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TWTR

Twitter

$19.87

-5 (-20.10%)

, BAC

Bank of America

$16.22

0.11 (0.68%)

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Notable open interest changes for October 7th

Thursday's total option volume of 13.9 million contracts resulted in net open interest growth of 2.32 million calls and 1.97 million puts. Twitter (TWTR), Bank of America (BAC), Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) and General Motors (GM) saw the greatest growth. Top five new positions opened include 57k General Motors (GM) Mar-17 37 calls, 39k Bank of America (BAC) 10/7 weekly 16 puts, 26k Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) Jan-17 27.5 calls, 26k Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) Jan-17 42.5 calls and 23k Bank of America (BAC) 10/7 weekly 16.5 calls.

TWTR

Twitter

$19.87

-5 (-20.10%)

BAC

Bank of America

$16.22

0.11 (0.68%)

VRX

Valeant

$23.68

-0.91 (-3.70%)

GM

General Motors

$32.53

-0.15 (-0.46%)

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TWTR Twitter
$19.87

-5 (-20.10%)

10/07/16
ADAM
10/07/16
NO CHANGE
Target $95
ADAM
Buy
Salesforce worthy of investor consideration at current levels, says Canaccord
Canaccord analyst Richard Davis came away from the Salesforce (CRM) Dreamforce week more enthused about the company's outlook. The analyst noted the company is growing its revenues 3.5 times faster than it legacy peers. Davis noted the company's CEO said they are very disciplined on price when it comes to acquisitions and believes that they would not be interested in Twitter (TWTR) at its rumored asking price of $28 per share. Davis reiterated his Buy rating and $95 price target on Salesforce shares.
10/07/16
PIPR
10/07/16
NO CHANGE
Target $100
PIPR
Overweight
Piper sees 'clouds parting' on Salesforce valuation
Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff mostly calmed nerves over a potential Twitter (TWTR) acquisition by saying at the company's analyst day, "While we look at everything, we pass on almost everything," Piper Jaffray analyst Alex Zukin tells investors in a research note. The comment does not completely take a deal for Twitter off the table, but the probability of a transformational acquisition is now "dramatically lower," Zukin contends. As such, the analyst feels the "clouds are parting" on Salesforce's valuation "with sunshine ahead." Zukin believes the company has a "clear line of sight" to $10B in revenue in FY17. He keeps an Overweight rating on the shares with a $100 price target. Salesforce closed yesterday up $2.84, or 4%, to $71.26.
10/06/16
BMOC
10/06/16
NO CHANGE
BMOC
Twitter acquisition would hurt Salesforce, says BMO Capital
BMO Capital analyst Keith Bachman says that an acquisition of Twitter (TWTR) by Salesforce (CRM) would " offer little strategic fit, would slow revenue growth and would be dilutive to (free cash flow) margins." Bachman thinks that the deal would cause Salesforce's stock to drop significantly,. and he says that the company's stock would be worth $65 if it pulls the trigger on Twitter. The analyst says that Salesforce's current valuation is attractive if it does not buy Twitter. He keeps an $86 price target and Outperform rating on Salesforce.
10/06/16
COWN
10/06/16
NO CHANGE
Target $100
COWN
Outperform
Salesforce shares should rebound with no Twitter deal, says Cowen
Cowen analyst J.Derrick Wood expects shares of Salesforce (CRM) to rebound if the company does not buy Twitter (TWTR), which he believes will not happen. The analyst believes investors will return to fundamentals and the analyst believes upside momentum in Salesforce's core business will return in Q3. Wood reiterated his Outperform rating and $100 price target on Salesforce shares.
BAC Bank of America
$16.22

0.11 (0.68%)

09/16/16
GSCO
09/16/16
NO CHANGE
Target $19
GSCO
Conviction Sell
Bank of America operating leverage hitting an inflection, says Goldman
Goldman analyst Richard Ramsden believes Bank of America is hitting an inflection point in operating leverage driven by low single digit growth, stable credit, and absolute reductions in the expense base. The analyst believes topline growth will reach approximately 4% annually through to 2018, driven by consumer bank and wealth management initiatives. Ramsden reiterates his Conviction Buy rating on Bank of American and raised his price target to $19 from $17 given the combination of revenue growth and expense discipline.
09/13/16
SOCG
09/13/16
DOWNGRADE
Target $42
SOCG
Sell
Societe Generale cuts Citi to Sell, Bank of America to Hold
Societe Generale downgraded Citi (C) to Sell from Hold and Bank of America (BAC) to Hold from Buy. The firm has a $42 price target for shares of Citi and attributes an increased negative stance on Cards for the downgrade. Societe Generale has a $17 price target for Bank of America and cites revenue growth for the downgrade to Hold. Citi is trading down 86c to $46.93 and Bank of America is trading down 19c to $15.71.
09/13/16
SOCG
09/13/16
DOWNGRADE
SOCG
Hold
Bank of America downgraded to Hold from Buy at Societe Generale
08/25/16
GSCO
08/25/16
NO CHANGE
Target $17
GSCO
Buy
Bank of America at an inflection point, says Goldman
Goldman analyst Richard Ramsden believes Bank of America's operating leverage is at an inflection point as revenue growth and cost reductions from back office rationalization take effect. Ramsden met with CEO Moynihan and said he believes the company can grow core loans, without compromising credit quality, at mid-single digit rates, and expects the fee-based businesses to benefit from growth in checking accounts, mortgage activity, and market share gains. Ramsden believes Bank of America can achieve 10% ROTCE and views valuation as compelling. He rates shares a Buy with a $17 price target.
VRX Valeant
$23.68

-0.91 (-3.70%)

09/19/16
WELS
09/19/16
NO CHANGE
WELS
Price increases could be negative sign, says Wells Fargo
After Valeant increased the list prices of three of its products with combined sales of $1.2M last year, Wells Fargo says further price increases could be forthcoming, and the price increases could indicate that the company feels it needs to raise prices to meet its 2H16 guidance. Noting that the company raised the list price on each of the products by 9.9%, Wells believes that the company could have raised prices by that amount instead of 10% to "stay under the radar of managed care plans and states" looking to prevent double digit price increases. Wells keeps an Underperform rating on the stock.
10/03/16
WELS
10/03/16
NO CHANGE
WELS
Underperform
Valeant legal woes may present bigger risk than realized, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo analyst David Maris said in a new note to investors that he continues to think investors are underestimating the potential downside posed by Valeant's legal troubles, whose stakes "might not be in the tens of millions, but much larger." Maris, who has kept an Underperform rating on Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) since starting coverage of the stock in February, notes that the company has not taken any reserves for Allergan (AGN) or Philidor-related litigation.
09/20/16
DBAB
09/20/16
INITIATION
Target $30
DBAB
Hold
Valeant reinstated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Gregg Gilbert reinstated coverage of Valeant Pharmaceuticals with a Hold rating and $30 price target. Potential fines from the numerous investigations into the company are difficult to predict, Gilbert tells investors in a research note. The analyst assumes revenue for Valeant's dermatology business will begin to rebound in the second half of 2016 and into 2017. Before restricting coverage on the name, Deutsche had a Hold rating on the shares.
09/23/16
WELS
09/23/16
NO CHANGE
WELS
Underperform
Wells thinks Valeant's $1B acquisition in 2015 could be worth $50M or less
Wells Fargo analyst David Maris believes Valeant Pharmaceuticals will take a large impairment charge on the carrying value of Sprout, perhaps as much as 90% of its value. Sprout won approval in 2015 for Addyi, the first pill to aid a woman's sex drive. Valeant bought Sprout for $1B in August 2015, and in December 2015 forecasted sales of $100M-$150M, Maris points out. With sales in July, according to IMS, reaching only $696,235, Maris thinks Addyi "has no chance" of reaching $100M in 2016 and "might not even reach" $10M. He believes Sprout may be worth $50M or less. Without an add-back to adjusted earnings going forward, the [potential write-off would have a 14c per share impact to annual adjusted earnings in 2017 and beyond, Maris tells investors in a research note. Further, he believes Valeant could have other assets with this same problem, compounding the company's divestiture plans. Maris keeps an Underperform rating on Valeant with a $17-$22 price target range. The drugmaker closed yesterday down 12c to $26.85.
GM General Motors
$32.53

-0.15 (-0.46%)

10/06/16
GSCO
10/06/16
NO CHANGE
GSCO
Autos and Autos Parts sector downgraded to Cautious from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman analyst David Tamberrino downgraded the Autos and Auto Parts sector to Cautious from Neutral saying the US Auto cycle peaked in 2015 and is being held up by increasing OEM incentives. The analyst said OEM earnings will decline in 2017/2018 as negative pricing and lower production pressure North American results, but expects suppliers' earnings to hold up longer. The analyst sees upside to Delphi (DLPH) and Harman (HAR) given exposure to secular growth areas and upside to Goodyear Tire (GT) given secular HVA tire growth. Tamberrino downgraded Lear (LEA) to Sell citing elevated expectations and valuation, cut BorgWarner (BWA) to Neutral on valuation, downgraded Tesla (TSLA) to Neutral on execution risk and capital deployment, and upgraded AutoNation (AN) to Neutral given a more defensive business.
09/20/16
NOMU
09/20/16
INITIATION
Target $33
NOMU
Neutral
General Motors initiated with a Neutral at Nomura
Nomura analyst Anindya Das initiated General Motors with a Neutral and a $33 price target. The analyst said General Motors has significant exposure to the Chinese auto market and is concerned about pricing pressures in the market. Further, the company has yet to break even in Europe on an annual basis and its near-term prospects are clouded by Brexit uncertainties.
09/19/16
09/19/16
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On The Fly: Top five analyst upgrades
Catch up on today's top five analyst upgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. General Motors (GM) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley with analyst Adam Jonas saying he believes even flat earnings in 2017 and 2018 would be received as a positive surprise by the market. 2. Wells Fargo (WFC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird analyst David George saying he believes the recent pullback is a buying opportunity. 3. Lockheed Martin (LMT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo with analyst Sam Pearlstein saying he believes the company's earnings can grow 20% per year through 2020. 4. U.S. Steel (X), AK Steel (AKS), and Olympic Steel (ZEUS) were upgraded to Sector Weight from Underweight at KeyBanc with analyst Ivan Marcuse saying the stocks at current levels better reflect the more competitive market conditions he expects in Q4 and 2017. 5. Mattel (MAT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Monness Crespi. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
09/19/16
09/19/16
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Target $37

Overweight
General Motors upgraded to Overweight at Morgan Stanley
As previously reported, Morgan Stanley upgraded General Motors to Overweight from Equal Weight and increased its price target to $37 from $29. Analyst Adam Jonas raised near-term earnings estimates 5% above consensus and believes even flat earnings in 2017 and 2018 would be received as a positive surprise by the market. Further, the analyst said investors are underestimating how long the auto cycle can last and that General Motor's earnings and free cash flow could have a materially longer duration than the market is currently discounting. He believes investors are overlooking the time and steps needed for fully autonomous transport and said management has a healthy and realistic acceptance that it can't and should not do everything alone and will likely explore new business structures with the potential of positive values.

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