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January 15, 2014
10:00 EDTARG, HTZ, BBBY, RBA, TITN, WSO, UN, TMK, TAM, SPH, STCK, SJR, REGN, PL, MHFI, PETM, XONE, CRUS, APOOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Airgas (ARG) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Cirrus Logic (CRUS) downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at Pacific Crest... ExOne (XONE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... McGraw Hill Financial (MHFI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Benchmark Co... PetSmart (PETM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Protective Life (PL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Regeneron (REGN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Shaw Communications (SJR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Stock Building Supply (STCK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Suburban Propane (SPH) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Taminco (TAM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Torchmark (TMK) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Unilever (UN) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Watsco (WSO) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Titan Machinery (TITN) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Cantor... Ritchie Bros. (RBA) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Cantor... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Gilford Securities... Hertz (HTZ) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Apollo Global (APO) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer.
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September 23, 2014
07:10 EDTBBBYBed Bath & Beyond downgraded to Market Perform at William Blair
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06:02 EDTTAMTaminco downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
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05:46 EDTBBBYBed Bath & Beyond downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair
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September 22, 2014
18:01 EDTMHFIMcGraw Hill Financial to sell McGraw Hill Construction to Symphony Tech Group
McGraw Hill Financial announced it has agreed to sell McGraw Hill Construction to Symphony Technology Group, a strategic private equity firm based in Palo Alto, California, for $320M in cash. The transaction, which is expected to close during the fourth quarter, is subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions. In March, McGraw Hill Financial announced it was exploring strategic alternatives for McGraw Hill Construction, a leading provider of essential data, news and insights to better inform construction professionals' decisions in the United States. Evercore Partners acted as a financial advisor to McGraw Hill Financial in this transaction.
10:15 EDTSPHOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Actavis (ACT) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Aetna (AET) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Auxilium (AUXL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... CARBO Ceramics (CRR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee... Commerzbank (CRZBY) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Concur (CNQR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... Dresser-Rand (DRC) downgraded to Neutral from Accumulate at Global Hunter... Finish Line (FINL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... General Communications (GNCMA) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Drexel Hamilton... InvenSense (INVN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Las Vegas Sands (LVS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Lindsay Corp. (LNN) downgraded at Sterne Agee... Melco Crown (MPEL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Outerwall (OUTR) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at B. Riley... PSEG (PEG) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Realogy (RLGY) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Regal-Beloit (RBC) downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at Global Hunter... SABMiller (SBMRY) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Bernstein... Saba Software (SABA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... Suburban Propane (SPH) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Swiss Re (SSREY) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Towers Watson (TW) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Valmont (VMI) downgraded at Sterne Agee... Walgreen (WAG) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Watts Water (WTS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... Wynn Resorts (WYNN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Yahoo (YHOO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill.
07:31 EDTBBBYBed Bath & Beyond Q2 results likely similar to recent quarters, says UBS
UBS said it expects Bed Bath & Beyond's Q2 results to "look a lot like" its recent quarters, reflecting a modest comp sales increase and ongoing gross margin pressure. The firm maintains its Neutral rating and $62 price target on the stock.
06:11 EDTPETMPetSmart appoints Helen Wallace as Chief Accounting Officer
PetSmart appointed Helen Wallace as Chief Accounting Officer and principal accounting officer. Ms. Wallace is expected to assume her responsibilities on or about October 6. Prior to joining the company, Ms. Wallace served as Senior Vice President, Finance / Principal Accounting Officer of Designer Shoe Warehouse.
05:29 EDTSPHSuburban Propane downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo downgraded Suburban Propane to Market Perform citing valuation and keeps a $44-$47 price target range for shares.
05:17 EDTREGNRegeneron announces EYLEA injection approved for myopic CNV treatment in Japan
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September 20, 2014
22:05 EDTUNClorox turned down offer to sell or merge with rival, NY Post says
In the last three to six months consumer packaged-goods company Clorox (CLX) turned down an offer from a rival interested in a sale or merger, says the NY Post, citing sources. The NY Post added that logical suitors for Clorox include Church & Dwight (CHD), Procter & Gamble (PG), Jarden (JAH) and Unilever (UN,UL). Reference Link
September 19, 2014
11:19 EDTRBARitchie Bros. to sell diverse railroad equipment at auction in Chicago
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11:06 EDTBBBYBed Bath and Beyond weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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08:11 EDTCRUSTriQuint chip among those in iPhone 6 Plus, iFixit reports
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08:05 EDTHTZHertz says China partner IPOs in Hong Kong
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08:03 EDTCRUSInvenSense, NXP, RF Micro chips included in iPhone 6, iFixit reports
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September 18, 2014
12:22 EDTTMKMedical records from Torchmark unit stolen, sold online, KrebsonSecurity says
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11:54 EDTRBARitchie Bros. management to meet with Barrington
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10:40 EDTBBBYPier 1 Imports falls to 12-month low after weak Q2, lowered outlook
Shares of home furnishings retailer Pier 1 Imports (PIR) hit a 12-month low after the company's second quarter results fell below analysts' consensus estimates and it reduced its fiscal 2015 earnings per share outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Pier 1 Imports reported Q2 EPS of 10c on revenue of $418.6M, missing analysts' consensus estimates of 14c and $426.02M, respectively. Same-store-sales for the quarter were up 4.5%. The retailer lowered its FY15 EPS outlook to 95c-$1.05 from $1.14-$1.22. Analysts' consensus estimates for FY15 EPS prior to the earnings report was $1.13. The company sees FY15 SSS in the mid-to-high single digits and gross profit, as a percentage of sales, are expected to be 40.5%-41.5%. Pier 1 Imports CEO Alex Smith said that he foresees online sales to surpass $400M in 2016. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the company's conference call, Pier 1 Imports said that it expects to see improving merchandise margins in coming quarters with fewer coupons. The company noted plans to continue returning cash to shareholders in the form of dividends and share buybacks. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, Wells Fargo analyst Matt Neemer downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Market Perform from Outperform. He feels that the stock will be a difficult one to own in the medium term as the retailer moves towards a multi-channel approach. Neemer believes that the company has a difficult journey ahead as it cuts broad-based discounters, and he feels that consumers will take time to get accustomed to the new messaging. He cut his price target range to $15-$16 from $19-$20 for the company. Barclays analyst Alan Rifkin downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Equal Weight from Overweight due to slow revenue growth and heightened promotions. He feels that that the "soft" revenues could continue. He believes that the company's elongated online profitability pipeline and increased promotions are certain to be a burden on the business in ways that the company had not initially thought. Rifkin said that growing the top line will be even harder in the absence of promotions. He reduced his price target for shares to $14 from $18. Argus analyst Christopher Graja downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Hold from Buy due to the company's lower than anticipated Q2 earnings. He feels that in terms of the home furnishings market, companies such as Williams-Sonoma (WSM), Home Depot (HD) and Lowe's (LOW) are more "resilient" for shareholders. Pier 1 Imports was also downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Pier 1 Imports fell $2.63, or 16.99%, to $12.90. Including today's pull back, the stock is down approximately 45.2% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the home furnishings space include Restoration Hardware (RH), and Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY).
September 17, 2014
17:09 EDTXONENovel Century Ventures reduces passive stake in ExOne to 9.68% from 15.46%
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09:50 EDTBBBYBed Bath & Beyond 2H guidance appears optimistic, says Cleveland Research
Cleveland Research checks indicate Bed Bath & Beyond Q2 sales trends remain flattish to up 1%, similar to Q1. The firm believes 2H guidance is too optimistic, especially for FY comps of +3%. The analyst remains cautious on shares and expect margin pressures to continue. Shares are Neutral rated.
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