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April 7, 2014
10:00 EDTAGIO, RNST, SEM, UPL, UA, HTGC, SPF, YELP, NFLX, PBF, NEM, LII, AA, ALGN, ADI, BGS, INTC, C, JBLU, KND, POn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Agios Pharmaceuticals (AGIO) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Alcoa (AA) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... Align Technology (ALGN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington... Analog Devices (ADI) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... B&G Foods (BGS) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Citigroup (C) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... Intel (INTC) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Pacific Crest... JetBlue (JBLU) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Kindred Healthcare (KND) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Lennox (LII) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Newmont Mining (NEM) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... PBF Energy (PBF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Renasant (RNST) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Select Medical (SEM) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Ultra Petroleum (UPL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Under Armour (UA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee... Hercules Technology (HTGC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler ONeill... Standard Pacific (SPF) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Yelp (YELP) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Pandora (P) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush.
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October 9, 2014
09:20 EDTAAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:46 EDTKNDKindred sees 'significant,' 'achievable' synergies from Gentiva deal
Kindred (KND) says it expects to issue in aggregate $620M-$720M of equity to maintain reasonable leverage. Says will issue Gentiva (GTIV) shareholders $200M in Kindred stock as part of purchase consideration, plans to raise $200M-$300M in equity and/or mandatory convertible securities between announcement and close. Says integration teams assembled, ready to be deployed immediately upon closing. Comments from slides that will be presented on Kindred's conference call discussing the proposed acquisition of Gentiva.
08:45 EDTKNDGentiva volatility low into being acquired by Kindred for $1.8B
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08:45 EDTAAAlcoa shares should be bought, says Sterne Agee
After Alcoa reported stronger than expected results, Sterne Agee believes that the results were strong, as the leverage it is achieving from right sizing its cost structure is exceeding expectations. The firm thinks the company is executing well and keeps an $18 price target on the name.
08:38 EDTKNDKindred volatility flat into acquiring Gentiva for $1.8B
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08:27 EDTKNDKindred sees Gentiva deal immediately and significantly accretive
Kindred (KND) expects the acquisition of Gentiva (GTIV) will be immediately and significantly accretive to earnings and operating cash flows, exclusive of transaction and integration costs. Kindred expects the acquisition to be approximately 40c-60c accretive to pro forma earnings, and pro forma operating cash flows of $350 million to $400 million, both on a run rate basis, once Gentiva is fully integrated and expected synergies are fully realized in the second full year following the closing. On this same basis, following the combined company’s expected annual maintenance capital expenditures of $120 million to $130 million, Kindred expects pro forma cash flows of $230 million to $270 million. Kindred has identified approximately $70 million of annual cost and operating synergies and expects to achieve the full run rate within two years of closing, of which approximately $35 million is expected to be achieved in the first year following the closing. Kindred expects the majority of cost synergies to be achieved through combining information technology functions, merging supply chains and eliminating redundant public company expenses. In addition, Kindred expects to realize revenue synergies that will improve patient care transitions and choice, and drive volume growth as a result of cross-selling across the combined service platform. Kindred expects annual run rate revenue synergies of more than $60 million over time, with approximately $20 million to $30 million achievable in the first full year following the closing.
08:26 EDTKNDKindred Healthcare says combined company to operate in 47 states
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08:25 EDTKNDKindred to acquire Gentiva for $19.50 per share in cash and stock, or $1.8B
Kindred Healthcare (KND) and Gentiva Health Services (GTIV) announced that the companies have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Kindred will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Gentiva common stock for $19.50 per share in a combination of cash and stock. The agreement was unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies. Under the terms of the agreement, Gentiva shareholders will receive $14.50 per share in cash and $5.00 of Kindred common stock. The transaction is valued at $1.8 billion, including the assumption of net debt. The companies expect the closing of the transaction to occur in the first quarter of 2015. The combined company will: Employ approximately 109,000 individuals, making it the 78th largest private employer and the 4th largest healthcare employer in the United States; Deliver pro forma annual revenues of approximately $7.1 billion; and Generate pro forma operating income, including expected cost synergies, of $1.0 billion. Paul J. Diaz, CEO of Kindred, said, “Over the last eight weeks, we undertook a robust due diligence process and worked closely and constructively with our counterparts at Gentiva to better understand their operations, financial results and outlook. This process confirmed the compelling strategic rationale and industrial logic of this combination, as well as our belief that this transaction is in the best interests of both companies and our respective shareholders, patients, employees and business partners." Kindred has obtained committed financing from Citi and J.P. Morgan in connection with the pending transaction. Subject to market and other conditions, the Company expects to finance the acquisition of Gentiva and associated costs through the issuance of $200 million to $300 million of common stock and mandatory convertible equity securities and $1.3 billion to $1.4 billion of unsecured notes prior to the closing of the acquisition. The Company expects to fund the remaining amounts through its existing line of credit. Following completion of the transaction, Kindred expects to have approximately 85 million fully diluted shares outstanding, comprised primarily of approximately 64 million shares outstanding today, approximately 10 million shares to be issued to Gentiva as part of the transaction consideration, and approximately nine million to 12 million shares associated with the expected offering of common stock and mandatory convertible equity securities. The Gentiva acquisition is subject to certain conditions, including the approval by the stockholders of Gentiva. Kindred and Gentiva have already received clearance for the transaction under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976.
08:23 EDTKNDKindred to acquire Gentiva for $19.50 per share in cash and stock
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08:17 EDTAAAlcoa results highlight success of transformation strategy, says Bernstein
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08:02 EDTPPandora announces new auto partnership with Ford Australia
Pandora (P) Internet Radio has officially announced its partnership with Ford (F) Australia. The launch, effective across a range of nameplates including Fiesta ST and Focus ST and Ford Kuga line up, will continue to roll out across other Ford nameplates including the Fiesta, Focus, Ranger and Transit range by early 2015. Pandora locally also partners with Holden and Mazda, and will soon be released on new model Nissans (NSANY).
07:35 EDTAAAlcoa restructuring continues as productivity improves, says UBS
UBS said special items tied to restructuring masked strong performance across the board for Alcoa. The firm sees an ongoing transformation with global demand continuing to grow and believes the company is well positioned to increase its revenues in various markets. UBS reiterates its Neutral rating but raises its price target on Alcoa to $17.75 from $16.50.
07:35 EDTAAFutures mixed following yesterday’s big advance
U.S. equity futures are trading near fair value after the market had its best single session of the year yesterday. The market reversed its losing ways following the release of the FOMC minutes which suggested the Fed may use incoming data, rather than a set timetable, as a basis for determining when to raise rates. Last night, earnings season kicked off , as Alcoa's (AA) results beat Wall Street estimates, providing hope for a positive earnings season.
07:29 EDTPPandora 2016 EBITDA likely to beat consensus, says Oppenheimer
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07:03 EDTINTCIntel quarter to be in-line or modestly better, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray expects Intel's quarterly results on October 14 to be in-line to modestly above consensus. The firm's channel checks indicate PC demand trends will remain stable into year-end amid solid corporate demand. Piper reiterates an Overweight rating on Intel with a $37 price target.
06:40 EDTCSource of JPMorgan cyberattack still unclear, NY Times says
The source of the cyberattack on JPMorgan (JPM) and other U.S. financial institutions this summer is still unclear, according to The New York Times. The hackers may have tried to hit about a dozen financial institutions , and E-Trade(ETFC) and Fidelity Investments may have been victimized in some way, the newspaper stated, citing an unnamed source who was briefed on the matter. At least five other banks, including Citigroup (C), HSBC (HBC) and Regions Financial (RF), discovered that one of the web addresses used by those who hacked JPMorgan tried to penetrate their systems, The Times quoted unnamed sources briefed on the matter as saying. Publicly traded companies in the space include Barracuda Networks (CUDA), Check Point (CHKP), F5 Networks (FFIV), FireEye (FEYE), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Palo Alto (PANW), Proofpoint (PFPT), Qualys (QLYS) and Symantec (SYMC). Reference Link
06:39 EDTCFidelity attacked by JPMorgan hackers, but no data stolen, FT reports
Fidelity Investments was among 13 financial institutions attacked by hackers who are believed to have been responsible for a breach at JPMorgan Chase, but there is no indication that Fidelity customer data were stolen, the Financial Times reports, citing two sources. Reference Link
06:37 EDTCJPMorgan hackers linked to 13 other possible breaches, Bloomberg says
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06:35 EDTCCitigroup to return $16M to customers for fees on investment accounts, WSJ says
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06:33 EDTCCitigroup 2015 consensus may be 10% too high, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank believes the IPO of OneMain, the consumer finance unit within Citi Holdings, and higher expenses create 10% risk to the 2015 consensus estimate of $5.40 for Citigroup. Deutsche says shedding OneMain would lower Citigroup's (C) annual earnings by about 20c. The firm says the bank's Q3 results could top expectations, however, on better than expected currency trading. Deutsche continues to prefer Bank of America (BAC) to Citi, saying its confident consensus estimates for the former are reasonable. It has a Hold rating on Citi and Buy rating on Bank of America.
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