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January 27, 2014
10:00 EDTHAFC, SALE, BTU, MRK, EIX, AGI, KSU, FMBI, PB, MHK, MTG, ETFC, SMI, XOOM, POT, MTH, HON, ATLSOn 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.
News For AGI;ATLS;ETFC;EIX;HON;MTG;MRK;MTH;MHK;BTU;POT;PB;SALE;XOOM;FMBI;HAFC;SMI;KSU From The Last 14 Days
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August 21, 2015
12:17 EDTPOTDeere slides after Q3 results and outlook impacted by deteriorating farm economy
Despite reporting third quarter results that surpassed analyst expectations, shares of farm equipment maker Deere (DE) are falling after the company said it sees farm equipment sales for the year lower than previously thought, as the downturn in the agricultural economy continues. WHAT'S NEW: Deere reported Q3 EPS of $1.53, down from $2.33 in the year-ago quarter, and revenue of $7.6B, down 20% from last year's Q3. Analysts' consensus estimates for Q3 were for EPS of $1.44 on revenue of $7.17B. John Deere's Chief Executive Officer Samuel Allen said, "John Deere's third quarter results reflected the continuing impact of the downturn in the farm economy as well as lower demand for construction equipment." WHAT'S NOTABLE: Looking ahead, the farm equipment maker forecast full year 2015 world-wide sales of its farm equipment to be lower by about 25% for the year compared to the 24% it forecast in May with its Q2 report. On its Q3 earnings conference call, the company said crop prices are stabilizing near the long-term average and the dairy sector remains under pressure. Beef prices remain solid while pork prices remain at low levels, Deere added. In China, the company sees continued slowdown in economic growth, lower commodity prices impacting agricultural economy, and mechanizing trends and ongoing subsidies supportive of agriculture. In India, the company sees positive consumer and investor sentiment supporting economic growth, and two consecutive below normal monsoon seasons impacting farm incomes. In the Commonwealth of Independent States, the company sees a continued deterioration of economic growth and credit conditions remaining challenged. Deere sees crop value of agricultural production in Brazil to decrease 11% in 2015. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Deere are down $6.04, or 6.6%, to $84.61 in midday trading. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies that are leveraged to agriculture include AGCO (AGCO),Potash (POT), Mosaic(MOS), Agrium (AGU), Syngenta (SYT), CF Industries (CF), and DuPont (DD).
05:44 EDTMRKStocks with implied volatility movement; DIS MRK
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05:12 EDTEIXSouthern California Edison responds to CPUC Judge ruling
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August 20, 2015
11:33 EDTMRKLeerink major pharmaceuticals analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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10:07 EDTMTHHigh option volume stocks
High option volume stocks: HCBK BCOV MSG EMB MTH ACE PLKI OSK ACWI SOXX
10:00 EDTPBOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:00 EDTKSUOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTBTUActive equity options trading on open
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08:38 EDTMRKMerck says to present new analyses from IMPROVE-IT study
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06:52 EDTKSUKansas City Southern upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie
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August 19, 2015
17:16 EDTPBProsperity Bancshares initiated with an Underperform at Sterne Agee CRT
Target $53.
10:35 EDTMHKMohawk management to meet with SunTrust
Meetings to be held in New York August 26-27 hosted by SunTrust.
10:00 EDTAGIOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:20 EDTATLSAtlas Energy to host special shareholder meeting
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06:13 EDTAGIAlamos Gold upgraded to Outperformer from Sector Performer at CIBC
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August 18, 2015
12:13 EDTMRKMerck recalls Temodar, Temozolomide bottles with cracked caps
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08:03 EDTMRKMerck says FDA accepts sBLA for Keytruda
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07:29 EDTATLSEnerCom to hold a conference
The Oil & Gas Conference is being held in Denver, Colorado on August 16-20 with webcasted company presentations to begin on August 18 at 10:00 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
August 17, 2015
13:11 EDTSALEAlibaba unlikely to make competing offer for zulily, say Baird
zulily (ZU) shareholder Alibaba (BABA) is unlikely to make a competing takeover bid for the online retailer, Baird analyst Colin Sebastian tells investors in a research note. Alibaba, which upped its stake in zulily to 9% in May, likely views the company as an investment rather than a vehicle to enter the U.S. market, Sebastian argues. This morning, Liberty Interactive (QVCA) announced it had reached an agreement to acquire zulily for $18.75 per share or $2.4B. The analyst sees strategic benefits from the deal. Increased takeover activity in the small-cap internet space could support the valuations of the remaining independents, including ChannelAdvisor (ECOM), Yelp (YELP), Groupon (GRPN), Angie's List (ANGI) and RetailMeNot (SALE), Sebastian writes. Shares of zulily are soaring 47% to $18.50 following the takeover agreement.
August 16, 2015
12:33 EDTPOTPotash shares could rally 30% by late 2016, Barron's says
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