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November 9, 2012
11:21 EDTTHI, MSCC, GRPN, DTSI, AEG, PANL, SPRD, LPL, EONGY, CSCO, TWC, PSX, IQNT, DIS, MDRXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AEGON (AEG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Allscripts (MDRX) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Cisco (CSCO) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... DTS, Inc. (DTSI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Barrington... Disney (DIS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... E.ON AG (EONGY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... Groupon (GRPN) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Inteliquent (IQNT) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Avondale... LG Display (LPL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Topeka... Microsemi (MSCC) downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at Needham... Phillips 66 (PSX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Spreadtrum (SPRD) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Tim Hortons (THI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Time Warner Cable (TWC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel Nicolaus... Universal Display (PANL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Avondale.
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January 23, 2015
08:12 EDTTWCComcast lobbyists challenged by dual fights in Washington, WSJ says
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January 22, 2015
16:07 EDTMSCCMicrosemi sees Q2 EPS 64c-68c, consensus 67c
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16:06 EDTMSCCMicrosemi reports Q1 EPS 65c, consensus 65c
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15:32 EDTMSCCNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Starbucks (SBUX), consensus 80c; Capital One (COF), consensus $1.74; Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), consensus $4.38; KLA-Tencor (KLAC), consensus 52c; Altera (ALTR), consensus 35c; E-Trade (ETFC), consensus 23c... ResMed (RMD), consensus 62c; Maxim Integrated Products (MXIM), consensus 30c; Maxim Integrated Products (MSCC), consensus 65c; Hexcel (HXL), consensus 54c; Polycom (PLCM), consensus 23c; Skyworks (SWKS), consensus $1.19; Curtiss-Wright (CW), consensus $1.00.
11:32 EDTCSCOF5 Networks plummets after Q2 outlook trails estimates
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08:57 EDTCSCOIxia slides after Oracle unveils Virtual Compute Appliance X5
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06:32 EDTGRPNBlue Calypso files motion to lift stay in patent infringement cases and appeal
Blue Calypso (BCYP) announced that it has filed a motion in the Eastern District of Texas to lift the negotiated stay on the pending patent infringement litigation between the Company and Groupon (GRPN), Yelp (YELP), Foursquare and IZEA.PK. The Company has also filed notices of appeal at the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in each of the Covered Business Method Review cases at the Patent Trial and Appeals Board. On January 14, 2014, the parties agreed to stay the litigation in the Eastern District pending the decisions from the PTAB as to validity of the patents. As a part of agreeing to join the stay, the parties jointly agreed to ask the Court to lift the stay and for an expedited litigation schedule if any of the asserted claims were held valid by the PTAB. The PTAB now has confirmed the validity of twenty-eight claims and Blue Calypso, through its counsel, has asked the Court to lift the stay according to the agreement. The defendants refused to participate in the motion to lift the stay as previously agreed, and have instead asked the Court to leave the stay in place in a separate motion.
05:55 EDTTWCStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; TWC HLF
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Time Warner Cable (TWC) 41, Herbalife (HLF) 114 according to iVolatility.
05:53 EDTCSCOCisco price target raised to $33 from $26 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray raised its price target for Cisco to $33 saying it is more positive on shares after its 2015 survey of chief investment officers indicated managements expect to increase their budgets on Switching, Routing, WLAN and Security. Piper believes Cisco is well positioned for increased spending and reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock. The networking giant closed yesterday down 23c to $27.84.
January 21, 2015
18:27 EDTCSCOOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: eBay (EBAY), up 2.9%... United Rentals (URI), up 1.5%. ALSO HIGHER: Minerva (NERV), up 16.1% after reporting positive Phase 1 data with MIN-202... Endo (ENDP), up 3.1% after it was announced that Endo will replace Covidien in S&P 500 as of 1/26 close... Covidien (COV) is up 1%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: F5 Networks (FFIV), down 15.8%... Xilinx (XLNX), down 6.1%... Discover Financial Services (DFS), down 3.3%... American Express (AXP), down 2.2%. ALSO LOWER: BioMarin (BMRN), down 2.5% after filing to sell 7.25M shares of common stock... Kinder Morgan (KMI), down 1.9% after announcing that it will acquire Hiland Partners for approximately $3B and reporting fourth quarter results... Cisco (CSCO), down 1.4% after Bloomberg reported that Oracle's (ORCL) Ellison said that Oracle's new Virtual Compute Appliance is cheaper than Cisco's product.
17:00 EDTCSCOCisco down 1.4% after Oracle's Ellison says VCA cheaper than Cisco product
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16:58 EDTCSCOOracle introduces Virtual Compute Appliance, Bloomberg reports
Oracle's (ORCL) Ellison says Virtual Compute Appliance is half the price of equivalent Cisco (CSCO) hardware, added Bloomberg, citing comments from an event at Oracle headquarters.
08:39 EDTDISDisney reports five employees affected by California measles outbreak, AP says
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08:31 EDTTWCAT&T CEO says net neutrality may end up in Supreme Court, CNBC says
AT&T (T) Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson believes the net neutrality debate may have to be settled by the Supreme Court, reports CNBC, citing a CNBC interview on Wednesday from the World Economic Forum in Davos. Stephenson stated, "We need a neutral Internet... I think everyone agrees with that. Where everyone is getting stuck now is going beyond that." Stephenson also stated the neutrality debate will not affect his company's decision to bid $49B for DirecTV (DTV), though he believes a quick decision from the FCC could quicken Comcast's (CMCSA, CMCSK) $45B negotiations for Time Warner Cable (TWC). Reference Link
08:09 EDTDTSIDTS to enhance Starz audio technology on Microsoft's Xbox One
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06:17 EDTDISOverstock to introduce streaming-video service later this year, WSJ reports
Overstock.com (OSTK) is planning to launch a streaming-video service later this year, CEO Patrick Byrne announced at the National Association of Television Program Executives conference, The Wall Street Journal reports. Overstock would compete in the space with Amazon (AMZN), Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, CMCSK, FOXA), Netflix (NFLX), and Time Warner's (TWX) HBO is also planning a standalone online streaming service that will launch this year. The new Overstock service would be tied to the company's $20-per-year Club O membership program and will launch with about 30,000 titles. Reference Link
05:56 EDTTWCStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; TWC HLF
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January 20, 2015
17:46 EDTDISNetflix says 'looking good' to reach 60M-90M U.S. subscriptions
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14:00 EDTDISFCC fines Viacom, ESPN $1.4M after brodcasting EAS tones to promote movie
The Federal Communications Commission fined Viacom (VIA) and ESPN (DIS) $1.4M for misusing the Emergency Alert System warning tones. The cable networks transmitted EAS warning tones for several days in 2013 to promote the movie “Olympus Has Fallen,” which portrayed a terrorist attack on Washington, D.C. Broadcast or transmission of these tones outside an emergency or test violates the FCC’s laws protecting the integrity of the system. The networks admitted that the commercial contained actual EAS codes and appeared multiple times on the networks. In March 2014, the FCC proposed a total fine of $1,930,000 against NBCUniversal (CMCSA), ESPN, and Viacom. NBCUniversal paid its $530,000 fine, but ESPN and Viacom objected and requested reductions. The FCC rejected their arguments and imposed fines of $1,120,000 against Viacom and $280,000 against ESPN. The fines, which differ based on several factors including the number of channels involved and the number of transmissions on each channel, must be paid in 30 days.
January 18, 2015
16:39 EDTPSXPhillips 66 could jump 50%, Barron's says
Phillips 66 shares could jump 50% after the company's restructuring, Barron's contends in a feature article. Despite falling revenues, EPS should rise, driven by lower oil costs and share repurchases, the paper adds. Reference Link
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