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March 31, 2014
10:02 EDTAPA, BBW, UHS, MYGN, LPNT, HCA, CMI, THC, DRC, NGLS, KS, SCSC, WLH, OKS, FBRC, YELP, TPVG, MELI, AMZG, CYHOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
American Eagle Energy (AMZG) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... FBR & Co. (FBRC) initiated with an Outperform at Barrington... KapStone (KS) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... MercadoLibre (MELI) initiated with a Sell at Citigroup... ONEOK Partners (OKS) initiated with a Neutral at UBS... Targa Resources Partners (NGLS) initiated with a Buy at UBS... William Lyon Homes (WLH) reinstated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Dresser-Rand (DRC) initiated with a Buy at Gabelli... Scansource (SCSC) initiated with a Buy at Sidoti... Yelp (YELP) initiated with a Market Perform at Wells Fargo... HCA Holdings (HCA) initiated with a Buy at Monness Crespi... Community Health (CYH) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Universal Health (UHS) initiated with a Neutral at Monness Crespi... Tenet (THC) initiated with a Neutral at Monness Crespi... LifePoint Hospitals (LPNT) initiated with a Neutral at Monness Crespi... Build-A-Bear (BBW) initiated with a Buy at Craig-Hallum... Cummins (CMI) initiated with a Buy at Argus... TriplePoint Venture (TPVG) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo... Myriad Genetics (MYGN) resumed with an Underweight at JPMorgan... Apache (APA) initiated with a Buy at KLR Group.
News For AMZG;FBRC;KS;MELI;OKS;NGLS;TPVG;WLH;DRC;YELP;SCSC;CYH;HCA;UHS;THC;LPNT;BBW;CMI;MYGN;APA From The Last 14 Days
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February 3, 2016
07:13 EDTWLHBill Miller positive on shares of William Lyon Homes
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February 2, 2016
19:22 EDTMYGNOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Boot Barn (BOOT), up 16.5%... Wabash National (WNC), up 9.7%... Oclaro (OCLR), up 6.8%... Myriad Genetics (MYGN), up 8%... Ultimate Software Group (ULTI), up 6.2%... Natural Health (NHTC), up 6.2%... Edwards Lifesciences (EW), up 6.2%... Viavi Solutions (VIAV), up 2.4%... Gilead Sciences (GILD), up just under 1%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Match Group (MTCH), down 7.3%... Yahoo (YHOO), down 1.2%... Chipotle (CMG), down 7.1%. ALSO LOWER: Barnes & Noble (BKS), down 2.4% after General Growth (GGP) CEO Sandeep Mathrani announced that Amazon (AMZN) is going to open 300-400 brick-and-mortar bookstores.
16:10 EDTMYGNMyriad Genetics sees FY16 EPS $1.63-$1.68, consensus $1.64
Sees FY16 revenue $750-$770M , consensus $759.25M.
16:09 EDTMYGNMyriad Genetics sees Q3 EPS 37c-39c, consensus 40c
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16:07 EDTMYGNMyriad Genetics reports Q2 EPS 45c, consensus 41c
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15:16 EDTAPAS&P takes rating actions on U.S. investment-grade E&P companies
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14:32 EDTMYGNNotable companies reporting after market close
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February 1, 2016
18:21 EDTNGLSTarga Resources' acquisition of Targa Resources Partners receives recommendation
Targa Resources (TRGP) announced that three proxy voting advisory firms, Institutional Shareholder Services, Glass, Lewis & Co. and Egan-Jones Proxy Services, have recommended that their clients vote in favor of the proposals related to TRC acquiring all of the outstanding common units of Targa Resources Partners (NGLS) that it does not already own. The Board of Directors of TRC, the Conflicts Committee of the Board of Directors of the general partner of TRP and the Board of Directors of the General Partner of TRP unanimously approved the merger agreement. Special meetings for TRC stockholders and TRP common unitholders will be held on February 12. Subject to the voting approvals, and certain other customary closing conditions, the merger is expected to close on February 17.
16:18 EDTCYHCommunity Health announces divestiture of Lehigh Acres, Florida hospital
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January 29, 2016
14:24 EDTHCAEarnings Watch: Aetna down 9% since last report
Aetna (AET) is scheduled to report fourth quarter earnings before the market open on Monday, February 1, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Aetna, a diversified health care benefits company in the United States, operates in three segments: Health Care, Group Insurance, and Large Case Pensions. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.21 on revenue of $14.93B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.16-$1.32 on revenue of $14.44B-$15.36B. LAST QUARTER: Aetna reported third quarter EPS of $1.90 on revenue of $14.97B against analyst estimates of $1.77 and $14.95B, respectively. The company raised its fiscal 2015 EPS view to $7.45-$7.55 from "at least $7.40." Operating earnings were $668.6M for Q315 compared with $638.6M for Q314. The increase in operating earnings was primarily due to higher underwriting margins in Aetna's Health Care segment, partially offset by an increase in general and administrative expenses and lower underwriting margins in Aetna's Group Insurance segment. On January 11, Aetna said it see FY15 EPS at the high end of the $7.45-$7.55 range. Consensus for FY15 EPS is $7.54. STREET RESEARCH: On January 15, Wells Fargo said it expects health insurers' stock to do well this year, as the firm expects M&A deals made the last years to increase profits this year, and it thinks investors should be attracted to what it sees as the defensive names in the sector. Wells does not believe that any changes to or replacements of the ACA will be worse for the sector than the status quo. It identified Aetna and HCA Holdings (HCA) as its favorite names in the sector. On January 25, Leerink analyst Ana Gupte said she believed the recent selloff has provided a "strong" buying opportunity in the Managed Care space. Valuations are attractive on multiple metrics, Gupte told investors in a research note. Her top picks are UnitedHealth (UNH), Aetna, Humana (HUM) and Molina Healthcare (MOH). The analyst also favors Anthem (ANTM) and Cigna (CI). PRICE ACTION: Shares of Aetna are down approximately 9% since its last earnings report. The stock is up 2.6% to $101.42 in Friday afternoon trading ahead of Monday morning's report.
07:36 EDTAPAAnalysts still predicting mergers as oil slump drags on, WSJ reports
Bankers and analysts have been predicting a wave of merger activity will come almost since crude prices began to fall from over $100 a barrel, but the only big acquisition by an oil major so far has been Shell's (RDS.A) purchase of BG Group (BRGYY), said The Wall Street Journal, which added that analysts still believe deal-making is likely to return this year if prices continue to languish. With Chevron (CVX) set to report today and its big peers soon to follow, analysts are expecting the four biggest publicly traded Western oil companies to have their weakest combined profits since 1998, the Journal noted. The report noted that U.S. shale oil producers, such as Apache (APA) and Whiting Petroleum (WLL), were previously targeted though potential sellers were reluctant to accept offers as they hoped for a rebound in oil prices and potential buyers wondered if any deal struck would look expensive if crude prices fell further, but "both impediments are gone now," the Journal contends. Reference Link
05:23 EDTCYHCommunity Health implied volatility of 77 at upper end of index mean range
January 28, 2016
10:04 EDTCYHOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Amdocs (DOX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Cheesecake Factory (CAKE) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Chemical Financial (CHFC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Cimarex Energy (XEC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Cirrus Logic (CRUS) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Citrix (CTXS) upgraded on Q4 results, valuation at JMP Securities... Comerica (CMA) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at BMO Capital... Community Health (CYH) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... Denny's (DENN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Dolby (DLB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Dougherty... EMC (EMC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Halliburton (HAL) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Hanmi Financial (HAFC) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Hawaiian Holdings (HA) upgraded to Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Hologic (HOLX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Kinder Morgan (KMI) upgraded at Stifel... MGM China (MCHVF) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Nimble Storage (NMBL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Maxim... Patterson Companies (PDCO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... PayPal (PYPL) upgraded to Outperform on core market share gains at Wedbush... Prosperity Bancshares (PB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... RPC, Inc. (RES) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Rowan Companies (RDC) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... SanDisk (SNDK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Stillwater Mining (SWC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Vantiv (VNTV) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Wilshire Bancorp (WIBC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James.
08:35 EDTHCAHCA Holdings sees FY16 adjusted EPS $6.00-$6.45, consensus $5.79
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08:33 EDTHCAHCA Holdings reports Q4 EPS $1.40, consensus $1.40
Reports Q4 revenue $10.249B, consensus $10.16B.
06:10 EDTCYHCommunity Health upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James
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January 27, 2016
14:34 EDTHCANotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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11:27 EDTHCAOptions with increasing call volume
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January 26, 2016
13:13 EDTYELPYelp spike attributed to takeover speculation
An early afternoon spike in shares of Yelp (YELP) is being attributed to takeover speculation. A rumor has Priceline (PCLN) interested in a potential acquisition of Yelp, trading sources tell The Fly. Shares of Yelp are up 68c to $22.34 in early afternoon trading after earlier spiking as high as $22.87. The Fly, in fulfilling its mission of explaining stock movement, often comes across the many unconfirmed rumors being passed through trading desks and social media platforms. On the occasion that rumors or speculation appear on The Fly's news feed, it should be viewed not as giving credence to the conjecture, rather as simply highlighting its impact on the stock prices of the companies involved.
13:13 EDTYELPYelp January weekly calls active
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