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June 26, 2014
10:10 EDTNBBC, XRX, HE, UAL, ELOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Estee Lauder (EL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... Hawaiian Electric (HE) downgraded to Cautious from Neutral at ISI Group... NewBridge Bancorp (NBBC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... United Continental (UAL) downgraded to In-Line from Outperform at Imperial Capital... Xerox (XRX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus.
News For EL;HE;NBBC;UAL;XRX From The Last 14 Days
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October 7, 2015
12:36 EDTELYum! results may be 'bad harbinger' for Estee Lauder, says Jefferies
Jefferies analyst Kevin Grundy says his analysis suggests a 60% correlation between Estee Lauder's (EL) sales in China and Yum! Brands' (YUM) same-store-sales. Yum!'s weak China results last night "should not be easily dismissed" and may be a "bard harbinger" for Estee Lauder's quarter, Grundy tells investors in a research note. He keeps a Hold rating on Estee Lauder with Yum! shares down 18% after its weaker than expected Q3 results.
12:31 EDTELNu Skin plummets after cutting Q3 revenue outlook
Shares of Nu Skin (NUS), a global direct selling company, are sinking after the company lowered its third quarter revenue outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Tuesday after the bell, Nu Skin lowered its Q3 revenue view to $570M-$573M from $600M-$620M, well below analysts' consensus estimates of $621.55M. Foreign currency headwinds associated with the strengthening of the U.S. dollar negatively impacted revenue by more than $60M compared to the prior-year period. The revised revenue range is expected to represent continued improvement on a sequential basis, and the company continues to forecast constant-currency revenue growth in the fourth quarter of 2015 versus the prior year. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Truman Hunt, Nu Skin's Chief Executive Officer, noted, "Third quarter results were impacted by lower-than-expected sales of our new cosmetic oils in China during August and September, which may be a reflection of economic conditions in China." Hunt continued, "Our third quarter results will be in-line with expectations, with the exception of the Greater China region. Revenue growth in the third quarter was particularly strong in South Asia/Pacific, where our first introduction of ageLOC Youth drove more than 20% growth in that region, or more than 40% on a constant-currency basis. Given the successful launch of ageLOC Youth in South Asia/Pacific, we look forward to the introduction of ageLOC Youth as well as ageLOC Me in most of our regions during the fourth quarter. We forecast year-over-year constant-currency revenue growth of between 7%-10% in the fourth quarter." ANALYST REACTION: Sentiment on the Street was cautious at midday. Research firm Stifel downgraded Nu Skin to Sell from Hold, citing the company's negative pre-announcement and its deteriorating trends in Greater China. Its price target for shares is $35. Another firm, Canaccord, noted that NuSkin pre-announced revenue numbers that were below guidance, which suggests softer trends in China and the long awaited sustainable turn in momentum has failed to materialize. The firm expects a new product cycle to help support the return to growth. Canaccord maintained its Hold rating and lowered its price target to $45 from $48 on NuSkin shares. PRICE ACTION: In midday trading, Nu Skin fell $12.13, or about 26%, to $34.45 on about six times its average daily trading volume. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the direct selling business include Herbalife (HLF), down 9.2%, Estee Lauder (EL), down fractionally, USANA Health Sciences (USNA) down 8.4%, Avon Products (AVP) up almost 8%, and Tupperware Brands (TUP), up 2.5%.
October 6, 2015
10:02 EDTXRXXerox and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries sign Memorandum of Understanding
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October 5, 2015
10:50 EDTXRXDiageo appoints Kathryn Mikells as CFO effective November 9
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09:01 EDTXRXXerox says CFO Kathryn Mikells to step down to pursue another opportunity
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October 2, 2015
09:47 EDTUALUnited Airlines fails to reach pact with Teamster maintenance technicians
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October 1, 2015
15:40 EDTUALDirect scheduled U.S-Cuba commercial flights not likely this year, WSJ says
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06:44 EDTUALSouthwest defends Dallas Love Field gate purchase, AP reports
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06:14 EDTUALUnited Continental CEO says that 2010 merger was 'poorly managed,' WSJ reports
In his first interview as United Continental CEO, Oscar Munoz acknowledged that the 2010 merger that created the carrier was "poorly managed," The Wall Street Journal reports. He declined to discuss the probe that led to the ouster of former CEO Jeff Smisek, and noted that the morale of United employees has suffered. Reference Link
September 30, 2015
09:29 EDTUALBuckeye Partners announces FERC approval of settlement with airlines
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September 28, 2015
10:00 EDTELOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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05:58 EDTELEstee Lauder initiated with a Hold at Jefferies
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September 24, 2015
19:26 EDTUALUnited's pilot union says adamantly opposed to fuel monitoring
In a letter to United pilots, United Master Executive Council chairman Jay Heppner states, "Let me be very clear at the onset: The UAL MEC policy manual clearly states that we 'deem any fuel monitoring program using identified pilot information as promoting unsafe practices such as competitive flying.' While we 'endorse the most conservative fuel load, whether it is the dispatcher's fuel or the captain's fuel,' we fully support the captain's authority to plan his fuel load without undue influence from any monitoring program. Such programs have been used in the past to coerce captains to not add fuel when, in their judgment, they may have felt it prudent to do so. The tracking and scoring of captain's fuel loads can also lead to other issues; not the least of which is a degradation to safety and captain's authority. Fuel tracking can also lead to pilot pushing, intimidation and harassment by management in order to force compliance with 'fuel policy.' ALPA has worked tirelessly to ensure all captains have the tools necessary to make the safest and most appropriate decisions regarding fuel loads and all other decisions pertaining to every aspect of the preflight planning process. We are not necessarily opposed to a company fuel policy, but we are adamantly opposed to 'fuel tracking,' 'fuel monitoring' and 'competitive flying.'" Reference Link

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