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February 19, 2013
19:11 EDTNRF, TEX, NTSP, MDRX, BHP, MM, DMD, SINA, TSS, LLNW, GDOT, LZBOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: SINA (SINA), up 6.1%... Allscripts (MDRX), up 5.7%... La-Z-Boy (LZB), up 10.6%... ALSO HIGHER: Demand Media (DMD), up 14.8% after Q4 results and saying it is exploring separating its businesses into two independent, publicly-traded companies... NetSpend Holdings (NTSP), up 30% after announcing an agreement to be acquired by Total System (TSS) for $16 per share. Green Dot (GDOT), which competes with NetSpend in the general purpose reloadable debit card market also gained 12.5% in after hours trading... DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Millennial Media (MM), down 26%... Terex (TEX), down 6.3%... Limelight Networks (LLNW), down 7.5%... ALSO LOWER: BHP Billiton (BHP), down 0.4% after announcing its CEO will retire in May... Northstar Realty (NRF), down 3% after announcing offering of 30M shares of common stock...Total System (TSS), down 1.8% after announcing an agreement to acquire NetSpend for $16 per share.
News For SINA;MDRX;LZB;DMD;NTSP;GDOT;MM;TEX;LLNW;BHP;NRF;TSS From The Last 14 Days
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January 28, 2015
07:59 EDTTSSTotal System price target raised to $42 from $35 at Susquehanna
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January 27, 2015
16:27 EDTTSSTotal System sees FY15 adjusted EPS $2.17-$2.21, consensus $2.21
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16:26 EDTTSSTotal System reports Q4 adjusted EPS 58c, consensus 53c
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15:35 EDTTSSNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Apple (AAPL), consensus $2.60; AT&T (T), consensus 55c; Amgen (AMGN), consensus $2.05; Yahoo (YHOO), consensus 29c; ACE (ACE), consensus $2.29; Stryker (SYK), consensus $1.45; Western Digital (WDC), consensus $2.10; Electronic Arts (EA), consensus 92c; Juniper (JNPR), consensus 31c; Total System Services (TSS), consensus 53c; Freescale Semiconductor (FSL), consensus 33c; Amdocs (DOX), consensus 81c; VMware (VMW), consensus $1.07; International Game Technology (IGT), consensus 25c; United States Steel (X), consensus 87c; Cytec (CYT), consensus 61c.
12:22 EDTTEXCaterpillar sinks after guidance cut, drags down machinery peers
Shares of Caterpillar (CAT) are falling after the company reported lower than expected profit and reduced its full-year guidance to well below analysts' consensus outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Caterpillar reported fourth quarter earnings per share, excluding certain items, of $1.35, versus analysts' consensus outlook of $1.55. The company's Q4 revenue came in slightly above expectations. However, Caterpillar provided fiscal 2015 EPS guidance, excluding certain items, of about $4.75, versus the consensus outlook of $6.67, and its revenue outlook was about $50B, compared with analysts' consensus estimate of $55B. In October, Caterpillar had provided a "preliminary outlook" for 2015 of no change to a slight increase in its revenue, versus 2014 levels. In 2014 the company reported revenue of $55.18B. Caterpillar blamed its disappointing guidance on weak commodity prices that are negatively impacting its Energy & Transportation business, as well as its mining equipment unit. Caterpillar also lowered its expectations for construction equipment sales in China, noting that while its market position in China has improved, 2015 expectations for the construction industry in China are now lower. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors, Wells Fargo wrote that Caterpillar's results are a bad sign for other machinery makers, including Cummins (CMI), Deere (DE), and Terex (TEX). The firm kept a Market Perform rating on Caterpillar. PRICE ACTION: in early afternoon trading, Caterpillar fell 7.5% to $79.61, Cummins dropped 4.6% to $141, Deere declined 3% to $85.76, and Terex fell 4.4% to $22.50.
09:01 EDTTSSTSYS, Banco CSF extend payments agreement
TSYS announced that it has extended its existing card-processing agreement with Banco CSF S.A., the financial services arm of Carrefour in Brazil, through 2024. TSYS supports Carrefour’s 12 million hybrid and private-label cards in circulation in Brazil on its market-leading TS Prime® processing solution. The Carrefour portfolio has grown 64% since the Carrefour and TSYS card program began in 2012. TSYS will continue to support Banco CSF’s growing business through its in-country operating infrastructure utilizing its local teams based in Campinas for technical, delivery and business expertise, while leveraging its global footprint in technology, servicing and product capabilities.
08:58 EDTTEXCaterpillar guidance to be negative for shares, says Wells Fargo
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January 20, 2015
18:21 EDTBHPBHP Billiton provides operational update
Group production increased by 9% during the December 2014 half year with records achieved for eight operations and five commodities. Production guidance remains unchanged and we are on track to deliver Group production growth of 16% over the two years to the end of the 2015 financial year. Metallurgical coal production increased by 21% to 26 Mt in the December 2014 half year as Queensland Coal and Illawarra Coal both achieved record half year volumes. Western Australia Iron Ore production increased by 15% to a record of 124 Mt (100% basis) in the December 2014 half year as the ramp-up of Jimblebar continued and we improved the availability, utilisation and rate of our integrated supply chain. Petroleum production increased by 9% to a record 131 MMboe in the December 2014 half year supported by a 71% increase in Onshore US liquids volumes to 24.4 MMboe. Copper production decreased by 2% to 813 kt as strong underlying operating performance across the business was offset by lower grades at Antamina. Record manganese ore and alumina production was underpinned by strong performances at both Hotazel and the Alumar refinery.
18:19 EDTBHPBHP Billiton to reduce U.S. rigs by about 40% by end of current fiscal year
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13:01 EDTGDOTWal-Mart launches cash pickup option for tax refunds
As Americans begin to file their tax returns, Walmart (WMT) announced the launch of a first-of-its-kind service that allows consumers to “skip the check” and pick up their tax refunds in cash. Walmart Direct2Cash is available nationwide starting today and will help customers save time and money when compared to traditional tax refund options. Walmart is working with Tax Products Group, a Green Dot Company (GDOT), and Republic Bank & Trust Company, member FDIC, two providers of tax-related financial products and services, to provide Walmart Direct2Cash as an option to millions of customers. The more than 25,000 tax preparation locations using software with the Walmart Direct2Cash option may provide this service for no additional fee or charge a maximum of $7 at the time of filing. Walmart does not charge customers a fee when refunds are claimed in a store.
06:51 EDTBHPBHP Billiton upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC
January 16, 2015
13:39 EDTBHPBHP Billiton upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord
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11:02 EDTSINABofA/Merrill APAC equity derivatives analyst analyst/industry conference call
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10:01 EDTNRFOn 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.
January 15, 2015
16:21 EDTNRFNorthstar Realty initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee
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10:59 EDTTEXManitex completes acquisition of PM Group, SpA
Manitex International (MNTX) announced that it has successfully completed its previously announced acquisition of PM Group S.p.A. The purchase price of $91M, which reflects exchange rate changes in effect at the closing, compares to the previously announced price of $107M, and consisted of cash consideration of $21M, assumed non-recourse debt of $60M, and one million shares of Manitex common stock. Financing for the cash portion of the purchase price was provided by Manitex's recently announced new bank credit facilities and the issuance of new convertible subordinated notes to institutional investors. David J. Langevin, Chairman and CEO of Manitex International, stated, "The PM acquisition is expected to be accretive to our net earnings in 2015 and beyond. The addition of PM, together with ASV, our new joint venture with Terex Corporation (TEX), positions Manitex to start 2015 at an annual sales run rate of approximately $500M."
10:00 EDTGDOTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: American Campus (ACC) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Apple (AAPL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... Archer Daniels (ADM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Barrick Gold (ABX) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... CNOOC (CEO) downgraded to Underperform from Hold at Jefferies... CSC (CSC) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Computer Programs (CPSI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... D.R. Horton (DHI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... DDR Corp. (DDR) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Dominion Diamond (DDC) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... EVERTEC (EVTC) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Education Realty (EDR) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Franco-Nevada (FNV) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... General Cable (BGC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Longbow... Green Dot (GDOT) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Greif (GEF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Grupo Simec (SIM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Hecla Mining (HL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... Host Hotels (HST) downgraded to Hold from Buy at MLV & Co.... Ingredion (INGR) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Insulet (PODD) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Magna (MGA) downgraded to Hold from Buy at TD Securities... Molson Coors (TAP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Nuverra Environmental (NES) downgraded at Roth Capital... Omnicom (OMC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... PetroChina (PTR) downgraded to Underperform from Hold at Jefferies... Philip Morris (PM) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Precision Castparts (PCP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc... Rio Tinto (RIO) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... STAG Industrial (STAG) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Silicon Laboratories (SLAB) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Sinopec (SNP) downgraded to Underperform from Hold at Jefferies... Sky (SKYAY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... Teledyne (TDY) downgraded to Underweight from Hold at KeyBanc... Woodward (WWD) downgraded to Underweight from Hold at KeyBanc... Xilinx (XLNX) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays.
10:00 EDTBHPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:24 EDTGDOTGreen Dot downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
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06:57 EDTBHPBHP Billiton upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie
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