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January 2, 2013
10:02 EDTH, WLP, HOT, NTLS, IDA, ASNA, KSS, TLYS, SKUL, MR, NOV, ANN, SXL, JWN, TGT, ROST, LNKD, BF.B, LNT, AEOOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Alliant Energy (LNT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... American Eagle (AEO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Ann Inc. (ANN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Ascena Retail (ASNA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Brown Forman (BF.B) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Hovnanian (HOV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... IDACORP (IDA) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... LinkedIn (LNKD) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Mindray Medical (MR) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... NTELOS (NTLS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Ross Stores (ROST) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Skullcandy (SKUL) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at Jefferies... Starwood Hotels (HOT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Target (TGT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Tilly's (TLYS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Wellpoint (WLP) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Nordstrom (JWN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham... Kohl's (KSS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham... Sunoco Logistics (SXL) downgraded to Hold from Accumulate at Tudor Pickering... Hyatt Hotels (H)downgraded to Neutral from Buy at ISI Group.
News For B;NOV;IDA;LNKD;MR;NTLS;ROST;SKUL;HOT;TGT;TLYS;WLP;JWN;KSS;H;SXL From The Last 14 Days
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February 5, 2016
06:27 EDTKSSKohl's downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities
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06:20 EDTLNKDLinkedIn downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho
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06:17 EDTLNKDLinkedIn downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital
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06:15 EDTLNKDLinkedIn downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen
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06:14 EDTLNKDLinkedIn downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Doug Anmuth downgraded LinkedIn to Neutral and removed the stock from his firm's Analyst Focus List after the company issued "significantly softer" Q1 and 2016 guidance. The outlook reflects deceleration in core Hiring Solutions, challenges in Marketing Solutions, the decision to phase out Lead Accelerator and macro/currency headwinds, Anmuth tells investors in a research note. The analyst believes LinkedIn's Sales Solutions offering may be taking longer than expected to build momentum. He cut his price target for the shares to $186 from $300. LinkedIn is trading down 30%, or $58.62, to $134.00 in pre-market trading.
06:01 EDTLNKDAmid selloff, Piper's Munster still believer in LinkedIn
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster attributes the post-earnings pullback in shares of LinkedIn to the company's softer than typical guidance for Q1 and 2016. Investors are concerned with management commentary for Talent Solutions revenue to grow in an implied low-20% range in 2016, a deceleration from 32% in Q4, Munster tells investors in a post-earnings research note. The analyst expects shares to be range bound until LinkedIn reports Q1 results but he remains a believer in the company's long-term story. Munster cut his price target for the shares to $175 from $287 and keeps an Overweight rating on the name.
05:51 EDTLNKDLinkedIn price target lowered to $194 from $271 at Citi
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05:16 EDTLNKDStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; FEYE LNKD
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February 4, 2016
19:30 EDTLNKDOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Ubiquiti Networks (UBNT), up 18.3%... Symantec (SYMC), up 9.3%... Hartford Financial (HIG), up 7.4%... Post Holdings (POST), up 6.3%... Lumentum (LITE), up 4.7%... TTM Technologies (TTMI), up 1.1%. ALSO HIGHER: Multi-Fineline (MFLX), up 40% after agreeing to be acquired for $23.95 per share. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Tableau Software (DATA), down 35.2%... LinkedIn (LNKD), down 29%... Giga-tronics (GIGA), down 28.6%... Hanesbrands (HBI), down 11.4%... YRC Worldwide (YRCW), down 18.8%... Outerwall (OUTR), down 14.2%... Deckers Outdoor (DECK), down 9.9%... Qorvo (QRVO), down 1.3%... athenahealth (ATHN), down 3.7%. ALSO LOWER: Hess (HES), down 6.7% after filing to sell 25M common shares and 10M depositary shares... Splunk (SPLK) is down 10.4%, Qlik Technologies (QLIK) is down 11.4%, Workday (WDAY) is down 6.2%, and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) is down 3% after Tableau Software reported quarterly results... Groupon (GRPN) is down 1.9%, Netflix (NFLX) is down 1.7%, Twitter (TWTR) is down 1.7%, and Facebook (FB) is down 1% are down after LinkedIn reported quarterly results.
16:08 EDTLNKDLinkedIn reports cumulative members grew 19% to 414M
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16:07 EDTLNKDLinkedIn drops 20% to $154 after FY16 guidance misses expectations
16:07 EDTLNKDLinkedIn sees Q1 EPS 55c, consensus 74c
Sees Q1 revenue $820M, consensus $866.86M.
16:06 EDTLNKDLinkedIn sees FY16 EPS $3.05-$3.20, consensus $3.67
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16:05 EDTLNKDLinkedIn reports Q4 EPS 94c, consensus 78c
Reports Q4 revenue $862M, consensus $857.59M.
14:35 EDTLNKDNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:10 EDTLNKDLinkedIn technical comments ahead of earnings
The $200 level on the upside from current price is an important one for the shares. With a few notable exceptions, that level has held as support since the summer of 2014. If the news is positive, retaking the $200 level would be highly probable. Next resistance levels to watch as potential upside objectives would be at $209.60, $223.40, and $239.58. If the news is a bearish disappointment, a continued drift below $200 would be probable. This would be a negative for future price, turning the short and intermediate-term trends to bearish. Support below the current price of $190 would be at $185.05, $171.68, and the 52-week low at $165.57. If the 52-week low were taken out on the downside, next support would be at $160.09 and $151.28.
13:23 EDTKSSValue investors should take a look at Kohl's, says Baird
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13:15 EDTKSSKohl's downgraded on structural challenges at MKM Partners
MKM Partners analyst Patrick McKeever downgraded Kohl's to Neutral from Buy saying the company's "promising" initiatives aren't enough to offset the structural challenges facing all department stores. McKeever cut his price target for the shares to $47 from $57 after Kohl's cut its FY15 outlook. The retailer is down 19%, or $9.84, to $41.29 in afternoon trading.
13:02 EDTLNKDLinkedIn February weekly 192.5 straddle priced for 11.4% movement into Q4
12:44 EDTKSSOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street had an up and down morning, with the Dow swinging by triple digits in either direction. The market opened lower as oil prices lost their early gains, but as oil began to move higher so did stocks. When oil prices met resistance near the $34 a barrel level it began to pare its gains, once again taking stocks with it. The averages are now back in the green as investors await tomorrow's monthly jobs report. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Labor Department said that productivity fell at an annual rate of 3% in the fourth quarter, marking the biggest quarterly decline in nearly two years and worse than the expected decline of 2%. Labor costs rose 4.5% in the fourth quarter, versus expectations for an increase of 4.3%. Initial jobless claims rose to 285,000 in the week ended January 30, versus expectations for 277,000 first-time claims. Factory orders declined 2.9% in December, versus expectations for them to be down 2.8% for the month. In Europe, the European Commission lowered its 2016 economic growth forecast for the 19-nation single currency area to 1.7% from the 1.8% expansion the commission had forecast in November. The Bank of England also cut its economic growth forecasts, saying it now expects Britain's economy to grow 2.2% this year and 2.3% next year, which is down from the 2.5% growth for 2016 and 2.6% in 2017 that it previously predicted. Additionally, the BoE maintained its bank rate and held the size of its asset purchase program steady. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of GoPro (GPRO) sunk to an all-time low after the action camera maker reported fourth quarter revenue that fell $60M short of expectations and guided toward sales in the new quarter that were even further below the consensus forecast. GoPro, which also guided to losses in the first quarter and named a new CFO, fell as low as $9.01 earlier in the session before cutting its losses to be down about 8% near noon... Sumner Redstone stepped down as Executive Chairman of both CBS (CBS) and Viacom (VIA, VIAB), being replaced by the CEOs of the companies in both cases. CBS shares were up 1% after Leslie Moonves was named the next Chair of its board, while Class A shares of Viacom were up about 1.5% after Philippe Dauman was selected to succeed Redstone... ConocoPhillips (COP) fell nearly 7% after the oil and gas explorer reported a worse than expected quarterly loss and slashed its dividend to 25c from 74c per share. CEO Ryan Lance said the decision to reduce the dividend was a "difficult one," but that the company believes it is prudent to plan for lower commodity prices for a longer period of time. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Hersha Hospitality (HT), which rallied 14% after it announced that it signed agreements with Cindat to form a joint venture for seven of the company's hotels in Manhattan for $571.4M. Also higher was VirnetX (VHC), which gained 53% after it was awarded $625.6M in a verdict against Apple (AAPL) for infringing four VirnetX patents. In addition, GrubHub (GRUB) and ProtoLabs (PRLB) were up 15% and 12%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. Among the noteworthy losers were Ralph Lauren (RL), Kohl's (KSS), and AstraZeneca (AZN), which were down 17%, 19%, and 7%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 70.02, or 0.43%, to 16,406.68, the Nasdaq was up 6.50, or 0.14%, to 4,510.74, and the S&P 500 was up 3.90, or 0.2%, to 1,916.43.
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