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July 9, 2014
11:51 EDTLL, SRPT, OREX, MBI, FTNT, INFN, STX, AVP, GNCOptions with increasing implied volatility:
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August 15, 2014
10:01 EDTMBIOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:10 EDTMBIOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:35 EDTMBIMBIA upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG
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August 14, 2014
17:20 EDTGNCTrian Fund gives quarterly update on stakes
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August 13, 2014
16:15 EDTGNCGNC Holdings increases share repurchase authorization to $500M
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11:27 EDTINFNJDSU falls after outlook disappoints, analyst downgrades
Shares of JDSU (JDSU), a provider of equipment to telecommunications service providers, are sharply lower after the company's fourth quarter results and first quarter guidance were reported last night. Following the report, the stock was downgraded this morning at two Street research firms. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, JDSU reported fourth quarter adjusted earnings of 14c per share, beating the consensus forecast by 1c, on revenue of $448.6M, which topped the consensus $436.8M view. However, JDSU expects revenue to be $405M-$425M in its first quarter and sees Q1 EPS of 8c-12c, which fell short of consensus of about $441M and 14c, respectively. JDSU's President and CEO Tom Waechter said, "Looking ahead to fiscal 2015, we believe there are strong market drivers across our three business segments, and that we are well positioned with differentiated products and solutions to support our customers as they transition to Software Defined Networks, Network Function Virtualization and more dependency on cloud infrastructure. We continue to lead in our core network and anti-counterfeiting markets and I am pleased with the momentum we are building in our commercial lasers business on the strength of our highly differentiated fiber laser product line." ANALYST OPINION: Following the company's report, B. Riley analyst Dave Kang cut his rating on JDSU shares to Neutral from a Buy rating, citing near-term uncertainties in the North American telecom market. Kang pointed to two events contributing to that uncertainty, namely an architectural shift to SDN, or Software Defined Networking, and AT&T's (T) planned merger with DirecTV (DTV). The analyst acknowledged previously underestimating the potential impact of the SDN shift on the telecom equipment industry and noted that appears to be impacting JDSU's NSE business more than its optical component unit. Kang prefers Finisar (FNSR) over JDSU given the current environment, noting that about 70% of Finisar's sales come from the datacom sector. Kang lowered his price target on JDS Uniphase shares to $11.75 from $15.50. Piper Jaffray analyst Troy Jensen also downgraded JDSU following its report, lowering his rating on the stock to Neutral from Overweight. Jensen also said the company's worse than expected guidance indicates softer Telco spending and he believes JDSU will have trouble showing significant revenue acceleration even if the optical upgrade cycle starts to ramp up. Piper lowered its price target on the stock to $12 from $14. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other providers of telecom equipment include Ciena (CIEN) and Infinera (INFN). PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, shares of JDSU fell $1.12, or 9.4%, to $10.78. Meanwhile, shares of Finisar were down nearly 2% to $19.58, Ciena slipped 1.5% to $18.92 and Infinera was fractionally higher at $9.09.
10:16 EDTINFNInfinera management to meet with Needham
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10:01 EDTFTNTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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August 12, 2014
16:26 EDTFTNTFortinet initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray
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13:36 EDTSTXSeagate sees strong enterprise demand in 2H, says Pacific Crest
08:39 EDTAVPAvon Products risk/reward has improved, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo sees an improved risk/reward on shares of Avon Products after meeting with the company's CEO Sheri McCoy and CFO Kimberly Ross. Wells believes a bottom may be forming with management pointing to progress and easing comps on both the top and bottom line. Wells keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
August 11, 2014
10:27 EDTGNCGNC rises after upgrade, Vitamin Shoppe seen as potential partner
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10:19 EDTGNCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Achillion (ACHN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Alon USA Partners (ALDW) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Buenaventura (BVN) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... CNO Financial (CNO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Central European Media (CETV) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Cepheid (CPHD) upgraded to Neutral from Cautious at ISI Group... Chuy's (CHUY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Compressco (GSJK) upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James... Concho Resources (CXO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Frank's International (FI) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Freeport McMoRan (FCX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... GNC Holdings (GNC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Genworth (GNW) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Gulfport Energy (GPOR) upgraded at Stifel... Huntington Ingalls (HII) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Hyatt Hotels (H) upgraded at Stifel... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Craig-Hallum... Kinder Morgan (KMI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Krispy Kreme (KKD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Oasis Petroleum (OAS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee... PepsiCo (PEP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Regency Centers (REG) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... SandRidge Energy (SD) upgraded to Reduce from Sell at KLR Group... Southwest Gas (SWX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Brean Capital... Tesla (TSLA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank.
05:42 EDTGNCGNC Holdings upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse upgraded GNC Holdings (GNC) to Outperform citing valuation, its positive view of new CEO Michael Archbold, and the potential for an accretive acquisition of Vitamin Shoppe (VSI). The firm keeps a $43 price target for shares.
August 8, 2014
12:53 EDTFTNTProofpoint jumps after analyst starts with Outperform rating
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10:36 EDTOREXOptions with increasing implied volatility
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August 7, 2014
10:51 EDTOREXOptions with increasing implied volatility
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07:55 EDTOREXOrexigen to host conference call
Conference Call to discuss 2Q14 earnings, as well as provide an update on the NB32 review will be held on August 7 at 8 am. Webcast Link
07:38 EDTSRPTSarepta reports Q2 EPS (61c), consensus (76c)
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07:12 EDTOREXOrexigen reports Q2 EPS (21c), consensus (21c)
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