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February 8, 2013
09:37 EDTTHOR, PNG, IT, CFN, NUAN, TCK, IRG, PLD, 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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November 18, 2015
08:01 EDTSKULFurey Research Partners to hold a conference
Hidden Gems Conference is being held in New York on November 18.
07:43 EDTTEVAJefferies to hold a conference
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05:28 EDTTCKTeck Resources to reduce spending by $650M, cuts 1,000 jobs
In response to persistent low commodity prices, Teck Resources is implementing additional measures to reduce costs and conserve capital: Reduction in total spending of $650M in 2016, to be achieved through $350M of capital spending reductions and deferrals and $300M of operating cost savings identified as part of the 2016 operating budget. Elimination of an additional 1,000 positions across Teck's global offices and operations, through a combination of layoffs and attrition. This will include a reduction in senior management positions and brings total labor force reductions over the past 18 months to approximately 2,000 positions. Withdrawal of the Coal Mountain Phase 2 project from the Environmental Assessment process and suspension of further work on the project. The capital reductions and deferrals described above are in comparison to preliminary 2016 capital spending plans. The 2016 capital budget is still under review and Teck will announce forecast 2016 capital spending in February 2016.
November 17, 2015
16:32 EDTIRGIgnite Restaurant appoints Robert Merrit as CEO
Ignite Restaurant Group announced that Robert S. Merritt has been named CEO, effective November 17. Merritt will succeed Raymond A. Blanchette, III, who left Ignite Restaurant Group to pursue other opportunities. Merritt's career in the restaurant industry has spanned over three decades. He was an original member of the senior management team of Outback Steakhouse where he oversaw their initial public offering and helped to expand the company's initial operations from five restaurants in Florida in 1990 to over 1250 restaurants in 22 countries by his retirement in 2005.
15:36 EDTITWAirgas deal potentially negative for Lincoln Electric, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital analyst Matthew McConnell Air Liquide's acquisition of Airgas (ARG) opens the possibility that the French company could enter the market for U.S. welding equipment manufacturing, which is currently concentrated with top three players Lincoln Electric (LECO), Illinois Tool Works (ITW) and Colfax (CFX). The firm, which assumes that roughly 8% of Lincoln Electric's total sales go through Airgas, said the merger deal is most relevant for Lincoln, but also potentially negative for the other two. The firm keeps Sector Perform ratings on Lincoln, Illinois Tool and Colfax.
12:46 EDTNUANOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after better than expected earnings from Wal-Mart (WMT) and Home Depot (HD) helped the Dow build on yesterday's gains. The market also received a boost from an in-line consumer prices report, which may give the Fed the ammunition it needs to begin to raising interest rates from their record-low levels. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the consumer price index rose 0.2% in October, as expected. When food and energy prices are stripped out, the "core" CPI also rose 0.2%, also matching the consensus forecast. Industrial production slid 0.2% in October, versus expectations for it to have risen 0.1%. Capacity utilization came in as expected at 77.5%. NAHB's home builder sentiment index fell 3 points to 62 in November, versus expectations for a reading of 64. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Wal-Mart advanced nearly 5% after the world's largest retailer reported better than expected quarterly earnings and gave a fiscal year profit outlook that was higher than expected at the midpoint of the company's range. As part of its report, Wal-Mart noted that comp sales at Walmart U.S. rose 1.5% in the quarter compared to last year, marking the fifth consecutive quarter of positive comparable sales growth. Another retail giant and fellow Dow member, Home Depot, gained more than 3.5%. Missing out on the retail rally, however, was Dick's Sporting Good (DKS), which tumbled over 9.5% after giving guidance for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2015 that both missed consensus estimates. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Nuance (NUAN), which rallied 17% after analysts raised their price targets on the company's stock following upbeat fourth quarter earnings. Also higher was TJX (TJX), which gained 4% after reporting quarterly earnings and guiding for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2016. Among the notable losers was SunEdison (SUNE), which fell 21% after Deutsche Bank lowered its price target on the company's shares to $16 from $28. Also lower was Urban Outfitters (URBN), which fell 8% after no fewer than three analyst downgraded the company's shares following its Q3 earnings report. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 39.99, or 0.23%, to 17,523.00, the Nasdaq was up 17.91, or 0.36%, to 5,002.53, and the S&P 500 was up 3.54, or 0.17%, to 2,056.73.
10:48 EDTNUANNuance rises after earnings as analysts point to bookings as positive sign
Shares of Nuance Communications (NUAN) climbed in morning trading after analysts from Deutsche Bank and Oppenheimer raised their price targets on the company following upbeat fourth quarter earnings. WHAT'S NEW: After the market close yesterday, Nuance reported Q4 earnings per share of 41c, beating analyst estimates of 35c, on revenue of $504.1M, just short of consensus $507.84M. The company provided guidance for fiscal 2016, saying it expects earnings per share for the year in the range of $1.35-$1.45 on revenue of $1.95B-$2B. Nuance also said it expects first quarter EPS of 31c-33c on revenue of $477.8M-$489.8M. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In the same press release, Nuance chief financial officer Dan Tempesta said that the company has made "substantial progress" on its company-wide transformation project. "We expect to continue our improvements in financial performance and lead the company to improved growth in 2016 and beyond," Tempesta said. STREET RESEARCH: Following the quarterly report, Deutsche Bank analyst Nandan Amladi maintained a Buy rating on the company's stock and raised its price target to $30 from $25, citing greater visibility from recurring revenue. Amladi said that Nuance had a "robust" finish to fiscal 2015 and that bookings and recurring revenue metrics were stronger than traditional licenses. The analyst added that the company's outlook leaves some headroom for upside and that its buyback activity should continue its "pronounced" pace heading into FY16. In addition, Oppenheimer analyst Shaul Eyal maintained an Outperform rating on Nuance and raised the price target on the company's shares to $26 from $22, saying that the company's shift towards a more software-as-a-service focused business model shows positive indications. Eyal added that the company's fundamentals are improving and that EPS accretion is supported by an ongoing share repurchase and cost containment measures. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Nuance rallied 14.5% to $19.53. OTHERS TO WATCH: Philips (PHG), which reached a collaboration agreement with Nuance a month ago to provide Nuance users its PowerScribe 360 software, was up 1.4% in morning trading.
10:02 EDTNUANHigh option volume stocks
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09:15 EDTNUANOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Nuance (NUAN), up 9.1%... Cheetah Mobile (CMCM), up 7.7%... Eros International (EROS), up 12.8%... Home Depot (HD), up 3.1%...Wal-Mart (WMT), up 2.2%. ALSO HIGHER: Ocera Therapeutics (OCRX), up 14.8% after announcing Phase 1 study results for the company's oral formulation of OCR-002... Fitbit (FIT), up 2.4% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Dicks Sporting Goods (DKS), down 15.4%... Urban Outfitters (URBN), down 12.8%. ALSO LOWER: Osiris Therapeutics (OSIR), up 25.5% after being downgraded to Sell from Hold at Brean Capital... Angie's List (ANGI), down 8.7% after board unanimously determines not to pursue IAC (IACI) proposal... Clovis Oncology (CLVS), down 4.1% after receiving downgrades from Goldman and WallachBeth... Chesapeake Energy (CHK), down 2.5% after being downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee CRT... Cooper Companies (COO), down 2% after being downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo.
09:07 EDTPLDPrologis awarded eight build-to-suit development projects
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07:55 EDTNUANNuance price target raised to $26 from $22 at Oppenheimer
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07:47 EDTTEVALeerink sees M&A accelerating for central nervous system assets
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06:36 EDTNUANNuance price target raised to $30 from $25 at Deutsche Bank
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November 16, 2015
18:26 EDTNUANOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Nuance (NUAN), up 9.5%. ALSO HIGHER: Ocera Therapeutics (OCRX), up 26.6% after announcing Phase 1 study results for the company's oral formulation of OCR-002. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Urban Outfitters (URBN), down 11.5%... Agilent (A), down 1.3%. ALSO LOWER: Wayfair (W), down 2% after Bloomberg reported that Whitney Tilson said that Wayfair is currently his largest short.
17:06 EDTOSKOshkosh files automatic mixed securities shelf
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16:53 EDTTEVAPaulson reduced stake in Valeant
Paulson & Co. gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this afternoon. NEW STAKES: Perrigo (PRGO), CIT Group (CIT), Precision Castparts (PCP), Cameron (CAM), and Altera (ALTR). INCREASED STAKES: Teva (TEVA), Post Holdings (POST), Starwood Hotels (HOT), LivaNova (LIVN), and Synergy Pharmaceuticals (SGYP). DECREASED STAKES: Valeant (VRX), Shire (SHPG), Whiting Petroleum (WLL), Computer Sciences (CSC), and Oasis Petroleum (OAS). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMHC), Broadcom (BRCM), and Sprint (S).
16:15 EDTNUANNuance sees Q1 EPS 31c-33c, consensus 31c
Sees Q1 GAAP revenue $477.8M-$489.8M, consensus $490.62M. Sees Q1 Non-GAAP revenue $486M-$498M.
16:13 EDTNUANNuance sees FY16 EPS $1.35-$1.45 consensus $1.38
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16:04 EDTNUANNuance reports Q4 EPS 41c, consensus 35c
Reports Q4 revenue $504.1M, consensus $507.84M. In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015, Nuance reported GAAP revenue of $504.1M up from $502.3M a year ago. Nuance reported non-GAAP revenue of $513.3M, which includes $9.2M of revenue lost to accounting treatment in conjunction with acquisitions, compared to $520.3M in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2014. Fourth quarter 2015 revenue was negatively affected by currency fluctuations as well. If fourth quarter 2014 currency rates were applied to fourth quarter 2015 non-GAAP revenue, Nuance would have achieved approximately 1% organic non-GAAP revenue growth for the quarter. In the fourth quarter of 2015, total recurring revenue was $347M and represented 68% of total non-GAAP revenue, compared to $325.7M and 63% a year ago. In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015, Nuance reported net new bookings of $357.4M, up 8.7% from $328.8M a year ago. If fourth quarter 2014 currency rates were applied to Nuance's fourth quarter 2015, net new bookings would have been up 12% from a year ago.
15:02 EDTNUANNotable companies reporting after market close
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