|January 14, 2013|
|10:07 EDT||NUE, XLNX, PRXL, HALO, FB, CSCO, FTI, PCS, VRSK, HPQ, GWW, ECA, COF, DD, MFC, INFY, HES, FIO, DE, MDRX||On The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary|
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Allscripts (MDRX) upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James... Capital One (COF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Cisco (CSCO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair... Deere (DE) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Encana (ECA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... Facebook (FB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Fusion-io (FIO) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Grainger (GWW) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Halozyme (HALO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Hess Corp. (HES) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Infosys (INFY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... PAREXEL (PRXL) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Verisk Analytics (VRSK) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Xilinx (XLNX) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Encana (ECA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Manulife Financial (MFC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... MetroPCS (PCS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Nucor (NUE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... DuPont (DD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Infosys (INFY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... FMC Technologies (FTI) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Global Hunter.
News For MDRX;COF;CSCO;DE;ECA;FB;FIO;GWW;HALO;HES;HPQ;PRXL;INFY;VRSK;XLNX;MFC;PCS;NUE;DD;FTI From The Last 14 Days
|September 28, 2015|
|12:39 EDT||DD||Huntsman plunges after warning of continued headwinds|
Shares of chemical maker Huntsman (HUN) are plunging after warning that headwinds would impact its third quarter earnings. WHAT'S NEW: After the close on Friday, Huntsman warned that certain trends are expected to impact Q3 earnings. Trends expected to impact its earnings include lower titanium dioxide selling prices amid continued foreign currency headwinds, the company said. The company also noted continued soft demand in the Asia Pacific region. Huntsman said it also sees lower MTBE, or methyl tertiary butyl ether, margins as a result of lower oil prices and forecast continued lower MDI urethane component product margins in the Asia Pacific region. Peter Huntsman, the company's chief executive officer, said the company is "optimistic about the future" despite seeing headwinds in the short term. "Lower raw material prices impacted demand and margins in Q3, thus the accounting benefits will be delayed into the fourth quarter," added Huntsman. The company is anticipating fourth quarter adjusted EBITDA similar to Q3 at about $300M, similar to last year's level. The company is committed to a separation of the Pigments and Additives business by the end of 2016 or sooner. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On August 17, Goldman Sachs removed Huntsman from its Conviction Buy List and said investors remain skeptical on value proposition and free cash flow generation that could strengthen the balance sheet is likely several quarters away. The firm continued to rate shares a Buy with a $26 price target. PRICE ACTION: In midday trading, shares of Huntsman are down 23.08% to $10.70. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other chemical companies are trading lower, including Chemours (CC), which is down 7.8%, Kronos Worldwide (KRO), down 1.62%, Dow Chemical (DOW), falling 3.94% and DuPont (DD), down 2.06%%.
|10:00 EDT||INFY||On The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary|
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: ANI Pharmaceuticals (ANIP) upgraded on valuation at Roth Capital... AbbVie (ABBV) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... Astec (ASTE) upgraded to Accumulate from Neutral at Global Hunter... Atmel (ATML) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... BAE Systems (BAESY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... BG Group (BRGYY) upgraded on valuation at BMO Capital... Boston Scientific (BSX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... C.H. Robinson (CHRW) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Citi (C) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Diamond Offshore (DO) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... Endologix (ELGX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... Infosys (INFY) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Societe Generale... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded on confidence in CEO, initiatives at Sterne Agee CRT... Knowles (KN) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at FBR Capital... Lexicon (LXRX) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Gabelli... MTN Group (MTNOY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Natera (NTRA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Omnicell (OMCL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sidoti... RBC Bearings (ROLL) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Global Hunter... Raptor Pharmaceuticals (RPTP) upgraded to Perform from Underperform at Oppenheimer... Regal Entertainment (RGC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Repsol (REPYY) upgraded on valuation at BMO Capital... Star Bulk Carriers (SBLK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Stoneridge (SRI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Transocean (RIG) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... Vertex (VRTX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Wabash (WNC) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Global Hunter.
|09:36 EDT||FB|| Active equity options trading on open|
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|09:11 EDT||FB||CLSA U.S. Internet analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call|
Internet Analyst James Lee, along with AdParlor's General Manager, Mladen Raickovic, discuss in detail from a media buyer's point of view, Facebook's advertising trends on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on October 2 at 11 am.
|07:38 EDT||CSCO, COF||Box to hold a user conference|
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|06:13 EDT||INFY||Infosys upgraded to Hold from Sell at Societe Generale|
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|06:06 EDT||FB||Facebook 'dramaticlaly' increases virtual reality spending, Financial Times says|
Facebook has increased its virtual reality investment since the Oculus acquisitoin and is expected to spend even more over the next decade, reports the Financial Times. Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer said in an interview, "We are investing more year over year... We've got a multiyear plan for this worked out over a fairly long horizon. Although Schroepfer declined to give specific numbers, Facebook is expected to invest billions of dollars over the next several years. Reference Link
|September 27, 2015|
|14:04 EDT||CSCO||Cybersecurity firms look prime for takeover, Barron's says|
Cybersecurity companies like Palo Alto Networks (PANW), Fortinet (FTNT), and FireEye (FEYE) are becoming increasingly-attractive takeover targets for a Cisco (CSCO) or IBM (IBM), and any future dip in their stocks could represent a buying opportunity, Barron's contends in its 'Technology Trader' column. Reference Link
|September 25, 2015|
|18:19 EDT||HPQ||Former HP Chairman Ray Lane tried to stop Autonomy acquisition, WSJ says|
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|16:35 EDT||CSCO||Stocks end week lower as biotechs sink, Volkswagen crashes|
Stocks ended the week lower after concerns about drug prices were reignited, sinking biotech stocks, an emissions scandal engulfed Volkswagen (VLKAY), dragging down shares of automakers and their suppliers, and Caterpillar (CAT) announced that it may eliminate as many as 10,000 jobs in the next three years as commodity prices continue to slump. MACRO NEWS: Following the Federal Reserve's decision last week to wait before raising rates, the central bank made a concerted effort to give the market more clarity this week. Over last weekend, three Federal Reserve officials - San Francisco Fed President John Williams, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard and Richmond Fed President Jeffrey Lacker - all argued that an interest-rate increase is still warranted this year. Then, on Thursday night, Fed Chair Janet Yellen said during a speech at UMass Amherst that the central bank remains inclined to hike rates this year. Yellen's remarks were incrementally hawkish, but welcomed by the market, since they helped clarify the message the Fed delivered a week ago... In the U.S., Markit's flash manufacturing purchasing manager's index was flat at 53.0 in September, which was slightly better than the expectation for it to dip to 52.8. Durable goods orders for August declined 2.0%, versus expectations for a drop of 2.3%. When transportation items were removed, the core reading was breakeven, versus expectations for a rise of 0.1%. The third estimate of second quarter GDP showed the economy grew 3.9% quarter-over-quarter, versus expectations for the GDP growth estimate to stay at 3.7%. Personal consumption in Q2 is now believed to have grown 3.6%, up from the prior estimate of 3.1%. The final University of Michigan consumer sentiment reading for September came in at 87.2, which was down from August's 91.9 but above the expected 86.2 reading... The Asian Development Bank cut its growth forecast for the region, citing a weaker outlook for China and India and a delayed recovery in the world's advanced economies. The bank now sees the Chinese economy growing 6.8% this year and 6.7% next year, down from its previous forecasts of 7.2% and 7%, respectively. Markit's flash manufacturing PMI for China fell to 47.0 in September from 47.3 last month. Meanwhile, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe unveiled new economic targets, including a goal for a 20% increase in the target size of the Japanese economy to 600T yen, though he gave no timeframe for achieving this aspiration... In Europe, Markit's composite PMI for the eurozone came in at 53.9 in the first look for September, down from 54.3 in August and below expectations for a reading of 54.1. COMPANY NEWS: Biotech stocks declined after privately-held Turing Pharmaceuticals made headlines by enacting a 5,000% price increase on its treatment for toxoplasmosis, reigniting a debate around drug prices that previously embroiled costly Hepatitis C drugs including AbbVie's (ABBV) Viekira Pak and Gilead's (GILD) Sovaldi and Harvoni. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sent the debate to center stage by criticizing the "outrageous" prices of specialty drugs and laying out a plan to tackle "price gouging" in the specialty drug market. The NASDAQ Biotechnology index fell roughly xxx% for the week amid the attention paid to Turing's drug and Clinton's response... Volkswagen (VLKAY) shares trading in New York fell sharply to begin the week and ended the week far from where they'd been last Friday before the EPA said it found manipulations that violate U.S. environmental standards while testing certain of the automaker's diesel cars. The EPA said Volkswagen may face civil penalties of $37,500 for each vehicle not in compliance with federal clean air rules, which could total as much as $18B, according to Reuters. In the wake of the scandal, Chief Executive Officer Martin Winterkorn resigned, with the company's supervisory board subsequently praising the decision and selecting Matthias Mueller, the former head of Porsche (POAHY), as Winterkorn's successor as the company's new CEO... Caterpillar (CAT) shares dropped after the heavy machinery maker announced plans for job cuts and lowered its revenue guidance for this year and next. Caterpillar said that it would lay off 4,000-5,000 of its employees between now and the end of 2016 and could lay off up to 10,000 employees by 2018. Caterpillar cut its fiscal year 2015 revenue forecast by $1B and said its sees its fiscal year 2016 revenue to be 5% below this year, adding that it expects revenue declines in all three large segments next year... Online and mobile deal provider Groupon (GRPN) said it plans to cut 1,100 jobs relating primarily to the company's international operations... Nike jumped after the athletic gear giant reported better than expected earnings and futures orders, prompting numerous price target hikes and at least one upgrade at Street research firms. Among other companies reporting earnings this week, BlackBerry (BBRY), ConAgra (CAG), Carnival (CCL), and CarMax (KMX) fell immediately following their quarterly reports... Apple (AAPL), which has previously been reported to be working on an electric car via its "Project Titan," is speeding up those efforts and setting 2019 as a target to ship its first vehicle, according to The Wall Street Journal... Against the backdrop of China's President Xi Jinping visiting the U.S., Boeing (BA) announced deals to sell 300 planes to three Chinese companies and set up an aircraft factory in in the Asian nation, while Cisco (CSCO) announced a partnership with Chinese server maker Inspur Group... Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman Sachs (GS) Chairman and CEO, disclosed that he was diagnosed with lymphoma. "Fortunately, my form of lymphoma is highly curable and my doctors' and my own expectation is that I will be cured," Blankfein stated in an open letter that was shared by the bank... GoPro (GPRO) finished the week about xxx% lower after Barron's contended in a feature article last weekend that the company's stock could plunge another 30% to $25 as Apple, Sony (SNE) and others pressure the company's "one-hit wonder" products... On the M&A front, Atmel (ATML) agreed to be acquired by German chipmaker Dialog Semiconductor in a deal valued at roughly $4.6B and Starwood Waypoint (SWAY) announced a stock-for-stock merger agreement with Colony American Homes. INDEXES: The Dow lost about 0.43% to close at 16,314.67, the S&P 500 fell about 1.35% to close at 1,931.34, and the Nasdaq declined about 2.89% to close at 4,686.50.
|16:00 EDT||FB||Options Update; September 25, 2015|
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 66c to 25.09. Option volume leaders: AAPL NFLX BAC FB AU NKE PFE INTC AMZN TSLA
|13:47 EDT||NUE||Nucor announces addition of QST process at Nucor-Yamato Steel |
Nucor announced that Nucor-Yamato Steel Company, a joint venture between Nucor and Yamato Kogyo Co. Ltd, is installing a $75M Quench and Self-Tempering process to be utilized on its 1.4M tons of Mill 2 rolling capacity. Nucor Chairman, CEO and President John Ferriola was joined by Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson to make the announcement at the Nucor-Yamato Steel mill in Blytheville, Arkansas. The project is expected to be commissioned during the second half of 2016. Upon completion, the process will give NYS the ability to produce ASTM A913 Grade 65 and Grade 70 structural sections with a high-strength, low-alloy grade chemistry that provides excellent weldability while achieving good toughness at low temperatures.
|10:00 EDT||DE||On The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary|
Today's noteworthy initiations include: AGCO (AGCO) initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays... ARM Holdings (ARMH) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Actuant (ATU) initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays... Allison Transmission (ALSN) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... Atara Biotherapeutics (ATRA) initiated with an Outperform at JMP Securities... Big Lots (BIG) initiated with a Buy at Citi... CNH Industrial (CNHI) initiated with an Underweight at Barclays... CareDx (CDNA) initiated with a Buy at Craig-Hallum... Caterpillar (CAT) initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays... Cummins (CMI) initiated with an Underweight at Barclays... Deere (DE) initiated with an Underweight at Barclays... Genesis Energy (GEL) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... Joy Global (JOY) initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays... Lincoln Electric (LECO) initiated with a Neutral at Baird... Manitowoc (MTW) initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays... Navistar (NAV) initiated with an Underweight at Barclays... Nevro (NVRO) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... PACCAR (PCAR) initiated with an Underweight at Barclays... PBF Energy (PBF) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... PayPal (PYPL) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Quanex (NX) initiated with a Buy at Sidoti... Team Health (TMH) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Terex (TEX) initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays... United Rentals (URI) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... WABCO (WBC) initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays.
|09:34 EDT||FB||Active equity options trading on open|
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|09:04 EDT||HPQ||HP management to meet with JPMorgan|
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|08:19 EDT||CSCO||Cisco weakness creates buying opportunity, says Bernstein|
After meeting with Cisco's CEO, Bernstein says that the company continues to perform in-line with the firm's upbeat outlook. Bernstein says that beairsh views on the company's SDN and Hyperscale businesses "continue to be proved wrong." The firm reiterates an Outperform rating on the shares.
|06:21 EDT||FB||Facebook's free internet effort in developing countries 'inadequate,' WSJ says|
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|06:13 EDT||FB||Piper's Munster sees building virtual reality momentum for Facebook|
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says Facebook's (FB) virtual reality theme is building momentum after its Oculus unit announced a 50% price cut for its mobile VR solution headset to $99. Also announced was that the headset, named Gear VR, will work with five phones versus three in the past. A better virtual reality experience is now available to a larger market and the "critically important" content is growing, Munster tells investors in a research note. Oculus has partnerships with Netflix (NFLX), Hulu, Tivo (TIVO), Sega and Midway to bring their content into Gear VR, Munster points out. He expects Samsung to sell 5M-10M Oculus enabled Gear VR headsets next year, up from around 1M in 2015. Munster maintains an Overweight rating on Facebook with a $146 price target. The stock closed yesterday up 44c to $94.41.
|05:58 EDT||FB||Indian Prime Minister to meet with Apple, Google CEOs, WSJ reports|
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet this weekend with Google (GOOG) CEO Sundar Pichai, Facebook (FB) founder Mark Zuckerberg and Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook, among others, The Wall Street Journal reports. According to industry insiders, the tech executives will use the visit to push for better market access in India as well as clearer regulation on investment and startups. Reference Link
|05:51 EDT||DE||Barclays starts U.S. Machinery space with Negative view|
Barclays analyst Robert Wertheimer rolled out coverage of the U.S. Machinery space with a Negative view. Of the fifteen companies he initiated in the sector, only two are Overweight rated. Wertheimer started five names at Underweight, his firm's equivalent of a sell. Consensus estimates are too high across the board with revenue for this cycle already peaking for most of machinery, the analyst told investors last night in a research note. He sees a sharper downturn for North American trucks than the consensus expects, with another peak level eight years away. And the tractor supercycle is only two years in a downturn, while the prior two supercycles saw seven consecutive down years in machinery sales, Wertheimer adds. Allison Transmission (ALSN) and United Rentals (URI) are the analyst's Overweight-rated stocks in the sector. Deere (DE), CNH Industrial (CNHI), Cummins (CMI), PACCAR (PCAR) and Navistar (NAV) are his Underweight rated names. Wertheimer also started with Equal Weight ratings shares of Actuant (ATU), AGCO (AGCO), Caterpillar (CAT), Joy Global (JOY), Lincoln Electric (LECO), Manitowoc (MTW), Terex (TEX) and WABCO (WBC).