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December 26, 2012
12:23 EDTFSLR, JCPStocks with call strike movement; FSLR JCP
First Solar (FSLR) June 38 call option implied volatility decreased 3% to 53, J.C. Penney (JCP) January 23 call option implied volatility decreased 1% to 59 according to iVolatility.
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September 2, 2015
09:04 EDTFSLRSouthern Company subsidiary acquires interest in Desert Stateline Facility
Southern Company (SO) subsidiary Southern Power announced the acquisition of a controlling interest in the company's largest solar asset - the 300-megawatt Desert Stateline Facility in California - from First Solar (FSLR), which will retain the remaining interest in the project. This project represents Southern Power's and First Solar's fourth shared acquisition. Southern Power's seventh solar acquisition in California, the Desert Stateline Facility, will be located on 1,685 acres of federally managed public land in San Bernardino County and is expected to consist of approximately 3.2 million of First Solar's thin-film photovoltaic solar modules mounted on fixed-tilt tables. Once operational, the Desert Stateline Facility is expected to be capable of generating enough electricity to help meet the energy needs of nearly 100,000 average homes. First Solar is building and will operate and maintain the Desert Stateline Facility. Construction of the plant began in October 2014 and is expected to be completed in phases. The plant is slated to be fully operational in the third quarter of 2016.
September 1, 2015
10:59 EDTJCPStocks with call strike movement; JCP HAL
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05:40 EDTFSLRBarclays rolls out solar coverage, names First Solar Top Pick
Barclays analyst Jon Windham initiated coverage of the U.S. Alternative Energy industry with a Neutral rating citing the pullback in energy prices and risk to demand from emerging markets given the step-down of the U.S. investment tax credit at the end of 2016. Windham, however, expects alternative energy demand to "remain robust" over the longer term. He started shares of First Solar (FSLR) with an Overweight rating and $71 price target. The stock closed yesterday at $47.84. The solar company's "strong" $15 per share of net cash will internally fund its international growth, Windham tells investors in a research note. He named First Solar his Top Pick in the space. The analyst rounded out his coverage in the space with Equal Weight ratings on SunPower (SPWR) and 8point3 Energy (CAFD).
05:31 EDTFSLRFirst Solar initiated with an Overweight at Barclays
Target $71.
August 31, 2015
11:12 EDTFSLRJPMorgan says buy SunEdison after recent pullback
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10:48 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney rises after analyst upgrades stock, calls company 'self-help story'
Shares of retailer J.C. Penney (JCP) saw a boost in morning trading after an analyst from Deutsche Bank upgraded his rating on the company's shares, remarking on the company as a "self-help story." WHAT'S NEW: Deutsche Bank analyst Paul Trussell this morning upgraded J.C. Penney to Buy from Hold. Trussell also upgraded his price target to $12 from $10, noting that the company has already improved its merchandise mix and is now moving toward better pricing and fewer markdowns. Trussell said that the company's target of mid-single digit same-store sales growth looks "achievable" and its brands and assortment "look right." The analyst added that Marvin Ellison, the company's chief executive officer, is "driving the next step" to "bring JCP up the curve in pricing and markdown optimization, supply chain, leveraging IT and reducing corporate redundancies." Trussell, who also said he views the company as a "self-help story with multiple levers to pull," maintained "slightly" conservative estimates given the challenging competitive environment, but sees meaningful upside to the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Other analysts have been relatively bullish on J.C. Penney shares in recent weeks after the company reported better than expected results for the second quarter on August 14. At that time, J.C. Penney reported a loss per share of 45c on revenue of $2.88B and said it expects to be free cash flow breakeven in fiscal year 2015. Additionally, the retailer backed its FY15 SSS view of up 4%-5% and said on its earnings conference call that it expects third quarter SSS to grow sequentially from Q2. J.C. Penney also expressed "confidence" in its ability to meet its $1.2B EBITDA target by 2017. On August 17, Piper Jaffray analyst Neely Tamminga raised her price on the company's shares to $17 from $15. Tamminga said that the company showed the ability for the second straight quarter to reach EBITDA targets regardless of top-line performance. The Piper analyst said she continues to rate the company a top pick for 2015. The same day, B. Riley analyst Jeff Van Sinderen initiated coverage of J.C. Penney with a Buy rating and a $12.50 price target, saying he views Penney as a "speculative turnaround" story and believes the company's "substantial" real estate assets partially offset its heavy debt load. The Fly notes that CEO Marvin Ellison will be speaking at Goldman Sachs 22nd Annual Global Retailing Conference on September 9. PRICE ACTION: J.C. Penney shares are up 3.24% to $9.23 in morning trading.
10:01 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: 58.com (WUBA) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... AU Optronics (AUO) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at Bernstein... Asbury Automotive (ABG) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Buckingham... Astec (ASTE) upgraded on upcoming catalysts at Stifel... Baidu (BIDU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Bob Evans (BOBE) upgraded to Sector Weight from Underweight at KeyBanc... CNOOC (CEO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Dover (DOV) upgraded on valuation, headwinds bottom at Bernstein... Envestnet (ENV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Avondale... Generac (GNRC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair... Gold Fields (GFI) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at Scotia Howard Weil... Goldman Sachs (GS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Intel (INTC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Leggett & Platt (LEG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Morgan Stanley (MS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Newmont Mining (NEM) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia Howard Weil... Pan American Silver (PAAS) upgraded to Outperform at Scotia Howard Weil... QLogic (QLGC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Summit Research... Stanley Black & Decker (SWK) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Telefonica Brasil (VIV) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Tenet (THC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Twitter (TWTR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... UIL Holdings (UIL) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Argus... Vocera (VCRA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink... Wisconsin Energy (WEC) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman.
09:48 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney tests recent range highs
The shares are bucking the broader market trend and heading higher, last up over 1.8% to $9.10. The next level of major resistance would be at $9.42, a high that has not been met since April. Support is at $9.03. A breakout above $9.42 would break the stock out of a long base, which would be technically bullish for future price.
09:24 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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06:54 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Paul Trussell upgraded J.C. Penney to Buy and raised his price target for shares to $12 from $10. The retailer closed Friday up 47c to $8.94. Penny's target of mid-single-digit same-store-sales growth looks achievable while the company's brands and assortment look right, Trussell tells investors in a research note. Further, new CEO Marvin Ellison is bringing Penny "up the curve" in pricing and markdown optimization while reducing corporate redundancies, the analyst writes. He views the company as a "self-help story with multiple levers to pull."
August 28, 2015
06:03 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney implied volatility of 48 at lower end of index mean range
August 25, 2015
11:41 EDTFSLRSolarCity rises again after Chairman Musk buys shares
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August 24, 2015
16:46 EDTFSLRPresident Obama announces new renewable energy commitments
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11:09 EDTFSLRGoldman says SolarCity attractive after sharp pullback
SolarCity (SCTY) shares are climbing in the down market after Goldman Sachs contended in a note to investors today that the stock is attractive following its recent sharp retreat, The company probably won't be affected by issues that are causing investors to worry about the solar sector, the firm believes. WHAT'S NEW: Noting that SolarCity's stock had tumbled 27% in the last month before today's open, Goldman Sachs analyst Brian Lee wrote that the shares are being dragged down by worries about financing and cost of capital that are affecting the entire solar sector. However, he contended that these issues are having only a "limited" impact on SolarCity. On August 13, the company successfully sold asset-backed securities and it said that more such sales are likely to occur in the near-term, Lee noted. Meanwhile, SolarCity isn't being affected by the cost of capital increases that other solar companies are experiencing, the analyst reported. Before today's open, the stock was near a two year low, even though SolarCity's fundamentals are still "strong," Lee believes. Additionally, the largest U.S. solar trade show, which is expected to begin on September 14, could boost solar stocks, as it has historically been a catalyst for the sector, the analyst stated. SolarCity may provide guidance about the outlook for its Silevo solar panel manufacturing subsidiary in the second half of 2015, and the guidance could boost the stock, Lee believes. The risk/reward ratio of SolarCity's stock is positive, according to the analyst, who has a Conviction List Buy and $85 price target on the shares. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other publicly traded companies in the solar space include Canadian Solar (CSIQ), First Solar (FSLR), JA Solar (JASO), SunEdison (SUNE), SunPower (SPWR), Trina Solar (TSL) and Yingli Green Energy (YGE). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, SolarCity advanced 5.3% to $43.18.
August 21, 2015
06:56 EDTFSLRSolar companies spending $1B in Texas projects, WSJ says
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August 20, 2015
19:53 EDTJCPRetailers, others question heightened fees at Port of Oakland, WSJ says
After the Port of Oakland said it is considering implementing additional fees, the Retail Industry Leaders Association told the Federal Maritime Commission that it is "troubled" due to the lack of details regarding the fees, according to the Wall Street Journal. The retailer group also questioned the general effectiveness of such a program, and the Agriculture Transportation Coalition echoed the criticism, said the report. Note that executives from Lowe's (LOW), Best Buy (BBY), Target (TGT), Coca-Cola (KO), J.C. Penney (JCP), Tyson Foods (TSN), SunOpta (STKL), and Whole Foods (WFM) serve on the boards of the aforementioned associations. Reference Link
10:28 EDTJCPOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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August 19, 2015
13:23 EDTJCPOptions with increasing call volume
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13:11 EDTFSLRCanadian Solar plummets after Q3 guidance, YieldCo comments
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10:14 EDTJCPOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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