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October 22, 2012
10:01 EDTWAL, CP, TLM, SNDK, SLG, PEG, MTW, KSU, EQR, EPB, EW, XRAY, DDR, CLF, BXS, BBT, APDOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Air Products (APD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... BB&T (BBT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee... BancorpSouth (BXS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Cliffs Natural (CLF) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... DDR Corp. (DDR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Dentsply (XRAY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Edwards Lifesciences (EW) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... El Paso Pipeline (EPB) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Equity Residential (EQR) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Kansas City Southern (KSU) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... Manitowoc (MTW) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... PSEG (PEG) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... SL Green Realty (SLG) downgraded to Hold from Buy at ISI Group... SanDisk (SNDK) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Talisman Energy (TLM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Canadian Pacific (CP) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Western Alliance (WAL) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie.
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October 13, 2014
10:08 EDTCLFOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Bankrate (RATE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... CME Group (CME) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Cliffs Natural (CLF) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Dana Holding (DAN) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Darden (DRI) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Dover (DOV) downgraded to Neutral at RW Baird... DryShips (DRYS) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Imperial Capital... Infineon (IFNNY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... J.C. Penney (JCP) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Johnson Controls (JCI) downgraded to Outperform from Top Pick at RBC Capital... Juniper (JNPR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Kennametal (KMT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Masco (MAS) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... New Gold (NGD) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... ON Semiconductor (ONNN) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest... PBF Energy (PBF) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Parker-Hannifin (PH) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... STMicroelectronics (STM) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Silicon Laboratories (SLAB) downgraded to Sector Perform at Pacific Crest... VOXX International (VOXX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen.
09:39 EDTCLFActive equity options trading on open
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09:21 EDTCPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:24 EDTCPCSX price target raised to $37 from $32 at Bernstein
Bernstein raised its price target on CSX (CSX) after The Wall Street Journal reported that the company was approached by Canadian Pacific (CP) about a possible merger. The firm thinks the deal could enable CSX to more quickly raise its margins and presents it with an opportunity to unlock significant near-term value. Bernstein says the report makes it more constructive on CSX, but it keeps a Market Perform rating on the shares.
08:01 EDTCPCanadian Pacific, CSX merger timing not ideal, says Cowen
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07:50 EDTMTWManitowoc price target lowered to $27 from $33 at RBC Capital
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07:37 EDTEWAmerican Society of Anesthesiologists to hold annual meeting
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07:23 EDTCPCSX volatility up, approached by Canadian Pacific on possible merger, report
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06:49 EDTCLFCliffs Natural downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
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06:17 EDTSLGSL Green Realty upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
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October 12, 2014
16:04 EDTCPCSX approached by Canadian Pacific on possible merger, WSJ says
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October 10, 2014
15:27 EDTCLFCliffs held preliminary talks on iron ore assets with Glencore, WSJ says
Glencore had talks that were described as "very preliminary" with Cliffs Natural Resources about its Australian iron ore assets, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Shares of Cliffs spiked higher following the first headlines from the report, but are now down about 1% in late afternoon trading. Reference Link
15:16 EDTCLFCliffs Natural held preliminary talks on iron ore assets with Glencore, DJ says
13:08 EDTMTWOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in negative territory and saw several swings throughout the morning. Near midday the averages were mixed, with the Dow a bit higher and the Nasdaq weighed down by weakness across the semiconductor sector. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the import price index fell 0.5% in September, versus expectations for a 0.7% decline. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of a number of semiconductor makers, including industry giant Intel (INTC), were sharply lower after one of the companies in the space, Microchip Technology (MCHP), warned that it believes the sector has entered a correction. Microchip President and CEO Steve Sanghi claimed his company often sees the turn of the semiconductor industry ahead of others, noting that it does business with over 80,000 customers and that it built a significant amount of inventory in the distribution channel in the September quarter. Sanghi stated, "We believe that another industry correction has begun and that this correction will be seen more broadly across the industry in the near future. Near noon, Microchip dropped 11%, Intel fell almost 4%, Texas Instruments (TXN) slipped over 6%, Micron (MU) dropped 6% and Fairchild (FCS) declined 12%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Exact Sciences (EXAS), which rallied 35% after the company announced last night that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, or CMS, had agreed to cover the company's colorectal cancer and pre-cancer test through Medicare. Among the noteworthy losers were a number of companies that, similarly to Microchip, warned that their quarterly results will likely miss expectations, including Procera Networks (PKT), which plunged 34%, Manitowoc (MTW), which fell 9%, and Sizmek (SZMK), which dropped 21%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 38.02, or 0.23%, to 16,697.27, the Nasdaq was down 35.89, or 0.82%, to 4,342.45, and the S&P 500 was up 0.42, or 0.02%, to 1,928.63.
10:29 EDTSNDKMicrochip CEO warning on industry correction sinks semiconductors
Shares of a number of semiconductor makers are falling sharply after one of the companies in the space, Microchip Technology (MCHP), warned that it believes the sector had entered a correction. In a note to investors today, research firm FBR Capital said Microchip's comments "could be worrisome, " and the firm responded by taking a more defensive stance on the space. WHAT'S NEW: Microchip, which develops microcontroller and analog semiconductors, estimated that its second quarter revenue would come in at $546.2M, versus its previous guidance of $560.0M-$575.9M and analysts' consensus estimate of $568M. The company said that it had experienced a number of negative trends during the quarter, including a weaker than usual September, weakness in China, and significant inventory builds at its distributor customers. Microchip President and CEO Steve Sanghi claimed his company often sees the turn of the semiconductor industry ahead of others, noting that it reports sales from distribution on a sell-through basis and built a significant amount of inventory in the distribution channel in the September quarter and that it does business with over 80,000 customers. Sanghi stated, "We believe that another industry correction has begun and that this correction will be seen more broadly across the industry in the near future. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, FBR Capital analyst Christopher Rolland said that Microchip's statements come in the wake of other negative signs for the sector. In August and September, lead times for the sector fell versus the month before, the analyst stated. Additionally, revenue trends at Taiwanese chip makers weakened in August, Rolland stated. The analyst said that Microchip's statements pushed him over the fence, causing him to take a more defensive stance on the sector. He removed ON Semiconductor (ONNN) from FBR's Top Picks list but kept an Outperform rating on the stock, as he believes that its valuation is "very reasonable." Rolland maintained Market Perform ratings on Atmel (ATML), Texas Instruments (TXN), Fairchild (FCS), AMD (AMD), and Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC). Sterne Agee also attributed weakness in the sector to Microchip's warnings, but the firm recommended buying NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Avago (AVGO), and Skyworks (SWKS) due to their strong product cycles with EMV and upcoming iPhone-iPad launches from Apple (AAPL). In addition, the firm said it would buy Micron (MU) and SanDisk (SNDK) given tight supply, below normal inventory levels, and tailwinds from China. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Microchip dropped nearly 14% to $39.29, Intel (INTC) fell almost 6% to $31.67, On Semiconductor slid 10% to $7.53, Atmel tumbled 11.5% to $6.61, Texas Instruments slipped 8% to $42.16, Fairchild slumped 10.6% to $12.95, AMD dropped 6% to $2.77, Applied Micro declined 10% to $6.19, and NXP Semiconductors was 14% lower to $55.27.
10:20 EDTSNDKSemiconductors defended at Sterne Agee
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10:01 EDTMTWOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:00 EDTMTWOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:36 EDTMTWManitowoc downgraded at BMO Capital
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06:29 EDTMTWManitowoc downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital
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