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February 8, 2013
09:37 EDTIT, CFN, NUAN, TCK, IRG, PLD, THOR, PNG, DE, BG, RVBD, ITW, CMI, TEVA, ANR, OSK, CYS, SKULOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Alpha Natural (ANR) downgraded to Fair Value from Buy at CRT Capital... Riverbed (RVBD) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Skullcandy (SKUL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Roth Capital... Teva (TEVA) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Bunge (BG) downgraded to Hold from Strong Buy at Feltl... CYS Investments (CYS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Deere (DE) downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at ISI Group... Cummins (CMI) downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at ISI Group.. Oshkosh (OSK) downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at ISI Group... Illinois Tool Works (ITW) downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at ISI Group... Gartner (IT) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... ProLogis (PLD) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel Nicolaus... Nuance (NUAN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel Nicolaus... CYS Investments (CYS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel Nicolaus... PAA Natural Gas Storage (PNG) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Ignite Restaurant (IRG) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... CareFusion (CFN) downgraded to Outperform from Buy at CLSA... Riverbed (RVBD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Lazard Capital... Thoratec (THOR) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Northland Securities... Teck Resources (TCK) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan.
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December 18, 2014
12:55 EDTTEVACourt delays Teva's launch of generic Celebrex, Globes reports
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12:46 EDTTEVATeva in legal dispute with former Russian partner, Globes reports
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12:03 EDTDEDeere to sell crop insurance business to Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company
Deere & Company announced it has reached a definitive agreement to sell its crop insurance business, subject to regulatory approval, to Farmers Mutual Hail Insurance Company of Iowa , headquartered in West Des Moines, Iowa. The action is a result of Deere's previously announced review of strategic options for the crop insurance business. The agreement will result in Deere selling both John Deere Insurance Company and John Deere Risk Protection, Inc., which together made up the crop insurance business unit of John Deere Financial. Closing is expected in the first quarter of the 2015 calendar year.
09:01 EDTOSKU.S. Army orders Oshkosh FMTVs
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December 17, 2014
13:32 EDTTEVAPerrigo jumps after analyst discusses potential takeover by Teva
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11:29 EDTANRJoy Global sees U.S coal market to be challenged in 2015
Joy Global says U.S. coal exports are likely to decline this year. Falling gas prices attributable to warmer weather will result in a switch to gas for electricity production. Publicly traded companies in the coal space include Alliance Resource Partners (ARLP), Alpha Natural (ANR), Arch Coal (ACI), CONSOL (CNX), Cloud Peak (CLD), Peabody (BTU) and Walter Energy (WLT).
10:02 EDTTCKOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Google (GOOG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Pivotal Research... Twitter (TWTR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Pivotal Research... Aaron's (AAN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Calpine (CPN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Check Point (CHKP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Columbia Sportswear (COLM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Dakota Plains Holdings (DAKP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... SunCoke Energy (SXC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Taylor Morrison (TMHC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Teck Resources (TCK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... VeriFone (PAY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Motorola Solutions (MSI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Approach Resources (AREX) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at Global Hunter... HealthSouth (HLS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... QLogic (QLGC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Baker Hughes (BHI) upgraded to Focus List from Outperform at Howard Weil... Kansas City Southern (KSU) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... BlackBerry (BBRY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BGC Financial.
09:47 EDTTCKTeck announces first shipment of concentrate from Pend Oreille operations
Teck Resources Limited announced the first shipment of zinc and lead in concentrate from its restarted Pend Oreille Operations in northeastern Washington State to its nearby Trail Operations in British Columbia for processing. Pend Oreille, operated by Teck Washington Incorporated, has an expected annual production rate of 44,000 tonnes of zinc in concentrate per year. The re-opening of the mine will bring an estimated $20M of local investment during the start-up phase and supports approximately 230 jobs in Pend Oreille County. Pend Oreille was previously operated by Teck between 2004 and 2009, when it was placed on care and maintenance due to unfavourable market conditions. Regulatory and environmental permits are in place and the mine facilities have been maintained since 2009 to support the restart.
09:26 EDTTEVAPerrigo would be good acquisition for Teva, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital views Perrigo (PRGO) as an attractive acquisition target and says in a note to investors that it thinks a takeover could be a good strategic fit with solid accretion for Teva (TEVA). Teva has interest in over-the-counter products and its growth rate would be boosted by the merger, RBC believes. The firm assumes a $200 per share value for Perrigo in its acquisition assumptions. Shares of the over-the-counter and generic pharmaceuticals company closed yesterday at $153.77.
06:35 EDTTCKTeck Resources upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
UBS upgraded Teck Resources to Buy based on valuation.
05:48 EDTCFNBecton Dickinson named 2015 large cap top pick at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray raised its price target for Becton Dickinson (BDX) shares to $160 from $141 and called the stock its 2015 large cap top pick. Piper expects upside to management's CareFusion (CFN) merger earnings accretion guidance and sees potential gross margin benefit from falling oil prices. The firm keeps an Overweight rating on the stock. Shares of the medical technology company closed yesterday down $1.71 to $134.04.
December 16, 2014
09:52 EDTTEVAFDA ruling on generic Celebrex reversed by appeals court
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December 15, 2014
16:36 EDTRVBDOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
The Dow began the session with triple digit gains, but the move was short lived and so was the positive start for the equities market, which tumbled with oil prices and struggled for the remainder of the session. The day’s economic reports, which included the Empire Manufacturing report, industrial production and capacity utilization reports, and the NAHB housing market index, had little effect on the market. Stocks recovered a bit but did not get back into the green before the close, with investors wondering how the Fed, which begins its final FOMC meeting of the year tomorrow, will view its strategy in light of the recent weakness in oil. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Empire State manufacturing index fell to -3.6 in December, which was significantly worse than the expectation for it to rise to 12.4 from its prior 10.2 reading. Industrial production jumped 1.3% in November, which was better than the expected 0.7% increase. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index fell one point to 57 in December, versus expectations for a one point rise to a 59 reading. Near noon, WTI crude was down more than 2% and was trading below $57 per barrel. COMPANY NEWS: Riverbed Technology (RVBD) rose $1.57, or 8.38%, to $20.31 after the company agreed to be acquired by private equity investment firm Thoma Bravo and the private investor department of Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. Riverbed stockholders will receive $21 per share in cash, or a total of approximately $3.6B, which Wells Fargo views as a "good decision" and good deal for the company given the challenges in its business... PetSmart (PETM) advanced $3.30, or 4.25%, to $80.97 after the company agreed to be acquired by a consortium led by BC Partners at a price of $83.00 per share in cash. However, the private equity backers of Petco that were not allowed to participate in the auction process because of competition concerns, Leonard Green & Partners and TPG, could still make a rival offer, according to The Deal Pipeline, citing a source familiar with the situation. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Sorrento Therapeutics (SRNE), which advanced $1.50, or 25.86%, to $7.30 after the company announced that it has entered into a binding agreement with NantWorks founder Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong to establish a strategic collaboration to jointly develop next generation immunotherapies for the treatment of cancer and auto-immune diseases. Also higher was Cirrus Logic (CRUS), which rallied $4.12, or 21.87%, to $22.96 after Barclays upgraded the stock two notches to Overweight from Underweight and said the company is poised to make significantly more money per each iPhone sold next year. Among the noteworthy losers was CGG SA (CGG), which was downgraded to Underperform at Raymond James and dropped $2.41, or 28.29%, to $6.11 after Technip (TKPPY) said that it does not plan to file a tender for the company after talks between the companies did not result in a deal. Also lower were shares of Habit Restaurants (HABT), which fell $7.20, or 17.19%, to $34.69 as analysts rolled out coverage of the stock following its IPO about a month ago. Amid the coverage initiations, Habit Restaurants shares were initiated with a Neutral and $41 price target at RW Baird, with a Market Perform rating at Wells Fargo, with an Equal Weight at Stephens and with an Overweight rating and $48 target at Piper Jaffray. INDEXES: The Dow fell 99.99, or 0.58%, to 17,180.84, the Nasdaq dropped 48.44, or 1.04%, to 4,605.16, and the S&P 500 declined 12.70, or 0.63%, to 1,989.63.
12:37 EDTRVBDOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:35 EDTRVBDRiverbed going private deal a 'good decision,' says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo views Riverbed's agreement with Thoma Bravo to go private at $21 per share as a "good decision" for the company given the challenges in its business. Wells thinks the deal represents "fair value" to shareholders and does not expect a higher offer to emerge. It keeps a Market Perform rating on the name.
10:10 EDTRVBDHigh option volume stocks:
High option volume stocks: RVBD AGCO FRO CRUS UBNT LH PAY PETM OREX KOS
09:38 EDTRVBDActive equity options trading
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08:46 EDTRVBDElliot Management says supports Riverbed transaction
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08:37 EDTRVBDRiverbed says board concluded partnering with Thoma Bravo 'best choice' for co.
08:37 EDTRVBDRiverbed to be acquired by Thoma Bravo for $21 per share in cash
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