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February 21, 2014
10:00 EDTWMT, SXL, PFMT, OIS, RPTP, TAC, PHG, PEG, NCMI, CHSP, PODD, PM, JWN, MHK, ESNT, IHG, COLM, MONT, GRPNOn 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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January 28, 2016
09:56 EDTCHSPChesapeake Lodging exploring sale, WSJ says
Wall Street Journal M&A reporter Dana Mattioli said in a tweet: "Chesapeake Lodging Trust is exploring a sale. Scoop w/ @CraigKarmin coming to WSJ" Reference Link
09:27 EDTSXLSunoco Logistics increases quarterly dividend to 47.9c per share
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08:02 EDTSXLSunoco Logistics downgraded at Stifel
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07:01 EDTSXLSunoco Logistics downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel
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January 27, 2016
18:00 EDTJWNSL Green Realty signs Nordstrom as retail anchor at 3 Columbus Circle
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16:28 EDTSXLEnergy Transfer Partners evaluating project financing of Bakken pipeline
Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) announced it is evaluating project financing of the Bakken Pipeline. "This measure would materially reduce the direct spending required for this project and would substantially further reduce ETP's and Sunoco Logistics Partners' (SXL) 2016 growth capital funding requirements," the company noted.
15:10 EDTPHGEarnings Watch: Western Digital deal update focus of SanDisk report
SanDisk (SNDK) is expected to report fourth quarter earnings after the close on Wednesday, January 27. SanDisk will not hold a conference call to discuss its financial results in light of the pending acquisition by Western Digital (WDC). SanDisk manufactures data storage solutions, including removable and embedded Flash memory and solid-state drives. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 89c on revenue of $1.44B. The consensus range is 83c-$1.00 for EPS on revenue of $1.4B-$1.47B, according to First Call. Along with its last earnings report, SanDisk guided to Q4 revenue of $1.4B-$1.475B and a non-GAAP gross margin 40%-43%. LAST QUARTER: On October 21, SanDisk reported third quarter earnings per share of $1.09 and revenue of $1.45B, compared to expectations of 80c and $1.4B, respectively. NEWS: Along with releasing its earnings report, SanDisk announced a definitive agreement under which Western Digital will acquire all of the outstanding shares of SanDisk for a combination of cash and stock that values SanDisk common stock at $86.50 per share, or a total equity value of approximately $19B. If the investment in Western Digital by Unisplendour Corporation closes prior to this acquisition, Western Digital will pay $85.10 per share in cash and 0.0176 shares of Western Digital common stock per share of SanDisk common stock; and if the Unisplendour transaction has not closed or has been terminated, $67.50 in cash and 0.2387 shares of Western Digital common stock per share of SanDisk common stock. The companies said at the time that the transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2016. STREET RESEARCH: On December 28, Brean Capital analyst Ananda Baruah said the combined Western Digital-SanDisk company, post an expected merger close in September of this year, can generate FY17 earnings per share of $13-$15. He kept a $150 standalone Western Digital target price and believes that the combined company's shares should trade in a range of $154-$256 post close. On January 6, Pacific Crest analyst Monika Garg called Western Digital her best idea for 2016, stating that the company's pending acquisition of SanDisk "would create a formidable company" and bring significant earnings and cash flow generation. On January 25, CLSA analyst Mark Heller downgraded SanDisk to Underperform due to weakening NAND fundamentals and higher deal risk. The analyst does not believe Western Digital can walk away from the deal due to weakening fundamentals, but is more cautious on Unisplenour's investment in Western Digital. Heller lowered his price target to $70 from $86 on SanDisk shares. The same day, Jefferies analyst James Kisner lowered his estimates for Western Digital and Seagate (STX), citing the weak results and guidance from Nidec and a more conservative approach following the recent selloff in the shares. Western Digital's current valuation fully prices in an "extreme bear case" for the combined Western Digital and SanDisk, Kisner told investors in his research note. The analyst cut his price target for Western Digital to $82 from $95 but kept a Buy rating on the stock. Noting that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States would not grant regulatory clearance for Philips (PHG) to sell an 80.1% interest in Lumileds to China's GO Scale Capital, Summit Research analyst Srini Sundararajan said on January 26 that he thinks that the Unisplendour investment in Western Digital is more than likely to be stalled, if not blocked, given the current political climate. However, he also believes Western Digital planned for this contingency and that its deal with SanDisk should still go through. This morning, Citi analyst Stanley Kovler initiated coverage of Western Digital with a Buy rating, as the firm is relatively bullish on the company's acquisition of SanDisk. Conversely, Citi started coverage of Seagate (STX) with a Sell rating, saying that actions it has taken to cope with the decline of the sector "may only help so much." Kovler set an $82 price target on SanDisk, a $53 price target on Western Digital and a $23 price target on Seagate. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, SanDisk rose 0.75% to $64.57 per share. Since October 21, shares of SanDisk have declined about 14%. Since that same day, Western Digital shares are down over 41%.
11:33 EDTIHGJana Partners places short bet against InterContinental Hotels, WSJ reports
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10:00 EDTRPTPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: American Airlines (AAL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Armstrong World (AWI) upgraded on valuation at BB&T... Autoliv (ALV) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... BHP Billiton (BHP) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... BorgWarner (BWA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... Boyd Gaming (BYD) upgraded on valuation at Sterne Agee CRT... CF Industries (CF) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Deutsche Boerse (DBOEY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Diamond Offshore (DO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Clarksons Platou... Exelon (EXC) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... FCB Financial (FCB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Flushing Financial (FFIC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Hawaiian Holdings (HA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Imperva (IMPV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities... Lockheed Martin (LMT) upgraded to Outperform from Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... McDonald's (MCD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Munich Re (MURGY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... NextEra Energy (NEE) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... PG&E (PCG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Panera Bread (PNRA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... Raptor Pharmaceuticals (RPTP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Siemens (SIEGY) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays... Sprint (S) upgraded to Perform from Underperform at Oppenheimer... Stryker (SYK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Brean Capital... Super Micro Computer (SMCI) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Talmer Bancorp (TLMR)upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Terex (TEX) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Transocean (RIG) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Clarksons Platou... Washington Trust (WASH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... Yara (YARIY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Berenberg.
09:12 EDTRPTPOn 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.
06:51 EDTRPTPRaptor Pharmaceuticals upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi
Citi analyst Joel Beatty upgraded Raptor Pharmaceuticals to Buy after the close yesterday despite lowering his price target to $6 from $8. Quinsair is an underappreciated asset that will receive more attention as the drug launches in Europe and Canada, Beatty tells investors in a research note.
January 26, 2016
19:26 EDTRPTPOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: CA Technologies (CA), up 4.8%... Ethan Allen (ETH), up 10.6%... Hawaiian Holdings (HA), up 5.7%... Capital One (COF), up 1.1%. ALSO HIGHER: Fate Therapeutics (FATE), up 25% after announcing that the FDA has cleared the company's investigational new drug application for ProTmune... Raptor Pharmaceutical (RPTP), up 6.6% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: U.S. Steel (X), down 9%... AT&T (T), down 1.9%... Apple (AAPL), down 2.6%... VMware (VMW), down 4.7%... TSYS (TSS), down 7.4% after reporting quarterly results and announcing the acquisition of TransFirst for $2.3B in cash. ALSO LOWER: Lannett (LCI), down 9% after giving second quarter and fiscal 2016 guidance... Baxalta (BXLT), down 2% after filing to sell $1.45B of common stock for holders.
16:03 EDTRPTPRaptor Pharmaceuticals upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi
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09:32 EDTPMActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: FB PEP NFLX PM GM RMBS MSFT GLW AAPL
09:18 EDTPHGStereotaxis and Philips sign addendum to their agreement
Stereotaxis announced Stereotaxis and Philips have signed an addendum pursuant to their existing Development and Cooperation Agreement to facilitate development of a new interface between each company's most advanced systems for electrophysiology and interventional cardiology procedures. The new interface will enable interoperability of Stereotaxis' Niobe ES remote magnetic navigation system with the latest version of Philips' cardiovascular X-ray system, Allura Xper FD10. This new interface is expected to be available in major global markets in 2016.
09:02 EDTPHGPhilips says engaged with other parties that have expressed in Lumileds and Auto
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08:59 EDTPHGPhilips says on schedule to be able to complete Lighting seperation in 1H16
Philips said it is on schedule to be able to complete the separation of its Lighting business in the first half of this year. As previously stated, Philips is reviewing all strategic options for Philips Lighting, including an initial public offering and a private sale. Costs related to the separation amounted to EUR 183M in 2015. For 2016, Philips continues to expect separation costs to be EUR 200M to EUR 300M.
08:55 EDTPHGPhilips sees 'modest' comparable sales growth in 2016
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08:52 EDTPHGPhilips reports Q4 net loss EUR 39M vs. income of EUR 134M last year
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06:04 EDTMHKUSG downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
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