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LKQ

LKQ Corp.

$31.95

2.89 (9.94%)

, VAR

Varian Medical

$121.78

5.53 (4.76%)

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Early notable gainers among liquid option names on September 12th

Notable gainers among liquid option names this morning include LKQ Corp. (LKQ) $31.42 +2.36, Varian Medical (VAR) $121.71 +6.55, Kroger (KR) $26.43 +0.89, Ameren (AEE) $76.80 +2.13, and Activision Blizzard (ATVI) $56.41 +1.51.

LKQ

LKQ Corp.

$31.95

2.89 (9.94%)

VAR

Varian Medical

$121.78

5.53 (4.76%)

KR

Kroger

$26.15

0.45 (1.75%)

AEE

Ameren

$76.15

1.4 (1.87%)

ATVI

Activision Blizzard

$56.76

1.86 (3.39%)

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LKQ LKQ Corp.
$31.95

2.89 (9.94%)

08/14/19
08/14/19
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LKQ Corp.management to meet with Stephens
Meetings to be held in San Francisco, CA on August 13 in Portland, OR on August 14 hosted by Stephens.
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LKQ Corp.management to meet with Stephens
Meetings to be held in San Francisco, CA on August 13 in Portland, OR on August 14 hosted by Stephens.
07/26/19
RAJA
07/26/19
DOWNGRADE
RAJA
Market Perform
LKQ Corp. downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James
Raymond James analyst Samuel Darkatsh downgraded LKQ Corp. to Market Perform from Outperform citing valuation following the post-earnings "relief rally" in the shares.
07/26/19
RAJA
07/26/19
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RAJA
Market Perform
Raymond James sees execution risk at LKQ, downgrades to Market Perform
As previously reported, Raymond James analyst Samuel Darkatsh downgraded LKQ Corp. to Market Perform from Outperform citing valuation following the post-earnings "relief rally" in the shares. LKQ reported strong gross margins in North America, but performance in the rest of the business remains "discouraging," said Darkatsh, who sees increased execution risk as the company will follow up its restructuring program with plans to "transform and fully integrate" Europe.
VAR Varian Medical
$121.78

5.53 (4.76%)

07/03/19
FBCO
07/03/19
NO CHANGE
Target $45
FBCO
Outperform
Sales of Boston Scientific's bead business not surprising, says Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse analyst Matt Miksic notes that Boston Scientific (BSX) has agreed to sell its portfolio of drug-loadable microspheres and "bland" embolic bead products for treating arteriovenous malformations and hyper vascular tumors to Varian (VAR) for $90M.The analyst does not view it as surprising, and reiterates an Outperform rating and $45 target on Boston Scientific's shares.
07/17/19
PIPR
07/17/19
NO CHANGE
Target $15
PIPR
Overweight
Competitor recall highlights superiority of ViewRay system, says Piper Jaffray
After a notice appeared yesterday on the FDA website indicating that Elekta had issued a recall on its Unity system, Piper Jaffray analyst Matt O'Brien said he does not want to overstate the impact of this specific recall on ViewRay's (VRAY) ability to win business, but he does think that it highlights the superiority of the MRIdian system compared to Elekta's Unity platform. The analyst, who continues to believe that ViewRay's system is superior not only to Elekta in the MRgRT space but also when compared to "the dominant player," Varian Medical (VAR), keeps an Overweight rating and $15 price target on ViewRay shares.
09/12/19
EVER
09/12/19
UPGRADE
Target $123.5
EVER
In Line
Evercore upgrades Varian Medical to In Line on tariff relief from China
Evercore ISI analyst Vijay Kumar upgraded Varian Medical Systems to In Line from Underperform and raised his price target for the shares to $123.50 from $122. The analyst upgraded the shares after Varian received an exemption from China relative to the tariffs on imports from the U.S. The analyst thinks Varian's earnings were hurt by 3%-4% in fiscal 2019 from the tariffs, or 15c-20c per share. However, some of the upside from the tariff relief is offset by lower organic sales assumptions and currency volatility, Kumar tells investors in a research note.
09/12/19
EVER
09/12/19
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EVER
In Line
Varian Medical upgraded to In Line from Underperform at Evercore ISI
KR Kroger
$26.15

0.45 (1.75%)

08/02/19
PIVT
08/02/19
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PIVT
Buy
Kroger upgraded to Buy from Hold at Pivotal Research
09/04/19
BMOC
09/04/19
NO CHANGE
Target $26
BMOC
Market Perform
Kroger price target raised to $26 from $24 at BMO Capital
BMO Capital analyst Kelly Bania raised her price target on Kroger to $26 to reflect the findings of her broader "Food Retail Roundup" note, showing that while August was not as strong as July, it still marked a good month of grocery sales in the U.S. The analyst notes that monthly sales came in ahead of their 6- and 12-month averages, suggesting that the quarter-to-date momentum for food retailers is "solid". Bania still keeps her Market Perform rating on Kroger, citing her expectations of "benign" food inflation outlook and longer term risks related to Ocado.
08/02/19
08/02/19
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Fly Intel: Top five analyst upgrades
Catch up on today's top five analyst upgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. FMC Corporation (FMC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman Sachs with analyst Adam Samuelson saying he views FMC as a as "unique crop protection pure-play" with favorable growth prospects related to its diamides business and a "healthy" pipeline of crop protection active ingredients. 2. Pinterest (PINS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank with analyst Lloyd Walmsley saying he raised his estimates meaningfully following last night's Q2 results on more confidence that the company can scale its ad business, in the U.S. and internationally, faster than expected. 3. Westpac Banking (WBK) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley. 4. Kroger (KR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Pivotal Research with analyst Ajay Jain saying despite a lack of near-term catalysts, Kroger shares are "simply mispriced at this time." 5. SurveyMonkey (SVMK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS with analyst Eric Sheridan saying the company's execution points towards "strong" compounding growth. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
08/02/19
PIVT
08/02/19
UPGRADE
Target $26
PIVT
Buy
Pivotal Research upgrades 'simply mispriced' Kroger to Buy from Hold
Pivotal Research analyst Ajay Jain upgraded Kroger to Buy from Hold with an unchanged price target of $26. Despite a lack of near-term catalysts, Kroger shares are "simply mispriced at this time," Jain tells investors in a research note. The analyst sees parallels to when Kroger was "similarly oversold" two years ago based on the "massive disruption" caused by the Amazon/Whole Foods developments. He believes the "extreme disappointment" with the recent Q1 results has created a buying opportunity into Kroger.
AEE Ameren
$76.15

1.4 (1.87%)

07/25/19
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07/25/19
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ARGS
Buy
Ameren upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus
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07/25/19
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Target $82

Buy
Ameren upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus
As previously reported, Argus analyst Gary Hovis upgraded Ameren to Buy with a price target of $82, saying the stock deserves its premium valuation given the company's "consistent" operating and market performance. The analyst cites the growing cash flow of its Ameren Missouri and Ameren Illinois utilities and believes that the company is also benefiting from its "geographic diversity and a growing customer base."
09/06/19
MSCO
09/06/19
NO CHANGE
MSCO
Morgan Stanley cuts Entergy, ups NRG in U.S. Utilities preference shuffle
As previously reported, Morgan Stanley analyst Stephen Byrd downgraded Entergy (ETR) to Equal Weight from Overweight while raising his price target for the shares to $115 from $114. He also upgraded NRG Energy (NRG) to Overweight from Equal Weight and raised his price target for the shares to $49 from $47. Sector outperformance relative to the broader market has resulted in a very high relative valuation for the lowest risk stocks, leaving opportunities to invest in U.S. utility stocks that have been "left behind," contends Byrd. Entergy has outperformed the UTY index year-to-date by about 14%, while NRG has underperformed by 16% year-to-date versus its closest peer, Vistra Energy (VST), explained Byrd. He also increased his price target on Xcel Energy (XEL) to $63 from $60, on Ameren (AEE) to $80 from $78 and on CMS Energy (CMS) to $63 from $59 as he sees these Midwest utilities offering above-average earnings growth. Byrd still recommends investors avoid utility stocks with "fat tail risks," including Edison International (EIX), PG&E (PCG), Pinnacle West (PNW) and Southern (SO).
09/12/19
WOLF
09/12/19
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WOLF
Ameren upgraded to Outperform from Peer Perform at Wolfe Research
Wolfe Research upgraded Ameren to Outperform from Peer Perform citing the recent sell-off in shares and views the discount as a "good entry point."
ATVI Activision Blizzard
$56.76

1.86 (3.39%)

09/05/19
09/05/19
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Fly Intel: Top five analyst upgrades
Catch up on today's top five analyst upgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Comcast (CMCSA) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer with analyst Timothy Horan saying the company's fundamentals are "healthy" in the near-term, and 2020 is setting up to be a "strong year." 2. Activision Blizzard (ATVI) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens with analyst Jeff Cohen citing his view that estimates for 2019 are now "de-risked" due to the successful launch of World of Warcraft Classic and the announcement of a Nintendo Switch port of Overwatch. 3. Match Group (MTCH) upgraded to Buy from Hold at SunTrust with analyst Youssef Squali saying that the "positive" intra-quarter app traffic and revenue trends imply a positive quarter-to-date momentum for the company. 4. Incyte (INCY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities and to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer. 5. National Oilwell (NOV) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies with analyst Bradley Handler saying even with the uncertain macro environment, National Oilwell's outlook includes backlog-based growth potential and less margin risk. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage, click here.
09/12/19
JEFF
09/12/19
NO CHANGE
JEFF
Jefferies says stick with Activision Blizzard after video game survey
After surveying 600 U.S. video game players to gauge interest in the fall content slate and track overall engagement trends, Jefferies analyst Alex Giaimo tells investors to stick with his top pick Activision Blizzard (ATVI). Survey takeaways were positive for the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4, with 36% of responders planning to buy the game, says the analyst. He remains selective and favors Activision over Electronic Arts (EA) and Take-Two Interactive (TTWO).
09/09/19
STFL
09/09/19
NO CHANGE
Target $65
STFL
Buy
Stifel adds Activision Blizzard to Select List, boosts price target to $65
Stifel analyst Drew Crum added Activision Blizzard to his firm's Select List and boosted his price target for the shares to $65 from $57. The stock closed Friday at $54.58. The analyst sees possible upside for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, which launches on October 25, as he believes expectations "have been generally lower." Further, BlizzCon 2019 could serve as a share catalyst while Activision's fundamentals should improve in 2020 against an easy comp, Crum tells investors in a research note. He keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
09/12/19
NOMU
09/12/19
UPGRADE
Target $64
NOMU
Buy
Activision Blizzard upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura Instinet
Nomura Instinet analyst Andrew Marok upgraded Activision Blizzard to Buy from Neutral and raised his price target for the shares to $64 from $49. The game maker closed yesterday down $1.12 to $54.91. Last month's launch of World of Warcraft Classic has driven "strong, above-expectations" engagement in the franchise, Marok tells investors in a research note. Further, Overwatch has recently added new features and last week announced a launch on the Nintendo Switch, the analyst points out. He believes these provides a "much more favorable backdrop" heading into November's BlizzCon, where he expects Activision will see the reveal of a World of Warcraft expansion for 2020 release and at least one of Diablo 4 or Overwatch 2.

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ServiceNow

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Workday

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Workday

$160.53

-20.31 (-11.23%)

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Coupa Software

$145.36

-9.41 (-6.08%)

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IP

International Paper

$42.22

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iRobot

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Cisco

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0.16 (0.35%)

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SIG

Signet Jewelers

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United Airlines

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INCY

Incyte

$78.05

-0.47 (-0.60%)

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PNC

PNC Financial

$143.07

3.51 (2.52%)

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PNC Financial

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PNC

PNC Financial

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