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August 14, 2014
17:46 EDTWFM, GRA, HOLX, BG, YUM, ESL, MTW, MHR, CLH, FAFRelational Investors gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Whole Foods Market (WFM). INCREASED STAKES: Clean Harbors (CLH), Magnum Hunter Resources (MHR), Manitowoc (MTW), Esterline Technologies (ESL), and Yum! Brands (YUM). DECREASED STAKES: Bunge (BG), and Hologic (HOLX). LIQUIDATED STAKES: W.R. Grace & Co (GRA), and First American Financial (FAF).
News For WFM;CLH;MHR;MTW;ESL;YUM;BG;HOLX;GRA;FAF From The Last 14 Days
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October 14, 2014
12:51 EDTYUMKFC to open first American restaurant in Myanmar next year, Nikkei reports
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11:21 EDTYUMDomino's Pizza rises after Q3 profits benefit from high cheese costs
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11:17 EDTYUMOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:01 EDTMHROn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AU Optronics (AUO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Antero Resources (AR) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... BHP Billiton (BHP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Bill Barrett (BBG) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... BorgWarner (BWA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... CRH Plc. (CRH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Comstock Resources (CRK) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Cracker Barrel (CBRL) upgraded at Argus... Delphi Automotive (DLPH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... EOG Resources (EOG) upgraded at Bernstein... Eaton (ETN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Energizer (ENR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Energy Transfer Equity (ETE) upgraded to Outperform at RW Baird... Federal-Mogul (FDML) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Ford (F) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Buckingham... Gulfport Energy (GPOR) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group... Halcon Resources (HK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... HeartWare (HTWR) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Helmerich & Payne (HP) upgraded to Outperform at FBR Capital... Legg Mason (LM) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Level 3 (LVLT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Gabelli... Magnum Hunter (MHR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... NetScout (NTCT) upgraded at DA Davidson... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded to Buy with $600 target at BTIG... Newfield Exploration (NFX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... Nielsen (NLSN) upgraded at Bernstein... Orbitz (OWW) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... PDC Energy (PDCE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... Rackspace (RAX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore... Range Resources (RRC) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group... Rex Energy (REXX) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... SM Energy (SM) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Sanchez Energy (SN) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Targa Resources (TRGP) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Tudor Pickering... Unilife (UNIS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Ladenburg... Universal Forest (UFPI) upgraded at Sterne Agee.
09:37 EDTYUMDomino's Pizza sees potential for additional 3.8K stores in top 15 markets
Says has 'robust' international business. Says its store count growing faster internationally than Pizza Hut or Papa Johns (PZZA). Pizza Hut is owned by Yum! Brands (YUM). Says now offering voice ordering for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone and Google's (GOOG) Android operating systems. Says in terms of the franchise's long-range outlook, sees global net units to increase 4%-6%, sees domestic SSS to increase 2%-4%, sees international SSS to increase 3%-6% and sees global retail sales to increase 6%-10%. Comments taken from the company's Q3 earnings conference call slide presentation.
08:41 EDTMHRMagnum Hunter upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group
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October 13, 2014
12:01 EDTYUMOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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07:50 EDTMTWManitowoc price target lowered to $27 from $33 at RBC Capital
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07:45 EDTGRAU.S. chemical company declines an overreaction to macro outlook, says UBS
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October 10, 2014
13:08 EDTMTWOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in negative territory and saw several swings throughout the morning. Near midday the averages were mixed, with the Dow a bit higher and the Nasdaq weighed down by weakness across the semiconductor sector. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the import price index fell 0.5% in September, versus expectations for a 0.7% decline. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of a number of semiconductor makers, including industry giant Intel (INTC), were sharply lower after one of the companies in the space, Microchip Technology (MCHP), warned that it believes the sector has entered a correction. Microchip President and CEO Steve Sanghi claimed his company often sees the turn of the semiconductor industry ahead of others, noting that it does business with over 80,000 customers and that it built a significant amount of inventory in the distribution channel in the September quarter. Sanghi stated, "We believe that another industry correction has begun and that this correction will be seen more broadly across the industry in the near future.” Near noon, Microchip dropped 11%, Intel fell almost 4%, Texas Instruments (TXN) slipped over 6%, Micron (MU) dropped 6% and Fairchild (FCS) declined 12%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Exact Sciences (EXAS), which rallied 35% after the company announced last night that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, or CMS, had agreed to cover the company's colorectal cancer and pre-cancer test through Medicare. Among the noteworthy losers were a number of companies that, similarly to Microchip, warned that their quarterly results will likely miss expectations, including Procera Networks (PKT), which plunged 34%, Manitowoc (MTW), which fell 9%, and Sizmek (SZMK), which dropped 21%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 38.02, or 0.23%, to 16,697.27, the Nasdaq was down 35.89, or 0.82%, to 4,342.45, and the S&P 500 was up 0.42, or 0.02%, to 1,928.63.
12:05 EDTBGUSDA raises U.S. corn production estimate to 14.475B
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11:18 EDTYUMOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:01 EDTMTWOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:00 EDTMTWOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:36 EDTMTWManitowoc downgraded at BMO Capital
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06:29 EDTMTWManitowoc downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital
October 9, 2014
19:11 EDTMTWManitowoc sees FY14 Crane segment revenues declining
For FY14, Manitowoc now anticipates Crane segment revenues to decline by mid-to-high single-digit percentages compared to FY13 revenues, while it expects Crane operating margins for FY14 to be in the 7% range. In addition, Manitowoc now expects FY14 Foodservice segment revenues to be up by low-to-mid single-digit percentages as compared to revenues for the prior-year period. The company expects this segment’s operating margins for FY14 to be in the 15% range. In addition, the company is adjusting its guidance for end-of-year debt-to-EBITDA to approximately 3.5 times, versus below 3 times previously expected, and is reducing its interest expense guidance to a low-to-mid $90M range. The company is reaffirming the remainder of its full-year outlook: capital expenditures of approximately $90M, depreciation & amortization of approximately $120M, amortization of deferred financing fees of less than $5M, and effective tax rate in the mid-teens percentage range driven by expected Q3 discrete items.
19:06 EDTMTWManitowoc sees Q3 revenue 'just under' $1B, consensus $1.02B
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16:05 EDTMHRMagnum Hunter announces agreement to sell certain non-core assets for $84.7M
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09:23 EDTYUMYum! Brands China business still poised to recover, says RBC Capital
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