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January 23, 2013
10:09 EDTSTR, KBH, DHI, D, ANR, UNM, NVS, IBM, COST, N, VZ, SRC, MIDD, HMC, ALU, LVS, WLT, KEYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Costco (COST) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Bernstein... D.R. Horton (DHI) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... Honda (HMC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... IBM (IBM) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Societe Generale... KB Home (KBH) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... Middleby (MIDD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird.. Novartis (NVS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Platinum Group (PLG) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Questar (STR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Spirit Realty (SRC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Unum Group (UNM) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Verizon (VZ) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... KeyCorp (KEY) upgraded to Outperform from Sell at CLSA... Alpha Natural (ANR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Dahlman Rose... Walter Energy (WLT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Dahlman Rose... NetSuite (N) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Lazard Capital... Disney (D) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley Caris... Las Vegas Sands (LVS) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Compass Point.
News For ALU;COST;DHI;HMC;IBM;KBH;MIDD;NVS;STR;SRC;UNM;KEY;VZ;ANR;WLT;N;D;LVS From The Last 14 Days
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January 20, 2015
16:10 EDTIBMIBM reports Q4 Global Services segment revenue down 8%
Global Services segment revenues decreased 8% to $13.5B. Global Technology Services segment revenues decreased 8 percent (up 2 percent adjusting for the impact of the divested customer care outsourcing and System x businesses and for currency) to $9.2B. Global Business Services segment revenues were down 8% (down 3 percent, adjusting for currency) to $4.3B. Pre-tax income from Global Technology Services decreased 26% and pre-tax margin decreased to 15.6%. Global Business Services pre-tax income decreased 22% and pre-tax margin decreased to 16.4%. Pre-tax income and margin include the impact of the fourth-quarter workforce rebalancing charge. The estimated services backlog at December 31, 2014 was $128B, flat year to year adjusting for the divested customer care outsourcing and System x businesses and currency.
16:07 EDTIBMIBM reports Q4 EPS $5.81, consensus $5.41
Reports Q4 revenue $24.1B, consensus $24.77B.
15:24 EDTIBMEarnings Preview: IBM estimates cut by Jefferies, BofA ahead of report
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15:21 EDTIBMNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include IBM (IBM), consensus $5.41; Netflix (NFLX), consensus 45c; CA Technologies (CA), consensus 60c; Cree (CREE), consensus 22c; Woodward (WWD), consensus 46c; Fulton Financial (FULT), consensus 21c; Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), consensus 1c; Interactive Brokers (IBKR), consensus 6c; Pinnacle Financial (PNFP), consensus 53c.
14:28 EDTIBMIBM January weekly 155 straddle priced for 4.1% movement into Q4
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13:29 EDTIBMIBM technical notes ahead of earnings
The stock is trading close to its 52-week low and multi-year low at $150.50 ahead of earnings news. At the current price of $154.47 it would not take much in the form of negative news for that low to be tested. On a breakdown below $150, next support would be at $146.30, $141.18, and $135.23. If the news is not as negative as traders appear to be positioned for, the following resistance levels could become upside objectives: $159.45, $164.25, and $168.69.
09:38 EDTVZActive equity options trading
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09:36 EDTANRAlpha Natural downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
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07:39 EDTIBMIBM January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
IBM January weekly call option implied volatility is at 53, February is at 25, April is at 22; compared to its 26-week average of 20 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results today after the market close.
06:24 EDTVZT-Mobile warns of unsustainable costs against cellphone giants, Re/code says
T-Mobile (TMUS) owner Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) claims Verizon (VZ) and AT&T's (T) wealth makes true competition difficult, reports Re/code, citing statements made at Germany's DLD conference. Deutsche Telekom CEO Tim Hoettges stated the dominance of AT&T and Verizon allowed them to make huge bids at the latest midband spectrum auction to further their market lead. Hoettges also stated he was "intrigued" by last year's unsuccessful merger talks with Sprint (S), and warned that T-Mobile's $4B-$5B investment requirements per year are unsustainable. Reference Link
January 18, 2015
16:07 EDTLVSMacau junket operator reduces operations, Bloomberg says
As China’s anti-graft drive reduces customer traffic in Macau, David Group, a junket operator that serves higher-spending casino customers, is closing some rooms in the city, says Bloomberg. Publicly traded companies in the space include Las Vegas Sands (LVS), MGM Resorts (MGM), Wynn Resorts (WYNN) and Melco Crown (MPEL). Reference Link
13:45 EDTVZGoogle in talks to acquire mobile-pay platform Softcard, WSJ says
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January 16, 2015
18:07 EDTVZCongressional GOP unveil net neutrality law to bypass FCC, LA Times reports
Representatives Fred Upton of Michigan and John Thune of South Dakota endorsed a congressional bill that would protect net-neutrality by banning internet service providers from charging companies extra to load their sites, and prohibit broadband companies from blocking legitimate websites, or slowing speeds for customers, superseding the FCC's authority to regulate the internet, according to the LA Times. Major internet companies such as AT&T (T) , Comcast (CMCSA), and Verizon Communications (VZ) have opposed a recent recommendation by FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler to treat internet service similar to a utility. Reference Link
16:36 EDTKBHMarket finishes week lower on continued oil, global growth worries
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16:00 EDTVZOptions Update; January 16, 2015
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10:01 EDTCOSTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: 21st Century Fox (FOXA) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Arista Networks (ANET) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Boston Beer (SAM) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Brocade (BRCD) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... CBS (CBS) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Cabela's (CAB) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Coach (COH) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Costco (COST) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Crane (CR) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Flowserve (FLS) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Fortinet (FTNT) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... Gap (GPS) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... GrubHub (GRUB) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Imperva (IMPV) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... KLX Inc. (KLXI) initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... KNOT Offshore Partners (KNOP) initiated with a Buy at UBS... L Brands (LB) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Michael Kors (KORS) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Northstar Realty (NRF) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... OmniVision (OVTI) initiated with a Buy at Rosenblatt... Qorvo (QRVO) initiated with a Buy at Brean ... RSP Permian (RSPP) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Ross Stores (ROST) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... SPX Corp. (SPW) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... TJX (TJX) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Tiffany (TIF) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Viacom (VIAB) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Xylem (XYL) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... iGATE (IGTE) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... lululemon (LULU) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein.
09:36 EDTDHID.R. Horton downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
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08:31 EDTNVSGlaxoSmithKline CEO says more IPOs like ViiV could happen, Retuers says
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06:23 EDTCOSTCostco initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital
Target $155.
06:18 EDTLVSSands China CEO Edward Tracy to retire, effective March 6
he board of directors of Sands China Ltd. announces the retirement of Edward Matthew Tracy as President and CEO of the company, a director of the company, a member of the Sands China Capital Expenditure Committee, and a director of various subsidiaries of the company, in each case, with effect from March 6. Tracy has decided to retire. He will be engaged by the company as a consultant from March 7. Tracy will continue to work with the senior management team during the transition and consultancy. Tracy has confirmed that he has no disagreement with the Board, and there are no matters that need to be brought to the attention of the shareholders of the company in respect of his retirement. It is proposed that the Nomination Committee of the Board will meet on January 23 and, in accordance with its terms of reference, consider candidates and make recommendations to the Board on the appointment of a new CEO.
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