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TWTR

Twitter

$17.31

-2.5375 (-12.78%)

, CRM

Salesforce

$73.98

3.07 (4.33%)

09:53
10/10/16
10/10
09:53
10/10/16
09:53

Twitter plunges after Bloomberg says sales process 'almost dead'

Shares of Twitter (TWTR) are sharply lower in morning trading following a report that big-name potential suitors are now unlikely to make a bid for the social media platform. SALES PROCESS "ALMOST DEAD": Twitter's sales process is "almost dead" as the major suitors for the company have lost interest amid investor pressure, Bloomberg reported this weekend, citing people familiar with the matter. Major suitors once interested, including Alphabet's (GOOG, GOOGL) Google, Salesforce (CRM) and Disney (DIS), are unlikely to make a bid, according to the sources. Twitter had planned to hold a board meeting with outside advisers on a sale on Friday, but canceled, one source said. SALESFORCE INVESTORS 'NOT PLEASED' WITH POTENTIAL TWITTER PURCHASE: According to the Bloomberg report, several Salesforce investors spoke with Chief Financial Officer Mark Hawkins and other executives last week at its investor conference about how they "weren't pleased" with the idea of a Twitter buyout, while other high-profile investors emailed Hawkins to discuss the matter. SHARE PRICE DECLINES: Salesforce and other rumored Twitter suitors have seen their share price decline since rumors of a Twitter buyout surfaced. IF NO BUYOUT, THEN...: Without an acquisition, Bloomberg said that Twitter will need to rely more heavily on its live video streaming strategy. The company has formed partnerships for sports entertainment content, like the NFL's Thursday night games, and politics that it can stream alongside related tweets. Twitter recently noted that it reached 3.1M combined worldwide viewers for the NFL Thursday Night Kickoff pregame show and the Cardinals/49ers game for a minimum of three seconds with that video being 100% in view. The social media platform has also considered other solutions, such as divestitures of assets not central to its business, people familiar with the matter have said. ANALYST PARES DOWN ORIGINAL SUITOR LIST: In a recent note to clients, SunTrust Robinson analyst Robert Peck posed the question of "If this whole 'live' idea doesn't work, then what is it that gets Twitter to grow?" He pared down his original suitor list for Twitter to account for the Bloomberg report and now sees potential leading bidders including IBM (IBM), Verizon (VZ), Microsoft (MSFT), AT&T (T), Oracle (ORCL), Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) or an international company. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Twitter are down about 12% to $17.42 in morning trading. Shares are down nearly 25% year-to-date. Meanwhile, Salesforce shares have jumped about 6% in early trading to $75.14.

TWTR

Twitter

$17.31

-2.5375 (-12.78%)

CRM

Salesforce

$73.98

3.07 (4.33%)

GOOG

Alphabet

$775.08

-1.78 (-0.23%)

GOOGL

Alphabet Class A

$800.71

-2.37 (-0.30%)

DIS

Disney

$92.85

0.36 (0.39%)

IBM

IBM

$158.42

2.75 (1.77%)

VZ

Verizon

$49.82

-0.1 (-0.20%)

T

AT&T

$38.46

-0.41 (-1.05%)

MSFT

Microsoft

$57.80

0.06 (0.10%)

ORCL

Oracle

$38.95

0.235 (0.61%)

CMCSA

Comcast

$65.36

-0.05 (-0.08%)

CMCSK

Comcast

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TWTR Twitter
$17.31

-2.5375 (-12.78%)

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.
10/07/16
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.
10/10/16
JPMS
10/10/16
NO CHANGE
Target $95
JPMS
Overweight
JPMorgan sees 'opportune entry point' for Salesforce
JPMorgan analyst Mark Murphy believes shares of Salesforce (CRM) are at an "'opportune entry point" following the recent selloff. The pullback has been driven by a "slightly soft" Q2 and concerns about a potentially expensive acquisition of Twitter (TWTR), Murphy tells investors in a research note. After speaking to industry contacts at Dreamforce, the analyst sees a path for the "overhangs to fade" with a "better pace of business in Q3/Q4" as well as the eventual fading of the Twitter discussion. Murphy reiterates an Overweight rating on Salesforce with a $95 price target in a research note titled "The Most Valuable Cloud Asset Is Undeservedly Undervalued."
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.
CRM Salesforce
$73.98

3.07 (4.33%)

GOOG Alphabet
$775.08

-1.78 (-0.23%)

10/06/16
SBSH
10/06/16
NO CHANGE
Target $89
SBSH
Buy
Citi says Salesforce buying Twitter 'nearly impossible' above $28/share
Citi analyst Walter Pritchard believes a Salesforce (CRM) acquisition of Twitter (TWTR) is possible financially but that such a deal would put "significant constraints" on the company for the next three-plus years. The analyst sees "very little reason" for Salesforce to own Twitter and feels the acquisition "would pose a difficult decision" for CEO Marc Benioff and the board. Salesforce closed yesterday down 6%, or $4.21, to $68.42. Recode reported last night that the company is likely the only bidder left for Twitter after Disney (DIS) and Alphabet (GOOG) opted not to pursue a deal while Apple (AAPL) is unlikely. Twitter in pre-market trading is down 14% to $21.50. In order for Salesforce to avoid a shareholder vote, it would have to borrow $7.5B to fund the transaction if Twitter were valued at $20B, or $27.50-$28 per share, Pritchard tells investors in a research note. This is a level that likely constrains the company with little additional borrowing capacity for other deals, the analyst contends. He thinks the deal is "nearly impossible to do" for Salesforce should the bidding for Twitter go above $20B or $28 per share. Pritchard has a Buy rating on Salesforce with an $89 price target.
09/28/16
09/28/16
DOWNGRADE

On The Fly: Top five analyst downgrades
Catch up on today's top five analyst downgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Wedbush with analyst James Dix citing concerns that the "Four Horsemen of the Search Apocalypse" -- self-identified consumers, consumer control of IP-delivered ads, payments innovation, and attention markets -- might arrive. 2. AT&T (T) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS with analyst John Hodulik citing expectations for lower earnings growth. 3. Macy's (M) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse with analyst Michael Exstein saying the retailer, after outlining in August its operations and merchandising strategies, is now in an execution phase. 4. Twitter (TWTR) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Mizuho and to Sell from Hold at Loop Capital. 5. Galectin Therapeutics (GALT) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Roth Capital with analyst Sa'ar Yaniv citing the company's announcement that NASH-FX, GR-MD-02's Phase 2a study in NASH fibrosis, failed both primary and secondary endpoints. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
09/28/16
MZHO
09/28/16
DOWNGRADE
Target $15
MZHO
Underperform
Mizuho cuts Twitter to Underperform with $15 price target
Mizuho analyst Neil Doshi downgraded Twitter to Underperform from Neutral based on valuation. The shares are up 45% since the company reported Q2 results, primarily driven by potential buyout comments in media reports, Doshi tells investors in a research note. The stock at current levels is overvalued as Twitter's business fundamentals "have deteriorated significantly" over the past 12 months, the analyst contends. Doshi believes many of the M&A scenarios are unlikely to play out. He puts potential acquirers Salesforce (CRM) and Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL) in the "maybe" camp, but he still has some reservations about these deals happening. The analyst believes investors of both companies would view a buyout of Twitter as negative. Doshi keeps a $15 price target for Twitter shares. The stock closed yesterday up 35c to $23.72. Loop Capital this morning also downgraded Twitter to Sell.
10/10/16
WELS
10/10/16
NO CHANGE
WELS
Alphabet, Facebook can meet Street estimates, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo says that investors are concerned about the ability of Facebook (FB) and Google (GOOG,GOOGL) to meet Street estimates because forecasts continue to indicate that TV's ad share will be relatively stable over the next two years. But Wells says that Facebook and Google will continue to gain share from "non-TV media" and could see increased revenue from "non-advertising marketing services" such as sponsorships and public relations. Wells keeps Outperform ratings on both stocks.
GOOGL Alphabet Class A
$800.71

-2.37 (-0.30%)

09/30/16
RBCM
09/30/16
NO CHANGE
RBCM
Street underestimating Google growth outlook, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital analyst Mark Mahaney expects Google to end 2016 with "up to 20% growth," versus the Street's outlook of mid teen percentage level growth. Mahaney says that Google's growth should be boosted by "ongoing Search innovations, rising Mobile CPCs, and the growing impact of YouTube, Play & Cloud." He thinks that YouTube's revenue is growing at a 30%-40% clip. Mahaney raised his price target on the stock to $1,025 from $1,000 and keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
DIS Disney
$92.85

0.36 (0.39%)

09/28/16
SBSH
09/28/16
NO CHANGE
SBSH
Buy
Citi hopes Disney does not acquire Twitter
Citi analyst Jason Bazinet lays out four reasons for why he doesn't like Disney (DIS) pursuing an acquisition of Twitter (TWTR). Going back 15 years, the analyst can't think of a single web-based property that was successfully acquired by a traditional media firm. Two, he calls Twitter trends "troubling." Three, Bazinet estimates a cash offer would lower Disney's stock by $5 per share while an equity offer would drop its stock by $9. Four, the analyst feels it is unclear how Disney's content will help Twitter. Bazinet thinks both Yahoo (YHOO) and Twitter lost "significant money" when they streamed NFL content over the web. The analyst hopes Twitter is acquired by somebody other than Disney. He keeps a Buy rating on Disney shares. Both Loop Capital and Mizuho this morning downgraded Twitter to sell ratings.
10/10/16
DBAB
10/10/16
INITIATION
Target $90
DBAB
Sell
Deutsche sees Netflix takeover as unlikely, starts shares at Sell
Deutsche Bank analyst Bryan Kraft initiated shares of Netflix (NFLX) with a Sell rating and $90 price target. The stock closed Friday down 25c to $104.82. The risk/reward is unattractive as consensus expectations reflect an "optimistic case," Kraft tells investors in a research note. Market expectations appear too high through 2020, the analyst contends. He also expresses skepticism that Netflix will be acquired. The business is "too fully formed" and valued to be acquired by Disney (DIS) and Apple (AAPL), Kraft writes. He also sees Amazon.com (AMZN) as a competitive risk to Netflix.
09/27/16
SBSH
09/27/16
NO CHANGE
Target $16
SBSH
Neutral
Citi sees 40% downside in Twitter with no takeover bid
Citi analyst Mark May believes Twitter's (TWTR) risk/reward skews to the downside following the recent rally in the shares. A buyout of the company carries "strategic rationale for certain companies," but Twitter's "struggles and steep valuation" make a deal at a meaningful premium less likely, May tells investors in a research note. A takeover at $26 per share looks aggressive, May contends. He believes the stock could retest the lows of late May, representing 40% downside from current levels, should an acquisition offer not materialize. The analyst keeps a Neutral rating on Twitter with a $16 price target. The shares closed yesterday up 75c to $23.37 following reports that Disney (DIS) may be joining the list of potential acquires that already includes Alphabet (GOOG) and Salesforce (CRM).
IBM IBM
$158.42

2.75 (1.77%)

09/26/16
SOCG
09/26/16
UPGRADE
SOCG
Hold
IBM upgraded to Hold from Sell at Societe Generale
09/23/16
OPCO
09/23/16
NO CHANGE
OPCO
Outperform
Speculation suggests Imperva takeover in 'near sight,' says Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer analyst Shaul Eyal is not surprised to see the list of potential Imperva (IMPV) buyer candidates mentioned in an article from Bloomberg, which includes Cisco (CSCO), IBM (IBM), Fortinet (FTNT), Akamai (AKAM), and privately held Forcepoint. The analyst envisions Imperva's product line aligning particularly well with Cisco's and IBM's given the recent drive by both to expand their security offerings. Eyal sees a potential price target ranging between $55-$60 if the speculation has any merit and sufficient interest from multiple bidders. Oppenheimer has an Outperform rating on Imperva's shares.
09/06/16
EVER
09/06/16
UPGRADE
Target $45
EVER
Buy
Intel upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI
Evercore ISI analyst C.J. Muse upgraded Intel (INTC) to Buy and raised his price target for the shares to $45 from $38. The chipmaker closed Friday up 6c to $36.08. Fears of a slowdown in its Server business and sustained weakness in PCs have led Intel shares to underperform peers thus far in 2016, Muse tells investors in a research note. The analyst expects the underperformance to change as the company's Data Center Group segment accelerates to 10%+plus growth in the second half of 2016. Further, Muse thinks Intel's "competitive moat remains" despite potential competition from ARM Holdings (ARMH) and IBM's (IBM) Power9 architecture. He sees 25% upside in Intel shares from current levels.
08/16/16
08/16/16
INITIATION

On The Fly: Top five analyst initiations
Catch up on today's top five analyst initiations with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. IBM (IBM) initiated with a Perform at Oppenheimer. 2. GrubHub (GRUB) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies. 3. Broadwind Energy (BWEN) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen. 4. TPI Composites (TPIC) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan, with an Outperform at Cowen, with a Buy at Canaccord, with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley, and with an Outperform at Raymond James. 5. Tableau (DATA) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer. This list is just a portion of The Fly's analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
VZ Verizon
$49.82

-0.1 (-0.20%)

09/23/16
BOFA
09/23/16
NO CHANGE
Target $55
BOFA
Buy
BofA thinks Verizon deal stays on track despite Yahoo data breach
Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst Justin Post said that Yahoo's (YHOO) disclosure of the massive data breach impacting over 500M of its users is clearly a negative for the company that could result in email account closures, but he does not anticipate a major impact on Yahoo's business related to this breach, citing as evidence the fact that he is not aware of any significant business impairment or financial liability related to security breaches at LinkedIn (LNKD) in 2012 and at eBay (EBAY) in 2014. Post adds that the Target (TGT) data breach, which did include credit card info, is not directly comparable to Yahoo's breach. For Verizon (VZ) to back out of its acquisition agreement, Post thinks the company would need to assume Yahoo acted in bad faith during negotiations and that the Yahoo asset is impaired or comes with significant liability, neither of which he sees as being the case. The analyst keeps a Buy rating on Yahoo and bumped his target on the shares to $55 from $53, citing an increased price target on Alibaba (BABA) that a peer at the firm recently set.
09/06/16
RHCO
09/06/16
NO CHANGE
Target $18
RHCO
Neutral
SunTrust sees 'limited' list of Twitter suitors, says activist action unlikely
SunTrust analyst Robert Peck reiterated his belief that Twitter (TWTR) is unlikely to sell itself in 2016 in a new note to investors, but noted that investors have asked him who would be interested if Twitter were open to a sale. While giving his opinion on potential acquirers - which he sees possibly including Google (GOOG), Facebook (FB), Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), Microsoft (MSFT), AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ), Disney (DIS), Fox (FOXA), and Alibaba (BABA) - Peck said the company's high price and "unique" asset limit the potential buyers and gave his view that a PE buyer is highly unlikely given the company's lack of free cash flow. Additionally, Peck thinks activist action at Twitter seems "extremely unlikely" despite "unsubstantiated investor conjecture" and media reports. The analyst keeps Neutral rating and $18 price target on Twitter shares.
09/23/16
RHCO
09/23/16
NO CHANGE
RHCO
Yahoo hack is probably not a material adverse change, says SunTrust
After Yahoo (YHOO) reported that over 500M of its accounts had been hacked, SunTrust analyst Robert Peck thinks that the news is probably not a material adverse change, or MAC, that would jeopardize the company's acquisition by Verizon (VZ). He notes that the sales contract says that a MAC will not be triggered by "any failure by Yahoo to meet its internal or published projections, budgets, plans, or forecasts of its revenues, earnings, or other financial performance or results of operations." The analyst says that the hack "may be manageable," since a majority of the victims could be e-mail users who are sticky. He keeps a Neutral rating on Yahoo.
09/19/16
WELS
09/19/16
NO CHANGE
WELS
Concerns about Frontier Communications leverage overdone, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo says that some investors have expressed concern about Frontier's leverage ratio. Specifically, the firm says there are some worries that if Frontier has difficulty integrating the Verizon (VZ) assets it purchased, it may trigger bank covenants. However, Wells says that Frontier's synergy realization and subscription outlook have improved since Q2. Wells adds that the company's dividend is "very secure neat-term," and it keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
T AT&T
$38.46

-0.41 (-1.05%)

10/06/16
FBNS
10/06/16
INITIATION
Target $69.24
FBNS
Outperform
AMC Networks initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities
FBN Securities analyst Robert Routh initiated AMC Networks (AMCX) with an Outperform rating and a fair value estimate of $69.24. Routh calls AMC Networks "very attractive" as a possible takeover target, as he believes it could fit well with either the soon-to-be-combined Lionsgate (LGF)-Starz (STRZA) or with AT&T's (T) DTV division. Routh added that reports have indicated that AT&T is looking to grow its portfolio of TV content through deals.
09/26/16
09/26/16
UPGRADE

On The Fly: Top five analyst upgrades
Catch up on today's top five analyst upgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. AT&T (T) upgraded to Hold from Reduce at HSBC. 2. Potash (POT) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna with analyst Don Carson citing expected benefits from the company's proposed merger with Agrium (AGU), which he sees as having relatively low antitrust risk compared to the other mega-mergers being pursued in the Ag space. 3. Oshkosh (OSK) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan and to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse. 4. Marriott (MAR) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley with analyst Thomas Allen citing strong unit growth. 5. NetApp (NTAP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cross Research. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
09/28/16
UBSW
09/28/16
DOWNGRADE
Target $43
UBSW
Neutral
AT&T downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS
UBS analyst John Hodulik downgraded AT&T to Neutral citing expectations for lower earnings growth. The analyst reduced his earnings estimates by 3% to reflect the "increased competitive intensity" in wireless and incremental costs associated with AT&T's DTV Now roll-out. Hodulik cut his price target for AT&T shares to $43 from $46.
MSFT Microsoft
$57.80

0.06 (0.10%)

09/13/16
PACS
09/13/16
NO CHANGE
PACS
Microsoft cloud revenue could triple in four years, says Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest analyst Brent Bracelin says that Microsoft's cloud revenue "has the potential to triple in four years to $40B plus." The analyst thinks that the company could use artificial technology to create new "smart applications." He says the shares could exceed their all-time high of $58.72 and keeps a $65 price target and Overweight rating on the stock.
10/06/16
OPCO
10/06/16
NO CHANGE
OPCO
Microsoft, Amazon well positioned to enable cloud, AI trends, says Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer analyst Timothy Horan notes that machine learning and artificial intelligence have been use to improve applications and acceleration of infrastructure builds, with "intelligent software" designed to make lives easier and more productive. Further, the analyst sees communications and cloud services continuing to converge, with infrastructure and data as key components to AI. Microsoft (MSFT) and Amazon (AMZN) Web Service are well positioned to enable these trends, he contends, adding that he see colocation providers, such as Equinix (EQIX) and Interxion (INXN), and networking companies like Zayo Group (ZAYO) GTT Communications (GTT) as beneficiaries.
09/23/16
RHCO
09/23/16
NO CHANGE
RHCO
Buy
SunTrust says Twitter would help Salesforce deal with Microsoft
SunTrust analyst John Rizzuto believes a potential acquisition of Twitter (TWTR) could give Salesforce (CRM) a "strong external social platform" that can enhance its ecosystem while addressing the longer-term threat from Microsoft (MSFT). With less than $2B of cash on hand, Salesforce would need to raise much of the required capital as equity with a smaller debt component, Rizzuto tells investors in a research note. The analyst remains positive on Salesforce shares with a Buy rating. CNBC's David Faber reported earlier today that Twitter is getting closer to a sale and he named Salesforce as one of the potential suitors. Salesforce is down 5% to $70.69 while Twitter is up 19% to $22.12 in afternoon trading.
09/26/16
CANT
09/26/16
NO CHANGE
Target $42
CANT
Buy
Yelp takeout chances increased with share conversion, says Cantor
Yelp's (YELP) conversion of Class B super-voting shares into regular Class A shares late last week increases the company's takeout potential, Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali tells investors in a research note. Yelp, especially following recent improvements in the underlying growth fundamentals of the business, has become "an easier, and more likely" acquisition target, the analyst contends. The analyst views Facebook (FB), Priceline (PCLN), TripAdvisor (TRIP) and Microsoft (MSFT) as potential acquirers of Yelp. Squali estimates Yelp could be worth $53 per share in a takeout. He keeps a Buy rating on the stock with a $42 price target. The stock is up 2% to $40.35 in early trading.
ORCL Oracle
$38.95

0.235 (0.61%)

09/16/16
ADAM
09/16/16
NO CHANGE
Target $45
ADAM
Buy
Oracle shares cheap, cloud results positive, says Canaccord
Canaccord analyst Richard Davis said Oracle reported solid organic growth for its cloud business, including software licenses and cloud SaaS and PaaS. The analyst believes continued cloud success will weigh on margins and the decline in Hardware revenues will weigh on the overall businesses. However, Davis said Oracle shares remain sufficiently inexpensive to maintain as a Buy with a $45 price target.
09/23/16
STFL
09/23/16
NO CHANGE
STFL
Oracle removed from Select List at Stifel
After attending Oracle's Analyst Day, Stifel analyst Brad Reback says that the company's infrastructure as a service portfolio "is still quite nascent." The analyst thinks that the company will have to significantly raise its overall capex in order to catch up with the leaders in the space. The analyst trimmed his price target on the stock to $45 from $48 and removed the stock from his Select List. However, he keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
09/16/16
RHCO
09/16/16
NO CHANGE
RHCO
Oracle reported 'strong cloud results,' says SunTrust
SunTrust analyst John Rizzuto says that Oracle reported "strong cloud results." The analyst thinks that the company's cloud business is gaining "market and mind share." He predicts that the company's combined cloud and on-premises software revenue will rise 5% in fiscal 2017, up from a 2% decline in fiscal 2016. He keeps a $48 price target and Buy rating on the stock.
09/16/16
BERN
09/16/16
NO CHANGE
BERN
Oracle miss due to 'transitory issues,' says Bernstein
After Oracle reported weaker than expected Q1 results, Bernstein analyst Mark Moerdler blames the miss on "transitory" factors, including foreign exchange headwinds and increased borrowing costs, as well as weakness in businesses on which the company is "less concerned with." The analyst says that the company's cloud business exceeded expectations, and he notes that its overall software revenue increased last quarter. He keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
CMCSA Comcast
$65.36

-0.05 (-0.08%)

08/22/16
PIPR
08/22/16
NO CHANGE
Target $27
PIPR
Overweight
Piper Jaffray confident in Comcast signing with Rovi
Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Olson notes that Rovi (ROVI) announced a 10-year renewal with DISH (DISH) and while the terms were not disclosed, economics should be similar to recent deals, likely in the range of 21c-22c per subscriber per month. With DISH in the fold, nine of the ten major U.S. TV service providers now license Rovi guide patents, the analyst said, with Comcast (CMCSA; CMCSK) remaining the lone holdout. Olson believes discussions with Comcast are at the economic level, and is confident in Comcast signing, potentially in the first half of 2017. He reiterates an Overweight rating and $27 price target on Rovi's shares.
09/27/16
PIVT
09/27/16
NO CHANGE
PIVT
Comcast should report 'strong' Q3 results, says Pivotal Research
Pivotal Research analyst Jeffrey Wlodarczak expects Comcast to report "strong" Q3 results, with flat video subscriber additions, a 330,000 increase in data subscribers, an Olympics-driven 17% increase in NBC revenue ,and a total, slightly below consensus EBITDA gain of 7%. The analyst says that the stock's valuation is "very attractive." He raised his price target on the name to $90 from $81 to reflect a transition to year-end 2017 estimates and reiterates a Buy rating.
08/22/16
JPMS
08/22/16
NO CHANGE
JPMS
Overweight
DISH renewal a major positive for Rovi, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Sterling Auty said he views Rovi's (ROVI) newly-announced 10-year contract renewal with DISH Networks (DISH) as a "major positive" that should help Rovi's position to complete its renewal with Comcast (CMCSA), which is the only top 10 pay-TV provider not currently under contract with the company. The announcement language suggests pricing "somewhere just above" that given to AT&T (T) and the duration of the deal validates the longevity of the patent portfolio, said Auty, who keeps an Overweight rating on Rovi shares.
09/26/16
UBSW
09/26/16
NO CHANGE
Target $92
UBSW
Neutral
Consumer satisfaction with competitors has caught up to Netflix, says UBS
UBS analyst Doug Mitchelson said that the firm's Evidence Lab survey indicated that U.S. consumer satisfaction with Amazon Prime Video (AMZN) and Hulu - the joint venture owned by Time Warner (TWX), Comcast (CMCSA), 21st Century Fox (FOXA), and Disney (DIS) - has now caught up to Netflix (NFLX), advising that investors should "continue to monitor competitive threats closely" as Netflix leads the category but demand for consumer media time, attention and wallet has intensified. The analyst, who added that Netflix's "pricing power remains unclear" based on the firm's survey work, keeps a Neutral rating and $92 price target on Netflix shares.
CMCSK Comcast

07/11/16
OPCO
07/11/16
NO CHANGE
Target $70
OPCO
Outperform
Comcast remains 'most attractive' large-cap, says Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer analyst Timothy Horan says Comcast remains the "most attractive" large-cap for remainder of the year, with its shares offering attractive upside despite the "strong performance" year to date. The company's unsurpassed broadband and public Wi-Fi networks indicate "strong sub trends" in 2016-2017, the analyst tells investors in a research note. Furthermore, he points out that its advertising revenues are "strong" helped by Olympics and political advertising as well as Cable. Oppenheimer has an Outperform rating and $70 price target on the shares.

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0.47 (0.88%)

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GMS

GMS Inc.

$25.43

-0.21 (-0.82%)

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HVT

Haverty Furniture

$22.15

0.15 (0.68%)

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Haverty Furniture sales for Q4 to date up about 1.1% »

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CONG

Congatec

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Congatec requests withdrawal of registration statement »

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TERP

TerraForm Power

$12.79

0.23 (1.83%)

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TerraForm Power reports Q1 adj. EBITDA $120M vs. $52M in 1Q15 »

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WDC

Western Digital

$63.85

1.76 (2.83%)

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Western Digital raises Q2 adjusted EPS view to $2.10-$2.15 from $1.85-$1.95 »

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API crude inventories for week of December 2 »

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PAC

GAP Airports

$83.57

3.09 (3.84%)

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GAP Airports reports November traffic up 14.9% »

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WDC

Western Digital

$63.85

1.76 (2.83%)

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Samsung

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Western Digital renews patent cross-license agreement with Samsung »

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Western Digital

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1.76 (2.83%)

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BPMC

Blueprint Medicines

$28.43

-0.22 (-0.77%)

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Blueprint Medicines files to sell $125M of common stock »

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BLUE

bluebird bio

$78.95

6.8 (9.42%)

16:33
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bluebird bio files to sell $200M of common stock »

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AIRT

Air T

$17.85

-0.15 (-0.83%)

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Air T subsidiary awarded contract by Delta Air Lines »

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AVT

Avnet

$46.69

0.86 (1.88%)

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H&R Block

$22.69

0.55 (2.48%)

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Avnet names Kevin Summers chief information officer »

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Avnet

$46.69

0.86 (1.88%)

HRB

H&R Block

$22.69

0.55 (2.48%)

LOW

Lowe's

$72.46

-0.2 (-0.28%)

WHR

Whirlpool

$169.40

-0.6 (-0.35%)

KO

Coca-Cola

$40.57

-0.05 (-0.12%)

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OHAI

OHA Investment

$2.63

-0.07 (-2.59%)

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Breaking Hot Stocks news story on OHA Investment »

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APDN

Applied DNA Sciences

$2.25

0.05 (2.27%)

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Breaking Syndicate news story on Applied DNA Sciences »

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Preliminary option volume of 12.8M today »

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ANTH

Anthera

$1.47

-0.03 (-2.00%)

16:28
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Anthera promotes Craig Thompson to CEO »

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PES

Pioneer Energy

$6.70

0.45 (7.20%)

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Pioneer Energy announces offering of 9M shares of common stock »

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BBG

Bill Barrett

$8.01

0.12 (1.52%)

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Bill Barrett announces offering of 11.5M shares of common stock »

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  • 07

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PLAY

Dave & Buster's

$48.00

-0.83 (-1.70%)

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Dave & Buster's promotes Margo Manning to COO »

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IIVI

II-VI

$29.75

-0.2 (-0.67%)

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II-VI M Cubed announces new CogentuM product family »

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ALOG

Analogic

$90.35

-0.6 (-0.66%)

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Earnings
Analogic reports Q1 non-GAAP diluted EPS 43c, consensus 80c »

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ANTH

Anthera

$1.47

-0.03 (-2.00%)

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Anthera: blisibimod still demonstrates positive trends in 48 week analysis »

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  • 07

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SIG

Signet Jewelers

$93.98

0.34 (0.36%)

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Breaking Hot Stocks news story on Signet Jewelers »

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MRCY

Mercury Systems

$30.68

0.32 (1.05%)

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Mercury Systems receives $6.7M order for GPS modules »

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