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March 27, 2013
09:54 EDTAPOL, SYT, SNBC, OMPI, IR, FMCN, ENPH, CLF, CRL, WALOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Apollo Group (APOL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Charles River Labs (CRL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Cliffs Natural (CLF) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Enphase Energy (ENPH) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Focus Media (FMCN) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at CLSA... Ingersoll-Rand (IR) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Obagi Medical (OMPI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Roth Capital... Sun Bancorp (SNBC) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Sterne Agee... Syngenta (SYT) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at HSBC... Western Alliance (WAL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe.
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August 25, 2014
18:07 EDTCLFCliffs Natural CEO supports sale of non-core assets 'at right price,' WSJ says
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11:31 EDTCLFCliffs Natural announces $200M share repurchase plan
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07:23 EDTAPOLGovernment not looking to push other colleges out of business, says Wells Fargo
In the wake of Corinthian Colleges' (COCO) dissolution due to actions taken by the Department of Education, Wells Fargo thinks the government did not intend for this scenario to unfold. After speaking with unnamed "knowledgeable sources" about the issue, the firm does not expect the department to take similar actions in the future because doing so would create too much of a workload for the department, Wells believes. Publicly traded companies in the space include American Public Education (APEI), Apollo Education (APOL), Bridgepoint Education (BPI), Career Education (CECO), Corinthian Colleges (COCO), DeVry (DV), Grand Canyon (LOPE), ITT Educational (ESI) and Strayer (STRA).
August 22, 2014
10:34 EDTCLFStocks with call strike movement; UAL CLF
United Continental (UAL) September 55 call option implied volatility decreased 6% to 39, Cliffs Natural (CLF) September 18 call option implied volatility increased 3% to 41 according to IVolatility.
August 21, 2014
16:57 EDTENPHThird Point reports 15.7% stake in Enphase Energy
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August 20, 2014
08:53 EDTCRLCharles River Labs has reached attractive entry point, says Sterne Agee
Sterne Agee continues to believe that Charles River should generate high incremental margins and disproportionate growth in earnings relative to its sales growth. The firm keeps a $71 price target and Buy rating on the shares.
August 19, 2014
15:12 EDTAPOLApollo Education management to meet with Piper Jaffray
Meeting to be held in Los Angeles on August 21 hosted by Piper Jaffray.
10:13 EDTIROn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: CNOOC (CEO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Guess (GES) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Ingersoll-Rand (IR) downgraded at RW Baird... Lehigh Gas (LGP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Lexicon (LXRX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Gabelli... Monster Beverage (MNST) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Nobel Biocare (NBHGY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Berenberg... Saint Joe Co. (JOE) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... SolarCity (SCTY) downgraded at RW Baird.
07:52 EDTIRIngersoll-Rand downgraded at RW Baird
As reported previously, Baird downgraded Ingersoll Rand to Neutral from Outperform. The firm downgraded shares to reflect increased earnings risk as the company shifts towards M&A and away from buybacks and sees tougher comps and slow Institutional end markets in 2015. Price target lowered to $65 from $68.
07:36 EDTIRIngersoll-Rand downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird
August 18, 2014
12:19 EDTIRIngersoll-Rand rises after agreeing to buy Cameron unit for $850M
Shares of Ingersoll-Rand (IR), which makes heating and air conditioning systems, are up after it announced an agreement to acquire the assets of Cameron International Corporation's (CAM) Centrifugal Compression division for $850M. WHAT'S NEW: Ingersoll-Rand this morning entered into an agreement to acquire Cameron's Centrifugal Compression division for $850M. The acquisition is expected to close before the end of the year, subject to regulatory approval. The Cameron unit generated sales of approximately $400M in 2013, has approximately 850 employees and operates from 12 global locations. The results of operations of the Centrifugal Compression business will be reported as discontinued operations for Cameron beginning in the third quarter. Ingersoll Rand plans to fund the acquisition through a combination of cash on hand and debt. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Ingersoll-Rand said it expects the acquisition to be accretive to EBITDA margins, EPS, and ROIC in 2015 and beyond. The company expects the acquisition to add 8c-10c per share to its earnings in 2015. The company anticipates moderate incremental debt, supported by additional earnings from Cameron and core earnings growth. Ingersoll adds that it foresees refinancing of $500M of 2015 debt, and continues to expect a 2014 share repurchase of $1.38B. Cameron said it is selling the unit to focus on its core markets. The company expects after-tax proceeds of about $600M from the sale, part of which it planned to use to support share buybacks. ANALYST REACTION: Following the announcement, Wells Fargo analysts estimated that the acquisition will be approximately 10c-15c accretive excluding impact from synergies and approximately 20c-25c with anticipated synergies. PRICE ACTION: Ingersoll-Rand jumped $1.49, or 2.46%, to $62.03 in intra-day trading, while Cameron is trading down 0.6% to $72.21.
06:33 EDTIRIngersoll-Rand to host conference call
Conference call to discuss agreement to acquire Cameron International Corporationís centrifugal compression division will be held on August 18 at 9:30 am. Webcast Link
06:32 EDTIRCameron sells Centrifugal Compression business to Ingersoll-Rand for $850M
Cameron (CAM) has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Centrifugal Compression business to Ingersoll Rand (IR) for cash consideration of approximately $850M, subject to closing adjustments. The decision to divest the Centrifugal Compression division was made after a careful review of Cameron's long-term business strategy to increase its focus on its core markets. The company's goal has been to identify a buyer that is more closely aligned with Centrifugal Compression's broad and global markets. Cameron expects to complete the sale of its Centrifugal Compression business prior to year end, subject to regulatory approval. The company estimates after tax proceeds from the sale to be approximately $600 million, and expects the net proceeds to support stock repurchases. In 2013, the Centrifugal Compression division had revenues of $396M. The results of operations of the Centrifugal Compression business will be reported as discontinued operations beginning in Q3.
06:31 EDTIRCameron sells Centrifugal Compression business to Ingersoll-Rand for $850M
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06:27 EDTIRIngersoll Rand to acquire Cameron's centrifugal compressional division for $850M
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August 15, 2014
08:36 EDTCLFCliffs pays $11M to Halverson in connection with employment termination
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August 14, 2014
17:20 EDTIRTrian Fund gives quarterly update on stakes
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12:01 EDTENPHEnphase Energy reiterated as a Buy at BofA/Merrill
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09:11 EDTENPHOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Kohl's (KSS), up 2.5%... Plug Power (PLUG), up 10%... Perrigo (PRGO), up 4.5%. HIGHER: Aruba Networks (ARUN), up 3% after shares upgraded at Stifel... KaloBios (KBIO), up 7.9% after publication shows EphA3 as target for anticancer therapy... Supernus (SUPN), up 4.4% after receiving FDA fast track designation for SPN-810. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Noodles & Company (NDLS), down 22%... Vipshop (VIPS), down 5.8%. LOWER: ExOne (XONE), down 10.7%, Voxeljet (VJET), down 6.6%, after earnings reports. Peers in the 3D space are lower as well, with Stratasys (SSYS) down 1% and 3D Systems (DDD) down 0.2%... Enphase Energy (ENPH), down 2.6% after filing to sell common stock for holders... InterMune (ITMN), down 3% after downgraded at Goldman following yesterday's advance on Bloomberg report that the company received takeover bids from Sanofi (SNY), Roche (RHHBY).
08:32 EDTENPHEnphase Energy 3.2M share Spot Secondary priced at $10.50
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