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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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July 16, 2014
13:06 EDTFTNTIT security stocks advance after upbeat Goldman note
Shares of a number of IT security stocks are rallying after Goldman Sachs wrote that it was upbeat on the sector in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: Goldman Sachs analyst Matthew Niknam assumed coverage of the Security Software sector with an Attractive rating. Cyber threats have become larger and more costly, so many companies are increasing the amount of money they spend on IT security, Niknam wrote. Spending on security is increasing by the highest rate since 2010, the analyst estimated. Companies in the sector should see their free cash flow growth accelerate, while cash rich tech companies could become interested in carrying out M&A transactions with security vendors, the analyst predicted. Additionally, more mature companies in the sector should be able to buy back more of their shares going forward, Niknam believes. He identified Palo Alto (PANW) as his top pick in the space, as he believes that the company provides "the most unique blend of disruptive long-term growth and accelerating profitability." The company is poised to gain additional market share, while its growth going forward should beat expectations, Niknam stated. He raised his price target on the shares to $97 from $91 and kept a Conviction List-Buy rating on the stock. Meanwhile, the analyst upgraded another stock in the sector, FireEye (FEYE), to Buy from Neutral after assuming coverage of the shares. The company's status as the market leader in fighting Advanced Persistent Threats, or APTs, leaves it well-positioned in the current market, he contended. An IT survey indicates that most respondents plan to increase their APT-related spending, and 59% of the respondents say they plan to spend more money on solutions from a new vendor, Niknam reported. Furthermore, FireEye's revenue growth likely accelerated in Q2 and its revenue should beat expectations in 2014 and 2015, while the company's free cash flow should come in above consensus levels next year, Niknam predicted. FireEye may eventually be acquired by another company, according to Niknam, who raised his price target on the shares to $42 from $36. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Niknam initiated coverage of Proofpoint (PFPT) with a Buy rating as he predicted that the company's growth and free cash flow would beat expectations in the near-term and he believes that the company could also become a takeover target. The analyst started coverage of Fortinet (FTNT) with a Neutral rating. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Palo Alto climbed 3% to $78.36, FireEye rose 3.5% to $34.99, Proofpoint climbed 3.6% to $34.46, and Fortinet rose 1% to $24.24.
10:24 EDTFTNTHigh option volume stocks:
High option volume stocks: AMSC FTNT LYG TSEM FOXA HCA BKE XON LCI ASML
10:00 EDTFTNTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: American Airlines (AAL) initiated with an Overweight at Atlantic Equities... Apple (AAPL) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Basic Energy (BAS) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Brookdale Senior Living (BKD) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... CA Technologies (CA) initiated with a Market Perform at FBR Capital... Dresser-Rand (DRC) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Fortinet (FTNT) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... Frank's International (FI) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Home Bancorp (HBCP) initiated with an Outperform at Fig Partners... Key Energy (KEG) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... McDermott (MDR) initiated with a Neutral at Tigress Financial... ORBCOMM (ORBC) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Oil States (OIS) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... PBF Energy (PBF) initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays... Palo Alto (PANW) assumed with a Conviction Buy at Goldman... Proofpoint (PFPT) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... Qlik Technologies (QLIK) initiated with a Market Perform at FBR Capital... Radius Health (RDUS) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Seventy Seven Energy (SSE) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Superior Energy (SPN) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... Tandem Diabetes (TNDM) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair... Trecora Resources (TREC) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... Ultragenyx (RARE) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird... United Natural Foods (UNFI) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Viper Energy (VNOM) initiated with a Market Perform at Northland... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) initiated with a Buy at Tigress Financial.
07:04 EDTAIGAIG to receive $650M in cash in Bank of America settlement
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07:02 EDTAIGAIG announces settlement with BofA on residential mortgage related disputes
American International Group (AIG) announced that it has reached a global resolution of its residential mortgage related disputes with Bank of America (BAC). The resolution includes its claims pending in New York and California federal courts related to the creation, offering, and sale of RMBS from which AIG and its subsidiaries suffered losses either directly on their own account or in connection with their participation in AIG’s securities lending program. The resolution also covers AIG’s objections to the $8.5 billion settlement of Countrywide’s mortgage repurchase obligations to various investors, as well as disputes concerning the issuance of mortgage guaranty insurance by AIG’s United Guaranty subsidiaries to Bank of America and Countrywide. Under the terms of the settlement, AIG will receive $650M in cash plus its pro rata share of whatever amount is ultimately paid out to investors in connection with the Countrywide repurchase settlement. In addition, the parties have agreed, subject to the approval of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and certain other mortgage holders, to resolve the outstanding mortgage guaranty claims disputes in accordance with agreed-to claims processes and payment formulae.
07:01 EDTAIGAIG announces settlement with BofA on residential mortgage related disputes
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05:47 EDTFTNTFortinet initiated with a Neutral at Goldman
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July 15, 2014
10:00 EDTMXIMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Adecogro (AGRO) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Campbell Soup (CPB) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Credicorp (BAP) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... El Paso Pipeline (EPB) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Kellogg (K) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Kodiak Oil & Gas (KOG) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Lexmark (LXK) downgraded at Bernstein... Maxim Integrated (MXIM) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Republic Airways (RJET) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Sasol (SSL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Time Warner (TWX) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Evercore.
08:48 EDTDFSDiscover reports June net charge-offs 1.82% vs. 1.97% last month
Reports June delinquency rate 1.45% vs. 1.47% last month.
05:28 EDTMXIMMaxim Integrated downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
Barclays downgraded Maxim Integrated to Equal Weight citing limited upside to estimates and the move higher in shares since its upgrade. The firm keeps a $35 price target for the stock.
July 14, 2014
10:00 EDTVMCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:07 EDTVMCVulcan Materials appoints J. Thomas Hill as CEO
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07:00 EDTVMCVulcan Materials downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital
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July 11, 2014
17:27 EDTMLMNevada Asset Holding reports 6.6% passive stake in Martin Marietta
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12:08 EDTVMCVulcan Materials increases quarterly dividend to 6c per share
The board of Vulcan Materials Company declared a quarterly dividend of 6c per share on its common stock payable September 10 to shareholders of record August 27. CEO Don James said, "This new quarterly dividend represents the second increase this year and reflects our confidence in our business, which continues to generate improving operating earnings and cash flows."
July 10, 2014
18:54 EDTPCLPlum Creek Timber MDF facility resumes full production
Plum Creek Timber announced that production resumed this week at its Medium Density Fiberboard facility in Columbia Falls, Mont. following a fire that occurred on June 10. The No. 2 production line, which makes between 1/10th- ˝-inch continuous-press fiberboard, restarted June 30 and the company began shipping product to customers. The No. 1 production line resumes full production this week. It produces up to 1 1/2–inch fiberboard. A mechanical failure occurred, causing the fire, which was contained by local fire and safety departments. All employees were safely evacuated and there were no reported injuries. Tom Ray, vice president, northwest resources and manufacturing, said both the fire response and facility repair efforts were outstanding examples of people working together safely to support common goals, “We are very thankful that all the local fire and safety departments rallied to protect the people working at the facility.” He said that Plum Creek will donate $15,000 to be shared by all the response units that helped fight the fire. “Their work is greatly appreciated and we hope these funds support the important work they provide every day to our community,” he said. While production ceased at the facility for about three weeks following the fire, the company continued to ship product to customers from existing inventory. The 183 employees who work at the facility never lost a day of work. All were reassigned to carry out a variety of tasks, including fire watch, cleanup, and repair. In late June, many helped bring production back on line, assisting with equipment testing to ensure it worked safely and met manufacturing standards. Resumption of normal production concludes a month-long recovery and repair process, which relied on the efforts of both employees and contractors. Damages to the plant are estimated in the $8M-10M range. All major repairs to the facility have been completed, including repairs to computer systems, duct work and upgrades to the fire suppression systems. Scaffolding remains visible on the exterior to the plant while the company replaces sheet metal but these activities will not affect plant production. Plum Creek operates Montana manufacturing facilities that produce lumber, plywood and MDF. These products are sold to construction, retail, industrial and other specialty markets.
11:09 EDTFTNTOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:05 EDTDFSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:05 EDTMLMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:03 EDTMLMMartin Marietta upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman
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