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January 25, 2013
10:07 EDTPNRA, AMGN, TIF, QLGC, JPM, EBAY, SHLM, AGU, SGI, SNE, NTES, HBNC, ADSK, HAL, CF, UBSH, STM, KLAC, EQM, AMCXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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... NetEase.com (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.
News For AMCX;ADSK;EBAY;EQM;HBNC;JPM;KLAC;NTES;QLGC;STM;SNE;TIF;UBSH;SGI;AMGN;CF;AGU;PNRA;HAL;SHLM From The Last 14 Days
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January 20, 2015
09:32 EDTHALHalliburton to continue to focus on cash flows in FY15
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09:22 EDTHALHalliburton sees restructuring charge in Q1
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09:20 EDTHALHalliburton CEO expects to protect market share during downturn
Management stated that the company has historically outperformed market during downturns and is confident in ability to continue to do so.
09:16 EDTHALHalliburton says the company needs several quarters to see effect of price cuts
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09:14 EDTADSKAutodesk weakness a buying opportunity, says RW Baird
Baird said it would use the recent weakness ins Autodesk as a buying opportunity, citing its conversion to subscription pricing, changes in Direct Sales go-to-market, improving maintenance renewal rates, and increasing sales of cloud products. Baird reiterated its Outperform rating and $65 price target on Autodesk shares.
09:12 EDTHALHalliburton sees activity declines in North America accelerating in Q1
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09:11 EDTHALOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:06 EDTKLACCyberoptics announces 3D sensor supply relationship with KLA-Tencor
CyberOptics (CYBE) has qualified as a supplier to KLA-Tencor (KLAC), and has entered into a mutually exclusive agreement to supply 3D sensor subsystems for KLA-Tencor BEOL package inspection systems.
08:59 EDTPNRAPanera Bread downgraded to Hold on valuation at Wunderlich
Wunderlich downgraded Panera Bread to Hold from Buy with shares within 8% of its unchanged price target of $185. The firm still expects Panera's same-store sales to continue to improve thru 2015 and 2016.
08:26 EDTAGUAgrium preferred over Potash, Mosaic at Canaccord
Canaccord said they prefer Agrium (AGU) over both Potash (POT) and Mosaic (MOS). Mosaic raised its guidance due to its phosphate business, but with a lack of catalysts expected in the potash market in 2015 the firm continues to see solid growth volume, increasing nitrogen margins, and free cash flow expansion for Agrium. Canaccord maintains its Buy rating on Agrium and its Hold rating on both Mosaic and Potash shares.
08:11 EDTPNRAPanera Bread downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich
Wunderlich downgraded Panera Bread to Hold with a $185 price target.
07:25 EDTAMCXViacom buys 50% stake in five Indian TV channels, WSJ says
Viacom (VIA, VIAB) is completing a deal with India's Reliance Industries giving it 50% ownership of five Indian TV channels for an undisclosed sum, reports the Wall Street Journal. Competitors including Discovery Communications (DISCA), 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA), and AMC Networks (AMCX) are similarly looking towards foreign investment as U.S. consumers move away from traditional cable packages. PricewaterhouseCoopers predicts 16% annual growth in Indian TV revenue over the next five years. Reference Link
07:24 EDTTIFTiffany upgraded to after recent pullback at Wells Fargo
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07:04 EDTHALHalliburton says took $129M restructuring charge in Q4
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07:02 EDTHALHalliburton reports Q4 C&P revenue $5.5B, D&E revenue $3.3B
During the fourth quarter of 2014, Halliburton (HAL) incurred $19M for costs related to the pending Baker Hughes (BHI) acquisition.
07:01 EDTHALHalliburton reports Q4 EPS $1.19 ex-items, consensus $1.10
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06:58 EDTJPMBlackRock, Fidelity close to launching 'dark pool,' WSJ reports
Some of the largest mutual fund firms, including Fidelity, BlackRock (BLK), Bank of New York Mellon (BK),, T. Row Price (TROW) and JP Morgan (JPM) are among the firms that are close to launching a new "dark pool," The Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources. The effort, which involves nine firms in total, would look to shut out sell-side trading desks and high-speed trading firms. Reference Link
06:37 EDTTIFTiffany upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
January 19, 2015
16:28 EDTAGUMosaic raises Q4 EPS outlook to 83c-88c, consensus 57c
The Mosaic Company announced that it expects reported phosphates volume and phosphates and potash margins to exceed previously provided guidance ranges, and that potash volumes will be at the high end of guidance range, resulting in Q4 earnings per share in the range of 93c-98c, including 10c in net benefits from notable items. The notable items include early estimates of discrete tax benefits, primarily related to the acquisition of a Brazilian distribution business, which may change. The company expect earnings, excluding notable items, to be in the range of 83c-88c. The consensus EPS estimate is 57c..Mosaic stated, "Demand for potash and phosphates exceeded our expectations during the fourth quarter,. We were cautiously optimistic going into the fall application season with good crop nutrient affordability and an empty supply chain, but customers came to the market in force, as they sought to position inventory in anticipation of a strong spring season and increasing crop nutrient prices...Our Phosphates business sold 3.3 million tonnes of finished product during the quarter - well above our expectations - and our Potash business produced at a high operating rate due to a successful proving run at the Colonsay mine." Mosaic's peers include Potash (POT) and Agrium (AGU).
January 18, 2015
13:45 EDTEBAYGoogle in talks to acquire mobile-pay platform Softcard, WSJ says
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