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February 4, 2014
20:25 EDTCOCO, COCO, NS, NS, LII, LII, BIP, BIP, NDAQ, NDAQ, LVLT, LVLT, GRA, GRA, CCE, CCE, BEAM, BEAM, RL, RL, MMP, MMP, HUM, HUM, EL, EL, CTSH, CTSH, AGN, AGN, ADP, ADP, TWX, TWX, MRK, MRKNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Merck (MRK), consensus 88c; Time Warner (TWX), consensus $1.15; Automatic Data Processing (ADP), consensus 77c; Allergan (AGN), consensus $1.34; Cognizant (CTSH), consensus $1.06; Estee Lauder (EL), consensus $1.06; Humana (HUM), consensus 94c; Magellan Midstream (MMP), consensus 81c; Ralph Lauren (RL), consensus $2.51; Beam (BEAM), consensus 72c; Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), consensus 52c; W.R. Grace (GRA), consensus $1.19; Level 3 (LVLT), consensus 3c; Nasdaq (NDAQ), consensus 67c; Brookfield Infrastructure Partners (BIP), consensus 35c; Lazard (LAZ), consensus 61c; Arrow Electronics(ARW), consensus $1.62; Lennox International (LII), consensus 74c; NuStar Energy (NS), consensus 35c; Corinthian Colleges (COCO), consensus 2c.
News For MRK;TWX;ADP;AGN;CTSH;EL;HUM;MMP;RL;BEAM;CCE;GRA;LVLT;NDAQ;BIP;LII;NS;COCO From The Last 14 Days
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January 21, 2015
05:30 EDTLVLTLevel 3 upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
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January 20, 2015
17:46 EDTTWXNetflix says 'looking good' to reach 60M-90M U.S. subscriptions
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17:18 EDTMRKDana Holding to replace Cubist in S&P 400 as of 1/22 close
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14:06 EDTTWXCitizens, Keysight identified as long positions by Einhorn
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13:24 EDTTWXGreenlight has new long positions in Citizens, Time Warner, Bloomberg says
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10:06 EDTGRAHigh option volume stocks
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07:35 EDTTWXTime Warner downgraded at Morgan Stanley
As previously reported, Morgan Stanley downgraded Time Warner to Equal Weight from Overweight. The firm downgraded shares based on balanced risk/reward, and downside risk from affiliate fee growth and TV advertising. Price target lowered to $85 from $90.
07:23 EDTMRKMerck funding testing of lower dosages of Zilmax, Reuters reports
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06:29 EDTTWXTime Warner downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
January 18, 2015
16:46 EDTTWXWarner Bros.' 'American Sniper' takes top spot with $90.2M at box office
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13:06 EDTNDAQNasdaq, JPX agree to milestone market technology deal
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January 16, 2015
10:47 EDTHUMBofA/Merrill healthcare facilities analyst analyst/industry conference call
Healthcare Facilities & Managed Care Analyst Bressler discusses the legislative and regulatory outlook for the industry for 2015 on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on January 23 at 2 pm.
10:01 EDTTWX, NSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:30 EDTNSNuStar Energy downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
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January 15, 2015
16:23 EDTTWXTime Warner downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel
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14:45 EDTCOCOFor-profit education names slip after Wells says search data negative
Shares of a number of for-profit education companies are falling after Wells Fargo wrote that Google search trends do not bode well for the sector. WHAT'S NEW: Google search trends for the fourth quarter indicate that students' interest in for-profit education companies probably did not increase significantly during that period, Wells Fargo analyst Trace Urdan wrote in a note to investors today. The data indicates that new student enrollment at the schools could even come in below already pessimistic expectations, Urdan reported. The analyst found that searches for terms related to for-profit schools dropped in Q4, versus the same period a year earlier. Moreover, there were many more searches in Q4 for non-profit schools than for-profit colleges, Urdan stated. Sentiment towards for-profit education names is already "quite weak" after President Obama on January 9 proposed allowing all Americans to attend community college at no cost and Apollo Education (APOL) on January 8 provided lower than expected Q2 revenue guidance, Urdan stated. As a result, investors may already be expecting schools in the sector to report weak enrollment data, Urdan believes. However, the search data for Strayer (STRA) is "more negative than positive," even though expectations for the company appear to be elevated, the analyst reported. On a positive note, search results for Capella Education (CPLA), Grand Canyon (LOPE), and DeVry's (DV) Chamberlain looked better than average, Urdan reported, adding that investors' expectations towards those names are relatively upbeat. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Strayer fell 1% to $68, ITT Educational fell 3.6% to $8.37, Bridgepoint Educational (BPI) tumbled 4.5% to $10.10, American Public (APEI) slid 2.25% to $33.89, and Grand Canyon gave back 2% to $43.
11:20 EDTMRKGoldman cuts J&J to sell citing competitive pressures
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10:37 EDTCCE, ELKraft rises after Goldman gets less cautious on food space, ups stock to buy
Shares of Kraft Foods (KRFT) are climbing after Goldman Sachs upgraded the stock to Buy and placed the shares on its Conviction List. WHAT'S NEW: Costs for food makers are declining as commodity prices drop, Goldman Sachs analyst Judy Hong wrote in a note to investors today. Kraft is among the U.S. food companies that benefits the most from lower costs, the analyst stated. Additionally, Kraft's pricing power is one of the strongest in the group and it is heavily exposed to the U.S. economy, the analyst stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Hong's upgrade of Kraft was part of a note in which she took a more balanced view of the U.S. consumer staples sector. The analyst upgraded the Food sector to Neutral from Cautious, noting that consumer staples stocks with outsized exposure to the U.S. market should be boosted by strong U.S. growth and more favorable foreign exchange dynamics than their peers. In addition to Kraft, the analyst identified the following stocks as her top picks within the consumer staples sector: Monster Beverage (MNST), Constellation Brands (STZ), Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR), Freshpet (FRPT), Mead Johnson (MJN), and Estee Lauder (EL). Goldman also upgraded Hershey (HSY), Dr. Pepper Snapple (DPS), and Clorox (CLX), all to Neutral from Sell, downgraded cigarette maker Philip Morris (PM) to Sell from Neutral and downgraded brewer Molson Coors (TAP) to Neutral from Buy. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Kraft climbed 3.7% to $65 per share.
07:59 EDTMRKAmerican Society of Clinical Oncology to hold a symposium
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07:20 EDTNDAQNASDAQ may enter energy derivatives market, Reuters reports
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