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March 29, 2012
10:20 EDTUA, WFM, VZ, MTL, MGA, JNS, HFC, ONE, BKI, AXP, MDRX, TOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AT&T (T) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird...Allscripts (MDRX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Auriga...American Express (AXP) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo...Buckeye Technologies (BKI) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital...Higher One (ONE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman...HollyFrontier (HFC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse...Janus Capital (JNS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies...Magna (MGA) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup...Mechel (MTL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS...Verizon (VZ) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird...Whole Foods (WFM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman...Under Armour (UA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Longbow.
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July 22, 2014
16:36 EDTVZOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:29 EDTVZOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:00 EDTWFMOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:35 EDTWFMWhole Foods downgraded to Underperform from Peer Perform at Wolfe Research
Wolfe Research downgraded Whole Foods to Underperform based on checks that indicate increased promotions and weaker sales trends.
08:21 EDTWFMWhole Foods continues to have share gain opportunities, says Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley believes Whole Foods can continue to grow its share within the natural/organic market to 29% in 2018 from 24% in 2013. The firm said Whole Foods benefits from its leading position and sees upside potential to estimates. Shares are Overweight rated with a $50 price target.
07:28 EDTTAT&T volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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07:25 EDTVZVerizon down 1.4% after reporting Q2 results
07:22 EDTUACanaccord sees Q2 upside for Under Armour
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06:37 EDTVZVerizon backs FY14 investments of $16.5B-$17B
Verizon continues to target consolidated top-line growth of 4% and adjusted consolidated EBITDA margin expansion in 2014, with positive contributions to profitable growth from both wireless and wireline.
06:35 EDTVZVerizon reports Q2 adjusted EPS 91c, consensus 90c
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July 21, 2014
15:30 EDTVZNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Verizon (VZ), consensus 90c; Coca-Cola (KO), consensus 63c; Comcast (CMCSA), consensus 72c; United Technologies (UTX), consensus $1.70; McDonald's (MCD), consensus $1.44; Altria Group (MO), consensus 66c; du Pont (DD), consensus $1.17; Lockheed Martin (LMT), consensus $2.66; Kimberly-Clark (KMB), consensus $1.50; Travelers (TRV), consensus $2.07; Ingersoll-Rand (IR), consensus $1.11; State Street (STT), consensus $1.26; TD Ameritrade (AMTD), consensus 34c; Harley-Davidson (HOG), consensus $1.46; Polaris Industries (PII), consensus $1.39; Crocs (CROX), consensus 31c.
14:30 EDTVZEarnings Preview: Verizon CEO says 1.4M postpaid subscribers added in Q2
Verizon Communications (VZ) is expected to report second quarter earnings before the market open on Tuesday, July 22, with a conference call scheduled for 7:30 am ET. Verizon is a holding company providing communications, information and entertainment. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of 90c on revenue of $31.12B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 86c-93c on revenue of $30.84B-$31.35B. LAST QUARTER: Verizon reported first quarter adjusted EPS of 84c against estimates for 87c on revenue of $30.8B against estimates for $30.7B. For Q1, the company reported adding 549,000 net retail connections, including 539,000 net retail postpaid connections. It reported retail postpaid churn of 1.07%, 103.3M total retail connections, and 97.3M total retail postpaid connections. Consumer ARPU was up 11.3% year over year. It reported 98,000 FiOS Internet and 57,000 FiOS Video net additions in the quarter. Verizon said it continued to target consolidated top-line growth of 4% and adjusted consolidated EBITDA margin expansion in 2014, with positive contributions to profitable growth from both wireless and wireline. On July 10, during an interview on CNBC, CEO Lowell McAdam said the company added over 1.4M postpaid subscribers in Q2, with "record" tablet growth and "very strong" smartphone growth. McAdam added that Q2 churn was "very good" with margins consistent with the past several quarters. STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been mostly positive in the weeks leading up to Verizon's Q2 earnings report. On May 22, Verizon was initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein with a price target of $57. On July 1, Verizon was initiated with a Buy at BTIG and a price target of $60. On July 18, Oppenheimer added Verizon to its Triple Play list. The firm said its Triple Play stocks are rated Outperform, screen positively based on trends in earnings revisions, and have an attractive technical profile. PRICE ACTION: Verizon shares have gained approximately 10% following the company's Q1 report. However, over the past twelve months, they are up only about 1%. In afternoon trading ahead of Tuesday's Q2 report, Verizonís shares are flat.
12:56 EDTVZVerizon launches rewards program for wireless customers
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09:38 EDTVZActive equity options trading on open
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08:44 EDTMTLMechel receives Russian Railways Certification for shipping rail batch
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08:08 EDTTAT&T awarded $275M contract U.S. Department of State
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06:15 EDTWFMWhole Foods implied volatility of 43 at upper end of index mean range
July 18, 2014
15:42 EDTVZVerizon July weekly volatility elevated into Q2
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08:38 EDTVZVerizon added to Triple Play list at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer added Verizon (VZ) to its Triple Play list. The firm says its triple play stocks are rated Outperform, screen positively based on trends in earnings revisions and have an attractive technical profile. The firm removed Riverbed (RVBD) from the list after it downgraded that stock.
05:57 EDTVZLevel 3 says Verizon 'deliberately' causing Netflix congestion
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