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February 20, 2013
12:35 EDTCROX, IOC, LYV, SPWRIncreasing implied volatility stocks: IOC SPWR LYV CROX
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January 30, 2015
12:12 EDTSPWRSeveral solar stocks rise following RBC upgrades
A number of solar energy stocks are rising after RBC Capital upgraded three names in the sector to Outperform from Sector Perform in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: RBC Capital analyst Mahesh Sanganeria upgraded shares of SunPower (SPWR) to Outperform from Sector Perform. New plants being developed by the company should increase its manufacturing capacity, enabling it to benefit from demand increases, the analyst stated, noting that the company has been unable to keep pace with demand. Meanwhile, SunPower could generate $90M-$100M in cash annually and $70M-$80M in cash available for distribution if it forms a yieldco, the analyst estimated. A yieldco would increase SunPower's value by $1.9B, according to Sanganeria. Yieldcos are subsidiaries of energy companies that own power plants and projects and typically trade on stock exchanges. The analyst raised his price target on SunPower to $36 from $35. Sanganeria also upgraded two Chinese solar companies, JA Solar (JASO) and Trina Solar (TSL). JA Solar should be able to outperform the overall solar market by selling more of its products to markets with higher prices, as well as selling a higher percentage of solar modules that attract higher prices, the analyst believes. Global solar installations should increase in the low to mid teen percentage levels, noted the analyst, who raised his price target on JA Solar to $13 from $12. As for Trina Solar, Sanganeria expects the company to benefit from its strong balance sheet, which should help it expand its business. Additionally, the Chinese company should benefit from stable margins, as it cuts costs faster than solar prices decline, according to Sanganeria. Finally, Trina should be able to increase its profit margins in the longer term by building more solar power plants, wrote the analyst, noting that the company's U.K. plants achieved 20% gross margins, above the company's overall mid-teen percentage margins. Sanganeria raised his price target on the name to $13 from $12. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other publicly traded companies in the solar space include Canadian Solar (CSIQ), First Solar (FSLR), and Yingli Green Energy (YGE). PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, SunPower climbed 1% to $24.25, Trina Solar gained 2% to $9.05, and JA Solar gained 2% to $8.
11:59 EDTCROXDeckers Outdoor plummets after missing Q3 estimates, cutting outlook
Shares of casual apparel and footwear maker Deckers Outdoor (DECK) are sinking after the company's third quarter results missed analysts' expectations. The company also lowered its outlooks for the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2015. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Deckers Outdoor reported Q3 earnings per share of $4.50 and revenue of $784.7M, trailing analysts' consensus estimates of $4.52 and $813.7M, respectively. Direct-to-Consumer comparable sales increased 7.6% over the same period a year ago. UGG brand sales increased 6.5% to $736M, compared to $690.9M for the same period last year. E-Commerce sales increased 25.2% to $146.9M compared to $117.3M for the same period last year. Gross margin increased 180 basis points to 52.9% compared to 51.1% for the same period last year. Deckers also announced that its board of directors approved the repurchase of an additional $200M of the company's common stock. WHAT’S NOTABLE: Looking ahead to Q4, Deckers Outdoor cut its EPS view to 0c from 15c, well below analysts' consensus estimates of 13c. The company still expects Q4 revenues to increase approximately 10% over the year-ago period, versus analysts' estimates $327.17M. The company cited gross margin pressure from foreign currency exchange rates for the weak forecast. Additionally, Deckers lowered its FY15 EPS view to $4.58 from $4.71, well short of the consensus of $4.77. The company also cut its FY15 revenue outlook to approximately $1.8B, down from the previous guidance of approximately $1.825B, trailing analysts' consensus estimates of $1.83B. Deckers now sees FY15 UGG Brand revenues up approximately 11% over last year, down from previous guidance of approximately 14%, and sees FY15 Teva and Sanuk brand revenues up low double digits over the year-ago period. The FY15 guidance assumes a gross profit margin of approximately 49%, an operating margin of approximately 12.5% compared to previous guidance of approximately 13% and an effective tax rate of approximately 27% compared to previous guidance of 29%. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, analyst commentary was mixed. Research firm Telsey Advisory downgraded Deckers Outdoor to Market Perform from Outperform following the Q3 report due to the UGG shortfall and lack of near-term catalysts. Telsey also lowered its price target on the shares to $80 from $98. Conversely, Jefferies said Deckers’ risk/reward is favorable at current levels. Jefferies said it continues to view Deckers Outdoor as a "compelling investment opportunity" despite the Q3 sales miss. It believes the UGG brand is "still a winner" and that the company has lots of opportunity to expand margins. The firm lowered its price target for Deckers’ shares to $110 from $130 and kept a Buy rating on the name. Susquehanna, which has a Positive rating but lowered its price target to $83 from $117, believes the weakness in Deckers Outdoor shares is overdone. The firm sees a stock buyback as a possible near-term catalyst, as well as the potential for a dividend as supporting the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Deckers Outdoor fell $15.05, or about 18.3%, to $67.22 on nearly six times its average daily trading volume. Including today’s pullback, the stock has lost approximately 13% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other casual apparel/footwear makers include Skechers USA (SKX), down 2%, Wolverine World Wide (WWW), down 2.16%, Rocky Brands (RCKY), down 2.85%, and Crocs (CROX), down 0.75%.
10:00 EDTSPWROn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Abbott (ABT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... BAE Systems (BAESY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... Boston Scientific (BSX) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Bottomline Technologies (EPAY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Capital Bank (CBF) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler ONeill... Centrica PLC (CPYYY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Chico's FAS (CHS) upgraded to Buy at Janney Capital... Coherent (COHR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Devon Energy (DVN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Farmers National Banc (FMNB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Foot Locker (FL) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Groupon (GRPN) upgraded to Buy from Sell at Ascendiant... JA Solar (JASO) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... K12 (LRN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... PolyOne (POL) upgraded to Outperform at RW Baird... QLogic (QLGC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... SolarWinds (SWI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Stanley Black & Decker (SWK) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays... SunPower (SPWR) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... TCF Financial (TCB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA... Tempur Sealy (TPX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Textron (TXT) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Trina Solar (TSL) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Umpqua Holdings (UMPQ) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Valero Energy Partners (VLP) upgraded at Credit Suisse... Verifone (PAY) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Yahoo (YHOO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Zimmer (ZMH) upgraded to Outperform at RW Baird.
08:58 EDTSPWRRBC Capital upgraded SunPower on new fab outlook
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06:07 EDTSPWRSunPower upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
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January 27, 2015
13:24 EDTLYVTicketmaster hires Larry Plawsky as SVP, head of Marketplaces
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05:10 EDTLYVLive Nation provides statement regarding Greek Theater
Live Nation stated, "The Greek Theatre is an incredible Los Angeles treasure, owned by the people of this city. Live Nation has delivered a superior proposal that will set a new standard for this iconic venue, with plans to invest heavily to return it to its rightful place as a world-class entertainment destination for fans and artists while being sensitive to neighbors in the surrounding community. We remain confident that the full City Council will be guided by the merits of our proposal – not the political strong-arm tactics of our opponent. Selecting Live Nation's superior financial bid has far-reaching repercussions well beyond the Greek Theatre: much of the revenue generated by Live Nation will support critically-important Recreation and Parks programs throughout the entire city. Ultimately, the Greek Theatre contract will be awarded by the Board of Recreation and Parks Commissioners, which has already voted unanimously on behalf of Live Nation – joining Recreation and Parks staff and a panel of independent, expert evaluators. We outscored the Nederlander/AEG bid, earning 91% of all possible points compared to their total of 79%. Our commitment to Union labor at the venue is stronger. And our financial proposal is far superior, delivering nearly $10M more at a minimum, and a total of $30M more when comparing our guaranteed performance minimum to Nederlander's historic average. We also commit to investing more than twice as much in capital improvements as Nederlander, which failed to complete many of the improvements it promised years ago. Live Nation remains committed to operating the Greek Theatre to the highest standard, driven by hometown pride."
January 26, 2015
06:48 EDTSPWRTax credit, loan guarantee changes could hurt solar energy, NY Times says
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January 23, 2015
08:04 EDTSPWRTotal and SunPower complete 70MW Salvador project
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January 21, 2015
08:28 EDTIOCInterOil Inpex shares undervalued, says Bernstein
Bernstein believes that InterOil (IOC) looks attractive, given Total's (TOT) intention to launch its Antelope LNG project in Paupa New guinea in 2017. The firm says that Inpex (IPXHY) is well-funded and could benefit from cheaper service costs as the LNG project cycle reaches a peak.

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