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WRK

WestRock

$46.38

1.33 (2.95%)

, LVLT

Level 3

$46.22

1.13 (2.51%)

09:55
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10/14
09:55
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09:55

Early notable gainers among liquid option names on October 14th

Notable gainers among liquid option names this morning include WestRock (WRK) $46.54 +1.51, Level 3 Communications (LVLT) $46.51 +1.43, Micron (MU) $17.36 +0.51, First Solar (FSLR) $39.80 +1.11, and Morgan Stanley (MS) $32.56 +0.82.

WRK

WestRock

$46.38

1.33 (2.95%)

LVLT

Level 3

$46.22

1.13 (2.51%)

MU

Micron

$16.85

0.07 (0.42%)

FSLR

First Solar

$38.68

0.44 (1.15%)

MS

Morgan Stanley

$32.55

0.82 (2.58%)

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WRK WestRock
$46.38

1.33 (2.95%)

09/23/16
DBAB
09/23/16
UPGRADE
Target $90
DBAB
Buy
Packaging Corp. upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Debbie Jones upgraded Packaging Corp. of America (PKG) to Buy citing an "improved earnings trajectory" following the TimBar acquisition. The analyst raised her price target for the shares to $90 from $77. Jones this morning also upgraded KapStone (KS) to Buy. She raised her estimates across the Paper & Packaging space to reflect the likelihood of success for the October containerboard price hike initiative. Jones also raised her price target for Buy-rated WestRock to $53 from $50 and Hold-rating International Paper (IP) to $50 from $42.
09/22/16
GSCO
09/22/16
INITIATION
Target $53
GSCO
Neutral
WestRock initiated with a Neutral at Goldman
Goldman analyst Brian Maguire initiated WestRock with a Neutral and a $53 price target.
08/22/16
WELS
08/22/16
NO CHANGE
WELS
Packaging Corp. should be bought on any weakness, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo says that it expects primary paper packaging stocks to come under pressure today following an unexpected decline in semi-chemical medium pricing. However, the firm expects the financial impact on Packaging Corp (PKG) to be "de-minimis" given its "higher degrees of vertical integration." Wells recommends buying the stock on any weakness today. Other companies whose stocks could be negatively affected by the news include Greif (GEF), KapStone (KS), International Paper (IP), and WestRock (WRK), according to Wells. The firm also recommends buying International Paper on any weakness today.
08/25/16
DBAB
08/25/16
NO CHANGE
DBAB
International Paper to increase containerboard prices, says Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Debbie Jones says International Paper (IP) is increasing containerboard prices by $50 per ton effective October 1st, citing trade contacts. The analyst notes that she is not aware of similar moves from other producers, but suspects additional announcements may come. Nonetheless, Jones questions whether or not the full amount will be achieved and if an increase is sustainable. A successful increase would be beneficial not only for International Paper, but also for WestRock (WRK), Packaging Corp (PKG) and KapStone (KS), the analyst says, noting that Greif (GEF) also has modest exposure to containerboard. In afternoon trading, International Paper's stock has gained over 4% to $48.59 per share.
LVLT Level 3
$46.22

1.13 (2.51%)

08/24/16
08/24/16
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. Level 3 (LVLT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at MoffettNathanson. 2. Hormel Foods (HRL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Edward Jones. 3. Laredo Petroleum (LPI) upgraded to Overweight from Equalweight at Capital One with the firm saying it expects continued stock outperformance given the most recent Midland Basin hzl well results. 4. NetApp (NTAP) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman with analyst Simona Jankowski citing balanced risk/reward. 5. PDC Energy (PDCE) upgraded to Overweight at Stephens with analyst Ben Wyatt citing the company's agreement to acquire two privately held companies in a "transformative" deal that includes approximately 57,000 net acres in Texas. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
10/13/16
GSCO
10/13/16
DOWNGRADE
Target $55
GSCO
Buy
Level 3 downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman
Goldman analyst Brett Feldman removed Level 3 from the Conviction Buy List and lowered its price target to $55 from $64 on a reduced outlook for revenue growth and a lower target multiple. The analyst maintains a Buy rating and said the recent pullback in Level 3 shares increases the appeal of buybacks and, theoretically, the company could repurchase 60% of its stock over 5 years.
10/14/16
JPMS
10/14/16
UPGRADE
Target $55
JPMS
Overweight
Level 3 upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Philip Cusick upgraded Level 3 Communications to Overweight saying expectations have been lowered along with the share price. Further, he believes a capital return announcement in the form of a stock buyback could come either on the Q3 or Q4 earnings calls. The analyst lowered his price target for Level 3 to $55 from $60 and keeps an Overweight rating on the shares.
08/24/16
MOFT
08/24/16
UPGRADE
MOFT
Buy
Level 3 upgraded to Buy from Neutral at MoffettNathanson
MU Micron
$16.85

0.07 (0.42%)

10/05/16
COWN
10/05/16
NO CHANGE
Target $19
COWN
Outperform
Micron interesting on a pullback, says Cowen
Cowen analyst Timothy Arcuri said Micron's guidance was troubling but he still sees a positive bias as DRAM supply/demand remains the first order driver for the company and industry capital expenditure is still being diverted to 3D NAND. Arcuri believes the shares will be interesting on a pullback, but said it is hardly his favorite idea. Arcuri maintained his Outperform rating and $19 price target on Micron shares.
10/05/16
SUSQ
10/05/16
NO CHANGE
Target $21
SUSQ
Positive
Micron investors should focus on DRAM fundamentals, says Susquehanna
Susquehanna analyst Mehdi Hosseini noted Micron reported better than expected Q4 results driven by higher revenues. The analyst said the company guidance is below the buy-side expectation and he believes they are still challenged by converting planar to 3D NAND. Hosseini said Micron investors should focus on improving DRAM fundamentals as the better environment bodes well for the company's minority interest income and should help free cash flow. Hosseini reiterated his Buy rating and raised his price target to $21 from $20 on Micron shares.
10/05/16
EVER
10/05/16
NO CHANGE
Target $25
EVER
Buy
Micron guidance conservative, buy on weakness, says Evercore ISI
Evercore ISI analyst CJ Muse said Micron's guidance is conservative and continues to believe there will be a DRAM shortage situation in CY17 that will drive earnings power to $2-$3 including SBC. Muse recommends adding to Micron positions on weakness and reiterates his Buy rating and $25 price target.
10/05/16
STFL
10/05/16
NO CHANGE
Target $22
STFL
Buy
Micron only at start of up cycle, says Stifel
Stifel analyst Kevin Cassidy raised his price target for Micron Technology to $22 from $20, saying the company last night delivered a "solid beat" to his expectations and the consensus forecast. The company's non-GAAP EPS guidance "has some controversy" and may cause some weakness in the shares, added Cassidy. However, he would be a buyer on the weakness, citing his view that Micron's up cycle is only at its beginning. The firm keeps its Buy rating on Micron shares.
FSLR First Solar
$38.68

0.44 (1.15%)

10/06/16
GSCO
10/06/16
DOWNGRADE
GSCO
Neutral
First Solar downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
Goldman analyst Brian Lee downgraded First Solar to Neutral from Buy with a price target of $42, saying 2017 system bookings "appear unlikely to materialize" this late in the second half of 2016.
10/10/16
PIPR
10/10/16
INITIATION
Target $43
PIPR
Neutral
First Solar initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Brian Gamble started First Solar with a Neutral rating and $43 price target. The analyst does not have a clear view into 2017 amid margin pressures and market oversupply. He feels the company has a "solid" longer term story, however.
10/10/16
10/10/16
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. Netflix (NFLX) initiated with a Sell at Deutsche Bank. 2. Noble Midstream (NBLX) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays, a Hold at Deutsche Bank, an Overweight at JPMorgan, an Outperform at Baird, a Buy at Mizuho, a Buy at Citi, and an Overweight at MUFG. 3. AB InBev (BUD) reinstated with a Buy at Goldman. 4. First Solar (FSLR) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray. First Solar (FSLR) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray. 5. Molson Coors (TAP) reinstated with a Buy at Goldman and resumed with a Buy at BofA/Merrill. This list is just a portion of The Fly's analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
10/07/16
10/07/16
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. Tyson Foods (TSN) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Pivotal Research with analyst Timothy Ramey citing the broiler price-fixing alleged in the class action complaint filed on September 2. 2. SolarEdge (SEDG) was downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman while the firm also downgraded First Solar (FSLR) to Neutral from Buy. 3. CIT Group (CIT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel with analyst Christopher Brendler saying investors should sell into the rally that will result from the "impressive" price that the company received for its aircraft business and the approval of its capital plan by the Fed. 4. Fifth Third (FITB) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies with analyst Ken Usdin saying the shares are reasonably valued following the recent rally. 5. Blackhawk (HAWK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill with analyst David Chu saying the firm's channel checks indicate that conversions to EMV, the new standard for chip-based debit/credit card transactions, are taking longer than expected, which he believes could impact Blackhawk's 2016 guidance and expectations for 2017. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
MS Morgan Stanley
$32.55

0.82 (2.58%)

10/06/16
SDLR
10/06/16
DOWNGRADE
Target $33
SDLR
Hold
Morgan Stanley downgraded to Hold from Buy at Sandler O'Neill
Sandler O'Neill analyst Jeffery Harte downgraded Morgan Stanley to Hold citing relative share outperformance and maintained his $33 price target on shares.
06/01/16
06/01/16
NO CHANGE

BMO Capital recommends pair trade ahead of CCAR
BMO Capital recommends that investors go long Discover (DFS) and Morgan Stanley (MS) and short Comerica (CMA) and Fifth Third (FITB) ahead of the release of the 2016 CCAR results. BMO says that, after analyzing the stress tests criteria, it prefers banks with less asset sensitivity, limited exposure to capital markets, limited exposure to business outside the U.S., low market expectations for pay-out ratio increases, and high starting capital ratios. For investors expecting an intreest rate hike in June, BMO recommends going long SunTrust (STI) and shorting Comerica and Fifth Third.
07/13/16
07/13/16
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. Citi (C) initiated with a Buy, JPMorgan (JPM) initiated with a Sell, Goldman Sachs (GS) and Morgan Stanley (MS) initiated with a Hold at Berenberg. 2. Ingersoll-Rand (IR) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital. 3. Incyte (INCY) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital. 4. Williams (WMB) reinstated with a Buy at Goldman. 5. E-Trade (ETFC) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham. This list is just a portion of The Fly's analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
07/13/16
BREN
07/13/16
INITIATION
Target $29
BREN
Hold
Morgan Stanley initiated with a Hold at Berenberg
Target $29.

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