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February 12, 2013
10:01 EDTRBA, NBL, STR, KRO, SHLM, QCOM, OC, API, MAC, CUB, BYD, GGP, OFC, PDM, FB, CMOOn the Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today’s noteworthy downgrades include: Boyd Gaming (BYD) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Capstead Mortgage (CMO) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities... Corporate Office (OFC) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Evercore... Cubic (CUB) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Benchmark Co... Facebook (FB) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Bernstein... General Growth (GGP) downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Macerich (MAC) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Piedmont Office (PDM) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Qualcomm (QCOM) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Questar (STR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Advanced Photonix (API) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley Caris... A. Schulman (SHLM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sidoti... Noble Energy (NBL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Owens Corning (OC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Kronos Worldwide (KRO) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Ritchie Bros. (RBA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill.
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February 19, 2015
07:41 EDTNBLNoble Energy sees FY15 capital investments of $2.9B
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07:39 EDTNBLNoble Energy reports Q4 total production costs averaged $9.01 Boe
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07:37 EDTNBLNoble Energy reports Q4 total sales volumes averaged 315K MBoe/d
Total sales volumes were up primarily as a result of the Company's continued horizontal development of the DJ Basin and Marcellus Shale resource plays. Noble Energy's onshore horizontal production was 50 percent higher in the fourth quarter of 2014 versus the same period in 2013. Liquids comprised 44% of total company fourth quarter 2014 volumes, with natural gas the remaining 56%. U.S. volumes for the quarter totaled 192 MBoe/d, while International sales volumes were 123 MBoe/d. Total sales volumes were higher than produced volumes by more than three thousand barrels per day due to the timing of liftings in Equatorial Guinea, primarily at the Alba field.
07:36 EDTNBLNoble Energy reports Q4 EPS excl items 38c, consensus 34c
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06:17 EDTFBFacebook Seattle gets new office, 1500 hires in 2016, TechFlash says
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05:36 EDTFBFacebook implied volatility of 25 at lower end of index mean range
February 18, 2015
18:54 EDTSTRQuestar announces executive promotions
Questar announced executive promotions in two of its subsidiaries and its corporate group. Effective immediately, Thomas C. Jepperson will assume new duties as COO of Questar. Jepperson has served in many positions in his 26 years with Questar, including general counsel and corporate secretary, and has held leadership positions in the areas of compliance, environmental health and safety, and human relations. Effective June 1, Brady B. Rasmussen will assume the duties of executive VP and COO of Wexpro, Questar’s natural gas development and production arm. Rasmussen will replace James R. Livsey, who has announced his intention to retire. Rasmussen has been with the company for 20 years in various positions. Rasmussen will report to Jepperson. Effective March 1, Colleen Larkin Bell, currently vice president and assistant general counsel, has been promoted to vice president and general counsel of Questar. Bell will report directly to Questar chairman, president and CEO Ron Jibson. Questar promoted Vaughn Shosted to vice president, operations, Questar Gas Company.
17:28 EDTSTRQuestar sees FY15 EPS $1.20-$1.30, consensus $1.33
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17:27 EDTSTRQuestar reports Q4 EPS 35c, consensus 38c
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16:09 EDTCUBCubic combines defense segments
Cubic Corporation announced effective it has combined its two defense operating segments into a single segment called Cubic Global Defense, CGD, to better align its organizational structure with customer requirements, increase operational efficiencies and improve collaboration and innovation across the enterprise. The formation of CGD also supports the company’s announcement to streamline its functions across the enterprise to improve profitability and competitiveness. Cubic’s defense business totals approximately $800M in annual revenues and serves a diverse U.S. and international customer base concentrated in live, virtual, constructive and gaming training domains, leader and doctrine development, national security programs, special operations and secure communications in the C4ISR market. The consolidated CGD is comprised of six business units with more than 5,500 employees. William J. Toti, former president of Cubic’s Mission Support Services segment, has been named president of CGD. Prior to joining Cubic, Toti led a $1.3B business unit in Hewlett-Packard’s Enterprise Services sector for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps Next Generation Enterprise Network program. Prior to HP, Toti was vice president of the Mission Support Operations unit at Raytheon. He also served more than 26 years in the U.S. Navy.
16:05 EDTCUBCubic implements cost-saving initiatives to improve profitability
Cubic Corporation announced the next steps in streamlining its corporate and business segment operations as part of a company-wide activity to improve profitability and competitiveness through its One Cubic initiatives. The company’s new operating structure is effective immediately. These initiatives are anticipated to yield $15-16M in annualized pre-tax savings in fiscal year 2016. The company will incur a pre-tax charge in the second quarter of fiscal year 2015 of approximately $6M due to the restructuring, but estimates cost savings for the balance of the year will result in the restructuring having a neutral impact on its earnings per share for fiscal year 2015.
15:35 EDTNBLNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Wal-Mart (WMT), consensus $1.54... Priceline (PCLN), consensus $10.10... DIRECTV (DTV), consensus $1.40... Noble Energy (NBL), consensus 35c... Host Hotels & Resorts (HST), consensus 39c... Hormel Foods (HRL), consensus 64c... Discovery Communications (DISCA), consensus 41c... SCANA (SCG), consensus 73c... Quanta Services (PWR), consensus 51c... Patterson (PDCO), consensus 59c... Denbury Resources (DNR), consensus 23c... T-Mobile (TMUS), consensus 5c... Linn Energy (LINE), consensus 6c... Linn Co (LNCO), consensus 39c... Bloomin' Brands (BLMN), consensus 27c... Huntington Ingalls (HII), consensus $1.98.
14:03 EDTSTRQuestar corrects record date for increased 21c dividend
As previously reported, Questar's board approved an 11% increase in the quarterly common stock cash dividend to 21c. The dividend is a 2c increase from the previous quarter and results in a new annualized dividend rate of 84c per share. Questar also announced earlier that it raised its target dividend payout ratio to 65% from 60%. The company issued a correction to note that the dividend is payable March 16, to shareholders of record on March 2.
11:49 EDTFBFacebook CEO would 'love to work with Google' on connectivity, Bloomberg says
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08:43 EDTQCOMIAC, Qualcomm, Amazon seen as breakup candidates, Bloomberg says
Website holding company IAC/InterActiveCorp (IACI), chipmaker Qualcomm (QCOM), and e-commerce giant Amazon.com (AMZN) are all see by analysts as potential candidates for breakups or spin-offs, according to Bloomberg's "Real M&A" column. Reference Link
08:27 EDTFBFacebook in talks with media about hosting news content, Re/code says
Facebook is speaking to media publishers about hosting news content "that would otherwise go on a publisher’s own website," reports Re/code, citing statements by Facebook chief product officer Chris Cox at the Code/Media conference. Cox said Facebook could provide a larger audience and improved design, though he noted potential partnerships "aren't coming anytime soon." Additionally, Cox said the company's video efforts have been "a massive success" but the company "isn’t rushing" to pay content creators. Reference Link
07:13 EDTQCOMNational Association of Regulatory Utility Commission to hold a meeting
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06:29 EDTFBFacebook engagement data remains strong, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan notes that according to comScore, Facebook’s share of mobile Internet time excluding Instagram and WhatsApp in January was 21%, up from 20% in December, and its share of total Internet time including desktop was 17%. The firm believes the data suggests continued strong engagement for Facebook. It reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock with an $85 price target, calling the stock a favorite idea for 2015.
06:10 EDTFBFacebook is developing virtual reality apps, Re/code says
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05:57 EDTQCOMStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT QCOM
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