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April 28, 2014
10:01 EDTWAIR, VLCCF, MAR, MFRM, NABZY, PNRA, SQM, USG, WLT, HVRRY, FLIR, CTL, CLH, CVLT, DPSGY, DEO, DWA, BCE, AGN, APDOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Air Products (APD) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities... Allergan (AGN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... BCE (BCE) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... CenturyLink (CTL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Clean Harbors (CLH) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... CommVault (CVLT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Monness Crespi... Deutsche Post (DPSGY) downgraded to Equalweight from Overweight at Barclays... Diageo (DEO) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... DreamWorks Animation (DWA) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... FLIR Systems (FLIR) downgraded to Fair Value from Buy at CRT Capital... Hannover Re (HVRRY) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Knightsbridge Tankers (VLCCF) downgraded to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Marriott (MAR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Mattress Firm (MFRM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc... National Australia Bank (NABZY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup... Panera Bread (PNRA) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Longbow... Sociedad Quimica (SQM) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at HSBC... USG (USG) downgraded to Equalweight from Overweight at Barclays... Walter Energy (WLT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Clarkson... Wesco Aircraft (WAIR) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan.
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October 9, 2014
14:21 EDTAGNAllergan in good position to be patient given raised outlook, says BMO Capital
After speaking with Allergan's (AGN) CEO and CFO, BMO Capital believes the company is increasing its intrinsic value with its raised earnings guidance and that it is in a good position to be patient given that Valeant (VRX) most recent bid represents an 8% discount to Allergan's current share price. BMO said it is reviewing its forecasts for Allergan after the guidance increase, noting that it previously valued Allergan at $230 per share on a standalone basis. The firm maintains its Outperform rating on the stock.
12:28 EDTAGNAllergan price target raised to $230 from $210 at BTIG
BTIG said it expected Allergan to beat the consensus forecast for Q3 EPS, but not by as much as it did, and the firm did not expect the company to raise its future EPS outlook yet again. BTIG feels the stock's move higher indicates Valeant (VRX) or Actavis (ACT) would need to bid above $200 if they hope to buy the company. BTIG maintains its Buy rating on Allergan and raised its price target on the stock to $230 from $210.
11:36 EDTWLTCoal price near-term rebound less likely after China tax, says Brean Capital
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11:14 EDTAGNAllergan raises outlook again as Valeant pursuit continues
Drug maker Allergan (AGN) this morning preannounced stronger than expected results and again raised its fiscal year profit guidance. The beat and raise results come after The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday that drug maker Valeant (VRX) and hedge fund Pershing Square intend to raise their previous bid for Allergan by $15 per share to about $191. Meanwhile, also on Tuesday, Reuters said that drug maker Actavis (ACT) plans to make a new merger offer to Allergan, and sources indicated to the news service that Allergan may be willing to consider an offer from Actavis if the bid is for more than $200 per share. WHAT'S NEW: Allergan estimated that its third quarter earnings per share would come in at $1.76-$1.78, versus analysts' consensus estimate of $1.48. The drug maker had previously provided Q3 EPS guidance of $1.44-$1.47. Allergan raised its fiscal 2014 EPS guidance to $6.20-$6.25 from $5.74-$5.80. Analysts' consensus estimate was $5.81. This is the fourth time that Allergan has raised its guidance this year. Allergan said that its markets have been strong around the world, while it is gaining market share in most categories. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, Wells Fargo analyst Larry Biegelsen wrote that, in the wake of Allergan's guidance increase, the company's price to earnings multiple could expand to 22x its estimated 2016 earnings, up from its current multiple of 19x. In addition to the raised guidance, a potential accretive acquisition by Allergan and the possibility that it will be acquired make such an increase in the multiple "quite possible," Biegelsen contended. He kept an Outperform rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Allergan has reportedly held advanced talks about acquiring another company in the sector, Salix (SLXP), although CNBC's David Faber on October 2 reported that the talks between the two companies about a merger had "cooled considerably." PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Allergan rose fractionally to $191.06 while Valeant slid 1.5% to $124.08.
11:00 EDTWLTChina to reinstate tariffs on coal, Bloomberg reports
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10:00 EDTAGNOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:50 EDTAGNAllergan shares have further upside, says Wells Fargo
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06:49 EDTAGNAllergan cites momentum from robust growth of worldwide markets
The company also cites increases in market share in most categories, many regulatory approvals for new products in the U.S. and internationally, and targeted investments to create and grow new products and new categories. Exceptional growth in EPS from the acceleration in sales but also in leveraging of sales and marketing expenditures. The benefits from Allerganís previously announced restructuring program will be reflected in the Companyís actual results beginning in the fourth quarter of 2014 and continuing through 2015.
06:47 EDTAGNAllergan sees FY16 non-GAAP EPS $10.25
06:47 EDTAGNAllergan sees FY15 non-GAAP EPS $8.60, consensus $8.25
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06:47 EDTAGNAllergan sees FY14 non-GAAP EPS $6.20-$6.25, consensus $5.81
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06:46 EDTAGNAllergan raises Q3 EPS to $1.76-$1.78 from $1.44-$1.47, consensus $1.48
Expects Q3 product net sales to increase in excess of 17% in dollars compared to product net sales from 3Q13.
05:45 EDTWLTStocks with implied volatility movement; WLT SHLD
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Walter Energy (WLT) 159, Sears (SHLD) 108 according to iVolatility.
October 8, 2014
16:10 EDTAGNAllergan initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank
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13:27 EDTDWASoftBank no longer talking to DreamWorks, Buzzfeed reports
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10:00 EDTWLTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:42 EDTAGNSalix shares should be bought on weakness, says Sterne Agee
After Reuters yesterday afternoon reported that Actavis (ACT) plans to make a new merger approach to Allergan (AGN), Sterne Agee believes that Salix's standalone value is $162. The firm expects the shares to reach that level following approval of its Xifaxan IBS-D drug after the February 2015 PDUFA date.
08:08 EDTWLTWalter Energy downgraded at Morgan Stanley
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07:19 EDTAGNCBI to hold a conference
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06:23 EDTAGNActavis more inclined to pursue Allergan over Salix, says Citigroup
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