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June 12, 2013
10:14 EDTTHOR, LYG, PEUGY, POR, PX, RVBD, RBS, SLXP, SEP, SE, LEN, HMA, GBCI, APO, AMAT, SAM, BG, CYH, EMC, EVEP, GPC, AWK, AEPOn the Fly: Upgrade Summary
American Electric (AEP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust… American Water (AWK) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC… Apollo Global (APO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman… Applied Materials (AMAT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup… Boston Beer (SAM) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman… Bunge (BG) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray… Community Health (CYH) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank… EMC (EMC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum… EV Energy (EVEP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Global Hunter… Genuine Parts (GPC) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill… Glacier Bancorp (GBCI) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital… Health Management (HMA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank and upgraded to Fair Value from Sell at CRT Capital… Lennar (LEN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette… Lloyds Banking (LYG) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays… Peugeot (PEUGY) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley… Portland General Electric (POR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Ladenburg and upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie… Praxair (PX) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan… Riverbed (RVBD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Lazard Capital… Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays… Salix (SLXP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham… Spectra Energy Partners (SEP) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at Tudor Pickering… Spectra Energy Partners (SEP) upgraded to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley… Spectra Energy (SE) upgraded at Morgan Stanley, Tudor Pickering and Deutsche Bank… Thoratec (THOR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James.
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October 9, 2014
08:32 EDTRVBDRiverbed to undertake comprehensive review of stratetgic, financial alternatives
08:32 EDTRVBDRiverbed initiates restructuring plan to reduce annual costs by $20M-$25M
The company announced that it has initiated a restructuring plan in order to reduce annual costs by $20 million to $25 million and improve annual operating margins by 1% to 2%. The company expects these restructuring efforts to be substantially complete by the end of calendar 2014. “In light of current business conditions, we are taking decisive steps to improve our cost structure in order to drive enhanced operating performance,” said Jerry M. Kennelly, chairman and CEO, Riverbed. “We believe these actions enable us to deliver increased value to our shareholders while continuing to deliver the products and support expected by our customers.” In addition to these restructuring initiatives, Riverbed's Board of Directors has determined to undertake a comprehensive review, with the assistance of its advisors, of strategic and financial alternatives to enhance shareholder value. There is no set timetable for the review process. The company does not intend to disclose or comment on further developments unless and until its Board approves a specific action or it otherwise concludes its review of alternatives.
08:31 EDTRVBDRiverbed narrows Q3 adjusted EPS view to 30c-31c from 30c-32c
Consensus is 31c. Cuts Q3 revenue view to $276M-$277M from $285M-$291M, consensus $286.75M. The revised guidance primarily reflects lower than expected growth in the company’s WAN Optimization and virtual ADC businesses.
06:55 EDTEMCAnalyst says PC company likely to get much of HP debt, Re/code reports
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October 8, 2014
14:46 EDTEMCEMC comments on letter issued by Elliott Management
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11:04 EDTEMCEMC advances after activist letter, report on HP merger talks
Shares of EMC (EMC) are rising slightly in a down market after activist investor Elliott Management disclosed that it wrote in a letter to the company's board that it had heard of "acquisition interest in EMC's assets on the part of several large companies." The firm called on EMC to pursue M&A opportunities and spin off its VMware (VMW) subsidiary. WHAT'S NEW: Since July, several large companies have expressed "acquisition interest" in EMC's assets, Eliiott wrote. Acquisitions of EMC's assets by these companies would be logical from a strategic perspective, the firm added. The parties that have expressed interest could afford to buy all of EMC or a number of its assets, according to Elliott. EMC should look to spin off VMware because owning VMware is holding down the value of EMC's stock and damaging its relationship with its customers, the investor stated. VMware is hurting EMC by competing with EMC's customers, Elliott explained. Elliott Management noted that is affiliates collectively own or have economic exposure to about 2.2% of the common stock and equivalents of EMC. WHAT'S NOTABLE: HP (HPQ) and EMC are still conducting due diligence on a potential merger, CNBC's David Faber reported this morning, citing sources. A deal is unlikely, but still possible, and would include a buy-in of VMware, Faber added. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, EMC rose 0.3% to $28.20, VMware slid 0.9% to $90.59 and HP dropped 1.2% to $34.80.
10:00 EDTAMATOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: ADTRAN (ADTN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Applied Materials (AMAT) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Bill Barrett (BBG) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... CNOOC (CEO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Calamos (CLMS) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Keefe Bruyette... Calix (CALX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Cimarex Energy (XEC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Cogent (CCOI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Coty (COTY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at B. Riley... Dassault Systemes (DASTY) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays... EOG Resources (EOG) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Glu Mobile (GLUU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Benchmark Co.... Goldcorp (GG) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Goodrich Petroleum (GDP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Greif (GEF) upgraded at Wells Fargo... PHH Corp. (PHH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Parsley Energy (PE) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Rent-A-Center (RCII) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Northcoast... Royal Gold (RGLD) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at HSBC... Rush Enterprises (RUSHA) upgraded to Strong Buy at Raymond James... Sanchez Energy (SN) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Springleaf (LEAF) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... TC PipeLines (TCP) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Tesco (TSCDY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... Vocera (VCRA) upgraded to Outperform at FBR Capital.
09:53 EDTEMCHP, EMC still doing due diligence on potential deal, CNBC reports
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09:49 EDTEMCHP, EMC merger unlikely but still possible, CNBC's Faber says
09:48 EDTEMCHP, EMC still doing work on potential deal, CNBC reports
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09:05 EDTAEPFluor wins construction contract from American Electric
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08:55 EDTEMCEMC rises after VMware separation urged by Elliott Management
Shares of EMC Corp. (EMC) are higher in pre-market trading after investor Elliott Management, affiliates of which collectively own or have economic exposure to about 2.2% of the common stock and equivalents of EMC, sent a letter to the company's board detailing the firm's recommendations, including a separation of VMware (VMW) from Core EMC. Shares of EMC are up about 1% to $28.39 following Elliott's public disclosure of its letter to the company's board.
08:54 EDTEMCElliott Management urges separation of VMware from EMC
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08:42 EDTSLXPSalix shares should be bought on weakness, says Sterne Agee
After Reuters yesterday afternoon reported that Actavis (ACT) plans to make a new merger approach to Allergan (AGN), Sterne Agee believes that Salix's standalone value is $162. The firm expects the shares to reach that level following approval of its Xifaxan IBS-D drug after the February 2015 PDUFA date.
08:31 EDTSLXPSalix announces FDA granted final approval for UCERIS
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08:31 EDTEMCElliott Management sends letter to EMC board
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07:50 EDTAMAT, AMATApplied Materials upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA
CLSA upgraded Applied Materials to Outperform and said Tokyo Electron deal concerns are overdone and the company will not go through with the deal if it turns out to be dilutive. Additionally, CLSA said Applied Materials will benefit from the 2015 14/16nm FinFET capex cycle. Price target raised to $23 from $22.
07:20 EDTRBSCapital Link to hold a forum
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07:08 EDTAPOApollo Global coverage assumed with an Outperform at Credit Suisse
Target $32.
06:23 EDTSLXPActavis more inclined to pursue Allergan over Salix, says Citigroup
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