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January 8, 2013
12:32 EDTFIO, SIG, SHLD, AYI, MDCO, CY, MONOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower again at midday as investors shift their focus from the fiscal cliff to the fourth-quarter earnings season, set to unofficially kick off after the closing bell when Dow component Alcoa (AA) reports. Expectations for the earnings season are muted, with S&P 500 companies forecast to post earnings growth of just 2.8% for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters. Profit-growth estimates were sharply reduced from the expected growth rate of 9.2% called for at the end of September, according to FactSet. The averages have drifted lower on fairly light volume, indicating a lack of buying rather than intense selling, as investors may be content to wait to see how the earnings season develops before stepping back in... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the NFIB small-business-optimism index rose to 88.0 in December from 87.5 in November. In Europe, zone-wide unemployment hit a new record rate of 11.8% in November, though the European Commission also separately reported that its December Economic Sentiment Indicator improved by 1.3 points in the euro area, to 87.0, and remained generally unchanged at 88.4 in the broader EU. In Asia, Japan said it will use its foreign reserves to continue to buy bonds issued by the European Stability Mechanism to help weaken the yen... COMPANY NEWS: Sears Holdings (SHLD) said late Monday that CEO Louis D’Ambrosio will step down due to family health reasons and be replaced in that role by Eddie Lampert, its chairman of the board and largest shareholder. Sears also forecast adjusted earnings for Q4 that beat consensus expectations but shares fell about 5% near noon... Among companies reporting earnings after yesterday's close or before today's open, Monsanto (MON) advanced and Acuity Brands (AYI) declined... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were The Medicines Company (MDCO), up 11% after announcing results for a Phase 3 trial of one of its drugs, and Signet Jewelers (SIG), up 9% after reporting its holiday season same-store sales rose 3.3% and issuing earnings guidance. Among the noteworthy losers were Cypress Semiconductor (CY), down 9% after cutting its Q4 earnings forecast, and Fusion-io (FIO), which fell 8% after William Blair downgraded the stock to Market Perform... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 68.23, or 0.51%, to 13,316.06; the Nasdaq was down 15.69, or 0.51%, to 3,083.12; and the S&P 500 was down 7.46, or 0.51%, to 1,454.43.
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January 23, 2015
10:02 EDTCYOn the Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AmSurg (AMSG) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Anglo American (AAUKY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Autobytel (ABTL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Ascendiant... Charles River Labs (CRL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair... Chesapeake (CHK) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... CubeSmart (CUBE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Cypress Semiconductor (CY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... DreamWorks Animation (DWA) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... E-Trade (ETFC) upgraded at Credit Suisse... Kate Spade (KATE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... LinkedIn (LNKD) upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James... Matthews (MATW) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Meridian Bioscience (VIVO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Michael Kors (KORS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... NIC Inc. (EGOV) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Maxim... Natural Grocers (NGVC) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Nucor (NUE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... ResMed (RMD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Smith & Wesson (SWHC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Dougherty... Ternium (TX) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Union Pacific (UNP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... ZAGG (ZAGG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... lululemon (LULU) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.
08:43 EDTCYCypress Semiconductor price target raised to $16 from $13 at Topeka
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07:17 EDTMDCOThe Medicines Co. receives CHMP positive opinions for three products
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06:41 EDTCYCypress Semiconductor upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan
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January 22, 2015
11:41 EDTCYCypress Semiconductor says merger with Spansion is on schedule
The company said it has completed all regulatory filings and received approval in Germany. It plans to file amended S-4 later today.
11:40 EDTCYCypress Semiconductor sees Q1 non-GAAP EPS 8c-10c, consensus 11c
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08:06 EDTCYCypress Semiconductor reports Q4 EPS 13c, consensus 13c
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January 21, 2015
15:27 EDTCYNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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12:12 EDTSHLDBest Buy, home retailers seen getting biggest bump from Sears demise
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10:01 EDTMDCOOn the Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Ashford Hospitality (AHT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... BAE Systems (BAESY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Bazaarvoice (BV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Becton Dickinson (BDX) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... CVS Health (CVS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Camden Property (CPT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... ConocoPhillips (COP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Cree (CREE) upgraded to Overweight at Stephens... DDR Corp. (DDR) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... EastGroup Properties (EGP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Esperion (ESPR) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Exxon Mobil (XOM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... FXCM (FXCM) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Keefe Bruyette... Fair Isaac (FICO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Golar LNG (GLNG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Nordea... Gran Tierra (GTE) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Host Hotels (HST) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... J.M. Smucker (SJM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Kilroy Realty (KRC) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Level 3 (LVLT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Lowe's (LOW) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Michael Kors (KORS) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded at Nomura... Regions Financial (RF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Ruckus Wireless (RKUS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Santander Mexico (BSMX) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Scorpio Tankers (STNG) upgraded to Buy at Canaccord... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Strategic Hotels (BEE) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... The Medicines Co. (MDCO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink... Whole Foods (WFM) upgraded at Sterne Agee... Wolseley (WOSYY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas.
07:25 EDTMDCOThe Medicines Co. upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink
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January 20, 2015
16:09 EDTAYICree says LED lighting market still in early stages
Cree (CREE) CEO Chuck Swoboda said in the company's earnings release, "We made solid progress in Q2 with operating margin higher than targeted due to an improvement in gross margins in our lighting business. The market for LED lighting is still in the early stages, our new product pipeline is strong, sales momentum is building and our brand is growing in the market. As evidenced by our significant share repurchases in Q2, we believe we are on the right track to continue to grow the company and increase profits over the next several years." Cree peers include SemiLEDs (LEDS) and Acuity Brands (AYI). Cree shares are up 6% in after-hours trading to $34.40 after reporting better than expected Q2 results.
12:01 EDTSHLDOverstock.com to appeal patent infringement case
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January 16, 2015
11:04 EDTSHLDFAA proposes $533,000 civil penalty against Sears Holdings
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration proposes a $533,000 civil penalty against Sears Holdings Management Corp. for allegedly violating Hazardous Materials Regulations. The FAA alleges that Sears on Dec. 20, 2012 offered UPS 27 boxes, each containing one DieHard Portable Power Supply that encased a non-spillable battery, for air transportation to various locations in the United States. Workers at the UPS sort facility in Louisville, Ky., discovered six of the corrosive shipments were vibrating and one was warm to the touch. The FAA alleges that Sears failed to package the batteries in accordance with the Hazardous Materials Regulations to prevent unintentional activation. The agency also alleges the shipment was not accompanied by shipping papers to indicate the hazardous nature of its contents, and was not marked or labeled. Additionally, Sears offered the shipment without providing emergency response information and failed to ensure its employees had received required hazardous materials training, the FAA alleges. Sears has 30 days from the receipt of the FAA's enforcement letter to respond to the agency.
10:34 EDTMONMonsanto announces $365M debt offering
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10:06 EDTMDCOHigh option volume stocks
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08:01 EDTCYCypress Semiconductor, Spansion receive early termination of HSR waiting period
Cypress Semiconductor (CY) and Spansion (CODE) announced tody that the U.S. Department of Justice and FTC have granted early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 for their merger proposal. The companies have also received notification from Germany's Federal Cartel Office that the acquisition has been cleared to proceed. On December 1, 2014, Cypress and Spansion entered into a definitive agreement to merge in an all-stock, tax-free transaction valued at approximately $4B. The post-merger company will generate more than $2 billion in revenue annually and create a leading global provider of microcontrollers and specialized memories needed in today's embedded systems. Under the terms of the agreement, Spansion shareholders will receive 2.457 Cypress shares for each Spansion share they own. The shareholders of each company will own approximately 50 percent of the post-merger company.
January 15, 2015
17:44 EDTMONMonsanto's weed control technology deregulated by USDA
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13:20 EDTMONMonsanto gets U.S. approval for engineered soybean, cotton seeds, WSJ reports
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08:56 EDTCYCypress Semiconductor shares defended on weakness, says Sterne Agee
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