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January 25, 2013
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AMC Networks (AMCX) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Autodesk (ADSK) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Sell at Goldman... eBay (EBAY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... EQT Midstream Partners (EQM) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Horizon Bancorp (HBNC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... JPMorgan (JPM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... KLA-Tencor (KLAC) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... (NTES) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... QLogic (QLGC) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... STMicroelectronics (STM) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Sony (SNE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Tiffany (TIF) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Union First Market (UBSH) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... Silicon Graphics (SGI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee... Amgen (AMGN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... CF Industries (CF) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Dahlman Rose... Agrium (AGU)upgraded to Buy from Hold at Dahlman Rose... Panera Bread (PNRA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Miller Tabak... Halliburton (HAL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Global Hunter... A. Schulman (SHLM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Gabelli.
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November 16, 2015
09:42 EDTJPMJPMorgan reports October net credit losses 2.22% vs. 2.21% last month
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09:33 EDTEBAYeBay second week of November SSS up 0.4%, ChannelAdvisor says
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08:58 EDTJPMAmerican Express slips following Marriott, Starwood deal announcement
Shares of American Express (AXP) are slipping in pre-market trading following the news that Marriott (MAR) and Starwood Hotels & Resorts (HOT) have agreed to merge. In early June, American Express and Starwood announced new benefits to the Starwood Preferred Guest credit card. Marriott, however, has its co-brand program with JPMorgan Chase (JPM) and the early weakness in American Express shares could reflect concern over a potential change in the merged hotels' co-brand relationships. In pre-market trading, AxEx shares are down about 0.5% to $70.88.
07:16 EDTCFHayman Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Impax (IPXL), CF Industries (CF), GW Pharmaceuticals (GWPH), ProNAi Therapeutics (DNAI). INCREASED STAKES: BioMarin (BMRN), NMI Holdings (NMIH), Vertex (VRTX), Endo (ENDP). DECREASED STAKES: Mylan (MYL). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Perrigo (PRGO), Oasis Petroleum (OAS), Whiting Petroleum (WLL), Newfield Exploration (NFX), SM Energy (SM).
November 15, 2015
17:09 EDTSNE'Spectre' stays uncatchable while Christmas-themed 'Coopers' outperforms
"Spectre" and "The Peanuts" remained in first and second place, respectively, at the domestic box office while Christmas comedy "Love The Coopers" topped expectations heading into the holiday period. WEEKEND LEADER: Sony's (SNE) "Spectre" grossed $35.4M in the U.S. for the weekend of November 15, falling roughly 50% from its $73M domestic open. Globally speaking, the latest James Bond film has pulled in $543.8M in just its second week at the box office. BOX OFFICE RUNNERS-UP: Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "The Peanuts Movie" earned $24.2M, as Charlie Brown and friends fell somewhat short of analyst expectations for $28.7M. Meanwhile, Lionsgate's (LGF) Christmas-themed comedy "Love The Coopers" debuted at $8.4M, beating estimates of $5.2M-$8M despite harsh reviews. Rounding out the weekend's Top 5 were Fox's "The Martian" with $6.7M and newcomer "The 33" at $5.8M. Analyst expectations ranged $5.5M-$10M for the disaster survival drama from Time Warner's (TWX) Warner Bros.
12:59 EDTHALBaker Hughes shares could gain, lose 30% on merger verdict, Barron's says
Shares of Baker Hughes (BHI) could gain 27% if its combination with Halliburton (HAL) gains regulatory approval, but "there is too much uncertainty" to take that bet, as a negative verdict on the merger could send Baker plunging 20%-30%, Barron's contends in a 'Trader Extra' column. Investors searching for less risky arbitrage deals may instead take a look at Berkshire Hathaway's (BRK.A, BRK.B) offer for Precision Castparts (PCP), argues the publication. Reference Link
November 13, 2015
17:04 EDTEBAYThird Point gives quarterly update on stakes
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11:38 EDTSNEBox Office Battle: 'Spectre,' 'The Peanuts Movie' expected to remain on top
Sony's (SNE) "Spectre," starring Daniel Craig as James Bond, is again expected to top the box office in its second weekend at theaters, with an estimated domestic gross in the $30.3M-$32.4M range. Fox's (FOX, FOXA) G-rated family film "The Peanuts Movie," starring a 3D-animated Charlie Brown, is again likely to come in second, predicted to earn an additional $28.7M. Newcomer "The 33," a drama retelling the true story of the Chilean miners that were trapped underground in 2010, is expected to open between $5.5M-$10M in 2,400 theaters. "The 33" is being distributed in North America by Time Warner's (TWX) Warner Bros. Pictures, and in Latin America by Fox's 20th Century Fox. Holiday dramedy "Love the Coopers," starring John Goodman and Diane Keaton, is estimated to open in the $5.2M-$8M range. "Love the Coopers" is being released in 2,603 theaters by Lionsgate (LGF) and CBS's (CBS) CBS Films. Fox's "The Martian," which opened on October 2, is predicted to earn an additional $6M-$6.8M. Other publicly traded companies involved in filmmaking include Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK), Disney (DIS), and Viacom (VIA, VIAB).
08:23 EDTSHLMSeaport Global to hold a conference
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November 12, 2015
18:48 EDTPNRAMcDonald's CEO: Pace of change had slowed within company, NYT reports
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14:34 EDTEBAYIAC bid unlikely best offer for Angie's List, others interested, The Deal says
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09:21 EDTNTESOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Kohl's (KSS), up 5.4%... NetEase (NTES), up 6.3%... SunPower (SPWR), up 3.4%. ALSO HIGHER: Angie's List (ANGI), up 12.1% after after IAC (IAC) proposes to acquire the company... OHR Pharmaceutical (OHRP), up 7.4% after submitting a Special Protocol Assessment request to the FDA for OHR-102... Galena Biopharma (GALE) up 6.2% after being upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... MannKind (MNKD), up 5.4% after confirming a planned stock sale. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Freshpet (FRPT), down 25%... Advance Auto Parts (AAP), down 11.1%... Viacom (VIAB), down marginally. ALSO LOWER: Derma Sciences (DSCI), down 30.4% after ending its Phase 3 clinical trials with aclerastide, DSC127, for diabetic foot ulcer healing... Sunedison (SUNE), down 11.2% after being downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Axiom.
09:19 EDTJPMPayPal sinks with Apple eyeing peer-to-peer payments
Shares of PayPal (PYPL) are weak again this morning following a report yesterday afternoon alleging that Apple (AAPL) is set to launch a competitor to one of the payment technology company's offerings. Analysts that were already split about PayPal's prospects are also divided on the potential impact of Apple's entry, with a bull at Citi downplaying the risk and a bear at Piper Jaffray voicing greater concern. APPLE COMPETITION: Apple is in talks with U.S. banks to create a mobile person-to-person payment service, reported The Wall Street Journal yesterday afternoon, citing people familiar with the matter. Apple's service, which would likely be linked to the company's Apple Pay system and could get off the ground next year, would compete with PayPal's Venmo peer-to-peer, or P2P, payment platform, the Journal said. BULLISH TAKE: Citi analyst Ashwin Shirvaikar says his Buy thesis on PayPal is unchanged after the Journal's report regarding Apple's efforts. Apple is a "viable competitor in a crowded field," but its product is unlikely to change the near-term growth trajectory of PayPal's Venmo, Shirvaikar told investors in a research note. He keeps a Buy rating on PayPal with a $44 price target. BEARISH TAKE: Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster believes Apple's reported plans for a P2P payment offering sometime in 2016 will have limited to no impact on his model for the iPhone maker, but cautions that more mobile wallets offering P2P will add to the challenges facing PayPal's Venmo. The analyst believes the "real estate for all logos at the point-of-sale will be scarce and cluttered," noting that in addition to new entrants like Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Google's (GOOG) Android Pay, JPMorgan's (JPM) Chase Pay, MCX/CurrentC and PayPal there are still legacy players such as Visa (V) Checkout, MasterCard (MA) Masterpass, and American Express' (AXP) Express Checkout. Munster thinks Venmo is a strong offering that will keep gaining share, but in addition to competition, he sees low interest rates hindering float income and thinks the value proposition for consumers and merchants remains "uncertain." The analyst keeps an Underweight on PayPal, which is the firm's equivalent of a "sell" rating, with a $30 target for its shares. PRICE ACTION: Shares of PayPal slipped 1.8% to close at $36.33 yesterday following the Journal's report. In pre-market trading, the stock fell another 1% to $36 per share.
06:12 EDTJPMMorgan Stanley to offer wealth management clients savings accounts, Reuters says
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November 11, 2015
18:16 reports Q3 EPS RMB15.49, may not compare to consensus RMB11.25
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14:39 EDTNTESNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include NetEase (NTES), consensus $2.05... Flowers Foods (FLO), consensus 23c... Popeyes (PLKI), consensus 45c... Smart & Final (SFS), consensus 22c.
12:56 EDTEBAYOptions with increasing call volume
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11:57 EDTHALStocks with call strike movement; CRM HAL
Salesforce (CRM) February 90 call option implied volatility increased 3% to 34, Halliburton (HAL) March 42 call option implied volatility increased 1% to 34 according to iVolatility.
07:59 EDTAMCXMorgan Stanley to hold a conference
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07:24 EDTSTMSTMicro says M&A not currently a priority, Reuters reports
STMicroelectronics said that M&A deals are not currently a priority as the company's focuses remains on growth and restructuring its digital products unit, Reuters reports. CEO Carlo Bozotti said at the Morgan Stanley TMT conference that he wasn't going to rule out the importance of M&A in the future but that "at the moment it is not on the table," the report says. Reference Link
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