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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.
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January 14, 2015
06:16 EDTINTCIntel to expand 2-in-1 reference design to 12.5-inch display, DigiTimes says
Intel has expanded its $349-$399 2-in-1 devices' reference design to cover 12.5-inch display products, reports DigiTimes. Citing sources from notebook makers, the expansion will likely heat up competition in the 12-inch IT product segment. Reference Link
January 13, 2015
11:57 EDTINTC, WDCHP rises after PC report despite Pacific Crest downgrade
Shares of personal computer maker Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) are rising after research firm Gartner estimated that worldwide PC shipments had risen 1% last quarter. The advance comes despite research firm Pacific Crest having downgraded HP shares this morning. WHAT'S NEW: Worldwide shipments of PCs increased 1% last quarter, Gartner estimated. "These results indicate a slow, but consistent improvement following more than two years of decline," the firm wrote. The estimate suggests that PCs are not fading into oblivion, as some had predicted. Despite this news, research firm Pacific Crest downgraded HP to Sector Perform from Outperform in a note to investors today. HP is facing increased competition, as a number of companies are buying fewer individual servers and IT storage products, Pacific Crest analyst Brent Bracelin stated. Instead, they are buying integrated IT stacks. Ongoing technological trends could make this option more popular going forward, the analyst believes. Additionally, new data storage systems - including next wave systems with software-defined controls, cloud storage systems, and open sources systems - are growing rapidly and could increase the competitive pressure on HP, the analyst stated. Bracelin is less confident that HP's multiple can expand further going forward, he added. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Bracelin also downgraded NetApp (NTAP) to Sector Perform from Outperform for the same reasons that he cut his rating on HP. The analyst identified Tableau (DATA), F5 Networks (FFIV), Qlik Technologies (QLIK), and Nimble Storage (NMBL) as his favorite names in the IT infrastructure sector. F5 should benefit from earnings and multiple expansion as it carries out its security strategy, while Qlik is well-positioned to generate improved growth and margins, the analyst stated. Tableau and Nimble are poised to report better than expected results as their new products ramp up, Bracelin believes. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies that benefit from upbeat PC sales include Intel (INTC), Microsoft (MSFT), and hard disk drive makers Seagate (STX) and Western Digital (WDC). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, HP shares climbed 1.5% to $40.50.
10:00 EDTDKSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: American Midstream Partners (AMID) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... Ameriprise (AMP) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Applied DNA Sciences (APDN) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... Axalta Coating (AXTA) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Bellicum Pharmaceuticals (BLCM) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Bonanza Creek (BCEI) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... ConocoPhillips (COP) initiated with an Underweight at JPMorgan... Core-Mark (CORE) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Dick's Sporting (DKS) initiated with an In-Line at Imperial Capital... Dynegy (DYN) reinstated with an Overweight at Barclays... Gannett (GCI) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo... Gran Tierra (GTE) initiated with an Outperformer at CIBC... HomeAway (AWAY) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Juno Therapeutics (JUNO) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... MakeMyTrip (MMYT) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... PDC Energy (PDCE) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... PNC Financial (PNC) initiated with a Hold at Evercore ISI... Proofpoint (PFPT) initiated with a Buy at Summit Research... Sensata (ST) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Southcross Energy Partners (SXE) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... Suncor (SU) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... U.S. Bancorp (USB) initiated with a Hold at Evercore ISI... United Financial (UBNK) initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Vantiv (VNTV) initiated with an Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Wells Fargo (WFC) initiated with a Hold at Evercore ISI.
08:22 EDTINTCIntel should meet or beat sales guidance midpoint, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo thinks that Intel should be able to meet, or beat, the midpoint of its Q4 guidance for 1% sequential sales growth. The firm believes the results could set a positive tone for computer related chips, with strong growth in data centers and a continuing recovery in PC growth. Wells keeps an Outperform rating on Intel.
08:15 EDTSNXSYNNEX Q4 results increase bullish conviction, says Brean Capital
Brean Capital said the Q4 results and guidance from SYNNEX support the firm's bullish investment framework. The firm sees continued growth and solid operating leverage as well as the potential for higher margins. Brean Capital reiterated its Buy rating and $90 price target on SYNNEX shares.
05:32 EDTDKSDick's Sporting initiated with an In-Line at Imperial Capital
Target $60.
January 12, 2015
18:28 EDTSNXOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Alcoa (AA), up 1.4%; SYNNEX (SNX), up 5.4%. LOWER: Big 5 Sporting Goods (BGFV), down 8.3% after lowering fourth quarter revenue outlook... Wolverine World Wide (WWW), down 7.9% after reporting preliminary fourth quarter and fiscal 2014 results... Aimco (AIV), down 2.2% after filing to sell 8.2M shares of common stock... Brixmor Property Group (BRX), down 1.6% after offering 17.5M shares of common stock for holders.
16:15 EDTSNXSYNNEX announces quarterly dividend of 12.5c per share
SYNNEX announced today that its board of directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of 12.5c per common share, payable on January 30 to the shareholders of record as of the close of business on January 16.
16:13 EDTSNXSYNNEX sees Q1 EPS $1.49-$1.54, consensus $1.45
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16:12 EDTSNXSYNNEX reports Q4 EPS $1.83, consensus $1.69
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15:49 EDTCMCSAGaiam partners with Comcast to launch Gaiam TV Fit & Yoga
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15:26 EDTSNXNotable companies reporting after market close
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10:00 EDTTEROn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:00 EDTFMC, STOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Agnico-Eagle (AEM) upgraded at BMO Capital... Aimco (AIV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Alaska Air (ALK) upgraded at Evercore ISI... Alcoa (AA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Alon USA Energy (ALJ) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... AvalonBay (AVB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... BASF (BASFY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... C.H. Robinson (CHRW) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... CBS (CBS) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... Chesapeake (CHK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... China Mobile (CHL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at ... D.R. Horton (DHI) upgraded at KeyBanc... Daimler AG (DDAIF) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Diamond Resorts (DRII) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... FMC Corporation (FMC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... First Cash Financial (FCFS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... Frontier Communications (FTR) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... HomeAway (AWAY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Ingersoll-Rand (IR) upgraded at Morgan Stanley... KB Home (KBH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Knight Transportation (KNX) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... LabCorp (LH) upgraded to Outperform at RW Baird... M.D.C. Holdings (MDC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Mid-America Apartment (MAA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... PACCAR (PCAR) upgraded at RBC Capital... Parsley Energy (PE) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Peugeot (PUGOY) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Radware (RDWR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham... Rush Enterprises (RUSHA) upgraded at BB&T... Ryland Group (RYL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... SL Green Realty (SLG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Solera (SLH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Standard Pacific (SPF) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Statoil (STO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Syngenta (SYT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Miller Tabak... VMware (VMW) upgraded to Positive from Mixed at OTR Global... Vale (VALE) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia Capital... Volvo (VOLVY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Windstream (WIN) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... lululemon (LULU) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Sterne Agee.
09:17 EDTSTOStatoil upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman
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07:35 EDTINTCNational Retail Federation to hold a trade show
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07:30 EDTFMCFMC Corporation upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
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07:01 EDTINTCIntel January volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Intel January call option implied volatility is at 47, February is at 28, April is at 27; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on January 15.
06:57 EDTTERTeradyne downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse
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06:44 EDTINTCIntel shares could trade higher near-term, says Citigroup
Citigroup says shares of Intel (INTC) could move higher over the near-term given the high short interest in the name and likely above guidance earnings results. Citi says its channel checks indicate the PC market remains stable and that Intel continues to gain share from AMD (AMD). The firm keeps a Neutral rating on Intel, however, pointing out its 2015 estimates remain below consensus.
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