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May 9, 2012
10:29 EDTDOW, AFFX, VECO, SMG, FOSL, DMD, AIG, PRTS, UA, MGLN, EZPW, CPE, HSY, STJ, IQNTOn 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 26, 2016
12:16 EDTAIGOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session in positive territory moved cautiously in the opening segment, before shooting higher following the better than expected consumer confidence reading. The Dow is the biggest winner and is up more than 1.5% while the Nasdaq has been lagging but is up more than 0.6%. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5.8% from the prior year in November, topping expectations for a 5.7% year-over-year increase. The separate FHFA house price index showed a monthly gain of 0.5% in November, matching the consensus forecast. Markit's services PMI for January came in at 53.7, missing the 54.0 forecast. The preliminary reading of the Conference Board's consumer confidence index for January came in at 98.1, topping the 96.5 reading that was expected. In Asia, Japan's Nikkei index fell 2.35% while China's Shanghai composite slid 6.4%. COMPANY NEWS: The volume of earnings reports took a step up, with four members of the bluechip Dow Jones Industrial Average posting results before the opening bell this morning. All four advanced on the heels of their reports, with 3M (MMM) leading the pack with a gain of 4.5% despite earnings, excluding restructuring charges, that missed the consensus forecast. The industrial conglomerate did, however, affirm its performance expectations for the new fiscal year. Meanwhile, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) rose 3%, Procter & Gamble (PG) gained 2.7% and DuPont (DD) added 1.6%... AIG (AIG) provided its much-anticipated strategy update, committing to return at least $25B to shareholders over next two years and announcing that it has agreed to sell AIG Advisor Group to private equity firm Lightyear Capital and Canadian pension investment manager PSP Investments. AIG also said it will pursue an initial public offering of United Guaranty in mid-2016 to sell up to 19.9% of the outstanding shares as a first step towards a full separation. However, the insurer said it believes a full breakup, as espoused by investor Carl Icahn, would detract from shareholder value, arguing that a lack of diversification benefits would reduce capital available for distribution and there would be a loss of tax benefits. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Avis Budget (CAR), which rallied 7% after the company raised its share repurchase authorization by $300M and after SRS Investment reported a 9.5% stake in the company. Also higher were Sprint (S) and Coach (COH), which gained 20% and 11%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. In addition, FirstMerit (FMER) rose 16% after reporting quarterly earnings and announcing that it will merge with Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) in a deal valued at $3.4B. Huntington Bancshares fell 10% after the FirstMerit merger agreement was announced. Also lower was Stratasys (SSYS), which dropped 6% after JPMorgan downgraded the shares to Neutral from Overweight. In addition, Polaris (PII) and Waters Corporation (WAT) were down 11% and 4.5%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 273.66, or 1.72%, to 16,158.88, the Nasdaq was up 49.20, or 1.09%, to 4,567.69, and the S&P 500 was up 25.96, or 1.38%, to 1,903.04.
11:00 EDTUAAnalysts divided on Under Armour ahead of results
Analysts have made Under Armour (UA) a "battleground" stock ahead of its fourth quarter results, with Deutsche Bank and SunTrust taking a bullish view and Piper Jaffray adopting a bearish stance towards the shares of the athletic apparel and footwear maker. Under Armour is slated to report its Q4 results before the market open on January 28. BULLISH TAKE: Although Under Amour probably discounted its products more than previously expected in Q4 due to the warm weather, that development is probably well understood by investors now, wrote Deutsche Bank analyst Dave Weiner. Moreover, although the growth of the company's apparel sales probably slowed, its momentum in footwear probably did not weaken, Weiner believes. "Investors will overlook less than stellar Q4 results" if the company reiterates its 2016 guidance of 25% revenue growth and 23% operating profit growth, wrote Weiner, who cut his price target on the name to $95 from $110 but kept a Buy rating on the shares. SunTrust analyst Pamela Quintiliano was more upbeat. After the stock fell 26% over the last three months, the bad news regarding weather and increased competition is "largely priced into the shares," the analyst stated. Noting that the company is trading at valuation levels below its five year averages, the analyst says that "its fundamentals and brand integrity remain intact." She thinks the company can meet its fiscal 2018 sales target of $7.5B and views the recent weakness in the shares as a buying opportunity. Quintiliano reiterated a $110 price target and Buy rating on the shares. BEARISH TAKE: Taking a cautious view on Under Armour was Piper Jaffray analyst Erinn Murphy. The stock is still expensive, while footwear inventories are still high. In addition to the warm weather, the company faces an overhang from Sports Authority's struggles, the analyst stated. Murphy expects the company's Q4 EPS to come in at 44c, 2c below the consensus outlook. Although Under Armour will maintain its guidance, the company's year-end inventory will be high and the stock's multiple could continue to decline, she warned. The analyst cut her price target on the name to $64 from $88 and kept a Neutral rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Under Armour fell 1.7% to $67 per share.
10:39 EDTAIGAIG CEO says has not heard from Icahn or Paulson yet this morning
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10:39 EDTAIGAIG CEO says clients depend on its scale
AIG CEO says "before you value us against peers, you need to choose the right peers." Hancock says the company has been listening to "all of its shareholders" and increased its transparency in reaction. AIG CEO Peter Hancock is speaking on CNBC.
08:49 EDTAIGAIG rallies in pre-market
The shares are up over 2.5% to $56.75 at time of writing in pre-market trading. This move up may break the short-term downtrend which would be bullish for future price. At current price next resistance is at $57.78. Support is at $55.91.
08:35 EDTUAUnder Armour recent weakness creates buying opportunity, says SunTrust
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07:48 EDTDOWDuPont repeats call for Dow Chemical merger to close in second half of 2016
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07:06 EDTAIGAIG sees consolidated normalized ROE about 9% by 2017
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07:04 EDTAIGAIG to pursue IPO of United Guaranty Corp in mid-2016
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07:04 EDTSTJSt. Jude Medical volatility flat into Q4 and outlook
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07:04 EDTAIGAIG believes a full breakup in near-term would detract from shareholder value
With these actions, AIG has taken another major step in simplifying our organization to be a leaner, more profitable insurer, while continuing to return capital to shareholders and improve shareholder returns," said President and CEO Peter Hancock. "The creation of more nimble, standalone business units that can grow within AIG or be spun out or sold allows us to do what is in our shareholders' best interests." Douglas M. Steenland, AIG's Non-Executive Chairman, said, "The Board's actions reflect its full support for the plans that Peter Hancock and his management team have put forward, and we are aligned that these steps will deliver strong results while creating more options for shareholder value creation in subsequent years. After careful consideration, AIG believes that a full breakup in the near term would detract from, not enhance, shareholder value. A lack of diversification benefits would reduce capital available for distribution, and there would be a loss of tax benefits. Being a non-bank SIFI is not currently a binding constraint on return of capital," said Mr. Steenland.
07:03 EDTAIGAIG says board approves organizational changes, including nine 'modular' units
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07:03 EDTAIGAIG announces targeted expense reductions of $1.6B within two years
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07:03 EDTAIGAIG board committs to return at least $25B to shareholders over next two years
The Board of Directors has committed to return at least $25 billion of capital to shareholders over the next two years via buybacks and dividends without compromising the utilization of the Company's deferred tax assets; approved the IPO of up to 19.9% of United Guaranty Corporation as a first step towards a full separation; and approved the sale of AIG Advisor Group to Lightyear Capital LLC and PSP Investments.
07:02 EDTAIGAIG announces actions, organizational changes to create leaner insurer
07:02 EDTAIGAIG says strengthens reserves by $3.6B pre-tax in Q4
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07:01 EDTAIGAIG to sell AIG Advisor Group to Lightyear Capital, PSP Investments
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07:01 EDTAIGAIG to sell AIG Advisor Group to Lightyear Capital, PSP Investments
07:00 EDTUAUnder Armour price target lowered to $64 from $88 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Erinn Murphy lowered her price target for shares of Under Armour to $64 ahead of the company's Q4 results on Thursday. The analyst remains cautious on the stock near-term given concerns over valuation, footwear inventory in the channel, challenges with partner Sports Authority and the warmer winter season. While the stock is down 36% from the highs, rich multiple stocks are not "finding their footing on less-than-pristine reports," Murphy tells investors in a pre-earnings research note. She keeps a Neutral rating on Under Armour.
06:45 EDTUAUnder Armour price target lowered to $95 from $110 at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Dave Weiner lowered his price target for Under Armour to $95 ahead of the company's Q4 results on Thursday. The analyst believes discounting was likely worse than expected in Q4 given Under Armour's exposure to cold weather product, but he believes this is well known with the stock down 25% since the Q3 earnings report. Investors will likely "overlook less than stellar" Q4 results so long as management reiterates their 2016 plan, Weiner tells investors in a research note. He keeps a Buy rating on Under Armour.
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