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April 1, 2013
10:13 EDTGIS, INTC, RPT, PDM, SUSQ, CSE, ARR, AEGN, VCI, ARII, SXC, UAL, RGC, BPL, XEC, WRI, YHOO, CBI, SXE, CCE, ABBV, CGOOn 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.
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July 23, 2015
10:45 EDTUALUnited Continental sees FY15 consolidated capacity to grow 1%-1.5%
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10:43 EDTUALUnited Continental reports Q2 corporate revenue down 5%
10:43 EDTUALUnited Continental sees Q3 unit revenue to decline 5%-7%
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10:37 EDTUALUnited Continental says Q2 was challenging due to weather, maintenance spike
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10:36 EDTUALUnited Continental expects Q3 pre-tax margin 13.5%-15.5%
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09:05 EDTYHOOYahoo names Lisa Utzschneider chief revenue officer
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08:19 EDTCBIChicago Bridge & Iron awarded $60M oil sands maintenance contract
CB&I has been awarded a contract for approximately $60M by a major energy company to provide maintenance services for three separate oil sands facilities in Alberta, Canada.
08:18 EDTCBIChicago Bridge & Iron awarded $100M contract for Louisiana refinery
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07:34 EDTUALUnited Continental announces additional $3B share repurchase program
Jeff Smisek, UAL's chairman, president and CEO, said, "The $3B share repurchase program we announced today demonstrates the confidence we have in our future. We will continue to invest in our customers, assets and our people, and remain committed to improving our balance sheet, expanding our margins and improving our return on invested capital, and expect our third quarter pre-tax margin to be between 13.5%-15.5%, excluding special items." The company expects to complete the additional $3B share repurchase program by the end of 2017.
07:32 EDTUALUnited Continental reports Q2 EPS ex-items $3.31, consensus $3.31
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06:22 EDTINTCIntel to release notebook Skylake processor in October, DigiTimes reports
Intel is expected to release its upcoming notebook Skylake processor in October, reports DigiTimes. The company is planning to launch a total of 18 notebook Skylake processors in Q4 as it looks to help boost notebook demand. The company is adjusting their schedules for Skylake products to minimize the impact of inventory issues. Reference Link
05:29 EDTCBIStocks with implied volatility movement; CBI SUNE
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July 22, 2015
15:26 EDTUALNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:51 EDTINTCEarnings Watch: Qualcomm reports after speculations of potential breakup
Qualcomm (QCOM) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the close on July 22, with a conference call scheduled for 4:45 pm ET. Qualcomm is a maker of semiconductors and telecommunications equipment. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 95c on revenue of $5.85B. EPS consensus ranges 90c-$1.05 on a revenue range of $5.59B-$6.08B, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: On April 22, Qualcomm reported Q2 EPS of $1.40 against expectations for $1.33, and revenue of $6.89B versus estimates of $6.83B. The company also cut its FY15 EPS guidance to $4.60-$5.00 from $4.85-$5.05 and lowered projected revenue to $25B-$27B from $26.3B-$28B, saying it expects pressure in its semiconductor business due to customer shifts in the premium segment and a decline in Qualcomm's share at an unnamed large customer. NEWS: On May 8, Reuters reported that EU antitrust regulators asked Qualcomm's competitors how the company's licensing and business practices affect them, and on July 16, the European Commission confirmed two formal antitrust investigations of the company. On May 25, Qualcomm and Daimler (DDAIF) announced a strategic collaboration to develop connected car technology. Coming on the heels of Avago's (AVGO) May 28 agreement to acquire Broadcom (BRCM), Bloomberg quoted a source later that day as saying Qualcomm, Intel (INTC), Altera (ALTR), Analog Devices (ADI), Maxim Integrated (MXIM), Texas Instruments (TXN), and Microchip Technology (MCHP) are all considering their own M&A opportunities. Note that on June 1, Intel announced an agreement to acquire Altera. On June 23, Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMI), Qualcomm, Huawei, and Imec announced the formation of a joint venture to focus on a type of 14 nanometer technology. More recently, the Wall Street Journal reported on July 20 that Qualcomm is "expected" to begin a comprehensive strategic review which may include the possibility of a breakup following pressure from "activist" shareholder Jana Partners, according to sources, adding that the move could be announced concurrent with Wednesday's earnings release. STREET RESEARCH: Following last quarter's earnings report, Exane BNP Paribas downgraded Qualcomm to Neutral from Outperform, while both Canaccord and Brean Capital lowered price targets for the stock after "disappointing" guidance. Meanwhile, Citi said it expects the company's chip business to recover in 2016 despite this "very bad year." On May 28, CLSA said it sees continued pressure on Qualcomm chipsets, potentially spurring the company to consider making an acquisition, and on June 2, Craig-Hallum noted that Skyworks (SWKS) would be a great fit for Qualcomm. On June 24, Summit Research called Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC) an "affordable" target for Qualcomm, with AMD (AMD) and Cavium (CAVM) also looking like potential takeover candidates. On June 29, Drexel Hamilton downgraded Qualcomm to Sell from Hold, citing expected price cuts. Lastly, following media reports on July 20 that Qualcomm could be weighing a breakup, Bernstein said that such a "dis-synergistic" split would likely destroy value rather than create it. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Qualcomm are down more than 1% to $64.37 in afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's earnings report.
14:20 EDTCBIChicago Bridge & Iron July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Chicago Bridge & Iron July weekly call option implied volatility is at 120, August is at 59, September is at 54; compared to its 52-week range of 24 to 73, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 23.
12:32 EDTYHOOOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday as slides in a number of big name tech stocks following their earnings reports dominated the news flow and largely dictated the market's direction. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the FHFA home price index rose 0.4% to 222.8 in May, as expected. Existing home sales rose 3.2% to a 5.49M rate in June, better than the 0.9% increase that was expected. In Europe, the European Central Bank reportedly raised the cap on Greece's Emergency Liquidity Assistance by EUR900M to EUR90.4B, according to Bloomberg. COMPANY NEWS: The tech sector has been weak, headlined of course by a 5% pullback in shares of Apple (AAPL) after iPhone shipments in the just completed quarter and the company's sales forecast for the new quarter missed estimates. Adding to the negative tone in tech stocks, and contributing further to the decline in the Nasdaq, was the 3% drop seen in Microsoft (MSFT) shares after its quarterly report as well as Yahoo's (YHOO) 1% decline after its revenue outlook missed the consensus forecast... Shares of Boeing (BA) and Coca-Cola (KO) fared better than Dow peer Apple after each reported better than expected sales and profits, though neither stock was moving far from where they closed yesterday's trading. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Thoratec (THOR), which rose 10% after the company agreed to be acquired by St. Jude Medical (STJ) for $3.4 billion in cash, or $63.50 per share. St. Jude shares advanced fractionally after the deal, which had been foreshadowed by media reports yesterday, was announced. Also higher following their earnings reports were Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), which gained 10%, Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), which advanced 8% and Whirlpool (WHR), which was up 6%. Among the noteworthy losers were a number of suppliers to Apple that declined in tandem with the tech giant after it reported a sequential drop in iPhone sales. Skyworks Solutions (SWKS), Cirrus Logic (CRUS), Qorvo (QRVO) and NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) were among the many semiconductor stocks that slid following Apple's report. Also sharply lower was antibody-based therapeutics maker XOMA (XOMA), which plunged more than 73% and was downgraded to Neutral at Piper Jaffray after a Phase III trial of its gevokizumab drug in patients with Behcet's disease uveitis did not meet its primary endpoint. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 82.22, or 0.46%, to 17,837.07, the Nasdaq was down 42.68, or 0.82%, to 5,165.44, and the S&P 500 was down 6.93, or 0.33%, to 2,112.28.
10:01 EDTABBVOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:31 EDTYHOOYahoo price target lowered to $51 from $54 at JPMorgan
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07:04 EDTABBVAbbVie initiated with a Buy at SunTrust
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06:15 EDTINTCGoogle's updated Glass to be foldable, more weather-resistant, 9to5Google says
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