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May 21, 2014
10:00 EDTWBC, VRX, TSRE, RICE, OGE, DNOW, MMYT, LIQD, JPM, ENBL, CVA, C, CNP, BAC, ACAS, ALLYOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Ally Financial (ALLY) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... American Capital (ACAS) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... Bank of America (BAC) initiated with a Buy at MKM Partners... CenterPoint Energy (CNP) reinstated with an Equalweight at Barclays... Citigroup (C) initiated with a Buy at MKM Partners... Covanta (CVA) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Enable Midstream (ENBL) initiated with a Buy at UBS... JPMorgan (JPM) initiated with a Buy at MKM Partners... Liquid Holdings (LIQD) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... MakeMyTrip (MMYT) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... NOW Inc. (DNOW) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... OGE Energy (OGE) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... Rice Energy (RICE) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... Trade Street Residential (TSRE) initiated with a Buy at Compass Point... Valeant (VRX) initiated with an Outperformer at CIBC... WABCO (WBC) initiated with a Buy at Longbow.
News For ALLY;ACAS;BAC;CNP;C;CVA;ENBL;JPM;LIQD;MMYT;DNOW;OGE;RICE;TSRE;VRX;WBC From The Last 14 Days
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October 10, 2014
07:20 EDTMMYTMakeMyTrip pullback creates buying opportunity, says Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer says yesterday's 10% pullback in shares of MakeMyTrip creates a buying opportunity. The firm believes the positive catalyst from the Online travel sector in India is in the "early innings." It reiterates an Outperform rating on MakeMyTrip with a $32 price target.
07:16 EDTVRXAmerican Society of Plastic Surgeons to hold annual meeting
Annual Meeting of ASPS is being held in Chicago on October 10-14.
October 9, 2014
17:40 EDTJPME-Trade 'touched' by JPMorgan hacking incident, CNBC says
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17:28 EDTJPM, CCitigroup not hit by hacking incident, CNBC reports
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16:00 EDTBAC, COptions Update; October 9, 2014
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15:46 EDTMMYTMakeMyTrip volatility increases on wide share price movement
MakeMyTrip October put option implied volatility is at 71, November is a 65, February is at 61; compared to its 26-week average of 54 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement.
15:40 EDTMMYTMakeMyTrip quickly drops over 15% to $22.67
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14:21 EDTVRXAllergan in good position to be patient given raised outlook, says BMO Capital
After speaking with Allergan's (AGN) CEO and CFO, BMO Capital believes the company is increasing its intrinsic value with its raised earnings guidance and that it is in a good position to be patient given that Valeant (VRX) most recent bid represents an 8% discount to Allergan's current share price. BMO said it is reviewing its forecasts for Allergan after the guidance increase, noting that it previously valued Allergan at $230 per share on a standalone basis. The firm maintains its Outperform rating on the stock.
13:52 EDTCAttorney General announces agreement with Citi to return $16M to customers
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12:28 EDTVRXAllergan price target raised to $230 from $210 at BTIG
BTIG said it expected Allergan to beat the consensus forecast for Q3 EPS, but not by as much as it did, and the firm did not expect the company to raise its future EPS outlook yet again. BTIG feels the stock's move higher indicates Valeant (VRX) or Actavis (ACT) would need to bid above $200 if they hope to buy the company. BTIG maintains its Buy rating on Allergan and raised its price target on the stock to $230 from $210.
11:14 EDTVRXAllergan raises outlook again as Valeant pursuit continues
Drug maker Allergan (AGN) this morning preannounced stronger than expected results and again raised its fiscal year profit guidance. The beat and raise results come after The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday that drug maker Valeant (VRX) and hedge fund Pershing Square intend to raise their previous bid for Allergan by $15 per share to about $191. Meanwhile, also on Tuesday, Reuters said that drug maker Actavis (ACT) plans to make a new merger offer to Allergan, and sources indicated to the news service that Allergan may be willing to consider an offer from Actavis if the bid is for more than $200 per share. WHAT'S NEW: Allergan estimated that its third quarter earnings per share would come in at $1.76-$1.78, versus analysts' consensus estimate of $1.48. The drug maker had previously provided Q3 EPS guidance of $1.44-$1.47. Allergan raised its fiscal 2014 EPS guidance to $6.20-$6.25 from $5.74-$5.80. Analysts' consensus estimate was $5.81. This is the fourth time that Allergan has raised its guidance this year. Allergan said that its markets have been strong around the world, while it is gaining market share in most categories. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, Wells Fargo analyst Larry Biegelsen wrote that, in the wake of Allergan's guidance increase, the company's price to earnings multiple could expand to 22x its estimated 2016 earnings, up from its current multiple of 19x. In addition to the raised guidance, a potential accretive acquisition by Allergan and the possibility that it will be acquired make such an increase in the multiple "quite possible," Biegelsen contended. He kept an Outperform rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Allergan has reportedly held advanced talks about acquiring another company in the sector, Salix (SLXP), although CNBC's David Faber on October 2 reported that the talks between the two companies about a merger had "cooled considerably." PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Allergan rose fractionally to $191.06 while Valeant slid 1.5% to $124.08.
09:38 EDTCActive equity options trading on open
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08:50 EDTVRXAllergan shares have further upside, says Wells Fargo
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08:34 EDTDNOWNOW Inc. initiated with a Neutral at Global Hunter
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06:45 EDTJPM, BACBofA finalizes oil financing agreement with PES, Reuters says
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06:40 EDTC, JPMSource of JPMorgan cyberattack still unclear, NY Times says
The source of the cyberattack on JPMorgan (JPM) and other U.S. financial institutions this summer is still unclear, according to The New York Times. The hackers may have tried to hit about a dozen financial institutions , and E-Trade(ETFC) and Fidelity Investments may have been victimized in some way, the newspaper stated, citing an unnamed source who was briefed on the matter. At least five other banks, including Citigroup (C), HSBC (HBC) and Regions Financial (RF), discovered that one of the web addresses used by those who hacked JPMorgan tried to penetrate their systems, The Times quoted unnamed sources briefed on the matter as saying. Publicly traded companies in the space include Barracuda Networks (CUDA), Check Point (CHKP), F5 Networks (FFIV), FireEye (FEYE), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Palo Alto (PANW), Proofpoint (PFPT), Qualys (QLYS) and Symantec (SYMC). Reference Link
06:39 EDTJPM, CFidelity attacked by JPMorgan hackers, but no data stolen, FT reports
Fidelity Investments was among 13 financial institutions attacked by hackers who are believed to have been responsible for a breach at JPMorgan Chase, but there is no indication that Fidelity customer data were stolen, the Financial Times reports, citing two sources. Reference Link
06:37 EDTC, JPMJPMorgan hackers linked to 13 other possible breaches, Bloomberg says
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06:35 EDTCCitigroup to return $16M to customers for fees on investment accounts, WSJ says
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06:33 EDTC, BACCitigroup 2015 consensus may be 10% too high, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank believes the IPO of OneMain, the consumer finance unit within Citi Holdings, and higher expenses create 10% risk to the 2015 consensus estimate of $5.40 for Citigroup. Deutsche says shedding OneMain would lower Citigroup's (C) annual earnings by about 20c. The firm says the bank's Q3 results could top expectations, however, on better than expected currency trading. Deutsche continues to prefer Bank of America (BAC) to Citi, saying its confident consensus estimates for the former are reasonable. It has a Hold rating on Citi and Buy rating on Bank of America.
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