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January 2, 2013
07:10 EDTCSTR, DIOD, NXST, SBGI, ALOG, CSII, LQDT, BCOR, STAA, EXAS, SABA, OSIS, IRBT, SUSS, FIOBenchmark Co. introduces best ideas for 2013
Benchmark's top ideas for 2013 include Coinstar (CSTR) and Susser Holdings (SUSS) in Consumer/Retail, iRobot (IRBT) and OSI Systems (OSIS) in Defense & Homeland Security, Saba Software (SABA) in Enterprise Software, Exact Sciences (EXAS) and STAAR Surgical (STAA) in Healthcare Technology, Blucora (BCOR) and Liquidity Services (LQDT) in Internet, Cardiovascular Systems (CSII) and Analogic (ALOG) in Medical Devices & Outsourcing Services, Sinclair Broadcasting (SBGI) and Nexstar Broadcasting (NXST) in Publishing, Business Services & Broadcasting, and Diodes (DIOD) and Fusion-io (FIO) in Semiconductors & Equipment.
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April 9, 2014
12:18 EDTNXST, SBGIOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:17 EDTALOGAnalogic announces FDA clearance for handheld Sonic Window ultrasound system
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10:14 EDTSBGI, NXSTLocal TV station owners climb following Wells Fargo upgrades
Share of several companies that own local TV stations are climbing after Wells Fargo upgraded a number of names in the sector in a note to investors earlier today. WHAT'S NEW: After speaking with FCC representatives, Wells Fargo, which had previously been concerned that the agency could torpedo sharing deals, now does not expect the agency to veto sharing deals among TV station owners. Sharing deals refer to the sharing of facilities, employees, ad sales, and programming costs by multiple stations. The FCC's Media Bureau had expressed concern that such deals could prevent station owners from having sufficient incentive to operate stations effectively, trade publication Multichannel News reported last month. Wells had also been concerned that the FCC would look to cancel deals involving the buying and selling of TV stations. However, the firm is no longer worried about this issue following its FCC meetings. Additionally, Wells believes that the shares of TV broadcasters it covers are undervalued. The firm upgraded Sinclair Broadcast (SBGI), Gray Television (GTN), and Nexstar (NXST) to Outperform from Market Perform. Wells increased its price target ranges on Sinclair to $32-$34 from $25-$27, on Gray Television to $13-$15 from $10-$12, and on Nexstar to $50-$52 from $36-$40. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Nexstar surged 7.8% to $40.24, Gray Television jumped 14% to $11.30, and Sinclair rose 5.4% to $28.85.
10:06 EDTNXST, SBGIOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
AmSurg (AMSG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... CBOE Holdings (CBOE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Carlyle Group (CG) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... FireEye (FEYE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka... Fortune Brands (FBHS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Gray Television (GTN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Hibbett Sports (HIBB) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... LinkedIn (LNKD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka... Mallinckrodt (MNK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Nexstar (NXST) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Penn National (PENN) upgraded to Overweight from Equalweight at Barclays... Philip Morris (PM) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at Nomura... SAIC (SAIC) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Wells Fargo... Sinclair Broadcast (SBGI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Yelp (YELP) upgraded to Buy from Fair Value at CRT Capital... Danaher (DHR) upgraded to Strong Buy from Buy at ISI Group... Quanex (NX) upgraded at BB&T... Omnicell (OMCL) upgraded at Craig-Hallum... Volkswagen (VLKAY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Magna (MGA) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Actavis (ACT) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... E-Trade (ETFC) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... AmerisourceBergen (ABC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... CONSOL (CNX) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie.
05:45 EDTSBGISinclair Broadcast upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
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05:45 EDTNXSTNexstar upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo upgraded Nexstar to Outperform citing its comfort with the regulatory environment and its belief Broadcast TV stocks have limited downside risk. Wells raised its price target range for shares to $50-$52 from $36-$40.
April 4, 2014
09:15 EDTLQDTLiquidity Services shares undervalued at current levels, says Roth Capital
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08:44 EDTEXASExact Sciences 10M share Secondary priced at $12.75
Jefferies, Goldman and RW Baird acted as joint book running managers for the offering.
April 3, 2014
16:37 EDTLQDTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:44 EDTLQDTLiquidity Services downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer
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12:10 EDTLQDTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory, with the Dow notching a new all-time high, but had slid into negative ground at midday. The Nasdaq is the biggest loser, as it is down more than 0.6%, while the Dow and Nasdaq are just slightly below the flat line. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims rose to 326K in the week ended March 29, versus the expected 319K claims. The trade deficit widened to $42.3B in February from a revised $39.3B deficit in January. ISM's non-manufacturing PMI rose 1.5 points to 53.1 in March, though that was a bit below the 53.5 forecast of economists. In Europe, the ECB maintained its current rates despite the ongoing debate over disinflationary forces posing an increasing risk. In Asia, China's State Council announced a stimulus package for new railways and subways, low-income housing and tax breaks for small business, but most of the measures were part of the government's previously communicated annual economic work plan. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Barnes & Noble (BKS) are declining after Liberty Media (LMCA) announced a deal to reduce its stake in the bookseller. Liberty said it has sold the majority of its shares to institutional buyers and will retain approximately 10% of its initial investment, which has been reported to equate to a roughly 2% stake in Barnes & Noble. B&N Chairman Leonard Riggio said that Liberty’s reduced ownership gives the company greater flexibility to pursue various strategic options, but shares of B&N slid 13% following the announcement... Citigroup (C) shares fell almost 2% after The New York Times said the federal government has started a criminal investigation into alleged fraud involving Citi's Banamex unit in Mexico. Also of note, research firm Sterne Agee downgraded the stock to Neutral, citing the Fed's refusal to approve the bank's capital plan, along with its slowing earnings growth and lack of catalysts, as reasons for the downgrade. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Amyris (AMRS), which rose 8% after announcing that it is entering into a strain engineering research and development agreement with chemical giant BASF (BASFY). Also higher was chemical, paint, and coating maker RPM (RPM), which gained 4% and hit a fresh 52-week high earlier in the session after the company raised its fiscal 2014 profit outlook. Among the noteworthy losers was Liquidity Services (LQDT), which slid another 12% after the company confirmed it's withdrawal from auction bidding for a U.S. Department of Defense contract and said it will need to reset its adjusted earnings expectations. Also lower were shares of weight-loss drug maker VIVUS (VVUS), which fell nearly 8% following a downgrade to Underweight at Piper Jaffray. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 16.31, or 0.1%, to 16,556.69, the Nasdaq was down 26.65, or 0.62%, to 4,249.81, and the S&P 500 was down 3.48, or 0.18%, to 1,887.42.
12:00 EDTLQDTLiquidity Services falls 12.4%
Liquidity Services is down 12.4%, or $2.58, to $18.28
11:13 EDTLQDTHigh option volume stocks: LQDT ACTG ADI PGR URS
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11:04 EDTLQDTLiquidity Services continues slide, confirms withdrawal from DoD auction
Shares of surplus and salvage asset marketplace operator Liquidity Services (LQDT) are sliding again after the company confirmed it's withdrawal from auction bidding for a U.S. Department of Defense contract and said it will need to reset its adjusted earnings expectations. WHAT'S NEW: Liquidity Services announced that it will reset its outlook for earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization, or EBITDA, for fiscal year 2015 after withdrawing from the bidding process for one defense contract and due to higher costs for another. Liquidity said that it remains the high bidder for a contract to purchase, manage and sell non-rolling stock surplus assets for the DoD with a bid equal to 4.35% of the department's original acquisition value, which is up from 1.8% previously. The company also confirmed it withdrew from an auction for a rolling stock contract due to the fact that bidding reached a level that it determined would be "economically unsustainable." The company said that if it agreed to the contract, the result would be significantly higher costs of goods sold in FY15 and beyond. Liquidity Services said it will continue to operate its current DoD surplus contract to sell all usable surplus assets including rolling stock and non-rolling stock assets for a base term ending in December, with two additional one-month renewal options. Accordingly, the company expects the bid results from the last two days to not affect its results for fiscal year 2014. ANALYST OPINION: Following today's news, Liquidity Services was downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird, which cited the "unfavorable" auction results. The firm lowered its price target for shares to $19 from $30. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian said the firm is lowering its FY15 EBITDA estimate by $40M and sees few near-term positive catalysts outside of potential short covering on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Yesterday, Liquidity Services shares were down after the company announced that it was the highest bidder for the DoD non-rolling stock surplus contract. Baird stated in a separate note yesterday that Liquidity's high bid for the non-rolling liquidation contract was "quite a bit" higher than the firm had anticipated. The firm said then that its Outperform rating was under review pending the full contract results. PRICE ACTION: During morning trading, shares of Liquidity Services fell $2.85, or 13.66%, to $18.01. The stock had declined about 6.7% yesterday and over the last month shares have lost over 18.5%.
10:00 EDTLQDTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
BB&T (BBT) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Broadcom (BRCM) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... CF Industries (CF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... CSX (CSX) downgraded to Equalweight from Overweight at Barclays... Cheniere Energy (LNG) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Citigroup (C) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee... Deutsche Bank (DB) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... G&K Services (GK) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Marcus (MCS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... National Retail Properties (NNN) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Norfolk Southern (NSC) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Atlantic Equities... Orion Energy (OESX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Ascendiant... VIVUS (VVUS) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Liquidity Services (LQDT) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Shaw Communications (SJR) downgraded to Sector Performer from Outperformer at CIBC... USG (USG) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Level 3 (LVLT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Gabelli... U.S. Bancorp (USB) downgraded to Neutral from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Extra Space Storage (EXR) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... First Republic Bank (FRC) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... TELUS (TU) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie.
09:14 EDTLQDT, FIOOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:00 EDTLQDTLiquidity Services falls 14%
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08:58 EDTLQDTLiquidity Services downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird
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08:23 EDTLQDTLiquidity Services says April 1-2 bid results won't affect FY14 results
08:20 EDTLQDTLiquidity Services says withdrew from live auction bidding for DoD contract
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