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April 10, 2013
10:00 EDTAEO, AIZ, PSDV, FITB, AGU, BIDU, STWD, SI, PSUN, IBM, GEO, ABC, CYS, GBXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: American Eagle (AEO) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... AmerisourceBergen (ABC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... CYS Investments (CYS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Geo Group (GEO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... IBM (IBM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Pacific Sunwear (PSUN) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Siemens (SI) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas... Starwood Property (STWD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Agrium (AGU) upgraded to Buy from Speculative Buy at TD Securities... Baidu (BIDU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at 86 Research... Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Assurant (AIZ) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Sterne Agee... pSivida (PSDV) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Ladenburg... Greenbrier (GBX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc.
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October 17, 2014
10:00 EDTFITBOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AK Steel (AKS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... AMD (AMD) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at Pacific Crest... Atlantic Power (AT) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at BMO Capital... Basic Energy (BAS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... BorgWarner (BWA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... CA Technologies (CA) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Calumet Specialty Products (CLMT) upgraded to Outperform at Wells Fargo... DHT Holdings (DHT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore... Exelon (EXC) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Goldman Sachs (GS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Helmerich & Payne (HP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Hilton (HLT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Hyatt Hotels (H) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... IPG Photonics (IPGP) upgraded at Stifel... ITC Holdings (ITC) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Manpower (MAN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Avondale... Nabors Industries (NBR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Newpark Resources (NR) upgraded at Cowen... Old Dominion (ODFL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... PDC Energy (PDCE) upgraded at SunTrust... Patterson-UTI (PTEN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... PrivateBancorp (PVTB) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... QLogic (QLGC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Summit Research... RPC, Inc. (RES) upgraded at Cowen... Sonoco (SON) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at DA Davidson... Southwestern Energy (SWN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... SunEdison (SUNE) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... TSMC (TSM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Tesco (TESO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... UnitedHealth (UNH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink... Xilinx (XLNX) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo.
07:33 EDTIBMIBM reinstated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill
Target $200.
06:11 EDTFITBFifth Third Bancorp upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup
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October 16, 2014
18:27 EDTAIZGlobal Indemnity to purchase American Reliable Insurance from Assurant
Global Indemnity's (GBLI) U.S. affiliate agreed to purchase American Reliable Insurance Company from Assurant (AIZ). In a transaction with an enterprise value of approximately $394M, Global Indemnity's U.S. division will pay approximately $114M in cash to Assurant at closing - which could be increased to approximately $120M to account for net earnings between June 30 and the closing - and assume approximately $280M in customary insurance related liabilities, obligations, and mandates.
18:21 EDTAIZAssurant to sell American Reliable Insurance to Global Indemnity for $114M cash
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17:10 EDTAEOAbercrombie & Fitch, American Eagle lower after Urban Outfitters warns on sales
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16:20 EDTABCMcKesson initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital
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16:17 EDTABCAmerisourceBergen initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital
Target $88.
14:13 EDTAGUU.S farmers use less fertilizer this autumn as crop prices fade, Reuters says
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10:01 EDTBIDUOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:39 EDTFITBActive equity options trading on open
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09:35 EDTFITBFifth Third Bancorp sees Q4 NIM down about 6bps from Q3
says sees continued investments in risk management. Says loan growth was "more muted" than in previous quarters. Says taking prudent approach to lending. Sees strength of deposit franchise continuing. Sees Q4 NII down "a few million dollars" vs. Q3. Sees Q4 NIM down about 6bps from Q3. Sees mid single digit growth for loans in Q4, but sees loan growth at lower end of view. Sees Q4 expenses up in low to mid single digit range. Sees Q4 net charge-offs down about 10% vs. Q3. Says balance sheet "well positioned" for rising rates. Comments made on the Q3 earnings conference call.
09:21 EDTIBMIBM volatility elevated into Q3 results
IBM October weekly call option implied volatility is at 35, November is at 27, January is at 22; compared to its 26-week average of 19 into the expected release of Q3 results on October 20.
07:45 EDTFITBFifth Third Bancorp sees stable to modest growth in NII for 2014
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06:32 EDTFITBFifth Third Bancorp reports Q3 EPS 39c, consensus 43c
Q3 EPS includes 4c negative valuation adjustment on the warrant Fifth Third holds in Vantiv. Reports Q3 return on average assets of 1.02% Reports Q3 net charge-offs of $115M, Q3 provision expense of $71M. Reports Tier 1 common ratio of 9.64% in Q3, Tier 1 risk-based common ratio of 10.93% in Q3. Reports tangible common equity ratio of 8.84% in Q3. Reports book value per share of $16.87, tangible book value per share of $13.95.
05:50 EDTBIDUBaidu upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer upgraded Baidu to Outperform with a $280 price target citing the recent pullback in shares and the company's increasing mobile market share.
October 15, 2014
15:28 EDTFITBNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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October 14, 2014
15:24 EDTIBMIBM, SAP partner to accelerate Enterprise Cloud adoption
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07:46 EDTGEOJacobs on team to deliver Ravenhall Prison project in Melbourne, Australia
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06:17 EDTGBXGreenbrier conducting investigation into whistleblower claim
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