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August 20, 2014
11:42 EDTJCP, FOLD, PLUG, ACHN, AMPE, ARWR, VHCOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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August 31, 2015
16:23 EDTFOLDOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
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10:48 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney rises after analyst upgrades stock, calls company 'self-help story'
Shares of retailer J.C. Penney (JCP) saw a boost in morning trading after an analyst from Deutsche Bank upgraded his rating on the company's shares, remarking on the company as a "self-help story." WHAT'S NEW: Deutsche Bank analyst Paul Trussell this morning upgraded J.C. Penney to Buy from Hold. Trussell also upgraded his price target to $12 from $10, noting that the company has already improved its merchandise mix and is now moving toward better pricing and fewer markdowns. Trussell said that the company's target of mid-single digit same-store sales growth looks "achievable" and its brands and assortment "look right." The analyst added that Marvin Ellison, the company's chief executive officer, is "driving the next step" to "bring JCP up the curve in pricing and markdown optimization, supply chain, leveraging IT and reducing corporate redundancies." Trussell, who also said he views the company as a "self-help story with multiple levers to pull," maintained "slightly" conservative estimates given the challenging competitive environment, but sees meaningful upside to the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Other analysts have been relatively bullish on J.C. Penney shares in recent weeks after the company reported better than expected results for the second quarter on August 14. At that time, J.C. Penney reported a loss per share of 45c on revenue of $2.88B and said it expects to be free cash flow breakeven in fiscal year 2015. Additionally, the retailer backed its FY15 SSS view of up 4%-5% and said on its earnings conference call that it expects third quarter SSS to grow sequentially from Q2. J.C. Penney also expressed "confidence" in its ability to meet its $1.2B EBITDA target by 2017. On August 17, Piper Jaffray analyst Neely Tamminga raised her price on the company's shares to $17 from $15. Tamminga said that the company showed the ability for the second straight quarter to reach EBITDA targets regardless of top-line performance. The Piper analyst said she continues to rate the company a top pick for 2015. The same day, B. Riley analyst Jeff Van Sinderen initiated coverage of J.C. Penney with a Buy rating and a $12.50 price target, saying he views Penney as a "speculative turnaround" story and believes the company's "substantial" real estate assets partially offset its heavy debt load. The Fly notes that CEO Marvin Ellison will be speaking at Goldman Sachs 22nd Annual Global Retailing Conference on September 9. PRICE ACTION: J.C. Penney shares are up 3.24% to $9.23 in morning trading.
10:01 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: 58.com (WUBA) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... AU Optronics (AUO) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at Bernstein... Asbury Automotive (ABG) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Buckingham... Astec (ASTE) upgraded on upcoming catalysts at Stifel... Baidu (BIDU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Bob Evans (BOBE) upgraded to Sector Weight from Underweight at KeyBanc... CNOOC (CEO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Dover (DOV) upgraded on valuation, headwinds bottom at Bernstein... Envestnet (ENV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Avondale... Generac (GNRC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair... Gold Fields (GFI) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at Scotia Howard Weil... Goldman Sachs (GS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Intel (INTC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Leggett & Platt (LEG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Morgan Stanley (MS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Newmont Mining (NEM) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia Howard Weil... Pan American Silver (PAAS) upgraded to Outperform at Scotia Howard Weil... QLogic (QLGC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Summit Research... Stanley Black & Decker (SWK) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Telefonica Brasil (VIV) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Tenet (THC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Twitter (TWTR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... UIL Holdings (UIL) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Argus... Vocera (VCRA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink... Wisconsin Energy (WEC) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman.
09:48 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney tests recent range highs
The shares are bucking the broader market trend and heading higher, last up over 1.8% to $9.10. The next level of major resistance would be at $9.42, a high that has not been met since April. Support is at $9.03. A breakout above $9.42 would break the stock out of a long base, which would be technically bullish for future price.
09:24 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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06:54 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Paul Trussell upgraded J.C. Penney to Buy and raised his price target for shares to $12 from $10. The retailer closed Friday up 47c to $8.94. Penny's target of mid-single-digit same-store-sales growth looks achievable while the company's brands and assortment look right, Trussell tells investors in a research note. Further, new CEO Marvin Ellison is bringing Penny "up the curve" in pricing and markdown optimization while reducing corporate redundancies, the analyst writes. He views the company as a "self-help story with multiple levers to pull."
06:30 EDTFOLDAmicus to host conference call
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06:03 EDTFOLDAmicus agrees to acquire Scioderm
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August 28, 2015
11:25 EDTPLUGPlug Power COO buys 14K shares
In a regulatory filing, Plug Power COO Keith Schmid disclosed that he acquired 14,000 shares of company stock yesterday, August 27, at an average price of $1.80 per share.
06:03 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney implied volatility of 48 at lower end of index mean range
August 26, 2015
07:09 EDTARWRVertex, Novavax among select biotechs to buy on weakness, says Piper Jaffray
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August 21, 2015
09:13 EDTVHCOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Accuray (ARAY), up 12.7%... Brocade (BRCD), up 6%... salesforce.com (CRM), up 3.5%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Intuit (INTU), down 6.7%... Deere (DE), down 5.4%... Nordson (NDSN), down 4.4%. ALSO LOWER: GigOptix (GIG), down 20% after 9.22M share Spot Secondary priced at $1.70... VirnetX Holding (VHC), down 19.8% after filing to sell 35M shares of common stock... Northwest Biotherapeutics (NWBO), down 8.7% after TheStreet's Adam Feuerstein reports, via Twitter, that CVax Phase 3 study has been temporarily halted in Germany.
06:30 EDTVHCVirnetX files to sell 35M shares of common stock
Cowen is acting as sales agent for the offering.
August 20, 2015
19:53 EDTJCPRetailers, others question heightened fees at Port of Oakland, WSJ says
After the Port of Oakland said it is considering implementing additional fees, the Retail Industry Leaders Association told the Federal Maritime Commission that it is "troubled" due to the lack of details regarding the fees, according to the Wall Street Journal. The retailer group also questioned the general effectiveness of such a program, and the Agriculture Transportation Coalition echoed the criticism, said the report. Note that executives from Lowe's (LOW), Best Buy (BBY), Target (TGT), Coca-Cola (KO), J.C. Penney (JCP), Tyson Foods (TSN), SunOpta (STKL), and Whole Foods (WFM) serve on the boards of the aforementioned associations. Reference Link
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August 19, 2015
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11:42 EDTPLUGPlug Power calls Wal-Mart 'satisfied customer' in blog post
In a blog post titled "GenKey Success with Walmart," Plug Power wrote, "Since GenKey's inception in early 2014, its value proposition has been proven for many of our material handling customers, including Walmart. Plug Power's GenKey solution packages all elements of a high-performance hydrogen fuel cell implementation together in one bundle for easy adoption: GenDrive fuel cell units, GenFuel hydrogen and fueling infrastructure, and GenCare service...On paper, the solution is great. But it's really when we see a satisfied customer like Walmart make ongoing investments to convert its material handling fleets to GenKey hydrogen and fuel cells, at one distribution center after another, that we fully understand the successful impact our product is having on North America's leading retailer...We value our opportunity to provide Walmart warehouse facilities with viable hydrogen and fuel cell solutions that are helping to improve business operations, increase production efficiencies, and bring sustainable power to the industry. Walmart's continual GenKey adoption is not only a validation of our value proposition, but a validation of our technology." Reference Link
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August 18, 2015
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