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February 27, 2013
10:00 EDTOCFC, AEGN, RY, MWE, GTI, SSP, PKG, FDX, OAS, INVN, FSLR, AH, VRSN, NUVA, HXM, FCFSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: E.W. Scripps (SSP) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... First Cash Financial (FCFS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... First Solar (FSLR) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... GrafTech (GTI) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Homex (HXM) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... InvenSense (INVN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... MarkWest Energy (MWE) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... NuVasive (NUVA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... Oasis Petroleum (OAS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Royal Bank of Canada (RY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... VeriSign (VRSN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... FedEx (FDX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... Aegion (AEGN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Boenning & Scattergood... Accretive Health (AH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Dougherty... Packaging Corp. (PKG) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... First Solar (FSLR) downgraded following disappointing outlook at BofA/Merrill... OceanFirst Financial (OCFC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee.
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February 11, 2016
16:10 EDTNUVANuVasive sees Ellipse acquisition accretive to 2016 EPS by 1c
Sees acquisition accelerating NuVasive revenue growth to high single-digits in 2016.
16:09 EDTNUVANuVasive to selectively explore M&A opportunities
"Very selectively, we also intend to explore compelling inorganic opportunities that add value, such as today's completion of the acquisition of Ellipse Technologies, and reinforce our focus on transformative spine solutions," the company said.
16:08 EDTNUVANuVasive sees FY16 adjusted EPS $1.48, consensus $1.49
Sees FY16 revenue $923M, consensus $881.1M.
16:07 EDTNUVANuVasive reports Q4 adjusted EPS 35c, consensus 31c
Reports Q4 revenue $215.3M, consensus $215.27M.
16:07 EDTVRSNVeriSign approves additional share repurchase authorization of $611M
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16:05 EDTVRSNVeriSign reports Q4 EPS 79c, consensus 78c
Reports Q4 revenue $272.6M, consensus $270.2M.
05:40 EDTFSLRSolarCity downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
Barclays analyst Jon Windham downgraded SolarCity (SCTY) to Equal Weight citing the company's "weak" installation growth and guidance in Q4 and as well as investors' increasing focus on the company's near-term funding needs. Further, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling may delay action on the Clean Power Plan, Windham tells investors in a research note. He cut his price target for SolarCity shares to $20 from $49. The analyst also downgraded this morning Sunrun (RUN) to Equal Weight. Windham's top pick in the space remains First Solar (FSLR).
February 10, 2016
16:43 EDTFSLROn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
Stocks endured another roller coaster session as Fed Chair Yellen kicked off her annual pilgrimage to Capitol Hill. The averages began the day in positive territory, helped by an early rise in oil prices. The averages shot higher following a bullish oil inventory report, but soon afterward reversed and began to lose ground. The Nasdaq, which had been the strongest of the indexes throughout the day, maintained its leadership while the other indexes faltered. The Dow struggled under the weight of Disney (DIS) shares, which were lower following the company's earnings report, and gave in to the selling pressure for good late in the day, falling into the red near the close of the session. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen testified before the House Financial Services Committee. Tomorrow, she will present to the Senate Banking Committee. In her prepared remarks ahead of her testimony, Yellen said U.S. financial conditions have recently become "less supportive of growth," citing declines in the stock market, higher borrowing rates for riskier borrowers, and further appreciation of the dollar. Yellen also noted that foreign economic developments pose risks to domestic economic growth, noting that these growth concerns, along with strong supply conditions and high inventories, contributed to the recent fall in the prices of oil and other commodities. In a Q&A session, Yellen said she did not think recent market volatility warrants a rate cut. Separately, the Treasury announced a $55.2B budget surplus for January, much improved from the $17.5B shortfall registered in January of 2015. In Asia, Japanese stock indexes sank further, with the Topix falling another 3% and the Nikkei dropping over 2%. COMPANY NEWS: Continuing a recent trend in the media space, Time Warner (TWX) reported lower than expected quarterly revenues and saw its stock punished. The shares ended the day down 5% to $60.03, after slipping much further early in the session, despite the fact that its fourth quarter earnings topped expectations, as did its profit forecast for the new fiscal year, with the company also hiking its dividend 15% and authorizing a $5B share buyback program. Meanwhile, Disney last night reported better than expected earnings and revenue, powered by its blockbuster "Star Wars" film, but its shares fell 3.8% to $88.82 as investors continue to worry about the future of traditional media companies in the face of industry shifting trends such as cord-cutting and over-the-top video... SolarCity (SCTY) plunged 29.3% to $18.63 after reporting lower than projected installations in Q4 and giving lower than expected Q1 installation guidance. The stock's slide also weighed on its peers in the solar space, as First Solar (FSLR) fell 3% and Sunrun (RUN) dropped 15.7%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the noteworthy gainers was Fitbit (FIT), which advanced 2.7% to $14.68 after Vanguard reported a 9.2% stake in the company and Salesforce (CRM) founder, chairman, and CEO Marc Benioff reported a 5% stake. Also higher was Neurocrine Biosciences (NBIX), which rose 4.7% to $33.70 after AbbVie (ABBV), in cooperation with the company, announced that the second Phase 3 trial of endometriosis drug Elagolix met its co-primary endpoints. Meanwhile, Akamai (AKAM) and Panera Bread (PNRA) gained 21.2% and 4.95%, respectively, after reporting quarterly results. Among the notable losers was Retrophin (RTRX), which declined 0.7% to $13.64 after Imprimis Pharmaceuticals (IMMY) said it intends to make an alternative to the company's Thiola product. Also lower were ARM Holdings (ARMH) and Demandware (DWRE), which lost 8.82% and 8.81%, respectively, after reporting quarterly results. INDEXES: The Dow fell 99.64, or 0.62%, to 15,914.74, the Nasdaq gained 14.83, or 0.35%, to 4,283.59, and the S&P 500 slipped 0.35, or 0.02%, to 1,851.86.
12:18 EDTFSLROn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks have undergone another see-saw ride. The averages opened in positive territory, added to their gains in early trading, then saw much of their gains disappear, with the Dow now slipping below the flat line. Market watchers are intently listening as Fed Chair Janet Yellen speaks before the House Finance committee. She has maintained her mantra that the central bank will be data dependent in making its policy decisions and given little clue as to the potential pace of further rate hikes, though she did say that she does not believe the Fed will need to cut rates again. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen testified before the House Financial Services Committee. Tomorrow, she will present to the Senate Banking Committee. In her prepared remarks ahead of her testimony, Yellen said U.S. financial conditions have recently become "less supportive of growth," citing declines in the stock market, higher borrowing rates for riskier borrowers, and a further appreciation of the dollar. Yellen also noted that foreign economic developments pose risks to U.S. economic growth, noting that these growth concerns, along with strong supply conditions and high inventories, contributed to the recent fall in the prices of oil and other commodities. In Asia, Japanese stock indexes sank further, with the Topix falling another 3% and the Nikkei dropping over 2%. COMPANY NEWS: Continuing a recent trend in the media space, Time Warner (TWX) reported lower than expected quarterly revenues and its stock was punished. The shares were down 2% near noon, after being down much further early in the session, despite the fact that its fourth quarter earnings topped expectations, as did its profit forecast for the new fiscal year, and the company hiked its dividend 15% and approved a $5B share buyback program. Disney (DIS) last night reported better than expected earnings and revenue, powered by its blockbuster "Star Wars" film, but its shares also fell about 5% this morning as investors continue to worry about the future of traditional media companies in the face of industry shifting trends such as cord-cutting and over-the-top video... SolarCity (SCTY) plunged 20% after reporting lower than projected installations in Q4 and giving lower than expected Q1 installation guidance. A number of analysts cut their price targets on the stock but maintained their buy or equivalent ratings, though Roth Capital analyst Philip Shen downgraded SolarCity to Neutral and cut his price target for the shares to $19 from $65. SolarCity's slide weighed on its peers in the solar space as well, as First Solar (FSLR) fell 2.5% and Sunrun (RUN) dropped 12.5%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the noteworthy gainers was Fitbit (FIT), which advanced 5% after Vanguard reported a 9.2% stake in the company and Salesforce (CRM) founder, chairman, and CEO Marc Benioff reported a 5% stake. Also higher were Akamai (AKAM), Panera (PNRA), and Sealed Air (SEE), which gained 21%, 5%, and 8%, respectively, after reporting quarterly results. Among the notable losers was Kapstone (KS), which fell 25% and was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank following its Q4 earnings report. Also lower were Assurant (AIZ) and Medidata (MDSO), which were down 15% and 13%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 9.17, or 0.06%, to 16,005.21, the Nasdaq was up 50.11, or 1.17%, to 4,318.87, and the S&P 500 was up 10.35, or 0.56%, to 1,862.56.
February 9, 2016
12:50 EDTFDXAmazon working on global delivery business to challenge Alibaba, Bloomberg says
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07:45 EDTFDXUPS, FedEx face limited risk from Amazon initiative, says Bernstein
After Amazon (AMZN) launched a network of 23 sortation centers, Bernstein says that Amazon is carrying out postal injection operations, not building a ground delivery system. Moreover, Amazon's postal injection system is inferior to those of FedEx and UPS, and can only operate in the most dense areas, according to Bernstein, The firm keeps an Outperform rating on UPS and a Market Perform rating on FedEx.
February 8, 2016
10:06 EDTRYHigh option volume stocks
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06:05 EDTFCFSFirst Cash Financial completes 211 store acquisition
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06:04 EDTFCFSFirst Cash Financial initates cash dividend program with 12.5c payment
First Cash Financial Services announced details regarding payment of the Company's newly initiated cash dividend program. The Company's Q1 cash dividend of 12.5c per common share will be paid on March 15, 2016 to stockholders of record as of March 1. On an annualized basis, the dividend is currently projected at 50c per common share.
February 5, 2016
12:22 EDTFCFSFirst Cash Financial management to meet with JPMorgan
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February 3, 2016
10:54 EDTINVNOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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07:26 EDTFSLRDeutsche lists five reasons to like First Solar shares
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February 2, 2016
10:12 EDTINVNOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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05:50 EDTFDXBrazil approves FedEx's proposed acquisition of TNT Express, Reuters says
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February 1, 2016
10:15 EDTINVNOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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