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February 21, 2013
10:00 EDTTSLA, CNK, OPEN, CF, PSE, HEK, HD, PVR, DRE, PAY, OMX, QEP, LOW, GTIV, VOLC, UBSH, ODP, BHP, CQP, BDNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: BHP Billiton (BHP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Brandywine Realty (BDN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Cheniere Energy Partners (CQP) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Heckmann (HEK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Office Depot (ODP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... OfficeMax (OMX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... Pioneer Southwest (PSE) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... QEP Resources (QEP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Union First Market (UBSH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... VeriFone (PAY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... CF Industries (CF) downgraded to Hold from Strong Buy at Feltl... Volcano (VOLC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Feltl... Duke Realty (DRE) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... OpenTable (OPEN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Gentiva Health (GTIV) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... PVR Partners (PVR) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Cinemark (CNK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... Lowe's (LOW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel Nicolaus... Home Depot (HD) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel Nicolaus... Tesla (TSLA) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill.
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January 21, 2015
11:35 EDTGTIVGentiva Health to host special shareholder meeting
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10:01 EDTLOWOn the Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Ashford Hospitality (AHT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... BAE Systems (BAESY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Bazaarvoice (BV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Becton Dickinson (BDX) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... CVS Health (CVS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Camden Property (CPT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... ConocoPhillips (COP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Cree (CREE) upgraded to Overweight at Stephens... DDR Corp. (DDR) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... EastGroup Properties (EGP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Esperion (ESPR) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Exxon Mobil (XOM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... FXCM (FXCM) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Keefe Bruyette... Fair Isaac (FICO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Golar LNG (GLNG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Nordea... Gran Tierra (GTE) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Host Hotels (HST) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... J.M. Smucker (SJM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Kilroy Realty (KRC) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Level 3 (LVLT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Lowe's (LOW) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Michael Kors (KORS) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded at Nomura... Regions Financial (RF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Ruckus Wireless (RKUS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Santander Mexico (BSMX) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Scorpio Tankers (STNG) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Strategic Hotels (BEE) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... The Medicines Co. (MDCO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink... Whole Foods (WFM) upgraded at Sterne Agee... Wolseley (WOSYY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas.
09:31 EDTLOWLowe's says to hire approximately 30,000 seasonal employees
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09:16 EDTTSLAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:11 EDTTSLATesla faces risks from Musk ambition, says Morgan Stanley
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06:52 EDTLOWLowe's upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley upgraded Lowe's based on increased confidence in execution, accelerating category growth from the ongoing housing recovery and lower gas prices which the firm believes will drive earnings and EBIT margins. Price target raised to $80.
January 20, 2015
18:45 EDTTSLASpaceX raises $1B, Google, Fidelity to own slightly under 10%, Bloomberg says
Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies Corp. has sold an approximately 10% stake to Google (GOOG) and Fidelity for $1B, Bloomberg reports. Reference Link
18:21 EDTBHPBHP Billiton provides operational update
Group production increased by 9% during the December 2014 half year with records achieved for eight operations and five commodities. Production guidance remains unchanged and we are on track to deliver Group production growth of 16% over the two years to the end of the 2015 financial year. Metallurgical coal production increased by 21% to 26 Mt in the December 2014 half year as Queensland Coal and Illawarra Coal both achieved record half year volumes. Western Australia Iron Ore production increased by 15% to a record of 124 Mt (100% basis) in the December 2014 half year as the ramp-up of Jimblebar continued and we improved the availability, utilisation and rate of our integrated supply chain. Petroleum production increased by 9% to a record 131 MMboe in the December 2014 half year supported by a 71% increase in Onshore US liquids volumes to 24.4 MMboe. Copper production decreased by 2% to 813 kt as strong underlying operating performance across the business was offset by lower grades at Antamina. Record manganese ore and alumina production was underpinned by strong performances at both Hotazel and the Alumar refinery.
18:19 EDTBHPBHP Billiton to reduce U.S. rigs by about 40% by end of current fiscal year
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16:34 EDTTSLASpacex has raised $1B, Google and Fidelity to own slightly under 10%
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13:09 EDTODPSources: Staples to spurn Starboard's call to merge with Office Depot, FT says
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10:47 EDTODPStaples says will consider 'all actions' that would create shareholder value
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10:23 EDTODPStarboard says Staples should explore merger with Office Depot
Starboard Value, one of the largest shareholders of Staples (SPLS), confirmed, as previously reported, that it has delivered a letter to Ronald Sargent, Chairman and CEO of Staples, and the board of directors of Staples. In the letter, Starboard states in part: "As we discussed in our recent meeting, we believe that the best way to maximize value for Staples' shareholders is through exploring and completing a business combination with Office Depot (ODP). For a variety of reasons, we believe that now is the right time to pursue such a transaction, and we urge you to immediately retain a reputable investment bank and legal advisors to assist the Board in evaluating, structuring and executing a transaction with Office Depot. We believe that a strategic combination of Staples and Office Depot would result in synergies that would more than double the operating profits of the combined company and would create an industry-leading office supply retailer that could more effectively compete against larger retailers and online competitors. The magnitude of value creation from such a business combination far exceeds anything that either company could achieve on a standalone basis. We believe that the evidence is clear that shareholders are broadly supportive of a transaction between Staples and Office Depot. As shown in the chart below, since the merger speculation began last September, Staples' share price has risen over 50%, strongly outperforming the S&P 500...After the recent increase in Staples' share price, we believe the stock now trades at a substantial premium to the intrinsic value of the standalone company. This results in a lower cost of capital for Staples and a stronger currency which could be used to acquire Office Depot. If Staples fails to fully explore and consummate a transaction with Office Depot, shareholders will undoubtedly be extremely disappointed...We understand that this will require cooperation from Office Depot, and we have already expressed to them our strong support for a transaction...Our sincere hope is that we can continue to have a constructive dialogue. However, if it becomes clear to us that you have no intention of seriously pursuing this unique and highly attractive opportunity, it would be a clear sign that significant leadership change is needed at Staples."
10:21 EDTTSLATesla slips, levels to watch
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09:31 EDTODPActivist Starboard urging Staples, Office Depot to merge, WSJ reports
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08:59 EDTODPStarboard urged Staples to explore Office Depot merger, Bloomberg says
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07:57 EDTHDHome Depot price target raised to $120 from $100 at Credit Suisse
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06:51 EDTBHPBHP Billiton upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC
January 19, 2015
17:57 EDTTSLAGoogle near $1B investment in SpaceX, WSJ reports
Google is near an agreement to invest $1B in Elon Musk's SpaceX, Wall Street Journal reports, citing a person familiar with the matter. The investment would value SpaceX at more than $10B, the Journal adds. The Information earlier today reported Google was near an investment in SpaceX, but did not specify the amount. Reference Link
12:29 EDTTSLAGoogle near investment in Musk's SpaceX, The Information reports
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