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July 25, 2014
11:20 EDTMS, PHGPhilips selects Morgan Stanley for lighting unit stake sale, Reuters says
Philips (PHG) selected Morgan Stanley (MS) to help the company as it looks to sell a stake in its lighting components division, according to Reuters, citing three people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
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February 8, 2016
07:26 EDTMSThe FDIC and Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco to hold a conference
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06:31 EDTMSNorway's oil fund tells U.S. banks to split CEO-chairman positions, FT says
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February 5, 2016
13:06 EDTMSAlba's Honest Co. working with Goldman, Morgan on IPO, Bloomberg says
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06:53 EDTPHGBlackstone, Onex advance in Philips Lighting auction, Bloomberg reports
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February 4, 2016
06:58 EDTMSFed official supports tougher bank stress tests, Reuters reports
Boston Fed president Eric Rosengren said that he supports tougher stress tests for "too big to fail" banks, including larger capital investments that would make them "even more binding," Reuters reports. Rosengren said that stress test changes have reduced the likelihood that systemically important financial firms would fail, the report says. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
06:51 EDTMSBofA doesn't deserve to be in 'stock market doghouse,' WSJ says
Bank of America (BAC) is currently in the "stock market doghouse," but doesn't deserve to be, David Reilly of the Wall Street Journal's Ahead of the Tape says. The overall beating of U.S. bank stocks has come amid the greater market selloff, reflecting the fact that slowing growth has brought doubt on the Fed's ability to raise rates in March, Reilly says. Since a rate increase is a far-off prospect, investors have little reason to own bank stocks, though Bank of America's valuation assumes "too dire an outcome," the report says. Banks with international outreach, such as Citi (C), are still arguably further behind in post-crisis cleanup, but Bank of America is more focused on the domestic U.S. economy and prices a U.S. recession as a given, not a possibility, the report says. Other large U.S. banks include Wells Fargo (WFC), JPMorgan (JPM), Goldman Sachs (GS), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB), BB&T (BBT), PNC Financial (PNC), and SunTrust (STI). Reference Link
February 3, 2016
10:00 EDTMSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AIG (AIG) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Credit Acceptance (CACC) downgraded to Underperform at Raymond James... CIT Group (CIT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... Cobalt (CIE) downgraded at Stifel... Cypress Energy (CELP) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... Freeport McMoRan (FCX) downgraded on weak near-term outlook at Argus... Gastar Exploration (GST) downgraded to In-Line from Outperform at Imperial Capital... Intersil (ISIL) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi... LyondellBasell (LYB) downgraded to Outperform from Top Pick at RBC Capital... Marriott (MAR) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Microchip (MCHP) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Morgan Stanley (MS) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities... Navios Maritime Partners (NMM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Peapack-Gladstone (PGC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... QIWI (QIWI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... STORE Capital (STOR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Spark Energy (SPKE) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Stone Energy (SGY) downgraded to In-Line from Outperform at Imperial Capital... SunEdison Semiconductor (SEMI) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Teradyne (TER) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Texas Instruments (TXN) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... UBS (UBS) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) downgraded on oil price outlook at Stifel... Xcel Energy (XEL) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Xilinx (XLNX) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Yahoo (YHOO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Axiom.
08:04 EDTPHGPhilips partners with Validic for connected health service solutions
Philips signed an agreement with Validic, a U.S.-based company that provides a technology platform for connectivity and access to digital health data from clinical and remote-monitoring devices, sensors, fitness equipment, wearables and patient wellness applications. The collaboration with Validic, whose platform reaches approximately 223 million people in 47 countries, will offer Philips opportunities to expand its connected health solutions and applications with third-party device data.
05:52 EDTMSMorgan Stanley downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities
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February 2, 2016
18:39 EDTMSAlibaba leads $794M funding round for augmented reality firm Magic Leap
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13:00 EDTMSMorgan Stanley, FDIC reach $62.95M settlement over mortgage-backed securities
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation announced a $62.95M settlement of residential mortgage-backed securities claims against Morgan Stanley. The funds will be distributed among the receiverships for three failed banks related to the case -- Colonial Bank, Security Savings Bank and United Western Bank. The settlement, reached in coordination with the Justice Department, resolves federal and state securities law claims based on "misrepresentations" in the offering documents for 14 RMBS purchased by the three banks, the FDIC said. Reference Link
10:00 EDTMSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: DuPont Fabros (DFT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... GOL Linhas (GOL) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Integrated Device (IDTI) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Julius Baer (JBAXY) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... Kohl's (KSS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham... Mattel (MAT) upgraded on positive catalysts at Stifel... Mitsubishi sees limited downside for Tableau (DATA), ups to Neutral ... Morgan Stanley (MS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Realty Income (O) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... TJX (TJX) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital.
07:20 EDTMSSEC Equity Market Structure Advisory Committee to hold a meeting
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06:48 EDTMSMorgan Stanley upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie
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05:40 EDTMSOaktree-backed AdvancePierre picks Barclays for IPO, Bloomberg reports
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February 1, 2016
06:46 EDTMSBlackstone shops IT outsourcing firm in China, WSJ reports
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January 31, 2016
12:33 EDTMSU.S. banks could return 20% or more, Barron's says
The banking sector looks like "one of the best bargains in the market," Barron's contends in a cover story. Names such as Citi (C), JPMorgan (JPM), Bank of America (BAC), Wells Fargo (WFC), Goldman Sachs (GS), Morgan Stanley (MS), BB&T (BBT), PNC Financial (PNC), SunTrust (STI) and U.S. Bancorp (USB) are showing healthy balance sheets and could offer "at least" 20% upside, the publication argues, adding that the industry's exposure to the energy sector "looks manageable" given information offered in recent earnings reports and conference calls. Reference Link
January 29, 2016
05:55 EDTPHGPhilips names Jean Botti as Chief Innovation and Strategy Officer
Royal Philips (PHG) announced the appointment of Jean Botti as Chief Innovation and Strategy Officer as part of the company's strategy to capture a larger portion of the HealthTech opportunities. Jean Botti, who will join Philips as of April 1, 2016 from Airbus Group (EADSY), will become a member of Philips' Executive Committee and will report directly to Philips CEO Frans van Houten. Jean Botti will succeed Jim Andrew, who left Philips in the fourth quarter of 2015 for personal reasons.
January 28, 2016
12:47 EDTMSMorgan Stanley scales back principal strategic investments group, Reuters says
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January 27, 2016
15:10 EDTPHGEarnings Watch: Western Digital deal update focus of SanDisk report
SanDisk (SNDK) is expected to report fourth quarter earnings after the close on Wednesday, January 27. SanDisk will not hold a conference call to discuss its financial results in light of the pending acquisition by Western Digital (WDC). SanDisk manufactures data storage solutions, including removable and embedded Flash memory and solid-state drives. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 89c on revenue of $1.44B. The consensus range is 83c-$1.00 for EPS on revenue of $1.4B-$1.47B, according to First Call. Along with its last earnings report, SanDisk guided to Q4 revenue of $1.4B-$1.475B and a non-GAAP gross margin 40%-43%. LAST QUARTER: On October 21, SanDisk reported third quarter earnings per share of $1.09 and revenue of $1.45B, compared to expectations of 80c and $1.4B, respectively. NEWS: Along with releasing its earnings report, SanDisk announced a definitive agreement under which Western Digital will acquire all of the outstanding shares of SanDisk for a combination of cash and stock that values SanDisk common stock at $86.50 per share, or a total equity value of approximately $19B. If the investment in Western Digital by Unisplendour Corporation closes prior to this acquisition, Western Digital will pay $85.10 per share in cash and 0.0176 shares of Western Digital common stock per share of SanDisk common stock; and if the Unisplendour transaction has not closed or has been terminated, $67.50 in cash and 0.2387 shares of Western Digital common stock per share of SanDisk common stock. The companies said at the time that the transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2016. STREET RESEARCH: On December 28, Brean Capital analyst Ananda Baruah said the combined Western Digital-SanDisk company, post an expected merger close in September of this year, can generate FY17 earnings per share of $13-$15. He kept a $150 standalone Western Digital target price and believes that the combined company's shares should trade in a range of $154-$256 post close. On January 6, Pacific Crest analyst Monika Garg called Western Digital her best idea for 2016, stating that the company's pending acquisition of SanDisk "would create a formidable company" and bring significant earnings and cash flow generation. On January 25, CLSA analyst Mark Heller downgraded SanDisk to Underperform due to weakening NAND fundamentals and higher deal risk. The analyst does not believe Western Digital can walk away from the deal due to weakening fundamentals, but is more cautious on Unisplenour's investment in Western Digital. Heller lowered his price target to $70 from $86 on SanDisk shares. The same day, Jefferies analyst James Kisner lowered his estimates for Western Digital and Seagate (STX), citing the weak results and guidance from Nidec and a more conservative approach following the recent selloff in the shares. Western Digital's current valuation fully prices in an "extreme bear case" for the combined Western Digital and SanDisk, Kisner told investors in his research note. The analyst cut his price target for Western Digital to $82 from $95 but kept a Buy rating on the stock. Noting that the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States would not grant regulatory clearance for Philips (PHG) to sell an 80.1% interest in Lumileds to China's GO Scale Capital, Summit Research analyst Srini Sundararajan said on January 26 that he thinks that the Unisplendour investment in Western Digital is more than likely to be stalled, if not blocked, given the current political climate. However, he also believes Western Digital planned for this contingency and that its deal with SanDisk should still go through. This morning, Citi analyst Stanley Kovler initiated coverage of Western Digital with a Buy rating, as the firm is relatively bullish on the company's acquisition of SanDisk. Conversely, Citi started coverage of Seagate (STX) with a Sell rating, saying that actions it has taken to cope with the decline of the sector "may only help so much." Kovler set an $82 price target on SanDisk, a $53 price target on Western Digital and a $23 price target on Seagate. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, SanDisk rose 0.75% to $64.57 per share. Since October 21, shares of SanDisk have declined about 14%. Since that same day, Western Digital shares are down over 41%.
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