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November 14, 2012
10:00 EDTORBT, WETF, RCL, RGDX, WFT, PACW, OAS, ICFI, HUBG, BAP, CSCOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Cisco (CSCO) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Pacific Crest... Credicorp (BAP) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... Hub Group (HUBG) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... ICF International (ICFI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Oasis Petroleum (OAS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... PacWest Bancorp (PACW) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Weatherford (WFT) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... Response Genetics (RGDX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Ladenburg... Royal Caribbean (RCL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Wisdom Tree (WETF) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Gabelli... Orbit International (ORBT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at C.K. Cooper.
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September 17, 2014
07:40 EDTOASUBS to hold a conference
Houston Energy Bus-less Tour is being held in Houston on September 17-19 with webcasted company presentations to begin on September 17 at 8:30 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
07:37 EDTWETFMorningstar to hold a conference
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September 16, 2014
11:16 EDTCSCOVirnetX plunges after appeals court vacates jury award in suit with Apple
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08:18 EDTCSCOFCC to hold a roundtable
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07:43 EDTWETFRBC Capital to hold a conference
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07:19 EDTCSCOCompanies' share buybacks at fasttest clip since 2007, WSJ reports
Companies are buying back their own shares at its fastest pace since the financial crisis to fuel a stock rally, reports the Wall Street Journal. According to Birinyi Associates, companies have bought back $338.3B of stock in 1H14, the most since 2007. Citing an analysis by Barclays, companies with the largest buyback programs by dollar value have outperformed the broader market by 20% since 2008. Reference Link
September 15, 2014
07:01 EDTICFIICF International awarded next generation GSA OASIS contract
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06:23 EDTCSCOCisco says Salesforce.com CEO Benioff to step down from board
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September 12, 2014
11:07 EDTWFTWeatherford initiated with a Buy at Gabelli
06:05 EDTCSCOCisco implied volatility of 14 at lower end of index mean range
September 11, 2014
11:17 EDTCSCOEMC seen as potential target after said to mull VMware stake sale
EMC (EMC) is considering selling its 80% stake in cloud computing infrastructure provider VMware (VMW), The New York Post reported today, citing unnamed sources. Calling The New York Post "surprisingly accurate" on M&A news, UBS said the likelihood of change at EMC has increased and it has become a potential takeover target. WHAT'S NEW: EMC is exploring the possibility of selling its stake in VMware, which could be acquired by HP (HPQ), according to one source, The Post reported. EMC could also look to sell other assets, the newspaper quoted a second unnamed source as saying. ANALYST REACTION: UBS analyst Steven Milunovich wrote that he is more convinced in the wake of the Post story that "something is up" at EMC. Although EMC has denied in the past that it would consider selling or spinning off VMware, the company could change its tune, the analyst stated. HP could buy VMware or all of EMC, while Oracle (ORCL) and Cisco (CSCO) are also potential buyers of EMC, Milunovich believes.The analyst kept a $33 price target and Buy rating on shares of EMC. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Activist investor Elliott Management, a hedge fund, has taken a $1B stake in EMC and wants the company to spin off VMware, The Wall Street Journal reported in July. Early last month, research firm FBR Capital wrote that an EMC spin-off of VMware could enhance shareholder value for both companies and make VMware a top acquisition candidate by a larger technology company. The firm kept an Outperform rating on EMC at that time. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, EMC was little changed at $29.50, down from its earlier high of $29.89. VMware fell 0.7% to $96.75, down from its earlier daily high of $97.86.
September 10, 2014
10:00 EDTHUBGOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:00 EDTHUBGOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:32 EDTHUBGHub Group downgraded to Market Perform from Strong Buy at Raymond James
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05:44 EDTHUBGHub Group initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays
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September 9, 2014
16:44 EDTHUBGHub Group sees intermodal volume flat or down slightly for remainder of year
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16:40 EDTRCLRoyal Caribbean raises quarterly dividend 20% to 30c
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16:39 EDTHUBGHub estimates that settlement amount for drivers case is approximately $9.5M
Hub Group disclosed in a regulatory filing that "as previously reported in a Form 10-K and 10-Q, a complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California by Salvador Robles against our subsidiary, Comtrak Logistics, now known as Hub Group Trucking. The complaint seeks class certification on behalf of a class comprised of present and former California-based truck drivers for Hub Group Trucking who were classified as independent contractors, from January 2009 to the present. The complaint alleges Hub Group Trucking has misclassified such truck drivers as independent contractors and that such drivers were employees. A second complaint alleging substantially similar claims was filed in the Superior Court of the State of California for the County of San Bernardino on July 24, but the company has not been served with a copy of that complaint. The company believes that the independent contractor truck drivers were properly classified as independent contractors at all times. Nevertheless, because lawsuits are expensive, time-consuming and could interrupt our business operations, we have decided to make settlement offers to individual drivers with respect to the claims alleged in the lawsuits, without admitting liability. The company estimates that the total settlement amount, if all drivers accept the offers, is approximately $9.5M. To date, a substantial number of the independent contractors have decided to accept the settlement offer. We are also changing our business model in California from independent contractor truck drivers to employee drivers. In the Los Angeles and Stockton markets, the cost of the employee driver model will initially be higher than the independent contractor model and will fluctuate depending on the cost of various factors, including claims, repairs and fuel. We estimate that the impact of the change in the model for the remainder of the year would be between two and four cents per share. In addition, we expect a total of approximately $1M (or about two cents per share) of one time costs in the last half of 2014 for legal, travel and communication costs related to the settlements and model change implementation."
07:17 EDTCSCOThe Wireless Association to hold a conference
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September 8, 2014
08:45 EDTCSCONimble Storage, Arista, CommVault recommnded on M&A at Pacific Crest
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