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UPDATE: Wunderlich Initiates Coverage On Earthstone Energy, Shares Surge 14%

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Wunderlich initiated coverage on Earthstone Energy Inc (NYSE: ESTE) Monday with a Buy rating and $24 price target.

Analyst Jason A Wangler noted that the “main asset for ESTE is its operated Eagle Ford position in the core of the oily Eagle Ford. Currently the company has over 23,000 net acres in Gonzales and Fayette counties, assets it previously ran at GeoResources, Inc. before it was sold, and a solid non-operated position as well."

Wangler looked for the above "assets to be a strong growth driver that can drive solid returns and growth given the two-rig program currently ongoing.”

“Management of ESTE has a strong pedigree given the five previous companies it has built up and sold at strong rates of returns for investors. The latest company, GeoResources, Inc., was sold to Halcon Resources for about $1 billion and generated a 35 percent rate of return for investors, while the previous four also had substantial returns as well. With the same strategy, management, and Eagle Ford assets, we believe the team can do it again,” according to Wangler.

Wangler also felt the balance sheet was strong as “the company has over $100 million in cash and an undrawn $56.5 million credit facility it can use to fund operations along with the cash flows from its current 3,000 boe/day production base.”

The analyst note concluded, “The shares are trading at 4.8x 2016E CFPS versus peers at 1.4x, but, in our view, the balance sheet strength, management quality, and growth potential deserve a premium multiple. We use a multiple of 5.8x CFPS to calculate our $24 target.”

Earthstone Energy surged amid the positive coverage and recently traded at $21.85, up 14.52 percent.

Latest Ratings for ESTE

Date Firm Action From To
Dec 2014 Wunderlich Initiates Coverage on Buy
Dec 2014 Imperial Capital Maintains Outperform
Dec 2014 Northland Securities Initiates Coverage on Outperform

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Posted-In: GeoResources Jason Wangler WunderlichAnalyst Color Price Target Initiation Analyst Ratings

Deutsche Bank Analyst: JPMorgan Trends Beat Wells Fargo

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JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), the nation's largest bank, has underperformed its peer Wells Fargo & Co (NYSE: WFC) year-to-date, but an analyst said the trend may shift.

Deutsche Bank's Matthew O'Connor sees upcoming catalysts for JPMorgan shares that include an improved dividend yield, better-than-expected return on capital and big benefits from cost cuts.

Analysts on average have cut their earnings estimates on JPMorgan 7 percent year-to-date, while its shares are up 5.8 percent.

Estimates for Wells Fargo, in contrast, have held steady through 2014 and its shares are up 20 percent.

But O'Connor, who maintains a Buy rating and $66 target on JPMorgan, said core revenue and expense trends are better there compared with Wells Fargo.

"It's surprising the stock hasn't performed better," O'Connor said of Morgan.

"Core" revenue, excluding gains from equity and debt, will come in flat at JPMorgan in 2014, versus a decline of 4 percent at Wells Fargo, according to O'Connor. Meanwhile, 2014 core expense will fall 2 percent at Morgan versus 1 percent decline at Wells Fargo.

Earnings growth over the next few years will average 11 percent at JPMorgan according to O'Connor, versus just 6 percent at Wells Fargo.

Well Fargo trades at about a 20 percent premium to its slightly bigger brother, based on forward consensus estimates. Although some of Fargo's premium stems from better earnings stability, O'Connor said its magnitude "seems high."

Among potential upcoming catalysts for JPMorgan shares, the bank's dividend yield is likely to rise to 3 percent, from a current…
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Brean Capital Raises Price Targets On RF Micro Devices & TriQuint Semiconductor

Courtesy of Benzinga.

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Brean Capital raised its price targets on RF Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ: RFMD) and TriQuint Semiconductor (NASDAQ: TQNT) Monday and maintained Buy ratings on both companies.

The price target on RF Micro Devices was raised from $16.00 to $20.50 and the TriQuint price target was raised from $25.00 to $33.50.

Analyst Mike Burton raised his “estimates on both RFMD & TQNT to account for the strength in the Apple supply chain and increasing our target multiple which we believe is warranted now that the MOFCOM decision has past, and we have become increasingly confident in both companies’ ability to meet or beat their near-term estimates.”

“RFMD did not provide any update to its guidance, but our own conversations with other supply chain management and investor reps lead us to believe that, for those that are exposed to Apple, this quarter is playing out as well or better than was expected. We now believe that Apple will ship 70M iPhones in Q4 which we think is limited by supply constraints, and will expect a decline to 55M in Q1 (which is up 26 percent Y/Y),” according to Burton

The analyst note added, “The final regulatory obstacle in front of the Qorvo merger was cleared on 11/24 when China’s MOFCOM granted approval. The merger will close on 12/31 and the new entity, Qorvo, will start trading under ticker QRVO on January 2, 2015. This means the companies can start to realize revenue synergies and cost savings that they have been working on since March, including moving TQNT’s assembly and test to RFMD.”

RF Micro Devices closed at $16.51, up 3.45 percent.

TriQuint Semiconductor closed at $27.65, up 3.60 percent.

Latest Ratings for RFMD

Date Firm Action From To
Dec 2014 DA Davidson Downgrades Buy Neutral
Dec 2014 Barclays Maintains Equal-weight
Nov 2014 Pacific Crest Maintains Outperform

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Posted-In: Brean Capital Mike BurtonAnalyst Color Price Target Analyst Ratings

TASER Up 8% Amid New Orders And Rating

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Shares of TASER International, Inc. (NASDAQ: TASR) spiked over 8 percent in early trading Monday amid Oppenheimer initiating an Outperform rating on the stock and new orders for smart weapons.

The Ontario Provincial Police were among the new orders with a request for 1,879 X2 smart weapons.

The new rating and orders came amid news that a UK man died after being shot by police with a Taser. UK Solicitor Sophie Kahn called for the Home Secretary “to impose a temporary ban on Taser use” following a government ordered review of Taser use in October.

TASER recently traded at $25.78, up 7.5 percent.

Latest Ratings for TASR

Date Firm Action From To
Dec 2014 Oppenheimer Initiates Coverage on Outperform
Dec 2014 Ladenburg Thalmann Downgrades Buy Neutral
Dec 2014 JP Morgan Downgrades Overweight Neutral

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Posted-In: OppenheimerNews Initiation Intraday Update Analyst Ratings

American Apparel Shares Gain, Confirms Interest From Private Equity

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American Apparel Inc (NYSE: APP) shares rose sharply Monday after it confirmed getting a $1.30 to $1.40 a share buyout proposition just a day after announcing a shareholder rights plan with a 10 percent trigger.

The retailer and manufacturer was up more than 5 percent recently, changing hands at $1.13.

Although the bidder's identity wasn't disclosed, the New York Post said last week that private-equity firm Irving Place Capital, in concert with former executive Dov Charney, had approached the company.

The company said Monday that it "remains focused on positioning American Apparel for a successful turnaround," but added that it will evaluate the proposal and "takes these matters seriously."

At the same time the company named Colleen B. Brown chairman, replacing Allan Mayer and David Danziger who had served as co-chairmen and who will each remain board members.

Brown joined the board in August.

American Apparel formally fired Charney last week after suspending him as CEO earlier this year for alleged misconduct.

Danzinger noted Monday that the company recently adopted an "updated code of conduct that will serve as an important guide for our company going forward."

American Apparel shares are down more than 8 percent year-to-date amid turmoil and accusations of misconduct against Charney, who was suspended in June. The company named Paula Schneider as chief executive last week.

Posted-In: Dov Charney New York PostNews Management M&A Intraday Update

Bank Of America Raises CVS Health Price Target

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On Monday, analysts at Bank of America raised the price target on shares of CVS Health Corp (NYSE: CVS) from $94 to $104 and reiterated the Buy rating.

Robert Willoughby finds the company’s emphasis on its hybrid PBM/pharmacy model is driving better-than-average industry revenues, EPS and cash flow growth.

Willoughby is raising the 2015 adjusted estimate to account for better revenue and share base outlook, given CVS’ plans to repurchase roughly $6 billion of stock in 2015.

“CVS’ retail share with PBM accounts is now an eye-popping 40%, up from ~30% last year, with more room to run at the expense of its retail competitors. Its share of PBM specialty scripts, which are surging, is even higher (59%). Consequently, another strong PBM selling season with $3.2 billion in net new business will drive higher volume across the enterprise.”

Shares of CVS recently traded at $96.82, up 1.17 percent.

Latest Ratings for CVS

Date Firm Action From To
Dec 2014 SunTrust Robinson Humphrey Upgrades Buy
Dec 2014 Barclays Maintains Overweight
Dec 2014 JP Morgan Maintains Overweight

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Posted-In: Bank of America Robert WilloughbyAnalyst Color Price Target Reiteration Analyst Ratings

Morgan Stanley Upgrades Brown Shoe Company To Equal Weight

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Analysts at Morgan Stanley upgraded Brown Shoe Company (NYSE: BWS) on Monday from Underweight to Equal Weight and lowered their price target for the stock from $28.00 to $26.50. Brown Shoe Company produces and sells men’s and women’s shoes.

Potential For Downside

Brown stock is up more than 4 percent in early trading Monday on news of the upgrade. The stock is currently trading at about $30.00.

Morgan Stanley’s $26.50 price target represents about a 12 percent downside for the stock from current levels. Brown stock has had a decent year in 2014, up more than 6 percent year to date.

Other Analyst Action

Morgan Stanley is not the only firm to weigh in on Brown Shoe Company lately.

Jefferies Group initiated coverage of Brown this month, issuing a Hold rating and setting a price target for the stock of $32.00. In November, Zacks upgraded Brown from Neutral to Outperform and set a $34.10 target for the stock.

Finally, Buckingham Research downgraded Brown in November from Buy to Neutral.

Insider Selling

Back in September of this year, Brown Shoe Company CEO Diane Sullivan sold over $1.1 million of Brown stock at a price of $30.02 per share.

Chief Accounting Officer Daniel Karpel and Division President John Mazurk each joined Sullivan in selling about $150,000 worth of Brown stock at around the same time.

A Valuation Perspective

Brown Shoe Company’s price to earnings ratio (P/E) is about 17.5, which is very close to average for the overall S&P 500.

Its forward P/E ratio is a more appealing 15, while Brown’s current debt-to-equity ratio of 0.4 is reasonable for the footwear and apparel sector.

Latest Ratings for BWS

Date Firm Action From To
Dec 2014 Morgan Stanley Upgrades Underweight Equal-weight
Nov 2014 Sterne Agee Upgrades Neutral Buy
Oct 2014 Morgan Stanley Initiates Coverage on Underweight

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Posted-In: Upgrades Price Target Analyst Ratings

Deutsche Bank Initiates Coverage On Axalta Coating Systems

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Deutsche Bank initiated coverage on Axalta Coating Systems Ltd (NYSE: AXTA) Monday with a Buy rating and $32 price target.

Analysts led by Ramanan Sivalingam noted that the “valuation remains compelling at 10.8x ‘15E EBITDA vs peers at 13x due to a combination of high leverage (4.2x net debt/EBITDA) and lack of a long-term earnings track record.”

Sivalingam viewed “Axalta's Refinish business as one of the best and most stable businesses in coatings, which coupled with new business wins in Auto OEM should drive a stable 7 percent EBITDA CAGR thru '17. We believe that as Axalta deleverages and builds a consistent earnings track record, its valuation gap vs peers will narrow.”

“Axalta is a #2 global player in Auto OEM coatings and is poised to achieve above market growth thru a number of new business wins amongst Auto OEM customers. Axalta has won business at 26 Auto plants globally that will drive $275MM of revenue growth ’13-’17E. This alone equates to a 4.5 percent CAGR for Axalta’s Light Vehicle sales,” according to the analyst note.

Sivalingam concluded, “Given its strong market positions coupled with positive global economic growth, we forecast 5 percent sales CAGR from $4.4B in ‘14E to $5.1B in ‘17E and a 7 percent EBITDA CAGR from $840MM in ‘14E, to $1.03B by ’17.”

Axalta Coating Systems Ltd recently traded at $27.10, up 0.59 percent.

Latest Ratings for AXTA

Date Firm Action From To
Dec 2014 Nomura Initiates Coverage on Buy
Dec 2014 Deutsche Bank Initiates Coverage on Buy
Dec 2014 Goldman Sachs Initiates Coverage on Neutral

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PSEG Solar Source To Acquire 12.9 MW Maryland Solar Project From Juwi

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PSEG Solar Source announced today that it will acquire a 12.9 megawatt (MWdc) solar energy facility near Waldorf, MD from juwi solar (JSI). The project was originally developed by JSI and has a 20-year power purchase agreement with Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO).

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The facility, to be called the PSEG Waldorf Solar Energy Center, is located 22 miles Southeast of Washington, DC. The acquisition will increase the capacity of PSEG Solar Source’s portfolio to 123 MWdc.

“With this, our eleventh utility scale solar facility, we are pleased to be providing safe, clean reliable energy to the residents of southern Maryland,” said Diana Drysdale, president of PSEG Solar Source. “We now have 10 plants in operation and one plant in construction across nine states and are continuing to focus our efforts on expanding our solar portfolio across the country.”

JSI is the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the project and will operate the project for PSEG Solar Source upon completion. Construction is expected to begin in early 2015, with the facility going into service before June 2015. The facility will use approximately 40,000, 315-watt, solar panels.

“We are pleased to work together with PSEG to realize another solar power plant on the East Coast,” said Mike Martin, JSI’s President and CEO. “Our plan is to break ground before the end of the year, and we look forward to bringing on-line a generation facility that will provide cost-effective solar power to SMECO.”

This is PSEG Solar Source’s eleventh project in nine states. Its other projects are located in Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Ohio, Texas, Vermont and New Jersey.

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Nomura Cuts BlackBerry Price Target, Sees 'Rocky Road To Recovery'

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Nomura reiterated its Neutral rating on BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ: BBRY) Monday and cut its price target from $10.60 to $10.30.

Analyst Stuart Jeffrey felt the company has a “rocky road to recovery” and he continued to look for “reasons to be more positive.”

“The key dynamics around the stock, in our view, are: Earnings have turned and new product platforms have launched, potentially seeing BlackBerry transition from a failing handset vendor to a vibrant supplier of enterprise mobility management solutions,” according to Jeffrey.

“This transition could drive a recovery in revenues within the next 12 months. Near-term estimates continue to miss expectations, making it hard to confidently project a bottoming out in revenue trends. The new product platforms that are needed to drive future software revenues are still immature and forecasting their impact remains challenging.”

Jeffrey noted that we “need to see a marked acceleration in the market-wide adoption of enterprise mobility management solutions to justify significant upside in fair value. Intuitively, such a trend seems likely but numbers are still low and the timing or scale of the material uptick that is likely needed to drive the stock remains hard to forecast.”

The analyst note adjusted FY15E EPS from ($0.22) to ($0.18) and FY16E EPS from ($0.20) to ($0.51).

BlackBerry recently traded at $10.43 up 4.35 percent.

Latest Ratings for BBRY

Date Firm Action From To
Dec 2014 JP Morgan Maintains Neutral
Dec 2014 Nomura Maintains Neutral
Dec 2014 BGC Partners Upgrades Hold Buy

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Congress is considering privacy legislation – be afraid

Courtesy of Jeff Sovern, St. John's University

Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis called privacy the “right to be let alone.” Perhaps Congress should give states trying to protect consumer data the same right.

For years, a gridlocked Congress ignored privacy, apart from occasionally scolding companies such as Equifax and Marriott after their major data breaches. In its absence, ...

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Key Events This Week: Trade War, EU Elections, Durables, PMIs And Fed Minutes

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Looking at this week's key events, Deutsche Bank's Craig Nicol writes that while the unpredictable nature of US-China trade developments will likely continue to be the main focus for markets again next week, we also have the European Parliament elections circus to look forward to as well as various survey reports including the flash May PMIs which may offer some insight into the impact of trade escalation on economic data. The FOMC and ECB meeting minutes are also due, along with a heavy calendar of Fed officials speaking.

The European Parliament elections will kick off next Thursday with voting continuing into the weekend across the continent, with results expected on Sunday. With the elections surrounded by internal and external challenges for the EU, members di...

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Will S&P 500 Double Top Derail The Rally?

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The rally off the December stock market lows has been strong, to say the least. The S&P 500 rallied 25 percent before hitting and testing the 2018 high.

The old highs proved to be formidable resistance and ushered in some volatility in May… and a 5 percent pullback.

In today’s 2-pack, we look at that resistance level – could that be a double top? We can see similar patterns develop on the S&P 500 Index and its Equal Weight counterpart.

Both indexes are testing short-term Fibonacci retracement levels of the recent decline at point (2).

What takes place here after potential double top highs will be important. Stay tuned...

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Insider Scoop

60 Biggest Movers From Friday

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Weekly Market Recap May 18, 2019

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China – U.S. trade talk continued to dominate the week.   A heavy selloff Monday was followed by 3 up days, with Friday moderately down.

On Monday, Chinese officials announced retaliatory tariffs against the U.S., hitting $60 billion in annual exports to China with new or expanded duties that could reach 25%.

Then on Wednesday:

The Trump administration plans to delay a decision on instituting new tariffs on car and auto part imports for up to six months, according to media reports.


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Cryptocurrencies are finally going mainstream - the battle is on to bring them under global control


Cryptocurrencies are finally going mainstream – the battle is on to bring them under global control

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The 21st-century revolutionaries who have dominated cryptocurrencies are having to move over. Mainstream financial institutions are adopting these assets and the blockchain technology that enables them, in what ...

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DNA as you've never seen it before, thanks to a new nanotechnology imaging method

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DNA as you've never seen it before, thanks to a new nanotechnology imaging method

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Stanphyl Capital’s letter to investors for the month of March 2019.

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Friends and Fellow Investors:

For March 2019 the fund was up approximately 5.5% net of all fees and expenses. By way of comparison, the S&P 500 was up approximately 1.9% while the Russell 2000 was down approximately 2.1%. Year-to-date 2019 the fund is up approximately 12.8% while the S&P 500 is up approximately 13.6% and the ...

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Despacito - How to Make Money the Old-Fashioned Way - SLOWLY!

Are you ready to retire?  

For most people, the purpose of investing is to build up enough wealth to allow you to retire.  In general, that's usually enough money to reliably generate a year's worth of your average income, each year into your retirement so that that, plus you Social Security, should be enough to pay your bills without having to draw down on your principle.

Unfortunately, as the last decade has shown us, we can't count on bonds to pay us more than 3% and the average return from the stock market over the past 20 years has been erratic - to say the least - with 4 negative years (2000, 2001, 2002 and 2008) and 14 positives, though mostly in the 10% range on the positives.  A string of losses like we had from 2000-02 could easily wipe out a decades worth of gains.

Still, the stock market has been better over the last 10 (7%) an...

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This all-encompassing mutant corruption saps men’s souls, crushes opportunities, and destroys economic mobility. Its a Smash & Grab system of ill-gotten re...

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Swing trading portfolio - week of September 11th, 2017

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This post is for all our live virtual trade ideas and daily comments. Please click on "comments" below to follow our live discussion. All of our current  trades are listed in the spreadsheet below, with entry price (1/2 in and All in), and exit prices (1/3 out, 2/3 out, and All out).

We also indicate our stop, which is most of the time the "5 day moving average". All trades, unless indicated, are front-month ATM options. 

Please feel free to participate in the discussion and ask any questions you might have about this virtual portfolio, by clicking on the "comments" link right below.

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In My Top Strategies for 2017, Phil's chapter is Secret Santa’s Inflation Hedges for 2017.

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