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March 24, 2014
10:01 EDTAXLL, EVER, LPL, ROST, BSX, PTEN, ACHN, BSMX, YELP, YZC, WFC, BBD, FBNC, STAA, SSYS, SYMC, USB, UAL, VMW, FIBKOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Axiall (AXLL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Banco Bradesco (BBD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... First Bancorp (FBNC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... STAAR Surgical (STAA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair... Stratasys (SSYS) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Symantec (SYMC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... U.S. Bancorp (USB) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at Atlantic Equities... United Continental (UAL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... VMware (VMW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee... Wells Fargo (WFC) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at Atlantic Equities... Yanzhou Coal (YZC) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... EverBank Financial (EVER) upgraded at Sterne Agee... LG Display (LPL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Ross Stores (ROST) upgraded at RBC Capital... Boston Scientific (BSX) upgraded at Bernstein... Achillion (ACHN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Maxim... Patterson-UTI Energy (PTEN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Santander Mexico (BSMX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Yelp (YELP) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities... First Interstate (FIBK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee.
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October 9, 2014
16:05 EDTSYMCSymantec plans to separate into two public companies
Symantec announced that its Board of Directors has unanimously approved a plan to separate the company into two, independent publicly traded companies: one business focused on security and one business focused on information management. The transaction is intended to take the form of a tax-free distribution to Symantec shareholders of 100% of the IM business in a new, independent, publicly traded stock. The expected stock distribution ratio will be determined at a future date. The company expects to complete the spinoff by the end of December 2015. The company expects to incur separation and restructuring charges through the completion of the transaction as it works to separate the two businesses. "Symantecís decision to pursue a separation follows an extensive business review of the companyís strategy and operational structure. Creating two standalone businesses will allow each entity to maximize its respective growth opportunities and drive greater shareholder value," the company stated. The security business generated revenue of $4.2B in FY14. The IM business generated revenue of $2.5B in FY14. Michael Brown will be the President and CEO of Symantec and Thomas Seifert will continue to serve as CFO. John Gannon will be General Manager of the new information management business and Don Rath will be its acting CFO.
16:03 EDTSYMCSymantec affirms Q2 guidance provided in August
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16:01 EDTSYMCSymantec plans to separate into two public companies
16:00 EDTSYMCSymantec trading halted, pending news
13:39 EDTVMWCisco denies rumors that it will stop investing in VCE JV, The Register reports
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13:37 EDTVMWCisco may end further investment in VCE JV, CRN reports
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13:29 EDTVMWSeveral suitors interested in acquiring VMware, dealReporter says
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11:22 EDTWFCWells Fargo October volatility increases into Q3 and guidance
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10:41 EDTYELPYelp calls activity attributed to takeover speculation
Yelp October weekly 74.5 and October 94 calls are active on total call volume of 6K contracts (1K puts) on takeover speculation. October weekly call option implied volatility is at 92, October is at 54, November is at 66, January is at 51; compared to its 26-week average of 55 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggesting traders taking positions for upside price movement.
10:30 EDTYELPRumor: Yelp strength attributed to takeover speculation
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10:00 EDTAXLLOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:41 EDTROSTBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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09:20 EDTUALOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:52 EDTUALUnited Continental price target raised to $58 from $53 at UBS
UBS raised its price target on United Continental to $58 from $53 following guidance from the company. The firm expects the stock to trade higher on the update and reiterates its Buy rating on United Continental shares.
07:51 EDTUALUnited Continental lowers Q3 capex view to $470M-$490M, maintains FY view
United Continental expects between $470M-$490M of gross capital expenditures in Q3, which is below previous guidance. The difference versus prior guidance is primarily attributable to certain capital expenditures having shifted from Q3 to Q4. There is no impact to full-year 2014 capital expenditure guidance, the company said.
07:49 EDTUALUnited Continental reports Q3 PRASM up 3.5%-4%
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07:24 EDTUALUnited Continental added to U.S. Focus List at Credit Suisse
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06:40 EDTSYMCSource of JPMorgan cyberattack still unclear, NY Times says
The source of the cyberattack on JPMorgan (JPM) and other U.S. financial institutions this summer is still unclear, according to The New York Times. The hackers may have tried to hit about a dozen financial institutions , and E-Trade(ETFC) and Fidelity Investments may have been victimized in some way, the newspaper stated, citing an unnamed source who was briefed on the matter. At least five other banks, including Citigroup (C), HSBC (HBC) and Regions Financial (RF), discovered that one of the web addresses used by those who hacked JPMorgan tried to penetrate their systems, The Times quoted unnamed sources briefed on the matter as saying. Publicly traded companies in the space include Barracuda Networks (CUDA), Check Point (CHKP), F5 Networks (FFIV), FireEye (FEYE), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Palo Alto (PANW), Proofpoint (PFPT), Qualys (QLYS) and Symantec (SYMC). Reference Link
06:33 EDTROSTCourt considers whether to pay Amazon workers for security checks, WSJ says
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06:08 EDTACHNStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; AVP ACHN
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Avon Products (AVP) 60, Achillion (ACHN) 195 according to iVolatility.
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