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July 15, 2014
10:00 EDTTTHI, STX, PSG, KITE, GOOG, ENSV, ARDX, WDC, SPN, PLUG, NYRT, INTC, GPRO, ECR, URI, SSYS, PF, MDXG, HEES, EPZM, CXP, YHOOOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Ardelyx (ARDX) initiated with an Outperform at Wedbush... Columbia Property Trust (CXP) initiated with an Equal-Weight at... Eclipse Resources (ECR) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Enservco (ENSV) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair... Epizyme (EPZM) initiated with a Buy at H.C. Wainwright... GoPro (GPRO) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... Google (GOOG) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... H&E Equipment (HEES) initiated with an Outperform at Avondale... Intel (INTC) initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital... Kite Pharma (KITE) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... MiMedx (MDXG) initiated with a Buy at Needham... New York REIT (NYRT) initiated with an Equal-Weight at Evercore... Performance Sports Group (PSG) initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson... Pinnacle Foods (PF) reinstated with a Neutral at Goldman... Plug Power (PLUG) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Seagate (STX) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Stratasys (SSYS) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Superior Energy (SPN) initiated with an In-Line at Imperial Capital... Transition Therapeutics (TTHI) initiated with a Buy at H.C. Wainwright... United Rentals (URI) initiated with an Outperform at Avondale... Western Digital (WDC) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Yahoo (YHOO) initiated with a Market Perform at FBR Capital.
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July 23, 2015
06:05 EDTGOOGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GOOG LOCK
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July 22, 2015
23:09 EDTGOOGFormer MTV executive joins YouTube as VP of originals, Variety says
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19:02 EDTURIOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:21 EDTURIUnited Rentals lowers FY15 revenue view to $5.8B-$5.9B from $6B-$6.1B
Consensus $6B. Lowers FY15 adjusted EBITDA view to $2.8B-$2.85B from $2.95B-$3B. Free cash flow view of $725M-$775M is unchanged.
16:19 EDTURIUnited Rentals announces new $1B share repurchase program
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16:18 EDTURIUnited Rentals reports Q2 adjusted EPS $1.95, consensus $1.74
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15:26 EDTURINotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Qualcomm (QCOM), consensus 95... American Express (AXP), consensus $1.32... Texas Instruments (TXN), consensus 65c... Las Vegas Sands (LVS), consensus 61c... Crown Castle (CCI), consensus $1.06... Discover Financial (DFS), consensus $1.32... Tractor Supply (TSCO), consensus $1.11... SanDisk (SNDK), consensus 33c... SL Green Realty (SLG), consensus $1.56... Xilinx (XLNX), consensus 54c... Weatherford (WFT), consensus (12c)... F5 Networks (FFIV), consensus $1.60... United Rentals (URI), consensus $1.74... Fortinet (FTNT), consensus 9c... LaSalle Hotel (LHO), consensus 89c... Oceaneering International (OII), consensus 68c... Cheesecake Factory (CAKE), consensus 62c.
14:51 EDTINTCEarnings 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.
13:06 EDTGOOGCompetitors ask EU to probe Google ad technology market practices, FT says
Several of Google's (GOOG) rivals, including OpenX and AppNexus, which is part owned by WPP (WPPGY) and Microsoft (MSFT), have suggested that the European Union investigate the internet giant, claiming it may be unlawfully stifling competition in the market for advertising technology, the Financial Times reports. The companies' grievances relate to the way in which Google bundles its advertising technology products through contracts that may discourage or even prevent customers from using competitors' services, the report says. The companies in question have submitted documents to the EU expressing concern over the issue but have not submitted an official complaint, the report adds. Reference Link
12:32 EDTYHOOOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday as slides in a number of big name tech stocks following their earnings reports dominated the news flow and largely dictated the market's direction. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the FHFA home price index rose 0.4% to 222.8 in May, as expected. Existing home sales rose 3.2% to a 5.49M rate in June, better than the 0.9% increase that was expected. In Europe, the European Central Bank reportedly raised the cap on Greece's Emergency Liquidity Assistance by EUR900M to EUR90.4B, according to Bloomberg. COMPANY NEWS: The tech sector has been weak, headlined of course by a 5% pullback in shares of Apple (AAPL) after iPhone shipments in the just completed quarter and the company's sales forecast for the new quarter missed estimates. Adding to the negative tone in tech stocks, and contributing further to the decline in the Nasdaq, was the 3% drop seen in Microsoft (MSFT) shares after its quarterly report as well as Yahoo's (YHOO) 1% decline after its revenue outlook missed the consensus forecast... Shares of Boeing (BA) and Coca-Cola (KO) fared better than Dow peer Apple after each reported better than expected sales and profits, though neither stock was moving far from where they closed yesterday's trading. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Thoratec (THOR), which rose 10% after the company agreed to be acquired by St. Jude Medical (STJ) for $3.4 billion in cash, or $63.50 per share. St. Jude shares advanced fractionally after the deal, which had been foreshadowed by media reports yesterday, was announced. Also higher following their earnings reports were Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), which gained 10%, Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), which advanced 8% and Whirlpool (WHR), which was up 6%. Among the noteworthy losers were a number of suppliers to Apple that declined in tandem with the tech giant after it reported a sequential drop in iPhone sales. Skyworks Solutions (SWKS), Cirrus Logic (CRUS), Qorvo (QRVO) and NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) were among the many semiconductor stocks that slid following Apple's report. Also sharply lower was antibody-based therapeutics maker XOMA (XOMA), which plunged more than 73% and was downgraded to Neutral at Piper Jaffray after a Phase III trial of its gevokizumab drug in patients with Behcet's disease uveitis did not meet its primary endpoint. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 82.22, or 0.46%, to 17,837.07, the Nasdaq was down 42.68, or 0.82%, to 5,165.44, and the S&P 500 was down 6.93, or 0.33%, to 2,112.28.
12:01 EDTGPROGoPro price target raised to $85 from $80 at FBN Securities
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08:48 EDTGPROGoPro price target raised to $70 from $63 at Baird
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07:59 EDTGPROGoPro price target raised to $63 from $56 at Citi
Citi analyst Jeremy David raised his price target for GoPro to $63 and keeps a Neutral rating on the stock following the action camera maker's Q2 results. Results and guidance were better than expected on strong international expansion and new product launches, David tells investors in a research note. Nonetheless, no product refresh in September and no consumer drone for Christmas could lead to an "air pocket in demand," the analyst cautions.
07:31 EDTYHOOYahoo price target lowered to $51 from $54 at JPMorgan
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06:41 EDTGPROGoPro price target raised to $72 from $68 at Piper Jaffray
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06:41 EDTGOOGLG denies rumors that Google will take 35% stake, Korea Herald reports
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06:15 EDTINTC, GOOGGoogle's updated Glass to be foldable, more weather-resistant, 9to5Google says
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06:08 EDTGOOGSony to create drone company to offer services for business customers, WSJ says
Sony (SNE) plans to create a drone company to offer services like inspecting aged infrastructure and surveying land that is difficult to access, The Wall Street Journal reports. The drone company, Aerosense, will be created in a joint venture with ZMP Inc, a Tokyo startup which specializes in autopilot technology. Amazon (AMZN) and Google (GOOG) are currently researching the use of drones for package delivery, the report notes. Reference Link
05:58 EDTGPROGoPro price target raised to $71 from $65 at Barclays
Barclays analyst Joseph Wolf raised his price target for GoPro shares to $71 from $65 following the action camera maker's Q2 results. In a research note titled "The growth story continues," Wolf told investors that the quarterly earnings report supports his upgrade of GoPro last week. The company's margin expansion and international growth story should continue in the second half of 2015, Wolf writes. He reiterates an Overweight rating on GoPro. The stock is trading up $1.91 to $63.95 in the pre-market.
05:29 EDTGOOGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; WMB GOOG
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