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February 13, 2013
05:55 EDTDISCA, DISCA, APA, APA, PPL, PPL, DTV, DTV, DVA, DVA, BWA, BWA, ALXN, ALXN, WM, WM, VMC, VMC, TAP, TAP, PEP, PEP, EOG, EOGCompanies reporting Before the Market Open on Thursday, February 14th
Notable companies reporting before the opening bell include Alexion (ALXN), Apache (APA), BorgWarner (BWA), DaVita (DVA), DirecTV (DTV), Discovery (DISCA), EOG Resources (EOG), Molson Coors (TAP), PepsiCo (PEP), PPL Corp. (PPL), Vulcan Materials (VMC) and Waste Management (WM).
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September 30, 2015
07:30 EDTDISCADiscovery long-term guidance missed Street expectations, says UBS
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05:30 EDTDVADaVita plans to begin operations in Brazil
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September 29, 2015
16:00 EDTAPAOptions Update; September 29, 2015
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15:19 EDTDISCADiscovery drops as investor day fails to dispell cord-cutting fears
Shares of Discovery Communications (DISCA) have dropped today as the company held its first-ever investor day amid ongoing concerns about the potential decline of pay TV. NEW GUIDANCE: Discovery Chief Financial Officer Andrew Warren updated the company's full year 2015 outlook, saying he expects constant currency adjusted earnings per share to grow in the low double digits. The company expects revenue for the year to grow 9%-10%, with free cash flow up in low single digits. Meanwhile, year over year currency headwinds were seen deducting $460M from revenue and 24c-29c from adjusted EPS. Discovery also established long-term guidance, saying it sees its adjusted EPS compound annual growth rate up in low double digits from 2015 to 2018, on a constant currency basis. "Third quarter results are on track, highlighted by strong U.S. advertising growth," Warren added. THREE BILLION SUBSCRIBERS: CEO David Zaslav commented during the investor day that the company is "confident in the long-term outlook for our business," adding that Discovery expects to reach 3B cumulative worldwide subscribers by year's end. The Chief Executive highlighted what he called five differentiators for Discovery's growth potential, including its ownership of a growing and diverse portfolio of content and IP "that uniquely positions Discovery for the changing media landscape." CORD CUTTING: Multiple Discovery executives showcased the company's European products, including Eurosport and the Eurosport Player OTT service, as well as the company's apparent first-mover advantage in Latin America. The seemingly increased attention on foreign initiatives comes as U.S. cord-cutting trends continue generating headlines, with Citi analyst Jason Bazinet arguing as recently as September 18 that Disney (DIS) would be the only cable network to make more money in a bundle-free world. According to media reports of today's Discovery event, Chief Executive Zaslav said "it's not rational" that media companies are selling so much of their content to streaming services like Netflix (NFLX) that threaten the appeal of cable bundles. The CEO added that Discovery has assumed a 1%-2% decline in pay TV over "the next couple of years," though he reassured investor day attendees that the company's adjusted operating income should be roughly flat even in a worst-case scenario. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Discovery crashed as much as 7% in early morning trading before seeing hesitant moves higher. The stock is down just under 4% to roughly $26.70 heading towards session close.
10:09 EDTAPAHigh option volume stocks
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10:00 EDTAPAOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Apache (APA) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Simmons... Autoliv (ALV) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Bristol-Myers (BMY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Bunge (BG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Cerner (CERN) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Continental AG (CTTAY) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Digital Realty (DLR) upgraded to Overweight from Sector Weight at KeyBanc... FTD Companies (FTD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sidoti... Intermolecular (IMI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... LDR Holding (LDRH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Lincoln National (LNC) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... McDonald's (MCD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Micron (MU) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Nautilus (NLS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Nevsun Resources (NSU) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia... Nexstar (NXST) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Omega Protein (OME) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Raytheon (RTN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Republic Airways (RJET) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Swiss Re (SSREY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Thor Industries (THO) upgraded on positive trends, checks at BMO Capital... Verint (VRNT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair.
09:29 EDTEOGDeutsche Bank to hold a conference
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09:26 EDTPPLWolfe Research to hold a conference
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09:19 EDTDISCADiscovery CEO: Low double-digit revenue growth in next 3 years, Variety says
Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav pledged that the company will deliver low double-digit revenue and earnings growth over the next three years, Variety reports. Zaslav gave the forecast at the company's inaugural investor day presentation in Manhattan, the report says. Reference Link
08:58 EDTAPAApache upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Simmons
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06:47 EDTDISCADiscovery to host Inaugural Investor Day
Inaugural Investor Day to be held in New York on September 29 at 8:15 am Webcast Link
September 28, 2015
07:11 EDTBWAAuto parts makers defend diesel amid Volkswagen scandal, WSJ reports
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September 27, 2015
12:33 EDTBWAAuto suppliers look like bargains after Volkswagen scandal, Barron's says
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September 25, 2015
09:17 EDTBWAAuto suppliers decline on Volkswagen fears overdone, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo says that a 10% decline in diesel's market share in Europe would only reduce the annual EPS of Tenneco (TEN0, BorgWarner (BWA) and Delphi (DLPH) by 1%-5%, while the stocks have fallen by a median of 10.2% since September 17. The firm does not expect Volkswagen (VLKAY) sales to drop tremendously. It views fears about BorgWarner and Tenneco as "way overdone," and says that Delphi's weakness is also unjustified.
08:10 EDTPEPPepsiCo Q3 should mark earnings trough, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst John Faucher expects PepsiCo's earnings to trough in Q3 as currency headwinds peak. Earnings growth acceleration and gross margin upside position the stock well heading into 2016, the analyst argues. He reiterates an Overweight rating on PepsiCo with a $110 price target.
September 24, 2015
11:12 EDTBWAAnalyst says Delphi pushed to 'attractive' level by Volkswagen scandal
The shares of auto equipment maker Delphi (DLPH) are falling nearly 4% this morning and have tumbled over 8% week-to-date in the wake of the Volkswagen (VLKAY) emissions scandal. In a note to investors today, RBC Capital recommended that investors buy Delphi shares at current levels, saying that the impact of the Volkswagen news on Delphi "appears limited." WHAT'S NEW: After meeting with Delphi's CEO and treasurer, RBC Capital analyst Joseph Spak says that Delphi parts are not incorporated into any light vehicles with diesel engines in the U.S., while Volkswagen accounts for only about 1% of Delphi's overall powertrain business. Delphi could be hurt if European consumers stop buying diesel powered vehicles, according to Spak, who noted that Delphi generates double the revenue from diesel vehicles than it gets from gasoline vehicles. Such a scenario, however, is unlikely to play out and the company would see higher revenue from gasoline engines if it does occur, according to Spak. Addressing the company's outlook in China, Spak lowered his third quarter and full-year operating income estimates for the auto maker "towards the low end" of its guidance. However, he noted that Delphi "does seem to be confident" that it can meet its earnings per share guidance even if its production in China is flat in the second half of this year, the analyst stated. Moreover, Delphi suggested that its China business appears to be stabilizing, while some automakers are increasing their fourth quarter orders from previous levels, he wrote. Spak cut his price target on the stock to $91 from $93 but kept an Outperform rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Yesterday, Spak wrote that the decline of auto suppliers with exposure to Volkswagen's powertrain could be overdone. In addition to Delphi, he identified Magna (MGA) as having exposure to Volkswagen's powertrains. BorgWarner (BWA) would only lose 7c of EPS if all sales of cars with 1.5M Volkswagen engines disappear, the analyst added. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Delphi dropped 3.7% to $71.36, while Magna fell 5.7% to $43.64 and BorgWarner declined 3.7% to $37.54.
08:02 EDTPEPPepsiCo sustainability initiatives delivered $375M in cost savings since 2010
07:24 EDTALXNAlexion weakness creates buying opporutnity, says Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer expects Alexion to report better than expected revenue over the next 12-18 months, driven by the launches of its Strensiq and Kanuma drugs. The firm thinks that the drug launches carry little risk, and it does not expect the company to be affected by pricing pressures. It keeps a $228 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
06:39 EDTBWABorgWarner volatility elevated on exposure to Volkswagen
BorgWarner (BWA) October call option implied volatility is at 40, January is at 37; compared to its 52-week range of 19 to 43, suggesting large near term price movement on the auto suppliers exposure to Volkswagen (VLKAY).
06:23 EDTTAPHeineken, Carslberg won't benefit from SABMiller-AB InBev merger, WSJ says
Brewers Heineken (HEINY) and Carlsberg will not likely see any benefit from a proposed merger of SABMiller (SBMRY) and AB InBev (BUD), the Wall Street Journal reports. Analysts have suggested that there are a few takeover opportunities for the two brewers as part of a successful AB InBev takeover of SABMiller, the report says. If options do arise, Heineken would have more to explore than Carlsberg since it is larger and more profitable, the report says. Still, some believe Molson Coors (TAP) is seen as the most likely buyer of any assets from SABMiller, including its stake in their joint venture MillerCoors, the report says. Reference Link
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