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January 27, 2014
10:00 EDTHON, ATLS, HAFC, SALE, BTU, MRK, EIX, AGI, KSU, FMBI, PB, MHK, MTG, ETFC, SMI, XOOM, POT, MTHOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Alamos Gold (AGI) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Atlas Energy (ATLS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... E-Trade (ETFC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities... Edison International (EIX) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... Honeywell (HON) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Lagenberg... MGIC Investment (MTG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities... Merck (MRK) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Meritage Homes (MTH) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Mohawk (MHK) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Peabody (BTU) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Potash (POT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Prosperity Bancshares (PB) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... RetailMeNot (SALE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Xoom (XOOM) upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James... First Midwest (FMBI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Fig Partners... Hanmi Financial (HAFC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Semiconductor Manufacturing (SMI) upgraded to Buy from Sell at UBS... Kansas City Southern (KSU) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Buckingham.
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December 16, 2014
07:50 EDTKSUKansas City Southern to see minimal impact from Mexican reforms, says Stephens
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05:34 EDTMTGMGIC Investment downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette
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December 15, 2014
12:01 EDTKSUKansas City Southern management to meet with Stephens
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10:06 EDTHONHoneywell says M&A pipeline 'strong'
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09:34 EDTHONHoneywell sees 'moderate growth environment' in 2015
Sees organic sales of approx. 3% for Q4, FY. Says no change to organic sales growth outlook for Q4, FY14. Sees 20bps of margin contraction in Q4. Sees FY14 free cash flow $3.9B. Says lower oil prices a "net positive" for portfolio. Says Europe "stable" for company. Sees "flat to slightly negative" aero defense budget. Sees fast growth in connected-home market. Sees 2015 as peak year for UOP's CapEx. Sees $125M in cost savings in 2015 from restructuring. Comments taken from Honeywell's 2015 Outlook Conference Call.
07:40 EDTHONHoneywell sees FY15 organic sales growth about 4%
Says outlook in line with long-term targets. Says Q4 "on track." Sees "modest" GDP growth for 2015. Sees 2015 global GDP growth about 3.1% vs. 2.7% in 2014. Sees 2015 U.S. GDP growth 2.6% vs. 2.2% in 2014. Sees 2015 ACS organic sales up 4%-5%, segment margin up 60-90bps. Sees 2015 PMT organic sales up 4%-5%, segment margin up 80-110bps. For 2015, says planning euro f/x rate at ~1.20 at mid-point, 50% hedged at ~1.26; sees ~($0.6B) sales headwind, ~(10c) EPS impact. Sees FY15 tax rate 26.5%. Sees FY15 organic sales growth about 4%. Comments from slides that will be presented on Honeywell's 2015 Outlook Conference Call.
07:07 EDTHONHoneywell says on track toward achieving 2018 long-term targets
"We expect 2015 to be another strong year for Honeywell with across the board growth in sales, margin, EPS, and free cash flow. Our 2015 outlook tracks very well to the five year targets that we set for 2018 earlier this year. We sustained our 'seed planting' investments for the future, including innovating new products and technologies and expanding geographically, all of which will position the portfolio for continued growth. Similarly, we will use the gain on sale of B/E Aerospace shares in the fourth quarter to proactively fund Aerospace OEM incentives related to new platform wins. Our balanced portfolio mix of short- and long-cycle businesses, improving end markets, new product introductions, penetration in high-growth regions, and HOS Gold growth and productivity focus will all continue to drive Honeywell outperformance over the long term. While we're expecting only modest GDP growth in most regions around the world next year and will accordingly continue to be conservative in our cost and resource planning, our plan is to deliver higher organic growth, strong margin expansion, and double-digit earnings growth once again in 2015," said Honeywell Chairman and CEO Dave Cote.
07:06 EDTHONHoneywell reaffirms FY14 EPS view $5.50-$5.55, consensus $5.54
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07:05 EDTHONHoneywell backs Q4 EPS view $1.37-$1.42, consensus $1.42
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07:02 EDTHONHoneywell sees FY15 EPS $5.95-$6.15, consensus $6.11
Sees FY15 sales $40.5B-$41.1B, consensus $41.29B. Company forecasts 2015 organic sales growth of about 4%, up 1%-2% as reported.
December 12, 2014
16:33 EDTMRKStocks finish week lower amid steep decline in oil prices
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10:41 EDTMHKHigh option volume stocks:
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07:21 EDTEIXEdison International price target raised to $72 from $62 at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill raised Edison International's price target to $72 following the better-than-expected dividend raise. Shares are Buy rated and on the US 1 List.
December 11, 2014
16:13 EDTEIXEdison International raises common stock dividend 17.6% to 41.75c
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14:14 EDTHONHoneywell volatility flat into 2015 outlook
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10:13 EDTSMIOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ARIAD (ARIA) downgraded at Credit Suisse... AbbVie (ABBV) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Aimco (AIV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc... Anglo American (AAUKY) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Approach Resources (AREX) downgraded at Sterne Agee... CommVault (CVLT) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Fifth Street Senior (FSFR) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Harmonic (HLIT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sidoti... Macerich (MAC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Newell Rubbermaid (NWL) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Olin Corp. (OLN) downgraded at Longbow... Penn West (PWE) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Prudential plc (PUK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... Semiconductor Manufacturing (SMI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Suncor (SU) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Talisman Energy (TLM) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Thompson Creek (TC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Toll Brothers (TOL) downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Travelers (TRV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... United Therapeutics (UTHR) downgraded at Credit Suisse... Vera Bradley (VRA) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Sterne Agee.
09:59 EDTHONHoneywell management to meet with Oppenheimer
Meeting to be held in New York on December 18 hosted by Oppenheimer.
09:29 EDTSMISemiconductor Manufacturing downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
08:27 EDTMRKNewLink Genetics falls after Ebola vaccine trial suspended
Shares of NewLink Genetics (NLNK) are falling in pre-market trading after a clinical trial of the Ebola vaccine being developed by the company and partner Merck (MRK) was temporarily suspended as a precautionary measure after four patients complained of joint pains in their hands and feet, the University of Geneva Hospital said. The trials are scheduled to resume next month in up to 15 volunteers after checks to make sure that the joint pain symptoms were benign and temporary, the hospital added. Shares of NewLink are down 6.5% to $34.50 in early morning trading following the news, while Merck shares are indicated to open fractionally higher.
08:16 EDTPOTBHP sees potash as focus for growth in China, WSJ reports
Mining giant BHP Billiton said it is focusing on potash as an area of strategic growth in China, with Mike Henry, a president for BHP saying potash "can be our fifth pillar, adding to the four key markets of iron ore, oil and natural gas, copper and coal that the company had identified previously, reported The Wall Street Journal. Other publicly traded companies in the potash space include Agrium (AGU), Intrepid Potash (IPI), Mosaic (MOS), Potash (POT). Reference Link
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