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January 22, 2014
10:04 EDTINTC, TW, QSII, LOGM, DLTR, ESV, VZ, TRGP, ORCL, HOLX, CBL, HERO, TRV, SPN, MOS, GSK, CAEOn the Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
CAE (CAE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... CBL & Associates (CBL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Dollar Tree (DLTR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee... GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Hologic (HOLX) downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at ISI Group... LogMeln (LOGM) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Mosaic (MOS) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Oracle (ORCL) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Quality Systems (QSII) downgraded to Cautious from Neutral at ISI Group... Superior Energy (SPN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Targa Resources (TRGP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Towers Watson (TW) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Travelers (TRV) downgraded to Outperform from Top Pick at RBC Capital... Verizon (VZ) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest... Intel (INTC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Drexel Hamilton... Hercules Offshore (HERO) downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at Tudor Pickering... Ensco (ESV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Tudor Pickering.
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November 16, 2015
08:33 EDTCBLCBL sells Mayfaire Towne Center for $56.3M
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07:23 EDTORCLOracle upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman
Goldman added Oracle to the Conviction Buy List and increased its price target to $47 from $45 on shares following checks that indicate cloud revenue growth will accelerate in second half 2016. Analyst Heather Bellini said investors continue to have concerns about management's cloud guidance but field work provides increasing confidence Oracle will be successful in achieving 2016 bookings targets and expects management to guide towards accelerating revenue growth and gross margin expansion in 2017. Bellini sees 2016 as a bottom in non-GAAP operating margins and expects the Street's focus to shift towards cloud execution, leading to multiple expansion.
November 13, 2015
17:22 EDTHOLXRelational Investors gives quarterly update on stakes
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09:35 EDTINTCActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL CSCO FB BAC BABA MSFT NFLX INTC JCP AMZN C
09:01 EDTCBLCBL & Associates to adopt proxy access by-law amendment
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08:01 EDTTWWillis Group to host special shareholder meeting
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08:00 EDTTWTowers Watson to host special shareholder meeting
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07:59 EDTTWWillis Group urges Willis, Towers Watson holders to support merger
Willis Group (WSH) urged its shareholders, and those of Towers Watson (TW), to vote "FOR" the proposed merger of equals between the two firms. For Willis shareholders, the proposed deal further strengthens the powerful standalone Willis value proposition. The proposed deal enables Willis shareholders to participate in the significant economic opportunity generated by the planned combination. For Towers Watson investors, the deal accelerates the firm's publicly stated long-term strategy. It delivers value to Towers Watson shareholders through clear, compelling synergies and new client opportunities. For Towers Watson shareholders, as Towers Watson has stated, the combination is expected to result in projected cash net income accretion of an estimated 45% by calendar year 2018. This transaction was unanimously agreed upon by both boards of directors. Willis will contribute 55.8% of the projected combined EBITDA in 2016 excluding synergies, is enabling a significant portion of the merger synergies through its Irish domicile, and its CEO and CFO will not hold those roles in the new company. Both Willis and Towers Watson investors will benefit from the significant incremental value the two companies expect to create together. As previously disclosed, the merger can create more than $375M in incremental annual revenue in the healthcare exchange, large market property & casualty insurance broking, and global benefits consulting business. The companies also project approximately $100M-$125M in annual cost savings and $75M in annual tax savings.
November 12, 2015
19:41 EDTVZAT&T, Verizon ask FCC to limit Charter/Time Warner Cable merger, Bloomberg says
A trade group for AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ) petitioned the FCC to limit Charter's (CHTR) coordination with other cable companies if the merger with Time Warner Cable (TWC) is allowed to proceed, reports Bloomberg. USTelecom also asked the FCC for restrictions on John Malone, Charter's largest shareholder. Reference Link
13:24 EDTINTCEarnings Watch: Cisco seeks to break out of trading rut with Q1 report
Cisco Systems (CSCO) is scheduled to report results of its fiscal first quarter after the market close on Thursday, November 12 with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Cisco, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, sells Internet protocol-based networking and other products related to the communications and IT industry and provides related services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 56c on revenue of $12.65B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 55c-59c on revenue of $12.55B-$12.81B. Along with its quarterly report, Cisco guided to Q1 EPS of 55c-57c and said it expects its revenue to increase 2%-4% year over year. LAST QUARTER: On August 12, Cisco reported fourth quarter EPS of 59c on revenue of $12.8B, beating consensus estimates of 56c and $12.65B for EPS and revenue, respectively. NEWS: On its Q4 earnings conference call, Cisco said that it was looking at acquisitions at the right price, particularly in areas like software and security. On August 31, Apple (AAPL) and Cisco announced a partnership to build a "fast lane" for iOS business users by optimizing Cisco networks for iOS devices and apps, integrating iPhone with Cisco enterprise environments and providing unique collaboration on iPhone and iPad. The next day, Cisco was among multiple other companies, including Amazon (AMZN), Google (GOOG), Intel (INTC), Microsoft (MSFT), Mozilla, and Netflix (NFLX), announcing the formation of the Alliance for Open Media to build next-generation media formats, codecs, and technologies in the public interest. On September 3, Business Insider reported that people at Cisco still though that chairman John Chambers was running the show as chief executive officer after appointing Chuck Robbins to that role last May. On September 15, Mandiant, a FireEye (FEYE) subsidiary, said in a blog post that researchers discovered previously unknown attacks on certain routers and that such attacks replace the operating system used in Cisco equipment. About a week later, the Wall Street Journal reported that Cisco was aiming to strengthen its business in China by joining forces with Inspur group, a move which was confirmed on September 24. On October 29, Cisco announced its intention to acquire 1 Mainstream. CNBC later reported that the company paid $100M-$150M to acquire 1 Mainstream. On November 9, Ericsson (ERIC) and Cisco announced a global business and technology partnership to "create the networks of the future." The companies said that the strategic partnership will be a key driver of growth and value for the next decade, with each company benefiting from incremental revenue in calendar year 2016 and expected to ramp to $1B or more for each by 2018. STREET RESEARCH: On August 17, Morgan Stanley downgraded Cisco to Equal Weight from Overweight and maintained a $30 price target on the stock, saying it did not believe improved growth is "secular" and anticipates growth will revert to GDP like levels as the upgrade cycle concludes. Wells Fargo said on August 28 that a 10% selloff in communication tech stocks, including Cisco, had created an attractive buying opportunity. Bernstein said a week later that Cisco, Juniper (JNPR), and F5 Networks (FFIV) should be bought on wider macro economic weakness. On October 6, Citi initiated coverage of Cisco with a Buy rating and $30 price target. A week later, Barclays initiated coverage of Cisco with an Overweight rating and a $32 price target. On November 9, RBC Capital maintained an Outperform rating and $33 price target on Cisco, saying it expects the company to report slightly better than expected results. The next day, SunTrust maintained a Buy rating on Cisco, saying its partnership with Ericsson was a positive and should strengthen Cisco's service provider business. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Cisco shares were up 0.5% to $27.97. In the last three months, Cisco shares are fractionally higher and virtually unchanged when discounting this afternoon's slight rise.
11:58 EDTESVStocks with call strike movement; GMCR ESV
Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) March 55 call option implied volatility decreased 10% to 56, Ensco (ESV) March 19 call option implied volatility increased 6% to 55 according to iVolatility.
08:03 EDTCAECAE positioned for good growth in 2016, says Canaccord
Canaccord believes CAE is well positioned for good growth in 2016 and they continue to see the company benefiting from moderate sales growth and margin expansion. Canaccord reiterated its Buy rating and C$18 price target on CAE shares.
08:03 EDTTWTowers Watson urges shareholders to support Willis Group merger
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08:00 EDTHOLXHologic operational improvements not reflected in shares, says UBS
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November 11, 2015
10:41 EDTQSIILeerink healthcare analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
Analyst Larsen, along with Linda White, President & CEO of Deaconess Health System, discuss Evolent and relevant companies ATHN, CERN, MDRX and QSII, and the increase in demand for population health management on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on November 12 at 2:30 pm.
09:59 EDTORCLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Amedisys (AMED) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... Apple Hospitality REIT (APLE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... BioCryst (BCRX) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Boot Barn (BOOT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... C1 Financial (BNK) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Clarcor (CLC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Avondale... EMC (EMC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Eaton (ETN) downgraded on near-term challenges at Argus... Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) downgraded to Negative from Mixed at OTR Global... Lennox (LII) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Mediaset (MDIUY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at HSBC... MetLife (MET) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Metaldyne Performance (MPG) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Oracle (ORCL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Penn Virginia (PVA) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Rex Energy (REXX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Northland... Rice Energy (RICE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Rockwell Automation (ROK) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA... Sabra Health Care (SBRA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... SanDisk (SNDK) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Bernstein... Vestas Wind (VWDRY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at HSBC.
08:11 EDTCAECAE reports Q2 EPS ex-items C$0.18 vs. C$0.16 last year
Reports Q2 revenue C$616.8M vs. C$529.4M last year.
08:05 EDTORCLOracle downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley analyst Keith Weiss downgraded Oracle to Equal Weight from Overweight and maintained his $45 price target on shares. Weiss said strong cloud bookings have failed to drive multiple expansion due to the long conversion into revenue growth. He also cites a larger than expected impact on earnings from the cloud transition and lack of visibility into the duration of those impacts. Additionally, the analyst said there are rising concerns about the core database business given the increasingly competitive environment. Weiss expects Oracle to deliver 10-12% total returns, inline with the market, and said shares need improvement from the cloud business and/or a robust database cycle to drive shares significantly higher.
07:36 EDTSPNJefferies to hold a conference
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06:43 EDTTWTowers Watson, Willis merger is 'highly strategic,' says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst George Tong calls the planned merger of Towers Watson (TW) and Willis Group (WSH) "highly strategic." The merger, scheduled to go to a shareholder vote on November 18, will drive earnings growth acceleration and valuation multiple expansion, Tong tells investors in a research note. He believes the combined company would compete more effectively against AON Corp. (AON). Tong reiterates an Overweight rating on Towers with a $152 price target.
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