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November 13, 2012
10:00 EDTFFIV, DV, ALB, LH, ROC, KRA, DOW, APD, SSYS, NS, ETP, ARI, DDD, FIO, SHWOn 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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January 27, 2016
12:20 EDTDVEducation Department sends notice to DeVry University over representations
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12:08 EDTDVDeVry sinks 19%, halted for volatility after FTC enforcement action
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12:07 EDTDVDeVry sinks 19% after FTC brings enforcement action
Peers Apollo Education (APOL), Strayer (STRA), Grand Canyon (LOPE) and Bridgepoint Education (BPI) are also moving lower.
12:05 EDTDVFTC brings enforcement action against DeVry University
The Federal Trade Commission has filed suit against the operators of DeVry University, alleging that DeVry's advertisements "deceived consumers about the likelihood that students would find jobs in their fields of study, and would earn more than those graduating with bachelor's degrees from other colleges or universities." In its complaint, the FTC alleges that the defendants' claim that 90% of DeVry graduates actively seeking employment landed jobs in their field within six months of graduation was deceptive. The complaint charges that another key claim made by DeVry, that its graduates had 15% higher incomes one year after graduation on average than the graduates of all other colleges or universities, also was deceptive. In a related action, the U.S. Department of Education is also taking action against DeVry for its marketing practices, the FTC noted in its statement. The Department of Education is providing notice to DeVry that it will be requiring the institution both to stop certain advertising regarding the post-graduation employment outcomes of its students and to take additional steps to ensure that DeVry can substantiate the truthfulness of its post-graduation employment outcomes. The FTC Commission vote authorizing the staff to file the complaint was 4-0. The complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
12:03 EDTDVFTC drings enforcement action against DeVry University
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10:23 EDTFFIVOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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January 26, 2016
16:32 EDTARIApollo Commercial says CFO Megan Gaul resigns
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13:45 EDTDDD, SSYSStratasys falls after JPMorgan cuts on rising competition, lack of catalysts
Shares of Stratasys (SSYS) are falling after JPMorgan downgraded the company to Neutral, saying the 3D printer maker's financials could be pressured as clients curb spending and new competitors enter the space. NO CATALYSTS: Stratasys could see shrinking revenue and earnings through mid-2016 as strong competitors flood the low-end of the market and corporate clients rethink spending on the new technology, JPMorgan analyst Paul Coster argued Tuesday. Capital outlays remain muted across energy, industrials and manufacturing firms while medical device trends have also shown recent weakness, said Coster, leading him to downgrade Stratasys shares to Neutral and cut his price target to $19 from $24 on a lack of any significant catalysts for the next six months. The analyst also trimmed his outlook for 2016 earnings per share to 22c, though he sees 2017 EPS at 95c, with the above-consensus view reflecting the potential for Stratasys to benefit from cyclical demand recovery and restructuring efforts. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Stratasys have slipped roughly 4.6% to $16 while competitors 3D Systems (DDD) and ExOne (XONE) are up 5.4% and 4.5%, respectively.
12:16 EDTSSYSOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session in positive territory moved cautiously in the opening segment, before shooting higher following the better than expected consumer confidence reading. The Dow is the biggest winner and is up more than 1.5% while the Nasdaq has been lagging but is up more than 0.6%. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5.8% from the prior year in November, topping expectations for a 5.7% year-over-year increase. The separate FHFA house price index showed a monthly gain of 0.5% in November, matching the consensus forecast. Markit's services PMI for January came in at 53.7, missing the 54.0 forecast. The preliminary reading of the Conference Board's consumer confidence index for January came in at 98.1, topping the 96.5 reading that was expected. In Asia, Japan's Nikkei index fell 2.35% while China's Shanghai composite slid 6.4%. COMPANY NEWS: The volume of earnings reports took a step up, with four members of the bluechip Dow Jones Industrial Average posting results before the opening bell this morning. All four advanced on the heels of their reports, with 3M (MMM) leading the pack with a gain of 4.5% despite earnings, excluding restructuring charges, that missed the consensus forecast. The industrial conglomerate did, however, affirm its performance expectations for the new fiscal year. Meanwhile, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) rose 3%, Procter & Gamble (PG) gained 2.7% and DuPont (DD) added 1.6%... AIG (AIG) provided its much-anticipated strategy update, committing to return at least $25B to shareholders over next two years and announcing that it has agreed to sell AIG Advisor Group to private equity firm Lightyear Capital and Canadian pension investment manager PSP Investments. AIG also said it will pursue an initial public offering of United Guaranty in mid-2016 to sell up to 19.9% of the outstanding shares as a first step towards a full separation. However, the insurer said it believes a full breakup, as espoused by investor Carl Icahn, would detract from shareholder value, arguing that a lack of diversification benefits would reduce capital available for distribution and there would be a loss of tax benefits. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Avis Budget (CAR), which rallied 7% after the company raised its share repurchase authorization by $300M and after SRS Investment reported a 9.5% stake in the company. Also higher were Sprint (S) and Coach (COH), which gained 20% and 11%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. In addition, FirstMerit (FMER) rose 16% after reporting quarterly earnings and announcing that it will merge with Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) in a deal valued at $3.4B. Huntington Bancshares fell 10% after the FirstMerit merger agreement was announced. Also lower was Stratasys (SSYS), which dropped 6% after JPMorgan downgraded the shares to Neutral from Overweight. In addition, Polaris (PII) and Waters Corporation (WAT) were down 11% and 4.5%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 273.66, or 1.72%, to 16,158.88, the Nasdaq was up 49.20, or 1.09%, to 4,567.69, and the S&P 500 was up 25.96, or 1.38%, to 1,903.04.
10:06 EDTFFIVOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:00 EDTSSYSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Amec Foster Wheeler (AMFW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at HSBC... CVR Refining (CVRR) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Cenovus Energy (CVE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Clean Harbors (CLH) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Core Laboratories (CLB) downgraded to Reduce from Hold at HSBC... Delek US (DK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Deutsche Post (DPSGY) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Disney (DIS) downgraded to Neutral on reduced ESPN forecasts at Atlantic Equities... Dorian LPG (LPG) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Encana (ECA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Fortinet (FTNT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Fortune Brands (FBHS) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... General Growth (GGP) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Golden Ocean (GOGL) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Grupo Mexico (GMBXF) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Halliburton (HAL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at HSBC... Marketo (MKTO) downgraded to Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Navios Maritime (NM) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... NetSuite (N) downgraded to Underperform at BofA/Merrill... OM Asset Management (OMAM) downgraded to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Paylocity (PCTY) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Pennsylvania REIT (PEI) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Pinnacle West (PNW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Public Storage (PSA) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Red Hat (RHT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Regal Entertainment (RGC) downgraded on valuation at RBC Capital... Rouse Properties (RSE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Star Bulk Carriers (SBLK) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Stratasys (SSYS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Subsea 7 (SUBCY) downgraded to Reduce from Hold at HSBC... US Ecology (ECOL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... USG (USG) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Vornado (VNO) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Weir Group (WEIGY) downgraded to Underperform from Hold at Jefferies.
09:15 EDTSSYSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Sprint (S), up 19.5%... Rambus (RMBS), up 8%... Freeport-McMoRan (FCX), up 11.3%... Sanmina (SANM), up 9.9%... Coach (COH), up 4.9%. ALSO HIGHER: Firstmerit (FMER), up 21.5% following the merger announcement with Huntington Bancshares (HBAN). DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Polaris (PII), down 4.2%. ALSO LOWER: Huntington Bancshares, down 6.8% after announcing a merger with Firstmerit. Stratasys (SSYS), down 3.7% after being downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan.
07:48 EDTDOWDuPont repeats call for Dow Chemical merger to close in second half of 2016
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06:47 EDTALBAlbemarle CFO to take temporary medical leave of absence
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05:52 EDTSSYSStratasys downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Paul Coster downgraded Stratasys to Neutral citing risk that revenue and earnings disappoint through mid-2016. Coster highlights the "rapid influx of competing solutions" at the low-end of the 3D printing market. He cut his price target for the shares to $19 from $24. The analyst sees a lack of catalysts for Stratasys shares over the next six months. The maker of 3-D printers closes yesterday down $1.04 to $16.81.
January 25, 2016
11:24 EDTFFIVOptions with increasing volume
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10:22 EDTFFIVOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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08:14 EDTSSYS, DDDStratasys, 3D Systems price targets cut at Jefferies
Jefferies analyst Jason North says his firm's 3D printing reseller survey indicates demand stabilized in Q4 in the U.S. and Europe. To reflect Asia and currency moves, however, the analyst trimmed his 2016 estimates for both Stratasys (SSYS) and 3D Systems (DDD). North cut his price target for Stratasys to $30 from $37 and for 3D Systems to $7.50 from $11. He keeps a Buy rating on Stratasys and Hold rating on 3D.
07:04 EDTFFIVF5 Networks names Mike Convertino as Chief Information Security Officer
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