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October 24, 2012
15:15 EDTSRCL, AKAM, TER, RRC, OI, ORLY, LSI, EFX, CCI, CLF, CTXS, AVB, AIZ, AMP, FFIV, WYNN, SYMCCompanies reporting After the Market Close on Wednesday, October 24th
Notable companies reporting after the bell include Akamai (AKAM), Ameriprise (AMP), Assurant (AIZ), AvalonBay (AVB), Citrix Systems (CTXS),Cliffs Natural (CLF), Crown Castle (CCI), Equifax (EFX), F5 Networks (FFIV), LSI Corp. (LSI), O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY), Owens-Illinois (OI), Range Resources (RRC), Stericycle (SRCL), Symantec (SYMC), Teradyne (TER), Wynn Resorts (WYNN)
News For SYMC;WYNN;FFIV;AMP;AIZ;AVB;CTXS;CLF;CCI;EFX;LSI;ORLY;OI;RRC;TER;AKAM;SRCL From The Last 14 Days
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October 14, 2014
10:01 EDTRRCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AU Optronics (AUO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Antero Resources (AR) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... BHP Billiton (BHP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Bill Barrett (BBG) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... BorgWarner (BWA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... CRH Plc. (CRH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Comstock Resources (CRK) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Cracker Barrel (CBRL) upgraded at Argus... Delphi Automotive (DLPH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... EOG Resources (EOG) upgraded at Bernstein... Eaton (ETN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Energizer (ENR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Energy Transfer Equity (ETE) upgraded to Outperform at RW Baird... Federal-Mogul (FDML) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Ford (F) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Buckingham... Gulfport Energy (GPOR) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group... Halcon Resources (HK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... HeartWare (HTWR) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Helmerich & Payne (HP) upgraded to Outperform at FBR Capital... Legg Mason (LM) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Level 3 (LVLT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Gabelli... Magnum Hunter (MHR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... NetScout (NTCT) upgraded at DA Davidson... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded to Buy with $600 target at BTIG... Newfield Exploration (NFX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... Nielsen (NLSN) upgraded at Bernstein... Orbitz (OWW) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... PDC Energy (PDCE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... Rackspace (RAX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore... Range Resources (RRC) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group... Rex Energy (REXX) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... SM Energy (SM) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Sanchez Energy (SN) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Targa Resources (TRGP) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Tudor Pickering... Unilife (UNIS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Ladenburg... Universal Forest (UFPI) upgraded at Sterne Agee.
09:45 EDTCCICorvex letter to be well received by Crown Castle holders, says Wells Fargo
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08:46 EDTCCICrown Castle confirms receipt of shareholder letter
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08:43 EDTRRCRange Resources upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group
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08:13 EDTCCICorvex says Crown Castle, Verizon deal would 'diversify' revenues
Corvex said, "A Verizon (VZ) tower deal would diversify Crown Castle's (CCI) revenues and deepen the company's relationship with arguably the U.S.'s strongest wireless company and operator of the country's most robust network. As the largest and most-focused U.S. tower operator and the largest operator of legacy carrier portfolios, Crown Castle could be the best strategic acquirer of Verizon's tower assets. That does not mean the company will be best positioned financially to provide the highest and best bid though. Based on recent press articles, the potential sale price for the Verizon towers could be approximately $6B. However, we strongly believe that the company should not issue any equity at recent prices, and certainly not to acquire more tower assets at premium prices when Crown Castle continues to trade at a material discount to both transaction multiples and publicly traded peers."
08:11 EDTCCICorvex sees Crown Castle to trade closer to 3.5% dividend yield over time
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08:10 EDTCCICorvex says Crown Castle has 'exceptional growth opportunities' ahead
Corvex said, "We are optimistic that many of you share our view that Crown Castle (CCI) is a great business with exceptional growth opportunities in the years ahead. However, we also believe many of you share our frustration over the company's stock price underperformance relative to peers and the market over the last eighteen months, and the company's persistent market discount relative to its peers and its own intrinsic value. We believe Crown Castle shares some of these same frustrations, and we commend management for soliciting input from its shareholders on this issue as well as the company's activities generally. We recently met with management at Crown Castle's headquarters in Houston and have had several follow-up conversations, continuing the productive dialogue we have had with the company for several years. Given the recent published speculation of a potential Verizon (VZ) towers transaction, we felt compelled to reach out publicly to fellow shareholders at this time as well, to further stimulate the capital allocation discussion which has intensified among investors and analysts in recent weeks. We firmly believe Crown Castle's valuation can be improved dramatically and sustainably through a change in the company's capital allocation plan, reducing Crown Castle's cost of capital and enhancing its ability to continue to grow and compound shareholder value over the long term. Based on our analysis, we see a near-term opportunity for Crown Castle to drive a 27% re-rating in its equity, and the potential for over 60% upside in 15 months. Once the company's equity currency has strengthened, Crown Castle can aggressively pursue a Verizon towers transaction, creating even greater long-term value for shareholders. However, if the company does not have the right cost of capital, it should not be pursuing acquisitions or issuing equity, whether for Verizon's towers or any other transaction. We make our case to shareholders and the company below, as well as in the attached presentation. Our analysis suggests a change in capital allocation could result in Crown Castle's stock trading for in excess of $100.00 per share within a short time frame, and compounding further from there. Based on recent public commentary by management, we think Crown Castle may be considering the same actions we suggest."
08:07 EDTCCICorvex sends letter to Crown Castle regarding capital allocation
Corvex Management released a letter to Crown Castle shareholders outlining a proposal to improve the company's capital allocation strategy to strengthen Crown Castle's valuation, reduce its cost of capital, and enhance the company's ability to continue to grow and compound shareholder value. The company said, "Given the increased public debate around Crown Castle's capital allocation policy as well as the potential for a Verizon towers transaction in the near future, we feel compelled to share our views publicly. We believe Crown Castle's valuation can be improved dramatically and sustainably by changing its capital allocation plan, expanding the company's investor base and closing its discount to peers and intrinsic value. We commend management for soliciting input from us and our fellow shareholders regularly, and we look forward to working together to create value for all Crown Castle shareholders."
08:07 EDTWYNNWynn Resorts downgraded at BofA/Merrill
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07:21 EDTCLFCliffs Natural in pact with Casablanca on certain standstill, voting obligations
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07:09 EDTFFIVF5 Networks initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse
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06:38 EDTWYNNWynn Resorts downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill
Price target lowered to $195 from $210.
October 13, 2014
10:08 EDTCLFOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Bankrate (RATE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... CME Group (CME) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Cliffs Natural (CLF) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Dana Holding (DAN) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Darden (DRI) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Dover (DOV) downgraded to Neutral at RW Baird... DryShips (DRYS) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Imperial Capital... Infineon (IFNNY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... J.C. Penney (JCP) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Johnson Controls (JCI) downgraded to Outperform from Top Pick at RBC Capital... Juniper (JNPR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Kennametal (KMT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Masco (MAS) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... New Gold (NGD) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... ON Semiconductor (ONNN) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest... PBF Energy (PBF) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Parker-Hannifin (PH) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... STMicroelectronics (STM) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Silicon Laboratories (SLAB) downgraded to Sector Perform at Pacific Crest... VOXX International (VOXX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen.
09:39 EDTCLFActive equity options trading on open
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09:23 EDTFFIV, AKAMHP could buy lower valuation company, says Bernstein
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08:05 EDTSYMCSymantec spun off companies could become targets, says Argus
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07:15 EDTAKAMNational Association of Corporate Directors to hold a conference
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07:04 EDTFFIVF5 Networks weakness a buying opportunity, says William Blair
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06:49 EDTCLFCliffs Natural downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
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October 12, 2014
17:34 EDTSYMCJPMorgan to double spending on cybersecurity over next five years, WSJ says
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