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May 30, 2014
10:13 EDTAMSG, SKHCY, OVTI, OIS, MFRM, LPNT, EXC, XEC, BAS, BNS, AVY, TDSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AmSurg (AMSG) upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James... Avery Dennison (AVY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS) upgraded to Outperformer from Sector Performer at CIBC... Basic Energy (BAS) upgraded to Overweight from Equalweight at Capital One... Cimarex Energy (XEC) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Tudor Pickering... Exelon (EXC) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... LifePoint Hospitals (LPNT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Mattress Firm (MFRM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... Oil States (OIS) upgraded to Overweight from Equalweight at Capital One... OmniVision (OVTI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Sonic Healthcare (SKHCY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Telephone and Data (TDS) upgraded at Morgan Stanley.
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July 25, 2014
07:06 EDTLPNTLifePoint Hospitals sees FY14 EPS $2.99-$3.19, consensus $2.71
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07:03 EDTLPNTLifePoint reports Q2 EPS from cont. ops. 84c, may not compare to consensus 55c
Reports Q2 revenues from continuing operations $1.05B, consensus $1.01B.
July 24, 2014
19:40 EDTBASBasic Energy sees Q3 revenue up 4%-6%, consensus $376.38M
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19:38 EDTBASBasic Energy reports Q2 adjusted EPS 13c, consensus 9c
Reports Q2 revenue $359.66M, consensus $356.27M. The adjusted EPS excludes a $2.9M, or 7c per diluted share, after-tax amount related to Basic's participation in a legal settlement associated with a 2013 accident. Completion and remedial services revenue rose 20% to $164.4M in Q2. Adjusted for the sale of the company's barge operations in March, well servicing revenues increased two% to $89.6M during Q2. Fluid services revenue in Q2 decreased 3% to $90.3M. Contract drilling revenue increased 14% to $15.4M during Q2.
10:03 EDTEXCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:29 EDTEXCExelon downgraded to Neutral from Buy at ISI Group
ISI Group downgraded Execlon to Neutral and cut its price target to $33 from $40. The analyst downgraded shares due to reasonable valuation and lack of visibility into the short-medium term power market.
July 23, 2014
10:20 EDTOVTISony investing to increase stacked CMOS image sensor production
Sony (SNE) announced earlier that it plans to invest in Nagasaki TEC and Kumamoto TEC from the second half of FY14 through the first half of FY15 to increase its production capacity for stacked CMOS image sensors. This investment is primarily intended to reinforce Nagasaki TEC's layering process production capabilities, as well as Kumamoto TEC's mastering process facilities. The current investment is expected to enable Sony to complete subsequent stages of production, including the layering process, at Nagasaki TEC on semiconductor chips that have undergone the mastering process at Yamagata TEC, providing Sony with a fully integrated production system for stacked CMOS image sensors. This investment forms part of Sony's mid - to long-term plan to increase its total production capacity for image sensors to approximately 75K wafers per month and is expected to increase the current capacity of approximately 60K wafers per month to approximately 68K wafers per month in August 2015. Sony intends to bolster its manufacturing capacity for stacked CMOS image sensors, and further strengthen its integrated supply operations, and to thereby reinforce its leading market position. The total investment amount is expected to be approximately Y35B to be carried out in FY14 and in FY15. Of this, the amount to be invested in FY14, or approximately Y9B, was included in the forecast of capital expenditure for semiconductors in the current fiscal year of approximately Y65B announced on May 14. Note that OmniVision Technologies (OVTI) designs, develops and markets integrated and semiconductor image-sensor devices.
July 22, 2014
13:46 EDTLPNTCourt upholds Obamacare subsidies, NY Times says
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12:16 EDTLPNTU.S. to appeal ruling on health care insurance subsidies, Politico says
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July 21, 2014
11:04 EDTEXCExelon upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie (pre-open)
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09:46 EDTMFRMMattress Firm management to meet with Jefferies
Meeting to be held in Las Vegas on July 28 hosted by Jefferies.
July 17, 2014
09:15 EDTOISOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Dresser-Rand (DRC), up 15.5% after Manager Magazin says Siemens (SIEGY) preparing bid for the company. Other oil equipment companies with a market cap similar to Dresser-Rand's include Dril-Quip (DRQ) and Oil States (OIS)... Microsoft (MSFT), up 3.4% after announcing restructuring, including plans to cut up to 18K jobs. UP AFTER EARNINGS: Morgan Stanley (MS) up 1.5%... Sherwin-Williams (SHW), up 3%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Mattel (MAT), down 7.3%... Sandisk (SNDK), down 7%... Yum! Brands (YUM), down 2.5%. LOWER: Orbitz (OWW), down 3% after results, 34M share spot secondary offering of stock priced at $8.25... Benefitfocus (BNFT), down 1% after 2.5M share Secondary priced at $38.50.
July 16, 2014
10:51 EDTLPNTHospitals advance after HCA preliminary results beat expectations
Shares of a number of hospital stocks are rising after one of the companies in the sector, HCA Holdings (HCA), preannounced stronger than expected second quarter results. WHAT'S NEW: HCA Holdings estimated that its Q2 EPS would come in at $1.07, versus analysts' consensus forecast of 92c. The hospital operator estimated that its Q2 revenue would be $9.23B, versus the consensus estimate of $8.86B. Moreover, HCA hiked its fiscal 2014 EPS guidance, excluding certain items, to $4.00-$4.25 from its prior view of $3.45-$3.75. The company added that its same facility admissions had risen 1.2% during Q2 versus the same period a year earlier, while same facility revenue per equivalent admission is expected to jump about 5.4%. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, Wells Fargo analyst Gary Lieberman stated that it's possible that the Affordable Care Act was responsible for most of the amount by which the company's EPS beat the consensus outlook. As a result, he thinks that the company's full-year guidance appears "rather conservative." The analyst kept an Outperform rating on HCA shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Community Health (CYH) surged 8% to $46, Tenet (THC) rallied 7.5% to $48.33, Universal Health (UHS) climbed 5% to $96.44, and LifePoint (LPNT) advanced 6% to $65.06, and HCA Holdings gained 7.8% to $59.50.
10:00 EDTOIS, BASOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: American Airlines (AAL) initiated with an Overweight at Atlantic Equities... Apple (AAPL) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Basic Energy (BAS) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Brookdale Senior Living (BKD) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... CA Technologies (CA) initiated with a Market Perform at FBR Capital... Dresser-Rand (DRC) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Fortinet (FTNT) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... Frank's International (FI) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Home Bancorp (HBCP) initiated with an Outperform at Fig Partners... Key Energy (KEG) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... McDermott (MDR) initiated with a Neutral at Tigress Financial... ORBCOMM (ORBC) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Oil States (OIS) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... PBF Energy (PBF) initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays... Palo Alto (PANW) assumed with a Conviction Buy at Goldman... Proofpoint (PFPT) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... Qlik Technologies (QLIK) initiated with a Market Perform at FBR Capital... Radius Health (RDUS) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Seventy Seven Energy (SSE) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Superior Energy (SPN) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Tandem Diabetes (TNDM) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair... Trecora Resources (TREC) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... Ultragenyx (RARE) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... United Natural Foods (UNFI) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Viper Energy (VNOM) initiated with a Market Perform at Northland... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) initiated with a Buy at Tigress Financial.
09:59 EDTLPNTHCA Holdings guidance increase looks conservative, says Wells Fargo
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09:35 EDTLPNTHospitals rally after HCA Holdings boosts outlook
After HCA Holdings (HCA) raised its outlook for the year, peers Community Health (CYH), Tenet (THC), Universal Health (UHS) and LifePoint Hospitals (LPNT) are strongly to the upside in early trading.
09:21 EDTEXCComEd announces partnership with AMSC
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July 15, 2014
16:09 EDTOISOil States initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird
Target $76.
16:09 EDTBASBasic Energy initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird
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08:19 EDTOVTIOmniVision regaining smartphone market share in China, says RW Baird
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