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November 26, 2012
10:00 EDTKCG, EXC, ANAD, CSGP, MOS, IMO, ETN, AKS, YHOO, LMT, FB, BCS, SQNM, RIMMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: ANADIGICS (ANAD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Barclays (BCS) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Broadcom (BRCM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Benchmark Co... Eaton (ETN) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at Atlantic Equities... Exelon (EXC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Facebook (FB) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Imperial Oil (IMO) upgraded to Sector Performer from Sector Underperformer at CIBC... Knight Capital (KCG) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Keefe Bruyette... Lockheed Martin (LMT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Mosaic (MOS) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities... Research in Motion (RIMM) upgraded to Sector Outperformer from Underperformer at CIBC... Yahoo! (YHOO) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... CoStar Group (CSGP) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Sequenom (SQNM) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... AK Steel (AKS) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS.
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March 17, 2015
08:01 EDTEXCExelon, Pepco Holdings reach settlement agreement with Maryland counties
Exelon Corporation (EXC) and Pepco Holdings (POM) announced that they have reached a settlement agreement with Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in the proceeding before the Maryland Public Service Commission to review the companies’ proposed merger, which was announced on April 30, 2014. The two counties represent all of Pepco’s Maryland customers and nearly three-fourths of Pepco Holdings total customers in Maryland. The settlement, which is subject to the approval of the Commissioners of the PSC, was filed by Exelon and Pepco Holdings and signed by Montgomery County, Prince George’s County, the National Consumer Law Center, National Housing Trust, Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition, the Housing Association of Nonprofit Developers and a consortium of nine recreational trail advocacy organizations led by the Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts. The settlement includes commitments aimed at providing benefits to customers and the state through a combination of bill credits, funding for energy-efficiency programs and renewables investments, low-income customer assistance and other provisions, including: A commitment to designate a portion of a proposed $94.4M customer investment fund to provide $36.8M in bill credits, or approximately $50 per Pepco and Delmarva Power customer in Maryland. The remainder -- $57.6M -- will go toward funding energy-efficiency programs designated by Montgomery County, Prince George’s County and the PSC. A commitment to help economically challenged customers lower their energy bills by dedicating at least 20% of the energy efficiency funds to programs targeting low- and moderate-income customers. In addition to today’s agreement, Exelon and Pepco Holdings announced March 10 that they have reached a settlement with The Alliance for Solar Choice in Maryland. The merger requires approvals by the Maryland Public Service Commission, the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia and the Delaware Public Service Commission. On Feb. 13, Exelon reached a settlement agreement with staff of the Delaware Public Service Commission and other stakeholders, and the agreement is pending approval by the Commission. Following the expiration of the U.S. Department of Justice’s review period on Dec. 22, 2014, the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act no longer precludes completion of the merger.
07:42 EDTFBBoeing may produce satellite for tech giants, Reuters says
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07:18 EDTLMTSatellite & Access Intelligence to hold a exhibition
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07:13 EDTETNBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
Global Industrials & EU Autos Conference 2015 to be held in London, England on March 17-20.
07:05 EDTSQNMSequenom elects Kenneth Buechler as Chairman of the Board
Sequenom elected Kenneth Buechler as Chairman of the Board, effective April 1, 2015. Buechler succeeds Harry Hixson who will retire from the position effective March 31 after 11 years of service. Incoming chairman, Dr. Buechler, has served on the board of directors since December 2009. Prior to joining Sequenom's board, he served as President and Chief Scientific Officer of Biosite Incorporated, which he co-founded.
06:37 EDTYHOOAfter losing marketshare, Google now asks Firefox users to switch, BI says
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March 16, 2015
16:14 EDTFBFacebook initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital
Brean Murray initiated Facebook with a Buy rating and $96 price target based on expectations of continued growth through pricing leverage, continued expansion, and monetization of acquired platforms including Instagram and WhatsApp.
16:00 EDTFBOptions Update; March 16, 2015
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14:08 EDTBCSEU regulator says time for fine-tuning, Reuters says
The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision believes the necessary bank regulatory framework is in place though some additional work must be done to finalize leverage ratio and capital floor rules, Reuters reported yesterday, citing statements by secretary-general William Coen at a financial conference in Doha. Coen added, "We're now at the state where we can take a step back and look to see how [the regulations] fit together," cautioning that further analysis must be data-driven but admitting that both banks and regulatory bodies were feeling "regulation fatigue." Publicly traded companies in the space include Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), RBS (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Reference Link
12:39 EDTAKSSteels stocks lower after report of rising China exports, analyst note
Steel stocks are lower after a Wall Street Journal report on increasing Chinese steel exports and an analyst note that lowered price targets on the sector. WHAT'S NEW: A Wall Street Journal report from Sunday night pointed out that China's steel exports rose 63% to 9.2M tons in January from a year earlier. China produces as much steel as the rest of the world combined and as the country's growth slows it is shipping its excess steel overseas, resulting in lower prices and spurring steel producers around the globe to seek government protection. ANALYST VIEW: In a note to investors, Jefferies said steel fundamentals stayed challenging throughout the first quarter and the firm lowered its price targets on a number of names in the sector to account for its reduced estimates. Jefferies lowered its price target on U.S. Steel (X) to $21 from $26, cut its price target on Schnitzer Steel (SCHN) to $17 from $20, reduced its price target on Nucor (NUE) to $57 from $61, and trimmed its target on AK Steel (AKS) to $3.75 from $4.75. Jefferies noted that a majority of its contacts expect steel prices to trough sometime in the second quarter and the firm said it believes "mini-mill" producers like Steel Dynamics (STLD) and Nucor are best positioned in the group. PRICE ACTION:In midday trading, United States Steel is down 1.24%, AK Steel is lower by 2%, Schnitzer Steel Industries is down 4.3%, Steel Dynamics is down 0.96%, and Nucor is up fractionally.
11:49 EDTAKSChina steel exports set to rise from last year's level, WSJ says
As China's economy slows it is exporting its excess steel in greater amounts and is causing a backlash from other steel producers who are seeking government protection from falling prices, says the Wall Street Journal. China's steel exports in January were up 63% to 9.2M tons from a year earlier, added the Wall Street Journal. Publicly traded companies in the space include U.S. Steel (X), AK Steel (AKS), Steel Dynamics (STLD) and Nucor Corporation (NUE). Reference Link
10:44 EDTYHOONetflix retreats after cut to sell on competition, cost concerns
The shares of Netflix (NFLX) are falling after research firm Evercore ISI downgraded the stock to Sell from Hold. Increased competition will force the company to increase its investments and the return from those investments is uncertain, the firm contends. WHAT'S NEW: In the U.S., technological advancements are enabling content providers to sell their programming to a wider range of Internet video distributors, Evercore ISI analyst Ken Sena wrote in a note to investors earlier today. Moreover, content providers themselves are now able to stream more of their programming online and obtain higher profits from doing so, Sena reported. The analyst noted that Apple (AAPL) recently obtained a three month exclusive deal to stream content form Time Warner's (TWX) HBO Now, while Yahoo (YHOO), Amazon (AMZN), and Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, NWSA) are all reportedly interested in obtaining streaming rights to "Seinfeld." Netflix's international expansion will not be sufficient to offset the increased competition, especially because foreign viewers are likely to watch less TV and be less interested in paying for TV content, the analyst believes. Furthermore, Netflix will face more competition from other Internet TV services overseas than in the U.S., according to Sena, who cut his 2015 consolidated operating income estimate for the company by 26% to $381M from $517M previously. In addition to cutting his rating, Sena lowered his price target on the shares to $380 from $450. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Netflix sank $16, or 3.7%, to $422.
09:37 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open
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09:26 EDTFBFacebook to update rules on prohibited content, NY Times says
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08:55 EDTFBFacebook purchase of Instagram proving to be a steal, says BofA/Merrill
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08:11 EDTAKSSteel seen as likely to bottom in Q2 after weak Q1, says Jefferies
Jefferies said steel fundamentals stayed challenging throughout Q1 and the firm lowered its price targets on a number of names in the sector to account for its reduced estimates. Jefferies lowered its price target on U.S. Steel to $21 from $26, cut its price target on Schnitzer Steel (SCHN) to $17 from $20, reduced its price target on Nucor (NUE) to $57 from $61 and trimmed its target on AK Steel to $3.75 from $4.75. Jefferies noted that a majority of it contacts expect steel prices to trough sometime in Q2 and the firm said it believes "mini-mill" producers like Steel Dynamics (STLD) and Nucor are best positioned in the group.
06:32 EDTYHOOYahoo developing encrypted email service, WSJ says
Yahoo is developing an encrypted email service and expects to launch by the end of 2015, reports the Wall Street Journal's Digits blog, citing statements by Chief Information Security Officer Alex Stamos given at the South by Southwest conference. Stamos said the service will scramble the content of the message, though it will not hide the subject line nor data on when and to whom the email was sent. The service will be separate from Yahoo's current email product. Reference Link
06:11 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 25 at lower end of index mean range
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05:40 EDTSQNMIllumina files patent infringement suit in UK regarding NIPT patents
Illumina (ILMN) announced that it and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Verinata Health have filed a patent infringement suit against Premaitha Health in the High Court of Justice, Chancery Division, Patents Court in the United Kingdom. Illumina is seeking all available remedies, including damages and injunctive relief. The patents asserted are European Patent 0 994 963 B2 and European Patent 1 981 995 B1, which are exclusively licensed to Illumina from Sequenom (SQNM), and The Board of Trustees of Leland Stanford Junior University, respectively. Stanford is joined in the suit as a necessary party because it is the registered owner of the European Patent 1 981 995 B1. The patents are directed to using cell-free fetal DNA for non-invasive prenatal testing. The suit accuses Premaitha’s IONA Test of infringement, including its use of next-generation sequencing to analyze cell-free fetal DNA from a sample of maternal blood.
March 15, 2015
17:33 EDTETNEaton can rise 20%, Barron's says
Eaton trades at a 21% discount to the S&P and shares could rise 20% in the next year, Barron's contends in a feature column. Eaton shares yield 3.3%, the paper adds. Reference Link
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