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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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August 24, 2015
07:07 EDTEGOEldorado Gold downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord
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August 21, 2015
12:18 EDTEGOEldorado Gold downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James
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08:13 EDTUNHUnitedHealth has reached attractive entry point, says BMO Capital
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August 20, 2015
16:48 EDTLLOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
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13:26 EDTLLOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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10:42 EDTLLCantor upgrade gives embattled Lumber Liquidators a boost
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10:00 EDTLLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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06:40 EDTLLLumber Liquidators upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Laura Champine upgraded Lumber Liquidators to Buy from Hold and raised her price target for shares to $18 from $15. The embattled wood flooring retailer closed yesterday down 75c to $14.21. The risk/reward scenario has become "much more appealing" with the down nearly 80% year-to-date, Champine tells investors in a research note. Appointing a chief compliance and legal officer with three decades of relevant experience should bring improved oversight, the analyst argues. Champine also raised her long-term gross margin assumptions after her recent store tour with senior management.
05:18 EDTEGOEldorado Gold provides Greece update
Eldorado Gold confirms that Hellas Gold S.A., a Greek subsidiary of the company, has been made aware of a notification from Greece's Ministry of Energy suspending the technical studies pertaining to the Skouries and Olympias projects in Halkidiki, northern Greece. The suspension is based on testwork completed on the Olympias Phase III flash smelting process. This pilot scale test work was completed at Outotec's comprehensive metallurgical and smelting facility in Finland, while the Ministry contends that it should have been done at site in Halkidiki. The testwork is a part of the technical studies pertaining to both the Skouries and Olympias projects. The technical studies form the basis of a number of other permits required by the Company in order to proceed with the development and construction of the Skouries and Olympias projects. The company is reviewing the notification of the Ministry with its technical and legal teams and will take legal action.
August 19, 2015
09:41 EDTEGOEldorado Gold downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital
07:56 EDTMAAMid-America Apartment management to meet with Jefferies
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August 18, 2015
16:49 EDTLLOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
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13:33 EDTLLOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Repeating yesterday's start, the market began the session in negative territory before recapturing those losses. Early weakness was attributed to a dip in Wal-Mart (WMT) shares after the company's earnings report as well as a selloff in the Chinese market overnight. Heading into the afternoon, the market has drifted back across the flat line, with all three indices negative despite July's housing starts showing the strongest reading in eight years. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts edged up 0.2% in July to 1.206M, outpacing consensus estimates for 1.180M in the best reading since October 2007. Building permits fell 16.3% to 1.119M against expectations for 1.230M from a revised 1.337M in June, while single family starts rose 12.8% and multifamily numbers fell 17.0%. In Europe, Eurozone parliaments are set to vote on Greece's prospective bailout deal this week, with Reuters reporting earlier today that the Austrian parliament has approved the EUR86B agreement. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of National Penn (NPBC) rose nearly 17% to $12.77 after BB&T (BBT) agreed to acquire the company in a $1.8B cash and stock deal. On a conference call discussing the acquisition, BB&T CEO Kelly King called the "very, very synergistic" deal a "compelling use of capital," adding that the company expects to consolidate about 25 branches to help drive annual cost savings of $65M... Wal-Mart (WMT) fell roughly 3.2% to near $69.50 after cutting its full year earnings outlook this morning, with CFO Charles Holley noting that operating profit will see continued pressure. Meanwhile, Home Depot (HD) and Dicks Sporting Goods (DKS) saw respective gains of about 2.3% and 1.8% after their pre-market earnings reports. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Omeros (OMER), surging more than 69% to $24.58 after releasing positive preliminary data on its Phase 2 trial of OMS721 for the treatment of organ blood clots. Also higher was Inteliquent (IQNT), rising about 19% to $21.24 after announcing a three-year agreement with T-Mobile (TMUS) to provide IP voice services for the carrier. Separately, Lumber Liquidators (LL) has gained almost 5.7% to nearly $15 in afternoon trading after announcing the appointment of Jill Witter as Chief Compliance and Legal Officer. Among the noteworthy losers was Esperion (ESPR), falling over 11% despite rising 5% in pre-market trading after reporting that the ETC-1002 Phase 3 program is on track, adding that the FDA will not require a cardiovascular outcomes trial prior to the drug's potential approval. Also lower was American Apparel (APP), slipping about 1.9% after disclosing "substantial doubt" about its ability to sustain operations during the coming year. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 40.37, or 0.23%, to 17,504.81, the Nasdaq lost 26.86, or 0.53%, to 5,064.96, and the S&P 500 was lower by 6.02, or 0.29%, to 2,096.41.
10:15 EDTLLLumber Liquidators hires Jill Witter as Chief Compliance and Legal Officer
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07:57 EDTUNHMagellan Iowa loss largely priced into shares, says Jefferies
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06:02 EDTEGOEldorado Gold invests $14.6M in Integra Gold
Integra Gold announced that it has entered into a share purchase agreement with Eldorado Gold whereby Eldorado will make a $14.6M strategic investment in Integra by way of a non-brokered private placement of common shares of Integra. As a result of the Private Placement, Eldorado will hold 15.0% of Integra's issued and outstanding common shares on an undiluted basis. Under the terms of the share purchase agreement, Eldorado will purchase a total of 52.06M common shares of Integra at a price of 28c per share for gross proceeds of $14.58M. The Subscription Price represents a 5.7% premium to the closing price and 11.0% premium to the 20-day volume weighted average price of Integra on the TSX Venture Exchange as of August 17.
August 17, 2015
16:12 EDTUNHMagellan drops after Iowa picks four others for Medicaid
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15:57 EDTUNHUnitedHealth up 2.4% after being awarded Iowa healthcare contract
15:55 EDTUNHWellCare, Amerigroup, UnitedHealth, AmeriHealth awarded Iowa healthcare contract
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August 16, 2015
20:09 EDTLL'60 Minutes' reiterates view of 'unsafe' Lumber Liquidators flooring
On the August 16 edition of CBS' "60 Minutes," reporter Anderson Cooper reiterated the program's perspective that the company's flooring does not appear safe. During the rerun, head of environmental nonprofit Global Community Monitor Danny Larson -- who is suing the company with the help of attorney Richard Drury -- told the program he wants Lumber Liquidators to replace "every single board, at their cost." Drury added that, among households nationwide, there are "probably hundreds of thousands" using Lumber Liquidators products that exceed acceptable formaldehyde levels. As shown in the rerun, undercover investigators for "60 Minutes" visited three separate Chinese mills that claimed to be major suppliers to Lumber Liquidators -- and at all three mills, employees "openly admitted" to producing flooring with non-compliant formaldehyde levels, reportedly saving the company 10%-15%. Since the report first aired, former Lumber Liquidators CEO Robert Lynch has resigned and the company has met with numerous investigations. In a statement released this week, the embattled hardwood retailer said it has taken, and continues to take, action to protect its customers, though it offered no concrete details. Note that shares of Lumber Liquidators closed Friday at $14.02 after Tiger Management disclosed a 238,000 share position in the firm.
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