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November 29, 2012
10:00 EDTNRF, IACI, AVB, AIV, PLT, NKE, GES, GOOG, ESS, RIMM, PNR, MCEP, EOG, MCRS, CPT, PSA, KMXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: CarMax (KMX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... EOG Resources (EOG) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Guess (GES) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... InterActiveCorp (IACI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Mid-Con Energy (MCEP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... Nike (NKE) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Northstar Realty (NRF) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Pentair (PNR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Plantronics (PLT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Public Storage (PSA) upgraded to Hold from Underweight at KeyBanc... Research in Motion (RIMM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Aimco (AIV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Camden Property (CPT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Essex Property Trust (ESS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... AvalonBay (AVB) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at BMO Capital... Google (GOOG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Oracle Research... MICROS Systems (MCRS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point.
News For KMX;EOG;GES;IACI;MCEP;NKE;NRF;PNR;PLT;PSA;RIMM;AIV;CPT;ESS;AVB;MCRS;GOOG From The Last 14 Days
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July 21, 2015
10:01 EDTESS, AVB, CPTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:06 EDTGOOGADT Corp. announces partnership with Nest Labs
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07:45 EDTGOOGSell PayPal amid mounting payments competition, Piper says
Shares of PayPal (PYPL) advanced over 5% yesterday in the stock's first day of trading following a split from eBay (EBAY), with the majority of research firms issuing optimistic notes on its prospects. This morning, however, analyst Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray recommends selling the share as competition grows in the digital payments space. BEARS: Munster started shares of PayPal with an Underweight rating, the firm's equivalent of a "Sell," saying increased competition could pressure the stock's multiple over the next 6-24 months. Google's (GOOG) Android Pay and Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay will give consumers a "real alternative to PayPal" for the first time, Munster tells investors in his research note. In addition, interest in payments from Amazon.com (AMZN) and Facebook (FB) bring potential for more digital wallet offerings, the analyst notes. Munster set a $30 price target for PayPal. Of note, Evercore ISI also started coverage of PayPal shares yesterday with a Sell rating. BULLS: Wells Fargo initiated coverage of PayPal yesterday with an Outperform rating, saying the company's unique assets will enable it to maintain its leadership role in digital payments and benefit from the growth of e-commerce. Also upbeat was Robert W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian, who contends that PayPal has the top pure play online payment system and is continuing to grow its share of the Internet payment market. PayPal should be able to innovate more effectively after its spin-off, added the analyst, who set a $45 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: Shares of PayPal are pointing toward further gains in their second day of standalone trading, with the stock up about 2.7% to $41.55 in pre-market trading.
07:36 EDTGOOGGoogle shutting down Google+ Photos beginning August 1
Google said in a blog post, "In May, we launched Google Photos as the home for all your photos and videos. With Google Photos you can store unlimited high quality photos and videos for free, find photos fast, and see them organized by what matters to you. Plus, you can bring moments to life and share anywhere with anyone. In an effort to ensure everyone has the best photos experience we can deliver, on August 1st we’ll start to shut down Google+ Photos -- initially on Android, and soon thereafter on the Web and iOS. If you’re still using Google+ Photos, now is a great time to make the switch. You may have seen a prompt in Google+ Photos on Android with a link to download the new Google Photos. Don’t worry, all your photos and videos will still be saved and available after you switch to the new, stand-alone Google Photos app. With the new app you’ll still be able to backup, edit, and share your photos and videos, with unlimited storage, automatic organization, and more." Reference Link
07:12 EDTPNRPentair sees Q3 EPS 94c-97c, consensus $1.01
Sees Q3 revenue approximately $1.6B, consensus $1.62B. The company expects Q3 revenue to be approximately $1.6B, which would be down approximately 8%-9% on a reported basis and down 2%-3% on a core basis compared to Q3 of FY14 revenue. Going forward, Pentair will exclude non-cash amortization from adjusted EPS guidance to better reflect the company's performance.
07:11 EDTPNRPentair updates FY15 adj. EPS view to $3.80-$3.90 from $3.80, consensus $3.72
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07:07 EDTPNRPentair reports Q2 adjusted EPS 96c, consensus 95c
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06:19 EDTGOOGSilicon Valley giants side with Samsung in battle with Apple, InsideSources says
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05:34 EDTGOOGPayPal initiated with an Underweight at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster started shares of PayPal (PYPL) with an Underweight rating saying increased competition could pressure the stock's multiple over the next 6-24 months. Underweight is Piper's equivalent of a sell rating. Google's (GOOG) Android Pay and Apple's (AAPL) Apple Pay will give consumers a "real alternative to PayPal" for the first time, Munster tells investors in a research note. In addition, interest in payments from Amazon.com (AMZN) and Facebook (FB) bring potential for more digital wallet offerings, the analyst notes. Munster set a $30 price target for PayPal, which began trading yesterday following a spinoff from parent company eBay (EBAY). Shares of the online payment system closed Monday up $2.08 to $40.47.
July 20, 2015
16:28 EDTAVBAvalonBay initiated with a Buy at SunTrust
Target $191.
16:23 EDTAIVAimco initiated with a Buy at SunTrust
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16:22 EDTESSEssex Property Trust initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust
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16:14 EDTCPTCamden Property initiated with a Buy at SunTrust
Target $91.
15:01 EDTPNRNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:40 EDTGOOGFormer Google Glass exective to become Evernote's new CEO, Re/code reports
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10:43 EDTIACIZillow slides to 52-week low after Barclays cuts to sell
The shares of Zillow (Z) are falling after Barclays downgraded the stock to Underweight, the firm's equivalent of a "Sell" rating, citing increased competition in the "local" segment of the Internet market. Zillow's websites advertise homes that are up for sale. WHAT'S NEW: In a note to investors earlier today, Barclays analyst Christopher Merwin wrote that, heading into second quarter results, he does not recommend Internet stocks that have been "challenged" and have relatively "cheap" valuations. These valuations are only "cheap" based on consensus estimates that are probably too high, the analyst believes. Based on that criteria, he downgraded Zillow to Underweight from Equal Weight. He also used the same criteria to downgrade Yelp (YELP), whose website features user reviews of local businesses, to Equal Weight from Overweight. Both companies are facing an "atypical level" of competition, driven by a favorable venture capital funding environment, Merwin indicated. The competition has driven down the companies' multiples, he believes. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Merwin recommended that investors buy the shares of small and mid cap Internet companies whose estimates are just beginning to be revised upwards by analysts. He identified IAC (IACI), which owns several dating websites, as one stock in this category. IAC should benefit from increased monetization of its popular Tinder dating app and the stabilization of its core dating websites, the analyst contended. Also poised for further positive estimate revisions are video game makers Electronic Arts (EA) and Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Merwin believes. The companies' increased revenue from digital games should mitigate the risk they face from slowing software growth as sales of new consoles slow, the analyst believes. He noted that 50% of both companies' revenue are now generated from digital games and identified Electronic Arts and Activision Blizzard as two of his top ideas. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Zillow fell 5% to $79 after hitting a 52-week low of $76.82 earlier in the session. Meanwhile, Yelp slid 1.6% to $34.40, IAC fell fractionally to $83.83, Electronic Arts added about 1% to $74.15 and activision Blizzard rose 0.5% to $25.93.
08:31 EDTGOOGGoogle Class A price target raised to $850 from $675 at Argus
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06:12 EDTGOOGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GOOG WMB
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06:10 EDTGOOGYouTube advertisers surge 40% over past year, FT reports
The number of advertisers on Google's YouTube has increased more than 40% in the past year, the Financial Times reports. YouTube said that advertisers from the top 100 brands, ranked by Interbrand, were spending 60% more on advertising than last year, the report says. The website does not disclose revenue figures, but certain data show that it is benefiting from a surge in demand for digital video advertising as millennials spend more time on the site, the report says. Reference Link
05:44 EDTIACIZillow Group downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
Barclays analyst Christopher Merwin downgraded Zillow Group (Z) to Underweight saying competition is increasing in local. Underweight is Barclays' equivalent to a sell rating. The real estate and rental marketplace owner closed Friday at $83.27. Merwin believes consensus growth estimates are likely too high heading into Zillow's Q2 results and cut his price target for the stock to $70 from $90. The analyst this morning also downgraded Yelp (YELP) to Equal Weight for similar reasons. His top U.S. Internet picks heading into Q2 earnings season are IAC (IACI), Activision Blizzard (ATVI) and Electronic Arts (EA). Merwin thinks Activision and Electronic Arts will receive more than half of their 2015 revenue from digital.
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