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April 27, 2012
12:19 EDTMDRX, JAZZ, BAYRY, DECK, WCRX, MXWL, EXPE, MRK, AMZN, CVH, CERN, SBUX, CVX, SIMO, CRAY, F, PGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday, in spite of Spain's ratings being cut by S&P and a U.S. GDP reading that disappointed. Each of the major indices is higher, with the Nasdaq the leader. The averages have moved in a narrow range since the open as market participants digest all the earnings and economic news that was delivered this week. Earnings have come in better than expected, which has led the averages to rebound and stand ready for a positive close for the week. The economic data remains mixed, as housing and labor continue to limp along but consumer confidence is showing an uptick. For now earnings have trumped macro data, leading to a move higher for equities... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., gross domestic product reportedly grew at an annual rate of 2.2% in the first quarter, versus an expected increase of 2.5%. Personal consumption increased 2.9%, versus expectations for an increase of 2.3%. The University of Michigan Consumer Confidence report had a reading of 76.4, versus the expected 75.7. Regarding Europe, S&P cut its credit rating on Spain to BBB+ from A and said its long-term outlook is negative... COMPANY NEWS: Amazon.com (AMZN), Ford (F) and Starbucks (SBUX) all exceeded expectations on the top and bottom lines, but only Amazon was rewarded by investors. Shares of the internet giant advanced more than 14% on the heels of upgrades from Goldman, Merrill Lynch, Nomura and Sun Trust on its strong results... The three Dow components reporting earnings, Chevron (CVX), Merck (MRK) and Procter & Gamble (PG), all declined in spite of the fact that each beat consensus earnings expectations. P&G was the Dow's worst performer, sliding 3.5%, after lowering its outlook for next quarter... Among the many other companies reporting earnings, advancers included Expedia (EXPE), Cray (CRAY) and Cerner (CERN); decliners included Maxwell (MXWL), Silicon Motion (SIMO) and Coventry Health (CVH)... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Jazz Pharmaceuticals (JAZZ), up over 15%, after announcing plans to acquire EUSA Pharma for $650M, and Warner Chilcott (WCRX), up 9%, after the Times of London said that Bayer (BAYRY) may offer $32 per share for the company. Noteworthy losers included Allscripts (MDRX), down 41%, following downgrades by at least eight firms after its earnings and guidance severely missed consensus and the company reported the ouster of its board chairman, three other board members and its CFO, and Deckers Outdoor (DECK), down more than 25%, after lowering its full year sales and profit outlook... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 30.92, or 0.23%, to 13,235.54; the Nasdaq was up 14.12, or 0.46%, to 3,064.73; and the S&P 500 was up 2.31, or 0.17%, to 1,402.29.
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July 21, 2015
10:01 EDTPGOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:40 EDTFJeep Cherokee can be hacked via entertainment system, Wired reports
Hackers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek demonstrated to Wired how Jeep Cherokees can be hacked via the vehicle’s entertainment system, giving an attacker wireless control of the automobile and its systems. Miller and Valasek previously demonstrated hacks they were able to perpetrate against Ford (F) Escape and Toyota (TM) Prius vehicles, the report noted. Other publicly traded automakers include General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
07:45 EDTAMZNSell PayPal amid mounting payments competition, Piper says
Shares of PayPal (PYPL) advanced over 5% yesterday in the stock's first day of trading following a split from eBay (EBAY), with the majority of research firms issuing optimistic notes on its prospects. This morning, however, analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray recommends selling the share as competition grows in the digital payments space. BEARS: Munster started shares of PayPal with an Underweight rating, the firm's equivalent of a "Sell," saying increased competition could pressure the stock's multiple over the next 6-24 months. Google's (GOOG) Android Pay and Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay will give consumers a "real alternative to PayPal" for the first time, Munster tells investors in his research note. In addition, interest in payments from Amazon.com (AMZN) and Facebook (FB) bring potential for more digital wallet offerings, the analyst notes. Munster set a $30 price target for PayPal. Of note, Evercore ISI also started coverage of PayPal shares yesterday with a Sell rating. BULLS: Wells Fargo initiated coverage of PayPal yesterday with an Outperform rating, saying the company's unique assets will enable it to maintain its leadership role in digital payments and benefit from the growth of e-commerce. Also upbeat was Robert W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian, who contends that PayPal has the top pure play online payment system and is continuing to grow its share of the Internet payment market. PayPal should be able to innovate more effectively after its spin-off, added the analyst, who set a $45 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: Shares of PayPal are pointing toward further gains in their second day of standalone trading, with the stock up about 2.7% to $41.55 in pre-market trading.
06:13 EDTFFord to launch luxury pickup truck, Reuters reports
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05:36 EDTCRAYCray awarded $53M contract by Bureau of Meteorology in Australia
Cray announced the Bureau of Meteorology in Australia has awarded the company a contract worth up to $53M to provide a Cray XC40 supercomputer and a Cray Sonexion 2000 storage system. This further strengthens Cray's leadership position in the global operational weather and climate community as an increasing number of the world's leading centers rely on Cray supercomputers to run their complex meteorological and mission critical models.
05:34 EDTAMZNPayPal initiated with an Underweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster started shares of PayPal (PYPL) with an Underweight rating saying increased competition could pressure the stock's multiple over the next 6-24 months. Underweight is Piper's equivalent of a sell rating. Google's (GOOG) Android Pay and Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay will give consumers a "real alternative to PayPal" for the first time, Munster tells investors in a research note. In addition, interest in payments from Amazon.com (AMZN) and Facebook (FB) bring potential for more digital wallet offerings, the analyst notes. Munster set a $30 price target for PayPal, which began trading yesterday following a spinoff from parent company eBay (EBAY). Shares of the online payment system closed Monday up $2.08 to $40.47.
July 20, 2015
17:20 EDTAMZNAmazon plans $5B investment in India ahead of Prime launch, ET says
Amazon is preparing a total investment of $5B in India and plans to launch Amazon Prime and Amazon Instant Video in the country later this year, the Economic Times reported earlier, citing two people directly familiar with the matter. Reference Link
16:36 EDTPGProcter & Gamble initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT
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13:46 EDTAMZNAmazon seen eclipsing Macy's as top U.S. clothing retailer
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12:16 EDTFHERE offering free HD map data for automated vehicle tests
HERE, a Nokia (NOK) company, announced it is making high-definition mapping data of sections of public roads in four countries available to all automotive companies to support their highly automated vehicle initiatives. HERE is offering HD mapping data of specific stretches of open road in Silicon Valley and Michigan in the United States, as well as in France and Germany, to all carmakers and automotive suppliers for test purposes. HERE plans to offer data for Japan too later this year. HERE is currently working with more than 10 "leading automotive companies" on automated driving projects, the company said. Publicly traded automakers include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY).
10:26 EDTJAZZLeerink's specialty pharma/generics analyst has analyst/industry conference call
Specialty Pharmaceuticals / Generics Analyst Gerberry, along with MEDACorp Specialists Michael Belliveau, PhD and Shashank Upadhye, JD, discuss the strengths and weaknesses of TEVA's preliminary responses to the IPR challenge on Copaxone 40mg, the likely outcomes for the Copaxone 40mg patent challenge and perspectives on recent updates in the JAZZ Xyrem patent case on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on July 22 at 2 pm.
10:00 EDTBAYRYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:00 EDTAMZNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:38 EDTBAYRYAnalyst predicts Zoetis merges with Bayer unit, not Valeant
Zoetis (ZTS) in recent months has been the subject of takeover speculation, possibly for Valeant (VRX), but a Jefferies analyst told investors today in a research note that he views a deal with a unit of healthcare giant Bayer (BAYRY) as "highly likely" for the animal medicine company. BACKGROUND: Bill Ackman of Pershing Square, who owns stakes in both Zoetis and Valeant, said in early May while speaking on CNBC that Zoetis is a "great” business on a standalone basis, but he also spoke of the company's strategic value. Ackman added, however, that he was "not sure" that Valeant was the best acquirer of Zoetis. Subsequently, in late June, The Wall Street Journal reported that Valeant made a preliminary approach regarding a potential deal to buy Zoetis. CNBC's David Faber said the next day, citing his own sources, that Valeant reached out to Zoetis as a courtesy to common shareholder Ackman and was unlikely to pursue an acquisition of the company, though he cautioned then Valeant could change its approach and pursue a deal. BAYER: Jefferies analyst Jeffrey Holford said in a note today that he views a tie-up between Zoetis and Bayer's Animal Health business in 2016 as "highly likely." He sees Mylan's (MYL) acquisition of Abbott's (ABT) non‑U.S. developed markets specialty and branded generics business as a potential proxy for how a transaction could be structured, adding that such a "spinversion" could achieve up to 36% long-term earnings accretion for Zoetis. Holford reiterated a Buy rating on Zoetis with a $60 price target, while downgrading Bayer to Hold, citing valuation following the recent outperformance of its shares. IDEXX: While being discussed as a target, some analysts have also opined on companies that Zoetis could pursue as a buyer. On June 29, Canaccord said that in investor meetings with IDEXX (IDXX) executives declined to comment on Zoetis' potential interest in scaling up its animal health diagnostics business. Canaccord added that it thought Zoetis could make a bid for IDEXX. The firm reiterated its Buy rating and $80 price target on IDEXX shares at that time. PRICE ACTION: Since June 25, the day the Journal first reported on Valeant's preliminary takeover approach to Zoetis, the animal health company's shares have dropped nearly 4%. Zoetis closed down 20c to $47.80 on Friday.
07:48 EDTAMZNAmazon.com Q2 results poised to beat expectations, says Bernstein
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07:30 EDTBAYRYZoetis 'highly likely' to merge with Bayer unit in 2016, says Jefferies
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06:57 EDTAMZNAmazon.com upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen
Cowen analyst John Blackledge upgraded Amazon.com to Outperform based on expectations the company will be number 1 U.S. apparel retailer by 2017, driven by accelerating purchasing growth. Growth is being driven by a much larger selection, ramping 1P brand relationships and superior fulfillment and technology. BlackLedge said Amazon's long-term investment philosophy in massive retail and technology markets is increasingly paying off and should continue to win as it attracts U.S. retail TAM as wall as International e-commerce leadership. Further, he expects Amazon.com's leadership to continue in the fast-growing public cloud market. BlackLedge raised his price target on Amazon shares to $565 from $435.
06:47 EDTAMZNAmazon.com upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush
Wedbush analyst Michael Pachter upgraded Amazon.com to Outperform and increased its price target to $575 from $435 on strong fundamentals and significant growth opportunities. Pachter sees faster AWS growth, momentum in the AWS Marketplace, better than expected Prime growth, greater sales traction from Prime Day, and increased likelihood it can add at least $2B in revenue from capturing PayPal payments. The firm's analyst expects solid Q2 revenue on Thursday of $22.4B versus guidance of $20.6B-$22.8B from new Prime members and from incremental AWS accounts.
05:21 EDTBAYRYBayer downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
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July 19, 2015
13:37 EDTPGProcter & Gamble shares look unattractive, Barron's says
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