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August 7, 2014
15:31 EDTSCTY, DV, NVDA, ED, SEMG, GXP, MELI, SFM, FRT, CFN, NWSA, CBS, UBNT, AGO, LGF, MDVN, SLXP, CSC, MNST, AL, POST, ALNYNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include CBS (CBS), consensus 72c; Consolidated Edison (ED), consensus 54c; Monster Beverage (MNST), consensus 75c; News Corporation (NWSA), consensus 3c; NVIDIA (NVDA), consensus 20c; Computer Sciences (CSC), consensus 94c; CareFusion (CFN), consensus 72c;DeVry Education (DV), consensus 67c; Salix Pharmaceuticals (SLXP), consensus $1.72; Federal Realty (FRT), consensus $1.21; SolarCity (SCTY), consensus (99c); Medivation (MDVN), consensus 24c; Sprouts Farmers Market (SFM), consensus 18c; Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (ALNY), consensus (56c); Lions Gate (LGF), consensus 17c; Mercadolibre (MELI), consensus 56c; Post Holdings (POST), consensus 27c; Assured Guaranty (AGO), consensus 35c; Great Plains Energy (GXP), consensus 41c; Air Lease (AL), consensus 52c; Ubiquiti Networks (UBNT), consensus 51c; SemGroup (SEMG), consensus 35c.
News For CBS;ED;MNST;NWSA;NVDA;CSC;CFN;DV;SLXP;FRT;SCTY;MDVN;SFM;ALNY;LGF;MELI;POST;AGO;GXP;AL;UBNT;SEMG From The Last 14 Days
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January 21, 2015
16:48 EDTCFNCareFusion stockholders approve proposed merger with Becton, Dickinson
Becton, Dickinson and Company (BDX) and CareFusion (CFN) announced the results of the CareFusion special meeting of stockholders, held on January 21, for CareFusion stockholders to consider and vote upon the proposed merger of CareFusion and BD. CareFusion stockholders approved the definitive merger agreement and the merger transaction, with approximately 76% of shares outstanding cast in favor of the proposal. As previously announced on October 5, 2014, BD and CareFusion entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which BD would acquire CareFusion in a stock and cash transaction. CareFusion stockholder approval was a condition to the merger. The proposed acquisition remains subject to certain other conditions and approvals, including approval of the proposed acquisition by the European Commission under the European Union Merger Regulation.
12:30 EDTSLXPGlaxoSmithKline 'admired' by Pfizer CEO, FT reports
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10:01 EDTSFMOn the Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Ashford Hospitality (AHT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... BAE Systems (BAESY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Bazaarvoice (BV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Becton Dickinson (BDX) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... CVS Health (CVS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Camden Property (CPT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... ConocoPhillips (COP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Cree (CREE) upgraded to Overweight at Stephens... DDR Corp. (DDR) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... EastGroup Properties (EGP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Esperion (ESPR) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Exxon Mobil (XOM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... FXCM (FXCM) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Keefe Bruyette... Fair Isaac (FICO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Golar LNG (GLNG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Nordea... Gran Tierra (GTE) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Host Hotels (HST) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... J.M. Smucker (SJM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Kilroy Realty (KRC) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Level 3 (LVLT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Lowe's (LOW) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Michael Kors (KORS) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded at Nomura... Regions Financial (RF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Ruckus Wireless (RKUS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Santander Mexico (BSMX) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Scorpio Tankers (STNG) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Strategic Hotels (BEE) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... The Medicines Co. (MDCO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink... Whole Foods (WFM) upgraded at Sterne Agee... Wolseley (WOSYY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas.
08:00 EDTCFNBecton Dickinson upgraded to Outperform at Cowen
As previously reported, Cowen upgraded Becton Dickinson (BDX) to Outperform from Market Perform as they believe synergy targets for its Carefusion (CFN) acquisition are too low. Cowen raised its price target to $165 form $130 on Becton Dickinson shares.
06:08 EDTALNYAlnylam 4.737M share Secondary priced at $95.00
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06:02 EDTSFMSprouts Farmers Markets upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
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January 20, 2015
17:17 EDTGXPGreat Plains Energy unit announces plans to stop burning coal at three plants
Kansas City Power & Light Company, or KCP&L, a subsidiary of Great Plains Energy, announced that in the coming years it will no longer burn coal at three of its coal-fired power plants, Montrose Station, one of its units at Lake Road Station and two of its units at Sibley Station. This announcement furthers the company’s commitment to a sustainable energy future and balanced generation portfolio. Lake Road’s boiler already has the ability to burn natural gas and the company plans to operate on natural gas once it ceases coal combustion. In the coming years, KCP&L will make final decisions regarding whether to retire the units at Montrose and Sibley, or convert them to an alternative fuel source. The decision comes in part as a result from recent Environmental Protection Agency regulations, which would require KCP&L to make significant environmental upgrades in the coming years in order to continue burning coal at these power plants. While this decision will impact employees at Montrose, Lake Road and Sibley, the utility does not anticipate that any employees will lose jobs as a result. KCP&L will find job opportunities within the company for displaced employees.
14:31 EDTSLXPSalix climbs after Reuters says strategic options being explored
Shares of Salix Pharmaceuticals (SLXP) are jumping after Reuters reported that the company is working with investment bank Centerview Partners to explore strategic options, including a possible sale to a larger peer. On January 6, Cantor and Piper Jaffray wrote that the retirement of the company's CEO increased the chances that it would look to sell itself. Salix develops treatments for bowel disorders. WHAT'S NEW: Salix has hired Centerview Partners to help it explore various options, including a possible sale to a larger drug maker, Reuters reported this afternoon, citing three unnamed sources. However, Salix has not determined if it will look to sell itself now or wait until it hires a new CEO, the news service added. ANALYST VIEW: On January 6, after Salix announced that its CEO would retire, Cantor analyst Irina Koffler wrote that the retirement could "pave the way" for a sale of the company. The analyst wrote that "all options could be on the table." She raised her price target on the stock to $145 from $127 and kept a Buy rating on Salix shares. Similarly, Piper Jaffray analyst David Amsellem wrote that the CEO's departure, combined with the company's announcement last month of an accelerated workdown of its inventory levels, sets the stage for an eventual sale of the company. There would be "ample interest" in acquiring the company, added the analyst, who kept a $130 price target and Overweight rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Salix jumped about 5% to trade near $126 per share.
14:23 EDTSLXPSalix calls active on exploring options report
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14:13 EDTSLXPSalix exploring options, including potential sale, Reuters reports
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13:48 EDTSLXPSalix exploring options with help of Centerview, Reuters reports
10:03 EDTCSCCSC awarded follow-on healthcare contract worth up to $90M
CSC announced that its company, DynPort Vaccine Company, received a follow-on contract to continue supporting the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health. Valued at up to $90M, the award is a 10-year Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contract to support and conduct Phase 1 clinical trials of infectious disease therapeutics.
09:54 EDTMELIMercadoLibre's Q4 revenue trending to $161M vs. consensus of $146.4M at ITG
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January 18, 2015
13:25 EDTCBSNFL, CBS renew agreement for Thursday Night Football
The National Football League will continue its partnership with CBS to produce and televise Thursday Night Football for the 2015 season, it was announced by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Leslie Moonves, president and CEO of CBS Corp., and Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports. CBS will broadcast the first eight Thursday Night Football games which also will be simulcast on NFL Network. NFL Network will also exclusively televise eight games in the run-up to the playoffs. The mix of games will include 14 on Thursday nights and two late-season games on Saturday. The full slate of 16 regular-season games will be produced by CBS with its lead broadcasters and production team on all Thursday night games. The pregame, halftime and postgame shows will continue to feature NFL Network and CBS Sports hosts and analysts. The agreement is for the 2015 season with an additional year at the NFL’s option. “We are pleased to extend our partnership with CBS for Thursday Night Football,” said Goodell. “The promotion and production by CBS and NFL Network last season made Thursday night a night for NFL football. We look forward to working again next season with CBS. ”The programming relationship between the NFL and CBS will expand to include, among other elements, the development of new programming initiatives across the various CBS and NFL platforms. In addition to Thursday Night Football in 2015, CBS will conclude its 56th year broadcasting the NFL with its exclusive presentation of Super Bowl 50 from Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. on Feb. 7, 2016. Reference Link
January 16, 2015
11:16 EDTCBSCBS, Viacom climb following Stifel upgrades
Shares of CBS (CBS) and Viacom (VIA, VIAB) are climbing after research firm Stifel upgraded the stocks to Buy from Hold. CBS owns the CBS network and other entertainment properties. Viacom owns a number of cable networks, including MTV and Nickelodeon. WHAT'S NEW: CBS' NFL rights leave it well-positioned to charge cable companies and other TV providers high fees, Stifel analyst Benjamin Mogil wrote in a note to investors today. Meanwhile, the company's strong ratings and lower production costs reduce its risk, Mogil stated. CBS has more opportunities when it comes to selling its content to Internet TV networks such as Netflix (NFLX), Mogil believes. The analyst set a $65 price target on the shares. Meanwhile, Mogil believes that Viacom should benefit from the adoption of ratings measurements other than Nielsen's (NLSN) tools. Viacom has complained that Nielsen's tools have underestimated its ratings by failing to adequately take into account new types of content consumption, the analyst noted. Viacom's recent expansion into new international markets should also improve its performance, Mogil stated. He set an $89 price target on the shares. ANOTHER TO WATCH: Mogil initiated coverage of Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA) with a $41 price target and Buy rating, saying that the company is well-positioned to benefit from its wide range of sports programming. He set a $41 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, CBS advanced 2.75% to $55, Viacom gained 2.5% to $68, and Twenty-First Century Fox rose 0.4% to $34.72.
10:01 EDTCBSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: 21st Century Fox (FOXA) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Arista Networks (ANET) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Boston Beer (SAM) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Brocade (BRCD) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... CBS (CBS) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Cabela's (CAB) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Coach (COH) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Costco (COST) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Crane (CR) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Flowserve (FLS) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Fortinet (FTNT) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... Gap (GPS) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... GrubHub (GRUB) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Imperva (IMPV) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... KLX Inc. (KLXI) initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... KNOT Offshore Partners (KNOP) initiated with a Buy at UBS... L Brands (LB) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Michael Kors (KORS) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Northstar Realty (NRF) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... OmniVision (OVTI) initiated with a Buy at Rosenblatt... Qorvo (QRVO) initiated with a Buy at Brean ... RSP Permian (RSPP) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Ross Stores (ROST) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... SPX Corp. (SPW) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... TJX (TJX) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Tiffany (TIF) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Viacom (VIAB) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Xylem (XYL) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... iGATE (IGTE) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... lululemon (LULU) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein.
10:01 EDTALOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:01 EDTCBSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:00 EDTCBSCBS upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel
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06:37 EDTALAir Lease downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
JPMorgan downgraded Air Lease to Neutral citing the recent outperformance of shares and its belief the company's "best-in-class" portfolio could be less highly valued as investors shift towards middle-aged fleets in response to lower fuel. The firm raised its price target for shares to $42 from $41.50.
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