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January 23, 2014
10:02 EDTSPLK, PANW, JIVE, SC, WDAY, DATA, SWI, MSTR, DRII, SBGI, WCG, TIBX, QLIK, VAC, ECOM, WYN, WWEOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: ChannelAdvisor (ECOM) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Diamond Resorts (DRII) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... Jive Software (JIVE) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Marriott Vacations (VAC) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... MicroStrategy (MSTR) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Palo Alto (PANW) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Qlik Technologies (QLIK) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... SolarWinds (SWI) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Splunk (SPLK) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... TIBCO (TIBX) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Tableau Software (DATA) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... WWE (WWE) initiated with a Buy at Benchmark Co... WellCare (WCG) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Workday (WDAY) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Wyndham (WYN) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... Sinclair Broadcast (SBGI) initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital... Santander Consumer USA (SC) initiated with a Buy at BTIG.
News For ECOM;DRII;JIVE;VAC;MSTR;PANW;QLIK;SWI;SPLK;TIBX;DATA;WWE;WCG;WDAY;WYN;SBGI;SC From The Last 14 Days
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January 16, 2015
08:34 EDTSWISolarWinds upgraded to Outperform with $60 target at FBR Capital
FBR Capital upgraded SolarWinds to Outperform from Market Perform and raised its price target for shares to $60 from $48. FBR believes the positive customer feedback its been hearing over the past few months will drive improved deal flow over the next 12 to 18 months.
06:09 EDTSWISolarWinds upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital
January 14, 2015
10:39 EDTECOMOptions with increasing implied volatility
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05:52 EDTECOMStocks with implied volatility movement; RSH ECOM
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January 13, 2015
16:24 EDTECOMOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
The Wall Street averages spent time in both positive and negative territory during the session, before closing a bit below where they'd started the day. The market opened sharply higher after Alcoa’s (AA) better than expected report gave some optimism about the upcoming earnings season. The early move higher came despite oil continuing its slide. The major averages saw their highs shortly after the open and then began to drift slowly lower. By mid-afternoon the market was in the red, though the equity averages eventually made it briefly back into positive ground, but failed to hold those narrow gains into the close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the NFIB small business optimism index for December came in at 100.4, which was stronger than the expected 98.5 reading. The JOLTS report showed job openings increased 142K to 4.972M in November, beating the 4.85M consensus forecast. Treasury posted a $1.9B surplus in December, which was a bit below the expected surplus of $3B. Also of note is the fact that the U.S. and European benchmarks of WTI and Brent crude were at parity for the first time since 2013 during the session, with both trading near $46 per barrel for a time. COMPANY NEWS: KB Home (KBH) reported better than expected revenue and higher orders in its fourth quarter, but the stock declined $2.70, or 16.29%, to $13.87 after CEO Jeffrey Mezger warned on the associated earnings call that margins could drop "significantly" in its current quarter from the levels seen last year. KB's margin outlook, which it blamed on rising costs, heavier use of incentives and a sequential decline in average selling prices, dragged down peers in the housing space as well. D.R. Horton (DHI), the biggest homebuilder by market cap, finished the day down $1.26, or 4.83%, to $24.82, while PulteGroup (PHM) also slid $56c, or 2.47%, to $22.13... MetLife (MET) said it will sue to oppose the U.S. Financial Stability Oversight Council’s designation of the insurer as a SIFI, or "systemically important financial institution." The life insurer called the label premature and said it has offered “substantial and compelling evidence” that it isn’t a SIFI. Wells Fargo said it thinks it is appropriate for MetLife to challenge the ruling, though the firm does not presently see a Dodd-Frank provision that enables an entity to shed its designation. Wells added that a MetLife victory would have no impact on either AIG (AIG) or Prudential (PRU), which did not challenge their SIFI designations before their windows closed. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Emulex (ELX), which rose $1.21, or 20.86%, to $7.01 after the company issued better than expected guidance on its second quarter results. Also higher was McGraw Hill Financial (MHFI), which jumped $5.13, or 5.98%, to $90.89 after reports said the company's Standard & Poor’s rating unit was in talks about a potential $1B settlement to its fight with the Justice Department and state attorneys general over allegations of inflating credit ratings on mortgage investments preceding the financial crisis. Among the noteworthy losers was ChannelAdvisor (ECOM), which plunged $11.32, or 53.52%, to $9.83 after its fourth quarter revenue warning prompted no less than eight downgrades of the stock by Street analysts. Also lower were shares of Ocwen Financial (OCN), which dropped $4.41, or 36.18%, to $7.78 after the Los Angeles Times reported that California is seeking to suspend the company's mortgage license in the state. Altisource Portfolio Solutions (ASPS), which is a related company to Ocwen, also declined $10.45, or 38.79%, to $16.49. Shares of GoPro (GPRO) fell $6.91, or 12.17%, to $49.87 after the Patently Apple blog reported that Apple (AAPL) was granted a patent for a camera system that specifically mentions the weaknesses of GoPro devices. INDEXES: The Dow fell 27.16, or 0.15%, to 17,613.68, the Nasdaq lost 3.21, or 0.07%, to 4,661.50, and the S&P 500 dropped 5.23, or 0.26%, to 2,023.03.
12:48 EDTECOMOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:57 EDTDATA, QLIKHP rises after PC report despite Pacific Crest downgrade
Shares of personal computer maker Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) are rising after research firm Gartner estimated that worldwide PC shipments had risen 1% last quarter. The advance comes despite research firm Pacific Crest having downgraded HP shares this morning. WHAT'S NEW: Worldwide shipments of PCs increased 1% last quarter, Gartner estimated. "These results indicate a slow, but consistent improvement following more than two years of decline," the firm wrote. The estimate suggests that PCs are not fading into oblivion, as some had predicted. Despite this news, research firm Pacific Crest downgraded HP to Sector Perform from Outperform in a note to investors today. HP is facing increased competition, as a number of companies are buying fewer individual servers and IT storage products, Pacific Crest analyst Brent Bracelin stated. Instead, they are buying integrated IT stacks. Ongoing technological trends could make this option more popular going forward, the analyst believes. Additionally, new data storage systems - including next wave systems with software-defined controls, cloud storage systems, and open sources systems - are growing rapidly and could increase the competitive pressure on HP, the analyst stated. Bracelin is less confident that HP's multiple can expand further going forward, he added. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Bracelin also downgraded NetApp (NTAP) to Sector Perform from Outperform for the same reasons that he cut his rating on HP. The analyst identified Tableau (DATA), F5 Networks (FFIV), Qlik Technologies (QLIK), and Nimble Storage (NMBL) as his favorite names in the IT infrastructure sector. F5 should benefit from earnings and multiple expansion as it carries out its security strategy, while Qlik is well-positioned to generate improved growth and margins, the analyst stated. Tableau and Nimble are poised to report better than expected results as their new products ramp up, Bracelin believes. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies that benefit from upbeat PC sales include Intel (INTC), Microsoft (MSFT), and hard disk drive makers Seagate (STX) and Western Digital (WDC). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, HP shares climbed 1.5% to $40.50.
10:00 EDTECOMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:07 EDTECOMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Apple (AAPL), up 1.4% after Credit Suisse upgraded Apple to Outperform and raised its iPhone volume estimates again... Best Buy (BBY), up 2.8% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... SunPower (SPWR), up 2.6% after being upgraded to Outperform at Credit Suisse... Alcoa (AA), up 2% after Q4 results beat expectations. RISING AFTER GUIDANCE: Pharmacyclics (PCYC), up 17.5%... CTI BioPharma (CTIC), up 8.3%... Emulex (ELX), up 15.5%... ARIAD (ARIA), up 2.6%. LOWER: ChannelAdvisor (ECOM), down 42% following preliminary fourth quarter revenue guidance and after receiving multiple analyst downgrades... Antares Pharma (ATRS), down 7.7% after the FDA recommended that the company create a larger safety database for its clinical development program for QuickShot Testosterone.
08:37 EDTECOMChannelAdvisor downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair
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07:48 EDTECOMChannelAdvisor downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman
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07:47 EDTSPLK, PANWUBS to hold investor trip
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07:04 EDTQLIK, DATATop 2015 IT infrastructure ideas identified at Pacific Crest
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06:44 EDTDATA, QLIKHP downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest downgraded HP (HPQ) to Sector Perform citing valuation and rising competitive risks from hyperconvergence and new datastores. The firm lists Tableau (DATA), F5 Networks (FFIV), lik Technologies (QLIK) and Nimble Storage (NMBL) as its top names to own in the Cloud, Analytics & Data Infrastructure space. Pacific Crest also downgraded also NetApp (NTAP) to Sector Perform citing the same rationale as HP.
06:06 EDTECOMChannelAdvisor downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank downgraded ChannelAdvisor to Hold citing churn and pricing concerns following the company's negative Q4 preannouncement. The stock was downgraded this morning at five other firms.
06:05 EDTECOMChannelAdvisor downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital
Janney Capital downgraded ChannelAdvisor to Neutral citing a lack of near-term revenue visibility following the company's negative Q4 preannouncement. The stock was downgraded this morning at four other firms.
06:04 EDTECOMChannelAdvisor downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James
Raymond James downgraded ChannelAdvisor to Market Perform citing limited visibility following the company's negative Q4 preannouncement. Shares were also downgraded this morning at three other firms.
06:00 EDTECOMChannelAdvisor downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel
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05:59 EDTECOMChannelAdvisor downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest
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05:31 EDTECOMChannelAdvisor downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird
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