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January 10, 2014
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... Artisan Partners (APAM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... BlackBerry (BBRY) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at RBC Capital... Bristol-Myers (BMY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Cheniere Energy Partners LP (CQP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Incyte (INCY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Ironwood (IRWD) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Janus Capital (JNS) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Liberty Property (LRY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Macy's (M) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Microsoft (MSFT) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Qlik Technologies (QLIK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... SunTrust (STI) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Target (TGT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Ventas (VTR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... William Lyon Homes (WLH) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Canadian Natural (CNQ) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Avery Dennison (AVY) upgraded at Topeka... Baidu (BIDU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Maxim... ATK (ATK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Legg Mason (LM) upgraded to Neutral from Negative at Susquehanna... Acuity Brands (AYI) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Wedbush.
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May 13, 2015
06:50 EDTAYIAcuity Brands price target raised to $207 from $194 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray raised its price target for Acuity Brands to $207 saying its seeing "positive and steady" improvement in several lighting end markets. Piper expects further market share gains to drive shares higher and keeps an Overweight rating on Acuity.
06:07 EDTMSFTMicrosoft upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Karl Keirstead upgraded Microsoft to Buy saying weak PC market sentiment is priced into the stock at current levels while Azure and Office 365 optimism is "just starting" to take hold. The analyst sees more positive than negative catalysts and raised his price target for Microsoft shares to $55 from $44. Shares of the computing giant closed yesterday down 2c to $47.35.
May 12, 2015
18:12 EDTSTISenate proposes to ease 'systemically important' bank designation, FT says
Senate bank committee chairman Richard Shelby has introduced legislation that would increase the "systemically important bank" threshold from $50B to $500B, reports the Financial Times, citing draft legislation. The report notes that SunTrust (STI), Regions Financial (RF), Citizens Financial (CFG), Fifth Third (FITB), and Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) may benefit from the change if the bill passes. Some bankers believe the potential change could lead to renewed interest in mergers within the sector, adds the Financial Times. Reference Link
15:00 EDTMNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:13 EDTSTIBove says it may be time to buy bank stocks
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14:09 EDTMMacy's May volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
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12:44 EDTMEarnings Watch: Macy's sees FY15 EPS $4.70-$4.80, total sales up about 1%
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10:27 EDTMSFTAppeals court upholds InterDigital loss in patent fight with Microsoft, ZTE
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the final determination of the International Trade Commission finding no violation of Section 337 of the Tariff Act was committed by Microsoft (MSFT) and ZTE related to patents held by InterDigital (IDCC). The patents at issue in the case are directed to cellphone technology, and in particular, code division multiple access networks, according to the appeals court ruling.
08:07 EDTSTISunTrust to hold a conference
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08:03 EDTLMLegg Mason reports April assets under management of $706.8B as of April 30, 2015
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07:52 EDTIRWDLeerink to hold a tour
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05:58 EDTBBRYStocks with implied volatility movement; MNKD BBRY
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May 11, 2015
17:47 EDTBIDUBaidu launches internal anti-corruption probe, AFP says
Baidu has begun anti-corruption investigations against certain of its employees, reports Agence France-Presse, citing company statements. The report notes that Chinese media company Sina claimed Monday that the company is investigating three departmental directors. Reference Link
16:35 EDTAPAMArtisan Partners reports April AUM $110.1B
Artisan Partners Asset Management reported that its assets under management, or AUM, as of April 30, totaled $110.1B. Separate accounts accounted for $48.7B of total firm AUM, while Artisan Funds and Artisan Global Funds accounted for $61.4B.
13:17 EDTMSFTMicrosoft invests in subsea cables to connect datacenters globally
Microsoft (MSFT) announced in a blog post that over the past nine months, "Microsoft has been significantly investing in subsea and terrestrial dark fiber capacity by engaging in fiber partnerships that span multiple oceans and continents. And today, our connections across the Atlantic and Pacific just got stronger.We announced deals with Hibernia and Aqua Comms, in which Microsoft is investing in a cable with each company to connect Microsoft’s datacenter infrastructure from North America to Ireland and on to the United Kingdom. These cables will help deliver data at higher speeds, with higher capacity and lower latency for our customers across the globe. Additionally, we joined a consortium comprised of China Mobile (CHL), China Telecom (CHA), China Unicom (CHU), Chunghwa Telecom (CHT), KT Corporation (KT) with TE SubCom as the cable supplier. As part of our participation in the consortium, Microsoft will invest in its first physical landing station in the US connecting North America to Asia. The New Cross Pacific Cable Network will provide faster data connections for customers, aid Microsoft in competing on cloud costs, all while creating jobs and spurring local economies. The goal of our expansions and investments in subsea cables is so our customers have the greatest access to scale and highly available data, anywhere." Reference Link
10:18 EDTBBRYBlackBerry calls active on renewed takeover chatter
Blackberry May calls are active 13K contracts (1K puts) on renewed takeover speculation. May call option implied volatility is at 39, June is at 58, August is at 44; compared to its 90-day average of 48 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large near term price movement.
10:11 EDTBBRYRumor: BlackBerry moves up on renewed takeover chatter
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09:37 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
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09:01 EDTTGTLowe's acquires leases of 13 former Target stores in Canada
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06:11 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LNKD NFLX
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LinkedIn (LNKD) 28, Netflix (NFLX) 26 according to iVolatility.
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