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January 23, 2013
10:09 EDTN, VZ, SRC, MIDD, HMC, ALU, LVS, WLT, KEY, STR, KBH, DHI, D, ANR, UNM, NVS, IBM, COSTOn 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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August 20, 2015
08:03 EDTDIntrexon and Dominion enter exclusive agreement in Marcellus and Utica basins
Intrexon (XON) announced that Intrexon Energy Partners, and Dominion Energy, a subsidiary of Dominion (D), have entered into an agreement to explore the potential for commercial-scale biological conversion of natural gas to isobutanol, a drop-in fuel with numerous advantages over other clean burning gasoline blendstocks. Under the terms of the agreement, IEP will be required to meet specific development milestones prior to initiation of certain commercialization activities, which are subject to board approval by both parties. Dominion will be the exclusive partner to construct, own, operate, and maintain the production facilities in the Marcellus and Utica Shale Basins located in eastern North America via potential long-term services agreements with IEP. Within this geographic region, the collaboration plans to build natural gas bioconversion facilities leading to the creation of job opportunities and generation of local and state tax revenue.
08:02 EDTVZFCC to hold a conference and workshop
2015 Supplier Diversity Conference & Workshop is being held at FCC Washington, D.C. offices on August 20 at 9:30 am. Webcast Link
07:11 EDTNNetSuite initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna
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05:57 EDTSTRQuestar downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
Jefferies analyst Christopher Sighinolfi downgraded Questar to Hold with a $22 price target.
05:29 EDTNVSNovartis Odomzo gains EU approval for laBCC
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August 19, 2015
17:05 EDTKEYKeyCorp initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee CRT
Target $17.
10:20 EDTVZBig telecom firms put M&A on hold, CTFN reports
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08:22 EDTVZSprint traffic levels increasing, says Pacific Crest
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August 18, 2015
11:34 EDTVZSprint rises on plans to abandon two-year contracts
Sprint shares are higher this morning after the company's chief executive officer said that the carrier plans to move away from two-year contracts. WHAT'S NEW: In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said that the company will stop offering two-year contracts by the end of 2015 in favor of a "smartphone lease" model. Sprint began offering a lease option last year, The Journal noted, and Claure said the carrier is planning to move entirely to that model by the end of the year. As part of its shift, Sprint yesterday unveiled iPhone Forever, a new leasing plan that starts at $22 per month for an iPhone. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In a similar move earlier this month, Sprint rival Verizon (VZ) said it would drop phone subsidies and two-year contracts for new customers. T-Mobile (TMUS), another market rival, abandoned contracts over two years ago, leaving AT&T (T) as the only major U.S. carrier still offering to subsidize new smartphone purchases. Separately, Softbank (SFTBF), Sprint's primary stakeholder, disclosed last week that it increased its holdings in the company to approximately 80%, though the company said it does not plan for its stake in the carrier to exceed 85%. Meanwhile, a study released Tuesday by RootMetrics, an independent company that evaluates wireless networks, shows that Sprint is improving its network, having solidified third place nationally in overall performance, surpassing T-Mobile for the second consecutive six-month stretch. PRICE ACTION: Sprint is up 7c, or 1.52%, to $4.67 in morning trading.
09:19 EDTNVSPiper Jaffray biopharma analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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07:13 EDTLVSMacau GGR poised to sink 37% in August, says Bernstein
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August 17, 2015
13:30 EDTNVSOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session deep in negative territory after a disappointing Empire Manufacturing report. The data got the market off to a weak start as optimism over last week's finish began to fade. The averages continued to drift in a narrow range for the opening hour before reversing and capturing the opening losses. Each of the major equity indices is now back in positive territory sporting slight gains across the board. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Empire State manufacturing index plunged to -14.92 in August after rebounding to 3.86 in July from June's -1.98. The consensus estimate was 4.75, and the surprising drop puts the index at its lowest point since April 2009. The employment component slid to 1.82, while new orders crashed to -15.70. Meanwhile, the U.S. NAHB homebuilder sentiment index rose to 61 in August from 60 in June and and is the highest since November 2005. The single family sales index edged up to 66 versus a revised 65 last month, while the index of prospective buyer traffic improved to 45 versus 43 previously. In Europe, various Eurozone parliaments prepare to vote on Greece's new EUR86B bailout plan this week. COMPANY NEWS: Liberty Interactive (QVCA) announced this morning an agreement to acquire zulily (ZU) for $18.75 per share in a deal valuing the online shopping site at $2.4B, driving zulily shares up more than 47% in intraday trading. The acquisition will be attributed to Liberty's QVC Group tracking stock, though QVC and zulily will be operated as separate consumer facing brands. On a conference call discussing the acquisition, Liberty Interactive executives noted that the "highly efficient" deal will allow Liberty to reach a younger base. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers AVEO Oncology (AVEO), which rose roughly 50% after announcing a license agreement with Novartis (NVS) for the development and commercialization of AVEO's AV-380 drug and related antibodies. Also higher was Kite Pharma (KITE), which advanced roughly 5.4% after clarifying that an earlier patient death in its Phase 1/2 KTE-C19 trial for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma was unrelated to Kite's therapy. Additionally, shares of Target (TGT) have gained roughly 10c despite lingering in negative territory early Monday after the company promoted CFO John Mulligan to the newly created role of EVP and COO and appointed Cathy Smith as EVP and CFO. Prior to joining Target, Smith served as EVP and CFO at St. Louis-based Express Scripts (ESRX). Among the noteworthy losers was KKR (KKR), which lost roughly 2.4% after Samson Resources announced a restructuring agreement late Friday, adding that it expects to file for bankruptcy within 30 days. Also lower was Estee Lauder (EL), which declined nearly 6.5% after its quarterly guidance missed analysts' estimates. INDEXES: Near midday, The Dow was up 65.11, or 0.37%, to 17,542.51, the Nasdaq gained 34.73, or 0.69%, to 5,082.96, and the S&P 500 advanced 8.80, or 0.42%, to 2,101.03.
08:36 EDTDDominion Midstream to acquire interests in Iroquois Gas Transmission
Dominion Midstream (DM) announced that it has entered into agreements with affiliates of National Grid and New Jersey Resources Corporation to acquire their ownership interests in Iroquois Gas Transmission System, in exchange for the issuance of approximately 8.6M common units in Dominion Midstream having an agreed-upon value of approximately $286.5M. As part of the agreements, National Grid and New Jersey Resources would contribute their combined 25.93% ownership interests in Iroquois to Dominion Midstream in exchange for newly issued Dominion Midstream common units. Dominion Midstream has no plans to acquire the ownership interest in Iroquois currently held by Dominion Gas Holdings, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Dominion Resources (D). Under these agreements, approximately 6.8M units (representing approximately $225.4M at the agreed-upon unit price) would be issued to National Grid, and approximately 1.8 million units would be issued to New Jersey Resources. National Grid and New Jersey Resources have agreed to certain transfer restrictions applicable to such units including, with certain exceptions, a general one-year lockup period, and would be granted certain registration rights and piggyback registration rights with respect to future Dominion Midstream equity offerings. No public market issuance of units is planned in connection with these transactions. The partnership expects that cash flows associated with Dominion Midstream's existing preferred equity interest in Cove Point, ownership of Dominion Carolina Gas Transmission (acquired in April 2015), and the Iroquois interests acquired from National Grid and New Jersey Resources will be sufficient to support annual cash distribution growth at Dominion Midstream at the targeted rate of 22 percent through 2016. The purchase price equates to a 9.8x multiple of estimated 2015 EBITDA. The closing of both transactions is subject to clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act.
07:42 EDTHMCNew Street-high target of $465 gives Tesla shares a charge
Shares of Tesla Motors (TSLA) are jumping after Morgan Stanley boosted its price target by $185 to $465, a new high among Wall Street analysts. The company is positioned to dominate as car sales shift to robot-driven and shared vehicles, the firm argues. SELLING MILES: Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas raised his price target for Tesla Motors to $465 from $280, well above Friday's closing price of $243.15. Today, ten trillion vehicle miles are driven annually, with almost all of them delivered by "companies practicing a 100-year-old business model of human-driven, privately owned, internal-combustion vehicles," Jonas tells investors in a research note. General Motors (GM), Ford (F), Toyota (TM) and Honda (HMC) are among the publicly traded traditional carmakers. The market of selling cars is going through some fundamental changes, argues Jonas. He believes Tesla is "uniquely positioned" to dominate given its expertise in autonomous technology and networked machine learning. An app-based, on-demand mobility service could more than triple Tesla's potential revenues by 2029, the analyst estimates. He expects Tesla over the next 18 months to roll out formalized business plans on shared mobility, allowing the electric vehicle maker to sell miles in addition to cars. His new price target of $465 reflects Tesla's potential to lead the revolution of the shared mobility public transportation hyper-structure and more confidence around the commercial viability of Tesla Energy. ROBOT-DRIVEN: Jonas expects nearly all car sales to eventually shift from human-driven, individually-owned cars to robot-driven and shared cars. If Tesla wants to succeed on its mission of accelerating the world's transition to sustainable transport, the move to a shared mobility model is critical, he argues. All of Tesla's cars are electric, connected, and able to "learn" through over-the- air firmware updates at any time, which no other established automaker can claim today, Jonas writes. MARKET REACTION: Investors are buying into what Jonas is arguing. Shares of Tesla are up 5%, or $13.10, to $256.25 in pre-market trading. Over the past three months through Friday's close, the stock is down 2%.
07:39 EDTVZ, IBMTMC to hold a conference
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07:04 EDTHMCGarmin expands mutliyear navigation partnership with Honda
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06:01 EDTNVSAVEO Oncology announces license agreement with Novartis
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August 16, 2015
13:59 EDTIBMIBM product development strategy leaves cause for concern, Barron's says
IBM's hefty dividend and buyback programs have expended upward of 80% of operating cash flow in the past three years, and the company's "thin" R&D investments should give investors a "reason to be concerned," Barron's contends in its 'Technology Trader' column. Reference Link
August 14, 2015
13:03 EDTIBMOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes, discloses stake in Google
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07:02 EDTNVSPrima BioMed announces commencement of milestones for IMP701 program
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