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March 11, 2013
10:11 EDTMTH, C, CNX, BBY, MT, GNW, SFD, REN, MAS, CLD, BDSI, BBVA, OLN, MOS, TDG, NXPI, MAIN, CTCM, B, AHL, FSYS, SNCR, ROVIOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: ArcelorMittal (MT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Aspen Insurance (AHL) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Banco Bilbao (BBVA) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Societe Generale... Barnes Group (B) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Best Buy (BBY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... BioDelivery Sciences (BDSI) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... CONSOL Energy (CNX) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... CTC Media (CTCM) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Citigroup (C) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Cloud Peak Energy (CLD) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Main Street (MAIN) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... Masco (MAS) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Meritage Homes (MTH) upgraded to Strong Buy from Buy at ISI Group... NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Resolute Energy (REN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Rovi (ROVI) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Smithfield Foods (SFD) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... TransDigm (TDG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Synchronoss (SNCR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Avondale... Mosaic (MOS) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia Capital... Genworth (GNW) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at Scotia Capital... Synchronoss (SNCR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Avondale... Fuel Systems (FSYS) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Olin Corp. (OLN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Monness Crespi.
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April 22, 2015
11:07 EDTAHLAspen Insurance raises dividend to 21c from 20c per share
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10:02 EDTMASOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) upgraded on post-merger outlook at Bernstein... Amazon.com (AMZN) upgraded to Buy, price target raised to $450 at Monness Crespi... BNP Paribas (BNPQY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Dolby (DLB) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... First Defiance (FDEF) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Gran Tierra (GTE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Dundee... Grupo Aval (AVAL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Manhattan Associates (MANH) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Benchmark Co.... Marriott (MAR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at MKM Partners... Masco (MAS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Nokia (NOK) upgraded on post-merger outlook at Bernstein... Packaging Corp. (PKG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Rayonier (RYN) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at RBC Capital... Rogers Communications (RCI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Sanofi (SNY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Select Comfort (SCSS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... UniCredit (UNCFF) upgraded to Buy from Sell at Berenberg... Zions Bancorp (ZION) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital.
06:23 EDTMASMasco upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital
FBR Capital upgraded Masco to Outperform saying management's actions should drive shareholder value in the near-term. FBR expects value to be created from the upcoming tax-free spin-off of the company's installation business and raised its price target for shares to $35 from $28.
05:53 EDTBDSIBioDelivery Sciences assumed with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray
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April 21, 2015
16:00 EDTCOptions Update; April 21, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1c to 21.53 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD FB PBR AMZN C KMI KO VZ MCD according to Track Data.
07:08 EDTROVIRovi sends letter to stockholders, urges investors to vote for director nominees
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06:05 EDTCNXCONSOL implied volatility of 47 at upper end of index
05:56 EDTCNXStocks with implied volatility movement; CNX HPQ
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April 20, 2015
19:32 EDTCU.S. pressures JPMorgan, Citi, others to settle forex case by mid-May, FT says
The U.S. Department of Justice is pressuring JPMorgan (JPM), Barclays (BCS), Citi (C), Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), and UBS (UBS) to reach a settlement by mid-May regarding alleged foreign exchange manipulation, reports the Financial Times, citing people familiar with the situation. The Financial Times notes that the settlement could see some of the banks paying roughly $1B. Sources say that the Department is demanding guilty pleas from "most" of the banks. Reference Link
17:04 EDTROVIOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
Stocks on Wall Street were higher for the day, beginning the session sharply higher and remaining in positive territory throughout. Chinaís central bank announced a reduction in bank reserve requirements in an effort to increase liquidity and spur economic growth within the country. Following the open, the market moved in a relatively narrow range as investors await the latest round of earnings reports for one of the season's heavier weeks. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed National Activity Index came in at 0.42 versus expectations for positive 0.1. In Asia, the People's Bank of China lowered its reserve requirement ratio, by 1 percentage point, the lowest since the financial crisis. Despite this, the Shanghai Composite Index fell 1.6% because regulators had already begun curbing speculative trading on Friday. COMPANY NEWS: Morgan Stanley (MS) advanced 0.57%, or 21c, to $36.96 after reporting earnings prior to the market open. The bank beat on both EPS and revenue, and also raised its dividend to 15c from 10c. CEO James Gorman was pleased with the quarter and cited growth across the majority of the company's operations. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Hasbro (HAS), which rose 12.55% to end the session at $74.16 after reporting EPS and revenue in excess of analyst expectations. During its earnings conference call, the company appeared confident on its 2015 offerings which include Disney (DIS) Princess and Frozen product lines. Also higher was Rovi (ROVI), gaining 8.64% to close the day at $19.11 after renewing its licensing and program guide agreement with Charter (CHTR). Among the noteworthy losers was Caesars Entertainment (CZR), tumbling 17.01% to $10 after failing to reach an agreement on its restructuring. Also lower were a number of medical companies involved in the development of CAR-T cancer therapies, including Kite Pharma (KITE), Juno Therapeutics (JUNO), blue bird bio (BLUE), and ZIOPHARM Oncology (ZIOP). The drop followed disappointing, small-scale studies presented during the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research. INDEXES: The Dow rose 208.63, or 1.17%, to 18,034.93, the Nasdaq advanced 62.79, or 1.27%, to 4,994.6, and the S&P 500 gained 19.22, or 0.92%, to 2,100.4.
16:01 EDTCOptions Update; April 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 78c to 21.52. Option volume leaders: AAPL VZ PBR TWTR TSLA TWTR NFLX MCP FB AMZN AA C according to Track Data.
15:16 EDTNXPIGreenlight starts new GM long position, rolls Lorillard short bet to Reynolds
David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital hedge fund said in its latest quarterly letter to investors that it had established new long positions in General Motors (GM), Chicago Bridge & Iron (CBI) and AerCap Holdings (AER) last quarter. WHAT'S NEW: Greenlight believes GM should benefit from low gas prices, low raw material costs, and its decision to launch share buybacks, Greenlight stated. GM has an excellent chance of beating 2015 EPS expectations, added the firm. Einhorn's group said they found the valuation of Chicago Bridge and Iron, an engineering and construction company with significant exposure to energy, attractive following the stock's decline. Although energy prices may stay low for some time, the company has a significant backlog that should support its earnings for several years, Greenlight stated. Additionally, the market is overestimating how much of the cost overruns for two nuclear energy projects with be shouldered by the company, Greenlight contended. AerCap, the largest publicly traded aircraft leasing company, bought AIG's (AIG) aircraft leasing business last year at a bargain price, Greenlight stated. The combined business will benefit from AerCap's low tax rate, as well as efficiencies, the hedge fund believes. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Greenlight exited its short position in Lorillard (LO). Greenlight noted that it has rolled its short bet on Lorillard into a fresh position in Reynolds American (RAI), since it still believes that the FDA is gearing up to do "something major" in terms of regulation of menthol cigarettes, but is moving "slowly and deliberately" because it anticipates an extremely aggressive industry response. The firm also exited two other short positions because the companies agreed to takeovers: Safeway (SWY) and Freescale Semiconductor (FSL), which has agreed to sell itself to NXP Semicondictors (NXPI).
12:31 EDTROVIOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after Chinaís central bank relaxed reserve requirements for its banks. The nation's own stock market struggled to overcome the cross current of other actions taken to cut down on speculative trading there, but U.S. stock markets surged at the open and had not looked back by midday. The domestic economic calendar has quiet and earnings continue to be the focal point at home, as a great number of S&P 500 companies prepare to report this week. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed National Activity Index had a reading of -0.42, versus expectations for a +0.10 reading. A reading below zero represents economic activity below trend. In China, the People's Bank of China cut the reserve-requirement ratio, or the amount of reserves lenders need to hold, by 1 full percentage point, which was the biggest cut since the depths of the financial crisis and more than expected by economists. However, the Shanghai Composite Index still dropped 1.6%, since the reserve-requirement cut came after regulators had moved to curb speculative trading with actions taken Friday. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Morgan Stanley (MS) advanced 1% after the bank's headline earnings excluding certain adjustments and tax benefits beat expectations. CEO James Gorman noted that the first quarter of the year was the bank's "strongest quarter in many years with improved performance across most areas of the firm." Morgan Stanley also increased its quarterly dividend to 15c per share from 10c per share. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Hasbro (HAS), which gained 10% after the toymaker's sales and profits widely topped expectations in its fiscal first quarter. Also higher was Rovi (ROVI), which gained more than 10% after the company announced it has renewed its patent license and interactive program guide product agreement with Charter Communications (CHTR). Among the noteworthy losers was FARO Technologies (FARO), which dropped 25% and was downgraded by Noble Financial and Needham after the preannounced lower than expected first quarter revenue. Also lower were a number of companies that are developing CAR-T cancer therapies following the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research. Mizuho analyst Peter Lawson attributed the pullback to disappointment in this weekend's solid tumor data on a small number of patients with advanced cancers who were given CAR-T therapy developed by Novartis (NVS) and the University of Pennsylvania. Shares of Kite Pharma (KITE), Juno Therapeutics (JUNO), blue bird bio (BLUE), and ZIOPHARM Oncology (ZIOP) were all lower near noon. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 236.19, or 1.32%, to 18,062.49, the Nasdaq was up 59.54, or 1.21%, to 4,991.35, and the S&P 500 was up 21.82, or 1.05%, to 2,103.00.
12:08 EDTROVITiming of Rovi renewal with Charter a plus, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan said the timing of the closing of Rovi's (ROVI) renewal of its IP and programming guide agreement with Charter (CHTR) is advantageous given Rovi's other impending renewals and should give some confidence that large service provider renewals don't hinge on the outcome of the company's court case with Netflix (NFLX). However, the firm added that it would not be surprised to see more volatility in Rovi shares if court rulings favor Netflix and it kept a Neutral rating on the stock.
10:02 EDTGNWPRA Group names Deborah Cassidy as Chief Information Officer
PRA Group (PRAA) announced the appointment of Deborah G. Cassidy as a new member of PRA Group's executive management team. Cassidy will serve as chief information officer for the company. Most recently, Cassidy was senior vice president and business chief information officer for Genworth Financial (GNW).
09:52 EDTROVIRovi deal with Charter a 'material' positive, says Piper Jaffray
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09:19 EDTTDGTransDigm shares attractive ahead of results, says KeyBanc
KeyBanc recommends that investors have exposure to TransDigm ahead of its Q1 results. The firm expects the company's commercial aftermarket growth to accelerate on a sequential basis and predicts that the distribution challenges it experienced in Q1 will be resolved.
08:01 EDTROVIRovi, Charter sign multi-year license renewal
Rovi (ROVI) announced that the company has renewed its patent license and interactive program guide product agreement with Charter Communications (CHTR). The license renewal extends Charterís IPG patent license. Under the terms of the agreement, Charter will also be able to license Roviís products and services, including Rovi Search, Recommendations and Conversation Services, Rovi Metadata and Rovi Analytics.
07:41 EDTROVIRovi shareholders should stay with current management, says Brean Capital
Brean Capital thinks shareholders should stay the course with Rovi's current management, as they believe there is little merit in the charges of activist shareholders. The firm sees concerns about the company's IP position as overweighted and noted the company is involved in product development which should strengthen its market position and technology base. Brean Capital reiterated its Buy rating and $31 price target on Rovi shares.
07:22 EDTRENIndependent Petroleum Association of America to hold a conference
IPAA-OGIS New York is being held in New York on April 20-22.
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