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September 12, 2013
10:13 EDTUMPQ, PLCM, SJM, ECA, CFNL, ZNGA, STI, PLT, HMY, CTCT, AU, WEN, UVV, POR, MINI, FHN, CSH, ALL, WAGOn 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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February 5, 2016
06:20 EDTALLAllstate upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi
Citi analyst James Naklicki upgraded Allstate to Buy saying he's finally seeing loss trends in the company's auto business begin to moderate. He expects Allstate Brand Auto margins to return to normal by 2017 and raised his price target for the shares to $72 from $64.
February 4, 2016
08:35 EDTALLAllstate shares likely to advance today, says Wells Fargo
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06:51 EDTSTIBofA doesn't deserve to be in 'stock market doghouse,' WSJ says
Bank of America (BAC) is currently in the "stock market doghouse," but doesn't deserve to be, David Reilly of the Wall Street Journal's Ahead of the Tape says. The overall beating of U.S. bank stocks has come amid the greater market selloff, reflecting the fact that slowing growth has brought doubt on the Fed's ability to raise rates in March, Reilly says. Since a rate increase is a far-off prospect, investors have little reason to own bank stocks, though Bank of America's valuation assumes "too dire an outcome," the report says. Banks with international outreach, such as Citi (C), are still arguably further behind in post-crisis cleanup, but Bank of America is more focused on the domestic U.S. economy and prices a U.S. recession as a given, not a possibility, the report says. Other large U.S. banks include Wells Fargo (WFC), JPMorgan (JPM), Goldman Sachs (GS), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB), BB&T (BBT), PNC Financial (PNC), and SunTrust (STI). Reference Link
February 3, 2016
16:34 EDTALLAllstate reports book value per share $47.34
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16:29 EDTALLAllstate reports Q4 operating EPS $1.60, consensus $1.35
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15:08 EDTSJMJ.M. Smucker to host analyst and investor meeting
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14:48 EDTALLNotable companies reporting after market close
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05:36 EDTALLAIG downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair
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February 2, 2016
11:39 EDTWENOptions with increasing call volume; FDC IMOS WEN IDTI HS GPR KORS HRS PNRA R CX
11:30 EDTCSHCash America management to meet with CL King
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10:40 EDTZNGAStifel warns Twitter may go way of tech busts, cuts to Sell
Twitter (TWTR) is giving up nearly all of yesterday's gains after Fortune and The Wall Street Journal poured cold water on a report that private equity firm Silver Lake might be considering making a strategic investment in the company. Additionally weighing on the stock are a Business Insider report claiming that the number of tweets has declined by more than 50% in the last 18 months and research firm Stifel downgrading the stock to Sell. WHAT'S NEW: Yesterday morning, tech website The Information reported that venture capitalist Marc Andreessen and private equity firm Silver Lake have considered making a deal involving Twitter. However, Silver Lake isn't looking to make a deal with Twitter, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing an unnamed source. The Journal's article echoes a report yesterday afternoon by Fortune, which also quoted an unnamed source as saying that Silver Lake isn't interested in buying Twitter. Also, according to Business Insider, the number of daily tweets on Twitter has plummeted by more than 50% since August 2014. The report based its estimate on a sampling of data from the website's application programming interface. Last month, there were 303M tweets per day on average, down from the peak of an average of 661M per day in August 2014, when the World Cup was occurring, the website stated. Moreover, according to the data, Twitter has about 130M active users, versus the company's estimate of up to 320M monthly active users. STIFEL SAY SELL: Stifel analyst Scott Devitt downgraded Twitter to Sell form Hold, saying that it has "never fully developed into a sustainable public company." Yahoo (YHOO) says that it has 1B monthly active users, but the market valuation of Yahoo's core business is "much lower" than that of Twitter, which has a significantly smaller user base, Devitt stated. Additionally, Internet companies Groupon (GRPN) and Zynga (ZNGA) became well-known and obtained tens of millions of users, only to see their stocks plummet, the analyst stated. Meanwhile, Twitter's product has not changed significantly since the company hired a new CEO three months ago and it will have difficulty meeting financial expectations over the short-term and longer term, given the size of its user base, said Devitt, who has a $14 price target for the shares. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Twitter fell 6.3% to $16.78. The stock had gained 6.55% yesterday on the heels of Jessica Lessin's report in The Information.
10:01 EDTPLTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Agnico Eagle (AEM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Desjardins... Alere (ALR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Antero Resources (AR) downgraded to Reduce from Neutral at SunTrust... Carbylan (CBYL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink... Copa Holdings (CPA) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Dominion (D) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... Duke Energy (DUK) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Hain Celestial (HAIN) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Integrated Device (IDTI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Logitech (LOGI) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Merus Labs (MSLI) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Scotiabank... New Gold (NGD) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Desjardins... Nokia (NOK) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at CLSA... Plantronics (PLT) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Raymond James... Pool Corp. (POOL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... Praxair (PX) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... Rofin-Sinar (RSTI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Longbow... Southwestern Energy (SWN) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Stifel cuts Twitter (TWTR) to Sell after noting Yahoo has significantly more users... Superior Energy (SPN) downgraded to In-Line from Outperform at Imperial Capital... Sysco (SYY) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Telenor (TELNY) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Twitter (TWTR) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Stifel... Valeo (VLEEY) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
07:37 EDTPLTPlantronics downgraded to Underperform on increasing headwinds at Raymond James
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07:24 EDTALLAllstate volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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07:22 EDTPLTPlantronics downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Raymond James
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February 1, 2016
16:07 EDTPLTPlantronics sees Q4 non-GAAP EPS 50c-60c, consensus 73c
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16:05 EDTPLTPlantronics sees Q4 restructuring costs of $5.8M
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16:04 EDTECAViking Global Investors reports 6.5% passive stake in Encana
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16:03 EDTPLTPlantronics reports Q3 constant currency non-GAAP EPS 90c, consensus 76c
Reports Q3 revenue $225.7M, one estimate $230.61M. Q3 constant currency revenue grew by 1%, from $231.8M to $232.9M.
January 31, 2016
12:33 EDTSTIU.S. banks could return 20% or more, Barron's says
The banking sector looks like "one of the best bargains in the market," Barron's contends in a cover story. Names such as Citi (C), JPMorgan (JPM), Bank of America (BAC), Wells Fargo (WFC), Goldman Sachs (GS), Morgan Stanley (MS), BB&T (BBT), PNC Financial (PNC), SunTrust (STI) and U.S. Bancorp (USB) are showing healthy balance sheets and could offer "at least" 20% upside, the publication argues, adding that the industry's exposure to the energy sector "looks manageable" given information offered in recent earnings reports and conference calls. Reference Link
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