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June 5, 2014
09:59 EDTLULU, VRNT, NBG, MSFT, CLVS, ALBKY, DISCA, BRCM, AXAS, FARO, RATEOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Abraxas Petroleum (AXAS) upgraded at SunTrust... Alpha Bank (ALBKY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Bankrate (RATE) upgraded at RBC Capital... Broadcom (BRCM) upgraded to Equalweight from Underweight at Barclays... Clovis (CLVS) upgraded at Stifel... Discovery (DISCA) upgraded at Atlantic Equities... FARO Technologies (FARO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Microsoft (MSFT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... National Bank of Greece (NBG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Verint Systems (VRNT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... lululemon (LULU) upgraded at Sterne Agee.
News For AXAS;ALBKY;RATE;BRCM;CLVS;FARO;DISCA;MSFT;NBG;VRNT;LULU From The Last 14 Days
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February 23, 2015
16:22 EDTAXASAbraxas Petroleum reports FY14 reserves up 37% to 42.4 MMBoe
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10:08 EDTDISCAHigh option volume stocks
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09:12 EDTDISCADiscovery volatility flat into 21st Century Fox denied it held talks
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07:00 EDTDISCA21st Century Fox says 'no truth' in rumors of Discovery talks, Reuters reports
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06:34 EDTDISCA21st Century Fox, Discovery held preliminary merger talks, AFR reports
21st Century Fox (FOXA) executives met with their counterparts at Discovery Communications (DISCA) nearly two weeks ago to discuss a possible takeover offer, The Australian Financial Review reports, citing sources. According to the sources, discussions were "nascent" and talks are in the "very, very early days." A spokesperson for 21st Century Fox has denied talks took place. Reference Link
February 20, 2015
16:20 EDTNBGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in negative territory with time running out for Greece to reach an extension of its bailout agreement. The morning was filled with headlines from both Greek and eurozone finance leaders, many of which indicated that prospects for a deal looked grim. When reports surfaced that an agreement on an extension had been reached the Dow took off and hit its first new high of 2015. The S&P 500 followed to its own new high and the Nasdaq continued to close in on the 5,000 level. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's flash PMI rose to 54.3 in February, versus the consensus forecast for a preliminary reading of 53.6 for the month. In Europe, the Eurogroup and Greece reached a tentative deal for an extension of the current EFSF Master Financial Assistance Facility Agreement for up to four months. The deal is predicated on Greek authorities presenting a first list of reform measures, based on the current arrangement, by the end of Monday. Also, the Eurozone flash composite PMI came in at 53.5, versus expectations for a reading of 53. The services PMI was better than expected, while the manufacturing PMI was lower than expected. COMPANY NEWS: Deere reported Q1 earnings per share of $1.12 and revenue of $6.38B, which beat consensus forecasts of 84c and $5.59B, respectively. However, Deere said company equipment sales are projected to decrease about 17% for fiscal 2015 and now sees net income to be about $1.8B, which is down from the company's prior net income outlook of $1.9B. Analysts at Wells Fargo calculate that the implied EPS guidance from Deere dropped to $5.25 from $5.50. Consensus for FY15 EPS prior to Deere's report was $5.51. Shares of the farm, construction and forestry equipment maker rose 72c, or 0.79%, to $92.43 following this morning's report. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was National Bank of Greece (NBG), whose shares trading in New York jumped 35c, or 21.74%, to $1.96 after the Greek aid extension deal was negotiated. Also higher was Springleaf (LEAF), which gained $4.40, or 12.88%, to $38.57 after Reuters reported that the company has beaten out rival bidders and is in advanced talks to buy consumer finance unit OneMain Financial from Citigroup (C) for more than $4B. Two stock that dropped after their earnings reports prompted multiple analyst downgrades were Noodles & Company (NDLS), which plunged $8.84, or 31.87%, to $18.90, and Rocket Fuel (FUEL), which fell $3.95, or 26.74%, to $10.82. INDEXES: The Dow rose 154.67, or 0.86%, to 18,140.44, the Nasdaq gained 31.27, or 0.63%, to 4,955.97, and the S&P 500 advanced 12.85, or 0.61%, to 2,110.30.
07:14 EDTLULUOppenheimer to hold a tour
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06:57 EDTNBGNational Bank of Greece volatility elevated on Greek bailout talks with the EU
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February 19, 2015
07:25 EDTDISCACable nets speed up shows to add more ads, WSJ says
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07:08 EDTDISCADiscovery reports Q4 EPS 43c, consensus 41c
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February 18, 2015
16:27 EDTMSFTiPass announces Wi-Fi agreement with Microsoft
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15:35 EDTDISCANotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Wal-Mart (WMT), consensus $1.54... Priceline (PCLN), consensus $10.10... DIRECTV (DTV), consensus $1.40... Noble Energy (NBL), consensus 35c... Host Hotels & Resorts (HST), consensus 39c... Hormel Foods (HRL), consensus 64c... Discovery Communications (DISCA), consensus 41c... SCANA (SCG), consensus 73c... Quanta Services (PWR), consensus 51c... Patterson (PDCO), consensus 59c... Denbury Resources (DNR), consensus 23c... T-Mobile (TMUS), consensus 5c... Linn Energy (LINE), consensus 6c... Linn Co (LNCO), consensus 39c... Bloomin' Brands (BLMN), consensus 27c... Huntington Ingalls (HII), consensus $1.98.
10:18 EDTMSFTInterDigital drops after reportedly lossing appeal in patent case
Shares of InterDigital (IDCC) are moving lower after Bloomberg reported the company lost its bid to revive patent-infringement claims against Microsoft (MSFT) and ZTE Corp. over mobile phone technologies. Shares of InterDigital are down 83c to $50.06.
05:57 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT QCOM
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February 17, 2015
18:43 EDTLULUApparel stocks lower after Perry Ellis warns of West Coast port disruption
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12:56 EDTDISCADecline of TV viewing accelerated, NY Post reports
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09:09 EDTMSFTBox announces Microsoft Office cloud integration
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09:06 EDTMSFTCitrix joins Microsoft Cloud Storage Partner Program
Citrix (CTXS) announced it is an inaugural member of the new Microsoft (MSFT) Cloud Storage Partner Program.
06:25 EDTNBGNational Bank of Greece volatility increases on Greek bailout talks with the EU
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05:51 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT QCOM
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