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February 24, 2015
07:05 EDTCMCSAComcast reports Q4 customer relationships increased 178,000
Consolidated Operating Cash Flow increased 4.1% to $5.9B. Excluding $99M of Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Charter (CHTR) transaction-related costs in Q4, consolidated operating cash flow increased 5.9%. Consolidated Operating Income increased 3.8% to $3.8B. Free Cash Flow increased 18.0% to $1.7B in Q4 compared to $1.4B in the fourth quarter of 2013, reflecting improvements in working capital and growth in consolidated operating cash flow, partially offset by increased capital expenditures and cash taxes on operating items. Customer relationships increased by 178,000 to 27.0 million during the fourth quarter of 2014, a 47% improvement compared to an increase of 121,000 in the fourth quarter of 2013. At the end of the fourth quarter, our triple product customers increased to 37% of total customer relationships compared to 35% in the fourth quarter of 2013. In addition, video, high-speed Internet and voice customers increased in the fourth quarter of 2014.
07:02 EDTCMCSAComcast increases dividend, share repurchases
Comcast Corporation (CMCSA) announced that it increased its dividend by 11.1% to $1.00 per share on an annualized basis. In accordance with the increase, the Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of 25c a share on the company’s common stock, payable on April 22 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on April 1.In addition, Comcast announced that its Board of Directors has increased its stock repurchase program authorization to $10B. At this time, Comcast plans to repurchase $4.25B during 2015, subject to market conditions. Additional stock repurchases will be determined after the closing of the Time Warner Cable (TWC) merger and the subsequent divestiture transactions.
07:02 EDTCMCSAComcast reports Q4 adjusted EPS 77c, consensus 78c
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February 23, 2015
19:40 EDTMOHLeerink healthcare services analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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18:20 EDTCMCSAComcast, Time Warner Cable face $20B racial discrimination suit, Reuters reports
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16:17 EDTBPLBuckeye Partners reduces FY14 revenue by $40M due to settlement discussions
Buckeye Partners (BPL) announced revisions to its financial results for Q4 and FY14 due to a recent development. As has been previously disclosed, commencing in September 2012, Delta Air Lines (DAL), JetBlue (JBLU), United/Continental Air Lines (UAL), US Airways, and American Airlines (AAL) filed complaints with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission challenging rates for transportation of jet fuel from New Jersey to three New York City area airports charged by Buckeye Pipe Line Company, an operating subsidiary of Buckeye. The Airlines are seeking payments for alleged past excessive charges and prospective tariff rate reductions. As the litigation has progressed, BPLC and the Airlines have continued to pursue settlement discussions. Due to positive developments in those settlement discussions subsequent to Buckeye's issuance of its 2014 earnings on Friday, February 6, Buckeye has recorded a reduction in revenue in the amount of $40M for the year ended December 31, 2014 in accordance with applicable accounting guidance regarding contingencies. This reduction in revenue is a one-time charge; therefore, Adjusted EBITDA and distributable cash flow for 2014 remain as reported on February 6th. The $40M is based upon a settlement offer made by BPLC to satisfy the claims for alleged past excessive charges through December 31, 2014, which offer has not been accepted by the Airlines. "While we continue to pursue settlement of this matter, we are not able to predict with certainty the final outcome of the proceeding, should it be carried through to its conclusion, or whether we can reach a satisfactory settlement and, if so, whether or not it will be on more or less favorable terms," the company said.
15:23 EDTCMCSANotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Comcast (CMCSA), consensus 78c... Home Depot (HD), consensus 89c... American Tower (AMT), consensus 51c... Ecolab (ECL), consensus $1.20... Macy's (M), consensus $2.40... Pall Corp. (PLL), consensus 87c... Windstream (WIN), consensus 3c.
15:10 EDTCMCSAComcast $CMCSA Feb weekly 58 straddle priced for 2.7% movement into Q4
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12:21 EDTMOHOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:10 EDTMOHHealth insurers rise after CMS releases preliminary Medicare Advantage rates
The shares of a number of health insurers are rising after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, issued preliminary 2016 Medicare Advantage rates. According to Credit Suisse, the rates were favorable for health insurers. WHAT'S NEW: On Friday after the market closed, CMS issued a proposal for 2016 Medicare Advantage rates. The rates are preliminary and could change when CMS announces the final 2016 rates on April 6 of this year, the agency noted. In a note to investors earlier today, Credit Suisse analyst Ralph Giacobbe estimated that, under CMS' initial proposal, insurers would see rate changes of between -1% and +1%, depending on the risk that each insurer faces. The preliminary rates were "favorable" for insurers, since the rates were "in-line if not slightly better" than investors had expected, the firm stated. Moreover, CMS decided not to restrict at-home health risk assessments, as had been feared, and agreed to reduce the weighting of certain risk factors that had hurt previously certain plans with a higher proportion of low-income beneficiaries, acceding to a request by insurers. Insurers with the highest exposure to Medicare Advantage include Humana (HUM), UnitedHealth (UNH), and WellCare (WCG), the analyst stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: After analyzing CMS' proposal, health insurer Aetna (AET) estimated that the proposal would cause government funding for its Medicare Advantage business to decline by about 1% in 2016. Aetna added that it is continuing to evaluate the changes outlined in the Advance Notice and their impact on the company and its Medicare Advantage members. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other publicly traded health insurance companies include Anthem (ANTM), AMERIGROUP (AGP), Centene (CNC), Cigna (CI), Health Net (HNT), Healthspring (HS), and Molina Healthcare (MOH). PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Humana climbed 5.3% to $164.43, UnitedHealth rose 2.6% to $115.56, WellCare gained 6.3% to $90, Aetna advanced 2% to $99.91, and Centene added 3.4% to $61.93.
08:33 EDTCMCSA'Fifty Shades' ticket sales retain top spot at box office, Reuters says
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08:05 EDTMOHCMS releases preliminary Medicare Advantage rates for 2016
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07:38 EDTCMCSAComcast, AT&T deals could be delayed by document access case, WSJ says
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February 20, 2015
12:02 EDTCMCSAComcast management to meet with Jefferies
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10:30 EDTGRPNOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:01 EDTNNAOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Advanced Drainage (WMS) initiated with an Outperform at Boenning & Scattergood... Arctic Cat (ACAT) initiated with a Hold at BB&T... Ardmore Shipping (ASC) initiated with an Accumulate at Global Hunter... Baltic Trading (BALT) initiated with a Speculative Buy at Global Hunter... Cash America (CSH) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Costamare (CMRE) initiated with an Accumulate at Global Hunter... DHT Holdings (DHT) initiated with a Buy at Global Hunter... Danaos (DAC) initiated with a Neutral at Global Hunter... Diana Containerships (DCIX) initiated with a Neutral at Global Hunter... Diana Shipping (DSX) initiated with a Neutral at Global Hunter... Euronav NV (EURN) initiated with a Buy at Global Hunter... Forest City (FCE.A) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... Fox Factory (FOXF) initiated with a Hold at BB&T... Frontline (FRO) initiated with an Accumulate at Global Hunter... Global Ship Lease (GSL) initiated with a Neutral at Global Hunter... GrubHub (GRUB) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... Jazz Pharmaceuticals (JAZZ) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Kinder Morgan (KMI) reinstated with an Overweight at Barclays... Liberty Broadband (LBRDA) initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities... Liberty Interactive (QVCA) initiated with a Sector Perform at FBN Securities... Liberty Media (LMCA) initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities... MEI Pharma (MEIP) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Navios Acquisition (NNA) initiated with a Buy at Global Hunter... Polaris Industries (PII) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Raven (RAVN) initiated with an Equal Weight at Stephens... Scorpio Bulkers (SALT) initiated with a Speculative Buy at Global Hunter... Scorpio Tankers (STNG) initiated with an Accumulate at Global Hunter... Seaspan (SSW) initiated with a Neutral at Global Hunter... Star Bulk Carriers (SBLK) initiated with a Speculative Buy at Global Hunter... Tsakos Energy (TNP) initiated with a Buy at Global Hunter... U.S. Concrete (USCR) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens.
08:51 EDTMOHMolina Healthcare estimates raised above Street at Sterne Agee
Sterne Agee raised its 2015 EPS estimate for Molina to $3 from $2.13 and increased its 2016 EPS estimate for the company to $4 from $2.95. The firm thinks the company's medical cost results will be better than its current guidance.
07:29 EDTNNANavios Acquisition initiated with a Buy at Global Hunter
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07:18 EDTCMCSAComcast volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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06:49 EDTCMCSAMSNBC cancels two talk shows, Politico says
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