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April 1, 2014
10:00 EDTHSTM, UAL, RBCN, NCMI, LH, CFR, PCRX, BCPC, DATA, PFSI, NVDA, INFA, BPI, WCC, WDR, RUSHA, OSGIQ, MD, GST, DNNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Bridgepoint Education (BPI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Cullen/Frost (CFR) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Sterne Agee... Gastar Exploration (GST) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Informatica (INFA) upgraded to Overweight from Equalweight at Barclays... LabCorp (LH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... MEDNAX (MD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... NVIDIA (NVDA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities... National CineMedia (NCMI) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Overseas Shipholding (OSGIQ) upgraded to Outperform at Imperial Capital... PennyMac (PFSI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Rubicon (RBCN) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Rush Enterprises (RUSHA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Tableau (DATA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... United Continental (UAL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Waddell & Reed (WDR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Balchem (BCPC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sidoti... Healthstream (HSTM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Noble Financial... WESCO (WCC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair... Pacira Pharmaceuticals (PCRX) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Denison Mines (DNN) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse.
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July 1, 2015
17:05 EDTUALJetBlue not contacted by Justice Department, Bloomberg says
JetBlue (JBLU) said it has not been contacted by the U.S. Justice Department regarding potential collusion within the industry, Bloomberg reports, citing emailed statements. On the other hand, American Airlines (AAL), Southwest (LUV), and United (UAL) have all confirmed receiving letters from the Department, noting that the information request covers the past two years.
16:28 EDTUALOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
Stocks on Wall Street opened higher amid hopes for a resolution to the Greek debt crisis. The market also received help from positive reports from the ISM on manufacturing and ADP on the labor market. The averages saw their highs shortly after the open and then gradually drifted off those highs, while moving in a fairly narrow range. Investors will now be looking to the release of tomorrow’s nonfarm payrolls report, which will be out a day earlier than normal due to the Independence Day holiday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., ADP reported the private sector added 237,000 jobs in June, versus expectations for 218,000 job additions. Markit's manufacturing purchasing managers' index for June came in at 53.6, narrowly above the 53.4 forecast. ISM's manufacturing index rose to 53.5 in June, topping May's 52.8 reading and the 53.2 consensus forecast. Construction spending rose 0.8% in May, versus the expected growth of 0.5%. In China, manufacturing PMIs came in short of expectations. The HSBC/Markit PMI slipped to a final 49.4 in June from the flash reading of 49.6, while the government's official manufacturing PMI fell to 50.1 in June from 50.9 in May. In Europe, Greece officially missed its $1.7B payment to the International Monetary Fund last night. Reports then indicated that Greece's government was willing to make concessions that get it much closer to creditor demands. The new proposal for budget cuts and policy overhauls from Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was dismissed by European officials, however, and Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem said that he sees no need for further talks on Greece at this point and that he awaits the result of this Sunday's scheduled referendum. COMPANY NEWS: In a blockbuster deal in the insurance industry, ACE Limited (ACE) agreed to acquire Chubb (CB) in a cash and stock transaction valued in excess of $28B that will create the number one global Property and Casualty insurance company by P&C underwriting income and the number two U.S. public P&C insurer by market cap. ACE shares advanced 77c, or 0.76%, to $102.45 following the deal announcement, while Chubb surged $25.63, or 26.94%, to $120.77... U.S. airline stocks dropped after the Associated Press reported that the Justice Department is investigating potential "unlawful coordination" between companies attempting to artificially limit growth to keep fares high. Shares of American Airlines (AAL), Delta Air Lines (DAL), Southwest (LUV), United Continental (UAL) and JetBlue (JBLU) all closed lower by between 1.4% to 3.4% following the report. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Schnitzer Steel (SCHN), which advanced 13.45% to $19.82 after BofA Merrill Lynch upgraded the shares two notches to Buy from Underperform and raised its price target to $21, saying scrap pricing should be nearing a trough with stability expected ahead. Also higher were shares of Dycom (DY), which gained 7.87% to $63.48 following a fourth quarter guidance hike, an announcement of a $40M repurchase plan and an upgrade to Buy at DA Davidson. Among the noteworthy losers was Baxter (BAX), which fell 44.43% to $38.86 after its spin-off of Baxalta (BXLT), whose shares fell 1.38% to $31.50. Baxter was downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse after the research firm updated its valuation of Baxter to reflect the split. Also lower was Graham Holdings (GHC), which fell 35.48% to $693.63 after the company completed its spin-off of Cable ONE (CABO), whose shares lost 6.23% to $399. Additionally, shares of General Motors (GM) fell 0.87% to $33.04 after the company halted production at its Russian plant and reported June U.S. sales dropped 3%. INDEXES: The Dow rose 138.40, or 0.79%, to 17,757.91, the Nasdaq gained 26.26, or 0.53%, to 5,013.12, and the S&P 500 advanced 14.31, or 0.69%, to 2,077.42.
14:28 EDTUALAirlines fall after Justice Department said to probe possible collusion
Major U.S. airline stocks are dropping precipitously in intraday trading following a report of a Justice Department investigation into potential "unlawful coordination" between companies attempting to artificially limit growth to keep fares high. WHAT'S NEW: The Associated Press has obtained a document showing that the U.S. Justice Department is investigating whether major airlines might be colluding to slow their growth in order to maintain high airfares. A spokesperson for the Department confirmed that it is probing airlines over possible "unlawful coordination," though she did not name specific companies in the sector. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Today's report of possible collusion within the industry follows a period of volatility among airline stocks in late May and early June on concerns over undisciplined capacity growth and price competition. Following some recovery in the stocks, a Barron's cover story on June 20 predicated a potential 15%-50% upside in airlines and specifically cited high fares. PRICE ACTION: Shares of American Airlines (AAL), Delta Air Lines (DAL), Southwest (LUV), United Continental (UAL) and JetBlue (JBLU) are all down over 4.5% in afternoon trading and continue to drop.
13:57 EDTUALDOJ investigating whether airlines colluding on fares, AP reports
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09:28 EDTHSTMHealthStream CEO contributes $1.5M of shares to certain employees
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07:04 EDTMDMEDNAX acquires Lakeshore Anesthesia Services
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07:03 EDTMDMEDNAX acquires anesthesiology practice in Virginia
MEDNAX announced the acquisition of Manassas Anesthesia Associates, P.C., a private physician group practice based in Manassas, Va. This was a cash transaction, and it is expected to be immediately accretive to earnings. No additional terms of the transaction were disclosed.
June 30, 2015
08:12 EDTUALUnited Airlines announces $30M equity investment in Fulcrum BioEnergy
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07:05 EDTGSTGastar Exploration reports initial 30-day average production of 20.2 MMcf/d
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June 29, 2015
10:08 EDTUALUnited Continental management to meet with Sterne Agee CRT
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June 26, 2015
12:03 EDTUALUnited Airlines and Azul Brazilian form long-term strategic partnership
United Airlines and Azul Brazilian Airlines announced a new strategic partnership in which United will acquire an approximate 5% stake in Azul, paving the way for the carriers to cooperate on a range of customer benefits including codesharing of flights, expanded connection opportunities on routes between the United States and Brazil, in addition to other points in North and South America, and joint loyalty-program participation. Through a wholly owned subsidiary, United will invest $100M for its economic stake in Azul, which includes one seat on Azul's board of directors. As a result of the partnership, United and Azul will expand their frequent flyer loyalty agreement.
June 25, 2015
17:56 EDTNVDAMicron plunges after Q3 results, guidance impacted by PC headwinds
Shares of PC related memory chip maker Micron Technology (MU) are plunging after reporting third quarter financial results and fourth quarter guidance that missed analyst expectations. WHAT'S NEW: After the close, Micron reported Q3 earnings per share of 54c on revenue of $3.85B, both shy of analyst estimates of 56c and $3.9B, respectively. Citing "near-term headwinds driven primarily by weakness in PC sector," Micron gave a fourth quarter revenue view of $3.45B-$3.7B which was significantly lower than analyst expectations of $4.16B. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On the company's earnings conference call, Micron said, consistent with prior expectations, "We are forecasting DRAM industry supply bit growth in the mid-20s in calendar 2015 and in the low-to-mid 20s in 2016." The company said it sees DRAM gross margins for Q4 down mid-single digits sequentially. Additionally, the chip maker said it sees Q4 DRAM bit growth flat to up low single digits. ANALYST TAKE: On June 22, Micron was downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman Sachs. Goldman analyst Mark Delaney downgraded Micron Technology to Sell saying rising DRAM supply will lower selling prices and contract margins. Delaney expects DRAM prices to drop up to 30% over the next three quarters and cut his price target for shares to $19 from $27. On the same day, JP Morgan lowered its price target on Micron shares to $33 from $37. The firm also lowered its estimates for Micron citing lower than anticipated DRAM pricing in the past three months. The firm, however, kept an Overweight rating on Micron, saying improving demand in other segments like mobile and the company's decision to not hold inventory during Q3 should help offset the DRAM weakness. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Micron are lower by 11.5% in after- hours trading to $21.25. OTHER PC RELATED STOCKS: In after-hours trading, PC related chip makers are also lower, with Intel Corporation (INTC) down 0.9%, NVIDIA (NVDA) lower by 1.1%, and AMD (AMD) down fractionally. Others trading lower include Microsoft (MSFT), SanDisk (SNDK), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), and Seagate (STX).
June 24, 2015
09:35 EDTBCPCBalchem downgraded to Hold from Buy at Pivotal Research
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June 23, 2015
16:09 EDTINFAInformatica holders approve acquisition by Permira Funds, CPPIB
Informatica announced that at the special meeting of Informatica's stockholders held on June 23, its stockholders had approved the previously announced acquisition of Informatica by the Permira funds and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, or CPPIB. The transaction is expected to be completed in Q3, subject to the receipt of certain regulatory approvals and the satisfaction of other customary closing conditions.
12:54 EDTNVDAPC concerns weighing on shares of Seagate, Western Digital
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07:25 EDTLHPiper Jaffray to hold a summit
2015 Piper Jaffray Heartland Summit is being held in Minneapolis on June 23-24.
07:11 EDTUALUnited Continental coverage assumed with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley
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June 22, 2015
17:55 EDTNVDAITC staff supports clearing Samsung, Qualcomm, in NVIDIA case, Bloomberg says
The U.S. International Trade Commission staff recommends that Samsung Electronics (SSNLF) and Qualcomm (QCOM) be absolved of patent-infringement accusations brought by Nvidia (NVDA), Bloomberg reports. Reference Link
11:43 EDTUALStocks with call strike movement; AAL UAL
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07:19 EDTUALAirlines focusing on upgraded in-flight web services, WSJ reports
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