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April 1, 2013
10:13 EDTAEGN, VCI, ARII, SXC, UAL, RGC, BPL, XEC, WRI, YHOO, CBI, SXE, CCE, ABBV, CGO, GIS, INTC, RPT, PDM, SUSQ, CSE, ARROn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ARMOUR Residential (ARR) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... AbbVie (ABBV) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Buckeye Partners (BPL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... CapitalSource (CSE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Regal Entertainment (RGC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at MKM Partners... Southcross Energy Partners (SXE) downgraded to Equal Weight at Barclays... Susquehanna (SUSQ) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... United Continental (UAL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Evercore... Piedmont Office Realty (PDM) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Stifel... Chicago Bridge & Iron (CBI) downgraded to Overweight from Focus List at Johnson Rice... SunCoke Energy (SXC) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Ramco-Gershenson (RPT) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Yahoo (YHOO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Pivotal Research... American Railcar (ARII) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... Intel (INTC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities... Weingarten Realty (WRI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Valassis (VCI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Lazard Capital... General Mills (GIS) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Range Resources (RRC) downgraded to Neutral from Accumulate at Global Hunter... Aegion (AEGN) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Cabot Oil & Gas (COG) downgraded to Neutral from Accumulate at Global Hunter... Cimarex Energy (XEC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Global Hunter.
News For ARR;ABBV;BPL;CSE;CCE;RGC;SUSQ;SXE;UAL;PDM;CBI;SXC;RPT;YHOO;ARII;INTC;WRI;VCI;GIS;XEC;AEGN;CGO From The Last 14 Days
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August 25, 2015
09:35 EDTINTCActive equity options trading on open
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09:03 EDTABBVAcorda has major overhang removed by IPR denials, says Leerink
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07:35 EDTINTCIntel makes additional equity investment in BlueData
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06:13 EDTYHOOThird Point, FTC settle over antitrust filings for 2011 Yahoo stake
Three affiliated hedge fund companies and their management company, Third Point LLC, have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that they violated premerger reporting laws in connection with their 2011 acquisitions of stock in Yahoo! Inc. The complaint alleges that Third Point Partners Qualified L.P., Third Point Ultra, LTD, and Third Point Offshore Fund, LTD failed to observe the filing and waiting requirements of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act before purchasing shares in Yahoo. According to the complaint, the three defendant funds claimed that they were exempt from reporting to the U.S. antitrust authorities because the purchases were made solely for investment purposes. At the time of the stock purchases, however, defendant Third Point LLC, which made investment decisions on behalf of the funds, was taking actions inconsistent with an investment-only intent, such as communicating with third parties to determine their interest in becoming the CEO or a board candidate of Yahoo. Under the terms of the proposed stipulated five-year federal court order, the defendants are prohibited from relying on the investment-only exemption if they have contacted third parties to gauge their interest in joining the board of the target company, communicated with the target company about proposed candidates for its board, or engaged in other specified conduct in the four months prior to acquiring voting securities above the HSR Act threshold. In this case, the agencies determined not to seek civil penalties based on several factors, including that the violation was inadvertent and short-lived, and this was the defendants' first violation of the HSR Act.
August 24, 2015
15:01 EDTUALWyndham 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.
10:25 EDTUALUnited Continental initiated with a Buy at Standpoint Research
Target $70.
08:39 EDTBPLBuckeye Partners announces execution of services agreements for MI/OH pipeline
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06:34 EDTINTCIntel leads $100M funding round for Mirantis, WSJ reports
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August 23, 2015
14:23 EDTINTCApple, Micron shares look like bargains, Barron's says
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August 21, 2015
10:37 EDTINTCAnalysts upbeat on HP ahead of split after earnings beat
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08:54 EDTINTCIntel price target lowered to $25 from $32 at Baird
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08:40 EDTCSECanadian Security Traders Association to hold a conference
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August 20, 2015
16:00 EDTINTCOptions Update; August 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.49 to 17.70. Option volume leaders: AAPL BAC FB NFLX DIS INTC BABA MU
14:39 EDTINTCEarnings Watch: Hewlett-Packard reports ahead of company split
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August 19, 2015
09:10 EDTSXESouthcross Energy Partners reports new $175M equity commitment
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08:02 EDTCBIChicago Bridge & Iron awarded $60M contract with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
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07:41 EDTYHOOYahoo price target lowered to $56 from $62 at Cantor
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06:14 EDTINTCIntel to launch contest show on Turner Broadcasting, WSJ reports
Intel (INTC) is making a foray into reality television by developing a contest show with Mark Burnett and Time Warner's (TWX) Turner Broadcasting unit, the Wall Street Journal reports. The program will be called "America's Greatest Makers" and will engage "do-it-yourselfers" who turn microchips and other components into devices and gadgets, competing for a $1M prize, the report says. The show is scheduled to appear on TV and other media channels in 2016, the report adds. Reference Link
06:09 EDTABBVUnited Therapeutics agrees to sell PPRV to AbbVie for $350M
United Therapeutics (UTHR) announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell its Rare Pediatric Disease Priority Review Voucher, or PPRV, to a subsidiary of AbbVie (ABBV). United Therapeutics received the PPRV when Unituxin was approved by the FDA for the treatment of neuroblastoma, a rare pediatric disease. Upon closing of the transaction, United Therapeutics will receive $350M in cash in exchange for the PPRV. The voucher was awarded by the FDA under a provision that encourages development of new drugs and biologics for the prevention and treatment of rare pediatric diseases.
05:57 EDTABBVAbbVie implied volatility of 20 at lower end of index mean range
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