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April 11, 2014
12:42 EDTKBH, ETFC, PNW, COP, ZNGA, ST, JAKK, CEB, AOS, CHRW, AMTD, LNCO, F, TITN, HUBG, LKQ, SFLYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
BofI Holding (BOFI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Corporate Executive Board (CEB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... E-Trade (ETFC) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at Barclays... Ford (F) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Imperva (IMPV) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee... JAKKS Pacific (JAKK) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... KB Home (KBH) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Keefe Bruyette... LinnCo (LNCO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Sensata (ST) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... Shutterfly (SFLY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... SolarWinds (SWI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... TD Ameritrade (AMTD) upgraded to Overweight from Equalweight at Barclays... Toyota (TM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Zynga (ZNGA) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... LKQ Corp. (LKQ) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington... Imperva (IMPV) upgraded at Sterne Agee... C.H. Robinson (CHRW) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... ConocoPhillips (COP) upgraded at Morgan Stanley... Hub Group (HUBG) upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James... A.O. Smith (AOS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... Pinnacle West (PNW) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Titan Machinery (TITN) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Longbow.
News For CEB;ETFC;F;JAKK;KBH;LNCO;ST;SFLY;AMTD;ZNGA;LKQ;CHRW;COP;HUBG;AOS;PNW;TITN From The Last 14 Days
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January 28, 2016
08:33 EDTFOptions expected to be active
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07:17 EDTFFord reports Q4 wholesales of 1.775M vehicles, up 195K from prior year
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07:15 EDTFFord backs view for 2016 automotive EPS equal to or higher than 2015
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07:01 EDTFFord reports Q4 adjusted EPS 58c, consensus 51c
Reports Q4 automotive revenue $37.9B, consensus $36.4B.
January 27, 2016
14:34 EDTFNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:17 EDTFFord volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Ford January weekly call option implied volatility is at 59, February is at 31; compared to its 52-week range of 16 to 44, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on January 28.
12:44 EDTFEarnings Watch: Ford sees record 2015 pre-tax profit, ex-items
Ford Motor Co. (F) is expected to report fourth quarter earnings on Thursday, January 28, before the market open with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. Ford is a manufacturer and distributor of cars and trucks across six continents. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 50c on revenue of $36.4B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 36c-53c on revenue of $34.03B-$38.82B. LAST QUARTER: Ford reported third quarter adjusted EPS of 45c against estimates for 47c, on revenue of $38.1B against estimates for $35.07B. Ford reconfirmed fiscal 2015 pre-tax profit guidance to range from $8.5B-$9.5B, with higher automotive revenue, operating margin, and operating-related cash flow compared with 2014. Ford expects North America 2015 pretax profit to exceed last year's result with an operating margin at the upper end of the company's guidance of 8.5%-9.5%. For Europe, Ford continues to expect pre-tax loss for 2015 to improve compared with 2014 as the company continues towards a return to profitability in the region. On the company's conference call, management said it was on track to deliver a "breakthrough" year and expected a stronger second half, driven by Q4. On January 6, Ford announced a $1B supplemental cash dividend reflecting the company's strong financial performance in 2015 and robust cash and liquidity levels. It also announced that it expects to deliver record 2015 pre-tax profit, ex-items and sees FY16 operating EPS to be about equal to or higher than FY15. During the quarter, Ford reported the following: October U.S. sales up 13% to 213,938 vehicles; November U.S. sales up 0.4% to 187,794 units; and December U.S. sales up 8% to 239,242 vehicles. On January 5, Ford reported total 2015 U.S. sales of 2.61M vehicles, up 5%. STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been light in the weeks leading up to Ford's Q4 earnings report. On October 28, UBS said the weakness in Ford shares following the company's Q3 tax related miss was a buying opportunity. The firm believed guidance was conservative and the company was setting up for a solid 2016. UBS reiterated its Buy rating and lowered its price target to $22 from $23 on Ford shares. PRICE ACTION: Ford's shares are down approximately 23% since its Q3 report and have lost about 19% year-over-year. In afternoon trading ahead of Thursday's Q4 report, Ford shares are up just over 1% to around $12.
11:06 EDTCOPStocks with call strike movement; NFLX COP
Netflix (NFLX) April 105 call option implied volatility increased 5% to 55, ConocoPhillips (COP) May 20 call option implied volatility increased 1% to 46 according to iVolatility.
09:01 EDTFFord Ohio Assembly Plant adds Ford F-Series Super Duty chassis cab
Ford announced that its Ohio Assembly Plant will support additional production of the all-new 2017 Ford F-Series Super Duty chassis cab. Together with Kentucky Truck Plant, Ohio Assembly will produce F-350, F-450 and F-550 Super Duty chassis cab configurations.
06:01 EDTFIBM names Ford President and CEO Mark Fields to board, effective March 1
The IBM (IBM) board of directors yesterday elected Mark Fields to the board effective March 1, 2016. Fields is president and CEO, Ford (F). Ginni Rometty, IBM chairman, president and CEO, said: "We are pleased that Mark will be joining the IBM board of directors. Mark led the highly successful transformation of his company in a competitive industry where technology has driven innovation. He is leading Ford into a future where cars are not only vehicles, but increasingly becoming mobile technology platforms. His knowledge and insights in running a complex global business will make a significant contribution to IBM."
January 26, 2016
14:00 EDTHUBGSwift spikes after reporting Q4 earnings beat
Shares of trucking company Swift (SWFT) are rallying after reporting better-than-expected quarterly earnings on Monday evening. WHAT'S NEW: Swift reported fourth quarter earnings per share of 53c on revenue of $1.09B. Analysts were anticipating Q4 EPS of 47c on revenue of $1.12B. With its Q4 financial results, the company guided for fiscal 2016 EPS of $1.50-$1.60 against analyst estimates of $1.55. Swift attributed the earnings beat to strong operational execution, declining fuel prices, gains on equipment sales, and a better than anticipated tax rate. "We were able to generate year-over-year rate increases in our three largest reportable segments, despite difficult comparison quarters. Investments in our fleet technology are also beginning to pay off, with improved accident and workers' compensation trends, driver retention, and fuel efficiency in the quarter. We also realized improvements in our Intermodal container turns," the company said in a letter to investors. WHAT'S NOTABLE. In late September, the company slashed it fiscal 2015 EPS view to $1.43-$1.52 from $1.64-$1.74. At the time, the company blamed its reduced view, in part, on the additional carrying expense associated with the large volume of new tractors received late in the second quarter due to delivery delays, as well as a reduction in expected volumes of seasonal project business in Q4 of 2015 due to customers' recent logistical changes. A month later, with its third quarter results, the trucking company noted that as it moved into Q4, it would focus on improving utilization of its fleet. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Swift lost about 50% of their value in 2015 and closed Monday at $13.67. In Tuesday afternoon trading, shares of Swift are up over 19% to $16.31. OTHERS TO WATCH: Shares of other companies in the truck and logistics space are also up, including JB Hunt (JBHT), Hub Group (HUBG), Landstar System (LSTR), and Werner Enterprises (WERN).
11:51 EDTFFord expands safety recall on vehicles with Takata airbag inflators
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11:43 EDTFFord to host sales conference call
Conference call to discuss January Sales Results will be held on February 2 at 10 am. Webcast Link
11:42 EDTKBHOptions with increasing call volume; TEX MTW MTG SEE KBH SNDK WDC VALE VIAB PII
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10:00 EDTPNWOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Amec Foster Wheeler (AMFW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at HSBC... CVR Refining (CVRR) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Cenovus Energy (CVE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Clean Harbors (CLH) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Core Laboratories (CLB) downgraded to Reduce from Hold at HSBC... Delek US (DK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Deutsche Post (DPSGY) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Disney (DIS) downgraded to Neutral on reduced ESPN forecasts at Atlantic Equities... Dorian LPG (LPG) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Encana (ECA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Fortinet (FTNT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Fortune Brands (FBHS) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... General Growth (GGP) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Golden Ocean (GOGL) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Grupo Mexico (GMBXF) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Halliburton (HAL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at HSBC... Marketo (MKTO) downgraded to Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Navios Maritime (NM) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... NetSuite (N) downgraded to Underperform at BofA/Merrill... OM Asset Management (OMAM) downgraded to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Paylocity (PCTY) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Pennsylvania REIT (PEI) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Pinnacle West (PNW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Public Storage (PSA) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Red Hat (RHT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Regal Entertainment (RGC) downgraded on valuation at RBC Capital... Rouse Properties (RSE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Star Bulk Carriers (SBLK) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Stratasys (SSYS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Subsea 7 (SUBCY) downgraded to Reduce from Hold at HSBC... US Ecology (ECOL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... USG (USG) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Vornado (VNO) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Weir Group (WEIGY) downgraded to Underperform from Hold at Jefferies.
08:11 EDTPNWPinnacle West downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI
Evercore analyst Greg Gordon downgraded Pinnacle West to Hold and increased his price target to $66 from $65. The analyst believes shares will perform in line until the path to a constructive outcome in Arizona is clearer.
January 25, 2016
16:59 EDTAOSA.O. Smith CEO confident in ability to achieve 8% annual revenue growth
Ajita Rajendra, chairman and CEO, said. "We remain confident we can continue to perform at a high level and enable the corporation to achieve its long-term growth model of approximately 8% annual organic sales growth."
16:47 EDTAOSA.O. Smith raises quarterly dividend by 26% to to 24c per share
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11:24 EDTKBHOptions with increasing volume
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06:30 EDTFFord to shutter operations in Japan, Indonesia, Reuters reports
Ford will shutter operations in Japan and Indonesia this year since it sees "no reasonable path to profitability" in the two nations, Reuters reports. The car maker will exit all areas of its business, including dealerships and imports of Ford and Lincoln vehicles, in the two countries, the report says, citing an email from Asia Pacific President Dave Schoch to all employees in the region. Reference Link
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