Livent upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at BMO Capital » 16:1704/0504/05/20
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BMO Capital analyst Joel…
BMO Capital analyst Joel Jackson upgraded Livent (LTHM) to Market Perform from Underperform with a price target of $5.50, down from $7.50. The stock closed Friday up 13c to $4.73. The analyst cites valuation for the upgrade following Livent's share price correction and relative underperformance versus Albemarle (ALB) and SQM (SQM) since mid-February. Jackson, who reduced the company's estimates to reflect macro issues and "still-weakening" hydroxide prices, still models a two-year delay to lithium expansions, however.
Floor & Decor price target lowered to $30 from $55 at Stifel » 11:4904/0504/05/20
Stifel analyst John Baugh…
Stifel analyst John Baugh lowered the firm's price target on Floor & Decor to $30 from $55 and keeps a Hold rating on the shares. The analyst cut Floor & Decor's estimates to account for its extended store closures, which he expects will be through April. The company's liquidity is good for now, however, Baugh tells investors in a research note.
DOJ steps up investigation of $2.1B Google, Fitbit deal, NY Post says » 16:4904/0304/03/20
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The U.S. Department of…
The U.S. Department of Justice is ramping up its probe of Google's (GOOG) proposed $2.1B takeover of Fitbit (FIT), a transaction that critics claim could pose increased threats to customer privacy, the New York Post's Josh Kosman reports, citing two sources close to the situation. In a move that typically signals added scrutiny for a deal, regulators are now conducting a second request review, asking for more information and taking additional time to look into the deal, Kosman says. Assistant Attorney General Makan Delrahim, who leads the DOJ's antitrust division, has recused himself from the case due to his past history as a lobbyist working for Google, the author notes. Currently, Attorney General William Barr will issue civil investigative demands to parties in the inquiry and will be more directly involved in the review, the author says. Reference Link
Floor & Decor says majority of stores will remain open for pickup only » 16:0704/0304/03/20
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Floor & Decor announced an update on temporary operating changes to its business in response to COVID-19. The majority of its stores will remain open for pickup only of online, phone or app orders from Monday - Saturday, 7am to 4pm; Sunday, 10 am to 4 pm. These hours and conditions may change as the company continues to follow all necessary precautions and the direction of local and state authorities. Depending on local conditions and requirements, certain stores may have additional limited in-person shopping capabilities, while others may be closed. The company continues to operate its flooranddecor.com website, its ProPremier professional app and call center, which allow customers the opportunity to shop and purchase outside of the physical store environment with the convenience of same-day pickup and various delivery options. In an effort to help customers keep their projects on track, the company will be offering free virtual design appointments starting next week. In addition, previously purchased products in storage can continue to be picked up at the store.
Appian to hold a webinar » 10:5504/0304/03/20
Management holds a…
CubeSmart launches contactless storage rental process nationally » 09:0904/0304/03/20
CubeSmart introduced the…
CubeSmart introduced the ability for customers to rent a storage cube electronically without the need for direct contact with others at CubeSmart locations nationwide. Now, customers can rent and gain access to their storage cube by completing a few simple steps over the phone and online.
Wells Fargo says oil markets heading into eye of 'perfect storm' in Q2 » 07:0704/0304/03/20
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Wells Fargo analyst Nitin…
Wells Fargo analyst Nitin Kumar says he thinks the oil markets are heading into the eye of a "perfect storm" in Q2, contending that not only is global oil demand expected to decline ~8%-10% q/q from Q1 as the impact of the coronavirus pandemic deepens, but the bulk of OPEC+ incremental supply is set to come to market while U.S. supply is unlikely to roll over fast enough. While the analyst isn't making any ratings changes, his top picks continue to be Pioneer Natural (PXD), PDC Energy (PDCE) and WPX Energy (WPX), and continues to favor Concho Resources (CXO), Diamondback (FANG), Parsley Energy (PE), Cabot Oil (COG) and Noble Energy (NBL), while remaining Underweight Extraction Oil & Gas (XOG), Oasis Petroleum (OAS), Gulfport Energy (GPOR), Whiting Petroleum (WLL) and Antero Resources (AR). The analyst lowered his price target for Pioneer to $93 from $107, for PDC to $22 from $23, for Parsley Energy to $13 from $14, for Noble Energy to $9 from $10, for Diamondback to $49 from $42, for Concho to $71 from $76, and for Cabot to $21 from $22.
Appian to hold a webinar » 04:5504/0304/03/20
Management holds a…
Covanta downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman Sachs » 16:4104/0204/02/20
Goldman Sachs analyst…
Goldman Sachs analyst Brian Lee downgraded Covanta to Neutral from Buy with a price target of $10, down from $17. The company is currently better positioned than it was during the 2008-09 recession since about 75% of its business is tied to the more stable Waste segment, the analyst tells investors. However, Lee also sees a difficult setup for the stock given Covanta's high debt leverage at about 6-times and a lack of significant growth catalysts until 2022-23.
Appian to hold a webinar » 16:3904/0204/02/20
Management holds a…