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March 29, 2012
10:20 EDTVZ, JNS, BKI, UA, MTL, HFC, AXP, WFM, MGA, ONE, 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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April 16, 2015
16:02 EDTAXPAmerican Express reports Q1 EPS $1.48, consensus $1.37
Reports Q1 revenue $7.95B, consensus $8.21B.
15:23 EDTAXPNotable companies reporting after market close
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13:58 EDTAXPEarnings Watch: American Express to report results amid headwinds, controversy
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09:36 EDTWFMActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL NFLX NEE AMT WFM C PM INTC AA MCD
08:51 EDTMGAMagna to sell interiors operations for $525M
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05:08 EDTAXPAmerican Express announces partnership with Jawbone
American Express and Jawbone announced a new partnership giving eligible U.S. American Express Card Members the ability to tap to pay with the new Jawbone UP4 fitness tracker anywhere American Express contactless payments are accepted in the U.S. This partnership and product launch marks the first time consumers can use a wearable fitness tracker with an embedded NFC chip for Amex payments, redefining what is possible with a 24/7 activity tracker.
April 15, 2015
12:18 EDTAXPAmerican Express reports March net write-off rate 1.5% vs. 1.5% last month
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09:55 EDTMGABofA/Merrill U.S. autos analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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06:46 EDTTAT&T files lawsuit to challenge net neutrality order, WSJ says
AT&T filed a lawsuit to overturn the FCC's net neutrality order to reclassify the internet as a telecommunications service, reports the Wall Street Journal. The move is surprising, as AT&T didn't join in prior suits, the Journal adds. Reference Link
April 14, 2015
12:40 EDTTPCTEL lowers FY15 revenue to $124M-$130M from $133M-$138M, two estimates $130M
Following its March 5 acquisition of Nexgen Wireless, PCTEL (PCTI) reported in a regulatory filing earlier that on April 7, Samsung Electronics America, a Samsung (SSNLF) subsidiary, provided Nexgen and PCTEL with a notice of Samsung’s election to terminate, effective April 30, the contractor services agreement between Samsung and Nexgen. Nexgen furnishes services to Samsung under the CSA including Meridian software-based services and contract personnel. The termination applies to the CSA only and will have no effect on other agreements between Samsung and Nexgen or PCTEL. The company continues to forecast 15%-18% revenue growth over FY14 and views the Nexgen acquisition as accretive to earnings in FY15. The company has revised its overall revenue forecast for FY15 in light of reduced business with Samsung, the reduction in capital spending by AT&T (T), and a decline in new network infrastructure investment in the oil and gas market. The company has revised revenue guidance from $133M-$138M to $124M-$130M. Finally, the company and Nexgen have signed a term sheet calling for a material reduction of the total consideration paid or payable by PCTEL for the Nexgen assets, and a material reduction of the equity compensation for which John Thakkar, the founder and president of Nexgen, will be eligible. These reductions seek to align the asset acquisition costs with the revised revenue and EBITDA estimates.
12:09 EDTAXPAmEx to team up with Jawbone for payments via fitness bands, WSJ reports
American Express is planning to team up with Jawbone to allow AmEx cardholders to make purchases via their fitness bands at certain merchants, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources familiar with the matter. A source says that the payment mechanism is not expected to be part of Jawbone's UP3, which will begin shipping this month, but will be available on a future offering. It is unclear whether Jawbone will expand the program to accept payments processed by MasterCard (MA) and Visa (V). Reference Link
08:21 EDTUAUnder Armour one of best growth stories in retail, says Canaccord
Canaccord called Under Armour one of the best growth stories in retail and said it expects solid Q1 results from the company on April 21. The firm sees a robust sales growth trajectory, led by footwear, international, and women's products. Canaccord reiterated its Buy rating and $97 price target on Under Armour shares.
April 13, 2015
20:16 EDTT, VZUSTelecom files net neutrality lawsuit against FCC
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16:18 EDTAXPAmerican Express transferred with a Market Perform at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo transferred coverage of American Express with a Market Perform rating and raised its price target range for shares to $80-$83 from $78-$83. Wells says the stock's valuation is at the top of major credit card issuers, which it feels adequately reflects Amex's "superior return profile."
08:36 EDTMDRXAllscripts to hold a meeting
6th Annual Financial Community Town Hall Meeting is being held in Chicago on April 13 at 7 pm. Webcast Link
08:32 EDTUAUnder Armour rises after Spieth brings attention to golf gear
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07:31 EDTMDRXHealthcare Information & Management Systems Society to hold a conference
HIMSS 2015 is being held in Chicago on April 12-16.
07:29 EDTMDRXLeerink to hold booth tours at HIMSS
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07:16 EDTVZTechWeek to hold a conference
TechWeek Detroit 2015 is being held in Detroit on 4/13-19.
07:15 EDTAXPAmerican Express shares could hit $105 in 18 months, says William Blair
William Blair analyst Robert Napoli says shares of American Express (AXP) are trading at nearly a 20% valuation discount to the S&P 500, reflecting "very high" pessimism in the name. Napoli tells investors today that other periods of "extreme pessimism" for American Express included 1998, 2001, and 2008/2009, with each proving to be a buying opportunity. He believes the current period will be no different. Napoli expects Amex shares to trend to historical valuation levels as investors look past the loss of Costco (COST) and better appreciate the company's growth opportunities. The analyst believes a stock price of around $105 is “reasonable” in about 18 months. The credit card issuer closed Friday up 43c to $79.59.
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