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June 5, 2014
05:42 EDTMDT, SNN, JNJ, ZMH, SYKMedtronic offer for Smith & Nephew may bring bidding war, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo believes a Medtronic (MDT) takeover offer for Smith & Nephew (SNN) would make strategic and financial sense. However, Wells cautions that Smith & Nephew's "relatively small" share in hip and knee implants could put Medtronic at a competitive disadvantage to larger ortho players Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and Zimmer (ZMH). The firm thinks a potential offer from Medtronic may prompt Stryker (SYK) to reconsider Smith & Nephew, potentially resulting in a bidding war.
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August 19, 2014
07:17 EDTMDTMedtronic reports Q1 EPS 93c, consensus 92c
Reports Q1 revenue $4.27B, consensus $4.25B.
August 18, 2014
15:26 EDTMDTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:49 EDTMDTMedtronic technical comments before earnings
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13:59 EDTMDTMedtronic August weekly 63.5 straddle priced for 2% move into Q1
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11:41 EDTJNJCubist rises after report sparks takeover interest speculation
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10:47 EDTZMHZimmer advances following analyst upgrade
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10:01 EDTZMHOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Achillion (ACHN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... CNOOC (CEO) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Dollar General (DG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee... Equity Residential (EQR) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... HMS Holdings (HMSY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at First Analysis... HP (HPQ) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Monness Crespi... Halcon Resources (HK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at MLV & Co.... KapStone (KS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Sportsman's Warehouse (SPWH) upgraded at RW Baird... Westlake Chemical (WLK) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at SunTrust... WisdomTree (WETF) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Zimmer (ZMH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair.
07:04 EDTZMHZimmer upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair
William Blair upgraded Zimmer Holdings to Outperform citing the recent pullback in shares and its belief the proposed Biomet acquisition will close.
06:24 EDTMDTOptions expected to be active
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August 15, 2014
10:01 EDTSNNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Apollo Global (APO) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Calavo Growers (CVGW) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Wedbush... DaVita (DVA) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Dangdang (DANG) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Ducommun (DCO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at DA Davidson... Energy XXI (EXXI) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Howard Weil... Fifth Street Finance (FSC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Gilford Securities... Genetic Technologies (GENE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Harmony Gold (HMY) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at HSBC... Ignite Restaurant (IRG) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... JDSU (JDSU) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... K12 (LRN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... KKR (KKR) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Lexington Realty (LXP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Lithia Motors (LAD) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... New York & Co. (NWY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... OCI Partners (OCIP) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... OmniVision (OVTI) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Smith & Nephew (SNN) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Subsea 7 (SUBCY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Tencent (TCEHY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... ViaSat (VSAT) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... bebe stores (BEBE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital.
09:10 EDTSNNSmith & Nephew downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
August 14, 2014
07:27 EDTMDTJPMorgan a buyer of Medtronic at current levels
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06:15 EDTMDTCovidien risk/reward very favorable, says Citigroup
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August 13, 2014
08:25 EDTMDTMedtronic August weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Medtronic August weekly call option implied volatility is at 24, September is at 19, November is at 18; compared to its 26-week average of 19 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on August 19.
August 12, 2014
10:00 EDTSYKOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:35 EDTJNJActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL GOOG C TSL EXAS BAC DNDN JNJ TSLA
06:22 EDTSYKStryker upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham
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August 8, 2014
17:10 EDTMDTMarket finishes week up slightly as earnings offset by political events
Stocks finished the week fractionally higher than where they started as strong corporate earnings reports and better than expected economic data was weighed against concerns about geopolitical issues and negative M&A news. MACRO NEWS: A few ongoing geopolitical conflicts worried investors and weighed on shares. Russia unveiled sanctions against Western countries, banning the import of a wide range of food items from the U.S, the EU and a few allied countries in response to sanctions recently enacted against it from G7 nations... President Obama authorized the bombing of rebels in Iraq and Hamas and Israel failed to reach a permanent truce... An ISM services index, the U.S. trade deficit for June, and weekly jobless claims were all better than expected. Meanwhile, the increase in unit labor costs last quarter came in below the consensus outlook, perhaps easing fears that the Fed will need to raise interest rates sooner than expected. COMPANY NEWS: On the M&A front, two huge potential deals fell through as 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) withdrew its offer to acquire Time Warner (TWX) and Sprint (S) reportedly decided to end its pursuit of a merger with peer T-Mobile (TMUS)... President Obama indicated that his administration would take unilateral steps in an effort to prevent companies from carrying out tax inversion acquisitions. Among the deals or possible transactions that involve inversion are Medtronic's (MDT) acquisition of Covidien (COV), Valeant's (VRX) proposed takeover of Allergan (AGN) and Mylan's (MYL) acquisition of Abbott's (ABT) developed markets branded generics pharmaceuticals business. Meanwhile, Walgreen's (WAG) stock tumbled after the U.S. company said it would not structure its takeover of European drugstore chain Alliance Boots as a tax inversion deal... 21st Century Fox, 3D printer maker Stratasys (SSYS), chip maker NVIDIA (NVDA), brewer Molson Coors (TAP), and luxury accessories maker Coach (COH) all rose following their earnings reports. Conversely, Target (TGT), luxury accessories maker Michael Kors (KORS) and Internet coupon provider Groupon (GRPN) fell following their results or guidance... Gannett (GCI) struck a deal to acquire the remaining 73% interest in Classified Ventures, whose primary asset is the online car shopping website Cars.com, for $1.8B from the other partners in the venture, which include McClatchy (MNI), Tribune Media (TRBAA), Graham Holdings (GHC) and A. H. Belo (AHC). Gannett also announced plans to spin-off its Publishing business, which includes USA Today, through a tax-free distribution to shareholders... McDonald's (MCD) stock was little changed after the company reported that its comparable store sales fell 2.5% in July, which was significantly worse than expected. Food quality issues weighed on the fast food company's sales in Asia and as a result of the China supplier issue, the company warned its previously issued global comparable sales forecast for 2014 is now at risk. INDEXES: The Dow finished the week up 0.35% to 16,553.93, the S&P 500 rose 0.32% to 1,931.59, and the Nasdaq gained 0.41% to 4,370.90.
09:01 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson remains undervalued, says Cowen
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07:01 EDTMDTHarvard professor says Treasury can reduce inversion incentives, NY Times says
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