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January 27, 2014
10:00 EDTANN, XRX, LULU, WCG, HBNC, VNO, DEI, ARE, COP, TOL, SRPT, MOS, BCRX, CSCO, IDIX, IDTI, KBH, MNK, MANU, MELI, VFCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Ann Inc. (ANN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... BioCryst (BCRX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Cisco (CSCO) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... First Niagara (FNFG) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Idenix (IDIX) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities... Integrated Device (IDTI) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays.... KB Home (KBH) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Mallinckrodt (MNK) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Manchester United (MANU) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... MercadoLibre (MELI) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Mosaic (MOS) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Sarepta (SRPT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities... Toll Brothers (TOL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Xerox (XRX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... lululemon (LULU) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... WellCare (WCG) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Monness Crespi... Horizon Bancorp (HBNC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Fig Partners... Vornado (VNO) downgraded to Cautious from Neutral at ISI Group... Douglas Emmett (DEI) downgraded to Cautious from Neutral at ISI Group... Alexandria Real Estate (ARE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at ISI Group... First Niagara (FNFG) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... ConocoPhillips (COP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... VF Corp. (VFC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen.
News For ANN;BCRX;CSCO;IDIX;IDTI;KBH;MNK;MANU;MELI;MOS;SRPT;TOL;XRX;LULU;WCG;HBNC;VNO;DEI;ARE;COP;VFC From The Last 14 Days
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September 22, 2014
11:18 EDTCSCOCisco management to meet with Oppenheimer
Meeting to be held in Boston on September 25 hosted by Oppenheimer.
10:16 EDTMNKOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:40 EDTWCGWellCare Medicare Advantage margin outlook concerning, says Wedbush
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06:11 EDTCSCOEMC explores merger, holds talks with HP, Dell, WSJ reports
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05:49 EDTMNKMallinckrodt reinstated with an Overweight at Barclays
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September 19, 2014
15:20 EDTSRPTSarepta sees start of large DMD trial delayed, Boston Business Journal reports
Sarepta CEO Chris Garabedian previously has said that dosing in a large confirmatory trial for its Duchenne muscular dystrophy drug eteplirsen would begin before the end of September, but he now sees dosing to begin in October or November due to delays “outside the company” with contract research and manufacturing partners, according to Boston Business Journal, citing an interview with the executive. Shares of Sarepta are down 4% in afternoon trading following the report. Reference Link
15:16 EDTSRPTSarepta CEO says start of main DMD trial delayed, Boston Business Journal says
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12:14 EDTKBHKB Homes volatility flat into Q3 and outlook
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10:06 EDTVFCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: American Eagle (AEO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Concur (CNQR) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Continental Resources (CLR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Global Hunter... Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... DuPont (DD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BGC Financial... First Horizon (FHN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Francesca's (FRAN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham... Guess (GES) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Buckingham... National CineMedia (NCMI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Patterson-UTI Energy (PTEN) upgraded to Overweight from Equalweight at Capital One... SABMiller (SBMRY) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at Nomura... Synovus (SNV) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Texas Capital (TCBI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... VF Corp. (VFC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Zions Bancorp (ZION) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James.
07:40 EDTVFC, LULUVF Corp. upgraded to Buy, could target lululemon, says KeyBanc
As previously reported, KeyBanc upgraded VF Corp (VFC) to Buy from Hold with an $80 price target. The firm cited momentum at its Timberland brand, VF's strong brand portfolio, and the potential for another large M&A transaction. The analyst said VF Corp. is well positioned to complete another large deal and could target lululemon (LULU). KeyBanc believes lululemon's quality issues, forecasting and store operational challenges play into VF Corp.'s strengths and that such an acquisition would be 10c accretive initially and 80c accretive over time.
07:03 EDTVFCVF Corp. upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc
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06:49 EDTWCGGovernment says 7.3M in private Obamacare plans, NY Times reports
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September 18, 2014
14:50 EDTXRXXerox downgraded to Hold from Buy at Standpoint Research
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12:08 EDTBCRXBioCryst receives additional NIAID funding for BCX4430
BioCryst announced that the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases exercised two additional options under its contract, which provides for GMP drug substance and drug product manufacture of BCX4430. Exercise of these options includes up to a $2M increase to the existing development contract. The contract modification and the two additional options exercised represent up to $4M to BioCryst in order to accelerate the development of BCX4430 as a treatment for hemorrhagic fever viruses, including Ebola virus and Marburg virus disease. NIAID, part of the National Institutes of Health, granted this five year term contract to BioCryst in September 2013. Approximately $19.9M of funding has been awarded to date under the contract. With this additional award, the BCX4430 development contract has been increased in value to $26.3M, if all options are exercised. This project is funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHSN272201300017C.
10:57 EDTVFCU.S. ITC to investigate 17 denim jean companies for patent infringement
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07:41 EDTVFCVF Corp. price target raised to $81 from $70 at UBS
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September 17, 2014
11:02 EDTLULUOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:00 EDTANNOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:05 EDTCSCOCisco announces intent to acquire Metacloud
Cisco announced its intent to acquire privately held Metacloud. Upon completion of the acquisition, Metacloud employees will join Cisco's Cloud Infrastructure and Managed Services organization led by Faiyaz Shahpurwala, senior vice president. The acquisition of Metacloud is expected to be complete in 1Q15, subject to customary closing conditions.
05:38 EDTCOPWestern Refining to acquire Wingate Plant, assets from ConocoPhillips
Western Refining (WNR) announced that it has entered into an agreement for the acquisition of the 25,000 bpd idled Wingate Fractionation Plant in Gallup, New Mexico from ConocoPhillips (COP). The Wingate facility includes rail loading and offloading capabilities and storage facilities in addition to natural gas liquids fractionation capability. The transaction is expected to close in early October. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Jeff Stevens, Western's president and CEO said, "The strategic location of the Wingate facility is a great addition to the logistical assets of Western. It is conveniently located near our Gallup Refinery. This transaction will afford Western greater flexibility in the Four Corners region as it will provide approximately 125,000 barrels of pipeline-connected seasonal NGL storage for our Gallup Refinery; crude oil loading and transportation capabilities, both east and west, through the rail loading terminal; and pipeline connectivity to Western Refining Logistics (WNRL) assets."
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