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May 2, 2012
12:58 EDTNOK, ASNA, SMSC, RRD, TRIP, RIMM, CHRS, CHK, AGN, CVS, RATE, MCHP, OPEN, AGP, CBS, TWX, CMCSAOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday, following disappointing jobs data at home and abroad. The market began the session in the red following worse than expected data from the ADP employment change report. The market hit its lows shortly after the open and has moved in narrow range since, but has trended higher in the last hour. The move higher came after a slightly better than expected factory orders report and an energy inventories report that showed a larger draw down of gas and distillate supplies than were forecast... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., ADP said that 119,000 private-sector jobs were added in April, missing expectations for 170,000 job additions. Factory orders declined 1.5% in March, versus expectations of a 1.6% drop. In Europe, two pieces of disappointing data were reported: unemployment rose to 10.9% in the shared-currency bloc, its highest level since the euro's launch in 1999, and the eurozone's manufacturing sector contracted at the sharpest pace in almost three years, with the manufacturing PMI for the region falling to 45.9 in April from 47.7 in March. In China, HSBC's "flash" PMI manufacturing survey improved to 49.3 from 48.3 in the prior reading... COMPANY NEWS: A number of media companies reported better than expected results on both the top and bottom lines, including Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner (TWX) and CBS (CBS), but only CBS saw its shares move up following its announcement. CBS shares gained more than 3%, while Comcast fell 1.5% and Time Warned moved almost 2% lower... Among other companies reporting earnings, advancers included CVS Caremark (CVS), TripAdvisor (TRIP) and Amerigroup (AGP); decliners included Allergan (AGN), R.R. Donnelley (RRD) and OpenTable (OPEN)... Chesapeake (CHK) gave up all of the 8% in gains it realized yesterday and then some, falling about 13% after its earnings missed consensus and Reuters reported on new potential conflicts of interests for its CEO Aubrey McClendon... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Standard Microsystems (SMSC), up 38%, on news it will be acquired by Microchip Technology (MCHP) for $37 per share in cash, and both Charming Shoppes (CHRS), up over 23%, and Ascena Retail Group (ASNA), up almost 11%, after the companies announced plans for Ascena to acquire Charming. Noteworthy losers included Bankrate (RATE), down 12%, following its earnings report, and Research in Motion (RIMM), down almost 5%, as investors continue to react negatively to the company's new product announcements and Nokia (NOK) sued RIM and others in the U.S. and Germany on accusations of patent infringement... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 47.38, or 0.36%, to 13,231.94; the Nasdaq was down 1.63, or 0.05%, to 3,048.81; and the S&P 500 was down 6.69, or 0.48%, to 1,399.13.
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January 28, 2016
10:05 EDTTRIP, CHKOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Azure Midstream Partners (AZUR) downgraded at Stifel... Chesapeake (CHK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... CorEnergy (CORR) downgraded at Stifel... DCP Midstream (DPM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... DynCorp (DCP) downgraded at Stifel... Ericsson (ERIC) downgraded on challenging outlook at BMO Capital... H&E Equipment (HEES) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Halcon Resources (HK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... InvenSense (INVN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Barrington... Invitae (NVTA) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink... Kirby (KEX) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... MEG Energy (MEGEF) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Metro (MTTRY) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... OSI Systems (OSIS) downgraded to Hold following Q2 miss at BB&T... Oasis Petroleum (OAS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... Pan American Silver (PAAS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Qualcomm (QCOM) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Range Resources (RRC) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Rockwell Automation (ROK) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Royal Gold (RGLD) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... SEI Investments (SEIC) downgraded to Underperform at Keefe Bruyette... SandRidge Energy (SD) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Wunderlich... Seadrill (SDRL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... ServiceNow (NOW) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at MKM Partners... State Bank Financial (STBZ) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... Sunoco Logistics (SXL) downgraded at Stifel... Tallgrass Energy GP (TEGP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Tallgrass Energy (TEP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Textron (TXT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Drexel Hamilton... TripAdvisor (TRIP) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Tupperware Brands (TUP) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... U.S. Steel (X) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... United Rentals (URI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Welltower (HCN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Western Gas Partners (WES) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich.
09:01 EDTCHKChesapeake downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich
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06:32 EDTTRIPTripAdvisor downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James
Raymond James downgraded TripAdvisor to Underperform given the combination of a more challenging macro environment and model shift. The firm's analyst believes many top sites are struggling to drive transaction revenue and believes TripAdvisor will need to spend more on marketing to accelerate Instant Book usage.
January 27, 2016
10:20 EDTTRIPGoldman says sell TripAdvisor as Airbnb adds to industry challenges
The outlook for online travel agencies, or OTAs, has become less favorable, partly due to increased competition from alternative lodging providers like Airbnb, Goldman Sachs wrote in a note to investors today. The firm downgraded one of the stocks in the sector, Priceline (PCLN), to Neutral from Buy, and cut another online travel agency, TripAdvisor (TRIP), to Sell from Neutral. WHAT'S NEW: Amid high lodging occupancy rates and below average supply growth, more travelers are embracing alternative lodging options like Airbnb, cutting out the OTAs, wrote Goldman analyst Heath Terry. Additionally, high occupancy rates are enabling hotels to seek better terms from OTAs, the analyst stated. Meanwhile, OTAs have increased their penetration of the hotel sector, leaving less room for share gains, Terry stated. Turning to specific stocks, the analyst expects Priceline to be hurt by the stronger dollar as well as increased competition from alternative lodging options. He anticipates that TripAdvisor's bottom line will be lowered by its efforts to convince hotels to join its Instant Booking program by granting them more favorable deal terms. Terry kept a Neutral rating on Expedia, but said that the stock could drop further, given the company's high exposure to large hotel chains, the competitive challenges it's facing, and integration risks from four major acquisitions it has made over the last two years. He cut his price target on Priceline to $1,200 from $1,500 and on TripAdvisor to $59 from $68. Terry has a $93 price target on Expedia. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Priceline fell 3.5% to $1,073, TripAdvisor lost 3.2% to $67.44, and Expedia declined 2.2% to $102.61.
10:00 EDTTRIPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: BG Group (BRGYY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi... Bill Barrett (BBG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Brown & Brown (BRO) downgraded to Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG... Canadian National (CNI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... DreamWorks (DWA) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Topeka... FirstMerit (FMER) downgraded at RBC Capital... Gentex (GNTX) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Haverty Furniture (HVT) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... Hercules Technology (HTGC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Horizon Technology (HRZN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Installed Building downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... Jarden (JAH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... K+S (KPLUF) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Berenberg... La-Z-Boy (LZB) downgraded at BB&T... Legacy Reserves (LGCY) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Medivation (MDVN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Merck (MRK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Metaldyne Performance (MPG) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Pier 1 Imports (PIR) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... Priceline (PCLN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Profire Energy (PFIE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Chardan... Regeneron (REGN) downgraded to Hold at Canaccord... Starwood (HOT) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA... Swiss Re (SSREY) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... TSYS (TSS) downgraded to Equal-Weight from Overweight at First Analysis... Talmer Bancorp (TLMR) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... TopBuild (BLD) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... TripAdvisor (TRIP) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... VMware (VMW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Summit Research... W.R. Grace (GRA) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... WEC Energy (WEC) downgraded to Neutral from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Welltower (HCN) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Yamana Gold (AUY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan.
09:12 EDTTRIPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Biogen (BIIB), up 5.6%... Hawaiian Holdings (HA), up 6.7%... Capital One (COF), up 1.5%. ALSO HIGHER: Capnia (CAPN), up 34.1% after entering into an exclusive distribution agreement with Bemes... Fate Therapeutics (FATE), up 18.6% after announcing that the FDA has cleared the company's investigational new drug application for ProTmune... Raptor Pharmaceutical (RPTP), up 12.1% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Aquinox (AQXP), up 5.6% after Baker Bros. buys 140,786 shares in the company... Sunedison (SUNE), up 7.4% after SunEdison and Greenlight Capital announced that they have mutually agreed to corporate governance initiatives... Citizens Financial Group (CFG), up 3% after it will be added to the S&P 500... Terex (TEX), up 5.2% after being upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Tupperware Brands (TUP), down 11.4%... VMware (VMW), down 6.5%... Textron (TXT), down 9.9%... Cliffs Natural (CLF), down 5.8%... Boeing (BA), down 6.2%... Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), down 3%... Apple (AAPL), down 3.4%. ALSO LOWER: Priceline (PCLN), down 2.9% after being downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), down 4.2% after being downgraded at Citi and KeyBanc... Tripadvisor (TRIP), down 5.5% after being downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman.
09:07 EDTCBSCBS signs long-term licesing agreement for Showtime programming in Australia
CBS and Stan, a joint venture between Nine Entertainment Co. and Fairfax Media, signed a long-term, exclusive licensing agreement that will bring all future Showtime series and programming to the Australian streaming service. CBS has signed similar exclusive deals for Showitme with Sky in Europe and Bell Media in Canada.
06:04 EDTTRIPTripAdvisor downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman
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06:02 EDTTRIPPriceline downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
Goldman Sachs analyst Heath Terry downgraded Priceline (PCLN) to Neutral saying the environment for online travel agents is becoming less favorable amid high occupancy and rising competition from alternative accommodation providers. Terry cut his price target for the shares to $1,200 from $1,500. He continues to believe Priceline is the best positioned in the space, however. The analyst this morning also downgraded TripAdvisor (TRIP) to Sell and kept a Neutral rating on Expedia (EXPE).
January 26, 2016
10:40 EDTTRIPTripAdvisor adds key supplier with Starwood, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Olson says that while expected following Marriott's (MAR) acquisition of Starwood, the partnership enabling Starwood's hotel inventory on TripAdvisor's (TRIP) Instant Book is a positive. TripAdvisor is making "tremendous strides" in building its supplier network, Olson tells investors in a research note. He reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock with a $120 price target.
09:03 EDTTRIPStarwood, TripAdvisor announce new instant booking partnership
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide (HOT) and TripAdvisor (TRIP) have partnered to make Starwood's global hotel portfolio accessible on the TripAdvisor instant booking platform.
08:26 EDTCMCSA, TWXTwitter in play after executive departures, says Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali believes yesterday's news of several senior executives leaving Twitter (TWTR) puts the company in play and could encourage potential bidders to step forward. Twitter's current valuation and sizeable user base makes it a strategic asset for a number of potential buyers, Squali told investors last night in a research note. Potential suitors on the technology side include Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL), Facebook (FB) and Microsoft (MSFT), the analyst contends. On the media side, Squali thinks 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Disney (DIS), Comcast (CMCSA) or Time Warner (TWX) could express interest in Twitter. No concentration of share ownership and no super-voting structure increase the odds of a buyout, Squali argues. The analyst, however, adds that the executive departures are not good news for a company in the midst of a turnaround. He maintains a Buy rating on the microblogging operator with a $45 price target. Twitter closed yesterday down 82c, or 5%, to $17.02..
05:19 EDTCHKStocks with implied volatility movement; CHK FTR
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05:12 EDTNOKStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; LNKD NOK
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January 25, 2016
15:24 EDTCVSExpress Scripts off highs after Clinton tweets critical NPR report
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09:44 EDTCHKChesapeake downgraded to Sell from Hold at Tudor Pickering
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07:32 EDTCMCSATMC to hold a conference
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05:23 EDTNOKStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; LNKD NOK
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January 24, 2016
18:28 EDTTWXAT&T potentially circling Time Warner, New York Post says
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17:55 EDTCMCSA'The Revenant' tops box office as 'Ride Along 2' sags
"The Revenant" clawed past "Ride Along 2" as this weekend's snow storm left several box office newcomers grasping for ticket sales. WEEKEND LEADER: Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "The Revenant" grossed $16M domestically for the weekend of January 24. The Leonardo DiCaprio-led survival Western was expected to take $19M-$21.6M, though results may have been dampened by the East Coast winter storm. BOX OFFICE RUNNERS-UP: Disney's (DIS) "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" earned $14.3M and now stands at $1.94B globally. Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) subsidiary Universal's "Ride Along 2" dipped to $13M against expectations for $18M-$18.7M, with critics and audiences generally lukewarm on the film despite its $34M open last weekend. Rounding out the weekend's top five were Lionsgate's (LGF) "Dirty Grandpa" and STX Entertainment's "The Boy," with the two newcomers debuting at a respective $11.5M and $11.3M.
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