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January 3, 2013
10:00 EDTFDO, BIIB, STI, UNH, MS, ALTR, AMD, WAT, AFL, GEVA, LYB, CY, AOS, CCO, WLP, SBAC, LSIOn 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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April 11, 2014
10:15 EDTBIIBBiogen heads for test of $280 area
The shares are heading lower after an early bounce attempt and are now just above the session low at $280.13. As noted yesterday, a break below $280 would confirm topping in the shares. Support below $280 is at $273.45. Resistance is at $285.
07:37 EDTMSGoldman, Morgan, Citi probed by FINRA over bond deals, WSJ says
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07:31 EDTAOSA.O. Smith upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird
Baird upgraded A.O. Smith based on valuation and long-term earnings power. Price target raised to $57 from $55.
April 10, 2014
15:56 EDTWLPWellCare rumored to be takeover target, Betaville blog says
Wellcare (WCG) which has previously been speculated as a takeover target by analysts, is being studied as a target by Wellpoint (WLP), according to the Betaville blog, which cites sources familiar with the matter. Shares of WellCare, which have been lower throughout the session, briefly spiked following the blog post, but have returned to negative territory in late afternoon trading. Reference Link
15:13 EDTBIIBBiogen tumbles, nearing important test of support
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13:14 EDTFDOFamily Dollar slides after holiday disappointment prompts store closures
Shares of discount retailer Family Dollar (FDO) are falling after the company reported second quarter earnings per share and revenue that fell below expectations, along with third quarter and FY14 projections that are lower than analysts' consensus. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Family Dollar reported second quarter earnings per share of 80c, which fell below analysts consensus of 90c. The company reported second quarter revenue of $2.72B, while analysts projected $2.77B. Family Dollar, which reported that its second quarter same-store-sales decreased by 3.8%, said the holiday season was challenged by "a more promotional competitive environment and a more financially constrained consumer" and that its results were also significantly impacted by severe winter weather like many retailers. The company expects third quarter earnings per share excluding-items to be 85c-95c, while analysts project a 98c consensus. Family Dollar said that it sees FY14 earnings per share excluding items to be $3.05-$3.25, which is at the lower end of analysts' estimations. Family Dollar noted that it expects to close nearly 370 underperforming stores in the second half of FY14 and slow new store growth beginning in FY15. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During Family Dollar's earnings conference call, the company said that it plans to slow square footage growth in the beginning of FY14 and said that it recently cut about 10% of its corporate workforce. ANALYST OPINION: Wells Fargo analyst Matt Nemer said Family Dollar's third quarter negative comp guidance and commentary about a challenging macro environment could pressure its own shares as well as those of its peers Dollar General (DG) and Dollar Tree (DLTR). However, Family Dollar's store closures combined with a decrease in future store growth could ultimately have positive implications for its competitors, Nemer added. On March 4, Credit Suisse said Family Dollar's underperformance compared to Dollar General and significant earnings possibilities gives the rationale for a potential merger of the two. On February 19, Credit Suisse analyst Michael Exstein suggested that Wal-Mart (WMT) should consider acquiring Family Dollar as a way to "jumpstart" its small store effort. CNBC's David Faber reported the same morning that Exstein published his note that Family Dollar was not holding any talks about selling itself at that time. PRICE ACTION: During afternoon trading, shares of Family Dollar decreased $1.54, or 2.61%, to $57.53, Dollar Tree dropped 2.5%, and Dollar General fell about 1.5%.
11:15 EDTFDOOptions with decreasing implied volatility: YONG STZ BBBY FDO EPB
10:46 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says continues to be opportunistic with share repurchases
10:27 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says search for president, COO is 'under way'
Says last few quarters have been "challenging." Says holiday season was challenged by a more promotional environment and a more financially constrained consumer. Sees opportunities to improve execution, increase relevance. Plans to slow square footage growth in the beginning of FY15. The company says it is on track to open approximately 525 stores this year, 350-400 stores next year. Says 18 storms resulted in 60 days negatively impacted by winter weather in Q2. Sees gross margin for Q3 to be similar to Q2. Sees charge in Q3 of about $4M related to employee severance costs. Sees SG&A expense to be develeraged in Q3. Sees gross margin to decline in FY14. Expects SG&A will deleverage for FY14. Expects tax rate for FY14 to be 36%-36.5%.
10:21 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says recently cut about 10% of corporate workforce
Sees charge in Q3 of about $4M related to employee severance costs. Comments made on the Q2 earnings conference call.
09:00 EDTBIIBBiogen May volatility elevated at 43 into Q1 and revenue outlook
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07:31 EDTBIIBBiogen names Adam Koppel as SVP, Chief Strategy Officer
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07:11 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says winter weather had at least 5c negative impact to Q2 EPS
Family Dollar Stores CEO Howard Levine said, “Our second quarter results did not meet our expectations. The 2013 holiday season was challenged by a more promotional competitive environment and a more financially constrained consumer. In addition, like many retailers, our second quarter results were significantly impacted by severe winter weather, which resulted in numerous store closings, disrupted merchandise deliveries and higher than expected utility and store maintenance expenses. Notwithstanding the macro-economic pressure, competitive environment and severe weather, we are not satisfied with our results, and we hold ourselves accountable for improving our performance. To that end, we have initiated an in-depth business review to identify opportunities to strengthen our value proposition, increase operational efficiencies and improve financial performance.” The company estimates that the negative financial impact in Q2 from the adverse winter weather was at least 5c of earnings per diluted share.
07:09 EDTFDOFamily Dollar sees FY14 EPS ex-items $3.05-$3.25, consensus $3.38
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07:08 EDTBIIBBiogen announces positive top-line efficacy, safety results from Phase 3 trial
Biogen Idec and Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB released positive top-line results of the Kids A-LONG Phase 3 clinical study that evaluated the safety and efficacy of Eloctate, an investigational recombinant factor VIII Fc fusion protein product candidate, in children with severe haemophilia A. Eloctate was generally well-tolerated and no inhibitors were detected. Efficacy analyses showed twice-weekly prophylactic dosing with Eloctate maintained low bleeding rates in children.
07:07 EDTFDOFamily Dollar sees Q3 EPS ex-items 85c-95c, consensus 98c
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07:05 EDTFDOFamily Dollar to close about 370 stores, take other actions to reduce costs
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07:03 EDTFDOFamily Dollar reports Q2 EPS 80c, consensus 90c
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06:41 EDTMSGo Daddy hires Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan for IPO, NY Times says
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06:35 EDTMSMobile banking presents opportunity and risks for banks, WSJ reports
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