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January 24, 2013
10:11 EDTASML, UPS, KNX, GOLD, SNDK, TMK, THC, ROST, NFLX, GOL, EMR, DDS, CBST, CSX, BBBY, ADSK, MEOHOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: ASML (ASML) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Autodesk (ADSK) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... CSX (CSX) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Cubist (CBST) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Cantor... Dillard's (DDS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Emerson (EMR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Gol Linhas (GOL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Lazard Capital... Ross Stores (ROST) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Tenet Healthcare (THC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Torchmark (TMK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust.. SanDisk (SNDK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Randgold Resources (GOLD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Knight Transportation (KNX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... UPS (UPS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Methanex (MEOH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James.
News For ASML;ADSK;BBBY;CSX;CBST;DDS;EMR;GOL;NFLX;ROST;THC;TMK;SNDK;GOLD;KNX;UPS;MEOH From The Last 14 Days
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September 19, 2014
11:06 EDTBBBYBed Bath and Beyond weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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09:37 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading on open
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08:03 EDTSNDKInvenSense, NXP, RF Micro chips included in iPhone 6, iFixit reports
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07:02 EDTDDSDillard's, James Avery form new business relationship
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06:40 EDTKNXRegulator sued over truck training requirements, NY Times reports
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05:18 EDTNFLXNetflix now available in France, Germany, four other European countries
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September 18, 2014
18:31 EDTMEOHMethanex restarts Chile plant
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17:15 EDTMEOHMethanex adopts advance notice by-law
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16:00 EDTNFLXOptions Update; September 18, 2014
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12:22 EDTTMKMedical records from Torchmark unit stolen, sold online, KrebsonSecurity says
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10:40 EDTBBBYPier 1 Imports falls to 12-month low after weak Q2, lowered outlook
Shares of home furnishings retailer Pier 1 Imports (PIR) hit a 12-month low after the company's second quarter results fell below analysts' consensus estimates and it reduced its fiscal 2015 earnings per share outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Pier 1 Imports reported Q2 EPS of 10c on revenue of $418.6M, missing analysts' consensus estimates of 14c and $426.02M, respectively. Same-store-sales for the quarter were up 4.5%. The retailer lowered its FY15 EPS outlook to 95c-$1.05 from $1.14-$1.22. Analysts' consensus estimates for FY15 EPS prior to the earnings report was $1.13. The company sees FY15 SSS in the mid-to-high single digits and gross profit, as a percentage of sales, are expected to be 40.5%-41.5%. Pier 1 Imports CEO Alex Smith said that he foresees online sales to surpass $400M in 2016. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the company's conference call, Pier 1 Imports said that it expects to see improving merchandise margins in coming quarters with fewer coupons. The company noted plans to continue returning cash to shareholders in the form of dividends and share buybacks. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, Wells Fargo analyst Matt Neemer downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Market Perform from Outperform. He feels that the stock will be a difficult one to own in the medium term as the retailer moves towards a multi-channel approach. Neemer believes that the company has a difficult journey ahead as it cuts broad-based discounters, and he feels that consumers will take time to get accustomed to the new messaging. He cut his price target range to $15-$16 from $19-$20 for the company. Barclays analyst Alan Rifkin downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Equal Weight from Overweight due to slow revenue growth and heightened promotions. He feels that that the "soft" revenues could continue. He believes that the company's elongated online profitability pipeline and increased promotions are certain to be a burden on the business in ways that the company had not initially thought. Rifkin said that growing the top line will be even harder in the absence of promotions. He reduced his price target for shares to $14 from $18. Argus analyst Christopher Graja downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Hold from Buy due to the company's lower than anticipated Q2 earnings. He feels that in terms of the home furnishings market, companies such as Williams-Sonoma (WSM), Home Depot (HD) and Lowe's (LOW) are more "resilient" for shareholders. Pier 1 Imports was also downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Pier 1 Imports fell $2.63, or 16.99%, to $12.90. Including today's pull back, the stock is down approximately 45.2% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the home furnishings space include Restoration Hardware (RH), and Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY).
09:32 EDTNFLXNetflix domestic estimates raised at ITG Research
ITG raised Netflix's domestic estimates given an acceleration in August. The firm's data indicates a faster than expected improvement in ASP and improved churn trends. The analyst raised its Q3 domestic streaming revenue of $881.3M from $877.3M, above guidance of $877M and consensus of $876.3M.
06:46 EDTTHCFTC challenging hospital mergers, NY Times reports
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06:00 EDTNFLXNetflix implied volatility of 26 at lower end of index mean range
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05:33 EDTCBSTCubist opens international headquarters in Zurich, will invest $400M in R&D
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September 17, 2014
12:01 EDTADSKAdobe falls after Q4 revenue outlook trails consensus
Shares of creative software maker Adobe Systems (ADBE) are falling after it guided to fourth quarter revenue below analysts' consensus view. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Adobe reported Q3 adjusted earnings per share of 28c and revenue of $1.005B, compared to analysts' consensus estimates of 26c and 1.02B, respectively. Adobe exited Q3 with 2.81M creative cloud subscriptions, a sequential increase of 502,000. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Adobe forecast Q4 adjusted EPS of 26c-32c, versus consensus of 31c. The company sees Q4 revenue of $1.025B-$1.075B, below the consensus forecast of $1.09B. The company expects net new creative cloud subscriptions to grow sequentially in Q4 to slightly exceed its target of 1M. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, analyst commentary was positive, with several firms recommending buying shares of Adobe on any weakness. Research firm Stern Agee was among them, stating that Adobe's revenue miss was driven by a shift of perpetual licenses to term contracts. Sterne Agee said that Adobe's deferred revenue outperformed, which should give long-term investors confidence in the name. It believes the long-term transition story is intact, and expects upside to revenues in FY15. The firm kept a Buy rating on the shares with a price target of $85. Two other firms, JMP Securities and BofA Merrill Lynch also recommended buying Adobe amid its post-earnings weakness. PRICE ACTION: Near noon, Adobe fell $2.74, or nearly 4%, to $68. Despite today's pull-back, the shares have gained about 40% over the past 12 months. ANOTHER TO WATCH: Autodesk, (ADSK), which also serves software customers in the digital media and entertainment industries, is down fractionally to $54.54.
10:00 EDTEMROn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:50 EDTBBBYBed Bath & Beyond 2H guidance appears optimistic, says Cleveland Research
Cleveland Research checks indicate Bed Bath & Beyond Q2 sales trends remain flattish to up 1%, similar to Q1. The firm believes 2H guidance is too optimistic, especially for FY comps of +3%. The analyst remains cautious on shares and expect margin pressures to continue. Shares are Neutral rated.
07:59 EDTEMRThe Heritage Foundation to hold a discussion on corporate inversions
Expert panel holds a discussion entitled, "Corporate Inversions & Tax Reform" focusing on what causes inversions, whether they should be impeded and steps that can be taken to improve the U.S. taxation of international businesses with Walter Gavin, retired Vice Chairman of Emerson Electric, Senior Economics Contributor of CNBC, Larry Kudlow on September 17 at 12 pm. Webcast Link
07:21 EDTGOLDRandgold head says AngloGold Kibali mine share expensive, Reuters says
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