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January 29, 2014
10:00 EDTDATA, ITW, EA, AAL, VMW, SWFT, SBH, IBKC, CRZO, ARO, MOD, PDCE, WMT, IBKR, FSL, CAM, CVGI, CITOn 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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December 10, 2014
05:34 EDTAALAmerican Airlines upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
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December 9, 2014
12:30 EDTCRZOWells Fargo to hold a symposium
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09:38 EDTCAMActive equity options trading
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09:21 EDTPDCEOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: AutoZone (AZO), up 3.8%... Burlington Stores (BURL), up 3.3%. ALSO HIGHER: bluebird bio (BLUE), up 56.5% after price target raised at Piper Jaffray and SunTrust... Camtek (CAMT), up 6.7% after being awarded a $2.8M order from a semiconductor manufacturer... PDC Energy (PDCE), up 5.8% after providing fiscal 2015 production guidance... Mast Therapeutics (MSTX), up 3.1% after reporting that it will begin recruiting patients for MST-188 study in first half of fiscal 2015... Idera Pharmaceuticals (IDRA), up 1.4% after announcing data for its lead product candidate, IMO-8400. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: UTi Worldwide (UTIW), down 10.8%... CONN'S (CONN), down 35.9% after reporting third quarter results, withdrawing fiscal 2015 guidance, stating that there is no timetable set for completion of strategic alternatives, and announcing the departure of its CFO. ALSO LOWER: Apple (AAPL), down 1.6% after Pacific Crest says that weak iPad demand could cause Apple to miss estimates and following a Wall Street Journal report that a judge denied Apple's efforts to throw out iPod pricing lawsuit... Allied Nevada Gold (ANV), down 30.1% after announcing pricing of common stock and warrant offering... United Continental (UAL), down 2.7% after reporting November traffic.
07:45 EDTCITGoldman to hold a conference
U.S. Financial Services Conference is being held in New York on December 9-10.
December 8, 2014
17:32 EDTPDCEPDC Energy outlines 2015-2016 hedge and financial positioning
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17:30 EDTPDCEPDC Energy sees FY15 CapEx about $557M, FY15 production 13.8M-14.5M Boe
PDC's capital budget for 2015 is approximately $557M, a decrease of 14% compared to its 2014 capital budget. The company's 2015 budget includes $526M of development capital and $31M for lease maintenance, exploration and other expenditures. The 2015 capital budget is focused on organic growth opportunities in PDC's Inner and Middle core areas of the Wattenberg Field. The Company estimates net production volumes for 2015 will be between 13.8M-14.5M barrels of oil equivalent and expects production growth throughout the year. The company anticipates a commodity mix of approximately 45% crude oil, 20% natural gas liquids and 35% natural gas. The commodity mix reflects the company's increased focus on allocating capital towards its highest-value drilling opportunities in both the Inner and Middle core areas of the Wattenberg Field. For 2015, the company projects it will drill approximately 90% of its wells in the Inner and Middle Core areas, up from about 67% in those areas in 2014. PDC estimates its 2014 production exit rate to be approximately 32,500 Boe per day and its full-year 2014 production volumes to be within its guidance range of 9.3 to 9.5 MMoe. The Company's 2015 production exit rate is anticipated to be approximately 46,500 Boe per day
16:24 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower amid another drop in crude oil prices, which tumbled to five-year lows. The market opened slightly lower following weaker than expected data from China and Japan, with nothing of note on the domestic calendar to get buyers involved in the dayís activity. Near noon, the averages gained downside momentum and though the market pared its losses several times, it was never able to gain any steam to pull the indexes back into the green. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was released. In Asia, Chinese exports rose 4.7% from a year earlier in November, which missed the consensus estimate for an 8% increase. Chinese imports fell 6.7% from the prior year last month, compared with projections for a 3.8% increase. Additionally, Japan's revised third quarter gross domestic product estimate showed the economy shrank more than initially thought, with growth contracting an annualized 1.9%. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Cubist Pharmaceuticals (CBST) surged $26.24, or 35.29%, to $100.60 after Merck (MRK) agreed to acquire the maker of next-generation antibiotics for $102 per share in cash, or $8.4B and the assumption of $1.1B in debt. A number of other antibiotic makers also climbed, including Tetraphase (TTPH), which rose $2.45, or 8.82%, to $30.24, and Cempra (CEMP), which advanced $1.64, or 11.37%, to $16.06, while shares of Merck finished fractionally higher, adding 39c, or 0.63%, to $61.88 following the deal announcement. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their presentations at the American Society of Hematology, or ASH, annual meeting were Calithera Biosciences (CALA), which gained $2.38, or 22.52%, to $12.95, and Acceleron Pharma (XLRN), which jumped $5.11, or 13.6%, to $42.67. Among the noteworthy losers was McDonald's (MCD), which fell $3.70, or 3.84%, to $92.61 after the Dow member reported a 2.2% decline in global same-restaurant sales in November. Additionally, the fast-food giant warned that its fourth quarter results would be hurt by its sales pressures, supplier issues in China and a stronger U.S. dollar. Also lower were shares of Liquidity Services (LQDT), which plunged $2.77, or 27.0%, to $7.49 after the company disclosed that Wal-Mart (WMT) had terminated a deal to provide it with surplus merchandise. INDEXES: The Dow fell 106.31, or 0.59%, to 17,852.48, the Nasdaq dropped 40.06, or 0.84%, to 4,740.69, and the S&P 500 slipped 15.06, or 0.73%, to 2,060.31.
12:40 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:49 EDTWMTLiquidity Services plunges after Wal-Mart seeks to end supply deal
Shares of Liquidity Services (LQDT) are tumbling after the company disclosed that Wal-Mart (WMT) had terminated a deal to provide it with merchandise. Liquidity Services operates an auction marketplace that features surplus and salvaged items. WHAT'S NEW: Liquidity Services reported after Friday's market close in a regulatory filing that Wal-Mart had decided to stop supplying products to Liquidity Services.The auction company noted that it had previously had the right to purchase certain consumer items that have been removed from Wal-Mart's shelves. However, Wal-Mart, on December 1, reported to the company that it would terminate the deal, effective today. Wal-Mart is alleging that Liquidity Services violated certain requirements of the agreement between the companies, Liquidity Services stated. However, the auction company disputed Wal-Mart's assertions and said it was "evaluating all its options" before determining how to proceed. Liquidity Services indicated that it still expects to meet its guidance for its December quarter results. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, Colin Sebastian, an analyst at research firm Robert W. Baird, predicted that the loss of the contract would have a significant impact on Liquidity Services' results starting in 2015. However, he believes that the extent of the impact on the company's earnings before interest taxes depreciation and amortization will depend on its ability to manage its expenses. The analyst cut his price target on the name to $9 from $12 and kept a Neutral rating on the shares. Meanwhile, Janney Capital analyst Shawn Milne wrote that Liquidity Services had previously disclosed that Wal-Mart accounted for 11% of its gross merchandise volume in fiscal 2014. Milne predicted that the termination of the deal would reduce Liquidity Services' annual EBITDA by less than $10M. He also kept a Neutral rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Liquidity Services sank 25% to $7.70.
10:03 EDTWMTLiquidity Services price target lowered to $9 from $12 at RW Baird
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10:00 EDTITWOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Antero Resources (AR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Apache (APA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Applied Materials (AMAT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Arch Capital (ACGL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... CU Bancorp (CUNB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Calpine (CPN) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Commerzbank (CRZBY) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Keefe Bruyette... EastGroup Properties (EGP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Enbridge Energy Management (EEQ) upgraded to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Enbridge Energy (EEP) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... GasLog (GLOG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Hoegh LNG (HMLP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Illinois Tool Works (ITW) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Global Hunter... LaSalle Hotel (LHO) upgraded at Morgan Stanley... Lufthansa (DLAKY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... NASDAQ (NDAQ) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Newfield Exploration (NFX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Omega Healthcare (OHI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Orange SA (ORAN) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman... SM Energy (SM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Southwest (LUV) upgraded at Goldman... TSMC (TSM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... United Technologies (UTX) upgraded at Bernstein... eBay (EBAY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel.
09:20 EDTWMTLiquidity Services estimate cuts possible on Wal-Mart fight, says Janney Capital
After Liquidity Services (LQDT) disclosed that Wal-Mart (WMT) terminated its return agreement and that the two are now in dispute over the deal, Janney Capital noted Liquidity 's recent 10K filing indicated that Wal-Mart accounted for 11% of FY14 gross merchandise volume, including Commercial Capital assets. Janney estimates the full year EBITDA impact from the contract to be somewhere below $10M, but said there is a potential for further estimate cuts given the dispute. The firm maintains its Neutral rating on Liquidity Services shares.
09:13 EDTWMTLiquidity Services reports Walmart terminates return agreement
Liquidity Services (LQDT) had previously acquired from ILJ Enterprises its business of purchasing closeouts, excess merchandise and customer returns for resale to retailers, wholesalers, and other third parties and consumers. In connection with the acquisition, the company, through one of its subsidiaries, assumed ILJís rights and obligations with Wal-Mart Stores (WMT). Under the Wal-Mart agreement, Liquidity Services has the exclusive right to purchase certain consumer products from Wal-Mart that have been removed from the sales stream of Wal-Martís retail operations. On December 1, Wal-Mart provided Liquidity Services written notice terminating the Wal-Mart Agreement, effective December 8. The termination notice alleges that the company failed to comply with certain provisions under the Wal-Mart agreement with respect to service level requirements and restrictions on the disposition of merchandise, Liquidity disclosed in a regulatory filing late Friday. The company disputes these allegations and is contesting the termination of the agreement with Wal-Mart. The company had been in negotiations with Wal-Mart to address Wal-Martís failure to honor the companyís exclusive right to purchase selected merchandise from Wal-Mart but was unable to reach a satisfactory resolution. The company is currently evaluating all of its options, reserves all rights with respect to this matter and will continue to seek appropriate relief from Wal-Mart for its failure to honor the companyís exclusive rights to purchase selected merchandise and any related actual damages the company has incurred. The company does not believe that the purported termination of the Wal-Mart Agreement will result in the company being unable to meet its financial guidance for its first fiscal quarter ending December 31, 2014, Liquidity Services stated.
08:04 EDTAALAmerican Airlines reports November revenue passenger miles down 0.5% to 16.2B
American Airlines's total revenue passenger miles for the month were 16.2B, down 0.5% versus November 2013. Total capacity was 20.8B available seat miles, up 0.9% versus November 2013. Total passenger load factor was 77.7% for the month of November, down 1.1 points versus November 2013. The company expects its fourth quarter consolidated passenger revenue per available seat mile to be approximately down one percent to up 1%. In addition, the company continues to expect its fourth quarter pretax margin excluding special charges to be approximately 10%-12%.
07:56 EDTITWIllinois Tool Works price target raised to $110 from $95 at Stifel
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07:40 EDTPDCEMany E&P target prices lowered at SunTrust
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07:28 EDTDATAFBN Securities to hold a bus tour
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07:07 EDTITWIllinois Tool Works upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Global Hunter
Global Hunter upgraded Illinois Tool Works to Buy based on strong 2015 guidance, shareholder returns, and operating leverage. Price target raised to $111 from $92.
07:05 EDTIBKCIBERIABANK agrees to acquire Georgia Commerce Bancshares
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