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April 4, 2014
10:02 EDTBGS, NOW, PSO, HUN, FINL, DYN, ANN, MYL, UPL, SNI, MYGN, GCO, EMES, BLK, BTU, SWN, PBPB, JPM, GME, EGO, APAM, APCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Anadarko (APC) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at JPMorgan... Ann Inc. (ANN) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Artisan Partners (APAM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... BlackRock (BLK) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Dynegy (DYN) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Eldorado Gold (EGO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... Emerge Energy Services (EMES) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... Finish Line (FINL) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... GameStop (GME) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Genesco (GCO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee... Huntsman (HUN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... JPMorgan (JPM) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Myriad Genetics (MYGN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Pearson (PSO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Potbelly (PBPB) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair... Scripps Networks (SNI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... ServiceNow (NOW) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Evercore... Southwestern Energy (SWN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at ISI Group... Ultra Petroleum (UPL) upgraded to Neutral from Cautious at ISI Group... B&G Foods (BGS) upgraded to Overweight at Stephens... Mylan (MYL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Peabody (BTU) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen.
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July 20, 2015
09:21 EDTPSOPearson weighing sale of Financial Times following approaches, Bloomberg says
08:38 EDTMYLAnalyst predicts Zoetis merges with Bayer unit, not Valeant
Zoetis (ZTS) in recent months has been the subject of takeover speculation, possibly for Valeant (VRX), but a Jefferies analyst told investors today in a research note that he views a deal with a unit of healthcare giant Bayer (BAYRY) as "highly likely" for the animal medicine company. BACKGROUND: Bill Ackman of Pershing Square, who owns stakes in both Zoetis and Valeant, said in early May while speaking on CNBC that Zoetis is a "great” business on a standalone basis, but he also spoke of the company's strategic value. Ackman added, however, that he was "not sure" that Valeant was the best acquirer of Zoetis. Subsequently, in late June, The Wall Street Journal reported that Valeant made a preliminary approach regarding a potential deal to buy Zoetis. CNBC's David Faber said the next day, citing his own sources, that Valeant reached out to Zoetis as a courtesy to common shareholder Ackman and was unlikely to pursue an acquisition of the company, though he cautioned then Valeant could change its approach and pursue a deal. BAYER: Jefferies analyst Jeffrey Holford said in a note today that he views a tie-up between Zoetis and Bayer's Animal Health business in 2016 as "highly likely." He sees Mylan's (MYL) acquisition of Abbott's (ABT) non‑U.S. developed markets specialty and branded generics business as a potential proxy for how a transaction could be structured, adding that such a "spinversion" could achieve up to 36% long-term earnings accretion for Zoetis. Holford reiterated a Buy rating on Zoetis with a $60 price target, while downgrading Bayer to Hold, citing valuation following the recent outperformance of its shares. IDEXX: While being discussed as a target, some analysts have also opined on companies that Zoetis could pursue as a buyer. On June 29, Canaccord said that in investor meetings with IDEXX (IDXX) executives declined to comment on Zoetis' potential interest in scaling up its animal health diagnostics business. Canaccord added that it thought Zoetis could make a bid for IDEXX. The firm reiterated its Buy rating and $80 price target on IDEXX shares at that time. PRICE ACTION: Since June 25, the day the Journal first reported on Valeant's preliminary takeover approach to Zoetis, the animal health company's shares have dropped nearly 4%. Zoetis closed down 20c to $47.80 on Friday.
08:02 EDTUPLUltra Petroleum upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group
KLR Group upgraded Ultra Petroleum to Buy with a $17 price target citing the recent pullback in shares.
07:33 EDTMYLInternational AIDS Society to hold a conference
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07:30 EDTMYLZoetis 'highly likely' to merge with Bayer unit in 2016, says Jefferies
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07:16 EDTJPMJPMorgan boosts Spanish bond holdings amid Greek deal, Bloomberg says
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06:49 EDTEMESEmerge Energy upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Baird
06:00 EDTBTUStocks with implied volatility movement; BTU MRVL
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July 19, 2015
19:12 EDTJPMFederal Reserve proposes changes to 'stress test' regulations
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18:27 EDTJPMJPMorgan agrees to pay $388M in mortgage-backed securities case, Reuters says
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July 17, 2015
16:41 EDTJPMStocks end week higher as Google, Greece bring out the buyers
Stocks ended the week higher and the major averages are back at record highs after Iran agreed to a nuclear deal, Greece's parliament paved the way for the country to receive another bailout by agreeing to new austerity measures and Google (GOOG) gave investors hope that earnings from tech's other heavyweights will be similarly better than expected. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., retail sales unexpectedly fell 0.3% in June, versus the consensus forecast for growth of 0.3%. The producer prices index showed prices rose 0.4% in June, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%. The consumer price index rose a seasonally adjusted 0.3% in June from a month earlier, matching the consensus forecast. Compared with last year, consumer prices rose 0.1%, marking the first annual increase since December. Housing starts rose 9.8% to a 1.17M rate in June and building permits rose 7.4% to a 1.34M pace, both of which topped expectations. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index for July came in at 60, a point better than forecast. The University of Michigan's consumer sentiment reading dropped to 93.3 in the preliminary July figure, which was below the 96.0 reading that was expected. During testimony before Congress, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen stayed on message, stating that the central bank is on track to raise record-low interest rates this year, so long as the labor market and the economy keep improving... In China, exports rose 2.1% from a year earlier during June and imports dropped 6.7%, leaving a trade surplus of $45.8B for the month, the nation's customs administration reported. The nation's GDP was reported to have grown 7% in the second quarter from a year earlier, beating the consensus expectation for growth of 6.8%... In Europe, Greek lawmakers passed the country's austerity agreement and Euro-area finance ministers reportedly agreed in principle to extend a bridge loan to Greece. The loan should help keep Greece afloat while its Prime Minister negotiates the details of the country's latest bailout... Iran reached a deal on restrictions and inspections intended to prevent it from developing nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions by six world powers. The agreement still faces a political fight in the U.S. before taking effect, but President Barack Obama has vowed to veto any congressional effort to block its implementation. COMPANY NEWS: Class A shares of Google (GOOG, GOOGL) surged at the end of the week after the search giant reported better than expected revenues and earnings in the second quarter. Research firms all over Wall Street raised their price targets on the stock in the wake of the report... Netflix (NFLX) rallied to a split-adjusted all-time high after the streaming service operator reported stronger than expected second quarter results, including higher than expected Q2 subscriber metrics, prompting a large number of research firms to raise their price targets on the stock... Many of the nation's largest banks reported on their results in the second quarter this week. JPMorgan (JPM), Bank of America (BAC) and Citigroup (C) all posted quarterly profits, excluding certain items, that beat the average estimates of analysts. Wells Fargo (WFC) reported earnings in-line with consensus estimates and revenue somewhat below expectations, while Goldman Sachs (GS) reported headline earnings that appeared to fall far short of the consensus forecast. However, that was due to Goldman's nearly $1.5B in provisions for litigation and regulatory matters. Excluding those provisions, the bank's earnings were ahead of consensus... On the M&A front, Receptos (RCPT) advanced after Celgene (CELG) announced a deal to buy the smaller drugmaker for $232 per share in cash, or a total of about $7.2B net of cash acquired. A number of research firms applauded the deal, especially noting the price Celgene agreed to pay, but cautioned that a rival bidder may still emerge for Receptos. Marathon Petroleum (MPC) gained after MPLX (MPLX), the company's fee-based master limited partnership, agreed to acquire MarkWest Energy (MWE) in a cash and stock deal that implies a total enterprise value for MarkWest of approximately $20B, including the assumption of debt of approximately $4.2B. Micron (MU) rose after The Wall Street Journal reported that China's state-owned Tsinghua Unigroup had offered to acquire the memory chip maker for $23B, or $21 per share... Shares of Twitter (TWTR) spiked Tuesday morning after a questionable takeover report was published on a website that mimicked, but had a different web address, than Bloomberg News. A Bloomberg spokesman said soon afterward that the Twitter takeover story being attributed to the news service was a fake, while a Twitter spokesperson also denied the report of an alleged deal... Macy's (M) jumped after Starboard CEO Jeffrey Smith called the stock his "best idea" for 2015, adding that the shares could be worth $125 each if the company takes steps to maximize the value of its real estate holdings. Amazon (AMZN) announced it sold more units on its first "Prime Day" than the biggest Black Friday ever and had more new members try its Prime service worldwide than any single day in company history. The e-commerce giant noted that its worldwide order growth increased 266% over the same day last year and 18% more than Black Friday 2014, adding that it will "definitely be" doing another Prime Day in the future. A number of semiconductor equipment stocks, including Applied Materials (AMAT) and Lam Research (LRCX), dropped after Intel (INTC) cut its capital expenditures guidance while reporting on its quarterly results. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow gained about 1.05% to close at 18,086.45, the Nasdaq advanced about 3.37% to close at 5,210.14, and the S&P 500 rose about 1.67% to close at 2,126.64.
14:00 EDTJPMEarnings Watch: Morgan Stanley rounds out quarterly results for financial firms
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09:17 EDTGMEGameStop completes Geeknet acquisition
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08:38 EDTMYLLeerink puts 25% odds on Teva, Mylan deal within 12 months
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07:32 EDTNOWServiceNow remains a core holding, says Brean Capital
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05:51 EDTGMEJune NPD video game software sales rose 21%, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray notes June NPD video game software sales were up 21% year-over-year, driven by Batman: Arkham Knight from Warner Bros. Piper remains positive on the group and keeps Overweight ratings on Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA), GameStop (GME) and Take-Two (TTWO).
July 16, 2015
16:00 EDTJPMOptions Update; July 16, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.17 to 16.52 Option volume leaders: NFLX AAPL BAC FB F INTC C EBAY AMZN GM JPM MU PFE BABA JD X
13:22 EDTGMEBest Buy purchase of GameStop unlikely, says Oppenheimer
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11:52 EDTGMEGameStop call activity attributed to takeover speculation
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11:47 EDTGMERumor: GameStop strength attributed to takeover speculation
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