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June 7, 2013
10:11 EDTVALE, SCSC, KKPNY, UAL, PNM, DTEGY, VRA, TSN, MAIN, KOF, BIP, DNB, ANF, LULU, BAYRY, KR, BRCD, YUM, BT, SJM, BRCMOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... BT Group (BT) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Bayer (BAYRY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Broadcom (BRCM) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Brocade (BRCD) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at ISI Group... Brookfield Infrastructure (BIP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at TD Securities... Coca-Cola Femsa (KOF) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Dun & Bradstreet (DNB) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... J.M. Smucker (SJM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Gabelli... KPN (KKPNY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Kroger (KR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Cleveland Research... Main Street (MAIN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... PNM Resources (PNM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Ladenburg... Scansource (SCSC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Northcoast... Tyson Foods (TSN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... United Continental (UAL) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Vale (VALE) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at Bernstein... Vera Bradley (VRA) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Sterne Agee... Yum! Brands (YUM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... lululemon (LULU) upgraded to Underperform from Sell at CLSA.
News For YUM;LULU;BRCM;BRCD;ANF;SJM;KR;DNB;BT;BAYRY;BIP;KOF;DTEGY;KKPNY;MAIN;PNM;SCSC;TSN;UAL;VALE;VRA From The Last 14 Days
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July 23, 2015
07:34 EDTUALUnited Continental announces additional $3B share repurchase program
Jeff Smisek, UAL's chairman, president and CEO, said, "The $3B share repurchase program we announced today demonstrates the confidence we have in our future. We will continue to invest in our customers, assets and our people, and remain committed to improving our balance sheet, expanding our margins and improving our return on invested capital, and expect our third quarter pre-tax margin to be between 13.5%-15.5%, excluding special items." The company expects to complete the additional $3B share repurchase program by the end of 2017.
07:32 EDTUALUnited Continental reports Q2 EPS ex-items $3.31, consensus $3.31
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July 22, 2015
15:26 EDTUALNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:51 EDTBRCMEarnings Watch: Qualcomm reports after speculations of potential breakup
Qualcomm (QCOM) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the close on July 22, with a conference call scheduled for 4:45 pm ET. Qualcomm is a maker of semiconductors and telecommunications equipment. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 95c on revenue of $5.85B. EPS consensus ranges 90c-$1.05 on a revenue range of $5.59B-$6.08B, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: On April 22, Qualcomm reported Q2 EPS of $1.40 against expectations for $1.33, and revenue of $6.89B versus estimates of $6.83B. The company also cut its FY15 EPS guidance to $4.60-$5.00 from $4.85-$5.05 and lowered projected revenue to $25B-$27B from $26.3B-$28B, saying it expects pressure in its semiconductor business due to customer shifts in the premium segment and a decline in Qualcomm's share at an unnamed large customer. NEWS: On May 8, Reuters reported that EU antitrust regulators asked Qualcomm's competitors how the company's licensing and business practices affect them, and on July 16, the European Commission confirmed two formal antitrust investigations of the company. On May 25, Qualcomm and Daimler (DDAIF) announced a strategic collaboration to develop connected car technology. Coming on the heels of Avago's (AVGO) May 28 agreement to acquire Broadcom (BRCM), Bloomberg quoted a source later that day as saying Qualcomm, Intel (INTC), Altera (ALTR), Analog Devices (ADI), Maxim Integrated (MXIM), Texas Instruments (TXN), and Microchip Technology (MCHP) are all considering their own M&A opportunities. Note that on June 1, Intel announced an agreement to acquire Altera. On June 23, Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMI), Qualcomm, Huawei, and Imec announced the formation of a joint venture to focus on a type of 14 nanometer technology. More recently, the Wall Street Journal reported on July 20 that Qualcomm is "expected" to begin a comprehensive strategic review which may include the possibility of a breakup following pressure from "activist" shareholder Jana Partners, according to sources, adding that the move could be announced concurrent with Wednesday's earnings release. STREET RESEARCH: Following last quarter's earnings report, Exane BNP Paribas downgraded Qualcomm to Neutral from Outperform, while both Canaccord and Brean Capital lowered price targets for the stock after "disappointing" guidance. Meanwhile, Citi said it expects the company's chip business to recover in 2016 despite this "very bad year." On May 28, CLSA said it sees continued pressure on Qualcomm chipsets, potentially spurring the company to consider making an acquisition, and on June 2, Craig-Hallum noted that Skyworks (SWKS) would be a great fit for Qualcomm. On June 24, Summit Research called Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC) an "affordable" target for Qualcomm, with AMD (AMD) and Cavium (CAVM) also looking like potential takeover candidates. On June 29, Drexel Hamilton downgraded Qualcomm to Sell from Hold, citing expected price cuts. Lastly, following media reports on July 20 that Qualcomm could be weighing a breakup, Bernstein said that such a "dis-synergistic" split would likely destroy value rather than create it. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Qualcomm are down more than 1% to $64.37 in afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's earnings report.
13:00 EDTBTBT Group downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie
08:32 EDTKRWestern Union, Kroger extend more than 30-year relationship
Western Union (WU) announced the extension of its more than 30-year relationship with The Kroger Co. (KR). This agreement gives customers the ability to send and receive Western Union Money Transfer transactions across the United States or across the globe to more than 200 countries and territories, in minutes. In addition, Customers can purchase money orders and pay their bills at more than 2,300 Kroger Family of Store locations across 34 states.
July 21, 2015
20:08 EDTDTEGY, BTSky criticizes 'highly damaging' proposal to merge BT Group, EE
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19:00 EDTBRCMOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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10:24 EDTYUMOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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07:08 EDTMAINMain Street completes exit of remaining investment in irth Solutions
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July 20, 2015
13:27 EDTUALUnited Continental 'congratulates' U.S., Cuba on reopening of emabssies
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10:13 EDTYUMOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:00 EDTBRCD, BAYRYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:38 EDTBAYRYAnalyst predicts Zoetis merges with Bayer unit, not Valeant
Zoetis (ZTS) in recent months has been the subject of takeover speculation, possibly for Valeant (VRX), but a Jefferies analyst told investors today in a research note that he views a deal with a unit of healthcare giant Bayer (BAYRY) as "highly likely" for the animal medicine company. BACKGROUND: Bill Ackman of Pershing Square, who owns stakes in both Zoetis and Valeant, said in early May while speaking on CNBC that Zoetis is a "great” business on a standalone basis, but he also spoke of the company's strategic value. Ackman added, however, that he was "not sure" that Valeant was the best acquirer of Zoetis. Subsequently, in late June, The Wall Street Journal reported that Valeant made a preliminary approach regarding a potential deal to buy Zoetis. CNBC's David Faber said the next day, citing his own sources, that Valeant reached out to Zoetis as a courtesy to common shareholder Ackman and was unlikely to pursue an acquisition of the company, though he cautioned then Valeant could change its approach and pursue a deal. BAYER: Jefferies analyst Jeffrey Holford said in a note today that he views a tie-up between Zoetis and Bayer's Animal Health business in 2016 as "highly likely." He sees Mylan's (MYL) acquisition of Abbott's (ABT) non‑U.S. developed markets specialty and branded generics business as a potential proxy for how a transaction could be structured, adding that such a "spinversion" could achieve up to 36% long-term earnings accretion for Zoetis. Holford reiterated a Buy rating on Zoetis with a $60 price target, while downgrading Bayer to Hold, citing valuation following the recent outperformance of its shares. IDEXX: While being discussed as a target, some analysts have also opined on companies that Zoetis could pursue as a buyer. On June 29, Canaccord said that in investor meetings with IDEXX (IDXX) executives declined to comment on Zoetis' potential interest in scaling up its animal health diagnostics business. Canaccord added that it thought Zoetis could make a bid for IDEXX. The firm reiterated its Buy rating and $80 price target on IDEXX shares at that time. PRICE ACTION: Since June 25, the day the Journal first reported on Valeant's preliminary takeover approach to Zoetis, the animal health company's shares have dropped nearly 4%. Zoetis closed down 20c to $47.80 on Friday.
07:41 EDTBTBT CEO: Company split doesn't solve problems, Telegraph reports
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07:30 EDTBAYRYZoetis 'highly likely' to merge with Bayer unit in 2016, says Jefferies
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06:27 EDTBRCDBrocade downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS
UBS analyst Amitabh Passi downgraded Brocade Communications to Sell saying he sees increasing downside risk to estimates from weaker trends in storage and margins being close peak levels. Passi cut his price target for the stock to $9 from $11.50.
05:21 EDTBAYRYBayer downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
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July 17, 2015
12:49 EDTUALUnited Continental sees FY domestic capacity flat to up 1%
On July 17, John Rainey, the EVP and CFO of United Continental Holdings appeared on CNBC for an interview. In response to a question regarding capacity, Rainey provided updated full-year domestic capacity guidance of flat to up 1%. This updated guidance includes actual ASMs for the first half of 2015, as previously disclosed in the press release issued by the company on July 9.
10:04 EDTYUMYum! Brands mentioned cautiously by Seeking Alpha contributor
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