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January 3, 2014
10:00 EDTOI, S, MU, FE, ETR, ED, ARMH, JMBA, UFS, MWV, PRU, JOY, GE, ENH, CB, SWIR, SON, WTM, MOG.A, IPCM, EXC, CNDO, AMCC, SNXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ARM Holdings (ARMH) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Applied Micro (AMCC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Chubb (CB) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... Consolidated Edison (ED) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Coronado (CNDO) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Endurance Specialty (ENH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... Entergy (ETR) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup... Exelon (EXC) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup... FirstEnergy (FE) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup... General Electric (GE) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... IPC The Hospitalist Co. (IPCM) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Joy Global (JOY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Micron (MU) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Moog (MOG.A) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... NRG Yield (NYLD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Prudential (PRU) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... Sprint (S) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Stifel... White Mountains (WTM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... MeadWestvaco (MWV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Owens-Illinois (OI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Sonoco Products (SON) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Domtar (UFS) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at BofA/Merrill... SYNNEX (SNX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Cross Research... Coronado (CNDO) downgraded at Oppenheimer... Jamba (JMBA) downgraded at Wedbush... Sierra Wireless (SWIR) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens.
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January 27, 2015
06:21 EDTMWVGraphic Packaging, Packaging Corp. could be targets, says Citigroup
Citigroup believes the merger between Rock-Tenn (RKT) and MeadWestvaco (MWV) makes sense and that the combined company has 16% upside potential from current levels. Citi believes the $300M synergy target could prove conservative and raised its price target for Rock-Tenn shares to $77 from $72. It thinks smaller players in the Paper & Forest products space, Graphic Packaging (GPK) and Packaging Corp. (PKG), could be potential takeover targets either for an acquirer or for a merger following the Rock-Tenn/MeadWestvaco deal. Citi views International Paper (IP) as a potential acquirer.
January 26, 2015
16:39 EDTMWVOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:23 EDTMWVOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened lower and hit their session lows a short time after the opening bell rang. In addition to some jitters about a vote in Greece, investors were focused on the massive impending winter storm set to hit the Northeast. With weather pundits expecting the snowfall in feet rather than inches, a number of companies have already rescheduled their earnings announcements. The market was mixed at midday, with the Dow and Nasdaq a bit lower and the S&P up fractionally. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Dallas Fed manufacturing index fell 8.5 points to -4.4 in January, versus the consensus forecast for a reading of 4.0. In Europe, Greece's far-left Syriza party swept to power, renewing concerns about the country's future as a member of the Eurozone. COMPANY NEWS: Today was a "merger Monday," with at least four deals worth more than $1B announced. Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) announced plans to acquire Regency Energy Partners (RGP) in an $18B unit-for-unit transaction that includes assuming $6.8B of net debt and other liabilities. Rock-Tenn (RKT) and MeadWestvaco (MWV) agreed to merge to create a consumer and corrugated packaging company with a combined equity value of $16B. Under the terms of the deal, the resulting ownership of the new company will be approximately 50.1% by MWV shareholders and 49.9% by RockTenn shareholders. AXIS Capital (AXS) and PartnerRe (PRE) announced a "merger of equals" that will create a specialty insurance and reinsurance company with total capital of more than $14B and cash and invested assets of more than $33B. Additionally, cereal maker Post Holdings (POST) agreed to pay $1.15B in cash and stock to buy privately-held MOM Brands, which makes Malt-O-Meal and other breakfast products. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Universal Display (OLED), which gained 11% after the company announced the signing of a new OLED technology license agreement and material purchase pact with LG Display (LPL). Also higher was Ocwen Financial (OCN), which rose 17% after the California Department of Business Oversight announced a $2.5M settlement with Ocwen Loan Servicing on Friday evening over the firmís failure for more than a year to provide loan information needed by the DBO to assess compliance with state mortgage lending laws. Also of note, Ocwen denied any basis for default under trust agreements that had been alleged by certain hedge funds and other RMBS investors to trustees and master servicers in connection with 119 RMBS trusts, which are serviced by Ocwen. Among the noteworthy losers was Brookdale Senior Living (BKD), which dropped 8% after the company lowered its forecast for FY15 Cash From Facility Operations, citing a combination of lower than expected occupancy and certain higher-than-anticipated insurance reserve adjustments. Also lower following its earnings reports was hard disk-drive maker Seagate (STX), which fell about 9%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 1.41, or 0.01%, to 17,671.19, the Nasdaq was down 4.02, or 0.08%, to 4,753.86, and the S&P 500 was up 2.34, or 0.11%, to 2,054.16.
09:19 EDTMWVOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:15 EDTMWVMeadWestvaco to hold a conference call
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06:44 EDTSSoftbank awaiting Yahoo announcement on Alibaba, WSJ says
Yahoo's (YHOO) upcoming announcement regarding its 15% Alibaba (BABA) stake and 35.5% Yahoo Japan stake may affect Softbank's (SFTBF) plans for Alibaba, reports the Wall Street Journal's Digits blog, citing an SMBC Nikko analyst. Sprint (S)-owner Softbank has a 32% stake in Alibaba and a 43% stake in Yahoo Japan. Analysts say Softbank is unlikely to purchase Yahoo's shares in either company, though a Yahoo Japan buyback is "more plausible." Reference Link
06:31 EDTSCablevision to launch cheap mobile phone service, NY Times says
Cablevision (CVC) intends to unveil later today a cheap, Wi-Fi based mobile phone service, according to The New York Times. The first service of its kind to be introduced by a cable company, the offering will include unlimited data, talking and texting worldwide for $29.95 a month, or $9.95 a month for Cablevisionís Optimum Online customers, the newspaper stated. Incumbent wireless carriers include Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), T-Mobile (TMUS), and Sprint ()S). Reference Link
06:03 EDTMWVRockTenn and MeadWestvaco agree to combination agreement
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06:01 EDTMWVRockTenn, MeadWestvaco to combine in transaction with combined equity of $16B
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05:59 EDTMWVMeadWestvaco reports Q4 EBITDA up 18% to $246
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05:58 EDTMWVMeadWestvaco reports Q4 EPS excl items 46c, consensus 45c
Reports Q4 revenue $1.37B, consensus $1.35B
January 23, 2015
09:04 EDTSSprint guarantees T-Mobile customers $200 minimum trade in value for smartphones
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08:19 EDTUFS, MWVBofA/Merrill paper/forest products analyst hold analyst/industry conference call
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January 22, 2015
19:40 EDTSGoogle's entrance into telecommunications may not be beneficial, Re/code says
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10:01 EDTMWVMeadWestvaco agrees to sell European tobacco folding carton business
MeadWestvaco announced it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its European-based tobacco folding carton business to AR Packaging Group AB, a maker of paperboard cartons, flexible packaging, and trays based in Lund, Sweden. The business has annual revenue of approximately $190M, which is included in MWVís Food & Beverage segment. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, and the transaction is expected to be completed in the next several months. Also included in the sale is the tobacco and confectionery folding carton business currently served by MWVís plant in Svitavy, Czech Republic. The Svitavy plant will remain part of MWV beyond the transition period.
January 21, 2015
16:28 EDTSGoogle to launch phone service with Sprint, T-Mobile, The Information says
Google (GOOG, GOOGL) is expected to reach deals to buy wholesale access to Sprint (S) and T-Mobileís (TMUS) voice and data networks in order to sell mobile phone plans directly to customers, according to The Information, citing three people with knowledge of the plans. Google, which may put itself into competition with carrier leaders Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T) with the new service, "seems likely" to launch the offering this year, according to the report. Reference Link
08:01 EDTSNXSYNNEX, Nexenta sign exclusive distribution agreement
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January 20, 2015
06:24 EDTST-Mobile warns of unsustainable costs against cellphone giants, Re/code says
T-Mobile (TMUS) owner Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) claims Verizon (VZ) and AT&T's (T) wealth makes true competition difficult, reports Re/code, citing statements made at Germany's DLD conference. Deutsche Telekom CEO Tim Hoettges stated the dominance of AT&T and Verizon allowed them to make huge bids at the latest midband spectrum auction to further their market lead. Hoettges also stated he was "intrigued" by last year's unsuccessful merger talks with Sprint (S), and warned that T-Mobile's $4B-$5B investment requirements per year are unsustainable. Reference Link
January 16, 2015
11:42 EDTSSprint announces expansion of Sprint Lease program
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10:12 EDTSSprint unit Virgin Mobile to offer no contract data sharing plans
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