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January 11, 2013
10:12 EDTGWAY, OKSB, ROSE, DISCA, PANW, VRSN, ABT, WPZ, CIEN, SSTK, SLXP, SCOR, AOL, DHI, GMT, MAS, TAP, MRH, OC, AIGOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: AIG (AIG) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... AOL (AOL) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... comScore (SCOR) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... D.R. Horton (DHI) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... GATX Corp. (GMT) initiated with a Buy at Stifel Nicolaus... Masco (MAS) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Molson Coors (TAP) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Montpelier Re (MRH) initiated with a Market Perform at JMP Securities... Owens Corning (OC) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Salix (SLXP) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Shutterstock (SSTK) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... Southwest Bancorp (OKSB) initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson... Rosetta Resources (ROSE) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Discovery (DISCA) coverage resumed with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Palo Alto (PANW) initiated with a Neutral at B. Riley Caris... VeriSign (VRSN) initiated with a Neutral at B. Riley Caris... Abbott (ABT) initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays... Williams Partners (WPZ) initiated with a Buy at Global Hunter... Ciena (CIEN) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... Greenway Medical (GWAY) initiated with a Buy at Sidoti.
News For AIG;SCOR;AOL;DHI;GMT;MAS;TAP;MRH;OC;SLXP;SSTK;OKSB;ROSE;DISCA;PANW;VRSN;ABT;WPZ;CIEN;GWAY From The Last 14 Days
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October 22, 2014
06:44 EDTPANWU.S. weighing cybersecurity requirements for bank vendors, NY Times says
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06:30 EDTAOLAOL upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore
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October 21, 2014
17:05 EDTOKSBSouthwest Bancorp reports Q3 EPS 27c, consensus 20c
Reports Q3 negative provision for loan losses $2.9M and net charge-offs $700,000.
15:35 EDTABTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:09 EDTAIGThird Point discloses new positions in eBay, Alibaba, exit from Sony
In its Q3 investor letter, Third Point says it established a "significant" position in eBay (EBAY). Dan Loeb's hedge fund also revealed it has established a significant direct investment in Alibaba (BABA) shares now that the company is public. Third Point also said it is now one of Amgen's (AMGN) largest shareholders. During the quarter, Third Point exited its position in Sony (SNE) and reduced or exited other positions, including AIG (AIG), Hertz (HTZ) and Softbank (SFTBF), the firm stated in its letter. PRICE ACTION: Following the disclosures in the Third Point letter, Amgen is up 4%, eBay is up 2.3% and Alibaba is up 3.8%, while Sony shares trading in New York are down nearly 1%.
13:27 EDTAOLEarnings Preview: Yahoo expected to unveil turnaround plan with Q3 results
Yahoo (YHOO) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the market close on Tuesday, October 21 with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Yahoo is a digital media company that provides properties and services such as Yahoo! Search and Yahoo! News. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of 30c on revenue of $1.04B. The consensus range is 18c-38c for EPS, and $1.02B-$1.06B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Yahoo reported Q2 EPS 37c against estimates of 38c on revenue ex-tac of $1.04B against estimates of $1.08B. It reported Q2 price-per-ad was down 24%, Q2 Display revenue down 7% and Search revenue up 6%. The company gave Q3 revenue ex-tac guidance of $1.02B-$1.06B. After releasing its Q2 results, CEO Marissa Mayer said the company was "not satisfied" with the results, with display remaining an area of investment and transition. NEWS: In the past quarter, Alibaba (BABA) opened to the larges IPO in U.S. history. The Wall Street Journal reported that Yahoo's core business was cut in half to $6.8B after Alibaba's first day of trading. Yahoo made $5.1B in cash from the sale of shares in Alibaba's IPO and its remaining stake is valued at about $23.4B.In late September, activist investor Starboard Value urged Yahoo to explore a strategic combination with AOL (AOL), believing a merger could create synergies of up to $1B. CEO Marissa Mayer is expected to unveil her turnaround plan at the earnings call today that could include cost-cutting efforts and its M&A strategy, according to the Wall Street Journal. Yahoo also confirmed that a security breach in Q3 compromised servers, but the hack did not disclose consumer data. The company acquired several companies in past few months, including Flurry, Zofari, ClarityRay, Luminate, and Bookdpad. A WSJ reports also said the company is in talks to invest in Snapchat. STREET RESEARCH: Following the Alibaba IPO, Yahoo was downgraded at Bernstein, BofA/Merrill and RBC Capital because it was unclear whether Yahoo's stock can advance meaningfully and the company was no longer the best way to gain Alibaba exposure. RBC Capital said the risk/reward is less attractive, and it does not see a turnaround in Yahoo's core fundamentals. BGC Financial, however, upgraded the company and said the company's remaining assets should get monetized in a more tax efficient manner. PRICE ACTION: Yahoo shares have risen $4.29, or more than 12%, since the first day of trading following the company's Q2 report. In Tuesday midday trading ahead of Q3 report, Yahoo shares are trading up nearly 2%.
07:44 EDTABTAbbott volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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07:30 EDTPANWPalo Alto price target raised to $115 from $100 at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer raised its price target for Palo Alto Networks shares to $115 after meeting with management and reiterates an Outperform rating on the stock. The firm thinks shares can continue to move higher as the company's fundamentals remain intact.
07:07 EDTSLXPSalix to present results of TARGET 3 study with Rifaximin 550mg for IBS
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October 20, 2014
16:51 EDTWPZWilliams Partners raises quarterly dividend 5.8% to 92.85c
The board of the partnership's general partner has approved the quarterly cash distribution, which is payable on Nov. 7 to common unitholders of record at the close of business on Oct. 31.
09:52 EDTAOLArmstrong says AOL will not merge with Yahoo, VentureBeat reports
AOL CEO Tim Armstrong said "no" when asked if his company will merge with Yahoo (YHOO), VentureBeat reports, citing a fireside chat with Armstrong at the TechCrunch Disrupt in Europe. Reference Link
09:49 EDTAOLAOL in early talks to spin off CrunchBase, TechCrunch reports
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09:31 EDTDISCARobinhood.org to hold conference
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07:50 EDTDHID.R. Horton initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham
Target $23.
07:19 EDTOCOwens Corning downgraded at Wedbush
As previously reported, Wedbush downgraded Owens Corning to Neutral from Outperform. The firm downgraded shares based on continued pricing and margin pressures following a competitor dropping prices and a more challenging roofing environment. Price target lowered to $35 from $43.
07:14 EDTOCOwens Corning downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Wedbush
06:38 EDTAIGAIG upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank upgraded AIG to Buy citing valuation following the recent pullback in shares. Deutsche believes concerns that Starr International could succeed in its trial against the U.S. Government are overblown. It raised its price target for AIG shares to $60 from $59.
06:34 EDTDISCAHasbro reports pre-tax charge due to restructuring of Hub Network
On September 25, Hasbro (HAS) and Discovery (DISCA) announced Hub Network would become Discovery Family Channel effective October 13, 2014. The network will broaden its programming focus to serve families in primetime and continue to showcase Hasbro Studios award-winning children’s content in daytime. As a result of restructuring the Company’s investment in the Hub Network joint venture, the Company recorded a pre-tax charge of $11.6M, or 6c per diluted share, in the third quarter 2014. This net charge is primarily related to the costs associated with recording the fair value of a put/call option exercisable at the end of 2021 that the Company and Discovery entered into related to this transaction.
October 17, 2014
10:16 EDTWPZHigh option volume stocks
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08:14 EDTAIGAIG unlikely to be forced to indemnify government, says Bernstein
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