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January 29, 2014
10:00 EDTARO, CVGI, VMW, PDCE, CIT, SWFT, WMT, DATA, SBH, IBKR, ITW, IBKC, FSL, EA, CRZO, CAM, AAL, MODOn 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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October 21, 2014
14:34 EDTVMWEarnings Preview: EMC reports after HPQ merger talks said to end
EMC Corporation (EMC) is expected to report third quarter earnings before the bell on Wednesday, October 22, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. EMC provides software, hardware and IT services to business customers through its three federated businesses: EMC Information Infrastructure, Pivotal and VMware Virtual Infrastructure, which is represented by EMC’s majority equity stake in VMware (VMW). VMware is expected to report on its own third quarter results after the bell on Tuesday, October 21, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. EXPECTATIONS: For EMC, analysts are looking for earnings per share of 46c on revenue of $6.0B. The consensus range is 44c-49c for EPS and $5.91B-$6.16B for revenue, according to First Call. Along with its last earnings report, EMC raised its FY14 adjusted EPS view to $1.91 from $1.90 and guided to FY14 revenues of $24.58B. Analysts consensus for FY14 EPS and revenue currently stand at $1.91 and $24.55B. For VMware, analysts are looking for earnings per share of 83c on revenue of $1.5B. The consensus range is 81c-85c for EPS and $1.48B-$1.52B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: EMC reported Q2 adjusted EPS of 43c, which matched the consensus expectation. EMC's revenue of $5.9B came in slightly ahead of the $5.83B consensus projection. EMC also accelerated its 2014 share buyback plan, stating that it now expects to repurchase an aggregate of $3B of the company's common stock in 2014. VMware reported Q2 EPS of 81c, versus consensus of 79c, on revenue $1.46B, versus consensus of $1.44B. NEWS: VMware held its "VMWorld 2014" conference from August 24-28, during which the company updated its 2015 guidance. VMware's guidance for revenue growth in the mid teens percentage level and margin expansion of up to one percentage point is positive, RBC Capital analyst Matthew Hedberg wrote in a note to investors on August 26. The same day Cowen analyst Gregg Moskowitz wrote that VMware's FY15 revenue guidance would "likely weigh modestly" on the stock, even though he was not surprised by the outlook. Less than two weeks ago, Elliott Management sent a letter to the board of directors of EMC Corporation detailing its recommendations on the right path forward for EMC, in which Elliott holds a stake. Elliott believes that EMC’s Federation structure obscures enormous value at the company and that the board and management should pursue pathways to recognize this value, including a separation of VMware from Core EMC and/or various M&A opportunities, Elliott wrote. In response, EMC said its directors regularly review and evaluate the company's strategy with a view towards enhancing shareholder value. "Over the past few months, EMC's leadership has met with representatives of Elliott several times and has listened carefully to their ideas, as we do with all of our shareholders," the company said. Last week, HP (HPQ) announced the resumption of its share repurchase program after Reuters reported the company's merger talks with EMC had ended. HP had suspended the buyback program due to "possession of material non-public information." The tech giant said that day that it is "no longer in possession of such information." During September, Re/code reported, citing sources familiar with Oracle's plans, that the company was not interested in acquiring EMC. Meanwhile, Cisco (CSCO) CEO John Chambers also said last month at a Wall Street Journal breakfast that his company is not among the potential merger partners for EMC. Chambers said a deal between the two companies would have been done a "year or two ago" were it to happen, according to Reuters. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after its last earnings report, Brean Capital raised its price target on EMC to $33 from $30, citing the company's aggressive capital return strategy, encouraging core Storage dynamics and potential pent up demand. Tigress Financial, however, downgraded EMC to Buy from Strong Buy, citing valuation. Additionally, VMware estimated that its total available market would reach more than $60B in 2017, versus its estimate last year of a $50B+ total addressable market by 2016, Moskowitz noted. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, EMC shares are up 1% to $27.22, while VMware is fractionally higher at $87.79. Over the last three months, EMC shares have declined almost 4%, while VMware's stock is down about 5.5% in that same time frame.
13:30 EDTVMWVMware October weekly 88 straddle priced for 7.2% move into Q3
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09:31 EDTAALEagle Materials, GenCorp mentioned positively by Lerner, Bloomberg reports
Chesapeake Partners' Traci Lerner is said to have mentioned Eagle Materials (EXP), GenCorp (GY), Barnes & Noble (BKS) and American Airlines (AAL) as stocks she likes, according to Bloomberg, citing comments made by Lerner at the Robin Hood Conference.
08:07 EDTITWIllinois Tool Works raises FY14 EPS view to $4.57-$4.65 from $4.50-$4.62
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08:07 EDTITWIllinois Tool Works sees Q4 EPS $1.07-$1.15, consensus $1.13
Sees Q4 revenue flat due to currency translation effects, consensus $3.64B.
08:04 EDTITWIllinois Tool Works reports Q3 EPS $1.28, consensus $1.23
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07:30 EDTAALU.S. airlines raise domestic one-way fares by $2 on average, Reuters reports
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October 20, 2014
15:36 EDTITWNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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07:42 EDTWMTWal-Mart de Mexico reports Q3 net income 4.87B pesos vs. 5.12B pesos last year
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06:12 EDTSWFTSwift Transport upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup
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October 17, 2014
16:55 EDTWMTStocks end volatile week lower amid oil price plunge
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14:24 EDTVMWVMware October weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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11:31 EDTAALStocks with call strike movement; AAL TSLA
American Airlines (AAL) January 38 call option implied volatility decreased 5% to 52, Tesla (TSLA) January 60 call option implied volatility decreased 3% to 50 according to IVolatility.
10:43 EDTAROUrban Outfitters slumps after warning on continued retail sales weakness
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10:23 EDTWMTWal-Mart volatile in mixed trading as it nears 52-week lows
The shares have been trading in a dollar range, but with multiple sweeps higher and lower this morning as price nears the 52-week low at $72.27. At the current price of $73.74, next support is at $73.03, the session low. Resistance is at $74.18, the high of the day.
10:00 EDTPDCEOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AK Steel (AKS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... AMD (AMD) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at Pacific Crest... Atlantic Power (AT) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at BMO Capital... Basic Energy (BAS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... BorgWarner (BWA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... CA Technologies (CA) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Calumet Specialty Products (CLMT) upgraded to Outperform at Wells Fargo... DHT Holdings (DHT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore... Exelon (EXC) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Goldman Sachs (GS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Helmerich & Payne (HP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Hilton (HLT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Hyatt Hotels (H) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... IPG Photonics (IPGP) upgraded at Stifel... ITC Holdings (ITC) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Manpower (MAN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Avondale... Nabors Industries (NBR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Newpark Resources (NR) upgraded at Cowen... Old Dominion (ODFL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... PDC Energy (PDCE) upgraded at SunTrust... Patterson-UTI (PTEN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... PrivateBancorp (PVTB) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... QLogic (QLGC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Summit Research... RPC, Inc. (RES) upgraded at Cowen... Sonoco (SON) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at DA Davidson... Southwestern Energy (SWN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... SunEdison (SUNE) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... TSMC (TSM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Tesco (TESO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... UnitedHealth (UNH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink... Xilinx (XLNX) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo.
07:48 EDTPDCEPDC Energy upgraded at SunTrust
As previously reported, SunTrust upgraded PDC Energy to Buy from Neutral. The firm upgraded shares based on relative valuation, expectations for more well results and a strong program out of Utica, and potential data from the Wattenberg field. Price target lowered to $57 from $67.
06:56 EDTSWFTSwift Transport added to short-term buy list at Deutsche Bank
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06:45 EDTPDCEPDC Energy upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust
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05:39 EDTEASeptember NPD video game software sales fell 36%, says Piper Jaffray
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