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October 25, 2012
10:04 EDTCP, WYN, ISIL, FFIV, CROX, WPPGY, MSI, CNI, LSI, NUVA, FTI, ATIOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Allegheny Technologies (ATI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Longbow... Canadian National (CNI) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... F5 Networks (FFIV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... F5 Networks (FFIV) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... FMC Technologies (FTI) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Intersil (ISIL) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup... Motorola Solutions (MSI) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... NuVasive (NUVA) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink...WPP PLC (WPPGY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Wyndham (WYN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... LSI Corp. (LSI) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Wedbush... Crocs (CROX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee... Canadian Pacific (CP) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital.
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October 2, 2015
15:14 EDTFFIVAs many as 4.6M Scottrade users' data exposed in breach, KrebsonSecurity says
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October 1, 2015
12:16 EDTCROXOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday as investors remain cautious following last quarter's rout. The Dow, Nasdaq and S&P 500 each lost 7% or more in the third quarter and yesterday's end-of-quarter rally is turning out to be very short-lived as investors brace for tomorrow's nonfarm jobs report and the Federal Reserve rate setting meeting that comes late this month. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's manufacturing purchasing managers' index inched up to 53.1 in the final September reading, compared to the preliminary September figure of 53.0 that was flat from August. ISM's manufacturing index fell to 50.2 in September, however, versus expectations for a reading of 50.6. Construction spending grew 0.7% in August, versus the consensus expectation for a rise of 0.5% for the month. Initial jobless claims rose to 277,000 in the week of September 26, versus expectations for 271,000 first-time claims. In Asia, Chinese markets were closed for holidays, but monthly manufacturing data was still released. The government's official manufacturing PMI ticked up to 49.8, beating expectations for a 49.6 reading. The final Caixin/Markit PMI, meanwhile, fell to a fresh six-and-a-half-year low of 47.2 in September, though that was slightly improved an earlier flash estimate of 47. In Japan, the Bank of Japan's quarterly tankan survey of large manufacturers for the September quarter came in at positive 12, compared with expectations for a positive 13 reading. In Europe, Markit's final Eurozone manufacturing PMI for September came in at 52.0, consistent with the flash figure and down from August's final 52.3 reading. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of General Motors (GM) rose fractionally near midday after the company reported its U.S. sales grew 12% in September compared to the same month of last year. Additionally, the auto giant hosted a global business update event, where it announced two new car- and ride-sharing projects and confirmed its plans to jointly develop a commercially viable fuel cell vehicle with Honda (HMC) in the 2020 timeframe. Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), which reported U.S. sales increased 14% last month, and Ford (F), which said its U.S. sales rose 23% in September, both saw their shares slip fractionally near noon. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), which rallied 19% after the company released additional data from its Phase IIb program of eteplirsen in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Also higher was PBF Energy (PBF), which gained 10% after agreeing to purchase the 155,000 barrel-per-day Torrance refinery, and related logistics assets, from ExxonMobil (XOM). Among the noteworthy losers was Crocs (CROX), which dropped 14% after Piper Jaffray analyst Erinn Murphy downgraded the stock to Neutral, saying adverse currency moves and China weakness could cause sales to miss expectations in Q3. Also lower were shares of Dunkin' Brands (DNKN), which fell 10% after the company projected third quarter U.S. same-store sales that fell below the prior year period and said it would close 100 stores in the U.S. in 2015 and 2016. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 195.02, or 1.2%, to 16,089.68, the Nasdaq was down 55.92, or 1.21%, to 4,564.24, and the S&P 500 was down 17.57, or 0.92%, to 1,902.46.
11:21 EDTWPPGYWPP PLC management to meet with Jefferies
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10:00 EDTCROXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AGCO (AGCO) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Banco Santander (SAN) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Crocs (CROX) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... EZchip (EZCH) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Brean Capital... Illumina (ILMN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink... ServisFirst (SFBS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill.
09:30 EDTCPRails sector upgraded to Market Weight from Market Weight at Wolfe Research
Wolfe Research upgraded the Rails Sector to Market Overweight citing limited downside in earnings and valuations at current levels. The firm recommends investors aggressively buy rail stocks again given below market multiples and double-digit earnings growth next year. As part of the sector upgrade, the analyst raised Norfolk Southern to Outperform from Peer Perform.
08:46 EDTATIATI announces completion of repairs to HRPF rotary crop shear
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07:10 EDTATIAllegheny Technologies price target lowered to $40 from $50 at Stifel
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06:42 EDTCROXCrocs downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Erinn Murphy downgraded Crocs to Neutral saying adverse currency moves and China weakness could cause sales to miss expectations in Q3. She also notes the company's long-term guidance was pushed out further than anticipated at its analyst day. Murphy cut her price target for shares to $12 from $17.
September 30, 2015
12:26 EDTCNI, CPRails advance after Goldman says rate of volume declines improving
Shares of railroad operators are advancing after Goldman Sachs moved its Rails coverage view to Attractive from Neutral. WHAT'S NEW: In a note to investors, Goldman Sach's Tom Kim and team said while rail volumes continue to contract, the rate of change has begun to improve and the firm sees this as an early inflection indicator. The negatives in the rail sector appear to be well known as the sector has been under "significant" selling pressure since peaking in the fourth quarter of 2014, added Goldman Sachs. The firm sees structural improvement in the profitability of the rail sector as operating margins for 2015 are estimated to have expanded to 35% from 29% in 2010. Goldman thinks the negative earnings per share revisions cycle for rails is over and that investor expectations are achievable. The firm sees earnings as a catalyst for sector performance and believes carloads will grow again in 2016 with 4% year-over-year growth in intermodal. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Kim upgraded Canadian Pacific (CP) to Buy from Neutral and reiterated its Buy rating on Union Pacific (UNP). The firm sees upside potential for Canadian National Railway (CNI), CSX (CSX), Kansas City Southern (KSU), and Norfolk Southern Corporation (NSC), but it maintained its Neutral ratings on those names as the firm expects these stocks to trade in-line with its broader Transportation coverage universe. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, shares of Canadian Pacific are up nearly 3%, while Union Pacific is higher by almost 1%. CSX is advancing 2.2%, while Canadian National Railway, Kansas City Southern, and Norfolk Southern Corporation are each up over 1%.
10:33 EDTFFIVBattleground: Analysts agree Barracuda shares 'cheap,' diverge on ratings
The shares of Barracuda Networks (CUDA) are falling after the company reported lower than expected revenue and provided weaker than expected guidance. Research firms Piper Jaffray and JPMorgan both said that the shares are cheap in the wake of their huge decline today, though Piper downgraded the shares and JPMorgan kept an Overweight rating on the stock. Barracuda provides IT security and storage solutions, primarily for small and medium businesses. WHAT'S NEW: Barracuda last night reported second quarter earnings per share of 10c, versus analysts' consensus estimate of 9c. The company's revenue, however, came in at $78.4M, below the consensus outlook of $78.7M. Moreover, the company lowered its fiscal 2016 EPS guidance to 34c-36c from 36c-41c. Analysts' consensus estimate was 39c. Barrcuda cut its full-year revenue guidance to $320M-$323M, from $325M-$330M. Analysts' consensus estimate was $325M. The company said that its Q2 results were negatively impacted by longer sales cycles in its Europe, Middle East, and Africa region and it warned that it "saw some evidence" of slowing growth in the storage market. It also stated that its gross billings came in below its expectations. ANALYST REACTION: Piper Jaffray analyst Andrew Nowinski responded to Barracuda's results by downgrading the stock to Neutral from Overweight. Although Barracuda blamed its lower than expected billings guidance on weakness in its storage business, its security billings increased only by high single digit percentage levels, the analyst stated. The shares are "cheap," but the valuation is not compelling enough to recommend the stock, contends Nowinski, who cut his price target for shares to $20 from $40. Barracuda was also downgraded at Macquarie and at Stephens this morning.Conversely, JPMorgan analyst Sterling Auty called Barracuda shares "too cheap to ignore." The company lowered its billings guidance partly due to worries about slowing storage market growth, as indicated by an industry report released last quarter, said Auty. However, the growth of Barracuda's storage business actually accelerated last quarter, reaching about 25%, the analyst stated. He believes that Barracuda's new guidance reflects the company's efforts to be "prudent." Auty cut his price target on the name to $30 from $42 but kept an Overweight rating on the shares. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other publicly traded companies in the IT security space include Check Point (CHKP), F5 Networks (FFIV), FireEye (FEYE), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Palo Alto (PANW), Proofpoint (PFPT), Qualys (QLYS) and Symantec (SYMC). PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Barracuda tumbled 33% to $15.90.
10:00 EDTCPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Analog Devices (ADI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Asbury Automotive (ABG) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Brookfield (BAM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... CNOOC (CEO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Canadian Pacific (CP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Citizens Financial (CFG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Esperion (ESPR) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Chardan... HSBC (HSBC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Hecla Mining (HL) upgraded to Outperformer from Sector Performer at CIBC... Johnson Controls (JCI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair... Level 3 (LVLT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Madison Square Garden (MSG) upgraded on asset value, share buyback outlook at Stifel... Medivation (MDVN) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Cowen... PHH Corp. (PHH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... Post Holdings (POST) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Ralph Lauren (RL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Regions Financial (RF) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Shire (SHPG) upgraded to Hold from Reduce at HSBC... Sinopec (SNP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Verifone (PAY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus.
10:00 EDTATIBofa/Merrill global metals/mining analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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09:12 EDTCROXCrocs lowers Q3 revenue guidance to $270M-$280M from $280M-$290M
Consensus $286.69M. Crocs is hosting an Investor Day meeting in Boston beginning at approximately 9:00 am Eastern Time and ending at approximately 12:30 pm Eastern Time. In the presentation, the company is updating its Q3 consolidated revenue guidance to a range of $270M-$280M, reflecting unfavorable changes in foreign currency exchange rates totaling approximately $4M and the company's decision to hold back approximately $6M of orders to select China distributors in Q3. Also in the presentation, the company is reaffirming its mid-term operating margin target range of 10%-12% as early as 2018.
09:08 EDTWYNWyndham appoints Chip Ohlsson as Chief Development Officer
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08:08 EDTCP, CNIRails sector upgraded to Attractive from Neutral at Goldman
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08:03 EDTCROXCrocs to host investor day
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07:50 EDTCPCanadian Pacific upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
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September 29, 2015
16:36 EDTCPCanadian Pacific acquires Steelcare, terms not disclosed
Canadian Pacific has acquired Steelcare, Canada's largest steel transload facility. Steelcare is a transload and distribution hub providing superior transloading, warehousing and distribution services of steel products. Steelcare's Plant Six facility in CP's Aberdeen yard in Hamilton, Ontario, is a 168,000-square-foot facility featuring two drive-through rail and truck loading and unloading areas. Steelcare is able to handle up to 1.5M tons of rail transload product in a given year. The transaction includes TransCare Logistics Corporation, Prometheus Six Inc. and East Port Warehousing & Distribution. Projected yearly revenue as a result of the transaction is approximately $10M. The intent is to keep the current management structure and employees in place. Clements will also serve as Steelcare's Executive Vice President.
11:19 EDTFFIVAnalyst rolls out coverage of IT security stocks with mixed view
Research firm Stifel initiated coverage of IT security company Barracuda Networks (CUDA) with a Buy rating and started coverage of another company in the sector, Imperva (IMPV), with a Hold rating in notes to investors this morning. WHAT'S NEW: Barracuda is "an emerging leader" in the small and medium business security and storage sectors and it's poised to replace legacy systems in those markets, Stifel analyst Gur Talpaz wrote. The lower than expected billings reported by the company for the first quarter was "an aberration," according to Talpaz, who predicts its billings growth should accelerate in Q2. Unlike legacy threat management systems, Barracuda's products can be bought individually, on an "as needed" basis, by small and medium businesses, Talpaz explained. More importantly, Barracuda's products allow a single administrator to view the majority of the company's security infrastructure from any location, Talpaz noted. Additionally, Barracuda's storage solutions can be implemented using appliance, cloud or hybrid systems, according to Talpaz, who set a $36 price target on the shares. Imperva is "the clear leader" in the small but fast growing Web Application Firewall, or WAF, market, the analyst stated. However, many companies still don't view WAF systems as necessary, reasoning that they do not have that many Web applications, according to Talpaz. Moreover, competition in the market is intense, as network vendors such as F5 Networks (FFIV) and cloud vendors such as Akamai (AKAM) are competing in the relatively small space, the analyst stated. Talpaz expects Imperva to report strong Q3 results, but heading into 2016, he believes that the company's future profitability is "limited,"while its competitive end markets will create challenges and its valuation leaves little room for error. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Talpaz also initiated coverage of another company in the sector, Qualys (QLYS), with a Hold rating. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Barracuda slipped 1.2% to $24.33, Imperva dropped 3.6% to $63 and Qualys advanced 0.4% to $28.59.
September 28, 2015
09:05 EDTWYNAvis named exclusive rental partner of Wyndham Rewards
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