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January 8, 2013
10:00 EDTLUV, LSTR, FTI, PH, TKC, MKSI, KKR, CELG, VTR, MGM, SPN, MFC, JOY, DOV, HEK, RDCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Celgene (CELG) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Celgene (CELG) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Dover (DOV) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... FMC Technologies (FTI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee... Joy Global (JOY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... KKR & Co. (KKR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Landstar System (LSTR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... MKS Instruments (MKSI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Manulife Financial (MFC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Southwest (LUV) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Superior Energy (SPN) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Turkcell (TKC) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Rowan Companies (RDC) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... MGM Resorts (MGM) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Parker-Hannifin (PH)upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Ventas (VTR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Heckmann (HEK) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Ladenburg.
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February 4, 2016
10:36 EDTCELGCelgene February weekly calls activity attributed to takeover speculation
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10:31 EDTCELGRumor: Celgene strength attributed to takeover speculation
Shares of Celgene (CELG) are moving higher amid renewed speculation Bristol-Meyers (BMY) is interested in acquiring the company.
February 3, 2016
08:57 EDTCELGPullback in biotech makes M&A more attractive, says UBS
UBS analyst Andrew Peters noted the pullback in small and mid-cap biotechs and said a consequence of the lower valuations may be an increased appetite for M&A by the larger firms. Peters noted Gilead (GILD) commented on its earnings call that "there's no question" the pullback has made M&A more attractive. UBS said with valuations so far off their highs, the question remains whether management and boards will accept deals at such depressed levels.
February 2, 2016
11:17 EDTDOVFitch affirms Dover at A; outlook revised to negative
Fitch Ratings has affirmed Dover Corporation's long-term Issuer Default Rating at 'A' and short-term IDR at 'F1' and revised the Rating Outlook to Negative from Stable. Dover had $2.8B of debt outstanding as of Dec. 31, 2015. The Negative Outlook reflects Dover's soft operating results and weaker credit metrics, which Fitch expects will persist through 2016 and into 2017. Dover's revenues declined 10% in 2015, due primarily to weak results in its energy segment, which realized a 26.4% decline in revenues and a 62.5% drop in operating earnings. This segment, which generated 16.8% of Dover's operating profits in 2015 has been negatively affected by the sharp drop in North American upstream oil and gas markets. Fitch expects oil and gas drilling and production will remain depressed in the first half of 2016 before reaching bottom and beginning a gradual recovery.
10:01 EDTSPNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Agnico Eagle (AEM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Desjardins... Alere (ALR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Antero Resources (AR) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at SunTrust... Carbylan (CBYL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink... Copa Holdings (CPA) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Dominion (D) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... Duke Energy (DUK) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Hain Celestial (HAIN) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Integrated Device (IDTI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Logitech (LOGI) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Merus Labs (MSLI) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Scotiabank... New Gold (NGD) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Desjardins... Nokia (NOK) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at CLSA... Plantronics (PLT) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Raymond James... Pool Corp. (POOL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... Praxair (PX) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... Rofin-Sinar (RSTI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Longbow... Southwestern Energy (SWN) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Stifel cuts Twitter (TWTR) to Sell after noting Yahoo has significantly more users... Superior Energy (SPN) downgraded to In-Line from Outperform at Imperial Capital... Sysco (SYY) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Telenor (TELNY) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Twitter (TWTR) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Stifel... Valeo (VLEEY) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
08:53 EDTCELGPiper Jaffray biopharma analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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06:48 EDTMGMMGM Resorts setup favorable after underperformance, says Deutsche Bank
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06:23 EDTLUVBoeing on pace for early delivery of new 737 Max, WSJ says
Boeing (BA) is on track to deliver a new 737 Max jetliner ahead of schedule, the Wall Street Journal reports. The new jet completed its first flight on Friday, a move which marks a major step towards Boeing's goal of delivering the first of such a plane to Southwest Airlines (LUV) in 3Q17, the report says. Boeing is telling customers that it may deliver the jet as soon as six months early, the report says. Reference Link
05:34 EDTSPNSuperior Energy downgraded to In-Line from Outperform at Imperial Capital
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February 1, 2016
10:00 EDTJOYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Air Products (APD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... American Airlines (AAL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Axiall (AXLL) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... BASF (BASFY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... CNH Industrial (CNHI) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... CU Bancorp (CUNB) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Fig Partners... CaixaBank (CAIXY) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Societe Generale... Chipotle (CMG) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Concho Resources (CXO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Continental Building (CBPX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Eastman Chemical (EMN) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA... Extreme Networks (EXTR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Glacier Bancorp (GBCI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Fig Partners... IBERIABANK (IBKC) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Infineon (IFNNY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Jarden (JAH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Joy Global (JOY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... KT Corporation (KT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Kennametal (KMT) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... L-3 Communications (LLL) upgraded to Buy on valuation at BofA/Merrill... Maximus (MMS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Micron (MU) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Monster Beverage (MNST) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Newell Rubbermaid (NWL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Northrop Grumman (NOC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... PTC (PTC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT... Peoples Bancorp (PEBO) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Boenning & Scattergood... Praxair (PX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Proofpoint (PFPT) upgraded to Outperform from In-Line at Imperial Capital... Seagate (STX) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Benchmark... Siemens (SIEGY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Superior Drilling (SDPI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Vertex (VRTX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Werner (WERN) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... ZAIS Financial (ZFC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays.
09:36 EDTMGMActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: BAC AAPL FB AMZN TWTR MGM MCD NFLX GILD INTC TSLA AA BABA C
06:52 EDTMGMMacau reports January casino revenue down 21.4% to 18.67B patacas
Macau's gaming bureau reported January casino revenue in the region fell 21.4% to 18.67B patacas. Publicly traded companies in the space include Las Vegas Sands (LVS), MGM Resorts (MGM), Wynn Resorts (WYNN), and Melco Crown (MPEL).
05:51 EDTJOYJoy Global upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
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January 31, 2016
14:26 EDTLUVSouthwest reaches tentative agreement with flight instructors union
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11:39 EDTJOYS&P falls 5% in January despite second straight winning week to close month
Stocks finished the month of January with two straight winning weeks, but investors are still glad to see the calendar flip as those winners only cut the S&P's loss to 5% for the month. With growth worries abounding amid troubling signs from China and as oil languishes below $35 per barrel, the manufacturing readings from China, Europe, and the U.S. due out on Monday will be essential to whether the new month continues the uptrend of the end of January or the dour tone that dominated the early half of the month. MACRO NEWS: The Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged following its policy meeting this week, as almost universally expected. In its accompanying statement, the central bank said its committee members expect that economic conditions will "evolve in a manner that will warrant only gradual increases in the federal funds rate." The group added that inflation is expected to "remain low in the near term, in part because of the further declines in energy prices, but to rise to 2% over the medium term as the transitory effects of declines in energy and import prices dissipate and the labor market strengthens further"... In other domestic economic news, the Commerce Department's first read on fourth quarter gross domestic product came in at 0.7% annualized growth, below the already anemic 0.8% growth forecast. 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. New home sales surged 10.8% to a 544,000 annualized pace in December, topping expectations and hitting their highest level in 10 months. Initial jobless claims fell to 278,000 last week, versus the expected 281,000 first-time claims. Durable goods orders dropped 5.1% in December, versus expectations for a decrease of 0.7%. The core reading, which removes transportation items, was down 1.2%, versus expectations for a decline of 0.1%. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment index slipped to 92.0 in the final January print, missing the 93.0 reading that was forecast... In a surprising move in Asia, the Bank of Japan introduced a rate of minus 0.1% on certain excess holdings of cash while maintaining the pace of its asset purchases. Japan also reported data pointing to a softening economy, as total CPI grew 0.2% year-over-year in December, core CPI rose at only a 0.1% pace and industrial production fell a preliminary 1.4% month-over-month in December. COMPANY NEWS: McDonald's (MCD) advanced Monday after the fast food giant reported better than expected earnings and comparable sales growth for the fourth quarter, powered by the launch of All Day Breakfast in the U.S.... Earnings season accelerated Tuesday as four members of the bluechip Dow Jones Industrial Average posted results before the opening bell. 3M (MMM) was the top advanced on the index with a gain of over 5%, while Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Procter & Gamble (PG) and DuPont (DD) all notched gains that day following their reports as well... Apple (AAPL) declined more than 6.5% on Wednesday after the tech giant reported first quarter earnings that topped consensus estimates, but also issued revenue guidance for the new quarter that missed expectations. The company was noted by several analysts as taking a particularly downbeat tone in its earnings conference call, invoking the difficult macroeconomic environment and weakness it has recently seen in China. Apple was not the worst performer in the Dow that day, as Boeing (BA) shares plummeted nearly 9% after its profit outlook for the new fiscal year fell far short of the Street's consensus forecast... Facebook (FB) surged 15.5% on Thursday after the social media giant's fourth quarter earnings and revenue beat expectations. A number of Wall Street analysts increased their price targets for the stock following the report, including Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster, who hiked his target to a "Street-high" $170 per share. The same day, Caterpillar (CAT) reported better than expected quarterly earnings, excluding certain items, but its revenue came in below the consensus forecast and the heavy equipment maker warned that it does not anticipate an improvement in the world economy or commodity prices in 2016. The stock, which had declined almost 20% in the last three months prior to this morning's report, rebounded almost 5% after the company jumped over the lowered bar that had been set by bearish analysts... On Friday, shares of Amazon (AMZN) declined more than 7.5% after the company's fourth quarter results came in below expectations. Meanwhile, Microsoft (MSFT), which reported better than expected earnings, gained almost 6%. Chevron (CVX) reported a quarterly loss due to taking impairments and other charges of $1.1B. The company, which also reported that its average sales price per barrel of crude oil and natural gas liquids in the U.S. was $35 in fourth quarter, down from $66 a year ago, edged up 0.7% to $86.44... Among the many others reporting earnings this week, Visa (V), Mastercard (MA), Under Armour (UA), Sprint (S) and Biogen (BIIB) gained immediately following their reports, while Qualcomm (QCOM), eBay (EBAY), U.S. Steel (X), VMware (VMW) and Anthem (ANTM) all slid following their own... Xerox (XRX) announced plans to separate into two independent publicly-traded companies: one focused on Document Technology and another Business Process Outsourcing company. Xerox also announced an agreement related to the governance of the Business Process Outsourcing company under which six directors of the new company will be selected by Xerox and three will be selected by current Xerox shareholder Carl Icahn... Terex (TEX) surged more than 36% higher on Tuesday after receiving a $30 per share acquisition offer from China's Zoomlion. Terex peers Manitowoc (MTW), Joy Global (JOY) and Oshkosh (OSK) also gained after the offer was disclosed... Weight Watchers (WTW) shares soared nearly 20% Tuesday after noted shareholder and partner Oprah Winfrey tweeted a video detailing her progress using the company's program, indicating that she'd already lost 26 pounds thanks to its plan... AIG (AIG) provided its much-anticipated strategy update, committing to return at least $25B to shareholders over the next two years and announcing the sale of AIG Advisor Group to Lightyear Capital and PSP Investments. The company, under ongoing pressure from activist investors including Carl Icahn, also said it will publicly offer a portion of its United Guaranty unit, though it expressly rejected a full company breakup... SunEdison (SUNE) gained 18% during the week after agreeing to new corporate governance initiatives with David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital, including amending its bylaws to restrict equity issuances for two years without a supermajority board vote... Twitter (TWTR) slumped nearly 6% this week after CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed the departure of four company executives, leading research firm Stifel to downgrade the shares. INDEXES: The Dow gained about 2.2% to close at 16,466.30; the S&P 500 rose about 1.6% to close at 1,940.24; the Nasdaq advanced about 0.4% to close at 4,613.95.
January 29, 2016
17:11 EDTLUVBoeing 737 MAX 8 on track for first delivery to Southwest in 3Q17
The Boeing (BA) 737 MAX 8 took to the skies for the first time this afternoon. The 737 MAX program achieved the milestone on schedule which begins a comprehensive flight-test program leading to certification and delivery. With the latest technology LEAP-1B engines from CFM International and Boeing-designed Advanced Technology winglets, the first member of the efficient 737 MAX family completed a two-hour, 47-minute flight, taking off from Renton Field in Renton, Wash., at 9:46 a.m. local time and landing at 12:33 p.m. at Seattle's Boeing Field. With the other three members of the 737 MAX 8 flight-test fleet currently in different stages of final assembly, the 737 MAX remains on track for first delivery to Southwest Airlines in the third quarter of 2017.
09:35 EDTMGMNevada reports Statewide December gaming win up 3.31% to $982.06M
The state also reports Las Vegas Strip December gaming win up 8.2% compared to last year at $600.75M compared to last year. Publicly traded companies in the space include Boyd Gaming (BYD), Caesars (CZR), Las Vegas Sands (LVS), MGM Resorts (MGM), Penn National (PENN) and Wynn Resorts (WYNN).
08:17 EDTCELGCelgene fundamentals, valuation compelling, says Cantor
Cantor says that Celgene's sell-off was not caused by its results, but by other factors such as currency fluctuations. The firm says that the company's EPs growth remains strong, while its pipeline can enable the company to keep growing over the longer term. The firm continues to expect the company to generate strong cash flow, and it reiterates a $163 price target and Buy rating on the shares.
08:06 EDTCELGUBS said no change to bullish stance on Celgene
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06:26 EDTLUVAmerican Airlines stock price too low, WSJ says
The sharp drop in oil prices has come to the benefit of the four major U.S. airline carriers, which account for approximately 80% of the domestic air-travel market, Steven Russolillo of the Wall Street Journal's Ahead of the Tape reports. United Continental (UAL) and Southwest Airlines (LUV) already reported record Q4 earnings, and Delta (DAL) recently reported a quarterly profit as well, the report says. American Airlines (AAL) is slated to reported Q4 results, which are expected to be upbeat, the Journal says. The stock prices of such companies, however, suggests that investors aren't experiencing the full benefits due to weakness with the industry's boom-and-bust nature, the report says. American Airlines's share price, in particular, is too low, and its stock has fallen too much relative to competitors ahead of quarterly results, the report says. Reference Link
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