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August 14, 2014
10:05 EDTSTNG, NTAP, KMP, PGR, LUX, BID, PFSW, LMCA, HP, CHL, JAKK, EPB, ATHL, IFNNY, DRC, ARUNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Aruba Networks (ARUN) upgraded at Stifel... Athlon Energy (ATHL) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... China Mobile (CHL) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Dresser-Rand (DRC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... El Paso Pipeline (EPB) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Helmerich & Payne (HP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Infineon (IFNNY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... JAKKS Pacific (JAKK) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Kinder Morgan Energy (KMP) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Liberty Media (LMCA) upgraded to Overweight from Equal-Weight at Evercore... Luxottica (LUX) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... NetApp (NTAP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... PFSweb (PFSW) upgraded at B. Riley... Progressive (PGR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Scorpio Tankers (STNG) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Sotheby's (BID) upgraded to Perform from Underperform at Williams Capital.
News For ARUN;ATHL;CHL;DRC;EPB;HP;IFNNY;JAKK;KMP;LMCA;LUX;NTAP;PFSW;PGR;STNG;BID From The Last 14 Days
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February 12, 2016
09:59 EDTNTAPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Aegerion (AEGR) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Archer Daniels (ADM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Best Buy (BBY) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Boeing (BA) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... CSX (CSX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Avondale... Comstock Resources (CRK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... EV Energy (EVEP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... FNFV (FNFV) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Flowers Foods (FLO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Goldcorp (GG) downgraded to Sector Performer from Outperformer at CIBC... Group 1 Automotive (GPI) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... HSBC cuts Sprint (S) to sell, says competitors may make turnaround difficult... KAR Auction (KAR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... LINN Energy (LINE) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi... LPL Financial (LPLA) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Legacy Reserves (LGCY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... LinnCo (LNCO) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi... Memorial Production (MEMP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... NetApp (NTAP) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities... Netflix (NFLX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Nu Skin (NUS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sidoti... Oceaneering (OII) downgraded on multiple headwinds at RBC Capital... Och-Ziff Capital (OZM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Stone Energy (SGY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Vanguard Natural (VNR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg.
06:35 EDTNTAPNetApp downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities
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February 11, 2016
10:28 EDTBIDHigh option volume stocks:
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10:01 EDTBIDOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ARM Holdings (ARMH) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Apollo Investment (AINV) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities... Cabot Microelectronics (CCMP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... Caesarstone (CSTE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Capital One (COF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Discover (DFS) downgraded to Neutral on potential US slow-down at BofA/Merrill... Douglas Emmett (DEI) downgraded at Stifel... E.ON AG (EONGY) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Berenberg... Flowers Foods (FLO) downgraded on disappointing results at SunTrust... HCP (HCP) downgraded at Stifel... International Flavors (IFF) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... LinnCo (LNCO) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Stifel... LivePerson (LPSN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Roth Capital... MasterCard (MA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Matrix Service (MTRX) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... Prospect Capital (PSEC) downgraded to Underperform at Raymond James... RWE AG (RWEOY) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Berenberg... Regions Financial (RF) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Rush Enterprises (RUSHA) downgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James... Smith & Nephew (SNN) downgraded to Neutral at UBS... SolarCity (SCTY) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Sotheby's (BID) downgraded on weak art market at Stifel... SunEdison Semiconductor (SEMI) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi... Sunrun (RUN) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Synovus (SNV) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Tenaris (TS) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Twitter (TWTR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Topeka... Visa (V) downgraded to Neutral on possible US slow-down at BofA/Merrill... W.P. Carey (WPC) downgraded to Equalweight from Overweight at Capital One... Wendy's (WEN) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan.
08:02 EDTBIDSotheby's downgraded on weak art market at Stifel
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February 10, 2016
21:59 EDTBIDSotheby's downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel
10:02 EDTSTNGHigh option volume stocks
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07:00 EDTHPNabors Industries offers best value among Land Drillers, says Citi
After assessing a range of net asset values for Land Drillers based on a various recovery scenarios, Citi analyst Scott Gruber says Nabors Industries (NBR) offers the best value within the group. The stock presents upside of 200% in his bull case and 65% downside in his bear case. Gruber calls Halliburton (HAL) his top pick, however, saying frac "offers superior recovery potential" to land rigs. The analyst has Buy ratings on both names along with Patterson-UTI (PTEN). He has a Neutral rating on Helmerich & Payne (HP).
February 9, 2016
10:00 EDTLUXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: ArcelorMittal (MT) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Electronic Arts (EA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Hilliard Lyons... First Interstate (FIBK) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Fig Partners... Flagstar Bancorp (FBC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Frontline (FRO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Clarksons Platou... Grifols (GRFS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Berenberg... Grupo Financiero (GGAL) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Kinross Gold (KGC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Luxottica (LUX) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... PrivateBancorp (PVTB) upgraded on growth outlook at SunTrust... SS&C (SSNC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Salesforce (CRM) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... TCF Financial (TCB) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Compass Point... TreeHouse (THS) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... WPX Energy (WPX) upgraded to Overweight from Equalweight at Capital One... Yelp (YELP) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at B. Riley.
05:32 EDTLUXLuxottica upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies
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February 5, 2016
17:39 EDTPFSWRyan Levenson reports 5.1% stake in PFSweb
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February 4, 2016
10:25 EDTNTAP$25B cloud boost seen coming for Amazon, Microsoft, Google
Amazon (AMZN), Microsoft (MSFT) and Alphabet (GOOGL, GOOG) are all poised to get huge boosts from their cloud businesses over the next three years, research firm Pacific Crest wrote in a note to investors today. The combined revenue from their cloud initiatives should surge $25B over the next three years as companies move more workloads to the cloud from legacy IT systems, the firm believes. NEXT MAJOR CLOUD CYCLE: The revenue of Amazon's cloud business, AWS, could triple to $25B by 2018, according to Pacific Crest analyst Evan Wilson. Moreover, by 2018, AWS could account for 14% of the company's revenue and over 50% of its profits, up from 7% and 41%, respectively, today, the analyst predicts. Meanwhile, within three years, Microsoft's revenue from its commercial cloud business could jump 50% to $25B, the analyst stated. By 2018, the business could account for almost 25% of the tech giant's revenue and 15% of its profits, up from 15% of its revenue and very little of its profit today, the analyst added. Google's revenue from infrastructure as a service, a form of cloud computing, can surge 500% over the next three years to about $4.5B, Wilson believes. Additionally, noting that AWS' incremental operating margin came in at 51.9% last quarter, Wilson believes that investors are underestimating the profitability of cloud businesses. The analyst maintained an $800 price target and Overweight rating on Amazon, a $65 price target and Overweight rating on Microsoft, and a $910 price target and Overweight rating on Alphabet. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Intel (INTC), along with hard disk drive maker Western Digital (WDC) and Arista Networks (ANET), which supplies cloud networking solutions, should all benefit from the tremendous growth in demand for cloud platforms, Wilson believes. He kept Overweight ratings on all three of the latter stocks. Conversely, Wilson identifies EMC (EMC), HP Enterprise (HPE) and NetApp (NTAP) as "cloud share donors" and keeps Sector Weight ratings on their shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Amazon fell 1% to $525.80, Microsoft was flat near $52 per share and Alphabet Class A shares dropped 1.8% to $736.15.
09:30 EDTNTAPNetApp downgraded to Negative from Mixed at OTR Global
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February 2, 2016
14:06 EDTHPState Farm Mutual Automobile reports 7.7% passive stake in Helmerich & Payne
07:18 EDTHPJefferies sees relative value in Nabors Industries
Jefferies analyst Brad Handler believes shares of Nabors Industries (NBR) can outperform Patterson-UTI (PTEN) over the near term and Helmerich & Payne (HP) over the longer term. His analysis suggests Nabors likely avoids covenant breach and has adequate liquidity to weather the downturn. Handler keeps a Hold rating on Nabors, however, with a reduced price target of $7.
February 1, 2016
10:08 EDTPGRHigh option volume stocks
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10:00 EDTIFNNYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Air Products (APD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... American Airlines (AAL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Axiall (AXLL) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... BASF (BASFY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... CNH Industrial (CNHI) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... CU Bancorp (CUNB) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Fig Partners... CaixaBank (CAIXY) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Societe Generale... Chipotle (CMG) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Concho Resources (CXO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Continental Building (CBPX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Eastman Chemical (EMN) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA... Extreme Networks (EXTR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Glacier Bancorp (GBCI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Fig Partners... IBERIABANK (IBKC) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Infineon (IFNNY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Jarden (JAH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Joy Global (JOY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... KT Corporation (KT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Kennametal (KMT) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... L-3 Communications (LLL) upgraded to Buy on valuation at BofA/Merrill... Maximus (MMS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Micron (MU) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Monster Beverage (MNST) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Newell Rubbermaid (NWL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Northrop Grumman (NOC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... PTC (PTC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT... Peoples Bancorp (PEBO) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Boenning & Scattergood... Praxair (PX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Proofpoint (PFPT) upgraded to Outperform from In-Line at Imperial Capital... Seagate (STX) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Benchmark... Siemens (SIEGY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Superior Drilling (SDPI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Vertex (VRTX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Werner (WERN) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... ZAIS Financial (ZFC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays.
07:35 EDTLUXLuxottica confirms co-CEO Adil Mehboob-Khan to depart company
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05:38 EDTIFNNYInfineon upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
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January 29, 2016
11:33 EDTPGRProgressive appoints Steve Broz Chief Information Officer
The Progressive Corporation announced Steve Broz as its new Chief Information Officer following the previously announced retirement of Ray Voelker. Voelker retired after 30 years at Progressive, including 15 as Chief Information Officer. Broz was as a key member of Voelker's senior leadership team heading up the technology group's Enterprise Project Management Office.

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