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July 7, 2014
10:00 EDTAYI, SEAS, SCCO, TCB, UTEK, VNTV, WEIGY, WNR, WSM, PETM, NCFT, KING, AIT, AMAT, ASBC, BBT, CSIQ, CENX, SCHW, DVN, IGTEOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Acuity Brands (AYI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Applied Industrial (AIT) upgraded at BB&T... Applied Materials (AMAT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Associated Banc-Corp (ASBC) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... BB&T (BBT) upgraded to Outperform from Sell at CLSA... Canadian Solar (CSIQ) upgraded to Outperform at FBR Capital... Century Aluminum (CENX) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Charles Schwab (SCHW) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... Devon Energy (DVN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... King Digital (KING) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Norcraft (NCFT) upgraded at KeyBanc... PetSmart (PETM) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... SeaWorld (SEAS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... Southern Copper (SCCO) upgraded at BMO Capital... TCF Financial (TCB) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... Ultratech (UTEK) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Vantiv (VNTV) reinstated with an Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Weir Group (WEIGY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Western Refining (WNR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Williams-Sonoma (WSM) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... iGATE (IGTE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Noble Financial.
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September 24, 2014
09:34 EDTAMATActive equity options trading on open
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08:53 EDTCSIQCanadian Solar, JA Solar, and SunPower remain top picks at Northland
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08:14 EDTDVNEnLink completes contruction of Phase II Cajun-Sibon NGL project
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07:44 EDTAITStephens to hold an investor trip
Industrial Distributors Investor Field Trip travels through New York, Ohio, Texas and Pennsylvania on September 24-25.
September 23, 2014
09:37 EDTAMATActive equity options trading on open
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08:36 EDTCSIQCanadian Solar price target raised to $48 from $44 at Canaccord
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06:22 EDTSCCOBuenavista del Cobre reports no second spill of acid cooper sulfate at mine
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05:30 EDTCSIQCanadian Solar energises first PV plant at Shibushichocho
Canadian Solar announced the completion of the 1.2 MW solar PV power plant at Shibushichocho, Kagoshima Prefecture in Japan. Powered by Canadian Solar CS6P-255P modules, the plant will generate approximately 1,533MWh of clean, emission-less solar electricity per year. The electricity generated from the project will be purchased by Kyushu Electric Power Co., Inc. under a 20 year feed-in-tariff contract at the rate of 37c per kWh.
September 22, 2014
10:06 EDTDVNDevon Energy management to meet with FBR Capital
Meetings to be held in Minneapolis/Madison/Milwaukee September 24-25 hosted by FBR Capital.
08:04 EDTAMATApplied Materials merger uncertainty could be opportunity, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest believes that the merger between Applied Materials and Tokyo Electron could be delayed until next year, while there is a small chance of China denying the merger. However, the firm recommends buying Applied Materials on any weakness relating to merger uncertainty, as it thinks the stock is worth $25 on a standalone basis. It keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:04 EDTAYIAcuity Brands volume growth accerated in Q4, says RW Baird
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06:11 EDTPETMPetSmart appoints Helen Wallace as Chief Accounting Officer
PetSmart appointed Helen Wallace as Chief Accounting Officer and principal accounting officer. Ms. Wallace is expected to assume her responsibilities on or about October 6. Prior to joining the company, Ms. Wallace served as Senior Vice President, Finance / Principal Accounting Officer of Designer Shoe Warehouse.
September 19, 2014
13:16 EDTKINGKing Digital lower ahead of Monday lock-up expiration
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10:06 EDTWSMOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Abtech Holdings (ABHD) initiated with a Buy at Chardan... Alibaba (BABA) initiated with a Buy at ... Cherokee (CHKE) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Columbia Property Trust (CXP) initiated with a Sell at Goldman... Emerge Energy (EMES) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... GrubHub (GRUB) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Iconix Brand (ICON) initiated with a Hold at Brean Capital... Ideal Power (IPWR) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... NorthStar Asset Management (NSAM) initiated with a Hold at MLV & Co.... Restoration Hardware (RH) initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital... Sequential Brands (SQBG) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... Urban Outfitters (URBN) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Williams-Sonoma (WSM) initiated with a Fair Value at CRT Capital... Xcel Brands (XELB) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital.
06:41 EDTCSIQGlobal solar cell demand in 2014 estimated at 40GWp, DigiTimes says
Taiwan-based makers expect global solar cell demand in 2014 is estimated at 40GWp, reports DigiTimes. Of that amount, 11GWp will be in China, 8GWp in Europe, 7GWp in Japan, 5GWp in US and 1.3GWp in India. According to the sources, China- and Taiwan-based makers together have a total annual capacity of 39-42GWp in 2014, enough to meet global demand. Publicly traded companies in the space include Canadian Solar (CSIQ), First Solar (FSLR), JA Solar (JASO), SunPower (SPWR), Trina Solar (TSL) and Yingli Green Energy (YGE). Reference Link
September 18, 2014
16:24 EDTWSMWilliams-Sonoma initiated with a Fair Value at CRT Capital
Target $72.
11:49 EDTSCHWCharles Schwab calls active as shares at 13-year high
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10:40 EDTWSMPier 1 Imports falls to 12-month low after weak Q2, lowered outlook
Shares of home furnishings retailer Pier 1 Imports (PIR) hit a 12-month low after the company's second quarter results fell below analysts' consensus estimates and it reduced its fiscal 2015 earnings per share outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Pier 1 Imports reported Q2 EPS of 10c on revenue of $418.6M, missing analysts' consensus estimates of 14c and $426.02M, respectively. Same-store-sales for the quarter were up 4.5%. The retailer lowered its FY15 EPS outlook to 95c-$1.05 from $1.14-$1.22. Analysts' consensus estimates for FY15 EPS prior to the earnings report was $1.13. The company sees FY15 SSS in the mid-to-high single digits and gross profit, as a percentage of sales, are expected to be 40.5%-41.5%. Pier 1 Imports CEO Alex Smith said that he foresees online sales to surpass $400M in 2016. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the company's conference call, Pier 1 Imports said that it expects to see improving merchandise margins in coming quarters with fewer coupons. The company noted plans to continue returning cash to shareholders in the form of dividends and share buybacks. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, Wells Fargo analyst Matt Neemer downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Market Perform from Outperform. He feels that the stock will be a difficult one to own in the medium term as the retailer moves towards a multi-channel approach. Neemer believes that the company has a difficult journey ahead as it cuts broad-based discounters, and he feels that consumers will take time to get accustomed to the new messaging. He cut his price target range to $15-$16 from $19-$20 for the company. Barclays analyst Alan Rifkin downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Equal Weight from Overweight due to slow revenue growth and heightened promotions. He feels that that the "soft" revenues could continue. He believes that the company's elongated online profitability pipeline and increased promotions are certain to be a burden on the business in ways that the company had not initially thought. Rifkin said that growing the top line will be even harder in the absence of promotions. He reduced his price target for shares to $14 from $18. Argus analyst Christopher Graja downgraded Pier 1 Imports to Hold from Buy due to the company's lower than anticipated Q2 earnings. He feels that in terms of the home furnishings market, companies such as Williams-Sonoma (WSM), Home Depot (HD) and Lowe's (LOW) are more "resilient" for shareholders. Pier 1 Imports was also downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Pier 1 Imports fell $2.63, or 16.99%, to $12.90. Including today's pull back, the stock is down approximately 45.2% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the home furnishings space include Restoration Hardware (RH), and Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY).
07:38 EDTDVNUBS to hold a conference
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07:21 EDTCSIQSolarbuzz: Five APAC markets to have 60% of solar PV demand, DigiTimes says
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