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February 28, 2014
09:59 EDTAEGN, DECK, WLL, WSBC, PFG, CR, CTP, NDSN, FRO, TRIP, GPS, CS, TAST, DYN, WLK, RSYS, EV, AWROn 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.
News For AWR;CS;CR;EV;GPS;PFG;RSYS;TRIP;WSBC;WLK;FRO;WLL;DYN;NDSN;DECK;TAST;CTP;AEGN From The Last 14 Days
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December 12, 2014
12:05 EDTWLLOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:41 EDTDYNHigh option volume stocks:
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08:09 EDTPFGBofA/Merrill financial analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Banks Analyst Najarian, along with Capital Markets Analyst Carrier, Specialty Finance Analyst Bruce discuss the year ahead in Financials, covering the Banks, Capital Markets, Life and P/C Insurance, REIT, Specialty Finance and Canadian Banks/Life Insurance sectors on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on December 16 at 10 am.
December 11, 2014
16:46 EDTNDSNNordson reports Q4 adjusted EPS $1.15, consensus $1.13
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16:33 EDTNDSNNordson reports Q4 backlog approximately $223M
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16:33 EDTNDSNNordson sees Q1 EPS 60c-70c, consensus 73c
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16:32 EDTNDSNNordson reports Q4 EPS $1.13, consensus $1.13
Reports Q4 revenue $469M, consensus $459.31M.
15:13 EDTNDSNNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Adobe Systems (ADBE), consensus 30c; Quiksilver (ZQK), consensus (11c); Nordson (NDSN), consensus $1.13; Dominion Diamond (DDC), consensus 27c.
13:40 EDTCSEuro zone banks accepted $160B in low interest loans, NY Times says
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10:33 EDTWLLOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: UVXY ORIG WLL CJES ARP GREK NBR VXX SVXY
10:17 EDTCSFINRA fines Barclays Capital, Citigroup Global Markets, others $43.5M total
FINRA announced that it has fined 10 firms a total of $43.5M for allowing their equity research analysts to solicit investment banking business and for offering favorable research coverage in connection with the 2010 planned initial public offering of Toys"R"Us. FINRA fined the following firms. Barclays Capital (BCS) - $5M; Citigroup Global Markets (C) – $ 5M; Credit Suisse Securities (CS) – $5M; Goldman, Sachs & Co. (CS) – $5M; JP Morgan Securities LLC (JPM) – $5M; Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. (DB) – $4M; Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc. (BAC) – $4M; Morgan Stanley & Co., LLC (MS) – $4M; Wells Fargo Securities, LLC (WFC) – $4M; Needham & Company LLC – $2.5M. In addition, FINRA found that six of the 10 firms — Barclays, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Needham — had inadequate supervisory procedures related to research analyst participation in investment banking pitches. Toys"R"Us and its sponsors offered each of the 10 firms various roles in the IPO but it eventually decided not to proceed with the offering. In settling this matter, the 10 firms neither admitted nor denied the charges, but consented to the entry of FINRA's findings.
09:36 EDTWLL, WLLWhiting Petroleum downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA
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06:17 EDTWLLWhiting Petroleum volatility elevated as energy prices near five-year low
Whiting Petroleum overall option implied volatility of 72 is above its 26-week average of 37 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement.
December 10, 2014
07:40 EDTWLKBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
2014 U.S. Basic Materials Conference is being held in Boston on December 10-11.
December 8, 2014
18:58 EDTCTPCTPartners says EEOC complaint does not have merit
CTPartners is aware that a complaint by a former employee has been submitted to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, or EEOC. CTPartners takes all allegations of discrimination very seriously. As soon as the firm was informed of concerns by an employee earlier this year, the COO undertook a comprehensive investigation, along with external counsel. Based on that investigation, the company believes that the claim does not have merit.
18:43 EDTCTPCTPartners Executive Search announces withdrawal of public offering
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07:56 EDTCSRBS asks Credit Suisse, others for Coutts bids by Christmas, Reuters says
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07:40 EDTWLLMany E&P target prices lowered at SunTrust
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07:10 EDTCTPCTPartners files to sell 1.1M shares of common stock
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07:03 EDTWLLWhiting Petroleum completes acquisition of Kodiak Oil & Gas
Whiting Petroleum Corporation (WLL) announced that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp (KOG). The closing of the transaction follows the issuance of a final order by the Supreme Court of British Columbia approving the Arrangement on December 5, 2014. The all-stock transaction was previously approved by Whiting stockholders and Kodiak securityholders at special meetings held on December 3, 2014. The transaction enhances Whiting’s leading oil-weighted platform and is expected to drive production, reserve growth and operational efficiencies. Based on the closing price of Whiting stock on December 5, 2014, the combined company has a market capitalization of approximately $6.2B. As a result of the completion of the merger, the common stock of Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp. is no longer listed for trading on the New York Stock Exchange. Pursuant to the terms of the Arrangement, each share of common stock of Kodiak Oil & Gas Corp. will be exchanged for 0.177 of a share of Whiting common stock.
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