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January 28, 2014
10:00 EDTBPESF, VMC, PCL, LUV, MXIM, CBM, AIG, BMRC, AJG, SANM, FTNT, MT, MLM, DFS, TCBI, SBH, CORROn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: ArcelorMittal (MT) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Cambrex (CBM) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at First Analysis... CorEnergy (CORR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Fortinet (FTNT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities... Maxim Integrated (MXIM) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Sally Beauty (SBH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee... Sanmina (SANM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Southwest (LUV) upgraded to Outperform from In-Line at Imperial Capital... Texas Capital (TCBI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Arthur J. Gallagher (AJG) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Plum Creek Timber (PCL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Discover (DFS) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Bank of Marin (BMRC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Fig Partners... Enterprise Financial upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Fig Partners... Vulcan Materials (VMC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Martin Marietta (MLM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... AIG (AIG) added to US 1 List at BofA/Merrill... Banco Popular (BPESF) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse.
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January 21, 2015
15:27 EDTDFSNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include American Express (AXP), consensus $1.38; Kinder Morgan (KMI), consensus 34c; eBay (EBAY), consensus 89c; Discover Financial Services (DFS), consensus $1.30; Crown Castle (CCI), consensus $1.05; Crown Castle (SNDK), consensus $1.27; Xilinx (XLNX), consensus 61c; F5 Networks (FFIV), consensus $1.49; United Rentals (URI), consensus $2.07; Plexus (PLXS), consensus 72c; Boston Private Financial Holdings (BPFH), consensus 22c; Dolby Laboratories (DLB), consensus 38c; SLM (SLM), consensus 5c; East West Bancorp (EWBC), consensus 65c; Raymond James Financial (RJF), consensus 86c; BancorpSouth (BXS), consensus 32c.
13:23 EDTDFSDiscover volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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05:12 EDTAIGAIG to acquire Laya Healthcare
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January 20, 2015
15:36 EDTLUVSouthwest volatility elevated into Q4
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11:50 EDTDFSDiners Club International announces partnership with The Logic Group
Diners Club International, Ltd., a business unit of Discover Financial Services and part of the Discover Global Network, and payment and loyalty specialist, The Logic Group, announced a signed agreement that will grow Discover and Diners Club card acceptance in the U.K. and Europe. This agreement is part of Discover Global Network’s overall strategy to partner with key payment service providers to help drive increased Discover and Diners Club card acceptance from leading brands.
08:05 EDTAIGAerCap may consider stock buyback from AIG, Reuters says
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06:39 EDTLUVU.S. airlines may buy back shares amid cheap oil, WSJ reports
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January 16, 2015
10:01 EDTFTNTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: 21st Century Fox (FOXA) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Arista Networks (ANET) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Boston Beer (SAM) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Brocade (BRCD) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... CBS (CBS) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Cabela's (CAB) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Coach (COH) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Costco (COST) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Crane (CR) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Flowserve (FLS) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Fortinet (FTNT) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... Gap (GPS) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... GrubHub (GRUB) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Imperva (IMPV) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... KLX Inc. (KLXI) initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... KNOT Offshore Partners (KNOP) initiated with a Buy at UBS... L Brands (LB) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Michael Kors (KORS) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Northstar Realty (NRF) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... OmniVision (OVTI) initiated with a Buy at Rosenblatt... Qorvo (QRVO) initiated with a Buy at Brean ... RSP Permian (RSPP) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Ross Stores (ROST) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... SPX Corp. (SPW) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... TJX (TJX) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Tiffany (TIF) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Viacom (VIAB) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Xylem (XYL) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... iGATE (IGTE) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... lululemon (LULU) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein.
10:01 EDTAJGOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:21 EDTFTNTChecks positive for Fortinet, says Sterne Agee
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07:15 EDTAJGArthur J. Gallagher downgraded to Underperform at William Blair
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06:52 EDTFTNTFortinet initiated with a Buy at Buckingham
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January 15, 2015
14:03 EDTLUVSouthwest fined $1.6M by U.S. DOT for violating tarmac delay rule
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08:13 EDTDFSDiscover reports December charge-offs 1.69% vs. 1.87% last month
Reports December delinquency rate 1.48% vs. 1.52% last month.
January 14, 2015
12:08 EDTMTArcelorMittal volatility elevated as shares trade near ten-year low
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10:00 EDTMXIMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:18 EDTMXIMMaxim Integrated upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
JPMorgan upgraded Maxim Integrated to Overweight on expectations the company's wireless segment will experience improved fundamentals. The firm raised its price target for shares to $40 from $32.
January 13, 2015
16:24 EDTAIGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
The Wall Street averages spent time in both positive and negative territory during the session, before closing a bit below where they'd started the day. The market opened sharply higher after Alcoa’s (AA) better than expected report gave some optimism about the upcoming earnings season. The early move higher came despite oil continuing its slide. The major averages saw their highs shortly after the open and then began to drift slowly lower. By mid-afternoon the market was in the red, though the equity averages eventually made it briefly back into positive ground, but failed to hold those narrow gains into the close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the NFIB small business optimism index for December came in at 100.4, which was stronger than the expected 98.5 reading. The JOLTS report showed job openings increased 142K to 4.972M in November, beating the 4.85M consensus forecast. Treasury posted a $1.9B surplus in December, which was a bit below the expected surplus of $3B. Also of note is the fact that the U.S. and European benchmarks of WTI and Brent crude were at parity for the first time since 2013 during the session, with both trading near $46 per barrel for a time. COMPANY NEWS: KB Home (KBH) reported better than expected revenue and higher orders in its fourth quarter, but the stock declined $2.70, or 16.29%, to $13.87 after CEO Jeffrey Mezger warned on the associated earnings call that margins could drop "significantly" in its current quarter from the levels seen last year. KB's margin outlook, which it blamed on rising costs, heavier use of incentives and a sequential decline in average selling prices, dragged down peers in the housing space as well. D.R. Horton (DHI), the biggest homebuilder by market cap, finished the day down $1.26, or 4.83%, to $24.82, while PulteGroup (PHM) also slid $56c, or 2.47%, to $22.13... MetLife (MET) said it will sue to oppose the U.S. Financial Stability Oversight Council’s designation of the insurer as a SIFI, or "systemically important financial institution." The life insurer called the label premature and said it has offered “substantial and compelling evidence” that it isn’t a SIFI. Wells Fargo said it thinks it is appropriate for MetLife to challenge the ruling, though the firm does not presently see a Dodd-Frank provision that enables an entity to shed its designation. Wells added that a MetLife victory would have no impact on either AIG (AIG) or Prudential (PRU), which did not challenge their SIFI designations before their windows closed. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Emulex (ELX), which rose $1.21, or 20.86%, to $7.01 after the company issued better than expected guidance on its second quarter results. Also higher was McGraw Hill Financial (MHFI), which jumped $5.13, or 5.98%, to $90.89 after reports said the company's Standard & Poor’s rating unit was in talks about a potential $1B settlement to its fight with the Justice Department and state attorneys general over allegations of inflating credit ratings on mortgage investments preceding the financial crisis. Among the noteworthy losers was ChannelAdvisor (ECOM), which plunged $11.32, or 53.52%, to $9.83 after its fourth quarter revenue warning prompted no less than eight downgrades of the stock by Street analysts. Also lower were shares of Ocwen Financial (OCN), which dropped $4.41, or 36.18%, to $7.78 after the Los Angeles Times reported that California is seeking to suspend the company's mortgage license in the state. Altisource Portfolio Solutions (ASPS), which is a related company to Ocwen, also declined $10.45, or 38.79%, to $16.49. Shares of GoPro (GPRO) fell $6.91, or 12.17%, to $49.87 after the Patently Apple blog reported that Apple (AAPL) was granted a patent for a camera system that specifically mentions the weaknesses of GoPro devices. INDEXES: The Dow fell 27.16, or 0.15%, to 17,613.68, the Nasdaq lost 3.21, or 0.07%, to 4,661.50, and the S&P 500 dropped 5.23, or 0.26%, to 2,023.03.
10:46 EDTAIGMetLife has only upside in challenging SIFI designation, says Wells Fargo
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07:13 EDTAIGMetLife CEO could decide soon whether to file suit against U.S., WSJ reports
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