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January 23, 2014
10:01 EDTNSC, DDS, MSCC, VAR, PSX, MSFT, AWR, MSI, AEM, TSS, ORCL, LNCO, WDC, COL, PNFP, RMBS, GD, CNQR, FFIV, ATI, EXLS, AMAGOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AMAG Pharmaceuticals (AMAG) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... Allegheny Technologies (ATI) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Concur (CNQR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... ExlService (EXLS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... F5 Networks (FFIV) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... General Dynamics (GD) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... LinnCo (LNCO) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... Microsoft (MSFT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Norfolk Southern (NSC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Oracle (ORCL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Phillips 66 (PSX) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Rambus (RMBS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Total System (TSS) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Varian Medical (VAR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... Pinnacle Financial (PNFP) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Portales... Agnico-Eagle (AEM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee... Microsemi (MSCC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Drexel Hamilton... Rockwell Collins (COL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Motorola Solutions (MSI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Norfolk Southern (NSC) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Dillard's (DDS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham... Western Digital (WDC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... American States Water (AWR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital.
News For AMAG;ATI;CNQR;EXLS;FFIV;GD;LNCO;MSFT;NSC;ORCL;PSX;RMBS;TSS;VAR;PNFP;AEM;MSCC;COL;MSI;DDS;WDC;AWR From The Last 14 Days
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January 28, 2016
16:08 EDTMSCCMicrosemi sees Q2 adjusted EPS 62c-68c, consensus 74c
Sees Q2 revenue $435M-$455M, consensus $367.18M.
16:07 EDTMSCCMicrosemi reports Q1 adjusted gross margin 57.1%
16:07 EDTMSCCMicrosemi reports Q1 adjusted EPS 72c, consensus 72c
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16:00 EDTMSFTOptions Update; January 28, 2016
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 84c to 25.21 Option volume leaders: FB AAPL MSFT AMZN NFLX BAC BABA QCOM AAL MU C RIG
15:19 EDTWDCEarnings Watch: Hard drive makers report with analysts upbeat on SanDisk deal
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15:05 EDTMSFTEarnings Watch: Analysts more bullish on Microsoft since last quarter's blowout
Microsoft (MSFT) is scheduled to report results of its second quarter of fiscal year 2016 after the market close on Thursday, January 28, with a conference call scheduled for 5:30 pm ET. Microsoft, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, sells and licenses software to consumers and businesses, offers cloud computing and other business services, and markets computer, phone and gaming hardware. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 71c on revenue of $25.26B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 66c-75c on revenue of $24.62B-$25.92B. On its last earnings conference call, Microsoft said it expected Q2 productivity revenue of $6.6B-$6.67B, Q2 revenue for intelligent cloud of $6.2B-$6.3B and Q2 personal computing revenue of $12B-$12.4B. LAST QUARTER: On October 22, Microsoft reported first quarter earnings per share of 67c, beating the consensus analyst forecast of 59c. The company's revenue came in at $21.7B, topping the consensus estimate of $21.03B. NEWS: On December 17, Microsoft announced a new joint venture that will license, deploy, manage and optimize Windows 10 for China's government agencies and certain state owned enterprises and provide ongoing support and services for these customers. That announcement followed Microsoft inking a partnership with Baidu (BIDU) to make it easy for their customers to upgrade to Windows 10 while providing local browsing and search experiences, and universal apps. On January 4, Microsoft said in a blog post that operating system Windows 10 was currently active on over 200M devices, bringing the company closer to its goal of seeing Windows 10 active on more than 1B devices. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after the company's last earnings report, BofA Merrill Lynch analyst Kash Rangan upgraded Microsoft to Buy from Neutral, saying he believes the company was at a turning point with its operating income headed for growth following four years of flattish performance. At the time, Rangan increased his price target on the stock to $63 from $46. On November 20, Deutsche Bank analyst Ross Sandler wrote in a note to investors that actions taken by Google parent Alphabet (GOOG) and comments made by its executives indicated that the tech giant plans to make a major push in the cloud infrastructure market. Based on a comment from executive Urs Holzle that the company's revenue from the cloud could surpass its ad revenue by 2020, Sandler estimated that the company is seeking to boost its cloud revenue to $100B by 2020. Google's push in the cloud is negative for Microsoft, but it will take years for Google to build up its cloud business to the point where it's competitive with Microsoft's cloud offering, Azure, the analyst contended. On November 30, Raymond James analyst Michael Turits upgraded Microsoft two notches to Strong Buy from Hold, predicting that the tech giant will become one of the few large scale cloud vendors that can succeed across the industry's three main segments. Microsoft will emerge alongside Amazon (AMZN) and Google as part of a small group of "hyperscale" cloud vendors that can combine Infrastructure-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service and Software-as-a-Service, predicted Turits. Forecasting that Microsoft's cloud revenue will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 6% between fiscal 2016 and fiscal 2018, the analyst estimated that the company's overall profit growth would accelerate to at least 8% over the long-term. Moreover, the growth of Microsoft's Office business appears to be accelerating, despite competition from Google, said Turits, who set a $62 price target on the shares. On January 13, Morgan Stanley analyst Keith Weiss upgraded Microsoft to Overweight, the firm's equivalent of a "Buy" rating, from Equal Weight. Microsoft is emerging as a public cloud winner, is gaining share in the data center market and Office 365 is seeing its base grow and its per user pricing increase, all of which set up the company to resume earnings growth after a five year period of stagnation, Weiss told investors. The analyst, who believes Microsoft's earnings growth and "aggressive" return of capital to shareholders should help its multiple expand, raised his price target on the stock to $66 from $57. This morning, UBS analyst Brent Thill said that given Apple's (AAPL) recent negative commentary around macro uncertainty he was lowering his second half of the year estimates for Microsoft on the potential for more conservative guidance when it issues its Q2 report after the closing bell. Thill trimmed his price target on Microsoft to $58 from $60, but said he remains confident the company is making the right moves to the cloud and kept a Buy rating on shares. PRICE ACTION: On the day after the company's last quarterly report, Microsoft shares jumped 10.4% to $53.03. In late afternoon trading ahead of Thursday's report, Microsoft advanced 1.25% to $51.86.
14:32 EDTMSFTMicrosoft January weekly 52 straddle priced for 5.5% movement into Q2
14:29 EDTPSXNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:29 EDTWDC, MSFTNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Microsoft (MSFT), consensus 71c... Amazon (AMZN), consensus $1.56... Amgen (AMGN), consensus $2.29... Electronic Arts (EA), consensus $1.81... Skyworks (SWKS), consensus $1.58... Western Digital (WDC), consensus $1.54... Visa (V), consensus 68c... Flextronics (FLEX), consensus 31c... NetSuite (N), consensus 4c... Fortinet (FTNT), consensus 18c... Synaptics (SYNA), consensus $1.58... Proofpoint (PFPT), consensus (11c).
12:41 EDTMSFTMicrosoft technical notes before earnings
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10:44 EDTMSFTStocks with call strike movement; AMZN MSFT
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10:42 EDTNSCNorfolk Southern upgraded to Market Perform at Avondale (pre-open)
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10:05 EDTAMAGOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: AMAG Pharmaceuticals (AMAG) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Angie's List (ANGI) initiated with a Neutral at Roth Capital... Bio Blast Pharma (ORPN) initiated with a Buy at Rodman & Renshaw... British American Tobacco (BTI) initiated with a Buy at UBS... Imperial Tobacco (ITYBY) initiated with a Buy at UBS... Instructure (INST) initiated with an Outperform at Barrington... Nektar (NKTR) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... Par Pacific (PARR) initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital... Pure Storage (PSTG) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... comScore (SCOR) initiated with a Hold at Evercore ISI.
09:38 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
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09:37 EDTNSCNorfolk Southern downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham
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08:50 EDTMSFTUBS trims Microsoft estimates for second half on macro uncertainty
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08:04 EDTMSFTHarman CEO: On track to deliver full year plan
"I am pleased to announce our 11th consecutive quarter of top and bottom line growth. Our strong first half results were in-line with our expectations. While we are closely monitoring macroeconomic developments, at this time, we are on track to deliver on our full year plan," said Dinesh C. Paliwal, Harman (HAR) Chairman, President and CEO. "HARMAN continues to innovate and bring industry-first solutions to market. We are also partnering with key technology leaders such as Google (GOOG), Microsoft (MSFT) and Under Armour (UA) to capitalize on the opportunities presented by IoT for automotive, enterprise and consumer electronics. In addition, our acquisition of TowerSec will strengthen our cybersecurity leadership position for automotive."
07:19 EDTGDGeneral Dynamics guidance not as bad as many feared, says Wells Fargo
After General Dynamics reported stronger than expected Q4 results but provided lower than expected 2016 EPS guidance, Wells Fargo thinks the guidance was nonetheless higher than many had feared. Wells explains that many on the Street had worried that the company's large-cabin business jet sales would be weak. Wells cut its price target on the shares to $158-$163 from $165-$170 but keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
06:51 EDTAMAGAMAG Pharmaceuticals initiated with an Outperform at Northland
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06:32 EDTMSFTMicrosoft volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Microsoft January weekly call option implied volatility is at 97, February is at 38; compared to its 52-week range of 15 to 39, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results today after the market close.
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