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March 11, 2014
10:00 EDTFMC, AMED, RAIL, VIPS, TGI, NTRS, BEP, AIXG, XOMA, BLDP, UIS, STT, MIICF, ARTX, PRA, CTSH, USB, NXTMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Aixtron (AIXG) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... Amedisys (AMED) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Arotech (ARTX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... Brookfield Renewable (BEP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... FMC Corporation (FMC) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Millicom (MIICF) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Northern Trust (NTRS) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... NxStage Medical (NXTM) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... State Street (STT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Triumph Group (TGI) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... U.S. Bancorp (USB) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Unisys (UIS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Vipshop (VIPS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Cognizant (CTSH) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Berenberg... Ballard Power (BLDP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Lake Street... FreightCar America (RAIL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... Panera Bread (PNRA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Longbow... XOMA (XOMA) downgraded to Hold from Buy at MLV & Co.
News For AIXG;AMED;ARTX;BEP;FMC;MIICF;NTRS;NXTM;STT;TGI;USB;UIS;VIPS;CTSH;BLDP;RAIL;PRA;XOMA From The Last 14 Days
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January 21, 2015
16:35 EDTNTRSOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:24 EDTNTRS, USBOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday, as details of a reported bond buying program planned by the ECB offset weakness in the Dow after IBM's (IBM) earnings report. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts rose 4.4% in December to a 1.89M rate, versus expectations for an increase of 1.2%, while building permits fell 1.9% to a rate of 1.03M, versus expectations of an increase of 0.8%. The Bank of Canada lowered its target for the overnight rate by one-quarter of one percentage point to 0.75% in response to the recent sharp drop in oil prices, which it said will be negative for growth and underlying inflation in Canada. Reports indicated that a proposal from the European Central Bank’s executive board is calling for it to begin making bond purchases of about EUR 50B per month and continue that easing program for at least one year. In Asia, the Bank of Japan refrained from expanding its stimulus program, although it expanded and extended its loan programs aimed at boosting bank lending. Also, the BoJ cut next fiscal year's CPI forecast to 1.0% from the 1.7% it had projected three months ago. COMPANY NEWS: Last night, IBM reported better than expected Q4 earnings, though its revenue and FY15 profit outlook trailed estimates, sending the stock down over 3% this morning. Citigroup cut its price target for IBM shares to $170 from $180 after reducing its sales and earnings estimates following the tech giant's Q4 results. Citi reiterated a Neutral rating on IBM, saying it wants to see stability in fundamentals and free cash flow growth before getting more positive on the name. Meanwhile, Jefferies said IBM's cash flow guidance for 2015 is "very weak" and that the company has yet to reach a bottom. The firm continues to believe the risk/reward for shares is skewed negatively and it kept an Underperform on IBM with a $130 price target following the company's Q4 results... Netflix (NFLX) jumped 17% to trade near $409 per share after the company reported stronger than expected fourth quarter results and a number of research firms raised their price targets for the stock while pointing out the company's global subscriber growth had exceeded expectations. Bucking the trend, FBR Capital analyst Barton Crockett said Netflix's EPS would only have been in-line with the consensus outlook if non-operating items were excluded. He said he is less impressed with Netflix following its report and trimmed his price target on the stock to $400 from $425 while keeping a Neutral rating on the shares. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were Northern Trust (NTRS), which rose 6%, and U.S. Bancorp (USB), which gained 3.5%. Among the noteworthy losers was Eldorado Gold (EGO), which dropped 19% after the company reported on its 2014 gold production, gave guidance on production in 2015, and its shares were downgraded at Credit Suisse, TD Securities and Canccord. Also lower was Acacia Research (ACTG), which fell more than 14% after a court granted a motion finding no infringement of certain method claims asserted by the company's Adaptix subsidiary against Apple(AAPL), Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and HTC. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 42.03, or 0.24%, to 17,557.26, the Nasdaq was up 27.36, or 0.59%, to 4,682.21, and the S&P 500 was up 12.25, or 0.61%, to 2,034.80.
10:38 EDTNTRSNorthern Trust upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse
10:26 EDTNTRSHigh option volume stocks
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10:09 EDTUSBU.S. Bancorp sees Q1 NIM down 'a few points' from 3.12%
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10:01 EDTBLDPOn the Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:49 EDTUSBU.S. Bank promotes Andrew Cecere to COO, Kathy Ashcraft Rogers to CFO
U.S. Bank announced yesterday that Andrew Cecere, currently Vice Chairman and CFO, has been promoted to Vice Chairman and COO and will be responsible for U.S. Bank’s core lines of business: Consumer and Small Business Banking, Wholesale Banking and Commercial Real Estate, Payment Services, and Wealth Management and Securities Services. Cecere will continue to report to Richard Davis, Chairman, President, and CEO, U.S. Bank. Kathy Ashcraft Rogers, currently Executive Vice President, Business Line Planning & Reporting, will succeed Cecere as Vice Chairman and CFO. Rogers has been with U.S. Bank for 28 years and has served in a variety of leadership roles within the Finance organization. She will report to Davis and join the Managing Committee, which consists of the 14 most senior leaders at U.S. Bank.
09:47 EDTUSBU.S. Bancorp CEO Davis says management changes won't change his role
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09:45 EDTUSBU.S. Bancorp sees efficiency ratio remaining in low 50s going forward
Sees efficiency ratio remaining in low 50s going forward. Sees net charge offs "relatively stable" in Q1. Says capital position is "strong." Comments made on the Q4 earnings conference call. U.S. Bancorp shares are up 1.82% to $41.96 in morning trading.
08:06 EDTUISUnisys' service desk solution selected by Beijing Hyundai Auto Finance
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07:35 EDTNTRSNorthern Trust reports Q4 EPS ex-items 94c, consensus 81c
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07:24 EDTUSBU.S. Bancorp CEO says well positioned for growth as economy improves
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07:22 EDTUSBU.S. Bancorp reports book value per share $21.68 at end Q4
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07:22 EDTUSBU.S. Bancorp reports Q4 common equity tier 1 capital ratio of 9.7%
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07:20 EDTUSBU.S. Bancorp sees net charge-offs to stay relatively stable in Q1
Given current economic conditions, the company expects the level of net charge-offs to remain relatively stable in the first quarter of 2015.
07:19 EDTUSBU.S. Bancorp reports Q4 net charge-offs down 8.3% on linked quarter basis
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07:16 EDTUSBU.S. Bancorp reports Q4 EPS with items 79c, consensus 77c
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07:15 EDTBLDPBallard Power initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.
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January 20, 2015
15:21 EDTUSB, NTRSNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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07:28 EDTNTRSTreasury Institute for Higher Education to hold a symposium
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