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April 11, 2014
12:42 EDTCEB, PNW, AOS, HUBG, COP, CHRW, LKQ, ZNGA, AMTD, SFLY, ST, LNCO, KBH, JAKK, F, ETFC, TITNOn 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.
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July 22, 2014
13:29 EDTFFord taps Galhotra to lead Lincoln brand
Ford earlier today announced that Kumar Galhotra – currently the company’s vice president of Engineering, responsible for all Ford and Lincoln vehicles globally – will be vice president and president of the company's Lincoln brand, effective Sept. 1. This new dedicated position, reporting to Ford President and CEO Mark Fields, is designed to accelerate Lincoln even further as a world-class luxury brand, the automaker added. Succeeding Galhotra is Jim Holland, who is named vice president, Vehicle Component and Systems Engineering, effective Sept. 1, Ford added. Holland will report to Raj Nair, group vice president, Global Product Development.
11:03 EDTFFord announces retirement of Chief Technical Officer Mascarenas
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07:32 EDTAMTDTD Ameritrade reports Q3 EPS 34c, consensus 34c
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07:17 EDTFNational Association for Business Economics to hold a seminar
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07:07 EDTAOSA.O. Smith raises FY15 EPS to $2.60 from $2.50, consensus $2.64
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07:06 EDTAOSA.O. Smith raises FY14 adjusted EPS to $2.34-$2.40 from $2.20-$2.35
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07:04 EDTAOSA.O. Smith: North America sustained housing recovery remains 'elusive'
The company says it is benefiting, however, from strong residential replacement water heater business as well as strength in commercial water heater volumes. A.O. Smith has also said that its Chian business has exceeded two times the country's GDP growth.
07:03 EDTAOSA.O. Smith reports Q2 North America sales up 5% to $410.1M
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07:02 EDTAOSA.O. Smith reports Q2 adjusted EPS 66c, consensus 60c
Reports Q2 revenue $595.4M, consensus $597.97M
July 21, 2014
15:30 EDTAMTDNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Verizon (VZ), consensus 90c; Coca-Cola (KO), consensus 63c; Comcast (CMCSA), consensus 72c; United Technologies (UTX), consensus $1.70; McDonald's (MCD), consensus $1.44; Altria Group (MO), consensus 66c; du Pont (DD), consensus $1.17; Lockheed Martin (LMT), consensus $2.66; Kimberly-Clark (KMB), consensus $1.50; Travelers (TRV), consensus $2.07; Ingersoll-Rand (IR), consensus $1.11; State Street (STT), consensus $1.26; TD Ameritrade (AMTD), consensus 34c; Harley-Davidson (HOG), consensus $1.46; Polaris Industries (PII), consensus $1.39; Crocs (CROX), consensus 31c.
10:19 EDTJAKKHasbro tumbles after lower games performance weighs on sales
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08:16 EDTCOPFMC Technologies signs agreement to develop susbsea equipment and systems
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July 18, 2014
16:34 EDTKBHKB Home files automatic mixed securities shelf
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16:02 EDTSFLYShutterfly names Gautam Srivastava as Chief Human Resources Officer
Shutterfly (SFLY) announced it has appointed Gautam Srivastava as senior vice president and chief human resources officer. Srivastava will join the Shutterfly team on July 21. Srivastava brings many years of human resources and general operating experience to his position. Most recently he was SVP of Human Resources and Marketing for LSI Corp. (LSI), a designer of semiconductors for datacenter storage and networking.
11:44 EDTHUBGHub Group shares defended at Raymond James
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July 17, 2014
17:16 EDTHUBGHub Group sees FY14 EPS $2.00-$2.10, consensus $2.04
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16:04 EDTHUBGHub Group reports Q2 EPS 51c, consensus 50c
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10:55 EDTJAKKMattel topples after Q2 earnings miss estimates
Shares of global toy product manufacturer Mattel (MAT), are toppling over after the company's second quarter earnings results fell below analysts' consensus. WHAT'S NEW: Mattel's reported Q2 earnings per share of 8c, which was not comparable to a consensus of 18c since the company said its EPS number included a tax benefit of 11c per share and a negative impact of 7c per share of MEGA Brands acquisition and integration costs. Excluding both of these items, EPS was 3c per share. Mattel's Q2 revenue was $1.06B, which missed analysts' consensus estimates of $1.19B. For Q2, the company reported that its Girls and Boys Brands sales were down 13%, Fisher-Price Brands sales were down 17%, American Girl Bands revenue was up 6% and revenue from its Construction and Arts & Crafts Brands was $61.6M. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During its earnings conference conference call, Mattel said that it plans to increase advertising spending in the second half of the year to build momentum for key brands. It sees improving global trends in point-of-sale but says the company still has a lot of work to do to improve those trends. As Mattel looks to the third quarter, it sees continued challenges from current headwinds. With the MEGA brands deal now closed, the company aims to improve profitability of MEGA brands on a global basis and believes the acquisition will be accretive to earnings in fiscal year 2015. It expects lower international sales and is investing heavily in markets in Russia and China. Mattel is looking to maintain gross margins in the low to mid-50% range in near term. It noted that it aims to achieve a modest increase in SG&A due to severance and ongoing growth investments, excluding the MEGA Brands acquisition. Inventory fair value adjustment related to existing MEGA Brands-owned inventory should wind down in Q3, the company said. Amortization is expected to decrease to $17M in 2015 and $9M in 2016. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Mattel are down $2.31, or 5.92%, to $36.72 in morning trading. OTHERS TO WATCH: Mattel peer Hasbro (HAS), which reports quarterly earnings on July 21, is relatively flat at $52.59. JAKKS Pacific (JAKK) is up almost 1.5% to $8.20 and and LeapFrog (LF) is up 3.02% to $7.66.
07:42 EDTCOPThe Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to hold a meeting
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05:17 EDTFFord launches product acceleration in Middle East, Africa
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