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June 9, 2014
09:58 EDTLB, DG, ARCO, MTU, OXM, PFG, SJM, COF, STI, TCP, NVS, FDO, BMRN, GPRE, LPL, SREOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Arcos Dorados (ARCO) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... BioMarin (BMRN) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Capital One (COF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Dollar General (DG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Family Dollar (FDO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... J.M. Smucker (SJM) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Wells Fargo... L Brands (LB) upgraded to Perform from Underperform at Oppenheimer... Novartis (NVS) upgraded to Equalweight from Underweight at Barclays... Principal Financial (PFG) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Sempra Energy (SRE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at ISI Group... TC PipeLines (TCP) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays... Oxford Industries (OXM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sidoti... LG Display (LPL) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... SunTrust (STI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Mitsubishi UFJ (MTU) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill...Green Plains (GPRE) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens.
News For ARCO;BMRN;COF;DG;FDO;SJM;LB;NVS;PFG;SRE;TCP;OXM;LPL;STI;MTU;GPRE From The Last 14 Days
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May 18, 2015
07:38 EDTNVSNovartis outlook has improved, says Bernstein
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May 15, 2015
17:33 EDTDGPoint72 Asset Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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17:07 EDTFDOTrian Fund gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: None. INCREASED STAKES: PepsiCo (PEP), Mondelez (MDLZ), Bank of New York Mellon Group (BK), and Du Pont (DD). DECREASED STAKES: Family Dollar (FDO), and Ingersoll-Rand (IR). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Lazard (LAZ).
12:39 EDTSREWells identifies NextEra, Sempra as among favorite utility names
Utilities as a group have dropped in recent months and there are several names in the sector that offer relative value and exposure to secular growth trends, Wells Fargo stated in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: The utilities sector is trading at a forward multiple that is 93% of the S&P 500, versus the ten year average of 102%, according to Wells. Moreover, utilities are "slightly cheap" relative to interest rates, the firm thinks. NextEra Energy (NEE) and Sempra Energy (SRE) have the best growth opportunities in the utility space, according to Wells. They also have proven management teams and are well-positioned to exploit long-term trends, including renewable energy and energy infrastructure, the firm believes. ITC Holdings (ITC) has reached an attractive entry point and, to a degree, offers a near-term hedge against an interest rate increase, according to the firm. Edison International (EIX) and Xcel Energy (XEL) are underappreciated regulated utilities, added Wells. Edison trades in-line with its peers despite superior EPS growth potential and Xcel trades at a 3%-6% discount to the sector despite its at least in-line EPS growth and comparable regulatory risk, which might ease, the firm added. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, NextEra rose 0.5%, Sempra gained 0.6%, Edison added 0.6%, Xcel climbed 0.4% and ITC was little changed.
12:13 EDTSJMThird Point gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Yum! Brands (YUM), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), FedEx (FDX), McKesson (MCK), and J M Smucker (SJM). INCREASED STAKES: Actavis (ACT), Roper Technologies (ROP), Delta Air Lines (DAL), and FleetCor Technologies (FLT). DECREASED STAKES: Ally Financial (ALLY), Amgen (AMGN), Phillips 66 (PSX), eBay (EBAY), and Anheuser Busch Inbev SA (BUD). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Alibaba Group (BABA), Citigroup (C), EMC Corporation (EMC), Anglo American (AAL), and Williams Companies (WMB).
10:01 EDTPFGOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:31 EDTNVSAmerican Thoracic Society to hold a conference
ATS 2015 Conference is being held in Denver on May 15-20.
08:20 EDTLBL Brands volatility flat into Q1 and outlook
L Brands June call option implied volatility is at 21, August is at 23; compared to its 90-day average of 22, suggesting non-directional price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on May 21.
07:49 EDTSREWells Fargo identifies favorite utility names
Wells Fargo says that NextEra Energy (NEE) and Sempra Energy (SRE) have the best growth opportunities in the utility space as well as proven management teams, and are well-positioned to exploit long-term trends. ITC Holdings (ITC) has reached an attractive entry point, and, to a degree, offers a near-term hedge against an interest rate increase, according to the firm. Edison International (EIX) and Xcel Energy (XEL) are underappreciated regulated utilities, added Wells.
06:05 EDTCOFCapital One reports April net charge-off rate 3.66% vs. 3.63% last month
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05:50 EDTPFGPrincipal Financial initiated with a Neutral at Goldman
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May 14, 2015
09:35 EDTBMRNBioMarin management to meet with Jefferies
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06:25 EDTPFGStandard Chartered seeks buyers for Hong Kong pension unit, Reuters reports
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May 12, 2015
18:12 EDTSTISenate proposes to ease 'systemically important' bank designation, FT says
Senate bank committee chairman Richard Shelby has introduced legislation that would increase the "systemically important bank" threshold from $50B to $500B, reports the Financial Times, citing draft legislation. The report notes that SunTrust (STI), Regions Financial (RF), Citizens Financial (CFG), Fifth Third (FITB), and Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) may benefit from the change if the bill passes. Some bankers believe the potential change could lead to renewed interest in mergers within the sector, adds the Financial Times. Reference Link
16:29 EDTGPREPoint72 Asset Management reports 5% passive stake in Green Plains
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14:13 EDTSTIBove says it may be time to buy bank stocks
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09:26 EDTNVSNovartis Animal Health issued FDA warning letter over marketing materials
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08:07 EDTSTISunTrust to hold a conference
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08:04 EDTARCOArcos Dorados reports Q1 EPS (13c), one estimate 3c
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06:58 EDTLPLApple examines new nano material touch panels, ETNews reports
Apple (AAPL) is planning to example nano new material on touch panels, reports ETNews. The company expects the new technology to raise sense of touch and decrease cost. According to unnamed sources, Apple requested AgnW touch-panel samples that is verified for mass-production from LG Display (LPL), Samsung Display (SSNLF), Japan Display and other suppliers. Reference Link
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