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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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September 8, 2014
09:18 EDTGPSGap downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill downgraded Gap to Underperform based on expectations it will miss full year guidance and consensus expectations. The firm said lower than expected August comps due not bode well for turnaround and lowered its full year EPS estimate to $2.85 from $2.96, vs. guidance of $2.95-$3.00.
07:47 EDTDYNDynegy price target raised to $36 from $33 at UBS
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07:26 EDTWLKWestlake Chemical reinstated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill
Target $110.
06:09 EDTWLLWhiting Petroleum initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
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September 5, 2014
17:55 EDTGPSGap valuation 'enticing' despite sales drop, Barrons contends
Following Gap's unexpected August SSS drop, shares fell by more than 5% which creates a buying opportunity for the stock, according to Barron's 'Barron's Take' column. Barron's believes share buybacks and effective cost control can help Gap meet its earnings forecasts. Reference Link
16:45 EDTGPSMarket ends week little changed after mixed economic data
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16:25 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:57 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:19 EDTGPSGap falls after reporting August same-store sales decline
Shares of apparel retailer Gap (GPS) are falling after the company reported disappointing August same-store sales results and Buckingham analysts downgraded the company's stock. WHAT'S NEW: Gap reported last night that its August comparable sales declined 2%, compared to a 2% increase a year ago in the same month. Gap Global SSS fell 9%, Banana Republic Global SSS fell 2% and Old Navy Global SSS rose 2%. Gap also reported its August net sales were flat compared to last year's $1.23B. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Looking ahead, the company said Gap's August sales performance will likely put pressure on the brand's gross margins in September. ANALYST REACTION: Gap was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham this morning following the August comparable sales numbers. Buckingham analysts say they question the previously anticipated 2H14 comp recovery at the core brand and do not see upside to the stock if the flagship brand does not turn positive in the second half. Buckingham expects the stock's multiple to contract back to its historical average until sales improve. The firm still expects full-year 2014 guidance to be achievable as Gap manages expenses and it continues to like operational improvements the company is making in its supply chain and omni-channel initiatives. Until sales improve, Buckingham expects shares to remain range bound near $44 to $46. UBS analysts, on the other hand, say Gap's share weakness presents a buying opportunity. The firm said the miss does not derail the company's ability to show improvement over the second half and does not impact their long-term thesis tied to margin improvement opportunities. PRICE ACTION: Near noon, Gap fell $2.20, or about 5%, to $44.39. OTHERS TO WATCH: Competitors to Gap include American Apparel (APP), American Eagle (AEO), Urban Outfitters (URBN), Express (EXPR), and Abercrombie and Fitch (ANF).
11:33 EDTCRCrane management to meet with FBR Capital
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10:05 EDTGPS, CSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:05 EDTTRIPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:17 EDTGPSGap downgraded at Buckingham
As noted earlier, Buckingham downgraded Gap to Neutral from Buy. The firm says that weaker than expected August comparative sales at the company's Gap brand is causing it to question its previous forecast for comps to recover in the seocnd half of the year. The firm expects the shares to remain range bound until the sales of the Gap brand improve. Target $46.
09:16 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:00 EDTGPSGap volatility is expected to move following disappointing August comps
Gap volatility is expected to move following disappointing August comps. Overall option implied volatility of 23 is below its 26-week average of 26 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement.
07:50 EDTGPSGap downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham
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07:42 EDTGPSGap weakness a buying opportunity, says UBS
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07:23 EDTCSCredit Suisse downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS
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07:18 EDTCSRegulators drafting flexible 'bail in' bond deal for large banks, Reuters says
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06:59 EDTTRIPTripAdvisor upgraded to Equal-Weight from Underweight at Evercore
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