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June 16, 2014
10:10 EDTWMB, WPZ, SXE, NMBL, MDT, EVHC, CNP, SSRI, MOFG, LECO, DLR, CAB, PGR, MU, EXH, DISH, AKSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AK Steel (AKS) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Cabela's (CAB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Feltl... CenterPoint Energy (CNP) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... DISH (DISH) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Digital Realty (DLR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Envision Healthcare (EVHC) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Exterran (EXH) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Howard Weil... Lincoln Electric (LECO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Medtronic (MDT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Micron (MU) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... MidWestOne (MOFG) upgraded at Raymond James... Nimble Storage (NMBL) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Progressive (PGR) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... Silver Standard (SSRI) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... Southcross Energy Partners (SXE) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Williams Partners (WPZ) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Tudor Pickering... Williams (WMB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies.
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January 14, 2015
05:07 EDTEVHCEnvision Healthcare sees FY15 EPS $1.42-$1.50, consensus $1.48
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05:02 EDTEVHCEnvision Healthcare announces two EmCare acquisitions
Envision Healthcare announced that its EmCare business has entered into two agreements to acquire Emergency Medical Associates, or EMA, of Parsippany, N.J. and Scottsdale Emergency Associates, or SEA, of Phoenix, Ariz. The physician groups are expected to add an estimated $300M to EmCare’s revenues and approximately 1.9M patient encounters annually. The acquisitions are expected to close before the end of February pending completion of certain closing conditions.
January 13, 2015
13:21 EDTMUSamsung plans to ramp DRAM capacity, a negative for Micron, says Northland
Northland's checks indicate Samsung is buying more DRAM memory equipment with plans to increase capacity. The analyst expects the increased supply without the offsetting increase in demand will lead to pricing pressures and notes Micron (MU) is the high cost producers and will likely see the most pressure from the move.
11:57 EDTNMBLHP rises after PC report despite Pacific Crest downgrade
Shares of personal computer maker Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) are rising after research firm Gartner estimated that worldwide PC shipments had risen 1% last quarter. The advance comes despite research firm Pacific Crest having downgraded HP shares this morning. WHAT'S NEW: Worldwide shipments of PCs increased 1% last quarter, Gartner estimated. "These results indicate a slow, but consistent improvement following more than two years of decline," the firm wrote. The estimate suggests that PCs are not fading into oblivion, as some had predicted. Despite this news, research firm Pacific Crest downgraded HP to Sector Perform from Outperform in a note to investors today. HP is facing increased competition, as a number of companies are buying fewer individual servers and IT storage products, Pacific Crest analyst Brent Bracelin stated. Instead, they are buying integrated IT stacks. Ongoing technological trends could make this option more popular going forward, the analyst believes. Additionally, new data storage systems - including next wave systems with software-defined controls, cloud storage systems, and open sources systems - are growing rapidly and could increase the competitive pressure on HP, the analyst stated. Bracelin is less confident that HP's multiple can expand further going forward, he added. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Bracelin also downgraded NetApp (NTAP) to Sector Perform from Outperform for the same reasons that he cut his rating on HP. The analyst identified Tableau (DATA), F5 Networks (FFIV), Qlik Technologies (QLIK), and Nimble Storage (NMBL) as his favorite names in the IT infrastructure sector. F5 should benefit from earnings and multiple expansion as it carries out its security strategy, while Qlik is well-positioned to generate improved growth and margins, the analyst stated. Tableau and Nimble are poised to report better than expected results as their new products ramp up, Bracelin believes. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies that benefit from upbeat PC sales include Intel (INTC), Microsoft (MSFT), and hard disk drive makers Seagate (STX) and Western Digital (WDC). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, HP shares climbed 1.5% to $40.50.
11:31 EDTAKSBofA/Merrill metals & steel analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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10:00 EDTSXEOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: American Midstream Partners (AMID) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... Ameriprise (AMP) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Applied DNA Sciences (APDN) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... Axalta Coating (AXTA) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Bellicum Pharmaceuticals (BLCM) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Bonanza Creek (BCEI) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... ConocoPhillips (COP) initiated with an Underweight at JPMorgan... Core-Mark (CORE) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Dick's Sporting (DKS) initiated with an In-Line at Imperial Capital... Dynegy (DYN) reinstated with an Overweight at Barclays... Gannett (GCI) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo... Gran Tierra (GTE) initiated with an Outperformer at CIBC... HomeAway (AWAY) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Juno Therapeutics (JUNO) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... MakeMyTrip (MMYT) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... PDC Energy (PDCE) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... PNC Financial (PNC) initiated with a Hold at Evercore ISI... Proofpoint (PFPT) initiated with a Buy at Summit Research... Sensata (ST) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Southcross Energy Partners (SXE) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... Suncor (SU) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... U.S. Bancorp (USB) initiated with a Hold at Evercore ISI... United Financial (UBNK) initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Vantiv (VNTV) initiated with an Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Wells Fargo (WFC) initiated with a Hold at Evercore ISI.
07:15 EDTMUNeedham to hold a conference
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07:04 EDTNMBLTop 2015 IT infrastructure ideas identified at Pacific Crest
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06:54 EDTSXESouthcross Energy Partners initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich
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06:44 EDTNMBLHP downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest downgraded HP (HPQ) to Sector Perform citing valuation and rising competitive risks from hyperconvergence and new datastores. The firm lists Tableau (DATA), F5 Networks (FFIV), lik Technologies (QLIK) and Nimble Storage (NMBL) as its top names to own in the Cloud, Analytics & Data Infrastructure space. Pacific Crest also downgraded also NetApp (NTAP) to Sector Perform citing the same rationale as HP.
January 12, 2015
16:32 EDTMUOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks spent almost the entire session in negative territory as the continued slump in crude oil prices weighed on equities. As the price of crude searches for a bottom, analysts and investors are concerned about how the low prices may affect U.S. economic growth. It had been estimated that more than half of the expected growth in the S&P 500's earnings would come from the oil industry and the continued drop in oil prices may be wiping out the chances of earnings increasing from the prior quarter. The earnings season unofficially kicks off tonight when Alcoa (AA) reports its fourth quarter earnings. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was released. WTI and Brent crude both suffered slides of 5% during the session, sending WTI oil below $46 and Brent near $47 per barrel. Of note, Goldman Sachs said it sees oil prices bottoming in Q2 of this year at $42 a barrel. Goldman lowered its Brent crude oil price estimate for 2015 to $50 a barrel from $84 and for 2016 onwards to $70 a barrel from $90. COMPANY NEWS: Shire (SHPG) shares trading in New York slipped $8.39, or 3.86%, to $209.10 after the company announced over this weekend that it struck a deal to acquire NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP) for $46 per share in cash, for a total consideration of approximately $5.2B. NPS shares gained $3.44, or 8.21%, to $45.35... Shares of flash storage provider SanDisk (SNDK) dropped $13.47, or 13.88%, to $83.57 after the company cut its revenue outlook for Q4 and added that non-GAAP gross margin for the quarter is expected to be approximately 45%, compared to the previously guided range of 47%-49%. "The lower revenue was primarily due to weaker than expected sales of retail and iNAND products," SanDisk explained. Micron (MU) fell $1.87, or 5.56%, to $31.66 following the warning from its peer. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Foundation Medicine (FMI), whose shares surged $22.81, or 95.32%, to $46.74 after the company and Roche (RHHBY) announced that they will enter into a strategic collaboration. Roche will invest in Foundation as part of the deal, resulting in Roche owning a minimum of 52.4% and a maximum of 56.3% of Foundation Medicine on a fully diluted basis. Also higher was Build-A-Bear Workshop (BBW), which jumped $3.12, or 16.75%, to $21.75 after the toy company gave a fourth quarter revenue view that beat expectations. Among the noteworthy losers was Arrowhead Research (ARWR), which fell $2.16, or 23.84%, to $6.90 after announcing that the FDA verbally informed the company of a partial clinical hold on its study of ARC-520 in patients with chronic hepatitis B infection. Also lower were shares of Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), which dropped $2.04, or 14.62%, to $11.91 after the company provided data through Week 168 from its Phase IIb open-label extension study of eteplirsen in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. INDEXES: The Dow fell 96.53, or 0.54%, to 17,640.84, the Nasdaq lost 39.36, or 0.84%, to 4,664.71, and the S&P 500 declined 16.55, or 0.81%, to 2,028.26.
13:02 EDTMDTMedtronic sees Coviden deal closing in last week of January, early February
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12:46 EDTMUOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:15 EDTMUOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:00 EDTDLROn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:34 EDTMUActive equity options trading
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09:03 EDTMUSanDisk drops 9% after cutting Q4 revenue outlook
Shares of flash storage provider SanDisk (SNDK) are sinking after the company cut its revenue outlook for Q4 to $1.73B from $1.80B-$1.85B. It added that non-GAAP gross margin for the quarter is expected to be approximately 45% compared to the previously guided range of 47%-49%. "The lower revenue was primarily due to weaker than expected sales of retail and iNAND products," SanDisk explained. The stock is dropping 9%, or $8.40, to $88.64 in pre-market trading while peer Micron (MU) is down 3% to $32.54.
06:01 EDTDLRDigital Realty downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
Jefferies downgraded Digital Realty to Hold with a $70 price target citing the recent rally in shares.
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