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May 30, 2014
10:13 EDTSKHCY, MFRM, XEC, AVY, OVTI, LPNT, BAS, AMSG, TDS, OIS, EXC, BNSOn 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.
News For AMSG;AVY;BNS;BAS;XEC;EXC;LPNT;MFRM;OIS;OVTI;SKHCY;TDS From The Last 14 Days
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April 22, 2015
07:13 EDTXECCimarex Energy initiated with a Neutral at Nomura
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07:00 EDTEXCExelon initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim
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April 20, 2015
10:00 EDTXECOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:06 EDTXECCimarex Energy downgraded to Hold from Accumulate at KLR Group
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April 17, 2015
10:34 EDTBNSApple seeks to launch Apple Pay in Canada in November, WSJ reports
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10:00 EDTXECOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:59 EDTXEC, XECCimarex Energy downgraded to Underperform from Buy at CLSA
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April 16, 2015
09:34 EDTBASBasic Energy downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at Global Hunter
April 15, 2015
10:00 EDTXECOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:40 EDTLPNTHospital stocks rise in pre-market after HCA boosts 2015 guidance
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07:50 EDTXECCimarex Energy price target raised to $150 from $130 at Stifel
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07:15 EDTXECCimarex Energy downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie
Macquarie downgraded Cimarex Energy to Neutral with a $115 price target due to valuation.
06:42 EDTXECCimarex Energy coverage resumed with a Neutral at Goldman
Target $125.
April 14, 2015
10:01 EDTAVYOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: AB InBev (BUD) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... AMC Networks (AMCX) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Avery Dennison (AVY) initiated with a Hold at BB&T... Boston Beer (SAM) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Brocade (BRCD) initiated with a Neutral at Wedbush... Bunge (BG) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... CIRCOR (CIR) initiated with a Speculative Buy at Global Hunter... Cabot Microelectronics (CCMP) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Canadian Natural (CNQ) initiated with a Buy at GMP Securities... Cenovus Energy (CVE) initiated with a Hold at GMP Securities... China Distance Education (DL) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) initiated with a Negative at Susquehanna... Coca-Cola (KO) initiated with a Negative at Susquehanna... Constellation Brands (STZ) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Discover (DFS) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo... Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Flex Pharma (FLKS) initiated with a Buy at H.C. Wainwright... Flowserve (FLS) initiated with a Neutral at Global Hunter... Goldman Sachs BDC (GSBD) initiated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill... ITT Corp. (ITT) initiated with an Accumulate at Global Hunter... Intra-Cellular (ITCI) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Microsemi (MSCC) initiated with a Buy at Topeka... Molson Coors (TAP) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Monster Beverage (MNST) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... New Oriental Education (EDU) initiated with a Hold at Brean Capital... OM Group (OMG) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Pattern Energy (PEGI) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Pentair (PNR) initiated with a Neutral at Global Hunter... PepsiCo (PEP) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Ply Gem (PGEM) initiated with an Overweight at KeyBanc... SodaStream (SODA) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Splunk (SPLK) initiated with an Outperform at Baird... SteadyMed (STDY) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... Suncor (SU) initiated with a Hold at GMP Securities... SuperCom (SPCB) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... TAL Education (XRS) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Tarena (TEDU) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Ulta Salon (ULTA) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Versartis (VSAR) initiated with a Buy, $50 target at SunTrust... WisdomTree (WETF) initiated with a Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... uniQure (QURE) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital.
April 13, 2015
17:20 EDTAVYAvery Dennison initiated with a Hold at BB&T
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13:26 EDTBASOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with the Dow and S&P 500 slightly lower and the Nasdaq clinging to a narrow gain. The broader market opened in positive territory and the averages moved in a narrow trading range during the morning. The Nasdaq has been the strongest of the indices since the open, though early gains from Apple (AAPL) and Qualcomm (QCOM) had evaporated by near midday, taking a bite out of the gains the index had been seeing earlier in the session. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was released. In China, export sales unexpectedly contracted 15% in March, while imports shrank 12.7% last month from a year ago. The March fall in imports was in line with forecasts, unlike the one for exports, which were expected to rise 12%. COMPANY NEWS: Activist investor Jana Partners is putting pressure on Qualcomm to increase stock buybacks and take other actions to increase shareholder value, including an exploration of spinning off its chip unit from its patent-licensing unit. In response to statements made by JANA, Qualcomm noted that it recently increased its stock repurchase authorization to $15B and repeated that it plans to repurchase $10B of common stock within one year. Barry Rosenstein of JANA Partners, while speaking on CNBC, said Qualcomm should buy back $15B of its shares over the next six months, before the company undertakes strategic actions that could move the stock higher... Apple shares were rising early in the trading day but had given up their gains by midday. Pre-orders of its new Apple Watch started Friday. The company did not release any sales figures for the first weekend, but research firm Slice Intelligence estimated that nearly one million customers in the U.S. preordered the device on the first day it was available. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Alamos Gold (AGI), which rose 6%, and AuRico Gold (AUQ), which rose 7%, after the companies announced an agreement to combine via "a merger of equals" with a transaction equity value of about $1.5B. Upon completion of the deal, former Alamos and AuRico shareholders will each own approximately 50% of the new Alamos Gold and a new company, to be named AuRico Metals, will be created to hold AuRico's Kemess project and some other assets. The newly formed company will own a 4.9% equity interest in the spinoff and the remaining "SpinCo" shares will be distributed 50% each to former Alamos and AuRico shareholders. Also higher was Builders FirstSource (BLDR), which gained 65% after announcing that it has entered into an agreement to acquire ProBuild Holdings in an all-cash transaction valued at about $1.63B. Among the noteworthy losers was Basic Energy (BAS), which fell 8% after Raymond James downgraded the stock to Market Perform based on valuation, substantial pricing pressure, and industry overcapacity. Also lower were U.S.-listed shares of Sina (SINA), which dropped 5% after the Financial Times reported that China's government has warned that it will shut down the company's service if it does not "improve censorship." INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 19.08, or 0.11%, to 18,038.57, the Nasdaq was up 7.93, or 0.16%, to 5,003.91, and the S&P 500 was down 3.04, or 0.14%, to 2,099.02.
10:00 EDTBASOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:10 EDTMFRMMattress sales grew 8.3% in February, ISPA says
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08:31 EDTBASBasic Energy downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James
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06:09 EDTBASBasic Energy reports March well servicing rig count unchanged at 421
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