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September 12, 2013
10:13 EDTWAG, UMPQ, STI, POR, PLCM, PLT, MINI, SJM, HMY, FHN, ECA, CTCT, CSH, CFNL, AU, ALL, ZNGA, WEN, UVVOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Allstate (ALL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... AngloGold (AU) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Cardinal Financial (CFNL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Cash America (CSH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities... Constant Contact (CTCT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... Encana (ECA) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... First Horizon (FHN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... Harmony Gold (HMY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... J.M. Smucker (SJM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Northcoast... Mobile Mini (MINI) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... Plantronics (PLT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Polycom (PLCM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Portland General Electric (POR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... SunTrust (STI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... Umpqua Holdings (UMPQ) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Universal Corporation (UVV) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Davenport... Walgreens (WAG) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Wendy's (WEN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Zynga (ZNGA) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Evercore.
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August 14, 2014
14:06 EDTWAGWalgreen removed from short-term buy list at Deutsche Bank
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07:25 EDTZNGACLSA to hold meetings
Silicon Valley Meetings consisting of meeting with various companies in the Silicon Valley area will be held on August 14-15.
07:15 EDTZNGAKing, Zynga look to attract 'hard-core' gamers, WSJ reports
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06:05 EDTWAGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; TWX WAG
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Time Warner (TWX) 25, Walgreen (WAG) 23 according to iVolatility.
August 13, 2014
06:04 EDTWAGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; TWX WAG
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August 12, 2014
15:53 EDTCTCTCanaccord to hold a conference
34th Annual Growth Conference to be held in Boston on August 13-14.
06:02 EDTWAGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; TWX WAG
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06:00 EDTWAGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; CTSH KMP
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05:23 EDTPLTPlantronics announces partnership with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe
Plantronics (PLT) announced it has entered into its first-ever partnership with Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SNE) to provide advanced audio perfectly optimized for performance with PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita. The new, officially-licensed product, the Plantronics RIG for PS4, PS3, PS Vita will be available across Europe, Middle East and Oceania for the 2014 holiday season.
August 11, 2014
06:58 EDTALLUBS to hold a conference
UBS Financials 1:1 Conference to be held in Chicago on August 11.
06:10 EDTWAGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; TWX WAG
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Time Warner (TWX) 27, Time Warner Walgreen (WAG) 26 according to iVolatility.
05:24 EDTAUAngloGold reports Q2 output up 17%
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August 8, 2014
17:10 EDTWAGMarket finishes week up slightly as earnings offset by political events
Stocks finished the week fractionally higher than where they started as strong corporate earnings reports and better than expected economic data was weighed against concerns about geopolitical issues and negative M&A news. MACRO NEWS: A few ongoing geopolitical conflicts worried investors and weighed on shares. Russia unveiled sanctions against Western countries, banning the import of a wide range of food items from the U.S, the EU and a few allied countries in response to sanctions recently enacted against it from G7 nations... President Obama authorized the bombing of rebels in Iraq and Hamas and Israel failed to reach a permanent truce... An ISM services index, the U.S. trade deficit for June, and weekly jobless claims were all better than expected. Meanwhile, the increase in unit labor costs last quarter came in below the consensus outlook, perhaps easing fears that the Fed will need to raise interest rates sooner than expected. COMPANY NEWS: On the M&A front, two huge potential deals fell through as 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) withdrew its offer to acquire Time Warner (TWX) and Sprint (S) reportedly decided to end its pursuit of a merger with peer T-Mobile (TMUS)... President Obama indicated that his administration would take unilateral steps in an effort to prevent companies from carrying out tax inversion acquisitions. Among the deals or possible transactions that involve inversion are Medtronic's (MDT) acquisition of Covidien (COV), Valeant's (VRX) proposed takeover of Allergan (AGN) and Mylan's (MYL) acquisition of Abbott's (ABT) developed markets branded generics pharmaceuticals business. Meanwhile, Walgreen's (WAG) stock tumbled after the U.S. company said it would not structure its takeover of European drugstore chain Alliance Boots as a tax inversion deal... 21st Century Fox, 3D printer maker Stratasys (SSYS), chip maker NVIDIA (NVDA), brewer Molson Coors (TAP), and luxury accessories maker Coach (COH) all rose following their earnings reports. Conversely, Target (TGT), luxury accessories maker Michael Kors (KORS) and Internet coupon provider Groupon (GRPN) fell following their results or guidance... Gannett (GCI) struck a deal to acquire the remaining 73% interest in Classified Ventures, whose primary asset is the online car shopping website Cars.com, for $1.8B from the other partners in the venture, which include McClatchy (MNI), Tribune Media (TRBAA), Graham Holdings (GHC) and A. H. Belo (AHC). Gannett also announced plans to spin-off its Publishing business, which includes USA Today, through a tax-free distribution to shareholders... McDonald's (MCD) stock was little changed after the company reported that its comparable store sales fell 2.5% in July, which was significantly worse than expected. Food quality issues weighed on the fast food company's sales in Asia and as a result of the China supplier issue, the company warned its previously issued global comparable sales forecast for 2014 is now at risk. INDEXES: The Dow finished the week up 0.35% to 16,553.93, the S&P 500 rose 0.32% to 1,931.59, and the Nasdaq gained 0.41% to 4,370.90.
16:00 EDTZNGAOptions Update; August 8, 2014
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15:18 EDTWAGWalgreen management to meet with BB&T
Meetings to be held on the West Coast on August 12-13 hosted by BB&T.
09:37 EDTZNGAActive equity options trading on open
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09:15 EDTZNGAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: NVIDIA (NVDA), up 4.2%, upgraded at Needham following its better than expected Q2 results... Arista Networks (ANET), up 8%, upgraded at Citigroup following better than expected Q2 results, announcing an expanded strategic relationship with VMware (VMW)... Tekmira Pharmaceuticals (TKMR), up 17.5% after announcing that the FDA verbally confirmed they have modified the full clinical hold placed on its TKM-Ebola treatment to a partial clinical hold... Gap (GPS), up 4.7% after July same-store sales rose 2%, company issues Q2 EPS outlook above the consensus estimate... lululemon (LULU), up 2.4% after founder agrees to sell half his stake to Advent for $845M. UP AFTER EARNINGS: SolarCity (SCTY), up 1%... Assured Guaranty (AGO), up 9%... MercadoLibre (MELI), up 13.6%. LOWER: Zynga (ZNGA), down 6% after lowering fiscal 2014 guidance... McDonald's (MCD), down 0.4% after Chinese supplier issue contributes to July comparable sales drop of 2.5%.
08:47 EDTZNGANorthland recommends buying Glu Mobile aggressivley on weakness related to Zynga
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06:04 EDTWAGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; TWX WAG
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Time Warner (TWX) 30, Time Warner Walgreen (WAG) 26 according to iVolatility.
05:45 EDTZNGAZynga price target lowered to $3 from $4.50 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray lowered its price target for Zynga shares to $3 after delayed game launches drove the company's Q2 miss and reduced outlook. Piper says it is taking a "wait and see approach" on Zynga's entrance into two new game genres with the NFL and Tiger Woods. It keeps a Neutral rating on the stock.
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