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February 4, 2014
10:00 EDTHK, FRX, AWI, WETF, DVN, ANGI, ORLY, PFE, MRK, FRC, CVX, AGN, ZNGA, OPEN, GILD, DRE, CBT, OIS, CRM, NLSN, GPSOn the Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Allergan (AGN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Angie's List (ANGI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington... Cabot (CBT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Chevron (CVX) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Devon Energy (DVN) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Duke Realty (DRE) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... First Republic (FRC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette,,, Gap (GPS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Gilead (GILD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... Merck (MRK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Nielsen (NLSN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Pivotal Research... OpenTable (OPEN) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Pfizer (PFE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Salesforce.com (CRM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Roth Capital... Zynga (ZNGA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Northcoast... Oil States (OIS) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Tudor Pickering... Armstrong World (AWI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Gabelli... Halcon Resources (HK) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at Global Hunter... Wisdom Tree (WETF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Forest Labs (FRX) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.
News For AGN;ANGI;CBT;CVX;DVN;DRE;FRC;GPS;GILD;MRK;NLSN;OPEN;PFE;CRM;ZNGA;ORLY;OIS;AWI;HK;WETF;FRX From The Last 14 Days
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August 20, 2015
08:16 EDTAGNAllergan's Botox resubmission for lower limb spasticiy accepted by FDA
Allergan 's resubmission of its Supplemental Biologics License Application for Botox for the treatment of adults with lower limb spasticity in adults has been accepted by the FDA. A six-month review period has been assigned for the sBLA. The Prescription Drug User Fee Act date is expected to be in 1Q16. The resubmission provides additional data from a double-blind, placebo controlled study involving 468 patients with lower limb spasticity. The FDA also approved an increase to the maximum Botox cumulative dose within three months from 360 to 400 units in adults treated for one or more indications.
07:00 EDTOISOil States initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank
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06:36 EDTNLSNBernstein cuts Disney, Time Warner with TV entering 'structural decline'
Bernstein analyst Todd Juenger downgraded his rating on both Disney (DIS) and Time Warner (TWX) saying the U.S. television industry is entering a period of "prolonged structural decline." With viewers moving away from ad-supported platforms to non-ad-supported, media companies with the least exposure to U.S. advertising represent the most favorable investments, Juenger tells investors in a 48-page research note on the Media sector. The analyst moved both companies to a Market Perform rating from Outperform, and lowered his price target for Disney to $114 from $125 and for Time Warner to $90 from $101. He called the downgrade of Time Warner a "very close call" as his new price target still represents 15% upside from current levels. Share performance in the entire Media sector will be challenged until the content owners take steps to "reclaim on-demand viewing" from streaming services like Netflix (NFLX) and use it to protect affiliate fees, Juenger argues. His Outperform-rated names are Nielsen (NLSN) and 21st Century Fox (FOXA). Along with Time Warner and Disney, the analyst has Market Perform ratings on AMC Networks (AMCX), CBS (CBS), Scripps Networks (SNI) and Discovery (DISCA). Juenger has an Underperform rating on Viacom (VIAB). Wells Fargo on Tuesday also downgraded Disney to Market Perform. Piper Jaffray this morning told investors that the recent pullback in shares of AMC Networks brings a "great" entry point into the name.
06:10 EDTCVXAuction for drilling leases attracts little interest, NY Times reports
A federal auction for drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico Wednesday attracted only $22.7M in sales from five companies, the lowest since 1986, reports the New York Times. Most companies have insisted they would not sacrifice production in future years, but executives have recently expressed concern that the oil price collapse could last through 2016 and possibly even 2017. Publicly traded companies in the space include BP (BP), Chevron (CVX), ConocoPhillips (COP), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) and Total (TOT). Reference Link
August 19, 2015
10:39 EDTORLYO'Reilly Automotive management to meet with Sterne Agee CRT
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10:00 EDTDREOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:01 EDTCRMSalesforce outlook has improved, says Oppenheimer
After conducting checks, Oppenheimer is more confident in Salesforce's business momentum. The firm thinks the company's business performed well at the end of Q2, as it closed a large number of big deals. Oppenheimer is upbeat on the outlook for Wave and says that a Fortune 500 company appears to be planning to increase its spending on the Salesforce1 platform. The firm says that the Fortune 500 company's decision has multiple positive implications for Salesforce. It reiterates an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:34 EDTGPSGap August volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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06:31 EDTCRMSalesforce commercial business momentum moderating, says Jefferies
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06:12 EDTNLSNStarbucks K-cup momentum is accelerating, says UBS
UBS analyst Keith Siegner says Starbucks (SBUX) is seeing accelerating momentum in the single-serve cup category. The company's K-cup sales increased 36% year-over-year for the four-week period ended August 8, according to Nielsen (NLSN), Siegner tells investors in a research note. Starbucks' K-cup promotion levels ticked up sequentially, but remain well below levels from earlier in the year, the analyst points out. The company's K-Cup portfolio continues to gain share despite increasing price pressure and new market entrants like Dunkin' Brands (DNKN) and McDonald's (MCD), Siegner writes. He keeps a Buy rating on Starbucks with a $63 price target. The stock closed yesterday up 9c to $57.83. Shares of Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) are down 62% year-to-date in part due to the company's slowing sales in the single-serve cup category.
05:50 EDTDREDuke Realty upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
UBS analyst Jeremy Metz upgraded Duke Realty to Buy saying the company is "finally" in a position to raise its dividend starting in 2016. Metz also highlights a "solid fundamental outlook" for the industrial space and what he views as a "discounted" valuation. He raised his price target for shares to $23 from $21.
August 18, 2015
12:13 EDTMRKMerck recalls Temodar, Temozolomide bottles with cracked caps
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10:58 EDTCRMSalesforce August volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Salesforce August call option implied volatility is at 96, September is at 44; compared to its 52-week range of 25 to 59, suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on Aug 20.
10:00 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) initiated with an Underperform at Wolfe Research... Abiomed (ABMD) initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital... Aeropostale (ARO) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... American Eagle (AEO) initiated with an Outperform, Top Pick at Wolfe Research... American Electric (AEP) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... Benefitfocus (BNFT) initiated with an Overweight at First Analysis... Blue Buffalo Pet Products (BUFF) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Capitala Finance (CPTA) initiated with an Equal Weight at Stephens... Chico's (CHS) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Children's Place (PLCE) initiated with an Outperform at Wolfe Research... Chimerix (CMRX) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Ciena (CIEN) initiated with a Market Perform at Northland... Crane (CR) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair... Entergy (ETR) initiated with a Neutral at Mizuho... Express (EXPR) initiated with an Outperform, Top Pick at Wolfe Research... Finisar (FNSR) initiated with a Market Perform at Northland... Francesca's (FRAN) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Gap (GPS) initiated with an Underperform at Wolfe Research... Infinera (INFN) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... International Game (IGT) initiated with a Buy at Union Gaming... Juno Therapeutics (JUNO) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... L Brands (LB) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Luca Technologies (LUCA) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Lumentum (LITE) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... M/A-COM (MTSI) reinstated with a Buy at Jefferies... MRV Communications (MRVC) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Michael Kors (KORS) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... NN, Inc. (NNBR) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... NeoPhotonics (NPTN) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Oclaro (OCLR) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Scientific Games (SGMS) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee CRT... SolarCity (SCTY) initiated with a Neutral at UBS... Summit Materials (SUM) initiated with a Neutral at Citi... Tech Data (TECD) initiated with an Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Urban Outfitters (URBN) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Zumiez (ZUMZ) initiated with an Underperform at Wolfe Research... lululemon (LULU) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research.
08:03 EDTMRKMerck says FDA accepts sBLA for Keytruda
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08:01 EDTCRMSalesforce dip post earnings should be bought, says Canaccord
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05:52 EDTCVXStocks with implied volatility movement; CVX WY
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August 17, 2015
17:08 EDTGPSGap initiated with an Underperform at Wolfe Research
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13:11 EDTANGIAlibaba 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.
09:14 EDTCRMSalesforce checks decent heading into Q2 results, says Brean Capital
Brean Capital said checks look decent for Salesforce.com heading into Q2 results. The firm expects difficult foreign exchange and macro headwinds but sees ongoing demand for Service Cloud with some large deals closing during the quarter. Brean Capital expects the shares to continue to perform well in the second half of the year and reiterated its Buy rating and $85 price target on Salesforce.com shares.
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