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March 31, 2014
10:02 EDTAPA, HCA, UHS, THC, LPNT, BBW, CMI, MYGN, CYH, SCSC, YELP, FBRC, KS, MELI, OKS, NGLS, TPVG, WLH, DRC, AMZGOn 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.
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October 22, 2014
15:30 EDTYELPNotable companies reporting after market close
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13:49 EDTYELPYelp October weekly volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
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11:53 EDTYELPYelp technical notes ahead of results
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10:09 EDTYELPOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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October 21, 2014
17:29 EDTYELPYelp initiated with a Hold at Brean Capital
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October 20, 2014
13:06 EDTKSKapStone initiated with a Buy at Dundee (pre-open)
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07:15 EDTHCA, UHSAmerican Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry to hold annual meeting
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07:13 EDTYELPYelp October weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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October 17, 2014
12:52 EDTMYGNOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were sharply higher at midday, as the averages bounce back following steep declines in several recent sessions. Better than expected earnings from General Electric (GE) and Morgan Stanley (MS), a rebound in European stock markets and a stronger than expected reading on U.S. consumer confidence may all be contributing to the brightened mood evidenced by today's trading. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts rebounded 6.3% to a 1.017M pace in September, beating expectations for a monthly increase of 4.6%. Building permits increased 1.5% to a 1.018M rate, which was below the expected 2.3% rise. The first release on the University of Michigan's consumer sentiment index for October came in at 86.4, versus expectations for a decline to 84.0 from the prior 84.6 reading. COMPANY NEWS: General Electric shares rose over 3% after the company reported better than expected third quarter profit and nearly in-line revenues. Morgan Stanley, whose quarterly results also topped Street expectations, advanced 2.5%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Westmoreland Coal (WLB), which gained 23% after it stuck a deal to acquire Oxford GP, the general partner of Oxford Resource Partners (OXF), and contribute certain royalty bearing coal reserves to Oxford in return for Oxford common units. Afterward, Brean Capital raised its price target on Westmoreland to $60, noting the announcement represents an entry into the MLP space. Also higher were shares of Textron (TXT), which advanced 11% after the aircraft and defense company reported better than expected third quarter earnings per share and raised its profit outlook for fiscal 2014. Among the noteworthy losers was Urban Outfitters (URBN), which dropped 13% and was downgraded by at least three Street research firms after the owner of Anthropologie and its namesake clothing stores warned that its Q3 earnings may be negatively impacted by continued weakness in its comparable retail sales. Also lower was Myriad Genetics (MYGN), which fell 7% after guiding to lower than expected Q1 adjusted earnings, citing a higher than expected increase in costs to perform its myRisk Hereditary Cancer test following the test's national launch. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 295.34, or 1.83%, to 16,412.58, the Nasdaq was up 62.43, or 1.48%, to 4,279.82, and the S&P 500 was up 29.48, or 1.58%, to 1,892.24.
07:16 EDTMYGNMyriad Genetics receives draft medicare coverage for Prolaris
Myriad Genetics announced that Palmetto GBA, a Medicare Administrative Contractor, or MAC, that assesses molecular diagnostic technologies, has issued a draft local coverage determination, or LCD, for Prolaris, Myriad's prostate cancer test. The LCD is posted to the Medicare Coverage Database on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, or CMS, website and establishes the coverage policy for Medicare beneficiaries. The current language in the draft LCD provides reimbursement coverage for the approximately 50% of prostate cancer patients defined as low and very low risk. Under Medicare rules, the draft LCD is subject to a minimum 45-day public comment period. After comments are considered, a final LCD is issued, which goes into effect after a minimum 45-day notification period.
07:14 EDTMYGNMyriad Genetics sees FY15 EPS $1.90-$2.00, consensus $1.93
Backs FY15 revenue guidance of $800M-$820M, consensus 804.15M.
07:14 EDTMYGNMyriad Genetics sees Q1 adjusted EPS 25c, consensus 41c
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07:00 EDTMYGNMyriad Genetics trading halted, pending news
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October 16, 2014
15:10 EDTCYHAmerican College of Gastroenterology to hold annual meeting
ACG Annual Scientific Meeting 2014 to be held in Philadlephia, PA on October 17-22.
12:11 EDTMELIeBay sinks after trimming fiscal 2014 revenue outlook
Shares of e-commerce company eBay (EBAY) are sinking after the firm missed revenue expectations for the third quarter and lowered its outlook for for fiscal 2014. The mid-point of its fourth quarter earnings per share, as well as its Q4 revenue guidance also fell below analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, eBay reported Q3 EPS of 68c and revenue of $4.35B, compared to consensus of 67c and $4.37B, respectively. For the quarter, Marketplaces segment toatl net revenue increased $129M from last year, Payments segment total net revenue increased $330M and Enterprise segment total net revenue increased $7M. In a filing, eBay said that it had no material operating expenses directly related to a cyberattack, but noted that the cyberattack did adversely affect its Marketplaces revenue in the quarter. The company said it is currently unclear whether any loss of customer trust resulting from the breach could negatively impact its Marketplaces segment's results of operations on an ongoing basis or "require us to increase promotional efforts to regain such trust." WHAT'S NOTABLE: Looking ahead, eBay forecast Q4 EPS of 88c-91c and revenue of $4.85B-$4.95B, versus consensus estimates of 91c and $5.16B, respectively. The company announced that FY14 EPS would come in at the low end of its previous guidance of $2.95-$3.00, compared to consensus of $2.97. eBay also lowered its FY14 revenue outlook to $17.85B-$17.95B from $18B-$18.3B, versus analysts' consensus estimates of $18.15B. eBay cited slower Marketplace growth and FX headwinds for the reduced guidance. eBay said PayPal is on track to process 1B mobile transactions in 2014 and that it expects the PayPal separation to be complete in 2H15. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, research firm RBC Capital downgraded eBay to Sector Perform from Outperform following the Q3 report, citing softness in Marketplaces and lower than expected Payments segment margins. The firm lowered its price target on the shares to $55 from $62. Another firm, Stifel, said eBay shares are approaching compelling levels. However, Stifel noted that it is reluctant to become more positive on the stock without more information about the PayPal spin off, potential cost structure changes after the spin and before the stabilization of current operating trends. Stifel kept a Hold rating on the shares. CLSA downgraded eBay to Underperform from Buy and lowered its price target to $52 from $66. The firm cited ongoing issues with Marketplaces, execution risks post split, diminishing PayPal competitive advantages and potential M&A barriers. PRICE ACTION: In intra day trading, eBay fell $3.13, or about 6.3%, to $47.10 on heavy trading volume. Including today's pull back, the shares have lost approximately 12% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other ecommerce companies include Amazon.com (AMZN), down 1.8%, and Mercadolibre (MELI), down 0.9%.
10:01 EDTLPNTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:23 EDTHCAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:23 EDTAPAHart Energy to hold a conference
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07:14 EDTLPNTLifePoint Hospitals upgraded at RW Baird
As previously reported, Baird upgraded LifePoint to Outperform from Neutral. The firm upgraded shares based on valuation, M&A pipeline momentum, improved core operations, and potential further ACA benefit. Price target raised to $76 from $70.
06:09 EDTLPNTLifePoint Hospitals upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird
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