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January 23, 2014
10:01 EDTSNDK, NE, EBAY, DKS, ESV, SDRL, VSI, FFIV, DO, RIG, VLO, LAMR, HPY, GNC, AEO, CRM, ORA, GOL, DK, RDC, HERO, G, CTXSOn 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.
News For AEO;CTXS;DK;GNC;G;GOL;HPY;HERO;ORA;LAMR;RDC;CRM;VLO;VSI;EBAY;RIG;SDRL;NE;DO;ESV;SNDK;FFIV;DKS From The Last 14 Days
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January 14, 2015
07:42 EDTEBAYEtsy looking to raise $300M with IPO as soon as this quarter, Bloomberg says
Etsy, which operates a website that allows people to sell handmade crafts, is working with Goldman Sachs (GS) and Morgan Stanley (MS) on an initial public offering that could come as soon as this quarter, said Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. Etsy seeks to raise $300M via the offering, the report said. Publicly traded companies in the e-commerce space include Amazon.com (AMZN), eBay (EBAY), Alibaba (BABA) and zulily (ZU). Reference Link
07:41 EDTRDCGlobal Hunter Securities to hold a conference
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06:03 EDTFFIVF5 Networks downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
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January 13, 2015
11:57 EDTFFIVHP rises after PC report despite Pacific Crest downgrade
Shares of personal computer maker Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) are rising after research firm Gartner estimated that worldwide PC shipments had risen 1% last quarter. The advance comes despite research firm Pacific Crest having downgraded HP shares this morning. WHAT'S NEW: Worldwide shipments of PCs increased 1% last quarter, Gartner estimated. "These results indicate a slow, but consistent improvement following more than two years of decline," the firm wrote. The estimate suggests that PCs are not fading into oblivion, as some had predicted. Despite this news, research firm Pacific Crest downgraded HP to Sector Perform from Outperform in a note to investors today. HP is facing increased competition, as a number of companies are buying fewer individual servers and IT storage products, Pacific Crest analyst Brent Bracelin stated. Instead, they are buying integrated IT stacks. Ongoing technological trends could make this option more popular going forward, the analyst believes. Additionally, new data storage systems - including next wave systems with software-defined controls, cloud storage systems, and open sources systems - are growing rapidly and could increase the competitive pressure on HP, the analyst stated. Bracelin is less confident that HP's multiple can expand further going forward, he added. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Bracelin also downgraded NetApp (NTAP) to Sector Perform from Outperform for the same reasons that he cut his rating on HP. The analyst identified Tableau (DATA), F5 Networks (FFIV), Qlik Technologies (QLIK), and Nimble Storage (NMBL) as his favorite names in the IT infrastructure sector. F5 should benefit from earnings and multiple expansion as it carries out its security strategy, while Qlik is well-positioned to generate improved growth and margins, the analyst stated. Tableau and Nimble are poised to report better than expected results as their new products ramp up, Bracelin believes. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies that benefit from upbeat PC sales include Intel (INTC), Microsoft (MSFT), and hard disk drive makers Seagate (STX) and Western Digital (WDC). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, HP shares climbed 1.5% to $40.50.
10:00 EDTSNDKOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:00 EDTDKSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: American Midstream Partners (AMID) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... Ameriprise (AMP) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Applied DNA Sciences (APDN) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... Axalta Coating (AXTA) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Bellicum Pharmaceuticals (BLCM) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Bonanza Creek (BCEI) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... ConocoPhillips (COP) initiated with an Underweight at JPMorgan... Core-Mark (CORE) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Dick's Sporting (DKS) initiated with an In-Line at Imperial Capital... Dynegy (DYN) reinstated with an Overweight at Barclays... Gannett (GCI) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo... Gran Tierra (GTE) initiated with an Outperformer at CIBC... HomeAway (AWAY) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Juno Therapeutics (JUNO) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... MakeMyTrip (MMYT) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... PDC Energy (PDCE) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... PNC Financial (PNC) initiated with a Hold at Evercore ISI... Proofpoint (PFPT) initiated with a Buy at Summit Research... Sensata (ST) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Southcross Energy Partners (SXE) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... Suncor (SU) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... U.S. Bancorp (USB) initiated with a Hold at Evercore ISI... United Financial (UBNK) initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Vantiv (VNTV) initiated with an Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Wells Fargo (WFC) initiated with a Hold at Evercore ISI.
10:00 EDTVLOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:53 EDTSNDKSanDisk downgraded to Hold from Buy at Drexel Hamilton
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08:43 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle has reached positive turning point, says BMO Capital
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08:17 EDTSNDKSanDisk price target lowered to $100 from $110 at UBS
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07:47 EDTCRMUBS to hold investor trip
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07:22 EDTVLOValero upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
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07:07 EDTSNDKSanDisk shares should be bought on weakness, says Pacific Crest
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07:04 EDTFFIVTop 2015 IT infrastructure ideas identified at Pacific Crest
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07:04 EDTSNDKFederal court confirms halt to sales of chips used by SanDisk, IBM, others
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06:44 EDTFFIVHP downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest downgraded HP (HPQ) to Sector Perform citing valuation and rising competitive risks from hyperconvergence and new datastores. The firm lists Tableau (DATA), F5 Networks (FFIV), lik Technologies (QLIK) and Nimble Storage (NMBL) as its top names to own in the Cloud, Analytics & Data Infrastructure space. Pacific Crest also downgraded also NetApp (NTAP) to Sector Perform citing the same rationale as HP.
06:30 EDTSNDKCourt order bars sales of chips used by SanDisk and IBM, WSJ reports
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06:29 EDTSNDKSanDisk pullback yesterday looks overdone, says Citigroup
Citigroup believes the 14% pullback yesterday in shares of SanDisk following the company's Q4 guide-down looks overdone. Citi views the cause of the shortfall as temporary cyclical factor that it thinks should alleviate with the release of the Samsung S6 in March. It dropped its price target for the stock to $110 from $125 but keeps a Buy rating on the name.
06:18 EDTEBAYSilicon Valley shuttle drivers looking to unionize, USA Today reports
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05:32 EDTDKSDick's Sporting initiated with an In-Line at Imperial Capital
Target $60.
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