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January 3, 2013
10:00 EDTFDO, WAT, CCO, STI, AFL, WLP, UNH, GEVA, SBAC, MS, LYB, LSI, ALTR, CY, BIIB, AMD, AOSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: A.O. Smith (AOS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... AMD (AMD) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Altera (ALTR) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Biogen (BIIB) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Cypress Semiconductor (CY) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... LSI Corp. (LSI) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... LyondellBasell (LYB) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Morgan Stanley (MS) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at SunTrust... SBA Communications (SBAC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Synageva (GEVA) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... UnitedHealth (UNH) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Wellpoint (WLP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Aflac (AFL) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... SunTrust (STI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Clear Channel Outdoor (CCO) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Waters (WAT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink... Family Dollar (FDO) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James.
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July 17, 2014
06:38 EDTMSStudy says UBS largest private bank with assets near $2T, Reuters says
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06:32 EDTAFLAflac upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James
06:21 EDTWATWaters initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup
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06:18 EDTUNHUnitedHealth reports Q2 Optum revenue $11.7B
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06:18 EDTUNHUnitedHealth raises low end of FY14 EPS to $5.50-$5.60 from $5.40-$5.60
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06:18 EDTUNHUnitedHealth reports Q2 EPS $1.42, consensus $1.26
Reports Q2 revenue $32.57B, consensus $32B
July 16, 2014
17:15 EDTFDOIcahn not happy with Family Dollar management
17:14 EDTFDOIcahn: Dollar General CEO leaving may impact possible deal with Family Dollar
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17:08 EDTFDOIcahn disappointed Dollar General CEO leaving
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15:54 EDTFDOPeltz says 'not satisfied' with performance at Family Dollar
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15:27 EDTUNHNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:02 EDTMSMorgan Stanley July 32.5 straddle priced for 3.3% move into Q2
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14:57 EDTMSEarnings Preview: Morgan Stanley to report amid optimism on Wealth Management
Morgan Stanley (MS) is scheduled to report second quarter earnings before the open on Thursday, July 17 with a conference call scheduled for 10:00 am ET. Morgan Stanley is a bank holding company. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of 55c on revenue of $8.2B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 52c-64c on revenue of $7.58B-$8.65B. Morgan Stanley (MS) reported stronger than expected first quarter results, as the company's revenue rose to $8.9B from $8.2B. The company's wealth management unit generated pre-tax income of $691M, versus $597M in the same period a year earlier. Morgan Stanley's investment management unit saw its pre-tax income from continuing operations rise to $263M from $187M, while the pre-tax income of its institutional Securities division rose $1.4B, up from $799M. Morgan Stanley's wealth management business will continue growing and the business' return on equity will eventually be well over 10%, said the company's CEO, Tom Gorman last month, according to The New York Times. But declines in the bank's fixed income revenues may make it harder for its securities businesses to exceed a 10% return on equity, and the firm has significantly reduced its trading operations, the newspaper quoted the CEO as saying. PEERS: On July 15, Goldman Sachs reported stronger than expected results, as the bank's investment banking unit saw its net revenue rise 15% year-over-year, while the net revenues generated by its Institutional Client Services unit dropped 11%. But Goldman's investing and lending unit saw its net revenues surge 46% year-over-year. Citigroup (C), on July 14, reported higher than expected Q2 EPS excluding certain items but lower than expected revenue. Revenue from Citi's Institutional Client Group dropped 11%, as revenue from fixed income and equity markets fell. STREET RESEARCH: On July 10, research firm Bernstein recommended Morgan Stanley's stock due to its exposure to high margin investment banking. Bernstein also liked Morgan Stanley because of its exposure to wealth management. PRICE ACTION: Morgan Stanley is up almost 9% over the last three months and it has surged over 23% in the last twelve months.
14:32 EDTUNHUnitedHealth July 84 straddle priced for 2.8% move into Q2
11:29 EDTAMDIntel hits 52-week high after results beat estimates
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10:35 EDTFDOOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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July 15, 2014
18:29 EDTAMDOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Intel (INTC), up 4.1% after reporting second quarter results... AMD (AMD), up 1.6% after Intel reported quarterly results... Cintas (CTAS), up 1.6% after reporting fourth quarter results and fiscal 2015 guidance. ALSO HIGHER: IBM (IBM), up 1.8% after announcing an enterprise mobile partnership with Apple (AAPL), which is up 1.5%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Yahoo! (YHOO), down 2.3% after reversing direction during the company's second quarter earnings conference call. ALSO LOWER: BlackBerry (BBRY), down 3.4% following IBM and Apple partnership announcement.
14:32 EDTCCOClear Channel Outdoor-Canada selected as exclusive media provider by CCTC
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12:55 EDTALTREarnings Preview: Intel up over 12% since pre-announcement
Intel (INTC) is expected to report second quarter earnings after the close on Tuesday, July 15, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Intel is a global semiconductor manufacturer and a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 52c on revenue of $13.69B. The consensus range is 45c-55c for EPS on revenue of $13.0B-$14.0B, according to First Call. Along with its first quarter report, Intel said it saw Q2 revenue of $13B, plus or minus $500M, compared to consensus at that time of $12.96B. Intel said then that it had expected its fiscal year 2014 revenue to be approximately flat, compared to consensus at that time of $53.15B. Subsequently, on June 12, Intel raised its Q2 revenue forecast to be $13.7B, plus or minus $300M, citing stronger than expected demand for business PCs. Intel added that it now expects some revenue growth for the year and that its full-year gross margin percentage is now expected to be in the upper half of the previous range of 61%, plus or minus a few percentage points, driven mostly by expected improvements in unit cost and volume. LAST QUARTER: Intel reported Q1 EPS of 38c, compared to consensus expectations at that time of 37c. The company's revenue of $12.8B was generally in-line with the consensus forecast. For the quarter, the company's gross margin came in at 59.7%. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after Intel made its positive pre-announcement, its stock was upgraded by several research firms. At that time, Morgan Stanley upgraded the shares to Equal Weight from Underweight, Roth Capital raised its rating to Buy from Neutral, and Drexel Hamilton upped its rating to Buy from Hold. Several firms also increased their price targets on Intel, with Jefferies raising its price target for Intel to $40 from $35 and Pacific Crest taking its target up to $35 from $32. Last night, coverage of Intel was initiated at Imperial Capital, which placed an Outperform rating and $37 target on the stock. NEWS: After eight quarters of declining shipments, worldwide PC shipments experienced flat growth in the second quarter of 2014, Gartner reported recently. Worldwide PC shipments totaled 75.8M units in the quarter, a 0.1% increase from the same quarter of 2013, according to Gartner. Another research firm, International Data Corporation, estimated that worldwide PC shipments totaled 74.4M units in the second quarter, marking a year-on-year decline of 1.7%. In company specific news, a July 9 report from MacRumors, citing Chinese site VR Zone, claimed that Intel has decided to further postpone the shipping of its line of 14-nanometer Broadwell chips, which are anticipated to be included in future versions of the Apple's (AAPL) MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, and iMac. A report two days later from DigiTimes said that Intel is set to unveil its 14nm processors and 10nm wafers at its Developer Forum in San Francisco, citing sources from the upstream supply chain. According to the report, Intel will release the 14nm Core M-series processors in Q4 and 14nm Broadwell-based processors in January 2015. In June, The Wall Street Journal reported that Intel announced plans to package its standard server processors alongside a different class of programmable chip in a combination that includes an FPGA, or field programmable gate array. The Journal noted that FPGAs have been sold for years by Xilinx (XLNX) and Altera (ALTR), but that the general manager of Intelís data center group, Diane Bryant, declined to disclose Intelís partner on the latest effort or when the resulting products would hit the market. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after its earnings pre-announcement, Intel shares have risen over 12% and its stock is up more than 17% over the last three months. In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Intel was trading near flat at $31.53.
10:37 EDTFDOOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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