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June 23, 2014
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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July 23, 2015
07:50 EDTHEROHercules Offshore reports Q2 Domestic Offshore revenue down 71% to $40.6M
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07:32 EDTOCOwens Corning rally a selling opportunity, says Citi
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07:29 EDTBEAVBE Aerospace price target lowered to $55 from $65 at Canaccord
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07:25 EDTOCOwens Corning upgraded on results, valuation at Stifel
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07:19 EDTHEROHercules Offshore reports Q2 EPS (55c), consensus (50c)
Reports Q2 revenue $79.25M, consensus $95.51M.
06:38 EDTOCOwens Corning upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel
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July 22, 2015
14:51 EDTAMDEarnings Watch: Qualcomm reports after speculations of potential breakup
Qualcomm (QCOM) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the close on July 22, with a conference call scheduled for 4:45 pm ET. Qualcomm is a maker of semiconductors and telecommunications equipment. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 95c on revenue of $5.85B. EPS consensus ranges 90c-$1.05 on a revenue range of $5.59B-$6.08B, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: On April 22, Qualcomm reported Q2 EPS of $1.40 against expectations for $1.33, and revenue of $6.89B versus estimates of $6.83B. The company also cut its FY15 EPS guidance to $4.60-$5.00 from $4.85-$5.05 and lowered projected revenue to $25B-$27B from $26.3B-$28B, saying it expects pressure in its semiconductor business due to customer shifts in the premium segment and a decline in Qualcomm's share at an unnamed large customer. NEWS: On May 8, Reuters reported that EU antitrust regulators asked Qualcomm's competitors how the company's licensing and business practices affect them, and on July 16, the European Commission confirmed two formal antitrust investigations of the company. On May 25, Qualcomm and Daimler (DDAIF) announced a strategic collaboration to develop connected car technology. Coming on the heels of Avago's (AVGO) May 28 agreement to acquire Broadcom (BRCM), Bloomberg quoted a source later that day as saying Qualcomm, Intel (INTC), Altera (ALTR), Analog Devices (ADI), Maxim Integrated (MXIM), Texas Instruments (TXN), and Microchip Technology (MCHP) are all considering their own M&A opportunities. Note that on June 1, Intel announced an agreement to acquire Altera. On June 23, Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMI), Qualcomm, Huawei, and Imec announced the formation of a joint venture to focus on a type of 14 nanometer technology. More recently, the Wall Street Journal reported on July 20 that Qualcomm is "expected" to begin a comprehensive strategic review which may include the possibility of a breakup following pressure from "activist" shareholder Jana Partners, according to sources, adding that the move could be announced concurrent with Wednesday's earnings release. STREET RESEARCH: Following last quarter's earnings report, Exane BNP Paribas downgraded Qualcomm to Neutral from Outperform, while both Canaccord and Brean Capital lowered price targets for the stock after "disappointing" guidance. Meanwhile, Citi said it expects the company's chip business to recover in 2016 despite this "very bad year." On May 28, CLSA said it sees continued pressure on Qualcomm chipsets, potentially spurring the company to consider making an acquisition, and on June 2, Craig-Hallum noted that Skyworks (SWKS) would be a great fit for Qualcomm. On June 24, Summit Research called Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC) an "affordable" target for Qualcomm, with AMD (AMD) and Cavium (CAVM) also looking like potential takeover candidates. On June 29, Drexel Hamilton downgraded Qualcomm to Sell from Hold, citing expected price cuts. Lastly, following media reports on July 20 that Qualcomm could be weighing a breakup, Bernstein said that such a "dis-synergistic" split would likely destroy value rather than create it. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Qualcomm are down more than 1% to $64.37 in afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's earnings report.
14:37 EDTOCHome improvement stocks rally after Owens Corning results, home sales data
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13:23 EDTOCOwens Corning upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital
09:32 EDTOCOwens Corning outlook to temper share upside, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Michael Rehaut expects Owens Corning's full year EBIT guidance to limit the upside in shares following the better than expected Q2 earnings report. The outlook implies an earnings midpoint that is roughly in-line with the consensus, which suggests a second half of 2015 performance that is modestly below current expectations, JPMorgan tells investors. It keeps a Neutral rating on the stock.
09:07 EDTBEAV, OCOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:38 EDTJWNNRF cuts 2015 retail sales growth forecast to 3.5% from 4.1%
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08:32 EDTKRWestern Union, Kroger extend more than 30-year relationship
Western Union (WU) announced the extension of its more than 30-year relationship with The Kroger Co. (KR). This agreement gives customers the ability to send and receive Western Union Money Transfer transactions across the United States or across the globe to more than 200 countries and territories, in minutes. In addition, Customers can purchase money orders and pay their bills at more than 2,300 Kroger Family of Store locations across 34 states.
08:13 EDTSPWRDominion and SunPower partner to supply solar power to New Jersey homeowners
Dominion (D) subsidiary Dominion Retail and SunPower (SPWR) announced a collaboration of the two companies to offer SunPower solar power systems to New Jersey homeowners. Dominion will provide program details to residents through a marketing campaign scheduled to begin this summer.
07:32 EDTOCOwens Corning sees FY15 EBIT $460M-$500M
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07:30 EDTOCOwens Corning reports Q2 adjusted EPS 79c, consensus 54c
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07:25 EDTCOHCoach price target lowered to $40 from $47 at Stifel
Stifel cut its price target on Coach as the firm believes that competition in the accessories category is increasing, causing a deceleration in the segment. However, the firm keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
07:23 EDTALSMYFrench minister 'reassured' by elements of Alstom, GE deal talks, Reuters says
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05:09 EDTBEAVBE Aerospace sees FY15 EPS about $3.03, consensus $3.10
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05:07 EDTBEAVBE Aerospace reports Q2 EPS 75c, consensus 76c
Reports Q2 revenue $700.6M, consensus $704.56M.
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