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February 13, 2013
15:16 EDTAMAT, TRIP, PXD, NVDA, NTAP, MDLZ, MET, CSCO, CTL, WFMCompanies reporting After the Market Close on Wednesday, February 13
Notable companies reporting after the bell include Applied Materials (AMAT), CenturyLink (CTL), Cisco (CSCO), MetLife (MET), Mondelez (MDLZ), NetApp (NTAP), NVIDIA (NVDA), Pioneer Natural (PXD), TripAdvisor (TRIP) and Whole Foods (WFM).
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October 9, 2014
08:34 EDTMETMetLife, Panattoni to develop three new industrial parks for nearly $63M
MetLife will develop three new industrial distribution parks for nearly $63M in the Seattle area with the Panattoni Development Company, a privately held, national developer based in Newport Beach, Calif. The greenfield sites will add more than 900,000 square feet of high-quality warehouse space in the Seattle region. MetLife will be the majority owner and Panattoni will be the managing minority partner. The largest of the projects is the Des Moines Creek Business Park, which will comprise three buildings totaling 535,830 square feet on a 37-acre site. Construction of the three greenfield warehouse sites will create a total of 600 jobs. Construction is expected to be completed by mid-2015 for Steele and Tamarack, and by the end of 2015 for Des Moines.
06:52 EDTCSCOTechnology producer settles China facility demonstrations, Reuters says
Hon Hai Precision Industry confirmed that it had settled a demonstration which involved close to 1K staff members at its Chongqing plant in China, and noted that manufacturing at the facility was not affected by the strike, according to Reuters, citing a statement from the company. Hon Hai constructs Apple (AAPL) products, as well as HP (HPQ) and Cisco (CSCO) computers and servers. The Chongqing facility isn't listed by Apple as one of its certified suppliers. Reference Link
05:33 EDTMDLZBurton's in talks to sell Cadbury license to Mondelez, Sky News reports
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October 8, 2014
10:00 EDTAMATOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: ADTRAN (ADTN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Applied Materials (AMAT) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Bill Barrett (BBG) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... CNOOC (CEO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Calamos (CLMS) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Keefe Bruyette... Calix (CALX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Cimarex Energy (XEC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Cogent (CCOI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Coty (COTY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at B. Riley... Dassault Systemes (DASTY) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays... EOG Resources (EOG) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Glu Mobile (GLUU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Benchmark Co.... Goldcorp (GG) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Goodrich Petroleum (GDP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Greif (GEF) upgraded at Wells Fargo... PHH Corp. (PHH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Parsley Energy (PE) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Rent-A-Center (RCII) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Northcoast... Royal Gold (RGLD) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at HSBC... Rush Enterprises (RUSHA) upgraded to Strong Buy at Raymond James... Sanchez Energy (SN) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Springleaf (LEAF) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... TC PipeLines (TCP) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Tesco (TSCDY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... Vocera (VCRA) upgraded to Outperform at FBR Capital.
09:38 EDTCSCOCisco breakup would not create much value, says Citigroup
Citigroup says its analysis shows that a breakup of Cisco would not create much more value than the current share price. With CEO John Chambers' likely retirement next year, however, Citi thinks the Cisco board is likely to at least entertain the option of a split. The firm sees a low probability of a breakup taking place and keeps a Sell rating on Cisco shares. Citi upped its price target for the stock to $22 from $20.50. Citi's analysis of Cisco follows breakup decisions by HP (HPQ) and JDSU (JDSU) and Bloomberg's report this morning that Symantec (SYMC) is in advanced talks to split into two separate companies. This report corrects the rating on Cisco shares to Sell.
09:05 EDTWFMLionsgate partners with Doritos, Mazda and Whole Foods Market for new film
Lionsgate (LGF) announced that PepsiCo's (PEP) Doritos, Mazda and Whole Foods Market's (WFM) Whole Planet Foundation will partner with the studio for the film The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 which opens in theaters worldwide on November 21.
07:50 EDTAMAT, AMATApplied Materials upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA
CLSA upgraded Applied Materials to Outperform and said Tokyo Electron deal concerns are overdone and the company will not go through with the deal if it turns out to be dilutive. Additionally, CLSA said Applied Materials will benefit from the 2015 14/16nm FinFET capex cycle. Price target raised to $23 from $22.
06:35 EDTCSCOCisco's reorganization affects up to 25,000 employees, Business Insider reports
Cisco's reorganization of its routing and switching engineering business could affect up to 25,000 employees, reports Business Insider. Citing sources in Silicon Valley, the reorganization involves massive changes for the unit, moving from individual teams to two big overarching teams with one group focused on software and the other on hardware. Due to the changes, sources say a lot of senior employees have begun send out resumes. Reference Link
October 7, 2014
16:35 EDTWFMConsolidated Tomoka acquires Whole Foods Market Centre in Sarasota FL
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11:27 EDTCTLHP non-public info may relate to Rackspace, Betaville speculates
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07:59 EDTWFMWhole Foods prices 13%-30% higher than peers, says Jefferies
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07:36 EDTCSCOCisco unlikely to split-up despite speculation, says UBS
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06:52 EDTCSCOAruba Networks may be displacing Cisco in some verticals, says RBC Capital
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06:36 EDTMETRegulators to review 'systemically important' label process, WSJ reports
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October 6, 2014
18:57 EDTNVDAU.S. ITC opens investigation into Samsung product infringement of NVIDIA patents
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17:53 EDTWFMWhole Foods recommends shareholders reject TRC Capital's 'Mini-Tender' offer
Whole Foods Market has been notified of an unsolicited mini-tender offer by TRC Capital Corporation to purchase up to 3M Whole Foods Market common shares, or approximately 0.83% of the common shares outstanding as of September 28, at a price of $36.25 per share. Whole Foods Market does not endorse this unsolicited mini-tender offer and recommends that shareholders reject the offer and do not tender their shares in response to the offer. Whole Foods Market is not associated with TRC Capital, its mini-tender offer or the mini-tender offer documentation.
11:02 EDTCSCOHP rises as split viewed as potential prelude to deals
Shares of HP (HPQ) are climbing after the company announced that it would split itself into two publicly traded companies. Analysts were mostly upbeat on the news and tech news website Re/code said that the two companies would be "in deal-making mode" following the split. WHAT'S NEW: HP this morning said it would split itself into two companies by the end of its fiscal 2015. One company will include HP's technology infrastructure, software and services businesses, to be known as "Hewlett-Packard Enterprise," while the other will include the company's PC and printing businesses and be called "HP Inc." Meg Whitman, who is currently the CEO of HP, will become CEO of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and chairman of HP, Inc. ANALYST REACTION: Shareholders will likely view the move positively, as limited synergies exist between HP's enterprise business and its PC and printing business, Deutsche Bank analyst Sherri Scribner wrote. Moreover, the forward price to earnings ratio of the enterprises unit, whose margins are set to expand, are more likely to reach close to 11x following a split, in-line with the multiple of Xerox (XRX) and CSC (CSC), the analyst contended. Noting that HP remains one of the cheapest names in the S&P 500, Scribner kept a $40 price target and Buy rating on the shares. The split is "a bold and smart move" by HP that will give it the financial flexibility needed to sell off one or both of the PC and printing businesses, wrote Cantor analyst Brian White. The shareholders of EMC (EMC), which reportedly had been in discussions about merging with HP, would have difficulty accepting HP's printer and PC business, according to White. The analyst raised his price target on HP to $39 from $34.50 but kept a Hold rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Both Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and HP Inc. will "be in deal-making mode" after the split, Re/code stated. HP Inc. is likely to draw attention from both Dell and China's Lenovo (LNVGY), which were both approached by HP about a possible deal over the last year, the website stated. Meanwhile, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise could restart dormant merger talks with EMC, while Dell and Cisco (CSCO) could emerge as bidders and offer shareholders of both Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and EMC better terms, Re/code stated. However, Cisco has carried out a more conservative M&A strategy lately, while its CEO, John Chambers, who is preparing to retire soon, said the company would not be interested in buying EMC, Re/code noted. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, HP jumped 4.6% to $36.83, while shares of EMC were down fractionally.
07:50 EDTCSCOCisco shares could reach $40 with splits, spin-offs, says RBC Capital
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06:40 EDTTRIPTripAdvisor Instant Book available at 58% of top hotels, says Deutsche Bank
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06:38 EDTCSCOSpun off HP companies could be takeover targets, Re/code says
After HP (HPQ) splits into two publicly traded companies, both of those companies could become takeover targets, according to Re/code. The PC and printing unit could interest Dell or Lenovo (LNVGY), while Hewlett-Packard Enterprises could merge with EMC (EMC) and/or become a target for Dell and Cisco (CSCO), the website stated. Reference Link
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