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March 6, 2014
10:01 EDTTEVA, YUM, NS, MTRN, HA, BOBE, ALGT, APC, TIF, NTI, KIRK, HEES, BIIB, ED, SBLK, NM, IPHI, COG, AXLLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Allegiant Travel (ALGT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Axiall (AXLL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Biogen (BIIB) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Bob Evans (BOBE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Miller Tabak... Cabot Oil & Gas (COG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... H&E Equipment (HEES) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Hawaiian Holdings (HA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Inphi (IPHI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Kirkland's (KIRK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Materion (MTRN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Navios Maritime (NM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Northern Tier (NTI) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... NuStar Energy (NS) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Star Bulk Carriers (SBLK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Tiffany (TIF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Yum! Brands (YUM) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... Consolidated Edison (ED) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Anadarko (APC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Teva (TEVA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink.
News For ALGT;AXLL;BIIB;BOBE;COG;HEES;HA;IPHI;KIRK;MTRN;NM;NTI;NS;SBLK;TIF;YUM;ED;APC;TEVA From The Last 14 Days
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February 2, 2016
06:24 EDTAPCOptions expected to be active
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February 1, 2016
19:09 EDTAPCOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL), up 5.2% and 4.7%, respectively... Mattel (MAT), up 5.6%... Anadarko Petroleum (APC), up 4%... AFLAC (AFL), up 1.5%. ALSO HIGHER: PVH Corp. (PVH), up 8.1% after giving guidance for fiscal 2015 and entering a license agreement with G-III Apparel (GIII) for Tommy Hilfiger womenswear collections. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Integrated Device (IDTI), down 15.8%... Rent-A-Center (RCII), down 9.6%. ALSO LOWER: Pixelworks (PXLW), down 5.7% after giving fourth quarter guidance and announcing the resignation of its CEO... PDL BioPharma (PDLI), down 14.3% after cutting its quarterly dividend to 5c per share from 15c per share.
16:15 EDTAPCAnadarko expects to reduce capital program by nearly 50% for 2016
The company said, "As we consider capital allocation for 2016, greater market dislocation appears likely, and the need to again materially lower our capital spending, while continuing to pursue value creation and preservation, is our best course of action. In light of this, we anticipate recommending to our Board an initial 2016 budget of approximately $2.8 billion, which would be nearly 50 percent lower than our actual 2015 capital investments and almost 70 percent lower than 2014. On March 1, we will host an investor conference call and look forward to going into greater detail at that time about our definitive 2016 capital plans and expectations. We believe the accomplishments achieved in 2015, coupled with the steps we are taking in 2016 to materially reduce our capital spending, leverage our competitive advantages and protect our balance sheet, will serve our shareholders well. These actions should enable us to successfully manage through the current market volatility and position Anadarko for future success."
16:13 EDTAPCAnadarko reports Q4 adjusted EPS (57c), consensus ($1.09)
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16:08 EDTSBLKStar Bulk Carriers announces agreement to sell modern Capesize vessel
Star Bulk Carriers announced that the company has entered into an agreement to sell M/V Obelix (a 181,433 dwt Capesize vessel, built in 2011) to an unaffiliated third party for $23.3M, net of all commissions. The Vessel is expected to be delivered to the Buyers during the first half of 2016. The Company intends to use a portion of the net proceeds from the sale of the Vessel for repayment of the outstanding debt amount related to the Vessel and the remainder for general corporate purposes, including capital expenditures.
15:36 EDTAPCAnadarko volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Anadarko February weekly call option implied volatility is at 107, February is at 77, March is at 65; compared to its 52-week range of 23 to 86, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results today after the market close.
14:32 EDTAPCNotable companies reporting after market close
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13:54 EDTAXLLBrigade Capital sends letter to Axiall, urges sale of company
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13:39 EDTTIFJP Morgan reports 6.8% passive stake in Tiffany
10:51 EDTAPCActive calls; INTC CVS TWTR APC BAC
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10:35 EDTAPCAnadarko technical comments ahead of earnings
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10:02 EDTTIF, AXLLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AIG (AIG) downgraded at BMO Capital... ARMOUR Residential (ARR) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Abraxas Petroleum (AXAS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Anchor BanCorp Wisconsin (ABCW) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... Ashford Hospitality Prime (AHP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Ashford Hospitality (AHT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Axiall (AXLL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... Boston Private Financial (BPFH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Colliers International (CIGI) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao (CBD) downgraded to Neutral at Credit Suisse... Connecticut Water (CTWS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Duke Realty (DRE) downgraded on valuation, growth outlook at BMO Capital... EP Energy (EPE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Eastman Chemical (EMN) downgraded at SunTrust... Equity Residential (EQR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... Genuine Parts (GPC) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Hersha Hospitality (HT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Jones Energy (JONE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Mondelez (MDLZ) downgraded to Neutral from Positive at Susquehanna... Nokia (NOK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Ollie's Bargain Outlet (OLLI) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Oshkosh (OSK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Drexel Hamilton... Outerwall (OUTR) downgraded on Redbox weakness at Roth Capital... PACCAR (PCAR) downgraded to Underperform from Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Restoration Hardware (RH) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Rex Energy (REXX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Sanchez Energy (SN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... SandRidge Energy (SD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Santander Consumer (SC) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Tiffany (TIF) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Trex Company (TREX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... U.S. Steel (X) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... United Community Financial (UCFC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Boenning & Scattergood... Xerox (XRX) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley.
10:00 EDTAXLLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Air Products (APD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... American Airlines (AAL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Axiall (AXLL) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... BASF (BASFY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... CNH Industrial (CNHI) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... CU Bancorp (CUNB) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Fig Partners... CaixaBank (CAIXY) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Societe Generale... Chipotle (CMG) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Concho Resources (CXO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Continental Building (CBPX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Eastman Chemical (EMN) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA... Extreme Networks (EXTR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Glacier Bancorp (GBCI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Fig Partners... IBERIABANK (IBKC) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Infineon (IFNNY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Jarden (JAH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Joy Global (JOY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... KT Corporation (KT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Kennametal (KMT) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... L-3 Communications (LLL) upgraded to Buy on valuation at BofA/Merrill... Maximus (MMS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Micron (MU) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Monster Beverage (MNST) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Newell Rubbermaid (NWL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Northrop Grumman (NOC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... PTC (PTC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT... Peoples Bancorp (PEBO) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Boenning & Scattergood... Praxair (PX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Proofpoint (PFPT) upgraded to Outperform from In-Line at Imperial Capital... Seagate (STX) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Benchmark... Siemens (SIEGY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Superior Drilling (SDPI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Vertex (VRTX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Werner (WERN) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... ZAIS Financial (ZFC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays.
09:24 EDTTIFTiffany's IDR downgraded by Fitch to BBB+; outlook Stable
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08:04 EDTTEVATeva Mylan not seeing same negative trends as Sandoz, says Bernstein
After Novartis (NVS) reported weak results for its generics unit, Sandoz, and blamed it on industry trends, Bernstein quotes Mylan (MYL) and Teva (TEVA) as saying that they are seeing only "slight adjustments back to normal levels" from "mildly favorable" results in 2014 and 2015. Bernstein says that Sandoz has lost a number of fairly profitable products and has had fewer approvals than its peers. Bernstein keeps Outperform ratings on Teva and Mylan.
06:44 EDTAXLLAxiall upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Jeffrey Zekauskas upgraded Axiall (AXLL) to Overweight saying the company would fit well with Westlake Chemical (WLK). It is reasonable to think that Westlake will raise its bid for Axiall, Zekauskas tells investors in a research note after the company's $20 per share offer got rejected. The possibility of Westlake proposing a management slate in a proxy filing could provide incentives for negotiation, he contends. Zekauskas raised his price target for Axiall to $25 from $20. Citi this morning downgraded the stock to Neutral.
06:22 EDTTIFRestoration Hardware downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen
Cowen analyst Oliver Chen downgraded Restoration Hardware (RH) to Market Perform saying a slowdown in high-end consumer spending brings risk to 2016 estimates. The analyst cut his price target for the shares to $64 from $105. Chen also downgraded Tiffany (TIF) this morning.
06:18 EDTTIFTiffany downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen
Cowen analyst Oliver Chen downgraded Tiffany to Market Perform saying global macroeconomic weakness brings downside risk to comps. The analyst lowered his price target for the shares to $70 from $75.
06:02 EDTAXLLAxiall downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi
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January 31, 2016
11:39 EDTBIIBS&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.
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