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April 14, 2014
15:06 EDTALLAllstate sells Sterling Collision Centers, sees small after-tax gain
Allstate has entered into an agreement to sell Sterling Collision Centers to Service King Collision Repair Centers. The transaction is expected to close by the end of the second quarter and result in a small after-tax gain. Allstate purchased Sterling Collision Centers in 2001. Sterling operates 62 collision-repair facilities in 16 states and has 1,200 employees.
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September 30, 2014
18:59 EDTALLAllstate shifting TV advertisement dollars to digital advertising, WSJ reports
Allstate is shifting its TV advertisement resources to digital-based advertising, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing an interview with the company's senior VP of marketing, Lisa Cochrane. Lisa said, "From 2013 to 2015, we will have shifted about 20% of our TV ad dollars to digital advertising. We are following people’s media consumption.” Cochrane added that the company will be spending about a third of its advertisement resources on the web by 2015. Reference Link
September 25, 2014
06:08 EDTALLCiti recommends long Progressive, short Allstate pair trade
Citigroup recommends a pair trade of overweighting Progressive (PGR) while underweighting Allstate (ALL). Citi expects margins to expand for Progressive and fall at Allstate. The firm has a Buy rating on Progressive and Neutral rating on Allstate.
September 24, 2014
17:33 EDTALLMarchex received notice of termination from Allstate
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September 19, 2014
10:06 EDTALLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:10 EDTALLMarchex price target cut to $6 from $12 at RBC Capital
RBC Capital cut its price target on Marchex (MCHX) after the company announced that Allstate (ALL) would no longer be its customer. However, the firm notes that Marchex has about $3.40 per share in cash, and it still believes that the company can benefit from the mobile and local Internet "megatrend." It keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
06:26 EDTALLAllstate downgraded to Equal-Weight from Overweight at Evercore
September 18, 2014
12:45 EDTALLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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08:59 EDTALLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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06:20 EDTALLMarchex cuts 2014 call-driven revenue outlook due to revised Allstate commitment
Allstate (ALL) has indicated its desire to move to a fixed fee model going forward. Under this proposed model, Marchex’s (MCHX) economic upside would have been limited, while financial exposure to Marchex would have remained. Marchex does not believe it is in its best long-term interest to work under such an arrangement. Marchex will continue to work with Allstate as an integration partner utilizing its call analytics technology. Marchex expects this will be a relatively small financial contributor. Marchex CEO Russell Horowitz said, "“This outcome is disappointing, as we believe that a performance-based model is the way most companies are progressing. This is the trend we are seeing with our customer base... Beyond Allstate, we continue to experience growth in our customer base for call-driven advertising products and believe we are early in the customer adoption phase of mobile and call-driven advertising."

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