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February 22, 2013
10:00 EDTBP, IMAX, JAKK, CMCSA, BBRY, CF, AGU, MOS, POT, PAY, FSLR, WEN, VOLC, BCR, CYS, CXS, ETFC, GOV, NTSP, SFY, TNK, VCI, AYROn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Aircastle (AYR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Dahlman Rose... C.R. Bard (BCR) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... CYS Investments (CYS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities... CreXus (CXS) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... E-Trade (ETFC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... Government Properties (GOV) downgraded to Sector Perform at RBC Capital... NetSpend (NTSP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Swift Energy (SFY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Brean Capital... Teekay Tankers (TNK) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Valassis (VCI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Benchmark Co... Volcano (VOLC) downgraded to Neutral from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Wendy's (WEN) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... First Solar (FSLR) downgraded at Pacific Crest... JAKKS Pacific (JAKK) downgraded at Stifel Nicolaus... IMAX (IMAX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel Nicolaus... Comcast (CMCSA) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... BlackBerry (BBRY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at MKM Partners... CF Industries (CF) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Dahlman Rose... Agrium (AGU) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Dahlman Rose... Mosaic (MOS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Dahlman Rose... Volcano (VOLC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Potash (POT) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Dahlman Rose... VeriFone (PAY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... BP (BP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... First Solar (FSLR) downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at Pacific Crest.
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October 17, 2014
07:02 EDTSFYSwift Energy comments on Form 13D filing
Swift Energy Co confirmed receipt of a letter to its Board of Directors from Baker Street Capital, LLC. The company welcomes the perspectives of its shareholders and has a longstanding policy of open communications with all of its investors, including Baker Street Capital, LLC. The Swift Energy Board of Directors and management team regularly evaluate the company's strategic priorities, capital structure and allocation of capital expenditures. The company works towards the goal of enhancing value for all shareholders by taking the right steps to manage the business while focusing on strategic initiatives to position Swift for long-term success.
06:46 EDTBBRYBlackBerry implied volatility of 55 at lower end of index mean range
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05:10 EDTCFYara announces termination of merger discussions with CF Industries
Yara International ASA (YARIY) and CF Industries (CF) have terminated their discussions regarding a potential merger of equals transaction. Torgeir Kvidal, president and CEO of Yara International ASA stated, "This has been a constructive process, with solid work by both parties. We were able to identify significant structural and operational synergies, but in the end it became clear that we would not be able to agree on terms that would be acceptable to all stakeholders."
October 16, 2014
17:55 EDTCFCF Industries announces termination of merger talks with Yara International
CF Industries (CF) announced that the company and Yara International (YARIY) have terminated their discussions regarding a potential merger of equals transaction. “I want to thank the management team and Board of Directors of Yara International for their cooperation and professionalism throughout our discussions,” stated Tony Will, president and CEO, CF Industries. “Although we identified very significant operational and structural synergies, we were ultimately unable to agree on terms of a transaction that met the requirements of all our respective shareholders.” Will continued, “CF Industries has a strong stand-alone business plan and we are confident in the material increase in our cash flow generation as our capacity expansion projects come on-stream as scheduled. We remain fully committed to driving shareholder value creation by investing in high return projects while returning excess cash to stockholders through dividends and a substantial share repurchase program.”
17:18 EDTSFYBaker Street Capital reports 9.99% stake in Swift Energy, says shares worth $15
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14:13 EDTPOT, AGU, CF, MOSU.S farmers use less fertilizer this autumn as crop prices fade, Reuters says
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13:54 EDTBPGulf states to oppose OPEC oil production ceiling cut, WSJ says
Despite the recent turmoil in the oil market, Gulf nations including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates are seen as opposing OPEC oil-production ceiling cuts at next month's meeting, says the Wall Street Journal. Publicly traded companies in the space include BP (BP), Chevron (CVX), ConocoPhillips (COP), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) and Total (TOT). Reference Link
06:09 EDTBBRYBlackBerry implied volatility of 56 at lower end of index mean range
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October 15, 2014
16:00 EDTCMCSAOptions Update; October 15, 2014
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13:22 EDTIMAXEarnings Preview: Netflix falls after HBO announced plans of streaming service
Netflix (NFLX) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the market close on Wednesday, October 15 with a conference call scheduled for 6:00 pm ET. Netflix is an Internet subscription service that allows members to watch TV shows and movies through DVD and on-demand streaming. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 93c on revenue of $1.41B. The consensus range is 86c-$1.24 for EPS, and $1.39B-$1.43B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Netflix reported second quarter EPS of $1.15 against estimates of $1.16, on revenue of $1.15B against estimates of $1.33B. It reported Q2 total streaming net additions of 1.69M and Q2-end total streaming members of 50.05M. The company reports Q2 international streaming net additions of 1.12M and Q2-end members of 13.8M. Netflix gave Q3 EPS guidance of 89c and revenue guidance of $1.22B. It also expects to add 3.69M net additions, with international approaching contribution profitability. Netflix said it can achieve U.S.-like margins in its international business. During its Q2 earnings interview, Netflix said it sees a dip in free cash flow for the fourth quarter of 2014 and the first quarter of 2015 as company expands original content. NEWS: Netflix launched in several countries in the past quarter, including France, Germany, Gelgium Austria, Switzerland, and Luxemburg. It also signed a deal with Weinstein Co. to release a feature film sequel to "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon" that will be released to a number of IMAX (IMAX) theaters. Netflix signed Judd Apatow to a two-year commitment for an original comedy series, and Adam Sandler to star in four feature films. The company announced a peering deal with Time Warner Cable (TWC) for faster streams and direct access. In a recent post on Facebook, CEO Reed Hastings said the company passed Time Warner's HBO in subscriber revenue. HBO, however, announced plans today to launch a standalone streaming service in the U.S. that does not require a cable TV subscription. STREET RESEARCH: MKM Partners said Netflix's international opportunity is larger than most realize and will eventually be able to provide a global product. The company's price target was raised at RBC Capital due to the opportunities in new European markets, along with favorable survey results in the U.S. and the U.K. Barclays and BTIG upgraded the company, saying international estimates are likely achievable no longer see the stock as underperforming its peers. BTIG expects Netflix's streaming service may reach 100M subscribers worldwide by 2017. Ahead of Q3 earnings, Canaccord said Netflix will likely report in-line results with continued strong subscriber additions and improved international performance. PRICE ACTION: Netflix shares have fell more than to 3.31% since the first day of trading following the company's Q2 report. In Wednesday mid-day trading ahead of Q3 report, Netflix shares are trading down 2.67%.
07:44 EDTBPExxon, Shell behind rivals in lowering greenhouse gas emissions, WSJ reports
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October 14, 2014
07:59 EDTETFCSchwab, Ameritrade look 'deeply undervalued,' says Deutsche Bank
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06:42 EDTFSLRPV modules with solar-grade wafers to account for 89% of capacity, DigiTimes says
Solarbuzz says solar photovoltaic modules using solar-grade wafers will account for 89% of solar capacity forecast to be installed in 2014, reports DigiTimes. Thin-filmed panel makers will supply nearly 8% of end-market demand in 2014, while premium cyrstalline silicon suppliers making up the remaining 3% share. Publicly traded companies in the space include Canadian Solar (CSIQ), First Solar (FSLR), JA Solar (JASO), SunPower (SPWR), Trina Solar (TSL), Panasonic (PCRFY) and Yingli Green Energy (YGE). Reference Link
October 13, 2014
11:20 EDTFSLRStocks with call strike movement; FSLR DAL
First Solar (FSLR) January 65 call option implied volatility increased 4% to 54, Delta Air Lines (DAL) January 36 call option implied volatility increased 8% to 47 according to IVolatility.
07:46 EDTBBRYBlackBerry second half hardware estimates lowered at Canaccord
Canaccord lowered its second half of 2015 hardware estimates for Blackberry after surveys show limited availability of its new Passport smartphone. The firm, however, expects improving trends and believes Blackberry will achieve its target of reaching break-even cash low levels. Canaccord maintains its Hold rating and $10 price target on Blackberry shares.
06:36 EDTBPSaudi Arabia content to let oil prices stay low, Reuters reports
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06:32 EDTCMCSAUniversal receives approval to open $3.27B theme park in Beijing, WSJ reports
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October 12, 2014
15:54 EDTCMCSA21st Century Fox's 'Gone Girl' wins at box office with $26.8M, Bloomberg says
21st Century Fox's (FOX, FOXA) “Gone Girl” took first place at the box office this weekend taking in $26.8M, says Bloomberg. "Dracula Untold,” from Comcast's (CMCSA) Universal Pictures came in second this weekend taking in $23.5M, added Bloomberg. Reference Link
13:53 EDTBPKuwaiti Minister says OPEC unlikely to cut production, WSJ says
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13:45 EDTBPSaudis take aggressive oil measures in Europe, WSJ says
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