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December 19, 2012
10:10 EDTTESO, SWN, QEP, HST, GWAY, YELP, AMTD, PBY, JAH, TGT, PWR, ONXX, HIG, EQT, BCR, SCHW, ATRS, EGN, BIDUOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Antares Pharma (ATRS) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Baidu (BIDU) initiated with a Sell at Maxim... C.R. Bard (BCR) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... Charles Schwab (SCHW) coverage assumed with an Outperform at William Blair... EQT Corporation (EQT) initiated with a Buy at Societe Generale... Energen (EGN) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... Greenway Medical (GWAY) initiated with a Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Hartford Financial (HIG) initiated with a Buy at MKM Partners... Host Hotels (HST) initiated with a Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Jarden (JAH) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Onyx Pharmaceuticals (ONXX) initiated with a Buy at UBS... Pep Boys (PBY) coverage transferred with a Hold at Stifel Nicolaus... QEP Resources (QEP) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... Quanta Services (PWR) initiated with a Buy at UBS... Southwestern Energy (SWN) initiated with a Buy at Societe Generale... TD Ameritrade (AMTD) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair... Target (TGT) initiated with a Hold at Stifel Nicolaus... Tesco (TESO) re-initiated with a Buy at Sidoti... Yelp (YELP) initiated with a Market Perform at Northland Securities.
News For ATRS;BCR;BIDU;SCHW;EQT;EGN;GWAY;HIG;JAH;HST;ONXX;PBY;QEP;PWR;AMTD;SWN;TGT;YELP;TESO From The Last 14 Days
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January 26, 2015
06:16 EDTATRSAntares Pharma announces complete response letter for Sumatriptan ANDA
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January 25, 2015
19:05 EDTHIGInsurance companies probed over rejected Hurricane Sandy claims, Bloomberg says
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January 23, 2015
12:00 EDTAMTD, SCHWE-Trade rallies after Q4 results beat estimates, capital plan approved
Shares of online broker E-Trade Financial (ETFC) are rising after the company’s fourth quarter results surpassed analysts’ consensus estimates and announced it has received regulatory approval realign its organizational structure. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, E-Trade reported Q4 adjusted earnings per share of 26c and revenue of $461M, topping analysts' consensus estimates of 23c and $445.11M, respectively. Quarterly results excluded a $59M pre-tax loss on early extinguishment of corporate debt. For the quarter, Daily Average Revenue Trades, or DARTs, were 168,000, an increase of 10% from the third quarter. The company ended Q4 with 3.1 million brokerage accounts, an increase of 17,000 from the end of Q3, and brokerage account attrition for Q4 was 9.1%. E-Trade said that the company added $3.5B in net new brokerage assets in Q4, or an annualized growth rate of 5.8%. The company also ended the quarter with $290B in total customer assets, compared with $282B at the end of Q3. Provision for loan losses was $10M in Q4, unchanged from Q3, while net-charge offs were $7M, comapred with $10M in Q3. The company reported bank and consolidated Tier 1 leverage ratios of 10.6% and 8.1%, respectively, as of December 31, compared with 10.4% and 7.7% in the prior quarter. WHAT’S NOTABLE: E-Trade announced that it has received regulatory approval to operate E*TRADE Bank at a Tier 1 leverage ratio of 9%, and realign its organizational structure by moving its two broker-dealers-- E*Trade Securities and E*Trade Clearing -- from under E*Trade Bank, which it says will simplify the distribution of capital generated by those entities to the parent company. E*Trade Securities will be moved in early February, while the move of E*Trade Clearing is expected to be completed later in the year. The approval to move these subsidiaries allows the company to distribute approximately $430M of their excess capital to the parent, the company added. Separately, the company announced on its earnings conference call that Chief Marketing Officer Liza Landsman will leave the company to pursue other opportunities. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, Credit Suisse upgraded E-Trade to Outperform from Neutral. The firm believes E-Trade is on the path to unlock substantial value and views the company's regulatory approval to separate its broker dealer unit and release excess capital from the bank subsidiary is a "turning point" for value creation. The firm raised its price target on the shares to $28 from $24. Another firm, JMP Securities, said E-Trade achieved a "crucial milestone." After E-Trade announced that it had received approval to move forward on its capital plan, freeing up significant excess capital, JMP Securities believes that this development could add 50c-$1.00+ to the company's EPS. The firm kept a $28 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, E-Trade rose $2.05, or about 9.05%, to $24.70 on approximately twice its average daily trading volume. Including today’s advance, the stock has gained approximately 17% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other online brokers include Charles Schwab (SCHW) down 1.12%, TD Ameritrade (AMTD), down 0.4%, and Interactive Brokers (IBKR), up 1.34%.
10:02 EDTQEPOn the Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:12 EDTQEPQEP Resources reinstated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank
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05:30 EDTBIDUiQIYI, NVIDIA announce strategic partnership to establish R&D center
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January 22, 2015
06:32 EDTYELPBlue Calypso files motion to lift stay in patent infringement cases and appeal
Blue Calypso (BCYP) announced that it has filed a motion in the Eastern District of Texas to lift the negotiated stay on the pending patent infringement litigation between the Company and Groupon (GRPN), Yelp (YELP), Foursquare and IZEA.PK. The Company has also filed notices of appeal at the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in each of the Covered Business Method Review cases at the Patent Trial and Appeals Board. On January 14, 2014, the parties agreed to stay the litigation in the Eastern District pending the decisions from the PTAB as to validity of the patents. As a part of agreeing to join the stay, the parties jointly agreed to ask the Court to lift the stay and for an expedited litigation schedule if any of the asserted claims were held valid by the PTAB. The PTAB now has confirmed the validity of twenty-eight claims and Blue Calypso, through its counsel, has asked the Court to lift the stay according to the agreement. The defendants refused to participate in the motion to lift the stay as previously agreed, and have instead asked the Court to leave the stay in place in a separate motion.
January 21, 2015
10:01 EDTHSTOn the Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Ashford Hospitality (AHT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... BAE Systems (BAESY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Bazaarvoice (BV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Becton Dickinson (BDX) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... CVS Health (CVS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Camden Property (CPT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... ConocoPhillips (COP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Cree (CREE) upgraded to Overweight at Stephens... DDR Corp. (DDR) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... EastGroup Properties (EGP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Esperion (ESPR) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Exxon Mobil (XOM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... FXCM (FXCM) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Keefe Bruyette... Fair Isaac (FICO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Golar LNG (GLNG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Nordea... Gran Tierra (GTE) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Host Hotels (HST) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... J.M. Smucker (SJM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Kilroy Realty (KRC) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Level 3 (LVLT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Lowe's (LOW) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Michael Kors (KORS) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded at Nomura... Regions Financial (RF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Ruckus Wireless (RKUS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Santander Mexico (BSMX) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Scorpio Tankers (STNG) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Strategic Hotels (BEE) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... The Medicines Co. (MDCO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink... Whole Foods (WFM) upgraded at Sterne Agee... Wolseley (WOSYY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas.
08:15 EDTSWNSouthwestern Energy coverage resumed with a Buy at BofA/Merrill
Price target lowered to $46 from $49.
07:33 EDTAMTDTD Ameritrade reports Q1 investment product fee revenues $83M
The company’s results for Q1 include net new client assets of $18.8B, an annualized growth rate of 11%, up 30% year-over-year.
07:32 EDTAMTDTD Ameritrade reports Q1 EPS 39c, consensus 40c
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07:21 EDTHSTHost Hotels upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
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January 20, 2015
15:21 EDTAMTDNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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10:06 EDTJAHHigh option volume stocks
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09:44 EDTTGTSupreme Court denies appeal of 'swipe fee' ruling, Reuters reports
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09:38 EDTJAHActive equity options trading
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07:30 EDTSWNSouthwestern Energy upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group
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07:04 EDTJAHJarden sees FY15 adj. EPS $2.75-$2.90, consensus $2.93
For 2015, the Company anticipates organic net sales growth to be within its long-term average target range of 3-5%. Including the negative impact of current foreign currency rates.
07:03 EDTJAHJarden sees Q4 revenue $2.4B, consensus $2.32
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06:32 EDTBCRC.R. Bard upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan
JPMorgan upgraded C.R. Bard to Neutral on expectations drug-coated balloons growth in the U.S. is likely to exceed consensus expectations. The firm raised its price target for shares to $178 from $162.
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