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April 21, 2014
10:01 EDTHUBG, WTS, SRPT, NAT, HOMB, ATHN, UMC, SB, MS, HNI, ZMH, TWC, PLXS, DYN, BWP, ACI, CMG, BIG, AIV, BXP, AVIVOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Aimco (AIV) upgraded to Equalweight from Underweight at Barclays... Arch Coal (ACI) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Aviv REIT (AVIV) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Big Lots (BIG) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Boardwalk Pipeline (BWP) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Boston Properties (BXP) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Chipotle (CMG) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Dynegy (DYN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... HNI Corporation (HNI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Home Bancshares (HOMB) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Hub Group (HUBG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... Morgan Stanley (MS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Nordic American Tanker (NAT) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... Plexus (PLXS) upgraded at Needham... Safe Bulkers (SB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Sarepta (SRPT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair... Time Warner Cable (TWC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Brean Capital... United Microelectronics (UMC) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman...Watts Water (WTS) upgraded at Oppenheimer... Zimmer (ZMH) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... athenahealth (ATHN) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies.
News For AIV;ACI;AVIV;BIG;BWP;BXP;CMG;DYN;HNI;HOMB;HUBG;MS;NAT;PLXS;SB;SRPT;TWC;UMC;WTS;ZMH;ATHN From The Last 14 Days
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December 8, 2014
06:47 EDTCMGChipotle coverage resumed with a Buy at Goldman
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06:35 EDTMSValue of Wall Street's M&A bankers has risen, NY Times says
The value of Wall Street's bankers who advise large companies seems to be increasing, while traders are becoming less valuable, according to The New York Times. Bankers who work on M&A deals are expecting their bonuses to increase, while traders anticipate that their compensation will drop, the newspaper added. Furthermore, banks seem to be going the extra mile to hire top notch bankers, the newspaper stated. Publicly traded large banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
06:21 EDTMSDeadline for Petsmart bidders extended as lenders put on leash, NY Post reports
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December 5, 2014
16:36 EDTBIGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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14:15 EDTMSMorgan Stanley to reduce average bonus deferral rate to 50% from 80%
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12:50 EDTBIGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:03 EDTBIGFive Below plummets after Q4, FY14 outlooks trail analysts' estimates
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11:26 EDTBIGBig Lots tumbles after earnings, levels to watch
The shares are close to the session lows, down 13.6% to $41.37. The low of the day at $40.74 is current support. The share price loss today is beginning to close the bullish gap up in shares from May. This is bearish for future price with next supports below today's low at $40 and then the bottom of the gap at $37.68. Resistance is at $42.50.
10:46 EDTBIGBig Lots tumbles after Q3 results misses estimates
Shares of closeout retailer Big Lots (BIG) are lower this morning after the company's third quarter earnings failed to meet analyst estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Big Lots reported Q3 earnings per share of (6c) and revenue of $1.11B, missing analysts' consensus estimates of (5c) and $1.12B, respectively. Same store sales increased 1.4% for the quarter, the company said. Big Lots said Jennifer, its core customer, is responding positively to the improved merchandising strategies such as the recent expansion of its Food category and the Furniture lease-to-purchase program. Inventory ended the quarter at $1.08B vs. $1.24B for the previous year. Looking ahead, Big Lots raised the high end of its fourth quarter EPS view to $1.70-$1.80 from $1.70-$1.76 against analysts' consensus estimates of $1.78. and backed its Q4 SSS view of a low single digit increase. For fiscal year 2014, Big Lots backed its FY14 EPS view of $2.40-$2.50 against analysts' estimates of $2.49 and SSS guidance of up 1%-2%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the conference call to discuss Q3 earnings, Big Lots said it expects to see double digit drops in Electronics in the fourth quarter. Big Lots said it was encouraged by the start of November where comps were up by 2%, but also commented on less than favorable results from Thanksgiving and Black Friday, with one executive noting the lack of traffic at store checkouts during Black Friday. The retailer also said it sees positive opportunity for January in food, furniture and home. PRICE ACTION: During morning trading, Big Lots fell $6.56, or 13.68, to $41.39. OTHERS TO WATCH: Five Below (FIVE), which reported in-line third quarter EPS and a lower-than-expected fourth quarter and fiscal year 2014 outlook, is down 12.3% to $37.56.
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09:37 EDTZMHZimmer price target raised to $135 from $122 at Leerink
Leerink raised its price target for Zimmer shares to $135 saying it continues to have a positive outlook on the Biomet transaction and remains confident in a Q1 close. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
09:17 EDTBIGOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:22 EDTBIGBig Lots expects to see double digit drops in electronics in Q4
08:13 EDTBIGBig Lots plans to open 24 new stores and close 57 US stores in 2015
Encouraged by start in November where comps up by 2%. The company, however, said Thanksgiving and Black Friday results down from prior year. Believes January has opportunity in food, furniture and home. Comments taken from Q3 earnings conference call.
06:05 EDTBIGBig Lots backs FY14 EPS view of $2.40-$2.50, consensus $2.49
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06:04 EDTBIGBig Lots raises high-end of Q4 EPS view to $1.70-$1.80 from $1.70-$1.76
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06:01 EDTBIGBig Lots reports Q3 EPS (6c), consensus (5c)
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December 4, 2014
15:18 EDTBIGNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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09:11 EDTZMHZimmer provides update on EC review process relating to Biomet merger
Zimmer announced that it has proposed a remedy package to the European Commission to facilitate the EC's approval of Zimmer's proposed acquisition of Biomet. Zimmer has been working closely with the EC to develop a mutually-acceptable solution to address the discrete concerns identified by the EC in its preliminary assessment of the proposed acquisition of Biomet. The remedy package proposed by Zimmer includes the divestiture of one unicompartmental knee brand and one elbow brand in the European Economic Area and one total knee brand in two EEA countries. The EC will market-test the proposed remedy package in the coming days. In parallel, the EC has "stopped the clock" on its review of the proposed merger. Zimmer continues to be encouraged by the substantial progress that has been made to date in connection with the overall regulatory process and expects to close the transaction in the first quarter of 2015. The transaction also remains subject to the expiration or termination of the applicable waiting periods under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, approval from the Japan Fair Trade Commission, as well as other customary closing conditions. Under the terms of the merger agreement announced on April 24, 2014, Zimmer will acquire Biomet in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $13.35 billion, including the assumption of net debt.
07:38 EDTMSMorgan Stanley Citigroup gaining share in capital markets, says Wells Fargo
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