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June 26, 2014
10:10 EDTFMS, BLT, WEC, TTWO, PRXL, IM, EXFO, HAWK, TBBK, POWR, NUVA, HRC, CJES, ZU, TNC, PF, NBROn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Blackhawk (HAWK) upgraded to Neutral from Negative at Susquehanna... Blount (BLT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair... C&J Energy (CJES) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Guggenheim... EXFO Inc. (EXFO) upgraded to Sector Performer from Underperformer at CIBC... Fresenius Medical (FMS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Hill-Rom (HRC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Ingram Micro (IM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cross Research... Nabors Industries (NBR) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Guggenheim... NuVasive (NUVA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... PAREXEL (PRXL) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... Pinnacle Foods (PF) upgraded at RBC Capital... PowerSecure (POWR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Lake Street... Take-Two (TTWO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Benchmark Co.... Tennant (TNC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Dougherty... The Bancorp (TBBK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... Wisconsin Energy (WEC) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... zulily (ZU) upgraded at RBC Capital.
News For HAWK;BLT;CJES;EXFO;FMS;HRC;IM;NBR;NUVA;PRXL;PF;POWR;TTWO;TNC;TBBK;WEC;ZU From The Last 14 Days
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September 3, 2015
07:10 EDTHAWKBlackhawk weakness unwarranted, says Wells Fargo
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05:34 EDTFMSFresenius Medical upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
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September 1, 2015
05:40 EDTNUVANuVasive to launch integrated global alignment platform at EUROSPINE
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August 31, 2015
10:01 EDTWECOn 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.
08:05 EDTWECWisconsin Energy upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman
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August 28, 2015
11:16 EDTTTWOBattleground: Benchmark says sell GameStop, Piper says bears misguided
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07:43 EDTTTWOGameStop bear thesis not playing out, says Piper Jaffray
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August 26, 2015
17:16 EDTEXFOEXFO Inc. names Philippe Morin as COO
EXFO Inc. (EXFO) announced that Philippe Morin will be joining the company as COO in early November. Morin, who has more than 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, will leave Ciena (CIEN) as Senior Vice-President of Worldwide Sales and Field Operations on October 31. Previously, he was Ciena's Senior Vice-President of the Global Products Group and held a number of leadership roles at Nortel Networks including President of Metro Ethernet Networks, Vice-President and General Manager of Optical Networks, as well as having held positions in sales, marketing and product management in North America and Europe.
10:00 EDTCJESOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:58 EDTCJESC&J Energy downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
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07:06 EDTNBRNabors Industries board authorizes repurchase up to $400M of common shares
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August 25, 2015
13:51 EDTFMSU.S. Renal Care, DSI Renal announce merger agreement
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09:57 EDTTNCTennant management to meet with Jefferies
Meeting to be held in Atlanta/Richmond on September 1 hosted by Jefferies.
09:26 EDTFMSRBC Capital to hold a bus tour
Healthcare Bus Tour travels throughout Nashville, TN to visit with various healthcare companies on August 25-26.
08:58 EDTIMStifel technology analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
Senior Technology & Regulatory Analyst Brian Stephens discusses the recently expanded Federal E-rate funding program for public and private school districts to upgrade their networking infrastructures (including wi-fi), and its impact on IT solution providers and distributors, as well as the significant opportunities for a number of covered companies including CDW, Insight, ePlus, Ingram and Synnex, on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on August 27 at 11 am.
07:02 EDTNUVANuVasive exploring locations to build medical device facility
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August 24, 2015
12:17 EDTCJESOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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08:29 EDTNUVAWilliam Blair to hold a field trip
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07:38 EDTCJESOilfield Services stocks downgraded at SunTrust
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August 21, 2015
16:34 EDTZUMarket enters correction territory in worst week in four years
For the week, stocks plummeted amid concerns about a slowing Chinese economy and declining oil prices. MACRO NEWS: Monday, the Empire State manufacturing index crashed to -14.92 in August after rebounding to 3.86 in July from June's -1.98. The consensus estimate was 4.75, and the surprising drop puts the index at its lowest point since April 2009... Meanwhile, the NAHB homebuilder sentiment index rose to 61 in August from 60 in June, matching consensus estimates... Tuesday, July housing starts edged up 0.2% to 1.206M, beating consensus estimates for 1.180M in the best reading since October 2007. Building permits, however, fell 16.3% to 1.119M against expectations for 1.230M, while single family starts rose 12.8% and multifamily numbers fell 17.0%... Wednesday, the July consumer price index edged up 0.1% against expectations for 0.2% reading. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, also came in at 0.1% versus consensus estimates of 0.2%... Meanwhile, FOMC minutes showed no definitive indication of a September rate hike... Thursday, initial jobless claims rose to 277,000 from a revised 273,000, bringing the 4-week moving average to 271,500... The Philadelphia Fed index rose 2.6 points to 8.3 in August, beating expectations for a 7.5 reading... Friday, the PMI Manufacturing Index Flash for August came in at a level of 52.9, below the prior level of 53.8 and the consensus level of 54.2. COMPANY NEWS: Monday, Liberty Interactive (QVCA) announced an agreement to acquire zulily (ZU) for $18.75 per share in a deal valuing the online shopping site at $2.4B. The acquisition will be attributed to Liberty's QVC tracking stock, though the companies specified that QVC and zulily will operate as separate brands... Amazon (AMZN) founder and CEO Jeff Bezos downplayed a recent New York Times critique of the company's workplace practices, telling employees in an email that "the article doesn't describe the Amazon I know or the caring Amazonians I work with every day..." Tuesday, Wal-Mart (WMT) cut its full year earnings outlook, with company executives on a subsequent conference call expressing confidence in China but noting that Brazil and U.K. remain challenging markets for the company... Wednesday, Seagate Technology (STX) agreed to acquire Dot Hill Systems (HILL) for $9.75 per share, noting that it expects the deal to be non-GAAP EPS accretive in fiscal 2016... Thursday, Valeant (VRX) agreed to acquire Sprout Pharmaceuticals for roughly $1B in cash plus a profit-sharing agreement, adding that it expects to bring the company's recently-approved female sexual dysfunction drug Addyi to the U.S. by Q4... Friday, Steiner Leisure (STNR) entered into a definitive merger agreement where an affiliate of Catterton will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Steiner for $65 per share in cash. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow lost about 5.79% to close at 16,459.75, the Nasdaq declined about 6.71% to close at 4,706.04, and the S&P 500 fell about 5.73% to close at 1,970.89.
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