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May 13, 2014
10:05 EDTTWX, PBA, ITW, GDOT, BPI, VFC, TNTEY, MAS, HUBG, DYN, UBNT, QGEN, KKR, HSH, DANOYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Bridgepoint Education (BPI) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... Danone (DANOY) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Dynegy (DYN) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Green Dot (GDOT) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at Portales... Hillshire Brands (HSH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Hub Group (HUBG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Illinois Tool Works (ITW) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... KKR (KKR) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Evercore... Masco (MAS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Pembina Pipeline (PBA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... QIAGEN (QGEN) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... TNT Express (TNTEY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Time Warner (TWX) upgraded at Bernstein... Ubiquiti Networks (UBNT) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... VF Corp. (VFC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at ISI Group.
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January 20, 2015
13:24 EDTTWXGreenlight has new long positions in Citizens, Time Warner, Bloomberg says
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13:01 EDTGDOTWal-Mart launches cash pickup option for tax refunds
As Americans begin to file their tax returns, Walmart (WMT) announced the launch of a first-of-its-kind service that allows consumers to “skip the check” and pick up their tax refunds in cash. Walmart Direct2Cash is available nationwide starting today and will help customers save time and money when compared to traditional tax refund options. Walmart is working with Tax Products Group, a Green Dot Company (GDOT), and Republic Bank & Trust Company, member FDIC, two providers of tax-related financial products and services, to provide Walmart Direct2Cash as an option to millions of customers. The more than 25,000 tax preparation locations using software with the Walmart Direct2Cash option may provide this service for no additional fee or charge a maximum of $7 at the time of filing. Walmart does not charge customers a fee when refunds are claimed in a store.
11:52 EDTKKRKKR seeks $3B for distressed fund targeting oil companies, Asia, Bloomberg says
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11:33 EDTDANOYLifeway Foods in talks with bankers to explore sale, NY Post reports
Lifeway Foods (LWAY) is in talks with investment bankers about a potential sale, according to The New York Post, which added that Danone (DANOY), which holds a 20% stake in Lifeway, isn’t interested in buying the company but cannot stop a sale. Reference Link
07:35 EDTTWXTime Warner downgraded at Morgan Stanley
As previously reported, Morgan Stanley downgraded Time Warner to Equal Weight from Overweight. The firm downgraded shares based on balanced risk/reward, and downside risk from affiliate fee growth and TV advertising. Price target lowered to $85 from $90.
06:29 EDTTWXTime Warner downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
January 19, 2015
10:59 EDTDYNFERC requests additional information to process Dynegy acquisitions applications
Dynegy (DYN) announced that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, FERC, issued a letter requesting additional information to process the applications filed with FERC on September 11 for approval of Dynegy’s acquisition of Duke Energy Midwest Generation (DUK) assets and retail business and EquiPower Resources and Brayton Point Holdings assets. The company plans to respond fully within the 30-day period however, due to this request for additional information, we do not expect the transactions to close by the end of the first quarter 2015. Dynegy, Duke and Energy Capital Partners remain committed to closing the transactions as quickly as possible. The only regulatory approval remaining is from FERC.
January 18, 2015
16:46 EDTTWXWarner Bros.' 'American Sniper' takes top spot with $90.2M at box office
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January 16, 2015
10:01 EDTTWXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:50 EDTVFCVF Corp. price target raised to $85 from $76 at Susquehanna
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January 15, 2015
16:23 EDTTWXTime Warner downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel
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14:45 EDTBPIFor-profit education names slip after Wells says search data negative
Shares of a number of for-profit education companies are falling after Wells Fargo wrote that Google search trends do not bode well for the sector. WHAT'S NEW: Google search trends for the fourth quarter indicate that students' interest in for-profit education companies probably did not increase significantly during that period, Wells Fargo analyst Trace Urdan wrote in a note to investors today. The data indicates that new student enrollment at the schools could even come in below already pessimistic expectations, Urdan reported. The analyst found that searches for terms related to for-profit schools dropped in Q4, versus the same period a year earlier. Moreover, there were many more searches in Q4 for non-profit schools than for-profit colleges, Urdan stated. Sentiment towards for-profit education names is already "quite weak" after President Obama on January 9 proposed allowing all Americans to attend community college at no cost and Apollo Education (APOL) on January 8 provided lower than expected Q2 revenue guidance, Urdan stated. As a result, investors may already be expecting schools in the sector to report weak enrollment data, Urdan believes. However, the search data for Strayer (STRA) is "more negative than positive," even though expectations for the company appear to be elevated, the analyst reported. On a positive note, search results for Capella Education (CPLA), Grand Canyon (LOPE), and DeVry's (DV) Chamberlain looked better than average, Urdan reported, adding that investors' expectations towards those names are relatively upbeat. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Strayer fell 1% to $68, ITT Educational fell 3.6% to $8.37, Bridgepoint Educational (BPI) tumbled 4.5% to $10.10, American Public (APEI) slid 2.25% to $33.89, and Grand Canyon gave back 2% to $43.
10:00 EDTGDOTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: American Campus (ACC) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Apple (AAPL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... Archer Daniels (ADM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Barrick Gold (ABX) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... CNOOC (CEO) downgraded to Underperform from Hold at Jefferies... CSC (CSC) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Computer Programs (CPSI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... D.R. Horton (DHI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... DDR Corp. (DDR) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Dominion Diamond (DDC) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... EVERTEC (EVTC) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Education Realty (EDR) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Franco-Nevada (FNV) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... General Cable (BGC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Longbow... Green Dot (GDOT) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Greif (GEF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Grupo Simec (SIM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Hecla Mining (HL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... Host Hotels (HST) downgraded to Hold from Buy at MLV & Co.... Ingredion (INGR) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Insulet (PODD) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Magna (MGA) downgraded to Hold from Buy at TD Securities... Molson Coors (TAP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Nuverra Environmental (NES) downgraded at Roth Capital... Omnicom (OMC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... PetroChina (PTR) downgraded to Underperform from Hold at Jefferies... Philip Morris (PM) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Precision Castparts (PCP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc... Rio Tinto (RIO) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... STAG Industrial (STAG) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Silicon Laboratories (SLAB) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Sinopec (SNP) downgraded to Underperform from Hold at Jefferies... Sky (SKYAY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... Teledyne (TDY) downgraded to Underweight from Hold at KeyBanc... Woodward (WWD) downgraded to Underweight from Hold at KeyBanc... Xilinx (XLNX) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays.
07:24 EDTGDOTGreen Dot downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
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January 13, 2015
10:00 EDTDYNOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: American Midstream Partners (AMID) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... Ameriprise (AMP) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Applied DNA Sciences (APDN) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... Axalta Coating (AXTA) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Bellicum Pharmaceuticals (BLCM) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Bonanza Creek (BCEI) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... ConocoPhillips (COP) initiated with an Underweight at JPMorgan... Core-Mark (CORE) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Dick's Sporting (DKS) initiated with an In-Line at Imperial Capital... Dynegy (DYN) reinstated with an Overweight at Barclays... Gannett (GCI) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo... Gran Tierra (GTE) initiated with an Outperformer at CIBC... HomeAway (AWAY) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Juno Therapeutics (JUNO) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... MakeMyTrip (MMYT) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... PDC Energy (PDCE) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... PNC Financial (PNC) initiated with a Hold at Evercore ISI... Proofpoint (PFPT) initiated with a Buy at Summit Research... Sensata (ST) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Southcross Energy Partners (SXE) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... Suncor (SU) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... U.S. Bancorp (USB) initiated with a Hold at Evercore ISI... United Financial (UBNK) initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Vantiv (VNTV) initiated with an Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Wells Fargo (WFC) initiated with a Hold at Evercore ISI.
10:00 EDTDANOYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:41 EDTKKRKKR, DIC partner to establish German Estate Group
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06:28 EDTTWXCNN reaches deal with FAA to study use of drones in reporting, WSJ reports
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05:34 EDTDYNDynegy reinstated with an Overweight at Barclays
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05:27 EDTDANOYDanone downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura
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