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December 12, 2012
10:00 EDTTW, PB, MSFT, ANR, LXP, TTWO, ALNY, PC, ABM, DDD, STL, ACI, CSTROn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Alnylam (ALNY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Prosperity Bancshares (PB) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... Sterling Bancorp (STL) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at BMO Capital... Take-Two (TTWO) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Towers Watson (TW) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... 3D Systems (DDD) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Lexington Realty (LXP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel Nicolaus... Coinstar (CSTR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland Securities... ABM (ABM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Alpha Natural (ANR) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at Tudor Pickering... Arch Coal (ACI) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Tudor Pickering... Panasonic (PC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Microsoft (MSFT) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Standpoint Research.
News For ALNY;PB;STL;TTWO;TW;DDD;LXP;CSTR;ABM;ANR;ACI;PC;MSFT From The Last 14 Days
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February 26, 2015
07:21 EDTSTLKeefe Bruyette to hold a conference
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06:27 EDTMSFTMicrosoft increases orders to China makers, DigiTimes reports
Microsoft is increasing orders to China makers and away from Taiwan makers, reports DigiTimes. Microsoft has become increasingly concerned over costs and is adjusting its supply chain to receive components at more competitive pricing that previously received from Taiwan makers. Reference Link
06:13 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT QCOM
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February 25, 2015
15:23 EDTDDDEarnings Preview: 3D Systems down almost 19% over last three months
3D Systems (DDD) is scheduled to report fourth quarter earnings before the open on Thursday, February 26, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. 3D Systems is a provider of three-dimensional content-to-print solutions including 3D printers, print materials and on-demand custom parts services for professionals and consumers. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 25c on revenue of $202.32M, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 20c-31c on revenue of $190.0M-$208.8M. LAST QUARTER: 3D Systems reported third quarter EPS of 18c on revenue of $166.9M, beating a bottom-line consensus of 17c and slightly missing on the top-line consensus of $167.71M. At that time, 3D Systems reiterated its fiscal year 2014 EPS view of 70c-80c and FY14 revenue view of $650M-$690M. NEWS: On November 24, 2014, 3D Systems announced it would acquire Cimatron for $8.97 per share, or approximately $97M, inclusive of its net cash. The transaction closed on February 9. The transaction is expected to be accretive to 3D Systems' cash generation and non-GAAP earnings per share for FY15. STREET RESEARCH: On February 15, Barron's said that 3D Systems could fall to $15 per share. On February 18, Oppenheimer said Barron's was wrong on 3D printing stocks, saying the bearish article on 3D printers was "mostly a victory lap" that contained little new information. The firm added that the sector's fundamentals are positive, while the stocks' valuations are no longer excessive, and it contends that Barron's has stayed bearish on the sector for too long. Oppenheimer kept an Outperform rating on 3D Systems. PRICE ACTION: 3D Systems shares are down almost 19% over the last three months, including a 2.5% drop to about $30 per share in Wednesday trading ahead of Thursday morning's earnings report.
15:05 EDTDDDNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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10:34 EDTMSFTHP slide after currency driven guidance cut called buying opportunity
The shares of Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) are falling after the company reported lower than expected first quarter revenue and sharply lowered its free cash flow guidance and cut its fiscal year profit view. However, analysts at Citigroup, Bernstein, and Brean Capital all recommended buying the stock on weakness in separate notes to investors today. BACKGROUND: HP reported slightly higher than expected Q1 profits, but its revenue came in below expectations. The company sharply lowered its fiscal 2015 free cash flow guidance to $3.5B-$4B from its previous outlook of $6.5B-$7B. The tech giant also lowered its fiscal 2015 EPS guidance to $3.53-$3.73 from its previous outlook of $3.83-$4.30. "While we were able to manage the impact of currency in the quarter and deliver earnings as expected, we believe the impact on FY15 will be significantly greater than we anticipated in November. We'll work hard to offset these impacts through re-pricing and productivity, but fully mitigating currency movements of this size would require reducing investments and mortgaging our future. We won't do that," said HP CEO Meg Whitman. ANALYST REACTION: The decline in HP's EPS guidance was entirely due to foreign currency fluctuations, while most of the cut in its free cash flow guidance was caused by one-time costs related to the upcoming split of HP into two separate companies, Citi analyst Jim Suva stated. Most of the company's businesses "continue to perform well or at least make progress," wrote Suva. The decline in the stock has created an attractive entry point for investors who are looking to own the shares in order to benefit from the break-up, according to the analyst. He kept a Buy rating on the shares. Bernstein analyst A.M. Sacconaghi was less upbeat on HP's outlook, but also recommended buying the shares on today's weakness. Although revenue estimates for HP may be too high, the stock's valuation remains attractive, as it is the second least expensive tech stock in the S&P 500, according to Sacconaghi, who believes the shares are worth $45-$50. Cautioning that HP's stock is likely "to be in the penalty box" in the near-term, Sacconaghi nonetheless believes that the shares could get a significant boost when the company provides more information about its spin-off. He recommended that investors buy the stock on today's weakness and kept an Outperform rating on the shares. HP's fundamentals haven't changed, as the company continues to expect its revenue to remain flat in fiscal 2015, and it has not changed its capital return guidance, Brean Capital analyst Ananda Baruah stated. The company also continues to expect free cash flow of at least $5B-$6B in 2016 and beyond, Baruah added. Moreover, HP's share repurchases are unlikely to be significantly reduced as a result of the decline in its free cash flow guidance, the analyst predicted. Baruah recommended buying the stock on today's weakness and kept a $45 price target and Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, HP fell 9.5% to $34.84. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other large cap PC levered names are also weak in morning trading after HP's report last night, with Microsoft (MSFT) down 0.25% and Intel (INTC) down 1.2%.
09:48 EDTMSFTIDC reports 96.3% smartphone marketshare for iPhone, Android
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07:28 EDTPBKeefe Bruyette to hold a conference
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05:54 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; FOSL QCOM
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February 24, 2015
16:34 EDTTWTowers Watson to delist from NYSE, single list with Nasdaq
Towers Watson announced that it has chosen to voluntarily delist its common stock listed on the New York Stock Exchange. This is expected to occur at the close of trading on March 12. Towers Watson will continue its listing with the NASDAQ Stock Market, with trading as a single-listed company expected to begin on the next business day, March 13. Towers Watson’s common stock is already listed on NASDAQ, and will continue to trade under the current ticker symbol “TW.” This action will also reduce administrative costs related to maintaining a dual exchange listing, the company said.
08:15 EDTDDD3D Systems volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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February 23, 2015
09:59 EDTACIOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Antofagasta (ANFGY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Arch Coal (ACI) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Argus... BHP Billiton (BHP) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Beazer Homes (BZH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Boeing (BA) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Century Communities (CCS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... CyberArk (CYBR) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... DirecTV (DTV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Brean Capital... Enerplus (ERF) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Desjardins... Fiserv (FISV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Monness Crespi... GP Strategies (GPX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... Interactive Brokers (IBKR) downgraded to Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... MRC Global (MRC) downgraded at BB&T... Precision Castparts (PCP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Quest Diagnostics (DGX) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... Rio Tinto (RIO) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Roth Capital downgraded Spectrum (SPPI) on court case loss... Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Howard Weil... Ryland Group (RYL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Salix (SLXP) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink... Standard Pacific (SPF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Superior Energy (SPN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Transocean (RIG) downgraded to Negative from Neutral at Susquehanna... Vale (VALE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley.
08:14 EDTACIArch Coal downgraded to Sell from Buy at Argus
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07:22 EDTALNYSunTrust to hold a conference
2015 Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical 1:1 Orphan Drug Day is being held in New York on February 23.
February 20, 2015
13:08 EDTTTWOTake-Two management to meet with MKM Partners
Meeting to be held in New York on February 27 hosted by MKM Partners.
05:20 EDTDDD3D Systems implied volatility of 68 at upper end of index mean range
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February 19, 2015
10:12 EDTDDD3D Systems price target lowered to $36 from $42 at Imperial Capital
Imperial Capital lowered its price target for 3D Systems shares to $36 ahead of the company's Q4 results but keeps an Outperform rating on the name. The firm views lower organic growth rates and declining margins as near-term headwinds.
07:36 EDTLXPLexington Realty sees FY15 FFO $1.00-$1.05, consensus $1.08
07:36 EDTLXPLexington Realty reports Q4 FFO 27c, consensus 27c
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05:35 EDTDDD3D Systems implied volatility of 73 at upper end of index mean range
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