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October 22, 2012
10:01 EDTWAL, SNDK, MTW, EPB, CP, SLG, KSU, EW, TLM, PEG, EQR, DDR, BBT, CLF, APD, XRAY, BXSOn 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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March 17, 2015
10:42 EDTBBTBB&T remains an underappreciated story, says BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill reiterated its Buy rating and $44 price target on BB&T and said it remains an underappreciated and under-owned. The firm notes BB&T is using excess capital and currency strength to return capital to shareholders and pursue accretive deals. BofA/Merrill thinks the Susquehanna deal could prove more beneficial than the market perceives and its excess liquidity position makes it more rate sensitive versus peers. Shares are Buy rated with a $44 price target.
10:26 EDTSNDKOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:00 EDTEQROn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Aimco (AIV) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Alnylam (ALNY) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... American Campus (ACC) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... AvalonBay (AVB) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... BE Aerospace (BEAV) initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital... BlackRock (BLK) initiated with a Buy at Argus... Camden Property (CPT) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... CarMax (KMX) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Central Pacific (CPF) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Cognex (CGNX) initiated with a Buy at Northcoast... Education Realty (EDR) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... EnerSys (ENS) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Equity Lifestyle (ELS) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Equity Residential (EQR) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Essex Property Trust (ESS) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Facebook (FB) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Intercept (ICPT) initiated with a Hold at MLV & Co.... Isis Pharmaceuticals (ISIS) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... LinkedIn (LNKD) initiated with a Sell at Brean Capital... Mid-America Apartment (MAA) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... NetSuite (N) initiated with a Hold at Brean Capital... Paycom (PAYC) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Platform Specialty Products (PAH) initiated with a Buy at UBS... Post Properties (PPS) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Salesforce.com (CRM) initiated with a Hold at Brean Capital... ServiceNow (NOW) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Snap-On (SNA) initiated with a Buy at Northcoast... Sun Communities (SUI) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Twitter (TWTR) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... UDR, Inc. (UDR) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Workday (WDAY) initiated with a Hold at Brean Capital... Xplore Technologies (XPLR) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Yahoo (YHOO) initiated with a Hold at Argus.
08:07 EDTSNDKNetlist announces positive ruling in patent battles in ULLtraDIMM case
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06:06 EDTEQREquity Residential initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird
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05:53 EDTSNDKStocks with implied volatility movement; WLL SNDK
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Whiting Petroleum (WLL) 86, SanDisk (SNDK) 36 according to iVolatility.
March 16, 2015
16:28 EDTEWOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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13:16 EDTEWAnalysts upbeat on results of Edwards' Sapien 3 data
The shares of Edwards Lifesciences (EW) are rising after the company released data on its Sapien 3 transcathter aortic valve over the weekend. In notes to investors today, a number of analysts were upbeat on the data. BACKGROUND: Edwards yesterday announced that high- and intermediate-risk patients treated with Sapien 3 demonstrated lower mortality rates than patients treated with previous transcathter aortic valves, or TAVR, made by the company. The patients also had excellent clinical outcomes in the other primary endpoints of stroke and paravalvular regurgitation, the company stated. Meanwhile, a five year study of patients treated with the first generation SAPIEN device showed that the patients had equivalent outcomes to traditional open-heart surgery, and no structural valve deterioration requiring intervention, the company stated. ANALYST REACTION: Edwards' Sapien 3 data was impressive, as the device showed one of the lowest stroke and mortality rates of any major TAVR study so far, Bernstein analyst Derrick Sung wrote in a note to investors earlier today. Data presented by Edwards and other companies at the American College of Cardiology, or ACC, conference this weekend caused investors and the medical community to become more optimistic about the potential for TAVR devices to replace surgical valves, Sung stated. The analyst wrote that he continues to believe that investors are underestimating the potential size of the TAVR market. Also upbeat on Edwards' data was Wells Fargo, which wrote that the data exceeded high expectations and could pressure the FDA to approve Sapien 3 for intermediate risk patients earlier than Edwards' guidance of late 2016. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Analysts were also upbeat on data reported by other companies at the ACC conference. Medtronic's (MDT) data suggested that its CoreValve Evolut-R product may be as effective as Edwards' Sapien 3, Bernstein's Sung stated. The FDA appears to have allowed Boston Scientific's (BSX) left atrial appendage closure, Watchman, to be provided to more patients than expected, research firm Stifel believes. Meanwhile, St. Jude's (STJ) CardioMEMS device yielded "impressive" mortality data, the firm added. Stifel kept Buy ratings on both Medtronic and St. Jude. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Edwards Lifesciences climbed 9% to $147.64, Boston Scientific advanced 4% to $17.27, St. Jude added 2% to $67.55, and Medtronic rose 1.3% to $77.50.
12:43 EDTEWOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after stimulus talk out of China and a rally in European stock markets lifted the U.S. market at the open. There was little reaction to the day’s domestic economic reports, which included the Empire manufacturing index, industrial production data, and a homebuilder confidence index. The week's big economic news, however, is yet to come, as investors look forward to the conclusion of the Federal Reserve's latest rate setting meeting on Wednesday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Empire State manufacturing index dipped to 6.9 in March, versus the consensus forecast for a reading of 8.0. Industrial production edged up 0.1% in February, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%, and capacity utilization fell to 78.9%, versus the 79.5% consensus forecast. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index dropped to 53 in March from 55 in February, missing expectation for the index to rise to 56. Oil prices continued to tumble, with U.S. crude dropping to a six-year low below $44 per barrel earlier in the session. In Asia, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said Sunday that his government has room and the tools to take action should growth falter, without detailing specific remedies the government might pursue. COMPANY NEWS: Valeant (VRX), which not long ago lost out to Actavis (ACT) in the race to buy Allergan (AGN), increased its chances of making sure its latest buyout deal gets done by increasing its takeover offer to Salix Pharmaceuticals (SLXP) by about $1B. Rival bidder Endo Health (ENDP) confirmed that it is withdrawing its cash and stock proposal to acquire Salix after Valeant raised its all-cash bid for Salix to $173 per share from $158 per share. Shares of Valeant and Salix both rose about 2%, while Endo shares gained 2.5% following the announcements. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Life Time Fitness (LTM), which rose 5% after entering into a definitive agreement to be acquired by private equity firms Leonard Green & Partners and TPG in a transaction valued at more than $4B, or $72.10 per share, in cash. Also higher was Edwards Lifesciences (EW), which rose 8% after the company reported data at this weekend's American College of Cardiology conference. Among the noteworthy losers was iDreamSky (DSKY), which dropped more than 25% after the company lowered its guidance because the launch of a popular casual game was delayed on one of the company distribution platforms and the monetization of another popular casual game was less than expected. Also lower were shares of Enzo Biochem (ENZ), which fell 17% after an appeals court reversed-in-part and vacated-in-part the judgment in Enzo’s favor that Life Technologies' (LIFE) Applera Corp. infringed certain Enzo patents. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 174.81, or 0.98%, to 17,924.12, the Nasdaq was up 39.80, or 0.82%, to 4,911.55, and the S&P 500 was up 20.07, or 0.98%, to 2,073.47.
10:07 EDTEWHigh option volume stocks
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09:01 EDTCPCanadian Pacific renews share repurchase program
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07:58 EDTEQREquity Residential, Essex Property Trust price targets raised at Jefferies
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07:30 EDTEWAmerican College of Cardiology to hold an expo
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07:22 EDTEWMedtronic Edwards Lifesciences data 'impressive,' says Bernstein
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06:50 EDTWALWestern Alliance acquisition positive, says RBC Capital
After Western Alliance (WAL) agreed to buy Bridge Capital Holdings (BBNK) in a combined stock/cash deal valued at $425M, RBC Capital thinks the deal was reasonably priced and should significantly increase Western Alliance's earnings over time. The firm raised its price target on Western Alliance to $33 from $30 and keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
March 15, 2015
14:10 EDTEWEdwards Lifesciences announces data on Sapien 3 transcatheter aortic valve
Edwards Lifesciences announced that 30-day outcomes for high- and intermediate-risk patients treated with the Sapien 3 transcatheter aortic valve demonstrated the lowest all-cause mortality rates of any of the PARTNER studies, as well as excellent clinical outcomes on the other components of the primary endpoint measures of stroke and paravalvular regurgitation. This first report of Sapien 3 data in the United States, and first report on intermediate risk transcatheter aortic valve replacement, TAVR, patients, was presented as part of the late-breaking clinical trials at the American College of Cardiology's 64th Annual Scientific Session in San Diego.
14:04 EDTEWEdwards Lifesciences announces clinical data for high-risk Sapien patients
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March 13, 2015
17:35 EDTSLGNabors Industries to replace SL Green Realty in S&P 400 as of 3/20 close
17:26 EDTSLGSL Green Realty to replace Nabors Industries in S&P 500 as of 3/20 close
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16:31 EDTBBTSusquehanna shareholders vote to approve merger with BB&T
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