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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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September 30, 2015
07:50 EDTCPCanadian Pacific upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
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06:58 EDTORCLOracle to furlough workers during holiday week, BI reports
Oracle has decided to close down during the holiday week between Christmas and New Year's, mandating that its employees pay for this furlough with paid vacation time, Business Insider reports, citing several sources. Some Oracle employees have been angered about this move that basically removes four days of paid time off from them, the report says. Reference Link
September 29, 2015
17:03 EDTCSCOGeneral Electric, Cisco collaborate to accelerate manufacturing productivity
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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.
12:57 EDTCHTRFCC nod for TWC, Charter deal may not be as easy as expected, dealReporter says
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12:23 EDTCSCOCisco has a conference call hosted by Deutsche Bank
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09:22 EDTWETFMorningstar to hold a conference
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08:39 EDTORCLOracle Health Sciences adds 93 biopharma customers
Oracle (ORCL) Health Sciences announced that 93 emerging biopharma organizations worldwide have become new customers in the past year, adopting Oracle Health Sciences solutions to succeed in this rapidly evolving market and deliver drugs to patients faster. Organizations, including Accera and NewLink (NLNK), selected Oracle Health Sciences solutions to manage their end-to-end clinical trial processes, boost clinical development productivity, facilitate compliance, and build scalable, affordable platforms for growth.
05:23 EDTJNPRJuniper to work with British Airways to build private cloud and next-gen core
Juniper (JNPR) announced it will work with global premium airline, British Airways (BAIRY), to build a private cloud data center and IP/MPLS core backbone using Juniper Networks technology. The new private cloud infrastructure will run many of the applications that underpin British Airways' operations, including ticketing, check-in and baggage tracking.
September 28, 2015
09:12 EDTCHTRRovi news a 'small positive first step,' says JPMorgan
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07:38 EDTCSCOBox to hold a user conference
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September 27, 2015
14:04 EDTCSCOCybersecurity firms look prime for takeover, Barron's says
Cybersecurity companies like Palo Alto Networks (PANW), Fortinet (FTNT), and FireEye (FEYE) are becoming increasingly-attractive takeover targets for a Cisco (CSCO) or IBM (IBM), and any future dip in their stocks could represent a buying opportunity, Barron's contends in its 'Technology Trader' column. Reference Link
September 25, 2015
16:35 EDTCSCOStocks end week lower as biotechs sink, Volkswagen crashes
Stocks ended the week lower after concerns about drug prices were reignited, sinking biotech stocks, an emissions scandal engulfed Volkswagen (VLKAY), dragging down shares of automakers and their suppliers, and Caterpillar (CAT) announced that it may eliminate as many as 10,000 jobs in the next three years as commodity prices continue to slump. MACRO NEWS: Following the Federal Reserve's decision last week to wait before raising rates, the central bank made a concerted effort to give the market more clarity this week. Over last weekend, three Federal Reserve officials - San Francisco Fed President John Williams, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard and Richmond Fed President Jeffrey Lacker - all argued that an interest-rate increase is still warranted this year. Then, on Thursday night, Fed Chair Janet Yellen said during a speech at UMass Amherst that the central bank remains inclined to hike rates this year. Yellen's remarks were incrementally hawkish, but welcomed by the market, since they helped clarify the message the Fed delivered a week ago... In the U.S., Markit's flash manufacturing purchasing manager's index was flat at 53.0 in September, which was slightly better than the expectation for it to dip to 52.8. Durable goods orders for August declined 2.0%, versus expectations for a drop of 2.3%. When transportation items were removed, the core reading was breakeven, versus expectations for a rise of 0.1%. The third estimate of second quarter GDP showed the economy grew 3.9% quarter-over-quarter, versus expectations for the GDP growth estimate to stay at 3.7%. Personal consumption in Q2 is now believed to have grown 3.6%, up from the prior estimate of 3.1%. The final University of Michigan consumer sentiment reading for September came in at 87.2, which was down from August's 91.9 but above the expected 86.2 reading... The Asian Development Bank cut its growth forecast for the region, citing a weaker outlook for China and India and a delayed recovery in the world's advanced economies. The bank now sees the Chinese economy growing 6.8% this year and 6.7% next year, down from its previous forecasts of 7.2% and 7%, respectively. Markit's flash manufacturing PMI for China fell to 47.0 in September from 47.3 last month. Meanwhile, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe unveiled new economic targets, including a goal for a 20% increase in the target size of the Japanese economy to 600T yen, though he gave no timeframe for achieving this aspiration... In Europe, Markit's composite PMI for the eurozone came in at 53.9 in the first look for September, down from 54.3 in August and below expectations for a reading of 54.1. COMPANY NEWS: Biotech stocks declined after privately-held Turing Pharmaceuticals made headlines by enacting a 5,000% price increase on its treatment for toxoplasmosis, reigniting a debate around drug prices that previously embroiled costly Hepatitis C drugs including AbbVie's (ABBV) Viekira Pak and Gilead's (GILD) Sovaldi and Harvoni. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sent the debate to center stage by criticizing the "outrageous" prices of specialty drugs and laying out a plan to tackle "price gouging" in the specialty drug market. The NASDAQ Biotechnology index fell roughly xxx% for the week amid the attention paid to Turing's drug and Clinton's response... Volkswagen (VLKAY) shares trading in New York fell sharply to begin the week and ended the week far from where they'd been last Friday before the EPA said it found manipulations that violate U.S. environmental standards while testing certain of the automaker's diesel cars. The EPA said Volkswagen may face civil penalties of $37,500 for each vehicle not in compliance with federal clean air rules, which could total as much as $18B, according to Reuters. In the wake of the scandal, Chief Executive Officer Martin Winterkorn resigned, with the company's supervisory board subsequently praising the decision and selecting Matthias Mueller, the former head of Porsche (POAHY), as Winterkorn's successor as the company's new CEO... Caterpillar (CAT) shares dropped after the heavy machinery maker announced plans for job cuts and lowered its revenue guidance for this year and next. Caterpillar said that it would lay off 4,000-5,000 of its employees between now and the end of 2016 and could lay off up to 10,000 employees by 2018. Caterpillar cut its fiscal year 2015 revenue forecast by $1B and said its sees its fiscal year 2016 revenue to be 5% below this year, adding that it expects revenue declines in all three large segments next year... Online and mobile deal provider Groupon (GRPN) said it plans to cut 1,100 jobs relating primarily to the company's international operations... Nike jumped after the athletic gear giant reported better than expected earnings and futures orders, prompting numerous price target hikes and at least one upgrade at Street research firms. Among other companies reporting earnings this week, BlackBerry (BBRY), ConAgra (CAG), Carnival (CCL), and CarMax (KMX) fell immediately following their quarterly reports... Apple (AAPL), which has previously been reported to be working on an electric car via its "Project Titan," is speeding up those efforts and setting 2019 as a target to ship its first vehicle, according to The Wall Street Journal... Against the backdrop of China's President Xi Jinping visiting the U.S., Boeing (BA) announced deals to sell 300 planes to three Chinese companies and set up an aircraft factory in in the Asian nation, while Cisco (CSCO) announced a partnership with Chinese server maker Inspur Group... Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman Sachs (GS) Chairman and CEO, disclosed that he was diagnosed with lymphoma. "Fortunately, my form of lymphoma is highly curable and my doctors' and my own expectation is that I will be cured," Blankfein stated in an open letter that was shared by the bank... GoPro (GPRO) finished the week about xxx% lower after Barron's contended in a feature article last weekend that the company's stock could plunge another 30% to $25 as Apple, Sony (SNE) and others pressure the company's "one-hit wonder" products... On the M&A front, Atmel (ATML) agreed to be acquired by German chipmaker Dialog Semiconductor in a deal valued at roughly $4.6B and Starwood Waypoint (SWAY) announced a stock-for-stock merger agreement with Colony American Homes. INDEXES: The Dow lost about 0.43% to close at 16,314.67, the S&P 500 fell about 1.35% to close at 1,931.34, and the Nasdaq declined about 2.89% to close at 4,686.50.
11:48 EDTWSMPier 1 Imports plunges to 52-week low after cutting FY16 outlook
Shares of home furnishings retailer Pier 1 Imports (PIR) are sinking after the company's second quarter results missed analysts' consensus estimates. The company also lowered its outlook for fiscal year 2016. WHAT'S NEW: After the close on Thursday, Pier 1 Imports reported Q2 earnings per share of 4c and revenue of $430M, missing analysts' consensus estimates of 7c and $435.38M, respectively. Company comparable sales increased 2.5% in Q2, or 3.8% on a constant currency basis. Alex Smith, the company's president and chief executive officer, commented in the earnings report that top line growth in the period was "below our expectations." Smith noted that margins were impacted by higher promotional and clearance activity, as well as inventory-related issues within its distribution center network. Looking ahead, Pier 1 Imports expects third quarter EPS of 10c-14c, far short of analysts' consensus estimates of 23c. Company comparable sales growth, which includes e-commerce, is expected in the low-single digits for the quarter. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Pier 1 lowered its FY16 EPS view to 56c-64c from 83c-87c, well below analysts' estimates of 83c. The company also cut its FY16 company comparable sales growth view, including e-commerce, to low single-digits from its prior view of mid-single digits. For FY16, Pier One sees capital expenditures of approximately $60M, EBITDA margins of approximately 7.5%-8% and merchandising margin, as a percentage of sales, of 55.5%-56%. Smith said the company is on track to end FY16 with year-over-year inventory levels "down meaningfully," but noted that operating with elevated inventories "has been a challenge." PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Pier 1 Imports fell $1.45, or 16.71%, to $7.23 on more than seven times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week low of $6.84. Including today's pull back, the shares have lost approximately 40% over the past year. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other home furnishing retailers include Williams-Sonoma (WSM), up 0.73% and Restoration Hardware (RH), up 0.11%.
10:48 EDTCHTRMorgan Stanley cautious on media, but sees several stocks punished too hard
Morgan Stanley cut its price targets on a number of media companies, citing the impact of cord cutting and skinny bundles. The firm also reduced its outlook for the pay-TV sector due to its belief that the adoption of skinny bundles will accelerate, while the outlook for cable TV ads has deteriorated slightly, given macro pressures. The firm kept a Cautious view on the media sector, but also identified several stocks in the space that it thinks have been punished too harshly by investors recently. WHAT'S NEW: TV networks in general, and cable networks in particular, have the highest margins in media and are encountering increased top and bottom line competitive pressures, Morgan Stanley analyst Benjamin Swinburne believes. On the top line, they are being hit by ratings and ad pressures as well as cord cutting and distribution consolidation, the analyst stated. Meanwhile, their profit is being hurt by the increased need to obtain new content and intensified competition for content from new sources like Netflix (NFLX) and Google's (GOOG) YouTube, Swinburne said. However, the analyst thinks that media stocks are "starting to get" cheap, given the leverage that many of the companies carry. Swinburne cuts his price target on 21st Century Fox (FOXA) to $31 from $37, on AMC Networks (AMCX) to $86 from $88, on CBS (CBS) to $46 from $56, on Time Warner (TWX) to $72 from $87 and on Viacom (VIAB) to $48 from $60. He kept Overweight ratings on Fox, AMC and CBS, an Equal Weight rating on Time Warner and an Underweight rating on Viacom. OVERDONE DECLINES: Swinburne believes that the declines in three media stocks - CBS, 21st Century Fox, and AMC Networks - have been overdone, while the decline in Comcast's (CMCSA) stock has also been excessive. CBS and 21st Century Fox are "best positioned for the skinny bundle" and have the cheapest valuations relative to their growth rates, Swinburne believes. Meanwhile, AMC Networks has "content momentum" and its EPS can exceed expectations, the analyst believes. Comcast is gaining share in the broadband Internet market, could take share in video soon, and has sufficient scale and offerings to benefit from the increased popularity of skinny bundles, according to the analyst, who kept an Overweight rating on the stock. The media sector could benefit from consolidation going forward, added Swinburne, who recommended that investors interested in buying potential takeover targets in the space focus on AMC Networks, MSG Networks (MSG) and Dreamworks Animation (DWA). He kept Overweight ratings on all three of those stocks. OTHERS TO WATCH: Besides Comcast, other pay TV companies include DISH Network (DISH) and Charter Communications (CHTR). PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Fox A shares lost 0.5% to $25.83, AMC fell 0.3% to $73.29, CBS added 0.2% to $41, Time Warner was little changed at $67.66 and Comcast A shares added 0.6% to $57.17.
10:00 EDTATUOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: AGCO (AGCO) initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays... ARM Holdings (ARMH) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Actuant (ATU) initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays... Allison Transmission (ALSN) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... Atara Biotherapeutics (ATRA) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... Big Lots (BIG) initiated with a Buy at Citi... CNH Industrial (CNHI) initiated with an Underweight at Barclays... CareDx (CDNA) initiated with a Buy at Craig-Hallum... Caterpillar (CAT) initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays... Cummins (CMI) initiated with an Underweight at Barclays... Deere (DE) initiated with an Underweight at Barclays... Genesis Energy (GEL) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... Joy Global (JOY) initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays... Lincoln Electric (LECO) initiated with a Neutral at Baird... Manitowoc (MTW) initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays... Navistar (NAV) initiated with an Underweight at Barclays... Nevro (NVRO) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... PACCAR (PCAR) initiated with an Underweight at Barclays... PBF Energy (PBF) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... PayPal (PYPL) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Quanex (NX) initiated with a Buy at Sidoti... Team Health (TMH) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Terex (TEX) initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays... United Rentals (URI) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... WABCO (WBC) initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays.
08:19 EDTCSCOCisco weakness creates buying opportunity, says Bernstein
After meeting with Cisco's CEO, Bernstein says that the company continues to perform in-line with the firm's upbeat outlook. Bernstein says that beairsh views on the company's SDN and Hyperscale businesses "continue to be proved wrong." The firm reiterates an Outperform rating on the shares.
05:51 EDTATUBarclays starts U.S. Machinery space with Negative view
Barclays analyst Robert Wertheimer rolled out coverage of the U.S. Machinery space with a Negative view. Of the fifteen companies he initiated in the sector, only two are Overweight rated. Wertheimer started five names at Underweight, his firm's equivalent of a sell. Consensus estimates are too high across the board with revenue for this cycle already peaking for most of machinery, the analyst told investors last night in a research note. He sees a sharper downturn for North American trucks than the consensus expects, with another peak level eight years away. And the tractor supercycle is only two years in a downturn, while the prior two supercycles saw seven consecutive down years in machinery sales, Wertheimer adds. Allison Transmission (ALSN) and United Rentals (URI) are the analyst's Overweight-rated stocks in the sector. Deere (DE), CNH Industrial (CNHI), Cummins (CMI), PACCAR (PCAR) and Navistar (NAV) are his Underweight rated names. Wertheimer also started with Equal Weight ratings shares of Actuant (ATU), AGCO (AGCO), Caterpillar (CAT), Joy Global (JOY), Lincoln Electric (LECO), Manitowoc (MTW), Terex (TEX) and WABCO (WBC).
September 24, 2015
16:25 EDTATUActuant initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays
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07:45 EDTCSCOCisco CEO confirms Inspur joint venture in China
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