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December 19, 2012
10:10 EDTKB, CPWR, BJRI, SYMM, PFG, HRB, CB, BBT, WFC, SWHC, PDCE, GTAT, CP, AXP, USB, SDOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: American Express (AXP) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Evercore... BB&T (BBT) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... BJ's Restaurants (BJRI) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Wedbush... Canadian Pacific (CP) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Scotia Capital... Chubb (CB) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Compuware (CPWR) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Northland Securities... GT Advanced (GTAT) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... H&R Block (HRB) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... KB Financial Group (KB) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... PDC Energy (PDCE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Principal Financial (PFG) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Evercore... SandRidge Energy (SD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Smith & Wesson (SWHC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Cowen... Symmetricom (SYMM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... U.S. Bancorp (USB) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Wells Fargo (WFC) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Evercore.
News For AXP;BBT;BJRI;CP;CB;CPWR;GTAT;HRB;KB;PDCE;PFG;SD;SWHC;SYMM;USB;WFC From The Last 14 Days
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December 9, 2014
14:57 EDTWFCFed to propose rulemaking on risk-based capital surcharges for GSIB banks
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14:42 EDTWFC, USBFed sees setting capital surcharge up to 4.5% for big U.S. banks, Bloomberg says
Bloomberg cites surcharge estimates in Federal Reserve staff memo. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC).
12:25 EDTHRBOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:23 EDTCBOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:21 EDTPDCEOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: AutoZone (AZO), up 3.8%... Burlington Stores (BURL), up 3.3%. ALSO HIGHER: bluebird bio (BLUE), up 56.5% after price target raised at Piper Jaffray and SunTrust... Camtek (CAMT), up 6.7% after being awarded a $2.8M order from a semiconductor manufacturer... PDC Energy (PDCE), up 5.8% after providing fiscal 2015 production guidance... Mast Therapeutics (MSTX), up 3.1% after reporting that it will begin recruiting patients for MST-188 study in first half of fiscal 2015... Idera Pharmaceuticals (IDRA), up 1.4% after announcing data for its lead product candidate, IMO-8400. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: UTi Worldwide (UTIW), down 10.8%... CONN'S (CONN), down 35.9% after reporting third quarter results, withdrawing fiscal 2015 guidance, stating that there is no timetable set for completion of strategic alternatives, and announcing the departure of its CFO. ALSO LOWER: Apple (AAPL), down 1.6% after Pacific Crest says that weak iPad demand could cause Apple to miss estimates and following a Wall Street Journal report that a judge denied Apple's efforts to throw out iPod pricing lawsuit... Allied Nevada Gold (ANV), down 30.1% after announcing pricing of common stock and warrant offering... United Continental (UAL), down 2.7% after reporting November traffic.
06:54 EDTCBChubb initiated with an Underweight at JPMorgan
Target $95.
December 8, 2014
18:24 EDTHRBOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:32 EDTPDCEPDC Energy outlines 2015-2016 hedge and financial positioning
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17:30 EDTPDCEPDC Energy sees FY15 CapEx about $557M, FY15 production 13.8M-14.5M Boe
PDC's capital budget for 2015 is approximately $557M, a decrease of 14% compared to its 2014 capital budget. The company's 2015 budget includes $526M of development capital and $31M for lease maintenance, exploration and other expenditures. The 2015 capital budget is focused on organic growth opportunities in PDC's Inner and Middle core areas of the Wattenberg Field. The Company estimates net production volumes for 2015 will be between 13.8M-14.5M barrels of oil equivalent and expects production growth throughout the year. The company anticipates a commodity mix of approximately 45% crude oil, 20% natural gas liquids and 35% natural gas. The commodity mix reflects the company's increased focus on allocating capital towards its highest-value drilling opportunities in both the Inner and Middle core areas of the Wattenberg Field. For 2015, the company projects it will drill approximately 90% of its wells in the Inner and Middle Core areas, up from about 67% in those areas in 2014. PDC estimates its 2014 production exit rate to be approximately 32,500 Boe per day and its full-year 2014 production volumes to be within its guidance range of 9.3 to 9.5 MMoe. The Company's 2015 production exit rate is anticipated to be approximately 46,500 Boe per day
16:18 EDTCPWRCompuware shareholders approve acquisition by Thoma Bravo
Compuware announced that at the special meeting of Compuware shareholders held earlier, shareholders voted to approve the proposed definitive merger agreement with Thoma Bravo. The transaction follows a thorough review by the Compuware Board of Directors of strategic options for Compuware. More than 99% of the shares voting at the special meeting voted in favor of the adoption of the merger agreement. The CEO of Compuware, Bob Paul, stated, “The acquisition by Thoma Bravo provides a great value proposition for Compuware’s shareholders and we are very pleased with the level of support this transaction has received from our shareholders.” Upon completion of the merger, valued at approximately $2.4B, Compuware shareholders will have received an aggregate value of $10.75 per share for each share of Compuware common stock they own as of the effective time of the merger, which includes a net cash payment of $10.389188 per share of common stock as well as the per-share value of the Covisint shares distributed to holders of Compuware equity as of October 20, the record date for the Covisint spin-off. The companies currently expect the merger to be completed later this month, following the satisfaction or waiver of all conditions to the merger.
16:08 EDTHRBH&R Block reports Q2 EPS (45c), consensus (42c)
Reports Q2 revenue $134.63M, consensus $141.99M.
15:26 EDTWFCDeutsche Bank sued by U.S. over alleged scheme to avoid income taxes
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15:19 EDTHRBNotable companies reporting after market close
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10:20 EDTSWHCOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:00 EDTWFC, USB, CPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:52 EDTWFCWells Fargo downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Bernstein
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07:40 EDTPDCEMany E&P target prices lowered at SunTrust
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06:35 EDTWFC, USBValue of Wall Street's M&A bankers has risen, NY Times says
The value of Wall Street's bankers who advise large companies seems to be increasing, while traders are becoming less valuable, according to The New York Times. Bankers who work on M&A deals are expecting their bonuses to increase, while traders anticipate that their compensation will drop, the newspaper added. Furthermore, banks seem to be going the extra mile to hire top notch bankers, the newspaper stated. Publicly traded large banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
05:59 EDTUSBU.S. Bancorp downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette
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05:40 EDTCPCanadian Pacific downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
Goldman Sachs downgraded Canadian Pacific Railway to Neutral saying uncertainty around lower oil prices should drive a reduced multiple for shares. Goldman cut its price target for the rail operator to $202 from $223, but points out the company's crude business has yet to be impacted from lower oil prices. CP shares closed Friday down $2.57 to $191.58.
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