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December 19, 2012
05:55 EDTCAG, CAG, DFS, DFS, DRI, DRI, KMX, KMX, CCL, CCLCompanies reporting Before the Market Open on Thursday, December 20th
Notable companies reporting before the opening bell include CarMax (KMX), Carnival (CCL), ConAgra (CAG), Darden (DRI) and Discover (DFS),
News For KMX;CCL;CAG;DFS;DRI From The Last 14 Days
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February 12, 2016
09:59 EDTCAGOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Aircastle (AYR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Allegion (ALLE) upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA... Bunge (BG) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... CAE (CAE) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Coeur Mining (CDE) upgraded on valuation, financial outlook at BMO Capital... Commerzbank (CRZBY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... ConAgra (CAG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Equifax (EFX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Fresenius SE (FSNUY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Berenberg... IAC (IAC) upgraded on share repurchase prediction at Stifel... IAMGOLD (IAG) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Louisiana-Pacific (LPX) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at DA Davidson... Pandora (P) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Quintiles (Q) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Quotient Technology (QUOT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Suncor (SU) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Time Inc. (TIME) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Gabelli... Vonage (VG) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at FBN Securities... Web.com (WEB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust.
08:24 EDTCAGConAgra upgraded to Buy on value creation at BofA/Merrill
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07:24 EDTDFSCredit card stocks discounting unlikely recession, says Wells Fargo
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06:48 EDTCAGConAgra upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
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February 11, 2016
11:17 EDTDFSCredit card stocks downgraded on fears about weakening economy
Bank of America Merrill Lynch downgraded its ratings on several credit card networks today, citing "palpable anxiety" about the U.S. economy. WHAT'S NEW: Bank of America analyst Kenneth Bruce downgraded Visa (V), MasterCard (MA), Capital One (COF) and Discover (DFS) to Neutral from Buy. Bruce said that he is less optimistic that the stocks can rebound quickly from their recent declines given investors' worries about the U.S. economy. Moreover, although U.S. consumers are currently "in a generally decent financial position," that could change if the economy slows significantly, the analyst believes. In the face of that risk, the valuations of the credit card networks will probably stay at the lower end of their normal ranges, Bruce forecast. He cut his price target on Visa to $75 from $85, on MasterCard to $92 from $105, on Capital One to $66 from $88 and on Discover to $48 from $60. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Visa fell 3.8% to $67.50, MasterCard lost 2.2% to $81.50, Capital One declined 3.6% to $59.60 and Discover slumped over 5% to $43.30.
10:01 EDTDFSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ARM Holdings (ARMH) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Apollo Investment (AINV) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities... Cabot Microelectronics (CCMP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... Caesarstone (CSTE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Capital One (COF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Discover (DFS) downgraded to Neutral on potential US slow-down at BofA/Merrill... Douglas Emmett (DEI) downgraded at Stifel... E.ON AG (EONGY) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Berenberg... Flowers Foods (FLO) downgraded on disappointing results at SunTrust... HCP (HCP) downgraded at Stifel... International Flavors (IFF) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... LinnCo (LNCO) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Stifel... LivePerson (LPSN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Roth Capital... MasterCard (MA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Matrix Service (MTRX) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... Prospect Capital (PSEC) downgraded to Underperform at Raymond James... RWE AG (RWEOY) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Berenberg... Regions Financial (RF) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Rush Enterprises (RUSHA) downgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James... Smith & Nephew (SNN) downgraded to Neutral at UBS... SolarCity (SCTY) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Sotheby's (BID) downgraded on weak art market at Stifel... SunEdison Semiconductor (SEMI) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi... Sunrun (RUN) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Synovus (SNV) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Tenaris (TS) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Twitter (TWTR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Topeka... Visa (V) downgraded to Neutral on possible US slow-down at BofA/Merrill... W.P. Carey (WPC) downgraded to Equalweight from Overweight at Capital One... Wendy's (WEN) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan.
08:27 EDTDFSDiscover downgraded to Neutral on potential US slow-down at BofA/Merrill
As previously reported, BofA/Merrill downgraded Discovery to Neutral from Buy. Analyst Kenneth Bruce said US consumers are in a decent financial position, but may be at risk of a material domestic slow-down, which could pressure valuations. The analyst thinks Discovery valuation will be discounted until macro visibility improves and lowered his price target to $48 from $60 on shares.
06:42 EDTDFSDiscover downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill
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February 4, 2016
07:25 EDTCCLOver 150 people sick with gastro on Carnival Australia ship, SMH reports
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February 1, 2016
17:37 EDTCCLCarnival to sell shares in U.K.
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16:09 EDTCAGConAgra sees $1.6B tax asset from sale of private label operations to TreeHouse
ConAgra Foods announced the completion of the sale of its private label operations to TreeHouse Foods for proceeds of $2.7B in cash, excluding transaction-related expenses and subject to post-closing adjustments. A total of approximately 9,500 employees transitioned to TreeHouse Foods, including plant employees and those supporting the private label business located at the St. Louis, Mo., Downers Grove, Ill., and Omaha, Neb., office locations. Certain private label operations with a strong connection to ConAgra Foods' existing Consumer Foods business were not part of the sale, specifically canned pasta, cooking spray, peanut butter, pudding/gels, Gelit frozen pasta product offerings, as well as the HK Anderson and Kangaroo brand equities, trademarks and business portfolios. Results for these operations, which were not material, were moved to the Consumer Foods reporting segment in Q1. ConAgra Foods generated approximately $2.7B in cash proceeds from the sale, less transaction expenses, and intends to utilize the net proceeds primarily for debt reduction. The company expects the transaction to result in a tax asset of approximately $1.6B, which can be used to offset potential future capital gains over the next five years.
06:51 EDTKMXCarMax promotes Bill Nash to President, Cliff Wood to COO
CarMax announced that, as the culmination of a multi-year management succession plan, Bill Nash has been promoted to President and Cliff Wood has been promoted to COO, effective February 1, 2016. Tom Folliard plans to retire as CEO prior to the end of 2016, at which time it is anticipated that Nash will assume the role of CEO. Upon Folliard's retirement, the board expects that he will serve as the non-executive Chairman of the Board.

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