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June 24, 2014
10:00 EDTWWWW, GRC, TEG, ICE, MCRS, NNN, NFX, PPC, TSCDY, ITG, GTIV, COG, CP, CLS, COV, CTRP, DG, DPS, ENTA, AVOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Aviva (AV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Cabot Oil & Gas (COG) downgraded at Morgan Stanley... Canadian Pacific (CP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham... Celestica (CLS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Covidien (COV) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink... Ctrip.com (CTRP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Dollar General (DG) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Enanta (ENTA) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Gentiva Health (GTIV) downgraded to Fair Value from Buy at CRT Capital... Gorman-Rupp (GRC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sidoti... ITG (ITG) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Integrys Energy (TEG) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... IntercontinentalExchange (ICE) downgraded to Market Perform at Wells Fargo... MICROS (MCRS) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Wedbush... National Retail Properties (NNN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Newfield Exploration (NFX) downgraded to Hold from Accumulate at KLR Group... Pilgrim's Pride (PPC) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... Tesco (TSCDY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... Web.com (WWWW) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley.
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15:27 EDTNFXViking Global reports 5.7% passive stake in Newfield Exploration
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12:14 EDTCTRPOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:34 EDTPPCRussia retaliates with restrictions on U.S. chicken imports, CNN says
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10:51 EDTCOVOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:39 EDTCTRPCtrip surges after increasing ties to Priceline
Shares of Chinese online travel agency Ctrip.com (CTRP) are jumping after the company expanded its partnership with Priceline (PCLN) and received a $500M investment from the U.S. online travel giant. WHAT'S NEW: Ctrip and Priceline last night announced that under an expanded agreement Ctrip's customers will be able to access all of Priceline's accommodations outside of Greater China, while Priceline's customers will be able to access Ctrip's over 100,000 accommodations within Greater China. Additionally, Priceline and Ctrip will offer their respective hotel inventory to each other on an enlarged scale with more favorable partnership terms, including an agreement to enhance promotional efforts, the companies said. Meanwhile, Priceline will invest $500M in Ctrip through a convertible bond and Ctrip has given Priceline permission to buy Ctrip's shares on the open market. As a result, Priceline will be able to obtain a stake of up to 10% in Ctrip, the companies reported. ANALYST REACTION: A number of analysts were very upbeat on Ctrip's outlook following the news. In a note to investors today, Oppenheimer analyst Ella Ji wrote that the new deal increases Ctrip's access to Priceline's worldwide inventories and offers more cross-promotion opportunities to Ctrip. The Chinese company's expanding overseas inventory will further enhance its leadership position in China, according to Ji, who kept an Outperform rating on Ctrip. Similarly, Fawne Jiang, an analyst at Brean Capital ,wrote that the deal further enhances Ctrip's leadership position in the Chinese online travel sector. The analyst continues to recommend investing in the stock and sees it as a core holding in the China Internet sector. Jiang kept a $74 price target and Buy rating on the shares. Meanwhile, research firm CLSA responded to the news by upgrading Ctrip two notches, to Buy from Underperform. The firm now has a $78 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Ctrip jumped 11.8% to $67.60 and Priceline gained 1.2% to $1296.44.
10:00 EDTCTRPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:08 EDTCTRPCtrip.com upgraded at CLSA
As previously reported, CLSA ugpraded Ctrip.com (CTRP) to Buy from Underperform. The analyst said Ctrip's extended partnership with Priceline (PCLN) is a strategic positive for both as they can cross-sell products and expects Ctrip to better capitalize on China's fast growing outbound travel market. Price target raised to $78.
08:58 EDTCOVMedtronic receives request of additional info from FTC for Covidien acquisition
On August 6, 2014, in connection with the FTC review of the pending acquisition by Medtronic (MDT) of Covidien (COV), which will result in both Medtronic and Covidien becoming wholly owned subsidiaries of Medtronic, Medtronic received a request for additional information and documentary material from the FTC. Issuance of the second request extends the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 until 30 days after Medtronic and Covidien have substantially complied with the second request, unless the waiting period is extended voluntarily by the parties or terminated earlier by the FTC. Medtronic and Covidien intend to cooperate fully with the FTC and continue to expect the Transaction to be completed in the fourth calendar quarter of 2014 or early 2015.
08:39 EDTICEIntercontinentalExchange sees returning nearly $1.7B to holders in 2014/15
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08:38 EDTENTAEnanta's HCV NS5A inhibitor EDP-239 advances into combination studies
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08:33 EDTICEIntercontinentalExchange says Q2 volume impacted by low volatility
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08:12 EDTCTRPCtrip.com deal will enhance leadership position, says Oppenheimer
After Ctrip.com (CTRP) received a $500M investment from Priceline (PCLN) and the two companies strengthened their existing partnership, Oppenheimer thinks the deal will further enhance Ctrip.com's leadership position in China. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on Ctrip.com.
08:08 EDTCTRP, CTRPCtrip.com upgraded to Buy from Underperform at CLSA
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08:07 EDTCTRPCtrip.com a core China Internet/Online Travel holding, says Brean Capital
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07:45 EDTICEIntercontinentalExchange acquires trading technology patents
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07:35 EDTICEIntercontinentalExchange sees FY14 operating expenses $1.55B-$1.56B
For the full year 2014, operating expenses are expected to be $1.55B-$1.56B. The expense guidance is net of acquisition-related transaction and integration costs for all periods. ICE expects operational capital expenditures and capitalized softwarefor the full year 2014 in the range of $165M-$175M. ICE expects capital expenditures related to real estate to be $75M-$85M for the full year of 2014.
07:34 EDTICEIntercontinentalExchange sees Q3 operating expenses $390M-$395M
ICE expects operational capital expenditures and capitalized software in the range of $40M-$45M for Q3. ICE expects interest expense in the range of $23M-$24M for Q3 and Q4.
07:32 EDTICEIntercontinentalExchange reports Q2 adjusted EPS $2.10, consensus $2.02
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06:42 EDTCOVObama to look to limit inversion deals, Politico says
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