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September 4, 2013
09:14 EDTLOGI, LNKD, SAI, JCP, ETFC, FRAN, VRNT, BCR, BRCM, CIEN, GWRE, ROCM, DG, HRB, NAV, GIIIOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Ciena (CIEN), up 9%... Dollar General (DG), up 4%... G-III Apparel (GIII), up 4%... Verint Systems (VRNT), up 7%. ALSO HIGHER: Rochester Medical (ROCM), up 44% after acquired by Bard (BCR) for approximately $262M... J.C. Penney (JCP), up 2% after Glenview reports a 9.1% passive stake... E-Trade (ETFC), up 7% after approved to dividend bank capital to parent company... Logitech International (LOGI), up 3% after Vincent Pilette named new CFO... Broadcom (BRCM), up 1.5%, after agreeing to acquire LTE assets from Renesas Electronics. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Navistar (NAV), down 6%... H&R Block (HRB), down 4%... Francesca's (FRAN), down 18%... SAIC (SAI), down 6%. ALSO LOWER: Guidewire Software (GWRE), down 8% after downgrade at Citigroup... LinkedIn (LNKD), down 2% after proposed offering of $1B of common stock.
News For CIEN;GIII;DG;BRCM;NAV;ROCM;BCR;HRB;GWRE;VRNT;FRAN;JCP;LNKD;ETFC;SAI;LOGI From The Last 14 Days
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July 23, 2015
17:33 EDTBCRC.R. Bard sees Q3 EPS $2.21-$2.25, consensus $2.28
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17:32 EDTBCRC.R. Bard raises FY15 EPS view to $9-$9.10 from $8.95-$9.05, consensus $9.02
16:29 EDTBCRC.R. Bard reports Q2 adjusted EPS $2.27, consensus $2.18
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16:22 EDTETFCE-Trade reports Q EPS 25c, consensus 27c
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15:04 EDTBCRNotable companies reporting after market close
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07:56 EDTGWREGuidewire price target raised to $65 from $59 at UBS
UBS raised its price target on Guidewire to $65 from $59 following Q3 results. The firm cited a large customer win whose revenue brings positive long-term economics to license growth. UBS also cites a strong Tier-1 pipeline and strong win rates and reiterated its Buy rating on Guidewire shares.
05:05 EDTLOGILogitech confirms FY16 operating income guidance of $150M
05:04 EDTLOGILogitech reports Q1 EPS 16c, consensus 11c
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July 22, 2015
14:51 EDTBRCMEarnings Watch: Qualcomm reports after speculations of potential breakup
Qualcomm (QCOM) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the close on July 22, with a conference call scheduled for 4:45 pm ET. Qualcomm is a maker of semiconductors and telecommunications equipment. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 95c on revenue of $5.85B. EPS consensus ranges 90c-$1.05 on a revenue range of $5.59B-$6.08B, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: On April 22, Qualcomm reported Q2 EPS of $1.40 against expectations for $1.33, and revenue of $6.89B versus estimates of $6.83B. The company also cut its FY15 EPS guidance to $4.60-$5.00 from $4.85-$5.05 and lowered projected revenue to $25B-$27B from $26.3B-$28B, saying it expects pressure in its semiconductor business due to customer shifts in the premium segment and a decline in Qualcomm's share at an unnamed large customer. NEWS: On May 8, Reuters reported that EU antitrust regulators asked Qualcomm's competitors how the company's licensing and business practices affect them, and on July 16, the European Commission confirmed two formal antitrust investigations of the company. On May 25, Qualcomm and Daimler (DDAIF) announced a strategic collaboration to develop connected car technology. Coming on the heels of Avago's (AVGO) May 28 agreement to acquire Broadcom (BRCM), Bloomberg quoted a source later that day as saying Qualcomm, Intel (INTC), Altera (ALTR), Analog Devices (ADI), Maxim Integrated (MXIM), Texas Instruments (TXN), and Microchip Technology (MCHP) are all considering their own M&A opportunities. Note that on June 1, Intel announced an agreement to acquire Altera. On June 23, Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMI), Qualcomm, Huawei, and Imec announced the formation of a joint venture to focus on a type of 14 nanometer technology. More recently, the Wall Street Journal reported on July 20 that Qualcomm is "expected" to begin a comprehensive strategic review which may include the possibility of a breakup following pressure from "activist" shareholder Jana Partners, according to sources, adding that the move could be announced concurrent with Wednesday's earnings release. STREET RESEARCH: Following last quarter's earnings report, Exane BNP Paribas downgraded Qualcomm to Neutral from Outperform, while both Canaccord and Brean Capital lowered price targets for the stock after "disappointing" guidance. Meanwhile, Citi said it expects the company's chip business to recover in 2016 despite this "very bad year." On May 28, CLSA said it sees continued pressure on Qualcomm chipsets, potentially spurring the company to consider making an acquisition, and on June 2, Craig-Hallum noted that Skyworks (SWKS) would be a great fit for Qualcomm. On June 24, Summit Research called Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC) an "affordable" target for Qualcomm, with AMD (AMD) and Cavium (CAVM) also looking like potential takeover candidates. On June 29, Drexel Hamilton downgraded Qualcomm to Sell from Hold, citing expected price cuts. Lastly, following media reports on July 20 that Qualcomm could be weighing a breakup, Bernstein said that such a "dis-synergistic" split would likely destroy value rather than create it. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Qualcomm are down more than 1% to $64.37 in afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's earnings report.
10:03 EDTHRBH&R Block calls active on takeover speculation
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10:01 EDTCIENOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:01 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AMC Entertainment (AMC) upgraded to Buy at MKM Partners... Agnico Eagle (AEM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at HSBC... Allegiant Travel (ALGT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Amazon.com (AMZN) upgraded on positive outlook at JMP Securities... Bank of Ireland (IRE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Canadian Pacific (CP) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Carrizo Oil & Gas (CRZO) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Concho Resources (CXO) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Crown Castle (CCI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Exxon Mobil (XOM) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Fidelity & Guaranty Life (FGL) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... First Interstate (FIBK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Hess Corp. (HES) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham... Murphy Oil (MUR) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Noble Energy (NBL) upgraded to Outperform at Credit Suisse... Packaging Corp. (PKG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Prologis (PLD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... Signature Bank (SBNY) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Sonic Automotive (SAH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Tate & Lyle (TATYY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Technip (TKPPY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Union Bankshares (UBSH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... Yamana Gold (AUY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at HSBC... Yara (YARIY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan.
09:55 EDTHRBRumor: H&R Block strength attributed to takeover speculation
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08:38 EDTJCPNRF cuts 2015 retail sales growth forecast to 3.5% from 4.1%
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08:09 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham
Buckingham upgraded J.C. Penney to Buy and increased its price target to $12 from $9. The firm believes 2H comps could accelerate as initiatives take hold and has increased confidence it the company's ability to hit its 2017 EBITDA target of $1.2B. Buckingham believes FY15 sales comp guidance of 4%-5% is achievable and sees continued gross margin improvement and reduced SG&A levels.
05:19 EDTCIENCiena initiated with a Buy at B. Riley
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July 21, 2015
19:00 EDTBRCMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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09:27 EDTBCRFDA sent C.R. Bard warning letter after facility inspection
The FDA sent C.R. Bard a warning letter after inspecting the company's Peripheral Vascular facility. The letter stated in part, "FDA is aware that your firm submitted both in-vitro and in-vivo testing demonstrating the use of the Recovery Cone Removal System, Model RC-15 for removal of the Recovery Filter (K031328), the G2X Filter (K082305), the G2 Express Filter (K080668), and the G2 Filter (K073090). However, the Recovery Cone System, Model RC-15 was not included as part of the clearances for any of the aforementioned IVC filters. Therefore, your firm is marketing the Recovery Cone Removal System, Model RC-15 in the United States without marketing clearance or approval. Percutaneous retrieval systems, such as the Recovery Cone Removal System, Model RC-15, are regulated as manual surgical instruments intended for specialized use within a specific medical specialty, and thus require marketing authorization in order to be legally marketed in the United States." Reference Link
08:36 EDTNAVNavistar awarded order for 1,050 tractors
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July 20, 2015
08:22 EDTNAVNavistar refinances $697.5M senior secured term loan facility
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