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September 18, 2013
10:45 EDTVPHM, SKT, RDEN, TDG, PG, CFNL, TWGP, NRG, GBL, CLX, AYI, JRCC, EXC, ARQL, JOY, INTU, CAT, BMRNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Acuity Brands (AYI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... ArQule (ARQL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... BioMarin (BMRN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Caterpillar (CAT) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Clorox (CLX) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Exelon (EXC) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... GAMCO Investors (GBL) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Intuit (INTU) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... James River Coal (JRCC) downgraded to Underweight from Hold at BB&T... Joy Global (JOY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... NRG Energy (NRG) downgraded to Neutral from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Procter & Gamble (PG) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Tanger Factory (SKT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Tower Group (TWGP) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... TransDigm (TDG) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... ViroPharma (VPHM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Cardinal Financial (CFNL) downgraded to Neutral at Boenning & Scattergood... Elizabeth Arden (RDEN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley.
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February 8, 2016
10:17 EDTBMRNSarepta approval seen as 'long shot' as FDA pushes back decision
Shares of drugmaker Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT) took a dive in morning trading after the company said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration delayed a decision on eteplirsen for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy. WHAT'S NEW: Sarepta announced that the FDA has pushed out the the Prescription Drug User Fee Act, or PDUFA, date for eteplirsen for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy to May 26. The previous PDUFA date for the eteplirsen new drug application, or NDA, was originally set for late February. FDA POSTPONEMENT: The FDA notified Sarepta that it's submission of 4-year clinical data, including additional six minute walk test and loss of ambulation data compared to historical control, was designated as a "major amendment" to the NDA and that the PDUFA goal date was extended to allow for a full review of the submission. The FDA previously granted eteplirsen Priority Review status, as well as Rare Pediatric Disease Designation, Orphan Drug Designation and Fast Track Status to eteplirsen. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In late January, the FDA postponed a meeting of its advisory committee to review the Sarepta drug due to an inclement weather forecast for Washington D.C. LONG SHOT: Piper Jaffray analyst Edward Tenthoff told investors in a note that the FDA's PDUFA date postponement for eteplirsen is "not surprising" following the delay of the January 22 AdCom due to weather. Tenthoff also noted that a new AdCom has yet to be scheduled. The analyst continues to see eteplirsen accelerated approval by the new PDUFA date as a "long shot." He believes that the panel discussion will be a "plea from the community" to approve something for DMD and that members will not be asked to vote on drug approval. Tenthoff has a Neutral rating and $15 price target on Sarepta. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies developing treatments for Duchenne muscular dystrophy include BioMarin (BMRN) and PTC Therapeutics (PTCT). PRICE ACTION: Sarepta is down 9.5% in morning trading to $11.06.
February 7, 2016
12:56 EDTPGChurch & Dwight looks overvalued amid competitive pressures, Barron's says
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February 5, 2016
06:23 EDTCAT20 companies make alliance to keep down healthcare costs, WSJ says
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February 4, 2016
16:18 EDTRDENElizabeth Arden reports Q2 adjusted EPS 10c
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15:59 EDTCATOptions Update; February 4, 2016
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09:36 EDTPGActive equity options trading on open: AAPL FB GPRO AA NFLX BAC TWC YHOO PG
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07:23 EDTPGGSK will not be pressured into early consumer unit spinoff, Reuters says
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07:08 EDTPGCoty sees closing P&G Specialty Beauty business merger in 2H16
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06:41 EDTCLXClorox raises FY16 EPS view to $4.75-$4.90 from $4.68-$4.83, consensus $4.88
Sees FY16 revenue flat to up 1% or up 3%-4%, on a currency-neutral basis.
06:38 EDTCLXClorox reports Q2 EPS $1.14, consensus $1.05
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February 3, 2016
12:21 EDTCLXClorox volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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08:06 EDTEXCExelon plans to raise dividend 2.5% each year for next three year
"Despite a challenging year for the sector, strong operating performance at both our utilities and our generation business enabled us to deliver strong earnings. We will provide stable growth, sustainable earnings and an attractive dividend through a combination of regulated and contracted investments and return of capital. Consistent with this strategy, we plan to grow our dividend 2.5 percent each year over the next three years," said Exelon President and CEO Christopher Crane. Exelon's board declared a first quarter dividend of 31c per share and approved a revised dividend policy. The approved policy would raise its dividend 2.5% each year for the next three years, beginning with the June 2016 dividend. The board will take formal action to declare the next dividend in the second quarter, the company said.
08:04 EDTEXCExelon sees FY16 adjusted EPS $2.40-$2.70, consensus $2.52
Operating earnings guidance is based on the assumption of normal weather, which is determined based on historical average heating and cooling degree days for a 30-year period in the respective utilities' service territories.
08:03 EDTEXCExelon reports Q4 adjusted EPS 38c, consensus 41c
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February 2, 2016
08:42 EDTEXCExelon volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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08:36 EDTBMRNPiper Jaffray biopharma analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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February 1, 2016
10:00 EDTJOYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Air Products (APD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... American Airlines (AAL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Axiall (AXLL) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... BASF (BASFY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... CNH Industrial (CNHI) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... CU Bancorp (CUNB) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Fig Partners... CaixaBank (CAIXY) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Societe Generale... Chipotle (CMG) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Concho Resources (CXO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Continental Building (CBPX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Eastman Chemical (EMN) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA... Extreme Networks (EXTR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Glacier Bancorp (GBCI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Fig Partners... IBERIABANK (IBKC) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Infineon (IFNNY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Jarden (JAH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Joy Global (JOY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... KT Corporation (KT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Kennametal (KMT) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... L-3 Communications (LLL) upgraded to Buy on valuation at BofA/Merrill... Maximus (MMS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Micron (MU) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Monster Beverage (MNST) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Newell Rubbermaid (NWL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Northrop Grumman (NOC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... PTC (PTC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT... Peoples Bancorp (PEBO) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Boenning & Scattergood... Praxair (PX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Proofpoint (PFPT) upgraded to Outperform from In-Line at Imperial Capital... Seagate (STX) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Benchmark... Siemens (SIEGY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Superior Drilling (SDPI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Vertex (VRTX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Werner (WERN) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... ZAIS Financial (ZFC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays.
05:51 EDTJOYJoy Global upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
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January 31, 2016
11:39 EDTJOY, PGS&P falls 5% in January despite second straight winning week to close month
Stocks finished the month of January with two straight winning weeks, but investors are still glad to see the calendar flip as those winners only cut the S&P's loss to 5% for the month. With growth worries abounding amid troubling signs from China and as oil languishes below $35 per barrel, the manufacturing readings from China, Europe, and the U.S. due out on Monday will be essential to whether the new month continues the uptrend of the end of January or the dour tone that dominated the early half of the month. MACRO NEWS: The Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged following its policy meeting this week, as almost universally expected. In its accompanying statement, the central bank said its committee members expect that economic conditions will "evolve in a manner that will warrant only gradual increases in the federal funds rate." The group added that inflation is expected to "remain low in the near term, in part because of the further declines in energy prices, but to rise to 2% over the medium term as the transitory effects of declines in energy and import prices dissipate and the labor market strengthens further"... In other domestic economic news, the Commerce Department's first read on fourth quarter gross domestic product came in at 0.7% annualized growth, below the already anemic 0.8% growth forecast. The S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5.8% from the prior year in November, topping expectations for a 5.7% year-over-year increase. The separate FHFA house price index showed a monthly gain of 0.5% in November, matching the consensus forecast. Markit's services PMI for January came in at 53.7, missing the 54.0 forecast. The preliminary reading of the Conference Board's consumer confidence index for January came in at 98.1, topping the 96.5 reading that was expected. New home sales surged 10.8% to a 544,000 annualized pace in December, topping expectations and hitting their highest level in 10 months. Initial jobless claims fell to 278,000 last week, versus the expected 281,000 first-time claims. Durable goods orders dropped 5.1% in December, versus expectations for a decrease of 0.7%. The core reading, which removes transportation items, was down 1.2%, versus expectations for a decline of 0.1%. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment index slipped to 92.0 in the final January print, missing the 93.0 reading that was forecast... In a surprising move in Asia, the Bank of Japan introduced a rate of minus 0.1% on certain excess holdings of cash while maintaining the pace of its asset purchases. Japan also reported data pointing to a softening economy, as total CPI grew 0.2% year-over-year in December, core CPI rose at only a 0.1% pace and industrial production fell a preliminary 1.4% month-over-month in December. COMPANY NEWS: McDonald's (MCD) advanced Monday after the fast food giant reported better than expected earnings and comparable sales growth for the fourth quarter, powered by the launch of All Day Breakfast in the U.S.... Earnings season accelerated Tuesday as four members of the bluechip Dow Jones Industrial Average posted results before the opening bell. 3M (MMM) was the top advanced on the index with a gain of over 5%, while Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Procter & Gamble (PG) and DuPont (DD) all notched gains that day following their reports as well... Apple (AAPL) declined more than 6.5% on Wednesday after the tech giant reported first quarter earnings that topped consensus estimates, but also issued revenue guidance for the new quarter that missed expectations. The company was noted by several analysts as taking a particularly downbeat tone in its earnings conference call, invoking the difficult macroeconomic environment and weakness it has recently seen in China. Apple was not the worst performer in the Dow that day, as Boeing (BA) shares plummeted nearly 9% after its profit outlook for the new fiscal year fell far short of the Street's consensus forecast... Facebook (FB) surged 15.5% on Thursday after the social media giant's fourth quarter earnings and revenue beat expectations. A number of Wall Street analysts increased their price targets for the stock following the report, including Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster, who hiked his target to a "Street-high" $170 per share. The same day, Caterpillar (CAT) reported better than expected quarterly earnings, excluding certain items, but its revenue came in below the consensus forecast and the heavy equipment maker warned that it does not anticipate an improvement in the world economy or commodity prices in 2016. The stock, which had declined almost 20% in the last three months prior to this morning's report, rebounded almost 5% after the company jumped over the lowered bar that had been set by bearish analysts... On Friday, shares of Amazon (AMZN) declined more than 7.5% after the company's fourth quarter results came in below expectations. Meanwhile, Microsoft (MSFT), which reported better than expected earnings, gained almost 6%. Chevron (CVX) reported a quarterly loss due to taking impairments and other charges of $1.1B. The company, which also reported that its average sales price per barrel of crude oil and natural gas liquids in the U.S. was $35 in fourth quarter, down from $66 a year ago, edged up 0.7% to $86.44... Among the many others reporting earnings this week, Visa (V), Mastercard (MA), Under Armour (UA), Sprint (S) and Biogen (BIIB) gained immediately following their reports, while Qualcomm (QCOM), eBay (EBAY), U.S. Steel (X), VMware (VMW) and Anthem (ANTM) all slid following their own... Xerox (XRX) announced plans to separate into two independent publicly-traded companies: one focused on Document Technology and another Business Process Outsourcing company. Xerox also announced an agreement related to the governance of the Business Process Outsourcing company under which six directors of the new company will be selected by Xerox and three will be selected by current Xerox shareholder Carl Icahn... Terex (TEX) surged more than 36% higher on Tuesday after receiving a $30 per share acquisition offer from China's Zoomlion. Terex peers Manitowoc (MTW), Joy Global (JOY) and Oshkosh (OSK) also gained after the offer was disclosed... Weight Watchers (WTW) shares soared nearly 20% Tuesday after noted shareholder and partner Oprah Winfrey tweeted a video detailing her progress using the company's program, indicating that she'd already lost 26 pounds thanks to its plan... AIG (AIG) provided its much-anticipated strategy update, committing to return at least $25B to shareholders over the next two years and announcing the sale of AIG Advisor Group to Lightyear Capital and PSP Investments. The company, under ongoing pressure from activist investors including Carl Icahn, also said it will publicly offer a portion of its United Guaranty unit, though it expressly rejected a full company breakup... SunEdison (SUNE) gained 18% during the week after agreeing to new corporate governance initiatives with David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital, including amending its bylaws to restrict equity issuances for two years without a supermajority board vote... Twitter (TWTR) slumped nearly 6% this week after CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed the departure of four company executives, leading research firm Stifel to downgrade the shares. INDEXES: The Dow gained about 2.2% to close at 16,466.30; the S&P 500 rose about 1.6% to close at 1,940.24; the Nasdaq advanced about 0.4% to close at 4,613.95.
January 29, 2016
10:05 EDTNRGOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: American Equity (AEL) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Calpine (CPN) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... Diamondback Energy (FANG) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Dynegy (DYN) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... ICF International (ICFI) initiated with a Market Perform at Barrington... Juno Therapeutics (JUNO) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... Kite Pharma (KITE) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... Match Group (MTCH) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Medifast (MED) initiated with a Hold at Wunderlich... NRG Energy (NRG) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... NRG Yield (NYLD) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... Nutrisystem (NTRI) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... Parsley Energy (PE) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Precision Drilling (PDS) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... RSP Permian (RSPP) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Taylor Morrison (TMHC) initiated with a Neutral at Citi... Tortoise North American Energy (TYN) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... WisdomTree (WETF) initiated with a Neutral at Northcoast.
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