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February 11, 2013
10:14 EDTWFC, NVO, MNRO, TSO, BPL, SSD, VMW, KR, TFX, USB, SWFT, RNST, STR, ATRO, GPK, BBVA, FUL, HTLD, NKE, MRTN, KNX, AOLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AOL (AOL) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Astronics (ATRO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Banco Bilbao (BBVA) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Graphic Packaging (GPK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... H.B. Fuller (FUL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Heartland Express (HTLD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Knight Transportation (KNX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Marten Transport (MRTN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Nike (NKE) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Questar (STR) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Renasant (RNST) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Swift Transportation (SWFT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Novo Nordisk (NVO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Monro Muffler (MNRO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at ISI Group... Tesoro (TSO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Buckeye Partners (BPL) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Simpson Manufacturing (SSD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... VMware (VMW) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Evercore... Kroger (KR) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Teleflex (TFX) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... U.S. Bancorp (USB) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Stifel Nicolaus... Wells Fargo (WFC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel Nicolaus.
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October 21, 2014
17:01 EDTRNSTRenasant reports Q3 EPS 49c, consensus 48c
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16:04 EDTVMWVMware reports Q3 EPS 87c, consensus 83c
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15:35 EDTUSBNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:34 EDTVMWEarnings Preview: EMC reports after HPQ merger talks said to end
EMC Corporation (EMC) is expected to report third quarter earnings before the bell on Wednesday, October 22, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. EMC provides software, hardware and IT services to business customers through its three federated businesses: EMC Information Infrastructure, Pivotal and VMware Virtual Infrastructure, which is represented by EMC’s majority equity stake in VMware (VMW). VMware is expected to report on its own third quarter results after the bell on Tuesday, October 21, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. EXPECTATIONS: For EMC, analysts are looking for earnings per share of 46c on revenue of $6.0B. The consensus range is 44c-49c for EPS and $5.91B-$6.16B for revenue, according to First Call. Along with its last earnings report, EMC raised its FY14 adjusted EPS view to $1.91 from $1.90 and guided to FY14 revenues of $24.58B. Analysts consensus for FY14 EPS and revenue currently stand at $1.91 and $24.55B. For VMware, analysts are looking for earnings per share of 83c on revenue of $1.5B. The consensus range is 81c-85c for EPS and $1.48B-$1.52B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: EMC reported Q2 adjusted EPS of 43c, which matched the consensus expectation. EMC's revenue of $5.9B came in slightly ahead of the $5.83B consensus projection. EMC also accelerated its 2014 share buyback plan, stating that it now expects to repurchase an aggregate of $3B of the company's common stock in 2014. VMware reported Q2 EPS of 81c, versus consensus of 79c, on revenue $1.46B, versus consensus of $1.44B. NEWS: VMware held its "VMWorld 2014" conference from August 24-28, during which the company updated its 2015 guidance. VMware's guidance for revenue growth in the mid teens percentage level and margin expansion of up to one percentage point is positive, RBC Capital analyst Matthew Hedberg wrote in a note to investors on August 26. The same day Cowen analyst Gregg Moskowitz wrote that VMware's FY15 revenue guidance would "likely weigh modestly" on the stock, even though he was not surprised by the outlook. Less than two weeks ago, Elliott Management sent a letter to the board of directors of EMC Corporation detailing its recommendations on the right path forward for EMC, in which Elliott holds a stake. Elliott believes that EMC’s Federation structure obscures enormous value at the company and that the board and management should pursue pathways to recognize this value, including a separation of VMware from Core EMC and/or various M&A opportunities, Elliott wrote. In response, EMC said its directors regularly review and evaluate the company's strategy with a view towards enhancing shareholder value. "Over the past few months, EMC's leadership has met with representatives of Elliott several times and has listened carefully to their ideas, as we do with all of our shareholders," the company said. Last week, HP (HPQ) announced the resumption of its share repurchase program after Reuters reported the company's merger talks with EMC had ended. HP had suspended the buyback program due to "possession of material non-public information." The tech giant said that day that it is "no longer in possession of such information." During September, Re/code reported, citing sources familiar with Oracle's plans, that the company was not interested in acquiring EMC. Meanwhile, Cisco (CSCO) CEO John Chambers also said last month at a Wall Street Journal breakfast that his company is not among the potential merger partners for EMC. Chambers said a deal between the two companies would have been done a "year or two ago" were it to happen, according to Reuters. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after its last earnings report, Brean Capital raised its price target on EMC to $33 from $30, citing the company's aggressive capital return strategy, encouraging core Storage dynamics and potential pent up demand. Tigress Financial, however, downgraded EMC to Buy from Strong Buy, citing valuation. Additionally, VMware estimated that its total available market would reach more than $60B in 2017, versus its estimate last year of a $50B+ total addressable market by 2016, Moskowitz noted. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, EMC shares are up 1% to $27.22, while VMware is fractionally higher at $87.79. Over the last three months, EMC shares have declined almost 4%, while VMware's stock is down about 5.5% in that same time frame.
13:30 EDTVMWVMware October weekly 88 straddle priced for 7.2% move into Q3
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13:27 EDTAOLEarnings Preview: Yahoo expected to unveil turnaround plan with Q3 results
Yahoo (YHOO) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the market close on Tuesday, October 21 with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Yahoo is a digital media company that provides properties and services such as Yahoo! Search and Yahoo! News. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of 30c on revenue of $1.04B. The consensus range is 18c-38c for EPS, and $1.02B-$1.06B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Yahoo reported Q2 EPS 37c against estimates of 38c on revenue ex-tac of $1.04B against estimates of $1.08B. It reported Q2 price-per-ad was down 24%, Q2 Display revenue down 7% and Search revenue up 6%. The company gave Q3 revenue ex-tac guidance of $1.02B-$1.06B. After releasing its Q2 results, CEO Marissa Mayer said the company was "not satisfied" with the results, with display remaining an area of investment and transition. NEWS: In the past quarter, Alibaba (BABA) opened to the larges IPO in U.S. history. The Wall Street Journal reported that Yahoo's core business was cut in half to $6.8B after Alibaba's first day of trading. Yahoo made $5.1B in cash from the sale of shares in Alibaba's IPO and its remaining stake is valued at about $23.4B.In late September, activist investor Starboard Value urged Yahoo to explore a strategic combination with AOL (AOL), believing a merger could create synergies of up to $1B. CEO Marissa Mayer is expected to unveil her turnaround plan at the earnings call today that could include cost-cutting efforts and its M&A strategy, according to the Wall Street Journal. Yahoo also confirmed that a security breach in Q3 compromised servers, but the hack did not disclose consumer data. The company acquired several companies in past few months, including Flurry, Zofari, ClarityRay, Luminate, and Bookdpad. A WSJ reports also said the company is in talks to invest in Snapchat. STREET RESEARCH: Following the Alibaba IPO, Yahoo was downgraded at Bernstein, BofA/Merrill and RBC Capital because it was unclear whether Yahoo's stock can advance meaningfully and the company was no longer the best way to gain Alibaba exposure. RBC Capital said the risk/reward is less attractive, and it does not see a turnaround in Yahoo's core fundamentals. BGC Financial, however, upgraded the company and said the company's remaining assets should get monetized in a more tax efficient manner. PRICE ACTION: Yahoo shares have risen $4.29, or more than 12%, since the first day of trading following the company's Q2 report. In Tuesday midday trading ahead of Q3 report, Yahoo shares are trading up nearly 2%.
08:18 EDTUSB, WFCBasel Committee accelerating work on leverage ratio, FT says
The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision will begin work on the calibration of the leverage ratio, a measure of bank capital seen as less vulnerable to manipulation, sooner than previously planned, which suggests the finished rule could be released as soon as 2015 or 2016, which is ahead of the previous target date of 2017, reported Financial Times, citing comments from the secretary-general of the committee, William Coen. Publicly traded large U.S. banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Publicly traded large EU banks include Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Reference Link
07:43 EDTGPKGraphic Packaging reports Q3 CapEx $42.5M
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07:36 EDTGPKGraphic Packaging on target to deliver $350M of net debt reduction in FY14
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07:34 EDTGPKGraphic Packaging reports Q3 adj. EPS 17c, consensus 20c
Reports Q3 revenue $1.05B, consensus $1.08B.
October 20, 2014
09:52 EDTAOLArmstrong says AOL will not merge with Yahoo, VentureBeat reports
AOL CEO Tim Armstrong said "no" when asked if his company will merge with Yahoo (YHOO), VentureBeat reports, citing a fireside chat with Armstrong at the TechCrunch Disrupt in Europe. Reference Link
09:49 EDTAOLAOL in early talks to spin off CrunchBase, TechCrunch reports
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07:20 EDTTFXInternational Continence Society to hold annual meeting
ICS Annual Meeting 2014 is being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 20-24.
06:12 EDTSWFTSwift Transport upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup
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October 17, 2014
18:06 EDTSTRWilliams, Questar interested in QEP Resources pipeline unit, Bloomberg says
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17:23 EDTSTRWilliams, Questar interested in QEP Resources pipeline unit, Bloomberg says
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16:55 EDTWFCStocks end volatile week lower amid oil price plunge
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14:24 EDTVMWVMware October weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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06:56 EDTSWFTSwift Transport added to short-term buy list at Deutsche Bank
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06:45 EDTWFCWells Fargo closes alternative trading system, Reuters says
In response to weak client demand, Wells Fargo is shutting down its "dark pool" trading system, according to Reuters, citing a spokeswoman from the bank. The spokeswoman said that even though the firm will cease offering alternative trading access, it will still offer customers electronic trading tools. Reference Link
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