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December 6, 2012
10:09 EDTMMR, IHG, NFLX, MET, WRI, FCX, ASNA, JDSU, SNI, CBL, PXP, GWW, AZOOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Ascena Retail (ASNA) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... AutoZone (AZO) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... CBL & Associates (CBL) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Freeport McMoRan (FCX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Grainger (GWW) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Scripps Networks (SNI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Weingarten Realty (WRI) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Plains Exploration (PXP)downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... JDSU (JDSU) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Intercontinental Hotels (IHG) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... MetLife (MET) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Netflix (NFLX) downgraded to Below Average from Average at Caris... McMoRan Exploration (MMR) downgraded to Neutral from Add at Capital One.
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January 14, 2015
14:15 EDTNFLXNetflix seen boosted by strong new content
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12:49 EDTFCXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:39 EDTFCXOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:18 EDTFCXFreeport McMoRan falls sharply to new 52-week lows on weak copper
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10:00 EDTNFLXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTNFLXActive equity options trading
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07:57 EDTNFLXJPMorgan positive on Netflix into Q4 earnings
JPMorgan reiterates an Overweight rating on shares of Netflix with a $450 price target ahead of the company's Q4 results on January 20. The firm expects a "solid' report driven by the continued shift away from linear TV and positive seasonality. It also expects new content and traction in Western Europe to drive subscriber growth in 2015.
07:23 EDTNFLXNetflix upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel
Stifel upgrade Netflix to Buy with a $380 price target citing compelling risk/reward given strong content cycles that include a strong slate of originals, lowered expectations, and continued international expansion.
06:21 EDTFCXFreeport McMoRan volatility elevated as copper pulls back
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06:00 EDTWRIMall REIT sector upgraded to Overweight at Wells Fargo
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January 13, 2015
16:24 EDTMETOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
The Wall Street averages spent time in both positive and negative territory during the session, before closing a bit below where they'd started the day. The market opened sharply higher after Alcoa’s (AA) better than expected report gave some optimism about the upcoming earnings season. The early move higher came despite oil continuing its slide. The major averages saw their highs shortly after the open and then began to drift slowly lower. By mid-afternoon the market was in the red, though the equity averages eventually made it briefly back into positive ground, but failed to hold those narrow gains into the close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the NFIB small business optimism index for December came in at 100.4, which was stronger than the expected 98.5 reading. The JOLTS report showed job openings increased 142K to 4.972M in November, beating the 4.85M consensus forecast. Treasury posted a $1.9B surplus in December, which was a bit below the expected surplus of $3B. Also of note is the fact that the U.S. and European benchmarks of WTI and Brent crude were at parity for the first time since 2013 during the session, with both trading near $46 per barrel for a time. COMPANY NEWS: KB Home (KBH) reported better than expected revenue and higher orders in its fourth quarter, but the stock declined $2.70, or 16.29%, to $13.87 after CEO Jeffrey Mezger warned on the associated earnings call that margins could drop "significantly" in its current quarter from the levels seen last year. KB's margin outlook, which it blamed on rising costs, heavier use of incentives and a sequential decline in average selling prices, dragged down peers in the housing space as well. D.R. Horton (DHI), the biggest homebuilder by market cap, finished the day down $1.26, or 4.83%, to $24.82, while PulteGroup (PHM) also slid $56c, or 2.47%, to $22.13... MetLife (MET) said it will sue to oppose the U.S. Financial Stability Oversight Council’s designation of the insurer as a SIFI, or "systemically important financial institution." The life insurer called the label premature and said it has offered “substantial and compelling evidence” that it isn’t a SIFI. Wells Fargo said it thinks it is appropriate for MetLife to challenge the ruling, though the firm does not presently see a Dodd-Frank provision that enables an entity to shed its designation. Wells added that a MetLife victory would have no impact on either AIG (AIG) or Prudential (PRU), which did not challenge their SIFI designations before their windows closed. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Emulex (ELX), which rose $1.21, or 20.86%, to $7.01 after the company issued better than expected guidance on its second quarter results. Also higher was McGraw Hill Financial (MHFI), which jumped $5.13, or 5.98%, to $90.89 after reports said the company's Standard & Poor’s rating unit was in talks about a potential $1B settlement to its fight with the Justice Department and state attorneys general over allegations of inflating credit ratings on mortgage investments preceding the financial crisis. Among the noteworthy losers was ChannelAdvisor (ECOM), which plunged $11.32, or 53.52%, to $9.83 after its fourth quarter revenue warning prompted no less than eight downgrades of the stock by Street analysts. Also lower were shares of Ocwen Financial (OCN), which dropped $4.41, or 36.18%, to $7.78 after the Los Angeles Times reported that California is seeking to suspend the company's mortgage license in the state. Altisource Portfolio Solutions (ASPS), which is a related company to Ocwen, also declined $10.45, or 38.79%, to $16.49. Shares of GoPro (GPRO) fell $6.91, or 12.17%, to $49.87 after the Patently Apple blog reported that Apple (AAPL) was granted a patent for a camera system that specifically mentions the weaknesses of GoPro devices. INDEXES: The Dow fell 27.16, or 0.15%, to 17,613.68, the Nasdaq lost 3.21, or 0.07%, to 4,661.50, and the S&P 500 dropped 5.23, or 0.26%, to 2,023.03.
11:57 EDTNFLXNetflix, Kudelski Group enter product relationship, resolve patent litigation
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10:46 EDTMETMetLife has only upside in challenging SIFI designation, says Wells Fargo
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09:05 EDTJDSUSandell reiterates need for JDSU to pursue strategic actions to maximize value
Sandell Asset Management, a shareholder of JDS Uniphase Corporation, has publicly released the following letter to the Board of Directors of JDSU. In such letter, Sandell calls for the immediate amendment of the Company’s Bylaws to remedy changes made in May 2014 that were detrimental to shareholder rights. Additionally, Sandell reiterates the need for JDSU to pursue further strategic actions to maximize shareholder value.
07:41 EDTMETMetLife CEO says SIFI designation could lead to higher costs for consumers
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07:33 EDTMETMetLife CEO: FSOC's designation of MetLife 'premature'
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07:32 EDTMETMetLife CEO says company 'not systemically important'
07:31 EDTMETMetLife to ask federal court to review SIFI designation
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07:30 EDTMETMetLife to ask federal court to review SIFI designation
07:13 EDTMETMetLife CEO could decide soon whether to file suit against U.S., WSJ reports
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