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February 28, 2014
09:59 EDTAWR, CTP, TAST, DECK, NDSN, DYN, WLL, FRO, WLK, WSBC, TRIP, RSYS, PFG, GPS, EV, CR, CS, AEGNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
American States Water (AWR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Brean Capital... Crane (CR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Credit Suisse (CS) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Eaton Vance (EV) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee... Gap (GPS) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at Atlantic Equities... Principal Financial (PFG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... RadiSys (RSYS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Taseko Mines (TGB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... TripAdvisor (TRIP) upgraded to Neutral from Negative at Susquehanna... WesBanco (WSBC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Westlake Chemical (WLK) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Frontline (FRO) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Nordson (NDSN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Dynegy (DYN) upgraded to Neutral from Cautious at ISI Group... Deckers Outdoor (DECK) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Carrols Restaurant (TAST) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... CTPartners (CTP) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair... Aegion (AEGN) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Wedbush.
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October 9, 2014
08:21 EDTCSGoldman, Credit Suisse invest in digital surveillance start-up, Bloomberg says
A group of banks, led by Goldman Sachs (GS) and Credit Suisse (CS), invested $24M in Digital Reasoning, a data analytics start-up whose CEO, Tim Estes, said the banks want a way to surveil millions of e-mails, instant messages, and transcripts of calls to spot suspicious behavior "when it happens, not in an investigation three years later.” Reference Link
07:41 EDTGPSGap long-term buy thesis remains intact, says UBS
UBS said the long-term buy thesis for Gap remains intact following its disappointing Q3 results and CEO change. The firm expects the CEO transition to be smooth with no meaningful changes in strategy. UBS lowered its second half estimates for Gap and lowered its price target on the stock to $48 from $50, but maintains its Buy rating on the shares.
07:33 EDTGPSGap volatility elevated into the retirement of CEO Glenn Murphy
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07:16 EDTGPSGap CEO change positive, says Stifel
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06:11 EDTGPSGap downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital
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05:48 EDTGPSGap downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee
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05:38 EDTGPSGap downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
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October 8, 2014
18:31 EDTGPSOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Ruby Tuesday (RT), up 19.6%... Exar (EXAR), up 13.7% after reporting second quarter revenue guidance... Alcoa (AA), up 2.2%. ALSO HIGHER: Nuance (NUAN), up 2.5% following rumors that Carl Icahn will recommend that Apple (AAPL) buy the company... GrubHub (GRUB), up just under 1% after being initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Kofax (KFX), down 20.1% after reporting first quarter revenue and fiscal 2015 revenue guidance below analyst estimates... ARC Group (ARCW), down 17%... E2open (EOPN), down 8.9%. ALSO LOWER: Gap (GPS), down 7.6% following September same store sales data and CEO transition... AMD (AMD), down 7% after announcing CEO transition.
16:50 EDTGPSGap CEO Glenn Murphy says board planned CEO succession
Gap's outgoing chairman and CEO Glenn Murphy stated that the CEO transition to Art Peck was planned in advance and was a part of the company's growth plan. Murphy stated that the board asked him to stay but he is not able to make a personal commitment to be at the company to execute long-term plans. Murphy says he will work closely with Peck during the transition period. Comments made during CEO transition conference call.
16:29 EDTWLKU.S. Chemicals sector initiated with an Overweight at RBC Capital
RBC Capital started the U.S. Chemicals sector with an Overweight rating citing the growth of shale gas. The firm lists ethylene stocks LyondellBasell (LYB), Westlake Chemical (WLK) and Dow Chemical (DOW) its top picks in the space. RBC views coatings stocks as good ways to play the pending recovery in construction, and has Outperform ratings on Sherwin-Williams (SHW) and PPG Industries (PPG). RBC put its only Underperform rating in the sector on Axiall (AXLL), citing the company's short ethylene position and leverage to single-family housing.
16:20 EDTWLKWestlake Chemical initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital
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16:08 EDTGPSGap trades sharply lower in the extended session
The stock is down over 8% to $38.49 in the after hours market. At that price next support is at $37.25. Resistance is at $39.48.
16:05 EDTGPSGap reports September net sales up 1% vs. last year
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16:03 EDTGPSGap names Art Peck to succeed Glenn Murphy as CEO
Gap Inc. announced that Art Peck, the president of its Growth, Innovation and Digital division, has been selected by the board to succeed Glenn Murphy as the company’s next CEO, effective February 1, 2015. Murphy made the personal decision to retire from the company at the end of the fiscal year, allowing for a smooth leadership transition. Peck joined the company in 2005. As part of the transition, Bob Fisher will become non-executive Chairman of the board, and Peck will join the board, effective February 1, 2015.
16:01 EDTGPSGap names Art Peck to succeed Glenn Murphy as CEO
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10:00 EDTAEGNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:13 EDTCSBank dealers agree to revised derivatives rules, FT reports
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06:46 EDTAEGNAegion downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel
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06:11 EDTDYNDynegy 22.5M share Secondary priced at $31.00
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October 7, 2014
07:44 EDTDECKDeckers Outdoor well positioned for second half, says Canaccord
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