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AAPL

Apple

$116.35

0.3 (0.26%)

, AA

Alcoa

$27.91

-3.6 (-11.42%)

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On The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday

Stocks on Wall Street opened in negative territory and picked up downside momentum throughout the day, leaving the major averages with losses of 1% or more across the board. The weakness was attributed to concern over the upcoming earnings season as Alcoa (AA) disappointed and a string of companies have issued profit warnings. Oil prices also retreated and lost more than 1%, but managed to stay above the psychologically important level of $50 per barrel. ECONOMIC NEWS: In the U.S., the NFIB small business optimism index dipped to 94.1 in September, its weakest reading since May. In Europe, Germany's ZEW survey for October was strong, with both the Current Situations and Expectations reading coming in better than expected. Additionally, the British pound slid for a fourth day amid continued worries over a possible "hard Brexit" from the EU for the United Kingdom. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Alcoa, which is traditionally seen as the company that kicks off the earnings season in a given quarter, dropped 11.4% to $27.91 after the metals company reported worse than expected quarterly results, with revenue falling due to curtailed and closed operations, lower alumina pricing and an unfavorable price and product mix. The report comes just weeks ahead of Alcoa's plan to separate into two independent publicly traded companies on November 1... Apple (AAPL) shares advanced fractionally to $116.30 after Samsung Electronics (SSNLF) announced that it has stopped production and distribution of its Galaxy Note 7, asked carriers to stop sales and exchanges of the device, and also asked customers with both original or replacement devices to power down and stop using the phone. One less high-end smartphone on the market may give a boost to Apple's iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, as well as Google's (GOOG) recently launched Pixel phones. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Kroger (KR), which gained 3.65% after Morgan Stanley highlighted the "hidden value" of its new concept stores, whose focus on prepared and fresh food could be a ticket to success amid changing consumer tastes. Also higher was Twilio (TWLO), which rose 1% after announcing better than expected preliminary results for the just completed quarter. Among the noteworthy losers was Rent-A-Center (RCII), which dropped 28.7% after pre-releasing worse than expected financial results for the third quarter, explaining that system performance issues and outages with its new point-of-sale system resulted in a larger than expected negative impact on core sales. Rent-to-own rival Aaron's (AAN) also slid 11% after Rent-A-Center's announcement. Also lower were shares of Illumina (ILMN), which plunged nearly 25% after the maker of genetic analysis tools cut its revenue view for the third quarter as a result of a larger-than-anticipated year-over-year decline in high throughput sequencing instruments. Additionally, Seagate Technology (STX) shares slid 7.5% after the company announced selected preliminary financial information for its fiscal first quarter 2017, which ended on September 30. INDEXES: The Dow fell 200.38, or 1.09%, to 18,128.66, the Nasdaq lost 81.89, or 1.54%, to 5,246.79, and the S&P 500 declined 26.93, or 1.24%, to 2,136.73.

AAPL

Apple

$116.35

0.3 (0.26%)

AA

Alcoa

$27.91

-3.6 (-11.42%)

GOOG

Alphabet

$783.07

-2.87 (-0.37%)

KR

Kroger

$30.11

1.06 (3.65%)

TWLO

Twilio

$52.44

0.42 (0.81%)

STX

Seagate

$35.10

-2.87 (-7.56%)

GOOGL

Alphabet Class A

$809.57

-4.6 (-0.56%)

SSNLF

Samsung

RCII

Rent-A-Center

$9.18

-3.7 (-28.73%)

ILMN

Illumina

$138.99

-45.86 (-24.81%)

AAN

Aaron's

$22.81

-2.81 (-10.97%)

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AAPL Apple
$116.35

0.3 (0.26%)

10/11/16
DRXL
10/11/16
NO CHANGE
Target $185
DRXL
Buy
Apple could gain 8M iPhone units from Note 7 troubles, says Drexel Hamilton
Drexel Hamilton analyst Brian White estimates Apple (AAPL) has an opportunity to pick up "at least" 8 million incremental iPhone units in calendar year 2016 due to the Galaxy Note 7 being scrapped, noting that original market expectations were for Samsung (SSNLF) to ship about 10M-14M Galaxy Note 7 units in the second half of this year. The "fiasco" could permanently damage Samsung's smartphone brand, resulting in Apple market share gains, White added. The analyst keeps a Buy rating and $185 price target on Apple shares.
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.
10/07/16
RBCM
10/07/16
NO CHANGE
RBCM
Apple average selling prices could beat expectations, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital analyst Amit Daryanani says that his analysis indicates that the average selling prices of Apple's iPhone 7 could significantly exceed Street expectations. Stronger demand for the "plus" model versus the last two years, along with the fact that Apple is charging a $120 premium for the "plus" model versus a $100 premium historically, should boost average selling prices, the analyst stated. He thinks that Apple's September quarter revenue could beat expectations by a "modest" amount, while the company's December quarter guidance could be "materially ahead of Street expectations." He keeps a $125 price target and Outperform rating on the stock.
10/06/16
RBCM
10/06/16
NO CHANGE
RBCM
Apple has positive read through from Dialog results, says RBC Capital
After Dialog issued a positive preannouncement due to higher than expected Mobile Services revenue, RBC Capital analyst Amit Daryanani thinks that the Dialog results should comfort Apple investors heading into that company's September quarter results. The analyst notes that Apple accounts for 75%-80% of Dialog's revenue. He keeps a $125 price target and Outperform rating on Apple.
AA Alcoa
$27.91

-3.6 (-11.42%)

09/09/16
09/09/16
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. American Express (AXP) initiated with an Underweight at Atlantic Equities. 2. Alcoa (AA) initiated with a Neutral at Seaport Global. 3. Blue Buffalo Pet Products (BUFF) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer. 4. Harley-Davidson (HOG) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein. 5. Verifone (PAY) initiated with a Buy at BTIG. This list is just a portion of The Fly's analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
09/09/16
GHSC
09/09/16
INITIATION
Target $11
GHSC
Neutral
Alcoa initiated with a Neutral at Seaport Global
Seaport Global analyst Josh Sullivan initiated Alcoa with a Neutral and $11 price target.
05/23/16
05/23/16
UPGRADE
Target $11

Buy
Alcoa upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
As previously reported, BofA/Merrill upgraded Alcoa to Buy from Neutral and raised its price target to $11 from $10.50. Analyst Timna Tanners said aluminum and alumina has become a lesser portion of Alcoa's earnings yet shares have become increasingly correlated to aluminum pricing while aerospace exposure now leaves it with an estimated 75% of its earnings levered to the segment. Tanners is confident in an upswing in aero-heavy downstream results and sees engine deliveries up 10% in 2016 and 18% in 2017. The analyst views the recent pullback in Alcoa shares as a buying opportunity given reduced commodity exposure and increased aero contribution.
05/23/16
BOFA
05/23/16
UPGRADE
BOFA
Buy
Alcoa upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
GOOG Alphabet
$783.07

-2.87 (-0.37%)

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.
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.
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.
KR Kroger
$30.11

1.06 (3.65%)

10/07/16
SBSH
10/07/16
NO CHANGE
Target $39
SBSH
Buy
Citi says Whole Foods buyout would be uncharacteristic for Kroger
Citi analyst Alvin Concepcion weighs in on the speculation yesterday that Kroger (KR) could be interested in acquiring Whole Foods (WFM) for $40 per share. There are challenges that reduce the likelihood of a deal, and such a transaction could be uncharacteristic for Kroger, Concepcion tells investors in a research note. For one, the acquisition would be expensive, the analyst contends. And two, Kroger would have to lever up to 3.5 times net debt/EBITDA, he adds. The analyst keeps a Buy rating on Kroger with a $39 price target. Whole Foods yesterday closed up 5% to $29.33 amid the takeout rumor.
09/23/16
LEHM
09/23/16
INITIATION
Target $33
LEHM
Equal Weight
Kroger initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays
Barclays analyst Karen Short started Kroger with an Equal Weight rating and $33 price target.
10/07/16
PIVT
10/07/16
NO CHANGE
PIVT
Whole Foods FY17 earnings risk not fully appreciated, says Pivotal Research
Pivotal Research said recent chatter involving Kroger (KR) and Whole Foods (WFM) follows a steady stream of bogus takeover rumors that seem to surface with little or no reasonable basis. The firm's analyst said this appears to be another head fake that distracts from core challenges facing Whole Foods ahead of 4Q16 results in early November and potential disappointing FY17 guidance. Pivotal said although Whole Foods multiple is not demanding, the extent of a FY17 earnings risk is not fully appreciated by the Street.
10/10/16
OPCO
10/10/16
NO CHANGE
OPCO
Wal-Mart 'starting to get its act together' in grocery, says Oppenheimer
After attending Wal-Mart's (WMT) analyst day meeting, Oppenheimer analyst Rupesh Parikh admitted he did not previously look favorably upon the company's strategy to expand into Neighborhood Market and smaller format stores, but he now sees signs that the company is "starting to get its act together in grocery." If Wal-Mart follows through with grocery price investments, it could hurt Kroger (KR), Smart & Final Stores (SFS) and Supervalu (SVU) and be an "indirect negative" for Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM), Parikh tells investors. However, he also added that he remains confident in the ability of Kroger's management team to at least hold share.
TWLO Twilio
$52.44

0.42 (0.81%)

08/25/16
08/25/16
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. Cree (CREE) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital. 2. Reynolds American (RAI) initiated with a Neutral at UBS. 3. Twilio (TWLO) initiated with a Hold at Argus. 4. Phillips 66 Partners (PSXP) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman. 5. WD-40 (WDFC) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies. This list is just a portion of The Fly's analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
08/25/16
ARGS
08/25/16
INITIATION
ARGS
Hold
Twilio initiated with a Hold at Argus
Argus analysts Stephen Biggar and Mike Jaffe say that Twilio's opportunists should increase significantly going forward, but they predict that it will report losses "for several more quarters." The analysts say that the stock appears to be "fully valued" at current levels.
07/18/16
07/18/16
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. Twilio (TWLO) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman, an Outperform at William Blair, a Hold at Canaccord, a Sector Weight at Pacific Crest, a Market Perform at JMP Securities, and with a Neutral at JPMorgan. 2. Selecta Biosciences (SELB) initiated with a Buy at UBS, a Buy at Stifel, a Buy at Canaccord, and a Buy at Needham. 3. China Mobile (CHL) and China Telecom (CHA) assumed with a Buy at Jefferies. 4. NetEase (NTES) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital. 5. Sysco (SYY) reinstated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank. This list is just a portion of The Fly's analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
07/18/16
JPMS
07/18/16
INITIATION
Target $39
JPMS
Neutral
Twilio initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Mark Murphy started Twilio with a Neutral rating and $39 price target.
STX Seagate
$35.10

-2.87 (-7.56%)

10/11/16
BNCH
10/11/16
UPGRADE
BNCH
Buy
Seagate upgraded to Buy from Hold at Benchmark
10/11/16
10/11/16
UPGRADE
Target $43

Strong Buy
Follow-up: Seagate upgraded to Strong Buy from Buy at Needham
As previously reported, Needham upgraded Seagate to Strong Buy and raised its price target to $43 from $39. Analyst Richard Kugele said Seagate is benefiting from a generally stable to improving demand environment at the very time the company is restructuring its capacity and OPEX model for the changing environment dominated by CSPs and high-capacity drives. He believes investors will be beneficiaries of these dynamics as they flow through Seagate's model
10/11/16
BTIG
10/11/16
NO CHANGE
BTIG
Seagate weakness a buying opportunity, says BTIG
10/11/16
NEED
10/11/16
UPGRADE
NEED
Strong Buy
Seagate upgraded to Strong Buy from Buy at Needham
GOOGL Alphabet Class A
$809.57

-4.6 (-0.56%)

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.
SSNLF Samsung

08/01/16
NEED
08/01/16
NO CHANGE
Target $65
NEED
Buy
Synaptics price target lowered to $65 from $88 at Needham
Needham analyst Rajvindra Gill lowered his price target for Synaptics (SYNA) to $65 from $88 on a lower earnings multiple as he remains uncertain on whether the company has secured the OLED DDIC for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 8 versus an internal Samsung (SSNLF) solution. The analyst reiterates a Buy rating on Synaptics' shares, saying the company will remain one of the leaders in the display markets.
06/23/16
BFIN
06/23/16
NO CHANGE
BFIN
Fitbit faces 'fight of its life,' GoPro Karma delay a problem, says BlueFin
In an update on the wearable space, BlueFin analysts John Donovan and Steve Mullane make the case that Fitbit (FIT) is "in for the fight of its life" given mounting competition that is coming from Samsung (SSNLF), Apple (AAPL), Garmin (GRMN) and Under Armour (UA), adding that the sizable inventory of Alta and Blaze devices that it must deplete in this competitive environment puts Fitbit is in a "precarious position." The analyst add that Apple's watchOS improvements "further paint Fitbit into a corner," but noted that market data suggests consumers are looking for wearables under $200, which is in the "sweet spot" of Fitbit's portfolio. Weighing in on GoPro (GPRO), the analysts wonder if the Hero5 will be compelling enough to make consumers buy another camera and note that its upcoming Karma drone is very late to market and "facing daunting odds."
04/26/16
NEED
04/26/16
NO CHANGE
NEED
Apple supply chain names to rebound, says Needham
Needham analyst Rajvindra Gill expects a rebound in the Apple (AAPL) supply chain names given its underperformance over the last 25 days and the relatively good quarterly results from Knowles (KN). Among the names, the analyst sees Cirrus Logic (CRUS) increasing its dollar content per unit about 40% for the iPhone 7 cycle, with possible upside of 80%-100% for the iPhone 7S in 2017 with the inclusion of adaptive noise cancellation. Knowles, which generated 25% of sales from Apple and less than 10% of sales from Samsung (SSNLF), posted better-than-expected results and guidance, the analyst tells investors in a research note.
RCII Rent-A-Center
$9.18

-3.7 (-28.73%)

01/12/16
01/12/16
DOWNGRADE

On The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Apple (AAPL) downgraded to Negative from Mixed at OTR Global... Asbury Automotive (ABG) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Craig-Hallum... AvalonBay (AVB) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... BHP Billiton (BHP) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Canadian Natural (CNQ) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Cloud Peak (CLD) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Comerica (CMA) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Concho Resources (CXO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... DDR Corp. (DDR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... DHT Holdings (DHT) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Diageo (DEO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... E-Trade (ETFC) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... EQT Corporation (EQT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Encana (ECA) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Essex Property Trust (ESS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Euronav NV (EURN) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... F5 Networks (FFIV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Freeport McMoRan (FCX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Great Plains Energy (GXP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... HCP (HCP) downgraded to Underperform from Hold at Jefferies... HeartWare (HTWR) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... InterContinental (IHG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... Interactive Brokers (IBKR) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... KNOT Offshore Partners (KNOP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... LPL Financial (LPLA) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi... Laclede (LG) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Lazard (LAZ) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Liberty Property (LPT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Marathon Oil (MRO) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... McKesson (MCK) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Mead Johnson (MJN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... Medical Properties Trust (MPW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... NGL Energy Partners (NGL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Occidental Petroleum (OXY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Omega Healthcare (OHI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Patterson-UTI (PTEN) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Simmons... Peabody (BTU) downgraded to Underperform from Hold at Jefferies... Penn National (PENN) downgraded to Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Pinnacle West (PNW) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Pioneer Energy (PES) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Simmons... Progressive Waste (BIN) downgraded to In-Line from Outperform at Imperial Capital... Prosperity Bancshares (PB) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Raymond James (RJF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... Rent-A-Center (RCII) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... Roadrunner (RRTS) downgraded to Peer Perform from Outperform at Wolfe Research... Rose Rock Midstream (RRMS) downgraded to Equalweight from Overweight at Capital One... Rouse Properties (RSE) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... SABMiller (SBMRY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel ... Scientific Games (SGMS) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Southern Copper (SCCO) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Synergy Resources (SYRG) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... Taubman Centers (TCO) downgraded to Underperform from Hold at Jefferies... Teekay Tankers (TNK) downgraded to Underweight from Overweight at JPMorgan... Telenor (TELNY) downgraded to Underweight from Overweight at JPMorgan... UDR, Inc. (UDR) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Vedanta Resources (VDNRF) downgraded to Underperform from Hold at Jefferies... Western Gas Partners (WES) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Zurich Insurance (ZURVY) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.
01/12/16
01/12/16
DOWNGRADE

Hold
Rent-A-Center downgraded on rent to own trends at BB&T
As noted earlier, BB&T downgraded Rent-A-Center to Hold from Buy. The firm says that the company is being hurt by the transition of rent-to-own business from brick and mortar to virtual. The firm thinks the company may have to cut its dividend.
05/23/16
05/23/16
INITIATION
Target $27

Buy
Rent-A-Center initiated with a Buy at Topeka
Target $27.
03/15/16
RAJA
03/15/16
UPGRADE
Target $21
RAJA
Strong Buy
Rent-A-Center upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James
Raymond James analyst Budd Bugatch upgraded Rent-A-Center to Strong Buy and raised his price target to $21 from $18. The analyst has increased conviction that forward estimates will prove to be too low given initiatives to improve the middle of the company's consolidated P&L, a strengthening balance sheet and deleveraging, and favorable risk/reward.
ILMN Illumina
$138.99

-45.86 (-24.81%)

10/11/16
10/11/16
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. Comerica (CMA) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital with analyst Bob Ramsey citing valuation following the recent strength in the shares. 2. Charter downgraded to Neutral from Buy at MoffettNathanson with analyst Craig Moffett saying shares have risen sharply year-to-date, along with consensus estimates, and views shares as fairly valued. 3. BHP Billiton (BHP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS with the firm citing its expectations for lower iron ore and coal prices over the next six months. 4. Illumina (ILMN) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Janney Capital and to Neutral from Buy at Citi. 5. KBR (KBR) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman with analyst Jerry Revich citing limited growth prospects due to outsized exposure to core LNG and greenfield ammonia capex cycles that are in the early stages of decline. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
10/11/16
PIPR
10/11/16
NO CHANGE
Target $150
PIPR
Overweight
Illumina selloff a buying opportunity, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst William Quirk recommends using today's selloff in shares of Illumina as a buying opportunity. The stock traded down 24% last night after the company reported preliminary Q3 revenue of $607M, below the Street's $628.3M estimate. A lower number of HiSeq 2500/4000 installs as well as a HiSeq X Ten placement slip drove the revenue miss, Quirk tells investors in a research note. He notes, however, that his HiSeq X checks found the pipeline remains "very strong" at 95 systems, with a majority driven by the Chinese precision medicine program. He views $130 as a "technical floor" for the shares and dropped his price target for Illumina to $150 from $163. Quirk keeps an Overweight rating on the name.
10/11/16
SBSH
10/11/16
DOWNGRADE
Target $140
SBSH
Neutral
Illumina downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi
Citi analyst Daniel Arias downgraded Illumina to Neutral saying last night's preannouncement marked the company's fourth miss in six quarters. "Forecasting capabilities have clearly diminished," Arias tells investors in a research note. He lowered his price target for the shares to $140 and thinks the stock could hit the $110-$120 range today. Illumina is trading down $48.59, or 26%, to $136.26 in the pre-market.
10/11/16
JANY
10/11/16
DOWNGRADE
JANY
Sell
Illumina downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Janney Capital
AAN Aaron's
$22.81

-2.81 (-10.97%)

05/23/16
05/23/16
INITIATION
Target $30

Buy
Aaron's initiated with a Buy at Topeka
Target $30.
04/13/16
SIDC
04/13/16
INITIATION
Target $33
SIDC
Buy
Aaron's re-initiated with a Buy at Sidoti
Target $33.
03/29/16
STFL
03/29/16
NO CHANGE
STFL
Aaron's weakness has created attractive entry point, says Stifel
Noting that Aaron's stock has declined to $24.50 from the upper $30s price it reached in 4Q15, Stifel says it's only reduced its earnings estimates for the company by 6%-7% during that time. The firm remains confident about the outlook for the company's Progressive unit, as it predicts that the unit's growth will accelerate this year and in 2017. Stifel keeps a $32.50 price target and Buy rating on the shares.
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NO CHANGE
Target $35
NRCS
Buy
Aaron's shares appear 'dramatically' undervalued, says Northcoast
Northcoast analyst Nick Mitchell said Aaron's Inc shares seem "dramatically" undervalued. The analyst continues to believe Progressive is the market leader in the kiosk channel with an addressable market of $25B and estimates that only $3.5B or less of the potential opportunity is currently being captured. Mitchell sees a long runway for growth remaining and estimates Progressive has the ability to sustainably generate incremental operating margins in the range of 14.0% to 20.0%. The analyst rates Aaron's a Buy with a $35 price target on shares.

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