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January 3, 2014
10:46 EDTEXAS, FEYE, CYH, XNPT, PLUGHigh option volume stocks: EXAS FEYE CYH XNPT PLUG
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July 22, 2014
07:08 EDTEXASLife Sciences highlights this week at Canaccord
Canaccord highlighted six diagnostic names that report this week and recommends buying Top Pick IDEXX (IDXX) into the print given strong recurring razor/razorblade sales and consistent organic growth. The analyst expects Hold rated Quest Diagnostics (DGX) to report upside to Street estimates of $1.06/$1.882B, Quidel (QDEL) to have an uneventful report, Exact Sciences (EXAS) to provide an update on numerous catalysts near-term and Abaxis (ABAX) to report earnings below consensus. Lastly, the firm is cautious on Meridian Bioscience (VIVO) following a competitor report last week.
July 18, 2014
15:23 EDTPLUGJapan to provide generous subsidies for fuel cell vehicles, Nikkei says
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12:36 EDTPLUGPlug Power said to be on list of companies probed by SEC, Probes Reporter says
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10:15 EDTPLUGPlug Power advances after analyst says outlook has improved
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08:58 EDTPLUGPlug Power outlook has improved, says Roth Capital
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06:08 EDTPLUGPlug Power implied volatility of 93 at lower end of index mean range
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July 16, 2014
13:06 EDTFEYEIT security stocks advance after upbeat Goldman note
Shares of a number of IT security stocks are rallying after Goldman Sachs wrote that it was upbeat on the sector in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: Goldman Sachs analyst Matthew Niknam assumed coverage of the Security Software sector with an Attractive rating. Cyber threats have become larger and more costly, so many companies are increasing the amount of money they spend on IT security, Niknam wrote. Spending on security is increasing by the highest rate since 2010, the analyst estimated. Companies in the sector should see their free cash flow growth accelerate, while cash rich tech companies could become interested in carrying out M&A transactions with security vendors, the analyst predicted. Additionally, more mature companies in the sector should be able to buy back more of their shares going forward, Niknam believes. He identified Palo Alto (PANW) as his top pick in the space, as he believes that the company provides "the most unique blend of disruptive long-term growth and accelerating profitability." The company is poised to gain additional market share, while its growth going forward should beat expectations, Niknam stated. He raised his price target on the shares to $97 from $91 and kept a Conviction List-Buy rating on the stock. Meanwhile, the analyst upgraded another stock in the sector, FireEye (FEYE), to Buy from Neutral after assuming coverage of the shares. The company's status as the market leader in fighting Advanced Persistent Threats, or APTs, leaves it well-positioned in the current market, he contended. An IT survey indicates that most respondents plan to increase their APT-related spending, and 59% of the respondents say they plan to spend more money on solutions from a new vendor, Niknam reported. Furthermore, FireEye's revenue growth likely accelerated in Q2 and its revenue should beat expectations in 2014 and 2015, while the company's free cash flow should come in above consensus levels next year, Niknam predicted. FireEye may eventually be acquired by another company, according to Niknam, who raised his price target on the shares to $42 from $36. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Niknam initiated coverage of Proofpoint (PFPT) with a Buy rating as he predicted that the company's growth and free cash flow would beat expectations in the near-term and he believes that the company could also become a takeover target. The analyst started coverage of Fortinet (FTNT) with a Neutral rating. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Palo Alto climbed 3% to $78.36, FireEye rose 3.5% to $34.99, Proofpoint climbed 3.6% to $34.46, and Fortinet rose 1% to $24.24.
10:51 EDTCYHHospitals advance after HCA preliminary results beat expectations
Shares of a number of hospital stocks are rising after one of the companies in the sector, HCA Holdings (HCA), preannounced stronger than expected second quarter results. WHAT'S NEW: HCA Holdings estimated that its Q2 EPS would come in at $1.07, versus analysts' consensus forecast of 92c. The hospital operator estimated that its Q2 revenue would be $9.23B, versus the consensus estimate of $8.86B. Moreover, HCA hiked its fiscal 2014 EPS guidance, excluding certain items, to $4.00-$4.25 from its prior view of $3.45-$3.75. The company added that its same facility admissions had risen 1.2% during Q2 versus the same period a year earlier, while same facility revenue per equivalent admission is expected to jump about 5.4%. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, Wells Fargo analyst Gary Lieberman stated that it's possible that the Affordable Care Act was responsible for most of the amount by which the company's EPS beat the consensus outlook. As a result, he thinks that the company's full-year guidance appears "rather conservative." The analyst kept an Outperform rating on HCA shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Community Health (CYH) surged 8% to $46, Tenet (THC) rallied 7.5% to $48.33, Universal Health (UHS) climbed 5% to $96.44, and LifePoint (LPNT) advanced 6% to $65.06, and HCA Holdings gained 7.8% to $59.50.
09:59 EDTCYHHCA Holdings guidance increase looks conservative, says Wells Fargo
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09:35 EDTCYHHospitals rally after HCA Holdings boosts outlook
After HCA Holdings (HCA) raised its outlook for the year, peers Community Health (CYH), Tenet (THC), Universal Health (UHS) and LifePoint Hospitals (LPNT) are strongly to the upside in early trading.
09:23 EDTFEYEOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Time Warner (TWX), up 15% after company confirmed that it rejected an $80B takeover offer from 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA), as had been reported earlier this morning... Apple (AAPL), up 2% after announcing an enterprise mobile partnership with IBM (IBM), which is also up 2%... International Game (IGT), up 9.5% after agreeing to be acquired by GTECH for $4.7B in cash and stock... FireEye (FEYE), up 5% after shares upgraded at Goldman... Precision Drilling (PDS), up 4% after announcing strategic agreement with Schlumberger (SLB), upgraded at Deutsche Bank... Mellanox (MLNX), up 4.7% following upgrade at Jefferies. UP AFTER EARNINGS: Intel (INTC), up 5.4%... HCA Holdings (HCA), up 6%... Textron (TXT), up 3.2%... Abbott (ABT), up 1%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: PNC Financial (PNC), down 2.5%... MGIC Investment (MTG), down 3.6%. LOWER: Yahoo (YHOO), down 3% after downgraded at CRT Capital following second quarter earnings report... Ares Capital (ARCC), down 2.5% after filing to sell 11.85M shares of common stock... Nationstar (NSM), down 2.4% after downgraded at Wells Fargo... Walter Investment (WAC), which was also downgraded at Wells Fargo, down 1.6%.
05:47 EDTFEYEFireEye assumed with a Buy from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman upgraded FireEye to Buy after assuming coverage of the stock and raised its price target for shares to $42 from $36. Goldman believes FireEye is positioned as the market leader in battling Advanced Persistent Threats.
July 15, 2014
13:15 EDTPLUGPlug Power jumps after analyst starts with Outperform rating
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10:00 EDTPLUGOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:21 EDTPLUGOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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July 14, 2014
18:49 EDTPLUGPlug Power initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital
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18:33 EDTPLUGPlug Power up 7% following analyst initiation
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July 11, 2014
18:06 EDTCYHCommunity Health to acquire Natchez, Mississippi hospital
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July 10, 2014
13:41 EDTPLUGPlug Power business efficiency shows no improvement, ValueWalk says
The business efficiency of Plug Power is worsening, based on three fundamental metrics, including days of inventory on hand, days of sales outstanding, and days of payables outstanding, according to ValueWalk, citing John Jagerson and Wade Hansen of SlingShot Trader. Shares of Plug Power are down 1.15% in mid-day trading. Reference Link
09:37 EDTPLUGPlug Power management to meet with Roth Capital
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