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January 29, 2014
10:00 EDTARO, MOD, PDCE, WMT, IBKR, FSL, CAM, CVGI, CIT, DATA, ITW, EA, AAL, VMW, SWFT, SBH, IBKC, CRZOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Aeropostale (ARO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... American Airlines (AAL) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Cameron (CAM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... Carrizo Oil & Gas (CRZO) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Electronic Arts (EA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Freescale (FSL) upgraded to Strong Buy from Buy at Needham... IBERIABANK (IBKC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Illinois Tool Works (ITW) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Interactive Brokers (IBKR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Sally Beauty (SBH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Tableau Software (DATA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Wal-Mart (WMT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Swift Transport (SWFT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... CIT Group (CIT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham... PDC Energy (PDCE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka... VMware (VMW) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Commercial Vehicle Group (CVGI) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at RW Baird... Modine Manufacturing (MOD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird.
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March 16, 2015
09:19 EDTFSLFreescale downgraded to Hold from Buy at Drexel Hamilton
06:16 EDTWMTWal-Mart to sell Tide rival Persil in stores, WSJ reports
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March 13, 2015
16:24 EDTAROOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:33 EDTAROOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday after data showed that U.S. wholesale prices unexpectedly declined in February for a fourth straight month. The Dow has lost more than 200 points, giving back most of what it had gained yesterday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the producer price index decreased 0.5% in February, versus expectations for a gain of 0.3%. The "core" PPI, which excludes food and fuel, also declined 0.5%. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment index dropped to 91.2 in the preliminary reading for March, which was down from February's 95.4 reading and below the 95.5 consensus forecast. The Baker Hughes U.S. rig count for the week of March 13 is expected at 1:00 pm EDT. Outside the U.S., Russia's central bank cut its key interest rate by one percentage point to 14%. COMPANY NEWS: Herbalife (HLF) shares advanced nearly 13% after The Wall Street Journal reported last night that the FBI and Manhattan's federal attorney's office are investigating whether the stock has been manipulated. In response, Pershing Square Capital's Bill Ackman said his firm is not aware of any statements that it has made that are untrue, nor is it aware of any unlawful conduct on its part or by any consultants that it has hired, in relation to Herbalife, which Ackman reiterated he believes is a pyramid scheme. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the noteworthy advancers was NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), which gained 4% after Needham initiated coverage of with a Strong Buy and $140 price target. Also of note, the U.S. International Trade Commission agreed to investigate certain electronic products with near field communication systems made by Dell that NXP claims infringe its patents. Also higher was El Pollo Loco (LOCO), which rose 12.5% after the restaurant operatorís quarterly results surpassed consensus estimates. Among the noteworthy losers was Whiting Petroleum (WLL), which slid 8.5% following a report from Reuters that said the company may look to sell certain assets, not the whole company as had previously been suggested by media reports. Also lower following its earnings reports was teen apparel retailer Aeropostale (ARO), which fell more than 17%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 211.25, or 1.18%, to 17,683.97, the Nasdaq was down 44.12, or 0.9%, to 4,849.17, and the S&P 500 was down 20.01, or 0.97%, to 2,045.94.
10:00 EDTCAM, PDCEOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:25 EDTAROOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: FXCM (FXCM), up 15.8%... El Pollo LoCo (LOCO), up 9.9%... Ulta Salon (ULTA), up 7.1%... Hibbett Sports (HIBB), up 5.1%... Ann Inc (ANN), up 5.5%... Spectrum Pharmaceuticals (SPPI), up 2.9%. ALSO HIGHER: Herbalife (HLF), up 5.1% following a Wall Street Journal report that federal prosecutors are investigating potential stock manipulation... Mobileye (MBLY), up 4.7% after being upgraded at Goldman... NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), up 1.7% after being initiated with a Strong Buy at Needham. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Aeropostale (ARO), down 13.2%... CTI BioPharma (CTIC), down 7.7%... Civeo (CVEO), down 3.4%. ALSO LOWER: Galena Biopharma (GALE), down 10.4% after announcing public offering of common stock and warrants... Whiting Petroleum (WLL), down 7.6% following a report from Reuters that explains that the company looks to sell certain assets instead of the whole company... Continental Building (CBPX), down 7.5% after 5M share Spot Secondary priced at $19.70.
08:30 EDTFSLNXP Semiconductors initiated at Needham
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08:06 EDTAROAeropostale still lacks a path to profitability, says Goldman
Following the Q1 report, Goldman said Aeropostale's fundamentals remain weak and still has no clear path to profitability. The firm said the markdown rate is improving, but is not enough, and negative free cash flow will make renegotiation of its revolver, expiration September 2016, more difficult. Shares are Neutral rated with a $3 price target.
07:49 EDTEAVideo game hardware sales up 10% in February, software up 7%, Game Informer says
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06:12 EDTCAMCameron initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup
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05:42 EDTEAFebruary video game software sales rose 7%, says Piper Jaffray
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March 12, 2015
19:25 EDTAROOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:48 EDTPDCEPDC Energy initiated with an Outperform at Cowen
Target $65.
16:11 EDTAROAeropostale down 4.1% after reporting quarterly results
16:10 EDTAROAeropostale plans to open one store, remodel about 13 stores in FY15
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16:09 EDTAROAeropostale sees Q1 EPS (61c)-(53c), may not compare to consensus (36c)
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16:07 EDTAROAeropostale reports Q4 adjusted EPS 1c, consensus (3c)
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15:27 EDTARONotable companies reporting after market close
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10:06 EDTAROHigh option volume stocks
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07:48 EDTWMTMcCormick downgraded at Bernstein
As noted earlier, Bernstein downgraded McCormick (MKC) to Market Perform from Outperform. The firm downgraded the stock based on the discounts that Wal-Mart (WMT) is placing on the company's 5th Season brand. Target remains $81.
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