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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 10, 2014
07:26 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says Q3 results reflect economic challenges facing core customers
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07:11 EDTUNH, WLPAetna, 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.
07:05 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says on track to close 370 underperforming stores by end of FY
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07:05 EDTFDOFamily Dollar sees FY14 EPS $3.07-$3.17 ex-items, consensus $3.15
Sees low single digit increase in FY14 net sales, low single digit decline in SSS. Sees approx. 525 new store openings and approximately 400 store closings. Sees FY CapEx $450M-$500M. As part of its ongoing business review, the Company is taking deliberate actions to strengthen its value proposition, increase operational efficiencies and improve its financial performance. As previously announced, the Company has: Lowered prices on nearly 1,000 basic items, investing more than $50 million, on an annualized basis, to deliver more compelling values to customers; Reduced corporate overhead and re-aligned key organizational functions to improve execution and reinforce a commitment to being an efficient, low-cost retailer; Launched a process to close approximately 370 underperforming stores in the second half of fiscal 2014. Building on efforts to capture more food trips, the Company intends to further expand its cooler program beginning in fiscal 2015; Continuing to expand traffic-driving categories with a multi-year rollout of beer and wine, beginning in fiscal 2015; and Leveraging the scale and considerable diversity of the chain to launch a multi-year clustering initiative designed to enhance store productivity. The Company’s in-depth business review remains on-going, and the Board and management team continue to evaluate additional opportunities to drive efficiency in stores, and further increase value and convenience for the customer.
07:04 EDTFDOFamily Dollar sees Q4 EPS 75c-85c ex-items, consensus 78c
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07:02 EDTFDOFamily Dollar reaffirms Q4 guidance
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07:01 EDTFDOFamily Dollar reports Q3 adjusted EPS 85c, consensus 89c
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06:28 EDTLYBAxiall may attract activist or acquirer after preannouncement, says Citigroup
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06:28 EDTFDOOptions expected to be active
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06:23 EDTWLP, UNHHealth insurers moving away from fee for service model, NY Times reports
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05:43 EDTUNHUnitedHealth downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
Jefferies downgraded UnitedHealth to Hold with an $87 price target saying the market is already pricing in upside to Q2 estimates.
July 9, 2014
15:28 EDTFDOFamily Dollar July weekly 64 straddle priced for 4% move into Q3
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15:25 EDTFDOFamily Dollar technical comments ahead of earnings
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15:19 EDTFDONotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Family Dollar (FDO), consensus 89c.
08:35 EDTWATWaters, ChP sign joint open laboratory cooperation agreement
Waters Corporation announced an agreement with the Chinese Pharmacopoeia Commission, or ChP, to establish a Joint Open Laboratory. Scheduled to open before the end of 2014, the new Joint Open Laboratory will focus on in-depth research of pharmacopoeia standards, development of testing methods, methods validations and basic and advanced technical training of pharmacopoeia detection methods. Both the ChP and Waters expect the laboratory to become one of the national technical support centers in the field of Chinese pharmaceutical standards.
07:23 EDTBIIBBiogen price target raised to $375 from $325 at RBC Capital
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July 8, 2014
10:28 EDTAOS, AFLOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: A.O. Smith (AOS) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Abengoa Yield (ABY) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Aflac (AFL) initiated with a Buy at Drexel Hamilton... Aspen Aerogels (ASPN) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Boston Scientific (BSX) initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital... CSC (CSC) initiated with an Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Consumer Portfolio (CPSS) initiated with a Buy at Compass Point... Credit Acceptance (CACC) initiated with a Sell at Compass Point... Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) initiated with a Neutral at BTIG... Masimo (MASI) initiated with a Buy at BTIG... Memorial Resource (MRD) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... MetLife (MET) initiated with a Buy at Drexel Hamilton... Mueller Water (MWA) initiated with a Market Perform at Northland... New York REIT (NYRT) initiated with a Market Perform at JMP Securities... NorthStar Asset Management (NSAM) initiated with a Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Ophthotech (OPHT) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Performance Sports Group (PSG) initiated with an Outperform at Wedbush... Prudential (PRU) initiated with a Buy at Drexel Hamilton... RCS Capital (RCAP) initiated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Santander Consumer (SC) initiated with a Neutral at Compass Point... Silicon Laboratories (SLAB) initiated with a Buy at MKM Partners... St. Jude Medical (STJ) initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital... Starwood Waypoint (SWAY) initiated with an Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... T-Mobile (TMUS) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... TherapeuticsMD (TXMD) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Waddell & Reed (WDR) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair... Xerox (XRX) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley.
06:54 EDTAOSA.O. Smith initiated with an Outperform at Northland
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06:46 EDTAFLAflac initiated with a Buy at Drexel Hamilton
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06:29 EDTAMDSEMI predicts 21% increase in production equipment purchases in 2014, WSJ says
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