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March 24, 2014
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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September 28, 2015
09:01 EDTYELPYelp appoints Diane Irvine as Chairperson of the Board effective immediately
Yelp announced the election of current board member, Diane Irvine, to the position of non-executive board chairperson, effective immediately. Irvine takes over from Max Levchin, who recently stepped down from Yelp's and other boards to dedicate more time to the company he founded and leads. Diane is also a board member of XO Group and Rightside Group.
08:06 EDTBSXBoston Scientific upgraded on 'strong' product cycle at Needham
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07:38 EDTBSXBox to hold a user conference
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07:31 EDTBSXBoston Scientific upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham
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07:20 EDTYELPYelp said to name Diane Irvine as chairwoman, USA Today reports
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07:10 EDTYELPBlue Calypso, Yelp agree to initial order of KIOSentrix Beacons
Blue Calypso (BCYP) announced that Yelp (YELP) has agreed to explore the use of KIOSentrix AC powered beacons in potential distribution to Yelp's retail customer base. Yelp has committed to an initial order of 4,000 KIOSentrix beacons. Additionally, Blue Calypso and Yelp have agreed to dismiss their pending lawsuit.
06:05 EDTBSXBoston Scientific's Eluvia stent system demonstrates primary patency of 96.1%
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September 25, 2015
08:46 EDTYELPYelp has potential positive catalysts, says SunTrust
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07:33 EDTWFCGlobal Interdependence Center to co-host a discussion
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September 24, 2015
19:26 EDTUALUnited's pilot union says adamantly opposed to fuel monitoring
In a letter to United pilots, United Master Executive Council chairman Jay Heppner states, "Let me be very clear at the onset: The UAL MEC policy manual clearly states that we 'deem any fuel monitoring program using identified pilot information as promoting unsafe practices such as competitive flying.' While we 'endorse the most conservative fuel load, whether it is the dispatcher's fuel or the captain's fuel,' we fully support the captain's authority to plan his fuel load without undue influence from any monitoring program. Such programs have been used in the past to coerce captains to not add fuel when, in their judgment, they may have felt it prudent to do so. The tracking and scoring of captain's fuel loads can also lead to other issues; not the least of which is a degradation to safety and captain's authority. Fuel tracking can also lead to pilot pushing, intimidation and harassment by management in order to force compliance with 'fuel policy.' ALPA has worked tirelessly to ensure all captains have the tools necessary to make the safest and most appropriate decisions regarding fuel loads and all other decisions pertaining to every aspect of the preflight planning process. We are not necessarily opposed to a company fuel policy, but we are adamantly opposed to 'fuel tracking,' 'fuel monitoring' and 'competitive flying.'" Reference Link
13:08 EDTYELPYelp volatility increases as shares trend lower
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09:36 EDTSSYSGabelli continues to believe Stratasys is a strategic fit for Hewlett-Packard
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07:10 EDTWFC, USBBanks clash with regulators over energy lending, WSJ reports
Banks are fighting with regulators over loan reviews that might compress the flow of net credit to the oil patch, the Wall Street Journal reports. The disagreement is focused on the narrow issue of loans secured by oil and gas companies' reserves, but it highlights the point of how postcrisis regulation of the financial industry impacts sectors outside of Wall Street, the report says. Caught in between banks and regulators are the small and medium exploration and production companies that rely on credit lines using their energy reserves as collateral, the report says. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
06:59 EDTYELPFacebook and Google more 'Yelp-like' than ever, says Northland
Northland analyst Darren Aftahi says Facebook (FB), Google (GOOG, GOOGL) and (AMZN) have recently added new features that focus on improved local search as well as tools enabling easier business-consumer communication. Facebook and Google are now more "Yelp-like" than ever, Aftahi tells investors in a research note. And while Apple's (AAPL) new "swipe right" feature could drive a near-term surge in Yelp (YELP) app downloads, it may translate into lower engagement on the Yelp app over longer term, the analyst argues. He remains cautious on Yelp's growth prospects and cut his price target for the stock to $17.75 from $21.50. Shares of the local business review site closed yesterday down 25c to $23.10. Aftahi has an Underperform rating on the stock, his firm's equivalent of a sell.
September 23, 2015
20:08 EDTUALChinese president visits U.S. amid cybersecurity, copyright worries
As part of his first official U.S. visit, Chinese president Xi Jinping held a meeting with American business leaders on Wednesday to address concerns of copyright infringement and cybersecurity, among numerous topics. In attendance were corporate giants from both nations, including Microsoft (MSFT), Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), Cisco (CSCO), Alibaba (BABA), Tencent (TCEHY), and Baidu (BIDU), according to media reports. COPYRIGHT CONCERNS: Responding to oft-cited concerns of copyright infringement by Chinese companies, Xi said China will "stand firm to protect" the intellectual property rights of American companies, according to Wall Street Journal coverage of the event. Note that in late 2014, China began establishing specialized courts to deliberate on intellectual property rights cases, and Xi commented Wednesday that "the newly established IPR courts are working smoothly. This means there will be much stronger IPR protection which will serve the interests of foreign businesses as well as Chinese companies." Chinese consumer electronics company Xiaomi is perhaps the most talked-about firm when it comes to the matter, with media outlets frequently criticizing its alleged "copying" of Apple design sensibilities. In mid-July, Xiaomi VP of global operations Hugo Barra told Bloomberg that the company is preparing to enter U.S. markets, though he cautioned that the launch could be "much more" than a year away as it seeks to build up its patent portfolio. CYBERSECURITY TENSIONS: Wednesday's meeting comes in the wake of numerous high-profile "hack attacks," with Sony (SNE), American Airlines (AAL), Anthem (ANTM), United Airlines (UAL), and Target (TGT) all reporting digital security breaches in recent years. Xi has consistently denied the involvement of state-backed hackers, but tensions have nevertheless arisen as cybersecurity firms such as FireEye (FEYE) and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) backtrace connections to the country. Cybersecurity intrusions originating from China have recently slowed ahead of Xi's visit, according to Reuters, with Kevin Mandia of security firm Mandiant telling the publication, "In my gut, I feel like the Chinese and the U.S. over the next couple of years are going to figure this out."
12:36 EDTSYMCGovernment cyber attack affects larger number of fingerprint data
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10:26 EDTVMWEMC standstill agreement with activist expired on Sept. 1, Re/code reports
The standstill agreement between EMC (EMC) and activist investor Elliott Management expired on September 1, Arik Hesseldahl of Re/code reports, citing people familiar with the terms. EMC may have asked Elliott for an informal extension of the agreement as its board weighs its options since Elliott has yet to resume its public campaign of pushing for a breakup, Hesseldahl adds. Reference Link
10:00 EDTLPLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Baytex Energy (BTE) downgraded to Sector Performer from Outperformer at CIBC... CarMax (KMX) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Cytec Industries (CYT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... LG Display (LPL) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Magna (MGA) downgraded to Sector Performer from Outperformer at CIBC... Norilsk Nickel (NILSY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Sherwin-Williams (SHW) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Longbow... Volkswagen (VLKAY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank.
08:19 EDTLPLLG Display downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill downgraded LG Display to Underperform following checks that indicate weaker than normal trends in second half sales volumes and blended ASPs.
07:53 EDTBSXUBS medical supplies & devices analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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