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January 16, 2013
12:06 EDTCLF, TRIPStocks with call strike movement; TRIP CLF
TripAdvisor (TRIP) March 49 call option implied volatility decreased 2% to 43, Cliffs Natural (CLF) April 40 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 43 according to iVolatility.
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February 7, 2016
14:05 EDTCLFCliffs Natural reaches Bloom Lake settlements, will adopt governance changes
Cliffs Natural Resources announced it has reached agreements in principle to settle both the putative federal securities class action pending in the District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, and the combined shareholder derivative actions pending in the Court of Common Pleas of Cuyahoga County, Ohio. The lawsuits were based, among other things, on the alleged dissemination of false or misleading information by the previous management and previous board of directors regarding the company's former Bloom Lake mine in Canada. The settlements are subject to court approval, and will have "no impact" on the company's financial position or operations, Cliffs noted. The agreement in the securities action provides for a settlement payment to the class of $84M, the totality of which will be paid by the company's third party insurance carriers. Under the terms of the settlement for the derivative actions, the company has agreed to adopt a number of changes to its corporate governance policies, protocols and practices. In addition, the company's insurance carriers will pay $775,000 for plaintiff's attorneys' fees and costs.
February 5, 2016
06:42 EDTCLFCliffs Natural solvency concerns mounting, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Jorge Beristain says that while successful execution of the recently announced debt exchange offer could bring a short-term catalyst for shares of Cliffs Natural, it may not alter medium-term solvency concerns. Post the company's Q4 results, the analyst cut his price target for the shares to $1.00 from $1.50 on lower iron ore realizations. He believes solvency concerns are mounting and reiterates a Sell rating on Cliffs.
February 4, 2016
06:14 EDTTRIPTripAdvisor risk/reward now favorable into earnings, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Olson says that following the significant underperformance of shares, the risk/reward for TripAdvisor (TRIP) is now favorable into the company's Q4 results. The slowdown in travel is already reflected into consensus estimates and concerns regarding the magnitude of the upcoming 2016 guide-down are overblown, Olson tells investors in a pre-earnings research note on the Online Content space. He reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock with a $120 price target. The analyst recommends avoiding Expedia (EXPE) and Priceline (PCLN) into the Q4 reports.
February 1, 2016
16:24 EDTCLFMesabi Trust receives royalty report of iron ore product shipments from Cliffs
On January 29, the Trustees of Mesabi Trust (MSB) received the quarterly royalty report of iron ore product shipments from Silver Bay, Minnesota during the quarter ended December 31, 2015 from Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF), the parent company of Northshore Mining Company. As previously reported, on January 15, 2016, the Trustees declared a distribution of 5c per Unit of Beneficial Interest payable on February 20 to Mesabi Trust Unitholders of record at the close of business on January 30. As reported by Cliffs, based on shipments of iron ore products by Northshore during the three months ended December 31, 2015, Mesabi Trust was credited with a base royalty of $2.86M. Mesabi Trust also was credited with a bonus royalty in the amount of $271,153, based on the average sales price per ton of iron ore pellets and the volume of shipments by Northshore during the fourth calendar quarter of 2015. Royalties paid to Mesabi Trust, however, reflected a reduction of $797,170 as a result of negative pricing adjustments to base and bonus royalty calculations related to changes in price estimates made in the previous calendar quarters of 2015. Accordingly, the total royalty payments received on January 29, 2016 by Mesabi Trust from Northshore were $2.42M. The royalties paid to Mesabi Trust are based on the volume of shipments of iron ore pellets for the quarter and the year to date, the pricing of iron ore product sales, and the percentage of iron ore pellet shipments from Mesabi Trust lands rather than from non-Mesabi Trust lands. In the fourth calendar quarter of 2015, Northshore credited Mesabi Trust with 981,102 tons of iron ore, as compared to 1,244,364 tons during Q4 of 2014.
January 28, 2016
10:05 EDTTRIPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Azure Midstream Partners (AZUR) downgraded at Stifel... Chesapeake (CHK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... CorEnergy (CORR) downgraded at Stifel... DCP Midstream (DPM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... DynCorp (DCP) downgraded at Stifel... Ericsson (ERIC) downgraded on challenging outlook at BMO Capital... H&E Equipment (HEES) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Halcon Resources (HK) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... InvenSense (INVN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Barrington... Invitae (NVTA) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink... Kirby (KEX) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... MEG Energy (MEGEF) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Metro (MTTRY) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... OSI Systems (OSIS) downgraded to Hold following Q2 miss at BB&T... Oasis Petroleum (OAS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... Pan American Silver (PAAS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Qualcomm (QCOM) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Range Resources (RRC) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Rockwell Automation (ROK) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Royal Gold (RGLD) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... SEI Investments (SEIC) downgraded to Underperform at Keefe Bruyette... SandRidge Energy (SD) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Wunderlich... Seadrill (SDRL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... ServiceNow (NOW) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at MKM Partners... State Bank Financial (STBZ) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill... Sunoco Logistics (SXL) downgraded at Stifel... Tallgrass Energy GP (TEGP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Tallgrass Energy (TEP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Textron (TXT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Drexel Hamilton... TripAdvisor (TRIP) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Tupperware Brands (TUP) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... U.S. Steel (X) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... United Rentals (URI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Welltower (HCN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Western Gas Partners (WES) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich.
06:32 EDTTRIPTripAdvisor downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James
Raymond James downgraded TripAdvisor to Underperform given the combination of a more challenging macro environment and model shift. The firm's analyst believes many top sites are struggling to drive transaction revenue and believes TripAdvisor will need to spend more on marketing to accelerate Instant Book usage.
January 27, 2016
10:20 EDTTRIPGoldman says sell TripAdvisor as Airbnb adds to industry challenges
The outlook for online travel agencies, or OTAs, has become less favorable, partly due to increased competition from alternative lodging providers like Airbnb, Goldman Sachs wrote in a note to investors today. The firm downgraded one of the stocks in the sector, Priceline (PCLN), to Neutral from Buy, and cut another online travel agency, TripAdvisor (TRIP), to Sell from Neutral. WHAT'S NEW: Amid high lodging occupancy rates and below average supply growth, more travelers are embracing alternative lodging options like Airbnb, cutting out the OTAs, wrote Goldman analyst Heath Terry. Additionally, high occupancy rates are enabling hotels to seek better terms from OTAs, the analyst stated. Meanwhile, OTAs have increased their penetration of the hotel sector, leaving less room for share gains, Terry stated. Turning to specific stocks, the analyst expects Priceline to be hurt by the stronger dollar as well as increased competition from alternative lodging options. He anticipates that TripAdvisor's bottom line will be lowered by its efforts to convince hotels to join its Instant Booking program by granting them more favorable deal terms. Terry kept a Neutral rating on Expedia, but said that the stock could drop further, given the company's high exposure to large hotel chains, the competitive challenges it's facing, and integration risks from four major acquisitions it has made over the last two years. He cut his price target on Priceline to $1,200 from $1,500 and on TripAdvisor to $59 from $68. Terry has a $93 price target on Expedia. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Priceline fell 3.5% to $1,073, TripAdvisor lost 3.2% to $67.44, and Expedia declined 2.2% to $102.61.
10:00 EDTTRIPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: BG Group (BRGYY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi... Bill Barrett (BBG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Brown & Brown (BRO) downgraded to Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG... Canadian National (CNI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... DreamWorks (DWA) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Topeka... FirstMerit (FMER) downgraded at RBC Capital... Gentex (GNTX) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Haverty Furniture (HVT) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... Hercules Technology (HTGC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Horizon Technology (HRZN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Installed Building downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... Jarden (JAH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... K+S (KPLUF) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Berenberg... La-Z-Boy (LZB) downgraded at BB&T... Legacy Reserves (LGCY) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Medivation (MDVN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Merck (MRK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Metaldyne Performance (MPG) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Pier 1 Imports (PIR) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... Priceline (PCLN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Profire Energy (PFIE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Chardan... Regeneron (REGN) downgraded to Hold at Canaccord... Starwood (HOT) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA... Swiss Re (SSREY) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... TSYS (TSS) downgraded to Equal-Weight from Overweight at First Analysis... Talmer Bancorp (TLMR) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... TopBuild (BLD) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... TripAdvisor (TRIP) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... VMware (VMW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Summit Research... W.R. Grace (GRA) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... WEC Energy (WEC) downgraded to Neutral from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Welltower (HCN) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Yamana Gold (AUY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan.
09:12 EDTCLF, TRIPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Biogen (BIIB), up 5.6%... Hawaiian Holdings (HA), up 6.7%... Capital One (COF), up 1.5%. ALSO HIGHER: Capnia (CAPN), up 34.1% after entering into an exclusive distribution agreement with Bemes... Fate Therapeutics (FATE), up 18.6% after announcing that the FDA has cleared the company's investigational new drug application for ProTmune... Raptor Pharmaceutical (RPTP), up 12.1% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Aquinox (AQXP), up 5.6% after Baker Bros. buys 140,786 shares in the company... Sunedison (SUNE), up 7.4% after SunEdison and Greenlight Capital announced that they have mutually agreed to corporate governance initiatives... Citizens Financial Group (CFG), up 3% after it will be added to the S&P 500... Terex (TEX), up 5.2% after being upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Tupperware Brands (TUP), down 11.4%... VMware (VMW), down 6.5%... Textron (TXT), down 9.9%... Cliffs Natural (CLF), down 5.8%... Boeing (BA), down 6.2%... Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), down 3%... Apple (AAPL), down 3.4%. ALSO LOWER: Priceline (PCLN), down 2.9% after being downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), down 4.2% after being downgraded at Citi and KeyBanc... Tripadvisor (TRIP), down 5.5% after being downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman.
08:07 EDTCLFCliffs Natural sees FY16 CapEx $50M vs. $83M in FY15
For 2016, Cliffs expects full-year sales volume of approximately 17.5 million tons from its U.S. Iron Ore business. In order to reduce pellet inventory levels and generate cash flow from working capital, the Company currently plans to produce approximately 16 million tons of iron ore pellets. Cliffs' full-year 2016 U.S. Iron Ore cash production cost per ton expectation is $50 - $55. The Company's cash cost of goods sold per ton expectation is $55 - $60, representing a reduction of $5 from the previously disclosed 2016 cash costs of goods sold per ton expectation of $60 - $65. Cliffs anticipates depreciation, depletion and amortization to be approximately $7 per ton for full-year 2016. The Company remains in active negotiations with the United Steelworkers and is committed to reaching a fair and equitable agreement. The current contract has been extended by mutual agreement of both parties. The contract extension covers approximately 2,200 USW-represented workers at Cliffs' Empire and Tilden mines in Michigan, and its United Taconite and Hibbing Taconite mines in Minnesota. Cliffs' full-year 2016 Asia Pacific Iron Ore expected sales and production volume is approximately 11.5 million tons. The product mix is expected to contain 50 percent lump and 50 percent fines. The Company expects full-year 2016 interest expense to be approximately $240 million, of which approximately $205 million is cash interest. Cliffs expects full-year 2016 capital expenditures to be $50 million, a significant reduction compared to 2015 expenditures of $83 million. The reduction is driven by the divestiture of the remaining coal assets as well as spending discipline exhibited in the U.S. Iron Ore business.
08:06 EDTCLFCliffs Natural reports Q4 US Iron Ore total sales volume 4.5M
U.S. Iron Ore pellet sales volume in the fourth quarter of 2015 was 4.5 million tons, a 42 percent decrease when compared with 7.8 million tons sold in the fourth quarter of 2014. The decrease was driven principally by the termination of a customer contract, lower demand from U.S. mills and higher sales in the comparable quarter in the prior year from the delayed start-up of the 2014 shipping season. Cash production cost per ton in U.S. Iron Ore was $45.36, down 23 percent from $58.96 in the prior year's fourth quarter. The decrease was driven by lower employment costs, reduced maintenance and repair costs, and year-over-year lower energy rates. Reports Q4 US Iron Ore total production volume 4.5M. Fourth-quarter 2015 Asia Pacific Iron Ore sales volume of 2.9 million was flat compared to the fourth quarter of 2014.
08:04 EDTCLFCliffs Natural reports Q4 cont ops EPS (14c), consensus (26c)
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06:04 EDTTRIPTripAdvisor downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman
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06:02 EDTTRIPPriceline downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
Goldman Sachs analyst Heath Terry downgraded Priceline (PCLN) to Neutral saying the environment for online travel agents is becoming less favorable amid high occupancy and rising competition from alternative accommodation providers. Terry cut his price target for the shares to $1,200 from $1,500. He continues to believe Priceline is the best positioned in the space, however. The analyst this morning also downgraded TripAdvisor (TRIP) to Sell and kept a Neutral rating on Expedia (EXPE).
January 26, 2016
14:32 EDTCLFNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include Novartis (NVS), consensus $1.18... Boeing (BA), consensus $1.26... United Technologies (UTX), consensus $1.52... Biogen (BIIB), consensus $4.08... EMC (EMC), consensus 65c... General Dynamics (GD), consensus $2.38... Anthem (ANTM), consensus $1.22... Illinois Tool Works (ITW), consensus $1.21... State Street (STT), consensus $1.18... Norfolk Southern (NSC), consensus $1.24... Progressive (PGR), consensus 47c... St. Jude Medical (STJ), consensus $1.01... Rockwell Automation (ROK), consensus $1.33... Textron (TXT), consensus 83c... Hess (HES), consensus ($1.47)... Cliffs Natural (CLF), consensus (26c).
10:40 EDTTRIPTripAdvisor adds key supplier with Starwood, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Olson says that while expected following Marriott's (MAR) acquisition of Starwood, the partnership enabling Starwood's hotel inventory on TripAdvisor's (TRIP) Instant Book is a positive. TripAdvisor is making "tremendous strides" in building its supplier network, Olson tells investors in a research note. He reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock with a $120 price target.
09:03 EDTTRIPStarwood, TripAdvisor announce new instant booking partnership
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide (HOT) and TripAdvisor (TRIP) have partnered to make Starwood's global hotel portfolio accessible on the TripAdvisor instant booking platform.

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