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January 16, 2013
10:04 EDTPDM, DDR, MPW, VNO, HR, NFX, EXR, ED, SEE, ITMN, DB, WLL, PLXT, HST, CS, SSSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Consolidated Edison (ED) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Credit Suisse (CS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Deutsche Bank (DB) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Extra Space Storage (EXR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Host Hotels (HST) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... InterMune (ITMN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Newfield Exploration (NFX) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... PLX Technology (PLXT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Roth Capital... Sealed Air (SEE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Sovran Self Storage (SSS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee... DDR Corp. (DDR) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Healthcare Realty Trust (HR) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Medical Properties Trust (MPW) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Piedmont Office Realty (PDM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Vornado (VNO) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.
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March 17, 2015
09:15 EDTWLLWhiting Petroleum downgraded to Neutral from Accumulate at Global Hunter
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06:57 EDTWLLWhiting Petroleum downgraded to Neutral from Positive at Susquehanna
06:30 EDTCSCredit Suisse downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie
Macquarie downgraded Credit Suisse to Underperform following recent share strength.
05:53 EDTWLLStocks with implied volatility movement; WLL SNDK
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Whiting Petroleum (WLL) 86, SanDisk (SNDK) 36 according to iVolatility.
March 16, 2015
17:07 EDTCSCredit Suisse to pay Freeport McMoRan $10M to settle allegations, WSJ says
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14:08 EDTCS, DBEU regulator says time for fine-tuning, Reuters says
The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision believes the necessary bank regulatory framework is in place though some additional work must be done to finalize leverage ratio and capital floor rules, Reuters reported yesterday, citing statements by secretary-general William Coen at a financial conference in Doha. Coen added, "We're now at the state where we can take a step back and look to see how [the regulations] fit together," cautioning that further analysis must be data-driven but admitting that both banks and regulatory bodies were feeling "regulation fatigue." Publicly traded companies in the space include Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), RBS (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Reference Link
09:30 EDTDBConsortium wants to securitize $5.3B of debt from GE Capital, Reuters says
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March 15, 2015
17:46 EDTCSCredit Suisse has no plans to raise capital, Reuters says
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12:41 EDTDBGE sells Australia-New Zealand consumer lending unit to consortium
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March 13, 2015
16:42 EDTCSStocks end week lower amid euro slide, Fed rate hike worries
Stocks finished the week lower as worries about the impact of the euro's fall against the dollar, along with continued anticipation of an upcoming rate hike by the Fed and concerns about deflation, weighed on shares. MACRO NEWS: The euro's slide against the dollar continued, causing investors to worry that the trend could have a significant negative impact on the results of U.S. based, multinational companies... Anticipation of an impending interest rate hike continued to impact the market. On Tuesday, outgoing Dallas Fed President Richard Fisher said the central bank should begin to gradually raise rates before the economy reaches full employment to avoid triggering a recession. On Thursday, stocks rose as investors speculated that weak February retail sales data could cause the central bank to delay raising interest rates... An unexpected decline in the producer price index, which was reported on Friday, may have rekindled fears about deflation taking hold in the U.S., weighing on stocks... In China, the government said that industrial production rose less than expected in the first two months of the year. China's exports were reported to surge 15% in the first two months of the year versus the same period a year earlier, but data also indicated that China's imports sank 20% in the first two months of 2015. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) provided additional information about its upcoming Apple Watch at a product launch event. Apple Watch will be available on Friday, April 24 to customers in nine countries, including the U.S., with pre-orders beginning April 10. The lowest priced Apple Watch, the 38 mm Apple Watch Sport, will be priced at $349, while the 18-karat gold Apple Watch Edition will be priced starting at $10,000... Embattled floor retailer Lumber Liquidators (LL) updated investors on the impact of a recent critical report from 60 Minutes. In the nine days following the report, same-store sales fell 12.7% versus the same period a year earlier, it reported. The company added that it was not able to provide full-year guidance until it has more time to gauge the impact of consumers' reaction to the report... GM (GM) settled a potential proxy battle with an investment group led by Harry Wilson by agreeing to return more cash to shareholders... Alcoa (AA) agreed to buy RTI International Metals (RTI), which supplies specialty metals and services for several sectors, including aerospace and defense... Credit Suisse (CS) appointed Tidjane Thiam, who is currently Group Chief Executive of Prudential (PUK), as its new CEO... The shares of several chicken producers fell after a possible case of bird flu was identified in Arkansas. Among the chicken producers that declined were Tyson (TSN), which is based in Arkansas, Pilgrim's Pride (PPC), Sanderson Farms (SAFM), and Hormel (HRL)... GNC Holdings (GNC) sank after New York's Attorney General announced that he and three of his colleagues would further investigate the business practices of the herbal supplement industry. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow was down 0.57% to 17,749.31, the Nasdaq fell 1.12% to 4,871.76, and the S&P 500 dropped 0.87% to 2,053.40.
16:28 EDTWLLWhiting attracts interest from Exxon Mobil, Hess, Continental, Bloomberg says
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15:54 EDTWLLWhiting Petroleum jumps 3%, halted after Bloomberg says drawing interest
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15:54 EDTWLLWhiting attracts interest from Exxon Mobil, Hess, Continental, Bloomberg says
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13:55 EDTCSRBS favors Union Bancaire Privee in Coutts auction, Bloomberg says
RBS (RBS) has decided that Union Bancaire Privee is its preferred bidder for Coutts and a deal may be reached as soon as this month, reports Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The sources say RBS is also considering Credit Suisse (CS) as well as a joint bid by Societe Generale (SCGLY) and DBS (DBSDY). The agreement has been held up by a German investigation of Coutts, the HSBC tax evasion scandal, and price negotiations due to the Swiss franc, said the sources. Reference Link
12:33 EDTWLLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday after data showed that U.S. wholesale prices unexpectedly declined in February for a fourth straight month. The Dow has lost more than 200 points, giving back most of what it had gained yesterday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the producer price index decreased 0.5% in February, versus expectations for a gain of 0.3%. The "core" PPI, which excludes food and fuel, also declined 0.5%. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment index dropped to 91.2 in the preliminary reading for March, which was down from February's 95.4 reading and below the 95.5 consensus forecast. The Baker Hughes U.S. rig count for the week of March 13 is expected at 1:00 pm EDT. Outside the U.S., Russia's central bank cut its key interest rate by one percentage point to 14%. COMPANY NEWS: Herbalife (HLF) shares advanced nearly 13% after The Wall Street Journal reported last night that the FBI and Manhattan's federal attorney's office are investigating whether the stock has been manipulated. In response, Pershing Square Capital's Bill Ackman said his firm is not aware of any statements that it has made that are untrue, nor is it aware of any unlawful conduct on its part or by any consultants that it has hired, in relation to Herbalife, which Ackman reiterated he believes is a pyramid scheme. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the noteworthy advancers was NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), which gained 4% after Needham initiated coverage of with a Strong Buy and $140 price target. Also of note, the U.S. International Trade Commission agreed to investigate certain electronic products with near field communication systems made by Dell that NXP claims infringe its patents. Also higher was El Pollo Loco (LOCO), which rose 12.5% after the restaurant operatorís quarterly results surpassed consensus estimates. Among the noteworthy losers was Whiting Petroleum (WLL), which slid 8.5% following a report from Reuters that said the company may look to sell certain assets, not the whole company as had previously been suggested by media reports. Also lower following its earnings reports was teen apparel retailer Aeropostale (ARO), which fell more than 17%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 211.25, or 1.18%, to 17,683.97, the Nasdaq was down 44.12, or 0.9%, to 4,849.17, and the S&P 500 was down 20.01, or 0.97%, to 2,045.94.
10:00 EDTHSTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Aramark (ARMK) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Broadcom (BRCM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Children's Place (PLCE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Depomed (DEPO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at WallachBeth... Diageo (DEO) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... DreamWorks (DWA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... Gaming and Leisure Properties (GLPI) downgraded to Neutral at Susquehanna... Genesco (GCO) downgraded at Sterne Agee... Host Hotels (HST) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... InspireMD (NSPR) downgraded at Oppenheimer... Integrated Silicon (ISSI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... InterXion (INXN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... JG Wentworth (JGW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Lumber Liquidators (LL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... QIWI (QIWI) downgraded to Neutral at Susquehanna... Regional Management (RM) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Rudolph Technologies (RTEC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at DA Davidson.
09:25 EDTWLLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: FXCM (FXCM), up 15.8%... El Pollo LoCo (LOCO), up 9.9%... Ulta Salon (ULTA), up 7.1%... Hibbett Sports (HIBB), up 5.1%... Ann Inc (ANN), up 5.5%... Spectrum Pharmaceuticals (SPPI), up 2.9%. ALSO HIGHER: Herbalife (HLF), up 5.1% following a Wall Street Journal report that federal prosecutors are investigating potential stock manipulation... Mobileye (MBLY), up 4.7% after being upgraded at Goldman... NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), up 1.7% after being initiated with a Strong Buy at Needham. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Aeropostale (ARO), down 13.2%... CTI BioPharma (CTIC), down 7.7%... Civeo (CVEO), down 3.4%. ALSO LOWER: Galena Biopharma (GALE), down 10.4% after announcing public offering of common stock and warrants... Whiting Petroleum (WLL), down 7.6% following a report from Reuters that explains that the company looks to sell certain assets instead of the whole company... Continental Building (CBPX), down 7.5% after 5M share Spot Secondary priced at $19.70.
09:08 EDTDBDeutsche Bank weighs change of U.S. office space, Bloomberg says
Deutsche Bank is weighing whether to leave, stay, or shrink its 1.66M square foot U.S. office at 60 Wall Street, reports Bloomberg, citing two people with knowledge of the matter. The sources said Deutsche informed landlords last year it wants "at least 1M square feet," with one source claiming the 60 Wall St. property would require extensive remodelling if the company stays. The company's lease on the property runs expires in 2022, and the company will consider skyscrapers at the World Trade Center or Hudson Yards areas, said a source. Reference Link
08:53 EDTHSTHost Hotels downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James
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07:17 EDTWLLWhiting may look to sell certain assets instead of company sale, Reuters says
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