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February 21, 2013
10:00 EDTTLM, EA, LCC, PAY, LNG, NEWP, VNTV, QCOR, NTSP, BRKR, AMRS, UNH, NKE, GRPN, BCS, AWAY, PLD, MAOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Barclays (BCS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Bruker (BRKR) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Cheniere Energy (LNG) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Groupon (GRPN) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... MasterCard (MA) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... NetSpend (NTSP) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Nike (NKE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... ProLogis (PLD) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Questcor (QCOR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... UnitedHealth (UNH) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Vantiv (VNTV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Visa (V) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... HomeAway (AWAY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair... Amyris (AMRS) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... Newport (NEWP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Noble Financial... VeriFone (PAY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... Electronic Arts (EA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Talisman Energy (TLM) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... US Airways (LCC) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.
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March 19, 2015
08:08 EDTNKENike historically hits earnings, but guidance, valuation could weigh, WSJ says
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06:59 EDTNEWPNewport management to meet with B. Riley
Meetings to be held in Los Angeles on March 23 and in Portland on March 24 hosted by B. Riley.
March 18, 2015
12:15 EDTTLMTalisman Energy to cut 150-200 employees, WSJ reports
Talisman Energy (TLM) will cut its workforce by 150-200 employees, or about 10%-15%, in response to lower oil prices, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing a company spokesperson. In addition, Talisman, which is in the process of being acquired by Repsol (REPYY), is cutting its 2015 capital program to $2.1B, a 30% reduction from 2014 spending and lower than its prior 2015 forecast of $2.7B. The job cuts are mainly at Talisman's head office in Calgary and are not related to the Repsol takeover. Reference Link
07:59 EDTNKENike March volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Nike March call option implied volatility is at 69, April is at 28, May is at 23, July is at 22; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on March 19.
07:27 EDTBCSFreeport seeks funding from Blackstone, Apollo, Reuters says
Freeport McMoRan (FCX) has hired Goldman Sachs (GS) and Barclays (BCS) to find private equity firms willing to finance certain of its energy projects and asset developments, reports Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter. Freeport is in talks with Blackstone (BX), Apollo (APO), and Warburg Pincus about a potential partnership. The sources say the firm may be seeking "several billion dollars," though discussions are in "very early" stages. Reference Link
07:20 EDTBCSU.S. considers 'tearing up' non-prosecution deals with banks, Bloomberg says
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March 17, 2015
14:37 EDTBCSCiti, Barclays near $800M settelement of forex suit, WSJ says
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11:52 EDTVNTVVantiv management to meet with Sterne Agee
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11:42 EDTEAElectronic Arts Battlefield Hardline review slightly disappointing, says Cowen
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10:13 EDTPAYOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:03 EDTEAElectronic Arts, Visceral Games announce availability of Battlefield Hardline
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05:28 EDTAWAYPayByGroup announces partnership with HomeAway Software
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March 16, 2015
16:10 EDTPLDPrologis announces exchange of $460M convertible senior notes due 2015
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14:08 EDTBCSEU regulator says time for fine-tuning, Reuters says
The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision believes the necessary bank regulatory framework is in place though some additional work must be done to finalize leverage ratio and capital floor rules, Reuters reported yesterday, citing statements by secretary-general William Coen at a financial conference in Doha. Coen added, "We're now at the state where we can take a step back and look to see how [the regulations] fit together," cautioning that further analysis must be data-driven but admitting that both banks and regulatory bodies were feeling "regulation fatigue." Publicly traded companies in the space include Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), RBS (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Reference Link
11:48 EDTNKEadidas won't renew contract with NBA after 2016-17 season, ESPN reports
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10:50 EDTMAMasterCard, Itau Unitbanco announce new 20-year agreement
Itaś (ITUB) and MasterCard (MA) announced today the signing of a new 20-year agreement that further strengthens the long-term relationship between the two companies. As part of the agreement, Itaś and MasterCard will establish and operate a new electronic payments network in Brazil. In addition, Itaś will issue payment solutions including credit, debit and pre-paid cards as part of the newly created payments network and focus on enhancing the efficiency of their payment value chain. MasterCard will be responsible for managing the operations of the new network and transaction routing.
10:49 EDTNKENike March volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
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10:14 EDTPAYOptions with decreasing implied volatility
Options with decreasing implied volatility: EXPR ULTA SGMS QIHU BKS PAY URBN AGN AGNC
07:24 EDTNKENike has solid global demand ahead but FX a headwind, says Credit Suisse
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07:10 EDTMAWEX Inc. to receive MasterCard issuing license in Australia
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