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February 21, 2014
10:00 EDTJWN, WMT, SXL, PFMT, OIS, RPTP, TAC, PHG, PEG, NCMI, CHSP, PODD, PM, MONT, GRPN, MHK, ESNT, IHG, COLMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Columbia Sportswear (COLM) downgraded to Sell from Hold at McAdams Wright... Essent Group (ESNT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Groupon (GRPN) downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... InterContinental Hotels (IHG) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Mohawk (MHK) downgraded to Market Perform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Montage Technology (MONT) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... National CineMedia (NCMI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Nordstrom (JWN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Oil States (OIS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... PSEG (PEG) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Performant Financial (PFMT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Philip Morris (PM) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at First Global... Philips (PHG) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Sunoco Logistics (SXL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Insulet (PODD) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Feltl... TransAlta (TAC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Wal-Mart (WMT) downgraded at Stifel... Chesapeake Lodging (CHSP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Raptor Pharmaceuticals (RPTP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg.
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November 10, 2014
09:00 EDTWMTWal-Mart weekly volatility increases into Q3 and holiday outlook
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08:23 EDTWMTWal-Mart expectations appear muted heading into earnings, says RW Baird
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07:44 EDTPFMTPerformant Financial downgraded at Morgan Stanley
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06:42 EDTPFMTPerformant Financial downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
06:30 EDTPHGGlobal LED lighting market ste to rach $25.7B in 2014, DigiTimes says
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November 9, 2014
18:41 EDTWMTWal-Mart to focus on food safety in China, Reuters says
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16:55 EDTWMTWal-Mart China sales impacted by country's austerity program, WSJ says
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November 7, 2014
17:00 EDTNCMIMarket ends week higher after upbeat U.S. data, hint at ECB easing
Stocks finished the week higher and near record levels as several better than expected U.S. economic data points boosted shares. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., weekly jobless claims, a manufacturing index for October, and factory orders for September all beat expectations. The nonfarm payrolls report showed fewer than expected jobs were added last month, but the figures from the prior two months were upwardly revised... European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said the ECB Governing Council was unanimous in its commitment to use unconventional instruments if needed to boost the euro zone's economy. Meanwhile, some possible "green shoots" emerged in Europe, as France reported that its manufacturing output had risen 0.6% in September versus August. Furthermore, Western European car sales surged 5.5% in October versus the same period a year earlier, Reuters reported, citing industry data. There was, however, some negative news out of Europe, as Germany said that its factory orders had increased just 0.8% in September, following a revised 4.2% slump in August. Economists had expected the orders to jump 2.3%. Also, the European Commission cut its 2014 GDP growth forecast for the EU to 0.8% from its previous forecast for a 1.2% gain. COMPANY NEWS: Tesla (TSLA), Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba (BABA), Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), International Paper (IP), Whole Foods (WFM), and upscale accessories and apparel maker Kate Spade (KATE) were among the stocks that climbed following their results. Conversely, multi-level marketer Herbalife (HLF), Priceline (PCLN), Michael Kors (KORS), IT security company FireEye (FEYE), and chip maker Qualcomm (QCOM) fell following their quarterly reports... In takeover news, clinical laboratory company LabCorp (LH) said it would buy drug development services company Covance (CVD) for $105.12 per share in cash and stock, and marketing services company Sapient (SAPE) agreed to be acquired by French advertising giant Publicis (PUBGY) for $25.00 per share in cash... Shares of a number of hospital owners, including Tenet Healthcare (THC), Community Health (CYH), and HCA Holdings (HCA) fell after Republicans won control of the U.S. Senate. Republicans have promised to seek to repeal most parts of the Affordable Care Act, which benefits hospitals by reducing the number of uninsured patients that use their services. Additionally, the Supreme Court today agreed to hear a lawsuit challenging the federal government's right to subsidize the health insurance premiums of Americans who buy health insurance through the federal exchange set up by the Act... The Justice Department sued to block the acquisition of Screenvision, which provides solutions related to cinema advertising, by movie theater ad network National CineMedia (NCMI), sending its stock lower. Movie theater operator Carmike Cinemas (CKEC), which owns a 19% “profits interest" in the holding company for Screenvision, also slid following the news. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow is up 1.04% to 17,573.93, the Nasdaq is up 0.03% to 4,632.53, and the S&P 500 is up 0.66% to 2,031.92.
11:58 EDTWMTWal-Mart call activity attributed to activist investor speculation
Wal-Mart November 80 and 81 call active of total call volume of 25K contracts (1K puts) is attributed to activist investor speculation. November call option implied volatility is at 19, December and January is at 12; compared to its 26-week average of 14 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for upside price movement.
11:20 EDTWMTRumor: Wal-Mart strength attributed to activist investor speculation
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10:00 EDTSXLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Antero Resources (AR) upgraded to Overweight from Equalweight at Capital One... CA Technologies (CA) upgraded at Evercore ISI... CGG SA (CGG) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Canaccord... Cavium (CAVM) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Charter (CHTR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Chesapeake (CHK) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Johnson Rice... Container Store (TCS) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Delhaize (DEG) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Devon Energy (DVN) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at Tudor Pickering... Dynegy (DYN) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at Tudor Pickering... EOG Resources (EOG) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Tudor Pickering... Envestnet (ENV) upgraded at Raymond James... GNC Holdings (GNC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Hospira (HSP) upgraded at Raymond James... Kinross Gold (KGC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Kosmos (KOS) upgraded at RBC Capital... Nationstar (NSM) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Wells Fargo... Northern Oil and Gas (NOG) upgraded at Raymond James... Perrigo (PRGO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... PetSmart (PETM) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... Plains GP Holdings (PAGP) upgraded at Credit Suisse... Rosetta Resources (ROSE) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at Tudor Pickering... Splunk (SPLK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Sunoco Logistics (SXL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Target (TGT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Cleveland Research... Walker & Dunlop (WD) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... XO Group (XOXO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Zynga (ZNGA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham.
10:00 EDTPFMTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:00 EDTCOLMOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:58 EDTGRPNGroupon to host investor and analyst day
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08:28 EDTSXLSunoco Logistics upgraded at Stifel
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07:10 EDTPFMTPerformant Financial downgraded to Market Perform at William Blair
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06:53 EDTCOLMColumbia Sportswear initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital
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06:41 EDTSXLSunoco Logistics upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel
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06:25 EDTPFMTPerformant Financial downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse downgraded Performant Financial to Underperform following the Q3 miss and guidance.
05:40 EDTSXLSunoco Logistics upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
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