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October 24, 2012
10:01 EDTDCI, ATML, CLS, NSC, DD, BUD, ILMN, NTAP, VMED, CTCM, APD, UTHROn 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.
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March 26, 2015
06:31 EDTBUDAB InBev close to naming JAB's Goudet chairman, Reuters says
AB InBev (BUD) is close to nominating JAB Holding CEO Olivier Goudet as its next chairman, according to Reuters. A member of the brewer's board since 2011, Goudet is French and his company is one of the most important private investors in global consumer good makers, according to Reuters. JAB also has close ties to 3G Capital, which controls four AB InBev board seats, the news service stated. Reference Link
06:20 EDTBUDKraft Foods shares worth $78 at deal closing, says Citigroup
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06:07 EDTAPDAir Products to host analyst day
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March 25, 2015
10:00 EDTBUDOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AB InBev (BUD) downgraded to Reduce from Overweight at HSBC... BreitBurn Energy (BBEP) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... DiamondRock (DRH) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at SunTrust... Ethan Allen (ETH) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Gabelli... Felcor Lodging (FCH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Finish Line (FINL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... Hannover Re (HVRRY) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Hersha Hospitality (HT) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at SunTrust... Host Hotels (HST) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at SunTrust... ING Groep (ING) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Informatica (INFA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... Kofax (KFX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... LRR Energy (LRE) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... LaSalle Hotel (LHO) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at SunTrust... Munich Re (MURGY) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Orbital ATK (OA) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... PCTEL, Inc. (PCTI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... Quest Diagnostics (DGX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... SJW Corp. (SJW) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Selective Insurance (SIGI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Sonus (SONS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... Starwood (HOT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Synchrony Financial (SYF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Tesla (TSLA) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA... Twitter (TWTR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Pivotal Research... ZAGG (ZAGG) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Northland... iDreamSky (DSKY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan.
08:54 EDTNTAPNetApp Arista among potential takeover targets for EMC, says RBC Capital
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08:20 EDTDDTrian files definitive proxy statement for DuPont annual meeting
Trian Fund Management, L.P., one of the largest stockholders of DuPont, which currently beneficially owns approximately 24.6 million DuPont shares valued at approximately $1.8B, filed a definitive proxy statement with the SEC for the election of Nelson Peltz, John H. Myers, Arthur B. Winkleblack and Robert J. Zatta to DuPontís Board of Directors at the Annual Meeting of Stockholders on May 13. Trian also today released ďMeet Trianís Nominees,Ē videos which introduce Trianís four highly qualified director candidates and highlight their decades of relevant experience and track records of stockholder value creation that would benefit DuPont. The videos also detail how Trian works collaboratively with boards and management teams, and why that makes a difference for stockholders. The nominees discuss their view that DuPont must improve operating performance, increase accountability to stockholders, tie pay directly to performance, and be more transparent, among other topics.
06:28 EDTBUDAB InBev downgraded to Reduce from Overweight at HSBC
HSBC downgraded AB InBev two notches to Reduce from Overweight due to recent share strength. Price target is $111.
March 24, 2015
09:01 EDTNSCStephens to hold an investor trip
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March 23, 2015
16:20 EDTNSCOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in relatively quiet fashion and remained that way throughout the session until a sharp selloff in the closing minutes. For most of the day the averages moved in a narrow range, as the Dow broke its streak of consecutive days with triple digit moves. Like stocks, the oil markets had a quiet session that stood out amid the recent volatility in crude prices. A late day drop prevented the major stock indexes from adding to the big gains they'd notched on Friday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed's national activity index fell to -0.11 in February, below expectations for a reading of 0.10. Existing home sales rose 1.2% to a 4.88M rate in February, which was below the consensus forecast for them to grow 2% to a 4.92M unit rate. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Kansas City Southern (KSU) declined $9.21, or 7.96%, to $106.48 after the railroad operator lowered its fiscal year revenue guidance to reflect slower year-to-date carload growth primarily from the energy sector, along with a continued deterioration in the value of the Mexican peso against the U.S. dollar and lower fuel surcharge revenues driven by lower WTI prices. The revenue warning appeared to weigh on others in the rail industry as well, with Union Pacific (UNP) falling $4.67, or 3.98%, to $112.78, Norfolk Southern (NSC) dropping $3.87, or 3.5%, to $106.56 and Canadian National (CNI) sliding $1.13, or 1.65%, to $67.24. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was ImmunoGen (IMGN), which gained $1.25, or 16.8%, to $8.69 after Takeda (TKPYY) licensed rights to use the company's antibody drug conjugate technology. Also higher was Tenet Healthcare (THC), which rose $2.45, or 4.94%, to $52.07 after agreeing to combine its short-stay surgery and imaging center assets into a new joint venture with United Surgical Partners International. Tenet will initially own 50.1% of the joint venture and will consolidate its financial results and will have a path to full ownership of USPI over the next five years through a put/call structure, the company noted. Among the noteworthy losers was MEI Pharma (MEIP), which plunged $4.37, or 69.37%, to $1.93 and was downgraded by at least four Wall Street research firms after the combination of Pracinostat and azacitidine showed no difference in the rate of complete remission, the primary endpoint of a Phase II study, compared to azacitidine alone. Also lower were shares of Vertex (VRTX), which fell $5.21, or 3.98%, to $125.79 after reporting data from a study evaluating VX-661 in combination with ivacaftor in cystic fibrosis that JPMorgan said was generally below expectations. INDEXES: The Dow fell 11.61, or 0.06%, to 18,116.04, the Nasdaq lost 15.44, or 0.31%, to 5,010.97, and the S&P 500 dropped 3.68, or 0.17%, to 2,104.42.
13:13 EDTNSCRailroad operators trade lower after Kansas City Southern reduces FY15 guidance
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12:17 EDTNSCOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:21 EDTDDOrigin Agritech shares spike higher after report of possible takeover interest
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10:00 EDTNTAPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:40 EDTNTAPEMC downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray downgraded EMC (EMC) to Neutral to Neutral saying the company is facing increasing pressure from next-gen storage vendors and public cloud providers. Piper notes that it continues to hear Pure Storage and other vendors such as Nimble Storage (NMBL) are making inroads into the installed base of EMC. It cut its price target for shares to $27 from $30. The firm also downgraded NetApp (NTAP) to Neutral this morning for similar reasons, but says EMC has a more defensible position than NetApp.
06:37 EDTNTAPNetApp downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
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06:22 EDTDDDuPont 'strongly recommends' holders to vote the WHITE proxy card
DuPont announced that it has filed definitive proxy materials with the SEC in connection with DuPont's Annual Meeting of Shareholders, which is scheduled to be held on May 13. DuPont shareholders of record as of the close of business on March 17 will be entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting. The DuPont board strongly recommends that shareholders vote on the WHITE proxy card "FOR" all 12 of DuPont's directors. In conjunction with the definitive proxy filing, DuPont is mailing a letter to shareholders detailing the significant progress and accomplishments achieved under the leadership of the DuPont board and management team. The letter also addresses Trian Fund Management's high risk agenda for DuPont to break itself up and add excessive debt to the company, which the DuPont board has carefully reviewed and determined would destroy value.
March 22, 2015
16:22 EDTDDChina looks to develop seed program to fend off foreign competition, WSJ says
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March 20, 2015
09:24 EDTDDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Ctrip.com (CTRP), up 20.1%... Rally Software (RALY), up 17.3%... Nike (NKE), up 5.2%... Darden Restaurants (DRI), up 4.3%... Cheetah Mobile (CMCM), up 3.6%. ALSO HIGHER: Prothena (PRTA), up 40.2% after reporting positive results from Phase 1 study of PRX002... Viggle (VGGL), up 26.9% after confirming receipt of offer from chairman and CEO Robert Sillerman... Intercept Pharmaceuticals (ICPT), up 8.5% after announcing new data analyses from FLINT trial... Biogen Idec (BIIB), up 9.7% after presenting positive interim results from study of aducanumab... Pier 1 Imports (PIR), up 5.2% after being upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... JinkoSolar (JKS), up 2.8% after announcing that it will supply 75 MWdc of its PV solar modules to Red Horse 2 project and following a strategic collaboration agreement with DuPont (DD). DuPont is up just under 1%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: AK Steel (AKS), down 6.8%... Youku Tudou (YOKU), down 4.9%... Tiffany (TIF), down 3.3%. ALSO LOWER: Macerich (MAC), down 7.7% after Simon makes $95.50 per share "best and final" offer.
07:06 EDTDDJinkoSolar and DuPont sign strategic collaboration agreement
JinkoSolar (JKS) announced that it has signed a strategic collaboration agreement with DuPont (DD), which reflects the companies' interests in furthering the growth and adoption of efficient and reliable solar generated electricity. Areas of potential collaboration include technical development efforts to support continued improvements in the efficiency, durability and reliability of solar cells and panels, including through development and supply of advanced materials including DuPont Solamet PV19x series photovoltaic metallization pastes and DuPont Tedlar polyvinyl fluoride films, as well as co-marketing collaborations aimed at promoting the broader and faster adoption of solar energy to help address the world's growing energy needs.
March 19, 2015
14:26 EDTAPDAir Products raises quarterly dividend to 81c from 77c per share
The dividend is payable on May 11 to shareholders of record at the close of business on April 1. This marks the 33rd consecutive year that Air Products has increased its dividend payment.
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