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July 23, 2014
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Allscripts (MDRX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Cardtronics (CATM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Diamondback Energy (FANG) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Forum Energy (FET) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Tudor Pickering... Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Kimberly Clark (KMB) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays... Lennox (LII) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Microsoft (MSFT) upgraded at Pacific Crest... Munich Re (MURGY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Neogen (NEOG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... PDC Energy (PDCE) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Howard Weil... Packaging Corp. (PKG) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at CLSA... Patterson-UTI Energy (PTEN) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at Tudor Pickering... Precision Drilling (PDS) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at Tudor Pickering... Prologis (PLD) upgraded at Stifel... Qualcomm (QCOM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Quidel (QDEL) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Wedbush... Range Resources (RRC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Southern Copper (SCCO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Spansion (CODE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... VMware (VMW) upgraded at CLSA.
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May 13, 2015
14:20 EDTLIILennox raises quarterly dividend 20% to 36c from 30c per share
The dividend is payable on July 15 to stockholders of record as of June 30.
10:01 EDTKMB, MSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:38 EDTCATMCardtronics expands ATM services contract with CST Brands
Cardtronics (CATM) announced an expanded ATM services relationship with CST Brands (CST). Its subsidiary Cardtronics Canada was recently named the exclusive provider of ATM services at Corner Store locations across Quebec, Atlantic Canada and eastern Ontario locations.
07:34 EDTQCOMEdX and Qualcomm collaborate to build next-generation mobile learning experience
EdX and Qualcomm Education, a subsidiary of Qualcomm, announced a collaboration to further develop edX's MOOC mobile capabilities and enhance its open source platform to benefit connected learners around the world. As part of the collaboration, Qualcomm Education will contribute engineering resources and will license elements of its SDK code, which edX will distribute to the Open edX community.
06:39 EDTSCCOSouthern Copper discloses statement from Peruvian branch regarding allegations
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06:07 EDTMSFTMicrosoft upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Karl Keirstead upgraded Microsoft to Buy saying weak PC market sentiment is priced into the stock at current levels while Azure and Office 365 optimism is "just starting" to take hold. The analyst sees more positive than negative catalysts and raised his price target for Microsoft shares to $55 from $44. Shares of the computing giant closed yesterday down 2c to $47.35.
05:32 EDTKMBKimberly-Clark upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
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May 12, 2015
10:27 EDTMSFTAppeals court upholds InterDigital loss in patent fight with Microsoft, ZTE
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the final determination of the International Trade Commission finding no violation of Section 337 of the Tariff Act was committed by Microsoft (MSFT) and ZTE related to patents held by InterDigital (IDCC). The patents at issue in the case are directed to cellphone technology, and in particular, code division multiple access networks, according to the appeals court ruling.
10:01 EDTISRGOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:04 EDTRRCCitigroup to hold a conference
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05:34 EDTISRGIntuitive Surgical initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Matt O'Brien started shares of Intuitive Surgical with a Neutral rating and $505 price target. O'Brien calls the stock "simply too expensive" relative to expected sales and earnings, but admits Intuitive's robotic surgical technology will likely dominate the market in the coming years. Further, the analyst thinks the company's da Vinci Prostatectomy and da Vinci Hysterectomy procedures could contract amid new diagnostic tests and insurance pushback. The stock closed yesterday up $2.05 to $496.37.
May 11, 2015
13:17 EDTMSFTMicrosoft invests in subsea cables to connect datacenters globally
Microsoft (MSFT) announced in a blog post that over the past nine months, "Microsoft has been significantly investing in subsea and terrestrial dark fiber capacity by engaging in fiber partnerships that span multiple oceans and continents. And today, our connections across the Atlantic and Pacific just got stronger.We announced deals with Hibernia and Aqua Comms, in which Microsoft is investing in a cable with each company to connect Microsoft’s datacenter infrastructure from North America to Ireland and on to the United Kingdom. These cables will help deliver data at higher speeds, with higher capacity and lower latency for our customers across the globe. Additionally, we joined a consortium comprised of China Mobile (CHL), China Telecom (CHA), China Unicom (CHU), Chunghwa Telecom (CHT), KT Corporation (KT) with TE SubCom as the cable supplier. As part of our participation in the consortium, Microsoft will invest in its first physical landing station in the US connecting North America to Asia. The New Cross Pacific Cable Network will provide faster data connections for customers, aid Microsoft in competing on cloud costs, all while creating jobs and spurring local economies. The goal of our expansions and investments in subsea cables is so our customers have the greatest access to scale and highly available data, anywhere." Reference Link
10:39 EDTNEOGNeogen management to meet with Roth Capital
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10:17 EDTMDRXOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:59 EDTPTENOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:37 EDTMSFT, QCOMActive equity options trading on open
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08:04 EDTPDCECredit Suisse to hold a symposium
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07:26 EDTQCOMQualcomm rivals questioned by EU antitrust regulators, Reuters reports
Antitrust regulators in the EU are asking Qualcomm's (QCOM) rivals about the company's business practices, Reuters reports, citing a document. Europe has been investigating Qualcomm for the last seven months over the way it licenses its products and its power over patents. Another EU inquiry, which began in 2010, was triggered by a complained from Nvidia's (NVDA) Icera unit over rebates and incentives. Reference Link
06:14 EDTPTENPatterson-UTI downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup
Citigroup downgraded Patterson-UTI to Neutral citing the recent rally in shares and its belief onshore focused service providers are most at-risk of profit-taking. The firm keeps a $22 price target for the name.
06:11 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LNKD NFLX
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LinkedIn (LNKD) 28, Netflix (NFLX) 26 according to iVolatility.
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