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February 5, 2016
17:18 EDTTAXLiberty Tax responds to Maryland investigation
Liberty Tax announced its response to announcements by the Comptroller of Maryland over the last several days that the state has suspended accepting electronically filed Maryland state returns from a limited number of Liberty Tax offices, pending a review of returns by the state. A total of 23 offices are affected by the suspension. Liberty Tax has 102 active offices in the state, almost all of which are operated by independent franchisees. Maryland has advised Liberty Tax that the suspended offices may continue to file state tax returns on paper, which will be reviewed by the state before processing. The suspension does not affect federal return filing in the offices. "Liberty Tax has a robust compliance program, and we expect our franchisees to make sure that their offices comply with all federal and state tax requirements," noted Jim Wheaton, who is Liberty Tax's Chief Compliance Officer. "Since we learned of Maryland's concerns late last week, we have cooperated with the state, and immediately began significant efforts to look at the offices identified by the state. We are in the midst of our own investigation of the offices involved, and will continue to conduct that investigation aggressively, and support the state's review, until all questions are resolved," said Wheaton. John Hewitt, President, CEO and Founder of Liberty Tax, observed that, "There is no place in the Liberty Tax system for franchisees or preparers who commit fraud or who take other shortcuts. We created a separate compliance group, and named a Chief Compliance Officer last year, in order to be able to respond quickly to compliance concerns. I have asked that group to determine whether Maryland's concerns about a handful of offices are justified, and to determine what additional actions we may need to take, irrespective of the state's review." Hewitt commented that franchisees have been reminded of the importance of maintaining the integrity of the Liberty Tax brand, and of consequences, including franchise termination and reporting to tax authorities, that the company will exercise against franchisees that commit or permit the commission of inappropriate behavior.
10:02 EDTCREEOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Ashford Hospitality Prime (AHP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Cascade Microtech (CSCD) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Craig-Hallum... Cinemark (CNK) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... ConocoPhillips (COP) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Scotia Howard Weil... Credit Suisse (CS) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Cree (CREE) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Deckers Outdoor (DECK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Esterline (ESL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... GrubHub (GRUB) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Kohl's (KSS) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities... LINN Energy (LINE) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Stifel... LinkedIn (LNKD) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... LinnCo (LNCO) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Stifel... Magellan Midstream (MMP) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Marathon Petroleum (MPC) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Multi-Fineline (MFLX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... NIC Inc. (EGOV) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Avondale... Outerwall (OUTR) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... PPL Corp. (PPL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... PennyMac Mortgage (PMT) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Pixelworks (PXLW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Lake Street... Qorvo (QRVO) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi... Ralph Lauren (RL) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... TrueBlue (TBI) downgraded on macro concerns at BMO Capital... WEC Energy (WEC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank.
05:48 EDTCREECree downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
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February 4, 2016
10:00 EDTCREEOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: ADTRAN (ADTN) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Cowen... Alpha & Omega (AOSL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Ambarella (AMBA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Dougherty... ArcBest (ARCB) upgraded on valuation at Stifel... Arlington Asset Investment (AI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Ladenburg... Atwood Oceanics (ATW) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... C.H. Robinson (CHRW) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... CDK Global (CDK) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington... Cadence Design (CDNS) upgraded on valuation, guidance at DA Davidson... China Unicom (CHU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at HSBC... Cloud Peak (CLD) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at FBR Capital... Cree (CREE) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... CrossAmerica (CAPL) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... Hub Group (HUBG) upgraded on results at Stifel... Kennametal (KMT) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Longbow... Lannett (LCI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Lowe's (LOW) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Mattel (MAT) upgraded to Buy from Sell at Argus... New Oriental Education (EDU) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Olin Corp. (OLN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Monness Crespi... RONA (RONAF) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays... Red Hat (RHT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Wayfair (W) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Whirlpool (WHR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Yahoo (YHOO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Zumiez (ZUMZ) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Brean Capital... adidas (ADDYY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman.
06:49 EDTCREECree upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland
Northland analyst Tom Sepenzis upgraded Cree to Outperform saying the company's reorganization should drive better results in 2016. Sepenzis raised his price target for the shares to $35 from $30.
February 2, 2016
09:46 EDTICPTIntercept rumored to draw interest from many suitors, Daily Mail says
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January 29, 2016
11:14 EDTICPTIntercept says CFO Barbara Duncan leaving company
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10:05 EDTICPTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Atlassian (TEAM) upgraded on positive outlook at JMP Securities... BRF S.A. (BRFS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Bank of America (BAC) upgraded to Outperform from Sell at CLSA... CEMEX (CX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Chemical Financial (CHFC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Fig Partners... Computer Programs (CPSI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka... DST Systems (DST) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... Diamond Offshore (DO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... First Cash Financial (FCFS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... First Merchants (FRME) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Flex (FLEX) upgraded on solid results at Stifel... Intercept (ICPT) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... JetBlue (JBLU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Juniper (JNPR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Live Oak Bancshares (LOB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Microsemi (MSCC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... NetSuite (N) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... NextEra Energy (NEE) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... Oshkosh (OSK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... PC Connection (PCCC) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... Pinnacle Financial (PNFP) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Potash (POT) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotiabank... Rayonier (RYN) upgraded on valuation at BMO Capital... SanDisk (SNDK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Select Comfort (SCSS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Sotherly Hotels (SOHO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... Textura (TXTR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Valley National (VLY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill.
07:28 EDTICPTIntercept upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley
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January 26, 2016
10:06 EDTCREEOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:37 EDTYPFYPF upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Tudor Pickering
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09:30 EDTCREEWestern Digital, SanDisk deal should go through, Summit Research says
Summit Research analyst Srini Sundararajan said he thinks that the Unisplendour investment in Western Digital (WDC) is more than likely to be stalled, if not blocked, given the current political climate, but he also believes Western Digital planned for this contingency and that its deal with SanDisk (SNDK) should still go through. Additionally, Sundararajan said he believes CFIUS stepping in to block Philips' (PHG) sale of its Lumileds LED and automotive lighting unit to GO Scale Capital is a positive development for Cree (CREE), which should be pleased that a "flood the market" Chinese competitor has not been given the green light.
January 25, 2016
11:24 EDTOPKOptions with increasing volume
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