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June 19, 2014
09:15 EDTBDE, BLDP, MEAS, APP, KR, ENTG, KPTI, PIR, DMND, TEL, KBR, RHT, BBRYOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Blackberry (BBRY), up 13% after reporting 2.6M phones sold in Q1, quarterly losses that were not as steep as expected... American Apparel (APP), up 19% after CEO suspended and to be terminated, NY Post says change paves way for potential sale of company... Entegris (ENTG), up 8% after raising its Q2 guidance... Kroger (KR), up 4.7% after reporting Q1 earnings results that beat analysts' consensus, raising its fiscal year view... Black Diamond (BDE), up 5.6% after agreeing to sell Gregory Mountain Products for $85M... Red Hat (RHT), up 5% after the company reported higher than anticipated Q1 results... Measurement Specialties (MEAS), up 11% after TE Connectivity (TEL) announced it was acquiring the company for $1.7B... Ballard Power (BLDP), up 10% after signing definitive agreement with Azure Hydrogen... Diamond Foods (DMND), up 2% after upgraded at Barclays. LOWER: KBR (KBR), down 11% after reporting quarterly losses, saying it will undertake a strategic review of its businesses... Pier 1 Imports (PIR), down 10% after reporting lower than anticipated Q1 results, cutting its fiscal year view... Karyopharm (KPTI), down 6% after filing to sell common stock.
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February 2, 2016
06:08 EDTTELTE Connectivity to acquire Creganna Medical Group for $895M in cash
TE Connectivity announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Creganna Medical group for $895M in an all cash transaction. The company, headquartered in Ireland, reported sales of approximately $250M in 2015 and is a portfolio company of Permira Funds. Upon completion of the transaction, the business will be reported as part of TE's Industrial Solutions segment. The company expects 3c accretion to TE's adjusted EPS in the first full fiscal year. The company expects the transaction to boost revenue growth and EBITDA margins. The transaction is subject to the receipt of certain regulatory approvals and is expected to close in Q3. The transaction will be financed through cash and debt.
05:45 EDTKBRElbit Systems and KBR joint venture awarded contract for UK Military
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February 1, 2016
12:48 EDTKROptions with increasing call volume
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08:50 EDTRHTRed Hat management to meet with JPMorgan
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January 29, 2016
14:10 EDTPIRWells Fargo reports 8.01% passive stake in Pier 1 Imports
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09:02 EDTBBRYBlackBerry raises common share purchase program to 27M shares form 12M shares
BlackBerry announced that it received approval from the Toronto Stock Exchange to amend its current normal course issuer bid, or NCIB, in order to increase the maximum number of common shares that may be repurchased from 12M common shares, or 2.5% of the public float as at June 22, 2015, to 27M common shares, or 5.8% of the public float. The total public float on June 22, 2015 was 464.72M common shares. No other terms of the NCIB have been amended. BlackBerry also announced that it has entered into an automatic purchase plan with its designated broker to allow for purchases of up to 2.69M common shares in connection with the NCIB.
January 27, 2016
11:20 EDTPIRBed Bath & Beyond slips after Citi, Keybanc both say sell
Home goods retailer Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) is declining in late morning trading after being downgraded to Sell-equivalent ratings at both Keybanc and Citi. WHAT'S NEW: KeyBanc analyst Bradley Thomas downgraded Bed Bath & Beyond to Underweight from Sector Weight after his firm's work on housing showed growth has slowed. The analyst noted that the home furnishings sector is growing increasingly competitive, and he took a more cautious view on Hardline retailers whose growth is predicated primarily on same-store sales. Thomas kept a $35 price target on shares of Bed Bath & Beyond. Citi analyst Kate McShane downgraded Bed Bath & Beyond to Sell from Neutral on expectations the retailer's earnings will continue to decline over the next two years. McShane also noted that competition in home furnishings remains intense, while Bed Bath's e-commerce operations continue to be unprofitable. McShane cut her price target for the shares to $37 from $51. OTHERS TO WATCH: The analysts, in their respective notes, also opined on Bed Bath & Beyond's peers. Keybanc's Thomas downgraded Haverty Furniture (HVT) and Pier 1 Imports (PIR) to Sector Weight from Overweight. Meanwhile, Citi's McShane recommended a pair trade of long Dick's Sporting Goods (DKS), which the firm is Overweight on due to valuation, and short Bed Bath & Beyond. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Bed Bath & Beyond are down 1.6% to $43.34, while Haverty Furniture and Pier 1 Imports are down 3.8% and 3.9%, respectively. Dick's Sporting Goods, meanwhile, is down 0.7% to $37.84.
10:00 EDTPIROn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: BG Group (BRGYY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi... Bill Barrett (BBG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Brown & Brown (BRO) downgraded to Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG... Canadian National (CNI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... DreamWorks (DWA) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Topeka... FirstMerit (FMER) downgraded at RBC Capital... Gentex (GNTX) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Haverty Furniture (HVT) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... Hercules Technology (HTGC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Horizon Technology (HRZN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Installed Building downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... Jarden (JAH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... K+S (KPLUF) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Berenberg... La-Z-Boy (LZB) downgraded at BB&T... Legacy Reserves (LGCY) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Medivation (MDVN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Merck (MRK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Metaldyne Performance (MPG) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Pier 1 Imports (PIR) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... Priceline (PCLN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Profire Energy (PFIE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Chardan... Regeneron (REGN) downgraded to Hold at Canaccord... Starwood (HOT) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA... Swiss Re (SSREY) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... TSYS (TSS) downgraded to Equal-Weight from Overweight at First Analysis... Talmer Bancorp (TLMR) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... TopBuild (BLD) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... TripAdvisor (TRIP) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... VMware (VMW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Summit Research... W.R. Grace (GRA) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... WEC Energy (WEC) downgraded to Neutral from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Welltower (HCN) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Yamana Gold (AUY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan.
09:35 EDTKBRKBR downgraded to Hold from Buy at Vertical Research
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08:17 EDTENTGEntegris expands liquid filtration/purification R&D facility in South Korea
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05:49 EDTPIRBed Bath & Beyond downgraded to Underweight from Sector Weight at KeyBanc
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05:48 EDTPIRPier 1 Imports downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc
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January 26, 2016
10:34 EDTRHTBattleground: BofA says sell NetSuite, DA Davidson still bullish
Over the last two days, analysts have issued mixed views on NetSuite (N), with Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Stephens downgrading the shares, while research firm DA Davidson argued in its own note to investors that the company should report better than expected fourth quarter results on January 28. NetSuite develops cloud based financial and enterprise resource planning, or ERP, tools for businesses. BEARISH TAKE: Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst Kash Rangan downgraded NetSuite to Underperform, the firm's equivalent of a sell rating, from Neutral today. The company has increased its sales force by about 40%, but its billings are accelerating by only about 30%, the analyst stated. Moreover, NetSuite's operating margins are expected to come in at only about 4% in 2016, making it difficult for investors to value the stock on a price to earnings or enterprise value to free cash flow basis, Rangan believes. The stock may face obstacles if its billings growth doesn't accelerate significantly or if its operating margin doesn't increase to 10%-12%, Rangan wrote. Meanwhile, the company is facing tough competition from Microsoft (MSFT) in the mid-market and from other players at the lower end, according to the analyst, who cut his price target on the name to $80 from $95. Also writing that NetSuite is facing increased competition, Stephens analyst Alex Zukin yesterday downgraded the stock to Equal Weigh from Overweight. These competitive pressures along with changes to the company's organizational structure, the loss of a number of its "marquee" customers, and its premium valuation, led to the downgrade, Zukin stated. He slashed his price target on the stock to $75 from $100. BULLISH TAKE: NetSuite's Q4 results should beat expectations, with revenue coming in at $207.6M, above the company's guidance range of $202M-$205M and the consensus outlook of $204.4M, predicted DA Davidson analyst Jack Andrews. The company will report EPS of 5c, versus the consensus outlook of 4c, estimated Andrews. NetSuite can continue to increase its market share at the expense of mid-tier ERP vendors, believes the analyst, who reiterated a $130 price target and Buy rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In the same note to investors this morning, Merrill Lynch's Rangan also downgraded Paylocity (PCTY) and Marketo (MKTO) to Underperform from Neutral and it cut his rating on Red Hat (RHT) to Neutral from Buy. Paylocity provides payroll and human capital management software to medium businesses, while Marketo provides cloud-based marketing tools and Red Hat provides open source software solutions. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, NetSuite fell 3.6% to $65.45.
07:11 EDTRHTRed Hat downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill
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07:02 EDTTELInternational Exposition Company to hold an expo
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January 25, 2016
11:47 EDTAPPAmerican Apparel plan of reorganization confirmed by court
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10:02 EDTKBRKBR downgraded to Hold from Accumulate at Tudor Pickering
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10:00 EDTENTGOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: American Express (AXP) upgraded to Perform from Underperform at Oppenheimer... BankMutual (BKMU) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Hovde Group... Black Hills (BKH) upgraded on acquisition at BMO Capital... Bruker (BRKR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... Cedar Fair (FUN) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Charles Schwab (SCHW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Corporate Office Properties (OFC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Entegris (ENTG) upgraded on valuation, outlook at Pacific Crest... First Financial upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Goldman Sachs (GS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Graphic Packaging (GPK) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Home Depot (HD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Intel (INTC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... J.B. Hunt (JBHT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Magna (MGA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Masco (MAS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Mattel (MAT) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... PACCAR (PCAR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... People's United (PBCT) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at Piper Jaffray... Quality Systems (QSII) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... RadiSys (RSYS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Standard Motor (SMP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at CL King... Swedbank (SWDBY) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... Toll Brothers (TOL) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Voyager Therapeutics (VYGR) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Chardan... Yahoo (YHOO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Pivotal Research.
09:13 EDTENTGEntegris upgraded on valuation, outlook at Pacific Crest
As noted earlier, Pacific Crest upgraded Entegris to Overweight from Sector Weight. The firm upgraded the stock based on valuation and its belief that the company will benefit from slowing node transitions and consolidation in the semiconductor sector. Target $14.
09:01 EDTENTGEntegris upgraded to Overweight from Sector Weight at Pacific Crest
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