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News For AHS;CMCSA;GRPN;MOH;NNA;PM;PL;UTIW;WU;PRO;IRWD;ZMH;MDU;BPL From The Last 14 Days
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July 7, 2015
09:02 EDTCMCSAComcast launched over 1,800 Xfinity WiFi hotspots across Keystone Region
Comcast announced it has launched more than 1,800 Xfinity WiFi hotspots throughout its Keystone Region. The company also plans to add another 1,500 outdoor locations by the end of the year in the region, which comprises areas of western, central and northeastern Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, northern West Virginia and the Maryland panhandle. These outdoor hotspots will be located in high traffic locations like shopping destinations, parks, universities, commuter stations and other vibrant areas.
July 6, 2015
10:34 EDTGRPNAnalysts differ on Yelp after company said to halt sale process
The shares of Yelp (YELP) have fallen in each of the last two sessions after Bloomberg reported that its CEO had decided not to sell the company at this time. Two research firms were upbeat on the stock after the pullback, but Piper Jaffray's well-known analyst, Gene Munster, was cautious on the stock's near-term outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Last Thursday afternoon, Bloomberg reported that Yelp's CEO and founder Jeremy Stoppelman had decided not to sell the company in the near-term. Stoppelman's decision came after Goldman Sachs, which had been hired by Yelp to find potential buyers of the company, identified several interested suitors, the news service stated. BULLISH TAKE: Yelp's stock is significantly undervalued and investors should buy the shares, wrote Brean Capital analyst Tom Forte in a note to investors today. Noting that Bloomberg reported multiple potential suitors for Yelp had been found, Forte contended that many Alibaba (BABA), Amazon.com (AMZN), Facebook (FB), Google (GOOG), Groupon (GRPN), Microsoft (MSFT), Priceline (PCLN), Rakuten, and Yahoo! (YHOO) are all potential acquirers. Moreover, Stoppelman and Yelp's other board members probably decided not to sell Yelp because they believe that it is worth more than the stock indicates, according to Forte, who added that this stance indicates that the company's business has held up well recently. He kept a $58 price target and Buy rating on Yelp. Similarly, SunTrust analyst Robert Peck believes that many companies could still look to buy Yelp. Moreover, the company's valuation is "paltry" versus its peers, while Stoppelman's willingness to consider selling the company should support the stock, the analyst stated. Although Yelp is facing some challenges, its valuation already implies that consensus 2016 estimates for the company will drop by 10%-20%, according to Peck, who kept a Buy rating on the shares. BEARISH TAKE: In the wake of Bloomberg's report, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said he believes investors will conclude that Yelp was unable to sell itself. Additionally, comScore data for June indicates that Yelp's unique user metrics for the quarter will be disappointing, the analyst stated. However, he predicted that the company's user growth would reaccelerate in the fall, causing investor sentiment to rebound. Although Munster is upbeat on Yelp's long-term outlook, he cut his price target on the name to $40 from $46 and kept a Neutral rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Yelp fell 1.4% to $37.65. That follows the 10% decline the stock suffered on Thursday in its last day of trading prior to the long holiday weekend.
10:16 EDTWUHigh option volume stocks
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06:03 EDTGRPNBrean recommends buying shares of Yelp after selloff
Brean Capital analyst Tom Forte believes shares of Yelp are worth "a lot more than current levels" with or without a company sale. He recommends buying the name after Bloomberg reported Thursday that the company had called off its sale process. He points out the article noted that Yelp had multiple interested buyers. Forte's list of potential buyers for Yelp include Alibaba (BABA), Amazon.com (AMZN), Facebook (FB), Google (GOOG), Groupon (GRPN), Microsoft (MSFT), Priceline (PCLN), Rakuten, and Yahoo! (YHOO). Yelp operates the largest crowd-sourced local business directory globally, the analyst tells investors this morning in a research note. Forte keeps a Buy rating on the stock with a $58 price target. Shares closed Thursday down $4.23 to $38.20.
05:51 EDTPMPhilip Morris to cut stake in Indonesian unit, may raise over $1B, Reuters says
Philip Morris (PM) plans to sell a stake worth at least $1B in its Indonesian unit to comply with free-float rules, reports Reuters. According to two people familiar with the matter, the company short-listed Goldman Sachs (GS), Credit Suisse (CS), JPMorgan (JPM), Citigroup (C) and Mandiri Sekuritas to sell down its holding by at least 5.68%. Reference Link
July 5, 2015
16:52 EDTCMCSAUniversal's 'Jurassic World' leads U.S. weekend box office with $30.9M
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July 2, 2015
16:28 EDTWUOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
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13:09 EDTWUOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory but have moved into negative ground in early afternoon trading. The nonfarm payrolls report showed that job growth slowed in June and the unemployment rate ticked down as many left the labor force. The news flow is expected to slow with investors preparing for the Independence Day weekend and the trading has been listless as is typical in the trading session prior to a long leave. However, U.S. investors will be returning to big news, either positive or negative, on Monday following the Greek referendum that is scheduled to occur on July 5. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the monthly nonfarm payrolls report showed the addition of 223,000 jobs, versus expectations for 233,000 jobs to have been added last month. The unemployment rate fell to 5.3% from the prior month’s 5.5% rate. Initial jobless claims rose 10,000 to 281,000 in the week ended June 27, versus expectations for 270,000 first-time claims. Factory orders fell 1.0% in May, which was larger than the expected 0.5% decline. In Europe, Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis said he would resign from his post if the nation's referendum on bailout terms results in a "Yes" vote. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of BP (BP) trading in New York rose more than 5% after the oil major announced it has reached agreements in principle to settle all U.S. federal and state claims arising from the Deepwater Horizon accident and spill in 2010. BP said it will pay up to $18.7B to settle the claims and that the expected impact of its agreements would be to increase the cumulative pre-tax charge associated with the accident and spill by around $10B from $43.8B at the end of the first quarter... Managed healthcare company Centene (CNC) announced a definitive agreement to acquire managed health care services rival Health Net (HNT) in a cash and stock deal valued at approximately $6.8B, including the assumption of approximately $500M of debt. Under the terms of the deal, Health Net shareholders would receive 0.622 shares of Centene common stock and $28.25 in cash for each share of Health Net common stock, which is equal to implied consideration of $78.57 per share based on Centene’s closing stock price on July 1. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Intel (INTC), which was 1.5% higher in afternoon trading after the company announced this morning that President Renee James informed the board that she will be stepping down to pursue an external CEO role. Also higher was Xoom (XOOM), which gained 22% after eBay's (EBAY) soon-to-be split PayPal (PYPL) unit announced last night that it has agreed to acquire the digital money transfer provider for $25 per share in cash. Among the noteworthy losers was Western Union (WU), which slipped about 6% after Evercore ISI downgraded the stock to Hold and JMP Securities said that PayPal's deal for Xoom will negatively affect Western Union's prices over the longer term. Also lower were shares of Triple-S Management (GTS), which fell xxx% after Wells Fargo downgraded the stock to Underperform, the firm's equivalent to a "sell" rating, saying Puerto Rico's "crumbling" economy puts the company's earnings at risk. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 54.98, or 0.31%, to 17,702.93, the Nasdaq was down 20.30, or 0.4%, to 4,992.83, and the S&P 500 was down 5.11, or 0.25%, to 2,072.31.
12:29 EDTAHSAMN Healthcare management to meet with SunTrust
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10:00 EDTWUOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:46 EDTWUWestern Union drops after PayPal buys Xoom
Shares are down over 5% to $19.33 following PayPal's acquisition of Xoom (XOOM). At current price next support is at $19.02 and then at $18.72. Resistance is at $19.74.
09:35 EDTGRPNActive equity options trading on open
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08:57 EDTWUAnalysts split on impact to Western Union from PayPal deal
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08:17 EDTWUWestern Union has negative read through from Xoom deal, says JMP Securities
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06:00 EDTWUWells sees minimal impact to peers from Xoom buyout
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05:49 EDTWUCompetitive bid for Xoom is possible, says SunTrust
SunTrust analyst Andrew Jeffrey believes eBay (EBAY) unit PayPal's acquisition agreement with Xoom (XOOM) could invite a competitive bid. In a note to investors last night titled "Steal Of The Century," Jeffrey writes Xoom's "one-of-a-kind cross-border remittance franchise and market-leading ACH risk management technology" could bring other suitors. At $890M or $25 per share, PayPal is paying a compelling price, the analyst argues. He sees Xoom's takeover as potentially threatening to Western Union’s (WU) business. Jeffrey has a Buy rating on Xoom with a $29 price target. Following the company's merger agreement with PayPal, the shares traded up $4.40 to $25.10 last night in after-hours trading. PayPal is looking to acquire Xoom ahead of its planned separation from eBay.
July 1, 2015
20:56 EDTWUWestern Union downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI
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08:40 EDTCMCSABofA/Merrill's Top 10 US Ideas for Q3
BofA/Merrill published its Top 10 U.S. Ideas Quarterly for Q3 that identifies companies it sees having significant catalysts in the next three months. The list includes eight Buys and two Underperforms. The Buys are Applied Materials (AMAT), Boise Cascade (BCC), Burlington Stores (BURL), Comcast (CMCSA), Comerica (CMA), Eli Lilly (LLY), Facebook (FB), and International Game (IGT). The Underperforms are BlackBerry (BBRY) and PBF Energy (PBF).
07:03 EDTCMCSAComcast attractive during market uncertainty, say Brean Capital
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June 30, 2015
16:56 EDTZMHKKR 2006 Fund reports 14.8% stake in Zimmer
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16:39 EDTZMHLVB Acquisition Holding reports 14.8% stake in Zimmer
07:15 EDTGRPN, CMCSAExecutives' Club of Chicago to hold a discussion
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June 29, 2015
15:45 EDTWUWestern Union to expand money transfer services with BANSEFI Mexico
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14:11 EDTCMCSANBCUniversal ending relationship with Donald Trump, LA Times reports
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10:09 EDTPROOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:00 EDTPROPROS initiated with a Buy at Needham
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June 28, 2015
15:40 EDTCMCSAUniversal's 'Jurassic World' leads U.S. weekend box office with $54.2M
For the weekend of June 28, Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) subsidiary Universal's "Jurassic World" topped domestic box office charts at $54.2M. Disney's (DIS) "Inside Out" landed in second place with $52.1M, while Universal's "Ted 2" came in third with $32.9M. Time Warner (TWX) subsidiary Warner Bros.' "Max" and Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "Spy" took fourth and fifth place at $12.2M and $7.8M, respectively. Data gathered by Rentrak.
June 26, 2015
17:20 EDTMOHMYR Group to replace Molina Healthcare in S&P 600 as of 6/30 close
17:19 EDTMOHMolina Healthcare to replace J.B. Hunt in S&P 400 as of 6/30 close
16:20 EDTPMPhilip Morris subsidiary to explore options for complying with requirement
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June 25, 2015
11:06 EDTMOHHospitals, insurers climb after Supreme Court rules on ACA subsidies
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10:11 EDTMOHACA tax subsidies upheld by Supreme Court
The decision of the Fourth Circuit was affirmed in King v. Burwell by a vote of 6 to 3, according to multiple media reports. The Supreme Court upholding the lower court ruling means that individuals who get health insurance through an exchange established by the federal government will be eligible for tax subsidies in all 50 states. Publicly traded companies in the health insurance space include Aetna (AET), Anthem (ANTM), Centene (CNC), Cigna (CI), Health Net (HNT), Humana (HUM), Molina Healthcare (MOH), UnitedHealth (UNH) and WellCare (WCG). Publicly traded companies in the hospital space include Community Health (CYH), HCA Holdings (HCA), LifePoint (LPNT), Tenet (THC) and Universal Health (UHS).
10:00 EDTZMHOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:15 EDTGRPNGroupon shares oversold at current levels, says Brean Capital
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05:32 EDTZMHZimmer downgraded to Hold from Buy at Brean Capital
Brean Capital downgraded Zimmer to Hold saying uncertainty over 2016 earnings potential following the Biomet acquisition is likely to linger for several quarters. Brean sees little room for multiple expansion pending greater clarity.
June 24, 2015
19:53 EDTCMCSAComcast to offer EA games over cable box, DSLReports says
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15:58 EDTMDUMDU Resources, Otter Tail enter project ownership agreement
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13:58 EDTCMCSAChernin, NBCUniversal agree on two year deal, L.A. Times reports
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13:14 EDTZMHZimmer trading resumes, shares up 96c to $113.66
13:11 EDTZMHZimmer Biomet sees 2015 constant currency revenue growth 1.5%-2.0%
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13:09 EDTZMHZimmer announces completion of Biomet acquisition
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13:00 EDTZMHZimmer trading halted, pending news
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11:55 EDTAHSAMN Healthcare management to meet with UBS
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11:54 EDTZMHSmith & Nephew to acquire Zimmer Unicondylar Knee system in U.S. market
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11:32 EDTZMHZimmer required by FTC to divest assets as condition of Biomet acquisition
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10:22 EDTGRPNDigital River names Hoke Horne as CFO, effective June 24
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08:25 EDTCMCSANetflix on pace to have larger audience than all networks, FBR says
FBR Capital analyst Barton Crockett says that while Netflix (NFLX) is not rated by Nielsen (NLSN), the 10B hours streamed in Q1 reported by the company are equivalent to having a 24-hour rating of 2.6, on par with Disney's (DIS) ABC and Comcast's (CMCSA) NBC. And while ratings at broadcasters are falling on average, Netflix is growing its ratings at a 40%-plus compound annual rate, Crockett tells investors this morning in a research note. At this pace, Netflix in a year will have a larger 24-hour audience than all broadcast networks, he contends. Regarding last night's 7-for-1 stock split announcement, Crockett says the move reflects management's confidence in the "durability of the recent stock surge." For perspective, three years ago Netflix shares were around $60. This morning they are trading up $18.69 to $699.88 in the pre-market. Crockett has an Outperform rating on the streaming service with a $900 price target.
June 23, 2015
13:09 EDTCMCSAHulu to sell Showtime premium package for subscribers
Hulu (DIS;NWSA;CMSA) will sell Showtime Networks' (CBS) Internet streaming service to subscribers in early July, reports Variety. Hulu will offer Showtime to its subscribers for $8.99 in addition to the $7.99 fee Hulu subscribers pay per month.Reference Link
10:00 EDTGRPNOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Adeptus Health (ADPT) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Angie's List (ANGI) initiated with a Hold at Topeka... Avenue Financial (AVNU) initiated with an Equal Weight at Stephens... CASI Pharmaceuticals (CASI) initiated with a Buy at H.C. Wainwright... Corindus (CVRS) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Coupons.com (COUP) initiated with a Market Perform at William Blair... Five Below (FIVE) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Franklin Financial Network (FSB) initiated with an Equal Weight at Stephens... Galmed (GLMD) initiated with a Buy at H.C. Wainwright... Genesis Healthcare (GEN) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Groupon (GRPN) initiated with a Hold at Topeka... GrubHub (GRUB) initiated with a Buy at Topeka... Hercules Technology (HTGC) initiated with a Buy at Compass Point... Immersion (IMMR) initiated with a Buy at Craig-Hallum... Lipocine (LPCN) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... NeoGenomics (NEO) initiated with a Buy at BTIG... Novadaq (NVDQ) initiated with a Neutral at BTIG... Perrigo (PRGO) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Signal Genetics (SGNL) initiated with a Buy at Chardan... Standard Motor Products (SMP) initiated with a Neutral at CL King... United Community Financial (UCFC) initiated with a Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... WP Glimcher (WPG) initiated with a Neutral at Goldman... WhiteWave (WWAV) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... Yelp (YELP) initiated with a Buy at Topeka.
06:19 EDTGRPNGroupon initiated with a Hold at Topeka
Target $6.
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