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February 3, 2014
09:59 EDTGS, CCNE, RDC, PVA, ASGN, WFM, IMO, PHM, PANW, ORLY, MA, YDKN, PGNX, PPL, NSC, LPNT, ARG, NTAP, COLB, NOC, NVDA, COGOn 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.
News For ARG;COG;COLB;LPNT;NVDA;NTAP;NSC;NOC;ORLY;ASGN;PPL;PANW;PVA;PGNX;PHM;RDC;YDKN;IMO;CCNE;MA;WFM;GS From The Last 14 Days
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March 20, 2015
09:02 EDTNOCUS Air Force Sustainment Center and Northrop enter into partnership agreement
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08:31 EDTARGAirgas now sees Q4 y/y organic growth of 1%-2% vs. 6%-7% prior view
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08:31 EDTARGAirgas says organic sales growth has been 'disappointing' in Q4
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08:30 EDTARGAirgas cuts Q4 EPS view to $1.13-$1.16 from $1.25-$1.30, consensus $1.27
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08:18 EDTLPNTLeerink healthcare services analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
Healthcare Services Analyst Gupte discusses Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) and the proposed pay-fors and implications For Healthcare Services on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on March 20 at 11 am.
07:19 EDTRDCWhite House expected to unveil fracking rules today, WSJ says
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March 19, 2015
18:11 EDTRDCRowan Companies reports February fleet activity
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16:10 EDTNOCNorthrop Grumman wins recompete for DISA task order
Northrop Grumman has been awarded a task order by the Defense Information Systems Agency, or DISA, to continue its lead role on the Acropolis and Sensor Operations program - a capability that protects DISA-managed networks from cyber-attack and provides global cyber situational awareness for these networks. The award is worth up to $73.6M over four years.
11:53 EDTGSU.S. banks face headwinds in unloading oil loans, WSJ says
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10:05 EDTLPNTLifePoint enters into 10b5-1 trading plan
In a regulatory filing, LifePoint reports that effective March 17, it entered into a trading plan in accordance with Rule 10b5-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 as amended, under which the company may repurchase its shares at times when it would not ordinarily be in the market due to the company’s trading policies or possession of material non-public information. This plan has been established pursuant to, and as part of, the company’s stock repurchase program, which is effective through October 1, of which $75M remained available as of March 16. The plan will expire on May 5, unless terminated earlier.
07:35 EDTWFMKroger price target raised to $90 from $80 at Deutsche Bank
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06:42 EDTGSAllianz hedges stake in China Pacific Insurance, Reuters says
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06:06 EDTGSSunrun powers up for IPO later this year, WSJ reports
Sunrun, a solar-energy company, is said to be working with Credit Suisse (CS) and Goldman Sachs (GS) on a potential IPO for later this year, sources tell The Wall Street Journal, which adds that the company was valued at $1.3B as of March 2014. Other solar companies that have gone public in recent years include residential solar installers like Vivint Solar (VSLR), backed by Blackstone (BX), and SolarCity (SCTY), backed by Tesla's (TSLA) Elon Musk. Reference Link
March 18, 2015
13:13 EDTCOGAnalyst recommends buying top E&P names before crude finds its bottom
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09:57 EDTWFMWhole Foods Markets calls active on renewed takeover chatter
Whole Foods Markets March 53, 54 and April 55 calls are active on 8K contracts (1K puts) on renewed takeover chatter. March call option implied volatility is at 38, April is at 25, May is at 30; compared to its 26-week average of 27 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for larger near term price movement.
09:43 EDTWFMRumor: Whole Foods active on renewed takeover chatter
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07:27 EDTGSFreeport seeks funding from Blackstone, Apollo, Reuters says
Freeport McMoRan (FCX) has hired Goldman Sachs (GS) and Barclays (BCS) to find private equity firms willing to finance certain of its energy projects and asset developments, reports Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter. Freeport is in talks with Blackstone (BX), Apollo (APO), and Warburg Pincus about a potential partnership. The sources say the firm may be seeking "several billion dollars," though discussions are in "very early" stages. Reference Link
07:21 EDTCOGE&P stocks should be bought on weakness, says Stifel
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06:27 EDTNVDATesla CEO calls autonomous cars 'solved,' says Tesla will be leader, WSJ says
Tesla (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk believes self-driving cars are "a solved problem... we know exactly what to do and we will be there in a few years," reports the Wall Street Journal, citing statements given at the Nvidia (NVDA) graphical processor conference Tuesday. Musk added that "I think [Tesla] will be the leader in autonomous cars that you can actually buy." The Journal notes that Nvidia will make its autonomous car development platform available in May to researchers and car makers. Reference Link
06:09 EDTGSGoldman Sachs prices 6M shares of specialty lending arm, WSJ reports
According to a source, late yesterday, Goldman Sachs priced 6M shares of Goldman Sachs BDC, its specialty lending arm, at $20 per share with the shares set to begin trading today, The Wall Street Journal reports. Shares of Goldman Sachs BDC will trade under the ticker symbol "GSBD." Reference Link
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