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May 22, 2014
10:23 EDTSODA, MSI, GMCR, AEO, STM, MOS, ARCO, NX, MDAS, MTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: American Eagle (AEO) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup... ArcelorMittal (MT) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Arcos Dorados (ARCO) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at HSBC... Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) downgraded at Roth Capital... MedAssets (MDAS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Mosaic (MOS) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Motorola Solutions (MSI) downgraded at Mizuho... Quanex (NX) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Wedbush... STMicroelectronics (STM) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at HSBC... SodaStream (SODA) downgraded to Underweight from Equalweight at Barclays.
News For AEO;MT;ARCO;GMCR;MDAS;MOS;MSI;NX;STM;SODA From The Last 14 Days
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February 2, 2016
08:04 EDTMSIForum Global to hold a conference
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February 1, 2016
08:19 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain will not be issuing Q1 earnings or updating guidance
As previously disclosed, on December 6, 2015, Keurig Green Mountain entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger by and among Acorn Holdings B.V., a private limited liability company incorporated under the laws of the Netherlands, Maple Holdings Acquisition Corp.. Due to the pending Merger, the company is neither updating nor reaffirming its prior earnings guidance, and will not be issuing a fiscal first quarter 2016 earnings release or holding a fiscal first quarter 2016 earnings call for investors and financial analysts.
January 31, 2016
15:57 EDTMTArcelorMittal exploring sale of certain U.S. long steel mills, Platts says
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January 29, 2016
12:24 EDTGMCRCitron sees Monster Beverage shares hitting $80 in near term
Shares of Monster Beverage (MNST) are likely to hit $80 in the near term, Citron Research writes in a new research report on the energy drink maker. The short-selling research firm says valuing Monster versus Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) results in 48% downside for the stock. "For the sake of the benefit of the doubt we used the post GMCR takeout value as a benchmark to get to $80 a share for Monster," Citron states. Monster shares are down $7.15, or 5%, to $130.05 in midday trading. Reference Link
January 28, 2016
10:32 EDTGMCROptions with increasing implied volatility: RAD GMCR
January 27, 2016
10:36 EDTGMCROptions with increasing implied volatility: SNDK GMCR
10:31 EDTMDASPamplona Capital completes acquisition of MedAssets
Pamplona Capital Management has completed the acquisition of MedAssets. As a result of the transaction, MedAssets stock will stop trading at the close of business today. Pamplona purchased MedAssets for $31.35 per share, which represents a total enterprise value of approximately $2.7B. The transaction was overwhelmingly approved by stockholders on January 14, with 99.8% of total votes cast in favor. Separately, Pamplona has entered into an agreement with Vizient to divest MedAssets' Spend and Clinical Resource Management segment to Vizient. That transaction is expected to be completed in mid-February 2016.
09:33 EDTMSIMotorola Solutions upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Northcoast
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06:55 EDTSTMFrench government: STMicro must engage in new strategy, Reuters says
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05:42 EDTSTMSTMicroelectronics says to exit set-top box chip business
The company says, "Today we are announcing that we will discontinue the development of new platforms and standard products for set-top-box and home gateway. This difficult decision is consistent with our strategy to only participate in sustainable businesses and is due to the significant losses posted by our set-top box business over the past years in an increasingly challenging market." After an extensive review of external and internal options for the future of the company's set-top box business, ST will discontinue the development of new platforms and standard products for set-top-box and home gateway. The slower than expected market adoption of leading-edge products and increasing competition on low-end boxes, combined with the required high level of R&D investment, has led this business to generate significant losses in the course of the last years. As a result of this, the company announced a global workforce review, including:the redeployment of about 600 employees, currently associated with the set-top-box business, to support principally ST's growth ambitions in digital automotive and microcontrollers; a global workforce re-alignment that may affect approximately 1,400 employees worldwide, of which about 430 in France through a voluntary departure plan, about 670 in Asia and about 120 in the US. Deployment of the plan by country or site will be subject to applicable legislation and will depend on local negotiations. In 2016, the workforce re-alignment is anticipated to affect about 1,000 employees, out of which about 150 in France. Annualized savings are estimated at $170M upon completion and restructuring costs at about $170M.
05:26 EDTSTMSTMicroelectronics sees Q1 revenues down sequentially by about 3% at mid-point
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05:24 EDTSTMSTMicroelectronics reports Q4 EPS 0c, consensus 1c
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January 26, 2016
18:18 EDTMDASS&P announces changes to S&P 500, S&P SmallCap 600 indices
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17:19 EDTMDASZELTIQ to replace MedAssets in S&P 600 as of 1/29 close
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10:48 EDTGMCRTreeHouse may benefit from strategy shifts, says Detwiler Fenton
Detwiler Fenton said TreeHouse (THS) may benefit from Keurig Green Mountain's (GMCR) and Starbucks' (SBUX) focust shift into new products. Keurig Green Mountain dropping of its private-label business opens the door for TreeHouse to take market share, the firm's analyst said. Detwiler sees TreeHouse benefiting from Starbucks' shifts away from Keurig Green Mountain and into other product opportunities.
10:32 EDTGMCROptions with increasing implied volatility: CLDX SNDK GMCR RAD
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January 25, 2016
13:08 EDTMOSPotash slips as analyst casts doubt on dividend
Feed and fertilizer companies Mosaic (MOS) and Potash Corp. (POT) are both trading lower after being cut to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan, with the research firm calling into question Potash's dividend yield in the face of weak pricing for its staple commodity products. DIVIDEND DOUBT: As lower nitrogen and potash prices pressure cash flows, Potash Corp. looks reasonably likely to cut its dividend down to $1.00 per share from $1.52 during 2016, JPMorgan analyst Jeffrey Zekauskas argued Tuesday. Zekauskas clarified, however, that the fertizilier company has "wide discretion" as to whether it might actually continue to pay its current dividend, given its $3B in monetizable equity and a healthy balance sheet that could allow additional leverage. That said, the analyst's base case is that Potash will shrink the dividend amid the industry's cyclical downturn, leading him to lower his rating on the stock to Neutral and significantly cut his 2016 earnings predictions to $1.10 from $1.45. MOSAIC: Zekauskas also lowered his rating on Mosaic to Neutral while slashing his 2016 EPS estimates to $1.85 from $2.75, citing weaker prices for potash and phosphate. Unlike Potash Corp., Mosaic looks unlikely to cut its roughly 4.6% dividend yield, the analyst said. Zekauskas maintained that both companies remain attractive for longer-term value investors, saying he plans to review their ratings after Potash potentially rethinks its dividend and Wall Street financial estimates move lower. CEO COMMENTS: Speaking at the January 21 CIBC investor conference, Potash CEO Jochen Tilk stated, "We obviously believe -- and I'm sure you concur -- that the dividend is an important part of our company. And [when] we look at the cash ability that we have in 2016, the first goal is to be prudent with our balance sheet... More specifically to the dividend, I can't talk because we have our board meetings next week... It's on the agenda. It's a big discussion. We've done a lot of work in the analysis. We've done exactly what you say. We've done all the work that leads to the visibility to our balance sheet." PRICE ACTION: Shares of Potash Corp. have fallen roughly 6.7% to $15.02, while Mosaic is down 5.7% to $22.50.
10:00 EDTAEO, MOSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: American Eagle (AEO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... American Express (AXP) downgraded on weak revenue outlook at Argus... Bristol-Myers (BMY) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Caterpillar (CAT) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Crestwood Equity (CEQP) downgraded to Neutral on potential distribution cut at Baird... Cummins (CMI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... Federal Realty (FRT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... GKN PLC (GKNLY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Galapagos NV (GLPG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at GoldmanvHortonworks (HDP) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... International Flavors (IFF) downgraded on headwinds at Stifel... International Paper (IP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... JPMorgan (JPM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... KapStone (KS) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Mosaic (MOS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... NetSuite (N) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... ONEOK Partners (OKS) downgraded to Neutral at Baird... OvaScience (OVAS) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Packaging Corp. (PKG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... Potash (POT) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Power Solutions (PSIX) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Raymond James (RJF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... Regeneron (REGN) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Chardan... SanDisk (SNDK) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA... Toll Brothers (TOL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities... Twitter (TWTR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... WPX Energy (WPX) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Iberia... WestRock (WRK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Whole Foods (WFM) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Zurich Insurance (ZURVY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas.
08:55 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T
BB&T downgraded American Eagle based on valuation.
06:24 EDTMOSMosaic downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
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