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January 24, 2013
10:11 EDTLINE, SPLK, EZCH, PG, EQY, PBF, KMB, CL, PACD, EXPE, CHD, RPT, ORIG, CLX, ATWOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Atwood Oceanics (ATW) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... Church & Dwight (CHD) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Clorox (CLX) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Colgate-Palmolive (CL) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Expedia (EXPE) initiated with a Buy at Ascendiant Capital... Kimberly Clark (KMB) initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse... Ocean Rig UDW (ORIG) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... PBF Energy (PBF) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Pacific Drilling (PACD) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... Procter & Gamble (PG) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Splunk (SPLK) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Ramco-Gershenson (RPT) initiated with an Overweight at Evercore... Equity One (EQY) initiated with an Equal Weight at Evercore... EZchip (EZCH) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... LINN Energy (LINE) initiated with an Outperform at Howard Weil.
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February 4, 2016
16:50 EDTSPLKSplunk drops 10% after peer Tableau reports
Shares of Splunk (SPLK) are down 10% in after-hours trading to $42.54 after big data peer Tableau's (DATA) Q4 earnings report disappointed investors.
10:00 EDTATWOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: ADTRAN (ADTN) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Cowen... Alpha & Omega (AOSL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Ambarella (AMBA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Dougherty... ArcBest (ARCB) upgraded on valuation at Stifel... Arlington Asset Investment (AI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Ladenburg... Atwood Oceanics (ATW) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... C.H. Robinson (CHRW) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... CDK Global (CDK) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington... Cadence Design (CDNS) upgraded on valuation, guidance at DA Davidson... China Unicom (CHU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at HSBC... Cloud Peak (CLD) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at FBR Capital... Cree (CREE) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... CrossAmerica (CAPL) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... Hub Group (HUBG) upgraded on results at Stifel... Kennametal (KMT) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Longbow... Lannett (LCI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Lowe's (LOW) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Mattel (MAT) upgraded to Buy from Sell at Argus... New Oriental Education (EDU) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Olin Corp. (OLN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Monness Crespi... RONA (RONAF) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays... Red Hat (RHT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Wayfair (W) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Whirlpool (WHR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Yahoo (YHOO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Zumiez (ZUMZ) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Brean Capital... adidas (ADDYY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman.
09:36 EDTPGActive equity options trading on open: AAPL FB GPRO AA NFLX BAC TWC YHOO PG
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07:23 EDTPGGSK will not be pressured into early consumer unit spinoff, Reuters says
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07:08 EDTPGCoty sees closing P&G Specialty Beauty business merger in 2H16
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06:41 EDTCLXClorox raises FY16 EPS view to $4.75-$4.90 from $4.68-$4.83, consensus $4.88
Sees FY16 revenue flat to up 1% or up 3%-4%, on a currency-neutral basis.
06:38 EDTCLXClorox reports Q2 EPS $1.14, consensus $1.05
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06:21 EDTATWAtwood Oceanics upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group
KLR Group analyst Darren Gacicia upgraded Atwood Oceanics to Accumulate saying the risk/reward is becoming more favorable at current share levels. The analyst raised his price target for the stock to $6.75 from $6.50.
06:14 EDTEXPETripAdvisor risk/reward now favorable into earnings, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Olson says that following the significant underperformance of shares, the risk/reward for TripAdvisor (TRIP) is now favorable into the company's Q4 results. The slowdown in travel is already reflected into consensus estimates and concerns regarding the magnitude of the upcoming 2016 guide-down are overblown, Olson tells investors in a pre-earnings research note on the Online Content space. He reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock with a $120 price target. The analyst recommends avoiding Expedia (EXPE) and Priceline (PCLN) into the Q4 reports.
February 3, 2016
12:21 EDTCLXClorox volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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09:01 EDTSPLKSplunk initiated with a Buy at Maxim
Maxim analyst Nehal Chokshi started Splunk with a Buy rating and $67 price target.
February 2, 2016
16:41 EDTATWAtwood Oceanics reports Q1 EPS with items 60c, consensus $1.13
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07:07 EDTCHDChurch & Dwight acquires Spencer Forrest for $175M
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07:06 EDTCHDChurch & Dwight sees FY16 adjusted EPS growth 7%-9%
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07:06 EDTCHDChurch & Dwight sees Q1 adjusted EPS 85c, consensus 87c
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07:05 EDTCHDChurch & Dwight increases quarterly dividend 6% to 35.5c per share
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07:04 EDTCHDChurch & Dwight reports Q4 reported EPS 82c, consensus 81c
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February 1, 2016
17:48 EDTPBFPBF Energy provides update on Delaware City Refinery operations
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07:20 EDTORIGOcean Rig UDW receives notice of breach of material obligations on Eirik Raude
Ocean Rig UDW announced that on January 31, 2016, it has received a notice of breach of material obligations from Premier Oil under the drilling contract for the Eirik Raude. Ocean Rig is evaluating the contents of this notice and its options under the contract.
January 31, 2016
11:39 EDTPGS&P falls 5% in January despite second straight winning week to close month
Stocks finished the month of January with two straight winning weeks, but investors are still glad to see the calendar flip as those winners only cut the S&P's loss to 5% for the month. With growth worries abounding amid troubling signs from China and as oil languishes below $35 per barrel, the manufacturing readings from China, Europe, and the U.S. due out on Monday will be essential to whether the new month continues the uptrend of the end of January or the dour tone that dominated the early half of the month. MACRO NEWS: The Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged following its policy meeting this week, as almost universally expected. In its accompanying statement, the central bank said its committee members expect that economic conditions will "evolve in a manner that will warrant only gradual increases in the federal funds rate." The group added that inflation is expected to "remain low in the near term, in part because of the further declines in energy prices, but to rise to 2% over the medium term as the transitory effects of declines in energy and import prices dissipate and the labor market strengthens further"... In other domestic economic news, the Commerce Department's first read on fourth quarter gross domestic product came in at 0.7% annualized growth, below the already anemic 0.8% growth forecast. The S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5.8% from the prior year in November, topping expectations for a 5.7% year-over-year increase. The separate FHFA house price index showed a monthly gain of 0.5% in November, matching the consensus forecast. Markit's services PMI for January came in at 53.7, missing the 54.0 forecast. The preliminary reading of the Conference Board's consumer confidence index for January came in at 98.1, topping the 96.5 reading that was expected. New home sales surged 10.8% to a 544,000 annualized pace in December, topping expectations and hitting their highest level in 10 months. Initial jobless claims fell to 278,000 last week, versus the expected 281,000 first-time claims. Durable goods orders dropped 5.1% in December, versus expectations for a decrease of 0.7%. The core reading, which removes transportation items, was down 1.2%, versus expectations for a decline of 0.1%. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment index slipped to 92.0 in the final January print, missing the 93.0 reading that was forecast... In a surprising move in Asia, the Bank of Japan introduced a rate of minus 0.1% on certain excess holdings of cash while maintaining the pace of its asset purchases. Japan also reported data pointing to a softening economy, as total CPI grew 0.2% year-over-year in December, core CPI rose at only a 0.1% pace and industrial production fell a preliminary 1.4% month-over-month in December. COMPANY NEWS: McDonald's (MCD) advanced Monday after the fast food giant reported better than expected earnings and comparable sales growth for the fourth quarter, powered by the launch of All Day Breakfast in the U.S.... Earnings season accelerated Tuesday as four members of the bluechip Dow Jones Industrial Average posted results before the opening bell. 3M (MMM) was the top advanced on the index with a gain of over 5%, while Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Procter & Gamble (PG) and DuPont (DD) all notched gains that day following their reports as well... Apple (AAPL) declined more than 6.5% on Wednesday after the tech giant reported first quarter earnings that topped consensus estimates, but also issued revenue guidance for the new quarter that missed expectations. The company was noted by several analysts as taking a particularly downbeat tone in its earnings conference call, invoking the difficult macroeconomic environment and weakness it has recently seen in China. Apple was not the worst performer in the Dow that day, as Boeing (BA) shares plummeted nearly 9% after its profit outlook for the new fiscal year fell far short of the Street's consensus forecast... Facebook (FB) surged 15.5% on Thursday after the social media giant's fourth quarter earnings and revenue beat expectations. A number of Wall Street analysts increased their price targets for the stock following the report, including Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster, who hiked his target to a "Street-high" $170 per share. The same day, Caterpillar (CAT) reported better than expected quarterly earnings, excluding certain items, but its revenue came in below the consensus forecast and the heavy equipment maker warned that it does not anticipate an improvement in the world economy or commodity prices in 2016. The stock, which had declined almost 20% in the last three months prior to this morning's report, rebounded almost 5% after the company jumped over the lowered bar that had been set by bearish analysts... On Friday, shares of Amazon (AMZN) declined more than 7.5% after the company's fourth quarter results came in below expectations. Meanwhile, Microsoft (MSFT), which reported better than expected earnings, gained almost 6%. Chevron (CVX) reported a quarterly loss due to taking impairments and other charges of $1.1B. The company, which also reported that its average sales price per barrel of crude oil and natural gas liquids in the U.S. was $35 in fourth quarter, down from $66 a year ago, edged up 0.7% to $86.44... Among the many others reporting earnings this week, Visa (V), Mastercard (MA), Under Armour (UA), Sprint (S) and Biogen (BIIB) gained immediately following their reports, while Qualcomm (QCOM), eBay (EBAY), U.S. Steel (X), VMware (VMW) and Anthem (ANTM) all slid following their own... Xerox (XRX) announced plans to separate into two independent publicly-traded companies: one focused on Document Technology and another Business Process Outsourcing company. Xerox also announced an agreement related to the governance of the Business Process Outsourcing company under which six directors of the new company will be selected by Xerox and three will be selected by current Xerox shareholder Carl Icahn... Terex (TEX) surged more than 36% higher on Tuesday after receiving a $30 per share acquisition offer from China's Zoomlion. Terex peers Manitowoc (MTW), Joy Global (JOY) and Oshkosh (OSK) also gained after the offer was disclosed... Weight Watchers (WTW) shares soared nearly 20% Tuesday after noted shareholder and partner Oprah Winfrey tweeted a video detailing her progress using the company's program, indicating that she'd already lost 26 pounds thanks to its plan... AIG (AIG) provided its much-anticipated strategy update, committing to return at least $25B to shareholders over the next two years and announcing the sale of AIG Advisor Group to Lightyear Capital and PSP Investments. The company, under ongoing pressure from activist investors including Carl Icahn, also said it will publicly offer a portion of its United Guaranty unit, though it expressly rejected a full company breakup... SunEdison (SUNE) gained 18% during the week after agreeing to new corporate governance initiatives with David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital, including amending its bylaws to restrict equity issuances for two years without a supermajority board vote... Twitter (TWTR) slumped nearly 6% this week after CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed the departure of four company executives, leading research firm Stifel to downgrade the shares. INDEXES: The Dow gained about 2.2% to close at 16,466.30; the S&P 500 rose about 1.6% to close at 1,940.24; the Nasdaq advanced about 0.4% to close at 4,613.95.
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