policy precluding such persons from speaking to Icahn, and that it would advise them that they may speak to Icahn if they are willing to do so.
08:18 EDTEBAYeBay, Icahn settle proxy contest, PayPal spin-off proposal withdrawn, CNBC says
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