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February 22, 2013
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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November 17, 2015
16:45 EDTBCRCryoLife resolves PerClot litigation with Medafor
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16:44 EDTBCRCryoLife and C.R. Bard subsidiary enter into patent resolution
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13:29 EDTFSLRSunEdison selloff continues, shares down 23%
Shares of SunEdison (SUNE) continue to be weak and are down 23% to $3.49 in afternoon trading. Dan Loeb's Third Point last night disclosed it no longer owns the stock while David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital disclosed a reduced stake. Deutsche Bank analyst Vishal Shah lowered his price target for SunEdison this morning to $16 saying language in Vivint Solar's (VSLR) quarterly filing around SunEdison debt financing could concern some investors. SunEdison's solar peers are also weak, with SunPower (SPWR), First Solar (FSLR) and SolarCity (SCTY) all in the red.
13:22 EDTBBRYBlackBerry sees posting a profit next year, CNBC reports
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10:20 EDTBBRYOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: SGMS HZNP CSC ULTA RH BURL GME AEO BBRY TIF
10:16 EDTBPBP confirms exploring sale of Alabama petrochemical facility
BP confirmed that it has decided to market for sale its Decatur, Alabama, petrochemicals complex as part of a broader reorganization of the company's global petrochemicals business. BP said its refocused petrochemicals strategy is pursuing a competitively advantaged portfolio through world-scale, low-cost facilities that utilize BP proprietary technology including the production of purified terephthalic acid, or PTA, a key raw material in the production of polyester. BP is spending $200M to upgrade its Cooper River, S.C., plant and its sister facility in Geel, Belgium - the largest PTA-producing sites in the Americas and Europe, respectively. The investment will enable the two facilities to lower operating costs, improve reliability and reduce emissions. Earlier this year, BP also started up its new Zhuhai 3 unit in Guangdong Province, China. Using BP's latest technology and capable of producing up to 1.25M tons of PTA per year, Zhuhai 3 is the world's largest single-train PTA production unit as well as being one of the largest and most efficient PTA production units in the world. While BP's Decatur complex no longer fits with this strategy, the facility has been a major contributor to BP's U.S. petrochemicals business for many years. It makes chemicals essential for the production of thousands of items, from plastic water bottles to flat-screen televisions. BP expects to complete a sale of all or part of the facility provided a buyer can be found and an acceptable deal can be reached. Reference Link
10:00 EDTCFOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: CF Industries (CF) upgraded to Positive at Susquehanna... ExlService (EXLS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Fitbit (FIT) upgraded to Buy at BofA/Merrill... Forward Air (FWRD) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... HD Supply (HDS) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Hannover Re (HVRRY) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at JPMorgan... Moody's (MCO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... PRA Group (PRAA) upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James... Plum Creek Timber (PCL) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Shire (SHPG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink... Yandex (YNDX) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Zayo Group (ZAYO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at MoffettNathanson.
09:48 EDTBPBP to explore sale of Alabama petrochemical plant, Bloomberg reports
Bloomberg cites e-mailed statement from BP.
09:04 EDTCMCSAComcast: Over 1M multifamily residents using Xfinity services delivered by ACN
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08:14 EDTGOVRBC Capital to hold events at NAREIT
RBC Capital Events being held at NAREIT in Las Vegas on November 17-18.
08:03 EDTFSLRSolar module makers outlook positive, says Bernstein
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07:47 EDTCFCF Industries upgraded to Positive at Susquehanna
As reported previously, Susquehanna upgraded CF Industries from Positive to Neutral. The firm cited accretion from OCI. Susquehanna raised its price target to $58 from $57 on CF Industries shares.
06:41 EDTCMCSANBC comedy streaming service beta starts December 3, Engadget reports
Comcast's NBC will make its comedy streaming service available as a free public beta beginning December 3, Engadget reports. Reference Link
05:57 EDTCFCF Industries upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna
05:20 EDTBBRYStocks with implied volatility movement; VIPS BBRY
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Vipshop (VIPS) 92, BlackBerry (BBRY) 63 according to iVolatility.
November 16, 2015
11:30 EDTFSLRLoeb exits SunEdison while Deutsche says liquidity worries overdone
Deutsche Bank said that investors' fears that SunEdison (SUNE) will run out of liquidity are unfounded, as the solar energy company is not poised to suffer any liquidity events. Meanwhile, quarterly filings are showing that several prominent hedge funds have exited or trimmed their stakes in SunEdison and another firm downgraded the shares of a SunEdison subsidiary. LIQUIDITY WORRIES OVERDONE: Investors are worried about SunEdison's liquidity, but these fears are overdone, wrote Deutsche Bank analyst Vishai Shah. Only about $3B of the company's total $12B debt consists of recourse loans, the analyst stated. Additionally, in the near-term, investors are primarily worried about a $510M payment that SunEdison has to make in connection with its acquisition of the company Wind Energy, according to the analyst. Although SunEdison will not be able to sell its wind projects to TerraForm (TERP) due to the "disarray" of alternative energy financing markets, SunEdison will instead drop the projects into one of its warehouses, enabling it to recognize cash margins for the projects, the analyst explained. Additionally, the interest owed by SunEdison's project development company will only amount to about $150M, versus the $210M per quarter shown on its income statement, Shah stated. The discrepancy is due to the consolidation of its subsidiaries and the non-recourse debt it holds, he explained. Shah kept a $28 price target and Buy rating on SunEdison shares. HEDGE FUND UPDATES: Leon Cooperman's Omega Advisors lowered its stake in SunEdison last quarter, while Dan Loeb's Third Point sold its entire stake in the solar energy company last quarter, their quarterly filings disclosing their positions as of September 30 revealed. TERRAFORM DOWNGRADE: There is "substantial doubt" about TeraForm's ability to profitably buy assets from SunEdison or third parties, according to UBS analyst Julien Dumoulin-Smith. The analyst said he reached this conclusion because of TeraForm's 10%+ dividend yield and deteriorating balance sheet. Given the yieldco's recently revealed need to invest significantly more capital in projects than expected, its balance sheet will be more stressed than he had predicted, the analyst explained. Dumoulin-Smith lowered his price target on TerraForm to $14 from $30 and downgraded the stock to Neutral from Buy. ANOTHER TO WATCH: After meeting with First Solar's (FSLR) management last week, Shah wrote today that he was more confident about the company's upcoming products and earnings. Although investors are concerned about the company's 2017 earnings outlook, its 2017 earnings should grow to over $4 per share that year, he believes. Among the factors that will increase First Solar's profits are cost reductions, capacity expansion, and strong backlog growth, he believes. Shah kept a Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, SunEdison fell 8% to $4.53, TerraForm sank 9% to $12.56 after earlier reaching a 52-week low of $12.51 earlier in the session and First Solar was fractionally higher at $52.90.
09:06 EDTWENWendy's says unit received $54.9M dividend from interest in ARG Holding
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08:03 EDTCMCSAComcast to add 400 new jobs in early 2016 at St. Paul office
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07:16 EDTCFHayman Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Impax (IPXL), CF Industries (CF), GW Pharmaceuticals (GWPH), ProNAi Therapeutics (DNAI). INCREASED STAKES: BioMarin (BMRN), NMI Holdings (NMIH), Vertex (VRTX), Endo (ENDP). DECREASED STAKES: Mylan (MYL). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Perrigo (PRGO), Oasis Petroleum (OAS), Whiting Petroleum (WLL), Newfield Exploration (NFX), SM Energy (SM).
06:51 EDTBPBig energy firms saw 70% earnings dip for first nine months, WSJ says
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