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January 30, 2015
10:00 EDTTPXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Abbott (ABT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... BAE Systems (BAESY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... Boston Scientific (BSX) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Bottomline Technologies (EPAY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Capital Bank (CBF) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler ONeill... Centrica PLC (CPYYY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Chico's FAS (CHS) upgraded to Buy at Janney Capital... Coherent (COHR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Devon Energy (DVN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Farmers National Banc (FMNB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Foot Locker (FL) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Groupon (GRPN) upgraded to Buy from Sell at Ascendiant... JA Solar (JASO) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... K12 (LRN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... PolyOne (POL) upgraded to Outperform at RW Baird... QLogic (QLGC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... SolarWinds (SWI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Stanley Black & Decker (SWK) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays... SunPower (SPWR) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... TCF Financial (TCB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA... Tempur Sealy (TPX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Textron (TXT) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Trina Solar (TSL) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Umpqua Holdings (UMPQ) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Valero Energy Partners (VLP) upgraded at Credit Suisse... Verifone (PAY) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Yahoo (YHOO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Zimmer (ZMH) upgraded to Outperform at RW Baird.
07:55 EDTTPXTempur Sealy upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura
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06:14 EDTCREEPhilips: Smart LED lighting to drive demand in 3-4 years, DigiTimes reports
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January 29, 2015
10:51 EDTISRGOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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08:46 EDTMDRXLeerink healthcare technology analyst holds analyst/industry conference call
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January 28, 2015
10:13 EDTTPXHigh option volume stocks
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05:58 EDTCREEGlobal demand for fine-pitch LED display panels up 70% in 2014, DigiTimes says
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January 27, 2015
14:24 EDTFFIVInvesco lowers passive stake in F5 Networks to 3.1%
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10:35 EDTCREEOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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January 26, 2015
10:30 EDTCREEOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:49 EDTFFIVActive equity options trading
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07:17 EDTISRGSociety of Thoracic Surgeons to hold annual meeting
51st Annual Meeting of STS is being held in San Diego, California on January 24-28.
January 23, 2015
16:55 EDTFFIVMarket ends week higher after ECB announces bond purchase plan
Stocks finished higher for the week after the European Central Bank unveiled a larger than expected bond buying plan and earnings season in the U.S. picked up steam. MACRO NEWS: The European Central Bank announced that it would buy EUR 60B of government and private bonds per month through September 2016. Reports before the ECB's official announcement had suggested that the central bank would buy EUR 50B of bonds per month... On a negative note, the International Monetary Fund cut its 2015 global growth outlook to 3.5% from 3.8%... U.S. economic data was mixed, as weekly jobless claims and sales of existing homes in December were worse than expected, but the index of leading economic indicators and new housing permits for December came in above the consensus outlook. COMPANY NEWS: Netflix (NFLX), Starbucks (SBUX), firearm maker Smith & Wesson (SWHC), and Southwest Airlines (LUV) were among the companies whose stocks rose following their results and guidance. On the other side of the ledger, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), IT management solution provider CA Technologies (CA), UPS (UPS), and application delivery networking products maker F5 Networks (FFIV) were among the companies that fell after they reported their earnings or updated their financial outlooks... M&A reports moved a number of stocks this week. The Financial Post reported that Samsung (SSNLF) had hired investment bank Evercore (EVR) to evaluate a purchase of the troubled Canadian company. Samsung is still considering purchasing BlackBerry (BBRY), the newspaper added. However, Canada's BNN reported that Evercore said that Samsung has not been a recent client of theirs and that they prepare ideas "routinely" on their "own accord." Avon (AVP) has held talks about a potential sale to private equity firm TPG Capital, dealReporter stated. Bloomberg reported that online travel agency Orbitz Worldwide (OWW) is working with an adviser to contact potential buyers and has drawn interest from private-equity funds and other Internet companies... DreamWorks Animation (DWA) tumbled after announcing a new strategic plan that will see it cut its feature production from three films per year down to two and axe about 500 jobs. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow dipped 0.37% to 17,672.60, the Nasdaq rose 1.14% to 4,757.88, and the S&P gained 0.34% to 2,051.82.
10:15 EDTCREEOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:05 EDTISRGIntuitive Surgical 2015 EPS likely to beat guidance, says SunTrust
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08:00 EDTISRGIntuitive Surgical shares likely to see pressure, says Leerink
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January 22, 2015
17:05 EDTISRGIntuitive Surgical reverses to decline 3.7% after procedure guidance
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16:59 EDTISRGIntuitive Surgical anticipates currency headwinds in 2015
16:58 EDTISRGIntuitive Surgical sees FY15 gross profit margin similar to Q4
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16:57 EDTISRGIntuitive Surgical sees 2015 procedural growth 7%-10%
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16:54 EDTISRGIntuitive Surgical encouraged by clinical developments in Europe
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16:51 EDTISRGIntuitive Surgical says Q4 U.S procedures grew 8%, international grew 21%
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16:39 EDTISRGIntuitive Surgical received regulatory clearance for da Vinci Xi system in Korea
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16:27 EDTFFIVOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:07 EDTISRGIntuitive Surgical Q4 worldwide da Vinci procedures grew nearly 10% YoY
The company placed 137 da Vinci Surgical Systems, compared to 138 in the fourth quarter of 2013 and 111 in the third quarter of 2014.
16:06 EDTISRGIntuitive Surgical reports Q4 EPS $4.92, consensus $4.38
Reports Q4 non-GAAP revenue $601M, consensus $589.37M.
15:32 EDTISRGNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Starbucks (SBUX), consensus 80c; Capital One (COF), consensus $1.74; Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), consensus $4.38; KLA-Tencor (KLAC), consensus 52c; Altera (ALTR), consensus 35c; E-Trade (ETFC), consensus 23c... ResMed (RMD), consensus 62c; Maxim Integrated Products (MXIM), consensus 30c; Maxim Integrated Products (MSCC), consensus 65c; Hexcel (HXL), consensus 54c; Polycom (PLCM), consensus 23c; Skyworks (SWKS), consensus $1.19; Curtiss-Wright (CW), consensus $1.00.
15:05 EDTISRGIntuitive Surgical January weekly 525 straddle priced for 5.4% movement into Q4
12:52 EDTISRGEarnings Preview: Intuitive Surgical sees Q4 da Vinci sales up 5% on GAAP basis
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12:28 EDTFFIVOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:10 EDTISRGIntuitive Surgical technical comments before results
The shares have been in a consolidation phase for the last month ahead of results. The low of the recent range is at $513 and the high of the range is at $538. Breaks of either end of this range will likely determine the future price path of the shares. A breakout above $538 on positive news would likely also tick the 52-week high at $541.23. Resistance levels to watch thereafter would be at $550, $567, and $574. A breakdown below the low of the range on a negative surprise would be bearish for future price. Below $513 next supports would be at $496.66, $486.61, and $467.26. The stock does have a history of extreme price reactions around earnings exacerbated by the small trading float. As of the last available report, the short-base in the name was neutral and relatively low compared to prior history.
11:32 EDTFFIVF5 Networks plummets after Q2 outlook trails estimates
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10:35 EDTCREEOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:05 EDTFFIVHigh option volume stocks
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10:03 EDTFFIVOn the Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:03 EDTFFIVOn the Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AMC Networks (AMCX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Chuy's (CHUY) upgraded at Wells Fargo... Coty (COTY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Era Group (ERA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Exterran (EXH) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... F5 Networks (FFIV) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham... Joy Global (JOY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Lennox (LII) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... RSA Insurance (RSNAY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Rockwell Automation (ROK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... SodaStream (SODA) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Stifel... eBay (EBAY) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley.
09:43 EDTFFIVActive equity options trading
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09:16 EDTFFIVOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:04 EDTFFIVF5 Networks weak Q1 due more to seasonality than cycle, says Janney Capital
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08:33 EDTFFIVF5 Networks sell-off overdone, says Pacific Crest
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08:17 EDTFFIVF5 Networks price target lowered to $145 from $160 at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer cut its price target on F5 after the company reported weaker than expected results. However, the firm does not expect the stock to fall significantly from current levels and continues to anticipate that it will benefit from key trends.. It keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
08:08 EDTFFIVF5 Networks should be bought on significant weakness, says Bernstein
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07:48 EDTFFIVF5 Networks downgraded at Stifel
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07:39 EDTFFIVF5 Networks upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham
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06:07 EDTFFIVF5 Networks downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel
06:07 EDTFFIVF5 Networks remains a favorite despite Q1 miss, says Piper Jaffray
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January 21, 2015
18:27 EDTFFIVOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: eBay (EBAY), up 2.9%... United Rentals (URI), up 1.5%. ALSO HIGHER: Minerva (NERV), up 16.1% after reporting positive Phase 1 data with MIN-202... Endo (ENDP), up 3.1% after it was announced that Endo will replace Covidien in S&P 500 as of 1/26 close... Covidien (COV) is up 1%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: F5 Networks (FFIV), down 15.8%... Xilinx (XLNX), down 6.1%... Discover Financial Services (DFS), down 3.3%... American Express (AXP), down 2.2%. ALSO LOWER: BioMarin (BMRN), down 2.5% after filing to sell 7.25M shares of common stock... Kinder Morgan (KMI), down 1.9% after announcing that it will acquire Hiland Partners for approximately $3B and reporting fourth quarter results... Cisco (CSCO), down 1.4% after Bloomberg reported that Oracle's (ORCL) Ellison said that Oracle's new Virtual Compute Appliance is cheaper than Cisco's product.
16:22 EDTFFIVF5 Networks down 13% after Q1 results, guidance
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16:13 EDTFFIVF5 Networks breaks down after hours following earnings
The stock was last at $109.53, down over 13% following earnings. At that price next support is at $106.82. Resistance is at $112.
16:10 EDTFFIVF5 Networks announces additional $750M share repurchase plan
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16:09 EDTFFIVF5 Networks sees Q2 adjusted EPS $1.48-$1.51, consensus $1.53
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16:08 EDTFFIVF5 Networks reports Q1 adjusted EPS $1.55, consensus $1.49
Reports Q1 revenue $462.8M, consensus $467.25M.
15:33 EDTFFIVF5 Networks technical notes before results
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15:27 EDTFFIVNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include American Express (AXP), consensus $1.38; Kinder Morgan (KMI), consensus 34c; eBay (EBAY), consensus 89c; Discover Financial Services (DFS), consensus $1.30; Crown Castle (CCI), consensus $1.05; Crown Castle (SNDK), consensus $1.27; Xilinx (XLNX), consensus 61c; F5 Networks (FFIV), consensus $1.49; United Rentals (URI), consensus $2.07; Plexus (PLXS), consensus 72c; Boston Private Financial Holdings (BPFH), consensus 22c; Dolby Laboratories (DLB), consensus 38c; SLM (SLM), consensus 5c; East West Bancorp (EWBC), consensus 65c; Raymond James Financial (RJF), consensus 86c; BancorpSouth (BXS), consensus 32c.
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10:01 EDTCREEOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:01 EDTCREEOn the Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Ashford Hospitality (AHT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... BAE Systems (BAESY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Bazaarvoice (BV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Becton Dickinson (BDX) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... CVS Health (CVS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Camden Property (CPT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... ConocoPhillips (COP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Cree (CREE) upgraded to Overweight at Stephens... DDR Corp. (DDR) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... EastGroup Properties (EGP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Esperion (ESPR) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Exxon Mobil (XOM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... FXCM (FXCM) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Keefe Bruyette... Fair Isaac (FICO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Golar LNG (GLNG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Nordea... Gran Tierra (GTE) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Host Hotels (HST) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... J.M. Smucker (SJM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Kilroy Realty (KRC) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Level 3 (LVLT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Lowe's (LOW) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Michael Kors (KORS) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded at Nomura... Regions Financial (RF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Ruckus Wireless (RKUS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Santander Mexico (BSMX) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Scorpio Tankers (STNG) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Strategic Hotels (BEE) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... The Medicines Co. (MDCO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink... Whole Foods (WFM) upgraded at Sterne Agee... Wolseley (WOSYY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas.
09:16 EDTCREEOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:40 EDTISRGIntuitive Surgical January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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08:34 EDTCREE, CREECree downgraded to Sell from Underperform at CLSA
CLSA downgraded Cree to Sell to reflect the fierce competitive environment in LED and mix that may work against the company late in the year. Price target is $30.
07:40 EDTCREECree upgraded to Overweight at Stephens
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07:35 EDTCREECree upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens
Price target is $42.
January 20, 2015
18:30 EDTCREEOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:09 EDTCREECree says LED lighting market still in early stages
Cree (CREE) CEO Chuck Swoboda said in the company's earnings release, "We made solid progress in Q2 with operating margin higher than targeted due to an improvement in gross margins in our lighting business. The market for LED lighting is still in the early stages, our new product pipeline is strong, sales momentum is building and our brand is growing in the market. As evidenced by our significant share repurchases in Q2, we believe we are on the right track to continue to grow the company and increase profits over the next several years." Cree peers include SemiLEDs (LEDS) and Acuity Brands (AYI). Cree shares are up 6% in after-hours trading to $34.40 after reporting better than expected Q2 results.
16:03 EDTCREECree sees Q3 EPS 21c-25c, consensus 21c
Sees Q3 revenue $395M-$415M, consensus $404.42M. Sees Q3 non-GAAP gross margin 33.5%+/-.
16:02 EDTCREECree reports Q2 EPS 33c, consensus 22c
Reports Q2 revenue $413.2M, consensus $412.12M.
15:48 EDTCREECreeJanuary weekly 32 straddle priced for 10.5% movement into Q4
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15:21 EDTCREENotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include IBM (IBM), consensus $5.41; Netflix (NFLX), consensus 45c; CA Technologies (CA), consensus 60c; Cree (CREE), consensus 22c; Woodward (WWD), consensus 46c; Fulton Financial (FULT), consensus 21c; Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), consensus 1c; Interactive Brokers (IBKR), consensus 6c; Pinnacle Financial (PNFP), consensus 53c.
15:15 EDTFFIVF5 Networks January volatility increases into Q1 and outlook
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14:58 EDTCREECree technical comments ahead of earnings
There has been a pause in the dominant downtrend that began in the fall of 2013 in recent weeks that has seen basing at the $30 area. That level is the key area to watch on the downside should news be more negative than traders appear to expect. A breakdown below the $30 level could lead to a test of the 52-week low at $27.25 that was hit during the October market lows last year. If there is a positive surprise, the stock has a great deal of work ahead to turn the trend even toward neutral on a longer-term basis. Resistance levels to watch as potential upside objectives are at $35.46 and $37.26 which is the high of the range prior to the bearish gap down from early October. It would take a move above the $40 area for the stock to be back on a more bullish price path. The shares have a history of volatile reactions around earnings events with price gaps which could exceed levels noted.
14:27 EDTCREECree January weekly 31 straddle priced for 9.9% movement into Q4
09:45 EDTCREE, CREECree estimates lowered ahead of Q2 report, says CLSA
CLSA lowered Cree estimates ahead of Tuesday's Q2 report following checks that indicate a lack of demand improvement in China LED demand. The analyst also sees risk to increased inventory build that could lead to a cut in fab utilization and reiterates its Underperform rating.
08:46 EDTCREECree January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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