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July 11, 2014
10:00 EDTTCK, PG, MTG, CNW, TGB, PRGO, AUMN, EAT, QCOM, OTEX, FINL, ALDWOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Alon USA Partners (ALDW) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Brinker (EAT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... Con-way (CNW) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Finish Line (FINL) downgraded at Sterne Agee... Golden Minerals (AUMN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Roth Capital... MGIC Investment (MTG) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Open Text (OTEX) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Perrigo (PRGO) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Procter & Gamble (PG) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Qualcomm (QCOM) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Taseko Mines (TGB) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... Teck Resources (TCK) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill.
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February 8, 2016
09:41 EDTQCOMAmbarella Q1 pricing down due to competition in China, says OTR Global
OTR Global's checks indicate Ambarella's (AMBA) Q1 pricing is down 15%-20% quarter-over-quarter for security, automotive SOCS due to competition in China.
07:23 EDTMTGCredit Suisse to hold a forum
17th Annual Credit Suisse Financial Services Forum is being held in New York where on February 8, some of the companies will be hosting dinners, followed by company presentations on February 9-10.
06:49 EDTMTGMGIC Investment reports Jan. ending primary delinquent loans inventory of 62,774
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February 7, 2016
12:56 EDTPGChurch & Dwight looks overvalued amid competitive pressures, Barron's says
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February 5, 2016
08:26 EDTFINLFinish Line coverage assumed with a Neutral at Credit Suisse
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February 4, 2016
12:06 EDTEATBattleground: Buffalo Wild Wings gets upgraded and downgraded after earnings
Shares of Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) have rallied today following the company's fourth quarter earnings report. An analyst from Raymond James upgraded the stock following the report, saying that the sports-focused restaurant chain's sales visibility should improve in 2016. An analyst from Longbow, on the other hand, downgraded Buffalo Wild Wings due to concerns over the deceleration of its same-store sales growth. WHAT'S NEW: After the market close yesterday, Buffalo Wild Wings reported fourth quarter earnings per share of $1.32 on revenue of $490.2M, lower than consensus estimates of $1.48 and $507.23, respectively. Same-store sales grew 1.9% at company-owned restaurants and 0.1% at franchised restaurants, the company said. Buffalo Wild Wings also provided an outlook for fiscal 2016, saying it expects FY16 EPS of $5.95-$6.20, compared to the consensus forecast of $6.48. For 2016, the company expects single-digit same-store sales growth, including modestly positive traffic. BULLISH TAKE: Raymond James analyst Brian Vaccaro upgraded Buffalo Wild Wings to Outperform from Market Perform and established a $165 price target on shares. The analyst said that even though the company's Q4 earnings fell below expectations, he was encouraged by its better than expected first quarter comps and sees comparable store sales visibility improving through 2016. Vaccaro said that management's guidance appears to be conservative with respect to margins and reflects a strong 2016 earnings growth acceleration. The analyst added that the risk/reward factor for the stock is "favorable." In addition, UBS analyst Keith Siegner reiterated a Buy rating on Buffalo Wild Wings with a $200 price target on shares, saying that weakness in the stock following its lower than expected Q4 results presents a buying opportunity. The analyst said that 2016 "looks favorable" for the company and that various company initiatives should lead to solid top-line results. BEARISH TAKE: Longbow analyst Alton Stump downgraded Buffalo Wild Wings to Neutral from Buy, citing concerns over the deceleration of the company's same-store sales growth. Stump said that the stalling in positive sales growth is likely due at least in part to a more competitive market within the domestic bar and grill category. The analyst also said that traditional wing costs have failed to moderate meaningfully over the last 9-12 months and that management now anticipates "flattish" year over year bone-in wing costs in 2016. Stump said that disappointing SSS growth may bode negatively for other bar and grill restaurants including Applebee's, owned by DineEquity (DIN), BJ's Restaurants (BJRI), and Chili's, owned by Brinker (EAT). The analyst added that his firm reduced its Q1 EPS forecast for Buffalo Wild Wings to $1.77 from $1.81 and FY16 EPS to $5.72 from $6.59. For company-owned SSS, the firm now sees a flat performance for the company in Q1, modest 0.8% growth in 2016 instead of the previous forecast of 2.2%, and 2% growth in 2017. PRICE ACTION: At midday, Buffalo Wild Wings gained 6.7% to $153.24.
11:15 EDTQCOMBroadcom, Analog Devices seen as beneficiaries of cellular/Wi-Fi convergence
Shares of three companies involved in cellular and Wi-Fi technology -- Broadcom Limited (AVGO), Analog Devices (ADI), and Microsemi Corporation (MSCC) -- are all trading higher after a Sterne Agee research note suggested they would benefit from a trend toward the convergences of the two communications technologies. WHAT'S NEW: On February 3, Qualcomm (QCOM) and Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) announced that, through the aggregation of licensed and unlicensed spectrum bands, recent testing demonstrated the ability of LTE Licensed-Assisted Access, or LAA, to extend coverage and increase network capacity, while delivering seamless mobility, and ensuring a fair coexistence with Wi-Fi in unlicensed spectrum. "LAA is one of the key technologies that will help satisfy the increasing demand for data and better mobile connectivity," said Deutsche Telekom Chief Technology Officer Bruno Jacobfeuerborn. "The trial will help the wireless ecosystem and key stakeholders verify and experience the benefits of LAA first hand." WHAT'S NOTABLE: Sterne Agee CRT analyst Douglas Freedman believes the line between cellular and Wi-Fi is likely to blur, pointing to the Qualcomm-Deutsche Telekom partnership as an example of this technology trend. Freedman said three stocks that could benefit from the shift are Broadcom Limited, given its premium RF filtering and Wi-Fi connectivity solutions, Analog Devices, because of its increased data converter content in small cell applications, and Microsemi Corporation, due to its Wi-Fi access point and timing enablers. The firm has Buy ratings on all three stocks. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Broadcom was trading higher by 2.2%, Analog Devices was up fractionally and Microsemi rose 1%.
09:36 EDTPGActive equity options trading on open: AAPL FB GPRO AA NFLX BAC TWC YHOO PG
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09:18 EDTQCOMSterne Agee CRT names three winners from convergence of cellular, Wi-Fi
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09:13 EDTQCOMQualcomm, Deutsche Telekom say LAA technologies to enhance mobile broadband
Qualcomm (QCOM), through its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, and Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) announced that, through the aggregation of licensed and unlicensed spectrum bands, recent testing demonstrated LTE Licensed-Assisted Access' ability to extend coverage and increase network capacity, while delivering seamless mobility, for an enhanced end user experience. The over-the-air trial was completed on November 20, 2015, in Nuremberg, Germany after a three-week period of extensive measurement campaigns. The team measured and demonstrated LAA's extended coverage and increased network capacity in utilizing unlicensed spectrum compared to Wi-Fi, as well as smooth and opportunistic aggregation of unlicensed spectrum during drive tests which also included seamless inter-eNB handovers. The fair coexistence between LAA and Wi-Fi in unlicensed 5 GHz bands was also demonstrated under different radio interference conditions and for a varied number of interfering nodes, the companies announced yesterday.
07:23 EDTPGGSK will not be pressured into early consumer unit spinoff, Reuters says
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07:08 EDTPGCoty sees closing P&G Specialty Beauty business merger in 2H16
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February 3, 2016
11:26 EDTEATOptions with increasing call volume; LOW LNC DG EW SNOW KLIC CIT AN EAT SYT
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09:40 EDTQCOMGoogle to support early Qualcomm server chips, Bloomberg says
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09:37 EDTQCOMActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL BAC FB YHOO GILD CMG NFLX GOOGL QCOM
06:13 EDTPRGOPfizer insists Allergan deal won't be thwarted by U.S. politicians, FT says
Pfizer (PFE) has insisted that its $160B acquisition of Allergan (AGN) will not be stifled by political opposition, amid criticism that the deal will cost the U.S. Treasury billions of dollars in future tax revenues, the Financial Times reports. Pfizer CEO Ian Read also reiterated his intention to postpone until 2018 a decision on whether to break of the combined entity into two or three smaller companies, but has said that he would be open to offers for its generics unit, the report says. Mylan (MYL) has been connected to a potential acquisition of Pfizer's generic drugs business after it failed in its attempt to buy Perrigo (PRGO) last year, the report says. Reference Link
February 2, 2016
18:39 EDTQCOMAlibaba leads $794M funding round for augmented reality firm Magic Leap
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08:04 EDTQCOMForum Global to hold a conference
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January 31, 2016
11:39 EDTQCOM, PGS&P falls 5% in January despite second straight winning week to close month
Stocks finished the month of January with two straight winning weeks, but investors are still glad to see the calendar flip as those winners only cut the S&P's loss to 5% for the month. With growth worries abounding amid troubling signs from China and as oil languishes below $35 per barrel, the manufacturing readings from China, Europe, and the U.S. due out on Monday will be essential to whether the new month continues the uptrend of the end of January or the dour tone that dominated the early half of the month. MACRO NEWS: The Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged following its policy meeting this week, as almost universally expected. In its accompanying statement, the central bank said its committee members expect that economic conditions will "evolve in a manner that will warrant only gradual increases in the federal funds rate." The group added that inflation is expected to "remain low in the near term, in part because of the further declines in energy prices, but to rise to 2% over the medium term as the transitory effects of declines in energy and import prices dissipate and the labor market strengthens further"... In other domestic economic news, the Commerce Department's first read on fourth quarter gross domestic product came in at 0.7% annualized growth, below the already anemic 0.8% growth forecast. The S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5.8% from the prior year in November, topping expectations for a 5.7% year-over-year increase. The separate FHFA house price index showed a monthly gain of 0.5% in November, matching the consensus forecast. Markit's services PMI for January came in at 53.7, missing the 54.0 forecast. The preliminary reading of the Conference Board's consumer confidence index for January came in at 98.1, topping the 96.5 reading that was expected. New home sales surged 10.8% to a 544,000 annualized pace in December, topping expectations and hitting their highest level in 10 months. Initial jobless claims fell to 278,000 last week, versus the expected 281,000 first-time claims. Durable goods orders dropped 5.1% in December, versus expectations for a decrease of 0.7%. The core reading, which removes transportation items, was down 1.2%, versus expectations for a decline of 0.1%. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment index slipped to 92.0 in the final January print, missing the 93.0 reading that was forecast... In a surprising move in Asia, the Bank of Japan introduced a rate of minus 0.1% on certain excess holdings of cash while maintaining the pace of its asset purchases. Japan also reported data pointing to a softening economy, as total CPI grew 0.2% year-over-year in December, core CPI rose at only a 0.1% pace and industrial production fell a preliminary 1.4% month-over-month in December. COMPANY NEWS: McDonald's (MCD) advanced Monday after the fast food giant reported better than expected earnings and comparable sales growth for the fourth quarter, powered by the launch of All Day Breakfast in the U.S.... Earnings season accelerated Tuesday as four members of the bluechip Dow Jones Industrial Average posted results before the opening bell. 3M (MMM) was the top advanced on the index with a gain of over 5%, while Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Procter & Gamble (PG) and DuPont (DD) all notched gains that day following their reports as well... Apple (AAPL) declined more than 6.5% on Wednesday after the tech giant reported first quarter earnings that topped consensus estimates, but also issued revenue guidance for the new quarter that missed expectations. The company was noted by several analysts as taking a particularly downbeat tone in its earnings conference call, invoking the difficult macroeconomic environment and weakness it has recently seen in China. Apple was not the worst performer in the Dow that day, as Boeing (BA) shares plummeted nearly 9% after its profit outlook for the new fiscal year fell far short of the Street's consensus forecast... Facebook (FB) surged 15.5% on Thursday after the social media giant's fourth quarter earnings and revenue beat expectations. A number of Wall Street analysts increased their price targets for the stock following the report, including Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster, who hiked his target to a "Street-high" $170 per share. The same day, Caterpillar (CAT) reported better than expected quarterly earnings, excluding certain items, but its revenue came in below the consensus forecast and the heavy equipment maker warned that it does not anticipate an improvement in the world economy or commodity prices in 2016. The stock, which had declined almost 20% in the last three months prior to this morning's report, rebounded almost 5% after the company jumped over the lowered bar that had been set by bearish analysts... On Friday, shares of Amazon (AMZN) declined more than 7.5% after the company's fourth quarter results came in below expectations. Meanwhile, Microsoft (MSFT), which reported better than expected earnings, gained almost 6%. Chevron (CVX) reported a quarterly loss due to taking impairments and other charges of $1.1B. The company, which also reported that its average sales price per barrel of crude oil and natural gas liquids in the U.S. was $35 in fourth quarter, down from $66 a year ago, edged up 0.7% to $86.44... Among the many others reporting earnings this week, Visa (V), Mastercard (MA), Under Armour (UA), Sprint (S) and Biogen (BIIB) gained immediately following their reports, while Qualcomm (QCOM), eBay (EBAY), U.S. Steel (X), VMware (VMW) and Anthem (ANTM) all slid following their own... Xerox (XRX) announced plans to separate into two independent publicly-traded companies: one focused on Document Technology and another Business Process Outsourcing company. Xerox also announced an agreement related to the governance of the Business Process Outsourcing company under which six directors of the new company will be selected by Xerox and three will be selected by current Xerox shareholder Carl Icahn... Terex (TEX) surged more than 36% higher on Tuesday after receiving a $30 per share acquisition offer from China's Zoomlion. Terex peers Manitowoc (MTW), Joy Global (JOY) and Oshkosh (OSK) also gained after the offer was disclosed... Weight Watchers (WTW) shares soared nearly 20% Tuesday after noted shareholder and partner Oprah Winfrey tweeted a video detailing her progress using the company's program, indicating that she'd already lost 26 pounds thanks to its plan... AIG (AIG) provided its much-anticipated strategy update, committing to return at least $25B to shareholders over the next two years and announcing the sale of AIG Advisor Group to Lightyear Capital and PSP Investments. The company, under ongoing pressure from activist investors including Carl Icahn, also said it will publicly offer a portion of its United Guaranty unit, though it expressly rejected a full company breakup... SunEdison (SUNE) gained 18% during the week after agreeing to new corporate governance initiatives with David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital, including amending its bylaws to restrict equity issuances for two years without a supermajority board vote... Twitter (TWTR) slumped nearly 6% this week after CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed the departure of four company executives, leading research firm Stifel to downgrade the shares. INDEXES: The Dow gained about 2.2% to close at 16,466.30; the S&P 500 rose about 1.6% to close at 1,940.24; the Nasdaq advanced about 0.4% to close at 4,613.95.
January 29, 2016
11:00 EDTQCOMStocks with call strike movement; QCOM CVX
Qualcomm (QCOM) July 50 call option implied volatility decreased 7% to 30, Chevron (CVX) June 95 call option implied volatility increased 3% to 30 according to iVolatility.
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