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July 7, 2014
10:00 EDTNCFT, SCHW, BBT, AIT, WNR, UTEK, SEAS, KING, CENX, ASBC, AYI, IGTE, WEIGY, TCB, PETM, DVN, CSIQ, AMAT, WSM, VNTV, SCCOOn 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.
News For AYI;AIT;AMAT;ASBC;BBT;CSIQ;CENX;SCHW;DVN;KING;NCFT;PETM;SEAS;SCCO;TCB;UTEK;VNTV;WEIGY;WNR;WSM;IGTE From The Last 14 Days
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December 11, 2014
18:14 EDTSEASOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:05 EDTSEASSeaWorld names David D'Alessandro as Interim CEO
SeaWorld announced that, effective January 15, 2015, Chairman David F. D'Alessandro will serve as the company's interim CEO until the board selects a permanent successor to current CEO and president, Jim Atchison, who will become vice chairman of the board. D'Alessandro, who has been chairman of the company's board since 2010, will continue in that position. In addition, Atchison will serve as a consultant to the company with respect to international expansion and the company's conservation initiatives. The company will also nominate Atchison to serve as the chairman of the board of the not-for-profit, independent SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund. The board, which expects to complete the search in six to nine months, has engaged an executive search firm to assist in the search for Atchison's successor.
12:34 EDTWSMRestoration Hardware hits 52-week high after beating Q3 estimates
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09:17 EDTSEASSeaWorld valuation compelling, says Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse said it remains comfortable with its Buy rating and $23 price target ton SeaWorld following a visit to Orlando. The analyst expects management cost cutting efforts to be implemented near-term and for the company to benefit from an improving consumer backdrop and rising industry fundamentals.
05:53 EDTDVNDevon Energy implied volatility of 47 at upper end of index mean range
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December 10, 2014
16:20 EDTASBCAssociated Banc-Corp to transfer listing to NYSE under "ASB" ticker on Dec 23rd
Associated Banc-Corp announced the pending transfer of the listing of its common stock from NASDAQ to NYSE. The company expects to begin trading on the NYSE on December 23, under the new ticker symbol "ASB". Until the transfer is complete, the company's common stock will continue to trade under the ticker symbol "ASBC" on NASDAQ. The company also expects its warrants, expiring November 21, 2018, to begin trading on the NYSE MKT under the new ticker symbol "ASB WS" on December 23. Until the transfer is complete, the company's warrants will continue to trade under the ticker symbol "ASBCW" on NASDAQ.
14:07 EDTDVNDevon Energy sees 2014 U.S. oil production up 70%
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14:05 EDTDVNDevon Energy says on track for 2015 oil production growth of 20%-25%
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10:44 EDTBBTBB&T CEO says managing expenses in this environment 'really hard'
BB&T (BBT) says sees consumer, business confidence improving in 2015. Expects that 2015 will not be a "break out" year. Says still challenges to increase revenue in U.S. market. Says long-term goals include: Less-volatile results, growing dividends, capital return, growing share price. Sees "solid" revenue year in 2015, will remain "intensely focused" on expenses. Says managing expenses in this environment "really hard." Says "well prepared" to successfully execute on Susquehanna (SUSQ) acquisition. Says feels "substantially" better about global economy than last year, though notes that it has eroded "some" since last year in certain regions. Says regulators feeling "more comfortable with where banks are." Says dividends "really important" to company. Says capital request to be substantially higher in 2015, likely in the 60% range. Says not chasing growth for growth's sake. BB&T CEO Kelly King is presenting at the Goldman Sachs U.S. Financial Services Conference.
07:49 EDTUTEKGuerrant Associates to hold a summit
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December 9, 2014
07:14 EDTAMATApplied Materials price target raised to $29 from $25 at Stifel
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December 8, 2014
16:00 EDTAMATOptions Update; December 8, 2014
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10:00 EDTAMATOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Antero Resources (AR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Apache (APA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Applied Materials (AMAT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Arch Capital (ACGL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... CU Bancorp (CUNB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Calpine (CPN) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Commerzbank (CRZBY) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Keefe Bruyette... EastGroup Properties (EGP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Enbridge Energy Management (EEQ) upgraded to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Enbridge Energy (EEP) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... GasLog (GLOG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Hoegh LNG (HMLP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Illinois Tool Works (ITW) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Global Hunter... LaSalle Hotel (LHO) upgraded at Morgan Stanley... Lufthansa (DLAKY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... NASDAQ (NDAQ) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Newfield Exploration (NFX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Omega Healthcare (OHI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Orange SA (ORAN) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman... SM Energy (SM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Southwest (LUV) upgraded at Goldman... TSMC (TSM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... United Technologies (UTX) upgraded at Bernstein... eBay (EBAY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel.
09:04 EDTCSIQCanadian Solar management to meet with JPMorgan
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08:23 EDTSEASCredit Suisse to hold a field trip
Timeshare & Theme Park Trip travels throughout Orlando, Florida on December 8.
06:40 EDTAMATApplied Materials upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
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06:21 EDTPETMDeadline for Petsmart bidders extended as lenders put on leash, NY Post reports
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06:06 EDTCSIQSharp could sell U.S. solar unit to Canadian Solar, Nikkei reports
Sharp (SHCAY) will reportedly sell its U.S.-based solar energy development unit Recurrent Energy to Canadian Solar (CSIQ) for about $250M, The Nikkei said yesterday. Sharp aims to reach a basic agreement Canadian Solar by the end of the month and complete the sale by spring, the report indicated. Reference Link
December 7, 2014
12:22 EDTUTEKUltratech files patent infringement, trade secret claims against Ensure NanoTech
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December 5, 2014
13:26 EDTBBTComerica, BB&T, KeyCorp seen as potential activist targets, TheStreet says
The co-founder of PL Capital, Richard Lashley, expects shareholder activism to move from community banks to larger regional banks, including lenders like Comerica (CMA), BB&T Corp. (BBT), and KeyCorp (KEY), reported TheStreet, citing comments made during a panel on investment strategy during The Deal Economy Event at the Nasdaq Exchange. After the next presidential cycle, "When stress tests are done, when Basel is settled, and Congress will realize [the banks] have too much capital," Lashley expects more M&A in the sector, TheStreet quoted him as saying. Reference Link
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