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March 5, 2014
10:05 EDTPEI, LAMR, EVBS, WHZ, TEP, LEAF, ROC, NSLP, GLP, DDS, UNT, SMLP, SJI, PAGP, NGL, ESS, XTEX, XOMA, TIVO, SPLS, SBYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
BJ's Restaurants (BJRI) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Crosstex Energy LP (XTEX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... Dillard's (DDS) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Eastern Virginia Bankshares (EVBS) downgraded to Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Essex Property Trust (ESS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Global Partners (GLP) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Lamar Advertising (LAMR) downgraded to Neutral from Conviction Buy at Goldman... NGL Energy Partners (NGL) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... New Source Energy (NSLP) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Pennsylvania REIT (PEI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Plains GP Holdings (PAGP) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Rockwood (ROC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Silver Bay Realty (SBY) downgraded to Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... South Jersey Industries (SJI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Brean Capital... Springleaf (LEAF) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Staples (SPLS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... Summit Midstream (SMLP) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Tallgrass Energy (TEP) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... TiVo (TIVO) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Unit Corp. (UNT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Brean Capital... Whiting USA Trust (WHZ) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at RW Baird... XOMA (XOMA) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse.
News For XTEX;DDS;EVBS;ESS;GLP;LAMR;NGL;NSLP;PEI;PAGP;ROC;SBY;SJI;LEAF;SPLS;SMLP;TEP;TIVO;UNT;WHZ;XOMA From The Last 14 Days
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April 15, 2015
14:58 EDTLEAFEarnings Watch: Analysts more bullish on Citi after asset sales, CCAR approval
Citigroup (C), one of the largest banks in the U.S., is expected to report first quarter earnings before the open on Thursday, April 16, with a conference call scheduled for 11:00 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.39 on revenue of $19.82B. The consensus range is $1.32-$1.45 for EPS on revenue of $18.43B-$20.36B, according to First Call. On its last earnings conference call, Citi said it was committed to its 2015 targets and to returning capital to shareholders. Citi is targeting a 2015 consumer banking efficiency ratio of 49%-52%, compared to a ratio of 56% in 2014 and a pro forma 2014 ratio of 55%. LAST QUARTER: Citigroup reported fourth quarter EPS of 6c, versus analysts' consensus forecast of 11c. The company’s revenue came in below expectations at 17.81B. Citi CEO Michael Corbat said at the time: "While the overall results for 2014 fell short of our expectations, we did make significant progress on our top priorities... Although we made some difficult decisions over the course of the year, I believe they allowed us to put our franchise in a position to have a successful 2015." NEWS: On March 2, Costco (COST) announced it has entered into a new co-brand credit card program agreement with Citi and an acceptance and co-brand incentive agreement with Visa (V). Under the terms of the agreements, Citi would become the exclusive issuer of Costco's co-brand credit cards and Visa will replace American Express as the credit card network for Costco in the U.S. and Puerto Rico beginning April 1, 2016. The next day, Citi announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to sell OneMain Financial Holdings to Springleaf (LEAF) for a purchase price of $4.25B. The deal is expected to close in the third quarter of 2015, subject to approvals and other customary conditions. The sale, along with retirement of related funding, are expected to result in a net addition to earnings before income taxes of approximately $1B, the bank stated. On March 5, the Federal Reserve said that Citi had passed its Dodd-Frank stress test, as did all 31 banks that were examined. About a week later, the central bank announced it had not objected to the capital plans of 28 bank holding companies participating in the Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review, or CCAR. After the Fed advised Citi that it has no objection to the planned capital actions requested by the bank, Citi said it will increase its quarterly common stock dividend to 5c per share from 1c per share. Citi also announced plans for a common stock repurchase program of up to $7.8B during the five quarters starting in the Q2. At the end of March, Citi announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to sell 100% of the shares of Citi Cards Japan, the exclusive issuer of Diners Club cards in Japan, to Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank. Also in March, Citi announced that it has sold 396M common shares in Akbank T.A.S. through an equity offering representing its entire 9.9% equity interest in the company. Total proceeds from the transaction are expected to be approximately $1.15B at then current exchange rates. The financial terms of those two transactions are not material to Citi, the bank noted. STREET RESEARCH: On February 10, Deutsche Bank upgraded Citi to Buy from Hold and raised its price target for shares to $54 from $51. Deutsche said then that it believed the decline in the stock since the firm's December 4 downgrade had priced in some of the earnings risk, but added the FY15 consensus estimates for Citi still looked too high. On March 17, Deutsche Bank further raised its price target for Citi shares to $56 from $54, citing positive news flow around the sale of OneMain, its credit card deal with Costco and the Fed's stress test results. On March 3, JPMorgan upgraded Citigroup to Overweight, saying the Costco co-branding credit card deal will add to revenue growth and return on assets. Further, the firm said it expects the banking giant to achieve its operating efficiency targets this year. It upped its price target for shares to $58 from $54. The next day, Morgan Stanley said it believes Citi's sale of OneMain and its new Costco partnership imply, when taken together, that the bank is substituting OneMain's higher risk assets with the Costco portfolio, which has a lower yield, risk and RWA. Such a trade will be viewed favorably by regulators, the firm said. Morgan Stanley, which has an Overweight rating on Citi, said then it sees potential upside to its $60 price target on Citi shares if capital freed from the OneMain sale is returned to shareholders. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading ahead of tomorrow morning's report, Citi rose over 1% to $53.31. Over the last three months, Citi shares are up nearly 13%.
10:00 EDTSPLSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: American Tower (AMT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Ameriprise (AMP) upgraded at Morgan Stanley... Builders FirstSource (BLDR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee... China Telecom (CHA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... China Unicom (CHU) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at Bernstein... Discover (DFS) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... EV Energy (EVEP) upgraded on asset sale at RBC Capital... GoPro (GPRO) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Intel (INTC) upgraded on valuation at RBC Capital... Nike (NKE) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Nokia (NOK) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Bernstein... Rice Energy (RICE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Staples (SPLS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Team (TISI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Ulta Salon (ULTA) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray.
08:38 EDTPEIPennsylvania REIT, Macerich to redevelop and rebrand The Gallery in Philadelphia
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07:00 EDTSPLSStaples upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T
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April 14, 2015
08:47 EDTGLPGlobal Partners to acquire retail portfolio from Capitol Petroleum for $156M
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08:38 EDTTEPTallgrass Energy increases quarterly dividend to 52c per share
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April 13, 2015
11:28 EDTSPLSStarboard CEO says Staples, Office Depot merger 'likely to go through'
Says confident the potential merger will pass anti-trust scrutiny. Jeff Smith is speaking on CNBC.
April 9, 2015
10:00 EDTESSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Adobe (ADBE) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Aimco (AIV) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... Akamai (AKAM) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Anadarko (APC) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Apache (APA) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Arista Networks (ANET) initiated with a Neutral at Wedbush... AvalonBay (AVB) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... BioScrip (BIOS) initiated with a Buy at Craig-Hallum... Brinker (EAT) initiated with a Buy at Longbow... Broadcom (BRCM) initiated with a Buy at Ladenburg... Camden Property (CPT) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... Canadian National (CNI) initiated with an Overweight at Atlantic Equities... Canadian Pacific (CP) initiated with an Overweight at Atlantic Equities... Cancer Genetics (CGIX) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... Denny's (DENN) initiated with a Buy at Longbow... Equity Residential (EQR) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... Essex Property Trust (ESS) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... Fifth Third (FITB) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Garrison Capital (GARS) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... GrubHub (GRUB) initiated with a Hold at Wunderlich... Hess Corp. (HES) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Home Properties (HME) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Intersect ENT (XENT) initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital... Jack in the Box (JACK) initiated with a Neutral at Longbow... KeyCorp (KEY) initiated with a Hold at Evercore ISI... LogMeln (LOGM) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Marathon Oil (MRO) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Marvell (MRVL) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Masonite (DOOR) initiated with an Outperform at Macquarie... Mid-America Apartment (MAA) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... Natures Sunshine Products (NATR) initiated with an In-Line at Imperial Capital... Nielsen (NLSN) initiated with an Outperform at Telsey Advisory... Plug Power (PLUG) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Post Properties (PPS) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... QTS Realty Trust (QTS) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Rentrak (RENT) initiated with an Outperform at Telsey Advisory... RiceBran (RIBT) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... StarTek (SRT) initiated with a Buy at Lake Street... Tribune Media (TRCO) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo... TrueCar (TRUE) initiated with a Hold at Wunderlich... UDR, Inc. (UDR) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... comScore (SCOR) initiated with a Market Perform at Telsey Advisory.
09:18 EDTDDSBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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07:14 EDTESSEssex Property Trust initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital
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April 8, 2015
10:01 EDTESSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:09 EDTSPLSStaples management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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06:51 EDTESSEssex Property Trust initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital
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April 7, 2015
09:11 EDTPAGPPlains All American and Plains GP Holdings increase distributions
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06:11 EDTSJIYingli Green Energy supplies 15.5 MW of solar panels to South Jersey Industries
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