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February 19, 2013
19:11 EDTTSS, LLNW, GDOT, LZB, NRF, TEX, NTSP, MDRX, BHP, MM, DMD, SINAOn 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.
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February 11, 2016
13:30 EDTGDOTGreen Dot jumps after report says exploring alternatives
The move higher in shares of Green Dot is being attributed to a dealReporter story about the company exploring strategic alternatives. According to sources, dealReporter said Green Dot is in the early stages of exploring alternatives after coming under activist pressure from Harvest Capital. Shares of the prepaid debit cards provider are up 4%, or 68c, to $18.46 in midday trading.
13:22 EDTGDOTGreen Dot strength attributed to report of exploring sale
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February 9, 2016
19:18 EDTLLNWOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Limelight Networks (LLNW), up 20%... Akamai Technologies (AKAM), up 15.7%... Marketo (MKTO), up 9.9%... Paycom Software (PAYC), up 13.8%... A10 Networks (ATEN), up 7.3%... Prospect Capital (PSEC), up 8.6%... Nuance Communications (NUAN), up 6.5%... Panera Bread (PNRA), up 2.8%. ALSO HIGHER: Empire District Electric (EDE), up 14.8% after Algonquin Power will acquire the company for $34.00 per share. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: SolarCity (SCTY), down 32.6%... LeapFrog (LF), down 2%... Orion Energy Systems (OESX), down 23.8%... Seattle Genetics (SGEN), down 3.6%... Sangamo Biosciences (SGMO), down 7.1%... Disney (DIS), down 3.4%... Demandware (DWRE), down 2.6%. ALSO LOWER: Sunrun (RUN) is down 6.9%, Solaredge Technologies (SEDG) is down 6.6%, SunEdison (SUNE) is down 5.9%, Canadian Solar (CSIQ) is down 2.9%, SunPower (SPWR) is down 2.9%, and Tesla (TSLA) is down 2.2% following SolarCity's fourth quarter results.
16:08 EDTLLNWLimelight Networks sees FY16 revenue $180M-$195M, consensus $189.77M
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16:08 EDTLLNWLimelight Networks reports Q4 EPS 0c, consensus (2c)
Reports Q4 revenue $42.7M, consensus $44.07M.
10:00 EDTNRFOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: American Capital Senior Floating (ACSF) downgraded to Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... American Science & Engineering (ASEI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Benchmark... ArcelorMittal (MT) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... BioCryst (BCRX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Brixmor (BRX) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Diana Shipping (DSX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Clarksons Platou... Eagle Point Credit (ECC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Golden Ocean (GOGL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Clarksons Platou... Lukoil (LUKOY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Memorial Resource (MRD) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Navios Maritime (NM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Clarksons Platou... Northstar Realty (NRF) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Plains All American (PAA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Plains GP Holdings (PAGP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Qualys (QLYS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at DA Davidson... Quidel (QDEL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Randgold (GOLD) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Scorpio Bulkers (SALT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Clarksons Platou... Tortoise Energy (TYG) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Winnebago (WGO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Northcoast.
06:23 EDTNRFNorthstar Realty downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette
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February 5, 2016
05:46 EDTBHPStocks with implied volatility movement; BHP MAT
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February 4, 2016
11:46 EDTBHPOptions with increasing put volume
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11:21 EDTBHPOptions with increasing call volume; FMC HST XME RIO BHP PAY DNDK BSX ALLY SWFT
February 2, 2016
08:14 EDTTEXCFIUS unlikely to block Terex, Zoomlion deal, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Ann Duignan believes the Committee on Foreign Investment is unlikely to block the potential takeover of Terex by Chinese equipment manufacturer Zoomlion. With Terex trading at $22 per share, well below the offer of $30 per share, investors remain skeptical about Zoomlion's ability execute the transaction, Duignan tells investors in a research note. After speaking to a government affairs colleague, she views the likelihood of CFIUS blocking this deal as very low. The analyst has a Neutral rating on Terex with a $24 price target.
08:08 EDTMDRXAllscripts appoints Melinda Whittington as CFO
Allscripts Healthcare (MDRX) announced Melinda Whittington has joined the company as SVP - Finance and will become the CFO of the company effective on the first business day after the company files its annual report on Form 10-K for the FY15 by March 1. Whittington most recently served as SVP, Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of Kraft Heinz (KHC).
06:43 EDTBHPBHP may lose 'solid A' status amid commodities rout, Bloomberg says
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January 31, 2016
11:39 EDTTEXS&P falls 5% in January despite second straight winning week to close month
Stocks finished the month of January with two straight winning weeks, but investors are still glad to see the calendar flip as those winners only cut the S&P's loss to 5% for the month. With growth worries abounding amid troubling signs from China and as oil languishes below $35 per barrel, the manufacturing readings from China, Europe, and the U.S. due out on Monday will be essential to whether the new month continues the uptrend of the end of January or the dour tone that dominated the early half of the month. MACRO NEWS: The Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged following its policy meeting this week, as almost universally expected. In its accompanying statement, the central bank said its committee members expect that economic conditions will "evolve in a manner that will warrant only gradual increases in the federal funds rate." The group added that inflation is expected to "remain low in the near term, in part because of the further declines in energy prices, but to rise to 2% over the medium term as the transitory effects of declines in energy and import prices dissipate and the labor market strengthens further"... In other domestic economic news, the Commerce Department's first read on fourth quarter gross domestic product came in at 0.7% annualized growth, below the already anemic 0.8% growth forecast. The S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5.8% from the prior year in November, topping expectations for a 5.7% year-over-year increase. The separate FHFA house price index showed a monthly gain of 0.5% in November, matching the consensus forecast. Markit's services PMI for January came in at 53.7, missing the 54.0 forecast. The preliminary reading of the Conference Board's consumer confidence index for January came in at 98.1, topping the 96.5 reading that was expected. New home sales surged 10.8% to a 544,000 annualized pace in December, topping expectations and hitting their highest level in 10 months. Initial jobless claims fell to 278,000 last week, versus the expected 281,000 first-time claims. Durable goods orders dropped 5.1% in December, versus expectations for a decrease of 0.7%. The core reading, which removes transportation items, was down 1.2%, versus expectations for a decline of 0.1%. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment index slipped to 92.0 in the final January print, missing the 93.0 reading that was forecast... In a surprising move in Asia, the Bank of Japan introduced a rate of minus 0.1% on certain excess holdings of cash while maintaining the pace of its asset purchases. Japan also reported data pointing to a softening economy, as total CPI grew 0.2% year-over-year in December, core CPI rose at only a 0.1% pace and industrial production fell a preliminary 1.4% month-over-month in December. COMPANY NEWS: McDonald's (MCD) advanced Monday after the fast food giant reported better than expected earnings and comparable sales growth for the fourth quarter, powered by the launch of All Day Breakfast in the U.S.... Earnings season accelerated Tuesday as four members of the bluechip Dow Jones Industrial Average posted results before the opening bell. 3M (MMM) was the top advanced on the index with a gain of over 5%, while Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Procter & Gamble (PG) and DuPont (DD) all notched gains that day following their reports as well... Apple (AAPL) declined more than 6.5% on Wednesday after the tech giant reported first quarter earnings that topped consensus estimates, but also issued revenue guidance for the new quarter that missed expectations. The company was noted by several analysts as taking a particularly downbeat tone in its earnings conference call, invoking the difficult macroeconomic environment and weakness it has recently seen in China. Apple was not the worst performer in the Dow that day, as Boeing (BA) shares plummeted nearly 9% after its profit outlook for the new fiscal year fell far short of the Street's consensus forecast... Facebook (FB) surged 15.5% on Thursday after the social media giant's fourth quarter earnings and revenue beat expectations. A number of Wall Street analysts increased their price targets for the stock following the report, including Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster, who hiked his target to a "Street-high" $170 per share. The same day, Caterpillar (CAT) reported better than expected quarterly earnings, excluding certain items, but its revenue came in below the consensus forecast and the heavy equipment maker warned that it does not anticipate an improvement in the world economy or commodity prices in 2016. The stock, which had declined almost 20% in the last three months prior to this morning's report, rebounded almost 5% after the company jumped over the lowered bar that had been set by bearish analysts... On Friday, shares of Amazon (AMZN) declined more than 7.5% after the company's fourth quarter results came in below expectations. Meanwhile, Microsoft (MSFT), which reported better than expected earnings, gained almost 6%. Chevron (CVX) reported a quarterly loss due to taking impairments and other charges of $1.1B. The company, which also reported that its average sales price per barrel of crude oil and natural gas liquids in the U.S. was $35 in fourth quarter, down from $66 a year ago, edged up 0.7% to $86.44... Among the many others reporting earnings this week, Visa (V), Mastercard (MA), Under Armour (UA), Sprint (S) and Biogen (BIIB) gained immediately following their reports, while Qualcomm (QCOM), eBay (EBAY), U.S. Steel (X), VMware (VMW) and Anthem (ANTM) all slid following their own... Xerox (XRX) announced plans to separate into two independent publicly-traded companies: one focused on Document Technology and another Business Process Outsourcing company. Xerox also announced an agreement related to the governance of the Business Process Outsourcing company under which six directors of the new company will be selected by Xerox and three will be selected by current Xerox shareholder Carl Icahn... Terex (TEX) surged more than 36% higher on Tuesday after receiving a $30 per share acquisition offer from China's Zoomlion. Terex peers Manitowoc (MTW), Joy Global (JOY) and Oshkosh (OSK) also gained after the offer was disclosed... Weight Watchers (WTW) shares soared nearly 20% Tuesday after noted shareholder and partner Oprah Winfrey tweeted a video detailing her progress using the company's program, indicating that she'd already lost 26 pounds thanks to its plan... AIG (AIG) provided its much-anticipated strategy update, committing to return at least $25B to shareholders over the next two years and announcing the sale of AIG Advisor Group to Lightyear Capital and PSP Investments. The company, under ongoing pressure from activist investors including Carl Icahn, also said it will publicly offer a portion of its United Guaranty unit, though it expressly rejected a full company breakup... SunEdison (SUNE) gained 18% during the week after agreeing to new corporate governance initiatives with David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital, including amending its bylaws to restrict equity issuances for two years without a supermajority board vote... Twitter (TWTR) slumped nearly 6% this week after CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed the departure of four company executives, leading research firm Stifel to downgrade the shares. INDEXES: The Dow gained about 2.2% to close at 16,466.30; the S&P 500 rose about 1.6% to close at 1,940.24; the Nasdaq advanced about 0.4% to close at 4,613.95.
January 29, 2016
10:05 EDTTEXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Abbott (ABT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Chuy's (CHUY) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Cypress Semiconductor (CY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee CRT... Darden (DRI) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Dominion (D) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Ensco (ESV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... First Financial (FFIN) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Global Partners (GLP) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Mitsubishi UFJ... Investors Bancorp (ISBC) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Compass Point... NetScout (NTCT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Precision Castparts (PCP) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Gabelli... Spirit AeroSystems (SPR) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Synaptics (SYNA) downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at Needham... Terex (TEX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Avondale... UniCredit (UNCFF) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Berenberg... United Rentals (URI) downgraded to Neutral from Positive at Susquehanna... Xcel Energy (XEL) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie.
09:39 EDTTEXTerex sales talks with Zoomlion ongoing, Reuters reports
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09:01 EDTNRFLand and Buildings nominates six directors to NorthStar Asset Management
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07:43 EDTTEXTerex downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Avondale
Avondale downgraded Terex to Market Perform citing the recent strength in shares and said risk/reward is balanced.

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