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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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July 24, 2014
10:37 EDTIBMBlackBerry CEO says in enterprise partnership talks, FT reports
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07:03 EDTABCAmerisourceBergen now sees FY14 adjusted continuing ops EPS $3.89-$3.94
Consensus is $3.73. Sees FY14 revenue growth in the 35% range, consensus $116.72B. The company says "Adjusted operating margin is expected to decline in the high-teens basis points range due to the onboarding of significant new lower margin business and growth in brand pharmaceutical business with our large customers. We expect free cash flow to be in the high end of the range of $500 to $700 million, with capital expenditures in the $275 million range, and to spend approximately $500 million in share repurchases, subject to market conditions."
07:02 EDTABCAmerisourceBergen reports Q3 continuing ops EPS $1.01, consensus 92c
Reports Q3 revenue $30.35B, consensus $29.25B.
July 23, 2014
16:25 EDTAIZAssurant reports Q2 EPS $1.62, consensus $1.55
Reports Q2 revenue $2.61B, consensus $2.4B. Book value per diluted share, excluding AOCI, increased 5.3% to $62.61 at June 30, from $59.48 at Dec. 31, 2013.
15:28 EDTGBXGreenbrier says prepared for tank-car retrofits required by DoT
The Greenbrier Companies responded to the U.S. Department of Transportation's proposed rulemaking on the safe movement of flammable liquids by rail, including crude oil and ethanol. While Greenbrier is examining the details of the proposed rulemaking and will provide full comments at a later date, Jack Isselmann, VP External Affairs and Communications today made the following statement: "Greenbrier is pleased that Secretary Foxx recognizes the urgency of completing this rulemaking and we commend his stated intention to issue a rule in the next 60 days. A final rule will provide the clarity the industry needs to make investments that ensure that crude oil and other flammable commodities are classified properly and transported in tank cars that are safer at any speed. We are also gratified that two of the three alternate new design standards proposed by the Department call for a 9/16-inch thick steel shell, a safety feature that Greenbrier has consistently championed with our next generation 'Tank Car of the Future' design. This design can better withstand the additional demands associated with operating unit trains like the high-hazard flammable trains identified today by the Department. A two-year timetable for phasing out the use of older DOT-111 cars in the most hazardous flammable service is aggressive, but can be achieved through a combination of increased new tank car production and appropriate retrofit packages for tank cars that meet a more robust safety standard. Greenbrier is prepared to meet the need for tank car retrofits with our newly-launched joint venture for railcar repair and retrofitting, GBW Railcar Services."
11:18 EDTGBXDoT proposes phase out of older DOT 111 tank cars for certain flammable liquids
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09:23 EDTBIDUBaidu volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Baidu July weekly call option implied volatility is at 107, August is at 45, September is at 39, December is at 37; compared to its 26-week average of 42 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 24.
July 22, 2014
17:31 EDTIBMApple sees business as a catalyst for iPad sales
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13:18 EDTIBMEarnings Preview: Apple reports after stock split, Beats purchase, iOS 8 launch
Apple (AAPL) is set to report third quarter earnings after the market close on Tuesday, July 22, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Apple, the world's most valuable company by market capitalization, is the manufacturer of the iPhone and iPad, among other desktop and mobile computing devices. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.23 on revenue of $37.99B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.14-$1.37 on revenue of $36.58B-$40.31B. In a note to investors, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said Street analysts expect year-over-year iPhone sales growth of 14% to 35M-36M units, flat iPad sales of 14M-15M units, and a Q3 gross margin of 38%. Munster added that he expects Apple to guide Q4 revenues to $39B-$41B, which is in keeping with Street estimates for about $40.4B in Q4 revenue. LAST QUARTER: Apple reported second quarter EPS of $11.62 on revenue of $45.6B, which topped estimates for $10.18 and $43.5B, respectively. Apple reported iPhones sales of 43.7M units, iPad sales of 16.35M units and Mac sales of 4.14M. Apple said it sees Q3 revenue of $36B-$38B and a gross margin of 37%-38%. Along with its Q2 report, Apple announced a seven-for-one stock split. Apple also announced that its board raised its share repurchase authorization to $90B from the $60B level announced last year and an increase to the company’s quarterly dividend of approximately 8% to $3.29 per common share. NEWS: On May 28, Apple confirmed that it agreed to buy Beats Music, which operates a streaming music service, and Beats Electronics, which makes and sells electronic music products such as headphones and speakers, for $3B. As part of the acquisition, Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre will join Apple. Apple said at that time that it expects the transaction to close in Q4. On June 2, Apple announced OS X Yosemite, a new version of OS X redesigned and refined with a new look, new apps and new continuity features. Apple also unveiled iOS 8, a new version of its mobile operating system with new features for users and developers. Among the features were iCloud Photo Library, which allows user to enjoy photos and videos more easily across devices, new Messages features to easily share voice, video or photos, and a new Health app. Apple noted that the software development kit, or SDK, for iOS 8 was its "biggest developer release ever," with more than 4,000 new APIs. Apple and IBM announced last week that they would collaborate to provide mobile solutions for businesses. Under the deal, the companies will develop more than 100 enterprise solutions, including native apps, for Apple's iPhone and iPads. Moreover, IBM will sell iPhone and iPads to all of its business clients around the world, the companies noted. Also last week, Apple announced that Susan Wagner, founding partner and director of BlackRock (BLK), has been elected to Apple's board and that Bill Campbell, the board’s longest-serving member, is retiring after 17 years of service. Mac Rumors reported on July 10 that Apple was said to have ordered 68M iPhone 6 devices, citing a report in Taiwan's Business Weekly. That's double the amount of phones that the tech giant ordered prior to launching the iPhone 5 in 2012, the tech blog noted. The Wall Street Journal subsequently claimed that Apple has asked its suppliers to manufacture between 70M-80M of its two upcoming large-screen iPhones by the end of the year. ANALYST OPINION: On the day after Apple's last quarterly report, CLSA upgraded its rating on the shares to Buy from Outperform. On May 9, ISI Group downgraded Apple to Buy from Strong Buy, citing valuation. On June 2, following Apple's launch event for iOS 8, Piper Jaffray said it believed parts of Apple's new operating system point towards a possible iWatch later in the year and potential connected home products in the future. Piper said at that time that Apple remains on track to deliver multiple new product categories by the end of 2014. On June 17, Societe Generale upgraded Apple to Buy from Hold. On July 14, Barclays raised its rating on Apple to Overweight from Equal Weight, citing its channel checks that indicated near-term upside to consensus estimates. The firm also believes troubles at Samsung are creating an opportunity for Apple to regain market share and raised its price target for Apple shares to $110 from $95. The same day, Morgan Stanley said its survey results suggest June quarter iPhone demand upside. The firm raised its iPhone unit estimate to 36M from 34M and increased its EPS estimate to $1.24. Morgan Stanley increased it price target on Apple to $110 per share. Yesterday, JMP Securities upgraded Apple to Outperform from Market Perform, as the firm thinks the company is poised to report higher than expected sales and gross margins over the near-term and intermediate term. JMP set a price target of $135 on the stock. In his note previewing Apple's quarter, Munster wrote that Apple's guidance for its September-end quarter should tell investors if new iPhones are launching in September or later in the year. The Piper analyst expects a typical September launch, which could give the company 5 or 12 days of sales with the new phone depending on a standard Friday launch and its timing. Munster estimated the potential 7 day swing in the timing of the new phone could mean a 3M-4M unit and about $2B difference in the guidance for Q4, citing recent weekly run-rates for iPhone sales near launch quarters. PRICE ACTION: Each Apple shareholder of record at the close of business on June 2 received six additional shares for every share held on the record date and trading began on a split-adjusted basis on June 9. Shares of Apple advanced about 8% on the first day of trade following its Q2 report. Since the first day of trade following its last quarterly report, shares of Apple are up nearly 26%. In early afternoon trading ahead of its Q3 report tonight, Apple was up fractionally to just over $94 per share.
10:00 EDTCYSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:07 EDTCYSCYS Investments upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich
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07:05 EDTIBMIBM promotes Frances West to Chief Accessibility Officer
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July 21, 2014
18:40 EDTCYSOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Netflix (NFLX), up marginally after reporting Q2 results... Sanmina (SANM), up 13.2% after reporting third quarter results and fourth quarter guidance above analyst estimates... Chipotle (CMG), up 10.1%... Helix (HLX), up 5.2%... Canadian National (CNI), up 1.13%... CYS Investments (CYS), up 1.7%. ALSO HIGHER: Apache (APA), up 5% after Bloomberg says JANA discloses $1B position... Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), up 1% after announcing a $5B share repurchase program... TG Therapeutics (TGTX), up 4.3% after reporting second quarter results and preliminary clinical results from TG-1101 Phase I study... DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Rambus (RMBS), down 3.6% after reporting second quarter results... Ultra Clean (UCTT), down 4% after reporting quarterly results. ALSO LOWER: Tallgrass Energy (TEP), down 5% after filing to sell 7M common units representing limited partners.
18:25 EDTCYSCYS Investments reports Q2 adjusted EPS 33c vs. 35c in Q1
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16:40 EDTFITBFifth Third Bancorp in share repurchase pact with Morgan Stanley
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11:31 EDTIBMXerox names Kennedy Chief Marketing Officer
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10:49 EDTBIDUBaidu advances following Morgan Stanley upgrade
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10:02 EDTFITBOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:26 EDTBIDUBaidu upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
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05:39 EDTFITBFifth Third Bancorp upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird
RW Baird upgraded Fifth Third Bancorp to Outperform citing the recent pullback in shares. The firm raised its price target for the stock to $23 from $22.
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