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October 24, 2012
10:01 EDTBUD, APD, CLS, NTAP, UTHR, NSC, VMED, DCI, DD, CTCM, ATML, ILMNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AB InBev (BUD) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Atmel (ATML) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... CTC Media (CTCM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Donaldson (DCI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... DuPont (DD) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Norfolk Southern (NSC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... United Therapeutics (UTHR) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Virgin Media (VMED) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Air Products (APD) downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc... Celestica (CLS) downgraded to Hold from Speculative Buy at Canaccord... NetApp (NTAP) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... United Therapeutics (UTHR) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Illumina (ILMN) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA.
News For BUD;ATML;CTCM;DD;DCI;VMED;NSC;UTHR;NTAP;CLS;APD;ILMN From The Last 14 Days
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October 15, 2014
13:16 EDTUTHRUnited Therapeutics upgraded to Buy from Hold at Standpoint Research
13:15 EDTNSCRailroad stocks pressured after CSX CEO comments on industry consolidation
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11:18 EDTCTCMCTC Media says amendments to Russian law on media have been signed
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06:32 EDTILMNIllumina to invest in three genomics industry startups
Illumina selected three startup companies for the inaugural Illumina Accelerator funding cycle. The companies are Encoded Genomics, EpiBiome and Xcell Biosciences. The Illumina Accelerator will provide selected startups with seed investment, business guidance, access to Illumina’s sequencing systems and reagents, and fully operational lab space in the San Francisco Bay Area during the six-month cycle.
October 14, 2014
08:15 EDTILMNIllumina should report stronger than expected results, says Wedbush
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07:14 EDTNSCUBS hosts a Railroad analyst/industry conference call
Analyst Wadewitz will discuss his initiation of coverage of the Railroad Sector in a conference call on October 14 at 11 am.
October 13, 2014
16:17 EDTNSCNorfolk Southern initiated with a Buy at UBS
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10:53 EDTNSCRailroads advance after report of Canadian Pacific approach to CSX
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10:16 EDTCTCMCTC Media volatility elevated as share trade at six-year lows
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08:07 EDTATMLAtmel partners with IHR in automotive electronics
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07:26 EDTBUDAB InBev has studied potential deal to acquire PepsiCo, Bloomberg says
Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD), which has a history of growth via acquisition and has been speculated to be targeting peer SABMiller (SBMRY), has also studied whether a merger with PepsiCo (PEP) makes sense, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. The report added that one source said no talks between Anheuser-Busch and Pepsi are ongoing, no deal is imminent, and the scenario is among many that has been examined. The report also noted that Albert Fried views Monster Beverage (MNST) and Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) as other suitable targets for AB InBev. Reference Link
October 10, 2014
12:05 EDTDDUSDA raises U.S. corn production estimate to 14.475B
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10:29 EDTATMLMicrochip CEO warning on industry correction sinks semiconductors
Shares of a number of semiconductor makers are falling sharply after one of the companies in the space, Microchip Technology (MCHP), warned that it believes the sector had entered a correction. In a note to investors today, research firm FBR Capital said Microchip's comments "could be worrisome, " and the firm responded by taking a more defensive stance on the space. WHAT'S NEW: Microchip, which develops microcontroller and analog semiconductors, estimated that its second quarter revenue would come in at $546.2M, versus its previous guidance of $560.0M-$575.9M and analysts' consensus estimate of $568M. The company said that it had experienced a number of negative trends during the quarter, including a weaker than usual September, weakness in China, and significant inventory builds at its distributor customers. Microchip President and CEO Steve Sanghi claimed his company often sees the turn of the semiconductor industry ahead of others, noting that it reports sales from distribution on a sell-through basis and built a significant amount of inventory in the distribution channel in the September quarter and that it does business with over 80,000 customers. Sanghi stated, "We believe that another industry correction has begun and that this correction will be seen more broadly across the industry in the near future.” ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, FBR Capital analyst Christopher Rolland said that Microchip's statements come in the wake of other negative signs for the sector. In August and September, lead times for the sector fell versus the month before, the analyst stated. Additionally, revenue trends at Taiwanese chip makers weakened in August, Rolland stated. The analyst said that Microchip's statements pushed him over the fence, causing him to take a more defensive stance on the sector. He removed ON Semiconductor (ONNN) from FBR's Top Picks list but kept an Outperform rating on the stock, as he believes that its valuation is "very reasonable." Rolland maintained Market Perform ratings on Atmel (ATML), Texas Instruments (TXN), Fairchild (FCS), AMD (AMD), and Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC). Sterne Agee also attributed weakness in the sector to Microchip's warnings, but the firm recommended buying NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Avago (AVGO), and Skyworks (SWKS) due to their strong product cycles with EMV and upcoming iPhone-iPad launches from Apple (AAPL). In addition, the firm said it would buy Micron (MU) and SanDisk (SNDK) given tight supply, below normal inventory levels, and tailwinds from China. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Microchip dropped nearly 14% to $39.29, Intel (INTC) fell almost 6% to $31.67, On Semiconductor slid 10% to $7.53, Atmel tumbled 11.5% to $6.61, Texas Instruments slipped 8% to $42.16, Fairchild slumped 10.6% to $12.95, AMD dropped 6% to $2.77, Applied Micro declined 10% to $6.19, and NXP Semiconductors was 14% lower to $55.27.
10:01 EDTNTAPOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: 2U (TWOU) initiated with an Outperform at Pacific Crest... Bloomin' Brands (BLMN) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Brinker (EAT) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Chipotle (CMG) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Chuy's (CHUY) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Darden (DRI) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... EMC (EMC) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... EPR Properties (EPR) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... HP (HPQ) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... IBM (IBM) initiated with an Underperform at Jefferies... McDermott (MDR) initiated with an In-Line at Imperial Capital... NetApp (NTAP) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... New Residential (NRZ) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Nimble Storage (NMBL) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Noodles & Company (NDLS) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... PDC Energy (PDCE) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Panera Bread (PNRA) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Pioneer Natural (PXD) initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital... Resource America (REXI) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... Rex Energy (REXX) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Seagate (STX) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Silicon Motion (SIMO) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Texas Roadhouse (TXRH) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... W.P. Carey (WPC) initiated with a Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Wayfair (W) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital...Western Digital (WDC) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Yelp (YELP) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee.
10:01 EDTDDOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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05:43 EDTDDDuPont upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies
Jefferies upgraded DuPont to Buy citing the pullback in shares and its belief the company's capital return program should sustain low-teens earnings growth. The firm raised its price target for shares to $84 from $72.
October 9, 2014
16:59 EDTNTAPJefferies initiates IT Hardware space, names Western Digital top pick
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16:22 EDTNTAPNetApp initiated with a Hold at Jefferies
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10:00 EDTDDOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:20 EDTDDArchitectural Record to hold a conference
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