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February 3, 2014
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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October 1, 2015
09:16 EDTNSCNorfolk Southern upgraded to Outperform from Peer Perform at Wolfe Research
Wolfe upgraded Norfolk Southern to Outperform and established a $91 price target on share. Analyst Peter Gennari expects Norfolk to return to double digit growth next year as coal headwinds moderate, new management delivers results, and potential for some shareholder activism.
08:00 EDTGSSecurity Traders Association to hold a conference
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07:09 EDTGSGoldman's Cohn in spotlight with Blankfein fighting lymphoma, WSJ says
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05:36 EDTMAMasterCard initiated with an Outperform at Cowen
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September 30, 2015
17:43 EDTNOCNorthrop Grumman awarded $3.2B government contract
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16:32 EDTNVDANVIDIA announces game streaming service GeForce NOW
NVIDIA announced its "GeForce NOW" game streaming service for the company's SHIELD line of gaming devices. The company remarked, "Forget waiting for hours for games to download. Stream the latest titles from our powerful cloud-gaming supercomputers in an instant. With our streaming technology, epic games... are never more than 30 seconds away." GeForce NOW membership is priced at $7.99 per month with the first three months free and 50 games offered at launch. The service arrives on October 1 in North America, Europe, and Japan. Reference Link
12:32 EDTGSRepsol sells part of piped gas unit for $728M, Reuters reports
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12:26 EDTNSCRails advance after Goldman says rate of volume declines improving
Shares of railroad operators are advancing after Goldman Sachs moved its Rails coverage view to Attractive from Neutral. WHAT'S NEW: In a note to investors, Goldman Sach's Tom Kim and team said while rail volumes continue to contract, the rate of change has begun to improve and the firm sees this as an early inflection indicator. The negatives in the rail sector appear to be well known as the sector has been under "significant" selling pressure since peaking in the fourth quarter of 2014, added Goldman Sachs. The firm sees structural improvement in the profitability of the rail sector as operating margins for 2015 are estimated to have expanded to 35% from 29% in 2010. Goldman thinks the negative earnings per share revisions cycle for rails is over and that investor expectations are achievable. The firm sees earnings as a catalyst for sector performance and believes carloads will grow again in 2016 with 4% year-over-year growth in intermodal. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Kim upgraded Canadian Pacific (CP) to Buy from Neutral and reiterated its Buy rating on Union Pacific (UNP). The firm sees upside potential for Canadian National Railway (CNI), CSX (CSX), Kansas City Southern (KSU), and Norfolk Southern Corporation (NSC), but it maintained its Neutral ratings on those names as the firm expects these stocks to trade in-line with its broader Transportation coverage universe. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, shares of Canadian Pacific are up nearly 3%, while Union Pacific is higher by almost 1%. CSX is advancing 2.2%, while Canadian National Railway, Kansas City Southern, and Norfolk Southern Corporation are each up over 1%.
10:33 EDTPANWBattleground: Analysts agree Barracuda shares 'cheap,' diverge on ratings
The shares of Barracuda Networks (CUDA) are falling after the company reported lower than expected revenue and provided weaker than expected guidance. Research firms Piper Jaffray and JPMorgan both said that the shares are cheap in the wake of their huge decline today, though Piper downgraded the shares and JPMorgan kept an Overweight rating on the stock. Barracuda provides IT security and storage solutions, primarily for small and medium businesses. WHAT'S NEW: Barracuda last night reported second quarter earnings per share of 10c, versus analysts' consensus estimate of 9c. The company's revenue, however, came in at $78.4M, below the consensus outlook of $78.7M. Moreover, the company lowered its fiscal 2016 EPS guidance to 34c-36c from 36c-41c. Analysts' consensus estimate was 39c. Barrcuda cut its full-year revenue guidance to $320M-$323M, from $325M-$330M. Analysts' consensus estimate was $325M. The company said that its Q2 results were negatively impacted by longer sales cycles in its Europe, Middle East, and Africa region and it warned that it "saw some evidence" of slowing growth in the storage market. It also stated that its gross billings came in below its expectations. ANALYST REACTION: Piper Jaffray analyst Andrew Nowinski responded to Barracuda's results by downgrading the stock to Neutral from Overweight. Although Barracuda blamed its lower than expected billings guidance on weakness in its storage business, its security billings increased only by high single digit percentage levels, the analyst stated. The shares are "cheap," but the valuation is not compelling enough to recommend the stock, contends Nowinski, who cut his price target for shares to $20 from $40. Barracuda was also downgraded at Macquarie and at Stephens this morning.Conversely, JPMorgan analyst Sterling Auty called Barracuda shares "too cheap to ignore." The company lowered its billings guidance partly due to worries about slowing storage market growth, as indicated by an industry report released last quarter, said Auty. However, the growth of Barracuda's storage business actually accelerated last quarter, reaching about 25%, the analyst stated. He believes that Barracuda's new guidance reflects the company's efforts to be "prudent." Auty cut his price target on the name to $30 from $42 but kept an Overweight rating on the shares. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other publicly traded companies in the IT security space include Check Point (CHKP), F5 Networks (FFIV), FireEye (FEYE), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Palo Alto (PANW), Proofpoint (PFPT), Qualys (QLYS) and Symantec (SYMC). PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Barracuda tumbled 33% to $15.90.
08:45 EDTNVDANVIDIA price target raised to $30 from $28 at JMP Securities
JMP Securities increased its price target on NVIDA (NVDA) after Microsoft's (MSFT) cloud platform began offering NVIDIA's Grid 2.0 GPU virtualization solutions, JMP says that Microsoft's move "paves the way for broader Cloud adoption and further entrenchment of Nvidia Quadro solutions." The firm reiterates an Outperform rating on the stock.
08:08 EDTNSCRails sector upgraded to Attractive from Neutral at Goldman
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08:02 EDTPANWTrustwave and Palo Alto announce strategic alliance
Trustwave and Palo Alto announced a strategic alliance designed to bring next-generation managed security services to global, multi-national businesses and government agencies. Under the terms of the agreement, Trustwave has become a global member of the Palo Alto Networks NextWave partner program to provide managed security services for the Palo Alto Networks security platform.
07:46 EDTGSFed liftoff may be more turbulent for banks than expected, WSJ says
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07:18 EDTGSSecurities Industry and Financial Markets Association to hold a forum
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06:22 EDTORLYStarboard expected to disclose 3.7% stake in Advance Auto Parts, WSJ reports
Starboard Value is expected to announce that it has built up a 3.7% stake in Advance Auto Parts (AAP) at an investment conference in Toronto today, The Wall Street Journal reports. According to a presentation reviewed by the publication, Starboard has already met with Advance Auto's management and is urging the company to drive margins higher and improve operations. Starboard believes Advance Auto is lagging behind AutoZone (AZO) and O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY) in profit margins. Reference Link
September 29, 2015
13:34 EDTNVDAGoogle announces Pixel C high-end Chromebook tablet
Google (GOOG) announced the Pixel C, a high-end Chromebook tablet featuring a magnetically-attached keyboard. The device uses a 10.2-inch screen, an NVIDIA (NVDA) Tegra X1 processor, and USB-C "quick charge" technology. The tablet itself will launch at $499 for the 32gb model and $599 for the 64gb version, while the keyboard will retail separately for $149. The devices will be available in time for the holidays, Google noted.
12:26 EDTCOGCabot Oil & Gas backs FY15 production growth view 10%-18%
Information from company slides presentation.
09:31 EDTGSRe/code to hold a discussion
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09:26 EDTPPLWolfe Research to hold a conference
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09:22 EDTGSMorningstar to hold a conference
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