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March 28, 2014
10:06 EDTAVGO, MCO, HYGS, MNDL, VRX, SYRG, ORCL, MHFI, ISSI, EPE, CXP, CFX, CRZO, BBG, ARP, ATLSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Atlas Energy (ATLS) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Atlas Resource Partners (ARP) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Bill Barrett (BBG) initiated with a Neutral at Mizuho... Carrizo Oil & Gas (CRZO) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... Colfax (CFX) initiated with a Neutral at Longbow... Columbia Property Trust (CXP) initiated with a Market Perform at JMP Securities... EP Energy (EPE) initiated with a Neutral at Mizuho... Integrated Silicon (ISSI) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... McGraw Hill Financial (MHFI) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... Oracle (ORCL) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... Synergy Resources (SYRG) initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital... Valeant (VRX) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... Mandalay Digital (MNDL) initiated with a Buy at Craig-Hallum... Hydrogenics (HYGS) initiated with a Buy at Ascendiant... Moody's (MCO) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... Avago (AVGO) initiated with an Outperform at Pacific Crest.
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September 18, 2014
16:00 EDTORCLOracle CEO Larry Ellison steps down from post, named executive chair, CTO
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15:15 EDTORCLNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Oracle (ORCL), consensus 64c; Red Hat (RHT), consensus 38c; TIBCO Software (TIBX), consensus 18c.
14:58 EDTORCLOracle September 41.5 straddle priced for 3.4% move into Q1
14:54 EDTORCLOracle technical comments ahead of results
In the past three months the stock has underperformed, falling by over 3%. The trading in shares has been relatively volatile, but within a narrow range largely contained by $40 at the low and $42 at the high. If the news is stronger than expected, particularly where outlook is concerned, there could be a run to the 52-week high at $43.19. That high is very close to the life highs for the shares at $46.18. We could see a range open up between the 52-week high and the life high if news exceeds expectations. If the news fails to meet investor expectations, a test down to the $40 area would appear very likely. A break below $40 would see next support at $38.34 and then at $37.08. The stock can be volatile around earnings, but gaps tend to be relatively small unless estimates are broken in extreme fashion, in either direction.
12:58 EDTORCLEarnings Preview: Morgan Stanley views Oracle's Q1, Q2 estimates as 'achievable'
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08:09 EDTMNDLMandalay Digital sees FY16 revenue $110M-$130M, consensus $117.05M
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08:09 EDTMNDLMandalay Digital repeats FY15 revenue view $44M-$48M, consensus $45.35M
Sees FY gross margin mid 40% range. Sees adjusted EBITDA positive for full Q3. Comments from slides that will be presented at the Craig-Hallum Alpha Select Conference.
07:42 EDTMCOMoody's to hold a webcast
Steel Industry Outlook focuses on key drivers of the industry, steel and raw material price and profitability expectations in a webcast being held on September 18 at 10 am.
September 17, 2014
10:00 EDTBBGOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AB InBev (BUD) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Societe Generale... Baker Hughes (BHI) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Howard Weil... Bank of the Ozarks (OZRK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Bill Barrett (BBG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Cepheid (CPHD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... Cigna (CI) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Extra Space Storage (EXR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... GNC Holdings (GNC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... MB Financial (MBFI) upgraded at DA Davidson... Mondelez (MDLZ) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... Radian Group (RDN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... Skullcandy (SKUL) assumed with a Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Under Armour (UA) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray.
05:59 EDTBBGBill Barrett upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho
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September 16, 2014
11:51 EDTVRXOECD looks to close tax loopholes with new proposals
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09:59 EDTORCLOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: ACI Worldwide (ACIW) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... ADP (ADP) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... ANSYS (ANSS) initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Accenture (ACN) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Blackhawk (HAWK) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Coca-Cola (KO) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Cognizant (CTSH) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Constellation Brands (STZ) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... GenCorp (GY) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Global Payments (GPN) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... GoPro (GPRO) initiated with a Buy at Cleveland Research... Green Dot (GDOT) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Lionsgate (LGF) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... MEDNAX (MD) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... MasterCard (MA) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... Molson Coors (TAP) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Monster Beverage (MNST) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... NetSuite (N) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Oracle (ORCL) assumed with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... PepsiCo (PEP) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... SAP (SAP) initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Teekay (TK) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Tesla (TSLA) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Visa (V) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... Western Union (WU) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Workday (WDAY) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Yelp (YELP) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Zillow (Z) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... zulily (ZU) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird.
07:37 EDTBBGBill Barrett cuts FY14 oil production to 26%, total production to 9.4-9.8 MMBoe
This reduces previous guidance by approximately 1.4 MMBoe, approximately 10% oil, as a result of production attributable to sold assets. It also narrows the previous guidance range toward the lower end of the range, primarily as a result of natural gas production year-to-date. Third quarter of 2014 total production is expected to range between 2.6-2.7 MMBoe. 2014 exit rate production is expected to be approximately 21 MBoe/d. Capital expenditures of $525-$550 million, narrowed to the upper end of previous estimates, primarily as a result of an increased well count in the Uinta Oil Program, due to faster drilling times, and the increased working interest acquired in the Northeast Wattenberg. Lease operating expenses of $58-$62 million. The Company was on track to the mid-point of previous guidance and the adjustment reflects only these asset sales. The run-rate in the fourth quarter of 2014 is expected to approximate $6.50 per Boe, reflecting the higher proportion of oil in the production mix. Gathering, transportation and processing expenses of $36-$37 million. This reflects a significantly reduced fourth quarter run-rate of $1-$2 million total for the quarter. Certain obligations associated with firm natural gas gathering and transportation agreements are expected to be written-off in the third quarter of 2014. The Company may record non-cash charges in the third quarter of 2014 associated with certain of these transactions, including the write-offs of the company's Ruby Pipeline and other firm transportation agreements for an estimated $128M, subject to final review of financial reporting requirements and estimated losses on property sales totaling approximately $100M. The company expects that the transactions will not incur a material current tax liability.
07:35 EDTBBGBill Barrett announces $757M divestiture of Power River, Piceance properties
Bill Barrett announced that it has signed purchase and sale agreements with several undisclosed purchasers for the sale of the majority of its Powder River Basin acreage and the company's remaining position in the Gibson Gulch natural gas program in the Piceance Basin. The transactions include an acreage exchange whereby Bill Barrett Corporation acquires 7,856 net acres and 390 barrels of oil equivalent per day net production within the southern block of its operated Northeast Wattenberg area in exchange for acreage in the Powder River Basin. The total value of the transactions is $757M and includes $568M in cash proceeds, $69M estimated value for assets acquired in an exchange, $36M for the assumption by a purchaser of a lease financing obligation and $84M in future commitments assumed by a purchaser for natural gas firm gathering and transportation obligations. The company expects to reduce its debt to $450M from $1.1B, pro forma as of June 30, 2014. It also anticipates that 2014 exit rate production will have a commodity mix that is more than 70% oil. The asset sales include 46,510 net acres in the Powder River Basin with net production that averaged 1,479 Boe/d in the second quarter of 2014 and proved reserves of 4.2 MMBoe at year-end 2013, and 12,000 net acres in the Piceance Basin with net production that averaged 80 million cubic feet natural gas equivalent per day in the second quarter of 2014 and proved reserves of 438 billion cubic feet natural gas equivalent at year-end 2013. These assets provided 33% of field level cash flow in the second quarter of 2014. The Company plans to sell its remaining Powder River Basin position, which includes 17,649 net acres and 170 Boe/d of production, based on the second quarter of 2014 results.
07:34 EDTORCLOracle September volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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07:22 EDTBBGVanguard sees Bill Barrett deal 'immediately accretive' to cash flow at closing
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07:19 EDTORCLCompanies' share buybacks at fasttest clip since 2007, WSJ reports
Companies are buying back their own shares at its fastest pace since the financial crisis to fuel a stock rally, reports the Wall Street Journal. According to Birinyi Associates, companies have bought back $338.3B of stock in 1H14, the most since 2007. Citing an analysis by Barclays, companies with the largest buyback programs by dollar value have outperformed the broader market by 20% since 2008. Reference Link
07:17 EDTBBGVanguard Natural acquires natural gas, oil, NGLs for $525M from Bill Barrett
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06:35 EDTMHFIMcGraw Hill Financial management to meet with FBR Capital
Meeting to be held in New York on September 18 hosted by FBR Capital.
05:37 EDTVRXValeant, Pershing Square, Allergan settle pending litigation before DE Court
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