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November 5, 2012
10:01 EDTHGG, TGT, NRG, MSG, ENB, BRO, WPZ, QCOM, MNKD, HES, EPB, ARO, STT, PRGO, MON, GCO, CBSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Aeropostale (ARO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Brown & Brown (BRO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee... CBS (CBS) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Disney (DIS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... El Paso Pipeline (EPB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Enbridge (ENB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Genesco (GCO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Hess Corp. (HES) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Global Hunter... Madison Square Garden (MSG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Maxim... MannKind (MNKD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Monsanto (MON) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Monness Crespi... NRG Energy (NRG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Perrigo (PRGO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington... Qualcomm (QCOM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... State Street (STT) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Evercore... Target (TGT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Williams Partners (WPZ) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... hhgregg (HGG) upgraded to Above Average from Average at Caris.
News For ARO;BRO;CBS;EPB;ENB;GCO;HES;MSG;MON;MNKD;NRG;PRGO;QCOM;TGT;STT;WPZ;HGG From The Last 14 Days
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August 25, 2015
09:47 EDTMONSeveral Monsanto shareholders opposed to Syngenta pursuit, CNBC reports
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07:07 EDTAROAeropostale August weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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August 24, 2015
15:01 EDTTGTWyndham slips after FTC given go-ahead for data breach lawsuit
Shares of Wyndham (WYN) have slipped in afternoon trading after an appeals court ruled that the FTC can sue the company over its allegedly poor cybersecurity practices. WHAT'S NEW: According to a Reuters report of court proceedings, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia has ruled that the FTC may proceed with its lawsuit against Wyndham over data breaches in 2008 and 2009, saying the hotel company failed to take reasonable steps to protect customer information. Wyndham's allegedly lackluster data protection policies constitute "unfair and deceptive trade practices," granting the Federal Trade Commission authority to step in, said Judge Thomas Ambro. FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez commented, "It is not only appropriate, but critical, that the FTC has the ability to take action on behalf of consumers when companies fail to take reasonable steps to secure sensitive consumer information," according to the report. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Today's ruling comes in the wake of numerous high-profile "hack attacks," with American Airlines (AAL), Anthem (ANTM), United Airlines (UAL) and Target (TGT) all reporting digital security breaches in recent years. Though no final verdict has been reached in the case between the FTC and Wyndham, Judge Ambro may have established the beginnings of a legal precedent potentially allowing the Commission to sue companies for not going far enough to protect consumer data and Chairwoman Ramirez appeared to share that broader tone. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Wyndham are down about 4% in intraday trading. Cybersecurity firms FireEye (FEYE) and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) are down roughly 2% and 2.7% for the afternoon.
13:17 EDTTGTTarget to pay $2.8M to resolve EEOC discrimination finding
Target has agreed to pay $2.8M to resolve a Commissioner's charge of discrimination which was investigated in the Minneapolis Area Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC. Based on the investigation, EEOC found reasonable cause to believe that three employment assessments formerly used by Target disproportionately screened out applicants for exempt-level professional positions based on race and sex. The tests were not sufficiently job-related and consistent with business necessity, and thus violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, EEOC found. In addition, EEOC found that one of the assessments Target formerly used in its hiring process also violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. The EEOC determined that this particular assessment performed by psychologists on behalf of Target was a pre-employment medical examination. Employers are prohibited by the ADA from subjecting applicants to medical examinations prior to an offer of employment. EEOC found that Target also committed record-keeping violations by failing to maintain records sufficient to assess the impact of its hiring procedures. EEOC's investigation revealed that thousands were adversely affected when Target used these assessments in its hiring process. The monetary settlement will be divided among these individuals as appropriate. Target will pay for a claims administrator to distribute the funds.
12:17 EDTMONMonsanto to raise Syngenta bid to about CHF470 per share, Bloomberg says
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11:44 EDTMONMonsanto to raise Syngenta bid to about CHF 470 per share, Bloomberg says
This would equate to about $47B and be up from CHF 449 per share previously, Bloomberg noted.
10:17 EDTQCOMQualcomm upgraded to Buy from Hold at Standpoint Research
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09:45 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:54 EDTQCOMQualcomm coverage resumed with a Buy at Goldman
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06:22 EDTQCOMTSMC pursuing 16nm chip orders, DigiTimes reports
According to market sources, DigiTimes reports that TSMC (TSM) has been "actively" seeking 16nm FinFET chip orders. In addition to securing a portion of Apple's (AAPL) A9 chip orders, TSMC has also received orders from AMD (AMD), Broadcom (BRCM), LG, Nvidia (NVDA) and Avago (AVGO), the sources say, noting that TSMC failed to maintain orders for Qualcomm's (QCOM) flagship mobile chips, as it has placed orders for the Snapdragon 820 series with Samsung (SSNLF). Reference Link
August 21, 2015
17:29 EDTNRGPJM releases results for 2018-2019 PJM Interconnection capacity auction
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16:21 EDTQCOMOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
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15:22 EDTPRGOMylan clarifies certain inaccuracies related to lowered condition to acquire Perrigo
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13:41 EDTQCOMAmbarella sinks after supremacy in drone technology challenged by Qualcomm
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12:53 EDTQCOMAmbarella competition in drones not a surprise, says Canaccord
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11:12 EDTQCOMQualcomm reportedly to enter consumer drone market
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10:50 EDTQCOMCitron says next stop $70 for shares of Ambarella
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09:19 EDTQCOMQualcomm to enter consumer drone market, Re/code reports
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08:53 EDTCBSAfter rough week, Disney shares expected to recover
With fears of cord cutting and declining advertising rates consuming the minds of investors and analysts this week, Disney (DIS) shares have dropped 7% over the past five trading days. Stepping out of the growing pack of bearish analysts is FBR Capital's Barton Crockett. ROUGH WEEK: On Tuesday, Wells Fargo analyst Marci Ryvicker downgraded her rating on Disney (DIS), CBS (CBS), 21st Century Fox (FOXA) to Market Perform from Outperform. None of the large media companies reported that their revenue from cable stations or broadcast networks increased in the most recent quarter, Ryvicker told investors. TV distributors have more favorable characteristics than the media companies, she argued. Then on Thursday, Bernstein analyst Todd Juenger downgraded Disney (DIS), along with Time Warner (TWX), to Market Perform from Outperform. The move by viewers away from ad-supported platforms to non-ad-supported services like Netflix (NFLX) will bring a "prolonged structural decline" to the U.S. television industry, Juenger contended. PATH TO RECOVERY: Sentiment is driving Disney and the media stocks lower, FBR Capital's Barton Crockett tells investors this morning in a research note titled "Performance Is the Best Defense: How Disney, Near Term, Can Separate from Peers." Cord cutting and advertising fears are taking down the valuation multiples in the media sector, but consensus earnings estimates are little changed, the analyst writes. Cord cutting is the term used to describe the dropping of cable or satellite TV in favor of an online streaming service. Crockett sees a number of "performance positives near term" that can help shares of Disney recover. The owner of ESPN can separate itself from peers with solid second half of 2015 advertising trends when football returns, he believes. Disney can also benefit from the retail push for Star Wars movie merchandise, starting with a midnight door-buster national product launch on September 4, the analyst writes. PETER OUT: Crockett expects cord-cutting fears to "peter out." Cable bundles broadband with TV, and most households have a sports fan, he points out. While Netflix takes audiences from non-sports content, sports will save the bundle subscription model that benefits Disney's ESPN unit, Crockett thinks. He has an Outperform rating on Disney with a $124 price target. The stock closed yesterday down $6.44, or 6%, to $100.01. Over the past three months, Disney is down over 9%.
08:19 EDTPRGOMylan to host special shareholder meeting
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