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July 23, 2014
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: 21st Century Fox (FOXA) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Brinker (EAT) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Cubist (CBST) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities... DiamondRock (DRH) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... DuPont (DD) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... FirstMerit (FMER) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Helmerich & Payne (HP) downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at Tudor Pickering... Hexcel (HXL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Juniper (JNPR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... King Digital (KING) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... Lexmark (LXK) downgraded at Raymond James... McDonald's (MCD) downgraded at RW Baird... Mead Johnson (MJN) downgraded to Outperform from Buy at CLSA... National Oilwell (NOV) downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at Tudor Pickering... Nintendo (NTDOY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Raytheon (RTN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Bernstein... Targa Resources (TRGP) downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at Global Hunter... Time Warner (TWX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Timmins Gold (TGD) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... United Technologies (UTX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Viacom (VIAB) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Xilinx (XLNX) downgraded at BMO Capital.
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September 29, 2015
09:31 EDTFOXAValueAct agrees to 7% equity cap in standstill with 21st Century Fox
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09:27 EDTMCDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Yahoo (YHOO), up 4.5% after the company's board authorized the company to continue to pursue its spin-off of Aabaco Holdings, a newly formed independent registered investment company that will hold all of Yahoo's remaining holdings in Alibaba Group (BABA)... Phoenix Companies (PNX), up 164% after Nassau Reinsurance agreed to acquire Phoenix for $37.50 per share in cash... McDonald's (MCD), up 1.4% after the stock was upgraded to Outperform at Credit Suisse... Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), up 1% following upgrade at Deutsche Bank. LOWER: Esperion (ESPR), down 29% after reporting that the FDA has encouraged the company to initiate a cardiovascular outcomes trial promptly since any concern regarding the benefit/risk assessment of ETC-1002 could necessitate a completed cardiovascular outcomes trial before approval... Solera (SLH), down 2% after IHS (IHS) said on its earnings call that it is not pursuing an acquisition of the company, as previouly indicated in media reports... Zosano (ZSAN), down 54% after the company announced that it would discontinue its ZP-PTH agreement with Eli Lilly (LLY).
08:38 EDTFOXA21st Century Fox, ValueAct Capital enter into agreement regarding ownership
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08:37 EDTFOXA21st Century Fox nominates ValueAct CEO Jeffrey Ubben for election to board
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06:37 EDTMCDMcDonald's upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse upgraded McDonald's to Outperform and raised its price target to $112 from $110. Analyst Jason West said checks indicate U.S. same-store-sales trends are beginning to turn driven by operational and menu changes, and some new product wins. West sees 5-6% potential upside to current 2016 forecasts and sees favorable risk/reward of 2-3% downside versus 20% upside, even if the turnaround is fairly modest.
05:29 EDTRTNRaytheon upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
UBS analyst David Strauss upgraded Raytheon to Buy saying the company's backlog is positioned to grow again amid international growth and stabilized domestic bookings. Its margins will also improve with growth and a better mix, Strauss told investors in a research note. He raised his price target for shares to $118 from $111.
05:23 EDTJNPRJuniper to work with British Airways to build private cloud and next-gen core
Juniper (JNPR) announced it will work with global premium airline, British Airways (BAIRY), to build a private cloud data center and IP/MPLS core backbone using Juniper Networks technology. The new private cloud infrastructure will run many of the applications that underpin British Airways' operations, including ticketing, check-in and baggage tracking.
September 28, 2015
18:19 EDTLXKLexmark solution selected by Nebraska Methodist Health System
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18:01 EDTRTNRaytheon awarded $495.6M government contract
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15:33 EDTUTXPratt & Whitney renews JV agreement for training center in Beijing
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15:32 EDTRTNRaytheon awarded DHS cybersecurity contract
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, has selected Raytheon Company to be the prime contractor and systems integrator for the agency's Network Security Deployment, or NSD, Division. NSD is responsible for the National Cybersecurity Protection System, or NCPS, a system providing the vital infrastructure that assists more than 100 federal civilian government agencies with the protection of their networks against advanced cyber threats. Raytheon will lead a team providing full lifecycle development and sustainment support. The period of performance under this single-award, IDIQ contract is five years, with the ability to extend some orders for up to an additional 24 months. The contract could be worth approximately $1B.
12:39 EDTDDHuntsman plunges after warning of continued headwinds
Shares of chemical maker Huntsman (HUN) are plunging after warning that headwinds would impact its third quarter earnings. WHAT'S NEW: After the close on Friday, Huntsman warned that certain trends are expected to impact Q3 earnings. Trends expected to impact its earnings include lower titanium dioxide selling prices amid continued foreign currency headwinds, the company said. The company also noted continued soft demand in the Asia Pacific region. Huntsman said it also sees lower MTBE, or methyl tertiary butyl ether, margins as a result of lower oil prices and forecast continued lower MDI urethane component product margins in the Asia Pacific region. Peter Huntsman, the company's chief executive officer, said the company is "optimistic about the future" despite seeing headwinds in the short term. "Lower raw material prices impacted demand and margins in Q3, thus the accounting benefits will be delayed into the fourth quarter," added Huntsman. The company is anticipating fourth quarter adjusted EBITDA similar to Q3 at about $300M, similar to last year's level. The company is committed to a separation of the Pigments and Additives business by the end of 2016 or sooner. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On August 17, Goldman Sachs removed Huntsman from its Conviction Buy List and said investors remain skeptical on value proposition and free cash flow generation that could strengthen the balance sheet is likely several quarters away. The firm continued to rate shares a Buy with a $26 price target. PRICE ACTION: In midday trading, shares of Huntsman are down 23.08% to $10.70. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other chemical companies are trading lower, including Chemours (CC), which is down 7.8%, Kronos Worldwide (KRO), down 1.62%, Dow Chemical (DOW), falling 3.94% and DuPont (DD), down 2.06%%.
11:31 EDTHPDeutsche Bank sees bottom nearing for offshore drillers, upgrades two in space
Detusche Bank upgraded Diamond Offshore (DO) and Transocean (RIG) to Hold from Sell, saying that the companies should be boosted by upcoming reductions in the number of drilling rigs deployed by energy companies. WHAT'S NEW: As many as 180 drilling vessels may cease activity over the next 12-18 months, wrote Deutsche Bank analyst Mike Urban today. The energy sector seems to have become "more realistic" about the need to reduce supply and the offshore drilling industry is "on the cusp of a major restructuring" that should mark the bottom for valuations and pricing, he explained. Addressing the long-term outlook of deepwater drilling, Urban contended that the consensus outlook, which predicts that deepwater drilling will disappear, is incorrect. In ten years, there will be demand for 320 floating rigs, versus the 225 that are active today, Urban predicted. Over the long-term ,energy companies will have to "go where the oil is," and the oil is located in deep water, the analyst explained. He raised his price target on Diamond to $21 from $17 and on Transocean to $10 from $6. WHAT'S NOTABLE: A former executive at Petrobras (PBR) testified to receiving payments made by someone claiming to be an agent of Transocean in exchange for a rig-operation contract, linking the offshore rig contractor for the first time to the corruption probe of Brazil's state-run oil company, reported Bloomberg on September 24. The news outlet cited testimony from last month as its source for the story. Subsequently, Transocean said that it had not identified any wrongdoing by its employees vis-a-vis Petrobras and is "committed to doing business lawfully and with the highest ethical standards." PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Diamond fell 4% to $17.62 and Transocean lost 1.75% to $12.36. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other oil and gas well drillers include Helmerich & Payne (HP), Ensco (ESV), Nabors Industries (NBR) and Seadrill (SDRL), all of which are in negative territory this morning.
10:37 EDTNOVAnalysts sees upside for Halliburton as Baker Hughes deal moves forward
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September 27, 2015
19:39 EDTFOXA, TWX'Hotel Transylvania 2' bites down in record-setting debut
Animated children's film "Hotel Transylvania 2" set a domestic record for September while "Maze Runner" and "Black Mass" dropped in their second weekends at the box office. WEEKEND LEADER: Sony's (SNE) computer animated comedy "Hotel Transylvania 2" grossed $47.5M during its domestic open for the weekend of September 27, beating expectations for $35M-$40M and setting a new record for September box office debuts. Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, and others returned to provide voice acting for the monster-themed movie, which saw the biggest open yet for Sony Pictures Animation. BOX OFFICE RUNNERS-UP: With Robert DeNiro and Anne Hathaway in leading roles, Time Warner (TWX) subsidiary Warner Bros.' "The Intern" opened at $18.2M against estimates sales of $15M-$20M. Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials" came in third with $14M after grossing $30.3M domestically during last weekend's debut. Meanwhile, Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) subsidiary Universal's "Everest" jumped to $13.1M after significantly expanding its screen count, while Warner Bros.' "Black Mass" rounded out this weekend's Top 5 at $11.5M.
September 25, 2015
17:25 EDTRTNRaytheon awarded $227.05M government contract
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17:23 EDTRTNRaytheon awarded $264.8M government contract
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13:17 EDTFOXA, TWXFly Watch: 'Hotel Transylvania 2' expected to top weekend box office
Sony's (SNE) animated sequel "'Hotel Transylvania 2," which is opening in 3,600 theaters, is expected to win this weekend's box office with a domestic gross of $35M-$40M. The next bunch of films are all expecting similar grosses in the mid-to-high teens. Time Warner (TWX) subsidiary Warner Bros.' comedy "The Intern," starring Robert DeNiro and Anne Hathaway, is estimated to open in the $15M-$20M range in 3,305 theaters. Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) subsidiary Universal's "Everest," which opened last weekend on IMAX (IMAX), is expanding to over 3,000 theaters this weekend and is estimated to gross in the range of $15M-$17M. Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials," which grossed $30.3M domestically for the weekend of September 20, is expected to earn an estimated $16M in its second weekend of release. Warner Bros.' Whitey Bulger biopic "Black Mass," which took in $23.4M in its domestic opening last weekend, is expected to gross $12.5M-$13M this weekend. Additionally, Lions Gate's (LGF) drug cartel drama "Sicario" is playing in about 50 theaters ahead of the film's wide release on October 2.
10:48 EDTVIAB, TWX, FOXAMorgan Stanley cautious on media, but sees several stocks punished too hard
Morgan Stanley cut its price targets on a number of media companies, citing the impact of cord cutting and skinny bundles. The firm also reduced its outlook for the pay-TV sector due to its belief that the adoption of skinny bundles will accelerate, while the outlook for cable TV ads has deteriorated slightly, given macro pressures. The firm kept a Cautious view on the media sector, but also identified several stocks in the space that it thinks have been punished too harshly by investors recently. WHAT'S NEW: TV networks in general, and cable networks in particular, have the highest margins in media and are encountering increased top and bottom line competitive pressures, Morgan Stanley analyst Benjamin Swinburne believes. On the top line, they are being hit by ratings and ad pressures as well as cord cutting and distribution consolidation, the analyst stated. Meanwhile, their profit is being hurt by the increased need to obtain new content and intensified competition for content from new sources like Netflix (NFLX) and Google's (GOOG) YouTube, Swinburne said. However, the analyst thinks that media stocks are "starting to get" cheap, given the leverage that many of the companies carry. Swinburne cuts his price target on 21st Century Fox (FOXA) to $31 from $37, on AMC Networks (AMCX) to $86 from $88, on CBS (CBS) to $46 from $56, on Time Warner (TWX) to $72 from $87 and on Viacom (VIAB) to $48 from $60. He kept Overweight ratings on Fox, AMC and CBS, an Equal Weight rating on Time Warner and an Underweight rating on Viacom. OVERDONE DECLINES: Swinburne believes that the declines in three media stocks - CBS, 21st Century Fox, and AMC Networks - have been overdone, while the decline in Comcast's (CMCSA) stock has also been excessive. CBS and 21st Century Fox are "best positioned for the skinny bundle" and have the cheapest valuations relative to their growth rates, Swinburne believes. Meanwhile, AMC Networks has "content momentum" and its EPS can exceed expectations, the analyst believes. Comcast is gaining share in the broadband Internet market, could take share in video soon, and has sufficient scale and offerings to benefit from the increased popularity of skinny bundles, according to the analyst, who kept an Overweight rating on the stock. The media sector could benefit from consolidation going forward, added Swinburne, who recommended that investors interested in buying potential takeover targets in the space focus on AMC Networks, MSG Networks (MSG) and Dreamworks Animation (DWA). He kept Overweight ratings on all three of those stocks. OTHERS TO WATCH: Besides Comcast, other pay TV companies include DISH Network (DISH) and Charter Communications (CHTR). PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Fox A shares lost 0.5% to $25.83, AMC fell 0.3% to $73.29, CBS added 0.2% to $41, Time Warner was little changed at $67.66 and Comcast A shares added 0.6% to $57.17.
07:44 EDTHXLHexcel weakness creates buying opportunity, says RBC Capital
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