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August 12, 2014
10:00 EDTSWN, WHX, TCK, CSX, WAC, SHOO, AMCC, CALL, UTXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC) downgraded to Market Perform at FBR Capital... CSX (CSX) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Southwestern Energy (SWN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Steven Madden (SHOO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Teck Resources (TCK) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... United Technologies (UTX) downgraded at Cowen... Walter Investment (WAC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Whiting USA Trust (WHX) downgraded to Underperform at Raymond James... magicJack (CALL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord.
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February 27, 2015
08:27 EDTWACWalter Investment downgraded to Underperform at Keefe Bruyette
Keefe Bruyette downgraded Walter Investment to Underperform from Market Perform with a $14 price target following the company's Q4 results. Shares were also downgraded this morning at Credit Suisse.
06:24 EDTCSXCSX upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital
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06:23 EDTWACWalter Investment downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse
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February 26, 2015
17:16 EDTSWNSouthwestern Energy lowers FY15 CapEx view to approximately $2B from $2.6B
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17:14 EDTSWNSouthwestern Energy reports Q4 adjusted EPS 52c, consensus 50c
Reports Q4 revenue $962M, consensus $949.12M.
15:30 EDTSWNNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Monster Beverage (MNST), consensus 59c... Ross Stores (ROST), consensus $1.11... Gap (GPS), consensus 74c... Autodesk (ADSK), consensus 24c... Universal Health Services (UHS), consensus $1.50... Southwestern Energy (SWN), consensus 50c... Ensco (ESV), consensus $1.36... J.C. Penney (JCP), consensus 11c... Nimble Storage (NMBL), consensus (14c)... Herbalife (HLF), consensus $1.22... Allscripts Healthcare (MDRX), consensus 9c... SBA Communications (SBAC), consensus 2c... Aruba Networks (ARUN), consensus 27c... Splunk (SPLK), consensus 4c... Air Lease (AL), consensus 61c... Ingram Micro (IM), consensus 99c... Weight Watchers (WTW), consensus 7c... Northern Oil and Gas (NOG), consensus 19c... Envision Healthcare (EVHC), consensus 36c... Infoblox (BLOX), consensus 5c... Live Nation (LYV), consensus (41c)... OmniVision (OVTI), consensus 29c... Bonanza Creek Energy (BCEI), consensus 27c.
14:48 EDTSWNSouthwestern Energy volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Southwestern Energy March call option implied volatility is at 42, April is at 38, June is at 37; compared to its 26-week average of 36 according to Track Data, suggesting slightly larger price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on February 27.
07:20 EDTWACWalter Investment sees reduction in HARP volumes from 2014
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07:18 EDTWACWalter Investment says current economic conditions favorable for business
The company commented, "The Servicing segment is expected to benefit from improving borrower credit quality and declining delinquency rates which generally drive a reduction in related servicing costs. In recent months we have seen an increase in MSR portfolios available for sale in the market as large depositories shed portfolios associated with non-core clients, strategic MSR sales from non-bank servicers increase and small and mid-sized originators monetize their MSR assets. The market has remained competitive for these assets though the Company anticipates pricing may improve as the significant supply of MSR is absorbed by the market during 2015. Walter Investment remains opportunistic in reviewing potential acquisitions. Active regulatory oversight of the sector continues and the company expects that in the current market participants who have scale, are appropriately capitalized, are compliant with regulatory requirements, and have significant experience and a strong track record in transferring servicing assets will be best positioned to grow their portfolios in the future. Market expectations indicate that originations volume in the United States will grow approximately 7% over 2014 to $1.2 trillion. The broader market remains challenging but has improved over the last couple of months as rates have declined, refinance activity has increased and margins have firmed. Our retention channel has benefited from an increase of "in the money" borrowers in our serviced portfolios while our correspondent lending channel has seen improved volumes. The retail channel remains competitive as purchase money volumes remain relatively light. The company's business plan for 2015 targets strong operational performance in each of its core businesses. Targets for the Servicing, ARM and Insurance businesses include growth of the serviced portfolio of approximately 10%, including additions from the Originations segment as well as a blend of bulk MSR purchases and sub-servicing and combined AEBITDA margins in the range of 14 - 18 bps, consistent with the 2014 combined AEBITDA range."
07:17 EDTWACWalter Investment reports Q4 adjusted EPS (6c), consensus 63c
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February 25, 2015
17:23 EDTUTXUnited Technologies awarded $407M government contract
United Technologies Corp., East Hartford, Connecticut, has been awarded a $407M indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for engine component improvement program. Contractor will provide design improvement, life management/analysis, repair development and test of engines produced by Pratt & Whitney. Work will be performed at East Hartford, Connecticut, and is expected to be complete by Dec. 31, 2021. This contract involves foreign military sales. This award is the result of a sole-source acquisition. Fiscal year 2015 research, development, test and evaluation funds in the amount of $5M are being obligated at the time of award for task order 0001. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is the contracting activity.
07:20 EDTCSXCSX management to meet with UBS
Meeting to be held in Boston on February 25 hosted by UBS.
07:09 EDTUTXUnited Technologies price target to $138 ahead of Analyst Day at Credit Suisse
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February 24, 2015
07:04 EDTSHOOSteven Madden sees FY15 EPS $1.85-$1.95, consensus $1.95
Sees FY15 net sales up 7%-9% over FY14.
07:03 EDTSHOOSteven Madden reports Q4 EPS 34c, consensus 35c
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February 23, 2015
09:59 EDTCSXOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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06:51 EDTUTXAerospace sector downgraded to Neutral from Attractive at Goldman
Goldman downgraded the Aerospace sector to Neutral based on group outperformance and increased downside risks. The firm believes Boeing (BA) and Airbus are now oversupplying the market after a decade of undersupply and replacement demand required to sustain production may prove difficult to achieve. Goldman said accelerated new aircraft replacements was partially due to fuel economics and lower fuel prices and global growth volatility could substantially change Aerospace dynamics. As part of the sector view change, Goldman downgraded Boeing to Sell from Neutral and Precision Castparts (PCP) to Natural from Buy.
06:09 EDTCSXCSX initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan
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February 22, 2015
13:45 EDTCSXCanada introduces legislation to enhance crude-by-rail safety, accountability
The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, introduced legislation in the House of Commons that will enhance railway safety and make the rail industry and crude oil shippers more accountable to Canadians. The new Safe and Accountable Rail Act proposes amendments to the Canada Transportation Act and Railway Safety Act. Changes include a new liability and compensation regime for federally regulated railways, including minimum insurance requirements; a compensation fund financed by levies on crude oil shippers; increased information-sharing provisions; and stronger oversight powers for the Minister and Transport Canada inspectors. The new liability and compensation regime will be consistent with those the Government has introduced for other modes of transport, such as marine tankers and oil pipelines. It is based on the “polluter pays” principle and makes railways and shippers responsible for the cost of accidents, protecting taxpayers and communities by ensuring that adequate resources are available for compensation if an accident were to occur. Proposed amendments to the Railway Safety Act will broaden the powers of the Minister and inspectors to order railway companies and others to take specified measures or stop any activity deemed necessary for safe railway operations. The proposed amendments will also create new regulation- making powers requiring railway companies to share information with municipalities. These changes are part of the Government’s commitment to strengthen oversight and increase collaboration between communities and the rail industry, addressing issues raised in the Transportation Safety Board’s final report on the Lac-Mégantic derailment as well as concerns of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. Publicly traded companies in the space include CSX (CSX), Canadian National (CNI), Canadian Pacific (CP), Genesee & Wyoming (GWR), Kansas City Southern (KSU), Norfolk Southern (NSC) and Union Pacific (UNP). Reference Link
February 20, 2015
06:27 EDTUTXUnited Tech's Sikorsky may look to make military helicopters in India, WSJ says
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