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January 18, 2013
10:04 EDTXXIA, KOG, V, COF, ALTE, NTCT, EL, N, CSX, ODFL, WABC, MGM, BLLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Alterra Capital (ALTE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee... Ball Corp. (BLL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... CSX (CSX) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Capital One (COF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... MGM Resorts (MGM) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... NetSuite (N) downgraded to Neutral from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Visa (V) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Westamerica (WABC) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Estee Lauder (EL) downgraded to Outperform from Buy at CLSA... Kodiak Oil & Gas (KOG) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Old Dominion (ODFL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel Nicolaus... NetScout (NTCT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Noble Financial... Ixia (XXIA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Lazard Capital.
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November 20, 2015
06:24 EDTNTCTNetScout management to meet with Sterne Agee CRT
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05:12 EDTCSXStocks with implied volatility movement; CHK CSX
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November 19, 2015
07:26 EDTVBottomline Technologies affiliation with Visa should open doors, says Stephens
Stephens analyst Brett Huff does not believe Paymode's new partnership with Visa (V) will lead to material revenue for Bottomline Technologies (EPAY) in the near-term, but he does think the affiliation should open doors at bank channel partner and payor prospects and provide more growth opportunities for Paymode over time. Huff keeps an Overweight rating and $31 price target on Bottomline shares.
November 18, 2015
13:05 EDTMGMLas Vegas Sands, MGM slip after Wynn reports opening delay for Macau casino
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11:00 EDTVTarget sees industry's move to EMV restoring confidence to U.S. payment system
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07:49 EDTVBottomline Technologies announces strategic alliance with Visa
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07:24 EDTCSXCP offer for Norfolk Southern a starting point, says Citi
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November 17, 2015
17:32 EDTCSXNorfolk Southern spikes after Canadian Pacific proposes merger
Shares of railroad operator Norfolk Southern (NSC) are spiking in the after-hours after rival Canadian Pacific (CP) announced that it has sent an offer letter to Norfolk Southern proposing a business combination. WHAT'S NEW: After the close of trading on Tuesday, Canadian Pacific proposed a business combination with Norfolk Southern "that would create a transcontinental railroad with the scale and reach to deliver improved levels of service to customers and communities while enhancing competition and creating significant shareholder value." Canadian Pacific noted that the proposal reflects a "sizable premium in cash and stock offered to NS shareholders." The combined company would have a potential for faster earnings growth than either of the companies independently, CP noted, while offering unparalleled customer service and competitive rates to shippers." The combined company would innovate a new approach to terminal access that would allow another carrier to operate from a point of connection in the event the combined company failed to provide adequate service or competitive rates. The combination of NS and CP would provide a solution to "bottleneck pricing" and alleviate congestion in Chicago by channeling rail traffic away from Chicago. WHAT'S NOTABLE: According to a Globe and Mail report from earlier Tuesday, Keith Creel the COO of Canadian Pacific, who was speaking at a transportation conference, said rail mergers are inevitable but the executive "refused" to confirm past reports that the railroad operator was in talks to acquire rival Norfolk Southern. ANALYST VIEW: ON November 12, research firm BB&T said it believes there are many scenarios in which a merger between Canadian Pacific and Norfolk Southern would benefit both companies. The firm said that Norfolk Southern shareholders would get a 20%-30% premium above the stock's current level, while Canadian Pacific's potential revenue growth issues would be solved and its 2018 EPS would be boosted by 20% plus. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Norfolk Southern are up 6.9% to $93.00, while Canadian Pacific shares are unchanged. OTHERS: Publicly traded companies in the space include CSX (CSX), Canadian National (CNI), Genesee & Wyoming (GWR), Kansas City Southern (KSU) and Union Pacific (UNP).
10:41 EDTMGMMacau sees gaming revenue slump continuing, Bloomberg says
Macau's chief executive Fernando Chui is targeting casino revenue of $25B in 2016 about half of what it took in last year, says Bloomberg. Macau's gaming revenue fell for 17th straight month in October as China's economy slows and efforts to curb corruption continue, Bloomberg added. Publicly traded companies in the space include Las Vegas Sands (LVS), MGM Resorts (MGM), Wynn Resorts (WYNN) and Melco Crown (MPEL). Reference Link
09:06 EDTBLLBall Corp. on pace to meet 1-year carbon footprint reduction target
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07:50 EDTCOFClearing House to hold a conference
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November 16, 2015
14:01 EDTODFLOld Dominion announces general rate increase of 4.9%, new ODFL 550 base tariff
Old Dominion Freight Line announced two pricing initiatives that will be implemented effective November 30: (i) a general rate increase of 4.9% applicable to rates established under the existing ODFL 559 tariff, and (ii) a new, "re-indexed" base tariff, the ODFL 550, which eliminates the fuel surcharge when the average U.S. Department of Energy price of diesel fuel is under $3.00 per gallon.
11:24 EDTCOFClearing House to hold a conference
Clearing House Annual Conference is being held in New York on November 16-18.
09:42 EDTCOFCapital One reports October net charge-off rate 3.38% vs. 312% last month
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09:33 EDTCSXCSX management to meet with JPMorgan
Meeting to be held in Los Angeles on November 17 hosted by JPMorgan.
07:18 EDTMGMDeutsche Bank to hold a conference
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November 12, 2015
09:19 EDTVPayPal sinks with Apple eyeing peer-to-peer payments
Shares of PayPal (PYPL) are weak again this morning following a report yesterday afternoon alleging that Apple (AAPL) is set to launch a competitor to one of the payment technology company's offerings. Analysts that were already split about PayPal's prospects are also divided on the potential impact of Apple's entry, with a bull at Citi downplaying the risk and a bear at Piper Jaffray voicing greater concern. APPLE COMPETITION: Apple is in talks with U.S. banks to create a mobile person-to-person payment service, reported The Wall Street Journal yesterday afternoon, citing people familiar with the matter. Apple's service, which would likely be linked to the company's Apple Pay system and could get off the ground next year, would compete with PayPal's Venmo peer-to-peer, or P2P, payment platform, the Journal said. BULLISH TAKE: Citi analyst Ashwin Shirvaikar says his Buy thesis on PayPal is unchanged after the Journal's report regarding Apple's efforts. Apple is a "viable competitor in a crowded field," but its product is unlikely to change the near-term growth trajectory of PayPal's Venmo, Shirvaikar told investors in a research note. He keeps a Buy rating on PayPal with a $44 price target. BEARISH TAKE: Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster believes Apple's reported plans for a P2P payment offering sometime in 2016 will have limited to no impact on his model for the iPhone maker, but cautions that more mobile wallets offering P2P will add to the challenges facing PayPal's Venmo. The analyst believes the "real estate for all logos at the point-of-sale will be scarce and cluttered," noting that in addition to new entrants like Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Google's (GOOG) Android Pay, JPMorgan's (JPM) Chase Pay, MCX/CurrentC and PayPal there are still legacy players such as Visa (V) Checkout, MasterCard (MA) Masterpass, and American Express' (AXP) Express Checkout. Munster thinks Venmo is a strong offering that will keep gaining share, but in addition to competition, he sees low interest rates hindering float income and thinks the value proposition for consumers and merchants remains "uncertain." The analyst keeps an Underweight on PayPal, which is the firm's equivalent of a "sell" rating, with a $30 target for its shares. PRICE ACTION: Shares of PayPal slipped 1.8% to close at $36.33 yesterday following the Journal's report. In pre-market trading, the stock fell another 1% to $36 per share.
08:42 EDTVSunTrust to hold a conference
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08:06 EDTVHeartland, Pinnacle Corp to offer integrated EMV POS solution
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November 11, 2015
07:55 EDTVRBC Capital to hold a conference
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