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September 12, 2013
10:13 EDTMINI, FHN, CSH, ALL, WAG, UMPQ, PLCM, SJM, ECA, CFNL, ZNGA, STI, PLT, HMY, CTCT, AU, WEN, UVV, POROn 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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April 14, 2014
16:00 EDTZNGAOptions Update; April 14, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 32c to 44.41. Option volume leaders: AAPL C GILD TSLA LNG NQ BAC ZNGA according to Track Data.
15:06 EDTALLAllstate sells Sterling Collision Centers, sees small after-tax gain
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06:56 EDTECAStabilis Energy agrees to purchase Encana Natural Gas' domestic LNG business
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April 13, 2014
16:41 EDTWAGWalgreens investor group urges for re-domiciling tax base to Europe, FT says
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April 11, 2014
13:01 EDTZNGAOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower again at midday, with the Dow being weighed on by a disappointing earnings report from banking giant JPMorgan (JPM). The reports from JPMorgan and peer Wells Fargo (WFC) certainly seemed to have more of an impact on market sentiment than the better than expected University of Michigan consumer confidence reading. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Producer Price Index jumped 0.5% in March, versus expectations for it to be up 0.1%. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment reading jumped to 82.6 in the preliminary April look, which was better than forecast and its highest reading since July. COMPANY NEWS: JPMorgan and Wells Fargo kicked off earnings season for the major banks, with their stocks moving in opposite directions to mirror their earnings results. Dow member JPMorgan slipped more than 3% after its earnings per share and revenue significantly trailed consensus estimates, while Wells shares gained about 1.5% after the bank's profits beat the consensus forecast. Both noted, however, that their capital levels continued to strengthen during the quarter and both gave optimistic views on their ability to continue to reduce expenses. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was BofI Holding (BOFI), which rose 11% near midday after the company last night announced a deal to acquire H&R Block's (HRB) bank assets. H&R Block shares were down over 2% near noon. Also higher was mobile game maker Zynga (ZNGA), whose shares gained almost 3% after the company announced a new CFO and the stock was upgraded to Equal Weight by analysts at Morgan Stanley. Another gainer, Zygo (ZIGO), jumped 31% after the company agreed to be acquired by Ametek (AME) for $19.25 per share in cash in a deal that represents an aggregate enterprise value of $280M for Zygo. Shares of Ametek also rose 1.5% following the deal announcement. Among the noteworthy losers was 3D-printer maker Voxeljet (VJET), which fell 16% after its 3-million-share secondary offering of common stock priced at $15.00. Also lower was NQ Mobile (NQ), a recent target of noted short-seller Carson Block, which dropped over 13% after its profit missed expectations and the company disclosed that it found accounting errors in its recent reports. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 81.88, or 0.51%, to 16,088.34, the Nasdaq was down 15.30, or 0.38%, to 4,038.80, and the S&P 500 was down 6.89, or 0.38%, to 1,826.19.
12:42 EDTZNGAOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:13 EDTZNGAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Fastenal (FAST), up 3%... Wells Fargo (WFC), up 0.2%. ALSO HIGHER: H&R Block (HRB), up 5% after announcing a deal for BofI (BOFI) to acquire H&R Block's bank assets. Bofi up 9.4% after the deal announcement... Zynga (ZNGA), up 1.7% after naming new CFO, shares upgraded to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... SINA (SINA), up 2% after announcing up to $500M share repurchase program. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: JPMorgan (JPM), down 3.7%... NQ Mobile (NQ), down 14.6%. ALSO LOWER: Gap (GPS), down 4% after reporting March SSS fell 6%, shares downgraded at Janney Capital... Voxeljet (VJET), down 16% after 3M share secondary offering priced at $15.00... Datawatch (DWCH), down 29% after cutting its second quarter revenue outlook.
09:08 EDTWAGWalgreens has a conference call hosted by JPMorgan
JPMorgan Analyst Gill will host a conference call with CEO Greg Wasson on April 17 at 2 pm.
08:49 EDTCSHCash America price target raised to $63 from $57 at Ascendiant
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06:25 EDTZNGAZynga upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley
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06:08 EDTPLCMPolycom initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust
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April 10, 2014
16:06 EDTZNGAZynga CFO Vranesh leaving company, Best Buy's Lee to succeed as CFO
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11:28 EDTWAGWalgreens management to meet with BB&T
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11:23 EDTWAGRite Aid hits 52-week high after results, sales view top estimates
Shares of retail drugstore Rite Aid (RAD) are rallying after the company's fourth quarter results and fiscal 2015 revenue outlook topped analysts' consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Rite Aid reported fourth quarter adjusted earnings per share of 10c and revenue of $6.6B, compared to expectations of 4c and $6.54B, respectively. Q4 same store sales increased 2.1%. Rite Aid forecast FY15 EPS of 31c-42c, compared to the consensus of 35c. FY15 revenue was seen at $26B-$26.5B, ahead of the consensus $25.75B. FY15 same-store sales are expected by the company to be up 2.5%-4.5%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Rite Aid also announced it has acquired RediClinic, which currently operates 30 clinics in the greater Houston, Austin and San Antonio areas. Rite Aid CEO John Standley said, “Our recent acquisitions of Health Dialog and RediClinic, our expanded partnership with McKesson and our continued commitment to investing in our store base have positioned us to transition our strategy from turnaround to growth as we more aggressively pursue opportunities to become a growing retail healthcare company.” PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Rite Aid rose 71c, or about 11%, to $7.11 on more than twice its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week high of $7.39. Including today's advance, the stock is up approximately 300% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other retail drugstore operators include Walgreen Company (WAG) and CVS Caremark (CVS).
10:29 EDTWENWendy's initiated with a Buy at Tigress Financial
09:21 EDTCSHOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:00 EDTCSHCash America rises 12.5%
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07:08 EDTCSHCash America sees Q1 EPS $1.50-$1.55, consensus $1.20
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07:07 EDTCSHCash America sees Q1 results exceeding expectations
07:02 EDTCSHCash America announces plans to evaluate separation of online business
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