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December 17, 2012
10:12 EDTBRO, TFX, THC, TRV, UAL, USG, ACE, LKFN, ALLT, SKT, SPG, DAL, DIOD, INFA, PODD, JBLU, ONNN, RNR, SAP, HEROOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Brown & Brown (BRO) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at RBC Capital... Delta Air Lines (DAL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Dahlman Rose... Diodes (DIOD) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at Sterne Agee... Informatica (INFA) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Insulet (PODD) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... JetBlue (JBLU) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Dahlman Rose... ON Semiconductor (ONNN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee... RenaissanceRe (RNR) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... SAP (SAP) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at JMP Securities... Simon Property (SPG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Tanger Factory (SKT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Teleflex (TFX) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA... Tenet Healthcare (THC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Travelers (TRV) upgraded to Top Pick from Outperform at RBC Capital... United Continental (UAL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Dahlman Rose... USG (USG) upgraded to Top Pick from Outperform at RBC Capital... ACE Ltd. (ACE) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Lakeland Financial (LKFN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel Nicolaus... Allot Communications (ALLT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Chardan... Hercules Offshore (HERO) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Tudor Pickering.
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July 17, 2014
09:38 EDTUALUnited Continental says expects to record special charges of $169M for Q2
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06:27 EDTRNRPlatinum Q2 may turn reinsurance sentiment negative, says Citigroup
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05:44 EDTSAPSAP backs FY14 non-IFRS operating profit view of EUR 5.8B-EUR 6B
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05:40 EDTSAPSAP reports Q2 Non-IFRS EPS EUR 0.79 vs. EUR 0.71 last year
Reports Q2 revenue EUR 4.15B vs. EUR 4.06B last year. Reports Q2 Non-IFRS cloud subscriptions and support revenue increased 39% at constant currencies. Reports Q2 Non-IFRS calculated cloud billings increased 37% at constant currencies. Approximately 1.55M connected companies transacting approximately $540B. Non-IFRS software and software-related service revenue increased 8% at constant currencies, 4% at actual currencies to EUR 3.48B. IFRS operating profit of EUR 698M vs. EUR 988M last year impacted by provision of EUR 289M for seven-year old Versata litigation.
July 16, 2014
16:24 EDTTHCOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street started the trading day higher, thanks in part to solid earnings reports from some of the nationís largest companies as well as a proposed mega-merger in the entertainment industry. Investors preparing for the next round of earnings after the close, which includes reports from eBay (EBAY), Yum! Brands (YUM), and Las Vegas Sands (LVS), did so with the Dow at a new all-time high. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Producer Price Index for June rose 0.4%, which was ahead of expectations for a 0.2% increase. Industrial production grew 0.2% in June, missing the forecast for 0.3% growth. The NAHB homebuilder confidence index rose to 53 in July, ahead of expectations for it to tick up 1 point to 50. Economic activity expanded in all regions of the country at a moderate to modest pace in recent weeks, the Fed reported today in its Beige Book. Consumer spending rose in every region, as retail sales grew modestly in most areas and vehicle sales were stronger than sales of most other products, the central bank reported. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of HBO and Warner Bros. parent Time Warner (TWX) surged $12.12, or 17.07%, to $83.13 after it was reported by CNBC and DealBook's Andrew Ross Sorkin that the company had received, and rejected, a takeover offer worth about $80B, or $85 per share, from Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA). Both Time Warner and Fox subsequently confirmed the report, with Time Warner stating that it rejected the bid since it was "not in the best interests of stockholders" and Fox noting that the companies are not currently in discussions. Afterward, research firm Jefferies said it believes 21st Century Fox could raise its bid for Time Warner into the mid-to-upper $90's per share, but it also thinks that Time Warner would still be unlikely to accept the offer. Meanwhile, FBR Capital said Fox could pay up to $120 for Time Warner and still make an accretive deal. Class A shares of Twenty-First Century Fox ended the day down $2.19, or 6.22%, to $33.00... Shares of Apple (AAPL) initially rose after announcing last night that it would collaborate with IBM (IBM) to provide mobile solutions for businesses. Goldman Sachs analyst Bill Shope wrote in a note to investors that the deal with IBM is clearly positive for Apple, as it validates the "unique enterprise capabilities" of iOS, which has a lack of fragmentation that makes it uniquely suited for organizations. BlackBerry (BBRY), which has a focus on mobile devices for business use, slid $1.33, or 11.77%, to $9.97 after the tech giants announced their new partnership. Apple closed down 54c, or 0.57%, to $94.78, though IBM (IBM), which reports after tomorrow's close, climbed $3.87, or 2.05%, to $192.36. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Intel (INTC), which advanced $2.94, or 9.27%, to $34.65 after the semiconductor giant's second quarter results beat analysts' consensus estimates. Also higher was Tenet Healthcare (THC), which rallied $3.74, or 8.32%, to $48.71 after after another company in the hospital sector, HCA Holdings (HCA), pre-announced stronger than expected second quarter results. For its part, HCA rose $5.78, or 10.47%, to $60.99 after providing better than expected Q2 guidance and increasing its fiscal year outlook. Among the noteworthy losers was Yahoo (YHOO), which fell $1.82, or 5.11%, to $33.79 after the company's second quarter results fell short of analysts' consensus estimates. The company also said it will lower the amount of stock it will sell in Alibaba's initial public offering to 140M shares and that it plans to return "at least half" of its after-tax proceeds from the stake sale to its shareholders. Also lower were shares of Ross Stores (ROST), which fell $3.12, or 4.78%, to $62.15 after Sterne Agee downgraded its stock to Neutral from Buy and cut its price target for shares to $68 from $81, citing negative traffic trends and low visibility. INDEXES: The Dow rose 77.52, or 0.45%, to 17,138.20, the Nasdaq gained 9.58, or 0.22%, to 4,425.97, and the S&P 500 advanced 8.29, or 0.42%, to 1,981.57.
15:27 EDTSAPNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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12:26 EDTTHCOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:51 EDTTHCHospitals advance after HCA preliminary results beat expectations
Shares of a number of hospital stocks are rising after one of the companies in the sector, HCA Holdings (HCA), preannounced stronger than expected second quarter results. WHAT'S NEW: HCA Holdings estimated that its Q2 EPS would come in at $1.07, versus analysts' consensus forecast of 92c. The hospital operator estimated that its Q2 revenue would be $9.23B, versus the consensus estimate of $8.86B. Moreover, HCA hiked its fiscal 2014 EPS guidance, excluding certain items, to $4.00-$4.25 from its prior view of $3.45-$3.75. The company added that its same facility admissions had risen 1.2% during Q2 versus the same period a year earlier, while same facility revenue per equivalent admission is expected to jump about 5.4%. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, Wells Fargo analyst Gary Lieberman stated that it's possible that the Affordable Care Act was responsible for most of the amount by which the company's EPS beat the consensus outlook. As a result, he thinks that the company's full-year guidance appears "rather conservative." The analyst kept an Outperform rating on HCA shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Community Health (CYH) surged 8% to $46, Tenet (THC) rallied 7.5% to $48.33, Universal Health (UHS) climbed 5% to $96.44, and LifePoint (LPNT) advanced 6% to $65.06, and HCA Holdings gained 7.8% to $59.50.
09:59 EDTTHCHCA Holdings guidance increase looks conservative, says Wells Fargo
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09:48 EDTTHCTenet trades higher after peer HCA raises FY14 outlook, levels to watch
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09:35 EDTTHCHospitals rally after HCA Holdings boosts outlook
After HCA Holdings (HCA) raised its outlook for the year, peers Community Health (CYH), Tenet (THC), Universal Health (UHS) and LifePoint Hospitals (LPNT) are strongly to the upside in early trading.
July 15, 2014
06:36 EDTDAL, UALLufthansa poised to reduce Venezuela flights amid forex battle, Reuters says
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July 14, 2014
16:15 EDTTHCHumana, Tenet sign new multi-year national agreement
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10:00 EDTUSGOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:00 EDTINFAOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:31 EDTINFAInformatica upgraded to Overweight from Equal-Weight at Evercore
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08:27 EDTUSGUSG downgraded at RBC Capital
As noted earlier, RBC Capital downgraded USG to Sector Perform from Outperform. The firm's expectations for wallboard volume in 2014 are below the consensus outlook. Target to $30 from $34.
06:32 EDTUSGUSG downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital
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06:15 EDTINFAInformatica upgraded to Overweight from Equal-Weight at Evercore
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July 11, 2014
14:31 EDTJBLUJetBlue reports June traffic increase of 4%
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