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February 24, 2012
10:30 EDTPPS, GB, MAR, CRM, CLP, CCG, UA, CRUS, PG, CPT, AVB, BAX, TGT, HCCIOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Target (TGT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies...Cirrus Logic (CRUS) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer...Marriott (MAR) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman...Baxter (BAX) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup...Under Armour (UA) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley...Greatbatch (GB) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at Piper Jaffray...AvalonBay (AVB) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at Credit Suisse...Campus Crest (CCG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital...Post Properties (PPS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS...Camden Property (CPT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS...Colonial Properties (CLP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS...Heritage-Crystal Clean (HCCI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham...Procter & Gamble (PG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham...Salesforce.com (CRM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at ThinkEquity.
News For TGT;CRUS;MAR;BAX;UA;GB;AVB;CCG;PPS;CPT;CLP;HCCI;PG;CRM From The Last 14 Days
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August 20, 2015
06:34 EDTAVBAvalonBay upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
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05:55 EDTCRUSCirrus Logic pullback a buying opportunity, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Ruben Roy recommends using the recent pullback in shares of Cirrus Logic as a buying opportunity. The stock is down 23% from the post earnings highs in late July, Roy tells investors in a research note. After hosting investor meetings with Cirrus Logic CEO Jason Rhode, Roy believes increasing dollar content in upcoming handsets and revenue diversification will remain key themes for the company over the next 18 months. He views Cirrus as the "strongest beneficiary" from expanding voice activation applications in portable and mobile devices. Roy reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock with a $44 price target.
August 19, 2015
19:48 EDTTGTTarget price target, estimates raised at Baird
Baird noted that Target's Q2 report was "positive" and said that Q3 seemed off to a "solid start," despite a softer comp outlook. The firm raised its price target to $78 from $77, its FY15 EPS estimates to $4.75 from $4.62, and its FY16 EPS estimates to $5.20 from $5.05. Baird, however, maintained its Neutral rating on Target shares.
16:58 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
The market opened deep in negative territory after a tumultuous trading session in China and a softer than expected U.S. consumer prices report. Sellers continued to push the averages lower throughout the morning, with the Dow tacking on losses of more than 200 points as investors waited for the release of the Fed minutes. The market rallied following an early leak of the minutes, which suggested officials are getting closer to raising rates but appear to be waiting for additional data. Despite the afternoon rally, the averages sold off once again heading into the close, leaving all three indices in the negatives for Wednesday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the July consumer price index edged up 0.1% against expectations for 0.2% reading. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, also came in at 0.1% versus consensus estimates of 0.2%. There were no revisions to the 0.3% headline gain in June or the 0.2% growth in the ex-food and energy component. Component gains were muted across the board, with Energy prices up just 0.1% in July. Meanwhile, FOMC minutes showed no definitive indication of a September rate hike. Most committee members "judged that the conditions for policy firming had not yet been achieved, but they noted that conditions were approaching that point." Other members, however, believed that the inflation outlook "might not soon meet one of the conditions... for initiating a firming of policy." COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Dot Hill Systems (HILL) soared $4.50, or 86.87%, to $9.68 after Seagate Technology (STX) agreed to acquire the company for $9.75 per share, noting that it expects the deal to be non-GAAP EPS accretive in fiscal 2016. Shares of the hard drive giant fell 5.03% to $49.43 for the session... Lowe's (LOW) shares saw gains of $1.34, or 1.84%, to $74.36 following the company's earnings report this morning, while Target (TGT) rose $59c, or 0.73%, to $80.89 after beating on both top and bottom lines. On a subsequent conference call, Target executives forecast a "choppy" competitive environment in Q3, though they added that the company "will not get beat" on promotions in Q4. Separately, American Eagle (AEO) lost 7.42% to $16.92 after its quarterly numbers. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Palatin (PTN) and Apricus (APRI), showing respective advances of 3.19% and 7.89% after the FDA approved Sprout's female sexual dysfunction drug Addyi, with the agency remarking that it "continues to encourage drug development in this area." Note that both Palatin and Apricus are developing their own treatments in the space, and Apricus reaffirmed this morning its intent to seek a global partner as it advances its Femprox sexual dysfunction medication. Also higher was Yum! Brands (YUM), which gained $1.90, or 2.26%, to $86.10 after appointing a new CEO of its China division, adding that its same-store sales in the region "have turned significantly positive." Among the noteworthy losers was Rayonier Advanced Materials (RYAM), plunging $6.01, or 44.09%, to $7.62 after disclosing a legal battle with its customer Eastman Chemical (EMN) over "meet or release" contract stipulations which may impact Eastman's purchase obligations. Also lower was Caesarstone (CSTE), which lost $3.43, or 7.14%, to $44.61 after short-selling hedge fund Spruce Point said the stock has up to 75% downside due to heightened raw material costs and competitive concerns, among other factors. Separately, EOG Resources (EOG), Baytex Energy (BTE), and Vanguard Natural (VNR) saw respective losses of 4.15%, 15.53%, and 13.83% after WTI crude fell 5.02% for the session. INDEXES: The Dow declined 162.61, or 0.93%, to 17,348.73, the Nasdaq fell 40.30, or 0.80%, to 5,019.05, and the S&P 500 lost 17.31, or 0.83%, to 2,079.61.
16:00 EDTTGTTarget shares driven higher after earnings, cool after hot open
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13:30 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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13:30 EDTTGTOptions with increasing put volume;
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13:23 EDTTGTOptions with increasing call volume
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13:09 EDTTGTTarget COO Mulligan says not worried about CEO leaving
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11:23 EDTTGTTarget says feels 'great' about Q4 plans
Says will be "very promotional" in Q4. Says "will not get beat" on promotions in Q4. Says will update guidance for Q4 at a later date.
11:17 EDTTGTTarget says seeing 'really positive response' to Cartwheel
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11:15 EDTTGTTarget sees Q3 adjusted EPS 79c-89c, consensus 86c
11:03 EDTTGTTarget says sees Q3 SSS up 1%-2%
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10:51 EDTTGTTarget CEO says supply chain being 'stretched beyond core capabilities'
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09:19 EDTTGTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:02 EDTTGTTarget says SSS in signature categories grew 3x faster than company average
"We're very pleased with our second quarter financial results, as traffic growth, strong sales in our signature categories and continued expense discipline drove better-than-expected profitability," said Brian Cornell, chairman and CEO of Target. "While the momentum in our financial results is encouraging, we have much more to accomplish. Looking ahead, we are focused on making further progress against our strategic priorities and are committed to improving operations as we move through the important back-to-school, back-to-college and holiday seasons." Says comparable sales in signature categories -- Style, Baby, Kids and Wellness -- grew three times faster than the company average, resulting in comparable sales growth of four to five percent in both Home and Apparel.
08:01 EDTCRMSalesforce outlook has improved, says Oppenheimer
After conducting checks, Oppenheimer is more confident in Salesforce's business momentum. The firm thinks the company's business performed well at the end of Q2, as it closed a large number of big deals. Oppenheimer is upbeat on the outlook for Wave and says that a Fortune 500 company appears to be planning to increase its spending on the Salesforce1 platform. The firm says that the Fortune 500 company's decision has multiple positive implications for Salesforce. It reiterates an Outperform rating on the shares.
08:01 EDTTGTTarget raises FY15 adjusted EPS view to $4.60-$4.75 from $4.50-$4.65
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08:01 EDTTGTTarget reports Q2 EPS $1.22, consensus $1.11
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06:31 EDTCRMSalesforce commercial business momentum moderating, says Jefferies
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