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January 16, 2014
10:02 EDTAOL, TI, REG, HCN, FRT, BPO, BDN, PDCE, ROP, CSX, WDC, VRNT, VMW, ELX, ESL, IT, MU, HPQ, N, NLSN, TTEK, TRN, BIGOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Big Lots (BIG) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... Emulex (ELX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Esterline (ESL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Gartner (IT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... HP (HPQ) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Micron (MU) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities... NetSuite (N) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Nielsen (NLSN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Tetra Tech (TTEK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Trinity Industries (TRN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... VMware (VMW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Verint Systems (VRNT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Western Digital (WDC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Telecom Italia (TI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Regency Centers (REG) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Health Care REIT (HCN) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Federal Realty (FRT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Brookfield Office (BPO) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Brandywine Realty (BDN) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... PDC Energy (PDCE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Miller Tabak... Roper Industries (ROP) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... CSX (CSX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... AOL (AOL) upgraded to Buy from Fair Value at CRT Capital.
News For BIG;ELX;ESL;IT;MU;HPQ;N;NLSN;TTEK;TRN;VMW;VRNT;WDC;TI;REG;HCN;FRT;BPO;BDN;PDCE;ROP;CSX;AOL From The Last 14 Days
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October 14, 2014
07:14 EDTCSXUBS hosts a Railroad analyst/industry conference call
Analyst Wadewitz will discuss his initiation of coverage of the Railroad Sector in a conference call on October 14 at 11 am.
07:03 EDTNLSNNielsen shares defended at Macquarie
Macquarie reiterated its Outperform rating on Nielsen and said its core business remains unaffected and Rentrak is not a direct threat. The firm sees upside from OCR and other new products and views valuation as attractive.
06:00 EDTNLSNNielsen upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein
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05:51 EDTVMWBrocade announces collaboration with VMware
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October 13, 2014
16:28 EDTCSXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street spent most of today's quiet session see-sawing across the flat-line before dropping sharply in the final hour of trading and closing at their lows. The market opened in negative territory but soon made a move to the upside and appeared ready to break the recent market slide that has seen the S&P lose about 5% of its value. Before the averages gained significant steam, they reversed again and moved back into negative ground. The averages moved in a fairly narrow range for most of the afternoon, before accelerating to the downside with conviction in the final hour of trading. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no economic data of note was reported and banks and bond markets were closed in observance of the Columbus Day holiday. In China, the nation's customs administration reported a trade surplus of about $31B for September. Exports in the month increased 15.3% from a year earlier, beating expectations and making for the biggest monthly increase since February 2013. Imports rose 7%, significantly outpacing the consensus projection for a 2% decline. COMPANY NEWS: The Wall Street Journal reported that CSX (CSX) was approached by a larger rival, Canadian Pacific (CP), about a possible merger. However, Credit Suisse analyst Allison Landry wrote in a note to investors that a merger between the two would not be able to occur, due to high regulatory hurdles. Still, CSX rose $1.76, or 5.88%, to $31.70 following the Journal's report, while Canadian Pacific fell $4.40, or 2.32%, to $184.97... Shares of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCAU) made their debut on the New York Stock Exchange and opened at $9 per share. The stock of the newly merged company closed trading down about 1% at $8.92... J.C. Penney (JCP) selected Marvin Ellison, who is currently executive vice president of stores at Home Depot (HD), to become its next CEO. The stock, which was also downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS this morning, spent much of the trading day in positive ground but moved lower late in the session and closed down 3c, or 0.42%, at $7.09. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Alnylam (ALNY), which advanced $13.83, or 18.98%, to $86.68 after the company announced data from study of its treatment for patients with familial amyloidotic polyneuropathy and Piper Jaffray raised its price target on the stock to $133 from $101 citing the trial results. Among the noteworthy losers was AutoNation (AN), which fell $4.11, or 8.01%, to $47.21 after another company in the same sector, Lithia Motors (LAD), lowered its profit outlook for the third and fourth quarter and issued a lower than expected earnings forecast for fiscal 2015. Shares of Lithia, meanwhile, plunged $16.85, or 20.84%, to $64.01. Also lower were shares of GoPro (GPRO), which fell $8.38, or 9.85%, to $76.67 after a French journalist reported that the son of racing legend Michael Schumacher attributed the severity of his father's brain injury following a skiing accident on the GoPro camera mounted to his helmet. INDEXES: The Dow fell 223.03, or 1.35%, to 16,321.07, the Nasdaq dropped 62.58, or 1.46%, to 4,213.66, and the S&P 500 declined 31.39, or 1.65%, to 1,874.74.
16:17 EDTCSXCSX initiated with a Buy at UBS
Target $39.
12:16 EDTCSXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly lower at midday amid light trading volume. Banks and bond markets are closed in observance of the Columbus Day holiday, though equity markets remain open. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was reported. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of a number of freight train operators rose after The Wall Street Journal reported that one of the companies in the sector, CSX (CSX), was approached by a larger rival, Canadian Pacific (CP), about a possible merger. Following the Journal's report, CSX rose 10% and Canadian Pacific advanced 1%, while Norfolk Southern (NSC) and Kansas City Southern (KSU) both climbed about 3%... Chrysler returned to the U.S. stock market, as shares of Fiat Chrysler began trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "FCAU." MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was J.C. Penney (JCP), which rose 3% after the company selected Marvin Ellison, who is currently executive vice president of stores at Home Depot (HD), to become its next CEO. Also higher were Atlas Energy (ATLS), which rose 20%, and Atlas Pipeline Partners (APL), which advanced 6%, after Targa Resources Partners (NGLS) and Targa Resources (TRGP) agreed to acquire Atlas Pipeline Partners for cash and stock valued at $38.66 per APL common unit and agreed to buy Atlas Energy following the company's spin-off of its non-midstream assets. Among the noteworthy losers was Aerohive Networks (HIVE), which plunged 30% after the company lowered its guidance for the third quarter, citing weaker-than-expected order volume near the quarter's end. Also lower were shares of GoPro (GPRO), which fell over 8% after a French journalist reported that the son of racing legend Michael Schumacher attributed the severity of his father's brain injury following a skiing accident on the GoPro camera mounted to his helmet. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 32.14, or 0.19%, to 16,511.96, the Nasdaq was down 7.97, or 0.19%, to 4,268.27, and the S&P 500 was down 6.85, or 0.36%, to 1,899.28.
12:13 EDTAOLYahoo upgraded as BGC sees higher chances for tax efficient monetization
Research firm BGC Partners upgraded its rating on Yahoo (YHOO) to Buy from Hold, saying that the chances of the company monetizing its assets in a more tax efficient manner have increased now that Alibaba (BABA) has come public. Among the possible scenarios, Yahoo may be acquired by Alibaba, the firm added. WHAT'S NEW: Yahoo's chances of paying a relatively low tax rate on the sale of its stakes in Alibaba and Yahoo Japan, a Japanese Internet company, have risen, BGC Financial analyst Colin Gillis stated. Yahoo could owe up to $15B of taxes on its sale of the assets, the analyst estimated. If Yahoo pays full tax liability, its stakes would be worth $43.5B. If it pays no taxes, the assets would be worth $58.5B, he estimated. Gillis set his price target on Yahoo at $50, representing the midpoint of the two scenarios, he stated. Among various scenarios that could play out, Alibaba could choose to buy Yahoo and subsequently unload Yahoo's core business and the American company's stake in Yahoo Japan, the analyst said. Yahoo shareholders could receive cash and shares of Alibaba as part of such a deal, Gillis stated. If Yahoo is not acquired by Alibaba, the American company should combine with AOL (AOL), as recently proposed by activist investor Starboard Value, Gillis contended. Merging with AOL could accelerate Yahoo's revenue growth by over 50% and increase its EBITDA by over 35%, Gillis estimated. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Yahoo fell 1% to $39.18.
11:46 EDTHPQHP nears six-month lows, levels to watch
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10:53 EDTCSXRailroads advance after report of Canadian Pacific approach to CSX
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10:31 EDTCSXCredit Suisse questions WSJ article on Canadian Pacific and CSX merger
Credit Suisse said it wouldn't be surprised if Canadian Pacific (CP) approached CSX (CSX), but questions its validity unless Canadian Pacific makes an official response. The analyst notes the STB rules concerning Class I mergers have an impossible hurdle rate, making a deal a non-starter.
10:26 EDTCSXHigh option volume stocks
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09:23 EDTHPQHP could buy lower valuation company, says Bernstein
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09:21 EDTHPQ, CSXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:24 EDTCSXCSX price target raised to $37 from $32 at Bernstein
Bernstein raised its price target on CSX (CSX) after The Wall Street Journal reported that the company was approached by Canadian Pacific (CP) about a possible merger. The firm thinks the deal could enable CSX to more quickly raise its margins and presents it with an opportunity to unlock significant near-term value. Bernstein says the report makes it more constructive on CSX, but it keeps a Market Perform rating on the shares.
08:01 EDTCSXCanadian Pacific, CSX merger timing not ideal, says Cowen
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07:23 EDTCSXCSX volatility up, approached by Canadian Pacific on possible merger, report
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06:03 EDTMUStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; HTZ MU
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October 12, 2014
17:58 EDTMUMicron shares look more attractive, Barron's says
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16:04 EDTCSXCSX approached by Canadian Pacific on possible merger, WSJ says
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