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October 15, 2013
10:00 EDTSHCAY, TDW, HFC, VLO, MPC, EGN, TXI, TXN, MSFT, ESI, CCOI, CSREOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: CSR (CSRE) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Cogent (CCOI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... ITT Educational (ESI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Microsoft (MSFT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Texas Instruments (TXN) upgraded to Neutral from Negative at Susquehanna... Texas Industries (TXI) upgraded to Neutral from Negative at Susquehanna... Energen (EGN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Marathon Petroleum (MPC) upgraded to Focus List from Sector Perform at Howard Weil... Valero Energy (VLO) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Howard Weil... HollyFrontier (HFC) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Howard Weil... Tidewater (TDW) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Sharp (SHCAY) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies.
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August 14, 2014
17:08 EDTMPCSoros Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: CONSOL Energy (CNX), Google (GOOG), Level 3 (LVLT), Time Warner (TWC), and New Oriental (EDU). INCREASED STAKES: YPF SA (YPF), Apple (AAPL), Facebook (FB), AIG (AIG), and American Airlines (AAL). DECREASED STAKES: Teva (TEVA), Liberty Global (LBTYK), Barrick Gold (ABX), EQT (EQT), and Comcast (CMCSA). LIQUIDATED STAKES: FedEx (FDX), Monster Beverage (MNST), Google (GOOGL), Devon Energy (DVN), Marathon Petroleum (MPC).
August 13, 2014
14:54 EDTMSFTEarnings Preview: Cisco reports following Deutsche upgrade, Pac Crest downgrade
Cisco Systems (CSCO) is scheduled to report fourth quarter results after the market close on Wednesday, August 13, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Cisco, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, sells Internet protocol-based networking and other products related to the communications and IT industry and provides related services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 53c on revenue of $12.14B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 51c-54c on revenue of $11.8B-$12.25B. Along with its last quarterly report, Cisco guided to Q4 adjusted EPS of 51c-53c and said it expects its revenue to be down 1% to 3% in the quarter compared to the prior year. At that time, the company also said it sees its FY14 adjusted EPS to come in at the higher end of its previously communicated $1.95-$2.05 range. LAST QUARTER: On May 14, Cisco reported third quarter adjusted EPS of 51c, beating the consensus analyst forecast of 48c. It's revenue came in at $11.5B, topping the $11.38B consensus forecast. Cisco reported a Q3 adjusted gross margin of about 62.7%. NEWS: On June 17, Cisco announced its intent to acquire privately held Tail-f Systems, whose products help service providers and enterprise IT organizations easily and cost-effectively implement applications, network services and solutions across networking devices. Upon completion of the acquisition, which is expected to be complete in Q4, Tail-f employees will join Cisco's Cloud and Virtualization Group. About two weeks later, tech blog Gigaom reported that Cisco has acquired British firm Assemblage for technology that uses real-time collaboration that does not require the user to download programs or plug-ins. On July 15, Cisco announced a multi-year sales and go-to-market agreement with Microsoft (MSFT) designed to modernize data centers through the delivery and acceleration of integrated solutions. Cisco and Microsoft will both invest in sales, marketing and engineering resources to drive global alignment, while delivering deeper technology integration across cloud and data center markets, the companies stated. STREET RESEARCH: On May 21, Northland said that after speaking with Cisco's management and attending Cisco Live, the firm believed that the company is taking share form Arista Networks (ANET), which has since come public. The firm added that it did not believe that Juniper (JNPR) has gained traction in data center switching and it recommended Cisco as a cyclical recovery play and a relative bargain to peers. About a week later, Deutsche Bank upgraded its rating on Cisco shares to Buy from Hold, citing expectations that the company's new product ramps in FY15 and FY16 will be stronger than expected. Deutsche said then that it saw upside to consensus estimates and raised its price target for Cisco shares to $30 from $25. On July 28, Pacific Crest downgraded its rating on Cisco shares to Sector Perform from Outperform, citing valuation and concern that the company's margin expansion could moderate in 2015. The firm believes Cisco shares are fairly valued at $26. Less than a week ago, Morgan Stanley said its checks indicate the enterprise market is improving. The firm said it expects Cisco's outlook to be conservative and said concerns over rapid software-defined networking adoption and margin impact are overblown. Morgan Stanley has an Overweight rating with a $30 price target on Cisco. PRICE ACTION: In the last three months, Cisco has advanced about 9.5%. In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Cisco shares are down 0.5% to $25.01.
10:01 EDTCSREOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: CSR (CSRE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Celadon Group (CGI) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... Cree (CREE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Summit Research... Crestwood Equity (CEQP) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Intrepid Potash (IPI) downgraded to Sell from Hold at BGC Financial... JDSU (JDSU) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... King Digital (KING) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Marin Software (MRIN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Mosaic (MOS) downgraded to Sell from Hold at BGC Financial... Potash (POT) downgraded to Sell from Hold at BGC Financial... Regado Biosciences (RGDO) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Southern Company (SO) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... StarTek (SRT) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at First Analysis... Tuniu (TOUR) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse.
05:47 EDTCSRECSR downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
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August 12, 2014
13:19 EDTMSFTSony says 10M PS4 consoles have been sold since launch, TechCrunch reports
Sony has sold 10M units of the PlayStation 4 consoles to consumers since its launch last year, TechCrunch reports, citing comments made by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe CEO Jim Ryan at Gamescom 2014. Reference Link
August 11, 2014
17:35 EDTVLOValero Marketing and Supply awarded $491.7M government contract
Valero Marketing and Supply Company, San Antonio, Texas, has been awarded a maximum $491.7M fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for aviation turbine fuel and naval fuel. This contract was a competitive acquisition with 16 offers received. This is a one-year base contract with a 30-day carry-over period and no option periods. Locations of performance are Texas and California, with a Sept. 30, 2015 performance completion date. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Energy, Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
15:19 EDTMSFTMicrosoft schedules event likely focused on Lumia phones, WMPoweruser says
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10:19 EDTTDWOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:39 EDTTDWTidewater downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at Global Hunter
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06:35 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Devices unveils low-cost Nokia 130 phone
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August 8, 2014
15:33 EDTEGNEnergen management to meet with Topeka
Meetings to be held in Boston on August 13-14 hosted by Topeka.
10:36 EDTESIOptions with increasing implied volatility
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08:42 EDTMSFTMicrosoft has made strong progress in cloud, says Pacific Crest
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08:32 EDTMSFTVMware, others could benefit from increased cloud adoption, says Pacific Crest
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August 7, 2014
10:51 EDTESIOptions with increasing implied volatility
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07:15 EDTCCOICogent extends stock buyback program
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07:14 EDTCCOICogent raises dividend 77% to 30c
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07:12 EDTCCOICogent reports Q2 EPS 3c, consensus 6c
Reports Q2 revenue $94.6M, consensus $95.60M.
06:33 EDTMSFTAnti-trust investigations in China reignite protectionism worries, Reuters says
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06:19 EDTMSFTMicrosoft in talks to open Fifth Avenue store, Daily News reports
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