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October 23, 2012
10:00 EDTPH, STI, TXN, VTR, NTAP, WDC, BTU, JBT, MNST, ACMP, MSTR, AMCX, OHI, EIXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AMC Networks (AMCX) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Access Midstream Partners (ACMP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Edison International (EIX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... MicroStrategy (MSTR) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Monster Beverage (MNST) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... NetApp (NTAP) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Omega Healthcare (OHI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Peabody Energy (BTU) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Pinnacle West (PNW) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... SunTrust (STI) downgraded to Neutral from Positive at Susquehanna... Ventas (VTR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Northwest Bancshares (NWBI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee... Parker-Hannifin (PH) downgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Western Digital (WDC) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA... Texas Instruments (TXN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Gabelli... John Bean Technology (JBT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital.
News For AMCX;ACMP;EIX;MSTR;MNST;OHI;NTAP;STI;BTU;VTR;PH;WDC;TXN;JBT From The Last 14 Days
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August 19, 2015
18:08 EDTNTAPNetApp advances after Q1 results and current quarter guidance top estimates
Share of computer data software and systems provider NetApp (NTAP) are advancing after reporting first quarter results that surpassed analyst expectations and provided better than expected guidance for the second quarter. WHAT'S NEW: NetApp reported Q1 profit and revenue that surpassed analysts' average estimates. The company reported Q1 earnings per share of 29c on revenue of $1.34B. Analysts were expecting EPS of 23c on revenue of $1.32B. Looking ahead to Q2, the company expects to report EPS of 55c-60c on revenue of $1.4B-$1.5B. Consensus estimates for Q2 were 46c for EPS and $1.39B for revenue at the time of the report. NetApp CEO George Kurian said, "The IT industry as a whole is going through fundamental change as enterprises transform themselves with digital capabilities. Data is at the heart of these transformations and where NetApp has a profoundly important role to play with our differentiated vision for data management." WHAT'S NOTABLE: On the company's Q1 earnings call, the CEO noted the transformation of IT environments. Customers are reducing their spend on traditional storage "which has put pressure on our ONTAP 7 mode business," Kurian noted. The CEO also pointed out that customers are slowing investment in the capacity expansion of their traditional storage environments. These dynamics put pressure on product revenue despite strong growth in other parts of the business, the CEO said. NetApp sees fiscal year 2016 revenue to be lower by 5% year-over-year as FX headwinds continue along with limited top line predictability. ANALYST TAKE: On August 17, Summit Research analyst Srini Nandury downgraded NetApp to Sell, saying dynamics in the storage industry as well as the company's Cluster ONTAP product transition will make revenue growth "elusive in the near-term." Weaker storage spending and continued problems with getting customers to upgrade to Cluster ONTAP could drive consensus estimates lower from current levels, Nandury told investors in a research note. PRICE ACTION: Shares of NetApp are up 6.75% in after-hours trading, but off their earlier after-hours high.
17:44 EDTNTAPNetApp sees FY16 revenue to down about 5%
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17:11 EDTSTISunTrust initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT
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16:05 EDTNTAPNetApp spikes over 15% after reporting Q1 results, guidance
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16:03 EDTNTAPNetApp sees Q2 EPS 55c-60c, consensus 46c
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16:02 EDTNTAPNetApp reports Q1 EPS 29c, consensus 23c
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15:53 EDTNTAPNetApp August 29.5 straddle priced for 5.3% movement into Q1
14:48 EDTNTAPNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include L Brands (LB), consensus 68c... NetApp (NTAP), consensus 23c... Synopsys (SNPS), consensus 59c... Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen (PLKI), consensus 44c... Semtech (SMTC), consensus 24c.
14:16 EDTNTAPNetApp technical comments ahead of earnings
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13:30 EDTNTAPOptions with increasing put volume;
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12:53 EDTNTAPEarnings Watch: Analysts mostly bearish on NetApp ahead of Q1 earnings
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August 18, 2015
18:30 EDTTXNChip makers advance after Analog Devices reports Q3 financial results
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16:49 EDTVTROn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
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13:36 EDTNTAPNetApp August volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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07:11 EDTVTRCare Capital Properties begins operation as public company
Care Capital Properties (CCP) announced that it has begun operating as a standalone public company following the completion of its spin-off from Ventas, Inc. (VTR). Starting today, CCP will begin "regular-way" trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "CCP." CCP will ring the Closing Bell at the NYSE today to celebrate its first day of trading.
07:10 EDTVTRVentas completes CCP spin-off
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August 17, 2015
14:03 EDTJBTJBT Corporation backs FY 15 EPS view $1.70-$1.80, consensus $1.77
Guidance provided in company slides presentation.
10:09 EDTNTAPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:06 EDTWDCWestern Digital shares offer attractive entry point, says Jefferies
Jefferies analyst James Kisner believes current share levels provide an attractive entry point into Western Digital. The analyst views consensus earnings expectations as achievable and believes the current valuation does not price in potential upside from MOFCOM approval. He keeps a Buy rating on Western Digital with a $116 price target.
06:04 EDTNTAPNetApp downgraded to Sell from Hold at Summit Research
Summit Research analyst Srini Nandury downgraded NetApp (NTAP) to Sell saying dynamics in the storage industry as well as the company's Cluster ONTAP product transition will make revenue growth "elusive in the near-term." Weaker storage spending and continued problems with getting customers to upgrade to Cluster ONTAP could drive consensus estimates lower from current levels, Nandury tells investors in a research note. Further, the analyst believes NetApp continues to lose high sales performers to competitors such as Nimble Storage (NMBL), Pure Storage, Tegile and Tintri. He expects the company's FY16 revenue to decline 6% on top of the 3% decline in FY15, with only modest growth in FY17. Nandury cut his price target for NetApp shares to $28 from $32. The stock closed Friday up 13c to $30.75.
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