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January 17, 2014
10:04 EDTPBCT, BJRI, STRA, SINA, SSNI, STM, FUEL, RMD, QRE, NUS, NMM, MAIN, CLC, COLM, BBYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Best Buy (BBY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Clarcor (CLC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Columbia Sportswear (COLM) downgraded to Neutral from Neutral at Macquarie... Main Street (MAIN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Navios Maritime Partners (NMM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Nu Skin (NUS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... QR Energy (QRE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at MLV & Co.... ResMed (RMD) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Rocket Fuel (FUEL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... STMicroelectronics (STM) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... Silver Spring Network (SSNI) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Strayer (STRA) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... SINA (SINA) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... BJ's Restaurants (BJRI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee... People's United (PBCT) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan.
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October 16, 2014
11:15 EDTNMMHigh option volume stocks
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07:09 EDTMAINMain Street exits Spectrio investment with 16.3% internal rate of return
Main Street recently fully exited its investment in Spectrio LLC, a national provider of on-hold messaging and digital signage managed services. Main Street's initial investment in May 2009 consisted of a $5.7M senior secured, first lien debt investment with an equity warrant participation for 8.4% of the fully-diluted equity interests in Spectrio. Main Street realized a gain of approximately $3.9M on the redemption of its warrant by Spectrio. On a cumulative basis, Main Street realized an internal rate of return of 16.3% and a 1.7 times money invested return in aggregate on its debt and equity investment in Spectrio.
October 15, 2014
16:37 EDTNUSOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
The market opened sharply lower amid sliding oil prices, worse than expected economic data, and the potential for a major M&A deal to fall apart due to tax inversion rule changes. The Dow fell more than 350 points within the first 30 minutes of trading, but then bounced back to move above its opening level. The volatility did not end there, however, as the market swung several more times during the session. The S&P 500's drop wiped out its gains for the year at one point, but a late day rally significantly cut the losses for the major averages. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales, which were expected to be down 0.1% in September, actually fell 0.3% in the month and slipped 0.2% excluding autos. The Producer Price Index for final demand decreased a seasonally adjusted 0.1% in September from the prior month, marking the first decline in the measure in over a year. The core PPI reading, which excludes food and energy, was unchanged, versus expectations for a 0.1% rise. New York's Empire State manufacturing index fell 21.4 points to 6.2 in October, severely missing the expectation for a narrower pullback to a reading of 20. Business inventories rose 0.2% in August, versus expectations for an increase of 0.4%. In China, the consumer price index climbed 1.6% in September from a year earlier, which was below the consensus projection for 1.7% inflation and down from 2% inflation in August. China's PPI plunged 1.8% year-over-year in September, which was more than the 1.6% slide expected and an acceleration of the 1.2% year-on-year decline in August. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Shire (SHPG) plunged $74.08, or 30.29%, to $170.49 after AbbVie's (ABBV) board last night stated that it was reconsidering its recommendation that the company's shareholders back a takeover of Irish drugmaker in light of the potential impact of tax rule changes on the deal. During the day, Bloomberg reported that people familiar with the matter say AbbVie is close to abandoning its $51B takeover bid, while Shire announced that it has agreed to waive the requirement for three business days' notice for AbbVie's board to meet to consider its offer. In contrast, AbbVie ended the session up 50c, or 0.92%, at $54.63... Wal-Mart (WMT) held its annual meeting, during which it lowered its fiscal year 2015 net sales growth forecast to 2%-3%, citing a tougher sales environment than it anticipated a year ago. The company indicated in February that it expected net sales growth to be at the low end of its guidance provided last October of 3%-5%. The world's largest retailer also cut its planned retail square foot growth expectations, due to a moderation of large format store growth and accelerated e-commerce investments. Following the outlook revisions, Wal-Mart closed down $2.78, or 3.57%, to $75.20. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Penford Corporation (PENX), which jumped $7.60, or 69.15%, to $18.59 after the company agreed to be acquired by Ingredion (INGR) for $340M, or $19.00 in cash per share. Also higher was Southwestern Energy (SWN), which rose $2.59, or 7.82%, to $35.69 after it was among a number of oil and gas exploration and production names upgraded by analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Among the noteworthy losers was Nu Skin (NUS), which dropped $4.47, or 9.13%, to $44.50 after the company disclosed new debt arrangements that come with certain restrictions, including restrictions on the payment of dividends. Also lower were shares of Covidien (COV), which fell $6.50, or 7.04%, to $85.86 in the wake of the news for Shire and AbbVie, which investors may have read as jeopardizing Covidien's deal to be bought by Medtronic (MDT). Note that on October 3 Medtronic announced that it intends to use approximately $16B in external financing to complete the acquisition of Covidien and said the strategic benefits of the transaction "remain compelling" despite the additional expense of the new financing. INDEXES: The Dow dropped 173.45, or 1.06%, to 16,141.74, the Nasdaq slipped 11.85, or 0.28%, to 4,215.32, and the S&P 500 fell 15.21, or 0.81%, to 1,862.49.
14:01 EDTBBYIntel launches 'Intel Experience' exclusively in 50 Best Buy stores
Intel (INTC) has launched “The Intel Experience” exclusively in 50 Best Buy (BBY) retail stores nationwide. The hands-on experience zone gives everyone the opportunity to try, explore and play with the latest, cutting-edge technologies like 3-D printing, gaming meets augmented reality, and digital disc jockey remixing.
11:27 EDTNUSNu Skin falls after announcing debt deal, related restrictions
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11:23 EDTNUSNu Skin not restricted from making dividend payments, says Deutsche Bank
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11:11 EDTNUSNu Skin shares defended at Deutsche Bank
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07:08 EDTMAINMain Street makes new portfolio investment in Computer Associates Inc.
Main Street recently led a financing totaling $7.6M of invested capital in Computer Associates, Inc., to support the majority recapitalization of CAI, with Main Street funding $6.1M of the financing in this new portfolio investment. Main Street's portion of the financing included a $5.4M first lien, senior secured term loan and a $0.7M equity investment.
07:07 EDTSTRAFor profit education positive catalysts outweigh negative, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo expects for-profit education stocks to benefit from improved hiring trends and a sale by Corinthian of its assets that, according t othe firm ,would set a valuation floor for the sector. The firm continues to believe that the final gainful employment rule will be neutral to positive for the group. Wells favors the option value on the long side for the sector. Publicly traded companies in the space include American Public Education (APEI), Apollo Education (APOL), Bridgepoint Education (BPI), Career Education (CECO), Corinthian Colleges (COCO), DeVry (DV), Grand Canyon (LOPE), ITT Educational (ESI) and Strayer (STRA).
October 14, 2014
10:10 EDTSTMChip makers rise following Skyworks positive preannouncement
Shares of a number of semiconductor makers are climbing after one of the companies in the sector, Skyworks (SWKS), preannounced stronger than expected results. WHAT'S NEW: Skyworks, which develops chips for cell phones, raised its fourth quarter earnings per share outlook to $1.08 from $1.00. Analysts' consensus estimate was $1.01. The chip maker increased its Q4 revenue guidance to $718M from $680M. Analysts' consensus estimate was $679.5M. "Skyworks’ upwardly revised outlook demonstrates the broad-based strength of our business and our ability to capitalize on positive underlying market trends to connect everyone and everything, all the time,” said Skyworks CEO David Aldrich. "These multi-year technology trends are setting the stage for us to outperform the broader semiconductor industry in the December quarter and for the foreseeable future," the CEO added. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Skyworks' positive report comes less than a week after another semiconductor maker, Microchip (MCHP), preannounced lower than expected revenue and said it thought the sector had entered a correction. Semiconductor stocks have sold off sharply since Microchip's preannouncement and pessimistic comments. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Skyworks surged 6.4% to $48.24, Intel (INTC) rose 1.5% to $31.94, NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) rose 1.2% to $54.55, STMicroelectronics (STM) advanced 2% to $6.82, and Avago Technologies (AVG) gained fractionally to $69.30.
October 13, 2014
10:08 EDTSTMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Bankrate (RATE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... CME Group (CME) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Cliffs Natural (CLF) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Dana Holding (DAN) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Darden (DRI) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Dover (DOV) downgraded to Neutral at RW Baird... DryShips (DRYS) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Imperial Capital... Infineon (IFNNY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... J.C. Penney (JCP) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Johnson Controls (JCI) downgraded to Outperform from Top Pick at RBC Capital... Juniper (JNPR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Kennametal (KMT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Masco (MAS) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... New Gold (NGD) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... ON Semiconductor (ONNN) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest... PBF Energy (PBF) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Parker-Hannifin (PH) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... STMicroelectronics (STM) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Silicon Laboratories (SLAB) downgraded to Sector Perform at Pacific Crest... VOXX International (VOXX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen.
09:21 EDTSTMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:06 EDTSINAQihoo 360 launches ad exchange platform, Marbridge Daily reports
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05:28 EDTSTMSTMicroelectronics downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
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October 10, 2014
11:27 EDTNUSPrescott General Patrners reports 4.3% passive stake in Nu Skin
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October 9, 2014
13:08 EDTRMDResMed drops 5% to $48.39
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12:46 EDTSTRADoE policy changes a negative for select Education stocks, says Deutsche Bank
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11:42 EDTBJRIRuby Tuesday surges after Q1 profit beats estimates
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09:41 EDTBBYBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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07:04 EDTMAINMain Street announces exit of portfolio investment in Texas Re-Excavation
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