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January 9, 2013
10:21 EDTWU, SPH, M, DG, BAC, APU, MCD, SON, SEP, KSS, CVA, BJRI, HA, ICE, MON, FDO, CMA, APOLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AmeriGas (APU) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Apollo Group (APOL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at First Analysis... BJ's Restaurants (BJRI) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Bank of America (BAC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Comerica (CMA) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Covanta (CVA) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Dollar General (DG) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Family Dollar (FDO) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Kohl's (KSS) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Macy's (M) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Monsanto (MON) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Miller Tabak... Spectra Energy Partners (SEP) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Suburban Propane (SPH) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Walter Energy (WLT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... IntercontinentalExchange (ICE) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Sonoco Products (SON) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Western Union (WU) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Hawaiian Holdings (HA) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at BofA/Merrill... McDonald's (MCD) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James.
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February 18, 2015
16:11 EDTBJRIBJ's Restaurants reports Q4 EPS 31c, consensus 21c
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10:32 EDTWUOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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07:21 EDTBACJPMorgan, Citi top government report of riskiest banks, Reuters reports
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06:32 EDTICEBATS Global Markets to replace CEO ahead of possible IPO, WSJ says
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03:20 EDTMOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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February 17, 2015
18:17 EDTDGJANA Partners gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: NCR (NCR), Liberty Ventures (LVNTA), Solarcity (SCTY), Computer Sciences Corp (CSC), Salix (SLXP), and Applied Materials (AMAT). INCREASED STAKES: Hertz (HTZ), Valeant (VRX), Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA), Rackspace (RAX), and HD Supply (HDS). DECREASED STAKES: AIG (AIG), Actavis (ACT), Charter (CHTR), AerCap (AER), and Energy Transfer Equity (ETE). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Equinix (EQIX), Cameron International (CAM), Dollar General (DG), QEP Resources (QEP), and Amgen (AMGN).
18:06 EDTDG, FDOPaulson & Co gives quarterly update on stakes
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10:26 EDTBACBank of America reports January default rate 2.93% vs. 3.13% last month
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10:00 EDTMOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Box, Inc. (BOX) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Euronav NV (EURN) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... GoPro (GPRO) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... M/A-COM (MTSI) initiated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Macy's (M) initiated with an Underweight at Barclays... NetSuite (N) initiated with an Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas... Omega Healthcare (OHI) initiated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Pandora (P) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Pattern Energy (PEGI) coverage resumed with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Regeneron (REGN) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Trovagene (TROV) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Vista Outdoor (VSTO) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen.
07:24 EDTMCDExecutives' Club of Chicago to hold a breakfast meeting
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04:58 EDTMNordstrom downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
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04:54 EDTMMacy's initiated with an Underweight at Barclays
Barclays started shares of Macy's with an Underweight rating saying it expects comps to remain under 2% as the retailer lacks exposure to the growing off-price segment. The firm put a $55 price target on shares. Shares of Macy's closed Friday down 34c to $64.32.
February 15, 2015
16:35 EDTDGDollar General shares could rise 20%, Barron's says
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February 13, 2015
18:21 EDTMCDMcDonald's holder CtW Investment Group seeks board changes, WSJ reports
McDonald's shareholder CtW Investment Group is seeking a “robust refreshment of the board’s membership and leadership,” The Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
16:35 EDTMCDS&P closes at all-time high as stocks run winning streak to second week
The major stock averages gained for the second week in a row, sending the S&P 500 to a new all-time high in the process. With the weekly advance, the major averages wiped out all their losses since the beginning of the year and moved into the green for 2015. MACRO NEWS: The U.S. economic calendar was relatively quiet during this week. Retail sales decreased 0.8% in January, versus expectations for a 0.4% decline. Initial jobless claims rose 25K to 304K in the week ended January 7. Consumer sentiment fell to 93.6 in the preliminary February release from the University of Michigan survey, versus expectations for the reading to hold at the 98.1 it achieved in January... In Europe, Russian, Ukrainian, German and French leaders came to terms on a cease-fire to begin Sunday. Eurozone GDP grew by 0.3% in the last three months of 2014, which was a bit faster than expected, largely due to strong upside in Germany. A Eurogroup meeting failed to reach a final bailout deal for Greece, but reports afterward seemed to have an optimistic tone about the continuation of talks. Sweden’s Riksbank became the latest central bank to cut interest rates and said it would undertake a program of sovereign bond buying... In China, foreign trade volume declined 10.8% year-on-year in January, with exports dropping 3.2% and imports slumping 19.7%. COMPANY NEWS: Coca-Cola (KO), PepsiCo (PEP), Zoetis (ZTS), Mondelez (MDLZ), and Groupon (GRPN) were among the companies whose stocks reacted positively to their quarterly earning reports. Conversely, the shares of Pier 1 Imports (PIR), AOL (AOL) and Zynga (ZNGA) fell after they reported their results... Dow member American Express (AXP) fell sharply after the company announced that its U.S. co-brand and merchant acceptance agreements with Costco (COST) are set to end in March of next year. Costco has been one of the few big U.S. merchants that to-date had accepted AmEx cards exclusively. Afterward, American Express said that the company now expects that overall earnings growth in 2015 will likely be "flat to down modestly" year-over-year... Another member of the blue chip index, McDonald's (MCD), dropped after reporting that its comparable sales declined 1.8% in January. As part of the overall results, U.S. same-store sales grew 0.4%, but Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa comparable sales dropped 12.6%... General Motors (GM) shares rose after the company confirmed that Harry Wilson intends to nominate himself as candidate for the GM board and bring before the annual meeting a proposal that the company commit to completing $8B of share repurchases... On the M&A front, Interxion (INXN) advanced after the company agreed to an all-share merger with U.K. peer TelecityGroup, after which Interxion shareholders will owning approximately 45% of the combined group. Rite Aid (RAD) rose after the pharmacy retail chain agreed to buy EnvisionRx from TPG for $2B and re-enter the pharmacy benefit management space it had previously exited. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow rose 1.09% to 18,019.35, the Nasdaq gained 3.14% to 4,893.84, and the S&P rose 2% to 2,096.99.
10:00 EDTSONOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:57 EDTICEIntercontinentalExchange price target raised to $262 from $240 at Argus
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08:19 EDTMCDAckman noncommittal on McDonald's rumors, Bloomberg reports
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07:50 EDTSONSonoco downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at DA Davidson
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07:41 EDTMCDGlenview buys small stake in McDonald’s, suggests real estate sale, WSJ says
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