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AMZN

Amazon.com

$969.86

-4.33 (-0.44%)

, TMUS

T-Mobile

$65.42

3.62 (5.86%)

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On The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday

Stocks searched for a level a bit in the morning but once the major averages settled into a range by the middle of the morning they barely budged from there, as investors continue to be cautious ahead of the conclusion tomorrow of the Federal Reserve's latest monetary policy meeting. Some M&A news made headlines, as did Donald Trump speaking in front of the U.N. General Assembly and a major earthquake that rocked Mexico City, but none of those did much to move stocks with the market firmly in Fed Watch mode. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the current account deficit widened unexpectedly to $123.1B in Q2 from a revised $113.5 B in Q1. Import and export prices both rose 0.6% month-over-month in August, topping expectations. Housing starts dipped 0.8% to a 1.180M rate in August. Building permits increased 5.7% to a 1.3M rate, however. In Europe, the German ZEW survey for September came in strong, with both the Current Situation and Expectations readings beating forecasts. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of T-Mobile (TMUS) advanced nearly 6% while Sprint (S) added almost 7% after CNBC's David Faber reported that the companies and their corporate parents, Japan's SoftBank (SFTBF) and Germany's Deutsche Telecom (DTEGY), are in active talks for an all stock-for-stock merger of the number three and four wireless carriers in the U.S. Sources note that a deal could be "weeks away," even though talks are continuing "with vigor," added Faber. Of note, Verizon (VZ) shares jumped following the report, and ended the day up 2.6%, possibly because consolidation may be seen as decreasing the competitive pressure in the market... In other M&A news, shares of Bob Evans Farms (BOBE) jumped following an announcement that it has agreed to be acquired by Post Holdings (POST) for $77 per share. Post gained 0.6% following the deal announcement, while Bob Evans advanced over 6% to trade above the agreed upon deal price... Also, Rite Aid (RAD) announced that it has secured regulatory clearance to sell 1,932 stores and other assets to Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) for an all-cash price of $4.375B. Following the completion of the transaction, Rite Aid will continue to operate approximately 2,600 stores and six distribution centers, the company noted. Shares of Rite Aid dropped 12% after the news, while Walgreens slipped almost 2%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Kohl's (KSS), which gained 1% after announcing that it will offer free Amazon (AMZN) returns in 82 stores starting in October. Also higher was Revlon (REV), which rose 6.5% after its majority shareholder Perelman said it won't take the company private. Among the noteworthy losers was Autozone (AZO), which dropped 5% after reporting on its earnings. Also lower was Synchronoss Technologies (SNCR), which plunged 41% after major shareholder Siris Capital said it was no longer interested in an all-cash acquisition of the company. Additionally, Best Buy (BBY) slipped 8% after giving guidance in conjunction with the retailer's first investor meeting in five years. INDEXES: The Dow rose 39.45, or 0.18%, to 22,370.80, the Nasdaq gained 6.68, or 0.1%, to 6,461.32, and the S&P 500 advanced 2.78, or 0.11%, to 2,506.65.

AMZN

Amazon.com

$969.86

-4.33 (-0.44%)

TMUS

T-Mobile

$65.42

3.62 (5.86%)

S

Sprint

$8.20

0.52 (6.77%)

VZ

Verizon

$49.34

1.25 (2.60%)

SFTBF

SoftBank

$82.75

4.45 (5.68%)

DTEGY

Deutsche Telekom

$18.75

0.68 (3.76%)

BOBE

Bob Evans

$77.41

4.48 (6.14%)

POST

Post Holdings

$86.36

0.52 (0.61%)

RAD

Rite Aid

$2.40

-0.33 (-12.09%)

WBA

Walgreens Boots Alliance

$81.21

-1.39 (-1.68%)

KSS

Kohl's

$45.38

0.49 (1.09%)

AZO

AutoZone

$535.19

-28.21 (-5.01%)

SNCR

Synchronoss

$9.82

-6.93 (-41.37%)

REV

Revlon

$17.05

1.05 (6.56%)

BBY

Best Buy

$52.76

-4.59 (-8.00%)

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AMZN Amazon.com
$969.86

-4.33 (-0.44%)

09/15/17
JPMS
09/15/17
NO CHANGE
Target $75
JPMS
Overweight
CBS recent share weakness overdone, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Alexia Quadrani views the recent pullback in shares of CBS (CBS) as overdone. The stock has underperformed over the prior month, down 12% versus the S&P 500 Index up 1%, Quadrani tells investors in a research note titled "Weather Channel's Gain is NFL's Pain; CBS Weakness Overdone." The analyst attributes yesterday's selloff to NFL ratings for week one, which declined 12% year-over-year. It is unreasonable to draw conclusions from just one weekend of games, especially last weekend given the storms, the analyst argues. Further, Quadrani says CBS CEO Les Moonves' comment yesterday that Amazon (AMZN) would be interested in bidding for NFL rights when they come due early next decade is "hardly news." She keeps an Overweight rating on CBS with a $75 price target.
09/19/17
KEYB
09/19/17
NO CHANGE
KEYB
KeyBanc remains positive on Activision Blizzard, Electronic Arts
KeyBanc analyst Evan Wingren remains positive on Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA), and Take-Two (TTWO) after attending eSCon, a small eSports conference in Los Angeles. The analyst believes interest and momentum in the space remains high, and continues to think the majority of the economics in the industry will accrue to IP owners and scaled technology partners. Therefore, Wingren continues to see the publishers as well-positioned, as well as Amazon's (AMZN) Twitch, Google's (GOOG; GOOGL) YouTube, and Facebook (FB).
09/15/17
PIPR
09/15/17
UPGRADE
Target $193
PIPR
Overweight
Henry Schein upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Sarah James upgraded Henry Schein (HSIC) to Overweight and raised his price target for the shares to $193 from $190. The analyst believes concern over Amazon (AMZN) entering the market is overdone and sees potential for improvement in dental consumables based on her firm's consumer surveys. James believes the recent pullback in Henry Schein shares creates an attractive entry point. She calls the company a "high quality, low earnings risk name."
09/14/17
MSCO
09/14/17
NO CHANGE
Target $1150
MSCO
Overweight
Amazon can add 2.5M Prime members via Whole Foods deal, says Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley analyst Brian Nowak said he sees Whole Foods driving faster Prime subscription growth, as he estimates that about 5M Whole Foods households are not currently Prime members and he expects Prime-only pricing and offers can help Amazon convert half of these shoppers over to its service. He noted he is ahead of the Street consensus view on revenue, modeling 12% CAGR revenue growth for Whole Foods from 2017-2022, but he thinks consensus Consolidated Segment Operating Income, or CSOI, expectations appear "overly optimistic." After raising his Amazon estimates to integrate Whole Foods, Nowak keeps an Overweight rating and $1,150 price target on the shares.
TMUS T-Mobile
$65.42

3.62 (5.86%)

09/19/17
JPMS
09/19/17
NO CHANGE
JPMS
Neutral
JPMorgan talks Amdocs after report of Sprint, T-Mobile deal talks
The potential merger between Sprint (S) and T-Mobile (TMUS) creates "intriguing moving parts" for Amdocs (DOX), JPMorgan analyst Jackson Ader tells investors in a research note following David Faber's report that the merger talks are progressing. The analyst estimates the impact of a deal would be smaller than the AT&T's (T) acquisition of DirecTV. A Sprint, T-Mobile deal could create some short-term financial disruption as discretionary projects that both or either carrier had in the works would likely be put on hold, Ader contends. He believes, however, that the timeline of any negative impact would not likely be felt until fiscal 2019. The analyst has a Neutral rating on Amdocs.
09/14/17
KEYB
09/14/17
NO CHANGE
KEYB
Lack of Band 71 inclusion a near-term negative for T-Mobile, says KeyBanc
KeyBanc analyst Brandon Nispel says that the lack of inclusion of band 71, or 600 MHz spectrum, in iconic device launches from Samsung (SSNLF) and Apple (AAPL) is a clear negative for T-Mobile (TMUS). T-Mobile spent $8B to purchase this spectrum and will spend more capital going forward to build it out, without having the ability to put it to use for at least another year, he notes. Nispel believes investors are likely to view this as negative, and it could cause some weakness to shares.
09/19/17
DRXL
09/19/17
NO CHANGE
DRXL
Buy
Shenandoah would be 'biggest winner' in wireless merger, says Drexel Hamilton
After CNBC's David Faber reported that T-Mobile (TMUS) and Sprint (S) are in "active" talks about a possible merger, Drexel Hamilton analyst Barry Sine called Shenandoah Telecommunications (SHEN) potentially the "biggest winner" if such a deal comes to pass. If T-Mobile bought Sprint, it would have to decide whether to acquire Shenandoah at fair market value, shut down its network and retail stores in Shentel's area within two years or to sell the T-Mobile customers and network to Shentel at a discount, which Sine sees as the option the company would most likely choose given its integration challenges. The analyst, who foresees significant acceleration in Shenandoah's results in coming quarters even without a Sprint merger deal, keeps a Buy rating on the shares, which are up 1.5% in late morning trading.
09/07/17
KEYB
09/07/17
NO CHANGE
KEYB
T-Mobile free Netflix costs likely to only increase over time, says KeyBanc
KeyBanc analyst Brandon Nispel notes that T-Mobile (TMUS) announced a partnership with Netflix (NFLX), in which the former will provide customers who subscribe to T-Mobile One unlimited family plans with free Netflix service. The analyst estimates that the initial impact would be $72M in year one, assuming a 30% penetration rate of his estimated 2.5M eligible accounts, and seems immaterial initially. However, Nispel believes the cost of this program will only be inflationary as T-Mobile One penetration increases and T-Mobile attracts more subscribers..
S Sprint
$8.20

0.52 (6.77%)

08/16/17
SBSH
08/16/17
NO CHANGE
SBSH
Citi still views Sprint, T-Mobile merger as most likely
Citi analysts Michael Rollins and Jason Bazinet continue to expect 2017 to be the year of mergers and acquisitions in the Wireless space. Since attending SoftBank's (SFTBY) Q2 Investor event and meeting with T-Mobile US (TMUS) management, the analysts still view a merger scenario between Sprint (S) and T-Mobile as the most likely to emerge in the Wireless space. "We are getting the increasing sense from multiple companies in the category that the regulatory environment may be as good as it gets," Rollins and Bazinet write in a research note.
09/01/17
SBSH
09/01/17
NO CHANGE
Target $77
SBSH
Buy
T-Mobile has upside with or without Sprint merger, says Citi
Citi analyst Michael Rollins says investor feedback has been mixed on the idea of T-Mobile (TMUS) possibly buying Sprint (S) at its current price or a premium. Investors are concerned that stand-alone T-Mobile can repurchase shares and create more value over the next five years without Sprint, Rollins tells investors in a research note. The analyst sees upside potential for T-Mobile shares with or without a Sprint merger and remains a buyer of the stock. The company should build "meaningful" cash and balance sheet flexibility over the next two years, Rollins contends. The analyst, however, continues to prefer a Sprint merger, even if T-Mobile pays a premium. He raised his price target for the shares to $77 from $70, which reflects a 75% probability of T-Mobile remaining a standalone company at a $75 per share value, and a 25% probability of an $81 per share M&A value. Rollins keeps a Buy rating on T-Mobile.
VZ Verizon
$49.34

1.25 (2.60%)

08/02/17
DADA
08/02/17
NO CHANGE
DADA
RadiSys weakness overdone, says DA Davidson
DA Davidson analyst Thomas Diffely says that a change in strategy by Verizon (VZ) has "severely impacted" RadiSys' (RSYS) 2017 results. However, the analyst thinks that the decline in the stock was overdone, and he keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
08/14/17
UBSW
08/14/17
NO CHANGE
Target $450
UBSW
Buy
Charter price target raised to $450 from $380 at UBS
UBS analyst John Hodulik raised his price target on Charter to $450 from $380 following his review of potential strategic options for the company. The analyst looked at the increasing M&A speculation and said many of the options come with significantly higher leverage than its current ratio. He believes it can be increased and supported with free cash flow while maintaining its investment grade rating. Hodulik said applying a conservative multiple would suggest significant upside to the shares setting a possible floor for a suitor. Hodulik reiterated his Buy rating on Charter shares.
07/26/17
SBSH
07/26/17
NO CHANGE
SBSH
Comcast should acquire Verizon for four reasons, says Citi
Citi analyst Jason Bazinet says Comcast (CMCSA) should acquire Verizon (VZ) for four reasons. Wireless would allow Comcast to extend Internet connectivity beyond the home, the deal would allow the company to push fiber deeper into neighborhoods, Verizon is apt to be the second biggest beneficiary of wireless consolidation, and Comcast could see upside if the tax code changes, Bazinet tells investors in a research note titled "Stars Are Aligning for Comcast + Verizon." The analyst sees the timing for a deal as right given Comcast's history of "trying to acquire assets that have fallen on difficult times" and the potential for a more amendable regulatory landscape under President Trump. Further, 2017 is the first year where Comcast's market capitalization exceeds Verizon's, the analyst adds. He estimates the pro forma combined company would generate $2.1B of annual synergies. Assuming a 20% premium for Verizon's equity, paid via 75% equity and 25% cash, Bazinet estimates Comcast shares would rise to $41. The stock closed yesterday up 28c to $39.75. Bazinet thinks Dish (DISH) could be the biggest loser should Comcast acquire Verizon, and he double downgraded the shares this morning to Sell from Buy.
09/05/17
MSCO
09/05/17
NO CHANGE
Target $53
MSCO
Overweight
Morgan Stanley predicts another 5c dividend hike coming for Verizon
Morgan Stanley analyst Simon Flannery said he sees a few arguments for Verizon continuing its recent dividend growth pattern, but he also sees some counter-arguments for a smaller increase or even a dividend freeze. In the end, he expects the company, which has raised its dividend annually since 2007, will hike its annual dividend by 5c this quarter, most likely with an announcement being made this Thursday, September 7. Flannery keeps an Overweight rating and $53 price target on Verizon shares.
SFTBF SoftBank
$82.75

4.45 (5.68%)

12/07/16
OPCO
12/07/16
NO CHANGE
Target $70
OPCO
Outperform
T-Mobile price target raised to $70 from $55 at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer analyst Timothy Horan raised his price target for T-Mobile (TMUS) to $70 from $55 as he views it as the best way to play the deregulatory/technology driven consolidation. The analyst notes that President-Elect Trump met with Masayoshi Son of SoftBank (SFTBF), who agreed to invest $50B in the U.S. Horan believes the meeting will likely be a precursor to a Sprint (S)/T-Mobile/Dish (DISH) merger to create a discounted quad-play service company. The analyst reiterates an Outperform rating on T-Mobile' shares, and points out that the company has improved its network and taken share from AT&T (T)/Verizon (VZ).
DTEGY Deutsche Telekom
$18.75

0.68 (3.76%)

01/23/17
JPMS
01/23/17
UPGRADE
JPMS
Overweight
Deutsche Telekom upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
Price target EUR 19.50.
01/23/17
JPMS
01/23/17
NO CHANGE
JPMS
JPMorgan says odds of T-Mobile, Sprint merger have 'increased dramatically'
JPMorgan analyst Philip Cusick believes T-Mobile (TMUS), Sprint (S) and DISH (DISH) are in play and that a combination of any of them could happen. In addition, each of the three companies could become targets for larger wireless players, domestic cable companies, Internet giants and foreign buyers, Cusick tells investors in a research note. He thinks the likelihood for a Sprint and T-Mobile tie-up in the near term has "increased dramatically" since September, from 10% to over 35%, including now a greater than 50% chance of announcement and 70% chance of approval if announced. Parents Softbank (SFTBY) and Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) have increased their preference for a deal in the last six months and that the value of $5B of annual synergies "is enough to smooth over most disagreements on relative value," Cusick contends. He sees the most likely case as Sprint/Softbank buying T-Mobile, but feels a more even merger or even Deutsche Telekom/T-Mobile paying a premium to retain a majority of the combined company is possible.
05/19/17
GSCO
05/19/17
UPGRADE
GSCO
Conviction Buy
Deutsche Telekom upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman Sachs
BOBE Bob Evans
$77.41

4.48 (6.14%)

07/19/17
07/19/17
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. Tyson Foods (TSN) reinstated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse. 2. Bob Evans (BOBE) initiated with a Buy at Berenberg. 3. Quanex (NX) coverage assumed with an Outperform at Wedbush. 4. Agile Therapeutics (AGRX) initiated with a Buy at H.C. Wainwright. 5. Caesars (CZR) re-initiated with an Outperform at Imperial Capital. This list is just a portion of The Fly's analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
09/19/17
MAXM
09/19/17
DOWNGRADE
MAXM
Hold
Bob Evans downgraded to Hold from Buy at Maxim
Bob Evans Farms (BOBE) has agreed to be acquired by Post Holdings (POST) for $77 per share.
08/18/17
MAXM
08/18/17
NO CHANGE
Target $77
MAXM
Buy
Bob Evans estimates lowered on sow costs at Maxim
Ahead of the company's Q1 earnings report on August 30, Maxim analyst Stephen Anderson lowered his earnings per share estimate for Bob Evans to 37c from 41c and FY18 estimate to $2.22 from $2.34 to reflect a "prolonged seasonal spike" in sow costs. The analyst believes the headwind should be alleviated soon, however, and still thinks Bob's exposure to a higher-growth food products segment warrants premium multiples. The analyst lowered his price target for the shares to $77 from $80 and keeps a Buy rating on the name.
08/23/17
SIDC
08/23/17
INITIATION
SIDC
Neutral
Bob Evans initiated with a Neutral at Sidoti
POST Post Holdings
$86.36

0.52 (0.61%)

07/17/17
07/17/17
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. General Electric (GE) resumed with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley. 2. Post Holdings (POST) initiated with a Buy at Goldman Sachs. 3. Devon Energy (DVN) assumed with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray. 4. Baker Hughes (BHGE) initiated with a Market Perform at FBR Capital. 5. Altice USA (ATUS) was initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital, an Overweight at JPMorgan, a Buy at Citi, an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley and Barclays, as well as a Neutral at BofA/Merrill and Goldman Sachs. This list is just a portion of The Fly's analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
06/13/17
MAXM
06/13/17
NO CHANGE
Target $80
MAXM
Buy
Bob Evans price target raised to $80 from $74 at Maxim
Maxim analyst Stephen Anderson raised his EPS estimates for Bob Evans (BOBE) to reflect easier commodity costs and contends that rising multiples among the company's direct peers - including Conagra (CAG), Hormel (HRL), Kraft Heinz (KHC), Pinnacle (PF), and Post (POST) - hints at the potential for accelerated industry consolidation. As previously reported, Anderson views Bob Evans as a target for a possible takeover and he keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
05/10/17
RHCO
05/10/17
NO CHANGE
RHCO
Post Holdings stock decline 'surprising,' says SunTrust
After Post's stock fell 5.5% in the wake of its results yesterday, SunTrust analyst William B. Chappell, Jr. calls the results "surprising." The analyst says that the results were "in-line" and "fairly straightforward." He still expects the company to meet the high end of its guidance, driven by "synergies from the Consumer Brands segment and outperformance of the Active Nutrition business." He thinks that the company's egg comparisons should improve, and he thinks that the decline in the stock has created an attractive entry point.
07/17/17
GSCO
07/17/17
INITIATION
Target $105
GSCO
Buy
Post Holdings initiated with a Buy at Goldman Sachs
Goldman analyst Jason English reinstated Post Holdings with a Buy and a $105 price target saying potential growth is compelling in the context of a growth backdrop for the industry and expects firming egg prices to continue.
RAD Rite Aid
$2.40

-0.33 (-12.09%)

09/11/17
LOOP
09/11/17
INITIATION
Target $2.5
LOOP
Hold
Rite Aid initiated with a Hold at Loop Capital
Loop Capital analyst Andrew Wolf started Rite Aid (RAD) with a Hold rating and $2.50 price target, stating that he views the company's re-worked store sale to Walgreens (WBA) as a "re-launch of Rite Aid's turnaround efforts" and believes it lacks intermediate term earnings visibility.
09/12/17
09/12/17
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. DowDuPont (DWDP) initiated with an Outperform at Macquarie. 2. Bunge (BG) initiated with a Neutral at Baird. 3. Rite Aid (RAD) initiated with a Hold at Loop Capital. 4. Nike (NKE) was initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein, while Under Armour (UA) was initiated with an Underperform. 5. Houlihan Lokey (HLI) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan. This list is just a portion of The Fly's analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
09/19/17
RBCM
09/19/17
INITIATION
RBCM
Sector Perform
Rite Aid initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital
RBC Capital analyst George Hill started coverage of Rite Aid with a $2.50 price target and a Sector Perform rating.
08/23/17
UBSW
08/23/17
NO CHANGE
Target $96
UBSW
Buy
Walgreens Boots Alliance should see upside from new Rite Aid deal, says UBS
UBS analyst Michael Cherny said his review of the new Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) deal with Rite Aid (RAD) would provide immediate accretion from synergy opportunities if the deal is approved. He believes it can provide meaningful upside to earnings as well as remove the lack of clarity on capital deployment-driven earnings contribution. Thus, he sees the shares as having a positive risk/reward skew. Cherny reiterated his Buy rating and lowered his price target to $96 from $97 on Walgreens shares.
WBA Walgreens Boots Alliance
$81.21

-1.39 (-1.68%)

08/28/17
NEED
08/28/17
NO CHANGE
NEED
Amazon, Whole Foods combined company not an incremental competitor, says Needham
Needham analyst Kevin Caliendo notes that drug retailers were weak after Amazon (AMZN) said it would provide its Prime members enhanced benefits while shopping at newly acquired Whole Foods (WFM) and cut prices on certain household staple items inside the grocer. While the analyst understands the Amazon threat will remain for the drug retailers and pharma supply chain, he believes the news should have no material impact on revenues or profits at CVS Health (CVS) and Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA). Caliendo expects that Amazon will continue to try and lever its website and Whole Foods store locations to increase traffic, but he does not yet see the combined company as an incremental competitor beyond what each did separately.
09/07/17
WELS
09/07/17
NO CHANGE
WELS
Market Perform
Perrigo signaled willingness to work with Amazon, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo analyst David Maris noted that while presenting yesterday at the firm's conference, Perrigo (PRGO) said it would welcome working with Amazon on store brands. Currently, online sales partnerships with e-commerce arms of existing retailers, such as Walmart (WMT) and Walgreens (WBA), account for 1% of Perrigo products, he added. Maris, who said the company made an "upbeat and confident presentation," keeps a Market Perform rating on Perrigo shares.
09/19/17
RBCM
09/19/17
INITIATION
RBCM
Outperform
Walgreens Boots Alliance initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital
RBC Capital analyst George Hill started coverage of Walgreens with a $96 price target and an Outperform rating. The analyst says that the company is poised to generate " industry leading volume growth that should lead to accelerating EPS growth." He expects the company's EPS to come in significantly above the consensus outlook.
09/14/17
LEER
09/14/17
NO CHANGE
LEER
Minimal hurricane exposure for pharma supply chain, says Leerink
Leerink analyst David Larsen sees less than 1% impact to revenues and earnings to companies in his coverage from Hurricane Harvey and Irma and believes any effects will be viewed as one-time in nature. The analyst notes that "the percentage of state impacted" and "days of impact" are particularly challenging variables in his model to estimate, but based on various assumptions he believes the hurricanes will prove to be a minor event for Express Scripts (ESRX), AmerisourceBergen (ABC), Cardinal Health (CAH), and McKesson (MCK). Nonetheless, Larsen says pharmacy retailers Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) and CVS Health (CVS) may face some store closures and possible damage costs.
KSS Kohl's
$45.38

0.49 (1.09%)

08/11/17
08/11/17
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. Wal-Mart (WMT) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens with analyst Ben Bienvenu saying that the company's multi-year investments have led to a better in-store experience, which he sees continuing to drive momentum. 2. Kohl's (KSS) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse. 3. Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray with analyst Kevin Barker saying the "disappointing" expense guidance has lowered expectations while Huntington should grow earnings faster than any regional bank peer in fiscal 2018 and fiscal 2019. 4. Axalta Coating (AXTA) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan with analyst Jeffrey Zekauskas saying the 16% pullback over the past three weeks has created an investment opportunity. 5. Perrigo (PRGO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman Sachs with analyst Jami Rubin saying the quarterly results may mark the beginning of inflection towards stabilization in the Rx business. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
09/06/17
BARD
09/06/17
NO CHANGE
Target $43
BARD
Neutral
Baird speculates if Kohl's could be takeover target for Amazon
After Kohl's (KSS) and Amazon (AMZN) announced a partnership this morning that will see Kohl's roll out a "smart home experience" in 10 stores and begin selling Amazon Alexa devices, Baird analyst Mark Altschwager called it an "If you can't beat them, join them" move and wondered if the news could "foreshadow a more significant relationship down the road," though he acknowledged the idea to be "pure speculation." He said that a brick & mortar apparel acquisition or strategic partnership could align with Amazon's rising fashion ambitions. Altschwager keeps a Neutral rating and $43 price target on Kohl's, adding that a shifting narrative around Amazon could improve sentiment and raise the stock's valuation.
08/10/17
FBCO
08/10/17
UPGRADE
FBCO
Neutral
Kohl's upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse
09/07/17
ROTH
09/07/17
NO CHANGE
Target $48
ROTH
Buy
Roth Capital still a buyer of Alarm.com on Amazon.com, Kohl's headline risk
Roth Capital analyst Darren Aftahi notes that Amazon's (AMZN) in-store presence with Kohl's (KSS) should provide another platform promoting voice-enabled devices to consumers, notably their smart home functionality. While headline risk to Alarm.com (ALRM), the analyst feels Amazon lacks the "operating system" capability to connect various smart devices into a unified platform for a single means to control smart home devices. Aftahi believes Alarm.com's ability to integrate its software, enabling devices to talk to one another is a key differentiator versus Amazon, along with its 6k independent service provider network. He reiterates a Buy rating and $48 price target on Alarm.com's shares
AZO AutoZone
$535.19

-28.21 (-5.01%)

09/19/17
FBCO
09/19/17
NO CHANGE
Target $583
FBCO
Outperform
AutoZone results better than feared, says Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse analyst Seth Sigman believes AutoZone's results are better than feared, and show some signs of progress. The analyst would expect some benefit from the hurricanes, and reiterates an Outperform rating and $583 price target on the shares.
09/12/17
BTIG
09/12/17
NO CHANGE
BTIG
AutoZone valuation 'very compelling,' says BTIG
BTIG analyst Alan Rifkin says that AutoZone is trading at a 37% discount to the S&P, making its valuation "very compelling." He says that in the four previous times the stock traded at a 40% discount to the market since 2001, it outperformed the market for the next year all four times. Rifkin expects the company to report comp sales growth of 1.2% for its Q4, up from 1% last year. He keeps an $825 price target and a Buy rating on the shares.
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09/15/17
NO CHANGE

Wolfe calls it 'way too early' to think about LBOs for most auto part
Wolfe Research analyst Chris Bottiglieri noted that auto part retailers have been "spookily rebounding" despite his survey pointing to negative investor sentiment, leading him to revisit his LBO model to assess take-out risk for the group. He concludes that while Advance Auto Parts (AAP) is entering a valuation range where an LBO is "in the discussion," he sees it as still "way too early" to consider the possibility of an LBO for O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY), AutoZone (AZO) or Genuine Parts (GPC). While Advance Auto shareholder Starboard may not sanction a deal that locks in losses, his estimated holding cost of $154 for the firm is a "soft floor" for a take-out price, he added.
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09/12/17
NO CHANGE
OPCO
Hardlines to benefit as hurricane cleanup efforts take hold, says Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer analyst Brian Nagel notes that the final tally of damages left behind by recent hurricanes is unlikely to be known for some time, and envisions a long and arduous period of cleanup and rebuilding across impacted regions. Nagel believes a collection of Hardlines names are particularly well positioned to capitalize upon a potential strengthening in underlying demand trends, including the leading home centers Home Depot (HD) and Lowe's (LOW), Lumber Liquidators (LL), Tractor Supply (TSCO), CarMax (KMX), and the auto parts chains AutoZone (AZO), O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY), Advance Auto Parts (AAP). Costco (COST) likely benefited as households stocked up on products ahead of storms, he adds.
SNCR Synchronoss
$9.82

-6.93 (-41.37%)

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09/19/17
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. Under Armour (UA, UAA) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo with Wells Fargo with analyst Tom Nikic saying with consumers having filled their closets with athletic wear over the past seven years, the category "appears poised to take a breather for now." The analyst cut his price target for the shares to $13 from $17. 2. Kellogg (K) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray with analyst Michael Lavery saying cereal could be at risk from shrinking center store space. 3. Nike (NKE) downgraded to Neutral from Positive at Susquehanna saying that his checks indicate that the North American and European businesses are decelerating as some key categories, especially basketball, have underperformed, resulting in excess inventory that will pressure sales and margins. 4. Synchronoss (SNCR) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Raymond James with analyst Tavis McCourt citing the news that Siris Capital is no longer interested in an all-cash transaction for all the outstanding shares of the company and has withdrawn its $18 per share bid from June 22. Further, the analyst believes it increasingly unlikely that the current strategic review will result in an acquisition at a premium and expects share to come under pressure and stay in the range prior to the Siris indication of interest. 5. Sony (SNE) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
09/19/17
RAJA
09/19/17
DOWNGRADE
RAJA
Underperform
Synchronoss downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Raymond James
Raymond James analyst Tavis McCourt downgraded Synchronoss (SNCR) two notches to Underperform from Outperform following news Siris Capital is no longer interested in an all-cash transaction for all the outstanding shares of the company and has withdrawn its $18 per share bid from June 22. Further, the analyst believes it increasingly unlikely that the current strategic review will result in an acquisition at a premium and expects share to come under pressure and stay in the range prior to the Siris indication of interest.
06/14/17
DRXL
06/14/17
DOWNGRADE
DRXL
Hold
Synchronoss downgraded to Hold from Buy at Drexel Hamilton
Drexel Hamilton analyst Greg Mesniaeff downgraded Synchronoss to Hold due to increased risk from the announced restatements for 2015 and 2016. The analyst said the restatements will lead to management credibility issues and could impact its relationships with key customers.
06/22/17
JPMS
06/22/17
NO CHANGE
JPMS
Neutral
Synchronoss comments on carriers should help ease concerns, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Sterling Auty said that comments made by Synchronoss (SNCR) in a presentation to its lenders regarding AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ) continuing to be cloud customers should help ease some of the concern investors have had around the company's cloud business. Auty keeps a Neutral rating on Synchronoss shares.
REV Revlon
$17.05

1.05 (6.56%)

09/13/17
JEFF
09/13/17
INITIATION
Target $16
JEFF
Hold
Revlon initiated with a Hold at Jefferies
Jefferies analyst Stephanie Wissink started Revlon with a Hold rating and $16 price target. The analyst sees higher reinvestment levels and a delayed sales rebound for the company given competition in the beauty space.
BBY Best Buy
$52.76

-4.59 (-8.00%)

09/05/17
LOOP
09/05/17
NO CHANGE
LOOP
Best Buy likely to gain market share, says Loop Capital
Loop Capital analyst Anthony Chukumba says the firm's recent survey indicates that "Best Buy's (BBY) prices were 0.6% more expensive than Amazon's 9AMZN) on average." The analyst reports that the gap is the smallest in the eight years the firm has tracked the company's' prices. As a result, he expects Best Buy to continue to gain market share. He keeps a $72 price target and a Buy rating on the stock.
09/14/17
UBSW
09/14/17
NO CHANGE
Target $60
UBSW
Neutral
Best Buy analyst day a chance to explain transformation plans, says UBS
UBS analyst Michael Lasser believes the upcoming analyst day for Best Buy is a chance for the company to highlight how it plans to transform its business. He expects the company to explain how to expand it total addressable market, lay out further cost savings, reiterate how it will increase shareholder returns and capital allocation, and highlight opportunities for further share gains. Lasser maintains his Neutral rating and $60 price target on Best Buy shares.
09/13/17
WEDB
09/13/17
NO CHANGE
WEDB
New iPhone sales unlikely 'substantially higher' than prior year, says Wedbush
WedBush analyst Michael Pachter notes that Apple's (AAPL) September 12 Special Event highlighted several planned introductions across its various product lines, including an iPhone with a new form factor and facial recognition technology. The analyst believes it is unlikely that sales will be substantially higher on this year's upgraded products versus the prior year given similar price points and release dates. However, the new wireless charging capability may drive incremental charger sales for Best Buy (BBY) and other retailers, he adds. Pachter also pointed out that GameStop (GME) is encouraging its customers to purchase one of the new iPhones by trading in an old phone or other electronic device at its stores.
09/14/17
LEHM
09/14/17
NO CHANGE
Target $70
LEHM
Overweight
Best Buy price target raised to $70 ahead of investor day at Barclays
Barclays analyst Matthew McClintock raised his price target for Best Buy to $70 ahead of the company's investor day on September 19. The analyst expects data points on Best Buy's new initiatives to emerge that investors "will likely find highly attractive." He believes the investor day will further define the company's "New Blue Best Buy 2020" strategy and provide updates on ongoing initiatives. McClintock sees the event as a positive catalyst and keeps an Overweight rating on Best Buy shares.

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