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March 10, 2014
10:01 EDTGIS, DRI, O, DFT, CTG, TMHC, MTH, DTEGY, BWLD, SPLS, KBH, ATHNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
athenahealth (ATHN) downgraded to Underperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... DuPont Fabros (DFT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... KB Home (KBH) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Meritage Homes (MTH) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Realty Income (O) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Staples (SPLS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... Taylor Morrison (TMHC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... D.R. Horton (DRI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Miller Tabak... Computer Task Group (CTG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sidoti... General Mills (GIS) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA.
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November 13, 2014
08:35 EDTDRIDarden announces corporate governance reforms
Darden Restaurants is implementing a number of reforms and the board has also recommended changes that would require shareholder approval at the company's 2015 Annual Meeting of Shareholders. The changes include, but are not limited to: termination of the company's Shareholder Rights Plan the company has eliminated the Poison Pill by amending the Rights Agreement to expire on November 28, 2014 rather than May 25, 2015; the company has adopted a majority voting standard in uncontested elections; the company has amended its political engagement and disclosure policy to provide additional disclosure of its political contributions and lobbying efforts; the board has resolved to recommend for shareholder approval, at the company's next annual meeting, an amendment to the Charter to provide a 10% voting threshold to call a special meeting; the board has recommended for shareholder approval an amendment to the relevant provisions of the Charter to eliminate the supermajority requirement. The board also adopted a revised peer group for compensation benchmarking, which better matches the company's size and profile. This new peer group will assist the board in further aligning compensation practices with shareholder interests.
07:18 EDTKBHUBS to hold a conference
Building & Building Products Annual CEO Conference is being held in New York on November 13 with webcasted company presentations to begin at 9:30 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
November 11, 2014
10:00 EDTDRIOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Alcentra Capital (ABDC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Ambac Financial (AMBC) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at MKM Partners... Banco Bilbao (BBVA) upgraded to Buy from Reduce at Nomura... Darden (DRI) upgraded at KeyBanc... ICU Medical (ICUI) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... IMAX (IMAX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Juniper (JNPR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Michaels (MIK) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Midcoast Energy (MEP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Midstates Petroleum (MPO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Monroe Capital (MRCC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... NuVasive (NUVA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... ONEOK Partners (OKS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... ORBCOMM (ORBC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at First Analysis... Pattern Energy (PEGI) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Targa Resources Partners (NGLS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Time Warner (TWX) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Tremor Video (TRMR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Western Gas Partners (WES) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Yamana Gold (AUY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Zynga (ZNGA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies.
08:55 EDTDRIDarden upgraded at KeyBanc
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06:45 EDTDTEGYGermany may reduce Deutsche Telekom stake, Reuters says
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06:43 EDTDRIDarden upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc
November 10, 2014
15:57 EDTGISWorldwide Business Research to hold a conference
ProcureCon for Digital & Marketing Services 2014 is being held in San Antonio on November 11-13.
10:04 EDTGISOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) downgraded at Oppenheimer... American Eagle (AEO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... BP (BP) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Callon Petroleum (CPE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... EP Energy (EPE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Eaton Vance (EV) downgraded at Sterne Agee... Ecopetrol (EC) downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... General Mills (GIS) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Genworth (GNW) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... MasTec (MTZ) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... Ocean Rig UDW (ORIG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Performant Financial (PFMT) downgraded at Morgan Stanley... Petrobras (PBR) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... R.R. Donnelley (RRD) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Benchmark Co.... Rex Energy (REXX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Salix (SLXP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... Siemens (SIEGY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Solazyme (SZYM) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Stonegate Mortgage (SGM) downgraded to Market Perform at FBR Capital... Syngenta (SYT) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at HSBC... ViaSat (VSAT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Vistaprint (VPRT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Walter Investment (WAC) downgraded at Sterne Agee... WesBanco (WSBC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Whiting USA Trust II (WHZ) downgraded to Underperform at Raymond James... Wipro (WIT) downgraded to Sell from Buy at UBS... XOMA (XOMA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Yanzhou Coal (YZC) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Deutsche Bank.
09:26 EDTKBHKB Home management to meet with JPMorgan
Meeting to be held in New York on November 14 hosted by JPMorgan.
07:41 EDTGISGeneral Mills downgraded at RBC Capital
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06:30 EDTGISGeneral Mills downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital
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November 7, 2014
12:58 EDTGISGeneral Mills downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
09:48 EDTDTEGYDeutsche Telekom upgraded to Strong Buy at Raymond James
Pre-open, Raymond James upgraded Deutsche Telecom to Strong Buy from Market Perform based on valuation, EBITDA growth, cost savings initiatives, and recovering European operations.
09:16 EDTGISOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Sears (SHLD), up 22.5% after reporting Q3 same-store sales were flat with prior year, saying company is actively exploring a REIT transaction involving 200-300 owned properties through a rights offering... Gap (GPS), up 2.9% after reporting October same-store sales fell 3%, giving Q3 EPS guidance that beat estimates... Zynga (ZNGA), up 9%, upgraded at Needham following the company's Q3 earnings report... King Digital (KING), up 8.6% after Q3 results top expectations, company announces $150M share repurchase program... ChannelAdvisor (ECOM), up 30% after earnings, guidance, announcing acquisition of U.K. based E-Tale Holdings... Rockwell Medical (RMTI), up 25% after FDA committee recommends Triferic to treat iron loss in certain patients with chronic kidney disease... Repros Therapeutics (RPRX), up 23% following meeting with FDA regarding Androxal NDA filing. LOWER: Salix (SLXP), down 35%, downgraded at Mizuho, Stifel and William Blair after the company reported worse than expected Q3 earnings, gave lower than expected guidance and announced its CFO had resigned... Intercept (ICPT), down 19% after FLINT trial results published... CTI BioPharma (CTIC), down 20% after filing convertible preferred stock offering... Transocean (RIG), down 5% after delaying its Q3 earnings release and conference call, stating the company expects Q3 to include a non-cash charge of $1.97B for impairment of goodwill... General Mills (GIS), down 4% after lowering FY15 outlook. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), down 12.6%... Ubiquiti Networks (UBNT), down 17%... Arista Networks (ANET), down 10.5%... First Solar (FSLR), down 6%... Magnum Hunter (MHR), down 2%.
08:51 EDTGISGeneral Mills drops 4% after lowering FY15 outlook
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08:37 EDTGISGeneral Mills: Cost savings initiatives to generate $40M in savings in 2015
In June, General Mills announced the initiation of projects designed to generate cost savings and fuel accelerated topline growth for the company. These projects focus on streamlining the company's North American supply chain network and reducing overhead costs. Together, these initiatives are expected to generate $40M in cost savings in fiscal 2015. The company said today that by fiscal 2016, cumulative annual savings from these efforts are expected to total between $260M-$280M. Cumulative annual savings in fiscal 2017 are expected to exceed 2016 levels.
08:37 EDTGISGeneral Mills: Intl and Convenience Stores on track to achieve profit growth
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08:35 EDTGISGeneral Mills sees FY15 revenue to grow at low single digit rate
Total segment operating profit in constant currency is expected to decline at a low single-digit rate from prior-year results of $3.15B.
08:35 EDTGISGeneral Mills sees Q2 adjusted EPS 75c-77c, consensus 71c
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08:35 EDTGISGeneral Mills sees FY15 adjusted EPS to grow at low single-digit rate
FY15 EPS consensus of $2.97. Previously, General Mills had been targeting mid single-digit constant-currency growth in net sales and segment operating profit, and high single-digit constant-currency growth in adjusted diluted EPS for fiscal 2015.
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