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January 28, 2013
10:15 EDTWAT, XRX, ST, NWSA, BBY, SNY, BW, SPLS, O, NTAP, ASML, PG, HAL, SNE, NSC, FBOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: ASML (ASML) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Best Buy (BBY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Facebook (FB) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... NetApp (NTAP) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... News Corp. (NWSA) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Norfolk Southern (NSC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Realty Income (O) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Sensata (ST) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Sony (SNE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Staples (SPLS) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Xerox (XRX) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... BorgWarner (BW) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Halliburton (HAL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at MLV Equity... Waters (WAT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at WallachBeth... Procter & Gamble (PG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley Caris... Sanofi (SNY) upgraded to Neutral from Conviction Sell at Goldman.
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November 18, 2015
06:02 EDTSPLSStaples reports Q3 non-GAAP EPS 35c, consensus 35c
Reports Q3 revenue $5.6B, consensus $5.67B. Closed 18 stores in North America during Q3.
05:56 EDTSNESony Mobile, LG to develop smartphone app processors in-house, DigiTimes says
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05:55 EDTFBFacebook partners with Airtel Africa to bring free basics to 17 countries
In an announcement on Facebook, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, "In South Africa , we announced with Airtel Africa that we will be bringing free basic services to all 17 countries where they operate. first launched in Zambia and today half of the 30 countries with Free Basics are in Africa. These new launches will bring free services to Burkina Faso, Chad, Gabon, Madagascar, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone and Uganda. We also recently partnered to launch a satellite to provide internet coverage to remote areas of Sub-Saharan Africa starting in 2016. We've also partnered with the Praekelt Foundation to give developers the tools they need to build free basic services to reach people just coming online. Connecting people across the African continent is critical to our mission. We're going to keep pushing forward to develop new ways to bring people online until the whole world is connected." Reference Link
05:37 EDTBBYStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; CRM BBY
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November 17, 2015
19:25 EDTNSCOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Jack in the Box (JACK), up 3.7%... Vipshop Holdings (VIPS), up 2.2%. ALSO HIGHER: Universal Insurance (UVE), up 5.3% after issuing a statement saying that Lakewood Capital Management's statement was misleading... Norfolk Southern (NSC), up 2% after confirming a merger offer from Canadian Pacific (CP). LOWER: Citrix Systems (CTXS), down 1.8% after announcing operational review and the spin off of its GoTo family of products.
18:31 EDTNSCNorfolk Southern confirms 'low-premium' merger offer from Canadian Pacific
Norfolk Southern (NSC) confirmed it has received an "unsolicited, low-premium, non-binding and highly conditional indication of interest" from Canadian Pacific (CP) to acquire the company for $46.72 in cash and a fixed exchange ratio of 0.348 Canadian Pacific shares per Norfolk Southern share, "representing a premium of less than 10% based on closing prices today." The company noted its board of directors "will carefully evaluate and consider this indication of interest in the context of Norfolk Southern's strategic plans, and its ongoing review of opportunities to enhance stockholder value... Notably, any consolidation among Class I railroads in North America would face significant regulatory hurdles."
17:32 EDTNSCNorfolk Southern spikes after Canadian Pacific proposes merger
Shares of railroad operator Norfolk Southern (NSC) are spiking in the after-hours after rival Canadian Pacific (CP) announced that it has sent an offer letter to Norfolk Southern proposing a business combination. WHAT'S NEW: After the close of trading on Tuesday, Canadian Pacific proposed a business combination with Norfolk Southern "that would create a transcontinental railroad with the scale and reach to deliver improved levels of service to customers and communities while enhancing competition and creating significant shareholder value." Canadian Pacific noted that the proposal reflects a "sizable premium in cash and stock offered to NS shareholders." The combined company would have a potential for faster earnings growth than either of the companies independently, CP noted, while offering unparalleled customer service and competitive rates to shippers." The combined company would innovate a new approach to terminal access that would allow another carrier to operate from a point of connection in the event the combined company failed to provide adequate service or competitive rates. The combination of NS and CP would provide a solution to "bottleneck pricing" and alleviate congestion in Chicago by channeling rail traffic away from Chicago. WHAT'S NOTABLE: According to a Globe and Mail report from earlier Tuesday, Keith Creel the COO of Canadian Pacific, who was speaking at a transportation conference, said rail mergers are inevitable but the executive "refused" to confirm past reports that the railroad operator was in talks to acquire rival Norfolk Southern. ANALYST VIEW: ON November 12, research firm BB&T said it believes there are many scenarios in which a merger between Canadian Pacific and Norfolk Southern would benefit both companies. The firm said that Norfolk Southern shareholders would get a 20%-30% premium above the stock's current level, while Canadian Pacific's potential revenue growth issues would be solved and its 2018 EPS would be boosted by 20% plus. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Norfolk Southern are up 6.9% to $93.00, while Canadian Pacific shares are unchanged. OTHERS: Publicly traded companies in the space include CSX (CSX), Canadian National (CNI), Genesee & Wyoming (GWR), Kansas City Southern (KSU) and Union Pacific (UNP).
16:22 EDTNSCNorfolk Southern jumps 6% in after-hours trading following merger proposal
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16:21 EDTNSCCanadian Pacific proposes Norfolk Southern merger with 'sizable' premium
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16:17 EDTNSCCanadian Pacific proposes business combination with Norfolk Southern
16:01 EDTFBOptions Update; November 17, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.32 to 21.07. Option volume leaders: GE BAC AAPL FB NFLX SYF WMT CSCO MU SUNE VRX BABA AMZN HD FCX
15:13 EDTSPLSNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:55 EDTNSCCanadian Pacific COO won't confirm Norfolk Southern talks, Globe and Mail says
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13:22 EDTNTAPJPMorgan cautious on NetApp into earnings, cuts target to $25
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10:47 EDTSNEPress Conference to unveil new brain injury technology to be held in New York
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09:35 EDTFBActive equity options trading on open: AAPL FB GE HD
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09:02 EDTSNEAnalyst pans competing products, says buy Fitbit
Shares of previous high-flier Fitbit (FIT) have dropped about 30% in the last two weeks following the company's third quarter earnings report, but an analyst at Bank of America upgraded his view of the fitness tracker maker this morning, saying that now is the time to buy ahead of fourth quarter results that may be boosted by the "underwhelming" new products being launched by its competitors. UNDERWHELMING COMPETITION: Fitbit's sales guidance for this holiday quarter looks conservative, contends Bank of America analyst Nat Schindler, who notes that the company only had the launch of one new product last December but will have the Charge, Charge HR and Surge to drive sales this season. Schindler also notes that the company's international advertising has expanded into more countries ahead of the holidays this year. Key, however, may be the "underwhelming" lineup of new or updated fitness trackers launched by competitors, such as the Microsoft's (MSFT) Band 2, Jawbone's UP4 and Sony's (SNE) Smartband 2, many of which have only minor improvements and no "must have" features to pull consumers away from Fitbit, Schindler told investors in his research note. PLATFORM PICKING UP STEAM: The analyst also pointed out that Fitbit now has more than 20 companies signed onto its health and wellness platform, including big names like Target (TGT) and Barclays (BCS), which he believes should help drive revenue beats in the upcoming fiscal year due to increased device sales. Also, the additional dashboard data should help Fitbit maintain long-term user engagement, said Schindler. APPLE WATCH: Apple's (AAPL) Apple Watch is largely viewed as the biggest potential competitive threat to Fitbit's offerings, but on the fitness tracker maker's last earnings call CEO James Park said Fitbit's products differ from those of its competitors in several key aspects, including pricing, cross-platform compatibility, brand awareness and product line breadth. Other wearables makers include Garmin (GRMN) and Samsung. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after Fitbit's last earnings report after the market close on November 2, its shares have fallen about 29.5% to close yesterday at $28.80. In pre-market trading this morning, Fitbit shares rose 2% to $29.40.
08:04 EDTWATStifel to hold a conference
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07:52 EDTPGMorgan Stanley to hold a conference
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07:39 EDTSPLSStaples volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Staples November call option implied volatility is at 87, December is at 68, January is at 60; compared to its 52-week range of 22 to 78, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on November 18.
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