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February 1, 2013
10:01 EDTMW, VIAB, VIA, WHR, EA, HP, KKD, HES, IVZ, EPD, UPS, TWC, RDS.A, ARR, ALKS, BOBE, STZ, HBC, HOLX, LTM, MA, ZQK, BUDOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AB InBev (BUD) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Societe Generale... ARMOUR Residential (ARR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Alkermes (ALKS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Bob Evans (BOBE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc... Constellation Brands (STZ) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... HSBC (HBC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Hologic (HOLX) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at SunTrust... Life Time Fitness (LTM) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... MasterCard (MA) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Quiksilver (ZQK) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Time Warner Cable (TWC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... UPS (UPS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Viacom (VIAB) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Whirlpool (WHR) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Electronic Arts (EA) downgraded to Neutral from Long-Term Buy at Hilliard Lyons... Helmerich & Payne (HP) downgraded to Neutral from Add at Capital One... Time Warner Cable (TWC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Krispy Kreme (KKD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley Caris... Hess Corp. (HES) downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at Global Hunter... Invesco (IVZ) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Enterprise Products (EPD) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Men's Wearhouse (MW) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Cowen.
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July 22, 2014
16:05 EDTEAElectronic Arts sees FY15 adjusted EPS $1.85, consensus $1.89
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16:03 EDTEAElectronic Arts reports Q1 adjusted EPS 19c, consensus (4c)
Reports Q1 non-GAAP revenue $775M, consensus $713.24M. The company said, “EA delivered first quarter EPS above prior year and our guidance through a combination of revenue growth, higher gross margins and lower operating expenses. We have gotten off to a great start and are encouraged by the trends in our industry and business."
15:30 EDTWHRNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include PepsiCo (PEP) , consensus $1.23; Boeing (BA), consensus $2.01; Dow Chemical (DOW), consensus 72c; EMC (EMC), consensus 43c; Simon Property Group (SPG), consensus $2.13; Thermo Fisher (TMO), consensus $1.62; General Dynamics (GD), consensus $1.77; Freeport-McMoRan (FCX), consensus 49c; Delta Air Lines (DAL), consensus $1.04; Northrop Grumman (NOC), consensus $2.22; Whirlpool (WHR), consensus $2.91; B/E Aerospace (BEAV), consensus $1.07; Ryder (R), consensus $1.40; Owens Corning (OC), consensus 46c.
15:30 EDTEANotable companies reporting after market close
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15:14 EDTEAElectronic Arts July weekly 38.5 straddle priced for 7.2% move into Q1
14:03 EDTWHRWhirlpool technical comments before earnings
On a long-term technical basis the shares have a large bearish pattern on the weekly chart, a double top. The major initial downside objective for this pattern is at the $125 area. This is the base of the mid-portion of the familiar "M" shape of the double top. On negative news, it is possible that that area could be tested once again. A move below the $125 area would set the shares on a path to long-term bearish for price trend. On better news, the $147.50 area would be initial resistance. On an increasing scale of positive surprise, next upside objectives would be at $151.84 and $156.66.
11:20 EDTEAElectronic Arts July weekly volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
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09:01 EDTTWCComcast says FCC started 180 day review clock for merger as of July 10
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08:56 EDTTWCComcast results reinforce positive view, says Brean Capital
Brean Capital said the Q2 operating results from Comcast (CMCSA) reinforced their positive view of the shares. Brean also believe the acquisition of Time Warner Cable (TWC) will create far greater synergies than what has been discussed publicly and keeps a Buy rating with a $65 price target on Comcast.
08:25 EDTTWCComcast reports Q2 operating cash flow up 7% to $5.8B
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06:20 EDTVIAB, VIAViacom's music group and Spotify form music streaming partnership, WSJ reports
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July 21, 2014
16:18 EDTTWCNetflix says policy goal is for DOJ/FCC to block Comcast, TWC deal
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07:34 EDTEAElectronic Arts execution should lead to multiple expansion, says Brean Capital
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06:47 EDTWHRWhirlpool seeking ban on class action lawsuits over Energy Star, NY Times says
Whirlpool is asking Congress to ban class action lawsuits related to Energy Star, a federal program that is supposed to identify products that are energy efficient, according to The New York Times. The company is threatening to withdraw from the program is such a bill isn't passed, the newspaper stated. Class action lawsuits were filed against Whirlpool and other companies after it was revealed that many products identified as energy efficient by the program did not deserve the designation, the newspaper stated. A member of Congress whose district includes several Whirlpool factories has introduced legislation that would prohibit class action lawsuits related to Energy Star if the EPA makes its own remedies for the oversights, The Times reported. Reference Link
July 18, 2014
12:21 EDTVIABCable ad upfront volumes may drop 4% or more, WSJ says
Two of the U.S.'s biggest marketers, Procter & Gamble (PG) and General Motors (GM), have pulled back on their TV network advertising commitments in advance of the "upfront" selling season for cable networks, said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The overall volume of ad dollars committed to cable networks during the upfront, which is still under way, could be down 4% or more from last year, people familiar with the situation said. Notable owners of cable television stations include 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Time Warner (TWX), Disney (DIS), CBS (CBS), Comcast (CMCSA), Discovery (DISCA), Viacom (VIAB), and AMC Networks (AMCX). The report added that cutbacks partly reflect a shift of tv ad budgets to digital media, including online video. Google (GOOG) has a large presence in online video with YouTube and Facebook (FB) is taking steps to grow in the area. Reference Link
11:35 EDTUPSUPS expands early morning delivery coverage
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07:22 EDTEATotal June video game sales up 24%, spending on games down 3%, VentureBeat says
Sales of physical video game products, including consoles, games and accessories, rose 24% from the same month of last year to $736.4M in the U.S. in June, reported VentureBeat, citing NPD Group data. Spending on games slid 3% year-over-year to $286.8M, the report noted, with NPD stating that sales of launch titles this June "did not compare favorably" to those launched in 2013. The report also noted that PS4 again outsold Xbox One in the month. Publicly traded companies in the video game space include Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA), GameStop (GME), Take-Two (TTWO), Sony (SNE) and Microsoft (MSFT). Reference Link
06:38 EDTEAJune NPD video game software sales fell 3%, says Piper Jaffray
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July 17, 2014
09:22 EDTTWCComcast price target raised to $66 from $62 at Maxim
Maxim raised its price target for Comcast (CMCSA) shares to $66 citing synergies from the Time Warner Cable (TWC), Charter deal. The firm says it values NBC Universal on a 10 times 2015 EBITDA, which it notes is a 14% discount to Fox's (FOXA) proposed bid for Time Warner (TWX), which values Time Warner at 11.6 times. Maxim keeps a Buy rating on Comcast shares.
06:20 EDTAAgilent initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup
Target $64.
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