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February 3, 2014
09:59 EDTGS, PVA, PGNX, PHM, RDC, YDKN, IMO, CCNE, MA, WFM, PANW, PPL, ASGN, ORLY, COG, COLB, LPNT, NVDA, NTAP, NSC, NOC, 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 18, 2014
07:41 EDTORLYO'Reilly Automotive downgraded at Stifel
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06:21 EDTGSCTW Investment asks SEC to probe Walgreen's meetings, NY Post says
CTW Investment Group has asked the SEC to investigate private meetings that top Walgreen (WAG) executives held with investors to reincorporate overseas for tax reasons, reports the New york Post. The pension advisor is raising questions about whether Walgreen's meetings with Goldman Sachs (GS), Jana Partners, Och-Ziff and Corvex broke fair disclosure rules. Reference Link
06:06 EDTORLYO'Reilly Automotive downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel
July 17, 2014
12:15 EDTNTAPSanDisk plummets after Q3 revenue outlook disappoints
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10:00 EDTCOGOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:47 EDTGSAdvanced Emissions provides operations update
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08:08 EDTCOGCabot Oil & Gas initiated with a Market Perform at FBR Capital
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07:46 EDTWFMWhole Foods share price could get worse before it gets better, says UBS
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07:37 EDTMAVisa MasterCard underperformance creates buying opportunity, says Oppenheimer
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07:21 EDTPANWPalo Alto price target raised to $105 from $90 at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest increased its price target on Palo Alto as the firm touts what it sees as the company's strong fundamentals, fastest ramping profitability in enterprise IT and emerging opportunities. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:10 EDTPVAPenn Virginia outlook has improved, says Stifel
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06:00 EDTGSGoldman Sachs implied volatility of 15 at lower end of index mean range
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July 16, 2014
17:36 EDTCOGCabot Oil & Gas initiated with a Hold at Canaccord
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13:06 EDTPANWIT security stocks advance after upbeat Goldman note
Shares of a number of IT security stocks are rallying after Goldman Sachs wrote that it was upbeat on the sector in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: Goldman Sachs analyst Matthew Niknam assumed coverage of the Security Software sector with an Attractive rating. Cyber threats have become larger and more costly, so many companies are increasing the amount of money they spend on IT security, Niknam wrote. Spending on security is increasing by the highest rate since 2010, the analyst estimated. Companies in the sector should see their free cash flow growth accelerate, while cash rich tech companies could become interested in carrying out M&A transactions with security vendors, the analyst predicted. Additionally, more mature companies in the sector should be able to buy back more of their shares going forward, Niknam believes. He identified Palo Alto (PANW) as his top pick in the space, as he believes that the company provides "the most unique blend of disruptive long-term growth and accelerating profitability." The company is poised to gain additional market share, while its growth going forward should beat expectations, Niknam stated. He raised his price target on the shares to $97 from $91 and kept a Conviction List-Buy rating on the stock. Meanwhile, the analyst upgraded another stock in the sector, FireEye (FEYE), to Buy from Neutral after assuming coverage of the shares. The company's status as the market leader in fighting Advanced Persistent Threats, or APTs, leaves it well-positioned in the current market, he contended. An IT survey indicates that most respondents plan to increase their APT-related spending, and 59% of the respondents say they plan to spend more money on solutions from a new vendor, Niknam reported. Furthermore, FireEye's revenue growth likely accelerated in Q2 and its revenue should beat expectations in 2014 and 2015, while the company's free cash flow should come in above consensus levels next year, Niknam predicted. FireEye may eventually be acquired by another company, according to Niknam, who raised his price target on the shares to $42 from $36. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Niknam initiated coverage of Proofpoint (PFPT) with a Buy rating as he predicted that the company's growth and free cash flow would beat expectations in the near-term and he believes that the company could also become a takeover target. The analyst started coverage of Fortinet (FTNT) with a Neutral rating. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Palo Alto climbed 3% to $78.36, FireEye rose 3.5% to $34.99, Proofpoint climbed 3.6% to $34.46, and Fortinet rose 1% to $24.24.
10:51 EDTLPNTHospitals advance after HCA preliminary results beat expectations
Shares of a number of hospital stocks are rising after one of the companies in the sector, HCA Holdings (HCA), preannounced stronger than expected second quarter results. WHAT'S NEW: HCA Holdings estimated that its Q2 EPS would come in at $1.07, versus analysts' consensus forecast of 92c. The hospital operator estimated that its Q2 revenue would be $9.23B, versus the consensus estimate of $8.86B. Moreover, HCA hiked its fiscal 2014 EPS guidance, excluding certain items, to $4.00-$4.25 from its prior view of $3.45-$3.75. The company added that its same facility admissions had risen 1.2% during Q2 versus the same period a year earlier, while same facility revenue per equivalent admission is expected to jump about 5.4%. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, Wells Fargo analyst Gary Lieberman stated that it's possible that the Affordable Care Act was responsible for most of the amount by which the company's EPS beat the consensus outlook. As a result, he thinks that the company's full-year guidance appears "rather conservative." The analyst kept an Outperform rating on HCA shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Community Health (CYH) surged 8% to $46, Tenet (THC) rallied 7.5% to $48.33, Universal Health (UHS) climbed 5% to $96.44, and LifePoint (LPNT) advanced 6% to $65.06, and HCA Holdings gained 7.8% to $59.50.
10:00 EDTPANWOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: American Airlines (AAL) initiated with an Overweight at Atlantic Equities... Apple (AAPL) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Basic Energy (BAS) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Brookdale Senior Living (BKD) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... CA Technologies (CA) initiated with a Market Perform at FBR Capital... Dresser-Rand (DRC) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Fortinet (FTNT) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... Frank's International (FI) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Home Bancorp (HBCP) initiated with an Outperform at Fig Partners... Key Energy (KEG) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... McDermott (MDR) initiated with a Neutral at Tigress Financial... ORBCOMM (ORBC) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Oil States (OIS) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... PBF Energy (PBF) initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays... Palo Alto (PANW) assumed with a Conviction Buy at Goldman... Proofpoint (PFPT) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... Qlik Technologies (QLIK) initiated with a Market Perform at FBR Capital... Radius Health (RDUS) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Seventy Seven Energy (SSE) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Superior Energy (SPN) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Tandem Diabetes (TNDM) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair... Trecora Resources (TREC) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... Ultragenyx (RARE) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... United Natural Foods (UNFI) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Viper Energy (VNOM) initiated with a Market Perform at Northland... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) initiated with a Buy at Tigress Financial.
09:59 EDTLPNTHCA Holdings guidance increase looks conservative, says Wells Fargo
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09:35 EDTLPNTHospitals rally after HCA Holdings boosts outlook
After HCA Holdings (HCA) raised its outlook for the year, peers Community Health (CYH), Tenet (THC), Universal Health (UHS) and LifePoint Hospitals (LPNT) are strongly to the upside in early trading.
05:53 EDTWFMWhole Foods implied volatility of 42 at upper end of index mean range
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05:52 EDTPANWPalo Alto assumed with a Conviction Buy at Goldman
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