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April 22, 2014
10:00 EDTZ, TSM, QEP, E, DFRG, WEC, RUSHA, FTR, DEO, CWH, ZION, VLO, RCI, FGL, DBOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: CommonWealth REIT (CWH) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Stifel... Del Frisco's (DFRG) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Deutsche Bank (DB) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Diageo (DEO) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Eni SpA (E) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Fidelity & Guaranty Life (FGL) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Frontier Communications (FTR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Gabelli... QEP Resources (QEP) downgraded to Equalweight from Overweight at Barclays... Rogers Communications (RCI) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Canaccord... Rush Enterprises (RUSHA) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at BofA/Merrill... TSMC (TSM) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at HSBC... Valero (VLO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Wisconsin Energy (WEC) downgraded to Fair Value from Buy at CRT Capital... Zillow (Z) downgraded to Fair Value from Buy at CRT Capital... Zions Bancorp (ZION) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Evercore.
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July 23, 2015
06:12 EDTDFRGDel Frisco's reports Q2 EPS 16c, consensus 19c
Reports Q2 revenue $73.78M, consensus $75.35M. Reports Q2 restaurant-level EBITDA up 5.3% to $16.5M.
06:08 EDTDFRGDel Frisco's lowers FY15 adj EPS growth view to 5%-9% from 15%-18%
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July 22, 2015
16:12 EDTZZillow Group to acquire DotLoop
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10:01 EDTFGLOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AMC Entertainment (AMC) upgraded to Buy at MKM Partners... Agnico Eagle (AEM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at HSBC... Allegiant Travel (ALGT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Amazon.com (AMZN) upgraded on positive outlook at JMP Securities... Bank of Ireland (IRE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Canadian Pacific (CP) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Carrizo Oil & Gas (CRZO) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Concho Resources (CXO) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Crown Castle (CCI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Exxon Mobil (XOM) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Fidelity & Guaranty Life (FGL) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... First Interstate (FIBK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Hess Corp. (HES) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham... Murphy Oil (MUR) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Noble Energy (NBL) upgraded to Outperform at Credit Suisse... Packaging Corp. (PKG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Prologis (PLD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... Signature Bank (SBNY) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Sonic Automotive (SAH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Tate & Lyle (TATYY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Technip (TKPPY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Union Bankshares (UBSH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... Yamana Gold (AUY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at HSBC... Yara (YARIY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan.
06:53 EDTFGLFidelity & Guaranty Life upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie
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July 21, 2015
16:45 EDTRUSHARush Enterprises says Class 8 truck sales may be flat, down slightly in Q3
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16:43 EDTRUSHARush Enterprises reports Q2 absorption ratio 118.9%
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16:41 EDTRUSHARush Enterprises reports Q2 EPS 48c, consensus 47c
Reports Q2 revenue $1.3B, consensus $1.22B.
16:13 EDTZZillow Group board approves creation of Class C shares
Zillow Group announced its board has unanimously approved a stock dividend of non-voting Class C capital stock. On August 14, all shareholders of record of Zillow Group's Class A and Class B common stock as of July 31, the record date of the dividend, will receive a dividend of two shares of Class C capital stock for each share of Class A and Class B common stock held by them as of the record date. The issuance of Class C capital stock is an extension of Zillow Group's dual-class structure, whereby Zillow Group's co-founders Rich Barton and Lloyd Frink hold Class B shares. "The Class C dividend enables the company to continue its focus on long-term growth and innovation, while maintaining the flexibility to issue additional stock for strategic business decisions and to retain and attract the best employees," it stated. Application to the Nasdaq has been made to list the Class C capital stock. Following the issuance date of the dividend, Zillow Group expects the Class C capital stock will trade under the ticker symbol "Z" and the Class A common stock will trade under the ticker symbol "ZG."
10:24 EDTTSMOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:01 EDTDEOOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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July 20, 2015
17:50 EDTZIONZions Bancorp sees net interest income moderately increasing in 12 months
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16:44 EDTDEODiageo initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee CRT
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16:12 EDTZIONZions Bancorp reports Q2 EPS ex-items 41c, consensus 38c
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15:01 EDTZIONNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include IBM (IBM), consensus $3.78... Canadian National Railway (CNI), consensus $1.05... Crown Holdings (CCK), consensus $1.01... Zions Bancorp (ZION), consensus 38c... Hexcel (HXL), consensus 61c... Brown & Brown (BRO), consensus 44c... Steel Dynamics (STLD), consensus 22c... Werner (WERN), consensus 42c.
10:43 EDTZZillow slides to 52-week low after Barclays cuts to sell
The shares of Zillow (Z) are falling after Barclays downgraded the stock to Underweight, the firm's equivalent of a "Sell" rating, citing increased competition in the "local" segment of the Internet market. Zillow's websites advertise homes that are up for sale. WHAT'S NEW: In a note to investors earlier today, Barclays analyst Christopher Merwin wrote that, heading into second quarter results, he does not recommend Internet stocks that have been "challenged" and have relatively "cheap" valuations. These valuations are only "cheap" based on consensus estimates that are probably too high, the analyst believes. Based on that criteria, he downgraded Zillow to Underweight from Equal Weight. He also used the same criteria to downgrade Yelp (YELP), whose website features user reviews of local businesses, to Equal Weight from Overweight. Both companies are facing an "atypical level" of competition, driven by a favorable venture capital funding environment, Merwin indicated. The competition has driven down the companies' multiples, he believes. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Merwin recommended that investors buy the shares of small and mid cap Internet companies whose estimates are just beginning to be revised upwards by analysts. He identified IAC (IACI), which owns several dating websites, as one stock in this category. IAC should benefit from increased monetization of its popular Tinder dating app and the stabilization of its core dating websites, the analyst contended. Also poised for further positive estimate revisions are video game makers Electronic Arts (EA) and Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Merwin believes. The companies' increased revenue from digital games should mitigate the risk they face from slowing software growth as sales of new consoles slow, the analyst believes. He noted that 50% of both companies' revenue are now generated from digital games and identified Electronic Arts and Activision Blizzard as two of his top ideas. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Zillow fell 5% to $79 after hitting a 52-week low of $76.82 earlier in the session. Meanwhile, Yelp slid 1.6% to $34.40, IAC fell fractionally to $83.83, Electronic Arts added about 1% to $74.15 and activision Blizzard rose 0.5% to $25.93.
10:00 EDTZOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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05:44 EDTZZillow Group downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
Barclays analyst Christopher Merwin downgraded Zillow Group (Z) to Underweight saying competition is increasing in local. Underweight is Barclays' equivalent to a sell rating. The real estate and rental marketplace owner closed Friday at $83.27. Merwin believes consensus growth estimates are likely too high heading into Zillow's Q2 results and cut his price target for the stock to $70 from $90. The analyst this morning also downgraded Yelp (YELP) to Equal Weight for similar reasons. His top U.S. Internet picks heading into Q2 earnings season are IAC (IACI), Activision Blizzard (ATVI) and Electronic Arts (EA). Merwin thinks Activision and Electronic Arts will receive more than half of their 2015 revenue from digital.
July 19, 2015
15:54 EDTTSMTSMC confirms 10nm mass production in 1Q17, DigiTimes says
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14:09 EDTTSMIntel chip delay could spell opportunity or disaster, Barron's says
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