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February 11, 2013
10:14 EDTNVO, STR, USB, VMW, TSO, SWFT, TFX, SSD, MNRO, RNST, WFC, KR, BPL, NKE, BBVA, AOL, KNX, HTLD, GPK, MRTN, FUL, ATROOn 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.
News For AOL;ATRO;GPK;BBVA;FUL;HTLD;NKE;MRTN;KNX;STR;RNST;SWFT;NVO;MNRO;TSO;BPL;SSD;VMW;KR;TFX;USB;WFC From The Last 14 Days
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March 19, 2015
16:20 EDTNKENike reports Q3 inventories $4.2B, up 12% YoY
Inventories for NIKE, Inc. were $4.2B, up 12% from February 28 2014, driven by a 12% increase in NIKE Brand wholesale inventories as well as higher inventories associated with growth in DTC. NIKE Brand wholesale inventories were higher due to a 17% increase in units, while changes in the average product cost per unit, combined with the impact of changes in foreign currency exchange rates, decreased growth by approximately 5% points
16:18 EDTNKENike reports Q3 gross margin up 140 basis points to 45.9%
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16:16 EDTNKENike reports Q3 worldwide futures orders up 2%, up 11% ex-currency changes
16:15 EDTNKENike reports Q3 EPS 89c, consensus 84c
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15:19 EDTNKENotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Nike (NKE), consensus 84c... Mattress Firm (MFRM), consensus 48c.
14:20 EDTNKENike technical comments ahead of results
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13:46 EDTNKEEarnings Preview: Nike sees Q3 constant dollar revenue growth in low teens
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13:03 EDTNKENike March 97.5 straddle priced for 3.9% movement into Q3
11:53 EDTUSB, WFCU.S. banks face headwinds in unloading oil loans, WSJ says
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11:07 EDTNVONovo Nordisk management to meet with Jefferies
Meeting to be held in Connecticut on March 24 hosted by Jefferies.
08:13 EDTBPLBuckeye Partners announces open season for Cross Town Pipeline Project
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08:08 EDTNKENike historically hits earnings, but guidance, valuation could weigh, WSJ says
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07:35 EDTKRKroger price target raised to $90 from $80 at Deutsche Bank
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March 18, 2015
10:00 EDTMNROOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:59 EDTNKENike March volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Nike March call option implied volatility is at 69, April is at 28, May is at 23, July is at 22; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on March 19.
06:13 EDTMNROMonro Muffler upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust
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March 17, 2015
17:02 EDTSSDSimpson Manufacturing to close offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, Dubai, Thailand
Simpson Manufacturing disclosed in a regulatory filing that the company has decided to close its sales offices in Hong Kong, Beijing, Dubai and Thailand due to continued losses in these operations. The company will continue to maintain its manufacturing facility in Zhangjiagang, China, its sourcing offices in China and Taiwan and its engineering office in Vietnam. The company will also continue supporting its sales offices in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
14:55 EDTVMWVMware to face more competitive process for DOD contract, says Stifel
After government websites indicated that Citrix (CTXS), Amazon (AMZN) and others succeeded in getting the DoD to reconsider its awarding of a $1.6B, five-year contract to VMware (VMW), Stifel said it doesn't think VMware has necessarily lost the opportunity, but that the company will now likely face a more competitive bidding process to win the deal. The firm view this example as supporting its concerns that VMware's steps to become a more strategic vendor have the potential to be as much of a threat as an opportunity and Stifel maintains its Hold rating on the stock.
14:43 EDTVMWVMware award from DISA canceled after protest, siliconANGLE reports
On March 12, the Defense Information Security Agency, or DISA, reversed a decision to award VMware (VMW) with a $1.6B contract following protests by Amazon Web Services (AMZN), Citrix Systems (CTXS), and others, reported siliconANGLE. A government posting noted that "Amendment 0002 is issued to cancel the request for proposal to further analyze the government's needs." Reference Link
07:12 EDTVMWDeutsche Messe to hold a conference
CeBIT 2015 is being held in Hannover, Germany on March 15-20.
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