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July 21, 2014
12:10 EDTEZPW, ITRI, VMW, EXTR, VRX, EMC, KNDI, AGNOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in negative territory and have remained there throughout the morning. The focus has been on the events in both Israel and Russia, which have pushed earnings into the background for now. The President spoke this morning and called for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza and for the Russian separatists to stop tampering with evidence. The losses remain moderate as investors remain concerned about the world stage but are bracing for a number of huge earnings reports this week, including the latest sales figures from Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT) and Verizon (VZ). ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed's National Activity Index dipped to 0.12 in June from a reading of 0.16 in May. The index has been in positive territory, reflecting above trend growth, since February. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of EMC (EMC) advanced 4% after the Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources, that activist investor Elliott Management has taken a stake of over $1B in the data-storage company and plans to push it to break itself up. Elliott reportedly believes EMC's stock would get a boost from spinning off VMware (VMW), in which it owns an 80% stake. Shares of VMware were down a bit over 1% following the Journal's report... Allergan (AGN) rose about 2% after the company's Q2 results and its FY14 outlook beat expectations. The company, which is working to fend off a proposed acquisition by Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX), also announced plans to cut its workforce by about 1,500 employees as part of a broader restructuring effort. In related news, Valeant announced it has contacted both the SEC and Canadian financial authorities regarding Allergan's "apparent attempt to mislead investors and manipulate the market for Valeant common shares by continuing to make false and misleading statements regarding Valeant's business." MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Extreme Networks (EXTR), which rose 15% after the company raised its Q4 earnings per share outlook and narrowed its Q4 revenue view. Also higher were shares of Chinese electric car maker Kandi Technologies (KNDI), which gained 10% after a Chinese newspaper reported that electric cars made outside of China would not qualify for a key tax break in the country, though domestically-made ones would. Among the noteworthy losers was EZCORP (EZPW), which dropped 12% after it appointed CFO Mark Kuchenrither as its interim CEO and President and its stock was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sidoti. Also lower were shares of Itron (ITRI), which fell 8% after Bank of America Merrill Lynch downgraded the stock two notches to Underperform from Buy, citing its view that meter deployments will not support the stock's current valuation given continued delays and lower than expected margins. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 72.05, or 0.42%, to 17,028.13, the Nasdaq was down 17.99, or 0.41%, to 4,414.15, and the S&P 500 was down 8.27, or 0.42%, to 1,969.95.
News For EMC;VMW;AGN;VRX;ITRI;KNDI;EXTR;EZPW From The Last 14 Days
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December 16, 2014
13:19 EDTVMWResearch firm sees Amazon spinning off AWS in 2015, CNBC reports
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11:34 EDTKNDIKandi partner Geely sees sharply lower 2014 profit, Reuters reports
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09:28 EDTAGNAllergan to host special shareholder meeting
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08:53 EDTAGNActavis accretion targets look more achievable, says Sterne Agee
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07:40 EDTAGNActavis reports Saunders to lead combined company as CEO
Actavis (ACT) announced the planned senior management team that will lead the global pharmaceutical company following the successful close of the acquisition of Allergan (AGN), anticipated in the second quarter of 2015. Brent Saunders will continue to lead Actavis as CEO and President and a member of the Board of Directors. Paul Bisaro will remain Executive Chairman of the board of directors. The company noted that it anticipates continuing to define the subsequent management levels within the global organization as rapidly as possible between now and the close of the acquisition. Actavis announced that, following the close of the acquisition, its global brand sales and marketing will be structured into three organizations: International Brands, Branded Pharma and Allergan Medical. "Although we are acting rapidly in announcing these appointments, we are making them following extensive discussions with David Pyott, Chairman and CEO of Allergan, and his executive leadership team. We believe that by announcing the proposed structure of the combined organization our shareholders, customers and employee teams will better appreciate our commitment to create the most dynamic company in Growth Pharma and will share our confidence in seamless execution of this combination beginning on Day 1," Saunders said.
December 15, 2014
12:29 EDTKNDIKandi unit in purchase agreement with Tianneng Power International
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10:00 EDTAGNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: UPS (UPS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... CGG SA (CGG) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Ford (F) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Cenovus Energy (CVE) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Cobalt (CIE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Gastar Exploration (GST) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Itau Unitbanco (ITUB) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Methanex (MEOH) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... OGE Energy (OGE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... SandRidge Energy (SD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Sempra Energy (SRE) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... HollyFrontier (HFC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... CNA Financial (CNA) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Allergan (AGN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... RF Micro Devices (RFMD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at DA Davidson.
07:58 EDTAGNAllergan downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel
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December 12, 2014
12:26 EDTVMW, EMCPiper Jaffray bearish, RBC bullish on VMware outlook
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06:34 EDTVMWVMware resumed with an Underweight from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
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December 11, 2014
07:58 EDTVMWVMware pullback creates attractive entry point, says RBC Capital
After meeting with VMware's management, RBC Capital continues to believe that the company has significant cross selling opportunities and can benefit from a $60B data center total available market. The firm believes that several of the company's markets could reach a positive turning point in 2015. RBC keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
December 10, 2014
10:00 EDTEMCOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: 3D Systems (DDD) initiated with an Underperform at Longbow... AutoZone (AZO) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... C.H. Robinson (CHRW) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... CSX (CSX) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... CVS Health (CVS) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... Canadian National (CNI) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Carrizo Oil & Gas (CRZO) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... CenterPoint Energy (CNP) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Con-way (CNW) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Depomed (DEPO) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Dollar General (DG) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Dollar Tree (DLTR) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... Dynagas LNG (DLNG) initiated with a Buy at ABN Amro... EMC (EMC) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Energy Focus (EFOI) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Expeditors (EXPD) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... GasLog (GLOG) initiated with a Buy at ABN Amro... Genesee & Wyoming (GWR) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Golar LNG (GLNG) initiated with a Sell at ABN Amro... HII Technologies (HIIT) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Hudbay Minerals (HBM) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... J.B. Hunt (JBHT) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Kansas City Southern (KSU) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Kroger (KR) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Lear (LEA) initiated with a Buy at Northcoast... Lundin Mining (LUNMF) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... NetApp (NTAP) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Norfolk Southern (NSC) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... PROS (PRO) initiated with an Outperform at Pacific Crest... Qlik Technologies (QLIK)initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Rentokil (RTOKY) initiated with a Neutral at UBS... Revolution Lighting (RVLT) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... ServiceNow (NOW) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Stratasys (SSYS) initiated with a Neutral at Longbow... Suburban Propane (SPH) initiated with a Hold at Stifel... Tableau (DATA) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Teekay LNG (TGP) initiated with a Buy at ABN Amro... Tessera (TSRA) initiated with a Buy at Sidoti... Union Pacific (UNP) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Viper Energy (VNOM) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Visteon (VC) initiated with a Buy at Northcoast... Walgreen (WAG) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Werner (WERN) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura.
06:36 EDTEMCNetApp initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan
JPMorgan sees a lack of catalysts for storage earnings in 2015 and views the valuations of both NetApp (NTAP) and (EMC) as full at current levels. The firm started shares of both companies with Neutral ratings. It has a $43.50 price target for NetApp shares.
06:34 EDTEMCEMC initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan
JPMorgan sees a lack of catalysts for storage earnings in 2015. The firm started shares of EMC with a Neutral rating and $31 price target.
December 9, 2014
09:31 EDTVRX, AGNZoetis drops after report of Valeant abandoning growth by acquisitions strategy
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06:39 EDTVRXValeant to abandon growth by acquisitions strategy, Reuters says
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06:14 EDTAGNAllergan price target raised to $245 from $210 at Citigroup
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December 8, 2014
08:33 EDTEXTRExtreme Networks and IMG form strategic partnership
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07:29 EDTAGNUBS to hold investor trip
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07:18 EDTAGNUBS to hold investor trip
2014 Annual West Coast Investor Trip travels on the West Coast on December 8-10.
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