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April 21, 2014
10:01 EDTWTS, SRPT, NAT, HOMB, ATHN, UMC, SB, MS, HNI, ZMH, TWC, PLXS, HUBG, CMG, BIG, AIV, BXP, AVIV, DYN, BWP, ACIOn 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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February 24, 2015
07:02 EDTTWCComcast increases dividend, share repurchases
Comcast Corporation (CMCSA) announced that it increased its dividend by 11.1% to $1.00 per share on an annualized basis. In accordance with the increase, the Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of 25c a share on the company’s common stock, payable on April 22 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on April 1.In addition, Comcast announced that its Board of Directors has increased its stock repurchase program authorization to $10B. At this time, Comcast plans to repurchase $4.25B during 2015, subject to market conditions. Additional stock repurchases will be determined after the closing of the Time Warner Cable (TWC) merger and the subsequent divestiture transactions.
February 23, 2015
18:20 EDTTWCComcast, Time Warner Cable face $20B racial discrimination suit, Reuters reports
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17:23 EDTAVIVAviv REIT reports Q4 AFFO 51c, consensus 50c
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13:33 EDTMSRBS could name Howard Davies as chairman this week, FT reports
Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) could name Howard Davies as its chairman as early as Thursday, when the bank reports its full-year results, the Financial Times reports. Davies is currently chairman of insurance business Phoenix Group and chairs Morgan Stanley's (MS) risk committee. Current RBS Chairman Philip Hampton is set to become GlaxoSmithKline's (GSK) chairman as early as this summer. Reference Link
09:59 EDTACIOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Antofagasta (ANFGY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Arch Coal (ACI) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Argus... BHP Billiton (BHP) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Beazer Homes (BZH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Boeing (BA) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Century Communities (CCS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... CyberArk (CYBR) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... DirecTV (DTV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Brean Capital... Enerplus (ERF) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Desjardins... Fiserv (FISV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Monness Crespi... GP Strategies (GPX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... Interactive Brokers (IBKR) downgraded to Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... MRC Global (MRC) downgraded at BB&T... Precision Castparts (PCP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Quest Diagnostics (DGX) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... Rio Tinto (RIO) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Roth Capital downgraded Spectrum (SPPI) on court case loss... Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Howard Weil... Ryland Group (RYL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Salix (SLXP) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink... Standard Pacific (SPF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Superior Energy (SPN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Transocean (RIG) downgraded to Negative from Neutral at Susquehanna... Vale (VALE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley.
08:14 EDTACIArch Coal downgraded to Sell from Buy at Argus
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February 19, 2015
09:29 EDTWTSWatts Water weakness creates buying opportunity, says Sterne Agee
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06:47 EDTMSReport shows subprime consumer loans at pre-2007 levels, WSJ says
Equifax (EFX) has released a report stating nearly 40%, or 50M, of auto loans, credit cards, and personal loans during the first 11 months of 2014 were made to subprime customers, the highest levels since the 2007 financial crisis, reports the Wall Street Journal. LendingTree (TREE) Chief Marketing Officer Gabriel Dalporto attributes the growth to nonbank lenders under less regulatory scrutiny than large banks. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
06:28 EDTMSAuthorities investigating possible hack in Morgan Stanley leak, WSJ says
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February 18, 2015
07:21 EDTMSJPMorgan, Citi top government report of riskiest banks, Reuters reports
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February 17, 2015
18:06 EDTTWCPaulson & Co gives quarterly update on stakes
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17:14 EDTSRPTPoint72 lowers passive stake in Sarepta to 4.4% from 5.2%
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16:38 EDTWTSWatts Water announces restructuring program
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16:37 EDTWTSWatts Water reports Q4 adjusted EPS 58c, consensus 65c
Reports Q4 revenue $376.5M, consensus $377.67M. The company said unfavorable foreign exchange movements reduced adjusted EPS by 3c.
12:56 EDTTWCDecline of TV viewing accelerated, NY Post reports
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12:50 EDTSRPTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:00 EDTSRPTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:20 EDTSRPTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Vipshop Holdings (VIPS), up 10.9%... VASCO Data Security (VDSI), up 7.1%... Waste Management (WM), up 3.7%. ALSO HIGHER: Starwood Hotels (HOT), up 1.9% after appointing Adam Aron as interim CEO... Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), up 7.3% after being upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Navidea Biopharmaceuticals (NAVB), up 7.5% after publishing results of phase 3 Lymphoseek trial... Campus Crest (CCG), up 7.7% after announcing that it will explore strategic alternatives as well as Clinton Group and Campus Evolution proxy contest... Cyren (CYRN), up 7.1% following distribution agreement with ALSO Deutschland. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Helix Energy (HLX), down 13.3%... Walter Energy (WLT), down 10.1%. ALSO LOWER: Celsus Therapeutics (CLTX), down 82.3% after MRX-6 Cream 2% Phase II trial did not meet primary endpoint... Vascular Biogenics (VBLT), down 53.2% after reporting that VB-201 Phase 2 studies did not meet primary endpoints and removal of FDA partial clinical hold on VB-111... Vanguard Natural Resources (VNR), down 7.1% after reporting preliminary fourth quarter results.
07:43 EDTSRPTSarepta upgraded at BofA/Merrill
As previously reported, BofA/Merrill upgraded Sarepta to Buy from Neutral. The firm has increased confidence that eleplirsen will be approved for treating boys with DMD. Price target raised to $21 from $19.
07:21 EDTHOMBStephens to hold a field trip
Bank Field Trip travels throughout Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama, and Louisiana to visit with several banks on February 17-19.
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