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January 30, 2012
10:29 EDTMNST, CF, HFC, CPRT, AKS, JPM, OAS, PFS, MEI, TWX, PG, BAC, DRE, ABFS, NSH, WFM, DHI, SPLSOn 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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August 25, 2015
07:28 EDTJPM, JPMJPMorgan upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA
CLSA analyst Mike Mayo upgraded JPMorgan to Buy from Outperform with a $78 price target. Mayo said JPMorgan offers the most stable earnings of U.S. global banks for the past decade, a resilient balance sheet, and a dividend yield above the 10 year bond that implies outperformance 85% of the time historically.
07:03 EDTBACBank of America upgraded on valuation at Bernstein
As noted earlier, Bernstein upgraded Bank of America to Outperform from Market Perform. The firm upgraded the stock on valuation. The firm also thinks the company has several potential longer term catalysts, i.e. higher interest rates, improved operating leverage, and expanding capital return. The firm believes that the bank's strong capital levels and ability to cut costs can protect it from macro risks.
06:43 EDTBACBank of America upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie
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06:11 EDTBACBank of America upgraded to Outperform on valuation at Baird
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06:07 EDTTWXWarner Bros. in talks with China Media Capital to form film JV, WSJ reports
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06:04 EDTBACBank of America upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein
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August 24, 2015
18:02 EDTJPM, WFMS&P 500 enters correction territory amid global growth concerns
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16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; August 24, 2015
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09:45 EDTBACOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Bank of America (BAC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Bristol-Myers (BMY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at Piper Jaffray... Chevron (CVX) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral... Nike (NKE) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Telsey Advisory... DreamWorks (DWA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Caesarstone (CSTE) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... TransAlta (TAC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Sarepta (SRPT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... AutoZone (AZO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Allscripts (MDRX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... China Unicom (CHU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Ross Stores (ROST) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham.
09:36 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB BAC NFLX
07:34 EDTJPMJP Morgan volatility at high end of range
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07:24 EDTHFCHollyFrontier downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
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07:19 EDTBACBank of America volatility at high end of range
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06:58 EDTBACBank of America upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette
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August 23, 2015
16:22 EDTTWX'Straight Outta Compton' finds little contention for No. 1 box office spot
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August 21, 2015
16:01 EDTBACOptions Update; August 21, 2015
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12:17 EDTCFDeere slides after Q3 results and outlook impacted by deteriorating farm economy
Despite reporting third quarter results that surpassed analyst expectations, shares of farm equipment maker Deere (DE) are falling after the company said it sees farm equipment sales for the year lower than previously thought, as the downturn in the agricultural economy continues. WHAT'S NEW: Deere reported Q3 EPS of $1.53, down from $2.33 in the year-ago quarter, and revenue of $7.6B, down 20% from last year's Q3. Analysts' consensus estimates for Q3 were for EPS of $1.44 on revenue of $7.17B. John Deere's Chief Executive Officer Samuel Allen said, "John Deere's third quarter results reflected the continuing impact of the downturn in the farm economy as well as lower demand for construction equipment." WHAT'S NOTABLE: Looking ahead, the farm equipment maker forecast full year 2015 world-wide sales of its farm equipment to be lower by about 25% for the year compared to the 24% it forecast in May with its Q2 report. On its Q3 earnings conference call, the company said crop prices are stabilizing near the long-term average and the dairy sector remains under pressure. Beef prices remain solid while pork prices remain at low levels, Deere added. In China, the company sees continued slowdown in economic growth, lower commodity prices impacting agricultural economy, and mechanizing trends and ongoing subsidies supportive of agriculture. In India, the company sees positive consumer and investor sentiment supporting economic growth, and two consecutive below normal monsoon seasons impacting farm incomes. In the Commonwealth of Independent States, the company sees a continued deterioration of economic growth and credit conditions remaining challenged. Deere sees crop value of agricultural production in Brazil to decrease 11% in 2015. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Deere are down $6.04, or 6.6%, to $84.61 in midday trading. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies that are leveraged to agriculture include AGCO (AGCO),Potash (POT), Mosaic(MOS), Agrium (AGU), Syngenta (SYT), CF Industries (CF), and DuPont (DD).
09:34 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB BAC NFLX DIS TSLA TWTR
08:53 EDTTWXAfter rough week, Disney shares expected to recover
With fears of cord cutting and declining advertising rates consuming the minds of investors and analysts this week, Disney (DIS) shares have dropped 7% over the past five trading days. Stepping out of the growing pack of bearish analysts is FBR Capital's Barton Crockett. ROUGH WEEK: On Tuesday, Wells Fargo analyst Marci Ryvicker downgraded her rating on Disney (DIS), CBS (CBS), 21st Century Fox (FOXA) to Market Perform from Outperform. None of the large media companies reported that their revenue from cable stations or broadcast networks increased in the most recent quarter, Ryvicker told investors. TV distributors have more favorable characteristics than the media companies, she argued. Then on Thursday, Bernstein analyst Todd Juenger downgraded Disney (DIS), along with Time Warner (TWX), to Market Perform from Outperform. The move by viewers away from ad-supported platforms to non-ad-supported services like Netflix (NFLX) will bring a "prolonged structural decline" to the U.S. television industry, Juenger contended. PATH TO RECOVERY: Sentiment is driving Disney and the media stocks lower, FBR Capital's Barton Crockett tells investors this morning in a research note titled "Performance Is the Best Defense: How Disney, Near Term, Can Separate from Peers." Cord cutting and advertising fears are taking down the valuation multiples in the media sector, but consensus earnings estimates are little changed, the analyst writes. Cord cutting is the term used to describe the dropping of cable or satellite TV in favor of an online streaming service. Crockett sees a number of "performance positives near term" that can help shares of Disney recover. The owner of ESPN can separate itself from peers with solid second half of 2015 advertising trends when football returns, he believes. Disney can also benefit from the retail push for Star Wars movie merchandise, starting with a midnight door-buster national product launch on September 4, the analyst writes. PETER OUT: Crockett expects cord-cutting fears to "peter out." Cable bundles broadband with TV, and most households have a sports fan, he points out. While Netflix takes audiences from non-sports content, sports will save the bundle subscription model that benefits Disney's ESPN unit, Crockett thinks. He has an Outperform rating on Disney with a $124 price target. The stock closed yesterday down $6.44, or 6%, to $100.01. Over the past three months, Disney is down over 9%.
08:40 EDTJPM, BACCanadian Security Traders Association to hold a conference
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