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January 23, 2014
10:01 EDTWDC, COL, PNFP, RMBS, NSC, DDS, MSCC, VAR, PSX, MSFT, AWR, MSI, AEM, TSS, ORCL, LNCO, 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 21, 2015
12:31 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Cortana to be available on Windows 10 computers, Business Insider says
Microsoft (MSFT) announced at its Windows 10 event that Cortana, its rival to Apple's (AAPL) Siri personal assistant, will be available for the desktop in Windows 10, Business Insider reports, adding that Cortana will be available across smartphones, PCs and tablets. Reference Link
12:22 EDTMSFTMicrosoft says Windows 8, Windows 7 customers to get free upgrade to Windows 10
This comment was made at the Microsoft Windows 10 Briefing. Reference Link
11:42 EDTAWRCPUC pact an incremental positive for California exposed names, says Wells Fargo
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10:06 EDTMSFTMicrosoft set to test key support, levels to watch
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08:39 EDTAEMGoldcorp acquires additional interest in Probe from Agnico-Eagle for CAN43M
Goldcorp (GG) has entered into an agreement to purchase 7,320,200 common shares of Probe Mines Limited and 2,347,951 warrants to purchase common shares of Probe from Agnico Eagle Mines (AEM) for cash consideration of CAN5.00 per common share and CAN2.90 per warrant for an aggregate purchase price of approximately CAN43M. Each warrant is exercisable to purchase one common share of Probe at a price of CAN2.10 until May 28. The purchase is expected to close on or about January 28. Following the acquisition from Agnico, Goldcorp will own 15,720,200 Probe shares and 2,347,951 warrants, representing beneficial ownership of 19.9% of shares on a partially-diluted basis. If the proposed Plan of Arrangement pursuant to which Goldcorp proposes to acquire all of the outstanding common shares of Probe is approved by the shareholders of Probe, Goldcorp will acquire 100% of the issued and outstanding Probe shares.
08:09 EDTMSFTDTS to enhance Starz audio technology on Microsoft's Xbox One
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07:46 EDTORCLOracle management to meet with UBS
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January 20, 2015
17:35 EDTPNFPPinnacle Financial increases dividend 4c to 12c
Pinnacle’s Board of Directors declared a 12c per share cash dividend to be paid on Feb. 27 to common shareholders of record as of the close of business on Feb. 6. The amount and timing of any future dividend payments to common shareholders will be subject to the discretion of Pinnacle’s Board of Directors. “We are pleased to provide a 4c increase in our common dividend to shareholders this quarter,” Turner said. “Despite our double-digit loan growth, since the date we initiated our common dividend we’ve continued to experience net increases in our capital ratios. This increase in our dividend should also bring us back to our target range of a 20% payout ratio over time without disrupting our prospective growth plans.”
17:34 EDTPNFPPinnacle Financial reports Q4 EPS 53c, consensus 53c
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15:21 EDTPNFPNotable 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.
15:15 EDTFFIVF5 Networks January volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
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11:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft acquires Equivio, terms not disclosed
Rajesh Jha, Microsoft's Corporate VP, Outlook and Office 365, announced on the company's blog that Microsoft has acquired Equivio, a provider of machine learning technologies for eDiscovery and information governance. Jha explains, "We are making this acquisition to help our customers tackle the legal and compliance challenges inherent in managing large quantities of email and documents." Reference Link
09:39 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Outlook in China hacked by government censorship department, CNBC says
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08:36 EDTORCLOracle management to meet with UBS
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07:08 EDTATIAllegheny Technologies sees FY15 CapEx approx. $290M
Sees FY15 pre-tax retirement benefit expense about $78M. Expects PQ titanium sponge qualification costs to impact first half 2015 operating profit and costs attributable to production inefficiencies to impact the second half 2015 until optimum utilization levels are achieved.
07:07 EDTATIAllegheny Technologies reports Q4 continuing ops EPS 18c, consensus 0c
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05:43 EDTCOLRockwell Collins upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
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January 18, 2015
16:39 EDTPSXPhillips 66 could jump 50%, Barron's says
Phillips 66 shares could jump 50% after the company's restructuring, Barron's contends in a feature article. Despite falling revenues, EPS should rise, driven by lower oil costs and share repurchases, the paper adds. Reference Link
January 16, 2015
09:47 EDTMSFTPolice arrest U.K. man in connection with Sony, Microsoft hack, Bloomberg says
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07:40 EDTPSXWolfe Research to hold a conference
1st Annual Oil & Gas 1:1 Refining Conference is being held in Boston on January 16.
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