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July 24, 2014
10:03 EDTXLNX, WNRL, VIP, WIBC, VZ, UIS, TSCO, PEP, MKTX, HBNC, CKEC, CIB, HNT, AVB, 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.
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February 25, 2015
05:19 EDTVIPVimpelCom sees FY15 EPS 35c-40c, consensus 50c
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05:19 EDTVIPVimpelCom reports Q4 basic EPS (53c), compared to ($2.21)
Reports Q4 revenue $4.39B, compared to $5.55B a year ago. Reports Q4 service revenue $4.21B, compared to $5.29B.
February 24, 2015
15:59 EDTAKAMAkamai price target raised to $77 from $68 at Piper Jaffray
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12:13 EDTVZU.S. Cellular lowering prices on shared connect plans
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10:19 EDTAKAMAkamai to host investor meeting
Investor meeting to be held in Boston on February 24 from 8:30 until 2 pm. Webcast Link
08:57 EDTTSCOTractor Supply price target raised to $96 from $88 at RW Baird
Baird raised its price target to $96 from $88 following the company raising its long-term U.S. store growth and operating margin targets ahead of today's analyst day. Baird reiterated its Outperform rating on Tractor Supply shares.
07:24 EDTUISUnisys files automatic mixed securities shelf
07:06 EDTTSCOTractor Supply raises long-term domestic store growth, operating margin targets
Tractor Supply increased its domestic store growth target to 2,500 stores from 2,100 stores and its long-term operating margin target to 11.5% from 10.5%. CEO Greg Sandfort stated, "As our business continues to evolve, so do our long-term operating targets. We are pleased to be raising our long-term store growth and operating margin targets. We remain committed to driving long-term sustainable earnings growth and shareholder return by having a balanced approach to driving sales, growing gross margin, managing working capital and improving efficiencies. We believe our key sales and gross margin initiatives, along with ongoing system enhancements such as demand planning, inventory allocation, and price optimization should continue to benefit sales and margins over the foreseeable future."
February 23, 2015
19:40 EDTHNTLeerink healthcare services analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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17:31 EDTUISUnisys files automatic mixed securities shelf
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12:37 EDTPEPSodaStream not a likely target of PepsiCo, NY Times says
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12:28 EDTVZGoogle reaches deal with wireless carriers, acquires Softcard tech, Re/code says
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12:21 EDTHNTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:10 EDTHNTHealth insurers rise after CMS releases preliminary Medicare Advantage rates
The shares of a number of health insurers are rising after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, issued preliminary 2016 Medicare Advantage rates. According to Credit Suisse, the rates were favorable for health insurers. WHAT'S NEW: On Friday after the market closed, CMS issued a proposal for 2016 Medicare Advantage rates. The rates are preliminary and could change when CMS announces the final 2016 rates on April 6 of this year, the agency noted. In a note to investors earlier today, Credit Suisse analyst Ralph Giacobbe estimated that, under CMS' initial proposal, insurers would see rate changes of between -1% and +1%, depending on the risk that each insurer faces. The preliminary rates were "favorable" for insurers, since the rates were "in-line if not slightly better" than investors had expected, the firm stated. Moreover, CMS decided not to restrict at-home health risk assessments, as had been feared, and agreed to reduce the weighting of certain risk factors that had hurt previously certain plans with a higher proportion of low-income beneficiaries, acceding to a request by insurers. Insurers with the highest exposure to Medicare Advantage include Humana (HUM), UnitedHealth (UNH), and WellCare (WCG), the analyst stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: After analyzing CMS' proposal, health insurer Aetna (AET) estimated that the proposal would cause government funding for its Medicare Advantage business to decline by about 1% in 2016. Aetna added that it is continuing to evaluate the changes outlined in the Advance Notice and their impact on the company and its Medicare Advantage members. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other publicly traded health insurance companies include Anthem (ANTM), AMERIGROUP (AGP), Centene (CNC), Cigna (CI), Health Net (HNT), Healthspring (HS), and Molina Healthcare (MOH). PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Humana climbed 5.3% to $164.43, UnitedHealth rose 2.6% to $115.56, WellCare gained 6.3% to $90, Aetna advanced 2% to $99.91, and Centene added 3.4% to $61.93.
09:59 EDTANFGYOn 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.
09:02 EDTVZVerizon to sell BlackBerry Classic for $100, CrackBerry says
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08:05 EDTHNTCMS releases preliminary Medicare Advantage rates for 2016
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05:34 EDTANFGYAntofagasta downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman
February 20, 2015
13:56 EDTVZAT&T VP critical of Dish auction tactics
AT&T (T) VP of Federal Regulatory Joan Marsh stated in a post to a corporate blog that FCC Auction 97 represents "hard evidence that there is significant continuing interest in licensed spectrum... It didn't matter that it was mid-band spectrum. It mattered only that it was broadband spectrum." Marsh notes that Dish (DISH) won more licenses than any other bidder though "none of that spectrum is currently supporting commercial wireless services," with her suggestion being that "auctions should be designed to ensure that licenses go to those willing to deploy networks not speculators or stockpilers...The government should continue to place a high priority on allocating new licensed bands to the wireless industry." Marsh continues her analysis of Dish, claiming the double and triple-bidding activity carried out by its two designated entities "circumvented auction activity rules, masked actual demand and distorted the auction," as they were able to win significant allocations while enjoying a 25% small business discount. In response to Dish claims that all companies use DEs, Marsh replies that "in more recent auctions... bidders like AT&T, Verizon (VZ) and T-Mobile (TMUS) had no DE relationships, participated directly and paid full price for their licenses." Reference Link
08:27 EDTTSCOTractor Supply well positioned for growth, says BofA/Merrill
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