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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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March 17, 2015
11:23 EDTDISHApple willing to share TV data to attract programming partners, NY Post reports
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11:16 EDTMUMicron falls, levels to watch
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10:02 EDTDISHHigh option volume stocks
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09:10 EDTDISHDISH announces four new A+E Network channels
Dish's (DISH) Sling TV announced that four A+E Networks’ channels -- A&E, HISTORY, H2 and Lifetime -- will be available in its “Best of Live TV” core package by the end of March. The company’s core package will remain priced at $20 per month. With this update also comes the introduction of two new add-on packs, “Lifestyle Extra” and “World News Extra,” each priced at an additional $5 per month. Sling TV will announce A+E Networks’ launch date and Video-On-Demand availability within the coming weeks. Sling TV plans to provide existing “News & Info Extra” subscribers with both the “Lifestyle Extra” and “World News Extra” for a total of $5 per month. A&E is jointly owned by Disney (DIS) and Hearst.
09:07 EDTDISHDISH's Sling TV launches on Xbox One
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08:00 EDTMUMicron FY16 EPS estimate lowered at RBC Capital
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March 16, 2015
13:16 EDTMDTAnalysts upbeat on results of Edwards' Sapien 3 data
The shares of Edwards Lifesciences (EW) are rising after the company released data on its Sapien 3 transcathter aortic valve over the weekend. In notes to investors today, a number of analysts were upbeat on the data. BACKGROUND: Edwards yesterday announced that high- and intermediate-risk patients treated with Sapien 3 demonstrated lower mortality rates than patients treated with previous transcathter aortic valves, or TAVR, made by the company. The patients also had excellent clinical outcomes in the other primary endpoints of stroke and paravalvular regurgitation, the company stated. Meanwhile, a five year study of patients treated with the first generation SAPIEN device showed that the patients had equivalent outcomes to traditional open-heart surgery, and no structural valve deterioration requiring intervention, the company stated. ANALYST REACTION: Edwards' Sapien 3 data was impressive, as the device showed one of the lowest stroke and mortality rates of any major TAVR study so far, Bernstein analyst Derrick Sung wrote in a note to investors earlier today. Data presented by Edwards and other companies at the American College of Cardiology, or ACC, conference this weekend caused investors and the medical community to become more optimistic about the potential for TAVR devices to replace surgical valves, Sung stated. The analyst wrote that he continues to believe that investors are underestimating the potential size of the TAVR market. Also upbeat on Edwards' data was Wells Fargo, which wrote that the data exceeded high expectations and could pressure the FDA to approve Sapien 3 for intermediate risk patients earlier than Edwards' guidance of late 2016. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Analysts were also upbeat on data reported by other companies at the ACC conference. Medtronic's (MDT) data suggested that its CoreValve Evolut-R product may be as effective as Edwards' Sapien 3, Bernstein's Sung stated. The FDA appears to have allowed Boston Scientific's (BSX) left atrial appendage closure, Watchman, to be provided to more patients than expected, research firm Stifel believes. Meanwhile, St. Jude's (STJ) CardioMEMS device yielded "impressive" mortality data, the firm added. Stifel kept Buy ratings on both Medtronic and St. Jude. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Edwards Lifesciences climbed 9% to $147.64, Boston Scientific advanced 4% to $17.27, St. Jude added 2% to $67.55, and Medtronic rose 1.3% to $77.50.
12:39 EDTAKSSteels stocks lower after report of rising China exports, analyst note
Steel stocks are lower after a Wall Street Journal report on increasing Chinese steel exports and an analyst note that lowered price targets on the sector. WHAT'S NEW: A Wall Street Journal report from Sunday night pointed out that China's steel exports rose 63% to 9.2M tons in January from a year earlier. China produces as much steel as the rest of the world combined and as the country's growth slows it is shipping its excess steel overseas, resulting in lower prices and spurring steel producers around the globe to seek government protection. ANALYST VIEW: In a note to investors, Jefferies said steel fundamentals stayed challenging throughout the first quarter and the firm lowered its price targets on a number of names in the sector to account for its reduced estimates. Jefferies lowered its price target on U.S. Steel (X) to $21 from $26, cut its price target on Schnitzer Steel (SCHN) to $17 from $20, reduced its price target on Nucor (NUE) to $57 from $61, and trimmed its target on AK Steel (AKS) to $3.75 from $4.75. Jefferies noted that a majority of its contacts expect steel prices to trough sometime in the second quarter and the firm said it believes "mini-mill" producers like Steel Dynamics (STLD) and Nucor are best positioned in the group. PRICE ACTION:In midday trading, United States Steel is down 1.24%, AK Steel is lower by 2%, Schnitzer Steel Industries is down 4.3%, Steel Dynamics is down 0.96%, and Nucor is up fractionally.
11:53 EDTDISHDISH abused small business program in auction, FCC Commissioner says
FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai stated: "Last month, the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau disclosed that two companies in which DISH Network Corp. has an 85% ownership stake are claiming over $3B in taxpayer-funded discounts on licenses they won during the AWS-3 spectrum auction. As I said then, allowing DISH, which has annual revenues of approximately $14B and a market capitalization of over $34B, to obtain billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies would make a mockery of the small business program. The evidence of abuse continues to mount. DISH recently disclosed that it made approximately $8.504B in loans and $1.274B in equity contributions to those two companies—hardly a sign that they were 'very small businesses' that lacked access to deep pockets. Moreover, we now know that DISH’s abuse of the program had an enormous impact on actual small businesses serving actual customers." Reference Link
11:49 EDTAKSChina steel exports set to rise from last year's level, WSJ says
As China's economy slows it is exporting its excess steel in greater amounts and is causing a backlash from other steel producers who are seeking government protection from falling prices, says the Wall Street Journal. China's steel exports in January were up 63% to 9.2M tons from a year earlier, added the Wall Street Journal. Publicly traded companies in the space include U.S. Steel (X), AK Steel (AKS), Steel Dynamics (STLD) and Nucor Corporation (NUE). Reference Link
11:08 EDTNMBLNimble Storage management to meet with Needham
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09:46 EDTCNPAccenture and SAP selected by CenterPoint Energy to develop analytics solution
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08:24 EDTMUMicron pricing pressure to ease in 2H15, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank lowered its estimates on Micron to reflect near-term PC DRAM weakness, but the firm expects pricing pressure to ease in 2H15, driven by seasonal PC build, higher mobile content and a DDR4 upgrade cycle. The firm thinks the company will have a number of positive catalysts in 2016, and it keeps a $40 price target and Buy rating on the shares.
08:11 EDTAKSSteel seen as likely to bottom in Q2 after weak Q1, says Jefferies
Jefferies said steel fundamentals stayed challenging throughout Q1 and the firm lowered its price targets on a number of names in the sector to account for its reduced estimates. Jefferies lowered its price target on U.S. Steel to $21 from $26, cut its price target on Schnitzer Steel (SCHN) to $17 from $20, reduced its price target on Nucor (NUE) to $57 from $61 and trimmed its target on AK Steel to $3.75 from $4.75. Jefferies noted that a majority of it contacts expect steel prices to trough sometime in Q2 and the firm said it believes "mini-mill" producers like Steel Dynamics (STLD) and Nucor are best positioned in the group.
08:03 EDTWMBWilliams' Atlantic Sunrise pipeline to generate $1.6B economic impact
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07:30 EDTMDTAmerican College of Cardiology to hold an expo
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07:22 EDTMDTMedtronic Edwards Lifesciences data 'impressive,' says Bernstein
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March 15, 2015
15:27 EDTMDTMedtronic unveils data from high risk study of the CoreValve U.S. pivotal trial
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15:23 EDTMDTMedtronic unveils preclinical outcomes of its novel Drug-Filled Stent
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15:20 EDTMDTMedtronic announces outcomes for its next-generation CoreValve Evolut R System
Medtronic announced initial clinical outcomes for its next-generation CoreValve Evolut R System. At 30-days, the new recapturable, self-expanding valve showed no incidents of all-cause mortality or stroke in a high and extreme risk patient population. Data from the Evolut R Study, which enrolled 60 patients from six centers in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand, were unveiled today at the 64th Annual Scientific Session of the American College of Cardiology. The CoreValve Evolut R System is not approved for commercial use in the United States where it is currently undergoing clinical trials. "Initial clinical experience with the Evolut R system is remarkable and ushers in a new era of TAVR technology that provides increased confidence with recapturability, excellent procedural results, and impressive clinical outcomes," said Ian Meredith, M.D., of Monash Heart - Monash Health, Melbourne, Australia, who is one of the investigators of the study. "The 14 French equivalent delivery system allowed transfemoral access for most patients and the recapturable technology enabled implanters to optimize valve placement for improved annular sealing and reduced conduction disturbances without compromise on mortality or stroke."
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