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TWX

Acquired by T

$95.12

-0.87 (-0.91%)

, JCP

J.C. Penney

$3.21

-0.16 (-4.75%)

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04/09/18
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07:30

Unusual put flow in option market yesterday

Notable put activity was cited Friday in Time Warner (TWX), J C Penney (JCP), US Bancorp (USB), KKR (KKR), Atlassian (TEAM), and Infosys (INFY).

TWX

Acquired by T

$95.12

-0.87 (-0.91%)

JCP

J.C. Penney

$3.21

-0.16 (-4.75%)

USB

U.S. Bancorp

$50.28

-0.8 (-1.57%)

KKR

KKR

$20.01

-0.32 (-1.57%)

TEAM

Atlassian

$54.59

-1.38 (-2.47%)

INFY

Infosys

$17.49

-0.38 (-2.13%)

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TWX Acquired by T
$95.12

-0.87 (-0.91%)

03/15/18
LOOP
03/15/18
INITIATION
Target $107.5
LOOP
Buy
Time Warner initiated with a Buy at Loop Capital
Loop Capital analyst Alan Gould started Time Warner (TWX) with a Buy rating and $107.50 price target. The analyst believes acquisition by AT&T (T) will go through and that Time Warner shareholders will receive the $107.50 per share, a 12% return over the next two months. If the deal does not go through, Gould believes there is limited downside risk in Time Warner and thinks other interested parties would emerge.
03/12/18
03/12/18
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. Time Warner (TWX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS with analyst John Hodulik saying while he expects the takeover by AT&T (T) to receive regulatory approval, he believes the current environment would make Time Warner's assets "highly attractive" to other media companies and Internet-based competitors were the deal to be blocked. 2. Carlyle Group (CG) and Apollo Global (APO) were upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi. 3. Merck (MRK) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink with analyst Seamus Fernandez saying Keytruda will continue to dominate the first-line non-small cell lung cancer market. 4. SAP (SAP) upgraded to Outperform from In Line at Evercore ISI with analyst Stewart Materne III saying that he believes the risk/reward is more attractive at current levels following the stock's 6% pullback. 5. Aratana Therapeutics (PETX) upgraded to Buy on valuation at CL King with the firm citing favorable risk/reward. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
03/19/18
JEFF
03/19/18
UPGRADE
Target $82
JEFF
Buy
Amdocs upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies
Jefferies analyst Ramsey El-Assal upgraded Amdocs (DOX) to Buy and raised his price target for the shares to $82 from $70. Past mergers suggest that the AT&T (T) spend slowdown related to its acquisition of Time Warner (TWX) is only temporary, El-Assal tells investors in a research note. He believes a recovery is "on the horizon regardless of whether the merger is approved or not." The analyst sees upside to fiscal 2019 estimates for Amdocs.
03/23/18
WELS
03/23/18
NO CHANGE
Target $40
WELS
Outperform
AT&T price target lowered to $40 from $48 Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo analyst Jennifer Fritzsche lowered her price target for AT&T (T) to $40 from $48 given recent volatility and uncertainty around Time Warner (TWX) path. Nonetheless, the analyst reiterates an Outperform rating on AT&T shares and believes Q1 2018 will represent the second consecutive quarter of positive handset ads for the company.
JCP J.C. Penney
$3.21

-0.16 (-4.75%)

03/12/18
FBCO
03/12/18
INITIATION
Target $2.5
FBCO
Underperform
J.C. Penney initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse initiated J.C. Penney with an Underperform and $2.50 price target.
11/30/17
COWN
11/30/17
NO CHANGE
Target $4
COWN
Market Perform
J.C. Penney taking steps toward a comeback, says Cowen
Cowen analyst Oliver Chen met with J.C. Penney and said he is confident the company's liquidity, its multi-year ability to drive free cash flow, and controlled capital expenditures will mitigate some risk. He likes management's simplification of marketing, its value messaging and execution, and leveraging of non-apparel categories, which should drive greater consistency in traffic and growth. Chen maintains his Market Perform rating and $4 price target on J.C. Penney shares as he looks for visibility on greater consistency in traffic trends.
12/22/17
MSCO
12/22/17
NO CHANGE
MSCO
TJX stands to benefit from Bon-Ton closures, says Morgan Stanley
After analyzing which department stores and off-price retailers have the greatest overlap with troubled retailer Bon-Ton Stores (BONT), Morgan Stanley analyst Kimberly Greenberger found that over 40% of Bon-Ton's have a TJX (TJX) concept within a one mile radius and she sees it as the retailer that could benefit the most from a Bon-Ton liquidity event. Though Sears (SHLD) has the greatest overlap overall, there is no evidence to suggest it, nor Kohl's (KSS) and J.C. Penney (JCP), have been able to capitalize on Bon-Ton's struggles so far, added Greenberger.
11/13/17
SBSH
11/13/17
NO CHANGE
Target $1.5
SBSH
Sell
J.C. Penney quarter raises several concerns, says Citi
Although the better than expected sales in J.C. Penney's Q3 led to a short squeeze, the quarter raised several concerns, Citi analyst Paul Lejuez tells investors in a post-earnings research note. Transactions were still down even with all the promotions and higher penetration of credit in appliances is a risk, the analyst contends. Further, he believes the comp boost from appliances is likely to slow meaningfully in Q4. Lejuez continues to believe Penny's "high amount of debt on the business leaves little value left for equity holders." He keeps a Sell rating on the shares with a $1.50 price target.
USB U.S. Bancorp
$50.28

-0.8 (-1.57%)

03/26/18
BARD
03/26/18
UPGRADE
Target $66
BARD
Outperform
U.S. Bancorp upgraded to Outperform at Baird
As reported previously, Baird analyst David George upgraded U.S. Bancorp to Outperform from Neutral. The analyst cited its in-line valuation while calling it an above average bank. He noted its shares have declined while the company expects to deliver positive operating leverage in the second half 2018, George, who also noted that its returns remain best-in-class, has a $66 price target on U.S. Bancorp shares.
04/03/18
EDJN
04/03/18
DOWNGRADE
EDJN
Hold
U.S. Bancorp downgraded to Hold from Buy at Edward Jones
04/03/18
04/03/18
DOWNGRADE

Hold
U.S. Bancorp downgraded to Hold at Edward Jones
As previously reported, Edward Jones analyst Kyle Sanders downgraded U.S. Bancorp to Hold from Buy given his outlook for slower profit growth relative to rival banks over the next few years. While the analyst expects U.S. Bancorp to benefit from a solid economy a rising interest rates, he believes some of its competitors are better positioned for the current environment.
04/04/18
DBAB
04/04/18
UPGRADE
Target $50
DBAB
Buy
Citizens Financial upgraded to Buy with $50 target at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Matthew O'Connor last night upgraded Citizens Financial Group (CFG) to Buy with an unchanged price target of $50. The analyst upgrades the stock following the recent pullback ahead of the Q1 earnings season. U.S. Bancorp (USB) remains his top pick among U.S. Banks.
KKR KKR
$20.01

-0.32 (-1.57%)

01/30/18
MSCO
01/30/18
NO CHANGE
MSCO
Morgan Stanley says Ares may be first, Apollo may gain most from C-corp convert
Morgan Stanley analyst Michael Cyprys said he sees an opportunity for Alternative Asset Managers to unlock value by converting to C-corps, as shifting from a partnership structure could help alleviate some tax reporting complexities and expand the universe of eligible investors. He sees Ares Management (ARES) as possibly the first to convert and expects a potential announcement or indications of management's intentions about a conversion when the company reports earnings on February 15. While Ares may be first, Cyprys sees Apollo Global (APO) as potentially being able to unlock the most value from a conversion, with 26% near-term upside possible if the shares re-rate. He sees a less favorable conversion scenario for asset managers with lower taxes and/or greater exposure to performance fees, including KKR (KKR), Carlyle Group (CG) and Blackstone (BX), Cyprys tells investors.
11/28/17
SDLR
11/28/17
INITIATION
Target $21
SDLR
Hold
KKR resumed with a Hold at Sandler ONeill
Sandler O'Neill resumed coverage of KKR with a Hold rating and $21 price target.
01/10/18
FBCO
01/10/18
NO CHANGE
Target $31
FBCO
Outperform
KKR price target raised to $31 from $23 at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse analyst Craig Siegenthaler raised his price target for KKR to $31 from $23 as he believes the macro backdrop should provide tailwinds for the Alternative Asset Managers while lower corporate tax rate should boost the valuation of their underlying portfolios. The analyst reiterates an Outperform rating on the shares.
01/09/18
GSCO
01/09/18
UPGRADE
Target $29
GSCO
Conviction Buy
KKR upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman Sachs
Goldman Sachs analyst Alexander Blostein upgraded KKR to Conviction Buy and raised his price target for the shares to $29 from $24.50. The analyst sees the "evolution of KKR's business mix" leading to a more stable earnings profile and higher multiple over time. KKR remains the most inexpensive stock among alternative managers, Blostein tells investors in a research note.
TEAM Atlassian
$54.59

-1.38 (-2.47%)

01/19/18
MSCO
01/19/18
NO CHANGE
Target $63
MSCO
Overweight
Morgan Stanley says 'more to come' from Atlassian after 'impressive' Q2
Morgan Stanley analyst Sanjit Singh noted that Atlassian's Q2 marks the second quarter in a row that revenue growth accelerated to above 40%. He sees "more to come" from Atlassian, as he thinks not only will FY18 guidance prove conservative but that its outperformance relative to consensus can go on into FY19, Singh tells investors. The analyst maintains an Overweight rating on Atlassian shares and raised his price target on the stock to $63 from $61.
01/19/18
BMOC
01/19/18
NO CHANGE
Target $56
BMOC
Market Perform
Atlassian price target raised to $56 from $51 at BMO Capital
BMO Capital analyst Keith Bachman raised his price target on Atlassian to $56 after earnings that marked a "good quarter all around". Bachman notes that the management's guidance also appears to be conservative, with the company's solid positioning as a provider of group workflow amid the "changing nature of work". The analyst keeps his Market Perform rating, adding that the risk/reward is not attractive based on the current valuation.
01/19/18
BARD
01/19/18
NO CHANGE
Target $56
BARD
Outperform
Atlassian weakness would be a buying opportunity, says Baird
Baird analyst Rob Oliver said Atlassian reported solid Q2 results, citing its revenue acceleration, better than expected billings, record number of customer additions, and margins ahead of expectations. The analyst said the shares are priced for perfection, but that any pullback would be a buying opportunity. Oliver reiterated his Outperform rating and raised his price target to $56 from $50 on Atlassian shares.
01/19/18
JEFF
01/19/18
NO CHANGE
Target $64
JEFF
Buy
Atlassian price target raised to $64 from $53 at Jefferies
Jefferies analyst John DiFucci raised his price target for Atlassian to $64 saying the company's Q2 results show continued momentum. The analyst keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
INFY Infosys
$17.49

-0.38 (-2.13%)

02/05/18
SUSQ
02/05/18
DOWNGRADE
SUSQ
Negative
Infosys downgraded to Negative from Neutral at Susquehanna
02/05/18
GSCO
02/05/18
UPGRADE
GSCO
Buy
Infosys upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman Sachs
01/22/18
UBSW
01/22/18
UPGRADE
UBSW
Buy
Infosys upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
04/06/18
BREN
04/06/18
INITIATION
Target $14
BREN
Sell
Infosys initiated with a Sell at Berenberg
Berenberg analyst Georgio Kertsos initiated Infosys with a Sell and $14 price target citing deteriorating growth and margins due to historically low levels of investment. Kertsos expects pricing pressure to accelerate and for wage inflation to increasingly challenge profitability.

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