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February 11, 2014
10:01 EDTCSTM, MDRX, BWP, RS, OKS, CTL, TTM, YDKN, TTI, RL, LRLCY, BURL, FTI, RNA, UFCS, STLD, PRI, FNSR, BPLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Buckeye Partners (BPL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Burlington Stores (BURL) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... CenturyLink (CTL) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Finisar (FNSR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... L'Oreal (LRLCY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... ONEOK Partners (OKS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Primerica (PRI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Ralph Lauren (RL) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities... Reliance Steel (RS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Steel Dynamics (STLD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Tetra Technologies (TTI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Boardwalk Pipeline (BWP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... United Fire & Casualty (UFCS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Yadkin Financial (YDKN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Allscripts (MDRX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Maxim... Prosensa (RNA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Tata Motors (TTM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Constellium (CSTM) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... FMC Technologies (FTI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale.
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June 22, 2015
10:21 EDTFNSROptions with decreasing implied volatility
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07:32 EDTSTLDSteel Dynamics sees Q2 steel ops profitability to be similar to Q1
Improved second quarter 2015 shipments will be offset by unexpected metal margin compression, driven by steel imports remaining much higher than originally anticipated, resulting in average quarterly steel prices decreasing more than average quarterly scrap prices. The benefit of reduced scrap pricing was realized in the second quarter; but, the continued flood of steel imports thus far in 2015 continued to pressure steel product pricing to a greater degree. However, steel pricing has recently begun to stabilize and domestic steel demand remains solid. Continued demand for the company's fabricated steel joist and decking products indicates the non-residential construction market is continuing a positive trend. Second quarter 2015 profitability from the company's fabrication operations is expected to be higher than near-record sequential first quarter 2015 results. Metals recycling financial results are also expected to be higher for the second quarter 2015, compared to the sequential first quarter, based on both increased shipments and metal margin, as pricing volatility subsided.
07:31 EDTSTLDSteel Dynamics sees Q2 adjusted EPS 20c-24c, consensus 24c
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June 19, 2015
16:59 EDTBPLBuckeye, airlines agree to settle FERC disputes
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16:17 EDTFNSROn The Fly: Top stock stories for Friday
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in negative territory and remained there throughout the entire day. The economic calendar was quiet and the news flow was slow, leaving the averages to move in a narrow range until the final hour, when “quadruple witching” action kicked in and moved them a leg lower. The simultaneous expiration of futures and options can cause increased volatility, which occurred as the day’s volume was light. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Baker Hughes reported that the U.S. Rig Count declined 2 rigs from last week to 857. In Europe, the ECB agreed to raise the limit on Emergency Liquidity Assistance to Greek banks for the second time in a week, though there were contradictory reports about the size of the increase. Next, the eurozone's heads of government will meet for an emergency summit to discuss Greece on Monday. In Asia, China's Shanghai Composite index dropped 6.4%, bringing the benchmark's weekly loss to 13.3% and sending the index into correction territory. The Bank of Japan kept interest rates unchanged and maintained its asset purchases program, as expected. The BOJ also said it will reduce the number of policy meetings it holds each year to 8 from the current 14 meetings, putting it on par with other major central banks. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of ConAgra (CAG) advanced $4.31, or 11.02%, to $43.43 after activist investor Jana Partners reported that it has acquired a 7.2% stake in the packaged foods company. Jana suggested that the company should undertake a strategic review of its strategy and corporate structure to determine if its businesses are optimally positioned to succeed, as well as various potential alternative transactions and structures... Another food producer, Hershey (HSY), fell $3.38, or 3.66%, to $88.89 after lowering its outlook for this fiscal year. The chocolate maker said its North America confectionery business is on track to deliver on its 2015 financial objectives, but cited growth in China that was below expectations for its lowered outlook. Hershey also announced the implementation of a new productivity initiative that will result in the company cutting about 300 jobs by the end of this year. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following the activist involvement in ConAgra were a number of its peers, including Pinnacle Foods (PF), which rose 8.58% to $46.80, and Treehouse Foods (THS), which gained 4.86% to $75.55. Also higher was KB Home (KBH), which gained $1.41, or 9.43%, to $16.37 after the homebuilder reported better than expected results for its fiscal second quarter. Among the noteworthy losers was Healthways (HWAY), which sunk $3.13, or 20.15%, to $12.40 after the health management solutions provider lowered its revenue outlook for fiscal year 2015. Also lower were shares of Finisar (FNSR), which fell $2.27, or 10.25%, to $19.88 and were downgraded at Raymond James following the company's fourth quarter earnings report last night. INDEXES: The Dow dropped 101.56, or 0.56%, to 18,014.28, the Nasdaq fell 15.95, or 0.31%, to 5,117.00, and the S&P 500 lost 11.49, or 0.54%, to 2,109.75.
15:44 EDTCTLCenturyLink to hold financial analyst day
Financial Analyst Day to be held in New York on June 24 at 8:45 am. Webcast Link
12:49 EDTFNSROptical networking stocks slide after Finisar results
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10:00 EDTFNSROn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:18 EDTFNSROn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:14 EDTFNSRFinisar downgraded to Outperform at Raymond James
As previously reported, Raymond James downgraded Finisar to Outperform from Strong Buy and lowered its price target to $24 from $27. The firm is less positive regarding expense control and margins given increased competition among web scale customers.
06:54 EDTFNSRFinisar downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James
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June 18, 2015
19:00 EDTFNSROn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:06 EDTFNSRFinisar sees Q1 non-GAAP EPS 23c-29c, consensus 27c
Sees Q1 revenue $308M-$328M, consensus $318.04M. Sees Q1 non-GAAP operating margin 30.5%.
16:04 EDTFNSRFinisar reports Q4 non-GAAP EPS 25c, consensus 25c
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15:27 EDTFNSRNotable companies reporting after market close
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10:01 EDTMDRXOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:22 EDTRLRalph Lauren restructuring 'encouraging,' says Credit Suisse
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07:51 EDTSTLDSteel Dynamics reiterated as a top pick in steel sector at Cowen
Cowen reiterated Steel Dynamics as a top pick in the steel sector, citing the potential for efficiency improvements in its Columbus mill, strong demand and the falling rate of imports. Cowen reiterated its Outperform rating and $27 price target on Steel Dynamics shares.
June 17, 2015
16:19 EDTMDRXAllscripts initiated with a Perform at Oppenheimer
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13:05 EDTTTMJ.D. Power: Japanese auto brands struggle to keep up with pace of improvement
With a significant year-over-year improvement, Korean brands continue to widen the quality gap with other automakers, while Japanese makes collectively fall below industry average for the first time in 29 years, according to the J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Initial Quality StudySM released today. Korean brands lead the industry in initial quality by the widest margin ever, averaging 90 PP100, which is an 11 PP100 improvement from 2014. For the first time in the study, European brands surpass Japanese brands, while domestic makes equal the Japanese for only a second time. Porsche (POAHY) ranks highest in initial quality for a third consecutive year, posting a score of 80 PP100. With a 20 PP100 improvement from 2014, Kia follows Porsche in the rankings at 86 PP100. This marks the first time in the history of the study that Kia has led all non-premium makes in initial quality. Jaguar (TTM), Hyundai (HYMLF) and Infiniti (NSANY) round out the top five nameplates. Infiniti is one of the most improved brands in the study, lowering its problem score by 31 PP100 from 2014. Reference Link
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