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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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October 8, 2014
11:22 EDTSRPT, BCRXChimerix falls after Ebola patient taking experimental drug dies
Shares of Chimerix (CMRX) are moving lower after the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas announced that Thomas Eric Duncan succumbed to Ebola. Duncan was being treated with Chimerix's experimental drug Brincidofovir. Shares of Chimerix dropped 9% following the news to $30.19. Other makers of experimental Ebola treatments include Tekmira (TKMR), Sarepta (SRPT) and BioCryst (BCRX).
09:38 EDTIDTIActive equity options trading on open
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09:38 EDTCSCOCisco breakup would not create much value, says Citigroup
Citigroup says its analysis shows that a breakup of Cisco would not create much more value than the current share price. With CEO John Chambers' likely retirement next year, however, Citi thinks the Cisco board is likely to at least entertain the option of a split. The firm sees a low probability of a breakup taking place and keeps a Sell rating on Cisco shares. Citi upped its price target for the stock to $22 from $20.50. Citi's analysis of Cisco follows breakup decisions by HP (HPQ) and JDSU (JDSU) and Bloomberg's report this morning that Symantec (SYMC) is in advanced talks to split into two separate companies. This report corrects the rating on Cisco shares to Sell.
09:01 EDTCOPConocoPhillips confirms start of oil production from offshore Malaysia facility
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07:19 EDTMNKCBI to hold a conference
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07:11 EDTBCRXEuropean Academy of Dermatology and Venereology to hold a conference
23rd EADV Congress is being held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on October 8-12.
06:35 EDTCSCOCisco's reorganization affects up to 25,000 employees, Business Insider reports
Cisco's reorganization of its routing and switching engineering business could affect up to 25,000 employees, reports Business Insider. Citing sources in Silicon Valley, the reorganization involves massive changes for the unit, moving from individual teams to two big overarching teams with one group focused on software and the other on hardware. Due to the changes, sources say a lot of senior employees have begun send out resumes. Reference Link
06:00 EDTLULUStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; ADHD LULU
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Alcobra (ADHD) 123, lululemon (LULU) 35 according to iVolatility.
October 7, 2014
11:34 EDTANNChristopher & Banks plummets after cutting Q3 revenue outlook
Shares of specialty women's apparel retailer Christopher & Banks (CBK) are sinking after the company lowered its third quarter revenue outlook. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Christopher & Banks lowered its Q3 revenue outlook to $114M-$118M from its previous guidance of $122M-$124, trailing the consensus of $123.98M. The company also cut the top end of its Q3 margin forecast, lowering its margin growth outlook to 75-100 basis points from its prior view of 75-125 bps. SG&A dollars for the quarter are expected to be approximately $33.5M-$34M, below its prior guidance of $34M-$34.5M. Christopher & Banks expects its inventory at the end of the quarter will remain higher than the comparable prior year period on a dollar per square foot basis, but at a level lower than at the end of Q2, due to planned higher levels of core inventory. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The company believes sales have been negatively impacted by continued softness in mall traffic and lower than expected sales from its September fashion show. The company noted that the demand for fashion merchandise exceeded planned inventory levels, due to late receipts associated with the West Coast port disruptions. President and Chief Executive Officer LuAnn Via said in a statement, "We believe that the continued softness in traffic trends, coupled with the difficult overall retail environment, have adversely affected our sales as compared to our initial expectations for the quarter." She said the firm assumes promotional activity will continue to be aggressive and that the current environment will continue to be challenging, creating continued pressure on sales and margins. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Christopher & Banks fell $2.69, or about 30%, to $6.40 on nearly four times its average daily trading volume. Despite today's pull-back, the shares have only lost approximately 2% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other specialty women's retailers include Chico's FAS (CHS), down 1.28%, Ann Inc. (ANN), down 2.1%, and L Brands (LB), down 1.13%.
10:18 EDTIDTIHigh option volume stocks
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10:02 EDTWCGOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Air France-KLM (AFLYY) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at JPMorgan... Alcobra (ADHD) upgraded to Outperform at FBR Capital... Alon USA Partners (ALDW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Becton Dickinson (BDX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... CNOOC (CEO) upgraded at Bernstein... CTC Media (CTCM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... CVR Refining (CVRR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... CalAmp (CAMP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... China Unicom (CHU) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Crown Holdings (CCK) upgraded at Macquarie... Dick's Sporting (DKS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Fortuna Silver Mines (FSM) upgraded to Outperformer from Sector Performer at CIBC... Franco-Nevada (FNV) upgraded to Buy from Hold at TD Securities... Horsehead Holding (ZINC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Ingersoll-Rand (IR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... IntercontinentalExchange (ICE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... International Paper (IP) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Leidos (LDOS) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Lennox (LII) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... MGM Resorts (MGM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Natus Medical (BABY) upgraded to Outperform at William Blair... Noodles & Company (NDLS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Phillips 66 (PSX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... RockTenn (RKT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Smith & Nephew (SNN) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Societe Generale... Sotheby's (BID) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Sun Life Financial (SLF) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... WellCare (WCG) upgraded at Sterne Agee... Yamana Gold (AUY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC.
09:14 EDTWCGWellCare upgraded at Sterne Agee
As previously reported, Sterne Agee upgraded WellCare to Buy from Neutral. The firm upgraded shares based on valuation, improving Q2 metrics, and and expected margin improvement in the Florida MMA program. Price target is $72.
09:02 EDTKBHKB Home acquires Houston property for Hollister Commons community
KB Home announced it has acquired land for a new community called Hollister Commons in Houstonís sought-after Spring Branch submarket. The community is anticipated to open in the summer of 2015.
08:32 EDTCOPConocoPhillips announces offshore Senegal oil discovery
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07:45 EDTBCRXBioCryst up 2.2% after OPuS-1 Phase 2 trial met primary efficacy endpoint
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07:36 EDTCSCOCisco unlikely to split-up despite speculation, says UBS
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07:32 EDTANNAnn opens first LOFT store in Mexico
ANN announced the opening of its first LOFT store in Mexico, continuing the Company's international expansion. The store is located in the Antea Lifestyle Center in Queretaro, with additional locations planned for later this year in Mexico City's Parque Toreo Mall and Puebla's Angelopolis Mall. ANN INC. is working with its franchise partner Grupo Axo to establish its retail presence in Mexico.
07:14 EDTBCRXBioCryst announces OPuS-1 Phase 2 trial met primary efficacy endpoint
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06:52 EDTCSCOAruba Networks may be displacing Cisco in some verticals, says RBC Capital
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06:11 EDTWCGWellCare upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee
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