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March 21, 2013
10:06 EDTBFAM, JNPR, WETF, ORCL, ATU, CHA, CP, WSM, CTP, CSCO, CHTR, BKW, LIFEOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Actuant (ATU) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Burger King (BKW) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... CTPartners (CTP) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Life Technologies (LIFE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Cowen... Oracle (ORCL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Evercore... Williams-Sonoma (WSM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Wisdom Tree (WETF) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Sanderson Farms (SAFM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sidoti... Charter (CHTR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Canadian Pacific (CP) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Juniper (JNPR) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Cisco (CSCO) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Life Technologies (LIFE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Cowen... China Telecom (CHA) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Bright Horizons (BFAM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel.
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February 3, 2016
16:19 EDTCSCOCisco to acquire Jasper Technologies for $1.4B
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15:37 EDTCHTRCharter pressing California to expedite Time Warner Cable review, CTFN says
Charter (CHTR) is asking the California Public Utilities Commission to expedite its review of the company's proposed merger with Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Bright House, saying additional delays would cause significant financial costs, reports CTFN, citing a conference call between Charter and the Commission. Charter also told the Commission that, if it were to rush approval to April 21, the company could participate in the upcoming FCC spectrum auction, CTFN said. Reference Link
14:48 EDTCHTRNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include Philip Morris (PM), consensus 81c... AstraZeneca (AZN), consensus 88c... Occidental Petroleum (OXY), consensus (12c)... ConocoPhillips (COP), consensus (65c)... Cigna (CI), consensus $1.80... Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), consensus $3.01... Boston Scientific (BSX), consensus 25c... Charter Communications (CHTR), consensus (12c)... Ralph Lauren (RL), consensus $2.13... Dunkin' Brands (DNKN), consensus 50c... GrubHub (GRUB), consensus 14c... Level 3 (LVLT), consensus 53c... AmerisourceBergen (ABC), consensus $1.25... Cummins (CMI), consensus $2.11.
14:36 EDTCSCOArista shares jump as analysts encouraged patent issues can be overcome
Shares of Arista Networks (ANET) jumped Wednesday after the U.S. International Trade Commission reached an initial determination in the first of the company's ongoing patent disputes with Cisco (CSCO). The findings, though not entirely in Arista's favor, were cheered by several Wall Street analysts, who foresee little to no impact on Arista's business from the patent fight. NO BUSINESS IMPACT: Oppenheimer analyst Ittai Kidron argued today that, while the ITC's early ruling found Arista in violation of three of the five Cisco patents in question, the company already has workarounds for two of the disputed patents and is working on a third. That last workaround is scheduled for a second quarter rollout and could potentially miss the final determination deadline, but Kidron explained that Arista would simply work with U.S. Customs on the matter at that point. The analyst expects Arista to take the necessary steps to preempt any disruption and foresees zero impact to its business, leading him to keep an Outperform rating on the shares and recommends buying them on any weakness. Kidron noted, however, that the stock could be volatile surrounding the final determination in early June and the rulings for the second ITC investigation, due late April and August. ARISTA ATTRACTIVE: Wells Fargo analyst Jess Lubert echoed Kidron's bullish outlook, saying the ITC findings were largely as expected and "more than priced into" the shares. Arista's story remains attractive, customer sentiment is unlikely to be affected, and securing approval for the Q2 software workaround is "unlikely to be a problem," said the analyst, adding that the additional engineering costs associated with the fix appear already embedded in Arista's financial model. Lubert kept an Outperform rating on the shares, though he too noted potential volatility surrounding future legal findings. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Arista Networks have jumped 5.4% to $60.83, while Cisco has edged up nearly 1%.
12:12 EDTCHAOclaro spikes after quarterly results, optical peers follow
Shares of optical networking firm Oclaro (OCLR) are advancing, along with its peers, after Oclaro reported better than expected quarterly results. WHAT'S NEW: After the close on Tuesday, Oclaro reported second quarter adjusted earnings per share of 3c on revenue of $94.1M. Both EPS and revenue were better than consensus estimates of (1c) and $91.5M, respectively. The company's adjusted gross margin rate for the quarter was 28.8%, much better than the 16.5% in the year ago quarter. Oclaro CEO Greg Dougherty pointed out the continuing growth in the company's 100G portfolio and said he expects revenue growth to continue in 2016. According to the CEO, revenue growth in the quarter "drove higher gross margin and net income." The company sees continued "robust" demand for its 100G product portfolio as it expands capacity in Asia. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Along with its Q2 results, Oclaro said it sees Q3 revenue of $97M-$103M, ahead of analyst expectations of $90.7M. On its Q2 earnings call, the company said it sees strong demand from China, with contract awards form China Telecom (CHA) and China Unicom (CHU ), which have deliveries slated for later in calendar year 2016. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Oclaro are up 10% in early afternoon trading. OPTICAL PEERS: Shares of other companies in the optical networking space are also out performing the market, including Finisar (FNSR), Infinera (INFN), Lumentum Holdings (LITE), NeoPhotonics (NPTN), and Ciena (CIEN).
11:37 EDTWSMOptions with increasing put volume; PSX CDNS DF WDR MELI MAS NOV WSM DB
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10:00 EDTWETFOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Capella Education (CPLA) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... DeVry (DV) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Gilead (GILD) initiated with a Buy at Standpoint Research... Grand Canyon (LOPE) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Hannon Armstrong (HASI) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Houghton Mifflin (HMHC) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Mediaset (MDIUY) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Palo Alto (PANW) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... Splunk (SPLK) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... Strayer (STRA) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Tableau (DATA) initiated with a Sell at Maxim... Tesla (TSLA) initiated with a Sell at Berenberg... WisdomTree (WETF) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... bluebird bio (BLUE) initiated with an Outperform at Leerink.
07:37 EDTCHTRCharter volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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07:37 EDTCSCOArista Networks infringement 'largely priced into shares,' says Wells Fargo
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07:27 EDTWETFWisdomTree initiated with an Outperform at Northland
Northland analyst Mike Grondahl started WisdomTree with an Outperform rating and $15 price target.
07:17 EDTCSCOArista Networks should be bought o nany weakness, says Oppenheimer
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06:04 EDTCSCOCisco says ITC ruling 'beginning of the end' for Arista's copying
Cisco's (CSCO) Mark Chandler in a blog post last night commented on the International Trade Commission's ruling in the first of their investigations into Arista Networks (ANET). The judge found violations of three Cisco patents, foreshadowed an exclusion order banning imports of all Arista switches and installed a challenging ITC review process for any new designs, Chandler wrote. "The details of the Judge's determination will be published within 30 days, but this notice marks the beginning of the end for Arista's systemic copying of our intellectual property," he added. He listed four options for Arista: Withdraw the products, modify the products so that they no longer infringe, face an exclusion order or evade the ITC exclusion order. Chandler continued, "And this is just the beginning. In April we will see a ruling in the second ITC investigation, which may confirm more violations and import bans. Arista will also face two District Court juries with these rulings on their record. The judges and juries in those trials will note this day as the day that Arista no longer can pretend that its products aren't tainted by misconduct. This will be important as they consider injunctions to remove infringing Arista product from the market." Shares of Arista closed yesterday down $1.56 to $57.70. Cisco closed down 65c to $22.83. Reference Link
February 2, 2016
16:25 EDTCSCOArista responds to initial ruling in Cisco dispute, plans new software in Q2
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16:16 EDTBFAMBright Horizons assumed with an Outperform at Credit Suisse
Target $74.
15:50 EDTCSCOCisco looks to stop imports of Arista Networks routers, Bloomberg says
Arista (ANET), according to a U.S. trade judge, violates three Cisco (CSCO) patents, adds Bloomberg.
10:26 EDTCSCOFireEye calls active
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10:18 EDTCSCOCisco could be interested in FireEye, dealReporter says citing sources
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07:19 EDTCPPennsylvania dems raise concern over potential CP-Norfolk deal, Reuters says
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05:41 EDTORCLStocks with implied volatility movement; ORCL COP
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February 1, 2016
06:05 EDTWETFWisdomTree removed from Focus List as a Sell at Citi
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