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February 16, 2012
10:28 EDTPHM, RLOC, AAWW, SEM, DELL, CQB, NVDA, FMS, DGIT, CMCSA, WSO, ACOM, MAS, NRP, DE, INCY, AMZNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Amazon.com (AMZN) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley...Incyte (INCY) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley...Deere (DE) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo...Natural Resource (NRP) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo...Digital Generation (DGIT) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer...Digital Generation downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital...Select Medical (SEM) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities...Masco (MAS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup...Fresenius Medical (FMS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup...Atlas Air (AAWW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Dahlman Rose...Ancestry.com (ACOM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill...NVIDIA (NVDA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill...ReachLocal (RLOC) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill...Watsco (WSO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust...Chiquita Brands (CQB) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T...Pulte Group (PHM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS...Comcast (CMCSA) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus...Dell (DELL) downgraded to Outperform from Buy at CLSA.
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November 13, 2014
13:26 EDTINCYLeerink biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Biotech Analysts provide a preview of items being discussed at the upcoming 56th Annual Meeting of ASH including Leukemia/MDS on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on November 20 at 10 am.
11:43 EDTAMZNAmazon.com, Hachette end dispute, New York Times reports
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09:06 EDTCMCSAComcast and Boys & Girls Clubs of America launch My Future Technology initiative
Comcast NBCUniversal and Boys & Girls Clubs of America have entered into a five-year national partnership valued at tens of millions of dollars in cash and in-kind support. The partnership includes the launch of My.Future, a new technology initiative designed to teach Club members about our digital world and ignite their passion for technology.
07:18 EDTPHMUBS to hold a conference
Building & Building Products Annual CEO Conference is being held in New York on November 13 with webcasted company presentations to begin at 9:30 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
06:43 EDTFMSFresenius Medical to acquire Cogent Healthcare, financial terms not disclosed
Fresenius Medical Care AG & Co. KGaA announced that Sound Physicians has entered into an agreement to acquire Cogent Healthcare with more than 650 providers, who offer hospitalist and intensivist services to more than 80 hospitals throughout the United States. Combined, the expanded Sound Physicians organization will now serve over 180 hospitals in 35 states with more than 2,250 providers including physicians and advanced care practitioners. Fresenius Medical Care is the majority shareholder in Sound. The company expects Cogent to generate approximately $250M in revenue in 2015 and expects the investment to be accretive to earnings within 18-24 months after closing including the transaction/integration cost and potential synergies. The investment will be financed through available cash. The parties involved agreed not to disclose the financial terms of the acquisition. The parties expect the transaction, which remains subject to regulatory clearance, to close this quarter.
06:20 EDTAMZNAmazon's Web-services chief not threatened by cash threat from rivals, WSJ says
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06:17 EDTCMCSASony unveils PlayStation Vue, a cloud-based TV service
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06:02 EDTCMCSAComcast moving ahead with $45B acquisition of Time Warner Cable, AP reports
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November 12, 2014
16:00 EDTAMZNOptions Update; November 12, 2014
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13:47 EDTAMZNEarnings Preview: Wal-Mart sees FY15 net sales up 2%-3% vs. last year
Wal-Mart Stores (WMT) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings before the market open on Thursday, November 13, with a conference call scheduled for 7:00 am ET. Wal-Mart, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, operates retail stores in various formats under 69 different banners in 27 countries with its "everyday low price" philosophy. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.12 on revenue of $118.35B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.08-$1.17 on revenue of $115.17B-$119.67B. LAST QUARTER: Wal-Mart reported second quarter EPS of $1.21, in line with estimates, on revenue of $119.3B, against estimates of $119B. Walmart U.S. comp sales were flat for the 13-week period ended August 1, and U.S. net sales increased $1.9B, or 2.7%, to over $70B. Currency exchange rate fluctuations negatively impacted net sales by approximately $700M, the company said. Wal-Mart forecast Q3 EPS of $1.10-$1.20, with U.S. comp store sales relatively flat and Sam's Club comp sales, excluding fuel, slightly positive. and increased investments in Sam's Club membership programs. The company lowered its fiscal year 2015 EPS view to $4.90-$5.15 from $5.10-$5.45, against estimates at that time of $5.15. The new full year guidance reflects incremental investments in e-commerce and higher U.S. health-care costs than previously anticipated. The annual effective tax rate is projected to be between 32%-34%. NEWS: On its Q2 earnings conference call, Wal-Mart lowered its FY15 e-commerce sales growth forecast to 25%. In mid-October, Wal-Mart said that as a result of a tougher sales environment than it anticipated a year ago, it now expects to grow net sales for FY15 between 2%-3% on last year’s $473.1B. The company indicated in February that it expected net sales growth to be at the low end of its guidance provided last October of 3%-5%. The company sees fiscal year 2016 net sales growth of 2%-4%, or approximately $10B-$20B of net sales growth. The company said FY16 operating expenses will grow at a rate "somewhat faster" than sales growth and operating income will be flat to slightly down. Chief Executive Officer Doug McMillon said the company will invest less in stores and more in e-commerce. Wal-Mart sees FY15 capital investments of $12.5B-$13B and FY16 capital investments $11.6B-$12.9B. Wal-Mart also sees FY16 e-commerce and digital spending of $1.2B-$1.5B. Ahead of a holiday shopping season that may be fiercely promotional, Wal-Mart is testing a program to match online prices from rivals including Amazon.com (AMZN), reported the Wall Street Journal. The company announced the "New Black Friday" will include five days of deals. STREET RESEARCH: Cleveland Research said Wal-Mart's trends softened in September and October following a strong August driven by soft traffic and less promotional activity. The firm believes Wal-Mart is positioned to maintain share during the holidays, but sees "growing caution" on the consumer spending outlook. Baird said expectations for Wal-Mart appear to be muted into the Q3 report. The firm believes sales may remain lackluster and margins may slip in the near-term, but sees international as an opportunity. During the quarter, shares were initiated with a Neutral rating at Sterne Agee. PRICE ACTION: Wal-Mart shares are up 6.9% over the last three months but are only up 0.8% year-to-date. In early afternoon trading, Wal-Mart shares are up 0.4% to $79.35.
12:56 EDTCMCSAFCC chairman disagrees with Obama on Internet rules, Washington Post says
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler told the executives of major Internet companies that he favors a more nuanced solution for regulating the Internet than the one suggested by President Obama, according to The Washington Post. Wheeler said he would "try to split the baby" between the president's proposal and the agenda of Internet executives who don't want the rules to affect their business, the newspaper stated, citing four unnamed sources who attended a meeting with Wheeler. Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (TWC), Verizon (VZ), Cablevision (CVC) ,and AT&T (T) are major Internet Service Providers. Executives from Google (GOOG) and Yahoo (YHOO) were at the meeting with Wheeler, the newspaper said. . Reference Link
12:55 EDTNVDANVIDIA says Samsung files counter-suit, patent infringement claims
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12:55 EDTAMZNAmazon to expand its R&D in Cambridge, UK, TechCrunch reports
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11:17 EDTINCYLeerink major pharma & biotech analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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10:00 EDTCMCSAOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:37 EDTAMZNActive equity options trading
Active equity options trading according to Track Data: AAPL CLSN TWTR BABA NFLX TSLA AMZN CSIQ C
09:28 EDTCMCSAComcast weakness on Title II pullback a buying opportunity, says Goldman
Goldman recommends buying Comcast on Title II weakness. The firm said Comcast's business practices are largely in-line with the proposed rules, suggesting minimal impact to operations. The firm reiterates its Buy rating and $65 price target.
08:19 EDTCMCSAComcast downgraded to Hold from Buy at Maxim
Maxim downgraded Comcast to Hold saying the company's Internet pricing power could be negatively impacted from potential net neutrality legislation. The firm prefers to wait on the sidelines pending greater clarity into potential Title II legislation.
07:45 EDTCMCSAARRIS should be bought on weakness, says RBC Capital
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07:10 EDTCMCSAComcast downgraded to Hold from Buy at Maxim
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