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May 30, 2014
10:13 EDTALK, TYL, TECD, SDRL, RY, SOL, PRXL, OVTI, BLOX, HSH, HHS, GMK, FRED, EXAS, VWDRYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Alaska Air (ALK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Exact Sciences (EXAS) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Wedbush... Fred's (FRED) downgraded at BB&T... Gruma (GMK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Harte-Hanks (HHS) downgraded at BMO Capital... Hillshire Brands (HSH) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Bernstein... Infoblox (BLOX) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest... OmniVision (OVTI) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... PAREXEL (PRXL) assumed with a Market Perform at Raymond James... ReneSola (SOL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Roth Capital... Royal Bank of Canada (RY) downgraded to Sector Performer from Outperformer at CIBC... Seadrill (SDRL) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Nordea... Tech Data (TECD) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA... Tyler Technologies (TYL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Dougherty... Vestas Wind (VWDRY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman.
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July 22, 2014
14:39 EDTEXASExact Sciences Cologuard to be approved in August or September, says Mizuho
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07:37 EDTEXASExact Sciences reports Q2 EPS (24c), consensus (25c)
Exact reported total revenues of $0.0 million for the second quarter of 2014, compared to $1.0 million for the second quarter of 2013.
07:08 EDTEXASLife Sciences highlights this week at Canaccord
Canaccord highlighted six diagnostic names that report this week and recommends buying Top Pick IDEXX (IDXX) into the print given strong recurring razor/razorblade sales and consistent organic growth. The analyst expects Hold rated Quest Diagnostics (DGX) to report upside to Street estimates of $1.06/$1.882B, Quidel (QDEL) to have an uneventful report, Exact Sciences (EXAS) to provide an update on numerous catalysts near-term and Abaxis (ABAX) to report earnings below consensus. Lastly, the firm is cautious on Meridian Bioscience (VIVO) following a competitor report last week.
July 21, 2014
07:28 EDTSOLReneSola enters into agreement with China Seven Star Holdings
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July 18, 2014
09:18 EDTFREDFBR Capital 'skeptical' of Sycamore interest in Fred's
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July 17, 2014
13:00 EDTFREDFred's calls active on Sycamore said in early stage talks to acquire
Fred's July 12.5 and 15 calls are active on total call volume of 300 contracts (70 puts) on PE firm Sycamore Partners is in early stage talks to acquire, sources tell Reuters. August call option implied volatility is at 54, October is at 45; compared to its 26-week average of 37. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for price movement.
12:44 EDTFREDSycamore in early talks to acquire Fred's, Reuters reports
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12:32 EDTFREDFred's up 9% after Reuters reports PE firm Sycamore in talks to buy company
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12:28 EDTFREDSycamore in early discussions to acquire Fred's, Reuters reports
09:19 EDTTYLTyler signs agreement with New Port Richey, Florida
Tyler Technologies has signed an agreement with the city of New Port Richey, Florida, for Tylerís Munis enterprise resource planning and EnerGov permitting, licensing and planning solutions. The agreement includes software licenses, related professional services, maintenance and support. The city chose core Munis applications, including financial management, human capital management and content management. The EnerGov solution includes permitting, regulatory management, land use planning, GIS mapping and self-service for citizens and employees. EnerGov includes a mobile application suite so New Port Richey employees can more easily manage code enforcement and field inspections while away from the office. As part of the Munis and EnerGov implementation, Tyler will work closely with the city to apply best practices, improve operational efficiency and effectiveness, enhance interdepartmental workflow and communication, and boost public access to city information and online services.
06:38 EDTRYStudy says UBS largest private bank with assets near $2T, Reuters says
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July 16, 2014
17:23 EDTHSHTyson Foods commences tender offer for Hillshire Brands for $63 per share cash
Tyson Foods (TSN) announced that it has commenced a cash tender offer for all outstanding shares of common stock of Hillshire Brands (HSH) at a price of $63.00 per share. The tender offer is being made pursuant to the previously announced merger agreement dated July 1, among the two companies and HMB Holdings, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tyson Foods. The tender offer period will expire at 12:00 midnight at the end of the day on August 12, unless the offer is extended. Tyson Foods has filed a tender offer statement on Schedule TO with the United States SEC. HMB Holdings is the acquirer in the tender offer. The Offer to Purchase contained within the Schedule TO sets out the terms and conditions of the tender offer. Hillshire Brands has also filed a Solicitation/Recommendation Statement with the SEC, which includes the recommendation of the Hillshire board of directors that Hillshire Brands stockholders tender their shares in the tender offer. Following successful completion of the tender offer, any shares not acquired in the tender offer will be acquired in a second-step merger at the same $63 per share cash price.
10:00 EDTTECDOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:02 EDTTECDTech Data upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill upgraded Tech Data to Neutral citing PC strength.
July 15, 2014
10:48 EDTHSHOptions with increasing implied volatility: GLUU KORS RVBD HSH
10:00 EDTSDRLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:20 EDTTYLTyler selected by Superior Court of California, County of San Bernardino
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08:19 EDTOVTIOmniVision regaining smartphone market share in China, says RW Baird
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06:41 EDTSDRLSeadrill upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at BMO Capital
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06:12 EDTALKBombardier announces Alaska Air Q400 NextGen aircraft order
Bombardier Aerospace (BDRBF) announced that Seattle-based Horizon Air Industries, an Alaska Air (ALK) company, has signed a firm purchase agreement for one Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprop airliner. The airline retains its options on another seven Q400 NextGen aircraft as announced previously. Additionally, Bombardier and Horizon Air confirmed they have signed a five-year heavy maintenance agreement whereby Bombardier will perform heavy maintenance tasks for the airline's fleet of 52 Q400 aircraft at Bombardier's service centre in Tucson, Arizona. Based on the list price of the Q400 NextGen aircraft, the aircraft agreement is valued at approximately $32.6M.
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