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August 19, 2014
10:13 EDTMRKT, SAFM, OCUL, RPTP, NADL, SCL, PSG, GMED, LOCO, JAZZ, FIATY, BITA, INNL, FARO, ATHMOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Autohome (ATHM) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Bitauto (BITA) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... El Pollo Loco (LOCO) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... FARO Technologies (FARO) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Fiat (FIATY) initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse... Globus Medical (GMED) initiated with a Buy at Gabelli... Innocoll (INNL) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Jazz Pharmaceuticals (JAZZ) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Markit (MRKT) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... North Atlantic Drilling (NADL) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... Ocular Therapeutix (OCUL) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Performance Sports Group (PSG) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Raptor Pharmaceuticals (RPTP) coverage transferred with an Outperform at Cowen... Sanderson Farms (SAFM) initiated with a Buy at Sidoti... Stepan Company (SCL) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc.
News For ATHM;BITA;LOCO;FARO;FIATY;GMED;INNL;JAZZ;MRKT;NADL;OCUL;PSG;RPTP;SAFM;SCL From The Last 14 Days
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February 10, 2016
07:02 EDTMRKTMarkit reports Q4 adjusted EPS 37c, consensus 38c
Reports Q4 revenue $291.5M, consensus $292.08M.
February 9, 2016
09:28 EDTMRKTMarkit acquires syndicated loan technology from JPMorgan
Markit (MRKT) announced it has acquired systems integration software developed by J.P. Morgan (JPM). Markit will make the software available to sellside and buyside institutions seeking to integrate with major systems used in the syndicated loan market, including agent servicing platforms and Markit's trade settlement services. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. The transaction is not expected to have a material impact on Markit's financial results this year.
February 5, 2016
11:51 EDTSAFMTyson Foods soars to 52-week high after raising FY16 profit outlook
Shares of Tyson Foods (TSN) are rallying after the company's first quarter earnings per share topped analysts' consensus estimates. The company also raised its profit outlook for fiscal year 2016. WHAT'S NEW: Prior to the market open this morning, Tyson Foods reported Q1 adjusted EPS of $1.15, easily topping analyst's consensus estimates of 89c. However, the company's Q1 revenue of $9.15B missed analysts' estimates of $10.07B, and the company noted that average sales prices decreased in the quarter due in part to higher domestic availability of fed cattle and live hog supplies. Tyson also noted that feed costs declined $60M during Q1. Additionally, the company also raised its share repurchase authorization by 50M shares. GUIDANCE: Looking ahead to FY16, Tyson Foods raised its EPS view to $3.85-$3.95, ahead of analysts' consensus estimates of $3.63. The company's sales view for FY16 was lowered to approximately $37B from its previous estimate of $41B, below analysts' estimates of $39.83B. The company cited declines in beef, pork and feed prices. Tyson Foods sees domestic protein production for the fiscal year up 2%-3% and believes the chicken segment's operating margin will improve to 11% in 2016, up from its previous 10% outlook. Tyson also sees lower future feed costs in FY16 compared to FY15 of approximately $200M based on current futures prices. Further, Tyson sees its beef segment's operating margin "at or above" the low end of its normalized range of 1.5-3% for FY16 and its pork segment's operating margin above its normalized 6%-8% range, up from its previous estimate of within the range. The company also sees synergies of over $500M in FY16 from its acquisition of Hillshire Brands and sees FY16 capital expenditures of $900M. EXECUTIVE COMMENTARY: On the company's earnings conference call, Donnie Smith, the company's chief executive officer, said he believes that "the worst is over" in terms of the cattle supply. While he believes beef will still be expensive to consumers, he noted that customers are spending more at the grocery store. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Tyson Foods rose $5.16, or about 10%, to $57.13 on nearly twice its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock made a fresh 52-week high of $58.94. Including the advance, the stock is up approximately 43% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other food producers include Hormel Foods (HRL), Sanderson Farms (SAFM) and Pilgrim's Pride (PPC).
February 4, 2016
11:12 EDTMRKTMarkit management to meet with Jefferies
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February 3, 2016
10:00 EDTPSGOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: ADT Corp. (ADT) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Badger Meter (BMI) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... Boot Barn (BOOT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Chipotle (CMG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Dow Chemical (DOW) upgraded to Top Pick from Outperform at RBC Capital... Electro Scientific (ESIO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Hyatt (H) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Intel (INTC) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Mallinckrodt (MNK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Michael Kors (KORS) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... NeoPhotonics (NPTN) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... PGT, Inc. (PGTI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Performance Sports Group (PSG) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Superior Drilling (SDPI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Roth Capital... Syntel (SYNT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Maxim... Valley National (VLY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Willis Towers Watson (WLTW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust.
09:04 EDTMRKTMarkit secures new customer wins for KY3P
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07:06 EDTPSGPerformance Sports Group upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush
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February 1, 2016
18:04 EDTPSGSagard Capital reports 9.2% stake in Performance Sports Group
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09:08 EDTJAZZJazz Pharmaceuticals reports data from Phase 3 pivotal study of defibrotide
Jazz Pharmaceuticals announced that data from the phase 3 pivotal study of defibrotide were published online in BLOOD, the Journal of the American Society of Hematology, or ASH. The data demonstrated that defibrotide use in patients with hepatic veno-occlusive, or VOD, also known as sinusoidal obstruction syndrome, with multi-organ failure post-hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation was associated with a statistically significant improvement in Day +100 survival and in rate of complete response by Day +100, compared with rigorously selected historical controls.
January 29, 2016
06:55 EDTJAZZ2016 could be pivotal year for Jazz, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Gregg Gilbert says 2016 could be a pivotal year for Jazz Pharmaceuticals. The analyst sees several potential catalysts for the shares, including potentially greater certainty on Xyrem duration via a patent settlement or a win in court, FDA approval of defibrotide and acquisitions supported by the company's under-leveraged balance sheet. Gilbert keeps a Buy rating on Jazz with a $167 price target.
January 28, 2016
05:23 EDTPSGPSG narrows FY17 savings expectations to $10M-$12M from $8M-$12M
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January 27, 2016
10:00 EDTRPTPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: American Airlines (AAL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Armstrong World (AWI) upgraded on valuation at BB&T... Autoliv (ALV) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... BHP Billiton (BHP) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... BorgWarner (BWA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... Boyd Gaming (BYD) upgraded on valuation at Sterne Agee CRT... CF Industries (CF) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Deutsche Boerse (DBOEY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Diamond Offshore (DO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Clarksons Platou... Exelon (EXC) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... FCB Financial (FCB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Flushing Financial (FFIC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Hawaiian Holdings (HA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Imperva (IMPV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities... Lockheed Martin (LMT) upgraded to Outperform from Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... McDonald's (MCD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Munich Re (MURGY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... NextEra Energy (NEE) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... PG&E (PCG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Panera Bread (PNRA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... Raptor Pharmaceuticals (RPTP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Siemens (SIEGY) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays... Sprint (S) upgraded to Perform from Underperform at Oppenheimer... Stryker (SYK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Brean Capital... Super Micro Computer (SMCI) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Talmer Bancorp (TLMR)upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Terex (TEX) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Transocean (RIG) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Clarksons Platou... Washington Trust (WASH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... Yara (YARIY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Berenberg.
09:41 EDTBITABitauto initiated with a Buy at HSBC
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09:40 EDTATHMAutohome initiated with a Buy at HSBC
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09:12 EDTRPTPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Biogen (BIIB), up 5.6%... Hawaiian Holdings (HA), up 6.7%... Capital One (COF), up 1.5%. ALSO HIGHER: Capnia (CAPN), up 34.1% after entering into an exclusive distribution agreement with Bemes... Fate Therapeutics (FATE), up 18.6% after announcing that the FDA has cleared the company's investigational new drug application for ProTmune... Raptor Pharmaceutical (RPTP), up 12.1% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Aquinox (AQXP), up 5.6% after Baker Bros. buys 140,786 shares in the company... Sunedison (SUNE), up 7.4% after SunEdison and Greenlight Capital announced that they have mutually agreed to corporate governance initiatives... Citizens Financial Group (CFG), up 3% after it will be added to the S&P 500... Terex (TEX), up 5.2% after being upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Tupperware Brands (TUP), down 11.4%... VMware (VMW), down 6.5%... Textron (TXT), down 9.9%... Cliffs Natural (CLF), down 5.8%... Boeing (BA), down 6.2%... Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), down 3%... Apple (AAPL), down 3.4%. ALSO LOWER: Priceline (PCLN), down 2.9% after being downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), down 4.2% after being downgraded at Citi and KeyBanc... Tripadvisor (TRIP), down 5.5% after being downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman.
06:51 EDTRPTPRaptor Pharmaceuticals upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi
Citi analyst Joel Beatty upgraded Raptor Pharmaceuticals to Buy after the close yesterday despite lowering his price target to $6 from $8. Quinsair is an underappreciated asset that will receive more attention as the drug launches in Europe and Canada, Beatty tells investors in a research note.

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