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February 14, 2013
10:03 EDTARUN, BMR, VLO, WU, BUD, SKS, VZ, VNDA, RAX, LEAP, IM, EZCH, CMCSA, CPLA, SUIOn the Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Todayís noteworthy upgrades include: Aruba Networks (ARUN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Capella Education (CPLA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Comcast (CMCSA) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... EZchip (EZCH) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Ingram Micro (IM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Leap Wireless (LEAP) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Rackspace (RAX) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Vanda Pharmaceuticals (VNDA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Verizon (VZ) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Saks (SKS) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Western Union (WU) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... AB InBev (BUD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... Valero Energy (VLO) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... BioMed Realty (BMR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Sun Communities (SUI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital.
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July 14, 2014
08:05 EDTARUNAruba Networks upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie
07:42 EDTCMCSAComcast reportedly acquires PowerCloud Systems, TechCrunch reports
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06:56 EDTCMCSADisney, CBS, Discovery questioned over Comcast merger, Bloomberg says
Disney (DIS), Discovery (DISCA) and CBS (CBS) are being questioned by U.S. antitrust officials who are investigating Comcast's (CMCSA) planned purchase of Time Warner Cable (TWC), according to Bloomberg, citing three people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
06:27 EDTBUDAB InBev considering bid for SABMiller, FT reports
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July 13, 2014
11:23 EDTCMCSAHulu and South Park announce exclusive multi-year content licensing deal
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July 11, 2014
16:46 EDTVZStocks end week lower on European, Fed concerns
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15:00 EDTRAXChance of Rackspace strategic buyer lower if CenturyLink out, says Wells Fargo
After BrightWire said that CenturyLink's (CTL) interest in Raxspace (RAX) had faded, Wells Fargo cautioned that it is difficult to judge the validity of sources in "articles such as this." However, Wells added that if CenturyLink is actually out, that the possibility of Raxspace finding a strategic buyer could be "meaningfully" lower. The firm keeps it Outperform rating on Raxspace, citing its fundamentals.
14:15 EDTARUNRuckus, Aruba advance after FCC approves new school WiFi program
Shares of Ruckus Wireless (RKUS) and Aruba Networks (ARUN) are rising after the FCC announced that it would allocate new funds to subsidize the launch of WiFi networks in schools and libraries. Ruckus and Aruba provide products used for WiFi networks. WHAT'S NEW: The FCC said it would allocate $2B over the next two years to subsidize the launch of WiFi connections at schools and libraries. For the following three years, the agency said it would look to spend $1B annually on the project. The FCC said the funds would be "distributed fairly to all schools and libraries while recognizing the needs of the nationís rural and poorest school districts." PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Ruckus surged 5.5% to $11.62 and Aruba advanced 4.6% to $17.04.
14:08 EDTRAXRackspace drawing 'tepid' interest from potential buyers, BrightWire says
Rackspace (RAX) is receiving a "tepid" response from potential buyers, according to BrightWire, citing three sources familiar with the matter. One industry source said CenturyLink (CTL) made an initial overture, but a banking source said the interest was only casual and soon faded, according to the report. Reference Link
07:21 EDTVZVerizon Q2 postpaid net adds better than expected, says JPMorgan
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July 10, 2014
18:02 EDTRAXWells sees 'shrinking list' of strategic buyers for Rackspace
Wells Fargo sees a "shrinking list" of potential buyers for Rackspace (RAX), with only remaining HP (HPQ) and CenturyLink (CTL) remaining in its opinion. Wells believes Rackspace going private through a leveraged buyout is a possibility, but it thinks such an outcome is a lower probability given the required return assumptions and implied exit multiple. The firm believes the market has correctly assumed a high probability that Rackspace will not undergo a strategic event. However, Wells thinks the potential for a value creating event limits downside in the name. It keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
16:25 EDTVZOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session deep in negative territory, as fears about the health of one of Portugalís largest banks, coupled with weak economic data out of Italy, prompted a sell-off in Europe, which spilled over to the U.S. The major averages moved generally higher after the open, though the early losses proved too much to overcome. The reignited fears about Europe's periphery come just as the U.S. corporate earnings season is set to pick up in earnest next week. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims dropped 11K to 304K in the week ended July 5. Wholesale inventories rose 0.5% in May, while sales edged up 0.7%, which were both a little below expectations. In Europe, concerns about the periphery rose again as the parent company of Portugal's Espirito Santo bank missed a debt payment, leading the country's interest rates higher and equities in the Eurozone lower. Also, Italy's industrial output saw its steepest monthly fall since late 2012, having dropped 1.2% in May. In China, trade performance improved in June but still missed market forecasts. Exports rose 7.2% in June from a year earlier, missing the consensus forecast for a rise of 10.6%, while imports grew 5.5% in the month, versus the 5.8% growth expectation. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Verizon (VZ) advanced 74c, or 1.51%, to $49.64 to lead the handful of gainers on the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The rise came after Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam said in an interview on CNBC that his company added over 1.4M postpaid subscribers in Q2, with "record" tablet growth and "very strong" smartphone growth. Afterward, Wells Fargo said in a note to investors that the net adds were higher than the firm's recently increased estimate and above Street consensus... Conversely, Home Depot (HD) was the Dow's worst performer, falling $1.33, or 1.65%, to $79.40. After hardwood floors retailer Lumber Liquidators (LL) and farm products retailer Tractor Supply (TSCO) pre-announced weaker than expected Q2 results, Deutsche Bank analyst Mike Baker reduced his estimates for Home Depot and peer Lowe's (LOW), explaining that the comparative sales of those two large home improvement retailers have historically had a positive correlation with those of Tractor Supply and Lumber Liquidators. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was AmREIT (AMRE), which rose $3.25, or 16.93%, to $22.45 after Regency Centers (REG) offered to acquire the company for $22 per share, payable in cash and/or stock. Also higher was Cray (CRAY), which rallied $4.27, or 15.69%, to $31.49 after the company announced it has been awarded a $174M supercomputer deal from the National Nuclear Security Administration. Among the noteworthy losers was sandwich maker Potbelly (PBPB), which plunged $3.68, or 25.12%, to $10.97 after the company's second quarter and fiscal 2014 outlook fell significantly short of analysts' consensus estimates. Also lower was Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), which sunk $3.35, or 12.94%, to $22.54 after the company announced data through week 144 from its eteplirsen study in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. INDEXES: The Dow dropped 70.54, or 0.42%, to 16,915.07, the Nasdaq fell 22.83, or 0.52%, to 4,396.20, and the S&P 500 declined 8.15, or 0.41%, to 1,964.68.
15:11 EDTVZVerizon Q2 postpay net adds beat expectations, says Wells Fargo
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14:24 EDTVNDAT. Rowe Price reports 10.1% passive stake in Vanda Pharmaceuticals
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13:44 EDTVZVerizon CEO says added over 1.4M postpaid subscribers in Q2
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13:40 EDTVZVerizon CEO calls Q2 'strong,' says not interested in satellite company
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13:16 EDTVZVerizon CEO says not interested in buying satellite company
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09:45 EDTEZCHMigdal Insurance & Financial reports 4.98% passive stake in EZchip
07:14 EDTCMCSAAereo seeks to survive as cable system, WSJ says
Following its Supreme Court loss, Aereo is now arguing that it should be classified as a cable system and receive a compulsory license that would give it legal access to content and allow it to continue operating, reported The Wall Street Journal. Television broadcasters that own the copyrights in many of the programs that Aereo streams, including CBS (CBS), Disney (DIS), 21st Century Fox (FOXA), and Comcast (CMCSA), successfully sued the service for copyright infringement. In addition to Comcast, publicly-traded cable companies include Time Warner Cable (TWC), Cablevision (CVC), and Charter (CHTR). Reference Link
06:06 EDTVLOStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LULU VLO
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