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November 7, 2012
10:41 EDTWLP, THS, QLTY, MIPS, HUM, FNF, ESRX, EOG, DRL, DRH, AOLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AOL (AOL) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA... DiamondRock (DRH) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Doral Financial (DRL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... EOG Resources (EOG) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Societe Generale... Express Scripts (ESRX) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Fidelity National (FNF) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... Humana (HUM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... MIPS Technologies (MIPS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Craig-Hallum... MPG Office Trust (MPG) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Stifel Nicolaus... Quality Distribution (QLTY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... TreeHouse Foods (THS) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Wellpoint (WLP) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at BofA/Merrill.
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July 21, 2014
07:27 EDTFNFFidelity National initiated with a Buy at SunTrust
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July 18, 2014
10:03 EDTEOGOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:01 EDTEOGEOG Resources downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Bernstein
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July 17, 2014
10:00 EDTEOGOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:34 EDTEOGEOG Resources initiated with a Buy at Argus
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July 16, 2014
19:20 EDTTHSTreeHouse Foods 4.3M share Secondary priced at $75.50
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12:47 EDTAOLYahoo falls after results disappoint, details additional plans for Alibaba stake
Shares of media and search engine company Yahoo (YHOO) are falling after the company's second quarter results fell short of analysts' consensus estimates. The company also said it will lower the amount of stock it will sell in Alibaba's initial public offering to 140M shares and that it plans to return "at least half" of its after-tax proceeds from the stake sale to its shareholders. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Yahoo reported Q2 earnings per share of 37c and revenue ex-tac of $1.04B, narrowly missing analysts' consensus estimates of 38c and $1.08B, respectively. The company's Q2 display ad revenue fell 7% to $394M, while Q2 price per ad fell 24% versus last year. Q2 search revenue ex-tac increased 6% to $428M. Yahoo said that in Q2, the number of ads sold increased approximately 24% compared to last year, while the number of paid clicks increased approximately 3%. Price-per-click increased 15% compared to last year. Marissa Mayer, Yahoo's Chief Executive Officer, said that as the company's top priority is revenue growth, it is "not satisfied" with Q2 results. Mayer noted that several areas showed strength in the quarter, including Yahoo Search, which grew 6% year-over-year on a revenue ex-tac basis, but their growth was offset by declines. Meyer says the company needs to "work faster to ameliorate" negative trends in display. Mayer says the company "can and will do better" going forward. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Looking ahead, Yahoo forecast third quarter revenue ex-tac of $1.02B-$1.06B, below the consensus of $1.1B. The company also guided Q3 adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, or EBTIDA, at $220M-$260M and non-GAAP operating income of $70M-$110M. Yahoo also noted that it will lower the number of shares it sells in the Alibaba IPO to 140M from 208M, and is committed to return at least half of the after-tax IPO proceeds to shareholders. Mayer noted on the company's earnings conference call that "A transformation of this size will take several years," adding that "it will take a little longer than originally forecasted." ANALYST REACTION: This morning, research firm CRT Capital downgraded Yahoo to Fair Value from Buy, citing mixed Q2 earnings and weak guidance. The firm sees pressure on ad pricing continuing for at at least two to three quarters. Another firm, Bernstein, lowered their price target on Yahoo to $40 from $43 following the company's weaker than expected results and said that it would return 50% of its proceeds from the Alibaba IPO to shareholders. The firm thinks there is an increased risk that Yahoo will use the other 50% on M&A, and Bernstein sees high risk that the M&A will destroy value. Bernstein kept an Outperform rating on the stock. Piper Jaffray said Yahoo should be owned ahead of the Alibaba IPO, noting its agreement with Alibaba to reduce the number of shares it will sell at the IPO should outweigh the "unsurprising" challenges in the company's core business. The firm, which kept an Overweight rating on the stock, expects the stock to react positively on the Q2 earnings report. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Yahoo fell $1.66, or about 4.7%, to $33.95 on heavy trading volume. Despite today's pull back, the stock is up approximately 25% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Yahoo peer AOL (AOL) is down over 4.% to $38.98. Jackie Reses, Yahoo's chief of mergers and acquisitions, said at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech Conference that the company is not planning to buy AOL, Re/code reported this morning. Mayer previously told a number of people that she does not "get" the merger.
08:42 EDTAOLAOL's Adap.tv granted patent for system tying consumer sales to TV ads
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06:03 EDTAOLYahoo M&A chief says company not planning to buy AOL, Re/code reports
Yahoo (YHOO) is not planning to buy AOL (AOL), Yahoo M&A chief Jackie Reses commented at the Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference, Re/code reports. When asked whether she thought AOL would be acquired in the next two years, Reses said "Not by us." Reference Link
July 15, 2014
16:42 EDTTHSTreeHouse Foods files to sell $325M of common stock
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16:39 EDTTHSTreeHouse Foods sees Q2 EPS close to consensus estimates of 83c
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July 14, 2014
16:15 EDTHUMHumana, Tenet sign new multi-year national agreement
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15:32 EDTDRLDoral Financial sells non-performing assets for $369M
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09:23 EDTWLPWellPoint Q2 EPS likely to beat consensus by 55c, says Sterne Agee
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08:40 EDTAOLYahoo, AOL unlikely to be plotting merger at Sun Valley conference, Re/code says
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07:22 EDTHUM, WLPHealthcare Education Associates to hold a conference
4th Annual RISE California Summit to be held in San Diego on July 13-15.
July 11, 2014
11:17 EDTAOLHigh option volume stocks
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11:16 EDTAOLAOL, Yahoo CEOs have late-night talk, WSJ reports
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July 10, 2014
07:11 EDTWLP, HUMAetna, WellPoint top large-cap Managed Care picks at Jefferies
Jefferies calls Aetna (AET) and WellPoint (WLP) its favorite large-cap picks in the Managed Care space, with Health Net (HNT) its favored name in the small to mid-cap space. The firm believes the market is already expecting strong Q2 results from the sector, and it downgraded UnitedHealth (UNH) to Hold from Buy on valuation and below-peer earnings growth. Jefferies has Buy ratings on Aetna, Health Net, Molina Healthcare (MOH) and WellPoint.
06:23 EDTWLP, HUMHealth insurers moving away from fee for service model, NY Times reports
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