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January 30, 2012
10:29 EDTDRE, ABFS, NSH, WFM, DHI, SPLS, MNST, CF, HFC, CPRT, AKS, JPM, OAS, PFS, MEI, TWX, PG, BACOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Bank of America (BAC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman...JP Morgan (JPM) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman...Staples (SPLS) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman...Procter & Gamble (PG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS...AK Steel (AKS) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley...D.R. Horton (DHI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette...Time Warner (TWX) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays...CoPart (CPRT) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman....Whole Foods (WFM) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman...Methode Electronics (MEI) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird...HollyFrontier (HFC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup...NuStar GP Holdings (NSH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup...Provident Financial (PFS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital...CF Industries (CF) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Dahlman Rose...Norfolk Southern (NSC) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Atlantic Equities...Arkansas Best (ABFS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill...Oasis Petroleum (OAS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust...Monster Beverage (MNST) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust...Duke Realty (DRE) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo.
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16:24 EDTPGOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
Stocks began the day slightly lower but began to move higher shortly after the open. The market began to drift higher before the noon hour as European markets closed in positive territory. Investors are now looking toward and positioning ahead of the week's big event, namely tomorrow's scheduled policy announcement from the Federal Reserve and the associated press conference by Chairwoman Janet Yellen. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts were down 11.1% to a 1.036M rate in May, versus expectations for a decline of 4%. Building permits were up 11.8% to a 1.275M rate, versus expectations for a decline of 3.5% in May. In Europe, the ZEW index of economic sentiment in Germany plunged to 31.5 this month from a reading of 41.9 in May. COMPANY NEWS: Gap (GPS) held its annual investor meeting today, but made its big news last night prior to the meeting by announcing that it will close about 175 of its namesake brand's stores in North America over the next few years. Gap estimated an annualized sales loss of approximately $300M associated with the closures and sees one-time costs primarily associated with these actions to be in the range of approximately $140M-$160M, the company noted. Gap shares advanced 55c, or 1.44%, to $38.75 following the announcement and meeting... Kirk Kerkorian, the founder of MGM Resorts (MGM) and one of the company's largest shareholders, died Monday night, the company confirmed. Kerkorian owned Tracinda Corporation, a private investment firm that disclosed a 16.19% stake in MGM Resorts and stated that its position in the common stock became subject to the terms of Kerkorian's will upon his death. The will instructs the executor of Kerkorianís estate, Anthony Mandekic, to execute an orderly disposition of Tracindaís position in the common stock, the firm stated. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Coty (COTY), which advanced $5.04, or 19.35%, to $31.09 after The New York Post and Reuters reported that the company had won an auction to buy three Procter & Gamble (PG) beauty businesses valued at $12B. Shares of P&G, meanwhile, added 98c, or 1.25%, to $79.10 following the reports. Also higher were shares of NCR Corp. (NCR), which rose $3.36, or 10.71%, to $34.73 after Reuters reported that private equity firms Blackstone (BX) and Carlyle Group (CG) are planning to jointly bid for the company in a deal that could be worth over $10B, including debt. Among the noteworthy losers was Avalanche Biotechnologies (AAVL), which dropped $21.83, or 56.15%, to $17.05 after the company reported the results of a study of its AVA-101 drug for wet age-related macular degeneration, or wet AMD. Also lower were shares of Oshkosh (OSK), which fell $3.59, or 7.14%, to $46.71 after cutting its FY15 adjusted EPS view to $3.75-$4.00 from $4.00-$4.25, noting that sales and earnings for its third quarter, principally in its access equipment segment, have been hurt by several factors including severe weather conditions, potential rental industry consolidation and, to a lesser extent, new product launch delays. INDEXES: The Dow rose 113.31, or 0.64%, to 17,904.48, the Nasdaq added 25.58, or 0.51%, to 5,055.55, and the S&P 500 gained 11.86, or 0.57%, to 2,096.29.
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11:11 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage climbs after added to Citi Focus List
Energy drink maker Monster Beverage (MNST) is advancing after Citi added the stock to its Focus List, saying that the company has many potential positive catalysts. WHAT'S NEW: Monster's stock can rise significantly from current levels, as it has many potential positive catalysts that can kick in over the next 12 months, Citi analyst Wendy Nicholson wrote in a note to investors today. Specifically, the company can enter new markets such as China and its overseas profit margins may increase, the analyst stated, adding that Monster may also sign new distribution deals in foreign markets and launch new products. Other potential catalysts include signs that the distribution of the company's drinks in the U.S. has become smoother in the wake of its transition to Coca-Cola's (KO) system and the possibility that the soda giant will increase its stake in Monster, the analyst believes. Monster could initiate large share repurchases, given the huge amount of cash it received from Coca-Cola, the analyst stated. She predicted that the company's earnings before interest and taxes would grow at an "outsized" compound annual growth rate of 12% over the next five years and kept a $155 price target and Buy rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: UBS on June 12 upgraded Monster to Buy from Neutral, saying that the short-term risks facing the company were already priced into the stock, while the beverage maker's U.S. and foreign growth outlook is strong. The analyst predicted that Coca-Cola would increase its stake in the company to 25% from its current 16.7% level. Also on June 12, Monster and Coca-Cola announced that the acquisition of the 16.7% stake in Monster by Coke had been closed. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Monster climbed 4% to $132.
10:01 EDTMEIOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AIG (AIG) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Alumina (AWCMY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Avalanche Biotechnologies (AAVL) downgraded on lack of catalysts at SunTrust... DealerTrack (TRAK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Craig-Hallum... Greenbrier (GBX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Methode Electronics (MEI) downgraded to Neutral at Baird... Profire Energy (PFIE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Maxim... Standard Pacific (SPF) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... The Fresh Market (TFM) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Northcoast... Twitter (TWTR) downgraded to Neutral at MKM Partners on stalled user growth... United Natural Foods (UNFI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... United Rentals (URI) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie.
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09:09 EDTPGOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:19 EDTPGCoty $12B deal for P&G brands could take two weeks to finalize, Reuters says
Coty (COTY), which won an auction to purchase beauty and hair care businesses valued at close to $12B from Procter & Gamble (PG), could need at least two weeks to finalize the transaction details, reported Reuters, citing sources close to the matter. The deal will be completed through a "Reverse Morris Trust" for tax purposes, meaning P&G will spin off its beauty assets into a separate company that will then absorb Coty in an all-share deal, then the newly combined company will redistribute shares to P&G shareholders, the report added. Coty shares are up 16% in pre-market trading to $30.25 following a related report from the New York Post last night. Reference Link
08:07 EDTPGCoty would be worth $34-$35 per share if deal carried out, says Stifel
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07:58 EDTPGCoty June volatility elevated into reports company buys P&G beauty product lines
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07:39 EDTPGCoty shares could rally on deal, says Wells Fargo
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07:25 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage added to U.S. Focus List at Citi
Citi added Monster Beverage to its U.S. Focus List saying it sees "considerable" upside potential from current share levels. Citi calls Monster its top pick in U.S. Beverages and keeps a Buy rating on the stock with a $155 price target.
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06:29 EDTMEIMethode Electronics downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird
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06:19 EDTTWXTime Warner price target raised to $96 from $91 at JPMorgan
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06:19 EDTJPMJPMorgan, HSBC could move parts of businesses to Luxembourg, U.K. Times reports
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