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March 20, 2014
10:00 EDTTLM, GTE, MTX, SVA, YUM, WCG, JBL, TRNX, IPHI, EE, AMH, WEX, ASGN, INFN, HELI, MAC, ULTA, NRG, VOYA, CXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
American Homes 4 Rent (AMH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... CEMEX (CX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... CHC Group (HELI) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... El Paso Electric (EE) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... ING U.S. (VOYA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Infinera (INFN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Inphi (IPHI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... NRG Energy (NRG) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman... On Assignment (ASGN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Tornier (TRNX) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Ulta Salon (ULTA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... WEX Inc. (WEX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Jabil Circuit (JBL) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at Scotia Capital... Macerich (MAC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Sinovac Biotech (SVA) upgraded at Morgan Stanley... Gran Tierra (GTE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at TD Securities... WellCare (WCG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink... Minerals Technologies (MTX) upgraded to Overweight at First Analysis... Talisman Energy (TLM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at TD Securities... Yum! Brands (YUM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at First Global.
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February 3, 2016
12:12 EDTINFNOclaro spikes after quarterly results, optical peers follow
Shares of optical networking firm Oclaro (OCLR) are advancing, along with its peers, after Oclaro reported better than expected quarterly results. WHAT'S NEW: After the close on Tuesday, Oclaro reported second quarter adjusted earnings per share of 3c on revenue of $94.1M. Both EPS and revenue were better than consensus estimates of (1c) and $91.5M, respectively. The company's adjusted gross margin rate for the quarter was 28.8%, much better than the 16.5% in the year ago quarter. Oclaro CEO Greg Dougherty pointed out the continuing growth in the company's 100G portfolio and said he expects revenue growth to continue in 2016. According to the CEO, revenue growth in the quarter "drove higher gross margin and net income." The company sees continued "robust" demand for its 100G product portfolio as it expands capacity in Asia. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Along with its Q2 results, Oclaro said it sees Q3 revenue of $97M-$103M, ahead of analyst expectations of $90.7M. On its Q2 earnings call, the company said it sees strong demand from China, with contract awards form China Telecom (CHA) and China Unicom (CHU ), which have deliveries slated for later in calendar year 2016. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Oclaro are up 10% in early afternoon trading. OPTICAL PEERS: Shares of other companies in the optical networking space are also out performing the market, including Finisar (FNSR), Infinera (INFN), Lumentum Holdings (LITE), NeoPhotonics (NPTN), and Ciena (CIEN).
05:59 EDTYUMYum! Brands volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Yum! Brands February weekly call option implied volatility is at 86, February is at 44, March is at 34; compared to its 52-week range of 19 to 47, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results today.
February 2, 2016
11:39 EDTCXOptions with increasing call volume; FDC IMOS WEN IDTI HS GPR KORS HRS PNRA R CX
09:33 EDTCXCEMEX upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi
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February 1, 2016
17:33 EDTMTXMinerals Technologies CEO gets employment agreement extended one year
On February 1, Minerals Technologies and Joseph Muscari, the company's Chairman and CEO, entered into a Sixth Amendment to Muscari's Employment Agreement dated November 27, 2006. Pursuant to the Sixth Amendment, the term of Muscari's employment has been increased from nine years to ten years, with the term ending no earlier than March 1, 2017.
12:27 EDTINFNOptions with increasing put volume
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06:16 EDTSVASinovac Biotech receives preliminary non-binding acquisition proposal
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January 29, 2016
10:05 EDTNRGOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: American Equity (AEL) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Calpine (CPN) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... Diamondback Energy (FANG) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Dynegy (DYN) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... ICF International (ICFI) initiated with a Market Perform at Barrington... Juno Therapeutics (JUNO) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... Kite Pharma (KITE) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... Match Group (MTCH) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Medifast (MED) initiated with a Hold at Wunderlich... NRG Energy (NRG) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... NRG Yield (NYLD) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Nutrisystem (NTRI) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... Parsley Energy (PE) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Precision Drilling (PDS) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... RSP Permian (RSPP) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Taylor Morrison (TMHC) initiated with a Neutral at Citi... Tortoise North American Energy (TYN) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... WisdomTree (WETF) initiated with a Neutral at Northcoast.
10:05 EDTCXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Atlassian (TEAM) upgraded on positive outlook at JMP Securities... BRF S.A. (BRFS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Bank of America (BAC) upgraded to Outperform from Sell at CLSA... CEMEX (CX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Chemical Financial (CHFC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Fig Partners... Computer Programs (CPSI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka... DST Systems (DST) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... Diamond Offshore (DO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... First Cash Financial (FCFS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... First Merchants (FRME) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Flex (FLEX) upgraded on solid results at Stifel... Intercept (ICPT) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... JetBlue (JBLU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Juniper (JNPR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Live Oak Bancshares (LOB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Microsemi (MSCC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... NetSuite (N) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... NextEra Energy (NEE) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... Oshkosh (OSK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... PC Connection (PCCC) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... Pinnacle Financial (PNFP) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Potash (POT) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotiabank... Rayonier (RYN) upgraded on valuation at BMO Capital... SanDisk (SNDK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Select Comfort (SCSS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Sotherly Hotels (SOHO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... Textura (TXTR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Valley National (VLY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill.
06:34 EDTCXCEMEX upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies
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January 28, 2016
17:07 EDTNRGNRG Energy initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim
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06:15 EDTSVASinovac Biotech announces issuance of GMP certificate for EV71 vaccine
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January 27, 2016
10:00 EDTINFNOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Arista Networks (ANET) initiated with a Buy at Citi... Brocade (BRCD) initiated with a Neutral at Citi... CBL & Associates (CBL) initiated with an Underperform at Boenning & Scattergood... Caleres (CAL) initiated with a Hold at BB&T... Ciena (CIEN) initiated with a Neutral at Citi... Fitbit (FIT) initiated with a Buy, $35 target at Citi... Genesco (GCO) initiated with a Hold at BB&T... Infinera (INFN) initiated with a Buy at Citi... Nabriva Therapeutics (NBRV) initiated with a Buy at Gabelli... SanDisk (SNDK) initiated with a Buy at Citi... Seagate (STX) initiated with a Sell at Citi... Tanger Factory (SKT) initiated with an Underperform at Boenning & Scattergood... Taubman Centers (TCO) initiated with a Neutral at Boenning & Scattergood... WP Glimcher (WPG) initiated with an Underperform at Boenning & Scattergood... Western Digital (WDC) initiated with a Buy at Citi... Yirendai (YRD) initiated with a Buy at Needham.
08:18 EDTIPHIInphi's appeal in patent case against Netlist denied by U.S. Court of Appeal
Netlist (NLST) announced that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has denied Inphi's (IPHI) petition for a rehearing of its November 2015 precedential opinion which had affirmed the validity of Netlist's U.S. Pat. No. 7,532,537. In order to continue to challenge the validity of this patent, Inphi must now appeal directly to the U.S. Supreme Court.
06:35 EDTINFNInfinera initiated with a Buy at Citi
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January 25, 2016
15:03 EDTNRGPJM-linked energy generators crash after Supreme Court upholds 'demand response'
Shares of Dynegy (DYN) and select peers are trading lower after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and its so-called demand response, an industry practice that seeks to encourage lower energy usage. The rule, which pays customers for not using power, effectively boosts supply and increases pressure on prices in the PJM power grid, the nation's biggest merchant power market. Dynegy, Talen (TLN), Exelon (EXC) and FirstEnergy (FE) are the largest merchant generators in PJM, according to Bloomberg data. PRICE ACTION: Dynegy has fallen roughly 11.2% to $9.92. Exelon, NRG Energy (NRG), Talen and Calpine (CPN) have slipped 2.8%, 7.8%, 5.2%, and 7.7%, respectively, while energy savings firm EnerNOC (ENOC) jumped nearly 78% in the wake of the ruling.
January 22, 2016
12:59 EDTNRGNRG Energy puts portfolio of plants up for sale, SparkSpread says
NRG Energy is offering a 1,381 MW portfolio of peaking generation plants for sale, according to SparkSpread. Reference Link
09:29 EDTWEXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: ABB (ABB) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... ACADIA (ACAD) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... ASML (ASML) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... Alaska Air (ALK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Arrow Electronics (ARW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... Avnet (AVT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... Avon Products (AVP) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... BankUnited (BKU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Barclays (BCS) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Berenberg... Bristol-Myers (BMY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Berenberg... CA Technologies (CA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... CaixaBank (CAIXY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Canadian Pacific (CP) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Cardinal Financial (CFNL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Columbia Sportswear (COLM) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Gorman-Rupp (GRC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Boenning & Scattergood... Independent Bank (INDB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... JD.com (JD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... KeyCorp (KEY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Lincoln National (LNC) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Masco (MAS) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... MetLife (MET) upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James... Northern Trust (NTRS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Pacific Continental (PCBK) upgraded to Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Qualcomm (QCOM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... SL Green Realty (SLG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... SVB Financial (SIVB) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... SunPower (SPWR) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... WEX Inc. (WEX) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo.
05:46 EDTWEXWEX Inc. upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
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05:24 EDTEEEl Paso Electric files joint motion to abate procedural schedule in TX rate case
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