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December 12, 2012
10:00 EDTOZRK, CR, OWW, IO, YELP, HOMB, PCLN, XEL, NKE, MMYT, DECK, OPEN, KRC, CZZ, UA, MFRM, EXPE, CYNOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: City National (CYN) initiated with a Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Cosan (CZZ) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... Deckers Outdoor (DECK) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... Expedia (EXPE) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... Kilroy Realty (KRC) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo... MakeMyTrip (MMYT) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... Mattress Firm (MFRM) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Nike (NKE) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... OpenTable (OPEN) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Orbitz Worldwide (OWW) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... Under Armour (UA) initiated with an Underweight at JPMorgan... Xcel Energy (XEL) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... Yelp (YELP) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... priceline.com (PCLN) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... Crane (CR) initiated with a Buy at Capstone... ION Geophysical (IO) initiated with a Buy at Dougherty... Bank of the Ozarks (OZRK) initiated with a Hold at BGB Securities... Home Bancshares (HOMB) initiated with a Hold at BGB Securities.
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January 22, 2015
07:14 EDTCYNCity National volatility elevated into Royal Bank of Canada acquiring for $5.4B
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07:05 EDTCYNRoyal Bank of Canada to acquire City National for $93.80 per share
City National Corporation (CYN) and Royal Bank of Canada (RY) announced a definitive agreement by which Royal Bank of Canada will acquire all outstanding shares of City National Corp. Total consideration is valued at approximately $5.4B at announcement, or approximately $93.80 per City National share, comprised of a mix of cash and common stock, based on RBC's closing stock price on January 21. The agreement has been approved by the boards of both companies. Following completion of this transaction, Russell Goldsmith will remain Chairman and CEO of City National, and he also will be responsible for RBC's U.S. Wealth Management unit. Goldsmith has served as City National's CEO since 1995. RBC will pay, on average, approximately $47.25 in cash and 0.7489 of an RBC common share for each share of City National common stock. City National stockholders will be entitled to elect to receive the merger consideration in RBC common shares or cash, subject to certain adjustments and limitations. The aggregate consideration will be paid with approximately $2.7B in cash and approximately 44M RBC common shares. This represents approximately a 50% cash and 50% share mix as of announcement. The total number of RBC common shares to be issued and the amount of cash to be paid in the transaction are both fixed. As part of the transaction, the Goldsmith family stockholders have agreed to vote their City National holdings in favor of the transaction and to hold at least 50% of the RBC common shares received by them in the transaction until the third anniversary of closing. The transaction is expected to be accretive to RBC's earnings per share in the latter part of year three and accretive to earnings in year two. Given RBC's strong capital position and internal capital generation, the company expects to maintain its ongoing capital management program, and to maintain a Common Equity Tier 1 ratio at closing broadly in line with its current level. RBC's CET 1 ratio was 9.9% as of October 31, 2014. Closing is expected before the end of calendar 2015 subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of required regulatory approvals and the approval of City National's stockholders.
07:02 EDTCYNRoyal Bank of Canada to acquire City National for $93.80 per share
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06:32 EDTYELPBlue Calypso files motion to lift stay in patent infringement cases and appeal
Blue Calypso (BCYP) announced that it has filed a motion in the Eastern District of Texas to lift the negotiated stay on the pending patent infringement litigation between the Company and Groupon (GRPN), Yelp (YELP), Foursquare and IZEA.PK. The Company has also filed notices of appeal at the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in each of the Covered Business Method Review cases at the Patent Trial and Appeals Board. On January 14, 2014, the parties agreed to stay the litigation in the Eastern District pending the decisions from the PTAB as to validity of the patents. As a part of agreeing to join the stay, the parties jointly agreed to ask the Court to lift the stay and for an expedited litigation schedule if any of the asserted claims were held valid by the PTAB. The PTAB now has confirmed the validity of twenty-eight claims and Blue Calypso, through its counsel, has asked the Court to lift the stay according to the agreement. The defendants refused to participate in the motion to lift the stay as previously agreed, and have instead asked the Court to leave the stay in place in a separate motion.
January 21, 2015
17:17 EDTHOMBHome Bancshares raises quarterly dividend 66.7% to 12.5c per share
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16:14 EDTCRCrane initiated with a Buy at UBS
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10:01 EDTKRCOn the Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Ashford Hospitality (AHT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... BAE Systems (BAESY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Bazaarvoice (BV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Becton Dickinson (BDX) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... CVS Health (CVS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Camden Property (CPT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... ConocoPhillips (COP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Cree (CREE) upgraded to Overweight at Stephens... DDR Corp. (DDR) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... EastGroup Properties (EGP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Esperion (ESPR) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Exxon Mobil (XOM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... FXCM (FXCM) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Keefe Bruyette... Fair Isaac (FICO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Golar LNG (GLNG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Nordea... Gran Tierra (GTE) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Host Hotels (HST) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... J.M. Smucker (SJM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Kilroy Realty (KRC) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Level 3 (LVLT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Lowe's (LOW) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Michael Kors (KORS) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded at Nomura... Regions Financial (RF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Ruckus Wireless (RKUS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Santander Mexico (BSMX) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Scorpio Tankers (STNG) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Strategic Hotels (BEE) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... The Medicines Co. (MDCO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink... Whole Foods (WFM) upgraded at Sterne Agee... Wolseley (WOSYY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas.
07:50 EDTDECKDeckers Outdoor weakness a buying opportunity, says Canaccord
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07:25 EDTKRCKilroy Realty upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse upgraded Kilroy to Neutral based on pipeline progress and likely good news on Kilroy Mission Bay leasing. Price target raised to $75 from $71.
06:13 EDTDECKDeckers Outdoor recent pullback overdone, says Citigroup
Citigroup views the 18% pullback in shares of Deckers Outdoor since mid-December as overdone. Citi continues to believe UGG is better positioned versus fashion footwear peers. It lowered its price target for shares to $95 from $105 to reflect reduced multiples in the space as well as currency headwinds. Citi keeps a Buy rating on Deckers.
05:05 EDTDECKDeckers Outdoor appoints David Lafitte as COO
Deckers Brands announced the appointment of David Lafitte to COO, effective February 2. Lafitte previously served as the company's general counsel. He replaces Zohar Ziv, who retired from the company on January 16.
January 20, 2015
16:23 EDTOWWOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks began the session in positive territory, but the major averages were unable to hold their early gains. Lackluster earnings reports, the falling price of oil, and lowered global growth expectations appeared to be too much to overcome after a three day holiday weekend. The Dow led the way lower and had losses of more than 100 points before reversing and slowly paring its losses. Late in the day the averages made it back to positive ground, as investors await the next round of earnings due out after the close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the NAHB homebuilder sentiment index fell to 57 in January, missing expectations for it to hold steady at 58. In China, Q4 GDP growth of 7.3% came in slightly better than expected, though that puts the nation's 2014 GDP growth at 7.4%, which was the lowest reported in 24 years. Of note, the International Monetary Fund cut its forecast for global growth in 2015 to 3.5% and in 2016 to 3.7%, which were both revised down by 0.3% relative to the organization's October 2014 outlook. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) led all decliners on the Dow Jones Industrial Average with a drop of $2.75, or 2.64%, to $101.29 after its Q4 earnings were nearly in-line and its FY15 outlook failed to spur buying of the stock... Morgan Stanley (MS) declined 14c, or 0.4%, to $34.75 after the firm became the latest in the financial space to report headline earnings that missed expectations. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Smith & Wesson (SWHC), which rose $1.65, or 16.47%, to $11.67 after the gunmaker increased its financial guidance and said it has seen recent, positive trends in the primary indicators it uses to assess its business and the consumer firearm market. Also higher was Orbitz Worldwide (OWW), which jumped 79c, or 8.62%, to $9.95 after Bloomberg reported that the online travel agency is working with an adviser to contact potential buyers and has drawn interest from private-equity funds and "other Internet companies." Among the noteworthy losers was FXCM (FXCM), which plunged $11.03, or 87.33%, to $1.60 after the stock reopened following the company struck a $300M rescue agreement with Leucadia (LUK) and gave further details on that deal over the weekend. Also lower were shares of Redbox owner Outerwall (OUTR), which fell $15.72, or 20.21%, to $62.05 after the company announced that its CEO had stepped down. INDEXES: The Dow rose 3.66, or 0.02%, to 17,515.23, the Nasdaq gained 20.46, or 0.44%, to 4,654.85, and the S&P 500 advanced 3.13, or 0.15%, to 2,022.55.
14:09 EDTPCLN, EXPE, OWWOrbitz jumps after Bloomberg says company may be exploring sale
Shares of online travel agency Orbitz Worldwide (OWW) are jumping after Bloomberg reported that the company is exploring the possibility of selling itself. In a note to investors on January 7, research firm FBR Capital wrote that the company could be acquired for over $10 per share, WHAT'S NEW: Orbitz is exploring a potential sale and private equity firms have expressed interest in acquiring the online travel agency, Bloomberg reported today. ANALYST VIEW: On January 7, research firm FBR Capital estimated that Orbitz could be acquired for $10.27 per share. The firm noted that a trade publication, Tnooz.com, had reported that Orbitz could be considering selling itself. Expedia (EXPE) and Priceline (PCLN) could each pay a premium of 30%-plus for Orbitz and still see their profits rise from the acquisition, FBR added. It kept a $9 price target and Outperform rating on Orbitz. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Orbitz climbed 69c, or 7.5%, to $9.85.
13:51 EDTPCLN, OWW, EXPEOrbitz draws private equity interest as sale explored, Bloomberg says
Orbitz Worldwide (OWW) is working with an adviser to contact potential buyers and has drawn interest from private-equity funds and "other Internet companies," according to Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Shares of Orbitz are up over 10% after the report, while several other names in the online travel space, such as Priceline (PCLN), Expedia (EXPE), and TripAdvisor (TRIP) are also moving. Reference Link
13:43 EDTEXPE, OWW, PCLNExpedia, TripAdvisor tick higher after report on Orbitz sale exploration
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13:41 EDTOWWOrbitz jumps 11%, halted for circuit breaker after report of sale exploration
13:41 EDTOWWOrbitz exploring potential sale, seeing private equity interest, Bloomberg says
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11:23 EDTDECKFollow-up: Deckers Outdoor downgraded at Buckingham
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11:16 EDTDECKDeckers Outdoor downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham
10:47 EDTDECKDeckers Outdoor down 5.3% to $81.88
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