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November 9, 2012
11:21 EDTSBUX, MRO, HRZN, CXO, MMM, SMI, KGC, FLT, OZRK, PEG, ISIS, ETP, ATKOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: 3M Company (MMM) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at Nomura... Alliant Techsystems (ATK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Bank of the Ozarks (OZRK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee... Concho Resources (CXO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel Nicolaus... Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) upgraded to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... FleetCor (FLT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Horizon Technology (HRZN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Gilford Securities... Isis Pharmaceuticals (ISIS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Cowen... Kinross Gold (KGC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Marathon Oil (MRO) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.... PSEG (PEG) upgraded to Hold from Sell at ISI Group... Semiconductor Manufacturing (SMI) upgraded to Market Perform at Bernstein... Starbucks (SBUX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus.
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July 23, 2015
12:44 EDTSBUXEarnings Watch: Starbucks sees Q3 adjusted EPS 40c-41c
Starbucks (SBUX) is scheduled to report third quarter results after the market close on Thursday, July 23, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Starbucks purchases and roasts whole bean coffees and sells them, along with brewed coffees, Italian-style espresso beverages, cold blended beverages, food items, teas, and beverage-related accessories and equipment, primarily through company-operated retail stores. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 41c on revenue of $4.86B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 40c-42c on revenue of $4.75B-$4.96B. In April, Starbucks forecast Q3 adjusted EPS of 40c-41c, Q4 adjusted EPS of 42c-43c, and backed its fiscal year 2015 adjusted EPS view of $1.55-$1.57, against estimates at that time for $1.57. The company also backed its FY15 revenue growth view of 16%-18%, with global comparable store sales growth of mid-single digits, consolidated tax rate of approximately 31% and capital expenditures of approximately $1.4B. LAST QUARTER: Starbucks reported second quarter EPS of 33c, in-line with analysts' estimates, on revenue of $4.6B, beating analysts' estimates of $4.53B. Starbucks said global comparable store sales increased 7%, with a 3% increase in traffic. Americas comp sales increased 7%, with a 2% increase in traffic; CAP comp sales increased 12%, driven by a 10% increase in traffic; EMEA comp sales increased 2%, driven by a 2% increase in traffic. NEWS: At May's Bernstein Annual Strategic Decisions Conference, Starbucks said mobile payments are exceeding expectations, and CEO Howard Schultz noted that "I'm not going anywhere." During the quarter, Starbucks announced plans to raise drink prices by 5c-20c and announced a music partnership with Spotify. The company said it will close all 23 La Boulange retail locations, as La Boulange stores "are not sustainable for the company's long-term growth." Starbucks Mobile Order & Pay, which began as a pilot in Portland in December 2014 and launched in the Pacific Northwest in March 2015, expanded to stores in 21 more states in the southern and central United States in June. Starbucks announced plans to join with over a dozen companies, including CVS Health (CVS), Microsoft (MSFT) and Wal-Mart (WMT), to hire 100,000 16-to-24-year-olds as part- and full-time employees, interns and apprentices by 2018. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after its last earnings report, UBS raised its price target on Starbucks shares to $57 from $48, calling it "best-in-class" due to strong momentum and promising pipeline of innovation across both product and strategic programs. BMO Capital said it expects the company to exceed expectations over the next several years, and it kept an Outperform rating on the shares. BTIG recently initiated Starbucks with a Buy rating and $64 target. PRICE ACTION: Ahead of Thursday afternoon's earnings report, shares are down 0.4% to $56.47.
12:32 EDTMMMOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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10:53 EDTSBUXStarbucks technical notes ahead of earnings
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07:36 EDTMMM3M narrows FY15 EPS view to $7.80-$8.00 from $7.80-$8.10
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07:33 EDTMMM3M reports Q2 EPS $2.02, consensus $2.00
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06:06 EDTSBUXStarbucks teams up with Lyft to boost loyalty program
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July 22, 2015
19:26 EDTISISIsis Pharmaceuticals announces positive clinical data of ISIS-APO(a)Rx published
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14:51 EDTSMIEarnings Watch: Qualcomm reports after speculations of potential breakup
Qualcomm (QCOM) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the close on July 22, with a conference call scheduled for 4:45 pm ET. Qualcomm is a maker of semiconductors and telecommunications equipment. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 95c on revenue of $5.85B. EPS consensus ranges 90c-$1.05 on a revenue range of $5.59B-$6.08B, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: On April 22, Qualcomm reported Q2 EPS of $1.40 against expectations for $1.33, and revenue of $6.89B versus estimates of $6.83B. The company also cut its FY15 EPS guidance to $4.60-$5.00 from $4.85-$5.05 and lowered projected revenue to $25B-$27B from $26.3B-$28B, saying it expects pressure in its semiconductor business due to customer shifts in the premium segment and a decline in Qualcomm's share at an unnamed large customer. NEWS: On May 8, Reuters reported that EU antitrust regulators asked Qualcomm's competitors how the company's licensing and business practices affect them, and on July 16, the European Commission confirmed two formal antitrust investigations of the company. On May 25, Qualcomm and Daimler (DDAIF) announced a strategic collaboration to develop connected car technology. Coming on the heels of Avago's (AVGO) May 28 agreement to acquire Broadcom (BRCM), Bloomberg quoted a source later that day as saying Qualcomm, Intel (INTC), Altera (ALTR), Analog Devices (ADI), Maxim Integrated (MXIM), Texas Instruments (TXN), and Microchip Technology (MCHP) are all considering their own M&A opportunities. Note that on June 1, Intel announced an agreement to acquire Altera. On June 23, Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMI), Qualcomm, Huawei, and Imec announced the formation of a joint venture to focus on a type of 14 nanometer technology. More recently, the Wall Street Journal reported on July 20 that Qualcomm is "expected" to begin a comprehensive strategic review which may include the possibility of a breakup following pressure from "activist" shareholder Jana Partners, according to sources, adding that the move could be announced concurrent with Wednesday's earnings release. STREET RESEARCH: Following last quarter's earnings report, Exane BNP Paribas downgraded Qualcomm to Neutral from Outperform, while both Canaccord and Brean Capital lowered price targets for the stock after "disappointing" guidance. Meanwhile, Citi said it expects the company's chip business to recover in 2016 despite this "very bad year." On May 28, CLSA said it sees continued pressure on Qualcomm chipsets, potentially spurring the company to consider making an acquisition, and on June 2, Craig-Hallum noted that Skyworks (SWKS) would be a great fit for Qualcomm. On June 24, Summit Research called Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC) an "affordable" target for Qualcomm, with AMD (AMD) and Cavium (CAVM) also looking like potential takeover candidates. On June 29, Drexel Hamilton downgraded Qualcomm to Sell from Hold, citing expected price cuts. Lastly, following media reports on July 20 that Qualcomm could be weighing a breakup, Bernstein said that such a "dis-synergistic" split would likely destroy value rather than create it. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Qualcomm are down more than 1% to $64.37 in afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's earnings report.
13:36 EDTSBUXStarbucks July weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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13:29 EDTMMM3M technical comments before earnings
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10:01 EDTCXOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AMC Entertainment (AMC) upgraded to Buy at MKM Partners... Agnico Eagle (AEM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at HSBC... Allegiant Travel (ALGT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Amazon.com (AMZN) upgraded on positive outlook at JMP Securities... Bank of Ireland (IRE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Canadian Pacific (CP) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Carrizo Oil & Gas (CRZO) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Concho Resources (CXO) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Crown Castle (CCI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Exxon Mobil (XOM) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Fidelity & Guaranty Life (FGL) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... First Interstate (FIBK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Hess Corp. (HES) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham... Murphy Oil (MUR) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Noble Energy (NBL) upgraded to Outperform at Credit Suisse... Packaging Corp. (PKG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Prologis (PLD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... Signature Bank (SBNY) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Sonic Automotive (SAH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Tate & Lyle (TATYY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Technip (TKPPY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Union Bankshares (UBSH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... Yamana Gold (AUY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at HSBC... Yara (YARIY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan.
07:54 EDTCXOConcho Resources upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
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06:26 EDTCXOConcho Resources upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
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July 21, 2015
17:04 EDTSBUXStarbucks and New York Times sign agreement
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07:13 EDTISISIsis Pharmaceuticals initiates Phase 1/2a clinical study of ISIS-HTT Rx
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July 16, 2015
15:22 EDTFLTFleetCor slows gift card unit sale process, dealReporter says
FleetCor Technologies (FLT) has slowed down its sales process for its SVS gift card unit with private equity suitors not showing much interest, sources familiar with the matter told dealReporter, though First Data has been holding conversations with Fleetcor as well, the news service added, according to contacts.
10:00 EDTSBUXOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:01 EDTSBUXStarbucks to open stores in 15 low to medium income communities across U.S.
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July 15, 2015
16:22 EDTSBUXStarbucks initiated with a Buy at BTIG
Target $64.
07:44 EDTETPEquity Transfer Partners, Energy Transfer Equity exchange 21M ETP units
Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (ETP) and Energy Transfer Equity, L.P. (ETE) announced the exchange of 21 million ETP common units, currently owned by ETE, for 100% of the general partner interest and the incentive distribution rights of Sunoco LP (SUN). In addition, as part of this transaction, ETE has agreed to provide ETP a $35 million annual IDR subsidy for two years. The cash flow accretion expected to be realized by ETP from this transaction is more than $0.30 per common unit per annum, which will continue to support ETP’s attractive distribution growth going forward. For ETE, this transaction continues its transition to a pure play general partner for the overall Energy Transfer group. Pro forma for this transaction, ETE expects to maintain its distribution growth rate while migrating to its traditional 1.0x distribution coverage ratio. In connection with the original acquisition of Susser Holdings Corporation (SUSS) by ETP in August 2014, ETE agreed to provide ETP an annual $35 million IDR subsidy for 10 years, subject to automatic termination in the event that ETE acquired the GP interest and IDRs of SUN in exchange for ETP common units owned by ETE. As part of the current transaction, ETE has agreed to provide ETP a $35 million IDR subsidy for an additional two years. ETP and ETE expect there will be no credit ratings impact from this transaction. Following this transaction, SUN will no longer be consolidated for accounting purposes by ETP, but instead will appear in the consolidated financial statements for ETE. This transaction is expected to close in August 2015 after the record date for second quarter distributions for both the SUN GP interest and IDRs and ETP common units, but will be effective as of July 1, 2015. Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co. acted as financial advisor to the ETP conflicts committee. Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP acted as legal advisor to ETP and Richard Layton & Finger, P.A. acted as legal advisor to the ETP conflicts committee. Credit Suisse acted as financial advisor to the ETE conflicts committee. Latham & Watkins LLP acted as legal advisor to ETE and Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP acted as legal advisor to the ETE conflicts committee.
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