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November 6, 2012
12:10 EDTAOL, ODP, OMX, CVC, NYX, ENOC, WTW, SREV, ESRXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday as Americans headed to the polls. Stock futures improved during the premarket trading session, leading to a slightly higher open for the broader market. The averages slowly gained upside momentum and eventually punched through for their best gains in a couple of weeks. The domestic economic calendar was quiet and investors may be factoring an end to the presidential election process, along with hope that political leaders will get back to work on the country’s problems, as the catalyst for the buying... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Job Openings and Labor Turnover survey, or JOLTs report, showed job openings fell 100K to 3.56M in September from 3.66M in August. In Europe, a report showed that the shared currency area's business activity shrank in October at its steepest rate in over three years. In Germany in particular, which is the region's biggest economy, the composite services and manufacturing purchasing managers index came in at 48.4, below the consensus forecast of 49.3, and factory orders for the month of September were weaker than expected as well... COMPANY NEWS: Among companies reporting earning last night and this morning, AOL (AOL), Office Depot (ODP) and OfficeMax (OMX) advanced, while Cablevision (CVC) and NYSE Euronext (NYX) declined... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were EnerNOC (ENOC), up 21% following price target raises at RW Baird and Needham after its Q3 results, and Weight Watchers (WTW), up over 16% after its quarterly earnings beat expectations. Among the noteworthy losers was ServiceSource (SREV), down 35% amid at least three downgrades after the company lowered its revenue growth view for the upcoming quarter and the fiscal year. Also lower were shares of Express Scripts (ESRX), down 13% after saying that it views current consensus estimates for 2013 as "overly aggressive" and disclosing that its Accredo Health unit received a subpoena from the Department of Justice... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 171.63, or 1.31%, to 13,284.07; the Nasdaq was up 21.82, or 0.73%, to 3,021.48; and the S&P 500 was up 14.96, or 1.06%, to 1,432.22.
News For AOL;ODP;OMX;CVC;NYX;ENOC;WTW;SREV;ESRX From The Last 14 Days
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October 24, 2014
09:41 EDTENOCNorges Bank reports 5.07% passive stake in EnerNOC
October 23, 2014
09:40 EDTWTWWeight Watchers Q3 estimates meaningfully ahead of consensus at ITG Research
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07:43 EDTENOCEnerNOC price target lowered to $24.50 from $30 at Canaccord
Canaccord lowered its price target on EnerNOC to $24.50 from $30 ahead of Q3 earnings. The firm sees regulatory concerns continuing to impact investor sentiment and believes M&A must be deployed near term to broaden the company's Energy Intelligence Software strategy. Canaccord maintains its Buy rating on EnerNOC shares.
October 22, 2014
10:09 EDTAOLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AOL (AOL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore... ARM Holdings (ARMH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... American Assets Trust (AAT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at MLV & Co.... American Midstream Partners (AMID) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Ladenburg... BancorpSouth (BXS) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Chesapeake (CHK) upgraded at UBS... Chuy's (CHUY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Dean Foods (DF) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... East West Bancorp (EWBC) upgraded at BMO Capital... El Paso Electric (EE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Ladenburg... Generac (GNRC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Gold Fields (GFI) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Harmony Gold (HMY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... Hess Corp. (HES) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Hovnanian (HOV) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at JMP Securities... Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... OMV AG (OMVKY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Seaspan (SSW) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Sibanye Gold (SBGL) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... Smith & Nephew (SNN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Southwestern Energy (SWN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Maxim... Steel Dynamics (STLD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Steris (STE) upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James... Tesoro Logistics (TLLP) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Texas Instruments (TXN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Twitter (TWTR) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Hudson Square... Vanguard Natural (VNR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Volaris (VLRS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Wilshire Bancorp (WIBC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Yahoo (YHOO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital.
09:23 EDTESRXExpress Scripts getting more aggressive on pricing, says Cleveland Research
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06:30 EDTAOLAOL upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore
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October 21, 2014
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%.
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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09:01 EDTODPOffice Depot stores now accept Apple Pay
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October 17, 2014
08:00 EDTCVCHBO may have fight with cable operators over OTT service price, Reuters says
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October 16, 2014
09:32 EDTODPOffice Depot: European restructuring plan includes reduction of 1,100 positions
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October 14, 2014
13:04 EDTENOCEnerNOC weakness a buying opportunity, says Raymond James
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10:01 EDTENOCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:04 EDTENOCEnerNOC downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
JPMorgan downgraded EnerNOC to Neutral citing risk to the company's Demand Response revenue at PJM given the challenge to FERC Rule 745. The firm lowered its price target for shares to $22 from $24.50. JPMorgan notes, however, that it would view EnerNOC shares as "significantly" undervalued should the FERC Rule 745 be upheld or replaced by a capacity market overseen by the regional states.
05:41 EDTENOCEnerNOC downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
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October 13, 2014
12:13 EDTAOLYahoo upgraded as BGC sees higher chances for tax efficient monetization
Research firm BGC Partners upgraded its rating on Yahoo (YHOO) to Buy from Hold, saying that the chances of the company monetizing its assets in a more tax efficient manner have increased now that Alibaba (BABA) has come public. Among the possible scenarios, Yahoo may be acquired by Alibaba, the firm added. WHAT'S NEW: Yahoo's chances of paying a relatively low tax rate on the sale of its stakes in Alibaba and Yahoo Japan, a Japanese Internet company, have risen, BGC Financial analyst Colin Gillis stated. Yahoo could owe up to $15B of taxes on its sale of the assets, the analyst estimated. If Yahoo pays full tax liability, its stakes would be worth $43.5B. If it pays no taxes, the assets would be worth $58.5B, he estimated. Gillis set his price target on Yahoo at $50, representing the midpoint of the two scenarios, he stated. Among various scenarios that could play out, Alibaba could choose to buy Yahoo and subsequently unload Yahoo's core business and the American company's stake in Yahoo Japan, the analyst said. Yahoo shareholders could receive cash and shares of Alibaba as part of such a deal, Gillis stated. If Yahoo is not acquired by Alibaba, the American company should combine with AOL (AOL), as recently proposed by activist investor Starboard Value, Gillis contended. Merging with AOL could accelerate Yahoo's revenue growth by over 50% and increase its EBITDA by over 35%, Gillis estimated. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Yahoo fell 1% to $39.18.
07:39 EDTESRXPharmaceutical Care Management Association to hold annual meeting
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