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November 13, 2012
10:00 EDTALB, LH, ROC, KRA, DOW, APD, SSYS, NS, ETP, ARI, DDD, FIO, SHW, FFIV, DVOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: 3D Systems (DDD) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Air Products (APD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Albermarle (ALB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Apollo Commercial (ARI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities... Dow Chemical (DOW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Eaton Vance (EV) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... F5 Networks (FFIV) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Kraton Performance (KRA) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... NuStar Energy (NS) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Rockwood (ROC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Sherwin-Williams (SHW) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Stratasys (SSYS) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... LabCorp (LH) upgraded to Buy from Hold at WallachBeth... Fusion-io (FIO) upgraded to Buy from Sell at Craig-Hallum.
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February 25, 2015
15:28 EDTLHLabCorp management to meet with Evercore ISI
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15:23 EDTDDDEarnings Preview: 3D Systems down almost 19% over last three months
3D Systems (DDD) is scheduled to report fourth quarter earnings before the open on Thursday, February 26, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. 3D Systems is a provider of three-dimensional content-to-print solutions including 3D printers, print materials and on-demand custom parts services for professionals and consumers. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 25c on revenue of $202.32M, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 20c-31c on revenue of $190.0M-$208.8M. LAST QUARTER: 3D Systems reported third quarter EPS of 18c on revenue of $166.9M, beating a bottom-line consensus of 17c and slightly missing on the top-line consensus of $167.71M. At that time, 3D Systems reiterated its fiscal year 2014 EPS view of 70c-80c and FY14 revenue view of $650M-$690M. NEWS: On November 24, 2014, 3D Systems announced it would acquire Cimatron for $8.97 per share, or approximately $97M, inclusive of its net cash. The transaction closed on February 9. The transaction is expected to be accretive to 3D Systems' cash generation and non-GAAP earnings per share for FY15. STREET RESEARCH: On February 15, Barron's said that 3D Systems could fall to $15 per share. On February 18, Oppenheimer said Barron's was wrong on 3D printing stocks, saying the bearish article on 3D printers was "mostly a victory lap" that contained little new information. The firm added that the sector's fundamentals are positive, while the stocks' valuations are no longer excessive, and it contends that Barron's has stayed bearish on the sector for too long. Oppenheimer kept an Outperform rating on 3D Systems. PRICE ACTION: 3D Systems shares are down almost 19% over the last three months, including a 2.5% drop to about $30 per share in Wednesday trading ahead of Thursday morning's earnings report.
15:05 EDTDDDNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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10:04 EDTSSYSStratasys volatility into Q4 and outlook
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February 24, 2015
17:41 EDTKRAKraton sees negative spread between FIFO, ECRC of $30M-$35M in Q1
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17:39 EDTKRAKraton Performance reports Q4 adjusted EPS 16c, consensus (4c)
Reports Q4 revenue $276.0M, consensus $286.76M.
17:19 EDTALBAlbemarle raises dividend 5% to 29c per share
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11:06 EDTAPDAir Products management to meet with Jefferies
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11:02 EDTSSYSStratasys announces promotions within MakerBot unit
Stratasys announced the transitioning of key executives and expanding responsibilities within its MakerBot business. Jenny Lawton, chief executive officer of MakerBot, will be promoted to executive VP Special Projects for Stratasys and will report directly to CEO David Reis in his capacity as the company’s chief business officer. Jonathan Jaglom, general manager from Stratasys Asia Pacific Japan, will be promoted to chief executive officer of MakerBot.
08:15 EDTDDD3D Systems volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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February 23, 2015
10:15 EDTFFIVCyberArk sinks after JPMorgan analyst cuts rating to sell
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09:59 EDTLHOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:12 EDTLHLabCorp upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley
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07:32 EDTLHLabCorp resumed with a Market Perform at Wells Fargo
Price target range $120-$129.
06:36 EDTLHLabCorp upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
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05:41 EDTLHLabCorp upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray
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February 20, 2015
07:13 EDTLHLabCorp says has temporarily suspended share repurchase program
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07:12 EDTLHLabCorp sees FY15 adjusted EPS $7.35-$7.70, consensus $7.34
Guidance includes accretion of approximately 35c-40c to earnings in 2015 from the acquisition of Covance. The Company expects to have approximately 102 million total weighted-average shares outstanding in 2015, after issuing approximately 15.3 million shares for the Covance transaction. Sees FY15 total revenue growth of approximately 40%-44%, after adjusting for approximately 160 basis points of negative currency impact. Revenue growth in the clinical laboratory business of approximately 3%-5%. Consensus is $6.16B. Revenue growth in the Covance business of approximately 4%-6%, after adjusting for approximately 330 basis points of negative currency impact. Sees FY15 operating cash flow $1.075B-$1.1B, CapEx $325M-$350M, free cash flow $725M-$775M. Free cash flow will be used to pay down debt and for tuck-in acquisitions. The company has temporarily suspended its share repurchase program until it approaches its target leverage ratio of 2.5 times debt to EBITDA. The company expects cost synergies from business optimization, corporate overhead and purchasing and logistics in excess of $100M within three years, with associated one-time costs of approximately $50M. The company expects synergies in 2015 of approximately $35M, with associated one-time costs of approximately $20M. Project LaunchPad will re-engineer the Company’s systems and processes, leverage technological advancements, create a sustainable, more efficient business model, and improve the experience of all stakeholders. The company expects this initiative to drive net savings in excess of $150M over the next three years, with associated one-time costs of approximately $30M. The company expects net savings from this initiative in 2015 of approximately $50M, with associated one-time costs of approximately $15M.
07:09 EDTLHLabCorp reports Q4 adjusted EPS $1.65, consensus $1.63
Reports Q4 revenue $1.51B, consensus $1.5B.
05:20 EDTDDD3D Systems implied volatility of 68 at upper end of index mean range
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