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January 7, 2013
10:07 EDTBIDU, QLIK, YHOO, SAP, SWN, AMAT, UA, LOW, SPR, FINL, FDO, DSW, CREE, BK, MTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ArcelorMittal (MT) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... BNY Mellon (BK) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Cree (CREE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... DSW (DSW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Brean Capital... Family Dollar (FDO) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Finish Line (FINL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... Lowe's (LOW) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Canaccord... Spirit AeroSystems (SPR) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Under Armour (UA) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Applied Materials (AMAT)downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Southwestern Energy (SWN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Dahlman Rose... SAP (SAP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Yahoo! (YHOO) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Bernstein... Qlik Technologies (QLIK) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Baidu (BIDU)downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays.
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August 20, 2014
08:53 EDTLOWLowe's says signals from housing market 'mixed'
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07:26 EDTLOWLowe's weakness a buying opportunity, says RW Baird
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06:34 EDTLOWLowe's down 3.1% after reporting Q2 results, FY14 guidance
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06:08 EDTLOWLowe's CEO says 'home improvement spending will continue to progress'
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06:05 EDTLOWLowe's sees FY14 EPS approximately $2.63, consensus $2.61
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06:04 EDTLOWLowe's reports Q2 EPS $1.04, consensus $1.02
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August 19, 2014
15:54 EDTSWNEnerCom to hold a conference
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15:16 EDTLOWNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:21 EDTLOWEarnings Preview: Lowe's trading higher ahead of Q2 earnings report
Lowe's Companies (LOW), a home improvement retailer, is scheduled to report on its second quarter before the market open on Wednesday, August 20, with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.02 on revenue of $16.55B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 96c-$1.06 on revenue of $16.16B-$16.79B. LAST QUARTER: Lowe's reported first quarter EPS of 61c, beating analyst's estimates of 60c, on revenue of $13.4B against estimates for $13.86B. The company also reported Q1 same-store sales rose 0.9%. Lowe's raised its fiscal year 2014 EPS guidance to approximately $2.63 from $2.60 against estimates at that time for $2.62 and said it expects revenue up 5% in this fiscal year compared to last. Lowe's said it expected to open 10 home improvement and 5 hardware stores in 2014 and expects its FY14 SSS to increase approximately 4%. The company expects to repurchase $3.4B of stock this fiscal year. NEWS: During the quarter, Lowe's named Paul Ramsay as Chief Information Officer. The company also raised its quarterly dividend 27.8% to 23c per share. STREET RESEARCH: Deutsche Bank lowered its estimates for both Lowe's and Home Depot (HD) after Tractor Supply (TSCO) and Lumber Liquidators (LL) pre-announced Q2 comp misses. The firm, which noted that the negative earnings revision is "relatively minor," said that while the business models are different, Tractor Supply and Lumber Liquidators have historically correlated positively with Home Depot and Lowe's on comps. Morgan Stanley initiated Lowe's with an Equal Weight rating and $50 target in June. Canaccord downgraded Lowe's to Sell from Hold due to slowing housing momentum, management changes, and difficult competition. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Lowe's shares are up almost 14%. In morning trading ahead of tomorrow's report, Lowe's is up nearly 3% to $51.89.
12:18 EDTFDODollar General could have bought Family Dollar last year, CNBC reports
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12:16 EDTFDOFamily Dollar board frustrated with Dollar General tactics, CNBC reports
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11:41 EDTLOWHome Depot rises as results beat estimates, company raises guidance
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11:41 EDTFDOIcahn says Family Dollar throwing away $300M in fees, Reuters says
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10:13 EDTFDOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:46 EDTFDOFamily Dollar board likely to meet this week, CNBC's Faber reports
Family Dollar's (FDO) board is likely to meet this week to discuss the takeover bid by Dollar General (DG), CNBC's David Faber reports, citing people close to the matter. The board has long focused on antitrust implications and is likely to reject the Dollar General proposal, Faber added. Dollar Tree (DLTR) and Family Dollar previously announced a merger agreement.
09:43 EDTFDOFamily Dollar board likely to reject Dollar General bid, CNBC's Faber reports
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07:29 EDTFDODollar Tree may raise bid for Family Dollar, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital thinks that Dollar Tree (DLTR) could increase its bid for Family Dollar (FDO) given the revenue and gross margin synergies that the firm thinks the deal would generate. However, the firm believes that Dollar General (DG) would ultimately win a bidding war for Family Dollar, leading to wins for the shareholders of Dollar General and Family Dollar.
06:52 EDTFDOFamily Dollar upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays
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05:48 EDTYHOOStocks with implied volatility movement; AEO YHOO
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05:29 EDTSAPSAP invests $500M in Africa
SAP announced a seven-year plan to up-skill local African talent and drive sustainable innovation and growth in Africa. With more than 1,300 customers across the continent, SAP is already enabling African businesses and governments of all sizes to grow, scale and globalize, as well as make the transition to a networked, technology-driven innovative economy. As part of this commitment, SAP Africa is now taking responsibility for SAP operations across 51 African countries, including Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia and Mauritania.With the vision of helping make Africa run better and improve the lives of Africans, SAP plans to invest up to $500M through 2020 as it continues to build on the region's impressive double-digit growth rate momentum. The goal is to establish the African region as one of the company's top-five growth markets globally. Much of the direct investment will be outside South Africa, where SAP already has a solid footprint.
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