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January 3, 2014
10:00 EDTDTE, AWI, WR, SIRI, PEG, PPL, MET, MXIM, INFY, FNSR, FNF, CDNSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: DTE Energy (DTE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Fidelity National (FNF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... Finisar (FNSR) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Infosys (INFY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Maxim Integrated (MXIM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... MetLife (MET) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... PPL Corp. (PPL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... PSEG (PEG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Sirius XM (SIRI) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Evercore... Westar Energy (WR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Armstrong World (AWI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Cadence Design (CDNS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham.
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August 14, 2014
12:58 EDTSIRIJANA Partners gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Apache (APA), FMC Corp (FMC), Civeo (CVEO), PetSmart (PETM), and Charter Communications (CHTR). INCREASED STAKES: Actavis (ACT), AIG (AIG), Mallinckrodt (MNK), HD Supply (HDS), and American Capital (ACAS). DECREASED STAKES: Liberty (LVNTA), Oil States International (OIS), eBay (EBAY), Liberty Media (LMCA), and Liberty Interactive (LINTA). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Sirius XM (SIRI), Juniper (JNPR), Golar LNG (GLNG), Outerwall (OUTR), and Teva (TEVA).
12:01 EDTFNSRThird Point gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Rackspace (RAX), Finisar (FNSR), Amgen (AMGN), Ally Financial (ALLY), and AstraZeneca (AZN). INCREASED STAKES: Dollar General (DG) and Dow Chemical (DOW). DECREASED STAKES: FedEx (FDX), Hertz (HTZ), T-Mobile (TMUS) and Intrexon (XON). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Google Class A (GOOGL), Verizon (VZ) and Mondelez (MDLZ).
11:52 EDTFNSRThird Point discloses new stakes in Finisar, Amgen, Ally Financial
10:53 EDTAWIHigh option volume stocks
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10:05 EDTINFYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Adidas (ADDYY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Fabrinet (FN) downgraded at B. Riley... Freeport McMoRan (FCX) downgraded at Stifel... Infosys (INFY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... InterMune (ITMN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Jones Energy (JONE) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... LVMH Moet Hennessy (LVMUY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Madison Square Garden (MSG) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Topeka... Qualys (QLYS) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... SeaWorld (SEAS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Theravance Biopharma (TBPH) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at RW Baird... URS Corporation (URS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee... ViaSat (VSAT) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Wynn Resorts (WYNN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Gabelli.
09:07 EDTSIRIMorgan Stanley to hold a conference
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07:41 EDTINFYInfosys downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
Jefferies downgraded Infosys last night to Hold citing valuation and a lack of near-term catalysts for revenue growth. The firm lowered its price target for shares to $59 from $60.
07:09 EDTCDNSCadence Design management to meet with Piper Jaffray
Meetings to be held in Europe August 18-20 hosted by Piper Jaffray.
August 13, 2014
16:05 EDTINFYInfosys downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
11:27 EDTFNSRJDSU falls after outlook disappoints, analyst downgrades
Shares of JDSU (JDSU), a provider of equipment to telecommunications service providers, are sharply lower after the company's fourth quarter results and first quarter guidance were reported last night. Following the report, the stock was downgraded this morning at two Street research firms. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, JDSU reported fourth quarter adjusted earnings of 14c per share, beating the consensus forecast by 1c, on revenue of $448.6M, which topped the consensus $436.8M view. However, JDSU expects revenue to be $405M-$425M in its first quarter and sees Q1 EPS of 8c-12c, which fell short of consensus of about $441M and 14c, respectively. JDSU's President and CEO Tom Waechter said, "Looking ahead to fiscal 2015, we believe there are strong market drivers across our three business segments, and that we are well positioned with differentiated products and solutions to support our customers as they transition to Software Defined Networks, Network Function Virtualization and more dependency on cloud infrastructure. We continue to lead in our core network and anti-counterfeiting markets and I am pleased with the momentum we are building in our commercial lasers business on the strength of our highly differentiated fiber laser product line." ANALYST OPINION: Following the company's report, B. Riley analyst Dave Kang cut his rating on JDSU shares to Neutral from a Buy rating, citing near-term uncertainties in the North American telecom market. Kang pointed to two events contributing to that uncertainty, namely an architectural shift to SDN, or Software Defined Networking, and AT&T's (T) planned merger with DirecTV (DTV). The analyst acknowledged previously underestimating the potential impact of the SDN shift on the telecom equipment industry and noted that appears to be impacting JDSU's NSE business more than its optical component unit. Kang prefers Finisar (FNSR) over JDSU given the current environment, noting that about 70% of Finisar's sales come from the datacom sector. Kang lowered his price target on JDS Uniphase shares to $11.75 from $15.50. Piper Jaffray analyst Troy Jensen also downgraded JDSU following its report, lowering his rating on the stock to Neutral from Overweight. Jensen also said the company's worse than expected guidance indicates softer Telco spending and he believes JDSU will have trouble showing significant revenue acceleration even if the optical upgrade cycle starts to ramp up. Piper lowered its price target on the stock to $12 from $14. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other providers of telecom equipment include Ciena (CIEN) and Infinera (INFN). PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, shares of JDSU fell $1.12, or 9.4%, to $10.78. Meanwhile, shares of Finisar were down nearly 2% to $19.58, Ciena slipped 1.5% to $18.92 and Infinera was fractionally higher at $9.09.
August 12, 2014
19:02 EDTFNSROn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:12 EDTFNFFidelity National announces sale of Ceridian to FleetCor to $3.45B
Fidelity National Financial Ventures (FNFV), a tracking stock established to highlight the inherent value of the portfolio company investments of Fidelity National Financial (FNF), announced that Ceridian LLC has reached an agreement to sell Comdata Into FleetCor (FLT) for total consideration of approximately $3.45B. After repayment of existing Comdata indebtedness and transaction related expenses, total consideration received by Ceridian LLC will be approximately $950M, which will be paid in shares of FleetCor common stock. FNFV owns approximately 32% of Ceridian LLC. Approximately $250M of the common stock of FleetCor will be placed in an escrow account to cover potential indemnity claims as set forth in the merger agreement. The escrowed shares will be released over a three-year period. FNFV will indirectly own approximately 2.3M shares of FleetCor common stock valued at approximately $300M based on FleetCor's closing stock price of $131.54 on August 11. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including receipt of HSR approval and other governmental approvals with respect to Comdata's money transmitter license business. Closing is expected in December 2014.
09:03 EDTMETMetLife acquires The Loop
MetLife announced that the company has acquired The Loop, a 435,000 square foot outdoor retail center in Kissimmee, Florida. MetLife bought the complex from an institutional client of AEW Capital Management.
08:27 EDTMXIMMorgan Stanley remains positive on Semiconductor industry conditions
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08:18 EDTMETAs MetLife awaits SIFI decision, other non-banks get tough scrutiny, FT says
The Federal Reserve's scrutiny of AIG (AIG) and GE Capital (GE) since those non-banks were designated as systemic risks shows they are being regarded in the same manner as large banks, according Financial Times, citing people familiar with the process. Insurer Prudential Financial (PRU) was deemed a systemic risk last September and rival MetLife (MET) is waiting to see if it will be designated this year, the report noted. Reference Link
August 11, 2014
16:32 EDTAWIEton Park Capital reports 6.69% passive stake in Armstrong World
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10:27 EDTFNFFidelity National management to meet with Stephens
Meetings to be held in New York on August 14-15 hosted by Stephens.
August 7, 2014
14:04 EDTMETMetLife agrees to pay $23M to settle blast-faxing litigation, WSJ says
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10:00 EDTDTEOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:50 EDTDTEDTE Energy upgraded to Buy from Neutral at ISI Group
ISI Group upgraded DTE Energy to Buy from Neutral and raised its price target to $79 from $78 based on NEXUS Pipeline visibility, rate base growth and valuation.
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