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June 25, 2014
10:00 EDTNZT, WAG, TKPPY, TRN, ZU, RH, KRA, BC, MTTRY, GHL, ALSMY, RDS.A, MW, EVROn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Alstom (ALSMY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Brunswick (BC) upgraded at KeyBanc... Evercore Partners (EVR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Greenhill & Co. (GHL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Kraton Performance (KRA) upgraded at Oppenheimer... Men's Wearhouse (MW) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Metro (MTTRY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Restoration Hardware (RH) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Technip (TKPPY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Tel. Corp of New Zealand (NZT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Trinity Industries (TRN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Walgreens (WAG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... zulily (ZU) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman.
News For A;TKPPY;NZT;TRN;WAG;ZU From The Last 14 Days
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December 19, 2014
08:46 EDTTRNTrinity Industries initiated with an Underperform at Macquarie
Target $24.
07:07 EDTWAGWalgreen downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust
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December 18, 2014
11:08 EDTAOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: CZR RSX HLF YPF ARCP MGM A MCD
December 17, 2014
13:57 EDTWAGWalgreen volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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05:18 EDTTKPPYTechnip awarded EUR 100M contract by ONGC in India
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December 15, 2014
16:36 EDTTKPPYOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
The Dow began the session with triple digit gains, but the move was short lived and so was the positive start for the equities market, which tumbled with oil prices and struggled for the remainder of the session. The day’s economic reports, which included the Empire Manufacturing report, industrial production and capacity utilization reports, and the NAHB housing market index, had little effect on the market. Stocks recovered a bit but did not get back into the green before the close, with investors wondering how the Fed, which begins its final FOMC meeting of the year tomorrow, will view its strategy in light of the recent weakness in oil. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Empire State manufacturing index fell to -3.6 in December, which was significantly worse than the expectation for it to rise to 12.4 from its prior 10.2 reading. Industrial production jumped 1.3% in November, which was better than the expected 0.7% increase. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index fell one point to 57 in December, versus expectations for a one point rise to a 59 reading. Near noon, WTI crude was down more than 2% and was trading below $57 per barrel. COMPANY NEWS: Riverbed Technology (RVBD) rose $1.57, or 8.38%, to $20.31 after the company agreed to be acquired by private equity investment firm Thoma Bravo and the private investor department of Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. Riverbed stockholders will receive $21 per share in cash, or a total of approximately $3.6B, which Wells Fargo views as a "good decision" and good deal for the company given the challenges in its business... PetSmart (PETM) advanced $3.30, or 4.25%, to $80.97 after the company agreed to be acquired by a consortium led by BC Partners at a price of $83.00 per share in cash. However, the private equity backers of Petco that were not allowed to participate in the auction process because of competition concerns, Leonard Green & Partners and TPG, could still make a rival offer, according to The Deal Pipeline, citing a source familiar with the situation. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Sorrento Therapeutics (SRNE), which advanced $1.50, or 25.86%, to $7.30 after the company announced that it has entered into a binding agreement with NantWorks founder Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong to establish a strategic collaboration to jointly develop next generation immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer and auto-immune diseases. Also higher was Cirrus Logic (CRUS), which rallied $4.12, or 21.87%, to $22.96 after Barclays upgraded the stock two notches to Overweight from Underweight and said the company is poised to make significantly more money per each iPhone sold next year. Among the noteworthy losers was CGG SA (CGG), which was downgraded to Underperform at Raymond James and dropped $2.41, or 28.29%, to $6.11 after Technip (TKPPY) said that it does not plan to file a tender for the company after talks between the companies did not result in a deal. Also lower were shares of Habit Restaurants (HABT), which fell $7.20, or 17.19%, to $34.69 as analysts rolled out coverage of the stock following its IPO about a month ago. Amid the coverage initiations, Habit Restaurants shares were initiated with a Neutral and $41 price target at RW Baird, with a Market Perform rating at Wells Fargo, with an Equal Weight at Stephens and with an Overweight rating and $48 target at Piper Jaffray. INDEXES: The Dow fell 99.99, or 0.58%, to 17,180.84, the Nasdaq dropped 48.44, or 1.04%, to 4,605.16, and the S&P 500 declined 12.70, or 0.63%, to 1,989.63.
12:37 EDTTKPPYOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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05:25 EDTTKPPYTechnip plans to acquire Zimmer polymer technology business
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December 14, 2014
15:04 EDTTKPPYTechnip ends plans to acquire CGG after talks on deal disappoint
Technip said in a press release: "On November 10 Technip (TKPPY) approached CGG's (CGG) board of directors with a view to making an offer on CGG and sought to engage in a constructive dialogue with CGG to review this project. Further to press leaks, Technip set out the main elements of its industrial project in a press release on November 20. Following CGG’s reaction to this approach, Technip put forward a number of alternative options to a tender offer, taking care as always to consider the social, strategic and financial aspects in each case. However, the discussions of these options did not result in any form of agreement. Under these circumstances, Technip informs the market that it does not intend to file a tender offer for CGG."
December 11, 2014
12:43 EDTTKPPYFrench government reporedtly scrutinizing potential CGG deal, Reuters says
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08:28 EDTWAGWalgreen CEO retirement a positive, says Citigroup
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07:28 EDTWAGCBI to hold a summit
2nd Specialty Data Optimization Summit is being held in Philadelphia on December 11.
December 10, 2014
18:31 EDTWAGOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Restoration Hardware (RH), up 5.9%... Casey's General Stores (CASY), up 1.6%. ALSO HIGHER: Walgreen (WAG), up 1.7% after CEO Greg Wasson announces intention to retire after Alliance merger. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Wet Seal (WTSL), down 38.9%... Lakeland Industries (LAKE), down 8.2%... Men's Wearhouse (MW), down fractionally. ALSO LOWER: Burlington Stores (BURL), down 1.4% after filing to sell 8M shares of common stock for holders... Nielsen (NLSN), down 1.9% after filing to sell 20M shares of common stock for holders.
16:19 EDTWAGWalgreen CEO Greg Wasson announces retirement after Alliance merger
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10:00 EDTWAGOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: 3D Systems (DDD) initiated with an Underperform at Longbow... AutoZone (AZO) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... C.H. Robinson (CHRW) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... CSX (CSX) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... CVS Health (CVS) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... Canadian National (CNI) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Carrizo Oil & Gas (CRZO) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... CenterPoint Energy (CNP) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Con-way (CNW) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Depomed (DEPO) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Dollar General (DG) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Dollar Tree (DLTR) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... Dynagas LNG (DLNG) initiated with a Buy at ABN Amro... EMC (EMC) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Energy Focus (EFOI) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Expeditors (EXPD) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... GasLog (GLOG) initiated with a Buy at ABN Amro... Genesee & Wyoming (GWR) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Golar LNG (GLNG) initiated with a Sell at ABN Amro... HII Technologies (HIIT) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Hudbay Minerals (HBM) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... J.B. Hunt (JBHT) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Kansas City Southern (KSU) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Kroger (KR) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Lear (LEA) initiated with a Buy at Northcoast... Lundin Mining (LUNMF) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... NetApp (NTAP) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Norfolk Southern (NSC) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... PROS (PRO) initiated with an Outperform at Pacific Crest... Qlik Technologies (QLIK)initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Rentokil (RTOKY) initiated with a Neutral at UBS... Revolution Lighting (RVLT) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... ServiceNow (NOW) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Stratasys (SSYS) initiated with a Neutral at Longbow... Suburban Propane (SPH) initiated with a Hold at Stifel... Tableau (DATA) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Teekay LNG (TGP) initiated with a Buy at ABN Amro... Tessera (TSRA) initiated with a Buy at Sidoti... Union Pacific (UNP) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Viper Energy (VNOM) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Visteon (VC) initiated with a Buy at Northcoast... Walgreen (WAG) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Werner (WERN) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura.
06:37 EDTTRNNew crash tests to be conducted on Trinity Industries guardrail, NY Times says
New crash tests will be conducted on Trinity Industries' troubled ET-Plus guardrail today, according to The New York Times. The tests will be similar to tests performed nearly a decade ago when the current version of the product was introduced, the newspaper stated. However, the Federal Highway Administration indicated that it could use other types of tests in the future to gauge the effectiveness of the ET-Plus, which has been banned by more than 30 states, the newspaper reported. Reference Link
06:18 EDTWAGWalgreen initiated with a Buy at Citigroup
Target $80.
December 9, 2014
10:23 EDTWAGOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:11 EDTWAGWalgreen downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho
Mizuho downgraded Walgreen to Neutral based on limited EPS upside, sub-par base business organic growth, execution risk with Alliance Boots due to management turnover, international and currency risk, and valuation. Price target is $72.
December 8, 2014
11:30 EDTWAGLeerink generics pharmaceutical analyst holds analyst/industry conference call
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