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October 23, 2012
10:00 EDTDUK, XL, NCMI, TOO, YHOO, RNR, PSA, CNL, POWI, CHKP, MNIOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Check Point (CHKP) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Cleco (CNL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Cleco (CNL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... McClatchy (MNI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Power Integrations (POWI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee... Public Storage (PSA) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Cantor.. RenaissanceRe (RNR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Teekay Offshore Partners (TOO) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... XL Group (XL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Yahoo! (YHOO) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... National CineMedia (NCMI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel Nicolaus... Duke Energy (DUK) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at JPMorgan.
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November 25, 2015
10:08 EDTYHOOYahoo higher after canceling appearance at tech conference
Yahoo has canceled its appearance at next week's technology conference hosted by Credit Suisse, according to sources. The reason behind the cancelation remains unclear. Shares of Yahoo are up 45c to $33.41 in early trading.
09:58 EDTYHOOYahoo November weekly options active
Yahoo November 33 and 34 calls are active on total call volume of 3,700 contracts (puts 1300 contracts). November weekly call option implied volatility is at 26, December is at 34, January is at 33; compared to its 52-week range of 14 to 33. Active options volume suggests traders taking positions for price movement.
November 24, 2015
10:29 EDTCHKPPalo Alto seen adding confidence on IT security demand
The shares of IT security company Palo Alto (PANW) are rising after the company reported stronger than expected results last night. In a note to investors today, JPMorgan wrote that the results "should help restore investor confidence" in demand for IT security systems. WHAT'S NEW: Palo Alto reported first quarter earnings per share of 35c, versus analysts' consensus estimate of 32c. The company's revenue came in at $297M, versus the consensus outlook of $284M. The IT security company provided roughly in-line Q2 EPS guidance, while its Q2 revenue guidance came in slightly above expectations. "Security remains a strategic consideration embedded in virtually every IT decision, (and) as a result, the demand environment remains very healthy, said Palo Alto CEO Mark McLaughlin. ANALYST REACTION: Palo Alto's results should boost investors' confidence in the IT security demand environment, wrote JPMorgan analyst Sterling Auty. Palo Alto's results were "healthy" and the company's customer growth trends continue to be strong, the analyst stated. Moreover, the company is selling more of its products to each customer, Auty reported. As investors shift to valuing the company on cash flow, moving away from their current revenue based valuation method, the stock should rise, according to Auty, who kept a $216 price target and Overweight rating on the name. Palo Alto reported strong results, showing that the company is continuing to gain share in the new, fast growing next generation firewall and advanced threat detection market, according to Stephens analyst Jonathan Ruykhaver. Strong demand, good new products, and a wider distribution network will enable the company to deliver significant share gains and strong growth, believes the analyst, who increased his price target on the stock to $200 from $190. Also very upbeat on Palo Alto was Pacific Crest analyst Rob Owens. The company's growth continued to be "torrid" last quarter and it will clearly be among the winners in the IT security sector, wrote Owens, who raised his price target on the shares to $210 from $190 and kept an Overweight rating on the name. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Other publicly traded companies in the IT security space include Barracuda (CUDA), Check Point (CHKP), F5 Networks (FFIV), FireEye (FEYE), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Proofpoint (PFPT), Qualys (QLYS) and Symantec (SYMC). PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Palo Alto climbed 7% to $184.22.
09:09 EDTDUKDuke Energy solar project in Rutherford to provide energy to Google data center
Google (GOOG) will benefit from Duke Energy (DUK) Carolinas' Green Source Rider program - meeting a portion of the power demand from the company's data center in Lenoir with solar energy. A 61-megawatt solar project will be constructed in Rutherford County in Duke Energy Carolinas' service territory. Under a power purchase agreement with the Rutherford Farms solar project, Duke Energy will secure power to meet new energy demand from Google's expanded data center.
06:16 EDTYHOOInsiders losing patience with Yahoo CEO Mayer's growth plan, WSJ says
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November 23, 2015
10:00 EDTPOWIOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Aixtron (AIXG) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Cavium (CAVM) downgraded on checks at JMP Securities... Chico's (CHS) downgraded to Underperform from Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Chipotle (CMG) downgraded on new E coli infections at Sterne Agee CRT... Constant Contact (CTCT) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Stifel... Fairchild (FCS) downgraded to Neutral from Positive at Susquehanna... Haemonetics (HAE) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Jumei (JMEI) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at CLSA... Phillips 66 (PSX) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Power Integrations (POWI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sidoti... Tata Motors (TTM) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Textura (TXTR) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... TriVascular (TRIV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG... Viacom (VIAB) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank.
09:32 EDTPOWIPower Integrations downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sidoti
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November 22, 2015
19:37 EDTYHOOTop Yahoo media executive leaves company, Re/code says
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November 19, 2015
08:03 EDTYHOOStarboard urges Yahoo to sell core businesses
In a letter delivered to Yahoo's Chairman, CEO And board, Starboard stresses that a proposed spin-off of Aabaco Holdings is not Yahoo's best alternative. It adds that a sales of Yahoo's core business would be the best risk-adjusted outcome for shareholders. In the letter, Starboard stated, "We have grown increasingly frustrated with your unwillingness to accept our help and your dismissive approach to our serious concerns about the current situation at Yahoo! Inc. ("Yahoo"). As you, the management team, and your advisors requested from us over a year ago, we have attempted to work with you privately and agreed not to pursue the nomination and election of directors at last year's annual meeting. Despite our numerous conversations and meetings, and notwithstanding your willingness to provide us an audience, you have been reluctant to respond or adapt to the realities of the current environment. The current situation that Yahoo faces is so important that we now feel it is necessary to communicate with management and the Board of Directors in a manner such that our message is not only as explicit as possible for you, but also for our fellow Yahoo shareholders. The proposed spin-off of Aabaco Holdings is not Yahoo's best alternative. Instead, you should be exploring a sale of Yahoo's core Search and Display advertising businesses and leave Yahoo's ownership stakes in Alibaba Group and Yahoo Japan in the existing corporate entity."
07:27 EDTNCMIMKM Partners to hold a conference
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06:00 EDTYHOOStarboard sends letter to Yahoo, urges halt of Alibaba spinoff plan, WSJ reports
Yahoo (YHOO) shareholder Starboard Value sent a letter to the company urging the company to halt the plan to sell its stake in Alibaba (BABA) due to the risk of incurring taxes on the sale, the Wall Street Journal reports. The activist investor instead wants Yahoo to sell its struggling Internet business, the report says. Starboard supported the sale of over $20B in Alibaba shares before the IRS denied Yahoo's request for a private letter ruling on whether the spinoff would be considered tax free. Reference Link
November 18, 2015
09:32 EDTNCMINational CineMedia forms in-theater marketing relationship with Fandango
Fandango and National CineMedia announced a new strategic relationship that will bring Fandango's original video content to the big screen nationwide as part of NCM's "FirstLook." The deal will also exclusively provide NCM with a select aggregated set of Fandango's moviegoer demographic data, which NCM will combine into its broader data management platform, enabling more effective in-theater advertising and content targeting for NCM's marketing partners. As part of the relationship, Fandango will provide NCM with select sets of aggregated moviegoer data from various films. NCM will integrate these film specific insights along with other premium data sources as part of an overall integrated data solution to more effectively identify moviegoer segments for improved audience targetability.
08:30 EDTCHKPCheck Point removed from US 1 List at BofA/Merrill
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07:28 EDTYHOOYahoo taxes could amount to more than value of Alibaba stake, says SunTrust
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06:15 EDTYHOOYahoo included in New York's daily fantasy sports investigation, Reuters says
An investigation by the New York attorney general into the daily fantasy sports industry will no include Yahoo, Reuters reports, citing a person familiar with the matter. Yahoo operates its own daily fantasy site and received a subpoena by New York AG Eric Schneiderman, the report says. Reference Link
November 17, 2015
10:00 EDTDUKOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Antero Resources (AR) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC) initiated with a Buy at Drexel Hamilton... Arc Logistics (ARCX) initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson... CNO Financial (CNO) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... Capstone Turbine (CPST) initiated with a Perform at Oppenheimer... Dominion (D) initiated with an Outperform at Scotia Howard Weil... Duke Energy (DUK) initiated with a Sector Perform at Scotia Howard Weil... EQT Corporation (EQT) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... EverBank (EVER) initiated with a Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Exelon (EXC) initiated with a Sector Perform at Scotia Howard Weil... First Data (FDC) initiated with a Neutral at BTIG... Genworth (GNW) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... Marinus Pharmaceuticals (MRNS) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... New Relic (NEWR) initiated with a Buy at Needham... NextEra Energy Partners (NEP) initiated with a Sector Perform at Scotia Howard Weil... NextEra Energy (NEE) initiated with an Outperform at Scotia Howard Weil... PG&E (PCG) initiated with a Neutral at Citi... Reinsurance Group (RGA) initiated with a Sell at Goldman... The Advisory Board (ABCO) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Torchmark (TMK) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... Ubisoft Entertainment (UBSFY) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies.
08:50 EDTYHOOCheetah Mobile reports strategic partnership with Yahoo
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07:48 EDTDUKDuke Energy initiated with a Sector Perform at Scotia Howard Weil
November 16, 2015
08:01 EDTRNRRenaissanceRe names Gibbons non-executive chair of the board
RenaissanceRe announced that James Gibbons, who has been a member of the Board since 2008 and Chair of the Audit Committee since 2013, will become the Non-Executive Chair of the Board of Directors following the company's Annual General Meeting of Shareholders in May 2016. Ralph B. Levy, who has been a member of the Board since 2007 and Non-Executive Chair since 2011, will transition the role to Gibbons, and will continue to serve as a director of the company, subject to his reelection at the 2016 Annual Meeting.
November 13, 2015
16:22 EDTRNRRenaissanceRe increases share repurchase program to $500M
The Board of Directors of RenaissanceRe Holdings announced a quarterly dividend of $0.30 per common share on its common stock. The dividend is payable on December 31, 2015 to shareholders of record on December 15, 2015. In addition, the Board of Directors approved an increase in RenaissanceRe's share repurchase program, bringing the total current authorization to $500M. This authorization includes the remaining amounts available under prior authorizations. Under this program, RenaissanceRe may repurchase shares of its common stock in the open market based on, among other things, its ongoing capital requirements and expected cash flows, and the market price of its common shares. The repurchase program does not have an established expiration date.

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