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August 7, 2014
17:06 EDTSAAS, COUP, TWX, THOR, FOXA, SSYSOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory and appeared ready to build on yesterdayís gains. There was little to point to as a catalyst, but the early move was likely helped by better than expected initial jobless claims data and an agreement to an extended ceasefire by between Gaza and Israel. The market saw its highs shortly after the open and then began to drift lower. By noon each of the major equity indexes had crossed into negative ground and by mid-afternoon the sellers were in control and renewed the selling trend that has been prevalent in recent sessions. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims dropped 14K to 289K in the week ended August 2, versus expectations for 300K new claims. Consumer credit grew by $17.3B in June, versus expectations for it to have increased $18.3B for the month. In Europe, both the European Central Bank and the Bank of England decided to keep their main interest rates unchanged. COMPANY NEWS: 21st Century Fox (FOXA) advanced $1.63, or 5.04%, to $33.96 after the company reported higher than expected fourth quarter earnings and the stock was upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Cowen. Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch spoke on the company's earnings conference call, which is a bit outside of the recent norm, and said the company's decision to no longer pursue an acquisition of Time Warner (TWX) is "resolute." Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey echoed that the company is "done" as far as Time Warner and added that 21st Century Fox says will not pursue any other content company. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was inContact (SAAS), which gained $1.34, or 17.45%, to $9.02 and was upgraded at Oppenheimer and Benchmark Co. after reporting better than expected Q2 results. Also higher was Stratasys (SSYS), which rose $14.78, or 14.94%, to $113.69 after the company reported stronger than expected second quarter results and raised its guidance. Among the noteworthy losers was Thoratec (THOR), which fell $9.83, or 30.18%, to $22.74 and was downgraded by at least four Street firms following the company's Q2 miss and lowered guidance. Also lower after its earnings report were shares of Coupons.com (COUP), which fell $4.58, or 23.5%, to $14.91. INDEXES: The Dow fell 75.07, or 0.46%, to 16,368.27, the Nasdaq dropped 20.08, or 0.46%, to 4,334.97, and the S&P 500 slipped 10.67, or 0.56%, to 1,909.57.
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November 17, 2014
10:02 EDTTHOROn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: CyrusOne (CONE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... MGIC Investment (MTG) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... NuVasive (NUVA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Phillips 66 (PSX) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Pinnacle Foods (PF) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Rayonier (RYN) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital.. Thoratec (THOR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Volcano (VOLC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Progressive Waste (BIN) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Clean Harbors (CLH) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... McGraw Hill Financial (MHFI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Benchmark Co... Chesapeake (CHK) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... American Science & Engineering (ASEI) upgraded to Fair Value from Sell at CRT Capital... Sony (SNE) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
06:33 EDTTWXWarner Bros. wins 'Hobbit' royalties fight against Weinsteins, WSJ reports
Time Warner's Warner Bros. has prevailed over the Weinstein brothers in a $75M-plus lawsuit over the royalties for the second and third "Hobbit" films, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing people with knowledge of the situation. Reference Link
05:31 EDTTHORThoratec upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
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November 14, 2014
12:44 EDTSAASinContact management to meet with Jefferies
Meeting to be held in Boston on November 20 hosted by Jefferies.
November 13, 2014
13:17 EDTSSYSMakerBot acquires Layer by Layer, terms not disclosed
MakerBot, a subsidiary of Stratasys, announced the acquisition of the start-up software company Layer By Layer. The goal of the acquisition of Layer By Layer is to help accelerate MakerBotís position in the entertainment and 3D printing management spaces, as part of its effort to build a more robust 3D ecosystem.
06:17 EDTFOXASony unveils PlayStation Vue, a cloud-based TV service
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November 12, 2014
10:43 EDTTWX, FOXABernstein downgrades Discovery, Viacom, citing 'structural decline' in TV
Research firm Bernstein sees strong evidence that audiences of ad-supported TV have entered a period of "structural decline." The firm cut its rating on Discovery (DISCA), the owner of the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet cable stations, and Viacom (VIA,VIAB), which owns MTV and and Nickelodeon. The firm also cut its price target on CBS (CBS). WHAT'S NEW: Noting that audiences for ad-supported TV have fallen by unprecedented amounts for four months, Bernstein analyst Todd Juenger added that consumption of subscription video on demand, or SVOD, services continue to grow. Meanwhile, TV networks are seeing increased competition from Internet websites for ad dollars, limiting the ability of the networks to raise ad prices, Juenger stated. The profit margins and return on investment of content owners are likely to decline over time, the analyst believes. He downgraded Discovery to Market Perform from Outperform and set a $37 price target on the stock, and cut Viacom to Underperform from Market Perform, placing a $71 price target on that stock. Juenger reduced his price target on CBS to $55 from $60 and kept a Market Perform rating on the shares. He kept Outperform ratings on 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Disney (DIS), and Time Warner (TWX), saying that those are least affected by the trend, as they are less dependent than their peers on the American TV ad market and have a large amount of sports programming. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Discovery lost 0.6% to $31.81, Viacom class A shares gained 0.6% to $70.09, CBS fell 0.7% to $51.48, Twenty-First Century Fox class A shares lost 0.5% to $34.75, Time Warner fell 0.5% to $77.69 and Disney was flat near $90 per share.
08:02 EDTTHORCredit Suisse to hold a conference
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06:22 EDTTWXFunny or Die hires Moelis to explore potential sale, WSJ reports
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November 11, 2014
10:00 EDTTWXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Alcentra Capital (ABDC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Ambac Financial (AMBC) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at MKM Partners... Banco Bilbao (BBVA) upgraded to Buy from Reduce at Nomura... Darden (DRI) upgraded at KeyBanc... ICU Medical (ICUI) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... IMAX (IMAX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Juniper (JNPR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Michaels (MIK) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Midcoast Energy (MEP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Midstates Petroleum (MPO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Monroe Capital (MRCC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... NuVasive (NUVA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... ONEOK Partners (OKS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... ORBCOMM (ORBC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at First Analysis... Pattern Energy (PEGI) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Targa Resources Partners (NGLS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Time Warner (TWX) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Tremor Video (TRMR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Western Gas Partners (WES) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Yamana Gold (AUY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Zynga (ZNGA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies.
08:21 EDTSAASinContact price target raised to $14 from $12 at Oppenheimer
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07:08 EDTTWXTen Network's Gordon says won't sell stake in company, AFR reports
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06:00 EDTTWXTime Warner upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman
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November 10, 2014
16:02 EDTSAASinContact reports Q3 EPS (11c), consensus (11c)
Reports Q3 revenue $44.2M, consensus $43.04M.
14:49 EDTTHORT. Rowe Price reports 10.7% passive stake in Thoratec
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07:23 EDTCOUPRBC Capital to hold a conference
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07:12 EDTTWXCA Technologies to hold a conference
CA World 2014 is being held in Las Vegas on November 9-12.
07:06 EDTCOUPCoupons.com announces partnership with Samsung for mobile savings
Coupons.com (COUP) announced a strategic partnership with Samsung (SSNLF) to power mobile savings for more than 20M Samsung flagship devices in the U.S. Shoppers can now add Coupons.com's Card Linked Offers via their Samsung Wallet for automatic redemption at checkout.
November 9, 2014
17:45 EDTTWXTime Warner approaches Australia's Ten Network, AFR says
Time Warner has approached Australia's Ten Network, the company behind Offspring and The Bachelor Australia, says the Australian Financial Review. In an approach that was not binding, Time Warner offered about $680M or 25c a share for the Australian broadcaster, added the Australian Financial Review. Reference Link
November 7, 2014
20:47 EDTTHORThoratec management to meet with Piper Jaffray
Group dinner to be held in New York on November 13 hosted by Piper Jaffray.
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