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August 22, 2014
16:42 EDTHPQ, GME, LB, FL, AEO, CRM, HTZ, RAX, EBAY, PETM, DLTR, FDO, DG, ONNN, FCS, ISIL, SMTC, IRF, IFNNYMarket finishes week higher on economic data, earnings
Stocks ended the week higher after several pieces of economic data beat expectations and investors cheered results from a number of companies, offsetting weak overseas economic data and somewhat hawkish statements from the Fed. MACRO NEWS: Weekly jobless claims, housing starts for July, a manufacturing index for July, existing home sales for July, and leading economic indicators for July all beat expectations... Overseas economic data was less upbeat, however, as purchasing managers' indexes for the euro zone and China came in below expectations... Minutes of the Fed's last meeting stated that some FOMC members believe that interest rates may have to be raised sooner than expected. Meanwhile, Fed Chairman Yellen reiterated in a speech today that the Fed's policy changes would be based on upcoming economic data. However, she did say that the FOMC s questioning the degree of slack in the economy. COMPANY NEWS: M&A news flow was strong against this week. German semiconductor company Infineon (IFNNY) agreed to buy its smaller peer, International Rectifier (IRF). Other names in the space, including Semtech (SMTC), Intersil (ISIL), Fairchild Semiconductor (FCS) and ON Semiconductor (ONNN), rose in sympathy... Dollar General (DG) made a $78.50 per share bid for Family Dollar (FDO), in an effort to trump a previous $74.50 per share bid for Family Dollar by Dollar Tree (DLTR). Family Dollar rejected Dollar General's offer based on antitrust concerns... PetSmart (PETM) announced that it would pursue strategic alternatives, including a potential sale of the company... The website The Information reported that eBay (EBAY) is considering spinning off its PayPal digital payments unit... Hedge fund Blue Harbour Group announced that it had obtained a 6.4% stake in cloud computing company Rackspace (RAX)... Carl Icahn disclosed an 8.5% stake in Hertz (HTZ), but the car rental company withdrew its fiscal 2014 guidance, saying that it expects its full-year results to be well below its previous guidance range... In earnings news, cloud computing company Salesforce.com (CRM), apparel retailers American Eage (AEO) Foot Locker (FL) and L Brands (LB), and video game retailer Gamestop (GME), were among the companies that rose after reporting their results. HP (HPQ) and PetSmart dropped slightly after reporting their results.
News For IFNNY;IRF;SMTC;ISIL;FCS;ONNN;DG;FDO;DLTR;PETM;EBAY;RAX;HTZ;CRM;AEO;FL;LB;GME;HPQ From The Last 14 Days
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October 14, 2014
10:01 EDTRAXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AU Optronics (AUO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Antero Resources (AR) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... BHP Billiton (BHP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Bill Barrett (BBG) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... BorgWarner (BWA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... CRH Plc. (CRH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Comstock Resources (CRK) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Cracker Barrel (CBRL) upgraded at Argus... Delphi Automotive (DLPH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... EOG Resources (EOG) upgraded at Bernstein... Eaton (ETN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Energizer (ENR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Energy Transfer Equity (ETE) upgraded to Outperform at RW Baird... Federal-Mogul (FDML) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Ford (F) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Buckingham... Gulfport Energy (GPOR) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group... Halcon Resources (HK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... HeartWare (HTWR) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Helmerich & Payne (HP) upgraded to Outperform at FBR Capital... Legg Mason (LM) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Level 3 (LVLT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Gabelli... Magnum Hunter (MHR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... NetScout (NTCT) upgraded at DA Davidson... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded to Buy with $600 target at BTIG... Newfield Exploration (NFX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... Nielsen (NLSN) upgraded at Bernstein... Orbitz (OWW) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... PDC Energy (PDCE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... Rackspace (RAX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore... Range Resources (RRC) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group... Rex Energy (REXX) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... SM Energy (SM) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Sanchez Energy (SN) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Targa Resources (TRGP) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Tudor Pickering... Unilife (UNIS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Ladenburg... Universal Forest (UFPI) upgraded at Sterne Agee.
07:47 EDTHPQHP awarded $50M Medicaid contract extension by Massachusetts
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06:01 EDTEBAYStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GPS EBAY
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; eBay (EBAY) 31, Gap (GPS) 35 according to iVolatility.
05:58 EDTHTZStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; HTZ SD
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05:50 EDTRAXRackspace upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore
October 13, 2014
16:33 EDTCRMMicrosoft and Salesforce.com unveil new joint solutions
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14:35 EDTCRMSalesforce launches analytics cloud
Salesforce earlier today announced Wave, Salesforce Analytics Cloud. Wave is the first cloud analytics platform designed for every business user, making it easier than ever for anyone to explore data, uncover new insights and take action instantly from any device, the company stated. Companies can now quickly deploy sales, service and marketing analytics, or build custom mobile analytics apps, using any data source, Salesforce added.
12:37 EDTEBAYeBay initiated with a Sector Perform at Portales
12:01 EDTFDOOptions with decreasing implied volatility
Options with decreasing implied volatility: EXAS INFY YUM FDO HSY
11:46 EDTHPQHP nears six-month lows, levels to watch
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10:43 EDTCRMSalesforce.com October volatility elevated into executive Q&A with Marc Benioff
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10:08 EDTIFNNY, ONNNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Bankrate (RATE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... CME Group (CME) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Cliffs Natural (CLF) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Dana Holding (DAN) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Darden (DRI) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Dover (DOV) downgraded to Neutral at RW Baird... DryShips (DRYS) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Imperial Capital... Infineon (IFNNY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... J.C. Penney (JCP) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Johnson Controls (JCI) downgraded to Outperform from Top Pick at RBC Capital... Juniper (JNPR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Kennametal (KMT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Masco (MAS) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... New Gold (NGD) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... ON Semiconductor (ONNN) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest... PBF Energy (PBF) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Parker-Hannifin (PH) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... STMicroelectronics (STM) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Silicon Laboratories (SLAB) downgraded to Sector Perform at Pacific Crest... VOXX International (VOXX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen.
09:23 EDTHPQ, RAXHP could buy lower valuation company, says Bernstein
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09:21 EDTHPQOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:38 EDTCRMSalesforce to hold a conference
Dreamforce 2014 is being held in San Francisco on October 13-16.
06:46 EDTONNNON Semiconductor downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest
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06:12 EDTEBAYStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GPS EBAY
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06:03 EDTHTZStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; HTZ MU
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05:28 EDTIFNNYInfineon downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
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October 12, 2014
17:20 EDTCRMGE, Splunk, Cisco, others could benefit from Internet of Things, Barron's says
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