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July 2, 2014
10:24 EDTXONE, DDD, VJET, SSYSCiti skeptical about 3D Systems takeover speculation
3D printer maker 3D Systems (DDD) surged yesterday following Bloomberg reporting that the company had canceled a tentative appearance at a conference, leading to speculation that it could be a takeover target, but Citigroup said today that the company probably wouldn't be acquired. Other 3D printer makers also rallied in the wake of the Bloomberg report. BACKGROUND: 3D Systems yesterday canceled a tentative appearance at an August conference sponsored by research firm Pacific Crest, Bloomberg reported. The company reportedly elected not to appear at the conference due to scheduling conflicts that its management had. WHAT'S NEW: In light of its $7B market cap, 3D Systems is not a realistic takeover target, Citi analyst Kenneth Wong wrote in a note to investors earlier today. Other factors also contributed to the stock's rally yesterday, the analyst stated. 3D Systems' announcement of a date for its second quarter earnings report yesterday likely eliminated any risk of a negative pre-announcement by the company, Wong wrote. The stock was likely also boosted by positive news about 3D bio-printing, the analyst stated. Bio-printing is several years away and the sector's rally was "a bit too extreme," even though positive sentiment about the removal of risk from 3D Systems' results is understandable, Wong believes. He kept a Neutral rating on 3D Systems. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Both Wong and JPMorgan analyst Paul Coster were more upbeat today about another major company in the sector, Stratasys (SSYS). Coster raised his price target on the name to $138 from $104. He believes that 3D Systems is trading at a significant premium to Stratasys and he kept an Overweight rating on Stratasys and a Neutral rating on 3D Systems. Similarly, Wong wrote that the rally in Stratasys' stock last month was steadier and more sustainable than the surge experienced by 3D Systems. He identified Stratasys as his top pick in the sector and kept a Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, 3D Systems lost 2% to $62.18, while Stratasys rose 0.4% to $116.66. Other companies in the sector fell like 3D Systems, with Voxeljet (VJET) falling 4% to $24.87 and ExOne (XONE) dropping 3% to $43.59.
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July 31, 2015
10:02 EDTSSYSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:02 EDTSSYSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: ACE Limited (ACE) upgraded to Outperform at Bernstein on Chubb deal potential... Aixtron (AIXG) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Anglo American (AAUKY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas... Antero Resources (AR) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Autoliv (ALV) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Barrick Gold (ABX) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Canaccord... California Water Service (CWT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Hilliard Lyons... Calpine (CPN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... CenturyLink (CTL) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... China Unicom (CHU) upgraded to Hold from Reduce at HSBC... Chubb (CB) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Delphi (DLPH) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA... Diebold (DBD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Discovery (DISCA) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Eldorado Gold (EGO) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... GoPro (GPRO) upgraded to Buy with $90 price target at Citi... Guidance Software (GUID) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Gabelli... H&E Equipment (HEES) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Integra LifeSciences (IART) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Lenovo (LNVGY) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... Methanex (MEOH) upgraded to Buy from Hold at TD Securities... Molina Healthcare (MOH) upgraded on strong results at Stifel... NCI, Inc. (NCIT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Nationstar (NSM) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at FBR Capital... NetScout (NTCT) upgraded at Sterne Agee CRT... Pacira (PCRX) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Premiere Global (PGI) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Regal Entertainment (RGC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... ResMed (RMD) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... RingCentral (RNG) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Robert Half (RHI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... SkyWest (SKYW) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Stratasys (SSYS) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Under Armour (UA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Western Union (WU) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays... Yahoo Japan (YAHOY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... eHealth (EHTH) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill.
09:25 EDTSSYSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:39 EDTSSYS, DDDStratasys price target lowered to $30 from $40 at Stephens
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07:25 EDTSSYSStratasys downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS
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05:35 EDTSSYS, VJET, DDDStratasys upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Troy Jensen upgraded Stratasys (DDD) to Overweight following yesterday's post-earnings pullback in shares. The 3D printing industry will return to more normalized grow rates in 2016 and Stratasys will grow faster than the market, Jensen tells investors in a research note. Despite lowering his near-term earnings and revenue assumptions, the analyst remains upbeat regarding the longer-term outlook for both the industry and the company. He lowered his price target for shares to $39 from $42. Stratasys closed yesterday down $3.82 to $32.67. Other names in the 3D printing space also dropped yesterday after Stratasys reported Q2 results and withdrew its 2015 outlook. The company's peers include 3D Systems (DDD) and voxeljet (VJET).
July 30, 2015
18:13 EDTDDD, SSYSOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
The market began the session in negative territory following the release of second quarter GDP data below economists' estimates. Continuing this morning's slow start, the indexes churned in negative territory for the first half of the day before turning mixed near noon. The Dow and S&P generally lagged behind the Nasdaq, with the S&P narrowly edging into positive territory by session close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., gross domestic product was estimated to have grown at a 2.3% annualized rate in the second quarter, though expectations were for GDP growth of 2.7%. The government also upwardly revised its estimate of first quarter GDP growth to 0.6% from a prior estimate of 0.2% contraction in the period. Initial jobless claims rose 12,000 to 267,000 in the week ended July 25, which was a bit below the expected 270,000 first-time claims. COMPANY NEWS: Facebook (FB) reported earnings and revenues last night that topped expectations, but its shares slid $1.78, or 1.84%, to $95.21 as the social network's growth in daily averages users fell a bit short of the consensus forecast and may have missed the high, "whisper" expectations for its report... Shares of Whole Foods (WFM) sunk 11.61% to $36.08 and hit a 52-week low of $35.57 during the session after the company reported weaker than expected results and provided lower than expected profit guidance. Several analysts downgraded shares of the organic foods grocer in the wake of its quarterly report and outlook. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was T-Mobile (TMUS), which advanced $1.82, or 4.91%, to $38.86 after handily beating analyst estimates and raising its outlook for yearly net customer additions forecast. Also higher following their earnings reports were Mondelez (MDLZ) and WWE (WWE), gaining a respective 5.03% and 17.48%. Among the noteworthy losers was Stratasys (SSYS), which fell $3.82, or 10.47%, to $32.67 after the company rescinded its fiscal year guidance, citing a lack of visibility on growth in the market. The news built on continued fears of overcapacity in the sector, leading to session losses for numerous 3D printer stocks, including an 8.94% drop for peer 3D Systems (DDD). Also lower was Qorvo (QRVO), which declined $9.99, or 14.17%, to $60.49 after its second quarter guidance significantly trailed analyst estimates, after which the stock saw price target reductions from BMO and Brean. Additionally, LinnCo (LNCO) declined $1.83, or 29.33%, to $4.41 after parent company Linn Energy (LINE) announced plans to suspend dividends and reserve roughly $450M from annualized distributions, which saw Linn also slipping 26.32% to $4.76. INDEXES: The Dow fell 5.41, or 0.03%, to 17,745.98, the Nasdaq gained 17.05, or 0.33%, to 5,128.79, and the S&P 500 advanced 0.06, or 0.00%%, to 2,108.63.
16:32 EDTSSYSStratasys downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
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13:03 EDTXONE, DDD, SSYS, VJETStratasys pulls 3D printing sector lower after retracting guidance
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10:38 EDTSSYS, DDDStratasys growth to return after inventory workdown, says Piper Jaffray
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09:25 EDTSSYSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:02 EDTSSYSStratasys sees Q3 non-GAAP EPS 3c-13c, consensus 47c
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07:01 EDTSSYSStratasys withdraws FY15 guidance
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06:58 EDTSSYSStratasys reports Q2 non-GAAP EPS 15c, consensus 15c
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July 29, 2015
10:00 EDTDDDOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: 3D Systems (DDD) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Longbow... AK Steel (AKS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Ally Financial (ALLY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Amazon.com (AMZN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Arrow Electronics (ARW) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at CLSA... Beacon Roofing (BECN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at CL King... Citrix (CTXS) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... Commvault (CVLT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... FireEye (FEYE) upgraded on positive checks, business mdoel changes at Oppenheimer... Hibbett Sports (HIBB) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Sterne Agee CRT... Integra LifeSciences (IART) upgraded to Outperform at Raymond James... M/A-COM (MTSI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Norsk Hydro (NHYDY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas... NuVasive (NUVA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... SM Energy (SM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Scorpio Bulkers (SALT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Sirius XM (SIRI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Longbow... Supervalu (SVU) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Waters (WAT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Wells Fargo (WFC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Williams-Sonoma (WSM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... YRC Worldwide (YRCW) upgraded to Strong Buy at Raymond James.
07:57 EDTSSYSCanaccord remains cautious on Stratasys heading into Q2 results
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06:16 EDTDDD3D Systems upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Longbow
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July 28, 2015
07:50 EDTDDD, SSYSJefferies cuts price targets in 3D printing space after survey
After surveying 30 resellers in the 3D printing space, Jefferies analyst Jason North cut his price target for 3D Systems (DDD) to $14 from $22 and Stratasys (SSYS) to $50 from $60. A key investor discussion is when or if the industry will return to 20% growth, North writes in a research note. His survey indicates Q4 as the most likely time frame for Stratasys and later, if ever, for 3D Systems. The survey suggests weak Q2 results and a "muted" rebound in Q3, North tells investors. He prefers shares of Arcam (AMAVF) and Stratasys, both of which are Buy rated, to Hold-rated 3D Systems and Proto Labs (PRLB).
July 27, 2015
11:37 EDTSSYSStratasys upgraded to Buy with $45 price target at Dougherty
Before the open, Dougherty analyst Andrea James upgraded Stratasys (SSYS) to Buy from Neutral and set a $45 price target on the stock, noting that the firm's North American channel checks indicate the sales climate has improved since the stock was downgraded in April. James also said that the pullback in the stock over that time frame leaves it trading at a "historically low P/E multiple" and that the firm believes HP (HPQ) will compete more directly with others in the 3D space than it will with Stratasys.
July 23, 2015
10:24 EDTDDDZVerse announces strategic partnership and commercial agreement with 3D Systems
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