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Search Jim Cramer's "Mad Money" trading recommendations using our exclusive "Mad Money" Stock Screener. NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- So far, this earnings season has been a good one, Jim Cramer said onaMad MoneyaFriday. That's why Cramer expects next week will be more of the same, with individual corporate earnings taking center stage. On Monday, Cramer said he'll be watching the earnings from Merck , a stock that could lift the old-line drug makers. Also on Cramer's radar will be Twitter , a stock he owns for his charitable trust, Action Alerts PLUS, and Buffalo Wild Wings , two long-term faves. Must Read: 12 Stocks Warren Buffett Loves in 2014 Tuesday brings a host of earnings from DuPont , Parker-Hannifin , Facebook , another Action Alerts PLUS name, Gilead Sciences , Panera Bread and McKesson . Cramer is bullish on DuPont, Parker-Hannifin, Gilead and McKesson but advised trimming positions in Facebook and waiting until after earnings to buy into Panera. Wednesday, all eyes will be on the Federal Reserve, Cramer said, but he'll be watching Wellpoint , a big beneficiary of Obamacare. Thursday earnings include Starbucks and GoPro . Cramer said he'd buy into Starbucks ahead of earnings but admitted that GoPro, while a great long-term story, is pricey at current levels. Finally, on Friday, it's Chevron and Exxon Mobil reporting. Cramer said both of these oil giants will offer an honest read on where oil prices are likely headed. Sell Palo Alto Networks Sometimes when you have a big winner, it's time to declare victory and go home, Cramer told viewers. That's the case with Palo Alto Networks , a stock that Cramer said it's now time to sell, sell, sell. Cramer had been a backer of Palo Alto ever since its initial public offering, a full 158% ago. While he still feels that cybersecurity is a big business and Palo Alto is the best-of-breed player in that business, at $108 a share the stock has simply gotten too pricey. Palo Alto now trades at 100 times earnings, and Cramer reminded viewers they should never pay more than twice a company's growth rate, which in this case is 42%. But the big yellow flag for Cramer was a surge in insider selling, to the tune of $450 million. Insiders sell for a variety of reasons, Cramer said, but $450 million is a lot for any company. Palo Alto also issued $500 million of convertible bonds back in June at a strike price of $110 share. With the stock now just two points from that level, Cramer said it's very likely that many of those shares will convert to stock, diluting current shareholders. Add to that the fact that there are no analysts with a sell recommendation on Palo Alto and only four with holds, so the stock is now priced for perfection, Cramer concluded -- which is why it's time to ring the register before it hits $110. Must Read: 6 Things Wall Street Should Be Embracing About Social Media Profit With PAY When Apple went live with its Apple Pay service this past Monday, it kicked off a revolution in the way Americans pay for goods and services, Cramer told viewers. The best way to profit from this revolution, he said, will be with VeriFone . While Apple Pay may be getting all the headlines, Cramer said the real push behind the payment revolution is an October 2015 deadline, set by the major payment processors, to require retailers to accept both NFC contactless payments and EMV cards with built-in chips like those popular overseas. The penalty for not accepting these 21st century payments will put retailers on the hook for any fraud that occurs after the deadline. As an additional incentive, Cramer noted there will likely be 70 million Apple Pay-enabled iPhones sold in the next two years, nearly twice the number of American Express cards in the U.S. While only 30% of all U.S. terminals are currently EMV-enabled, that number should jump to 70% by 2016. With VeriFone the market leader, Cramer said this company should grow like a weed. Cramer said he expects shares to reach $42.50 a share, or a 24% gain from current levels, but he would not be surprised to see earnings accelerate, taking shares to $48 for a 40% gain. Executive Decision: Angel Martinez For his "Executive Decision" segment, Cramer spoke with Angel Martinez, chairman, president and CEO of Deckers Brands , which delivered a 14-cents-a-share earnings beat on a 24% uptick in sales, yet shares fell 7.4% on an otherwise up day on Wall Street. Martinez said he's perplexed by the market's reaction to a very strong quarter. He said the company's guidance remains for 15% revenue growth. Despite some of the media reports, that's not a downgrade from earlier forecasts. Martinez continued that Deckers has its most diverse product line ever and all of the newer items have been very well received. While the company was very dependent on the classics three or four years ago, that's not the case today. Cramer said it's very rare to get a discount on a quality company going into itsaprime selling season, but that's exactly what just happened. Must Read: Jack Bogle on Warren Buffett, Bill Gross and How to Invest in a Volatile Market Lightning Round In the Lightning Round, Cramer was bullish on Southern Company , BioDelivery Sciences and Plains All American Pipeline . Cramer was bearish on NewLink Genetics and Home Loan Servicing . No Huddle Offense In his "No Huddle Offense" segment, Cramer said if the market is going to take a hit with every Ebola diagnosis, be prepared for lots more dips. Cramer said as long as there is no quarantine for health care workers returning from affected areas, or at least a registry of those returning, there will likely be more people contracting Ebola here in the U.S. It's totally possible that we will have an effective vaccine for Ebola in 2015, Cramer continued, but research takes time and there will be no magic bullet anytime soon. That means investors must accept that we live in a world where Ebola is out there and it may, occasionally, interrupt the status quo. Must Read: 30 Things More Likely to Happen to You Than Getting Ebola 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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SAN FRANCISCO (TheStreet) – GoPro tanked after Oppenheimer initiated coverage with a "sell" rating, characterizing the company on a potential path for slow growth next year and through 2016. Other tech stocks taking a hit Friday included Amazon and Juniper Networks , both feeling the wrath of investors after missing analysts estimates. GoPro closed down 9.2% at $71.91. That didn't help the company's share price, which has been battered since Oct. 7, when it hit its 52-week high of $98.47. Since then, the San Mateo, Calif.,-based video camera maker has lost 27% of its value. Must Read: 10 Stocks George Soros Is Buying Oppenheimer analyst Andrew Uerkwitz told CNBC: As GoPro pivots away from action capture, what they've been known for, into what we call life-logging -- you know, taking pictures of your kids' wedding, etc. -- I think that's going to be a very difficult market to crack. And ultimately, we think growth rates will decelerate pretty rapidly as we head through 2015 and 2016. Besides the "sell" rating, Oppenheimer has a price target of $45 on the stock. ButaTheStreet's Jim Cramer, co-manager of the Action Alerts PLUS portfolio, called for investor calm. He noted GoPro can't keep up with demandafor its products and the company is far from snapping its last high growth year. Amazon shares plunged 8.3% to $287.06 at the close. The Seattle-based online retailing giant got smacked after reporting a third quarter earnings miss and lower forecastaon Thursday, after the markets closed. Amazon reported a net loss of 95 cents a share on revenue of $20.58 billion. Wall Street had expected a loss of 74 cents on sales of $20.84 billion. But what was particularly damaging for the company's stock was the retailers forecast for the holiday season. Amazon noted it expected to generate sales of $27.3 billion to $30.3 billion. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters, however, had been expecting $30.86 billion. Again, however, investors may want to pause and take a deep breath. With its share price drop. Amazon's stock could provide a buying opportunity. The company is aiming to maximize its free cash flow, so it will have the freedom to invest in its future. Juniper Networks dropped 6.5% to $19 at the close. The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based networking and communications device maker found itself in a tough spot after it too missed its third quarter earnings estimates and guided lower than Wall Street's expectations for the current quarter. Juniper reported third quarter earnings of 36 cents a share on revenue of $1.13 billion. Analysts, however, were hoping to see net income of 37 cents on revenue of $1.18 billion. Investors can take a look for themselves at Juniper's third quarter results by clicking on the transcripts of its earnings call. Must Read: Warren Buffett's Top 10 Dividend Stocks a At the time of publication, the author held no positions in any of the stocks mentioned, although positions may change at any time. This article is commentary by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage. TheStreet Ratings team rates JUNIPER NETWORKS INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate JUNIPER NETWORKS INC (JNPR) 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow." You can view the full analysis from the report here: JNPR Ratings Report

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Should investors be stressing over the European bank stress tests? Leaks out Friday ahead of Sunday's big reveal suggest that 25 out of the 130 banks that took the test may have failed. This has some investors worried that this could lead to some sort of financial armageddon on the scales of 2008. But nothing can be further from the truth, at least not in the short term. The leaked results aren't nearly as bad as they sound and are actually largely in line with market expectations. Indeed, there is unlikely to be any major impact on the broader markets, with only those stocks and bonds directly connected with the tests -- ai.e., European banks -- expected to move on the news when the markets open on Monday. Must Read: 10 Stocks George Soros Is Buying The stress test is an effort spearheaded by the European Central Bank to boost confidence in the economy by basically snuffing out the continent's insolvent, so-called "zombie," banks. These banks have a lot of unrealized losses on their balance sheets that have prevented them from lending to consumers and businesses. Because these banks aren't able to issue the credit needed to grease the wheels of the economy, many believe they are responsible for holding Europe back from fully recovering from the financial crisis of 2008. Unlike in the United States, where the government injected billions of dollars into the banking system right at the onset of the crisis, Europe struggled to get its act together. The byzantine structure of the European Union was simply not equipped to handle such a crisis. Theaeurozone's European Central Bankawas unable to intervene in the economy in the same decisive wayathe Federal Reserve did in the United States. By the time Europe's leaders decided they needed to work together, it was too late -- investor confidence had simply collapsed. This led to the sovereign debt crisis, which almost caused the euro and the European Union to collapse. The latest stress tests, which have lasted for nearly a year, are supposed to rectify this crisis of confidence that has plagued Europe for years now. Indeed, the results are largely seen as irrelevant. The market knows that many European banks are insolvent, they just want Europe to admit the problem and do something about it. Indeed, traders in Europe have largely dismissed the results, with many sayingathey won't be eagerly refreshing the ECB's Web site come 12:30 p.m. CET on Sunday, when the results are set to officially be revealed. But if the results are in line with the leaks that came out this morning, which showed around a fifth of the banks failing the test, how can that build confidence and Europe's struggling economy? Must Read: State Of Play: ECB Ready to Offer Details on Asset Purchases a First of all, it really isn't as as bad as it looks. The stress tests are based off of the balance sheets the banks submitted to the ECB when they first began investigating the banks back in December of last year. As such, whatever is revealed on Sunday will be based on the financial health of the banks 10 months ago, not today. A lot can change in 10 months. Those banks that knewathey were borderline or deep in theahole when they submitted their balance sheets to the ECB were essentiallyaput on notice and given nearly a year to raise enough capital (or sell off enough assets) to plug the holes in their balance sheet before game time this coming Sunday. European banks have raised around 48 billion euros ($61 billion), in capital this year, issuing debt securities faster than you could say, "Too Big To Fail." So while we may see a lot of red on the ECB report card on Sunday, chances are, most of the banks showing some sort of capital shortfalls will have already raised enough cash over the year to plug all their holes. Indeed, of the 25 headline failures, 15 have supposedly raised enough capital to satisfy the ECB's stress test, meaning that only 10 out of the 130 banks truly failed. Many of the banks that failed are reportedly protesting the results, which could push the failure rate down even further by Sunday. Nevertheless, there are still bound to be a few banks that will fail for real on Sunday. But there is no need to panic -- they will likely have up to nine months (or even indefinitely) to raise the necessary cash to make things right with regulators. So come Monday morning, it is highly unlikely that we will see any major moves in the broader markets as a result of all this eurobabble, especially on Wall Street. After all, it's earnings season here, so traders will be more concerned with whether Twitter , Merck , T-Mobile , Amgen or Wynn Resortsa hit their numbers when they report on Monday. They willaprobably be far less interested in whether Oldenburgische Landesbank or Caisse Regionale de Credit Agricole Mutuel Alpes Provence properly valued the subprime asset-backed security they bought in 2007 from a U.S. investment bank who told them it was a risk-free investment because the guys they paid to rate the security said so. That being said, a few bank investors may want to pay attention, if they are determined to play this trade. Analysts have pointed to a few banks, which despite having nearly a year to raise the necessary cash to pass the stress test, may still come up short on Sunday. Many of them are in Italy, according to analysts at Mediobanca. They include Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena,aUnione di Banche Italiane and Banco Popolare. I guess Mediobanca isn't in need of any capital, eh? Anyway, the analyst say theabanks will miss the ECB's magic number, which is based on the ratio of a bank's capital to its risk-weighted assets, by as much as 3%. Now, before you go out and short Italian banks, note that this information has been out in public for quite a while. If any of them do fail, chances are, their stocks won't go anywhere, as the news is already priced in. But what if Mediobanca gotaits numbers wrong andaits fellow Italian banks actually all passed? Then chances are those stocks will skyrocket. Take what happened to Bank of America's stock in 2009 when it challenged the results of a stress test conducted by the Fed. Its stock jumped 19% in one day after it surprised investors by denying reports that it needed to raise $10 billion in equity to pass the Fed's test. Something similar could happen to all those marked Italian banks on Monday. Must Read: 7 Stocks Warren Buffett Is Selling in 2014 But what about the long-term impact of the stress tests? Could itahurt the U.S. markets, or possibly wreak havoc on your portfolio? Well, the most important thing about these stress tests is that they are a preamble to a far more important event, which is the transfer of European banking regulation from the country-level to the ECB in Frankfort, which is happening next month. This is supposed to give the ECB the power to more quickly to intervene in a crisis before it gets out of hand,aas it did in 2008, with the financial crisis, and the subsequent sovereign debt crisis in 2010. With all European banking regulation finally centralized, investors, especially large institutional investors, will probably feel more confident in placing bets on European securities. They may feel, rightly or wrongly, that they can now trust European regulators when they say that their banks are safe as opposed to officials employed by the Greek, Spanish, Portuguese or Irish governments. The key here is that if investor confidence in Europe grows, portfolio managers may choose to shift their money out of their U.S. investments and in to some new European opportunities. All in all, a stronger European economy could cause some sluggishness in U.S. securities but it would probably be a slow burn, taking weeks or months to take effect, so no need to stress out this weekend. Just relax and enjoy the World Series. Must Read: 10 Stocks Billionaire John Paulson Loves in 2014 This article represents the opinion of a contributor and not necessarily that of TheStreet or its editorial staff.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The S&P 500 Index recovered much of the ground lost in theaselloff earlier in October, posting its biggest weekly gain of 2014 on strong third-quarter earnings in the U.S. and better-than-forecast economic data in China and Europe. The S&P 500 rose 0.7% on Friday, closing at 1,964 and putting gains over 4% for the week. The Nasdaq closed up 0.7% and the Dow IndustrialsaIndexaclosed up 0.76%. U.S. stock indices, nonetheless, remain below highs reached in mid-September. Oil markets, a driver of October’s stock market volatility, rallied little during the week, closing near multi-year lows.aNYMEX West Texas Intermediate closed lower 1% at $81.27, while ICE Brent Crude closeda0.64% lower at $86.27.a Must Read: Warren Buffett's Top 10 Dividend Stocks On Wednesday, a report from the Energy Information Administration showed higher than forecast oil inventories, reinforcing investors’ fears of oversupply. While the tumbling price of oil accounted for much of the stock market volatility in the first two weeks of October, equity markets rallied this week without a recovery in the price of oil. On Friday, investors sent markets higher despite weaker-than-forecast housing data and the potential for over two-dozen European banks to fail upcoming European Central Bank-administered stress tests. Amazon was the biggest loser on the S&P 500 after posting weaker than forecast earnings and fourth quarter guidance, while KLA-Tencor was among top gainers after the semiconductor unexpectedly saidait would take on $2.5 billion in debt to pay out a $16.50 a share dividend and increase its stock buyback authorization. Ford , Procter & Gamble and Microsoft were also market movers after reporting third quarter earnings. New home sales for September rose 0.2% to 467,000, a report from the Census Bureau showed, slightly below the 470,000 sales economists had forecast. Meanwhile, August home sales were revised downward by 38,000 sales to 466,000. While new home sales data disappointed on Friday, existing home sales hit a one-year high earlier this week, reflecting the benefit of falling mortgage interest rates. "The story remains unchanged -- consumers strapped with debt and minimal savings, are struggling to afford large purchases without significant income growth," Lindsey Piegza, chief economist at Sterne Agee said in reaction to new home sales data. In corporate news, Amazonadrove trading after reporting a loss of 95 cents a share on revenue of $20.6 billion, and guidance that came in below expectations. Shares tumbledaover 8%, closing at $287.06. Amazon’s earnings shortfall followed a string of notable third quarter misses, which have caused investors to rethink their outlook on some of the largest companies in America. IBM tumbled to multi-year lows after scrapping a 2015 profit goal, and Coca-Cola similarly told investors it would fall short of of long-standing earnings targets. Companies seen as economic bellwethers in the U.S. such as Ford , General Motors , Caterpillar and airlines all reported strong earnings, reinforcing the idea that the U.S. economy continues to grow at a steady pace. Automaker Ford reported better-than-forecast third-quarter earnings, reporting a profit of 24 cents a share for the quarter that exceeded analyst estimates by 5 cents. Those earnings came a day after General Motors reported strong third-quarter results, highlighted by a 7% rise in car sales in North America. As a whole, the airline sector reported a $4 billion profit for the third quarter, Deutsche Bank analysts noted on Friday. Those profits amounted to a 31% rise from year-ago levels and reflect new-found pricing power amid industry consolidation and stable consumer spending in the U.S. Consumer goods conglomerate Procter & Gamble met earnings estimates on Friday and disclosed a plan to splitaits Duracell battery division in 2015.aProcter & Gamble shares rose over 2%. Microsoft reported stronger-than-expected adjusted third quarter earnings, driving shares over 2% higher on Frida. "We view Microsoft's September-quarter as another step in the right direction with cloud at the epicenter of [CEO Satya] Nadella's vision for coming years," Daniel Ives, an analyst with FBR Capital Markets said on Friday. Markets in the U.S. were little impacted by a report from Bloomberg that 25 lenders in the eurozone may fail European Central Bank administered stress tests. Bloomberg, citing unnamed sources, said 25 banks are set to fail ECB-administered stress tests. Fifteen banks are expected to technically fail tests, meaning that they will fail but are deemed to be in an adequate capital position after raising new equity in 2014. Ten lenders, the report said, will be asked to raise additional capital. Stress test failures will be concentrated in Italy, Portugal and Greece, Bloomberg said. "This seems more or less in line with what people thought," Peter Tchir, a credit strategist with Brean Capital, said in a note on Friday. "Anyone thinking that European banks would fail en masse and would need to raise copious amounts of money will be severely disappointed," Tchir noted. Stress test results will be released on Sunday. 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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With four nominees on the 12-person Bob Evans Farms Inc. board, Sandell Asset Management Corp. expects to see significant change in the restaurant operator's financial performance. Absent that, look for the activist fund's manager Thomas Sandell to return in 2015 with another board slate, industry analysts said. Though Sandell Asset Management fell short of getting its full eight-person slate elected at an August meeting, the partial win resulted in the separation of the role of CEO and chairman earlier this month. Sandell, a 7.6% stakeholder, has demanded that New Albany, Ohio-based Bob Evans split up its restaurant business from its packaged goods unit, BEF Foods, to unlock shareholder value hidden in real estate on the restaurant side of the business by engaging in a substantial sale-lease back of its 562 company-owned locations. The dissident has also raised concerns about faltering revenue growth and "bloated corporate overhead" as well as "inordinately high SG&A expenses." Analysts are at odds over whether it makes sense to sell BEF Foods, which sells sausage, bacon and other processed meat, and macaroni and cheese through grocery stores, as well as whether the sale-and-leaseback plan makes sense. Bob Evans is more likely to consider selling BEF Foods than doing a sale-leaseback deal, said Miller Tabak analyst Stephen Anderson. The remaining management-backed directors have top board subcommittee chairman positions and are likely to push back on a major sale-lease back deal, citing tax and leverage-hiking consequences, new escalating rent costs and a lack of an economic buffer for hard times, he said. He also noted that incumbent director Eileen Mallesch, continues to chair the audit committee, and remains an obstacle to Sandell's efforts. Nevertheless, Anderson said Bob Evans could receive in the neighborhood of 13 to 13.5 times trailing Ebitda — between $425 million and $450 million — to sell BEF Foods. Sandell suggested in September that potential buyers were looking to make an offer. In a securities filing, the activist fund manager noted that he was contacted by a private equity firm interested in discussing an acquisition of BEF Foods as well as "several" investment firms interested in a transaction involving the company's real estate. A company spokesman declined to comment on whether it has been approached by potential buyers but the company noted that a key responsibility of its recently formed finance committee is to take a "fresh look at ideas from all of our stockholders." And while Sandell didn't return calls, Anderson suggested that the most likely buyer for BEF Foods would be Pilgrim's Pride Corp. because an acquisition of the Bob Evans unit would allow it to diversify away from poultry and extend it into the breakfast market, where PPC doesn't currently compete. Anderson also suggested that compared to ConAgra Foods Inc. or Pinnacle Foods Inc. , Pilgrim's Pride has a stronger balance sheet and can take on more debt than the others. John Gordon, founder of Pacific Management Consulting Group, agreed that Bob Evans should spin off BEF Food — calling it "imminently spinoffable," — and would help Bob Evans cut debt and make shareholders happy. He also suggested that Pilgrim's Pride could be interested after it punted on efforts to buy Hillshire Brands Co. , which was eventually acquired by Tyson Foods Inc. for $8.5 billion. "From a traditional M&A point of view they would be the most interested and the one that investment banks would most likely pitch a deal to," said Gordon. "They had a funding commitment to buy Hillshire, which makes this deal easily doable." Another rival, Hormel Foods Corp. , would probably not be interested because a combination with BEF Foods could face potential antitrust issues over high concentration in the pork-products market, Anderson said. However, Oppenheimer & Co. analyst Brian Bittner said he doesn't see any benefits to selling the food products business at "currently depressed earnings" levels. He added that Oppenheimer's analysis of a sale-lease back doesn't imply that it would be "value accretive" given the new rent cost for Bob Evans that would come with the real estate separation. "We have done deep analysis on this. Don't fool yourself," Bittner warned. Sandell has argued that the packaged foods division generates very little synergies with the restaurant division while management contends that it produces brand and advertising synergies, as well as supply chain savings and operational efficiencies. Anderson said that even though Bob Evans does not have a great deal of long-term debt it has borrowed substantially against its credit line and may want to evaluate a transaction to help pay down debt. "When this is considered as a measure of the company's debt load, its debt-to-capital ratio is 55% as of the end of the July quarter," Anderson said. "I think this could be an argument for a sale-leaseback though I still believe that a sale of BEF Foods is more likely and the proceeds from that could be used in part to strengthen the balance sheet." Nevertheless, there is reason to believe that a restaurant real estate separation could happen at Bob Evans. Anderson said a compromise could be worked out where Bob Evans sells 141 of its 562 units to franchise owners in fringe markets such as the mid-Atlantic states as part of a sale-leaseback arrangement. He said these kinds of transactions are likely far less extensive than the measures that Sandell wants the company to consider, but the deal could generate pre-tax revenue of $255 million and suit both sides. However, he said he believes that if there isn't any movement in either area Sandell may be back next year to launch another proxy battle to seat more directors, and it could happen earlier than the restaurant chain's annual meeting, which is expected in August. Anderson noted that Sandell could seek to hold a special shareholder meeting in advance of the annual meeting, something he would need the backing of 25% of investors to do, according to Bob Evan's bylaws. Some observers have questioned why Sandell hasn't pushed the company to conduct a tax-free REIT spinoff of the real estate assets, a financial engineering tactic that a number of insurgents in other campaigns have sought to do. Activist investor Starboard Value LP succeeded in taking over the 12-person board of Darden Restaurants Inc. , in part so it could work on a spinoff of the company's real estate into a tax-free REIT. Gregg Feinstein, managing director and head of M&A at investment bank Houlihan Lokey, said that a sale-leaseback at Bob Evans may make more sense than a REIT spinoff because the restaurant chain has a smaller pool of real estate than Darden and as a result it would be less attractive as a standalone REIT. Anderson agreed, noting that there are no restaurant REITs in the U.S. and that Bob Evans' real estate is too small an asset to work in a REIT structure, especially with an additional corporate, general and administrative expense overhead that would have to be built at the REIT.

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EW YORK (TheStreet) -- Amazon's big earnings miss was the focal point on CNBC's "Fast Money" TV show. The company missed on revenue and EPS guidance, and providedaweaker-than-expected guidance. "Margins continue to get pinched," said Pete Najarian, co-founder of optionmonster.com and trademonster.com. Instead of buying Amazon, he likes Microsoft and Alibaba .a Must Read: 10 Stocks Billionaire John Paulson Loves in 2014 "I don't think investors actually understand how bad this quarter is," Josh Brown, CEO and co-founder of Ritholtz Wealth Management said, adding that expectations were already lowered substantially before the company reported its results.a The stock is still a buy, according to Bob Peck, Internet analyst at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey. He's maintaining his buy rating and $360 price target, arguing that Amazon had a lot of "one timer" expenses in the quarter. Business should improve moving forward and into the holiday season.a Admittedly, shares of Amazon could get a bounce headed into the busy holiday season, said Jon Najarian, also co-founder of optionmonster.com and trademonster.com, who covered his short position on Friday after the stock dropped almost 10%. But overall, the report was very uninspiring.a Perhaps even more interesting than the earnings miss from Amazon, is the fact that shares of Alibaba are making a run at new highs, said Mike Murphy, founder of Rosecliff Capital. The latter is "a lot more profitable" than the former, he added. "I have no interest in owning Amazon," Eric Jackson, founder and managing partner of Ironfire Capital, said. While the company does have a large "moat" around its business, investors continues to "hold Amazon and Jeff Bezos up on a pedestal," he argued, despite losing money and being subpar compared to Alibaba.a The broader market came into discussion after it was announced that a doctor in New York City was diagnosed with Ebola. At first, the news weighed on the stock market, especially near the end of Thursday's trading session and in the overnight futures session, Brown said.a But since then, the market has rebounded nicely and perhaps investors are starting to realize that the Ebola "dips" can be bought, he said.a Murphy added that the S&P 500 is likely to make new highs before the end of the year.a Pandora was the first stock on the show's "Trader's Blitz" segment, after shares fell over 15% to sub-$20 levels, despite a top and bottom line earnings beat. Brown says the stock is an acquisition target, but is not worth owning otherwise.a Procter & Gamble is up on Friday after announcing earnings. Jon Najarian said the stock is trading well after management said it is considering spinning off its Duracell business. Read More: Is Amazon Trying to Sell Too Much Stuff? Ford had a lot of one-time costs associated with the new F-150, Murphy said. The stock, which has a 3.5% dividend yield, is a buy down near 52-week lows.a Shares of United Parcel Service are slightly higher on Friday after beating revenue and EPS estimates. Pete Najarian added that the company is buying back a lot of stock and reported strong holiday guidance.a Oppenheimer's Andrew Uerkwitz initiated GoPro with an underperform rating and a $45 price target. The company will have a hard time getting into the non-action sports camera world - such as family events and weddings - where smartphones currently dominate the market. Growth will be great into the holidays, but likely slow in 2015 and 2016.a Pete Najarian disagreed, arguing that GoPro is far from slowing and will always be able to refresh its product cycle. There is a lot of room for penetration in Asia.a After the stock's recent 30% decline, it could "snap back" headed into the holidays, Murphy added. For their final trades, Jon Najarian is buying Fortinet and Pete Najarian said to buy Merck . Murphy is buying Ford and Brown said to sell the rallies in Amazon.a Read More: 10 Best Apple Products Ever -- Written by Bret Kenwella Follow @BretKenwell

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Avery Dennison Corp aareaup 4.79% to $46.29 asathe company created a new food-approved top-coated product, making it a company that offers the widest range of food-approved films in Europe, with materials that can support a large variety of food labeling conditions, FoodBev.com reports. The PP60 Top Cavitated White Film with S2045N hot-melt adhesive and a food-approved topcoat is its latest material in the food-approved portfolio and can be used in any food application, including chilled conditions that require higher performance levels, FoodBev.com added. The Glendale-CA headquartered company has operations in more than 50 countries with 26,000 employees worldwide, and providesainsight and innovations that help market brands. 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. Also, the company reported better than expected third quarter earnings today.a TheStreet Ratings team rates AVERY DENNISON CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of B.a You can view the full analysis from the report here: AVY Ratings Report AVY 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 Pandora Media Inca are tanking, down 13.86% to $19.92 in late afternoon trading Friday, following the company's lower than expected number of aactive listeners and a third quarter loss of $2 million, despite beating analyst estimates. The company's active listeners rose 5.2%ato 76.5 million for the thirdaquarter, falling short of analyst estimates of 76.7 million. Total listener hours wasa4.99 billion for the quarter, but also missed analyst estimates of 5.02 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. While the company said its loss narrowed from last year, concerns about competition including Apple's iTunes, is driving the stock down today,athe Wall Street Journal reports. The Oakland, CA-based company posted a loss of $2 million, or 1 cent per share for the quarter, compared to a year earlier loss of $4.1 million, or two cents a share. Excluding stock option expenses and amortization costs, Pandora said it earned 9 cents per share, up from 5 cents a year ago, and higher than analysts' expectations of 8 cents per share. Revenue climbed 42% from a year ago to $239.6 million for the quarter, topping analysts' estimates ofa$238.49 million. Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates PANDORA MEDIA INC as a Sell with a ratings score of D+. You can view the full analysis from the report here: P Ratings Report P 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 Avery Dennison Corp. are up 4.64% to $46.23 after reporting that net income climbed 38% to $64.3 million in the third quarter of 2014, compared with $46.5 million for the same quarter a year ago. The labeling and packaging products maker had a profit of 68 cents per share. Excluding costs from restructuring and discontinued operations, per share earnings were 77 cents, which was 3 cents better than analysts had expected, according to a poll by Zacks Investment Research. "Third quarter EPS was in line with our expectations, despite a modest decline in sales in Retail Branding and Information Solutions, and higher-than-expected transition costs associated with the consolidation of Pressure-sensitive Materials operations in Europe," CEO Dean A. Scarborough 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. Additionally, the company saidathat the most significant risk factors that could affect itsafinancial performance in the near-term include: theaimpact of economic conditions on underlying demand for our products, competitors' actions, including pricing, expansionain key markets, and product offerings and the degree to which higher costs can be offset with productivity measuresaand/or passed on to customers through selling price increases, without a significant loss of volume. Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates AVERY DENNISON CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate AVERY DENNISON CORP (AVY) 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 revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself." You can view the full analysis from the report here: AVY Ratings Report AVY 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) -- To TheStreet's Jim Cramer, a company's earnings release isajust the bare bones of how it did in the quarter. The meat is in the conference call. There were a lot of calls this week, and here are Cramer's favorites.a 3M Company ahad a "well-choreographed conference call," said Cramer, the co-manager of the Action Alerts PLUS portfolio. Every business segment is doing well and there is "a lot of innovation" to thrill him and investors.a Must Read: 10 Stocks Billionaire John Paulson Loves in 2014 Beating on revenue and earnings pushed the stock up 6.75% over the past two days and nearly 6% for the year to date after being in negative territory before the most recent earnings.a Another stock exciting Cramer is AAP holdingaMicrosoft . Cramer noted the company's strong profit numbers, with 54 cents in earnings per share, topping estimates by 5 cents in the company's fiscal first quarter. Cramer sees the stock moving toathe $50 to $55 range. Shares are currently trading around $46. MicrosoftaMSFT data by YCharts "Celgene's conference call was just a miracle," Cramer said of one of his favorite biotech stocks. The stock trades at a "ridiculously low multiple" compared to other pharmaceutical companies, yet has far superior growth, Cramer said.a CelgeneaCELG data by YCharts Must Read: Cramer: GoPro Isn’t Finished So Ignore Oppenheimer's Call American Airlines had "one of theamost bold conference calls I have heard in ages," Cramer continued. Management said that business is great, but is set to get even better in the months ahead.a Shares of American Airlines have soared in 2014, higher by 56% this year and up 10% in the past five trading sessions.a Finally, Cramer touched on the semiconductor industry. The entire space was drilled earlier this month whenaMicrochip Technology issued a negative pre-announcement for its upcoming earnings along with a pessimistic outlook for the industry.a iShares PHLX Semiconductor ETFaSOXX data by YCharts However, since that reportaTexas Instruments , Intel , Micron aand Avnet have all showed investors they shouldn't be so downbeat.a In particular, Avnet, whose CEO appeared on Cramer's Mad Money program Thursday, has a "very cheap stock" and theacompany buys back a lot of shares, Cramer said.aMicrochip Technology's underperformance makes itaan "outlier" in the sector.a Must Read: 6 Things Wall Street Should Be Embracing About Social Media -- Written by Bret Kenwella Follow @BretKenwell

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DELAFIELD, Wis. (Stockpickr) --aThere isn't a day that goes by on Wall Street when certain stocks trading for under $10 a share don't experience massive spikes higher. Traders savvy enough to follow the low-priced names and trade them with discipline and sound risk management are banking ridiculous coin on a regular basis. Must Read: Warren Buffett's Top 10 Dividend Stocks Just take a look at some of the big movers in the under-$10 complex on Friday, including IsoRay , which is ripping higher by 25%; Amedica , which is exploding higher by 19%; Alpha Pro Tech , which is spiking higher by 13%; and Aehr Test Systems , which is moving to the upside by 13%. You don't even have to catch the entire move in lower-priced stocks such as these to make outsized returns when trading. Low-priced stocks are something that I tweet about on a regular basis. I frequently flag high-probability setups, breakout candidates and low-priced stocks that are acting technically bullish. I like to hunt for low-priced stocks that are showing bullish price and volume trends, since that increases the probability of those stocks heading higher. These setups often produce monster moves higher in very short time frames. When I trade under-$10 names, I do it almost entirely based off of the charts and technical analysis. I also like to find under-$10 names with a catalyst, but that's secondary to the chart and volume patterns. With that in mind, here's a look at several under-$10 stocks that look poised to potentially trade higher from current levels. Must Read: 10 Stocks Billionaire John Paulson Loves in 2014 Sizmek One under-$10 advertising player that's starting to trend within range of triggering a major breakout trade is Sizmek , which provides online advertising delivery and optimization services worldwide. This stock has been destroyed by the sellers so far in 2014, with shares off sharply by 46%. If you take a glance at the chart for Sizmek, you'll see that this stock has been downtrending badly for the last four months, with shares plunging lower from its high of $10.20 to its new 52-week low of $4.85 a share. During that move, shares of SZMK were consistently making lower highs and lower lows, which is bearish technical price action. This stock also gapped down sharply a few weeks ago from over $7 to under $5.50 with heavy downside volume. Following that move, shares of SZMK have started to rebound off that $4.85 low and it has now started to uptrend a bit. That move is quickly pushing shares of SZMK within range of triggering a big breakout trade. Traders should now look for long-biased trades in SZMK if it manages to break out above some near-term overhead resistance at $5.64 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above that level with volume that registers near or above its three-month average action of 177,312 shares. If that breakout develops soon, then SZMK will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance level at its gap-down-day high of $6.20 a share. 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 a share. Traders can look to buy SZMK off weakness to anticipate that breakout and simply use a stop that sits right around some key near-term support at $5.07 a share or around its 52-week low of $4.85 a share. One can also buy SZMK off strength once it starts to take out $5.64 a share with volume and then simply use a stop that sits a comfortable percentage from your entry point. Must Read: 5 Stocks Insiders Love Right Now Baxano Surgical Another under-$10 medical device player that's setting up to break out here is Baxano Surgical , which designs, develops and markets minimally invasive products to treat degenerative conditions of the spine affecting the lumbar region. This stock has been decimated by the sellers so far in 2014, with shares down huge by 87%. If you take a look at the chart for Baxano Surgical, you'll notice that this stock has started to form a potential major bottoming chart pattern over the last month, with shares finding buying interest right above or around 10 cents per share. This pattern is starting to emerge after shares of BAXS saw some extreme downside volatility in late September, when the stock plunged in just a few trading sessions from over 30 cents per share to around 13 cents per share. Shares of BAXS are now starting to spike higher off those near-term support levels and it's starting to move within range of triggering a major breakout trade above a key downtrend line. Market players should now look for long-biased trades in BAXS if it manages to break out above some key near-term overhead resistance levels at 15 cents per share to 17 cents per share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above those levels with volume that hits near or above its three-month average action of 899,211 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then BAXS will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at 19 cents per share to its 50-day moving average of 24 cents per share. Traders can look to buy BAXS off weakness to anticipate that breakout and simply use a stop that sits right below its 52-week low of 10 cents per share. One can also buy BAXS off strength once it starts to take out those breakout levels with volume and then simply use a stop that sits a comfortable percentage from your entry point. Must Read: Sell These 5 Toxic Stock Before November Foamix Pharmaceuticals One under-$10 specialty pharmaceutical player that's starting to move within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade is Foamix Pharmaceuticals , which develops and commercializes foam-based formulations acne, impetigo, and other skin conditions. This stock is off notably so far in 2014, with shares down by 11.5%. If you take a glance at the chart for Foamix Pharmaceuticals you'll notice that this stock has been trending sideways and consolidating for the last month, with shares moving between $4.75 on the downside and around $6 on the upside. Shares of FOMX have now started to spike higher right above that $4.75 low and it's quickly pushing within range of triggering a near-term breakout trade above the upper-end of its recent sideways trading chart pattern. Traders should now look for long-biased trades in FOMX if it manages to break out above some near-term overhead resistance levels at $5.83 to $6 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above those levels with volume that hits near or above its three-month average volume of 919,488 shares. If that breakout develops soon, then FOMX will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $6.50 to around $8 a share. Traders can look to buy FOMX off weakness to anticipate that breakout and simply use a stop that sits right below some key near-term support at $5.27 a share or around its all-time low of $4.75 a share. One can also buy FOMX off strength once it starts to clear those breakout levels with volume and then simply use a stop that sits a comfortable percentage from your entry point. Must Read: 7 Stocks Warren Buffett Is Selling in 2014 Arcos Dorados Another under-$10 restaurant player that's starting to move within range of triggering a major breakout trade is Arcos Dorados , which is an Argentina-based company engaged in the operation of McDonald’s franchisees. This stock has been destroyed by the sellers so far in 2014, with shares off dramatically by 49%. If you look at the chart for Arcos Dorados, you'll notice that this stock has started to uptrend over the last few weeks, with shares moving higher from its low of $5.40 to its recent high of $6.38 a share. During that move, shares of ARCO have been making mostly higher lows and higher highs which is bullish technical price action. This move has started to emerge after shares of ARCO were downtrending badly over the last four months, with the stock plunging from its high of $11.32 to its new 52-week low of $5.40 a share. This near-term stabilization and slight uptrend for ARCO could be signaling that an overall trend change is shaping up. Plus, shares of ARCO are starting to move within range of triggering a big breakout trade. Market players should now look for long-biased trades in ARCO if it manages to break out above some near-term overhead resistance levels at $6.38 to $6.41 a share and then above its 50-day moving average of $6.44 a share to more key near-term resistance at $7 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above those levels with volume that hits near or above its three-month average action of 813,532 shares. If that breakout develops soon, then ARCO will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance level at $8 to its 200-day moving average of $8.79 a share. Traders can look to buy ARCO off weakness to anticipate that breakout and simply use a stop that sits right below some near-term support at $5.80 a share or right around its 52-week low of $5.40 a share. One can also buy ARCO off strength once it starts to bust above those breakout levels with volume and then simply use a stop that sits a comfortable percentage from your entry point. Sunesis Pharmaceuticals An under-$10 biopharmaceutical player that's quickly moving within range of triggering a big breakout trade is Sunesis Pharmaceutical , which focuses on the development and commercialization of oncology therapeutics for the treatment of solid and hematologic cancers. This stock has been destroyed by the sellers so far in 2014, with shares down sharply by 71%. If you take a glance at the chart for Sunesis Pharmaceuticals, you'll see that this stock recently gapped down sharply from $6.82 a share to below $1.50 a share with monster downside volume. Following that move, shares of SNSS continued to slide lower with the stock making a new 52-week low at $1 a share. That massive collapse in the share price for SNSS has now pushed the stock into extremely oversold territory, since its current relative strength index reading is 22. Oversold can always get more oversold, but shares of SNSS have already started to rebound off at $1 low and it's now quickly moving within range of triggering a big breakout trade. Traders should now look for long-biased trades in SNSS if it manages to break out above some near-term overhead resistance at $1.58 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above that level with volume that registers near or above its three-month average action 2.11 million shares. If that breakout materializes soon, then SNSS will set up re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance level at its gap-down-day high of $2.20 a share. Any high-volume move above $2.20 a share will then give SNSS a chance to re-fill some of its previous gap-down-day zone that started at $6.82 a share. Traders can look to buy SNSS off weakness to anticipate that breakout and simply use a stop that sits right around $1.30 to $1.25 a share. One can also buy SNSS off strength once it starts to take out $1.58 a share with volume and then simply use a stop that sits a comfortable percentage from your entry point. To see more hot under-$10 equities, check out the Stocks Under $10 Setting Up to Explode portfolio on Stockpickr. -- Written by Roberto Pedone in Delafield, Wis. RELATED LINKS: a >>How to Trade the Market's Most-Active Stocks a >>Book Double the Gains With These Shareholder Yield Champs a >>4 Stocks Spiking on Big Volume Follow Stockpickr on Twitter and become a fan on Facebook.

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(Editor's note: This commentary originally appeared Oct. 24 onaReal Money Pro. For access to all of hedge fund manager Doug Kass's strategies and commentaries,aclick here.) NEW YORK (RealMoney) -- Today, and over the course of the past 12 months, investors have begun to take back Amazona CEO Jeff Bezos's "Hall Pass." Amazon continues to fail to exhibit a cash flow return on any investment it makes. I see two potential outcomes for the company in 2015: Using conventional accounting methods, Amazon begins to show a profit in its existing projects. While Amazon possesses certain superior business units (e.g., its dominance in Amazon Web Services), I consider this a low probability. In this scenario, Amazon's share price will likely move towards $400 per share. Investors give up and Amazon's "Hall Pass" is rescinded. I consider this a high probability. Under this scenario, Amazon's share price will likely have a date with $200 per share. Based on conventional accounting methods, last night's third-quarter results were dreadful: The rate of sales growth decelerated to +16% (I can't recall an under-20% quarterly growth rate for this company). Amazon's incremental quarterly sales growth was +$2.2 billion. While most companies would convert about 25% of its marginal gains in revenues into earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (or $525 million), Amazon experienced a -$100 million EBITDA! What makes this conversion so bad is that Amazon's annual sales run rate for 2014ais approximately $910 billion. Depreciation expanded by 50% in the quarter. Capital spending will rise toa$6 billion,afar exceeding cash flow. Amazon is free-cash-flow negative. The company's interest expense is rising faster than sales. Competition is growing more vigorous. Based on preliminary results at (brick-and-mortar)aretailers, other retailers are experiencing superior rates (in their online operations) of sales growth to Amazon. Amazon is valued at 30x EBIT. Finally, on the issue of accounting, the source of most of the unsound "new" accounting conventions and techniques has been sourced by new Internet and social media companies. But Amazon, it appears, has introduced a new convention in accounting: "constant currency," which assumes no fluctuations in exchange rates. It is calculated using a base of optimal exchange rates for the reporting company. In last night's earnings release, Amazon highlights revenue gains at +20% while the income statement shows a gain of only +16%. (Note to self: A company cannot pay dividends or service its debt by using "constant currencies.") Amazon -- the wonderful folks who originally delivered the concept of "stock-based compensation" -- is back on new and "inventive accounting" ground. Accept thisaaccounting visionareluctantly and avoid Amazon's shares.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Lear Corp. are up 5.01% to $89.85 after the major maker of automotive seats reported third quarter income of $140.1 million, up from $112.8 million for the same period a year ago, the Wall Street Journal reports. Excluding some items, the company reported earnings of $1.93 a share, above analysts' estimates of $1.88. The Michigan-based company increased its full-year adjusted profit forecast to between $640 million and $655 million, from $610 million to $645 million. 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. Lear repurchased more than 1 million shares in the latest quarter, and has bought back 29.3 million shares since 2011, the Journal noted. "We continue to believe our shares are undervalued and the outlook for the business is good," Lear CEO Matthew Simoncini told investors. "We feel the market condition should be opportunistic." TheStreet Ratings team rates LEAR CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of A-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate LEAR CORP (LEA) 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, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: LEA's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 9.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 11.5%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share. The stock has risen over the past year as investors have generally rewarded the company for its earnings growth and other positive factors like the ones we have cited in this report. 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. The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Auto Components industry average. The net income increased by 8.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $137.30 million to $148.50 million. Net operating cash flow has increased to $229.20 million or 13.69% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -23.15%. LEAR CORP has improved earnings per share by 13.1% 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, LEAR CORP reported lower earnings of $4.99 versus $13.00 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($7.91 versus $4.99). You can view the full analysis from the report here: LEA 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, CALIF. (TheStreet) -- With Microsoft's stock trading higher on Friday, Wall Street is giving CEO Satya Nadella the equivalent of a pat on the back for a job well done in the company's fiscal year 2015 first quarter. The Redmond, WA.-based company earned an adjusted 54 cents a share on $23.20 billion in revenue, compared to Thomson Reuters estimates of 50 cents a share on $22 billion in revenue. The better-than-expected results included $1.14 billion in integration and restructuring expenses, which had a negative impact on earnings of 11 cents per share. Nadella also provided light guidance for Microsoft's second quarter, but neither of theseadetrimental factors weighed down the stock. Read More:aHere's the Really Smart Thing Microsoft Could Do With Minecraft "It appears CEO Nadella is infusing new DNA," Oppenheimer Analyst Shaul Eyal wrote in a Friday research note. "The company remains laser focused on execution."aEyal maintained his price target of $50 and "outperform" rating. Kevin Buttigieg of MKM Partnersaalsoagave a positive review of thearefocused productivity and platform company. "Microsoft is largely growing in the cloud and, after competitor missteps, appears to be the best positioned large cap tech stock to weather the cloud transition," Buttigieg said in a research note. All things considered, analysts and investors liked what they saw from Microsoft and believe the company, with Nadella at the helm zeroing in on cost-cutting efforts and the surging cloud business, is now on the right track. Here are the three most important things in Microsoft's earnings: Cloud + Xbox + Surface 3 = Microsoft 2.0. Microsoft's commercial cloud business grew 128% year-over-year with help from Office 365 and Azure, and the company surprised with strong Xbox and Surface Pro 3 sales. Microsoft sold 2.4 million Xbox consoles in the quarter for 102% year-over-year growth (though it did not break down Xbox One sales), and it reported computing and gaming hardware revenue of $2.46 billion, $600 million higher than consensus estimates. Surface revenue improved to $908 million, more than doubling year over year. "Commercial cloud business has seen five straight quarters of triple digit growth. Consumer Office now has greater than 7 million subscribers, and greater than 60% of Azure customers are using at least one premium service," Oppenheimer's Eyal noted. Even Microsoft's phone hardware, which contributed $2.61 billion in revenue, came in slightly higher than guidance on the back of 9.3 million Nokia Lumia sales. "Upside was largely driven by cloud, Xbox, Surface 3 and phones, demonstrating that Microsoft has decoupled itself from the PC cycle," Pacific Crest's Brendan Barnicle wrote in the firm's note. Super Savings. What Credit Suisse analyst Philip Winslow referred to as "far better cost controls" contributed to a higher than expectedaoperating margin, which excludes restructuring expenses, coming in at 30.1% versus a consensus estimate of 26.5%. "Cost efficiencies carried the day," Bank of America Merrill Lynch Research Analyst Kash Rangan wrote in the firm's report. Margins are alsoaexpectedato get better. "It's likely that operating margin bottomed in FQ1," Pacific Crest's Barnicle said. "The stock will be propelled by cost cuts and beat on conservative guidance." Pacific Crest has a 12 month price target of $54. Near-Term Negatives. In the short-term, Microsoft will continue to face negative headwind aroundaits legacy business as "declining PC volumes ... impact the high margin Windows and Office franchises," MKM's Buttigieg said.aIn the first quarter, Windows OEM revenue declined 2% from the year ago quarter, Office Consumer revenue deflated by 5%, and Windows Phone revenue plunged 46%. In the December quarter, Devices and Consumer Licensing revenue is expected to come in flat based on company guidance of $4 billion to $4.2 billion. In addition, Microsoftadisappointed analysts with light guidance of $25.4 billion to $26.5 billion in revenue for the second quarter, coming in below estimates of $26 billion to $28 billion. Several analysts noted, however, that the guidance is extra conservativeaand they expect Microsoft to beat. Read More:aSteve Ballmer's Mixed Legacy at Microsoft --Written by Jennifer van Grove in San Diego, Calif. >Contact by Email. Follow @jbruin

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) –- Comerica areported disappointing third-quarter earnings last week, but investors shouldn'tabe concernedabecause the bank still shows signs of strength.a The 35th-largest bank in the United States by total assetsahad beat on earningsafor six consecutive quarters until it missed Wall Street's profit estimatesafor the third quarter by 2 cents.aIt was a streak not seen in the banking sectorafor some time because revenue has generally fallen withainterest rates.a Must Read: 12 Stocks Warren Buffett Loves in 2014 Comerica shares are down 10%afor the month and 4.8% for the year to date. However,athe bank continues to reward investors by buying back shares and paying a dividend.a The company's third-quarter profitawasn't bad either. The company said profit of $154 million was up 4% from a year earlier, while earnings per share of 82 cents a share wereaup by more thana5%. On a segmentabasis, the 16.7% year-over-year profit jump in Comerica's retail bank segment showed some of the company's best performance in almost two years. Comerica continues to boast strong operational efficiency with aa4.8% year-over-year decline in non-interest expense.aThis is a fixed cost that banks need to run their businesses, including employee salaries, property leases and equipment. With low interest ratesahurting banks' revenue growth Comerica is finding ways to lessen the burden on profits. The company's 12 basis point, year-over-year decline in net interest margins should be taken in the context of how bad things could have been without the cut in expenses. Even with the decline in net interest margins,anet interest income increased to $415 million, climbing almost half of a percent to 0.48% from a year earlier. That, coupled with the 37.5% year-over-year decline in provisions for credit losses, suggests that Comerica is securing higher-quality loans or those less likely to go into default. Likewise, with a 2% year-over-year decline in its allowance for loan losses,aComerica is becoming less risky. This is the portion of its loan portfolio that it thinksait won't be able to collect. Must Read:aWhy Wells Fargo Is the Best Bank Stock and Still Has Room to Run With both provisions for credit lossesaand allowance for loan lossesaheading in the right direction, Comerica should be able to increaseaits earnings. Ralph Babb,aComerica's chairman and chief executive, noted during the company's conference call, "The third quarter reflected broad-based average loan growth as well as significant deposit growth across virtually all business lines." Not everything was so good, starting with the 13.3% year-over-year decline in Comerica's wealth management segment.aLikewise, consumer loans didn't grow as quickly as they did in the second quarter, upajust 1% sequentially. Babb noted that the slower pace is due to seasonality.aFourth-quarter growth isn't expected to rebound any faster, especially in a sluggish economy. That hasn't kept Comerica fromareturning value to shareholders. During the quarter it bought backa1.2 million shares, worth abouta$59 million. When combined with its 1.90% yield,athis means Comerica has used more than 60% of its third-quarter profits to pay shareholders, making it one of the most generous payers in the sector.a Must Read:aWhy More Bank IPOs Could Suffer After Lackluster Citizens Bank IPO At the time of publication, the author held no position in any of the stocks mentioned. Follow @Richard_WSPB // 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"); // ]]> This article is commentary by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage. TheStreet Ratings team rates COMERICA INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate COMERICA INC (CMA) 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 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 somewhat disappointing return on equity." You can view the full analysis from the report here: CMA Ratings Report

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are like the Guantanamo Bay prison: the Obama administration has wanted to shut them down for years, but can't quite figure out a way to do it. Since the 2008 financial crisis, when the government bailed out Fannie and Freddie, the two agencies have remained integralato a functioning mortgage market. That's why government efforts to wind down the two institutions have gone nowhere. It may also be why the shares have bounced back in recent days after a stunning legal decisionaon Sept. 30 that sent the common shares of both companies tumblingaby 40%. Read More: Obama AIG Fix-It-Man Bets on Fannie and Freddie The investmentsalater won support from Pershing Square Capital Management's Bill Ackman, climbing some 20% on Oct. 13 after the hedge fund manager told Bloombergathat he had bought more shares of the two stocks despite the legal defeat. Fannie shares were up 1.32% to $2.31 on Friday afternoon while Freddie was trading at $2.23, up .9% on the day and more than 50% from lows set on Oct. 2 following the U.S. District court decision in which Justice Royce Lamberth threw out several shareholder lawsuits against the U.S. government. Shareholders, including Fairholme Funds and Perry Capital, are appealing that decision, however, and several other related cases, including a lawsuit brought by Ackman, are pending. Many investors had been relying on the courts to restore their rights to a share of Fannie and Freddie profits, taken away by a 2012 amendmentato the Treasury's 2008 preferred stock purchase agreement (PSPA) in those government sponsored entities (GSEs). The amendment swept all the GSEs profits into the Treasury, minus a minimal capital cushion. "No one knows where all the lawsuits go," wrote Rob Zimmer, a former Freddie Mac lobbyist who now runs his own public affairs firm, TVDC, in an email exchange. "Investors could lose them all. But then we're back to square one: what do you do with investors in these profitable companies?"a While several bills have been introduced in Congress to wind the GSEs down and eventually close them, none of the bills has been able to gather enough support to warrant a vote by the full House or Senate, to say nothing of passing both chambers. Analysts are now predicting legislative action to determine the fate of Fannie and Freddieacould be at least three years away. In the meantime, the U.S. government, led by Fannie and Freddie continues to be virtually the only game in town when it comes to guaranteeing new mortgages. Must Read:aAckman Unveils Fannie and Freddie Strategy Some commentatorsaare now urging Fannie and Freddie's regulator, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, bypass Congress and take the entities out of conservatorship.a The first step to doing this would be to build capital in Fannie and Freddie, allowing them to keep more of their profits instead of giving the bulk of them to the Treasury as it is required to do as per the 2012 amendment to the PSPA. In other words, it would require the FHFA to break the rules governing the Treasury's investment. FHFA spokeswoman Corinne Russell declined to comment on whether the FHFA would move to end GSE conservatorship on its own without waiting for Congress to decide Fannie and Freddie's fate. That may sound implausible, butaRafferty Capital Markets analyst Dick Bove, who has been bullish on Fannie and Freddie shares, points toathe law governing the U.S. conservatorship of Fannie and Freddie, the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008a(HERA). It requires the FHFA as conservator to "ensure that each regulated entity operates in a safe and sound manner, including maintenance of adequate capital and internal controls." The FHFA "can't create one company that's going to be ensuring trillions of dollars' worth of mortgages without having any capital. The company has to have capital, and for the company to have capital it's got to have shareholders," Bove said in an interview. While Fannie and Freddie set aside a portion of profits as a reserve against potential losses, that number shrinks annually until it hits zero in 2018. "Because we are permitted to retain only a limited and decreasing amount of capital reserves through 2017, we may not have sufficient reserves to avoid a net worth deficit if we experience a comprehensive loss in a future quarter," states Fannie Mae in its 2013 10-K report to shareholders. However, pursuant to its 2008 investments in Fannie and Freddie,athe Treasury would make up any deficit were Fannie and Freddie to experience one. That agreement may be enough to give the FHFA confidence that it has fulfilled its obligations under HERA. Still, any move by the FHFA to build capital in Fannie and Freddie independent of the Treasury backstop would undoubtedly send shares surging higher, never mind what is happening in the courts. Must Read:aSenator Stumbles in Fannie and Freddie Shareholder Defense Follow @dan_freed

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Oilfield services giant Halliburton is optimistic about its future, despite the tumbling crude prices, but analysts see a major challenge ahead with a possibility of oil falling to $75 a barrel in 2015. The Houston-based company released its third-quarter results on Mondayashowingarevenue climbed by 16% from the same quarter last year to $8.7 billion due to higher drilling activity in North America and strong growth in international markets. Halliburton's net income, excluding one-time items, rose 43% from last year to $1.19 a share, thanks to more than 30% increase in adjusted operating income from North America. With a strong performance, Halliburton ended up beating the market's revenue and earnings estimates, as per data compiled by Thomson Reuters. Must Read:aStruggling Emerge Energy Is Ready to Soar on Oil Price Recovery Further, Halliburton's CEO Dave Lesar said during the conference call the company has "not received any indication" of a slowdown in oil and gas drilling activity, despite lower crude prices. The company's peers Schlumberger and Baker Hughes also gave similar comments when they released their quarterly results last week. The world's leading oilfield services provider Schlumberger went even further by suggesting an increase in oil and gas spending in 2015 on the back of ever-increasing global oil demand. Fadel Gheit, senior analyst at Oppenheimer told TheStreet in an email interview that no oilfield services company, however big or small, is immune to lower oil prices.aAll oil-producing companies will be "forced to cut spending" if oil prices do not recover "as their operating cash flow will fall short of capital spending," heasaid. Drilling activity will suffer if that happens, dragging the future growth of Halliburton as well as its peers. Halliburton did not witness any drop in drilling activity in the third quarter which is due, in part, to relatively better oil prices. For the three months ending September, the futures for WTI oil were trading above $90 a barrel. At this level, according to an Oct. 14 reportaby the International Energy Agency, nearly all of the North American oil projects would be profitable. Must Read:aHow to Tell if Cimarex Energy Is a Gusher Waiting to Erupt However, the equation changes with WTI hovering at the current levels of around $80 a barrel. At this price, Edward Morse, prominent energy economist and the head of commodities research at Citigroup, wrote in an Oct. 14 research report, the shale oil and gas production could begin to be impacted. Things could get worse if the price falls, and sticks, to $75 a barrel when the oil and gas producers could start scaling back some of the drilling rigs, which will result in lower levels of activity and a meaningful drop in production growth, Morse wrote. This could be particularly troubling for Halliburton since the company is the world's leading provider of fracking services to shale producers. However, Halliburton's Lesar said lower prices "are not sustainable" in the long run and the market conditions could improve "in a relatively short period of time." Citi's Morse is also optimistic, saying the oil prices could start to rise from the fourth quarter. Refineries willagradually become fully operational during that period, increasing demand, following the end of the seasonal maintenance that occurs in September and October. This could be followed by additional recovery with WTI prices averaging at $89.5 a barrel in 2015. That said, Morse has also warned that without meaningful production cuts from OPEC nation, WTI could fall to as low as $75 a barrel in 2015. When contacted, Halliburton's spokeswoman did not provide any additional comments to TheStreet besides what was discussed in the earnings call this week. Halliburton's shares have climbed around 9% this year, currently trading at $55.30. Must Read:aEnergen Hedges Bet in Difficult Oil Pricing Environment 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.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- For hardcore beer lovers, fall isn't all about pumpkin-spice ales and Octoberfest seasonals. A rare brew that you may not have heard of is only available when the weather starts to turn cold: "wet" or "fresh" hop beers. Wet hop beers are those made using hops that have just been picked off the vine. Most beers are made with dried hops that are preserved in kilns immediately after they are harvested. An increasing number of breweries are using wet hops to make beers. Using wet hops to make beer is like using fresh herbs and spices as opposed to dried ones -- the basic idea is the same but the final results can vary.a Most wet hop beers come from small craft breweries, but the larger ones like Sierra Nevada and Lagunitas make wet hop beers, too.a Here are 18 wet hop beers you should try that you can only get right now.a Amarillo Fresh Hop Pale Ale, 6.0% ABV Reuben's Brews, Seattle a Born Yesterday Pale Ale, 6.2% ABV Lagunitas Brewing Co., Lagunitas, Calif. Breakside IPA, 6.4% Breakside Brewery, Portland, Oreg. Must Read: Can These 22 New Restaurant Foods and Drinks Feed Investors Too? Day Trip, 7.5% ABV Wildcard Brewing Co., Redding, Calif. Fresh Hop Red Ale, 7.4% ABV Liquid Mechanics Brewing Co., Lafayette, Colo. Must Read: 12 Stocks Warren Buffett Loves in 2014 Gargoyle IPA, 7.3% ABV Stone Brewing Co., Escondido, Calif. Green Magic, 6.0% ABV Mazama Brewing, Crovallis, Oreg. Heavy Handed IPA, 6.7% Two Brothers Brewing Co., Warrenville, Ill. Must Read: Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino and 14 More Fatty Drinks It Makes Journey to Planet Fresh-Hop, 6.1% ABV Wild Ride Brew Co., Redmond, Oreg. Northern Hemisphere Harvest, 6.7% ABV Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Chico, Calif. Must Read: John Cena’s 10 Biggest World Wrestling Entertainment Rivalries Ever Putah Creek Wet Hop Lager, 6.0% ABV Sudwerk Brewing Co., Davis, Calif. So Fresh & So Green, Green, 6.6% ABV Terrapin Beer Co., Athens, Ga. Sticky Fingers Fresh-Hopped Ale, 6.3% ABV Crazy Mountain Brewery, Edwards, Colo. Superdamp, 6.9% ABV Comrade Brewing, Denver Must Read: 17 New Hollywood Movies You Will Want to See Over the Holidays Toad the Wet Hop Ale, 5.6% ABV Green Man Brewing Co., Asheville, NC Volume 4, 7.5% ABV 3 Sheeps Brewing Co., Sheboygan, Wisc. Warrior IPA, 7.3% ABV Left Hand Brewing Co., Longmont, Colo. Wet Hop Ale, 6.4% ABV Rogue Ales and Spirits, Newport, Oreg. Read More:aWhat 'Wet Hop' Beers Are and Why You Should Try Them Right Now More Slideshows You Might Like Billionaires' Bad Bets: Their Worst Performing Stocks of 2014 Pets and Space: What Toy Retailers Hope Will Be Hot This Holiday 23 Countries Where the Rich Make the Most Money

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Riverbed Technology shares are up 0.75% to $18.76 on Friday after the IT solutions provider reported third quarter earnings that were in line with estimates. The company's net income during the period was $11.5 million, or 30 cents per diluted share, on an adjusted basis, in line with expectations 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. Revenue for the period wasa$276.4 million, which fell short of analysts guidance of $280 million. The company also guided fourth quarter earnings below expectations, saying that it expects to see non-GAAP revenues between $285 and $290 million and earnings between 31 cents and 33 cents per diluted share. Analysts are expecting revenue of $299.6 million and earnings of 35 cents per diluted share. TheStreet Ratings team rates RIVERBED TECHNOLOGY INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate RIVERBED TECHNOLOGY INC (RVBD) 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, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that we feel that the company's cash flow from its operations has been weak overall." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: You can view the full analysis from the report here: RVBD Ratings Report RVBD 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 SodaStream International Ltda are soaring, up 16.66% to $24.72 in midday trading, after the Israeli company struck a deal with beverage giant PepsiCo today calling itaa "small-scale, limited time test", CNBCareports. Theahome beverage maker agreed to a deal for aa10-week test run in Tampa and Orlando in Florida. The company said it would sell some of PepsiCo'sabrands through its soda machines on a test basis later this year, and is not currently in talks for a broader agreement, SodaStreamasaid in a regulatory filing, Reuters reports. 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. SodaStream's carbonation systems canatransfer tap water into carbonated soft drinks and sparkling water, but has largely underperformed among industry leaders like Pepsico and The Coca-Cola Co. . Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates SODASTREAM INTERNATIONAL LTD as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate SODASTREAM INTERNATIONAL LTD (SODA) 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 reasonable valuation levels. 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." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 5.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 6.6%. 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. SODA's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.11 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 1.02, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems. Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 105.09% to $0.64 million when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow of 105.09%, SODASTREAM INTERNATIONAL LTD is still growing at a significantly lower rate than the industry average of 246.41%. SODASTREAM INTERNATIONAL LTD's earnings per share declined by 28.3% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. Earnings per share have declined over the last year. We anticipate that this should continue in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, SODASTREAM INTERNATIONAL LTD reported lower earnings of $1.96 versus $2.09 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 33.2% in earnings ($1.31 versus $1.96). 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 Household Durables industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 28.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $12.86 million to $9.24 million. You can view the full analysis from the report here: SODA 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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Updated from 9:53 a.m. to include thoughts from Deutsche Bank analyst. NEW YORK (TheStreet) - Amazon shares plunged 7.6% in early trading to $289.35 following the online retailer's disappointing quarterly earnings. The Seattle's e-commerce giant's third quarter was marred by poor Fire phone sales, weak digital media sales and foreign exchange issues, among other issues. The company reported late Thursday a net loss of $437 million, or 95 cents a share, compared to a net loss of $41 million, or 9 cents a share a year earlier, and expectations for a loss of 74 cents a share. Sales of $20.58 billion also came in shy of estimates. Investors were also displeased with Amazon's sales growth forecast for the holiday quarter. The company forecast fourth-quarter sales to rise between 7% and 18% over last year, lower than the current average analysts' projection of 18% sales growth. Must Read: 10 Stocks Carl Icahn Loves in 2014 Here's what analysts have to say about Amazon. Chad Bartley, Pacific Crest Securities (Outperform, $435 PT) Results were disappointing, but much less so excluding the Fire phone. We are buyers of AMZN on weakness due to the relatively strong Q4 guidance, after adjusting for currency, and our new outlook for nearly stable operating margin in 2015. Must Read: Is Amazon Trying To Do Too Much? Robert Peck, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey (Buy, $360 PT) At first blush, Amazon had a very difficult 3Q, missing revenue and profit estimates. However, we think the results and guidance, while not robust, are more in-line with consensus when adjusting for several one-timers and [foreign exchange]: 2) Gross profit grew ~30%; 3) gross margin and operating margin beat estimates; 4) N. America Media deceleration a negative on rent vs. buy shift; 5) Investments continue in Int'l, dragging margins lower and; 6) Revenue guidance in-line with Street at high-end ex. FX. Amazon remains a category leader, investing in growth areas and while long term cash flow returns remain a question, we feel valuation is discounting the risk at these levels. Our year end 2015 price target shifts to $360 from $380, and is based on our central tendency of value methodology employing our sum of parts analysis as well as multiples of 15x EV/EBITDA and 35x P/E vs. revenue growth of ~20% and EBITDA growth >30%. Jason Helfstein, Oppeneheimer (Outperform, $372 PT) We are maintaining our Outperform rating, despite weaker 3Q gross profit and 4Q guidance, driven by the Fire Phone write-off. Excluding this charge, eCommerce GP/customer increased a healthy 10% y/y vs. +11% in 1H14. US EGM accelerated, while Int'l EGM growth was roughly the same, ex currency. Lastly, AWS growth accelerated q/q, and should grow sequentially in 4Q. However, we are decreasing our target to $372 from $415 on lower long-term estimates for Media, which is seeing materially slower growth. Management blamed weaker Media on less aggressive discounting vs. last year and shift in textbooks to rentals. We also believe that a larger Prime library is resulting in fewer media purchases. Decreasing '14E SOI by 5%, '15E largely unchanged. Heath Terry, Goldman Sachs (Buy, $360 PT) Amazon reported 3Q revenue of $20.6bn (+20.4% yoy vs. +23.2% in 2Q), at the midpoint of guidance but below consensus at $20.8bn. Adjusted op. income margin was -0.7%, below consensus at 0.0% on a $170mn Fire Phone inventory write-down. Ex-FX revenue growth decelerated to +20% from +22% in 2Q as NA media decelerated ~9pp on a tougher comp and the shift from textbook sales to rentals, while international growth slowed due in part to the Japanese consumption tax increase. 4Q revenue guidance of $27.3-$30.3bn was below consensus of $30.9bn while GAAP op. income guidance of $(570)-$430mn compared to consensus of $454.2mn. Despite these issues operating cash flow was $1.8bn, +27% yoy. We remain CL-Buy as we believe the investments in infrastructure currently pressuring margins will payoff in the form of additional market share gains and continued high returns on invested capital. Stephen Ju, Credit Suisse (Outperform, $395 PT) Ongoing investments into its many initiatives including AWS and geo expansion masked the gross margin expansion benefits in its retail business which was 239bp (less $170mm in Fire Phone write downs vs 226bp in 2Q14 and 175bp in 1Q14). AMZN continues to reap the benefits from fulfillment center maturation and shipping fee savings given closer proximity to its user base. As we do not believe management's discipline around investments has changed over the years, we remain buyers of AMZN shares and maintain our Outperform rating especially as it remains out of favor as the aforementioned margin expansion in its core retail franchise is strong evidence of its ability to deliver long-term shareholder value creation. Ross Sandler, Deutsche Bank (Buy, $350 PT) At first glance, AMZN's results and guidance looked weak, but after backing out the $170m write off for the Kindle Fire Phone, GP growth was 29% , solid and in-line with last quarter. Unit growth of 21% decelerated, but also didn't include the text-book rentals. 4Q guidance was weak across the board, with revenue growth of 12.5% at the mid point, reflecting a ~200bp deceleration in GP to 27% ex-fx. Frustration with AMZN is reaching peak levels, and we think shares could find support at 1x GMV, or around $280, but as we previewed we are struggling to identify a catalyst to break the negative momentum. Maintain Buy on long term outlook Must Read: Love Amazon Stock as Much as Amazon the Company 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 Must Read: 3 Biggest Takeaways From Netflix's Latest Earnings Report -Written by Laurie Kulikowski in New York. Follow @LKulikowski // 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) -- On Thursday, shares of Celgene climbed 5.9% after beating revenue and EPS estimates. On Friday, the stock continued its move higher on what Cramer, the co-manager of the Action Alerts PLUS portfolio, called an "amazing" earnings report.a "This thing is going right to $120," Cramer said on CNBC's "Cramer's Mad Dash" TV show, adding that Gilead Sciences will likely trade higher as well. Must Read: 7 Stocks Warren Buffett Is Selling in 2014 He said Celgene's CEO Robert Hugin is doing a great job, as the company continues to develop more and more drugs and treatments.a Cramer likes the biotech industry, as the group continues to move higher. He pointed out that Regeneron is also making new all-time highs, as it surpasses $400 per share.a Finally, he said Bristol-Myers Squibb "delivered a very fine quarter" and is a core stock that investors can plan to hold for the next five years. The company has a very good anti-cancer franchise and is doing a lot of things right, Cramer concluded.a Must Read: Looking for Solid Dividends? 5 Energy Stocks to Consider -- Written by Bret Kenwella Follow @BretKenwell

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Heading into the final hour of trading, U.S. stock markets were heading for the biggest weekly gain of 2014, as economic data and corporate earnings overshadowed concerns of a eurozone recession and a slowing of growth in China. On Friday, investors sent markets higher despite weaker-than-forecast housing data and the potential foraover two-dozen European banks to fail upcoming European Central Bank-administered stress tests.a The S&P 500 was upa0.67%, while the Nasdaq and Dow Jones Industrial Average were trading up 0.45% and up 0.56%, respectively. Must Read: Warren Buffett's Top 10 Dividend Stocks New home sales for September rose 0.2% to 467,000, a report from the Census Bureau showed, slightly below the 470,000 sales economists had forecast. Meanwhile, August home sales were revised downward by 38,000 sales to 466,000.aWhile new home sales data disappointed on Friday, existing home sales hit a one-year high earlier this week, reflecting the benefit of falling mortgage interest rates. "The story remains unchanged -- consumers strapped with debt and minimal savings, are struggling to afford large purchases without significant income growth," Lindsey Piegza, chief economist at Sterne Agee said in reaction to new home sales data. In corporate news, Amazon drove trading after reporting a loss of 95 cents a share on revenue of $20.6 billion, missing estimates of a loss of 75 cents and revenue of $20.85 billion. Fourth-quarter revenue guidance also came in below expectations, pushing shares lower by over 8%. Amazon’s earnings shortfall followed a string of notable third quarter misses, which have caused investors to rethink their outlook on some of the largest companies in America. IBM tumbled to multi-year lows after scrapping a 2015 profit goal, and Coca-Cola similarly told investors it would fall short of of long-standing earnings targets. Companies seen as economic bellwethers in the U.S. such as Ford , General Motors , Caterpillar and airlines all reported strong earnings, reinforcing the idea that the U.S. economy continues to grow at a steady pace. Automaker Fordareported better-than-forecast third-quarter earnings, reporting a profit of 24 cents a share for the quarter that exceeded analyst estimates by 5 cents. Those earnings came a day after General Motors reported strong third-quarter results, highlighted by a 7% rise in car sales in North America. As a whole, the airline sector reported a $4 billion profit for the third quarter, Deutsche Bank analysts noted. Those profits amounted to a 31% rise from year-ago levels and reflect new-found pricing power amid industry consolidation and stable consumer spending in the U.S. Consumer goods conglomerate Procter & Gamble met earnings estimates on Friday, reporting core earnings of $1.07 a share on $20.79 billion in revenue. The company said it is planning on splitting off its Duracell battery division in 2015. Procter & Gamble shares were rising nearly 3%. Microsoft reported stronger-than-expected adjusted earnings of 65 cents a share, exceeding estimates by 10 cents. "We view Microsoft's September-quarter as another step in the right direction with cloud at the epicenter of [CEO Satya] Nadella's vision for coming years," Daniel Ives, an analyst with FBR Capital Markets said on Friday.aShares in Microsoft rose more than 1.5% in afternoon trading. Markets in the U.S. were little impacted by a report from Bloomberg that 25 lenders in the eurozone may fail European Central Bank administered stress tests.aBloomberg, citing unnamed sources, said 25 banks are set to fail ECB-administered stress tests. Fifteen banks are expected to technically fail tests, meaning that they will fail but are deemed to be in an adequate capital position after raising new equity in 2014. Ten lenders, the report said, will be asked to raise additional capital. Stress test failures will be concentrated in Italy, Portugal and Greece, Bloomberg said. "This seems more or less in line with what people thought," Peter Tchir, a credit strategist with Brean Capital, said in a note on Friday. "Anyone thinking that European banks would fail en masse and would need to raise copious amounts of money will be severely disappointed," Tchir noted.aStress test results will be released on Sunday. In commodities markets, oil continued to test 2014 lows. NYMEX West Texas Intermediate was trading lower 1.18% at $81.16, while ICE Brent Crude was 0.64% lower at $86.25. The 10-Year Treasury was trading at a yield of 2.227%.a 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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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. are up 2.42% to $53.77 after reporting earnings of $721 million in the 2014 third quarter, or 43 cents per share, compared with $692 million, or 42 cents per share, in the same period a year ago. The earnings per share beat analysts' average estimates of 42 cents per share, according to Reuters. "Our financial results in the third quarter reflect our continued focus on balancing long-term growth with short-term performance, as we achieved significant progress in our pipeline and saw strong in-market performance for key products including Eliquis, Yervoy, Sprycel and Orencia," CEO Lamberto Andreotti 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. Additionally, sales of the drugs Eliquis were $216 million, and sales of Yervoy, Spryel and Orencia increased by 47%, 22%, and 18% respectively. Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB CO as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB CO (BMY) 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 largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins 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." You can view the full analysis from the report here: BMY Ratings Report BMY 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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In the latest international content deal, AMC Networks Inc. is investing $200 million in BBC America, the companies said Friday, Oct. 24. The producer of The Walking Dead, Mad Men and Breaking Bad will take a 49.9% stake in the British Broadcasting Corp.'s U.S. cable network, which carries BBC programs such as science fiction drama Doctor Who, auto show Top Gear and documentary series Planet Earth. BBC America will remain a separate network, alongside AMC, IFC, WE tv, and SundanceTV. AMC will operate BBC America "consistent with BBC's editorial standards and policies," and consolidate the results in its financial reports. AMC and BBC have collaborated on projects such as dramatic series Top of the Lake, and said they will continue to explore joint production opportunities. Shares of AMC gained 30 cents, or 0.5%, to $58.74 on Friday morning. The deal follows AMC's €750 million ($950 million) purchase of Liberty Global Inc. 's Chellomedia in February. Chellomedia, which is now re-branded as AMC Networks International, operates cable networks in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. The purchase gave AMC an international distribution network for its programs. Border-crossing content deals have been in vogue. Chinese conglomerate Fosun International Ltd. and Sony Corp. invested in Hollywood startup Studio 8 Holdings LLC over the summer. Softbank Corp. is investing $250 million investment in U.S. film and comic book outfit Legendary Entertainment. Chinese e-commerce group Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. is reportedly exploring an investment Lions Gate Entertainment Corp. . To accelerate its growth in international TV production, Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox is merging production unit Shine Group with Apollo Global Management LLC (APO)'s Core Entertainment Inc. and vast Dutch TV group Endemol Holding BV. To fund the investment in BBC America, AMC will use cash on hand and a $40 million promissory note. AMC received counsel from a Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP team including Kenneth Lefkowitz, Alexander Anderson, Andrew Braiterman, Sarah Downie, William Kolasky, Ethan Litwin, Charles Samuelson and Daniel Schnapp.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) –– Amazon shares may see significant pain over the short term, but the long-term outlook for the Seattle-based online retailer remains positive, making this a buying opportunity for patient investors. Amazon's key metric, according to CFO Tom Szkutak, is maximizing free cash flow, which allows the company to invest in future operations. Must Read: 10 Stocks Billionaire John Paulson Loves in 2014 "Our goal is to maximize free cash flow over the long term," Szkutak said duringaThursday's earnings conference call. "We don't focus on individual margins, but we do focus on the inputs that are going to help drive free cash flow and operating income." Amazon's shares are down 7% Friday, off 27% for the year to date. By maximizing free cash flow, Amazon can focus on investments to expand revenue as well as to keep and attract new customers, including expanding into areas such as hardware, furthering Amazon Web Services' lead, and ramping up the value of Amazon Prime, which in addition to two-day shipping offers video content. The idea behind this is once the investment period is over, Amazon can return to higher operating margins levels. For the third quarter, operating margins were 0.2%. Amazon stated operating cash flow increased 15% year over year to $5.71 billion for the trailing 12amonths, and free cash flow nearly tripled to $1.08 billion for the trailing 12amonths, including the purchase of its new Seattle headquarters for $1.4 billion.a Amazon posted third-quarter results that fell short of Wall Street estimates due to a revenue miss. For the quarter ending Sept. 30, Amazon lost 95 cents a share on $20.58 billion in revenue. Analysts were expecting a loss of 74 cents a share on $20.84 billion. Guidance for the all-important holiday quarter is weak at first blush, with the company expecting sales to be between $27.3 billion and $30.3 billion, below the $30.86 billion forecasted by Thomson Reuters estimates. It also expects to post a wide range of operating results next quarter, between a loss of $570 million and a gain of $430 million, including $470 million in stock based compensation. Jeffrey P. Bezos-led Amazon has been chided before foramaking too many investments in too many projects, including the Amazon Fire Phone, which has been a short-term disaster with the company taking a $170 million writedown on it. Amazon also has $83 million worth of unsold inventory sitting on its books. Though Amazon has been incredibly aggressive about expanding its business in hardware as well as software (Amazon Prime Music, expanded video content on Amazon Prime and other initiatives), comments made by Szkutak on the call seem to suggest the company's outlook may be tweaked to focus more on using capital wisely as opposed to using capital for capital's sake. "We certainly will look at making sure that we're using our capital wisely so that over time we get good returns on invested capital and we certainly have been in several years now of what I would call an investment mode and because of the opportunities that we had in front of us," he said. Read More: Is Amazon Trying to Sell Too Much Stuff? Despite the third-quarter results and fourth-quarter outlook shortfall -- a negative foreign currency headwind hurt the topline forecast by nearly 250 basis points -- there were bright spots, according to Canccord Genuity analyst Michael Graham. He rates Amazon a hold and lowered his price target to $310 following the results. Graham noted the company's third-party (3P) business, in which sellers list their products on Amazon, continues to see strong growth, now accounting for 42% of units sold. Amazon Web Services (AWS) continues to see strong growth, at over 90%. Though Amazon has never been run for 90-day increments and the short-term demands of Wall Street, to say it does not care about investors, despite having made less than $2 billion in profit in the past 20 years is false. (For comparison's sake, Apple amost recently had a quarteranet profit of $8.5 billion.) Investor confidence matters to Amazon not because investors are funding 'losses' (they aren't) but because staff are mostly paid in stock — Benedict Evans (@BenedictEvans) October 23, 2014 Amazon is still likely to remain in investment mode for some time to come, according to JMP Securities analyst Ronald Josey, with the major areas being "fulfillment and sortation centers, devices, content, international expansion, and AWS." Given the constraints the company saw in its Media business a-- Amazon noted Media growth slowed to 4% year over year, citing consumers renting textbooks more than buying -- the content strategy may shift a bit, allowing it to focus on higher return on investment (ROI) initiatives. Investors may not begin asking for Bezos' head following a 10-year return of more than 700%, compared to a 133% gain in the Nasdaq. However, some financial discipline may be forthcoming, showing that Bezos' long-term plan has an endgame that will demonstrate Amazon's true earnings power, getting back to the roughly 8% operating margins seen as recently as 2008. Read More: 10 Best Apple Products Ever --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 Pfizer Inc are climbing, up 1.68% to $29.08 in midday trading, after theaU.S. drug maker announced late yesterday that it willacontinue buying back stock, deflating expectations that it will make a new bid to buy British rivalaAstraZeneca a,aReuters reports. Earlier this year Pfizer failed in its $118 billion bid to buy AstraZeneca but would have another chance from late November under British takeover rules, Reuters added. The board authorizing the new $11 billion share repurchase plan was in addition to the $1.3 billion remaining on its current share buyback program. 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. Also,aPfizer declared a 26 cent fourth quarter dividend on its common stock, payable Dec. 2 to shareholders, marking the 304thaconsecutive quarterly dividend paid by the company. Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates PFIZER INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate PFIZER INC (PFE) 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 largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations 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: The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.49, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. To add to this, PFE has a quick ratio of 2.03, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs. The gross profit margin for PFIZER INC is currently very high, coming in at 85.17%. It has increased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 22.92% is above that of the industry average. Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $4,087.00 million or 6.71% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, PFIZER INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -50.80%. PFIZER INC's earnings per share declined by 10.0% 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, PFIZER INC increased its bottom line by earning $1.65 versus $1.20 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.24 versus $1.65). You can view the full analysis from the report here: PFE 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 Synaptics were falling 15.9% to $61.62 Friday after missing analysts' estimates for earnings and revenue in the fiscal first quarter. The application software company reported earnings of $1.04 a share for the fiscal first quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $1.20 a share. Revenue grew 27% from the year-ago quarter to $282.7 million, below analysts' estimates of $288 million for the quarter. "Our performance in the first quarter reflected weaker than expected customer demand trends in the mobile market, offset by greater than anticipated demand in the PC market," president and CEO Rick Bergman said in a statement. 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. Synaptics expects revenue of $415 million to $450 million for the fiscal second quarter, below analysts' estimates of $465 million for the quarter. TheStreet Ratings team rates SYNAPTICS INC as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate SYNAPTICS INC (SYNA) a BUY. This is driven by a few notable 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, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income." You can view the full analysis from the report here: SYNA Ratings Report SYNA 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 Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. are lower by 1.84% to $30.86 in late morning trading on Friday, after the company reported adjusted net income and revenue for the 2014 third quarter that fell short of analysts' expectations. The independent oil and gas company said adjusted net income for the most recent quarter was $85 million, or 20 cents per share, compared to $74.6 million, or 18 cents per share for the 2013 third quarter. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected Cabot Oil to report earnings of 22 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. Cabot Oil said its operating revenue for the latest quarter was $512 million, compared to $435.8 million for the same period last year. Analysts had forecast revenue of $515.76 for the 2014 third quarter. Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates CABOT OIL & GAS CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate CABOT OIL & GAS CORP (COG) 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 robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself." You can view the full analysis from the report here: COG Ratings Report COG 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) -- Edwards Lifesciences shares are up 11.13% to $116.90 on Friday after reporting its third quarter earning results and raising its full year forecast. The medical device maker reported earnings of 80 cents per diluted share on an adjusted basis, 8 cents better than analysts were expecting for the period. 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 raised its full year EPS outlook to between $3.33 and $3.39, ahead of analysts $3.30 expectations, while also saying that it expects to exceed the top line of its $2.05 billion to $2.25 billion revenue view for the year. The company also posted a year over year 22.6% rise in revenue toa$607.4 million, soundly beating analysts expectations of $546.3 million. TheStreet Ratings team rates EDWARDS LIFESCIENCES CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate EDWARDS LIFESCIENCES CORP (EW) 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 revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and compelling growth in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: You can view the full analysis from the report here: EW Ratings Report EW 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) --aGoPro has one major issue, TheStreet's Jim Cramer, co-manager of the Action Alerts PLUS portfolioasaid on Friday, which is that the company can'tameet the incredibly high demand for its products.a GoPro, the maker of wearable and mountable action and consumer cameras, has enjoyed a solid 2014. Shares are up a whopping 139% this year, but are down some 5.6% on Friday.a On CNBC's "Cramer's Mad Dash" segment, Cramer attributed the stock's decline to a recent downgrade. Oppenheimer & Company initiated the stock as a "sell" and issued a $45 price target.a "Im not crazy about the valuation," he admitted, but disagreed with the analyst who also cited that GoPro has a shrinking growth outlook and unrealistic expectations.a The company can't even meet demand, especially for the holidays, Cramer reasoned. International demand has been "incredible," he added, which is impressive considering that GoPro hasn't even focused on international expansion yet.a If the stock pulls back a little more, Cramer wants to take the opposite side of the analyst and buy the stock. The story for GoPro "is far from over," he concluded.a Must Read:aJack Bogle on Warren Buffett, Bill Gross and How to Invest in Volatile Markets -- Written by Bret Kenwell Follow @BretKenwell


NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Semiconductor makeraKLA-Tencor is opting for a type ofacorporate makeover that usually only happens under pressure fromaan activist hedge fund investor. That's good news for KLAC shareholders, but also may be good news for shareholders of competitors in the chip sector. The semiconductor maker said on Thursday evening it will raise $2.5 billion in new debt to pay out a $16.50 a share special dividend and increase its share repurchase program to $1.25 billion. That move came amid a mixed quarter for KLA-Tencor, which likely would have been taken poorly by investors. Must Read: Paper Mills Consider MLP Move, as Perry Waits Surprisingly, no activist investor appears to be involved. There isn't an activist fund among KLA-Tencor's top-15 holders, Bloomberg data shows.aInstead, the company's decision to lever its balance sheet and increase cash payouts to shareholders appears to be a reflection of more predictable business cycles in the semiconductor industry, eliminating a need to stockpile cash for downturns. As of the third quarter, KLA-Tencor had nearly $3 billion in cash and cash equivalents and just $700 million in debt. Other cash-rich semiconductor stocks may start feeling pressure from KLA-Tencor's voluntary fix.aNomura analysts believe LAM Research and Applied Materials have the ability to match KLA-Tencor's leveraged recapitalization. LAM Research has nearly $2 billion in excess cash, while Applied Materials is in the process of closing an all-stock merger with Japan-based Tokyo Electron, which may bolster the company's balance sheet and lower its tax rates. If industrial demand for semiconductors is becoming more predictable, hedge fund shareholders could look at the sector as ripe with cash. "We believe this announcement backs our view that semicaps are becoming industrial: capital spending patterns are becoming less volatile, leading to more predictable free cash flow and higher capital returns," Nomura said of KLA-Tencor's announcement. Credit Suisse analysts believe Teradyne could also leverage its balance sheet and pay out added cash to investors. "We believe KLA-Tencor's actions will lead to increased investor interest in other cash rich SemiCap companies like Teradyne and LAM Research, which can also become more aggressive with cash. We continue to argue multiple expansion for the sector is warranted as investors become more confident in the consistency of cash-flow as cyclical dynamics become more muted," analysts at Credit Suisse noted. KLA Tencor shares were trading higher by over 6% on Friday, while Teradyne shares were over 3% higher. LAM Research and Applied Materials were gaining less than 1%. Must Read: Paper Mills Consider MLP Move, as Perry Waits -- 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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NEW YORK (Real Money) -- When you see a rally like today -- one that takes your breath away in its breadth of stocks that go higher -- you are tempted to use the broad data to explain the performance. Why not? It's easy; it's spoon-fed, and it never sounds wrong.a For example, this morning's jobless claims, when lumped in with the others from the last four weeks, have resulted in the lowest unemployment filings since 2000. Not since the Great Recession, but in the year 2000. That's extraordinary. It's a good reason to buy. Must Read: 12 Stocks Warren Buffett Loves in 2014 Or we can talk about some positive data that came out from China and Europe last night, both of which indicate that all is not lost. I like these news items -- they comply withamy checklist for an investable bottom. That checklist, despite nattering nabobs of naysaying negativity on @JimCramer on Twitter , has nailed this one nine ways to Sunday. Or we can approach it another way and say that the issues that brought the market adown yesterday -- the decline in the price of oil and the shootings in Ottawa -- did not impact the market today because oil went higher and there was no further violence in Canada. This made it clear that the fluid situation that panicked so many in the last hours of trading were behind us. I like these reasons, too. There was a ton of short selling yesterday, with the usual hedge funds saying and doing the usual things about bringing down the market to make their numbers. These people had to scramble like mad to switch directions. They were, as we say, off sides, and they got yellow flagged for it. The ideologues among you can blame the Fed, as if a rally needs to be blamed on anyone because all it does it make 401ks go higher, which I kind of like, even if it makes the Tea Partiers and the short-selling hedge funds angry. I have come to a conclusion that since we have OK growth with no inflation, the endless focus on the Fed is a dodge. Must Read: Warren Buffett's Top 10 Dividend Stocks It is a dodge for those who wants to do no homework on the individual stocks that are providing the leadership for this rally. To do that you have to set the alarm for 3:45 a.m. EDT to read the conference calls and turn off the World Series or Thursday night football to do the same. It's a lot more fun to mouth the same old, same old about the Fed. It requires no homework. It always sounds brilliant -- even if it is wrong. Or you can do what I do: Figure out what's going up, why it is and what its impact is on the market in general. Remember, I said when all of the concerns on my checklist were settled, we would return to the performances of individual companies as measured by their earnings reports and that's what is happening right now. For those of you who want to know how this period is going, let me say that revenues are running at 5% greater and sales are 11% better than last year's reporting period. But as is often the case in the way between the bears and the bulls, what matters is the small unit combat. That is what really decides the battles. It is the individual stocks. I have 10 of them that defined today's action and are, alas, the real reason why we could run so much. Without further ado, let me tell you the 10 names, in alphabetical order, that ignited today's rally with news that shocked people into recognizing the strength of this earnings season. a Must Read: Can These 22 New Restaurant Foods and Drinks Feed Investors Too? Drumroll, please: American Airlines is the bellwether stock in the airline group and one of my favorites ever since the merger between American and US Air, which brought tremendous consolidation, meaning obscene profits, to the group for the first time ever. American's earnings report and commentary were extraordinary, basically saying "buy me" because of fare increases, full planes, great visibility and lower fuel costs. This was an amazing quarter and it ignited the group. A week ago, this stock was knocking at death's door at $28. Today it's at $39. There's a move for you. Caterpillar is every short-seller's favorite pinata for its propensity to miss quarters, blame China and mining and make everyone feel bad who owns it. Funny thing happened here, though. The stock was down huge ahead of the report and when the company reported, there was a major upside surprise. The bears were all over me to say negative things, so let me say this, "Bears: Pound sand." If Caterpillar can do this kind of number when things are bad, what number can it print when things are good? No wonder the company keeps buying back a lot of stock. It's cheap. Celgene delivered a monster beat with its Revlimid sales; its flagship drug is up 19%. It was a breathtaking quarter with fabulous commentary about the success of some of its new cancer drugs. That's right on top of some encouraging news about a breakthrough Crohn's disease therapy. Celgene's the best of the group and it caused the rest of the group to roar, especially Regeneron , which has rallied $12 to an all-time high of $396. Diamond Offshore reported a surprisingly positive number. This group of offshore drilling companies has been in its own personal horrendous bear market. Having one of the weakest ones in the group report an upside surprise allowed the whole heavily shorted cohort to bottom. It looks like Brazil is going to go full bore on drilling, too, which means that the glut of drill ships might be more in the eye of the bearish beholder. Lots of people expected 3M to blow up because of its heavy exposure to overseas markets. The strong dollar, let alone, the weakening geographies pretty much assured a disappointment, no? Whoops, it didn't happen. Just the opposite, 3M reported a picture-perfect number and it caused all the negativists to scramble, which is how that huge stock rallied $7. Inge Thulin, the CEO of 3M gets my award as the best CEO of the reporting period so far. O'Reilly Automotive is a company I don't talk about much. This is a specialty retailer of auto parts that reported a gigantic increase in same-store sales. It has great margins and strong sales. O'Reilly is a reminder of the resilience of the American consumer. What a blow-away number. We have seen a lot of negative commentary and downgrades about the big industrials this quarter. Which is why when Parker-Hannifin shocked the market by announcing a buyback of 35 million shares – heck, there are only 248 million shares outstanding -- and an astounding 31% increase in its dividenda a week ahead of when it reports, people went gaga for the stock, causing it to rally $8. And it isn't done going higher.a You thought the industrials were supposed to be hobbled by Europe, China, whatever? Parker-Hannifin says you thought wrong. ServiceNow is a cloud-based services company that automates enterprise information technology. We have loved this company and brought them on after a recent quarter that was reported when cloud stocks were plummeting -- and despite a fantastic quarter, it got stung anyway. Today, it reported a similarly fantastic quarter and it soared 10%, signaling that the cloud space was ready to run. And that's just what happened to Salesforce.com ,aWorkdaya and the rest of the group. I have loved Union Pacific for so long that I have come to take its amazing earnings for granted. But today's numbers, with net income up 19% and freight volumes up 7% -- including some amazing industrial carload figures -- astonished me. U.S. commerce is on fire, people. Blame the Fed? How about blame corporate America for doing so well? Finally, a funny one, Tractor Supply . This once darling of the retail midway shocked those who had given up on it with fantastic comparable store sales numbers. Why does that matter? Because Tractor Supply is a great analogue to Home Depot, Lowes, Costco and many other retailers. That's a great sign for the biz. I could have selected a lot of others. We got a huge buy recommendation for Alibaba at Barclays that tells me the stock is going much higher, taking Yahoo! with it – sorry, Marissa Mayer haters. I think that the rally in the independent oil names, courtesy an amazingly positive presentation by Cimarex , a fast-growing shale player, reassured many who worried about lower oil. I could go on and on. So here's the deal: The troops who play for the bulls crushed the bears in vicious hand-to-hand combat. That, more than anything else, caused stocks to rally. 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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Moody's Corp. aare up 1.06% to $95.55 after the company reported revenue of $816.1 million for the 2014 third quarter, up 16% from $705.5 million for the same quarter a year ago. The credit ratings company reported non-GAAP earnings per share of 97 cents, up 17% from the third quarter of 2013, exceeding the 90 cent average estimate of 10 analysts in a Bloomberg survey. "Moody's achieved strong financial results in the third quarter, with record revenue growth in Moody's Analytics, and double-digit revenue growth in nearly every line of business in both Moody's Investors Service and Moody's Analytics," CEO Raymond McDaniel said, adding, "Based on our strong year-to-date performance, we are reaffirming our EPS guidance in the range of $3.95 to $4.05." 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, on October 21, 2014, the board of directors of Moody's declared a regular quarterly dividend of 28 cents per share of Moody's common stock. The dividend will be payable on December 10, 2014 to stockholders of record at the close of business on November 20, 2014. Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates MOODY'S CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate MOODY'S CORP (MCO) 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 revenue growth, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated." You can view the full analysis from the report here: MCO Ratings Report MCO 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 Swift Transportation were gaining 6.4% to $23.84 on Friday after the trucking company beataanalysts' estimates for earnings in the third quarter and guided above estimates for the full year 2014. The company reported earnings of 39 cents a share, beating the 35 cents a share analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research expected. Revenue grew 3.9% year over year to $1.07 billion for the quarter, just below analysts' estimates of $1.1 billion. Swift Transportation said it expects earnings of $1.26 to $1.33 a share for full year 2014, above analysts' estimates of $1.27 a share. The company expects earnings of $1.62 to $1.72 a share for 2015, compared to analysts' estimates of $1.65 a share. 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 SWIFT TRANSPORTATION CO as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate SWIFT TRANSPORTATION CO (SWFT) 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, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income." You can view the full analysis from the report here: SWFT Ratings Report SWFT 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) -- JMP Securities reiterated its "market perform" rating for GrubHub Inc. on Friday and raised the company's price target following better than expected 2014 third quarter earnings results. The firm increased the price target for the online and mobile food-ordering company to $52 from $48, and said the company's EBITDA came in at 38% above consensus, which improves its leadership position and grows the market.a "We believe 3Q's results further validate our view that GrubHub is the leader in online takeout and delivery and that it is creating a defensible two-sided marketplace," analysts at JMP 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. Shares of GrubHub are down 2.18% to $36.38 in late morning trading on Friday. GRUB 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 Digital River Inc. are climbing higher by 47.35% to $25.61 on heavy volumeain late morning trading on Friday following the company's announcement it will be taken private by an investor group led by Siris Capital Group LLC, in a deal valued at approximately $840 million. Siris will acquire all of the outstanding common shares of Digital River, a commerce-as-a-service solutions provider, for $26 per share in cash, the company announced. As part of the agreement between Digital River and Siris, the company has the right to "solicit alternative acquisition proposals" from third parties during 45-day "go-shop period." 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 are pleased to have reached this agreement with Siris, which provides significant value to our shareholders and represents a clear endorsement of our transformation strategy, our industry leading e-commerce and payments solutions, our 1,300 global experts and our deep commitment to clients," said Digital River CEO David Dobson. "We believe that this transaction will provide Digital River with the flexibility to innovate and execute our vision of setting the standard for global e-commerce technology and services," Dobson added.a Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates DIGITAL RIVER INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate DIGITAL RIVER INC (DRIV) 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 good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's net income has been quite unimpressive." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 124.39% to $13.10 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, DIGITAL RIVER INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 25.66%. Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.38, it is higher than that of the industry average, inferring that management of debt levels may need to be evaluated further. Despite the fact that DRIV's debt-to-equity ratio is mixed in its results, the company's quick ratio of 1.97 is high and demonstrates strong liquidity. This stock's share value has moved by only 6.48% over the past year. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time. 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 Internet Software & Services industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 729.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$0.87 million to -$7.23 million. You can view the full analysis from the report here: DRIV 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) -- KLA-Tencor shares are up 8.11% to $76.76 on Friday after the semiconductor and nanotechnology yield management solutions provider announced that it is planning to borrow $2.5 billion to fund a special dividend of $16.50. The company also announced that it was adding another $250 million to its $1 billion share buyback program. The company said that the dividend, which will be payable December 31, along with an increase in its share buyback program, will represent a return of $4 billion in capital to investors. 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 reported its first quarter earnings results, posting earnings of 47 cents per diluted share, 1 cent better than analysts were expecting, on revenue of $643 million. TheStreet Ratings team rates KLA-TENCOR CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of A-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate KLA-TENCOR CORP (KLAC) 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, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. 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: KLAC's revenue growth trails the industry average of 16.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 2.0%. 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. KLAC's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.20 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 4.10, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs. 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, KLA-TENCOR CORP's return on equity exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500. Net operating cash flow has increased to $248.64 million or 41.61% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, KLA-TENCOR CORP has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -84.19%. KLA-TENCOR CORP' earnings per share from the most recent quarter came in slightly below the year earlier quarter. 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, KLA-TENCOR CORP increased its bottom line by earning $3.47 versus $3.21 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.90 versus $3.47). You can view the full analysis from the report here: KLAC 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 Qlik Technologies were gaining 5.3% to $25.92 on Friday after beating analysts' estimates for earnings and revenue in the third quarter. The software company reported earnings of 1 cent a share for the third quarter, above the Capital IQ Consensus Estimate of break-even earnings. Revenue grew 26.1% year over year to $131.3 million for the quarter, above analysts' estimates of $124.1 million. License growth revenue grew 24% year over year to $67.5 million in the third quarter. Revenue in the Americas grew 27% to $53.2 million, European revenue grew 21% to $63.2 million, and revenue from the rest of the world grew 48% to $15.9 million in the quarter. 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. Qlik said it expects earnings of 26 cents to 30 cents and revenue of $176 million to $181 million for the fourth quarter. Analysts' expect earnings of 34 cents and revenue of $183.9 million for the quarter. TheStreet Ratings team rates QLIK TECHNOLOGIES INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate QLIK TECHNOLOGIES INC (QLIK) 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 deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow." You can view the full analysis from the report here:aQLIK Ratings Report QLIK 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) -- Google bought six office buildings in a $585 million deal from the Blackstone Group and Starwood Capital. The properties are part of the Pacific Shores Center office park in Redwood City, California, about 11 miles northwest of its Silicon Valley headquarters. The purchase is the biggest move for Google's real estate as the search giant expands along the Peninsula at a rapid pace. According to theafiling detailing the purchase, the acquisition expands on Google's real estate as the company takes on more employees. The filing shows the company had just over 55,000 full-time employees as of Sept. 30, up almost 19% from a year earlier. "We expect to continue to hire aggressively for the remainder of 2014," Google said in the filing. "Acquisitions will also remain an important component of our strategy." --Written by Tara Terregino in New York

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Amazon are falling after the company reported weaker than expected results and provided lower than expected revenue guidance. At least two analysts downgraded the stock following its report, while a number of others cut their price targets on the shares. WHAT'S NEW: Amazon reported a per share loss of (95c), versus the consensus outlook of a (74c) per share loss. The company's revenue came in slightly below expectations. The e-commerce giant said that it would take charges of $170M, primarily due to its inventory of unsold Fire phones. The company provided Q4 revenue guidance of $27.3B-$30.3B, versus the consensus outlook of $30.89B. ANALYST REACTION: Cowen analyst John Blackledge downgraded the stock to Market Perform from Outperform. Amazon's Q3 results and guidance were "soft," he believes. Meanwhile, the revenue trends of the company's media and international businesses look challenged, wrote the analyst, who cut his revenue forecast for the company by about 18%. He reduced his price target on the stock to $325 from $390. Janney Capital also downgraded Amazon.com to Neutral from Buy, citing its slowing growth, particularly in North American media and internationally. The firm said it would be more opportunistic buyers if the shares get to $240-$250. Meanwhile, Pacific Crest analyst Chad Bartley wrote that Amazon's results were disappointing, but added that weak demand for the Fire phone caused the company's earnings to miss expectations and probably contributed to the revenue miss. Moreover, excluding the impact of currency fluctuations, its growth remained steady, while the high end of its revenue and profit guidance were at least in-line with expectations, Bartley stated. In the wake of Amazon's results and guidance, the analyst has become more confident about its profitability in 2015. He cut his price target on the name to $435 from $460 but kept an Outperform rating on the shares. Amazon's price target was also lowered this morning at RW Baird, JPMorgan and Piper Jaffray. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Amazon fell 7% to $291 per share. Reporting by Larry Ramer.

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of State Street Corp. are higher by 3.80% to $71.56 in mid-morning trading on Friday, after the company reported net income for the 2014 third quarter was $542 million, or $1.26 per share, compared to $531 million, or $1.17 per share for the year ago quarter. On an adjusted basis, the financial holding company said net income was $581 million, or $1.35 per share for the most recent quarter, compared to $537 million, or $1.19 per share for the 2013 third quarter. Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected adjusted earnings of $1.21 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. State Street's revenue for the 2014 third quarter was $2.58 billion versus $2.43 billion for the same period last year. On an adjusted basis revenue grew to $2.68 billion, from $2.47 billion for the same period in 2013. Analysts had expected the company to post revenue of $2.61 billion for the quarter. "Our third-quarter results demonstrated good growth in asset servicing and asset management fees, which together were up 9% from the third quarter of 2013, reflecting improved equity markets and new business. Our market-driven revenues also performed well in a traditionally seasonally slow quarter," said company CEO Joseph Hooley. Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates STATE STREET CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of A-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate STATE STREET CORP (STT) 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, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself." You can view the full analysis from the report here: STT Ratings Report STT 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) -- Lockheed Martin aand the Pentagon have reached an agreement for an eighth batch of F-35 fighter jets in a $4 billion contract. This deal not only includes 43 more jets, but will ultimately lead to the lower cost of warplane by about 3%. Some of these jets will be built for the U.S. military, Britain and other U.S. allies, according to sources. The cost of the U.S. Air Force model, which accounts for over half of the 43 aircraft, will go down by nearly 4%. In September, Lockheed said that it expects per-unit costs for the F-35 to fall to about $80 to $85 million by 2019, which is down from the current unit cost of $115 million. --Written by Tara Terregino in New York

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- BMO Capital Markets initiated coverage of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. with an "outperform" rating and a $110 price target on Friday. The firm said it issued the positive rating for the online and mobile commerce company because the company can continue to grow revenue and profits over the next several years. "We believe Alibaba can grow revenue and profits substantially over the next several years as the company further penetrates the largest and fasting-growing major e-commerce market in the world, boosted by numerous strong secular growth trends," BMO analyst Edward S. Williams 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. Shares of Alibaba Group are up 1.18% to $95.56 in morning trading. BABA 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 Deckers Outdoor Corp. are down 2.33% to $86.05 in morning trading after the company issued an update of its third quarter earnings guidance. The company provided earnings per share guidance of $4.46 for the quarter, lower than theaconsensus estimate of $4.75. Yesterday, Deckers Outdoor reportedasecond quarter earnings of $40.73 million, or $1.17 per share, higheracompared to $33.06 million, or 95 centsaper share last year, and topping the consensus estimate of $1.03 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. The company posted revenue of $480.30 million for the quarter, up 24.2% year-over-year, and higher thanathe consensus estimate of $457.81 million.a DECK 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 American Eagle Outfitters Inc. are down 7.21% to $12.81 after the company was downgraded to "neutral" from "buy" at Goldman Sachs on Friday. The firm cut its six-month price target to $13 from $16, and said it lowered the apparel and accessories retailing company's ratings because pricing data has softened since August, and EPS is now expected to beat byaa lower margin. "Metrics weakened in September and October, leaving us less optimistic a significant EPS beat is in store," said analysts at Goldman Sachs.a "The magnitude of upside now appears less material than we had originally expected." aMust 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 AMERN EAGLE OUTFITTERS INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate AMERN EAGLE OUTFITTERS INC (AEO) 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 good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: Net operating cash flow has increased to $33.98 million or 16.39% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, AMERN EAGLE OUTFITTERS INC has also modestly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 8.74%. AEO 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. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.70 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems. AEO, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 0.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 2.3%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share. 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 Specialty Retail industry and the overall market, AMERN EAGLE OUTFITTERS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500. The gross profit margin for AMERN EAGLE OUTFITTERS INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 33.43%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 0.81% trails that of the industry average. You can view the full analysis from the report here: AEO 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 First Niagara Financial were falling 10.7% to $7.54 on Friday after missing analysts' estimates for revenue in the third quarter. The regional bank reported earnings of 18 cents a share for the third quarter, in-line with the 18 cents analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters expected. Revenue fell 5.5% year over year to $348.7 million for the quarter, below analysts' estimates of $360.4 million for the quarter. First Niagara Financial recorded an $800 million write-down in the quarter, though it did not specify the reasons for the goodwill impairment charge. 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. Average total loans grew 9% from the previous quarter, with a 6% increase in commercial loans, and a 13% increase in consumer loans. TheStreet Ratings team rates FIRST NIAGARA FINANCIAL GRP as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate FIRST NIAGARA FINANCIAL GRP (FNFG) 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 attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself." You can view the full analysis from the report here: FNFG Ratings Report FNFG 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 Weatherford International Plc aare up 0.36% to $16.93 after the company was upgraded to "buy" from "neutral" at Citigroupatoday, with a price target of $23. The international oil and natural gas service company will be benefit from a seasonal bounce in crude, analysts said. "Consensus EPS estimates ofaWeatherfordaare down approximately 10% over the past month and are now in-line with our estimates, yet the stocks appear to discount another 20% cut to earnings, implying a WTI price below $80/bbl," analysts said, adding, "We believe this price deck is overly cautious while a seasonal bounce in crude and relatively positive E&P commentary should continue to propel the stocks." 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 WEATHERFORD INTL PLC as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation: "We rate WEATHERFORD INTL PLC (WFT) 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 good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity." Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows: Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 72.61% to $435.00 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, WEATHERFORD INTL PLC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -75.34%. WEATHERFORD INTL PLC's earnings per share declined by 26.7% 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, WEATHERFORD INTL PLC continued to lose money by earning -$0.44 versus -$1.02 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.12 versus -$0.44). WFT, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 7.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 4.0%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share. 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 Energy Equipment & Services industry and the overall market, WEATHERFORD INTL PLC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500. 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 Energy Equipment & Services industry. The net income has decreased by 22.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from -$118.00 million to -$145.00 million. You can view the full analysis from the report here: WFT 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, CALIF. (TheStreet) --aTwitter hands in its third quarter results on Mondayaand the key to its continued ascent back toward itsaall-time is simple: showamass-marketapotential. The San Francisco's company stock has appreciatedaby 31% since itsalast earnings report when it reported 271 million monthly active users (MAUs),ashowing year-over-year growth of 24% and easing the market's anxiety around whether the social network could appealato newausers. Read More:aHow Social Media Is Threatening AT&T and Verizon And What They Can Do To Fix It This time around, ifathe company meets expectations on the fundamentals, as it has in each of the prior three quarters it has reported results, then it really only has two things to show Wall Street to solicit a positive reaction: healthy growth in monthly actives and improved user engagement metrics. The Basics: Market consensus is that Twitter willaposta$351.35 million in revenueawithaprofit ofaa penny per share when excludingashare-based compensation, according toaThomson Reuters. Advertising revenue is expected to representaaround 89% of total revenue, and MAU estimatesarange from 282 million users to a high of 290 million users. User Growth: Though few are expecting it, investorsawould love to see Twitter match second quarter net additionsaof 16 million people, which would put itsaaudience at 287 million monthly actives, representing 6% sequential growth. In a recent report,aMMK Partners said thataanything below 14 million net adds would be a miss and that anything greater than 17 million net adds -- 289 million MAUs or more --awould be a beat. Wall Street may decide to give Twitter a pass even if MAUs disappoint -- if and only if CEO Dick Costolo and executivesacan explain how it plans to make money from non-logged-in users. Last quarter, theacompany hinted that this audience isatwo to three times greater than its MAU audience.a "[Non-logged-in users are] beginning to enter the conversation on the stock, but difficult to analyze without any formal disclosure or monetization of this traffic," MKM Managing Director Rob Sanderson said. "We think it's likely that both are coming, and this is largely incremental to current thinking on the stock." What's more, Twitter said it mayaadjust the metrics it reports in this area, a disclosure that has the market salivating for additional detail on the number of MAUs who tweeted or did not tweet, and non-MAU unique visitors.a "Disclosing these [metrics] ...awould give investors a better sense for the size ofathe user base and the gains in monetization possible from the current low level," Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Graham wrote in note from September. User Engagement: Engagement, which boils down to interactions with Twitter's web site or mobile app, directly equate to the bottom line. Twitter calculates advertisingarevenue per 1,000 timeline views, and the metricahasabeen a "somewhat volatile" one for the company, as Deutsche Bank notedain its Oct. 7 note.a In the second quarter, Twitter sawa173.2 billion timeline views or 640 timeline views per MAU, with ad revenue per 1,000 timeline views coming out to $1.60. The dollar figure was 100% greater than the year ago period and an 11% improvement sequentially. Wall Street still wants more and Twitter has taken further actions to improve engagement ratesaby inserting favoritedatweets and tweets from unfollowed users into the timelines of some users. Analystsawould like to see these changes reflected in timeline views per MAU and ad revenue per 1,000 views.a Early indications suggest that Twitter will be ableato improve at least one engagement metric:aoverall time spent on mobile. According to comScore, total minutes spent on mobile during the third quarter grew 11% year-over-year and surpassed 22 billion in the U.S. Thataadds upato an average of 620 minutesaper user acrossathe three-month period. Extra Goodies: Of course there are a whole host of other items that analysts will queryathe company about during the earningsacall. Specifically, on the back of the splashy launch of Fabric, a mobile software development kit (SDK) for app makers, Wall Street wants toaknow if Costolo actually eyes revenue from the suite of tools, and, more importantly, when they can expect it to see. Then there are Twitter's experimental "Buy" buttons,awhich giveamarketers a way to sell direct to consumers throughatweets. Twitter only just started aatest withaa small percentage of people in the U.S. thisaSeptember, butainvestors want to hear from management as to whetherathey think theanew ad offering will yieldamaterial results in future quarters. Bonus Points: While Twitter's Mondayacheck-in with Wall Street is important, the companyais hosting its first analyst day on November 12, and the affairamay overshadow earningsaif analysts get what they want: a product road map that points directly to additional revenue. "We expect the Analyst Day on November 12 will highlight product development around onboarding, content discovery and messaging, while 3Q results should highlight the impact that Twitter's traction with advertisers is having on financials," Goldman Sachs analyst Heath Terry wrote in a recent note. Foranow, Twitter just needs to provideaWall Street the kernels of proof it needs to believe that Twitteracan be a mass-market service with an audience that rivals the size of Facebook's ( ) audience. If not now, then sometime in foreseeable future. Read More:aAre Facebook and Twitter Your Next Impulse Shopping Destination? --Written by Jennifer van Grove in San Diego, Calif. >Contact by Email. Follow @jbruin

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