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April 3, 2013
10:00 EDTRDWR, ASTX, STNG, FUN, NVDQ, IRDM, SCMP, QCOM, CRR, EXAR, CIE, SIX, ETNOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: CARBO Ceramics (CRR) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... Cedar Fair (FUN) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... Eaton (ETN) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Qualcomm (QCOM) initiated with an Outperform at Northland Securities... Scorpio Tankers (STNG) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Six Flags (SIX) initiated with a Conviction Buy at Goldman... Sucampo (SCMP) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... Astex Pharmaceuticals (ASTX) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Cobalt (CIE) initiated with an Overweight at Johnson Rice... Radware (RDWR) initiated with a Buy at Craig-Hallum... Iridium (IRDM) initiated with a Buy at Sidoti... Exar (EXAR) initiated with a Buy at Needham... Novadaq Technologies (NVDQ) initiated with a Buy at Stifel.
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December 17, 2014
09:35 EDTSTNGScorpio Tankers to host conference call
Management discusses newbuildings contracts and options, as well as agreement to sell three older vessels and take delivery of six newbuildling vessels, on a conference call to be held on December 17 at 10 am.
08:52 EDTSTNGScorpio Tankers to sell three vessels and deliver six vessels
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08:48 EDTSTNGScorpio Tankers to purchase four newbuilding contracts
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December 16, 2014
06:02 EDTQCOMStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; QCOM CBST
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December 15, 2014
10:00 EDTCIEOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: UPS (UPS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... CGG SA (CGG) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Ford (F) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Cenovus Energy (CVE) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Cobalt (CIE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Gastar Exploration (GST) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Itau Unitbanco (ITUB) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Methanex (MEOH) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... OGE Energy (OGE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... SandRidge Energy (SD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Sempra Energy (SRE) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... HollyFrontier (HFC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... CNA Financial (CNA) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Allergan (AGN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... RF Micro Devices (RFMD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at DA Davidson.
05:43 EDTCIECobalt downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
Goldman Sachs downgraded Cobalt International Energy to Neutral saying reduced crude oil prices lowers the value of the company's deepwater exploration. The firm dropped its price target for shares to $9 from $13.
December 12, 2014
10:35 EDTFUN, SIXSeaWorld CEO exit sparks talk of Busch Gardens split
Shares of theme park operator SeaWorld (SEAS) climbed in early trading, but have since given up their gains, following the departure of the company's CEO and president, Jim Atchison. Research firm FBR Capital suggested that the company could be split into two parts. According to the firm, SeaWorld's stock could eventually be worth about double its present value if the company does decide to pursue a break-up. WHAT'S NEW: After SeaWorld announced last night that its current CEO would step down from the position as of January 15 and be replaced on an interim basis by its chairman, FBR Capital analyst Barton Crockett wrote that a split up of the company "looks compelling." Specifically, SeaWorld could split its SeaWorld parks off from the other parks it owns, including Busch Gardens and Sesame Place, the analyst stated. In such a scenario, the other parks could be seen as an eventual takeover target for theme park operators Six Flags (SIX) and Cedar Fair (FUN), although an acquisition would not take place for two years due to tax issues, Crockett stated. Following a split, truncated SeaWorld should be valued at $4 per share, while the other parks could trade at $12 per share, the analyst stated. However, the spun off SeaWorld shares could eventually rebound to $17 if its initiatives to revitalize its weak attendance bear fruit or if it turns itself into a REIT, Crockett stated. Under the scenario outlined by Crockett, SeaWorld's stock, currently trading at about $16.60, could be worth $29. Additionally, split off SeaWorld could be taken private a few years later at a 30% premium, Crockett believes. While the analyst does not think the board wants to split the company, he says that the CEO vacancy could spark greater interest in the idea among investors, or CEO candidates could embrace the concept. Crockett kept a $20 price target and Outperform rating on SeaWorld. WHAT'S NOTABLE: SeaWorld's CEO change is likely to be viewed positively by investors, given the challenges faced by the company, Wells Fargo analyst Timothy Conder wrote in his own note to investors today. However, the analyst thinks the company lacks fundamental catalysts through the first half of next year and is facing difficult comparisons. He kept a Market Perform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, SeaWorld fell 4c, or 0.25%, to $16.06.
06:32 EDTQCOMQualcomm commits to invest $40M into Chinese companies
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December 11, 2014
08:47 EDTEXARExar signs license agreement with Dahua for HDCVI technology
Exar signed a strategic agreement with Dahua to license High Definition Composite Video Interface technology. Under the terms of the new agreement, Exar is licensed to design, manufacture and sell analog high-definition video solutions utilizing HDCVI technology.
06:32 EDTQCOMGlobalfoundries hope to win orders from Qualcomm and Apple, DigiTimes reports
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06:06 EDTQCOMQualcomm cutting 600 jobs worldwide, CNet reports
A Qualcomm spokesperson has confirmed that the company is planning to cut 600 jobs globally, with around half the cuts coming in California, CNet reports. The spokesperson notes that the layoffs are not related to ongoing investigations in the U.S., China and the EU, commenting that the layoffs are "focused on specific projects and programs and reflects current business priorities." Reference Link
December 10, 2014
12:24 EDTNVDQOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in negative territory and have remained there throughout the morning. The averages have moved in a narrow range as the price of crude continues to fall. Near noon, WTI crude was down another 5% to roughly $60 per barrel. The weakness is effecting equities, as investors are concerned the oil price weakness is indicative of the slowing global economy. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., House and Senate lawmakers reportedly reached a deal on a nearly $1.1T bill to fund most of the government through September and avert a shutdown. The EIA estimated crude oil supplies grew 1.5 Mmbbls last week, while consensus expected a 2.7 Mmbbls decrease. The Treasury budget statement for November is expected at 2:00 pm ET, with the consensus expectation for a deficit of $63B. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of JPMorgan (JPM) declined 2% after guidelines proposed yesterday by the Federal Reserve would likely result in the firm managing to a higher capital buffer. Additionally, JPMorgan CFO Marianne Lake, speaking earlier at a Goldman Sachs conference, said the bank sees its Q4 reported markets revenues down by a "high teens" percentage and that its "core" markets performance in Q4, excluding the sale of physical commodities and allocation of preferred dividend expense, is indicated down 4% to-date compared to last year's quarter. Lake became the latest bank executive to discuss a Q4 trading slump, after Bank of America (BAC) CEO Brian Moynihan, speaking yesterday at the same financial conference, said the bank expects its Q4 trading revenue to be down on both a linked-quarter and year-over-year basis. Also yesterday, Citigroup (C) CEO Michael Corbat estimated that the bank's Q4 markets revenue would be down year-over-year by about 5%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Analogic (ALOG), which rose 12% after the company reported better than expected quarterly earnings. Also higher was Novadaq (NVDQ), which gained 11.5% after the company signed a multi-year distributor agreement with LifeNet Health that analysts at Canaccord said could potentially be a big deal and materially help its near and long-term prospects. Among the noteworthy losers was Yum! Brands (YUM), which dropped nearly 5% after the owner of the KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell brands issued a negative preannouncement on its China business and provided lower than expected 2015 EPS guidance. Also lower were shares of Krispy Kreme (KKD), which sunk 8% after the donut maker reported weaker than expected earnings and revenue. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 164.41, or 0.92%, to 17,636.79, the Nasdaq was down 32.79, or 0.69%, to 4,733.68, and the S&P 500 was down 17.43, or 0.85%, to 2,042.39.
10:33 EDTCIEOptions with increasing implied volatility
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08:02 EDTNVDQNovadaq distribution agreement potentially big deal, says Canaccord
Canaccord said Novadaq's distribution deal with LifeNet is potentially a big deal and could materially augment both near and long-term top and bottom-line prospects. The firm is leaving its estimates intact, but sees positive changes to the company's profitability profile. Canaccord reiterated its Buy rating and $18 price target on Novadaq.
08:01 EDTNVDQNovadaq signs multi-year distributor agreement with LifeNet Health
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December 8, 2014
16:38 EDTNVDQNovadaq granted additioinal SPY technology patent protection in U.S.
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10:00 EDTCIEOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:07 EDTEXARExar poised for sustainable turnaround, says Stifel
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07:31 EDTQCOMQualcomm announces collabration with vitaphone e-health solutions
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06:14 EDTCIECobalt downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup
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