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January 7, 2014
10:02 EDTLULU, PRGO, UNH, PLL, CVD, BRO, AJG, LMT, MGM, ABV, WDAY, STI, LOGI, CLR, BDN, SHW, BBT, YUM, VAR, STJ, JNJ, COF, BDX, GLUUOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Arthur J. Gallagher (AJG) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Becton Dickinson (BDX) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Brandywine Realty (BDN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Brown & Brown (BRO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Capital One (COF) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Continental Resources (CLR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Covance (CVD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Logitech (LOGI) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays... Pall Corp. (PLL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... St. Jude Medical (STJ) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at RBC Capital... SunTrust (STI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... UnitedHealth (UNH) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Varian Medical (VAR) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Workday (WDAY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Yum! Brands (YUM) upgraded to Top Pick from Outperform at RBC Capital... Perrigo (PRGO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... AmBev (ABV) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... lululemon (LULU) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... MGM Resorts (MGM) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Glu Mobile (GLUU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... BB&T (BBT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Sherwin-Williams (SHW) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Lockheed Martin (LMT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill.
News For AJG;BDX;BDN;BRO;COF;CLR;CVD;JNJ;LOGI;PLL;STJ;STI;UNH;VAR;WDAY;PRGO;YUM;ABV;LULU;BBT;MGM;GLUU;SHW;LMT From The Last 14 Days
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August 18, 2015
16:34 EDTYUMYum! Brands appoints Micky Pant CEO of China Division
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13:33 EDTBBTOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Repeating yesterday's start, the market began the session in negative territory before recapturing those losses. Early weakness was attributed to a dip in Wal-Mart (WMT) shares after the company's earnings report as well as a selloff in the Chinese market overnight. Heading into the afternoon, the market has drifted back across the flat line, with all three indices negative despite July's housing starts showing the strongest reading in eight years. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts edged up 0.2% in July to 1.206M, outpacing consensus estimates for 1.180M in the best reading since October 2007. Building permits fell 16.3% to 1.119M against expectations for 1.230M from a revised 1.337M in June, while single family starts rose 12.8% and multifamily numbers fell 17.0%. In Europe, Eurozone parliaments are set to vote on Greece's prospective bailout deal this week, with Reuters reporting earlier today that the Austrian parliament has approved the EUR86B agreement. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of National Penn (NPBC) rose nearly 17% to $12.77 after BB&T (BBT) agreed to acquire the company in a $1.8B cash and stock deal. On a conference call discussing the acquisition, BB&T CEO Kelly King called the "very, very synergistic" deal a "compelling use of capital," adding that the company expects to consolidate about 25 branches to help drive annual cost savings of $65M... Wal-Mart (WMT) fell roughly 3.2% to near $69.50 after cutting its full year earnings outlook this morning, with CFO Charles Holley noting that operating profit will see continued pressure. Meanwhile, Home Depot (HD) and Dicks Sporting Goods (DKS) saw respective gains of about 2.3% and 1.8% after their pre-market earnings reports. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Omeros (OMER), surging more than 69% to $24.58 after releasing positive preliminary data on its Phase 2 trial of OMS721 for the treatment of organ blood clots. Also higher was Inteliquent (IQNT), rising about 19% to $21.24 after announcing a three-year agreement with T-Mobile (TMUS) to provide IP voice services for the carrier. Separately, Lumber Liquidators (LL) has gained almost 5.7% to nearly $15 in afternoon trading after announcing the appointment of Jill Witter as Chief Compliance and Legal Officer. Among the noteworthy losers was Esperion (ESPR), falling over 11% despite rising 5% in pre-market trading after reporting that the ETC-1002 Phase 3 program is on track, adding that the FDA will not require a cardiovascular outcomes trial prior to the drug's potential approval. Also lower was American Apparel (APP), slipping about 1.9% after disclosing "substantial doubt" about its ability to sustain operations during the coming year. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 40.37, or 0.23%, to 17,504.81, the Nasdaq lost 26.86, or 0.53%, to 5,064.96, and the S&P 500 was lower by 6.02, or 0.29%, to 2,096.41.
10:01 EDTLMTMaterion announces initial delivery of AlBeCast castings to Lockheed Martin
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10:00 EDTLULUOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) initiated with an Underperform at Wolfe Research... Abiomed (ABMD) initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital... Aeropostale (ARO) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... American Eagle (AEO) initiated with an Outperform, Top Pick at Wolfe Research... American Electric (AEP) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... Benefitfocus (BNFT) initiated with an Overweight at First Analysis... Blue Buffalo Pet Products (BUFF) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Capitala Finance (CPTA) initiated with an Equal Weight at Stephens... Chico's (CHS) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Children's Place (PLCE) initiated with an Outperform at Wolfe Research... Chimerix (CMRX) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Ciena (CIEN) initiated with a Market Perform at Northland... Crane (CR) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair... Entergy (ETR) initiated with a Neutral at Mizuho... Express (EXPR) initiated with an Outperform, Top Pick at Wolfe Research... Finisar (FNSR) initiated with a Market Perform at Northland... Francesca's (FRAN) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Gap (GPS) initiated with an Underperform at Wolfe Research... Infinera (INFN) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... International Game (IGT) initiated with a Buy at Union Gaming... Juno Therapeutics (JUNO) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... L Brands (LB) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Luca Technologies (LUCA) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Lumentum (LITE) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... M/A-COM (MTSI) reinstated with a Buy at Jefferies... MRV Communications (MRVC) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Michael Kors (KORS) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... NN, Inc. (NNBR) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... NeoPhotonics (NPTN) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Oclaro (OCLR) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Scientific Games (SGMS) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee CRT... SolarCity (SCTY) initiated with a Neutral at UBS... Summit Materials (SUM) initiated with a Neutral at Citi... Tech Data (TECD) initiated with an Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Urban Outfitters (URBN) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Zumiez (ZUMZ) initiated with an Underperform at Wolfe Research... lululemon (LULU) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research.
10:00 EDTSHWOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:23 EDTBBTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:57 EDTUNHMagellan Iowa loss largely priced into shares, says Jefferies
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07:29 EDTCLREnerCom to hold a conference
The Oil & Gas Conference is being held in Denver, Colorado on August 16-20 with webcasted company presentations to begin on August 18 at 10:00 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
07:13 EDTMGMMacau GGR poised to sink 37% in August, says Bernstein
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07:02 EDTBBTBB&T to host conference call
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06:08 EDTSHWSherwin-Williams upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS
UBS analyst John Roberts upgraded Sherwin-Williams to Neutral citing the relative underperformance of shares. The stock is high quality and "difficult to be bearish on," Roberts tells investors in a research note. He raised his price target for shares to $284 from $278.
05:12 EDTBBTBB&T to acquire National Penn in cash, stock deal valued at $1.8B
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05:09 EDTBBTBB&T to acquire National Penn in cash, stock deal valued at $1.8B
August 17, 2015
16:57 EDTLULUlululemon initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research
Target $65.
16:12 EDTUNHMagellan drops after Iowa picks four others for Medicaid
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15:57 EDTUNHUnitedHealth up 2.4% after being awarded Iowa healthcare contract
15:55 EDTUNHWellCare, Amerigroup, UnitedHealth, AmeriHealth awarded Iowa healthcare contract
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10:55 EDTYUMOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:29 EDTLMTLockheed Martin and Weibel Scientific partner for ballistic missile project
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06:11 EDTCOFCapital One reports July net charge-offs 3.05% vs. 3.23% last month
Reports July 30+ day performing delinquency rate 2.97% vs. 2.84% last month.
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