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January 9, 2014
10:01 EDTDHI, DAN, CACI, FRX, M, WSM, INSM, ANGI, LLL, VAL, RVBD, MCD, DD, ALB, TS, PSA, JNJ, D, AET, HAL, STI, MPW, JCP, AZNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Aetna (AET) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Albemarle (ALB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... AstraZeneca (AZN) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... Dominion (D) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... DuPont (DD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... McDonald's (MCD) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Medical Properties Trust (MPW) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Public Storage (PSA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Riverbed (RVBD) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... SunTrust (STI) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Valspar (VAL) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... Tenaris (TS) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Howard Weil... Halliburton (HAL) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Howard Weil... Forest Labs (FRX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham... D.R. Horton (DHI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at MKM Partners... Insmed (INSM) upgraded at JMP Securities... CACI International (CACI) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... L-3 Communications (LLL) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... H&R Block (HRB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... Williams-Sonoma (WSM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Dana Holding (DAN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Angie's List (ANGI) upgraded at Raymond James... Macy's (M) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital.
News For AET;ALB;AZN;D;DD;JCP;JNJ;MCD;MPW;PSA;RVBD;STI;TS;VAL;HAL;FRX;DHI;INSM;CACI;LLL;WSM;DAN;ANGI;M From The Last 14 Days
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November 10, 2014
15:26 EDTDHINotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings DR Horton (DHI), consensus 48c; Sabre (SABR), consensus 26c; AECOM Technology (ACM), consensus 82c; CST Brands (CST), consensus 57c; Qiwi plc (QIWI), consensus 36c; INSYS Therapeutics (INSY), consensus 29c.
15:16 EDTDEdison Electric Institute to hold a conference
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14:22 EDTDHID.R. Horton volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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13:59 EDTDHID.R. Horton technical comments before earnings
In the prior three months the shares have outperformed, trading up over 15%. Over the prior year the shares have traded in a range largely contained by $20 at the low and $25 at the high. Ahead of earnings, the stock is trading closer to the top of the range. When looking at a long-term chart, 10-year basis, the price action from March 2013 until now appears to be a symmetrical triangle in formation. That pattern would be a bullish continuation pattern given the uptrend that preceded its formation. On strong news and outlook, a move above $25 would trigger that pattern. Upside objectives could be at resistance at $25.97, $27.75, and $29.22. If the news disappoints, the lower bound of the triangle could be tested at the $20 area. A breakdown below $20 would void the pattern. Support levels that could become downside objectives would be at $18.99, $17.60, and $16.32.
13:05 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney November volatility elevated into Q3 and holiday outlook
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12:36 EDTJCPAbercrombie, American Eagle sink after analyst downgrades
Shares of specialty teen apparel retailers Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) and American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) are falling after a number of analysts issued negative notes on the companies. WHAT'S NEW: Oppenheimer analyst Anna Andreeva downgraded Abercrombie & Fitch to Perform from Outperform. The company's earnings outlook has become less clear as its U.S. brand has not yet become popular, and retail brand turnarounds usually take awhile, Oppenheimer analyst Anna Andreeva wrote in a note to investors. Additionally, Abercrombie's international business, which has deteriorated further this year, faces "mounting uncertainty, the analyst stated. The analyst slashed her price target on the name to $30 from $50. Meanwhile, Barclays analyst Matthew McClintock downgraded American Eagle Outfitters to Equal Weight from Overweight. McClintock has become more pessimistic about the outlook for American Eagle's comparative store sales in the second half of 2014, given recent data points from a number of retailers, including Abercrombie & Fitch, Kohl's (KSS), Wal-Mart (WMT), J.C. Penney (JCP), and Ann Inc. (ANN). The analyst said he saw no reason why American Eagle should significantly outperform the overall apparel sector. McClintock cut his price target on the name to $11 from $15. Meanwhile, the analyst lowered his rating on the Softline Retail sector to Negative from Positive, as he believes that the sector, which includes companies that sell products like apparel, towels, and jewelry - is facing structural difficulties that are likely to persist for the next several years. Separately, research firm Janney Capital downgraded Abercrombie to Neutral from Buy in a note to investors today. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Abercrombie & Fitch sank 3.5% to $28.50 and American Eagle dropped 4% to $12.40.
12:07 EDTDDUSDA lowers corn production forecast by 68M bushels
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10:27 EDTDDominion acquires solar energy project in Utah
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10:06 EDTAETAetna selected for new Louisiana Medicaid contract
Aetna Better Health of Louisiana, an Aetna health plan established to administer managed Medicaid services in Louisiana, has been selected by the State Department of Health & Hospitals to provide access to health care for eligible Louisianans. The three-year contract is scheduled to take effect Feb. 1, 2015.
09:20 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:46 EDTAETAetna price target raised to $99 from $90 at Jefferies
Jefferies raised its price target for Aetna shares to $99 after meeting with management and keeps a Buy rating on the stock. The firm believes Aetna's 2015 earnings growth can top the consensus of 10%.
08:01 EDTCACICACI awarded $32.5M contract to support development of sensor technologies
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08:00 EDTMCDMcDonald's reports October APMEA comparable sales down 4.2%
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07:59 EDTMCDMcDonald's reports October Europe comparable sales down 0.7%
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07:59 EDTMCDMcDonald's reports October US comparable sales down 1%
The company said, "To restore business momentum, the U.S. is revamping its marketing approach, simplifying the menu and creating a new organizational structure. These initiatives are designed to better address consumer preferences and the competitive dynamics of the local markets in which we compete by bringing decision making closer to our customers."
07:58 EDTMCDMcDonald's reports October global comparable sales down 0.5%
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07:44 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson looks for acquisitions to help expand in China, WSJ says
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07:23 EDTANGIRBC Capital to hold a conference
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07:12 EDTMCA Technologies to hold a conference
CA World 2014 is being held in Las Vegas on November 9-12.
05:37 EDTDDominion resumed with an Overweight at Barclays
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