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February 22, 2013
10:00 EDTFANG, PDCE, JIVE, ROLL, VSTM, XOM, BCEI, CR, VRX, OFG, CVX, TTS, USAC, BRCMOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Broadcom (BRCM) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Chevron (CVX) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Exxon Mobil (XOM) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Oriental Financial (OFG) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... PDC Energy (PDCE) initiated with an Outperform at Iberia... Verastem (VSTM) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... Valeant (VRX) initiated with a Buy at Aegis... Diamondback Energy (FANG) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... USA Compression (USAC) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... RBC Bearings (ROLL) reinstated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Crane (CR) initiated with a Buy at Ascendiant Capital... Tile Shop (TTS) initiated with an Outperform at Wedbush... Jive Software (JIVE) initiated with an Outperform at Northland Securities... Bonanza Creek (BCEI) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital.
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July 23, 2015
06:05 EDTVRXValeant sees Q3 cash EPS $2.60-$2.70, revenue $2.6B-$2.8B
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06:04 EDTVRXValeant reports Q2 GAAP EPS (15c), Q2 cash EPS $2.56
Excluding negative impact of ForEx and Salix, cash EPS would have been $2.73. Reports Q2 total revenue $2.73B vs. $2.04B last year. Reports Q2 Product sales $2.70B vs. $1.99B last year. Reports Q2 SSS organic growth up 19%. Reports Q2 Salix revenue $313M.
July 22, 2015
15:24 EDTBCEIBonanza Creek unaware of reason for underperformance beyond commodity weakness
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14:51 EDTBRCMEarnings Watch: Qualcomm reports after speculations of potential breakup
Qualcomm (QCOM) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the close on July 22, with a conference call scheduled for 4:45 pm ET. Qualcomm is a maker of semiconductors and telecommunications equipment. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 95c on revenue of $5.85B. EPS consensus ranges 90c-$1.05 on a revenue range of $5.59B-$6.08B, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: On April 22, Qualcomm reported Q2 EPS of $1.40 against expectations for $1.33, and revenue of $6.89B versus estimates of $6.83B. The company also cut its FY15 EPS guidance to $4.60-$5.00 from $4.85-$5.05 and lowered projected revenue to $25B-$27B from $26.3B-$28B, saying it expects pressure in its semiconductor business due to customer shifts in the premium segment and a decline in Qualcomm's share at an unnamed large customer. NEWS: On May 8, Reuters reported that EU antitrust regulators asked Qualcomm's competitors how the company's licensing and business practices affect them, and on July 16, the European Commission confirmed two formal antitrust investigations of the company. On May 25, Qualcomm and Daimler (DDAIF) announced a strategic collaboration to develop connected car technology. Coming on the heels of Avago's (AVGO) May 28 agreement to acquire Broadcom (BRCM), Bloomberg quoted a source later that day as saying Qualcomm, Intel (INTC), Altera (ALTR), Analog Devices (ADI), Maxim Integrated (MXIM), Texas Instruments (TXN), and Microchip Technology (MCHP) are all considering their own M&A opportunities. Note that on June 1, Intel announced an agreement to acquire Altera. On June 23, Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMI), Qualcomm, Huawei, and Imec announced the formation of a joint venture to focus on a type of 14 nanometer technology. More recently, the Wall Street Journal reported on July 20 that Qualcomm is "expected" to begin a comprehensive strategic review which may include the possibility of a breakup following pressure from "activist" shareholder Jana Partners, according to sources, adding that the move could be announced concurrent with Wednesday's earnings release. STREET RESEARCH: Following last quarter's earnings report, Exane BNP Paribas downgraded Qualcomm to Neutral from Outperform, while both Canaccord and Brean Capital lowered price targets for the stock after "disappointing" guidance. Meanwhile, Citi said it expects the company's chip business to recover in 2016 despite this "very bad year." On May 28, CLSA said it sees continued pressure on Qualcomm chipsets, potentially spurring the company to consider making an acquisition, and on June 2, Craig-Hallum noted that Skyworks (SWKS) would be a great fit for Qualcomm. On June 24, Summit Research called Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC) an "affordable" target for Qualcomm, with AMD (AMD) and Cavium (CAVM) also looking like potential takeover candidates. On June 29, Drexel Hamilton downgraded Qualcomm to Sell from Hold, citing expected price cuts. Lastly, following media reports on July 20 that Qualcomm could be weighing a breakup, Bernstein said that such a "dis-synergistic" split would likely destroy value rather than create it. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Qualcomm are down more than 1% to $64.37 in afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's earnings report.
06:39 EDTCVX, XOMEuro, U.S. oil and gas groups to find tough competition in Iran, WSJ says
European and U.S. oil and gas firms drawn to Iran as sanctions lessen can expect not only opportunities, but also Iranian companies offering tough competition or joint ventures, the Wall Street Journal reports. Though no Iran-based companies have the clout of firms such as Exxon Mobil (XOM) or Schlumberger (SLB), companies that can take on engineering tasks are emerging and growing in Iran, the report says. If the Iran nuclear agreement comes into effect and sanctions are lifted against Iran sometime soon, those Iranian companies will be well positioned to compete for tens of billions of dollars worth of service contracts, the report adds. Other publicly traded companies in the space include BP (BP), Chevron (CVX), ConocoPhillips (COP), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) and Total (TOT). Reference Link
06:13 EDTXOMExxon Mobil upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman
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July 21, 2015
19:00 EDTBRCMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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10:01 EDTVRXOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:09 EDTTTSTile Shop raises FY15 adjusted EPS view to 28c-33c from 27c-33c
Consensus 31c. Tile Shop raises FY15 revenue view to $280M-$290M from $275M-$290M, consensus $285.64M. Gross Margin percentage of net sales is seen at approximately 69%. The updated guidance is based on past performance, anticipated new store openings and current economic conditions.
08:07 EDTTTSTile Shop reports Q2 adjusted EPS 9c, consensus 9c
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July 20, 2015
16:15 EDTVRXValeant initiated with a Buy at BTIG
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10:05 EDTPDCEHigh option volume stocks
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08:38 EDTVRXAnalyst predicts Zoetis merges with Bayer unit, not Valeant
Zoetis (ZTS) in recent months has been the subject of takeover speculation, possibly for Valeant (VRX), but a Jefferies analyst told investors today in a research note that he views a deal with a unit of healthcare giant Bayer (BAYRY) as "highly likely" for the animal medicine company. BACKGROUND: Bill Ackman of Pershing Square, who owns stakes in both Zoetis and Valeant, said in early May while speaking on CNBC that Zoetis is a "great” business on a standalone basis, but he also spoke of the company's strategic value. Ackman added, however, that he was "not sure" that Valeant was the best acquirer of Zoetis. Subsequently, in late June, The Wall Street Journal reported that Valeant made a preliminary approach regarding a potential deal to buy Zoetis. CNBC's David Faber said the next day, citing his own sources, that Valeant reached out to Zoetis as a courtesy to common shareholder Ackman and was unlikely to pursue an acquisition of the company, though he cautioned then Valeant could change its approach and pursue a deal. BAYER: Jefferies analyst Jeffrey Holford said in a note today that he views a tie-up between Zoetis and Bayer's Animal Health business in 2016 as "highly likely." He sees Mylan's (MYL) acquisition of Abbott's (ABT) non‑U.S. developed markets specialty and branded generics business as a potential proxy for how a transaction could be structured, adding that such a "spinversion" could achieve up to 36% long-term earnings accretion for Zoetis. Holford reiterated a Buy rating on Zoetis with a $60 price target, while downgrading Bayer to Hold, citing valuation following the recent outperformance of its shares. IDEXX: While being discussed as a target, some analysts have also opined on companies that Zoetis could pursue as a buyer. On June 29, Canaccord said that in investor meetings with IDEXX (IDXX) executives declined to comment on Zoetis' potential interest in scaling up its animal health diagnostics business. Canaccord added that it thought Zoetis could make a bid for IDEXX. The firm reiterated its Buy rating and $80 price target on IDEXX shares at that time. PRICE ACTION: Since June 25, the day the Journal first reported on Valeant's preliminary takeover approach to Zoetis, the animal health company's shares have dropped nearly 4%. Zoetis closed down 20c to $47.80 on Friday.
07:33 EDTVRXValeant price target raised to $285 from $275 at Canaccord
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July 17, 2015
08:02 EDTVRXValeant agrees to acquire Amoun Pharmaceutical
Valeant announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement under which Valeant will acquire Mercury Holdings, the holding company of Amoun Pharmaceutical, for consideration of approximately $800M, plus contingent payments. Amoun Pharmaceutical currently expects to reach EGP 1.75B by 2015, with annual growth of approximately 20%. Valeant intends for Amoun to serve as a platform for further expansion in the broader Middle East and North Africa pharmaceutical market and expects the transaction to close in the third quarter, subject to customary closing conditions.
July 15, 2015
06:25 EDTCVX, XOMMexican businessmen financing homegrown oil companies, WSJ reports
Several Mexican businessmen, including former Mexican finance minister Pedro Aspe, have started financing or creating homegrown oil companies in Mexico as the country opens its oil industry to competition, the Wall Street Journal reports. The new companies aim not only to compete with Pemex, but also with global oil giants such as Exxon Mobil (XOM) and Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A), the report says. Mexico will hold three auctions of oil blocks this year, the report adds. Other publicly traded companies in the space include BP (BP), Chevron (CVX), ConocoPhillips (COP), and Total (TOT). Reference Link
July 14, 2015
10:01 EDTFANGOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
8point3 Energy (CAFD) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Abraxas Petroleum (AXAS) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Amarantus Bioscience (AMBS) initiated with a Buy at WallachBeth... Ashford Hospitality Prime (AHP) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Ashford (AINC) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... BE Aerospace (BEAV) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) initiated with a Neutral at Longbow... Benchmark Electronics (BHE) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... Bill Barrett (BBG) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Boeing (BA) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Bombardier (BDRBF) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Cablevision (CVC) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Charter (CHTR) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Chesapeake (CHK) initiated with an Equal Weight at Stephens... Comcast (CMCSA) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... DiamondRock (DRH) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Diamondback Energy (FANG) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... EOG Resources (EOG) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Fogo De Chao (FOGO) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... General Dynamics (GD) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... HP (HPQ) initiated with a Hold at Maxim... Hanover Insurance (THG) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Harris (HRS) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Hospitality Properties (HPT) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Host Hotels (HST) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Hydrogenics (HYGS) initiated with a Buy at Rodman & Renshaw... King Digital (KING) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... L-3 Communications (LLL) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... La-Z-Boy (LZB) initiated with a Neutral at Longbow... LaSalle Hotel (LHO) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... MINDBODY (MB) initiated with a Buy at UBS... Marriott (MAR) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Newfield Exploration (NFX) initiated with a Buy at Global Hunter... Northern Oil and Gas (NOG) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Northrop Grumman (NOC) initiated with an Underweight at JPMorgan... Oasis Petroleum (OAS) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... PDC Energy (PDCE) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Pier 1 Imports (PIR) initiated with a Buy at Longbow... Plexus (PLXS) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... Raytheon (RTN) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... RetailMeNot (SALE) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Rockwell Collins (COL) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Spirit AeroSystems (SPR) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Starwood (HOT) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Strategic Hotels (BEE) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Summit Hotel Properties (INN) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Textron (TXT) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Time Warner Cable (TWC) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... TransDigm (TDG) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... TrueCar (TRUE) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... XL Group (XL) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Zillow Group (Z) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Zynga (ZNGA) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
08:10 EDTBCEIBonanza Creek initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen
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08:09 EDTFANGDiamondback Energy initiated with an Outperform at Cowen
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08:08 EDTPDCEPDC Energy initiated with an Outperform at Cowen
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