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CTL

CenturyLink

$26.25

-0.7 (-2.60%)

, LVLT

Level 3

$62.59

-1.21 (-1.90%)

14:38
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14:38

CenturyLink, Level 3 slide after report of whistleblower lawsuit

Shares of CenturyLink (CTL) are dropping in afternoon trading after Bloomberg brought to light a lawsuit filed by a former employee who claims she was fired for exposing the telecommunications company's high-pressure sales culture. According to the suit, filed in Arizona state superior court earlier this week, CenturyLink allowed employees, who were incented to add services, to charge customers for services that hadn't been authorized, Bloomberg reports. Shares of CenturyLink are down 6% after the report, which compared the accusations to the sales tactics scandal that has engulfed Wells Fargo (WFC). Meanwhile, Level 3 Communications (LVLT), which is in the process of merging with CenturyLink, is down 4%.

CTL

CenturyLink

$26.25

-0.7 (-2.60%)

LVLT

Level 3

$62.59

-1.21 (-1.90%)

WFC

Wells Fargo

$53.97

0.0747 (0.14%)

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CTL CenturyLink
$26.25

-0.7 (-2.60%)

03/22/17
GSCO
03/22/17
DOWNGRADE
Target $1.5
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Sell
Frontier Communications downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman Sachs analyst Brett Feldman downgraded Frontier Communications (FTR) to Sell and cut his price target for the shares to $1.50 from $3. Weakening fundamentals may cause Frontier to suspend its dividend after the Q1 payment, Feldman tells investors in a research note. He believes the company cannot both support its dividend and delever. The analyst this morning also reinstated Windstream (WIN) with a Sell rating and lowered his price target for Sell-rated CenturyLink (CTL) to $19 from $21.
03/29/17
MSCO
03/29/17
INITIATION
Target $27
MSCO
Overweight
CenturyLink resumed with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley analyst Simon Flannery resumed coverage on CenturyLink with an Overweight and a $27 price target.
05/04/17
COWN
05/04/17
NO CHANGE
Target $25
COWN
Market Perform
CenturyLink set up for guidance reduction, says Cowen
Cowen analyst Gregory Williams said CenturyLink posted mixed Q1 results with weakness essentially across the board. The company also announced weak Q2 guidance, which he believes sets the company up for downward guidance revisions. Williams maintained his Market Perform rating and lowered his price target to $25 from $27 on CenturyLink shares.
05/15/17
RAJA
05/15/17
DOWNGRADE
RAJA
Underperform
CenturyLink downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James
Raymond James analyst Frank Louthan downgraded Level 3 (LVLT) and CenturyLink (CTL) to Underperform saying both companies are experiencing negative trends ahead of their combination which are unlikely to improve over the next few quarters. Louthan also expects additional sales disruption from the integration that will limit material stock price appreciation.
LVLT Level 3
$62.59

-1.21 (-1.90%)

03/29/17
MSCO
03/29/17
INITIATION
Target $65
MSCO
Equal Weight
Level 3 resumed with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley analyst Simon Flannery resumed coverage n Level 3 with an Equal Weight and a $65 price target.
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On The Fly: Top five analyst initiations
Catch up on today's top five analyst initiations with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Boeing (BA) initiated with a Buy at Berenberg. 2. Level 3 (LVLT) resumed with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley. 3. Exact Sciences (EXAS) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill. 4. Synchrony (SYF) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo. 5. Alphabet (GOOG, GOOGL), Facebook (FB), and Amazon.com (AMZN) were initiated with an Overweight at Barclays, while Snap (SNAP) was initiated with an Equal Weight and Twitter (TWTR) was initiated with an Underweight. This list is just a portion of The Fly's analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
05/15/17
RAJA
05/15/17
DOWNGRADE
RAJA
Underperform
Level 3 downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James
Raymond James analyst Frank Louthan downgraded Level 3 (LVLT) and CenturyLink (CTL) to Underperform saying both companies are experiencing negative trends ahead of their combination which are unlikely to improve over the next few quarters. Louthan also expects additional sales disruption from the integration that will limit material stock price appreciation.
05/15/17
05/15/17
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On The Fly: Top five analyst downgrades
Catch up on today's top five analyst downgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Tesla (TSLA) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley with analyst Adam Jonas saying the bull thesis on Tesla centers around the company becoming the next Amazon (AMZN) or Apple (AAPL), Jonas tells investors in a research note. The analyst, however, questions if the risks of taking on the tech giants is sufficiently discounted in the share price. He expects "much larger and more well capitalized" competitors to unveil strategies that directly address sustainable transport and mobility. 2. J.C. Penney (JCP) was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank, to Neutral from Outperform at Baird, and to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham. 3. STMicroelectronics (STM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel. 4. Level 3 (LVLT) and CenturyLink (CTL) were downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James. 5. TSMC (TSM) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse with analyst Randy Abrams saying headwinds from excess inventory, slower China smartphones, and Qualcomm (QCOM) shifts to Samsung (SSNLF) could pressure sales and margins. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
WFC Wells Fargo
$53.97

0.0747 (0.14%)

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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. Best Buy (BBY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill with analyst Denise Chai citing stronger than expected product cycles in TVs, phones, and time smart home technology, strong online growth, increased focus on high margin services like subscription warranties and in-home services, and new cost savings opportunities. 2. JPMorgan (JPM) and American Express (AXP) were upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim while Wells Fargo (WFC) was upgraded to Neutral from Sell. 3. Crane (CR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair with analyst Nicholas Heymann citing the company's first quarter results. 4. NCI Building (NCS) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital with analyst Robert Wetenhall saying he is more confident in the outlook of the company's end markets and the growth potential of its insulated metal panels business. The analyst believes that worries about the impact of steel price fluctuations on the company's margins are overdone, as he says that hedging can reduce the impact of such fluctuations. 5. Terex (TEX) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan with analyst Ann Duignan saying the stock looks undervalued based on the company's 2020 targets. Following Terex's Q1 upside and raised 2017 outlook, the analyst upped her price target for the shares to $47 from $30. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
05/12/17
BARD
05/12/17
NO CHANGE
Target $58
BARD
Outperform
Wells Fargo slowly turning the corner, says Baird
Baird analyst David George noted Wells Fargo updated its 2017 guidance at its analyst day and reset expectations. He believes the estimates are conservative and continues to like the longer-term risk/reward for Wells Fargo shares. Coupled with its discounted valuation, the downside should be limited, added George, who reiterated his Outperform rating and $58 price target on Wells Fargo.
05/25/17
BERN
05/25/17
NO CHANGE
BERN
Wells Fargo valuation can increase over time, says Bernstein
Bernstein analyst John McDonald says that Wells Fargo's "underlying business remains attractive," citing its "industry leading deposit base,diverse portfolio of fee businesses, large branch network" that could be optimized, and its $300B at the Fed that could be deployed as interest rates increase. The analyst says that the company is looking to cut $4B in costs and should benefit from higher rates. He thinks that its valuation can "rise over time."
06/09/17
RBCM
06/09/17
NO CHANGE
RBCM
House financial reform bill unlikely to advance in Senate, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital analyst Gerard Cassidy says that the financial regulation reform bill passed yesterday by the House would help the banking sector but probably won;t be passed by the Senate. Large publicly traded banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citi (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC).

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Bank of America

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Facebook

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Northern Trust

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Stellar Biotechnologies

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Comerica

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JPMorgan

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Amazon.com

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