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February 7, 2014
09:58 EDTDO, VRSN, CI, CHK, PRGO, WWWW, CS, RSTI, OUTR, SPR, PMFG, MMS, ELON, FLDM, FWM, G, GHDX, IRBT, LOW, AOLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AOL (AOL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Echelon (ELON) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Fairway Group (FWM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... Fluidigm (FLDM) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Genomic Health (GHDX) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Genpact (G) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... iRobot (IRBT) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Lowe's (LOW) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Maximus (MMS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... PMFG, Inc. (PMFG) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Spirit AeroSystems (SPR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc... VeriSign (VRSN) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup... Cigna (CI) downgraded to Neutral from Positive at Susquehanna... Chesapeake (CHK) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Howard Weil... Perrigo (PRGO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... Web.com (WWWW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Craig-Hallum... Credit Suisse (CS) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Rofin-Sinar (RSTI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Longbow... Outerwall (OUTR) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Northland Securities... Diamond Offshore (DO) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Global Hunter.
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October 21, 2014
17:08 EDTIRBTiRobot trades higher after results, first look
Price is up in the extended session by 7.5% following results and guidance, last at $34.10. At that price next resistance is at $35.73. Support is at $33.28.
16:16 EDTIRBTiRobot trades higher after results, first look
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16:12 EDTIRBTiRobot raises FY14 EPS view to $1.20-$1.25 from $1.10 - $1.20, consensus $1.14
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16:10 EDTIRBTiRobot sees Q4 EPS 26c-31c, consensus 35c
Sees Q4 revenue $158M - $167M , consensus $167.84M
16:09 EDTIRBTiRobot reports Q3 EPS 48c, consensus 33c
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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%.
10:57 EDTDODiamond Offshore volatility elevated into Q3 and volume outlook
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10:01 EDTCSPhoenix Companies partners with Credit Suisse
Phoenix Companies (PNX) announced that it has entered into a partnership with Credit Suisse (CS) to license the CS Tactical Multi Asset Index.
08:31 EDTCSEU fines JPMorgan, UBS, Credit Suisse for cartel on derivatives
The European Commission has found that four international banks, RBS (RBS), UBS (UBS), JP Morgan (JPM) and Credit Suisse (CS), operated a cartel on bid-ask spreads of Swiss franc interest rate derivatives in the European Economic Area. The Commission imposed fines worth a total of EUR 32.36M. RBS received immunity from fines for revealing the existence of the cartel to the Commission. UBS and JPMorgan received reductions of their respective fines for cooperating with the investigation under the Commission's 2006 Leniency Notice. UBS was fined EUR 12.65M, JP Morgan fined EUR 10.53M and Credit Suisse was fined EUR 9.17M.
08:18 EDTCSBasel 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
08:12 EDTCSJPMorgan, UBS, Credit Suisse to be fined by EU over Libor rigging, Reuters says
JPMorgan (JPM), UBS (UBS) and Credit Suisse (CS) will be fined $115M collectively for their roles in rigging Swiss franc Libor rates, with JPMorgan's fine of $89M making up the lion's share of the penalty, said Reuters, citing a person familiar, who added that Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) would not be penalized for its own role since it alerted the European Commission to the issue. Reference Link
06:44 EDTPRGOActavis among bidders for Omega Pharma, Bloomberg reports
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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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09:08 EDTIRBTiRobot awarded $7.6M order for upgrades and spares for 46 MTRS
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07:32 EDTPMFGPMFG announces environmental systems awards totaling $6.5M
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07:10 EDTFLDMAmerican Society of Human Genetics to hold annual meeting
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05:50 EDTOUTROuterwall risk/reward favorable at current levels, says Piper Jaffray
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October 17, 2014
11:58 EDTSPRTextron rallies after better than expected Q3 EPS, raising FY14 profit outlook
Shares of aircraft and defense company Textron (TXT) are advancing after the firm reported better than expected third quarter earnings per share and raised its profit outlook for fiscal 2014. WHAT'S NEW: Textron this morning reported Q3 EPS from continuing operations of 57c and revenue of $3.43B, compared to consensus of 52c and $3.63B, respectively. Aviation revenue for the quarter came in at $1.08B, Bell revenue was $1.18B, Systems revenue was $358M, Industrial revenue was $785M and Finance revenue was $25M for the quarter. Chief Executive Officer Scott Donnelly said commented that the increased revenues at Aviation, Industrial and Bell primarily reflected the success of its new product investment and acquisition strategies. Donnelly said the company achieved significant margin improvement in the quarter at Textron Aviation, which reflected higher volumes and better performance. Bell also had improved performance in Q3, Donnelly said, leading to an increase in quarterly margins compared to last year. WHAT’S NOTABLE: The company raised its FY14 EPS from continuing operations view to $2.05-$2.15 from $1.92-$2.12, in line with analysts' consensus estimates of $2.07. Textron also raised its FY14 outlook for cash flow from continuing operations of the manufacturing group before pension contributions to $700M-$800M, with expected pension contributions of around $83M. On the company's earnings conference call, management said it saw a pickup of orders in September and October in the new aircraft market. The company said it is also seeing significant contributions from its M&A investments. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Textron rose $4.16, or about 12.4%, to $37.82 on heavy trading volume. Including today’s advance, the stock has gained approximately 36% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the aircraft and defense business include Boeing (BA), up 2.6%, Spirit Aerosystems (SPR), up 3.8%, and Embraer SA (ERJ) up 3.9%.
06:07 EDTCSCredit Suisse names Sitohang Asia Pacific CEO
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