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November 15, 2012
11:31 EDTTWC, HAL, PRU, BHI, ESRX, ANF, CHAOn The Fly: Analysts Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee and to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse...Prudential (PRU) upgraded to Top Pick from Outperform at RBC Capital...Time Warner Cable (TWC) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan...Express Scripts (ESRX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup...Halliburton (HAL) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at CLSA...China Telecom (CHA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse...Baker Hughes (BHI) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA.
News For ANF;PRU;TWC;ESRX;HAL;CHA;BHI From The Last 14 Days
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August 21, 2015
13:05 EDTBHIBaker Hughes reports U.S. rig count up 1 to 885
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08:06 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch August weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Abercrombie & Fitch August weekly call option implied volatility is at 108, September is at 70, November is at 52; compared to its 52-week range of 28 to 71, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on August 26.
05:49 EDTANFStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ANF ATML
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August 20, 2015
09:48 EDTCHAChina Telecom upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi
09:20 EDTESRXExpress Scripts rebates to increase due to price protection, says Cleveland
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08:33 EDTCHAChina Telecom results 'relatively strong,' says Bernstein
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August 19, 2015
10:20 EDTTWCBig telecom firms put M&A on hold, CTFN reports
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05:55 EDTANFStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ANF ATML
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05:46 EDTESRXStocks with implied volatility movement; ESRX BMY
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August 18, 2015
11:23 EDTESRXExpress Scripts call activity attributed to takeover speculation
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11:10 EDTESRXRumor: Express Scripts strength attributed to takeover speculation
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10:17 EDTTWCDisney downgraded as Wells moves away from content providers
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10:00 EDTANFOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) initiated with an Underperform at Wolfe Research... Abiomed (ABMD) initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital... Aeropostale (ARO) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... American Eagle (AEO) initiated with an Outperform, Top Pick at Wolfe Research... American Electric (AEP) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... Benefitfocus (BNFT) initiated with an Overweight at First Analysis... Blue Buffalo Pet Products (BUFF) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Capitala Finance (CPTA) initiated with an Equal Weight at Stephens... Chico's (CHS) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Children's Place (PLCE) initiated with an Outperform at Wolfe Research... Chimerix (CMRX) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Ciena (CIEN) initiated with a Market Perform at Northland... Crane (CR) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair... Entergy (ETR) initiated with a Neutral at Mizuho... Express (EXPR) initiated with an Outperform, Top Pick at Wolfe Research... Finisar (FNSR) initiated with a Market Perform at Northland... Francesca's (FRAN) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Gap (GPS) initiated with an Underperform at Wolfe Research... Infinera (INFN) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... International Game (IGT) initiated with a Buy at Union Gaming... Juno Therapeutics (JUNO) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... L Brands (LB) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Luca Technologies (LUCA) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Lumentum (LITE) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... M/A-COM (MTSI) reinstated with a Buy at Jefferies... MRV Communications (MRVC) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Michael Kors (KORS) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... NN, Inc. (NNBR) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... NeoPhotonics (NPTN) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Oclaro (OCLR) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Scientific Games (SGMS) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee CRT... SolarCity (SCTY) initiated with a Neutral at UBS... Summit Materials (SUM) initiated with a Neutral at Citi... Tech Data (TECD) initiated with an Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Urban Outfitters (URBN) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Zumiez (ZUMZ) initiated with an Underperform at Wolfe Research... lululemon (LULU) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research.
09:49 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch falls to fresh multi-year lows
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08:46 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch confirms new leadership team for A&F brand
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05:55 EDTANFAbercrombie to create six new roles in management revamp, WSJ reports
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August 17, 2015
20:09 EDTTWCCable companies test virtual reality offerings, Variety says
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17:02 EDTANFAbercrombie & Fitch initiated with an Underperform at Wolfe Research
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13:30 EDTESRXOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session deep in negative territory after a disappointing Empire Manufacturing report. The data got the market off to a weak start as optimism over last week's finish began to fade. The averages continued to drift in a narrow range for the opening hour before reversing and capturing the opening losses. Each of the major equity indices is now back in positive territory sporting slight gains across the board. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Empire State manufacturing index plunged to -14.92 in August after rebounding to 3.86 in July from June's -1.98. The consensus estimate was 4.75, and the surprising drop puts the index at its lowest point since April 2009. The employment component slid to 1.82, while new orders crashed to -15.70. Meanwhile, the U.S. NAHB homebuilder sentiment index rose to 61 in August from 60 in June and and is the highest since November 2005. The single family sales index edged up to 66 versus a revised 65 last month, while the index of prospective buyer traffic improved to 45 versus 43 previously. In Europe, various Eurozone parliaments prepare to vote on Greece's new EUR86B bailout plan this week. COMPANY NEWS: Liberty Interactive (QVCA) announced this morning an agreement to acquire zulily (ZU) for $18.75 per share in a deal valuing the online shopping site at $2.4B, driving zulily shares up more than 47% in intraday trading. The acquisition will be attributed to Liberty's QVC Group tracking stock, though QVC and zulily will be operated as separate consumer facing brands. On a conference call discussing the acquisition, Liberty Interactive executives noted that the "highly efficient" deal will allow Liberty to reach a younger base. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers AVEO Oncology (AVEO), which rose roughly 50% after announcing a license agreement with Novartis (NVS) for the development and commercialization of AVEO's AV-380 drug and related antibodies. Also higher was Kite Pharma (KITE), which advanced roughly 5.4% after clarifying that an earlier patient death in its Phase 1/2 KTE-C19 trial for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma was unrelated to Kite's therapy. Additionally, shares of Target (TGT) have gained roughly 10c despite lingering in negative territory early Monday after the company promoted CFO John Mulligan to the newly created role of EVP and COO and appointed Cathy Smith as EVP and CFO. Prior to joining Target, Smith served as EVP and CFO at St. Louis-based Express Scripts (ESRX). Among the noteworthy losers was KKR (KKR), which lost roughly 2.4% after Samson Resources announced a restructuring agreement late Friday, adding that it expects to file for bankruptcy within 30 days. Also lower was Estee Lauder (EL), which declined nearly 6.5% after its quarterly guidance missed analysts' estimates. INDEXES: Near midday, The Dow was up 65.11, or 0.37%, to 17,542.51, the Nasdaq gained 34.73, or 0.69%, to 5,082.96, and the S&P 500 advanced 8.80, or 0.42%, to 2,101.03.
08:48 EDTESRXTarget names John Mulligan as EVP, COO, Cathy Smith as EVP, CFO
Target Corporation (TGT) promoted John Mulligan to the newly created role of EVP and COO, effective Sept. 1. Mulligan will assume oversight of stores, supply chain and properties. Joining Target as EVP and CFO will be Cathy Smith. Both Mulligan and Smith will report to Target's chairman and chief executive officer, Brian Cornell. Mulligan has worked at the Minneapolis-based company since 1996, when he began as a financial analyst. He has served as the company's CFO since 2012. In 2014, he led the company as the retailer's interim president and CEO from May to August while continuing to act as CFO. Prior to joining Target, Smith served as EVP and CFO at St. Louis-based Express Scripts (ESRX).
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