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October 23, 2012
10:00 EDTJBT, TXN, WDC, PH, VTR, BTU, STI, NTAP, OHI, MNST, MSTR, EIX, ACMP, AMCXOn 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.
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09:09 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage to hold a conference call
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09:03 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage sees 2013 pro forma op. income above $700M after Coke deal
Monster Beverage (MNST) estimated its 2013 operating income to be over $700M on a pro forma basis following its new deal, as compared to $600M for "current Monster," the company stated in slides discussing its long-term strategic partnership and asset swap with Coca-Cola (KO). The company estimated its 2013 pro forma 2013 net sales at $2.4B, up from $2.2B for current Monster. The company sees a pro forma 2Q14 cash balance of $2.6B, compared to $0.8B for current Monster. Reference Link
07:16 EDTMNSTCoca-Cola stake in Monster a win-win for both, says Wells Fargo
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07:12 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage price target raised to $94 from $75 at Stifel
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07:09 EDTMNST, MNSTMonster Beverage upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA
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06:24 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage volatility expected to move on Coca-Cola takes 16.7% stake
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August 14, 2014
19:08 EDTMNSTOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:58 EDTMNSTSodaStream up 3.5% after Coca-Cola takes stake in Monster Beverage
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17:08 EDTMNSTSoros Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: CONSOL Energy (CNX), Google (GOOG), Level 3 (LVLT), Time Warner (TWC), and New Oriental (EDU). INCREASED STAKES: YPF SA (YPF), Apple (AAPL), Facebook (FB), AIG (AIG), and American Airlines (AAL). DECREASED STAKES: Teva (TEVA), Liberty Global (LBTYK), Barrick Gold (ABX), EQT (EQT), and Comcast (CMCSA). LIQUIDATED STAKES: FedEx (FDX), Monster Beverage (MNST), Google (GOOGL), Devon Energy (DVN), Marathon Petroleum (MPC).
16:50 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage up 24% after Coca-Cola takes 16.7% stake
16:43 EDTMNSTCoca-Cola, Monster Beverage enter into long-term strategic partnership
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16:40 EDTMNSTCoca-Cola takes 16.7% stake in Monster Beverage for $2.15B
11:45 EDTNTAPNetApp rises after earnings beat, Needham upgrade
Shares of storage systems provider NetApp (NTAP) are advancing after the company posted better than expected first quarter results and received positive analyst commentary. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, NetApp reported Q1 adjusted earnings per share of 60c and revenue of $1.49B, beating analysts' consensus estimates of 57c and $1.47B, respectively. Q1 adjusted gross margin was 64.3%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: NetApp forecast second quarter adjusted EPS of 66c-71c and revenue of $1.49B-$1.59B, compared to consensus of 69c and $1.53B, respectively. For fiscal 2015, the company sees EPS growth just under 10% and revenue growth in the mid-single digits. FY15 adjusted gross margin is seen at 63%-64%. On NetApp's Q1 conference call, management said it was seeing a rebound in enterprise spending in the U.S. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, analyst commentary was overwhelmingly positive. Needham upgraded NetApp to Buy from Hold following its strong Q1 report, citing better enterprise spending. Their price target was $49. Two firms, Piper Jaffray and Brean Capital, raised their respective price targets on NetApp and Pacific Crest said NetApp is "'undervalued and underappreciated," noting that the company's Q1 results included 13% earnings growth year-over-year. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, NetApp rose $1.47, or 3.7%, to $40.77 on heavy trading volume. Despite today's advance, the stock is down approximately 4% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the storage space include: EMC (EMC), Dot Hill Systems (HILL) and Nimble Storage (NMBL).
10:05 EDTNTAPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:21 EDTBTUWhile Appalachian mines close, U.S. ramps up coal imports, WSJ says
Coal imports surged 44% to 5.4M metric tons during the first six months of this year compared with last, despite coal mines closing throughout the Appalachia region, reported The Wall Street Journal, which noted that IHS Energy said it costs $26 a ton to ship coal from Central Appalachia to Florida but only $15 a ton to get coal from a mine in Colombia. Imports supply just 1% of U.S. coal consumption, but the imports, especially from Colombia, "are a factor" in mine closings, the report added. Publicly traded coal companies include Alpha Natural (ANR), Arch Coal (ACI), CONSOL (CNX), Cloud Peak (CLD), Peabody (BTU), Alliance Resource Partners (ARLP), and Walter Energy (WLT). Reference Link
07:44 EDTNTAPNetApp 'undervalued and underappreciated,' says Pacific Crest
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07:33 EDTNTAPNetApp price target raised to $45 from $42 at Brean Capital
Brean Capital raised its price target on NetApp to $45 from $42 following its Q1 results, citing gross margins improvement and higher OEM revenues. The firm keeps its Buy rating on NetApp.
06:47 EDTNTAPNetApp upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham
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06:39 EDTNTAPNetApp product cycle bottomed in Q4, says Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald believes NetApp's product cycle bottomed in Q4 after the company reported upside in Q1 and issued a "healthy" outlook for Q2. Cantor sees "excellent execution" by NetApp and a slightly improved spending environment. The firm raised its price target for shares to $47 from $45 and keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
06:37 EDTNTAPNetApp price target raised to $46 from $42 at Piper Jaffray
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