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January 28, 2014
10:00 EDTMT, AIG, MLM, VMC, BMRC, DFS, PCL, AJG, TCBI, LUV, SANM, SBH, MXIM, FTNT, CORR, CBM, BPESFOn 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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October 21, 2014
16:08 EDTDFSDiscover reports Q3 total loans up $4.6B to $67.4B
Discover reports Direct Banking pretax income of $981M in the quarter was up $63M, or 7%, from the prior year. Total loans ended the quarter at $67.3B, up 7.4% compared to the prior year. Credit card loans ended the quarter at $53.7B, up 6.6% from the prior year. Personal loans increased $835M, or 20.9%, from the prior year and private student loans increased $369M, or 4.5%, from the prior year. Excluding purchased student loans, private student loans grew $884 million, or 23.1%, from the prior year. Revenue net of interest expense increased $129M, up 7% from the prior year due to loan growth and net interest margin expansion.
16:06 EDTDFSDiscover reports Q3 EPS $1.37, consensus $1.34
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15:30 EDTDFSNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Yahoo! (YHOO), consensus 30c; ACE (ACE), consensus $2.34; Discover Financial (DFS), consensus $1.34; Pinnacle Financial (PNFP), consensus 51c; Broadcom (BRCM), consensus 84c; Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), consensus $3.80; FMC Technologies (FTI), consensus 74c; Robert Half International (RHI), consensus 58c; E-Trade (ETFC), consensus 22c; Nabors Industries (NBR), consensus 36c; Waste Connections (WCN), consensus 54c; Cubist Pharmaceuticals (CBST), consensus 4c; Sonic (SONC), consensus 34c; American Campus Communities (ACC), consensus 43c; Cree (CREE), consensus 36c; Fulton Financial (FULT), consensus 20c; Costamare (CMRE), consensus 41c; Hawaiian Holdings (HA), consensus 78c; Ethan Allen (ETH), consensus 36c; Sabra Health (SBRA), consensus 55c; Rush Enterprises (RUSHA), consensus 51c.
14:09 EDTAIGThird Point discloses new positions in eBay, Alibaba, exit from Sony
In its Q3 investor letter, Third Point says it established a "significant" position in eBay (EBAY). Dan Loeb's hedge fund also revealed it has established a significant direct investment in Alibaba (BABA) shares now that the company is public. Third Point also said it is now one of Amgen's (AMGN) largest shareholders. During the quarter, Third Point exited its position in Sony (SNE) and reduced or exited other positions, including AIG (AIG), Hertz (HTZ) and Softbank (SFTBF), the firm stated in its letter. PRICE ACTION: Following the disclosures in the Third Point letter, Amgen is up 4%, eBay is up 2.3% and Alibaba is up 3.8%, while Sony shares trading in New York are down nearly 1%.
11:51 EDTMTU.S. to end deal sheltering Russia from flat-rolled steel duties, Reuters says
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10:00 EDTBMRCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AbbVie (ABBV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... BHP Billiton (BHP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Bank of Marin (BMRC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Cobalt (CIE) downgraded to Speculative Buy from Buy at Global Hunter... Consolidated Edison (ED) downgraded to Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Deutsche Post (DPSGY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... HCP (HCP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... IBM (IBM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore... Inland Real Estate (IRC) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... PerkinElmer (PKI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... Philips (PHG) downgraded to Neutral at UBS... QEP Midstream Partners (QEPM) downgraded to Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Rent-A-Center (RCII) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Rhino Resources (RNO) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Universal Forest (UFPI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee.
07:30 EDTLUVU.S. airlines raise domestic one-way fares by $2 on average, Reuters reports
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05:52 EDTBMRCBank of Marin downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette
Keefe Bruyette downgraded Bank of Marin to Market Perform citing valuation following the company's Q3 results. The firm has a $50 price target for shares.
October 20, 2014
09:31 EDTSANMSanmina upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman
08:06 EDTBMRCBank of Marin reports Q3 EPS 89c, consensus 85c
Bank of Marin reports Q3 net interest income $17.5M Reports Q3 non-interest expense totaled $11.4M. Reports Q3 gross loans increased $22.5 from the prior quarter. There was no provision for loan losses in the third quarter of 2014 compared to $600 thousand in the prior quarter.
06:38 EDTAIGAIG upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank upgraded AIG to Buy citing valuation following the recent pullback in shares. Deutsche believes concerns that Starr International could succeed in its trial against the U.S. Government are overblown. It raised its price target for AIG shares to $60 from $59.
October 17, 2014
08:48 EDTMTBofA/Merrill global steel analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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08:14 EDTAIGAIG unlikely to be forced to indemnify government, says Bernstein
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October 16, 2014
08:31 EDTVMCVulcan Materials changes organizational and leadership structure
Vulcan Materials announced new division leadership and changes to its organizational structure. The new structure, effective January 1, 2015, will be as follows: the Western Division, comprising the company's businesses in California; the Mountain West Division, comprising Arizona and New Mexico; the Southwest Division, comprising the company's businesses in Texas and Oklahoma; the Central Division, comprising Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and Illinois; the Mideast Division, comprising North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Delaware; the Southern and Gulf Coast Division, comprising Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana; and the Southeast Division, comprising Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.
07:54 EDTLUVSouthwest volatility elevated into Q3 results
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October 15, 2014
14:05 EDTLUVSouthwest upgraded to Outperform from Peer Perform at Wolfe Research
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12:46 EDTLUVAirline stocks down following report that second ebola patient traveled on plane
The CDC announced earlier that a second health care worker who has been diagnosed with the Ebola virus traveled by air on October 13, a day before she reported symptoms. The CDC is reaching out to passengers who flew on Frontier Airlines flight 1143 Cleveland to Dallas/Fort Worth due to the proximity in time between the evening flight and first report of illness the following morning. Publicly traded companies in the space are trading lower following the report, including American Airlines (AAL) down 3.65% to $30.35, Delta Air Lines (DAL) down 4.39% to $31.37, JetBlue (JBLU) down 2.69% to $9.95, Southwest (LUV) down 2.5% to $29.24, and United Continental (UAL) down 5.5% to $40.66. Reference Link
07:36 EDTLUVSouthwest overseas expansion brings opportunity, growing pains, WSJ says
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October 13, 2014
14:01 EDTAJGArthur J. Gallagher acquires Bennett & Shade
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09:23 EDTFTNTHP could buy lower valuation company, says Bernstein
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