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February 3, 2014
09:59 EDTORLY, MA, YDKN, PGNX, PPL, GS, CCNE, RDC, PVA, ASGN, WFM, IMO, PHM, PANW, NTAP, COLB, NOC, NVDA, COG, NSC, LPNT, ARGOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Airgas (ARG) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at First Analysis... Cabot Oil & Gas (COG) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Columbia Banking (COLB) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... LifePoint Hospitals (LPNT) upgraded to Buy from Fair Value at CRT Capital... NVIDIA (NVDA) upgraded to Neutral from Negative at Susquehanna... NetApp (NTAP) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Norfolk Southern (NSC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Northrop Grumman (NOC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Drexel Hamilton... O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at ISI Group... On Assignment (ASGN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... PPL Corp. (PPL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Palo Alto (PANW) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Penn Virginia (PVA) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays... Progenics (PGNX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... PulteGroup (PHM) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Rowan Companies (RDC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Yadkin Financial (YDKN) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Imperial Oil (IMO) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at Scotia Capital... CNB Financial (CCNE) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Boenning & Scattergood... MasterCard (MA) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Whole Foods (WFM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Goldman Sachs (GS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim.
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July 24, 2015
05:49 EDTNTAPStocks with implied volatility movement; NTAP JNPR
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05:45 EDTPANWProofpoint price target raised to $80 from $70 at Summit Research
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July 23, 2015
18:21 EDTPANWOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
Stocks began the session mixed on the heels of weak earnings reports from both Caterpillar (CAT) and 3M (MMM). The Nasdaq managed to spend most of the day in positive territory but joined the other averages in negative territory by mid-afternoon. Selling picked up momentum towards late afternoon, and by day’s end each of the averages were lower by more than 0.4%, with the Dow losing nearly 0.7%. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims fell to 255,000 in the week ended July 18, below the 278,000 first-time claims that were expected. The Leading Economic Indicators advanced 0.6% in June, exceeding expectations for a 0.3% increase. In Asia, the Shanghai Composite index advanced for a sixth straight session, adding another 2.4%. In Europe, the Greek Parliament voted to accept creditor terms for a new bailout, though a decision on when to reopen Greek financial markets was deferred to next week. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of General Motors (GM) finished the session up 3.96% to $31.50 after reporting earnings per share above analyst expectations. Other notable names rising following earnings reports include SanDisk (SNDK), Under Armour (UA), Southwest (LUV)... Caterpillar, meanwhile, dropped $2.86, or 3.59%, to $76.90 after cutting its yearly guidance during this morning's earnings report, with the company noting a "relatively stagnant" global economy. Also lower following earnings were Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK), Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY), Dunkin Brands (DNKN), and Boston Scientific (BSX). MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Cigna (CI), which rose $3.29, or 2.18%, to $154.36 after the Wall Street Journal reported last night that Anthem (ANTM) is nearing a deal to acquire the company for roughly $187, representing a total transaction value of over $48B. Adding to that report, CNBC's David Faber said on Thursday morning that Anthem will announce an agreement Friday to purchase Cigna for $188 per share, at a 45% equity, 55% cash split. Also higher were shares of numerous IT security companies, with FireEye (FEYE) advancing 4.53% and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) adding 2.33% after earnings reports from security firms Fortinet (FTNT) and F5 Networks (FFIV) beat on both top and bottom lines. Fortinet and F5, meanwhile, finished Thursday's session up 10.71% and 7.75% to $46.83 and $127.68, respectively. Among the noteworthy losers following earnings was McDonald's (MCD), which edged down 0.52% to $97.10 after noting that Q2 global comparable sales fell 0.7% for the quarter, including a 2% decline in U.S. same-store sales. Also lower was Hertz (HTZ), which declined 8.53% to $16.45 following a downgrade to Underweight at Morgan Stanley, with the research firm citing increased competition from Uber and similar mobility services. INDEXES: The Dow fell 119.12, or 0.67%, to 17,731.92, the Nasdaq lost 25.36, or 0.49%, to 5,146.41, and the S&P 500 declined 12.00, or 0.57%, to 2,102.15.
15:05 EDTCOGNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include AbbVie (ABBV), consensus $1.06... Biogen (BIIB), consensus $4.10... Simon Property Group (SPG), consensus $2.36... State Street (STT), consensus $1.37... V.F. Corp. (VFC), consensus 36c... Johnson Controls (JCI), consensus 91c... American Airlines (AAL), consensus $2.60... Rockwell Collins (COL), consensus $1.30... Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), consensus 4c... Lear (LEA), consensus $2.48... Encana (ECA), consensus (15c).
14:17 EDTMAEarnings Watch: Visa reports after 'top pick' mention by Bernstein
Visa (V) is expected to report third quarter results after the close on July 23, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Visa is a global payments technology company. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 59c on revenue of $3.36B. EPS consensus ranges 54c-65c on a revenue range of $3.32B-$3.41B, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: On April 30, Visa reported second quarter EPS of 63c against expectations for 62c, and reported revenue of $3.41B versus estimates of $3.34B. During its quarterly conference call, the company noted that "we're now looking at Q3 fully diluted EPS being 6c-8c lower than analyst's current expectations," adding that results are likely to be pressured by higher client incentives. Visa executives also disclosed expectations for a "meaningful step-up" in Q3 expense growth, with a number of marketing and technology initiatives having shifted towards the latter half of the year. PEERS: American Express (AXP) reported quarterly earnings after the close on July 22, with earnings above consensus estimates but revenue somewhat below expectations, noting a "significant" impact from a stronger U.S. dollar on international operations. NEWS: On May 8, Bloomberg reported that Visa was in preliminary talks to acquire Visa Europe for $15B-$20B, according to sources. On June 3, Visa and FireEye (FEYE) announced a strategic partnership to co-develop tools and services to protect against cyber attacks targeting payment data. On June 5, the Wall Street Journal reported that, due to Visa and MasterCard (MA) having finalized their card-security technology, Google's (GOOG) Android Pay will not be earning any transaction fees from credit-card issuers, and on June 17, Reuters reported that a U.S. appeals court affirmed that American Express can no longer block businesses from steering customers towards competitor cards, such as those of Visa. STREET RESEARCH: On May 19, Pacific Crest's Josh Beck shifted his preference to MasterCard from Visa, though he noted that the shift was simply due to Visa's outperformance over the past year. On May 20, Bernstein noted that the risk/reward ratio for both Visa and MasterCard looks positive, with the companies offering secular growth, "compelling" business models, and modest risk. More recently on July 14, Bernstein named Visa among its "Vintage Values 2016" list, citing the company's U.S. acquirer price increase and expectations that the Visa Europe put option will be exercised this year. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Visa have fallen just under 1% to $71.41 ahead of Thursday's earnings report.
11:54 EDTNTAPOptions with increasing call volume
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11:32 EDTPANWIT security stocks climb after Fortinet, F5 beat expectations
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11:03 EDTNTAPNetApp call activity attributed to takeover speculation
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10:56 EDTNTAPRumor: NetApp strength attributed to takeover speculation
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10:40 EDTGSGoldman Sachs July weekly calls active
Goldman Sachs July 215 and 217.5 weekly calls are active on total call volume of 10K contracts (1K puts). July weekly call option implied volatility is at 18, August and October is at 16; compared to its 52-week range of 15 to 28. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for near term price movement.
08:14 EDTCOLBColumbia Banking declares special cash dividend of 16c per share
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08:13 EDTCOLBColumbia Banking reports Q2 EPS 38c, consensus 43c
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07:01 EDTYDKNYadkin Financial reports Q2 EPS ex-items 38c, consensus 38c
Reports Q2 book value per share $17.28 vs. $15.98 a year ago. Reports Q1 net charge-off $920K vs. $494K in Q1. Annualized net charge-offs were 0.12% of average loans vs. 0.07% in Q1.
06:56 EDTGSBarber Foods possible $2B sale delayed due to chicken recall, NY Post says
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06:35 EDTPHMPulteGroup reports Q2 EPS 28c, consensus 26c
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06:09 EDTGSGoldman Sachs implied volatility of 15 at lower end of index mean range
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July 22, 2015
15:26 EDTPHMNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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15:01 EDTMAEarnings Watch: American Express reports after several 'top pick' mentions
American Express (AXP) is expected to report second quarter earnings after the close on July 22, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. American Express is a global financial services company specializing in credit card and pre-paid card products and services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.32 on revenue of $8.46B. The consensus range is $1.23-$1.41 for EPS and $8.29B-$9.01B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: On April 16, American Express reported first quarter EPS of $1.48 against expectations for $1.37, and revenue of $7.95B versus estimates of $8.21B. The company reported ROE of 29% and guided towards flat to modestly down FY15 EPS as it ramps investments to offset the March 2016 expiration of its Costco (COST) partnership. NEWS: On May 12, American Express authorized the repurchase of up to 150M company shares while also raising its dividend 12% to 29c per share. During the Bernstein Strategic Decisions Conference on May 28, company executives remarked that a "range" of co-brand deals would be coming up for American Express, adding that the loss of the Costco contract was not the "be-all, end-all" for the company. On June 17, Reuters reported that a U.S. appeals court affirmed a prior ruling that American Express can no longer block businesses from steering customers towards competitor cards, such as those of Visa (V) or Mastercard (MA). STREET RESEARCH: On April 27, Nomura downgraded American Express to Neutral from Buy, citing minimal upside to 2015 and 2016 estimates amid a lack of near-term catalysts. Meanwhile, Bernstein upgraded the stock to Outperform from Market Perform on May 6. On May 18, Deutsche Bank reiterated a Buy rating and $90 price target on American Express shares, saying it sees a $750M-$850M annual revenue opportunity through the "Plenti" loyalty program coalition. On June 2, Bernstein said it expects credit card volumes to grow 10%-12% annually over the next five years, adding that American Express, Capital One (COF) and Synchrony Financial (SYF) are its favorites in the sector. Following meetings with American Express executives, Citi called American's risk/reward ratio "attractive" on June 4, and on July 8, Deutsche Bank said it was positive on credit card stocks going into second quarter earnings, with American Express named a top pick. PRICE ACTION: Shares of American Express are near flat to $78.96 ahead of Wednesday's earnings report.
09:02 EDTNOCHarris awarded $15M submarine sensor contract
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08:35 EDTNOCCompanies' Low Cost Terminal project completes Critical Design Review stage
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