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March 26, 2014
10:00 EDTGRMN, SCS, LAZ, SIRI, CVA, NXPI, CRR, PENN, CG, GLW, DVNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Carlyle Group (CG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Covanta (CVA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... Garmin (GRMN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Penn National (PENN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Sirius XM (SIRI) upgraded to Overweight from Equalweight at Barclays... Devon Energy (DVN) upgraded to Overweight from Equalweight at Capital One... CARBO Ceramics (CRR) upgraded at Sterne Agee... Lazard (LAZ) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Corning (GLW) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Steelcase (SCS) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James.
News For CG;CVA;GRMN;PENN;SIRI;DVN;CRR;LAZ;GLW;NXPI;SCS From The Last 14 Days
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January 28, 2016
05:37 EDTCRRCARBO Ceramics expects Q1 North American rig count to decline in double digits
The company commented, "The continued decline in commodity prices creates an increasingly challenging operating environment as completion activity by E&P operators remains very depressed. Various industry sources have estimated that the North American rig count will likely decline by double digits in the first quarter of 2016 compared to the fourth quarter of 2015. With a lower rig count, we expect continued pressure on our proppant sales in the first half of 2016."
05:36 EDTCRRCARBO Ceramics reports Q4 GAAP EPS ($2.17), consensus (83c)
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January 27, 2016
10:14 EDTDVNDevon weakness on pipeline delay would be buying opportunity, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital analyst Scott Hanold noted that MEG Energy's sale of its 50% interest in the Access pipeline could now stretch into March, April or even May, which could raise concerns around Devon Energy, which will monetize its 50% ownership along with MEG's sale process. However, he still expects a transaction to occur and would be a buyer of Devon shares on any related weakness. Hanold keeps an Outperform rating on Devon Energy.
08:20 EDTGLWCorning reported strong results, says Bernstein
After Corning's Q4 results beat expectations, Bernstein says that the results were strong. The firm says that the company's guidance was "mixed," but indicates that its display glass business will be strong this year despite a weak start to Q1. Bernstein says that the company's decision to hedge its yen exposure is positive, and it keeps a $26 price target and Outperform rating.
January 26, 2016
18:54 EDTNXPIApple shares slide after mixed Q1 results, slower iPhone sales
Apple (AAPL) shares dipped Tuesday after the tech giant reported first quarter earnings and gave select second quarter guidance. WHAT'S NEW: Apple reported Q1 earnings per share of $3.28, above consensus estimates of $3.23, and revenue of $75.9B, below analyst expectations of $76.59B. The company also issued Q2 revenue guidance of $50B-$53B, against a consensus of $55.64B, and Q2 gross margin between 39%-39.5%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Apple reported Q1 iPhone sales of 74.78M units, versus 48.05M units sold in the fourth quarter and 74.47M units sold in Q1 of last year. Apple reported Q1 iPad sales of 16.12M units, versus 9.88M units sold in Q4 and 21.42M units sold in Q1 of last year. The company also reported Q1 Mac sales of 5.31M units, versus 5.71M in Q4 and 5.52M units in Q1 of last year. Apple's Other Products revenue, which includes sales of Apple TV, Apple Watch, Beats products, iPod, and Apple-branded and third-party accessories, was $4.35B, versus $2.69B last year. During the company's earnings conference call, Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook remarked that Q1 was the best quarter for Apple TV sales and Apple TV app development, and the Apple Watch set a new quarterly sales record. Cook also said this quarter had more conversions of Android users to iPhones than previous quarters. Cook noted the company is maintaining its investment plans in China while also investing in India and other emerging markets, with the CEO adding that the company remains very bullish on China and is on target to have 40 stores in the region this year. ANALYST REACTION: Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster issued a note following the earnings announcement indicating the research firm is maintaining its Overweight rating on the stock. Munster noted that although Apple guided below the Street's expectations, the outlook is above investor fears and will result in the reset of June expectations. Munster continues to expect the stock's multiple to expand as the September iPhone 7 launch approaches, and it remains the firm's top pick for 2016. OTHERS TO WATCH: iPhone suppliers are largely lower following Apple's results. Skyworks (SWKS) has dipped 0.7% to $65.32 while Cirrus Logic (CRUS) is down 2.03%. NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Qualcomm (QCOM) and Avago Technologies (AVGO) have declined 0.68%, 1.28%, and 1.07%, respectively. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Apple are lower by 2.69% to $97.31 in after-hours trading.
15:03 EDTNXPIEarnings Watch: Apple may report first ever quarter with iPhone unit decline
Apple (AAPL) is set to report earnings for the company's first quarter of fiscal year 2016 after the market close on Tuesday, January 26, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Apple, the most valuable U.S.-listed company by market capitalization, is the manufacturer of the iPhone and iPad, among other devices. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $3.23 on revenue of $76.59B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $2.83-$3.44 on revenue of $70.65B-$79.96B. Along with its last earnings report, Apple said it sees Q1 revenue of $75.5B-$77.5B and a gross margin between 39%-40%. On average, analysts expect the tech giant to report iPhone units of 75M, according to Bloomberg data that sources nine analyst estimates. iPad units are estimated at 17.3M, Mac units are estimated at 5.8M and Watch units are estimated at 5.3M, according to Bloomberg. LAST QUARTER: On October 27, Apple reported fourth quarter EPS of $1.96, which topped the consensus estimate of $1.88. Fourth quarter revenue of $51.5B also beat the $51.12B consensus expectation. Apple reported iPhone units of 48.05M, iPad units of 9.88M and Mac units of 5.71M in Q4. Apple reported a Q4 gross margin of 39.9%. LAST YEAR: In its first fiscal quarter of last year, Apple reported EPS of $3.06 on revenue of $74.6B and a gross margin of 39.9%. Last year, Apple reported iPhone units of 74.47M, iPad units of 21.42M and 5.52M Mac units in its first quarter. UPCOMING PHONES: According to media reports, Apple's next flagship smartphone, likely called the iPhone 7, will not have a 3.5mm headphone jack, will be thinner, and will likely support wireless charging and be waterproof. Apple is also rumored to soon be releasing a new 4-inch iPhone, known as the "iPhone 5se," that will likely have faster A9/M9 chips and always-on Siri, 9to5Mac reported. The iPhone 5s will be discontinued upon the release of the 5se, which is expected as soon as mid-March, the report said. CAR EFFORTS: Steve Zadesky, who was tapped by Tim Cook to lead Apple's electric car development, is leaving the company, Bloomberg reported on January 24, citing sources. Zadesky stepped down due to personal reasons unrelated to his performance, and the move has not affected Apple's plans to build a car, Bloomberg added. The next day, AppleInsider said Apple has placed a hiring freeze on the team involved with the company's nascent automotive project known as "Project Titan" after company executives became unsatisfied with the project's progress, though CNET then said, citing a source, that contrary to the earlier report Apple Chief Design Officer Jony Ive was not unhappy with the direction of the company's car effort. OTHER NEWS: In early December, CBS (CBS) CEO Les Moonves said Apple had paused development of its live TV service, according to Bloomberg. "They've had conversations on it and I think they pressed the hold button. They were looking for a service," said Moonves, according to the report. Following up on that report, Re/code, citing sources, said Apple had walked away from negotiations with TV industry executives due to issues with the composition of the "skinny bundle" it would offer. Later in the month, Apple announced that Jeff Williams had been named COO and Johny Srouji is joining Apple's executive team as senior vice president for Hardware Technologies. UBS analyst Steven Milunovich said afterward that Williams looks like CEO Tim Cook's successor, adding that Williams had been speculated as next in line since he had been included in presentations, but the promotion to a new position was still unexpected. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after the company's last quarterly report, Pacific Crest analyst Andy Hargreaves upgraded Apple to Overweight, stating that its long-term value offset its remaining near-term risks. On November 18, Goldman Sachs analyst Simona Jankowski upgraded Apple to Conviction Buy, saying the market views Apple as a "hardware" stock, or a company with limited recurring revenue and visibility that only extends to the next product cycle, but over the next year she expects the market focus will shift from unit growth to installed base monetization and recurring revenues, which she dubbed "Apple-as-a-Service." On December 11, BMO Capital analyst Tim Long initiated Apple with an Outperform rating and $145 price target, contending that iPhone unit growth will be in the high single digits for a few years. During mid-to-late December, several analysts, including Morgan Stanley's Katy Huberty, Credit Suisse's Kulbinder Garcha, BofA Merrill Lynch's Wamsi Mohan and UBS' Milunovich, lowered their iPhone unit estimates, citing smartphone supply chain data points and other sources of information. On January 6, Rosenblatt analysts Jun Zhang and Martin Pyykkonen downgraded Apple to Neutral, saying they believe iPhone 6S sales slowed down during the holiday season. On January 11, Mizuho analyst Abhey Lamba upgraded Apple to Buy from Neutral, saying that investors' focus on short-term supply chain data points had created an attractive risk/reward in the tech giant's shares. The next day, Bank of American Merrill Lynch upgraded Apple to Buy, echoing the view that worries that were prompted by supply chain data points had been largely factored into the stock after its pullback. On January 22, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster recommended buying shares of Apple into the company's earnings report, stating that he believes the stock will rally on the iPhone number change cycle and experience multiple expansion over the next six months. Munster, who thinks shares of Apple could achieve upside of over 50% from its recent levels by the iPhone 7 launch in September, kept an Overweight rating on the iPhone maker with a $179 price target. OTHERS TO WATCH: Shares of iPhone suppliers, including Skyworks (SWKS), Cirrus Logic (CRUS), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), Qualcomm (QCOM), Avago Technologies (AVGO) and Broadcom (BRCM), often move in reaction to Apple's earnings report and guidance. PRICE ACTION: On October 28, the day after Apple reported better than expected fourth quarter sales and profits, the stock advanced a bit over 4%. Since the beginning of the new year, Apple shares have declined more than 4.7%. Over the last three months, the stock has fallen 13% to trade near $100 per share in late afternoon trading ahead of Tuesday's report.
10:00 EDTDVNOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Criteo (CRTO) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Devon Energy (DVN) initiated with a Buy at Citi... Fair Isaac (FICO) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair... First Solar (FSLR) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Ideal Power (IPWR) initiated with a Buy at Rodman & Renshaw... Juniper Pharmaceuticals (JNP) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... MeetMe (MEET) initiated with a Buy at Topeka... MoneyGram (MGI) initiated with a Buy at Feltl... Petroleum Geo-Services (PGSVY) initiated with a Buy at HSBC... Rubicon Project (RUBI) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Smart & Final Stores (SFS) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Tuesday Morning (TUES) initiated with a Neutral at B. Riley.
09:32 EDTGLWActive equity options trading on open
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09:32 EDTGLWCorning sees gros margin percentages improving year-over-year in 2H16
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09:28 EDTGLWCorning sees Q1 global economic headwinds to continue in Q1
Corning's (GLW) management said that volume in Q1 will reflect the weaker retail market. Management said that Q1 will be the weakest quarter in the fiscal year. The company sees glass market volumes to be down mid-to-high single digits. The company expects glass market volume growth to begin in Q2. The company sees prices to decline moderately sequentially in Q1. The company sees its optical communications segment up low-to-mid single digits. The company sees environmental sales down approximately 10% in Q1. Corning expects its special materials segment sales down mid teens. The company expects its life sciences sales up low-single digits. Dow Corning, Corning's joint venture with Dow Chemical (DD), equity earnings are expected to be approximately $45M in Q1. Corning sees core gross margin approximately 41% of sales in Q1. Guidance provided during Q4 earnings conference call.
08:55 EDTNXPINXP Semiconductors underperformance creates opportunity, says BMO Capital
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07:45 EDTDVNDevon Energy initiated with a Buy at Citi
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06:55 EDTGLWCorning expects Q1 to be weakest of 2016, growth to recover in Q2-Q4
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06:53 EDTGLWCorning reports Q4 Display Technologies core sales $903M
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06:52 EDTGLWCorning reports Q4 core EPS 34c, consensus 32c
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January 25, 2016
14:29 EDTGLWNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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12:15 EDTGLWEarnings Watch: Corning sees Q4 LCD glass volume down slightly
Corning (GLW) is expected to report fourth quarter earnings on Tuesday, January 26 before the market open with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Corning is a globally diversified technology company. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 32c on revenue of $2.33B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 28c-33c on revenue of $2.3B-$2.36B. LAST QUARTER: Corning reported third quarter core EPS of 34c against estimates for 34c, on revenue of $2.27B against estimates for $2.5B. It reported Q3 core sales of $2.45B. Corning expects Q4 LCD glass volume down slightly, sequentially. Corning announced a strategic and capital allocation framework designed to return more than $10B to shareholders through 2019. As a first step to delivering the plan, Corning's Board of Directors increased the company's share repurchase authorization by $4B. The company also announced plans to commence a $1.25B accelerated share repurchase program during the fourth quarter. Additionally, the company anticipates increasing its dividend per common share by at least 10% annually through 2019. On December 11, Corning announced that it will exchange its 50% interest in Dow Corning Corporation for 100% of the stock of a newly formed entity that will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Corning Incorporated. The newly formed entity will hold approximately 40% ownership in Hemlock Semiconductor Group and approximately $4.8B in cash. Corning expects the realignment to be substantially tax-free. STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been mixed in the weeks leading up to Corning's Q4 earnings report. On November 19, Susquehanna said Corning had recently focused on new end-market opportunities that could help provide growth as display matures. Although the firm noted the company is trying to find opportunities, they saw only 6%-8% accretion to 2017 earnings. Susquehanna reiterated its Positive rating and $22 price target on Corning shares. On December 14, Bernstein said Corning will benefit from the Dow Corning deal. After Corning (GLW) and Dow Chemical (DOW) announced that Corning will exchange its 50% interest in joint venture Dow Corning for a 100% stake in a newly-formed entity that will have $4.8B in cash, Bernstein said that Dow Corning's earnings stream was only worth $2B. The firm kept a $26 price target and Outperform rating on Corning. On December 17, JPMorgan analyst Rod Hall downgraded Corning to Neutral from Overweight saying the weak macro environment is driving slower than expected TV shipments. Corning's valuation is full at current levels, Hall told investors in a research note where he cut his price target for the shares to $18 from $20. PRICE ACTION: Corning's shares are down marginally since Q3 results were released. However, over the past twelve months, the stock has fallen approximately 29%. In early afternoon trading ahead of Tuesday's Q4 report, Corning's shares are down just over 1%.
11:24 EDTGLWOptions with increasing volume
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09:46 EDTDVNDevon Energy upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Tudor Pickering
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09:32 EDTGLWApple Active equity options trading on open
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