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February 25, 2013
10:11 EDTBUD, APPY, ELN, HWAY, BCPC, BID, FCN, OXY, AKAM, TSS, VMW, SWN, ATLS, CMI, IP, NDSN, PAAS, PRGO, RKT, ROC, SWY, WBMDOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AB InBev (BUD) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at Nomura... Atlas Energy (ATLS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... Cummins (CMI) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... International Paper (IP) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Nordson (NDSN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Pan American Silver (PAAS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... Perrigo (PRGO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... RockTenn (RKT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Rockwood (ROC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at First Analysis... Safeway (SWY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Southwestern Energy (SWN) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Total System (TSS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James ... VMware (VMW) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Venaxis (APPY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... WebMD (WBMD) upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James... Elan (ELN) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Leerink... Healthways (HWAY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair... Balchem (BCPC) upgraded on Friday to Buy from Underperform at DA Davidson... Sotheby's (BID) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... WebMD (WBMD) upgraded at Raymond James... Total System (TSS) upgraded at Raymond James... Occidental Petroleum (OXY) upgraded at Raymond James... FTI Consulting (FCN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Akamai (AKAM) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie.
News For BUD;ATLS;CMI;IP;NDSN;PAAS;PRGO;RKT;ROC;SWY;SWN;VMW;APPY;ELN;HWAY;BCPC;BID;FCN;OXY;AKAM;TSS;WBMD From The Last 14 Days
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October 22, 2014
07:18 EDTSWNSouthwestern Energy upgraded to Buy from Hold at Maxim
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06:41 EDTVMWVMware downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura
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October 21, 2014
18:36 EDTVMWOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:34 EDTVMWVMware reaffirms FY14 revenue guidance $6.0B-$6.04B, consensus $6.03B
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17:32 EDTVMWVMware reaffirms Q4 revenue guidance $1.67B-$1.71B, consensus $1.71B
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16:04 EDTVMWVMware reports Q3 EPS 87c, consensus 83c
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14:34 EDTVMWEarnings Preview: EMC reports after HPQ merger talks said to end
EMC Corporation (EMC) is expected to report third quarter earnings before the bell on Wednesday, October 22, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. EMC provides software, hardware and IT services to business customers through its three federated businesses: EMC Information Infrastructure, Pivotal and VMware Virtual Infrastructure, which is represented by EMC’s majority equity stake in VMware (VMW). VMware is expected to report on its own third quarter results after the bell on Tuesday, October 21, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. EXPECTATIONS: For EMC, analysts are looking for earnings per share of 46c on revenue of $6.0B. The consensus range is 44c-49c for EPS and $5.91B-$6.16B for revenue, according to First Call. Along with its last earnings report, EMC raised its FY14 adjusted EPS view to $1.91 from $1.90 and guided to FY14 revenues of $24.58B. Analysts consensus for FY14 EPS and revenue currently stand at $1.91 and $24.55B. For VMware, analysts are looking for earnings per share of 83c on revenue of $1.5B. The consensus range is 81c-85c for EPS and $1.48B-$1.52B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: EMC reported Q2 adjusted EPS of 43c, which matched the consensus expectation. EMC's revenue of $5.9B came in slightly ahead of the $5.83B consensus projection. EMC also accelerated its 2014 share buyback plan, stating that it now expects to repurchase an aggregate of $3B of the company's common stock in 2014. VMware reported Q2 EPS of 81c, versus consensus of 79c, on revenue $1.46B, versus consensus of $1.44B. NEWS: VMware held its "VMWorld 2014" conference from August 24-28, during which the company updated its 2015 guidance. VMware's guidance for revenue growth in the mid teens percentage level and margin expansion of up to one percentage point is positive, RBC Capital analyst Matthew Hedberg wrote in a note to investors on August 26. The same day Cowen analyst Gregg Moskowitz wrote that VMware's FY15 revenue guidance would "likely weigh modestly" on the stock, even though he was not surprised by the outlook. Less than two weeks ago, Elliott Management sent a letter to the board of directors of EMC Corporation detailing its recommendations on the right path forward for EMC, in which Elliott holds a stake. Elliott believes that EMC’s Federation structure obscures enormous value at the company and that the board and management should pursue pathways to recognize this value, including a separation of VMware from Core EMC and/or various M&A opportunities, Elliott wrote. In response, EMC said its directors regularly review and evaluate the company's strategy with a view towards enhancing shareholder value. "Over the past few months, EMC's leadership has met with representatives of Elliott several times and has listened carefully to their ideas, as we do with all of our shareholders," the company said. Last week, HP (HPQ) announced the resumption of its share repurchase program after Reuters reported the company's merger talks with EMC had ended. HP had suspended the buyback program due to "possession of material non-public information." The tech giant said that day that it is "no longer in possession of such information." During September, Re/code reported, citing sources familiar with Oracle's plans, that the company was not interested in acquiring EMC. Meanwhile, Cisco (CSCO) CEO John Chambers also said last month at a Wall Street Journal breakfast that his company is not among the potential merger partners for EMC. Chambers said a deal between the two companies would have been done a "year or two ago" were it to happen, according to Reuters. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after its last earnings report, Brean Capital raised its price target on EMC to $33 from $30, citing the company's aggressive capital return strategy, encouraging core Storage dynamics and potential pent up demand. Tigress Financial, however, downgraded EMC to Buy from Strong Buy, citing valuation. Additionally, VMware estimated that its total available market would reach more than $60B in 2017, versus its estimate last year of a $50B+ total addressable market by 2016, Moskowitz noted. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, EMC shares are up 1% to $27.22, while VMware is fractionally higher at $87.79. Over the last three months, EMC shares have declined almost 4%, while VMware's stock is down about 5.5% in that same time frame.
13:30 EDTVMWVMware October weekly 88 straddle priced for 7.2% move into Q3
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10:00 EDTOXYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:29 EDTOXYOccidental Petroleum upgraded to Accumulate from Neutral at Global Hunter
Global Hunter upgraded Occidental to Accumulate based on favorable risk/reward, balance sheet strength, and ongoing asset monetization catalysts. Price target lowered to $105 from $110 based on based on a lower commodity price outlook.
06:44 EDTPRGOActavis among bidders for Omega Pharma, Bloomberg reports
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06:41 EDTOXYOman Oil mulls purchase of Oxy sultanate assets, Reuters says
Oman Oil CEO Isam al-Zadjali said that the company has entered negotiations with Occidental Petroleum to purchase the U.S. company's assets in the Gulf Arab sultanate, but is still waiting to understand the terms of the possible deal, according to Reuters, citing comments from al-Zadjali. Reference Link
October 20, 2014
13:07 EDTRKTRockTenn initiated with a Buy at Dundee (pre-open)
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13:06 EDTIPInternational Paper initiated with a Buy at Dundee (pre-open)
Target $55.
13:01 EDTHWAYWellPoint renews agremeent with Healthways to continue SilverSneakers program
SilverSneakers Fitness program will continue to be available to most members of WellPoint’s (WLP) affiliated Medicare Advantage plans as a result of its renewed agreement with Healthways (HWAY), which administers the popular program. SilverSneakers offers fitness programs geared toward older adults, including strength training and aerobic and flexibility exercises. The program offers WellPoint affiliated Medicare Advantage members full memberships at participating fitness facilities nationwide at no extra cost.
10:58 EDTBIDSotheby's Impressionist sale supply strong, says Barrington
Barrington said Sotheby's was a big winner of Impressionist consignments and that its supply for the auctions is "exceptionally" strong, noting that Christie's auction is much smaller in both size and value and that its Impressionist supply is below year-ago levels. Barrington said recent auction and art fair results give it confidence heading into November sales and the firm maintains its Outperform rating on Sotheby's.
October 17, 2014
14:24 EDTVMWVMware October weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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10:37 EDTATLSOptions with decreasing implied volatility: ATLS JNJ XLNX JNK HYG
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10:00 EDTSWNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AK Steel (AKS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... AMD (AMD) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at Pacific Crest... Atlantic Power (AT) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at BMO Capital... Basic Energy (BAS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... BorgWarner (BWA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... CA Technologies (CA) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Calumet Specialty Products (CLMT) upgraded to Outperform at Wells Fargo... DHT Holdings (DHT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore... Exelon (EXC) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Goldman Sachs (GS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Helmerich & Payne (HP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Hilton (HLT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Hyatt Hotels (H) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... IPG Photonics (IPGP) upgraded at Stifel... ITC Holdings (ITC) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Manpower (MAN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Avondale... Nabors Industries (NBR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Newpark Resources (NR) upgraded at Cowen... Old Dominion (ODFL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... PDC Energy (PDCE) upgraded at SunTrust... Patterson-UTI (PTEN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... PrivateBancorp (PVTB) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... QLogic (QLGC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Summit Research... RPC, Inc. (RES) upgraded at Cowen... Sonoco (SON) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at DA Davidson... Southwestern Energy (SWN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... SunEdison (SUNE) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... TSMC (TSM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Tesco (TESO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... UnitedHealth (UNH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink... Xilinx (XLNX) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo.
06:46 EDTSWNSouthwestern Energy upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James
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