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February 19, 2014
10:00 EDTKNX, CNW, APL, SVLC, MERC, VAL, PKY, ESS, CBNJ, DG, YOKU, SMI, SCTY, NPSP, DRC, CPN, CA, FRX, FSM, SMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Atlas Pipeline Partners (APL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Calpine (CPN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Cape Bancorp (CBNJ) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee... Con-way (CNW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... Dresser-Rand (DRC) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Essex Property Trust (ESS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Cantor... Knight Transportation (KNX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Parkway Properties (PKY) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... SM Energy (SM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc... SolarCity (SCTY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Valspar (VAL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at First Analysis... Fortuna Silver Mines (FSM) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Scotia... Semiconductor Manufacturing (SMI) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Mercer (MERC) downgraded to Reduce from Hold at TD Securities... Forest Labs (FRX) downgraded to Fair Value from Buy at CRT Capital... Youku Tudou (YOKU) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Maxim... SilverCrest (SVLC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Roth Capital... CA Technologies (CA) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Dollar General (DG) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo.
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July 28, 2015
14:21 EDTVALMasco spikes higher after quarterly results and analyst upgrade
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July 27, 2015
11:22 EDTYOKUAnalyst says Chinese Internet firms seeing 'healthy' consumer demand
Chinese Internet stocks are among the many classes of Chinese stocks traded in New York that are weak this morning, though research firm Pacific Crest wrote in a note to investors today that after traveling to China and conducting checks, the firm is more upbeat on e-commerce company 58.com (WUBA), online travel agency Qunar (QUNR) and online video company Youku Tudou (YOKU). WHAT'S NEW: After speaking with Chinese advertising and e-commerce companies, as well as with Chinese companies that are exposed to online services, Pacific Crest analyst Cheng Cheng believes that consumer demand for Internet products and services is "stable and healthy." The decline in the stocks of Chinese Internet companies has created buying opportunities, Cheng believes. He identified 58.com and Qunar as his favorite picks in the sector heading into second quarter results. Both stocks have declined about 20% over the last 1-2 months, but the core businesses of both companies are accelerating, the analyst stated. Specifically, most of 58.com's end markets "are showing strong or at least healthy underlying demand," while Qunar is poised to benefit from an acceleration of demand for its hotel rooms, the analyst believes. Meanwhile, Youku is benefiting from strong demand from advertisers, wrote Cheng, who kept Overweight ratings on 58.com and Qunar and maintained a Sector Weight rating on Youku. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Cheng added that he remains "positively biased" towards Baidu (BIDU) and Alibaba (BABA). Baidu is slated to report its second quarter results tonight. He kept Overweight ratings on both stocks. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, 58.com slid 4.6% to $62, Qunar retreated 5.7% to $40.65 and Youku fell 4.7% to $19.20 amid broad weakness in Chinese stocks trading in New York after China's home Shanghai composite index fell 8.5% overnight.
09:07 EDTSCTYSolarCity Q2 outlook positive, says Roth Capital
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08:43 EDTYOKUChina Internet consumer demand stable, healthy, says Pacific Crest
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07:05 EDTSVLCFirst Majestic announces acquisition of SilverCrest in cash and stock deal
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July 24, 2015
11:01 EDTSCTYSolarCity rises after analyst says second half outlook strong
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10:00 EDTSCTYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:14 EDTSCTYOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Amazon (AMZN), up 20.7%... Pandora (P), up 10.3%... Juniper (JNPR), up 9.1%... Visa (V), up 6.7%... Starbucks (SBUX), up 5%... Skyworks (SWKS), up 2.6%... American Airlines (AAL), up 2.1%. ALSO HIGHER: SolarCity (SCTY), up 2.5% after being upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Tripadvisor (TRIP), down 8.5%... Biogen (BIIB), down 14.1%.
06:34 EDTSCTYSolarCity upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird
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July 23, 2015
16:18 EDTCACA Technologies sees FY16 EPS $2.37-$2.44, consensus $2.42
Sees FY16 revenue $4.04B-$4.11B, consensus $3.98B. Total revenue to change in a range of minus 1%-flat in constant currency. Previous guidance was to decrease 2% in constant currency. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share from continuing operations to increase in a range of 2%-5%in constant currency, unchanged from previous guidance.
16:17 EDTCACA Technologies reports Q1 EPS 64c, consensus 62c
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10:00 EDTESSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: ARRIS (ARRS) initiated with a Buy at Drexel Hamilton... AVG Technologies (AVG) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Aaron's (AAN) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Aimco (AIV) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... American Campus (ACC) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Antero Midstream (AM) initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson... Cheniere Energy Partners LP (CQP) initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson... CommScope (COMM) initiated with a Buy at Drexel Hamilton... Digirad Corp (DRAD) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... Dominion Midstream (DM) initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson... Education Realty (EDR) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Enterprise Products (EPD) initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson... Essex Property Trust (ESS) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Extra Space Storage (EXR) initiated with an Outperform at Baird... Harmonic (HLIT) initiated with a Hold at Drexel Hamilton... Imprimis (IMMY) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee CRT... National Retail Properties (NNN) initiated with a Neutral at DA Davidson... Nutrisystem (NTRI) initiated with a Buy at Lake Street... PLC Systems Inc (PLC) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee CRT... PayPal (PYPL) initiated with a Neutral at UBS... Preferred Apartment (APTS) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Public Storage (PSA) initiated with a Neutral at Baird... Realty Income (O) initiated with a Neutral at DA Davidson... RingCentral (RNG) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... SeaChange (SEAC) initiated with a Hold at Drexel Hamilton... Sovran Self Storage (SSS) initiated with an Outperform at Baird... Spectra Energy Partners (SEP) initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson... U-Store It Trust (YSI) initiated with an Outperform at Baird... Whitestone REIT (WSR) initiated with an Outperform at Baird... eBay (EBAY) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
09:01 EDTCACA Technologies names Ayman Sayed as Chief Product Officer
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06:43 EDTESSEssex Property Trust initiated with a Hold at Canaccord
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July 22, 2015
14:51 EDTSMIEarnings Watch: Qualcomm reports after speculations of potential breakup
Qualcomm (QCOM) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the close on July 22, with a conference call scheduled for 4:45 pm ET. Qualcomm is a maker of semiconductors and telecommunications equipment. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 95c on revenue of $5.85B. EPS consensus ranges 90c-$1.05 on a revenue range of $5.59B-$6.08B, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: On April 22, Qualcomm reported Q2 EPS of $1.40 against expectations for $1.33, and revenue of $6.89B versus estimates of $6.83B. The company also cut its FY15 EPS guidance to $4.60-$5.00 from $4.85-$5.05 and lowered projected revenue to $25B-$27B from $26.3B-$28B, saying it expects pressure in its semiconductor business due to customer shifts in the premium segment and a decline in Qualcomm's share at an unnamed large customer. NEWS: On May 8, Reuters reported that EU antitrust regulators asked Qualcomm's competitors how the company's licensing and business practices affect them, and on July 16, the European Commission confirmed two formal antitrust investigations of the company. On May 25, Qualcomm and Daimler (DDAIF) announced a strategic collaboration to develop connected car technology. Coming on the heels of Avago's (AVGO) May 28 agreement to acquire Broadcom (BRCM), Bloomberg quoted a source later that day as saying Qualcomm, Intel (INTC), Altera (ALTR), Analog Devices (ADI), Maxim Integrated (MXIM), Texas Instruments (TXN), and Microchip Technology (MCHP) are all considering their own M&A opportunities. Note that on June 1, Intel announced an agreement to acquire Altera. On June 23, Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMI), Qualcomm, Huawei, and Imec announced the formation of a joint venture to focus on a type of 14 nanometer technology. More recently, the Wall Street Journal reported on July 20 that Qualcomm is "expected" to begin a comprehensive strategic review which may include the possibility of a breakup following pressure from "activist" shareholder Jana Partners, according to sources, adding that the move could be announced concurrent with Wednesday's earnings release. STREET RESEARCH: Following last quarter's earnings report, Exane BNP Paribas downgraded Qualcomm to Neutral from Outperform, while both Canaccord and Brean Capital lowered price targets for the stock after "disappointing" guidance. Meanwhile, Citi said it expects the company's chip business to recover in 2016 despite this "very bad year." On May 28, CLSA said it sees continued pressure on Qualcomm chipsets, potentially spurring the company to consider making an acquisition, and on June 2, Craig-Hallum noted that Skyworks (SWKS) would be a great fit for Qualcomm. On June 24, Summit Research called Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC) an "affordable" target for Qualcomm, with AMD (AMD) and Cavium (CAVM) also looking like potential takeover candidates. On June 29, Drexel Hamilton downgraded Qualcomm to Sell from Hold, citing expected price cuts. Lastly, following media reports on July 20 that Qualcomm could be weighing a breakup, Bernstein said that such a "dis-synergistic" split would likely destroy value rather than create it. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Qualcomm are down more than 1% to $64.37 in afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's earnings report.
14:37 EDTVALHome improvement stocks rally after Owens Corning results, home sales data
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09:04 EDTKNXKnight Transportation reports Q2 adjusted EPS 39c, consensus 37c
Reports Q2 revenue $301.82M, consensus $310.74M. "During the second quarter of 2015 we accrued $7.2M of expense related to expected settlement costs for two class action lawsuits involving employment-related claims in California and Oregon," president and CEO Dave Jackson said. "We have provided adjusted financial information that excludes these expenses from our results of operations. We believe the comparability of our results is improved by excluding these infrequent expenses that are unrelated to our core operations."
July 21, 2015
15:02 EDTKNXNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include Coca-Cola (KO), consensus 60c... Boeing (BA), consensus $1.42... Abbott Laboratories (ABT), consensus 50c... Thermo Fisher Scientific (TMO), consensus $1.78... EMC (EMC), consensus 41c... Illinois Tool Works (ITW), consensus $1.28... St. Jude Medical (STJ), consensus $1.00... Northern Trust (NTRS), consensus 96c... Check Point Software (CHKP), consensus 95c... Polaris Industries (PII), consensus $1.58... Interpublic Group (IPG), consensus 27c... New York Community Bancorp (NYCB), consensus 26c... B/E Aerospace (BEAV), consensus 76c... Owens Corning (OC), consensus 54c... Knight Transportation (KNX), consensus 37c.
10:01 EDTESSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:10 EDTSCTYSolarCity has positive read through from Vivint deal, says Roth Capital
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