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March 4, 2014
09:12 EDTINSY, SUNE, SUTR, VIPS, MDR, RSH, SSNLF, OXBT, SNTA, JCPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Vipshop (VIPS), up 23%... Insys Therapeutics (INSY), up 21%. ALSO HIGHER: J.C. Penney (JCP), up 8% after S&P raised its outlook to stable from negative and affirmed its 'CCC+' corporate credit rating for the company.... Sutor Technology (SUTR), up 23% after subsidiary enters into supply contract with Samsung (SSNLF)... Oxygen Biotherapeutics (OXBT), up 31% after FDA lifts clinical hold on Oxycyte... SunEdison (SUNE), up 7.7% following upgrade at Morgan Stanley. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: RadioShack (RSH), down 23.5%. ALSO LOWER: Synta Pharmaceuticals (SNTA), down 5.9% after CEO resigns... McDermott (MDR), down 8% after its fourth quarter earnings sharply missed estimates and the company withdrew prior guidance and suspended future guidance "for the foreseeable future."
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July 22, 2015
10:01 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AMC Entertainment (AMC) upgraded to Buy at MKM Partners... Agnico Eagle (AEM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at HSBC... Allegiant Travel (ALGT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Amazon.com (AMZN) upgraded on positive outlook at JMP Securities... Bank of Ireland (IRE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Canadian Pacific (CP) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Carrizo Oil & Gas (CRZO) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Concho Resources (CXO) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Crown Castle (CCI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Exxon Mobil (XOM) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Fidelity & Guaranty Life (FGL) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... First Interstate (FIBK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Hess Corp. (HES) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham... Murphy Oil (MUR) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Noble Energy (NBL) upgraded to Outperform at Credit Suisse... Packaging Corp. (PKG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Prologis (PLD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... Signature Bank (SBNY) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Sonic Automotive (SAH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Tate & Lyle (TATYY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Technip (TKPPY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Union Bankshares (UBSH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... Yamana Gold (AUY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at HSBC... Yara (YARIY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan.
08:38 EDTJCPNRF cuts 2015 retail sales growth forecast to 3.5% from 4.1%
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08:09 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham
Buckingham upgraded J.C. Penney to Buy and increased its price target to $12 from $9. The firm believes 2H comps could accelerate as initiatives take hold and has increased confidence it the company's ability to hit its 2017 EBITDA target of $1.2B. Buckingham believes FY15 sales comp guidance of 4%-5% is achievable and sees continued gross margin improvement and reduced SG&A levels.
05:55 EDTSSNLFDRAMeXchange: DRAM prices to fall further, DigiTimes says
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July 21, 2015
10:31 EDTINSYOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:01 EDTSUNEOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:34 EDTVIPSVipshop Q2 revenues tracking below consensus, says ITG Research
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09:10 EDTSUNESolarCity has positive read through from Vivint deal, says Roth Capital
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08:06 EDTSUNEVivint Solar downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank downgraded Vivint Solar (VSLR) citing the takeover by SunEdison (SUNE). SunEdison's operating platform will be "considerably enhanced" by the Vivint acquisition, Deutsche tells investors. It raised its price target for the stock to $45 from $40. It also believes TerraForm (TERP) shares may see near-term pressure due to suggested$900M capital raise to finance the Vivint operating asset acquisition.
07:52 EDTSUNESunEdison price target raised to $39 from $32 at UBS
UBS raised its price target on SunEdison (SUNE) to $39 from $32 following its agreement to purchase Vivint Solar (VSLR). The firm cited its increase in MW capacity and sees execution of a global spin as the next major catalyst. UBS reiterated its Buy rating on SunEdison shares.
07:52 EDTSUNEHP announces renewable energy agreement with SunEdison
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07:38 EDTSUNESunEdison downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird
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06:19 EDTSSNLFSilicon Valley giants side with Samsung in battle with Apple, InsideSources says
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05:32 EDTSUNESunEdison acquires Mark Group
SunEdison announced that it has acquired Mark Group, based in Leicester, United Kingdom, a SunEdison solar sales and installation partner. This acquisition establishes a direct sales channel for SunEdison in residential and commercial sales within the UK, providing customers with robust energy efficient products and services, and strengthens the company's global position as a renewable energy leader.
July 20, 2015
16:22 EDTSUNEOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
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13:28 EDTSSNLFSamsung most popular smartphone maker in Q2, TrendForce says
Samsung (SSNLF) was the most popular smartphone maker in the second quarter, even though the smartphone market has started to slow down, according to data from research firm TrendForce. Smartphone shipments will grow 8.2% year over year in 2015, though that's down from the previously anticipated growth rate of 11.6%, the report says. Samsung has led in smartphone shipments with a second-quarter growth of 26.8%. However, Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge's annual shipment forecast has been marked down repeatedly. TrendForce has also revised Samsung's annual smartphone shipments downwards to 45M units this year. As Chinese vendors are taking more shares of the low- to mid-range product market, Samsung's ability to reverse its fortune may hinge on the success of its Galaxy Note 5. If this device is able to attract consumers with upgraded specs and new features, then Samsung will avoid the high possibility of negative shipment growth for this year. Apple (AAPL) rode on the popularity of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in this year's first half and achieved a remarkably strong shipment result in the off-peak season. The next-generation iPhone due to be launched this year offers no major changes in appearance, but Apple has given the device a new A9 processor and upgraded its memory to 2GB LPDDR4 for the first time. These improvements along with the Force Touch module and a camera featuring a possible resolution of 12MP will give the next iPhone a huge boost. Thus, TrendForce's iPhone shipment forecast for this year continues to be very positive with a high growth of 15% upwards. Lenovo (LNVGY) has fallen to No. 6 in the global shipment ranking and is expected to see a 20%-30% decline in this year's shipments. Lenovo's market share did not double as anticipated after its takeover of Motorola in 2014. Moreover, Lenovo did not have a well-defined product positioning strategy and the brand faced strong competition from challengers offering lower-priced smartphone models.
12:08 EDTSUNEOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly higher at midday in the first trading day of a week that will be light on domestic economic data but heavy on earnings reports. Investors will be receiving profit reports from about 25% of the companies on the S&P 500 this week, making this the highest volume earnings week of this season. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major data was released. In Europe, Greece reopened its banks three weeks after closing as the country worked out another bailout agreement. The country announced it has started the process of paying off its creditors, including the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund, with a bridge loan it just received. COMPANY NEWS: Lockheed Martin (LMT) agreed to buy the Sikorsky Aircraft business from United Technologies (UTX) for $9B, noting the price is "effectively reduced" to $7.1B after taking into account tax benefits resulting from the transaction. Shares of Lockheed, which also reported better than expected second quarter results and increased its fiscal year guidance, gained nearly 2% after the Sikorsky announcement and saying it will conduct a strategic review of its government IT infrastructure services business and technical services business... Shares of Morgan Stanley (MS) shares were little changed near noon after the bank reported earnings and revenue, excluding certain adjustments, that topped analysts' consensus forecasts... SunEdison (SUNE) announced a deal to acquire Vivint Solar (VSLR) for approximately $2.2B, payable in a combination of cash, shares of SunEdison common stock and SunEdison convertible notes. In connection with the proposed acquisition of Vivint Solar, SunEdison has entered into a definitive purchase agreement with a subsidiary of TerraForm Power (TERP) which, concurrently with the completion of SunEdison's acquisition of Vivint, will acquire Vivint Solar's rooftop solar portfolio, consisting of 523 MW expected to be installed by year-end 2015, for $922M in cash. Shares of Vivint rose 44% following the announcement, while SunEdison's stock gained 4% and TerraForm dropped 3%. Fellow residential solar installer SolarCity (SCTY), which is backed by Tesla's (TSLA) Elon Musk, rose 7% following the deal in the space. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Exelixis (EXEL), which rallied 43% after the company reported that a study of cabozantinib in metastatic renal cell carcinoma met its primary endpoint of significant improvement in progression-free survival. The shares were indicated to rise even more in early pre-market trading, but lost some of their gains after Bristol-Myers (BMY) announced that its Opdivo study was stopped early after showing superior overall survival in a Phase 3 study of previously treated patients with advanced or metastatic renal cell carcinoma. Bristol-Myers rose a bit less than 1% to trade near $70 per share after its own announcement. Also higher was PayPal (PYPL), which gained more than 5.5% in its first day of trading after being spun out of eBay (EBAY). Meanwhile, eBay shares rose over 2%. Cal-Maine Foods (CALM) dropped 8% after posting lower than expected sales and profits in its fourth quarter and warning that while it should have an adequate supply of its primary feed ingredients, the company expects that prices will be "volatile" in the year ahead. Also lower were shares of several gold miners, including Barrick Gold (ABX) and Newmont Mining (NEM), which each fell about 11%, as gold prices declined about 2% near midday. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 31.66, or 0.18%, to 18,118.11, the Nasdaq was up 9.81, or 0.19%, to 5,219.96, and the S&P 500 was up 2.82, or 0.13%, to 2,129.46.
11:27 EDTSUNESunEdison acquisition implies higher SolarCity valuation, says Raymond James
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09:22 EDTSUNEOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:14 EDTSUNESunEdison acquires Vivint Solar for $2.2B
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