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March 4, 2014
10:01 EDTTIVO, TEN, MNST, FTNT, AAP, SC, LADR, DWA, DSPG, PG, INFI, EL, DPS, CCE, AVP, GTAT, CL, CLX, ARGS, ENR, KO, CHDOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Argos Therapeutics (ARGS) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Avon Products (AVP) initiated with a Sell at UBS... Church & Dwight (CHD) initiated with a Buy at UBS... Clorox (CLX) initiated with a Sell at UBS... Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) initiated with a Neutral at UBS... Coca-Cola (KO) initiated with a Neutral at UBS... Colgate-Palmolive (CL) initiated with a Buy at UBS Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) initiated with a Neutral at UBS... Energizer (ENR) initiated with a Sell at UBS... Estee Lauder (EL) initiated with a Buy at UBS... GT Advanced (GTAT) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... Infinity Pharmaceuticals (INFI) initiated with an Underperform at Wedbush... Ladder Capital (LADR) initiated with an Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Monster Beverage (MNST) initiated with a Buy at UBS... Procter & Gamble (PG) initiated with a Neutral at UBS... Santander Consumer USA (SC) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo... Tenneco (TEN) initiated with a Buy at UBS... DSP Group (DSPG) initiated with a Buy at Dougherty... Advance Auto Parts (AAP) initiated with an Equal Weight at Stephens... TiVo (TIVO) initiated with a Buy at Topeka... DreamWorks Animation (DWA) initiated with a Hold at Topeka... Fortinet (FTNT) coverage assumed with an Outperform at Wedbush.
News For ARGS;AVP;CHD;CLX;CCE;KO;CL;DPS;ENR;GTAT;EL;INFI;LADR;MNST;PG;SC;TEN;DSPG;AAP;TIVO;DWA;FTNT From The Last 14 Days
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August 19, 2015
11:48 EDTKOCoca-Cola makes minority investment in Suja, Suja says in blog
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August 18, 2015
10:00 EDTEL, AAPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:51 EDTFTNTFireEye called top-tier security vendor in new upgrade
Shares of FireEye (FEYE) are getting a boost after Imperial Capital highlighted the company's "significant progress" when upgrading its rating on the name. California-based FireEye is a provider of cybersecurity solutions. UPGRADE: Imperial Capital analyst Michael Kim upgraded FireEye to Outperform from In-Line this morning in a note to investors, citing a favorable risk/reward at current share levels. The stock trades at the lower valuation end of similar high-growth security vendors, Kim tells investors in a research note. He believes FireEye is making "significant progress" on driving higher sales productivity and margin expansion. Ramping global adoption of the company's platform has made FireEye a top-tier security vendor, Kim argues. He raised his price target for shares to $55 from $45.50. NOT ALONE: Kim is not alone in recommending stocks in the cybersecurity space. Analysts at Piper Jaffray and Wells Fargo last week highlighted security names that they view as attractive investments. CyberArk Software (CYBR), Barracuda Networks (CUDA) and Fortinet (FTNT) were among the stocks recommended by the firms. Piper Jaffray analyst Andrew Nowinski said the recent pullback in the sector is an attractive buying opportunity. Stocks with the most attractive valuations include Barracuda, CyberArk, Fortinet and Palo Alto Networks (PANW), he told investors last week. Wells Fargo analyst Gray Powell last week upgraded Israel-based CyberArk to Outperform from Market Perform saying the company's billings growth as well as its sales and marketing efficiencies are "exceeding peers by a wide margin. HACKS CONTINUE: High-profile cyber attacks continue with the Internal Revenue Service yesterday raising the number of accounts that were compromised in a data breach earlier this year. In May, the IRS revealed that 114,000 tax accounts through its "Get Transcript" application were exposed to thieves. Yesterday, the agency said a recent review revealed approximately 220,000 additional tax accounts may have been breached, bringing the total number of victims up to 334,000. Shares of FireEye are up 56c to $44.21 in early trading. CyberArk is up 13c to $60.06 while Proofpoint (PFPT), a company focused on securing email communication, is up 16c to $65.06.
09:06 EDTELEstee Lauder upgraded to Outperform following selloff at Telsey Advisory
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08:36 EDTAAPAdvance Auto Parts upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus
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07:43 EDTELEstee Lauder long-term outlook still favorable, says Stifel
After Estee Lauder reported higher than expected Q4 earnings but in-line sales and provided lower than expected EPS guidance, Stifel says that the guidance miss was due to investments that the company plans to make to drive its sales. The firm thinks that sales growth is the company's most important metric, and calls the company's Q4 results "solid." It thinks the company remains well-positioned to gain share, and it keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
07:06 EDTELEstee Lauder weakness creates buying opportunity, says Bernstein
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06:38 EDTELEstee Lauder upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Telsey Advisory
August 17, 2015
16:53 EDTELOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
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14:27 EDTFTNTIRS says cyber attack larger than originally thought, AP says
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13:30 EDTELOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session deep in negative territory after a disappointing Empire Manufacturing report. The data got the market off to a weak start as optimism over last week's finish began to fade. The averages continued to drift in a narrow range for the opening hour before reversing and capturing the opening losses. Each of the major equity indices is now back in positive territory sporting slight gains across the board. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Empire State manufacturing index plunged to -14.92 in August after rebounding to 3.86 in July from June's -1.98. The consensus estimate was 4.75, and the surprising drop puts the index at its lowest point since April 2009. The employment component slid to 1.82, while new orders crashed to -15.70. Meanwhile, the U.S. NAHB homebuilder sentiment index rose to 61 in August from 60 in June and and is the highest since November 2005. The single family sales index edged up to 66 versus a revised 65 last month, while the index of prospective buyer traffic improved to 45 versus 43 previously. In Europe, various Eurozone parliaments prepare to vote on Greece's new EUR86B bailout plan this week. COMPANY NEWS: Liberty Interactive (QVCA) announced this morning an agreement to acquire zulily (ZU) for $18.75 per share in a deal valuing the online shopping site at $2.4B, driving zulily shares up more than 47% in intraday trading. The acquisition will be attributed to Liberty's QVC Group tracking stock, though QVC and zulily will be operated as separate consumer facing brands. On a conference call discussing the acquisition, Liberty Interactive executives noted that the "highly efficient" deal will allow Liberty to reach a younger base. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers AVEO Oncology (AVEO), which rose roughly 50% after announcing a license agreement with Novartis (NVS) for the development and commercialization of AVEO's AV-380 drug and related antibodies. Also higher was Kite Pharma (KITE), which advanced roughly 5.4% after clarifying that an earlier patient death in its Phase 1/2 KTE-C19 trial for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma was unrelated to Kite's therapy. Additionally, shares of Target (TGT) have gained roughly 10c despite lingering in negative territory early Monday after the company promoted CFO John Mulligan to the newly created role of EVP and COO and appointed Cathy Smith as EVP and CFO. Prior to joining Target, Smith served as EVP and CFO at St. Louis-based Express Scripts (ESRX). Among the noteworthy losers was KKR (KKR), which lost roughly 2.4% after Samson Resources announced a restructuring agreement late Friday, adding that it expects to file for bankruptcy within 30 days. Also lower was Estee Lauder (EL), which declined nearly 6.5% after its quarterly guidance missed analysts' estimates. INDEXES: Near midday, The Dow was up 65.11, or 0.37%, to 17,542.51, the Nasdaq gained 34.73, or 0.69%, to 5,082.96, and the S&P 500 advanced 8.80, or 0.42%, to 2,101.03.
10:25 EDTELEstee Lauder says impact of TV ads 'moderating,' impact of digital 'growing'
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10:14 EDTELEstee Lauder says 'open' to further acquisition opportunities
Says emerging markets remain major growth engines. Says global prestige beauty "dynamic." Says accelerating expansion in key countries like Turkey, China. Expects U.K. business to remain robust. Says strategic view of opportunities "unchanged." Sees topline growth of 6%-8% annually in constant currency, double digit EPS growth. Sees rapid expansion in emerging markets, will selectively increase penetration in developed markets. Says "open" to further acquisition opportunities. Expects the four acquisitions made in FY15 to be slightly dilutive for next few years. Sees improved performance across all working capital drivers. Sees FY16 tax rate 29%-30%, CapEx at approx. 5% of sales. Says reviews capital structure annually with board, doesn't see any major changes this year. Says has room to grow dividend. Comments made on the Q4 earnings conference call. Estee Lauder is down 2.8% to $86.33 in morning trading.
10:10 EDTELHigh option volume stocks
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09:26 EDTELOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: AVEO (AVEO), up 119.7% after announcing licensing agreement with Novartis (NVS)... OHR Pharmaceutical (OHRP), up 24.9% after Soros reports new stake in company in 13F filing... Kite Pharma (KITE), up 4.6% after saying patient death unrelated to KTE-C19... Tesla (TSLA), up 5.5% after price target raised to $465 from $280 at Morgan Stanley... Mobileye (MBLY), up 2.7% after price target raised to $80 from $71 at Morgan Stanley... J.C. Penney (JCP), up 1.5% after being initiated with a Buy at B. Riley and Piper Jaffray raised its price target to $17 from $15. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Estee Lauder (EL), down 2.1% after reporting quarterly results and giving guidance for first quarter and fiscal 2016. ALSO LOWER: KKR (KKR), down 3.3% after Samson enters restructuring deal and expects to file for bankruptcy within 30 days... Aquinox (AQXP), down 4.7% after Lloyd Mackenzie, vice president - Technical Operations and Planning, disclosed late Friday the sale of 35,887 shares worth over $670,000 in a sale related to the exercise of options.
08:31 EDTENREnergizer management to meet with SunTrust
Meeting to be held in St. Louis on August 20 hosted by SunTrust.
07:34 EDTELEstee Lauder sees FY16 EPS $3.10-$3.17, consensus $3.28
Net sales are forecasted to grow between 8% and 10% in constant currency. Reflecting the strength of the U.S. dollar, foreign currency translation is expected to negatively impact sales by approximately 3% to 4% versus the prior-year period. The accelerated retailer orders will affect the comparison between the fiscal 2016 and fiscal 2015 full year sales by approximately 2%. Net sales adjusting for the effect of the accelerated retailer orders are forecasted to grow between 6% and 8% in constant currency. The Company's recent acquisitions are forecast to contribute approximately 50 basis points to the Company's overall sales growth. Acquisitions are estimated to dilute earnings per share by approximately 5c. The approximate 3% to 4% negative currency impact on the sales growth equates to about 18c of earnings per share. On a constant currency basis and adjusting for the effect of the accelerated retailer orders, diluted earnings per share are expected to grow between 8% to 10%.
07:33 EDTELEstee Lauder sees Q1 EPS 66c-69c, consensus 81c
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07:31 EDTELEstee Lauder reports Q4 EPS 40c, consensus 34c
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August 16, 2015
12:23 EDTCL, PGTrouble ahead for Procter & Gamble, others as Chinese yuan falls, Barron's says
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