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December 4, 2012
10:00 EDTCOT, SSS, ZEUS, ESL, SSYS, NXTM, RGC, IACI, DMD, CLF, TKR, PNM, EXA, CECOOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Career Education (CECO) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Demand Media (DMD) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Esterline (ESL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc... Exa Corp. (EXA) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... InterActiveCorp (IACI) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Olympic Steel (ZEUS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... PNM Resources (PNM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Regal Entertainment (RGC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Sovran Self Storage (SSS) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Cantor... Timken (TKR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Longbow... NxStage Medical (NXTM) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Northland... Cott Corp. (COT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel Nicolaus... Cliffs Natural (CLF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Davenport... Stratasys (SSYS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Dougherty.
News For CECO;DMD;ESL;EXA;IACI;ZEUS;PNM;RGC;SSS;TKR;NXTM;COT;CLF;SSYS From The Last 14 Days
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July 28, 2015
16:34 EDTIACIIAC reports Q2 adjusted EPS 85c, consensus 59c
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15:21 EDTIACINotable companies reporting after market close
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07:50 EDTSSYSJefferies cuts price targets in 3D printing space after survey
After surveying 30 resellers in the 3D printing space, Jefferies analyst Jason North cut his price target for 3D Systems (DDD) to $14 from $22 and Stratasys (SSYS) to $50 from $60. A key investor discussion is when or if the industry will return to 20% growth, North writes in a research note. His survey indicates Q4 as the most likely time frame for Stratasys and later, if ever, for 3D Systems. The survey suggests weak Q2 results and a "muted" rebound in Q3, North tells investors. He prefers shares of Arcam (AMAVF) and Stratasys, both of which are Buy rated, to Hold-rated 3D Systems and Proto Labs (PRLB).
July 27, 2015
11:37 EDTSSYSStratasys upgraded to Buy with $45 price target at Dougherty
Before the open, Dougherty analyst Andrea James upgraded Stratasys (SSYS) to Buy from Neutral and set a $45 price target on the stock, noting that the firm's North American channel checks indicate the sales climate has improved since the stock was downgraded in April. James also said that the pullback in the stock over that time frame leaves it trading at a "historically low P/E multiple" and that the firm believes HP (HPQ) will compete more directly with others in the 3D space than it will with Stratasys.
09:14 EDTIACIFacebook price target raised to $110 from $94 at Cowen
Cowen analyst John Blackledge raised his price target for Facebook (FB) to $110 ahead of the social media giant's Q2 results on July 29. Investor sentiment has grown more positive recently given Facebook's "explosive" video growth and the opening of the Instagram platform to advertisers, Blackledge tells investors in a research note previewing the Q2 results this week for Internet names. He keeps an Outperform rating on the stock. Blackledge also keeps Outperform ratings on LinkedIn (LNKD) and IAC (IACI) as well as a Market Perform rating on Twitter (TWTR). Those three companies are also reporting Q2 results this week.
July 23, 2015
10:00 EDTSSSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: ARRIS (ARRS) initiated with a Buy at Drexel Hamilton... AVG Technologies (AVG) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Aaron's (AAN) initiated with a Hold at Cantor... Aimco (AIV) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... American Campus (ACC) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Antero Midstream (AM) initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson... Cheniere Energy Partners LP (CQP) initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson... CommScope (COMM) initiated with a Buy at Drexel Hamilton... Digirad Corp (DRAD) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... Dominion Midstream (DM) initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson... Education Realty (EDR) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Enterprise Products (EPD) initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson... Essex Property Trust (ESS) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Extra Space Storage (EXR) initiated with an Outperform at Baird... Harmonic (HLIT) initiated with a Hold at Drexel Hamilton... Imprimis (IMMY) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee CRT... National Retail Properties (NNN) initiated with a Neutral at DA Davidson... Nutrisystem (NTRI) initiated with a Buy at Lake Street... PLC Systems Inc (PLC) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee CRT... PayPal (PYPL) initiated with a Neutral at UBS... Preferred Apartment (APTS) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Public Storage (PSA) initiated with a Neutral at Baird... Realty Income (O) initiated with a Neutral at DA Davidson... RingCentral (RNG) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... SeaChange (SEAC) initiated with a Hold at Drexel Hamilton... Sovran Self Storage (SSS) initiated with an Outperform at Baird... Spectra Energy Partners (SEP) initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson... U-Store It Trust (YSI) initiated with an Outperform at Baird... Whitestone REIT (WSR) initiated with an Outperform at Baird... eBay (EBAY) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
08:32 EDTIACIIAC results should beat expectations, says JMP Securities
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05:23 EDTCLFStocks with implied volatility movement; MDLZ CLF
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July 22, 2015
16:25 EDTSSSSovran Self Storage initiated with an Outperform at Baird
Target $102.
11:34 EDTCLFOptions with increasing put volume and implied volatility: RSX CLF FFIV
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July 21, 2015
10:01 EDTCOTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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July 20, 2015
16:06 EDTCOTCott Corp. initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse
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10:43 EDTIACIZillow slides to 52-week low after Barclays cuts to sell
The shares of Zillow (Z) are falling after Barclays downgraded the stock to Underweight, the firm's equivalent of a "Sell" rating, citing increased competition in the "local" segment of the Internet market. Zillow's websites advertise homes that are up for sale. WHAT'S NEW: In a note to investors earlier today, Barclays analyst Christopher Merwin wrote that, heading into second quarter results, he does not recommend Internet stocks that have been "challenged" and have relatively "cheap" valuations. These valuations are only "cheap" based on consensus estimates that are probably too high, the analyst believes. Based on that criteria, he downgraded Zillow to Underweight from Equal Weight. He also used the same criteria to downgrade Yelp (YELP), whose website features user reviews of local businesses, to Equal Weight from Overweight. Both companies are facing an "atypical level" of competition, driven by a favorable venture capital funding environment, Merwin indicated. The competition has driven down the companies' multiples, he believes. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Merwin recommended that investors buy the shares of small and mid cap Internet companies whose estimates are just beginning to be revised upwards by analysts. He identified IAC (IACI), which owns several dating websites, as one stock in this category. IAC should benefit from increased monetization of its popular Tinder dating app and the stabilization of its core dating websites, the analyst contended. Also poised for further positive estimate revisions are video game makers Electronic Arts (EA) and Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Merwin believes. The companies' increased revenue from digital games should mitigate the risk they face from slowing software growth as sales of new consoles slow, the analyst believes. He noted that 50% of both companies' revenue are now generated from digital games and identified Electronic Arts and Activision Blizzard as two of his top ideas. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Zillow fell 5% to $79 after hitting a 52-week low of $76.82 earlier in the session. Meanwhile, Yelp slid 1.6% to $34.40, IAC fell fractionally to $83.83, Electronic Arts added about 1% to $74.15 and activision Blizzard rose 0.5% to $25.93.
05:44 EDTIACIZillow Group downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
Barclays analyst Christopher Merwin downgraded Zillow Group (Z) to Underweight saying competition is increasing in local. Underweight is Barclays' equivalent to a sell rating. The real estate and rental marketplace owner closed Friday at $83.27. Merwin believes consensus growth estimates are likely too high heading into Zillow's Q2 results and cut his price target for the stock to $70 from $90. The analyst this morning also downgraded Yelp (YELP) to Equal Weight for similar reasons. His top U.S. Internet picks heading into Q2 earnings season are IAC (IACI), Activision Blizzard (ATVI) and Electronic Arts (EA). Merwin thinks Activision and Electronic Arts will receive more than half of their 2015 revenue from digital.
July 16, 2015
11:27 EDTSSYSPiper ups Voxeljet despite caution after 3D printing survey
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06:18 EDTSSYSPiper's 3D printing survey 'discouraging again'
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05:36 EDTSSYSvoxeljet upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray
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July 15, 2015
07:47 EDTIACIIAC acquisition positive, says Oppenheimer
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