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March 19, 2012
11:47 EDTAIXG, S, SCHN, RDC, RSOL, MEMS, EBAY, CFR, CYN, CRME, CVU, BBBY, ACI, APA, ATK, VRTXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today’s notable downgrades include: Aixtron (AIXG) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at HSBC…Alliant Techsystems (ATK) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays…Apache (APA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman…Arch Coal (ACI) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman…Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Longbow…CPI Aerostructures (CVU) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Capstone…Cardiome (CRME) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital…City National (CYN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley …Cullen/Frost (CFR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich…eBay (EBAY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup…Memsic (MEMS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham…Real Goods Solar (RSOL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Cantor…Rowan Companies (RDC) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan…Schnitzer Steel (SCHN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Davenport…Sprint (S) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Bernstein…Vertex (VRTX) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
News For AIXG;ATK;APA;ACI;BBBY;CVU;CRME;CYN;CFR;EBAY;MEMS;RSOL;RDC;SCHN;S;VRTX From The Last 14 Days
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September 23, 2014
07:36 EDTBBBYBed Bath and Beyond weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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07:10 EDTBBBYBed Bath & Beyond downgraded to Market Perform at William Blair
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05:46 EDTBBBYBed Bath & Beyond downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair
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September 22, 2014
16:34 EDTCYNCity National resumed with a Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
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11:26 EDTVRTXOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:56 EDTACIArch Coal management to meet with FBR Capital
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07:31 EDTBBBYBed Bath & Beyond Q2 results likely similar to recent quarters, says UBS
UBS said it expects Bed Bath & Beyond's Q2 results to "look a lot like" its recent quarters, reflecting a modest comp sales increase and ongoing gross margin pressure. The firm maintains its Neutral rating and $62 price target on the stock.
September 19, 2014
11:06 EDTBBBYBed Bath and Beyond weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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10:59 EDTEBAYSamsung working with PayPal for mobile payments on smartwatch, Gigaom says
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07:36 EDTSSprint price target cut to $8-$10 from $11-$11.75 at Wells Fargo
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September 18, 2014
10:40 EDTBBBYPier 1 Imports falls to 12-month low after weak Q2, lowered outlook
Shares of home furnishings retailer Pier 1 Imports (PIR) hit a 12-month low after the company's second quarter results fell below analysts' consensus estimates and it reduced its fiscal 2015 earnings per share outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Pier 1 Imports reported Q2 EPS of 10c on revenue of $418.6M, missing analysts' consensus estimates of 14c and $426.02M, respectively. Same-store-sales for the quarter were up 4.5%. The retailer lowered its FY15 EPS outlook to 95c-$1.05 from $1.14-$1.22. Analysts' consensus estimates for FY15 EPS prior to the earnings report was $1.13. The company sees FY15 SSS in the mid-to-high single digits and gross profit, as a percentage of sales, are expected to be 40.5%-41.5%. Pier 1 Imports CEO Alex Smith said that he foresees online sales to surpass $400M in 2016. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the company's conference call, Pier 1 Imports said that it expects to see improving merchandise margins in coming quarters with fewer coupons. The company noted plans to continue returning cash to shareholders in the form of dividends and share buybacks. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, Wells Fargo analyst Matt Neemer downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Market Perform from Outperform. He feels that the stock will be a difficult one to own in the medium term as the retailer moves towards a multi-channel approach. Neemer believes that the company has a difficult journey ahead as it cuts broad-based discounters, and he feels that consumers will take time to get accustomed to the new messaging. He cut his price target range to $15-$16 from $19-$20 for the company. Barclays analyst Alan Rifkin downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Equal Weight from Overweight due to slow revenue growth and heightened promotions. He feels that that the "soft" revenues could continue. He believes that the company's elongated online profitability pipeline and increased promotions are certain to be a burden on the business in ways that the company had not initially thought. Rifkin said that growing the top line will be even harder in the absence of promotions. He reduced his price target for shares to $14 from $18. Argus analyst Christopher Graja downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Hold from Buy due to the company's lower than anticipated Q2 earnings. He feels that in terms of the home furnishings market, companies such as Williams-Sonoma (WSM), Home Depot (HD) and Lowe's (LOW) are more "resilient" for shareholders. Pier 1 Imports was also downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Pier 1 Imports fell $2.63, or 16.99%, to $12.90. Including today's pull back, the stock is down approximately 45.2% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the home furnishings space include Restoration Hardware (RH), and Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY).
08:47 EDTEBAYeBay October volatility elevated into Alibaba IPO
eBay September call option implied volatility is at 33, October is at 31, November is at 27, January is at 27; compared to its 26-week average of 26 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected IPO of Alibaba (BABA) on September 19.
07:24 EDTVRTXVertex management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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September 17, 2014
17:18 EDTRDCRowan Companies CFO J. Kevin Bartol retiring
Rowan Companies CFO & Treasurer J. Kevin Bartol has decided to leave the company to pursue other opportunities. Mr. Bartol will continue to serve until a successor is chosen and a smooth transition is completed. The company is conducting a search and intends to name Mr. Bartol's successor in short order. The company also announced that Melanie M. Trent has been promoted to Executive VP, General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer and will assume responsibility for the Legal function, as well as retain responsibility for the Human Resources, Information Technology and Communications departments. Ms. Trent succeeds John L. Buvens, Jr. who is retiring.
13:57 EDTEBAYiPhone code compromises users, reroutes to fake eBay site, BBC says
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13:34 EDTRDCRowan Companies downgraded to Hold from Buy at Societe Generale
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12:53 EDTSSprint management to meet with Jefferies
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09:50 EDTBBBYBed Bath & Beyond 2H guidance appears optimistic, says Cleveland Research
Cleveland Research checks indicate Bed Bath & Beyond Q2 sales trends remain flattish to up 1%, similar to Q1. The firm believes 2H guidance is too optimistic, especially for FY comps of +3%. The analyst remains cautious on shares and expect margin pressures to continue. Shares are Neutral rated.
09:18 EDTEBAYHouse Energy & Commerce Committee to hold a hearing
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07:09 EDTVRTXVertex price target raised to $127 from $103 at Deutsche Bank
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