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June 23, 2014
10:02 EDTAMD, NGHC, JWN, NUE, OC, SM, PER, SPWR, TDC, NVDA, KR, KOG, ALSMY, ATML, BEAV, CWST, COH, HP, HERO, JOY, NGLSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AMD (AMD) downgraded at Pacific Crest... Alstom (ALSMY) downgraded to Neutral from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Atmel (ATML) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Feltl... BE Aerospace (BEAV) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Casella Waste (CWST) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... Coach (COH) downgraded at Wedbush... Helmerich & Payne (HP) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Hercules Offshore (HERO) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Joy Global (JOY) downgraded at Longbow... Kodiak Oil & Gas (KOG) downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at KLR Group... Kroger (KR) downgraded to Neutral from Long-Term Buy at Hilliard Lyons... NVIDIA (NVDA) downgraded at Pacific Crest... National General (NGHC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Nordstrom (JWN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Nucor (NUE) downgraded at Macquarie... Owens Corning (OC) downgraded at Longbow... SM Energy (SM) downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at KLR Group... SandRidge Permian Trust (PER) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... SunPower (SPWR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Brean Capital... Targa Resources Partners (NGLS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Teradata (TDC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities.
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August 27, 2014
16:18 EDTCWSTCasella Waste reports Q1 EPS (1c), consensus (1c)
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11:32 EDTCOH, JWNTiffany shines brighter as results beat expectations, company raises outlook
Shares of luxury retailer Tiffany (TIF) are moving higher after the company reported significantly stronger than expected second quarter results and raised its fiscal year 2015 earnings per share view. WHAT'S NEW: Tiffany's reported Q2 EPS of 96c on revenue of $993M, beating analysts' consensus estimates of 85c and $987.88M, respectively. Worldwide net sales increased 7% in Q2 and comparable store sales increased 3% in Q2 mainly due to growth in the Americas and Asia-Pacific regions. Looking ahead, the retailer increased its FY15 EPS view to $4.20-$4.30 from its previous view of $4.15-$4.25, which is in-line with analysts' $4.29 consensus. Tiffany anticipates worldwide net sales increasing by a high-single digit range and sees worldwide net sales increasing by a high-single-digit percentage for the year. The company also sees FY free cahs flow of at least $400M as well as capital expenditures of $270M. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During its conference call discussing the quarter, Tiffany said that it sees a "healthy" increase in its full-year operating margin. The luxury company noted that it experienced continued softness in its U.S. silver sales during Q2 as well as softness in U.S. entry-level sales under $500. In its Japan division, the retailer foresees returning to single-digit sales growth, but noted that the unit has not experienced that so far in the first few weeks of this month. In Europe, the retailer said it is "still feeling" the effect of economic and currency related obstacles. Tiffany sees opening 10 stores throughout the rest of the year, which is lower than its original plan of opening 13, and plans to close three stores this year compared to its original target of closing four. Tiffany also sees a double-digit percentage marketing spend increase in the second-half of this year. ANALYST REACTION: Sterne Agee analyst Ike Boruchow said that as Tiffany continues to surpass expectations in its earnings reports, fashion jewelry in general is growing again and the company's latest "T" collection should quicken that category further. He feels that regardless of the few headwinds in Japan and Europe, the luxury company is still one of the most stable retail firms. Boruchow believes that the CEO transition from Michael Kowalski to Frederic Cumenal is likely to be a "smooth" one in March. The analyst keeps the stock at a Buy rating with a $100.77 price target. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other high end retailers include Signet Jewelers (SIG), Blue Nile (NILE), Nordstrom (JWN), Michael Kors (KORS), and Coach (COH). PRICE ACTION: During late-morning trading, Tiffany rose $1.32 or 1.31%, to $102.09.
09:02 EDTJOYJoy Global September volatility elevated into Q3 and guidance
Joy Global September weekly call option implied volatility is at 37, October is at 27, January is at 25; compared to its 26-week average of 28 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into its release of Q3 results on September 4.
08:30 EDTBEAVMorgan Stanley believes aerospace cycle concerns are overblown
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06:36 EDTJWNNordstrom, Target launching Instagram platform, CNBC says
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August 26, 2014
15:58 EDTKRKroger: Food 4 Less and unions reach tentative agreement
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12:51 EDTSMStocks with increasing options volume
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12:04 EDTNVDAVMware, NVIDIA, Google announce graphics collaboration
VMware (VMW), NVIDIA (NVDA) and Google (GOOG) announced a collaborative effort to deliver high-performance virtual desktops and workstation-class graphics to Google Chromebooks. The joint effort is expected to expand the hardware options for high-performance virtual desktops, VMware said.
09:50 EDTPEROn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:55 EDTNVDAEU antitrust regulators could open Qualcomm investigation, Reuters reports
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07:20 EDTNVDATablets seen declining, notebooks growing in 2014, DigiTimes says
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06:19 EDTPERSandRidge Permian upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James
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August 25, 2014
11:55 EDTNUEU.S. Steel gains after Credit Suisse upgrades on pricing outlook
Shares of U.S. Steel (X) are climbing after Credit Suisse upgraded the stock by two notches, saying that the company should benefit from an improved pricing environment and raw material cost advantages. WHAT'S NEW: An increase in U.S. demand for steel, along with tariffs that have been imposed on foreign steel producers and the possibility that additional tariffs will be imposed, are keeping U.S. steel prices far higher than previously anticipated, Credit Suisse analyst Nathan Littlewood wrote in a note to investors earlier today. Additionally, production at a number of American steel mills has been curtailed, the analyst stated. Moreover, U.S. Steel can obtain raw materials relatively cheaply, enabling it to produce some of the lowest cost steel in North America, Littlewood stated. U.S. Steel should become one of the most profitable steel makers in the world, according to Littlewood, who upgraded his rating on the shares to Outperform from Underperform and hiked his price target on the stock to $50 from $25. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Littlewood downgraded his rating on another name in the sector, Steel Dynamics (STLD), to Neutral from Outperform. Although the company has a high quality business, the recent outperformance by the stock caused the analyst to downgrade the name. Littlewood kept a $23 price target on the shares. On Friday, UBS wrote that the threat of new tariffs on imported steel could prevent U.S. steel prices from dropping significantly. The filing of requests for additional tariffs on foreign steel, or even the threat of such filings, could keep steel prices from declining in the short-term, the firm predicted. UBS upgraded AK Steel (AKS) to Neutral from Sell, while raising its price target on Nucor (NUE) to $11 from $6 and keeping a Buy rating on that stock. The firm raised its price target on U.S. Steel to $38 from $28 but kept a Neutral rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, U.S. Steel advanced 2.6% to $38.81, Steel Dynamics lost 0.3% to $23.24, AK Steel gained 2% to $10.89, and Nucor climbed 1% to $54.23.
August 24, 2014
21:56 EDTNVDAB. Riley to hold a tour
Silicon Valley Tech Tour travels throughout Silicon Valley on August 25-27.
August 22, 2014
13:21 EDTJWNNordstrom completes Trunk Club acquisition
Nordstrom announced the closing on August 22 of its acquisition of Trunk Club. The company previously announced its proposed acquisition of Trunk Club by press release on July 31. The company believes this acquisition represents a natural extension of its core business, aligns with its strategic priorities around a relevant customer experience and accelerates entry into this market.
10:42 EDTNUEAnalyst says tariff threat could protect steelmakers
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07:01 EDTNUESteel price outlook raised at UBS
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August 21, 2014
08:14 EDTATMLAtmel, Fairchild potential takeover candidates, says FBR Capital
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August 20, 2014
17:27 EDTNGHCNational General files to sell $100M of preferred stock
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16:33 EDTNUENucor files automatic mixed securities shelf
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