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January 30, 2013
10:24 EDTFOSL, HES, PCH, IDIX, XOM, CP, YUM, UNP, USB, PLD, OPEN, LEN, JBLU, ITW, HA, HOG, GGG, F, AMZNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Amazon.com (AMZN) downgraded to Outperform from Buy at CLSA... Ford (F) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA... Fossil (FOSL) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Brean Capital... Graco (GGG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... Harley-Davidson (HOG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Hawaiian Holdings (HA) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Illinois Tool Works (ITW) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... JetBlue (JBLU) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Lennar (LEN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... OpenTable (OPEN) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... ProLogis (PLD) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... U.S. Bancorp (USB) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorganbas... Union Pacific (UNP) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Atlantic Equities... Yum! Brands (YUM) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Bernstein... Canadian Pacific (CP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel Nicolaus... Exxon Mobil (XOM) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Idenix (IDIX) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Wedbush... Potlatch (PCH) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at DA Davidson... Hess Corp. (HES) downgraded to Neutral from Add at Capital One.
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September 4, 2014
08:07 EDTYUMYum! Brands volatility expected to move on Q3 China division sales guidance
Yum! Brands volatility is expected to move after updating Q3 China division sales guidance. Overall option implied volatility of 18 is below its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement.
08:01 EDTYUMYum! Brands consensus estimates still need to come down, says Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley said Yum! Brands pre-released China Q3 same-store-sale estimate of (13%) was well below consensus of +80bps. The firm said the news should not be a surprise given recent supplier issues but consensus estimates still remain too high and will need to come down. The analyst remains below consensus and sees no specific catalysts insight. Shares are Equal Weight rated.
07:56 EDTYUMYum! Brands price target lowered to $85 from $90 at UBS
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07:52 EDTAMZNAmazon.com well-positioned to beat 2015 profit expectations, says Bernstein
Bernstein expects Amazon.com's 2015 profits and margins to beat expectations, driven by batter than expected category mix shift and greater scale. The firm raised its price target on the stock to $450 from $360 and keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
06:40 EDTUSBAgencies finalize liquidity rule for large banks
The Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency finalized a rule yesterday that they said would strengthen the liquidity positions of large financial institutions. The rule will for the first time create a standardized minimum liquidity requirement for large and internationally active banking organizations., according to the agencies. Each institution will be required to hold high quality, liquid assets, or HQLA, such as central bank reserves and government and corporate debt that can be converted easily and quickly into cash in an amount equal to or greater than its projected cash outflows minus its projected cash inflows during a 30-day stress period, the agencies explained. The ratio of the firm’s liquid assets to its projected net cash outflow is its “liquidity coverage ratio,” or LCR, they said. The LCR will apply to all banking organizations with $250B or more in total consolidated assets or $10B or more in on-balance sheet foreign exposure and to these banking organizations’ subsidiary depository institutions that have assets of $10B or more, the agencies reported. The rule also will apply a less stringent, modified LCR to bank holding companies and savings and loan holding companies that do not meet these thresholds, but have $50B or more in total assets. Bank holding companies and savings and loan holding companies with substantial insurance or commercial operations are not covered by the final rule. The final rule is largely identical to the proposed rule, with a few key adjustments in response to comments from the public, the agencies stated. Those adjustments include changes to the range of corporate debt and equity securities included in HQLA, a phasing-in of daily calculation requirements, a revised approach to address maturity mismatch during a 30-day period, and changes in the stress period, calculation frequency, and implementation timeline for the bank holding companies and savings and loan companies subject to the modified LCR. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC).
06:22 EDTAMZNeBay to meet PayPal estimates despite competition, says Piper Jaffray
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September 3, 2014
18:39 EDTYUMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Bazaarvoice (BV), up 8%... PVH Corp. (PVH), consensus 5.4%... Iteris (ITI), up 9.1%... H&R Block (HRB), up 1.5%. ALSO HIGHER: Bolt Technology (BOLT), up 34.8% following news that it will be acquired by Teledyne (TDY)... Tibco Software (TIBX), up 10% after announcing that it is reviewing strategic alternatives... Morgans Hotel (MHGC), up 5.1% after commenting on ongoing review of strategic alternatives. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Shoe Carnival (SCVL), down 7 .7%... AeroVironment (AVAV), down 5.9%. ALSO LOWER: Yum! Brands (YUM), down 3.9% after updating third quarter China division Same Store Sales guidance... Northstar Realty (NRF), down 2.3% after filing to sell 45M shares with a forward component.
17:50 EDTYUMYum! Brands drops after hours on China SSS Q3 update
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17:46 EDTYUMYum! Brands sees China division SSS for Q3 down 13% vs. prior year
Yum! Brands made the following statement in a regulatory filing: "Since July 21st, Yum! Brands’ China division has experienced a significant, negative impact to sales at both KFC and Pizza Hut following adverse publicity regarding improper food handling practices by former supplier, Shanghai Husi, a division of OSI. As such, China division same-store sales for the third quarter ended August 31st are now estimated to be approximately -13% versus prior year. While sales are beginning to rebound, they continue to be negative. Our brands have proven resilient over time and we expect this to be the case with this situation as well. As previously reported, we will provide updated guidance on our expected full-year EPS growth on our third-quarter earnings call. The company plans to vigorously pursue legal action against OSI and Husi to recover damages from the incident."
17:19 EDTXOMExxon Mobil announces Slagen Refinery project to upgrade fuel oil
ExxonMobil affiliate Esso Norge AS announced plans to install a new processing unit at the Slagen refinery to enable production of high quality vacuum gas oil, a higher-yield feedstock used to create finished products such as diesel. The new residual flash tower is an upgrading unit that will improve the facility’s overall crude distillation process by replacing production of heavy fuel oil with lighter, higher-value gas oil.
13:50 EDTAMZNAmazon.com slips lower, levels to watch
The shares are down over 1% to $338.94. At that price next support is at $337.55, the session low. Resistance is at $340, an intraday pivot high.
12:33 EDTFOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher to begin the day, as reports spurred optimism that a ceasefire agreement between Russia and the Ukraine may soon be reached. The move was short lived, as the averages turned mixed during the second hour of trading. Shares of Apple (AAPL) are weighing down the Nasdaq after an analyst recommended investors take some profits in the stock. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., factory orders rose 10.5% in July, which was a bit below the forecast for 11.0% growth. The Fed's Beige Book is scheduled to be released at 2:00 pm ET. In Europe, the final reading of Eurozone services PMI was knocked down to 53.1 from a preliminary 53.5 reading, mirroring the lowering of the Eurozone manufacturing PMI reading yesterday. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple retreated 4% after research firm Pacific Crest advised investors to take some profits in the stock. Pacific Crest analyst Andy Hargreaves forecast the percentage of new iPhone users who buy the next version of the device beyond the iPhone 6 is likely to decline versus prior cycles. The stock likely has only limited room to increase, according to Hargreaves, who said he would probably downgrade Apple unless new products that can generate billions of dollars in new operating profit are launched at its September 9 event... Carmakers reported on August vehicle sales in the U.S., with Chrysler (FIATY) reporting a 20% increase, Ford stating that sales rose slightly compared to the prior year and General Motors (GM) posting a 1.2% decline in sales. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Infinity Pharmaceuticals (INFI), which jumped 46% after the company announced a cancer drug collaboration with AbbVie (ABBV) and a master clinical supply agreement with Roche (RHHBY). Also higher was Mobileye (MBLY), which gained nearly 10% after Morgan Stanley wrote that the stock could rise "towards $100" if the company maintains its current market, gross margins and earnings position. Mobileye is scheduled to report on its second quarter results tomorrow morning, which will be its first quarterly report since its August IPO. Among the noteworthy losers was Repros Therapeutics (RPRX), which dropped 15% after newly posted FDA briefing documents regarding a panel on T-normalizing therapies prompted Piper Jaffray to downgrade the stock to Neutral from Overweight. Also lower following its earnings report was apparel company Vince Holding (VNCE), which fell 11%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 33.71, or 0.2%, to 17,101.27, the Nasdaq was down 23.24, or 0.51%, to 4,574.95, and the S&P 500 was down 0.64, or 0.03%, to 2,001.64.
12:19 EDTYUMOptions with increasing implied volatility
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11:48 EDTJBLUJetBlue says sees making decision on fare families in 1H15
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11:46 EDTJBLUJetBlue says 'Mint class' service performing well
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10:17 EDTFFord says August industry sales likely reached mid-17M annual pace
Says total industry sales likely closed out at mid-17M range on a seasonally adjusted annualized basis. Says August SAAR may have reached 15M vehicles. Says industry "very strong at this stage of recovery." Says pressure on passenger cars continues. Says Fusion sales on pace to top 300,000 for first time. Says has 69-day supply of vehicles, up from 65-day supply last year. Comments made on Ford's August U.S. sales conference call.
09:31 EDTFFord reports August U.S. sales up 0.4% to 222,174 vehicles
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08:31 EDTAMZNAmazon CFO Thomas Szkutak to retire in June 2015
Amazon.com announced that Thomas J. Szkutak, Senior Vice President and CFO, will retire from the company in June 2015. Szkutak has been Amazon’s CFO since joining the company in October 2002 and oversees the controller, treasury, investor relations, tax, internal audit and facilities functions as well as financial management of the company’s business units. Brian T. Olsavsky, Vice President of Finance for the company’s global consumer business, will succeed Szkutak as CFO, reporting to Jeffrey P. Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon. Szkutak and Olsavsky will work together to conduct a seamless transition of CFO responsibilities over the next 10 months.
07:29 EDTUSBFinal liquidity, swaps margin rules to be unveiled today, Reuters says
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06:34 EDTUSBFBI hasn't found evidence JPMorgan hack hit other big banks, WSJ reports
The FBI hasn't found any evidence to suggest that the recent breach at JPMorgan hit any of the other big U.S. banks, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing four people close to the probe. JPMorgan said it isn't experiencing "unusual amounts of fraud," and, according to two sources, consumers "likely don't face a serious risk." Reference Link
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