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July 24, 2014
10:03 EDTXLNX, WIBC, VZ, WNRL, VIP, PEP, UIS, TSCO, MKTX, HBNC, HNT, AVB, CKEC, CIB, ANFGY, AKAMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Akamai (AKAM) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Antofagasta (ANFGY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... AvalonBay (AVB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at ISI Group... Bancolombia (CIB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Carmike Cinemas (CKEC) upgraded at Topeka... Health Net (HNT) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Horizon Bancorp (HBNC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler ONeill... MarketAxess (MKTX) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... PepsiCo (PEP) upgraded at Stifel... Tractor Supply (TSCO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Feltl... Unisys (UIS) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Verizon (VZ) upgraded at FBR Capital... VimpelCom (VIP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Western Refining Logistics (WNRL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Wilshire Bancorp (WIBC) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Xilinx (XLNX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus.
News For AKAM;ANFGY;AVB;CIB;CKEC;HNT;HBNC;MKTX;PEP;TSCO;UIS;VZ;VIP;WNRL;WIBC;XLNX From The Last 14 Days
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January 28, 2016
05:44 EDTVZSpringOwl calls for Yahoo, Viacom to seek partners, Reuters reports
SpringOwl Asset Management, which holds undisclosed stakes in Yahoo (YHOO) and Viacom (VIA), is urging the boards of both companies to seek investments from strategic partner, Reuters reports, citing an article that is set to be published today. SpringOwl managing director Eric Jackson says that "Although some shareholders of both Yahoo and Viacom think that a simple sale or break-up of both companies is the best way to create value for shareholders, we believe that both companies could benefit from their own version of the 'Buffett Convert,'" and that while stakes of investors would be diluted if an outside investor steps in, but "they would still be better off because their shares would likely get re-rated upwards substantially with this new partner sitting around the board table." Jackson believes Yahoo should seek outside investment from Liberty Media (LMCA), Verizon (VZ) or AT&T (T), while Viacom would benefit from Alibaba (BABA), Amazon (AMZN) or AMC Entertainment (AMC). Reference Link
January 27, 2016
16:03 EDTTSCOTractor Supply sees FY16 EPS $3.40-$3.48, consensus $3.46
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16:02 EDTTSCOTractor Supply reports Q4 EPS 82c, consensus 82c
Reports Q4 revenue $1.65B, consensus $1.65B. Comparable store sales decreased 1.4% for the quarter. The company said, "The same store sales decrease in the fourth quarter was primarily driven by weakness in the key cold-weather seasonal categories of heating (stoves and fuel) and insulated outerwear, particularly in the Northeast and Midwest regions Sales were also impacted by softness in seasonal big ticket items such as snow blowers, log splitters and generators. The weakness in seasonal categories was partially offset by continued sales strength in year-round basic products such as livestock feed, pet food and hardware."
16:01 EDTVZOptions Update; January 28, 2016
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.02 to 26.01. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC NFLX FCX BABA AA X VZ BA T
14:44 EDTXLNXEarnings Watch: Qualcomm reports after breakup decision, China licensing deals
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09:29 EDTVZFacebook data center project supported by telco heavyweights, FT reports
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08:06 EDTUISUnisys selected by group of 16 airlines for baggage security in New Zealand
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06:34 EDTMKTXMarketAxess sees FY16 expenses $168M-$176M, CapEx $18M-$22M
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06:34 EDTMKTXMarketAxess reports Q4 EPS 65c, consensus 62c
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January 26, 2016
14:10 EDTTSCOTractor Supply technical comments before earnings news
The key level on the downside for the shares is at the $80 area. If the news is bearish and there is a breakdown below that level, it would snap the long-term uptrend support line. Technically this would be bearish for future price. Support below $80 would be at $78.17, and then at the 52-week low at $75. If the news is instead a positive surprise, next resistance levels above the current price in the $85 area would be at $87.82, $90.98, and $92.69.
14:02 EDTAKAMLimelight Networks seeks Supreme Court review of Circuit's Akami decision
Limelight Networks (LLNW) is seeking review by the Supreme Court of the United States of the Federal Circuit's decision to reinstate the 2008 jury verdict that Limelight infringed an Akamai (AKAM) patent. Limelight filed its petition with the Supreme Court earlier. Limelight believes that the Federal Circuit's newly created conduct-attribution standard improperly expands the scope of liability in a fashion that was neither intended by Congress nor consistent with prior legal precedent. As the petition notes, prior to the August 2015 decision to reinstate the jury verdict, the Federal Circuit repeatedly ruled that the district court had correctly determined that Limelight did not infringe Akamai's patent. The court gave no adequate explanation for its sudden reversal. "The court's decision to abandon longstanding, clear and easy-to-follow rules of engagement in favor of an ambiguous 'particular facts presented' standard for infringement liability deprives parties of fair notice concerning the scope of patent protection and ensures a significant increase in needlessly burdensome litigation throughout the technology world," said Bob Lento, Limelight's chief executive officer. "We are hopeful that the Supreme Court will address this issue of extraordinary importance and reverse the Federal Circuit's rootless and erroneous standard. While we continue to pursue all available options, I want to thank our customers, peers in the industry and employees for their support. We remain focused on improving our operational and financial performance and will report our full year results on February 9th."
09:32 EDTPEPActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: FB PEP NFLX PM GM RMBS MSFT GLW AAPL
09:05 EDTVZVerizon and Samsung launch network extender solution
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08:02 EDTUISUnisys Stealth Solution selected by PBF Energy
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07:36 EDTPEPMondelez shares should be bought at current levels, says Bernstein
Bernstein says it sees "clear catalysts" that could boost Mondolez's (MDLZ) top and bottom lines. The firm says that the company's margins could expand more than expected in the near-term and reach about 20% by 2020, partly due to product rationalization, an upgrade of its manufacturing base and headcount reductions. The firm thinks the company could combine with PepsiCo (PEP) or be acquired by Kraft-Heinz (HNZ) in 2017. Bernstein identifies the stock as a top pick for 2016.
January 25, 2016
16:07 EDTWIBCWilshire Bancorp reports Q4 adjusted EPS 19c, consensus 19c
Reports net interest margin of 3.56% for the fourth quarter, an increase from 3.49% for the third quarter
09:04 EDTVZSprint doubles number of LTE Plus markets
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08:06 EDTUISUnisys to implement facial recognition system at JFK airport
Unisys announced the implementation of its facial recognition system at John F. Kennedy, or JFK, International Airport, New York City, to help U.S. Customs and Border Protection, or CBP, identify imposters attempting to enter the U.S. using passports that are fraudulent or do not belong to them. The deployment follows the completion of pilot testing of the system at Dulles last year. The system will be rolled out initially at three terminals at JFK during January 2016.
January 24, 2016
18:56 EDTVZVerizon pursuing sponsored content for go90, Reuters says
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11:02 EDTXLNX, VZStocks post weekly gain after oil rebounds
Stocks recovered late in the week to post their first weekly gain of the new year as equities continue to be correlated closely with the oil market. A plunge in oil led equities lower early in the holiday shortened week, but as oil prices rebounded to close the week out, the major averages followed suit. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., the consumer price index fell 0.1% during December, versus expectations for a flat reading. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, showed prices rose 0.1% from the prior month, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%. Initial jobless claims rose to 293,000 last week, topping the expectation for 278,000 first-time claims. Markit's flash manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for January rose 1.5 points to 52.7, better than the 51.0 reading that was expected. Existing home sales climbed 14.7% to a 5.46M rate in December, topping the 5.2M rate that was forecast... In Asia, China's national bureau of statistics estimated that GDP growth slowed to 6.8% in the last quarter of the year, dipping from 6.9% growth in the previous quarter. China's industrial output rose 5.9% from a year earlier in December, compared with the consensus forecast for a 6% increase. Japan's Nikkei average was down early in the week, even falling into bear market territory, but rallied nearly 6% on Friday after the Nikkei Asian Review said that the Bank of Japan is taking a "serious look" at additional easing... In Europe, the European Central Bank left its key interest rates unchanged. However, at an associated press conference, ECB President Mario Draghi acknowledged downside risks were increasing again, meaning the bank may need to "review and possibly reconsider" its monetary policy stance at its next meeting in March. Markit's flash PMI for the euro zone slid to an 11-month low of 53.5, missing expectations for a more modest dip to a 54.2 reading. The International Monetary Fund cut its global growth forecasts for the third time in less than a year. The IMF now estimates that the world economy will grow 3.4% this year and 3.6% next year, down from its prior forecasts of 3.6% and 3.8% growth, respectively. COMPANY NEWS: On Tuesday, Morgan Stanley (MS) advanced 1% after its earnings and revenue topped analysts' consensus forecast. Big bank peer Bank of America (BAC) slid 1% after its earnings also beat expectations but its revenue narrowly missed the consensus estimate... On Wednesday, IBM (IBM) slid nearly 5% after reporting better than expected earnings and revenue for the fourth quarter, but forecasting below-consensus profits for the new year... On Thursday, Verizon (VZ) was among the best performers on the Dow, advancing over 3% after its earnings, revenue and wireless subscriber additions all topped expectations. Conversely, fellow Dow member Travelers (TRV) slid almost 1% after releasing its own quarterly results... On Friday, American Express (AXP) sunk more than 12% after the card issuer reported stronger than expected quarterly results but its 2017 profit guidance came in below the consensus outlook. The company's pledge to take out $1B in costs by the end of 2017 did little to change the mood of analysts or investors. Fellow Dow member GE (GE) slid a bit more than 1% after reporting better than expected earnings but lower than expected quarterly revenue... Schlumberger (SLB) shares gained 6% after the oil services giant reported earnings that topped expectations, approved a quarterly dividend of 50c per share and a new share repurchase program of $10B and said it plans to cut 10,000 more jobs... Netflix (NFLX) reported fourth quarter earnings that beat analyst estimates, powered by better than expected international subscriber growth. The numbers were met with positive commentary by several research firms, though decelerating U.S. subscriber growth was highlighted by bears as a warning sign for the company... Deutsche Bank (DB) disclosed that it expects a EUR2.1B net loss for the quarter due to a number of charges, including expected litigation costs of EUR1.2B... Xilinx (XLNX) advanced after reporting its third quarter numbers. The news may have been overshadowed, however, by a regulatory filing showing new agreements with its top executives, with several analysts highlighting that the change could signal a takeover is in the cards in the future... Alkermes (ALKS) plunged more than 44% after disclosing that two of three Phase 3 studies of its experimental depression disorder treatment did not meet their primary efficacy endpoints. INDEXES: For the four-day week, the Dow gained about 0.67% to close at 16,093.51, the S&P 500 rose about 1.4% to close at 1,906.90, and the Nasdaq increased about 2.3% to close at 4,591.18.
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