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March 25, 2014
10:07 EDTHIMX, CRK, TU, T, AMX, SPR, TKR, PHM, NAV, MSCI, KBR, CST, BMRN, ACI, ANROn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Alpha Natural (ANR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Arch Coal (ACI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... BioMarin (BMRN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... CST Brands (CST) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... KBR (KBR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... MSCI (MSCI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Navistar (NAV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... PulteGroup (PHM) downgraded to Underweight from Equalweight at Barclays... Timken (TKR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc... Spirit AeroSystems (SPR) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Buckingham... America Movil (AMX) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... AT&T (T) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at HSBC... TELUS (TU) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Comstock Resources (CRK) downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at KLR Group... Himax Technologies (HIMX) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at BofA/Merrill.
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August 21, 2014
07:18 EDTNAVJuly Class 8 sales rose 16% year-over-year, says JPMorgan
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August 20, 2014
16:12 EDTCSTCST Brands to acquire Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes
CST Brands signed a definitive agreement to acquire the convenience store assets, franchisor rights and associated trademarks of Nice N Easy Grocery Shoppes. Based in Canastota, NY, Nice N Easy operates 77 corporate and franchise stores in Central New York. The acquisition will provide entry into a new geographical territory for CST Brands. The transaction is expected to close early in Q4. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
August 19, 2014
10:01 EDTTAT&T confirms plan to deliver U-verse with AT&T GigaPower in Jacksonville
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07:12 EDTTFCC looks into telecom special access line rates, Reuters says
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06:46 EDTTAT&T technology routes calls to multiple devices, Re/code says
AT&T has developed technology that sends calls from one device to many other devices, Re/code reported yesterday. Reference Link
August 18, 2014
18:33 EDTTSprint introduces Sprint Family Share Pack data plan, doubles high-speed data
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08:47 EDTTRaymond James to hold a summit
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08:19 EDTHIMXHimax, Lumus collaborate on next-generation smart glasses development
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August 15, 2014
08:21 EDTCSTCST Brands management to meet with JPMorgan
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06:15 EDTTSprint's new CEO to introduce 'disruptive' prices next week, Re/code reports
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August 14, 2014
17:32 EDTNAVIcahn Associates gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Gannett (GCI). INCREASED STAKES: Navistar (NAV), eBay (EBAY), and Icahn Enterprises (IEP). DECREASED STAKES: Netflix (NFLX). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Forest Laboratories (FRX).
09:07 EDTTMorgan Stanley to hold a conference
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08:21 EDTACI, ANRWhile Appalachian mines close, U.S. ramps up coal imports, WSJ says
Coal imports surged 44% to 5.4M metric tons during the first six months of this year compared with last, despite coal mines closing throughout the Appalachia region, reported The Wall Street Journal, which noted that IHS Energy said it costs $26 a ton to ship coal from Central Appalachia to Florida but only $15 a ton to get coal from a mine in Colombia. Imports supply just 1% of U.S. coal consumption, but the imports, especially from Colombia, "are a factor" in mine closings, the report added. Publicly traded coal companies include Alpha Natural (ANR), Arch Coal (ACI), CONSOL (CNX), Cloud Peak (CLD), Peabody (BTU), Alliance Resource Partners (ARLP), and Walter Energy (WLT). Reference Link
07:43 EDTPHMPulteGroup thesis remains intact, says UBS
UBS said they are increasingly confident in their long term thesis on PulteGroup following meetings with management. The firm noted the company's limited inventory, a loosening in underwriting, and low supply in the Midwest market where there is limited competition for Pulte. UBS has a Buy rating with a price target of $25 on shares of PulteGroup.
August 13, 2014
11:27 EDTTJDSU falls after outlook disappoints, analyst downgrades
Shares of JDSU (JDSU), a provider of equipment to telecommunications service providers, are sharply lower after the company's fourth quarter results and first quarter guidance were reported last night. Following the report, the stock was downgraded this morning at two Street research firms. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, JDSU reported fourth quarter adjusted earnings of 14c per share, beating the consensus forecast by 1c, on revenue of $448.6M, which topped the consensus $436.8M view. However, JDSU expects revenue to be $405M-$425M in its first quarter and sees Q1 EPS of 8c-12c, which fell short of consensus of about $441M and 14c, respectively. JDSU's President and CEO Tom Waechter said, "Looking ahead to fiscal 2015, we believe there are strong market drivers across our three business segments, and that we are well positioned with differentiated products and solutions to support our customers as they transition to Software Defined Networks, Network Function Virtualization and more dependency on cloud infrastructure. We continue to lead in our core network and anti-counterfeiting markets and I am pleased with the momentum we are building in our commercial lasers business on the strength of our highly differentiated fiber laser product line." ANALYST OPINION: Following the company's report, B. Riley analyst Dave Kang cut his rating on JDSU shares to Neutral from a Buy rating, citing near-term uncertainties in the North American telecom market. Kang pointed to two events contributing to that uncertainty, namely an architectural shift to SDN, or Software Defined Networking, and AT&T's (T) planned merger with DirecTV (DTV). The analyst acknowledged previously underestimating the potential impact of the SDN shift on the telecom equipment industry and noted that appears to be impacting JDSU's NSE business more than its optical component unit. Kang prefers Finisar (FNSR) over JDSU given the current environment, noting that about 70% of Finisar's sales come from the datacom sector. Kang lowered his price target on JDS Uniphase shares to $11.75 from $15.50. Piper Jaffray analyst Troy Jensen also downgraded JDSU following its report, lowering his rating on the stock to Neutral from Overweight. Jensen also said the company's worse than expected guidance indicates softer Telco spending and he believes JDSU will have trouble showing significant revenue acceleration even if the optical upgrade cycle starts to ramp up. Piper lowered its price target on the stock to $12 from $14. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other providers of telecom equipment include Ciena (CIEN) and Infinera (INFN). PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, shares of JDSU fell $1.12, or 9.4%, to $10.78. Meanwhile, shares of Finisar were down nearly 2% to $19.58, Ciena slipped 1.5% to $18.92 and Infinera was fractionally higher at $9.09.
August 12, 2014
14:55 EDTTFrontier Communications confirms settlement with Connecticut AG over AT&T deal
Frontier Communications (FTR) announced it has reached an agreement with the Connecticut Attorney General and the Office of Consumer Counsel related to Frontierís proposed acquisition of AT&T's (T) incumbent local exchange operations and statewide fiber network that provides services to residential, commercial and wholesale customers in Connecticut. As part of the transaction, Frontier will also acquire AT&T's U-verse video and satellite TV operations in Connecticut. Highlights of the agreement state that for a period of not less than 36 months after the closing of the transaction (i) there will be no increases in the basic primary residential rate in effect for transferred exchanges as of the closing date; and (ii) where available, Frontier has agreed to offer its basic broadband and stand-alone basic broadband product at or below Frontierís current prices. In addition, Frontier has committed to incremental capital investments totaling $63M over 2015, 2016 and 2017 to expand and improve broadband in Connecticut.
07:04 EDTCSTCST Brands reports Q2 EPS 43c, consensus 49c
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August 11, 2014
15:45 EDTTSpherix subsidiary settles with AT&T, files joint motion to dismiss
Spherix (SPEX) subsidiary Guidance IP has reached a settlement with AT&T (T), according to a court document filed August 7 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. The settlement stems from a lawsuit filed on December 6, 2013 by Spherix for infringement of its patent entitled, "System and Method for Determining the Geolocation of a Transmitter." Shares of small-cap Spherix are up 19% to $1.75 in later afternoon trading following the circulation of the court filing. Reference Link
15:32 EDTCSTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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August 10, 2014
21:03 EDTSPRMachinist union to sue Spirit AeroSystems over outsourcing, Wichita Eagle says
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