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May 9, 2012
10:29 EDTHSY, STJ, IQNT, DOW, AFFX, VECO, SMG, FOSL, DMD, AIG, PRTS, UA, MGLN, EZPW, CPEOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AIG (AIG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Affymetrix (AFFX) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Callon Petroleum (CPE) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... Demand Media (DMD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Dow Chemical (DOW) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... EZCORP (EZPW) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Sterne Agee... Fossil (FOSL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Benchmark Co... Inteliquent (IQNT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... Magellan Health (MGLN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Scotts Miracle-Gro (SMG) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at BMO Capital... St. Jude Medical (STJ) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Under Armour (UA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Veeco (VECO) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Hershey (HSY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... U.S. Auto Parts (PRTS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Roth Capital.
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January 20, 2015
08:05 EDTAIGAerCap may consider stock buyback from AIG, Reuters says
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06:57 EDTFOSLMichael Kors relative valuation looks compelling, says Piper Jaffray
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06:41 EDTFOSLFossil downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray downgraded Fossil to Neutral saying the company's North American growth could slow further while foreign currency is a headwind with a third of its sales coming from Europe. Piper lowered its price target for shares to $104 from $133.
January 19, 2015
11:21 EDTMGLNMagellan Health announces that NIA Magellan broadens capabilities
Magellan Health announced that NIA Magellan, which offers a suite of specialty solutions to address many complex areas of healthcare, plans to broaden its capabilities to include management of chiropractic care, physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy.
January 16, 2015
16:07 EDTIQNTInteliquent CEO Edward Evans to depart company
Inteliquent announced that G. Edward Evans will be departing as the company's CEO in order to pursue other interests. Evans' employment agreement is set to expire on March 31. However, the company and Evans anticipate that Evans will continue to act as the company's CEO beyond such date if necessary to permit the company to complete a nationwide search for his successor. In addition, it is anticipated that Evans will resign as a member of the company's board upon his departure as CEO.
10:01 EDTHSYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:23 EDTHSYHershey upgraded on input cost declines at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo upgraded Hershey to Outperform from Market Perform saying "sudden and steep" input cost declines, coupled with a U.S. price increase, will drive better than expected gross margins. Wells points out that since Hershey's U.S. price increase of 8% in July, milk powder prices have declined by 40%, international sugar prices are down 13%, and cocoa inflation has flattened. It raised its price target range for Hershey shares to $122-$124 from $93-$95. The chocolate maker closed yesterday up $1.44 to $108.46.
05:46 EDTHSYHershey upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
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January 15, 2015
10:37 EDTHSYKraft rises after Goldman gets less cautious on food space, ups stock to buy
Shares of Kraft Foods (KRFT) are climbing after Goldman Sachs upgraded the stock to Buy and placed the shares on its Conviction List. WHAT'S NEW: Costs for food makers are declining as commodity prices drop, Goldman Sachs analyst Judy Hong wrote in a note to investors today. Kraft is among the U.S. food companies that benefits the most from lower costs, the analyst stated. Additionally, Kraft's pricing power is one of the strongest in the group and it is heavily exposed to the U.S. economy, the analyst stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Hong's upgrade of Kraft was part of a note in which she took a more balanced view of the U.S. consumer staples sector. The analyst upgraded the Food sector to Neutral from Cautious, noting that consumer staples stocks with outsized exposure to the U.S. market should be boosted by strong U.S. growth and more favorable foreign exchange dynamics than their peers. In addition to Kraft, the analyst identified the following stocks as her top picks within the consumer staples sector: Monster Beverage (MNST), Constellation Brands (STZ), Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR), Freshpet (FRPT), Mead Johnson (MJN), and Estee Lauder (EL). Goldman also upgraded Hershey (HSY), Dr. Pepper Snapple (DPS), and Clorox (CLX), all to Neutral from Sell, downgraded cigarette maker Philip Morris (PM) to Sell from Neutral and downgraded brewer Molson Coors (TAP) to Neutral from Buy. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Kraft climbed 3.7% to $65 per share.
10:00 EDTDOWOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:00 EDTHSYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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06:30 EDTHSYHershey upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman
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January 14, 2015
16:08 EDTDOWDow Chemical initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray
Target $50.
09:03 EDTSTJSt. Jude Medical sees Q4 adjusted EPS within $1.02-$1.04 guidance range
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09:02 EDTSTJSt. Jude Medical sees Q4 net sales approximately $1.439B, consensus $1.44B
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09:01 EDTSTJSt. Jude Medical authorizes $500M share repurchase program
The company announced that its board of directors has authorized the repurchase of up to $500M of St. Jude Medical common stock. The repurchases will occur at such times and at such prices as the management of the company determines and may be effected through transactions in the open market, in privately negotiated transactions or otherwise. Any shares acquired in the $500M repurchase program will be available for general corporate purposes, including offsetting dilution associated with stock option and other equity-based employee benefit plans. The company had approximately 287 million shares of common stock outstanding as of Jan. 13, 2015.
06:32 EDTUAAdidas wants to gain traction in U.S. market with endorsement deals, WSJ reports
In a move to gain traction int he U.S. market, Adidas is planning to increase endorsement deals with professional football and baseball players in the U.S. in the next few years, The Wall Street Journal reports. Adidas North American President Mark King says the German sportswear maker's U.S. arm has approval to sign up to 250 NFL players and 250 MLB players over the next three years, up from a total of less than 40 right now. Reference Link
January 13, 2015
16:24 EDTAIGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
The Wall Street averages spent time in both positive and negative territory during the session, before closing a bit below where they'd started the day. The market opened sharply higher after Alcoa’s (AA) better than expected report gave some optimism about the upcoming earnings season. The early move higher came despite oil continuing its slide. The major averages saw their highs shortly after the open and then began to drift slowly lower. By mid-afternoon the market was in the red, though the equity averages eventually made it briefly back into positive ground, but failed to hold those narrow gains into the close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the NFIB small business optimism index for December came in at 100.4, which was stronger than the expected 98.5 reading. The JOLTS report showed job openings increased 142K to 4.972M in November, beating the 4.85M consensus forecast. Treasury posted a $1.9B surplus in December, which was a bit below the expected surplus of $3B. Also of note is the fact that the U.S. and European benchmarks of WTI and Brent crude were at parity for the first time since 2013 during the session, with both trading near $46 per barrel for a time. COMPANY NEWS: KB Home (KBH) reported better than expected revenue and higher orders in its fourth quarter, but the stock declined $2.70, or 16.29%, to $13.87 after CEO Jeffrey Mezger warned on the associated earnings call that margins could drop "significantly" in its current quarter from the levels seen last year. KB's margin outlook, which it blamed on rising costs, heavier use of incentives and a sequential decline in average selling prices, dragged down peers in the housing space as well. D.R. Horton (DHI), the biggest homebuilder by market cap, finished the day down $1.26, or 4.83%, to $24.82, while PulteGroup (PHM) also slid $56c, or 2.47%, to $22.13... MetLife (MET) said it will sue to oppose the U.S. Financial Stability Oversight Council’s designation of the insurer as a SIFI, or "systemically important financial institution." The life insurer called the label premature and said it has offered “substantial and compelling evidence” that it isn’t a SIFI. Wells Fargo said it thinks it is appropriate for MetLife to challenge the ruling, though the firm does not presently see a Dodd-Frank provision that enables an entity to shed its designation. Wells added that a MetLife victory would have no impact on either AIG (AIG) or Prudential (PRU), which did not challenge their SIFI designations before their windows closed. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Emulex (ELX), which rose $1.21, or 20.86%, to $7.01 after the company issued better than expected guidance on its second quarter results. Also higher was McGraw Hill Financial (MHFI), which jumped $5.13, or 5.98%, to $90.89 after reports said the company's Standard & Poor’s rating unit was in talks about a potential $1B settlement to its fight with the Justice Department and state attorneys general over allegations of inflating credit ratings on mortgage investments preceding the financial crisis. Among the noteworthy losers was ChannelAdvisor (ECOM), which plunged $11.32, or 53.52%, to $9.83 after its fourth quarter revenue warning prompted no less than eight downgrades of the stock by Street analysts. Also lower were shares of Ocwen Financial (OCN), which dropped $4.41, or 36.18%, to $7.78 after the Los Angeles Times reported that California is seeking to suspend the company's mortgage license in the state. Altisource Portfolio Solutions (ASPS), which is a related company to Ocwen, also declined $10.45, or 38.79%, to $16.49. Shares of GoPro (GPRO) fell $6.91, or 12.17%, to $49.87 after the Patently Apple blog reported that Apple (AAPL) was granted a patent for a camera system that specifically mentions the weaknesses of GoPro devices. INDEXES: The Dow fell 27.16, or 0.15%, to 17,613.68, the Nasdaq lost 3.21, or 0.07%, to 4,661.50, and the S&P 500 dropped 5.23, or 0.26%, to 2,023.03.
10:46 EDTAIGMetLife has only upside in challenging SIFI designation, says Wells Fargo
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07:13 EDTAIGMetLife CEO could decide soon whether to file suit against U.S., WSJ reports
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