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January 15, 2014
10:00 EDTLPI, WDC, SUSP, RHI, LAZ, FMC, CMCSA, MWV, TER, STO, PRI, INTC, EXR, FTNT, XLNX, SYA, SNX, PCG, HTGC, DKSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Comcast (CMCSA) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Dick's Sporting (DKS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Extra Space Storage (EXR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... FMC Corporation (FMC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... Hercules Technology (HTGC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Intel (INTC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Lazard (LAZ) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... PG&E (PCG) upgraded to Buy from Fair Value at CRT Capital... Primerica (PRI) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Robert Half (RHI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... SYNNEX (SNX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Statoil (STO) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at Nomura... Susser Petroleum Partners (SUSP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... Symetra Financial (SYA) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Raymond James... Teradyne (TER) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Pacific Crest... Western Digital (WDC) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Pacific Crest... Xilinx (XLNX) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... MeadWestvaco (MWV) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Laredo Petroleum (LPI) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at Tudor Pickering... Fortinet (FTNT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush.
News For CMCSA;DKS;EXR;FMC;HTGC;INTC;LAZ;PCG;PRI;RHI;SNX;STO;SUSP;SYA;TER;WDC;XLNX;MWV;LPI;FTNT From The Last 14 Days
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February 1, 2016
13:18 EDTCMCSANFL near deal with CBS, NBC to split up Thursday games, Bloomberg says
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12:48 EDTFMCOptions with increasing call volume
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10:51 EDTINTCActive calls; INTC CVS TWTR APC BAC
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10:05 EDTFTNTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Acadia (ACHC) initiated with an Overweight at KeyBanc... Altisource Residential (RESI) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Colony Starwood Homes (SFR) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... EyeGate (EYEG) initiated with a Buy at Rodman & Renshaw... Fortinet (FTNT) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Halozyme (HALO) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Lendingtree (TREE) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Lindblad Expeditions (LIND) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Summit Therapeutics (SMMT) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... VolitionRx (VNRX) initiated with a Buy at Rodman & Renshaw.
09:36 EDTINTCActive equity options trading on open
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08:54 EDTCMCSAComcast shares should be owned into Q4 results, says Pacific Crest
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07:30 EDTFTNTFortinet initiated with an Outperform at Northland
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January 31, 2016
20:43 EDTWDCOn The Fly: Top five weekend stock stories
Catch up on the weekend's top five stories with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Coca-Cola (KO) announced a minority stake in diary and juice company Chi, with plans to take full ownership within three years. 2. Billionaire investor Nelson Peltz is considering taking an activist position in Time Warner (TWX), the New York Post reported. 3. Toyota (TM) could temporarily halt domestic production after an explosion at a key supplier curbed its supply of steel, Reuters said. 4. Investigations into Herbalife (HLF), as well as investigations into Bill Ackman himself, have fizzled and criminal charges look unlikely, the Wall Street Journal revealed. 5. Virtu Financial (VIRT) and Ctrip (CTRP) were discussed positively by Barron's this week, as well as "tech bargains" Autodesk (ADSK), Akamai (AKAM), Western Digital (WDC), SanDisk (SNDK) and Lam Research (LRCX) and attractive banking stocks Citi (C), JPMorgan (JPM), Bank of America (BAC) and Wells Fargo (WFC).
20:11 EDTCMCSATime Warner, Hulu talks heat up over issue of current seasons, WSJ says
Time Warner's (TWX) negotiations to potentially buy into Hulu, a joint venture of Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK), Fox (FOX, FOXA) and Disney (DIS), have been heating up lately over the issue of Hulu subscribers being able to view current-season TV shows, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing sources. Though the feature is a differentiator for Hulu when compared to Netflix (NFLX) and Amazon (AMZN), Time Warner believes the presence of full, current seasons contributes to cord cutting, the report says. Reference Link
18:07 EDTCMCSA'Kung Fu Panda 3' swings to first, 'Finest Hours' lands in choppy waters
"Kung Fu Panda 3" topped the box office in its U.S. debut while nautical disaster drama "The Finest Hours" floundered. WEEKEND LEADER: "Kung Fu Panda 3," produced by DreamWorks (DWA) and distributed by Fox (FOX, FOXA), grossed $41M against expectations for $35M-$50M in its domestic debut during the weekend of January 31. The computer-animated action comedy, featuring the voices of Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman and Angelina Jolie, set a new box office record for January animated film openings but fell somewhat short of the $60.2M and $47.7M debuts seen by previous films in the franchise. BOX OFFICE RUNNERS-UP: "The Revenant," also from Fox, grossed $12.4M. Disney's (DIS) "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" took in an additional $10.8M and stands at $1.98B globally, while the company's "The Finest Hours" earned $10.3M in its domestic start despite an estimated $70M-$80M budget. Rounding out the top five was Universal's (CMCSA, CMCSK) "Ride Along 2" with $8.3M.
12:44 EDTWDCAutodesk, Akamai among top tech picks after January selloff, Barron's says
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January 29, 2016
12:53 EDTCMCSABox Office Battle: 'Kung Fu Panda 3' expected to kick 'Revenant' from top spot
DreamWorks Animation's (DWA) "Kung Fu Panda 3" featuring Jack Black is expected to break the record for the largest January opening for an animated feature, topping the opening of "The Nut Job" in 2014. The first two films in the "Kung Fu Panda" franchise took in $60.2M and $47.6M, respectively, in their opening weekends and grossed a total of nearly $1.3B worldwide. With a strong base of Po the Panda fans and the popularity of a recent TV show, conservative early estimates say "Panda 3" is expected to bring in $35M-$50M. Also opening this weekend are Disney's (DIS) "The Finest Hours," starring Chris Pine, and Open Road Films' "Fifty Shades of Black," starring Marlon Wayans. "The Finest Hours" may disappoint, with expectations topping out at $10M in its opening weekend. "Fifty Shades of Black," meanwhile, is the latest spoof movie from the team of Wayans and Michael Tiddes from "Haunted House" fame. The last film from Wayans had an opening weekend of $8.8M, and this one is currently expected to take in a similar amount. Both films will battle with Fox's (FOX, FOXA) survival story and Oscar contender "The Revenant," starring Leonardo Dicaprio, and Disney's (DIS) "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" for spots in the top five. "The Revenant" and "Star Wars" should each take in $9M-$12M even as they continue to lose theaters this coming weekend. Other publicly traded companies involved in filmmaking include Lionsgate (LGF), Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK), and Sony (SNE).
10:56 EDTFTNTIT security stocks rise after Fortinet meets expectations
The shares of a number of IT security companies are rising after one of the companies in the sector, Fortinet (FTNT), reported in-line fourth quarter results last night. JPMorgan and RBC Capital were upbeat on the company's outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Fortinet reported Q4 EPS of 18c, in line with analysts' consensus outlook. The company's revenue was also in-line with the consensus outlook, while its billings jumped 35% versus the same period a year earlier. Moreover, Fortinet's fiscal 2016 guidance also came in near consensus estimates. ANALYST REACTION: Fortinet's results show that it is gaining market share, especially overseas and among U.S. small and medium businesses, JPMorgan analyst Sterling Auty stated. Additionally, the company's margins look set to reach about 15% in fiscal 2016, up from 13% the previous year, and its free cash flow should jump 33% in fiscal 2016, the analyst predicted. He kept a $54 price target and Overweight rating on the shares, saying the quarter should bring a "welcomed lift" following the recent selloff in shares. Fortinet's guidance suggests that it will have more leverage than expected in fiscal 2016, but its outlook is also "somewhat conservative," RBC Capital analyst Dan Bergstrom wrote. Fortinet's stock is relatively cheap versus its peers and its historical norms, the analyst believes. However, he kept a $32 price target and Sector Perform rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Yesterday morning IT security company Check Point (CHKP) reported stronger than expected Q4 results and provided in-line fiscal 2016 EPS guidance, excluding certain items. Last night IT security company Proofpoint (PFPT) reported in-line Q4 results but provided lower than expected fiscal 2016 EPS guidance. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Fortinet climbed 6% to $28. Other IT security companies also advanced, with Palo Alto (PANW) surging 7.5%, Barracuda (CUDA) gaining 2.5% to $10.60, FireEye (FEYE) rising 1.5% to $14, Check Point adding 1% to $77.70 and Symantec (SYMC) rising 1.2% to $129.75.
10:10 EDTFTNTOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:21 EDTFTNTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Gigamon (GIMO), up 17.7%... Fortinet (FTNT), up 10%... Flextronics (FLEX), up 10%... Skyworks (SWKS), up 5.7%... Seagate Technology (STX), up 4.9%.. Microsoft (MSFT), up 4.6%. ALSO HIGHER: Inovio Pharmaceuticals (INO), up 8.1% after CEO says Zika vaccine could enter human testing this year... J.C. Penney (JCP), up 2.1% after being upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... BRF S.A. (BRFS), up 3.1% after being upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Axiall (AXLL), up 83.4% after rejecting $20 per share acquisition proposal from Westlake Chemical (WLK)... Energous (WATT), up 12% after Bloomberg reported that Apple (AAPL) is working with partners in the U.S. and Asia to develop new wireless charging technology. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Amazon.com (AMZN), down 10.1%... Electronic Arts (EA), down 6.2%... AbbVie (ABBV), down 4%... American Airlines (AAL), down 1.3%. ALSO LOWER: Gilead Sciences (GILD), down 5.5% after CEO John Martin to assume role of executive chairman and COO John Milligan will be promoted to CEO.
08:37 EDTFTNTFortinet guidance likely conservative, says RBC Capital
After Fortinet reported in-line results, RBC Capital says they will probably be well-received, given sentiment towards the name. The firm says that the company's fiscal 2016 guidance is "likely somewhat conservative." However, it keeps a Sector Perform rating on the shares.
07:12 EDTWDCWestern Digital upside incredibly substantial, says Brean Capital
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07:03 EDTINTCProofpoint results suggest demand remains strong, says Piper Jaffray
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05:55 EDTFTNTFortinet Q4 results to bring 'welcomed lift' to shares, says JPMorgan
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