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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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July 22, 2014
11:38 EDTUALUS Airways joins Delta in canceling all Israel flights, AP reports
US Airways (LCC) has joined Delta Air Lines (DAL) in canceling all flights to Israel, the Associated Press reports. United Airlines (UAL) has not commented on the status of its flights to Israel. Reference Link
10:30 EDTSYMCSymantec accused of false claims by Justice Department
The Justice Department said it has intervened in a lawsuit against Symantec, alleging that Symantec submitted false claims to the United States on a General Services Administration software contract. The case alleges that Symantec knowingly provided the United States with inaccurate and incomplete information about the prices it was offering to its commercial customers during the negotiation and performance of the contract. "The suit contends that Symantec misrepresented its true commercial sales practices, ultimately leading to government customers receiving discounts far inferior to those Symantec gave to its commercial non-government customers," the government stated. The contract at issue was in place from 2007 to 2012 and involved hundreds of millions of dollars in sales, it added.
10:15 EDTSYMCDOJ intervenes in whistleblower suit against Symantec alleging false claims
09:47 EDTYELPYelp initiated with a Neutral at Tigress Financial
09:28 EDTVMWEMC spin-off of VMware unlikely at this point, says Janney Capital
Following the report of Elliott taking a stake in EMC (EMC) and pushing for a break-up to unlock value, Janney Capital said it does believe that a spin-off of VMware (VMW) could help improve EMC's multiple but that the firm thinks such a move is not likely at this point. Janney adds that while it views a spin-off as unlikely, other shareholder-friendly responses, such as a dividend boost or increased share buybacks, are possible. The firm keeps its Buy ratings on both EMC and VMware.
08:25 EDTBSXBoston Scientific risk/reward favorable into Q2 results, says RBC Capital
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06:56 EDTVMWElliot Management to consider activist options for EMC, NY Times reports
Elliot Management is expected to consider a push for the breakup of EMC (EMC) and spinoff VMware (VMW), reports the New York Times. Citing people briefed on the matter, the hedge fund is expected to meet with EMC executives this week after the company reports its quarterly earnings to determine whether to undertake a full-bore activist campaign. Reference Link
06:37 EDTSSYSPiper recommends buying 3D space following pullback
Piper Jaffray recommends using the recent weakness in shares of 3D printing companies as a buying opportunity, saying its Q2 reseller/industry survey yielded favorable feedback. The firm has Overweight ratings on 3D Systems (DDD), Materialise (MTLS), Materialise (MTLS), Proto Labs (PRLB) and Stratasys (SSYS). It has a Neutral rating on Voxeljet (VJET).
July 21, 2014
17:38 EDTFIBKFirst Interstate reports Q2 EPS 47c, consensus 44c
Reports Q2 revenue $86.28M, consensus $86.44M. Reports Q2 loan loss provision ($2M) vs. $375K a year ago. Reports Q2 net charge-offs $1.1M vs. ($249K) a year ago.
16:38 EDTBSXBoston Scientific receives FDA approval for REBEL Platinum Stent system
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16:22 EDTVMWOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the trading day in negative territory and remained there through nearly the whole session. The market action was influenced more by the geopolitical events in Russia and Israel than by the upcoming avalanche of earnings scheduled for release throughout the week. Despite the weak open and subsequent drop during the first hour of trading, the market drifted off its lows and managed to pare its losses, even turning mixed for a short time. The averages dipped again heading into the bell, though they closed well of their worst levels. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed's National Activity Index dipped to 0.12 in June from a reading of 0.16 in May. COMPANY NEWS: Allergan (AGN) rose $3.74, or 2.23%, to $171.14 after the company's Q2 results and its FY14 outlook beat expectations. The company, which is working to fend off a proposed acquisition by Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX), also announced plans to cut its workforce by 13%, or about 1,500 employees, as part of a broader restructuring effort. In related news, Valeant announced it has contacted both the SEC and Canadian financial authorities regarding Allergan's "apparent attempt to mislead investors and manipulate the market for Valeant common shares by continuing to make false and misleading statements regarding Valeant's business." Later in the day, Bill Ackman of Pershing Square, who is partnering with Valeant in its attempt to buy Allergan, called the restructuring a "Valeant light" effort and said Valeant does not need to raise its bid for Allergan. Ackman explained that he believes that shares of Valeant will rise around $10 should the Allergan board engage in takeover talks with the company and that a $10 share rise would boost Valeant's bid for Allergan by $8 per share. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Extreme Networks (EXTR), which rose 69c, or 15.79%, to $5.06 after the company raised its Q4 earnings per share outlook and narrowed its Q4 revenue view. Also higher were shares of EMC (EMC), which advanced $1.35, or 5.0%, to $28.33 after the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources, that activist investor Elliott Management has taken a stake of over $1B in the data-storage company and plans to push it to break itself up and spin off VMware (VMW), which is 80% owned by EMC. Shares of VMware fell $2.36, or 2.48%, to $92.95 following the Journal's report. Among the other noteworthy losers was Monster Beverage (MNST), which fell $3.07, or 4.53%, to $64.74 after Morgan Stanley downgraded the stock, citing slowing U.S. trends and balanced valuation. Also lower were shares of Yum! Brands (YUM), which fell $3.29, or 4.25%, to $74.13 after Associated Press reported that the company's KFC brand and McDonald's (MCD) were sold expired beef and chicken in China from food supplier Husi Food. Shares of McDonald's, which is scheduled to report on its quarter before tomorrow's market open, slid $1.44, or 1.45%, to $97.55. INDEXES: The Dow fell 48.45, or 0.28%, to 17,051.73, the Nasdaq dropped 7.44, or 0.17%, to 4,424.70, and the S&P 500 declined 4.59, or 0.23%, to 1,973.63.
12:10 EDTVMWOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:02 EDTWFCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:36 EDTWFCWells Fargo downgraded to Hold from Buy at Rafferty Capital
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08:34 EDTROSTRoss Stores opens 30 new locations in June and July
Ross Stores announced the June and July openings of 23 Ross Dress for Less and seven dd's DISCOUNTS stores across 17 different states. These new locations are part of the off-price retailer's plans to add a total of approximately 75 Ross and 20 dd's DISCOUNTS stores during 2014.
06:27 EDTVMWElliott Management to push EMC to break up, WSJ reports
Elliott Management has taken a stake of over $1B in EMC (EMC), according to sources, and plans to push the data-storage company to break itself up, the Wall Street Journal reports. Elliott reportedly believes EMC's stock would get a boost from spinning off VMware (VMW), of which it owns an 80% stake. Reference Link
July 18, 2014
10:03 EDTLPLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:20 EDTLPLLG Display added to Asia Focus List, TSMC removed at JPMorgan
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06:50 EDTUALUnited Continental August volatility increases
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06:03 EDTLPLLG Display downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Bernstein
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