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April 16, 2013
10:08 EDTFPO, PCP, S, PXD, ODFL, DCT, BXP, VMC, PNFP, OC, DUK, EGP, GBX, ALK, TMO, MSFT, DWAOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: DCT Industrial (DCT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... DreamWorks (DWA) upgraded to Buy from Sell at B. Riley Caris... Duke Energy (DUK) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Old Dominion (ODFL) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Microsoft (MSFT) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Owens Corning (OC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Pinnacle Financial (PNFP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Pioneer Natural (PXD) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Canaccord... Sprint (S) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Thermo Fisher (TMO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Vulcan Materials (VMC) upgraded at Sterne Agee... Alaska Air (ALK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Precision Castparts (PCP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Greenbrier (GBX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee... Boston Properties (BXP) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... First Potomac (FPO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... EastGroup Properties (EGP) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
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June 21, 2015
14:44 EDTMSFTFitbit shares likely to see 'typical IPO' subpair gains, Barron's says
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June 19, 2015
08:29 EDTDUKDuke Energy completes stock repurchase program
Duke Energy announced completion of a $1.5B accelerated stock repurchase program, funded with proceeds from the sale of the company's Midwest Commercial Generation business.
08:06 EDTMSFTMicrosoft Azure its key to the cloud, says UBS
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07:51 EDTMSFTGameStop CFO says 'blown away' by Microsoft virtual reality demonstration
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06:22 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to offer more Lumia phones through U.S. carriers, Re/code reports
Microsoft (MSFT) will be offering more of its Lumia smartphones through U.S. wireless carriers, Re/code reports. Beginning next week, the company’s Lumia 640 XL smartphone will be available through AT&T (T) for around $250, the report says. The Lumia 735 will begin selling through Verizon (VZ) at around $200, Re/code reports. Reference Link
06:17 EDTMSFTEU gives Google critics one month to remark on antitrust charges, Reuters says
European Union antitrust regulators have sent copies of their charges against Google (GOOG) to critics of the company and given them a month to comment on the charges, Reuters reports, citing one of the complainants. Google has been accused by many companies of abusing its market power and cheating consumers and rivals by tweaking search results to favor its shopping service, the report says. 19 companies, including Microsoft (MSFT) and TripAdvisor (TRIP), are expected to receive the EU charge sheet, Reuters says. Reference Link
June 18, 2015
13:02 EDTMSFTWorldwide wearables market forecast to grow 173.3% in 2015, IDC says
The wearables market maintained its upward trajectory in the first quarter of 2015 as new vendors, including Apple (AAPL), prepared to enter the market. A new forecast from the International Data Corporation, IDC, Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker estimates that 72.1M wearable devices will be shipped in 2015, up a strong 173.3% from the 26.4 million units shipped in 2014. Shipment volumes are expected to experience a compound annual growth rate, CAGR, of 42.6% over the five-year forecast period, reaching 155.7M units shipped in 2019. "We expect smart wearables, those capable of running third party apps, to take the lead in 2016," added Ubrani. "Smart wearables like the Apple (AAPL) Watch and Micosoft's (MSFT) Hololens are indicative of an upcoming change in computing, and the transition from basic to smart wearables opens up a slew of opportunities for vendors, app developers, and accessory makers." Other companies that have been mentioned in the wearable tech group include Google (GOOG), GoPro (GPRO) and Fitbit (FIT). Reference Link
08:04 EDTMSFTGoogle accelerating pace of cloud product innovation, says Baird
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07:50 EDTDUKFederal Energy Regulatory Commission to hold a meeting
FERC discusses various matters pertaining to Duke Energy, Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Portland General Electric, Entergy Corporation and Allete in an Open Commission Meeting being held at FERC's Washington, D.C. offices on June 18 at 10 am. Webcast Link
06:58 EDTALKAlaska Air upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse upgraded Alaska Air to Neutral and increased its price target to $78 from $75. The firm believes the worst is behind Alaska Air as competitive capacity adds in Seattle are declining. Credit Suisse expects the company to buyback up to 8% of its market cap in 2015 and said Alaska Air has the best balance between growth, cost controls, and shareholder returns while maintaining an investment grade balance sheet.
06:48 EDTMSFTGoogle, Microsoft, Mozilla announce WebAssembly partnership, TechCrunch says
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06:41 EDTMSFTMicrosoft's Jo Harlow leaves company in realignment, The Verge reports
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06:10 EDTMSFTMicrosoft writedown for Nokia now more likely, says Jefferies
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June 17, 2015
11:08 EDTGBXOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:57 EDTOCCiti says sell Owens Corning after roof pricing bump fails to stick
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10:11 EDTMSFTMicrosoft aligns engineering team, Chief Insights Officer to leave
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09:46 EDTMSFTJefferies to hold company meetings at E3 Expo
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08:45 EDTTMOBofA/Merrill life sciences analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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07:51 EDTTMONIH draft FY16 funding budget better than expected at BofA/Merrill
Last night, the House Appropriations Labor/Health and Human Services Subcommittee released its draft FY16 funding budget. The bill proposed a FY16 funding increase of 3% for the National Institute of Health, versus BofA/Merrill's forecast for a 1% increase. The firm said the proposed boost in funding would be a positive for the Life Sciences & Tools sector, especially iIllumina (ILMN) and Thermo Fisher (TMO) which have the most exposure.
07:00 EDTOCCiti says sell Owens Corning, cuts target to $36
Following its latest asphalt shingle roofing channel checks, Citi cut its 2015 earnings for Owens Corning to $1.86 from $1.88, its 2016 estimate to $2.38 from $2.83 and 2017 estimate to $2.69 from $3.20. Citi says prices are flat with April as the May asphalt roofing industry selling price increase failed to find its way through the channel. It also notes asphalt input/production prices are moving higher. The firm cut its price target for Owens Corning to $36 from $38 and recommends selling the stock. It keeps a Sell rating on the name.
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