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May 19, 2014
09:59 EDTPAY, KMB, DTV, THR, GNW, MIND, ESV, CTL, MO, DB, AZN, ATK, CHA, ARCPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ATK (ATK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Altria Group (MO) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... American Realty (ARCP) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... AstraZeneca (AZN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink... CenturyLink (CTL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... China Telecom (CHA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Deutsche Bank (DB) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... DirecTV (DTV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... Ensco (ESV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Genworth (GNW) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Kimberly Clark (KMB) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Mitcham Industries (MIND) downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at Global Hunter... Thermon Group (THR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc... VeriFone (PAY) downgraded to Neutral from Positive at Susquehanna.
News For ATK;MO;ARCP;AZN;CTL;CHA;DB;DTV;ESV;GNW;KMB;MIND;THR;PAY From The Last 14 Days
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January 23, 2015
07:37 EDTKMBKimberly Clark says restructuring expected to be completed by end of 2016
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07:36 EDTKMBKimberly Clark says dividend expected to increase mid-single digits in 2015
The anticipated increase is generally consistent with 2014 growth in adjusted earnings per share from continuing operations of 5%. Share repurchases are expected to total $8MM to $1B, subject to market conditions.
07:35 EDTKMBKimberly Clark sees FY15 adjusted operating profit of 1%-4%
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07:33 EDTKMBKimberly Clark sees FY15 EPS $5.60-$5.80, consensus $6.00
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07:31 EDTKMBKimberly Clark reports Q4 adjusted EPS $1.35, consensus $1.37
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January 22, 2015
15:48 EDTKMBKimberly Clark technical comments before earnings
The shares have been in a strong uptrend since the market lows of October 2014, gaining nearly 20% in that time. On the chart there is no indication of bearish concerns, with the stock having hit a new lifetime high today at $119. Without established resistance overhead, next objectives on positive news would be at common option strike prices such as $120 and $125. If there is risk to the shares it may be in the form of adverse currency moves, given the recent strength of the dollar. The stock has been bid-up given its relatively high yield as bond yields have dropped, but it is trading at a premium historically. If there is a disappointment, support levels to watch as potential downside objectives may be at $117.19, $115, and $111.86.
15:32 EDTKMBNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:27 EDTATKOrbital to host special shareholder meeting
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13:15 EDTDTVAT&T to review name of DirecTV unit, WSJ reports
AT&T (T) CEO Randall Stephenson said in an interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos that the company will review the name of its DirecTV (DTV) unit, The Wall Street Journal reports. Stephenson also noted that the $48.5B acquisition, which must be approved by regulators, will give AT&T a "differentiated offering" in trying to win customers. Reference Link
10:03 EDTTHROn the Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:18 EDTTHRThermon Group downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI
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05:57 EDTGNWGenworth implied volatility of 72 at upper end of index mean range
January 21, 2015
12:30 EDTAZNGlaxoSmithKline 'admired' by Pfizer CEO, FT reports
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12:11 EDTESVStocks with call strike movement; DNR ESV
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10:16 EDTAZNLeerink biopharma analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Analyst Fernandez, along with Dr. Paul Gurbel and Dr. Richard Becker, discuss AstraZeneca's PEGASUS trial and the current use of Brilinta and dual antiplatelet therapy for prevention of CV disease and implications of the recently completed DAPT trial on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on January 21 at 1:30 pm.
08:31 EDTDTVAT&T CEO says net neutrality may end up in Supreme Court, CNBC says
AT&T (T) Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson believes the net neutrality debate may have to be settled by the Supreme Court, reports CNBC, citing a CNBC interview on Wednesday from the World Economic Forum in Davos. Stephenson stated, "We need a neutral Internet... I think everyone agrees with that. Where everyone is getting stuck now is going beyond that." Stephenson also stated the neutrality debate will not affect his company's decision to bid $49B for DirecTV (DTV), though he believes a quick decision from the FCC could quicken Comcast's (CMCSA, CMCSK) $45B negotiations for Time Warner Cable (TWC). Reference Link
January 20, 2015
16:16 EDTMINDMitcham Industries extends stock repurchase program
Mitcham Industries announced that its board has authorized a repurchase program for up to 1.0M shares of the company's outstanding common stock through December 31. This is in addition to the previous share repurchase program which was completed in the quarter ended October 31, 2014.
10:44 EDTMOWells sees tobacco stocks as 'place to be' for 2015
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07:21 EDTMOWells Fargo calls Tobacco 'place to be,' upgrades Altria Group
Wells Fargo calls the U.S. Tobacco sector the "place to be" in consumer staples in 2015. Wells lists positive catalysts for the group as stronger pricing power, protection from currency risk and upside potential from e-cigarettes. The firm says Reynolds American (RAI) remains its top pick and it raised its price target range for shares to $79-$81 from $69-$71. Wells upgraded Altria Group (MO) to Outperform from Market Perform with an increased price target range of $56-$58. The firm also has an Outperform rating on Lorillard (LO). Wells has a "high conviction" that Reynolds' deal with Lorillard will be approved by the FTC in March or April.
06:23 EDTMOAltria Group upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
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