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January 2, 2013
10:02 EDTQDEL, ZEUS, BC, TTM, CAT, VAL, X, POM, MAR, OSK, ADM, WAG, SFD, PRXL, BCR, ITW, HAIN, URBNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Brunswick (BC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... C.R. Bard (BCR) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Marriott (MAR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Olympic Steel (ZEUS) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... PAREXEL (PRXL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Pepco Holdings (POM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Quidel (QDEL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Smithfield Foods (SFD) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... U.S. Steel (X) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Urban Outfitters (URBN) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... Valspar (VAL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Walgreen (WAG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Hain Celestial (HAIN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Archer Daniels (ADM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Miller Tabak... Caterpillar (CAT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at ISI Group... Illinois Tool Works (ITW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at ISI Group... Oshkosh (OSK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at ISI Group... Tata Motors (TTM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill.
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February 24, 2015
07:08 EDTZEUSOlympic Steel downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse downgraded Olympic Steel to Underperform due to industry oversupply, the fall in steel prices and the company's inventory losses. Price target lowered to $12 from $19.
February 23, 2015
11:29 EDTADMEU investigates Cargill's proposed acquisition of ADM's chocolate business
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February 20, 2015
15:31 EDTHAINHain Celestial acquires health and beauty products maker Belvedere
Hain Celestial announced the acquisition of Belvedere International, a health and beauty care products maker. "We are excited by the acquisition of the Live Clean brand, which expands our presence in the personal care category and complements our Avalon Organics, Alba Botanica and JASON brands that we sell into Canada. This acquisition increases the scale of our Canadian operations to over $150M in net sales and provides us with opportunities for sales expansion and cost efficiencies as we leverage our existing infrastructure in Canada and our manufacturing and research and development expertise in personal care," said Hain CEO Irwin Simon. The Live Clean brand is the leading natural hair care and baby care brand in Canada. In calendar year 2014 Belvedere had approximately $25M in net sales and is expected to be accretive to Hain Celestial's earnings in fiscal year 2016.
February 19, 2015
13:02 EDTMARMarriott files automatic mixed securities shelf
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11:56 EDTBCRC.R. Bard repoprts CMS approves pass-through payment for Lutonix DCB
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11:11 EDTCATCaterpillar retail trends remain negative, says Wells Fargo
After Caterpillar reported earlier that its retail sales of machine declined 14% in the three month period ending in January, Wells Fargo noted that the trend worsened from December's 12% drop and that all regions reported declines. The firm believes retail trends remain negative for Caterpillar shares, on which it keeps a Market Perform rating.
10:31 EDTMARMarriott sells Miami Beach EDITION for $230M in cash proceeds
Marriott announced it has sold The Miami Beach EDITION hotel for cash proceeds of $230M. The sale is the second in a series of three anticipated sales of Marriott-owned EDITION hotels to companies ultimately owned by the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority. The agreement with ADIA for the sale of these three EDITION hotels was announced when the first, The London EDITION, was sold to ADIA in January 2014. Marriott expects to sell the third, The New York EDITION to ADIA in the first quarter of 2015. Marriott noted that it retains the long-term management agreement for the hotel.
10:27 EDTMARMarriott says 'bullish' about demand trends in North America
Says "very optimistic" about long-term. Sees Q1 group revenue pace for company operated full service hotels up 6%, FY group pace up 5%. Sees special corporate room rates from continuing accounts up 5%-6% in 2015. Says "bullish" about demand trends in North America. Says strong dollar may discourage international travel, but doesn't see this as significant headwind to North America operations. Says Brazil trends likely to remain weak, but "bullish" about long-term growth potential. Sees FY15 fee revenue up 9%-11%, incentive fees up in a low double digit rate. Expects fee revenue to be constrained by unfavorable forex. Sees total fee revenue reduced by forex by $15M-$20M in FY15. Sees cash returned to shareholders in 2015 at least as much as 2014. Sees Q1 fee revenue up at mid teens rate. Comments made on the Q4 earnings conference call.
09:12 EDTMAROn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:09 EDTCATCaterpillar reports retail machines sales down 14% in three months end January
Caterpillar reported in a filing that its total retail machines sales were down 14% on a three month rolling basis in January. For reference, retail sales of machines were down 12% in the period ending in December and were down 10% in the period ending in November. The company reported world Resources Industries sales down 27% in the January period, which was down fom the 22% drop in the December end period. Construction Industries world sales were down 10%, worse than the 9% drop in the December period. Total Energy & Transportation Retail Sales were up 22% in the January end period, which was the same growth rate as seen in the December period.
07:20 EDTCATCaterpillar facing multiple federal investigations, WSJ says
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February 18, 2015
18:55 EDTMAROn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:36 EDTMARMarriott sees FY15 EPS $3.00-$3.12, consensus $3.03
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16:34 EDTMARMarriott sees Q1 EPS 68c-72c, consensus 66c
For Q1, the company expects comparable systemwide RevPAR on a constant dollar basis will increase 5 to 7% in North America, 4 to 6% outside North America and 5 to 7% worldwide.
16:33 EDTMARMarriott reports Q4 EPS 68c, consensus 65c
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15:35 EDTMARNotable companies reporting after market close
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09:10 EDTMARMarriott volatility increases into Q4 results and outlook
Marriott overall option implied volatility of 25 is near its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement into the expected release of Q4 on February 19.
07:07 EDTITWBarclays to hold a conference
Industrial Select Conference is being held in Miami on February 18-19.
06:23 EDTCATCaterpillar discloses grand jury subpoena requesting financial information
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February 17, 2015
07:15 EDTHAIN, ADMConsumer Analyst Group of New York (CAGNY) to hold a conference
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