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January 27, 2014
09:22 EDTNWBO, RYN, VOD, YRCW, CSCO, CAT, MM, RCL, TOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Caterpillar (CAT), up 7%... Royal Caribbean (RCL), up 4%... .ALSO HIGHER: Rayonier (RYN), up 8.4% after earnings, announcing plan to separate into two public companies in mid-2014... Millennial Media (MM), up 8.8% after guiding to better than forecast Q4 preliminary pro forma revenue, appointing former Yahoo (YHOO) Chief Revenue Officer Michael Barrett to replace departing CEO Paul Palmieri... YRC Worldwide (YRCW), up 12% after announcing Teamsters approve agreement protecting 30,000 jobs... Northwest Biotherapeutics (NWBO), up 7% after expanding capacity for DCVax products. LOWER: Vodafone (VOD), down 2.3% after AT&T (T) files statement saying it does not intend to bid on the company... Cisco (CSCO), down 2.2% following downgrade at JPMorgan.
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May 12, 2015
12:30 EDTTU.S. unlikely to block AT&T, DirecTV deal, Dow Jones reports
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11:38 EDTTLivePerson sinks to 52-week low after cutting fiscal 2015 outlook
Shares of LivePerson (LPSN), a provider of cloud-based digital engagement solutions, are sinking after the firm lowered its outlook for fiscal 2015. WHAT'S NEW: LivePerson yesterday reported first quarter adjusted earnings per share of 4c, in line with analysts' consensus estimates, on revenue of $59.8M, slightly below analysts' consensus estimates of $60.79M. LivePerson said it signed 147 deals in the quarter, including the addition of 30 new customers. Looking ahead to the second quarter, LivePerson forecast adjusted EPS of 0c-2c and revenue of $58.5M-$59.5M, well below the analysts' consensus estimates of 6c and $63.88M, respectively. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The company lowered its fiscal year 2015 adjusted EPS view to 10c-15c from 27c-32c, significantly trailing analysts' consensus estimates of 28c. LivePerson also cut its FY15 revenue outlook to $243M-$247M from $263M-$269M, also well below analysts' estimates of $264.36M. The company reduced reduced FY15 revenue guidance by $21M when comparing the midpoint of its updated guidance range to the midpoint of its previous guidance range. The adjustment reflects the impact of one large customer contract that ended, an increase in foreign exchange headwinds and a slightly slower start to the year than expected as the company intensified its focus on bringing LiveEngage to the market, the company said. LivePerson said it expects to record a $2.5M charge in Q2 related to cost-cutting move, which it described as "reprioritizing on areas showing the highest potential growth." The company believes its cost-savings initiatives will generate approximately $13M of expense savings in 2015. ANALYST REACTION: Credit Suisse this morning downgraded LivePerson to Neutral from Outperform and lowered its price target to $8 from $19. The firm said LivePerson was "forced" to lower revenue guidance for FY15 primarily due to the loss of AT&T (T) as a pay-for-performance chat customer, as well as from a slow sales start and FX. The firm said the ability of LivePerson to transition its large customer base to LiveEngage 2.0 will take longer than previously estimated. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, LivePerson fell $1.16, or 12.26%, to $8.30 on more than five times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week low of $8.10. Including today's pull back, the shares have lost approximately 15% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies offering cloud-based digital engagement solutions include eGain (EGAN), down 1.2%, Zendesk (ZEN), down 4.05%, and Salesforce.com (CRM), up 0.2%.
11:14 EDTTAOL premium low but likely best bet for AOL shareholders, Bloomberg says
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10:32 EDTTAcacia Research enters settlement, license agreement with AT&T Mobility
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09:14 EDTCSCOApps World to hold a conference
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08:19 EDTCSCOCisco volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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08:05 EDTCSCOCisco shares can reach $45, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital believes that Cisco's stock can reach $45 if it increases its cash flow, grows its dividend, and repatriates enough cash to massively accelerate its share repurchases. The firm raised its price target on the shares to $33 from $31 and keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
07:04 EDTCSCOCisco Q3 results poised to beat expectations, says Cantor
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06:00 EDTCSCOStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ALTR CSCO
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May 11, 2015
16:00 EDTCSCOOptions Update; May 11, 2015
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12:06 EDTTAT&T appoints Jeffrey Lewis Chief Accessibility Officer
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10:14 EDTCATAnalyst says buy Caterpillar, Joy Global before mining bottoms
The shares of Joy Global (JOY) and Caterpillar (CAT) are climbing after research firm Baird analyst Mircea Dobre upgraded both names, citing a potential bottom in commodity prices. Both companies develop mining equipment. WHAT'S NEW: In a note to investors earlier today, Baird's Dobre upgraded Joy Global and Caterpillar to Outperform from Market Perform. There are signs that the worst of the downturn in commodity prices may have passed, the analyst stated. Additionally, the shares of both Caterpillar and Joy Global historically bottom three to five quarters before mining equipment shipments rebound, according to Dobre. Consequently, investors who wait for evidence of a turnaround in the companies' mining equipment bookings may be late to the party, the analyst warned. Both stocks have now underperformed the market by amounts that are similar to their worst underperfomance during the early 1980s commodity bust, according to Dobre, who raised the price target on Caterpillar to $101 from $80 and on Joy Global to $62 from $45. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Joy Global climbed nearly 4% to $43.64 and Caterpillar rose 1.5% to $88.60.
09:59 EDTCAT, CSCO, RCLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Caterpillar (CAT) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... Cisco (CSCO) upgraded to Outperform with $36 target at Pacific Crest... Evolution Petroleum (EPM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Hecla Mining (HL) upgraded on hedging discipline at Roth Capital... Joy Global (JOY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... Monster Beverage (MNST) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Nokia (NOK) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... On Deck Capital (ONDK) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Sterne Agee CRT... Royal Caribbean (RCL) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... SMC (SMECF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Sally Beauty (SBH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Southwestern Energy (SWN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) upgraded to Outperform at BMO Capital... Suburban Propane (SPH) upgraded on positive outlook at Stifel... Suffolk Bancorp (SUBK) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Syngenta (SYT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Triumph Group (TGI) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... United Natural Foods (UNFI) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Web.com (WWWW) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Zillow Group (Z) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust.
09:37 EDTCSCOActive equity options trading on open
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09:02 EDTCATCaterpillar upgraded to Outperform at Baird
As reported previously, Baird upgraded Caterpillar to Outperform from Neutral as the firm noted the stock's meaningful underperformance over the past four years and its history of having never underperformed the broader market for five consecutive years. Baird raised its price target to $101 from $80 on Caterpillar shares.
07:22 EDTCSCOCisco upgraded to Outperform with $36 target at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest upgraded Cisco to Outperform from Sector Perform saying improving fundamentals and cloud momentum can drive multiple expansion in the second half of 2015 and into 2016. The firm believes the upcoming April quarter results could signify the start of a multi-quarter recovery driven by new product cycles across switching, routing, wireless and servers. It set a $36 price target for shares. Cisco closed Friday up 42c to $29.23.
06:49 EDTRCLRoyal Caribbean upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush
Wedbush upgraded Royal Caribbean to Outperform and increased its price target to $88 from $81 and said the pullback in shares following the Q1 report is overdone. The firm believes Royal Caribbean has a great deal of earnings momentum, significant and reliable cost controls, and the most valuable brand in the space.
06:34 EDTCSCOCisco upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Pacific Crest
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06:23 EDTCATCaterpillar upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird
06:05 EDTCSCOSpherix issued standard-essential patent by USPTO
Spherix (SPEX) announced that the United States Patent & Trademark Office, or USPTO, is issuing the company another standard-essential patent. The company has received from the USPTO an issue notification for patent RE45521, set to issue on May 19. This patent is part of the same family of standard-essential patents currently being litigated against both Cisco (CSCO) and Verizon (VZ). The patented technology relates to the transmittal of data over a network and further enhances the company's existing portfolio.
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