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June 12, 2013
10:14 EDTWFC, SNX, MERC, KGC, DF, WAB, PRU, MPLX, KS, BIIB, USB, ORIG, LM, FIATYOn the Fly: Downgrade Summary
Biogen (BIIB) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup… Dean Foods (DF) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Bernstein… Fiat (FIATY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS… KapStone (KS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank… Kinross Gold (KGC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen… Legg Mason (LM) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman… MPLX (MPLX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill… Mercer (MERC) downgraded to Sector Underperformer from Sector Performer at CIBC… Ocean Rig UDW (ORIG) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse… Prudential (PRU) downgraded to Outperform from Top Pick at RBC Capital… SYNNEX (SNX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James… U.S. Bancorp (USB) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities… Wabtec (WAB) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James… Wells Fargo (WFC) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities.
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November 10, 2014
12:24 EDTDFOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were modestly higher at midday. The averages opened mixed, but very close to the flat line, and have continued to drift slowly higher from that point. There is little to stand in the way of the market’s drift, as the economic calendar is quiet, the earnings season is winding down, and the most closely watched geopolitical situations are currently status quo. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., little of note was on the economic calendar. The Federal Reserve's newly introduced Labor Market Conditions Index was flat at 4 in October. The Fed started updating estimates of the LMCI every month beginning with last month. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Netflix (NFLX) advanced about 1% after xxx President Barack Obama publicly urged the Federal Communications Commission to implement the "strongest possible rules" to protect net neutrality. In response, Verizon (VZ) said it supports the open Internet and continues to believe that the "light-touch regulatory approach in place for the past two decades has been central to the Internet’s success," adding that it believes the reclassification Obama called for would "apply 1930s-era utility regulation to the Internet" and be a "radical reversal of course" that would threaten great harm to an open Internet, competition and innovation." A number of Internet Service Providers, including Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (TWC), Charter (CHTR) and Cablevision (CVC), moved lower after Obama weighed in on the hot-button issue. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN), which rose 22% after the company presented data from the ongoing Phase 2 study of its Hepatitis C virus treatment at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, or AASLD. Also higher was Dean Foods (DF), which rose more than 13% after the dairy products distributor’s third quarter results, as well as its fourth quarter and full year profit outlook, surpassed analysts’ consensus estimates. Among the noteworthy losers was Rayonier (RYN), which dropped 13% after management determined that there was a material weakness in the company's internal controls, restated certain previously made financial statements, and cut its dividend reflecting expectations of reduced cash available for distribution due to lower expected annual harvest levels. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 18.55, or 0.11%, to 17,592.48, the Nasdaq was up 10.77, or 0.23%, to 4,643.30, and the S&P 500 was up 4.01, or 0.2%, to 2,035.93.
12:06 EDTDFDean Foods rallies after Q3 results, guidance top estimates
Shares of Dean Foods (DF), a direct-to-store distributor of dairy products, are rallying after the company’s third quarter results, as well as its fourth quarter and full year profit outlook, surpassed analysts’ consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Dean Foods reported Q3 adjusted earnings per share of (3c) and revenue of $2.37B, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of (13c) and $2.35B, respectively. Chief Financial Officer Chris Bellairs noted that the company was seeing positive signs of progress which will pave the way for it to rebuild profitability in 2015 and beyond. WHAT’S NOTABLE: Looking ahead to Q4, Dean Foods forecast adjusted EPS of 5c-15c, well ahead of analysts' (2c) consensus. The company said the dairy commodity envrionment remains "challenging." The company expects raw milk costs will remain "stubbornly high" despite continued strong global production growth and waning demand, and does not see any relief until 2015. However, the company does expect significant butterfat cost declines at the end of Q4. Dean Foods said industry volumes remain "soft" and sees Q4 volumes to be down low single digits as compared to prior year, but with a continued improvement to net price realization. For FY14, adjusted EPS is seen at (16c)-(6c), also well ahead of expectations of (33c). Adjusted EBITDA for FY14 is expected to be $193M-$208M. On its earnings conference call, Dean Foods said domestic raw milk costs are likely to moderate as it exits 2014. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Dean Foods rose $1.89 or 12.76% to $16.26 on more than twice its average daily trading volume. Despite today's advance, the shares have lost approximately 15% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the dairy product space include WhiteWave Foods (WWAV), which also reported better than expected results this morning, down 3.6%, and Lifeway Foods (LWAY), up 0.6%.
10:24 EDTDFDean Foods gaps up, runs, following earnings and outlook
The shares are up over 12% to $16.18 at time of writing, putting them in the middle of the price range of the day. Support is at the session low at $15.73. Resistance is at $16.49, the session high.
10:04 EDTORIGOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) downgraded at Oppenheimer... American Eagle (AEO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... BP (BP) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Callon Petroleum (CPE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... EP Energy (EPE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Eaton Vance (EV) downgraded at Sterne Agee... Ecopetrol (EC) downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... General Mills (GIS) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Genworth (GNW) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... MasTec (MTZ) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... Ocean Rig UDW (ORIG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Performant Financial (PFMT) downgraded at Morgan Stanley... Petrobras (PBR) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... R.R. Donnelley (RRD) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Benchmark Co.... Rex Energy (REXX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Salix (SLXP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... Siemens (SIEGY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Solazyme (SZYM) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Stonegate Mortgage (SGM) downgraded to Market Perform at FBR Capital... Syngenta (SYT) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at HSBC... ViaSat (VSAT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Vistaprint (VPRT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Walter Investment (WAC) downgraded at Sterne Agee... WesBanco (WSBC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Whiting USA Trust II (WHZ) downgraded to Underperform at Raymond James... Wipro (WIT) downgraded to Sell from Buy at UBS... XOMA (XOMA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Yanzhou Coal (YZC) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Deutsche Bank.
09:35 EDTDFActive equity options trading
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09:34 EDTDFDean Foods expects butter fat declines at end of Q4
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09:28 EDTDFDean Foods says butter has been in high demand recently
Export activities are decreasing and imports are increasing. Says cheese prices has held up better and will also converge due to pricing imbalance. Expects domestic raw milk costs to moderate as it exits 2014.
09:25 EDTDFDean Foods expects TruMoo to become a billion dollar brand
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09:20 EDTDFOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:11 EDTORIGOcean Rig UDW downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim
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08:03 EDTDFDean Foods: Dairy commodity environment remains challenging
For Q4, the company expects raw milk costs will remain stubbornly high despite continued strong global production growth and waning demand. The company adds, "We don't expect much relief on raw milk costs until early 2015, but we do expect significant butterfat cost declines at the end of the fourth quarter. Industry volumes remain soft and we expect our fourth quarter volumes to be down low single digits, as compared to prior year, but with a continued improvement to net price realization. Further, as we move past our extended period of heavy plant closure activity and realize further costs reductions, we believe the rate of per-unit production and distribution costs will continue to decline and flatten from a year over year basis."
08:02 EDTDFDean Foods sees FY14 adjusted EPS (16c)-(6c), consensus (33c)
Sees FY14 adjusted EBITDA $193M-$208M; Sees FY14 free cash flow too end the year at approximately breakeven. Sees FY14 CapEx to be at low end of $150M-$175M guidance.
08:02 EDTDFDean Foods sees Q4 adjusted EPS 5c-15c, consensus (2c)
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08:01 EDTDFDean Foods: This year has clearly been the most difficult operating environment
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08:00 EDTDFDean Foods reports Q3 adjusted EPS (3c), consensus (13c)
Reports Q3 revenue $2.37B, consensus $2.35B
07:12 EDTWFCCA Technologies to hold a conference
CA World 2014 is being held in Las Vegas on November 9-12.
07:08 EDTLMCredit Suisse to hold a conference
2014 Boston Financials 1:1 Conference to be held in Boston on November 10-11.
06:53 EDTUSBBank of America, U.S. Bancorp settle bond trustee class action, Reuters says
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06:46 EDTWFC, USBRegulators set new capital buffer rule for banks, Reuters reports
Global banks should have buffers of bonds or equity worth 16%-20% of their risk-weighted assets, beginning in January 2019, The Financial Stability Board decided, according to Reuters. The board said the buffer would prevent the need for government bailouts, the news service explained. Publicly traded global banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) Wells Fargo (WFC), 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
06:38 EDTORIGOcean Rig UDW downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim
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