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Germany's Deutsche Lufthansa AG on Wednesday said it was in advanced talks to sell its IT activities to IBM Corp. as it looks to cut costs and remain competitive. Lufthansa said it would save €70 million ($88.8 million) annually by outsourcing its IT activities to IBM, including transferring 1,400 employees to the U.S. computer giant. The duo hope to sign a binding contract soon and close the deal March 31. "The cooperation with a global and successful IT group like IBM will strengthen the competitiveness of the group companies and the Lufthansa group as a whole," Lufthansa CFO Simone Menne said in a statement. The announcement is a much-needed win for IBM after disappointing investors on Tuesday with lackluster third-quarter earnings that showed net profit slid 17%. IBM itself is revamping to meet customer demand for cloud-based services and on Tuesday agreed to sell its chipmaking activities to GlobalFoundries Inc. to focus on contracts such as Lufthansa's. No potential price was released in the Lufthansa agreement but the German airline said it would book a one-time charge of €240 million if the deal proceeds. Lufthansa will split its Lufthansa Systems AG unit into three separate divisions, giving IBM the computer infrastructure activities while hanging on to the airline and industry solutions units. "They're making progress in restructuring their IT activities. Although they'll take a one-time charge, it won't be included in the operating results," noted DZ Bank AG analyst Dirk Schlamp. He has a hold rating on the stock. The deal would include a seven-year IT outsourcing agreement between Cologne-based Lufthansa and IBM, of Armonk, N.Y. Lufthansa on Tuesday was also working to recover from a Monday strike called by pilots' union Cockpit. The union is concerned about Lufthansa's efforts to move the company's early retirement age for pilots to 60 from 55 as part of the reorganization. Lufthansa shares slipped €0.06 in mid-day Frankfurt trading to €12.06 after spending most of the morning in positive territory because of investor concern about the prospect of additional strikes.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) --aCredit Suisse added Mondelez to its U.S. Focus List on Wednesday. Shares of Mondelez were gaining 1.1% to $33.61 in morning trading. The analyst firm reiterated its "outperform" rating and $42 price target for the food company. Mondelez offers the most attractive risk-reward in the food sector, according to Credit Suisse analysts. Credit Suisse noted that Mondelez's current stock price "is an ideal entry point because the stock's underperformance began well before the recent market weakness in October due to concerns that management's turnaround efforts had stalled." Must Read:aWarren Buffett's 25 Favorite Stocks STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. The analyst firm believes the company has the potential to boost margins by 700 to 800 bps, above company management's goal of 300 to 400 bps, if it "fully implements zero-based budgeting practices and reduces its excessive overhead costs." ------------- Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates MONDELEZ INTERNATIONAL INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate MONDELEZ INTERNATIONAL INC (MDLZ) a BUY. This is driven by multiple strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: MONDELEZ INTERNATIONAL INC has improved earnings per share by 9.1% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past year. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, MONDELEZ INTERNATIONAL INC increased its bottom line by earning $1.28 versus $0.87 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.67 versus $1.28). Net operating cash flow has increased to $945.00 million or 17.68% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of 4.15%. The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.57, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Despite the fact that MDLZ's debt-to-equity ratio is low, the quick ratio, which is currently 0.51, displays a potential problem in covering short-term cash needs. 39.43% is the gross profit margin for MONDELEZ INTERNATIONAL INC which we consider to be strong. Regardless of MDLZ's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 7.37% trails the industry average. MDLZ, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 0.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 1.8%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share. You can view the full analysis from the report here: MDLZ Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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Brookfield Infrastructure Partners LP , a Toronto-based energy investor, has kicked off the sale of its Marlborough, Mass.-based Cross Sound Cable Co., according to three sources familiar with the situation. Teasers have been distributed and first round bids are due in early November, with a goal to sign a purchase and sale agreement with the winning party toward year-end. Citigroup Inc. and HSBC Bank plc have snagged the sellside mandate. At Citi, the deal team includes Jack Paris, Jugjeev Duggal, Philip Holder, Justin Snyder, and Lucas Rooney. The bankers on the deal at HSBC are Solon Kentas, Kenneth Marks, Jeffrey Allsop, Ahmet Ugurlu and Casey Coates. If a transaction occurs, it will be subject to a number of regulatory approvals, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Brookfield declined to comment and calls to Citigroup and HSBC were not returned. The transmission company likely will fetch approximately $200 million in a sale, the sources said. In February 2006, Babcock & Brown Infrastructure, which went into liquidation in 2009, acquired Cross Sound Cable from TransEnergie HQ Inc. and UIL Holdings Corp. for $213 million and an equity requirement of $25.7 million, excluding cash reserves. Brookfield Asset Management Inc. recapitalized Babcock in October 2009. Commonwealth Bank of Australia provided $193 million in financing for Babcock & Brown's acquisition of Cross Sound. Commonwealth retained Rothschild in 2011 to sell Cross Sound, the sources said. The auction was late-stage and concluded with Brookfield holding the asset, these peoploe said. Cross Sound Cable is a high-voltage electrical transmission company providing 330 megawatts of capacity to customers. It is a 24-mile long submarine cable buried in the Long Island Sound that connects the electric transmission grids of New England and Long Island, New York. The asset, which went into commercial operation in February 2005, is highly attractive as it provides a stable cash flow, due to its entire transmission capacity being contracted to the Long Island Power Authority until 2032. Also, there are a dearth of transmission opportunities as the majority of transmission businesses in the U.S. are owned by regulated utilities. It also has a 25-mile Ericsson fiber optic cable that connects Shoreham, N.Y. to New Haven, Conn., with 192 fibers total. It also has dark fiber capacity available to provide route diversity between New York City and New England. The company is a member of ISO New England and a transmission service provider under the ISO-NE Transmission, Markets and Services Tariff. ISO New England is an independent, non-profit Regional Transmission Organization that serves Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont. Brookfield Infrastructure, with a $5.9 billion market capitalization, was founded in 2007 and is a subsidiary of Brookfield Asset Management. An industry analyst said the sale of Cross Sound fits in with Brookfield's strategy over the past couple of years of recycling capital from businesses it deems to be noncore to grow other businesses.

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NEW YORK (The Deal) -- Shareholders of Chiquita Brands Internationala are getting conflicting advice from top advisory proxy firms ahead of Friday's vote on a planned merger with Ireland's Fyffes. On Tuesday, Glass, Lewis & Co. recommended that Chiquita shareholders vote against the Fyffes deal, a day after Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. did a U-turn and advised its clients to support the revised agreement with Fyffes. "Based on our review of the updated materials, we believe the board's case continues to leave more than a reasonable degree of doubt as to whether the revised Fyffes combination is the best option available to Chiquita investors," Glass Lewis said. It added: "Under the present conditions, we believe the best option available to shareholders is to reject the current arrangement and provide maximum flexibility to the board to conduct a more circumspect analysis of the potentially superior alternatives available to Chiquita." Rival Chiquita suitors Cutrale Group and Safra Group, both of Brazil, welcomed the recommendation and insisted that their sweetened $14-per-share bid offers shareholders a "superior and compelling alternative." Chiquita rejected the Brazilian bid last week. Juicemaker Cutrale and investor Safra's $660 million offer aims to prevent Chiquita from joining forces with Fyffes to form the world's leading banana producer. Chiquita and Fyffes rejigged the terms of their accord last month to give Chiquita shareholders a larger chunk of the future ChiquitaFyffes than originally foreseen. While ISS had originally lobbied against the Fyffes deal, it is now urging Chiquita shareholders to approve the transaction, and reject the Brazilian offer. "While the Cutrale/Safra cash bid appears to offer relative certainty of value, it does not appear to offer a sufficient premium to the value of the Chiquita/Fyffes combination," ISS said on Monday. Chiquita on Tuesday stepped up its lobbying efforts with a statement designed to "set the record straight" and correct what it called "inaccurate and misleading statements" from the Brazilian biddders. It reiterated that it views the Cutrale/Safra premium as too slim and accused the bid partners of distorting ISS' analysis to advance their own case. "Chiquita's board of directors is solely focused on maximizing value for all Chiquita shareholders. In contrast, Cutrale/Safra appears only interested in acquiring Chiquita for the lowest possible price without adequately compensating Chiquita shareholders," said Chiquita president and CEO Ed Lonergan in the statement. Noting Wednesday's advice from Glass, Lewis, he added that the "report fails to recognize the value of the Fyffes transaction and the improved terms negotiated by Chiquita's board." The Chiquita-Fyffes combination already has the blessing of the European Commission, which granted conditional approval earlier this month.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) --aBancorpSouth Inc. was upgraded to "neutral" from "underweight" at JPMorgan on Wednesday. The firm said it raised its rating on the financial holding company as it believes a fast business turnaround is likely, despite a delay in upcoming mergers. JPMorgan said upgrading BancorpSouth's rating was also a result of the company's third quarter results, which "surprised to the upside." Must Read: Warren Buffett's 25 Favorite Stocks STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. The firm has a $23 price target on BancorpSouth stock. Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates BANCORPSOUTH INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate BANCORPSOUTH INC (BXS) a BUY. This is driven by several positive factors, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, expanding profit margins, compelling growth in net income and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 9.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 5.0%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share. BANCORPSOUTH INC has improved earnings per share by 15.4% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, BANCORPSOUTH INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.99 versus $0.90 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.28 versus $0.99). The gross profit margin for BANCORPSOUTH INC is currently very high, coming in at 95.46%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 15.70% trails the industry average. The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Commercial Banks industry average. The net income increased by 15.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $24.86 million to $28.78 million. You can view the full analysis from the report here: BXS Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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SAN DIEGO (RealMoney) -- As it turns out, Coca-Cola's "Vision 2020," which calls for the company to "double revenues over the decade" is a lot like IBM's now-tattered and abandoned 2015 "roadmap," which was a five-year plan to meet $20 in earnings per share by 2015. If I recall correctly, one thing Warren Buffett really liked about IBM, when he took a stake, was its road map. No surprise, perhaps, since he is unquestionably the highest-profile director of Coke. Must Read: Warren Buffett's Top 10 Dividend Stocks Coke has been struggling to jump-start growth for quarters, and today rolled out a new strategy "to drive stronger growth." That's a good thing, but it's also a concession that the company is scrambling. In retrospect, it confirms that with its stakes and partnerships with the likes of Green Mountain Coffee and Monster Beverage , Coke is throwing everything against the wall to see what will stick. A bigger issue in all of this, of course, is about brands and whether, in the end, the brand will save the day. Betting against good brands can be foolish. Just ask anybody who bet against Starbucks . And while The Gap took time to turn, it did turn. In the end it was good brand, coupled with good leadership, coupled with extremely good execution, all of which is like hitting the corporate jackpot. Easier said than done. For investors, the obvious question is whether these big brands are bargains. Are these just the normal aches and pains of old age? Or are we at that point in business history where these companies have hit that point where there is nothing else they can do? Must Read: 3 Biggest Takeaways From Yahoo!'s Latest Earnings Report I can't recall a time when so many big brands have stumbled and conceded their irrelevance all at once. McDonald's has gone so far as to concede it has devised a plan to "increase its relevance with customers." IBM may be in the best position to do something. It can split itself apart, even though CEO Ginni Rommety says it won't. (My guess is she won't be running the company when it does.) Coke can't split. Neither can McDonald's. And they can't expand much more. Does that make them dead money for investors? Consumer-like utilities? Value traps? Or are they the bargains of a lifetime? Reality: I certainly don't know and, regardless of what they may say, neither does anybody else. Must Read: One in Four Americans Fears Travel Because of Ebola, Poll Shows Greenberg does not own shares, short or trade shares in an individual corporate security.a Editor's Note: This article was originally published at 9:39 a.m. EDT on Real Money on Oct. 21. Follow @herbgreenberg // 0;if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); // ]]> Want more from Herb Greenberg? Sign up for Reality Check, his institutional research product, and get the watch list of all the companies on his radar with detailed analysis.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) --aBMO Capital Markets raised its price target for AbbVie to $61 from $59 on Wednesday, reiterating its "outperform" rating. The analyst firm also raised its EPS estimates for the drug manufacturer through 2015. BMO now expects AbbVie to report earnings of $3.19 a share for 2014, up from previous estimates of $3.18 a share. The analyst firm raised its 2015 EPS estimates to $3.92 from $3.85 a share. "We expect a modest 1-1.5% top- and bottom-line beat for AbbVie in 3Q14, driven by higher sales of Humira," analyst Alex Arfaei wrote. "We forecast Humira sales of $3.31B, 3% above consensus, driven by strong U.S. volume growth, price increases, penetration in new indications, and double-digit market growth in key international markets." Must Read:aWarren Buffett's 25 Favorite Stocks STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. TheStreet Ratings team rates ABBVIE INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate ABBVIE INC (ABBV) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed -- some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, revenue growth and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and weak operating cash flow." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: Compared to other companies in the Pharmaceuticals industry and the overall market, ABBVIE INC's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500. The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 5.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 5.0%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share. The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the Pharmaceuticals industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 2.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $1,068.00 million to $1,098.00 million. Net operating cash flow has decreased to $1,717.00 million or 15.70% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow ABBVIE INC is still fairing well by exceeding its industry average cash flow growth rate of -50.80%. The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 2.83 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Regardless of the company's weak debt-to-equity ratio, ABBV has managed to keep a strong quick ratio of 2.23, which demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs. You can view the full analysis from the report here: ABBV Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) --aCoeur Mining Inc. awas downgradedato "underperform" at BMO Capital Marketsatoday, with a price target of $4. The silver producer with assets located in the U.S., Mexico, Bolivia, Argentina and Australia, shows signs of "strained" valuation, analysts said. "BMO Research is downgrading Coeur Mining to 'underperform" in parallel withathe publication of a report titled 'The Reality of US$17.50/oz Silver,' analysts said, adding, "In theareport, BMO Research highlights a view that silver will continue toaunderperform gold over the next 12 months, and that silver miners will need toalook increasingly toward grade as a mechanism to reduce unit costs (at theaexpense of reserve life)." Must Read: Warren Buffett's 25 Favorite Stocks STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. Shares of Coeur are down 2.57% to $4.93 in pre-market trading. Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates COEUR MINING INC as a Sell with a ratings score of D. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate COEUR MINING INC (CDE) a SELL. This is driven by several weaknesses, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Metals & Mining industry. The net income has decreased by 23.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from -$35.04 million to -$43.12 million. Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Metals & Mining industry and the overall market, COEUR MINING INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500. The gross profit margin for COEUR MINING INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 27.88%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -26.20% is significantly below that of the industry average. Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $30.49 million or 51.85% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower. Looking at the price performance of CDE's shares over the past 12 months, there is not much good news to report: the stock is down 55.73%, and it has underformed the S&P 500 Index. In addition, the company's earnings per share are lower today than the year-earlier quarter. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy. You can view the full analysis from the report here: CDE Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link. aTheStreet Ratings quantitative algorithm evaluates over 4,300 stocks on a daily basis by 32 different data factors and assigns a unique buy, sell, or hold recommendation on each stock. aClick here to learn more. NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Phoenix Companiesa has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from Buy to Hold with a ratings score of C. aTheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate PHOENIX COMPANIES INC (PNX) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed - some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet." Must Read: Warren Buffett's 25 Favorite Stocks STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: Powered by its strong earnings growth of 51.83% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 43.45% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the stock's future course, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock despite its gains in the past year. PHOENIX COMPANIES INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past year. We feel that this trend should continue. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, PHOENIX COMPANIES INC turned its bottom line around by earning $1.20 versus -$26.56 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($10.02 versus $1.20). PNX's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.72 is somewhat low overall, but it is high when compared to the industry average, implying that the management of the debt levels should be evaluated further. The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. When compared to other companies in the Insurance industry and the overall market, PHOENIX COMPANIES INC's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500. You can view the full analysis from the report here: PNX Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) –– Yahoo! silenced some of its critics after it posted better-than-expected third-quarter results, which may give CEO Marissa Mayer more time to work on her comprehensive turnaround plan. Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Yahoo! earned an adjusted 52 cents a share on $1.09 billion in revenue in the third quarter, compared to estimates of 33 cents a share on $1.04 billion in revenue. Earnings related to earnings in equity interest using 979 million shares outstanding were 40 cents a share, or $399 million. Must Read: 3 Biggest Takeaways From Yahoo!'s Earnings Report The company noted that display revenue excluding traffic acquisition costs, or TAC, was $396 million, a 6% decrease year over year. The company noted price per ad fell 24% year over year. However, the company sold 24% more ads than it did in the year-ago quarter. Search revenue continued to be strong, as search revenue ex-TAC rose 6% year over year to $450 million, with price-per-click increasing 17% year over year. Paid clicks remained flat from the year-ago quarter. The company ended the quarter with $12 billion in cash and cash equivalents, as the Alibaba stake helped boost cash by $7 billion. The company noted it will pay $3.3 billion in cash taxes in the first quarter of 2015 related to the Alibaba stake sale. Yahoo! also noted it spent $282 million in the quarter buying back 8 million shares. For the fourth quarter, Yahoo! said it expects GAAP revenue to be between $1.2 billion and $1.24 billion and revenue ex-TAC between $1.14 billion and $1.18 billion. EBITDA is expected to be between $340 million and $380 million, and non-GAAP operating income is expected to be between $190 million and $230 million. Following the report, analysts were slightly positive on Yahoo!'s earnings call and the guidance. Here's what a few of them had to say: Must Read: Warren Buffett's Top 10 Dividend Stocks BMO Capital Markets analyst Daniel Salmon (Market Perform, $40 PT) "Use of current BABA proceeds and taxation of future ones will remain the dominant theme in coming months, but beyond reviewing the subjects in detail, there was no new material news on this front, beyond noting a $993mm accelerated share repurchase that was closed in October. On the core business, Search remains strong going into the Spring 2015 revisiting of the agreement with Microsoft. No surprises in Display, but an update on Tumblr (up to 420mm users from 300mm when acquired, expected to generate $100mm in revenue and positive EBITDA next year) showed how this deal continues to be a big winner. On the other hand, we're concerned about share losses to ESPN and Turner/Bleacher Report in Sports, which is increasingly a foundational form of content for major advertisers. On yesterday's media reports that Yahoo is in discussions to acquire video ad tech vendor Brightroll, it was not addressed directly but CEO Mayer noted she was "very bullish" on video including the (ad) network component of the strategy." Oppenheimer analyst Jason Helfstein (Outperform, $49 PT) "We are raising our price target from $48 to $49 and maintaining our Outperform rating, as YHOO now expects a 35% tax rate on BABA proceeds, or 300 bps below prior estimates. Furthermore, the company expects to announce its tax strategy ahead of, or on, the 4Q call. YHOO's 3Q EBITDA was 22% above consensus on higher "Other" revenue from BABA royalties and lower G&A. Mobile is now 16% of gross revenue, but shift-to-mobile and programmatic platforms continue to weigh on premium display. Given positive FY estimate revisions and enthusiasm around BABA tax structure, we expect more investors to show interest in the stock." JMP Securities analyst Ronald Josey (Market Perform, No PT) "We maintain our Market Perform rating on Yahoo! shares following 3Q14 results that came in better than expected. Revenue of $1.09 billion (+1.2% Y/Y) came in ~5% above consensus, and above the high-end of management's guidance range, which was $1.08 billion. EBITDA of $306 million (-7.7% Y/Y, 27.9% margin) came in 22% above consensus, and compares to the high-end of guidance of $260 million. We believe 3Q results showed many improvements over the challenges of 2Q, including mobile gross revenue now being material, 80% revenue growth from newer ad formats, and display declines that were better than expected. And, we were surprised to hear management's plans to disclose some of its potential options around tax minimization associated with its remaining 15% ownership of Alibaba by 4Q14's call in January. However, we remain on the sidelines until we can see a clearer path to overall growth and margin expansion at Yahoo!'s core business before we can potentially become more positive on the shares as we believe it remains relatively early in the company's turn-around. The shares rose ~4% in aftermarket trading to $41.68 following better overall results. At $41.68, the shares currently trade at 8.2x our 2015E EBITDA of $1.33 billion, and our EV is $10.95. We have updated our projections post 3Q results, and now project 2014 net revenue of $4.39 billion, EBITDA of $1.32 billion, and PF EPS of $1.54." Must Read: 10 Stocks Carl Icahn Loves in 2014 --aWritten by Chris Ciaccia in New York >Contact by Email. Follow @Chris_Ciaccia // 0;if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); // ]]>

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Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link. aTheStreet Ratings quantitative algorithm evaluates over 4,300 stocks on a daily basis by 32 different data factors and assigns a unique buy, sell, or hold recommendation on each stock. aClick here to learn more. NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Oil Dri Corp Americaa has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from Buy to Hold with a ratings score of C+. aTheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate OIL DRI CORP AMERICA (ODC) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed - some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and deteriorating net income." Must Read: Warren Buffett's 25 Favorite Stocks STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: ODC's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 5.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 3.4%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share. ODC's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.23 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, ODC has a quick ratio of 1.69, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs. Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. In comparison to the other companies in the Household Products industry and the overall market, OIL DRI CORP AMERICA's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500. The gross profit margin for OIL DRI CORP AMERICA is rather low; currently it is at 22.96%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 0.70% significantly trails the industry average. You can view the full analysis from the report here: ODC Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link. aTheStreet Ratings quantitative algorithm evaluates over 4,300 stocks on a daily basis by 32 different data factors and assigns a unique buy, sell, or hold recommendation on each stock. aClick here to learn more. NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Clubcorp Holdingsa has been initiated by TheStreet Ratings as a Sell with a ratings score of D-. aTheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate CLUBCORP HOLDINGS INC (MYCC) a SELL. This is driven by a few notable weaknesses, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk and poor profit margins." Must Read: Warren Buffett's 25 Favorite Stocks STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: Although MYCC's debt-to-equity ratio of 3.88 is very high, it is currently less than that of the industry average. Along with this, the company manages to maintain a quick ratio of 0.50, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs. The gross profit margin for CLUBCORP HOLDINGS INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 26.07%. Regardless of MYCC's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, MYCC's net profit margin of 1.56% is significantly lower than the industry average. Compared to other companies in the Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure industry and the overall market, CLUBCORP HOLDINGS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500. Net operating cash flow has improved to $27.47 million from having none in the same quarter last year. Since the company had no net operating cash flow for the prior period, we cannot calculate a percent change in order to compare its growth rate with that of its industry average. This stock has increased by 33.38% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Despite the fact that the stock's value has already enjoyed nice gains in the past year, we feel that the risks surrounding an investment in this stock outweigh any potential future returns. You can view the full analysis from the report here: MYCC Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link. aTheStreet Ratings quantitative algorithm evaluates over 4,300 stocks on a daily basis by 32 different data factors and assigns a unique buy, sell, or hold recommendation on each stock. aClick here to learn more. NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Golden Enterprisesa has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from Hold to Buy with a ratings score of B-. aTheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate GOLDEN ENTERPRISES (GLDC) a BUY. This is driven by some important positives, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income." Must Read: Warren Buffett's 25 Favorite Stocks STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: The gross profit margin for GOLDEN ENTERPRISES is rather high; currently it is at 53.07%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 2.24% trails the industry average. The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.40, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.85 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems. GLDC, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 0.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 2.9%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to not be hurting the bottom line, shown by stable earnings per share. Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, regardless of the company's weak earnings results. Looking ahead, the stock's rise over the last year has already helped drive it to a level which is relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. We feel, however, that the other strengths this company displays justify these higher price levels. GOLDEN ENTERPRISES reported flat earnings per share in the most recent quarter. The company has suffered a declining pattern earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, GOLDEN ENTERPRISES reported lower earnings of $0.08 versus $0.10 in the prior year. You can view the full analysis from the report here: GLDC Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Himax Technologies were falling 14% to $6.90 in pre-market trading Wednesday after Google decided to not increase its stake in the company. Google had an option to increase its stake in Himax's Himax Display unit to 14.8% from its current 6.3% stake, but decided against it. Google uses Himax's liquid crystal on silicon microdisplay technology in Google Glass. Himax said, "Google continues to work closely with Himax as a strategic partner on future technologies and products and will remain a board observer." Must Read:aWarren Buffett's 25 Favorite Stocks STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. "Despite Google's decision not to exercise its investment option in our HDI subsidiary, our continued close partnership with Google is invaluable as we aim to become a leading supplier to wearable technology companies and help to make the future of wearable products a reality," Himax president and CEO Jordan Wu said in a statement. TheStreet Ratings team rates HIMAX TECHNOLOGIES INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate HIMAX TECHNOLOGIES INC (HIMX) a BUY. This is driven by a number of strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: HIMAX TECHNOLOGIES INC has improved earnings per share by 27.3% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, HIMAX TECHNOLOGIES INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.35 versus $0.30 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.47 versus $0.35). The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment industry average. The net income increased by 24.6% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $19.35 million to $24.11 million. HIMX's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.24 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.46, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems. The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment industry and the overall market, HIMAX TECHNOLOGIES INC's return on equity exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500. Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 962.28% to $22.89 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, HIMAX TECHNOLOGIES INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -84.19%. You can view the full analysis from the report here: HIMX Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link. aTheStreet Ratings quantitative algorithm evaluates over 4,300 stocks on a daily basis by 32 different data factors and assigns a unique buy, sell, or hold recommendation on each stock. aClick here to learn more. NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Five Prime Therapeuticsa has been initiated by TheStreet Ratings as a Sell with a ratings score of D. aTheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate FIVE PRIME THERAPEUTICS INC (FPRX) a SELL. This is driven by multiple weaknesses, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income and feeble growth in its earnings per share." Must Read: Warren Buffett's 25 Favorite Stocks STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Biotechnology industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 35.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$7.27 million to -$9.87 million. FIVE PRIME THERAPEUTICS INC' earnings per share from the most recent quarter came in slightly below the year earlier quarter. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 28.9% in earnings (-$1.72 versus -$1.33). Reflecting the weaknesses we have cited, including the decline in the company's earnings per share, FPRX has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 12.60% from its price level of one year ago. Compared to other companies in the Biotechnology industry and the overall market, FIVE PRIME THERAPEUTICS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500. Net operating cash flow has improved to $12.05 million from having none in the same quarter last year. Since the company had no net operating cash flow for the prior period, we cannot calculate a percent change in order to compare its growth rate with that of its industry average. You can view the full analysis from the report here: FPRX Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) --aEast West Bancorp Inc. was upgraded to "outperform" from "market perform" at BMO Capital on Wednesday. The firm said it raised its rating on the bank holding company based on East West Bancorp's "more favorable earnings outlook and an attractive valuation." The company "produced another strong quarter of robust loan growth in the third quarter, which we believe is largely sustainable and expect it to continue to handily exceed its guidance for $400 million per quarter of loan growth," BMO said. Must Read: Warren Buffett's 25 Favorite Stocks STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. BMO Capital upped its price target on East West Bancorp to $42 from $40, and increased its 2014 fourth quarter earnings estimates to 66 cents per share, from 61 cents per share. The firm also raised its full year 2014 EPS estimate to $2.40 from $2.33. Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates EAST WEST BANCORP INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate EAST WEST BANCORP INC (EWBC) a BUY. This is driven by a number of strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 9.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 23.3%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share. EAST WEST BANCORP INC has improved earnings per share by 17.0% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, EAST WEST BANCORP INC increased its bottom line by earning $2.10 versus $1.89 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.35 versus $2.10). The gross profit margin for EAST WEST BANCORP INC is currently very high, coming in at 85.08%. Regardless of EWBC's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, EWBC's net profit margin of 29.95% significantly outperformed against the industry. The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Commercial Banks industry average. The net income increased by 21.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $73.16 million to $88.76 million. The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Commercial Banks industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, EAST WEST BANCORP INC has outperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500. You can view the full analysis from the report here: EWBC Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link. aTheStreet Ratings quantitative algorithm evaluates over 4,300 stocks on a daily basis by 32 different data factors and assigns a unique buy, sell, or hold recommendation on each stock. aClick here to learn more. NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Espey Manufacturing & Electronicsa has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from Buy to Hold with a ratings score of C. aTheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate ESPEY MFG & ELECTRONICS CORP (ESP) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed - some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, feeble growth in the company's earnings per share and deteriorating net income." Must Read: Warren Buffett's 25 Favorite Stocks STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: ESP has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 7.54, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs. Net operating cash flow has increased to $1.97 million or 33.74% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of 4.05%. The revenue fell significantly faster than the industry average of 5.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 38.6%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share. ESPEY MFG & ELECTRONICS CORP has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, ESPEY MFG & ELECTRONICS CORP reported lower earnings of $0.51 versus $2.48 in the prior year. The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Electrical Equipment industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 130.4% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $2.29 million to -$0.70 million. You can view the full analysis from the report here: ESP Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link. aTheStreet Ratings quantitative algorithm evaluates over 4,300 stocks on a daily basis by 32 different data factors and assigns a unique buy, sell, or hold recommendation on each stock. aClick here to learn more. NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Arris Groupa has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from Buy to Hold with a ratings score of C+. aTheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate ARRIS GROUP INC (ARRS) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed - some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally higher debt management risk." Must Read: Warren Buffett's 25 Favorite Stocks STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 3.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 42.9%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share. The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Communications Equipment industry. The net income increased by 180.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$48.46 million to $39.02 million. ARRIS GROUP INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, ARRIS GROUP INC swung to a loss, reporting -$0.39 versus $0.46 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.56 versus -$0.39). The gross profit margin for ARRIS GROUP INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 30.73%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 2.73% significantly trails the industry average. Net operating cash flow has decreased to $220.31 million or 25.05% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower. You can view the full analysis from the report here: ARRS Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link. aTheStreet Ratings quantitative algorithm evaluates over 4,300 stocks on a daily basis by 32 different data factors and assigns a unique buy, sell, or hold recommendation on each stock. aClick here to learn more. NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Andatee China Marine Fuela has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from Hold to Sell with a ratings score of D+. aTheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate ANDATEE CHINA MARINE FUEL (AMCF) a SELL. This is driven by multiple weaknesses, which we believe should have a greater impact than any strengths, and could make it more difficult for investors to achieve positive results compared to most of the stocks we cover. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins." Must Read: Warren Buffett's 25 Favorite Stocks STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 2.95 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Along with this, the company manages to maintain a quick ratio of 0.38, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs. Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. Compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, ANDATEE CHINA MARINE FUEL's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500. The gross profit margin for ANDATEE CHINA MARINE FUEL is currently extremely low, coming in at 5.64%. Regardless of AMCF's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 1.65% trails the industry average. ANDATEE CHINA MARINE FUEL reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has not demonstrated a clear trend in earnings over the past 2 years, making it difficult to accurately predict earnings for the coming year. During the past fiscal year, ANDATEE CHINA MARINE FUEL swung to a loss, reporting -$0.11 versus $0.17 in the prior year. The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income increased by 3786.1% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$0.08 million to $2.91 million. You can view the full analysis from the report here: AMCF Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Twitter Inc. are up 0.83% to $51.05 in pre-market trading on Wednesday after the company was upgraded to "hold" from "sell" at Hudson Square Research. The equity research firm said it raised the social media company's ratings as it expects near-term strength in the business. "We continue to believe that real-time information delivered in a hyper-abbreviated, and often difficult to understand format, may not address as wide an audience as other social networks and that given relatively thin margins compared to other ad networks," said Hudson Square analyst Daniel Ernst. Must Read: Warren Buffett's 25 Favorite Stocks STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. "We expect global events may have aided user growth coupled with a renewed push by management to grow both users and monetization will likely bolster near term results," Ernst noted. TWTR data by YCharts STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Dean Foods Co. are higher by 2.66% to $14.30 in pre-market trading on Wednesday, following a ratings upgrade to "overweight" from "equal weight" at Morgan Stanley. The firm said it raised its rating on the food and beverage company based on its belief Dean Foods will benefit from lower milk prices, and that it will begin to see better operating leverage. Morgan Stanley has a $17 price target on the stock. Must Read: Warren Buffett's 25 Favorite Stocks STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. Additionally, Dean Foods is scheduled to release its 2014 third quarter financial results before the open on Monday, November, 10. Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates DEAN FOODS CO as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate DEAN FOODS CO (DF) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and generally higher debt management risk." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: DF's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 0.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 7.5%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share. The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Food Products industry and the overall market, DEAN FOODS CO's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500. DEAN FOODS CO reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past year. However, we anticipate underperformance relative to this pattern in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, DEAN FOODS CO increased its bottom line by earning $3.39 versus $0.26 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 108.8% in earnings (-$0.30 versus $3.39). The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.46 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio is weak, DF's quick ratio is somewhat strong at 1.13, demonstrating the ability to handle short-term liquidity needs. The gross profit margin for DEAN FOODS CO is rather low; currently it is at 18.37%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -0.02% is significantly below that of the industry average. You can view the full analysis from the report here: DF Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- U.S. stock futures pointed to a slightly loweraopen as third-quarter earnings season in the U.S. continuesaand consumer price data continues to show below-trend inflation amid rising housing market activity in the U.S. Data from theaU.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics showed that consumer prices rose 1.7% in September, exceedingaforecasts by 0.1% and indicating that inflation is holding steady. Inflation data didn't impact stocks but it did cause gold to tumble. S&P 500 futures were slightly lower in premarket trading while futures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average and Nasdaq were little changed. Dow Chemical and Boeing a on Wednesday both reported better-than-forecast third-quarter earnings and sales.a Must Read: Warren Buffett's Top 10 Dividend Stocks Boeing reported $2.14 in core earnings per share for the third quarter, beating forecasts of $1.97. Boeing also increased its earnings targets for coming quarters. Shares in the aerospace giant rose more thana2% in premarket trading to $130. Dow Chemical earned 72 cents in adjusted earnings per share for the third quarter on revenue of $14.4 billion, beating forecasts of earnings of 67 cents in adjusted EPS and $14.31 billion in sales. Shares in the company surged more thana4% to $50.25. Earnings from Dow Chemical benefited from rising activity in the U.S. housing market, where it is a key supplier of construction materials. On Wednesday morning, data from theaMortgage Bankers Association showed that weekly mortgage applications rose 11.6% from the week earlier, perhaps reflecting the positive benefit of falling interest rates. That data bodes well for the housing market after data from theaNational Association of Realtors on Tuesday showed that existing home sales rose 2.4% in September, reaching a one-year high. Corporate earnings continue to reflect positive momentum in U.S. markets. Yahoo! reported stronger-than-forecast third-quarter earnings after the market close on Tuesday, causing shares in the online media company to surge more thana2.5%. The Marissa Mayer-run company earned 52 cents in adjusted earnings per share for the third quarter on revenue of $1.09 billion, exceeding estimates of 33 cents and $1.04 billion, respectively. Telecom giantaAT&T will report after the market close. The company is forecast to earn 63 cents a share in the third quarter. Economic data may play a big part of Wednesday trading as HSBC releases its Flash China Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for October.aChinese manufacturing PMI is expected to remain at 50.2, unchanged from September's data release, according to consensus estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Chinese manufacturing data may provide new insight into global economic growth. On Tuesday, the Chinese bureau of statistics said gross domestic product rose 7.3% between July and September, exceeding economists' estimates. Third quarter corporate earnings continue to point to strong consumer spending in the U.S. especially with high-end brands, and solid industrial demand. So far Apple , Chipotle , General Electric , Harley-Davidson and United Technologies have all met or exceeded earnings forecasts. However, earnings also show a dramatically changing business outlook at Dow bellwethers like Coca-Cola and McDonald’s , which both fell well short of earnings estimates on Tuesday. Those misses followed IBM’s reduced outlook on Monday, which pushed shares to multi-year lows. Must Read: Warren Buffett's Top 10 Dividend Stocks -- Written by Antoine Gara in New York Follow @AntoineGara // 0;if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); // ]]>

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aDELAFIELD, Wis. (Stockpickr) -- At Stockpickr, we track daily portfolios of stocks that are the biggest percentage gainers and the biggest percentage losers. Must Read: Warren Buffett's Top 10 Dividend Stocks Stocks that are making large moves like these are favorites among short-term traders because they can jump into these names and try to capture some of that massive volatility. Stocks that are making big-percentage moves either up or down are usually in play because their sector is becoming attractive or they have a major fundamental catalyst such as a recent earnings release. Sometimes stocks making big moves have been hit with an analyst upgrade or an analyst downgrade. Regardless of the reason behind it, when a stock makes a large-percentage move, it is often just the start of a new major trend -- a trend that can lead to huge profits. If you time your trade correctly, combining technical indicators with fundamental trends, discipline and sound money management, you will be well on your way to investment success. With that in mind, let's take a closer look at a several stocks under $10 that are making large moves to the upside. Must Read: 10 Stocks Billionaire John Paulson Loves in 2014 Innovative Solutions & Support Innovative Solutions & Support , a systems integrator, designs, manufactures, sells and services flight guidance and cockpit display systems. This stock closed up 6.6% to $2.72 in Tuesday's trading session. Tuesday's Range: $2.55-$2.75 52-Week Range: $2.38-$8.82 Tuesday's Volume: 169,000 Three-Month Average Volume: 67,022 From a technical perspective, ISSC ripped higher here right above its new 52-week low of $2.38 with above-average volume. This strong spike to the upside on Tuesday is quickly pushing shares of ISSC within range of triggering a major breakout trade. That trade will hit if ISSC manages to take out some key near-term overhead resistance levels at $2.86 to $3 with high volume. Traders should now look for long-biased trades in ISSC as long as it's trending above its new 52-week low of $2.38 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 67,022 shares. If that breakout starts soon, then ISSC will set up to re-fill some of its previous gap-down-day zone from earlier this month that started at $4. Must Read: 10 Stocks George Soros Is Buying Frontline Frontline , through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the ownership and operation of oil tankers and oil/bulk/ore carriers. This stock closed up 4.2% to $1.72 in Tuesday's trading session. Tuesday's Range: $1.67-$1.74 52-Week Range: $1.18-$5.18 Tuesday's Volume: 488,000 Three-Month Average Volume: 916,586 From a technical perspective, FRO bounced notably higher here right above some near-term support at $1.60 with lighter-than-average volume. This stock has been uptrending strong for the last month, with shares moving higher from its low of $1.18 to its recent high of $1.79. During that uptrend, shares of FRO have been making mostly higher lows and higher highs, which is bullish technical price action. That move has now pushed shares of FRO within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit if FRO manages to take out its 50-day moving average of $1.76 to some more near-term overhead resistance at $1.79 with high volume. Traders should now look for long-biased trades in FRO as long as it's trending above some near-term support at $1.60 or above its recent breakout levels at $1.50 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 916,586 shares. If that breakout develops soon, then FRO will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $2.40 to $2.75, or even its 200-day moving average of $2.98. Must Read: 7 Stocks Warren Buffett Is Selling in 2014 Sizmek Sizmek provides online advertising delivery and optimization services worldwide. This stock closed up 3.5% to $5.30 in Tuesday's trading session. Tuesday's Range: $5.13-$5.38 52-Week Range: $4.85-$13.25 Tuesday's Volume: 197,000 Three-Month Average Volume: 167,148 From a technical perspective, SZMK jumped notably higher here right above some near-term support at $5.07 with above-average volume. This stock recently gapped down sharply lower from just over $7 to under $5.50 with heavy downside volume. Following that move, shares of SZMK have started to stabilize and for now it has made higher lows over the last week. This spike to the upside on Tuesday is quickly pushing shares of SZMK within range of triggering a big breakout trade. That trade will hit if SZMK manages to take out Tuesday's intraday high of $5.38 and then once it clears some more key overhead resistance at $5.64 with high volume. Traders should now look for long-biased trades in SZMK as long as it’s trending above some near-term support at $5.07 or above its new 52-week low of $4.85 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 167,148 shares. If that breakout gets set off soon, then SZMK will set up to re-test or possibly take out its gap-down-day high of $6.20. Any high-volume move above $6.20 will then give SZMK a chance to re-fill some of that gap-down-day zone that started just above $7. Must Read: 10 Stocks Carl Icahn Loves in 2014 Global Ship Lease Global Ship Lease owns and leases containerships under long-term fixed-rate charters to container shipping companies. This stock closed up 3% to $3.41 in Tuesday's trading session. Tuesday's Range: $3.12-$3.42 52-Week Range: $2.91-$6.41 Tuesday's Volume: 117,000 Three-Month Average Volume: 59,455 From a technical perspective, GSL jumped notably higher here with above-average volume. This stock has been under heavy selling pressure over the last month and change, with shares plunging from its high of $4.48 to its new 52-week low of $2.91. The downside volatility on GSL picked up dramatically last week, with shares of GSL dropping sharply lower on one trading session from close to $3.80 to $3 a share. This stock has now started to rebound sharply higher off its new 52-week low of $2.91 with some decent upside volume flows. Market players should now look for a continuation move higher in the short-term if GSL manages to take out Tuesday's intraday high of $3.42 to some more near-term overhead resistance at $3.50 with high volume. Traders should now look for long-biased trades in GSL as long as it's trending above Tuesday's intraday low of $3.12 and then once it sustains a move or close above $3.42 to $3.50 with volume that hits near or above 59,455 shares. If that move kicks off soon, then GSL will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at its 50-day moving average of $3.83 to $4.10. Must Read: 12 Stocks Warren Buffett Loves in 2014 To see more stocks that are making notable moves higher, check out the Stocks Under $10 Moving Higher portfolio on Stockpickr. -- Written by Roberto Pedone in Delafield, Wis. 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NEW YORK (TheStreet) --aOppenheimerainitiated coverage on Cognex Corp. awith an "outperform" rating and a price target of $46. The provider of machine vision products that capture and analyze visual information in order to automate tasks is poised to produce record margins, analysts said. "Cognex has headwinds from rising macro worries and a likelyahard comparison in 2015 from a huge order in the third quarter ofa2014," analysts said, adding, "The overall environment is favorable, vision system adoption is a secular undercurrent,anew products are a non-macro-related source of sales, and moderation in a 2.5-year investment cycle (validated by that big award) can producearecord margins." Must Read: Warren Buffett's 25 Favorite Stocks STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. Shares of Cognex closed up 3.3% at $39.14 yesterday. Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates COGNEX CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate COGNEX CORP (CGNX) a BUY. This is driven by multiple strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 5.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 25.8%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share. CGNX has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 2.61, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs. COGNEX CORP reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, COGNEX CORP increased its bottom line by earning $0.83 versus $0.78 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.32 versus $0.83). The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Electronic Equipment, Instruments & Components industry. The net income increased by 54.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $16.82 million to $25.95 million. The gross profit margin for COGNEX CORP is currently very high, coming in at 79.03%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 23.84% significantly outperformed against the industry average. You can view the full analysis from the report here: CGNX Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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aDELAFIELD, Wis. (Stockpickr) -- At Stockpickr, we track daily portfolios of stocks that are the biggest percentage gainers and the biggest percentage losers. Must Read: Warren Buffett's Top 10 Dividend Stocks Stocks that are making large moves like these are favorites among short-term traders because they can jump into these names and try to capture some of that massive volatility. Stocks that are making big-percentage moves either up or down are usually in play because their sector is becoming attractive or they have a major fundamental catalyst such as a recent earnings release. Sometimes stocks making big moves have been hit with an analyst upgrade or an analyst downgrade. Regardless of the reason behind it, when a stock makes a large-percentage move, it is often just the start of a new major trend -- a trend that can lead to huge profits. If you time your trade correctly, combining technical indicators with fundamental trends, discipline and sound money management, you will be well on your way to investment success. With that in mind, let's take a closer look at a several stocks under $10 that are making large moves to the upside. Must Read: 10 Stocks Billionaire John Paulson Loves in 2014 Tetra Technologies Tetra Technologies operates as a diversified oil and gas services company. This stock closed up 3.3% to $9.46 in Tuesday's trading session. Tuesday's Range: $9.14-$9.47 52-Week Range: $8.66-$13.43 Tuesday's Volume: 613,000 Three-Month Average Volume: 439,850 From a technical perspective, TTI spiked notably higher here right above some near-term support at $9.06 with above-average volume. This stock has been downtrending badly for the last month and change, with shares falling sharply lower from its high of $12.01 to its new 52-week low of $8.66. During that move, shares of TTI have been consistently making lower highs and lower lows, which is bearish technical price action. That extreme downside volatility recently pushed shares of TTI into oversold territory, since its relative strength index dipped well below 20. Shares of TTI have now started to rebound off its new 52-week low of $8.66 and it's quickly moving within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit if TTI manages to take out Tuesday's intraday high of $9.47 to some more key overhead resistance at $9.85 with high volume. Traders should now look for long-biased trades in TTI as long as it's trending above some key near-term support at $9.06 or above its 52-week low of $8.66 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 439,850 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then TTI will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at its 50-day moving average of $10.89 to its 200-day moving average of $11.50. Must Read: 10 Stocks George Soros Is Buying Bellatrix Exploration Bellatrix Exploration is engaged in the exploration for and the acquisition, development and production of oil and natural gas reserves in Canada. This stock closed up 5.3% to $5.11 in Tuesday’s trading session. Tuesday's Range: $4.91-$5.13 52-Week Range: $4.46-$10.70 Tuesday's Volume: 670,000 Three-Month Average Volume: 470,152 From a technical perspective, BXE ripped sharply higher here with above-average volume. This stock has just started to come out of a downtrend over the last few trading sessions, with shares moving high off its new 52-week low of $4.46 to its recent high of $5.18. That small uptrend is coming after shares of BXE collapsed over the last two months in change, with shares falling sharply from its high of $8.10 to its 52-week low of $4.46. That massive downside volatility pushed shares of BXE into oversold territory, since its relative strength index reading almost hit 10. Shares of BXE have now started to bounce off oversold levels and it's quickly moving within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit if BXE manages to take out some key near-term overhead resistance levels at $5.18 to $5.50 with high volume. Traders should now look for long-biased trades in BXE as long as it's trending above some key near-term support levels at $4.74 or above its new 52-week low of $4.46 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 470,152 shares. If that breakout develops soon, then BXE will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $6 to its 50-day moving average of $6.53, or even $7. Must Read: 7 Stocks Warren Buffett Is Selling in 2014 Callon Petroleum Callon Petroleum is engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development and production of oil and gas properties in the Permian Basin in West Texas. This stock closed up 5.7% to $6.29 in Tuesday's trading session. Tuesday's Range: $5.90-$6.49 52-Week Range: $4.77-$12.09 Tuesday's Volume: 2.40 million Three-Month Average Volume: 1.65 million From a technical perspective, CPE ripped sharply higher here right above Monday's intraday low with strong upside volume flows. This stock has been destroyed by the sellers over the last month and change, since the extreme downside volatility pushed this stock lower from its high of $11.05 to its new 52-week low of $4.77. During that downtrend, shares of CPE have been consistently making lower highs and lower lows, which is bearish technical price action. That said, shares of CPE have now started to rebound sharply off its new 52-week low of $4.77 with decent upside volume flows. That rebound has now pushed shares of CPE within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit if CPE manages to take out Tuesday's intraday high of $6.49 to some more near-term overhead resistance at $6.98 with high volume. Traders should now look for long-biased trades in CPE as long as it's trending above Tuesday's intraday low of $5.90 and then once it sustains a move or close above that breakout level with volume that hits near or above 1.65 million shares. If that breakout materializes soon, then CPE will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at its 50-day moving average of $8.76 to its 200-day moving average of $8.94. 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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Yahoo!'s third-quarter results may demonstrate that the Internet services company's core businesses of Search and Display are slowly improving, but both CEO Marissa Mayer and CFO Ken Goldman seemingly remain focused on every shareholder complaint. On the earnings callaTuesday afternoon, Mayer and Goldman touched on nearly every shareholder criticism, from how the company distributes its cash to its Alibaba stake sale, to its acquisition strategy to its mobile initiatives, all topped off with why shareholders should stick with the company. Such a laundry list of guilt to make a grandmother proud.aIronically, things aren't so bad. Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali, who rates Yahoo! aabuy with a 12-month $43 price target, noted that Mayer's company appears to be re-accelerating. "The business seems to be seeing traction in the newer areas of mobile, native, and video but legacy PC remains a drag, a phenomenon management believes will reverse in 2015, paving the way for Y/Y growth," Squali wrote in a research note published Wednesday. "Yahoo! remains a compelling SOP story with upside from a likely tax-efficient treatment of BABA's final tranche, more buyback and potential resumption of growth." Must Read: 10 Stocks Carl Icahn Loves in 2014 "We had a good, solid third quarter. We delivered $1.094 billion in revenue ex-TAC and $1.148 billion in GAAP revenue," Mayer said in the earnings release. This represents 1% growth in revenue ex-TAC and 1% growth in GAAP revenue. We achieved this revenue growth through strong growth in our new areas of investment - mobile, social, native and video - despite industry headwinds in some of our large, legacy businesses." Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Yahoo! earned an adjusted 52 cents a share on $1.09 billion in revenue, compared to estimates of 33 cents a share on $1.04 billion in revenue. Earnings related to earnings in equity interest using 979 million shares outstanding was 40 cents a share or $399 million. The company noted that display revenue excluding traffic acquisition costs, or TAC, was $396 million, a 6% decrease year over year, as the company noted price per ad fell 24% year over year. However the company sold 24% more ads than it did in the year ago quarter. Search revenue continued to be a strong suit, as search revenue ex TAC rose 6% year over year to $450 million, with the price-per-click increasing 17% year over year, though paid clicks remained flat from the year ago quarter. The company ended the quarter with $12 billion in cash and cash equivalents, as the Alibaba stake helped boost cash by $7 billion. The company noted it will pay $3.3 billion in cash taxes in the first quarter of 2015 related to the Alibaba stake sale. Yahoo! also noted it spent $282 million in the quarter buying back 8 million shares. Shares were sharply rising in pre-market trading, gaining 4.8% to $42.11, following the earnings report. Must Read: Is Chipotle Really Healthier Than McDonald's and Burger King? The three biggest takeaways from Yahoo!'s earnings call are: Tumblr.aThe Tumblr acquisition has been a source of much criticism from shareholders as of late, given the nature of its price tag ($1.3 billion in cash and stock) and lack of metrics provided, but Mayer put some of those criticisms to bed, noting the company is expected to generate more than $100 million in revenue in 2015 and have positive EBITDA as well, as 260 of the top brands in the world are on Tumblr and spending advertising dollars as well. Tax efficient way on Asian assets. Mayer and Goldman also hit home the point that the company has been very shareholder friendly, having returned $7.7 billion to shareholders, and the company may have found a way to do something tax-efficient with the rest of its stake in Alibaba, of which it owns 14% following the IPO. On the call, both Mayer and Goldman said it may give more information to investors aboutahow it plans to handle the rest of its Alibaba stake so that it can minimize the taxes when the stake is sold. But Goldman hint that could occur in the near future. "[T]here are limitations of what we can disclose in the short term, however, I am optimistic about the promising structures we are working on with our financial advisors," Goldman said. Mobile. Speaking during the earnings call, Mayer noted that mobile is now material to revenue, with the company generating $200 million in revenue from its mobile initiatives. "Our mobile revenue more than doubled year-over-year, not only our mobile products attracting praise and engagement from users and industry awards, they are generating meaningful revenue for Yahoo!," Mayer said. "Fundamentally, we are moving from a company that makes web pages and monetizes them through banner ads to a company that makes mobile apps and monetizes them through native ads." It's clear that the company's talent acqusitions, most notably Summly, Jybe, Snip.it and others appears to not only be paying off with new products, but new revenues as well. --Written by Chris Ciaccia in New York >Contact by Email. Follow @Chris_Ciaccia // 0;if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);js.id=id;js.src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); // ]]>

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of GlaxoSmithKline are up 2.04% to $44.52 in pre-market trade afterathe U.K.'s largest drug maker pledged to cut costs and will explore a spin off of its HIV business after reporting third-quarter earnings that beat analyst estimates, Bloomberg reports. The company will reduce expenses by 1 billion pounds over three years, with half of the savings to come in 2016, the company said in a statement. Glaxo also will explore an initial public offering of Viiv Healthcare, the developer of HIV drugs that is a joint venture with Pfizer aand Shionogi & Co.a Must Read: Warren Buffett's 25 Favorite Stocks STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. The moves, along with a plan to return 4 billion pounds ($6.4 billion) to shareholders next year, help ease investor concerns after a corruption probe in Chinaaand sluggish sales of respiratory drugs in the U.S., Bloomberg said. TheStreet Ratings team rates GLAXOSMITHKLINE PLC as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate GLAXOSMITHKLINE PLC (GSK) a BUY. This is driven by a number of strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Pharmaceuticals industry and the overall market, GLAXOSMITHKLINE PLC's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500. GLAXOSMITHKLINE PLC's earnings per share declined by 26.1% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, GLAXOSMITHKLINE PLC increased its bottom line by earning $3.68 versus $2.92 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($95.43 versus $3.68). Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 5.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 1.3%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share. The gross profit margin for GLAXOSMITHKLINE PLC is currently very high, coming in at 70.72%. Regardless of GSK's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 11.43% trails the industry average. Net operating cash flow has decreased to $1,350.10 million or 48.16% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow of 48.16%, GLAXOSMITHKLINE PLC is in line with the industry average cash flow growth rate of -50.80%. You can view the full analysis from the report here: GSK Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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DELAFIELD, Wis. (Stockpickr) -- At Stockpickr, we track daily portfolios of stocks that are the biggest percentage gainers and the biggest percentage losers. Must Read: Warren Buffett's Top 10 Dividend Stocks Stocks that are making large moves like these are favorites among short-term traders because they can jump into these names and try to capture some of that massive volatility. Stocks that are making big-percentage moves either up or down are usually in play because their sector is becoming attractive or they have a major fundamental catalyst such as a recent earnings release. Sometimes stocks making big moves have been hit with an analyst upgrade or an analyst downgrade. Regardless of the reason behind it, when a stock makes a large-percentage move, it is often just the start of a new major trend -- a trend that can lead to huge profits. If you time your trade correctly, combining technical indicators with fundamental trends, discipline and sound money management, you will be well on your way to investment success. With that in mind, let's take a closer look at a several stocks under $10 that are making large moves to the upside. Must Read: 10 Stocks Billionaire John Paulson Loves in 2014 Westport Innovations Westport Innovations provides low-emission engine and fuel system technologies utilizing gaseous fuels. This stock closed up 3% to $6.18 in Tuesday’s trading session. Tuesday's Range: $5.99-$6.21 52-Week Range: $5.29-$24.75 Tuesday's Volume: 1.34 million Three-Month Average Volume: 883,065 From a technical perspective, WPRT trended notably higher here right off some near-term support around $6 with above-average volume. This stock has been hit with some incredible downside volatility over the last month and change, with shares plunging lower from its high of $15.13 to its new 52-week low of $5.29. That downside volatility was amplified a few weeks ago when shares of WPRT gapped down sharply lower from close to $11 to under $8 with massive downside volume. That said, shares of WPRT have now started to rebound off that $5.29 low and it's quickly moving within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade. That trade will hit if WPRT manages to take out Tuesday's intraday high of $6.21 to some more key near-term overhead resistance levels at $6.71 to $7 with high volume. Traders should now look for long-biased trades in WPRT as long as it's trending above $6 or above its new 52-week low of $5.29 then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 883,065 shares. If that breakout starts soon, then WPRT will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $8 to its gap-down-day high of $8.25. Any high-volume move above those levels will then give WPRT a chance to re-fill some of its previous gap-down-day zone that started near $11. Must Read: 10 Stocks George Soros Is Buying Arcos Dorados Arcos Dorados is an Argentina-based company engaged in the operation of McDonald’s franchisees. This stock closed up 4.6% to $6.29 in Tuesday’s trading session. Tuesday's Range: $6.01-$6.34 52-Week Range: $5.40-$12.67 Tuesday's Volume: 612,000 Three-Month Average Volume: 847,229 From a technical perspective, ARCO ripped sharply higher here right off some near-term support at $6 with lighter-than-average volume. This spike to the upside on Tuesday is quickly pushing shares of ARCO within range of triggering a major breakout trade. That trade will hit if ARCO manages to take out some key near-term overhead resistance levels at $6.41 to its 50-day moving average of $6.55 and then above more resistance at $7 with high volume. Traders should now look for long-biased trades in ARCO as long as it's trending above some near-term support at $6 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 847,229 shares. If that breakout gets going soon, then ARCO will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $8 to its 200-day moving average of $8.79. Must Read: 7 Stocks Warren Buffett Is Selling in 2014 Autobytel Autobytel operates as an automotive marketing services company in the U.S. This stock closed up 4.3% to $9.12 in Tuesday’s trading session. Tuesday's Range: $8.76-$9.50 52-Week Range: $7.40-$18.82 Tuesday's Volume: 182,195 Three-Month Average Volume: 130,017 From a technical perspective, ABTL ripped higher here right above its 50-day moving average of $8.65 and right above some more near-term support at $8.61 with above-average volume. This strong spike to the upside on Tuesday is quickly pushing shares of ABTL within range of triggering a major breakout trade. That trade will hit if ABTL manages to take out some key near-term overhead resistance levels at $9.76 to $9.91 with high volume. Traders should now look for long-biased trades in ABTL as long as it's trending above some key near-term support at $8.61 and then once it sustains a move or close above those breakout levels with volume that hits near or above 130,017 shares. If that breakout develops soon, then ABTL will set up to re-fill some of its previous gap-down-day zone from late July that started just above $11. Must Read: 10 Stocks Carl Icahn Loves in 2014 To see more stocks that are making notable moves higher, check out the Stocks Under $10 Moving Higher portfolio on Stockpickr. -- Written by Roberto Pedone in Delafield, Wis. 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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- RATINGS CHANGES Espey Manufacturing & Electronics was downgraded to hold at TheStreet Ratings. You can view the full analysis from the report here: ESP Ratings Report. Oil-Dri Corp. of America was downgraded to hold at TheStreet Ratings. You can view the full analysis from the report here: ODC Ratings Report. Must Read: 10 Stocks Carl Icahn Loves in 2014 Editor's note: To see analysts' stock comments and changes to price targets and earnings estimates, go to "Street Notes" which is available only to Real Money subscribers. To find out how to become a subscriber, please click here. Follow TheStreet on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of 3D Systems Corp. are lower by 11.13% to $38.55 in pre-market trading on Wednesday, after the company issued preliminary guidance for the 2014 third quarter, which came in below analysts' expectations. The 3D printing solutions company said it's expecting third quarter GAAP earnings per share to be between 1 cent and 3 cents. Non-GAAP earnings per share are anticipated to be in a range of 16 cents to 19 cents per share for the 2014 third quarter. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters have forecast for earnings of 21 cents per share for the quarter. Must Read: Warren Buffett's 25 Favorite Stocks STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. 3D Systems has guided for revenue of $164 million to $169 million for the latest quarter, while analysts are expecting $186 million in revenue. "Strengthening sales of the company's design, manufacturing and healthcare products and services were not enough to overcome the revenue shortfall from the continued manufacturing capacity constraints for its direct metals printers and delayed availability of its newest consumer products," 3D systems said. The company is scheduled to release its third quarter 2014 financial results before the open on Monday, November 10. Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates 3D SYSTEMS CORP as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate 3D SYSTEMS CORP (DDD) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 9.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 25.4%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share. DDD's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.01 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 5.55, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs. 47.83% is the gross profit margin for 3D SYSTEMS CORP which we consider to be strong. Regardless of DDD's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, DDD's net profit margin of 1.40% is significantly lower than the industry average. The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Computers & Peripherals industry and the overall market, 3D SYSTEMS CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500. Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 25.98%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 80.00% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Although its share price is down sharply from a year ago, do not assume that it can now be tagged as cheap and attractive. The reality is that, based on its current price in relation to its earnings, DDD is still more expensive than most of the other companies in its industry. You can view the full analysis from the report here: DDD Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of The Coca-Cola Co. are down 1.06% to $40.25 in pre-market trading on Wednesday after the company was downgraded to "sell" from "hold" at Societe Generale. The firm set a $37.50 price target for Coca-Cola. The firm said it lowered the beverage company's rating because the company lowered guidance once again and cost cuts will take time to materialize. Must Read: Warren Buffett's 25 Favorite Stocks STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. "Overshadowing the long-term aspiration was the news that 2015 will be a "year of transition" which means zero EPS growth," analysts at Societe Generale said. "This is in anticipation of continued depressed emerging markets, and slower growth in some mature markets, in part anticipating disruption as the group implements its more streamlined structure." Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates COCA-COLA CO as a Buy with a ratings score of A. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate COCA-COLA CO (KO) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: The gross profit margin for COCA-COLA CO is rather high; currently it is at 65.60%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 20.63% is above that of the industry average. COCA-COLA CO' earnings per share from the most recent quarter came in slightly below the year earlier quarter. The company has suffered a declining pattern of earnings per share over the past year. However, we anticipate this trend reversing over the coming year. During the past fiscal year, COCA-COLA CO reported lower earnings of $1.90 versus $1.96 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.06 versus $1.90). KO, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 5.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 1.4%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share. The change in net income from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the Beverages industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income has decreased by 3.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $2,676.00 million to $2,595.00 million. Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, regardless of the company's weak earnings results. Looking ahead, the stock's rise over the last year has already helped drive it to a level which is relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. We feel, however, that the other strengths this company displays justify these higher price levels. You can view the full analysis from the report here: KO Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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NEW YORK -- Global property and casualty insurer ACEa said itamay exclude Ebola coverage from some of its general liabilityapolicies. The Swiss company said Tuesday that it is making the decision on a "case by case" basis for new and renewal policiesaunder its global casualty unit, which offers coverage for U.S.-based companies and organizations that travel or have operations outside the U.S. ACEasaid in a statement that it is evaluating the risk for clients that might travel to or operate in select African countries with higher exposure to the Ebola virus. It did not specify how many policiesathis might affect and declined to say if it has put an exclusionsaof this sort in place yet. The company appears to be one of the first insurersato disclose that it is making modifications specific to Ebola, but that doesn't mean it is the only one. Insurersaare constantly reevaluating the risks to their business as they renew or write new polices, said Robert Hartwig, president of the InsuranceaInformation Institute. This standard practice could include incorporating the threat from earthquakes, political tensions or public health risks such asaEbola. "This is how insuranceaoperates," Hartwig said. "It would be the same for any risk."

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WASHINGTON -- Millions of older Americans who rely on government benefits are about to find out how much their monthly payments will increase next year. Preliminary figures suggest the annual cost-of-living adjustment for Social Security recipients, disabled veterans and federal retirees will be less than 2%. That translates to a raise of about $20 a month for the typical Social Security beneficiary. The government is scheduled to announce the increase Wednesday morning, when it releases the latest measure of consumer prices. By law, the increase is based on inflation, which is well below historical averages so far this year. More than 70 million people receive benefits affected by the annual increase. The average monthly Social Security payment is a little less than $1,200 a month. a


NEW YORK -- Toys R Us is pulling its four collectible dolls based on characters from AMC's hit series "Breaking Bad" after taking heat from a Florida mom who launched a petition campaign last week. The dolls are based on the series about Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher who turns into a crystal meth dealer, and his sidekick Jesse Pinkman. The figures have a detachable bag of cash and a bag of methamphetamines. Toys R Us, which is based in Wayne, N.J., told The Associated Press late Tuesday that the dolls are being removed immediately from its Web site and shelves. "Let's just say, the action figures have taken an indefinite sabbatical," Toys R Us said in a statement. The retailer had maintained that the figures were sold in limited quantities in the adult-action-figure area of its stores. The Fort Myers, Fla., mom, identified by news media as Susan Schrivjer, launched a petition on change.org last week, demanding that Toys R Us immediately stop selling the dolls. The mom, who wrote the petition under the name Susan Myers, said that the dolls are a "dangerous deviation from their family friendly values." "While the show may be compelling viewing for adults, its violent content and celebration of the drug trade make this collection unsuitable to be sold alongside Barbie dolls and Disney characters," she wrote. As of Tuesday, the petition had 8,000 signatures.


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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Boeing Co.a are up 0.29% to $127.49 as the aerospace company said its third-quarter earnings increased, helped by continued strong demand for their jetliners, the Wall Street Journal reports. Results easily outpaced market estimates, and the company again raised its earnings guidance for the year, the Journal said. Overall, Boeing reported a profit of $1.36 billion, or $1.86 a share, up from $1.16 billion, or $1.51 a share, a year ago. Core operating earnings, which adjust to excluding pension-components related to market fluctuations and other items, climbed to $2.14 from $1.80 a share. Revenue was up, to $23.78 billion. Must Read: Warren Buffett's 25 Favorite Stocks STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected a per-share profit of $1.97 and revenue of $23.02 billion. Boeing sees earnings for the year of $8.10 to $8.30 a share, an increase from $7.90 to $8.10. Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates BOEING CO as a Buy with a ratings score of A. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate BOEING CO (BA) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins." You can view the full analysis from the report here: BA Ratings Report BA data by YCharts STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Tesla Motorsa are down 0.89% to $233.25 after Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed a measure yesterdayathat blocks the companyafrom selling cars directly to consumers in the state, siding with auto dealers and GM . even after other Michigan manufacturers advocated for the Silicon Valley company, the Wall Street Journal reports. The legislation, passed by Michigan lawmakers earlier this month, includes language in support of franchise laws that force auto makers to sell vehicles through the network of dealers rather than directly to buyers. Tesla has employed the direct-sales method to luxury electric sedans even as rivals, including GM, have been compelled to use their existing dealers networks, the Journal said. Tesla can still sell cars in Michigan, but the legislation forces the company to use a third party for distribution, the Journal noted. Must Read: Warren Buffett's 25 Favorite Stocks STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. TheStreet Ratings team rates TESLA MOTORS INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate TESLA MOTORS INC (TSLA) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and generally higher debt management risk." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: TSLA's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 10.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 89.9%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share. Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 90.62% to -$3.58 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, TESLA MOTORS INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -26.11%. Looking at where the stock is today compared to one year ago, we find that it is not only higher, but it has also clearly outperformed the rise in the S&P 500 over the same period, despite the company's weak earnings results. Despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year, there is currently no conclusive evidence that warrants the purchase or sale of this stock. The gross profit margin for TESLA MOTORS INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 34.80%. Regardless of TSLA's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, TSLA's net profit margin of -8.04% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average. The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Automobiles industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 102.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$30.50 million to -$61.90 million. You can view the full analysis from the report here: TSLA Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Johnson & Johnsona are up 1.61% to $101.98 in pre-market trade after it was reported this morning that the company plans to have 250,000 doses of an experimental Ebolaavaccine ready for use in clinical trials in May, potentially putting it ahead of GlaxoSmithKline ain the race to protect against the virus that has killed thousands of people in West Africa, according to Bloomberg. The vaccine combines a shot from J&J's Janssen unit with one developed by Danish biotechnology company Bavarian Nordic A/S, the New Jersey-based company said in a statement today. The course will be tested in healthy volunteers in January, and J&J aims to produce 1 million doses "in the next few months," according to Paul Stoffels, the company's chief scientific officer. Must Read: Warren Buffett's 25 Favorite Stocks STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. The development could give J&J a lead over London-based Glaxo, which may not have as many doses available for use in the three West African countries ravaged by Ebola, according to Bloomberg Intelligence. TheStreet Ratings team rates JOHNSON & JOHNSON as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate JOHNSON & JOHNSON (JNJ) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 5.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 5.1%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share. Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, reflecting both the market's overall trend during that period and the fact that the company's earnings growth has been robust. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year. JOHNSON & JOHNSON reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, JOHNSON & JOHNSON increased its bottom line by earning $4.82 versus $3.87 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($5.96 versus $4.82). The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Pharmaceuticals industry. The net income increased by 59.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $2,982.00 million to $4,749.00 million. You can view the full analysis from the report here: JNJ Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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(Editor's Note: This was originally published on Real Money Proaon Oct. 21, 9:33 a.m.) To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, a time to reap that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; --The Book of Eccelesiastesa I suppose that, to Warren Buffett, to everything there is a reason.a Berkshire Hathaway'sa , market capitalization totals $225 billion.a The companyaowns 400 million sharesa(or 9.1%) of Coca-Colaa aand 68.1 million shares (or 6.3%) of IBMa .a Coca-Cola and IBM are Berkshire's second-aand fourth-largest investment positions.a Want more insight from Doug Kass throughout the trading day? Sign up for a free trial of Real Money Proatoday. At year-end 2013, Berkshire's investment inaCoca-Cola and IBM totaled nearly $30 billion, or approximately 14% of the company's total market capitalization. (See page 16 of the 2013 Annual Letter [PDF].) a From my perch, the only reason that The Oracle continues to hold Coca-Cola's shares, considering the secular headwinds, is that his cost basis on Coca-Cola is only $3 per share.aAnd Warren hates paying taxes.a I am still not sure why he still owns IBM.a I am short Berkshire, Coca-Cola and IBMa-- because to everything there is a season.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) --aA new poll shows that a quarter of Americans say recent news about Ebola has made them afraid to fly and 4% of Americans say they have deferred or changed travel plans due to Ebola. Women, young people, people in the West, and people with high incomes showed the most fear of Ebola, according to the poll, which was conducted forTheStreet by GfK. Must Read: Ebola Isn't a Problem For Airlines But Fears From Ebola Scare Area Most airlines said they have seen no impact on bookings from Ebola fears, but the poll suggests that some potential passengers may have chosen not to travel when they otherwise would have. The poll asked: "Has recent news about Ebola made you afraid to fly?" In response, 27% of the total said yes. Twenty percent said they feared both domestic and international travel, while 5% feared only international travel and 2% feared only domestic travel. Among women, 30% said yes, compared to 24% of men. By age group, older people were the least fearful: Only 23% of people 65 and over said recent news about Ebola had made them afraid to fly. By income, the wealthy were most fearful as 31% of people with incomes above $50,000 were fearful. Among people with incomes below $50,000, only 22% were fearful. By region, the extremes were in the West, where 32% were fearful, and the South, where 23% were fearful. The poll also asked: "Have you deferred or changed any travel plans due to Ebola?" In response, 4% said yes. For people who have actually changed their travel plans, the highest proportion was among people between 18 and 34, of whom 6% said they had, in fact, changed their plans. The study was conducted online using the GfK "KnowledgePanel," an online probability-based panel designed to be representative of the U.S. general population, not just the online population. The firm conducted 1,011 online interviews between Oct. 17 and Oct. 19, 2014. On its Oct. 16 earnings call, Delta said it is seeing no impact on bookings from Ebola. Additionally, in an e-mail to TheStreet, a Frontier spokesperson said the airline received about 1,000 calls from customers with questions after the carrier said it had carried a nurse who was subsequently diagnosed with Ebola. Since then, "the volume of calls has (declined) with no significant impact to our business," the spokesperson said. Nevertheless, Frontier on Friday offered a 20% discount to customers who booked flights during the upcoming, normally slow pre-holiday travel period. Must Read: Delta to Wall Street: Don't Tell Us How to Run Our Airline In late July, more than a third of Americans said they had grown fearful of international flying following two dangerous incidents. On July 17, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down, killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew members. On July 22, a rocket landed near Ben Gurion Airport outside Tel Aviv and the Federal Aviation Administration temporarily banned commercial flights to the airport. That poll, also conducted for TheStreet by GfK, showed that 36% of Americans agree that recent political turmoil has made them afraid to fly internationally. The poll, in which 1,004 people were interviewed by telephone, using an RDD "dual frame" (landline & cell phone) sample design, was conducted July 25 through July 27. Women were more fearful than men, older people were more fearful than younger people, and people in the West were less fearful than people in other regions, the poll showed. --aWritten by Ted Reed in Charlotte, N.C. To contact this writer, click here. Follow @tedreednc

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Here are 10 things you should know foraWednesday, Oct. 22: 1. -- U.S. stock futures were pointing lower on Wednesdayaafter markets rallied the past four trading days. European stocks were mixed amid hopes for fresh stimulus from the European Central Bank. Asian stocks ended the session higher.aJapan's Nikkeia225 rose 2.6% andaHong Kong's Hang Sengagained 1.4% 2. -- The economic calendar in the U.S. onaWednesday includes the Consumer Price Index for September at 8:30 a.m. EDT. Must Read: Warren Buffett's Top 10 Dividend Stocks 3. -- U.S. stocksaon Tuesday rose on stronger-than-expected housing activity and a moderating of volatility after sharp moves in bond, commodity and currency markets roiled equities in the first two weeks of the month. The S&P 500 rose 1.96% to finish at 1,941.28 while the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 1.31% to 16,614.81. TheaNasdaq closed 2.40% higher at 4,419.47. 4. -- Yahoo! areported third-quarter earnings that were sharply better than expected, led by a gain related to the stake it sold in Alibaba . Yahoo! earned an adjusted 52 cents a share on revenue of $1.09 billion in the quarter; analysts were looking for a profit of 33 cents a share on revenue of $1.04 billion. Earnings related to earnings in equity interest using 979 million shares outstanding was $399 million, or 40 cents a share. 5. --aBoeing is forecast to report on Wednesday third-quarter earnings of $1.97 a share on revenue of $23.02 billion. 6. -- AT&T is expected by analysts to report third-quarter earnings of 64 cents a share on revenue of $33.24 billion. 7. -- Johnson & Johnson said it would begin testing an Ebola-virus vaccineain humans in January and could have 250,000 doses available in May, if health authorities deem it safe and promising enough to distribute more broadly, The Wall Street Journal reported. There is no approved vaccine guarding against the deadly Ebola virus. J&J is developing the regimen in partnership with Denmark-based biotechnology companyaBavarian Nordic, the Journal reported. Must Read: 10 Best Apple Products Ever a 8. -- Daniel Loeb's hedge fund, Third Point, has taken a large stake in Amgen and wants the biotech drugmaker to consider splitting into two. In a letter to investors, Third Point said it recently increased its stake by an unspecified amount, making it one of the drugmaker's top shareholders. According to FactSet, Third Point already owned about 450,000 Amgen shares, a stake worth roughly $64.8 million. Amgen said that its board and management are continually assessing the company's business. 9. -- Germany's Daimler sold its 4% stake in electric car maker Tesla afor $780 million. The buyer wasn't disclosed. Daimler, the parent of Mercedes-Benz, said its partnership with Tesla is is unaffected. Teslaamade the battery packs and chargers for the two-seat electric Smart and developed part of the electric drive system in the B-Class Electric Drive. 10. -- Target is offering for the first time free holiday shipping on all items as the retaileralooks toacompete better with the likes of Amazon . Target's free shipping offer starts Wednesday and will last through Dec. 20.a Must Read: 10 Stocks Billionaire John Paulson Loves in 2014 -- Written by Joseph Woelfel To contact the writer of this article, click here:Joseph Woelfel To submit a news tip, send an email to:tips@thestreet.com. Follow @JoeWTheStreet

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LONDON (The Deal) -- European stocks were mixed on Wednesday as investors digested a fresh batch of corporate earnings from British American Tobaccoa to Heinekena and Peugeot .a In London, the FTSE 100 shed 0.13% to 6,363.79, while in Paris the CAC 40 retreated 0.18% to 4,074.09. In Frankfurt, the benchmark DAX was up 0.10% at 8,895.80.a Must Read: Warren Buffett's Top 10 Dividend Stocks British American Tobacco fell 4% in London after the maker of Lucky Strike and Pall Mall cigarettes posted a 0.6% decline in revenue for the nine months through Sept. 30 and a 1% slump in cigarette shipments.a "The trading environment remains challenging due to continuing pressure on consumer disposal income worldwide and the slow economic recovery in western Europe," the company said in a statement.a On the plus side, BAT said it has sufficient financing and facilities available for the foreseeable future, including a new 400 million euros bond issued in March with a 2018 maturity, and a new 600 million euros bond with a 2029 maturity.a In Amsterdam, Heineken fell 1.62% after posting a 0.2% increase in third-quarter revenue, well below expectations, as declines in western Europe as well as central and Eastern Europe outpaced gains in other regions. Group revenue rose 0.7%, while beer volume was 0.2% flatter.a The Amsterdam-based maker of Heineken and Amstel Light beers reiterated its full-year outlook, with operating profit margins expected to be ahead of its medium-term guidance of a 40 basis-point expansion. The latest figures come a little more than a month after Heineken rejected a takeover approach from SAB Miller , the global No. 2 after Anheuser-Busch InBev .a In Copenhagen, Nordea Banka was also down nearly 2% on disappointing earnings.a Nordea blamed macroeconomic headwinds and geopolitical tensions affecting the export-oriented Nordic countries, but underscored that credit quality continues to improve and that it's "clearly on track" to deliver cost targets.a In Stockholm, power-grid maker ABBa and Svenska Handelsbanken both advanced on strong third-quarter earnings.a French carmaker Peugeot rose 0.58% in Paris after predicting a positive cash flow this year, two years earlier than originally forecast. Third-quarter sales increased 1.6% to 12.3 billion euros, following expectations of a decline.a In Frankfurt, Daimler was little changed, paring earlier gains after announcing the sale of its 4% stake in electric-car manufacturer Tesla thatawill generate about $780 million in cash for the Stuttgart-based seller.a Daimler stressed that it will continue to cooperate with Tesla on automotive projects such as the new B-Class Electric Drivel launched in the U.S. this summer and due to roll out in Europe in November.a Asian stock indices were mostly higher. In Tokyo, the Nikkei added 2,64% to 15,196, while in Hong Kong the Hang Seng rose 1.37% to 24,403.97.a Must Read: 10 Stocks Billionaire John Paulson Loves in 2014

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) --aEnergena awill likely miss Wall Street's cash flow and oil production estimates when it reports its third quarter results next week, but investors shouldn't be concerned. That's because the Alabama-based energy company is actually better positioned to defend itself against slumping oil prices than its competitors and has plans for growth. Just ask Gabriele Sorbara, an analyst with Topeka Capital Markets, who has a "buy" rating on the stock. He notes in a research report emailed to TheStreet that although Energen will likely miss Wall Street's production estimates of 68,200 barrels of oil equivalents a day, some of that miss can be attributed to the heavy rains and flooding in the Southwest. Energen has been active in the Southwest, focusingaon the highly prolific oil-producingaPermian Basinain West Texas. Must Read: Warren Buffett's Top 10 Dividend Stocks Additionally, Energen has been working on improving its process for getting a well ready for production, which could improve well performance. "We note that this will have a slight upward pressure on costs, but greater productivity," Sorbara said. As for its growth plans, Energen expects to grow its liquids production at an average of 19.3% per year for the five years ending 2014, the company said in a presentation last week. Additionally, Energen said that production growth from its Permian Basin properties could cross 30% in 2015 over the previous year. But Energen is more than just a growth story. It has also bolstered its defenses against slumping oil prices -- more so than it's competitors, Sorbara said, in an email interview with TheStreet. While exploration and production companies "have commodity price risk and will likely scale back growth plans should oil remain" between $80 to $85 a barrel, Energen "is less exposed than peers" as the company has hedged significantly greater volumes.a Around 51% of the company's 2015 estimated production has been hedged as compared to an average of 34% production for other exploration and production companies, as estimated by Topeka Capital Markets. Moreover, Energen is in a better position to withstand the commodity pullback compared to its peers. Earlier this year, Energen sold its natural gas utility businesssafor $1.28 billion in cash to Laclede Group . It also has the capability to further enhance its balance sheet "over the next 6-12 months" by selling some of additional assets in the San Juan Basin in New Mexico, Sorbara said. He noted these assets could be valued at between $400 million and $500 million. Over the last three months, oil futures for Brent and WTI have fallen by over 20% to $86 and $83 a barrel respectively, which has had an adverse impact on all energy stocks, including Energen. But company spokeswomanaJulie Ryland said Energen is well positioned against its competitors, even if oil prices fall to the low $80s.a With Energen's shares having dropped by over 30% in the past three months to close at $61.91 on Tuesday, this share price drop makes Energen an even more attractive investment, said Sorbara. Meanwhile, in the backdrop of this oil price slump, rumors are circulating that the company could become a takeover target for a producer looking to expand intoathe Permian Basin.aEarlier this year, Canada's Encana Corp acquired Energen's Permian Basin-focused peer Athlon Energy for $5.9 billion. Following this transaction, Sorbara has said that Energen, as well as Diamondback Energy , Laredo Petroleum and Pioneer Natural Resources have become "attractive takeout candidates, given their positions in the Permian Basin." Must Read: 10 Stocks George Soros Is Buying At the time of publication, the author held no positions in any of the stocks mentioned. This article represents the opinion of a contributor and not necessarily that of TheStreet or its editorial staff. TheStreet Ratings team rates ENERGEN CORP as a Hold with a ratings score of C+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate ENERGEN CORP (EGN) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed ? some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity." You can view the full analysis from the report here: EGN Ratings Report

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Search Jim Cramer's "Mad Money" trading recommendations using our exclusive "Mad Money" Stock Screener. NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Here's what Jim Cramer had to say about some of the stocks callers offered up during the Mad Money Lightning RoundaTuesday evening: Blackberry : "If you want a long-term investment, go with Apple . Let's not out-think things." Vectren : "This is a really hot utility. I also like Dominion Resources ." Texas Instruments : "This stock had a really great quarter and I like the company." Chubb : "I like Chubb very much. I like Travelers Companies , though." Home Depot : "This stock goes to $100." Berkshire Hathaway : "There are a couple of positions that have not worked for [Warren] Buffett but others have. He'll be fine." To read a full recap of "Mad Money" on CNBC, click here. To watch replays of Cramer's video segments, visit the Mad Money page on CNBC. To sign up for Jim Cramer's free Booyah! newsletter with all of his latest articles and videos please click here. -- Written by Scott Rutt in Washington, D.C. To email Scott about this article, click here: Scott Rutt

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aSearch Jim Cramer's "Mad Money" trading recommendations using our exclusive "Mad Money" Stock Screener. NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Here are some of the hot stocks Jim Cramer talked about on Tuesday's Mad Money on CNBC: PPG data by YCharts PPG : Cramer said things are looking up for this industrial coatings maker. DIS data by YCharts Walt Disney : The media stocks are rebounding fast and Cramer said he's still a big fan of Disney. SIX data by YCharts Six Flags : After delivering yet another record quarter, Cramer said investors need to look into Six Flags. To read a full recap of "Mad Money" on CNBC, click here. To watch replays of Cramer's video segments, visit the Mad Money page on CNBC. To sign up for Jim Cramer's free Booyah! newsletter with all of his latest articles and videos please click here. -- Written by Scott Rutt in Washington, D.C. To email Scott about this article, click here: Scott Rutt Follow Scott on Twitter @ScottRutt or get updates on Facebook, ScottRuttDC

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By David Russell ofaOptionMonster NEW YORK -- Ciena is trying to rebound from its lowest price in almost two years, and the bulls are piling in.a OptionMonster's Heat Seeker tracking system detected the purchase of about 6,400 November 16 calls for 74 cents to 93 cents. Volume was almost 13 times the previous open interest in the strike, which indicates new money was put to work.a These long calls lock in the price where investors can buy stock in the telecom-gear manufacturer, which lets them cheaply position for a rally. The options are safer than owning shares directly because only the relatively inexpensive premium can be lost if the stock heads lower.a Ciena shares rose 3.92% to $16.16 onaTuesday but is still down 14% in the last month. It bounced at $13.77 on one week ago, a level last touched in November 2012. Short interest is about 30% of the float, which could fuel buying in the shares.a Total option volume was triple average amounts in the name, with overall calls outnumbering puts by about 8 to 1.a Russell has no positions in CIEN. a

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- After rallying over 2% on Tuesday, shares of Yahoo! traded higher in the after-hours session after beating on earnings and revenue.a But there are still some concerns about the company's core business, said Tim Seymour, managing partner of Triogem Asset Management. The stock could be worth upwards of $50, especially if it is able to realize its Alibaba gains in a tax-efficient manner.a Must Read: 10 Stocks Carl Icahn Loves in 2014 Yahoo!'s earnings results "were good enough," according to Guy Adami, managing director of stockmonster.com. The stock may not get to $50, but $45 seems like a fair level.a Sell Yahoo!, countered Brian Kelly, founder of Brian Kelly Capital. Investors should wait for a pullback before buying the stock again.a Yahoo! has to hold its stake in Alibaba for a year after the IPO, according to Martin Pyykkonen, managing director Rosenblatt Securities, which he says is a good thing. Yahoo!'s core business continues to erode because it does not have strong pricing power. CEO Marissa Mayer has done a "pretty good job" so far, but investors should hold off on buying the stock near current levels.a The S&P 500 rallied 1.9% on Tuesday and 4.25% in the past three trading sessions. The market climbed right through its 200-day moving average, Adami pointed out, but may find stiff resistance at 1,970. Seymour added that investors can hedge their portfolio with index put options or a long position in the ProShares UltraShort QQQ ETF .a Karen Finerman, president of Metropolitan Capital Advisors, said she took profits in the SPDR S&P MidCap 400 Trust ETF . Apple's earnings were "very good," saidahedge fund manager Carl Icahn. Earnings can grow upwards of 30%, he thinks, depending on the size of the company's share repurchase plan. As he has said in the past, the stock is still cheap given its market position in the high-end smartphone market. Plus, a lot of mutual funds are too underweight the stock, which should push shares higher as more and more buyers step in.a Must Read: 3 Biggest Takeaways From Apple's Strong Earnings Report Icahn also expressed his concerns about the fixed income market. Too many investors are reaching for high-yield investments to get more return on their capital, but don't realize how much risk they are taking. "I think the high-yield market is in a bubble," he reasoned.a Apple has $20 per share in cash, iPhone and Mac sales are growing faster than expected and the company has built a strong ecosystems, Seymour said. Investors should buy this "defensive" stock.a Finerman pointed out that Apple has already bought back a lot of its stock but has a lot more room to do so given how much it get generates in cash flow. However, the stock traded somewhat poorly on Tuesday, despiteaits strong earnings report.aThe stock can get to $110, Adami said, and the stock traded very well in the recent market correction.a Coca-Cola reported disappointed earnings.aBut Kelly says the risk-to-reward of owning the stock is more attractive than owning shares of Monster Beverage .aSeymour agreed, adding that it will take some time for Coca-Cola to turn around its cultural image in the U.S.a Adami looked at a similar situation between McDonald's and El Pollo Loco a-- he prefers McDonald's even though it reported "awful" earnings. But he thinks the company's management will execute better and find a solution.a McDonald's is a global brand with a cheap valuation, Seymour said. But it does have an issue with the younger generation going to fast-casual dining locations.aInstead of trying to fix the issue with the younger generation, Kelly said McDonald's should look to make an acquisition that is more appealing to them.a Dr. Charles Link, chairman and CEO of NewLink Genetics , said his company could have a few hundred thousand Ebola doses ready by the end of the year, pending the drug's trial results and dose size. Ramping up production shouldn't be an issue either, he said. Investors who have been long NewLink Genetics should consider taking profits ahead of earnings, Adami said.a For their final trades, Seymour is buying Yahoo! and Kelly is a buyer of put options on the SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF . Adami is buying Transocean and Fireman is selling call options against her long Disney position as a hedge.a Must Read: Ebola Stocks May Be Overpriced as Fundamentals Outweigh Fear -- Written by Bret Kenwella Follow @BretKenwell Follow TheStreet.com on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook. a

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Search Jim Cramer's "Mad Money" trading recommendations using our exclusive "Mad Money" Stock Screener. NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The bulls are back in charge for another day on Wall Street and may be here to stay, Jim Cramer told his Mad Moneyaviewers Tuesday. Cramer exulted that his bull market, Top 10 checklist from last week has been completed. It's hard to believe that it's only been eight days since Cramer introduced his "No Bottom Until" list of 10 itemsathat had to happen before the markets could have a sustainable rally. But all 10 items have largely come true, he said. Must Read: 10 Stocks Billionaire John Paulson Loves in 2014 First, Ebola fears have subsided now that the U.S. government is taking decisive action to contain the disease. Second, every sector of the market has suffered at the handsaof the bears, making their stocks more attractive. Third, the speculative stocks -- think Netflix a-- have also retreated from their lofty heights. Fourth, Cramer said oil prices have found their footing over the past eight days, welcome news for the oil stocks. Fifth, the tech stocks have stabilized, thanks to strong earnings from Apple and others. Sixth, Germany has admitted that maybe, just maybe, it needs to do more to bolster its ailing economy, along with the rest of Europe. Seventh, the markets have seen numerous companies report strong earnings beats with forecast raises. Eighth, the market's technical indicators have largely stabilized. Finally, the Baltic Freight index has found its footing, meaning that China may be stabilizing. Over in the Middle East, ISIS has suffered its first major defeat. With all of these items largely in the past, Cramer said he'd be a buyer, not a seller, on any future pullbacks in the market. The Industrials Are Back After being beaten down for months, are the industrial stocks finally showing signs of a bottom? Cramer said he thinks they are because there has been a string of positive news influencing the group. First, Cramer said that there has been a lot of good corporate news in the industrial sector of late, with stocksaIllinois Tool Works , United Technologies , Honeywell and PPG all having good things to say recently. Then there's Germany, which could be reversing direction on its economic policies to make Europe, and its currencies, stronger. This would make a weaker U.S. dollar, which would be terrific for industrial stock earnings going forward. China is weak, yes, Cramer admitted, but that's precisely the time to bet on China. Things can only improve from here. Other positives for the industrials include pent-up infrastructure demand and an aerospace sector that's on the mend now that Ebola fears are largely behind us. Put all of these positives together and Cramer said you get an industrial sector that's poised to head a lot higher. Must Read: 3 Biggest Takeaways From Apple's Strong Earnings Report Off the Charts In the "Off The Charts" segment, Cramer went head to head with colleague Bob Lang over the charts of media content providers Walt Disney , Viacom , CBS , Twenty-First Century Fox , Time Warner and Netflix . Starting with Disney, Lang noted that after hitting bottom last Wednesday, shares of Disney have been snapping back on rising volume, with a bullish crossover in the MACD momentum indicator imminent. Shares of Viacom have been crushed since July, Lang noted, but are also starting to rebound, with the MACD showing positive signs. CBS displays a similar pattern, with a strong sell off since July, but strong institutional buying over the past few days. Shares of Twenty-First Century Fox were obliterated after making a double top earlier in 2014, Lang said, and appear to now be rangebound between $30 and $35 a share. He suggested buying around $30 and selling near $35. Lang said Time Warner had the best chart of the bunch, rallying recently on heavy volume and having a MACD that has already seen a bullish crossover. Time Warner's weekly trend also confirmed these bullish moves. Finally, Lang has good things to say about Netflix, but only for investors willing to be patient because the stock needs to consolidate at its new lower levels before being able to rally again. Cramer said he agreed with Lang's research and would be a buyer of Disney, Viacom, CBS and Time Warner. Executive Decision:aJim Reid-Anderson For his "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer spoke with Jim Reid-Anderson, chairman, president and CEO of Six Flags , which today delivered a 6-cents-a-share earnings beat and a 10% boost in its dividend. Shares of Six Flag responded by rallying 9%. Reid-Anderson said Six Flags' success stems from innovation at every one of its theme parks. He said there is something new in every park and the new attractions have been record-breakers, helping his company deliver 16 record quarters over the past four years. Reid-Anderson said while there are always doubters of Six Flags, he has kept his promises, returning over $1.4 billion to shareholders over the past four years. He said the theme park business offers stable recurring revenues which has led to their strong earnings per share growth. Cramer said that he's still a big fan of Six Flags. Must Read: The Federal Reserve Is Causing Global Markets to Drop Again Lightning Round In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Vectren , Dominion Resources , Texas Instruments , Chubb , Travelers Companies , Home Depot and Berkshire Hathaway . Cramer was bearish on Blackberry . Executive Decision: Jeffrey Spaeder In his second "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer spoke with with Dr. Jeffrey Spaeder, chief medical and scientific officer of Quintiles , about the recent Ebola outbreak and how drug makers are responding. Spaeder said that there are a couple of Ebola vaccines under development and it's expected that Phase I studies will be completed by the end of 2014. Phase II studies could begin as early as 2015. Spaeder also noted that given the severity of Ebola, the regulating bodies around the globe are working closely with drug makers and won't require drugs go through all three phases of testing if they can gather enough data to show they are effective and safe. He said companies are working as fast as they can to gather the right information on the dosing requirements that will offer protection but also safety. 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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Amazon.com Inc. closed up 2.98% to $315.33 on Tuesday after the company'saEBITDA and adjusted EPS estimates were increased ataOppenheimer. Oppenheimer also raised EBITDA estimates to $6.37 billion from $6.41 billion for fiscal 2014, and to $9.40 billion from $9.38 billion for fiscal 2015. The firm raised adjusted EPS estimates to $3.01 from $2.91 for fiscal 2014, and to $6.73 from $6.71 for fiscal 2015.a Must Read: Warren Buffett's 25 Favorite Stocks STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. Additionally, the firm reiterated its rating of "outperform" for the online marketplace company, and set a price target of $415. "We estimate [Amazon Web Services] to contribute at least $70M in incremental 3Q EBITDA," Oppenheimer analyst Tim Horan said. Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates AMAZON.COM INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate AMAZON.COM INC (AMZN) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed -- some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, unimpressive growth in net income and weak operating cash flow." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 9.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 23.1%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share. Although AMZN's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.29 is very low, it is currently higher than that of the industry average. 36.46% is the gross profit margin for AMAZON.COM INC which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -0.65% trails the industry average. Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to $862.00 million or 2.04% when compared to the same quarter last year. In conjunction, when comparing current results to the industry average, AMAZON.COM INC has marginally lower results. In its most recent trading session, AMZN has closed at a price level that was not very different from its closing price of one year earlier. This is probably due to its weak earnings growth as well as other mixed factors. Looking ahead, other than the push or pull of the broad market, we do not see anything in the company's numbers that may help reverse the decline experienced over the past 12 months. Despite the past decline, the stock is still selling for more than most others in its industry. You can view the full analysis from the report here: AMZN Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of SAP SE closed up 0.59% to $66.07 on Tuesday after JMP Securities maintained its "market perform" rating for the company. The firm said it reiterated its rating for the German multinational software company because of better than expected revenue. "SAP saw strong growth in its cloud business (up 41% y/y) and solid growth in its support revenue (up 8% y/y) as it shifts business more and more to the cloud," said "JMP analysts Patrick Walravens and Peter Lowry. "We believe this is absolutely the right strategy, even if it causes near-term compression in operating profits." Must Read: Warren Buffett's 25 Favorite Stocks STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates SAP SE as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate SAP SE (SAP) a BUY. This is driven by several positive factors, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 11.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 5.5%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share. SAP's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.26 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.95 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems. The gross profit margin for SAP SE is currently very high, coming in at 74.81%. Regardless of SAP's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 13.41% trails the industry average. The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Software industry and the overall market, SAP SE's return on equity exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500. You can view the full analysis from the report here: SAP Ratings Report STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- ACEa reported third quarter earnings and revenue ahead of analysts expectations after the closing bell on Tuesday. The Swiss global insurance company reported third quarter earnings of $785 million, or $2.64 on an adjusted per diluted share basis, a 6% increase over the same period last year, and well ahead of analysts $2.36 per diluted share forecast. Must Read: Warren Buffett's 25 Favorite Stocks STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. The company also posted revenue of $5.35 billion, ahead of analysts $4.3 billion estimates, with after-tax operating income of $891 million. The company's shares have risen 3% since the beginning of the year but are down 0.66% to $105.51 in after-hours trading today. TheStreet Ratings team rates ACE LTD as a Buy with a ratings score of A. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate ACE LTD (ACE) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: You can view the full analysis from the report here: ACE Ratings Report ACE data by YCharts STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.

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