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March 16, 2012
10:30 EDTWAB, STT, SHPGY, MSFT, LEA, DELL, RBSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Wabtec (WAB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T...Lear (LEA) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman...Shire (SHPGY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan...Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS...Microsoft (MSFT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus...State Street (STT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Rochdale...Dell (DELL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Standpoint Research.
News For WAB;LEA;SHPGY;RBS;MSFT;STT;DELL From The Last 14 Days
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November 19, 2015
08:44 EDTSTTState Street names Antoine Shagoury as Global Chief Information Officer
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08:18 EDTMSFTMicrosoft participates in a panel discussion
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07:30 EDTWABUBS to hold a conference
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November 18, 2015
16:01 EDTMSFTOptions Update; November 18, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.39 to 19.44. Option volume leaders: AAPL NBG TGT NFLX F FB QCOM SUNE GPRO MSFT
14:49 EDTMSFTEarnings Watch: Salesforce shares up 14% since last earnings report
Salesforce (CRM) is scheduled to report third quarter results after the market close on Wednesday, November 18, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Salesforce is a provider of enterprise cloud computing solutions that include apps and platform services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 19c on revenue of $1.7B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 17c-20c on revenue of $1.68B-$1.72B. On its last earnings conference call, Salesforce gave Q3 EPS guidance of 18c-19c and revenue guidance of $1.69B-$1.7B. It also gave FY16 EPS guidance of 70c-72c and FY16 revenue of $6.6B-$6.63B. The company expects FY16 operating cash flow growth of approximately 34%-35%. Salesforce said it is now on pace to reach $7B run rate later this year. LAST QUARTER: On August 20, Salesforce reported second quarter EPS of 19c, beating the consensus analyst forecast of 18c. The company's revenue came in at $1.63B, topping the consensus estimate of $1.60B. It reported deferred revenue on balance of $3.03B as of July 31 and Q2 subscription and support revenue of $1.52B. Salesforce added that Q2 was the "best quarter ever" for the company due to momentum in Europe and growth in the adoption of its core platform. NEWS: Salesforce and Western Union (WU) announced an agreement for Western Union to use Sales Cloud, Community Cloud, Analytics Cloud and App Cloud to automate previously paper-based processes. Salesforce also announced plans to extend its strategic partnership with Microsoft (MSFT). The company said it would double its workforce in the Seattle area. STREET RESEARCH: Brean Capital said Salesforce should be a core holding due its new cloud targets, operating margin expansion and revenue growth in the 20%-30% range year over year. Jeffries said it was impressed with the company's DreamForce conference, but kept an Underperform rating on the stock because the net present value of new business may be negative for Salesforce at this time. In late September, Oppenheimer said that the company's checks were positive. It added that Salesforce's share of the market could be increasing and adds that Salesforce's platform strategy is becoming more popular with customers. PRICE ACTION: Salesforce shares are up over 14% since the company's Q2 report. In afternoon trading ahead of Thursday's report, Salesforce shares are up fractionally.
12:02 EDTLEABorgWarner has de-risked set up into Detroit Auto Show, analyst says
Shares of BorgWarner (BWA), a global automotive industry components and parts supplier, are gaining after Goldman Sachs analyst Patrick Archambault upgraded the company to Buy from Neutral citing the 35% pullback in shares since the March 3 peak and improving China sales. WHAT'S NEW: Archambault, who maintained a $54 price target on BorgWarner shares, said in a note to investors that the auto parts maker has de-risked the set up into the Detroit Auto Show in January in the wake of its recent guide down for 2015 and pull forward of backlog cut announcement. The company may get to mid-to-high single digit growth even with a backlog cut and improving China sales "may even point to some upside," the analyst continued. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On November 10, BorgWarner finalized its acquisition of Remy International, a manufacturer of rotating electrical components such as alternators, starter motors and electric traction motors for the automotive and commercial vehicle industry. "With this acquisition, the complementary combination of technologies and global operations will strengthen BorgWarner's product leadership position," said BorgWarner President and Chief Executive Officer James Verrier. On October 30, RBC Capital downgraded BorgWarner to Sector Perform from Outperform with a $45 price target on shares. Analyst Joseph Spak said BorgWarner's story is transitioning from a growth story to GARP as it enters a mid-single digit growth phase, and expects the shareholder base will likely churn and credibility has to be rebuilt. PRICE ACTION: Shares of BorgWarner are advancing 4.79%, or $1.94, to $42.55 in midday trading. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the space including Lear (LEA), Delphi Automotive (DLPH) and Magna International (MGA) are trading higher in midday trading.
November 17, 2015
18:58 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO says building new cyber defense center, NBC reports
Speaking at the Microsoft Government Cloud Forum on Tuesday, CEO Satya Nadella revealed plans to open a Cyber Defense Operations Center, gathering security experts from across the company's suite of products in order to respond to security threats in real-time, reports NBC. Reference Link
18:34 EDTRBSU.S. pursuing criminal charges against JPMorgan, RBS executives, WSJ says
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09:02 EDTMSFTAnalyst pans competing products, says buy Fitbit
Shares of previous high-flier Fitbit (FIT) have dropped about 30% in the last two weeks following the company's third quarter earnings report, but an analyst at Bank of America upgraded his view of the fitness tracker maker this morning, saying that now is the time to buy ahead of fourth quarter results that may be boosted by the "underwhelming" new products being launched by its competitors. UNDERWHELMING COMPETITION: Fitbit's sales guidance for this holiday quarter looks conservative, contends Bank of America analyst Nat Schindler, who notes that the company only had the launch of one new product last December but will have the Charge, Charge HR and Surge to drive sales this season. Schindler also notes that the company's international advertising has expanded into more countries ahead of the holidays this year. Key, however, may be the "underwhelming" lineup of new or updated fitness trackers launched by competitors, such as the Microsoft's (MSFT) Band 2, Jawbone's UP4 and Sony's (SNE) Smartband 2, many of which have only minor improvements and no "must have" features to pull consumers away from Fitbit, Schindler told investors in his research note. PLATFORM PICKING UP STEAM: The analyst also pointed out that Fitbit now has more than 20 companies signed onto its health and wellness platform, including big names like Target (TGT) and Barclays (BCS), which he believes should help drive revenue beats in the upcoming fiscal year due to increased device sales. Also, the additional dashboard data should help Fitbit maintain long-term user engagement, said Schindler. APPLE WATCH: Apple's (AAPL) Apple Watch is largely viewed as the biggest potential competitive threat to Fitbit's offerings, but on the fitness tracker maker's last earnings call CEO James Park said Fitbit's products differ from those of its competitors in several key aspects, including pricing, cross-platform compatibility, brand awareness and product line breadth. Other wearables makers include Garmin (GRMN) and Samsung. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after Fitbit's last earnings report after the market close on November 2, its shares have fallen about 29.5% to close yesterday at $28.80. In pre-market trading this morning, Fitbit shares rose 2% to $29.40.
08:05 EDTWABWabtec receives $26M order for freight car components in Saudi Arabia
Wabtec has received an order valued at about $26M to provide components, including electronically controlled pneumatic, or ECP, braking equipment, for 1,186 freight cars to be built for the Saudi Arabia Railway. The components are expected to be delivered over the next two years. Under the contract, Wabtec will provide a complete set of its components for the cars, including ECP and pneumatic brake equipment, draft gears, bogies and truck-mounted brakes.
07:56 EDTMSFTUBS to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference is being held in San Francisco on November 16-18 with webcasted company presentations to begin on November 17 at 10:45 am.; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
07:50 EDTSTTClearing House to hold a conference
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07:48 EDTSTTBofa/Merrill to hold a conference
Banking & Financial Services Conference 2015 is being held in New York on November 17-18.
06:16 EDTMSFTMicrosoft turns around flawed security technology, NY Times says
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November 16, 2015
17:02 EDTMSFTPoint72 added to lululemon position, subtracted from Netflix position
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16:00 EDTMSFTOptions Update; November 16, 2015
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11:24 EDTSTTClearing House to hold a conference
Clearing House Annual Conference is being held in New York on November 16-18.
10:00 EDTWABOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Alliant Energy (LNT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... AmerisourceBergen (ABC) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Amphenol (APH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... CA Technologies (CA) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... Cempra (CEMP) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Edgewell Personal Care (EPC) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Eli Lilly (LLY) upgraded on improved growth outlook at BMO Capital... MiMedx (MDXG) upgraded to Strong Buy from Buy at Needham... NVIDIA (NVDA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... New York REIT (NYRT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Oracle (ORCL) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Perrigo (PRGO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Semtech (SMTC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Tullow Oil (TUWOY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Wabtec (WAB) upgraded to Outperform on valuatoin at Raymond James.
07:43 EDTWABWabtec upgraded to Outperform on valuatoin at Raymond James
As previously reported, Raymond James upgraded Wabtec to Outperform from Market Perform and established an $82 price target on shares. Analyst Art Hatfield said the pullback in shares provides an attractive entry point and views North American OEM railcar exposure concerns as overdone.
06:12 EDTWABWabtec upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James
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