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February 22, 2013
10:00 EDTPAY, AGU, CMCSA, FSLR, POT, CF, JAKK, WEN, BP, MOS, BBRY, IMAX, VOLC, VCI, NTSP, CXS, AYR, TNK, GOV, CYS, SFY, ETFC, BCROn 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.
News For AYR;BCR;CYS;CXS;ETFC;GOV;NTSP;SFY;TNK;VCI;VOLC;WEN;FSLR;IMAX;JAKK;CMCSA;BBRY;CF;AGU;MOS;POT;PAY;BP From The Last 14 Days
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January 28, 2016
06:07 EDTPOTPotash down 3.8% after reporting Q4 results
06:06 EDTPOTPotash sees FY16 EPS 90c-$1.20, consensus $1.34
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06:05 EDTPOTPotash sees Q1 EPS 10c-20c, consensus 29c
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06:04 EDTPOTPotash reports Q4 EPS 24c, consensus 30c
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January 27, 2016
14:34 EDTPOTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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12:35 EDTBPBP management to meet with Evercore ISI
Meeting to be held in New York on February 3 hosted by Evercore ISI.
12:05 EDTPOTEarnings Watch: Potash shares down 28% since Q3 report
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10:00 EDTCFOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: American Airlines (AAL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Armstrong World (AWI) upgraded on valuation at BB&T... Autoliv (ALV) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... BHP Billiton (BHP) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... BorgWarner (BWA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... Boyd Gaming (BYD) upgraded on valuation at Sterne Agee CRT... CF Industries (CF) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Deutsche Boerse (DBOEY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Diamond Offshore (DO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Clarksons Platou... Exelon (EXC) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... FCB Financial (FCB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Flushing Financial (FFIC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Hawaiian Holdings (HA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Imperva (IMPV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities... Lockheed Martin (LMT) upgraded to Outperform from Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... McDonald's (MCD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Munich Re (MURGY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... NextEra Energy (NEE) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... PG&E (PCG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Panera Bread (PNRA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... Raptor Pharmaceuticals (RPTP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Siemens (SIEGY) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays... Sprint (S) upgraded to Perform from Underperform at Oppenheimer... Stryker (SYK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Brean Capital... Super Micro Computer (SMCI) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Talmer Bancorp (TLMR)upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Terex (TEX) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Transocean (RIG) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Clarksons Platou... Washington Trust (WASH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... Yara (YARIY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Berenberg.
08:28 EDTCF, CFCF Industries upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA
CLSA analyst Mark Connelly upgraded CF Industries to Outperform and lowered his price target to $35 from $42 on shares. Connelly upgraded shares citing valuation and said the multiple has been reset into a more "acceptable range."
January 26, 2016
19:54 EDTIMAXIMAX announces Spider-Man to be released in IMAX 3D Theatres
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10:00 EDTFSLROn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Criteo (CRTO) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Devon Energy (DVN) initiated with a Buy at Citi... Fair Isaac (FICO) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair... First Solar (FSLR) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Ideal Power (IPWR) initiated with a Buy at Rodman & Renshaw... Juniper Pharmaceuticals (JNP) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... MeetMe (MEET) initiated with a Buy at Topeka... MoneyGram (MGI) initiated with a Buy at Feltl... Petroleum Geo-Services (PGSVY) initiated with a Buy at HSBC... Rubicon Project (RUBI) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Smart & Final Stores (SFS) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Tuesday Morning (TUES) initiated with a Neutral at B. Riley.
08:26 EDTCMCSATwitter in play after executive departures, says Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali believes yesterday's news of several senior executives leaving Twitter (TWTR) puts the company in play and could encourage potential bidders to step forward. Twitter's current valuation and sizeable user base makes it a strategic asset for a number of potential buyers, Squali told investors last night in a research note. Potential suitors on the technology side include Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL), Facebook (FB) and Microsoft (MSFT), the analyst contends. On the media side, Squali thinks 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Disney (DIS), Comcast (CMCSA) or Time Warner (TWX) could express interest in Twitter. No concentration of share ownership and no super-voting structure increase the odds of a buyout, Squali argues. The analyst, however, adds that the executive departures are not good news for a company in the midst of a turnaround. He maintains a Buy rating on the microblogging operator with a $45 price target. Twitter closed yesterday down 82c, or 5%, to $17.02..
08:13 EDTFSLRFirst Solar initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital
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January 25, 2016
13:25 EDTPOTPotash volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Potash January weekly call option implied volatility is at 71, February is at 51; compared to its 52-week range of 17 to 45, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on January 26.
13:08 EDTMOS, POTPotash slips as analyst casts doubt on dividend
Feed and fertilizer companies Mosaic (MOS) and Potash Corp. (POT) are both trading lower after being cut to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan, with the research firm calling into question Potash's dividend yield in the face of weak pricing for its staple commodity products. DIVIDEND DOUBT: As lower nitrogen and potash prices pressure cash flows, Potash Corp. looks reasonably likely to cut its dividend down to $1.00 per share from $1.52 during 2016, JPMorgan analyst Jeffrey Zekauskas argued Tuesday. Zekauskas clarified, however, that the fertizilier company has "wide discretion" as to whether it might actually continue to pay its current dividend, given its $3B in monetizable equity and a healthy balance sheet that could allow additional leverage. That said, the analyst's base case is that Potash will shrink the dividend amid the industry's cyclical downturn, leading him to lower his rating on the stock to Neutral and significantly cut his 2016 earnings predictions to $1.10 from $1.45. MOSAIC: Zekauskas also lowered his rating on Mosaic to Neutral while slashing his 2016 EPS estimates to $1.85 from $2.75, citing weaker prices for potash and phosphate. Unlike Potash Corp., Mosaic looks unlikely to cut its roughly 4.6% dividend yield, the analyst said. Zekauskas maintained that both companies remain attractive for longer-term value investors, saying he plans to review their ratings after Potash potentially rethinks its dividend and Wall Street financial estimates move lower. CEO COMMENTS: Speaking at the January 21 CIBC investor conference, Potash CEO Jochen Tilk stated, "We obviously believe -- and I'm sure you concur -- that the dividend is an important part of our company. And [when] we look at the cash ability that we have in 2016, the first goal is to be prudent with our balance sheet... More specifically to the dividend, I can't talk because we have our board meetings next week... It's on the agenda. It's a big discussion. We've done a lot of work in the analysis. We've done exactly what you say. We've done all the work that leads to the visibility to our balance sheet." PRICE ACTION: Shares of Potash Corp. have fallen roughly 6.7% to $15.02, while Mosaic is down 5.7% to $22.50.
12:08 EDTIMAX'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' crosses $200M mark at IMAX locations
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10:00 EDTMOS, POTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: American Eagle (AEO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... American Express (AXP) downgraded on weak revenue outlook at Argus... Bristol-Myers (BMY) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Caterpillar (CAT) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Crestwood Equity (CEQP) downgraded to Neutral on potential distribution cut at Baird... Cummins (CMI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... Federal Realty (FRT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... GKN PLC (GKNLY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Galapagos NV (GLPG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at GoldmanvHortonworks (HDP) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... International Flavors (IFF) downgraded on headwinds at Stifel... International Paper (IP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... JPMorgan (JPM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... KapStone (KS) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Mosaic (MOS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... NetSuite (N) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... ONEOK Partners (OKS) downgraded to Neutral at Baird... OvaScience (OVAS) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Packaging Corp. (PKG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... Potash (POT) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Power Solutions (PSIX) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Raymond James (RJF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... Regeneron (REGN) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Chardan... SanDisk (SNDK) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA... Toll Brothers (TOL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities... Twitter (TWTR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... WPX Energy (WPX) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Iberia... WestRock (WRK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Whole Foods (WFM) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Zurich Insurance (ZURVY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas.
07:32 EDTCMCSATMC to hold a conference
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06:24 EDTMOS, POTMosaic downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
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06:21 EDTPOTPotash downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Jeffrey Zekauskas downgraded Potash (POT) to Neutral saying there is a "reasonable probability" that the company will reduce its dividend from $1.52 to $1.00 per share in 2016. The current dividend was set during a period of cyclical strength, unlike today's business landscape, Zekauskas tells investors in a research note. He cut his price target for Potash shares to $16 from $23.
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