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July 10, 2014
10:05 EDTWASH, TSCO, STBA, LL, HCLP, EGO, WDR, TAHO, NTI, ISBC, GGB, CBB, UNH, TROW, MAA, INGR, FSM, AUQOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AuRico Gold (AUQ) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Cincinnati Bell (CBB) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Eldorado Gold (EGO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Fortuna Silver Mines (FSM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Gerdau (GGB) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Hi-Crush Partners (HCLP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Ingredion (INGR) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... Investors Bancorp (ISBC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Lumber Liquidators (LL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Mid-America Apartment (MAA) downgraded to Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Northern Tier (NTI) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... S&T Bancorp (STBA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... T. Rowe Price (TROW) downgraded to Equal-Weight from Overweight at Evercore... Tahoe Resources (TAHO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Tractor Supply (TSCO) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... UnitedHealth (UNH) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Waddell & Reed (WDR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Washington Trust Bancorp (WASH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim.
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February 25, 2015
10:37 EDTLLOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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08:11 EDTTAHOTahoe Resources announces receipt of shareholder approval
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07:44 EDTTSCOTractor Supply price target raised to $99 from $88 at UBS
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07:28 EDTISBCKeefe Bruyette to hold a conference
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07:05 EDTLLLumber Liquidators sees increases over 2014 to moderate for remainder of Q1
Sees Q1 comparable store net sales to increase in mid to high single digits. The company expects to incur $2.7M of incremental costs to transition and consolidate existing operations, including $1.5M of transportation costs and $1.2M of SG&A expenses.
07:04 EDTLLLumber Liquidators says stronger demand continued into 2015
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07:03 EDTLLLumber Liquidators sees FY15 EPS $2.50-$3.00, consensus $2.96
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07:01 EDTLLLumber Liquidators reports Q4 EPS 64c, consensus 76c
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February 24, 2015
08:57 EDTTSCOTractor Supply price target raised to $96 from $88 at RW Baird
Baird raised its price target to $96 from $88 following the company raising its long-term U.S. store growth and operating margin targets ahead of today's analyst day. Baird reiterated its Outperform rating on Tractor Supply shares.
07:06 EDTTSCOTractor Supply raises long-term domestic store growth, operating margin targets
Tractor Supply increased its domestic store growth target to 2,500 stores from 2,100 stores and its long-term operating margin target to 11.5% from 10.5%. CEO Greg Sandfort stated, "As our business continues to evolve, so do our long-term operating targets. We are pleased to be raising our long-term store growth and operating margin targets. We remain committed to driving long-term sustainable earnings growth and shareholder return by having a balanced approach to driving sales, growing gross margin, managing working capital and improving efficiencies. We believe our key sales and gross margin initiatives, along with ongoing system enhancements such as demand planning, inventory allocation, and price optimization should continue to benefit sales and margins over the foreseeable future."
February 23, 2015
19:40 EDTUNHLeerink healthcare services analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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16:27 EDTUNHOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in negative territory and remained there for most of the session, with the Nasdaq the lone index to post a small gain. The Dow was weighed down by shares of Boeing (BA), which slid after the stock received a downgrade. There was little in the way of positive economic news, as the most notable report showed existing homes were lower than expected due to a shortage of inventory. The averages drifted for most of the session, as investors may be waiting on the sidelines ahead of tomorrow’s banking panel testimony by Fed Chair Janet Yellen. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed national activity index rebounded to 0.13 in January, which was nearly in-line with expectations. Existing home sales dropped 4.9% to a 4.82M rate in January, which was much worse than the expected 1.8% drop to a 4.95M unit rate. In Europe, the Ifo Institute’s measure of German business confidence rose to 106.8 in February, which was up a tenth of a percentage point from the previous month but below the 107.7 consensus forecast. Also, the Bank of Israel became the latest central bank to cut rates this year, lowering its main interest rate to 0.1% from 0.25%. COMPANY NEWS: The shares of a number of health insurers rose after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, issued preliminary 2016 Medicare Advantage rates. According to Credit Suisse, the rates were favorable for the insurers. Following the CMS announcement made late Friday, Humana (HUM) climbed $8.40, or 5.38%, to $164.52, UnitedHealth (UNH) rose $3.78, or 3.36%, to $116.40, and WellCare (WCG) gained $4.68, or 5.53%, to $89.30. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was PTC Therapeutics (PTCT), which jumped $9.77, or 17.7%, to $64.96 after Reuters said the company is working with financial advisers to explore a potential sale after receiving takeover interest from several companies including Shire (SHPG) and BioMarin (BMRN). Also higher was Valeant (VRX), which rose $25.49, or 14.71%, to $198.75 after the company agreed to buy Salix (SLXP) for $158 per share and also reported better-than-forecast earnings. Salix shares, however, fell $2.09, or 1.32%, to $155.76, as a report Friday from CNBC's David Faber telegraphed the deal and suggested Valeant could value Salix around $160 per share. Among the noteworthy losers was Spectrum Pharmaceuticals (SPPI), which dropped $1.18, or 15.82%, to $6.28 after a judge ruled that a drug which could compete with the company's Fusilev treatment does not infringe on the company's intellectual property. Also lower were shares of Boeing, which fell $3.57, or 2.26%, to $154.74 after the stock was downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman Sachs. INDEXES: The Dow fell 23.60, or 0.13%, to 18,116.84, the Nasdaq gained 5.01, or 0.1%, to 4,960.97, and the S&P 500 slipped 0.64, or 0.03%, to 2,109.66.
12:21 EDTUNHOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:10 EDTUNHHealth insurers rise after CMS releases preliminary Medicare Advantage rates
The shares of a number of health insurers are rising after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, issued preliminary 2016 Medicare Advantage rates. According to Credit Suisse, the rates were favorable for health insurers. WHAT'S NEW: On Friday after the market closed, CMS issued a proposal for 2016 Medicare Advantage rates. The rates are preliminary and could change when CMS announces the final 2016 rates on April 6 of this year, the agency noted. In a note to investors earlier today, Credit Suisse analyst Ralph Giacobbe estimated that, under CMS' initial proposal, insurers would see rate changes of between -1% and +1%, depending on the risk that each insurer faces. The preliminary rates were "favorable" for insurers, since the rates were "in-line if not slightly better" than investors had expected, the firm stated. Moreover, CMS decided not to restrict at-home health risk assessments, as had been feared, and agreed to reduce the weighting of certain risk factors that had hurt previously certain plans with a higher proportion of low-income beneficiaries, acceding to a request by insurers. Insurers with the highest exposure to Medicare Advantage include Humana (HUM), UnitedHealth (UNH), and WellCare (WCG), the analyst stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: After analyzing CMS' proposal, health insurer Aetna (AET) estimated that the proposal would cause government funding for its Medicare Advantage business to decline by about 1% in 2016. Aetna added that it is continuing to evaluate the changes outlined in the Advance Notice and their impact on the company and its Medicare Advantage members. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other publicly traded health insurance companies include Anthem (ANTM), AMERIGROUP (AGP), Centene (CNC), Cigna (CI), Health Net (HNT), Healthspring (HS), and Molina Healthcare (MOH). PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Humana climbed 5.3% to $164.43, UnitedHealth rose 2.6% to $115.56, WellCare gained 6.3% to $90, Aetna advanced 2% to $99.91, and Centene added 3.4% to $61.93.
09:59 EDTWASHOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:05 EDTUNHCMS releases preliminary Medicare Advantage rates for 2016
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06:01 EDTWASHWashington Trust Bancorp initiated with a Neutral at Compass Point
Target $38.
February 20, 2015
08:41 EDTUNHInsurers should be bought on weakness related to MA rates, says BMO Capital
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08:27 EDTTSCOTractor Supply well positioned for growth, says BofA/Merrill
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07:31 EDTEGOEldorado Gold shares likely to outperform peers today, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital expects Eldorado's stock to outperform peers at the open today, as the firm believes that the guidance which the company provided for its Kisladag mine is likely to help ease investor concerns about the asset. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
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