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April 23, 2014
10:01 EDTATHN, MDSO, PLD, SANM, SPWR, TE, TMK, VRX, VSI, WOSYY, LL, ILMN, HAFC, AEM, AGN, COG, CREE, ETFC, EFX, FLDM, GSK, GLF, AOSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
A.O. Smith (AOS) upgraded at BMO Capital... Agnico-Eagle (AEM) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Allergan (AGN) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Cabot Oil & Gas (COG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... Cree (CREE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Summit Research... E-Trade (ETFC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Equifax (EFX) upgraded at Credit Suisse... Fluidigm (FLDM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... GulfMark Offshore (GLF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Global Hunter... Hanmi Financial (HAFC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Fig Partners... Illumina (ILMN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Maxim... Lumber Liquidators (LL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... Medidata Solutions (MDSO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Prologis (PLD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at ISI Group... Sanmina (SANM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... SunPower (SPWR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... TECO Energy (TE) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Torchmark (TMK) assumed with a Market Perform from Underperform at Keefe Bruyette... Valeant (VRX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at TD Securities... Vitamin Shoppe (VSI) upgraded at Sterne Agee... Wolseley (WOSYY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... athenahealth (ATHN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
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August 20, 2014
07:04 EDTAGNSalix buyout price could be near $192 per share, says William Blair
William Blair believes a combined Allergan (AGN) and Salix (SLXP) would be very attractive. The firm estimates a potential takeover price for Salix towards the high end of its $176-$192 per share range. Salix rose 16% yesterday to $160.80 after Wall Street Journal reported that Allergan approached the company and at least one other about a takeover.
August 19, 2014
17:14 EDTAGN, VRXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:52 EDTVRX, AGNAllergan all-cash deal would reduce hostile bid chances, says BMO Capital
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14:40 EDTAGNSterne Agee says Allergan could pay up to $190 for Salix and still be accretive
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13:21 EDTLLEarnings Preview: Lowe's trading higher ahead of Q2 earnings report
Lowe's Companies (LOW), a home improvement retailer, is scheduled to report on its second quarter before the market open on Wednesday, August 20, with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.02 on revenue of $16.55B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 96c-$1.06 on revenue of $16.16B-$16.79B. LAST QUARTER: Lowe's reported first quarter EPS of 61c, beating analyst's estimates of 60c, on revenue of $13.4B against estimates for $13.86B. The company also reported Q1 same-store sales rose 0.9%. Lowe's raised its fiscal year 2014 EPS guidance to approximately $2.63 from $2.60 against estimates at that time for $2.62 and said it expects revenue up 5% in this fiscal year compared to last. Lowe's said it expected to open 10 home improvement and 5 hardware stores in 2014 and expects its FY14 SSS to increase approximately 4%. The company expects to repurchase $3.4B of stock this fiscal year. NEWS: During the quarter, Lowe's named Paul Ramsay as Chief Information Officer. The company also raised its quarterly dividend 27.8% to 23c per share. STREET RESEARCH: Deutsche Bank lowered its estimates for both Lowe's and Home Depot (HD) after Tractor Supply (TSCO) and Lumber Liquidators (LL) pre-announced Q2 comp misses. The firm, which noted that the negative earnings revision is "relatively minor," said that while the business models are different, Tractor Supply and Lumber Liquidators have historically correlated positively with Home Depot and Lowe's on comps. Morgan Stanley initiated Lowe's with an Equal Weight rating and $50 target in June. Canaccord downgraded Lowe's to Sell from Hold due to slowing housing momentum, management changes, and difficult competition. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Lowe's shares are up almost 14%. In morning trading ahead of tomorrow's report, Lowe's is up nearly 3% to $51.89.
13:13 EDTVRX, AGNAllergan approached Salix, one other about takeover, WSJ reports
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13:06 EDTAGNSalix jumps 6% to $147.85 after WSJ report of Allergan approach
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13:05 EDTAGNAllergan approached Salix about takeover, WSJ reports
11:32 EDTILMNLabCorp prenatal test a negative for Sequenom, says Maxim
Maxim views LabCorp's (LH) announcement today that it will begin offering the informaSeq prenatal test as a long-term negative for Sequenom (SQNM) due to increased competition. The news is also negative for Illumina (ILMN) and PerkinElmer (PKI), who both offer Non-Invasive Prenatal Tests, Maxim adds. The firm recommends buying shares of LabCorp and keeps a Buy rating on the name with a $130 price target.
August 18, 2014
15:59 EDTVRX, AGNAllergan CFO change may suggest strategic deal near, says BMO Capital
BMO Capital believes former Allergan (AGN) CFO Jeff Edwards would not be leaving if a change of control of the company, such as a takeover by Valeant (VRX), were in the future. Rather, BMO thinks Edwards' decision to leave could be a sign that a strategic transaction marking a new chapter in Allergan's growth may be nearing. The firm thinks Allergan is in capable hands with new CFO Jim Hindman and it keeps an Outperform rating on the stock with a $230 price target.
11:57 EDTAGNAllergan CFO departure largely unexpected, says Wells Fargo
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11:25 EDTLLEarnings Preview: Home Depot shares up nearly 9% since last earnings report
Home Depot (HD), a home improvement retailer, is scheduled to report second quarter results before the market opens on Tuesday, August 19, with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.45 on revenue of $23.62B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.41-$1.49 on revenue of $22.9B-$24.08B. LAST QUARTER: Home Depot reported first quarter EPS of $1.00 against estimates for 99c on revenue of $19.69B against estimates of $19.95B. The company said same-store sales increased 2.6%, with U.S. SSS up 3.3%. The company raised its fiscal year 2014 EPS view to $4.42 from $4.38 against estimates at that time for $4.42. The retailer also backed its FY14 sales growth view of up 4.8% from fiscal year 2013. On its Q4 earnings conference call, Home Depot forecast gross margins for FY14 would be "about the same" as last year. For the remainder of the year, the company said its view on the housing market recovery had not changed. NEWS: At Oppenheimer's 14th Annual Consumer Conference in June, Home Depot reaffirmed its 4.8% sales growth view for the year and said SSS growth would be 4.6%. The company also said it expected $7B in share repurchases for FY14. The retailer also said it intends to increase its dividend every year. The Wall Street Journal said Home Depot is among the retailers betting that consumer basics, like toilet paper or detergent, will increase sales and lure shoppers into stores. STREET RESEARCH: Citigroup expects Home Depot shares will continue outperforming Lowe's (LOW) in the near-term given its store base concentration and better merchandising effort on the Pro side. Deutsche Bank lowered its estimates for both Home Depot after Tractor Supply (TSCO) and Lumber Liquidators (LL) pre-announced Q2 comp misses. The firm, which noted that the negative earnings revision is "relatively minor," said that while the business models are different, Tractor Supply and Lumber Liquidators have historically correlated positively with Home Depot and Lowe's on comps. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Home Depot shares are up almost 9%. Year-to-date, shares are up over 2%.
10:57 EDTCREEOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:02 EDTPLDPrologis leases 225,000 square feet to Jaguar Rover in UK development
Prologis announced a new lease agreement for 225,000 square feet at Prologis Park Ryton in the United Kingdom, with Jaguar Land Rover. The facility, which is part of Jaguar Land Rover's recently launched special operations division, will be the company's global hub for the creation of its high-performance, luxury bespoke vehicles. The new facility, completed this May, is proximate to Jaguar Land Rover's headquarters, and is well-located at the heart of the motorway network, within easy reach of the M6, M69 and M40/M5. Prologis owns and manages approximately 20 million square feet of logistics and distribution space in the U.K. as of June 30, 2014.
09:02 EDTAGNAllergan names Jim Hindman as CFO, effective immediately
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08:05 EDTLLLumber Liquidators price target lowered to $77 from $84 at Canaccord
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07:57 EDTAGNCambridge Healthtech Institute to hold a summit
6th Annual Bioprocessing Summit to be held in Boston on August 18-22.
07:54 EDTCOGEnerCom to hold a conference
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06:44 EDTCOGNatural gas companies worried about regulatory outlook, The Hill says
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06:06 EDTCREECree implied volatility of 28 at lower end of index mean range
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