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May 19, 2014
09:59 EDTPAY, THR, MIND, KMB, GNW, ESV, DTV, DB, CHA, CTL, AZN, ARCP, MO, ATKOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ATK (ATK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Altria Group (MO) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... American Realty (ARCP) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... AstraZeneca (AZN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink... CenturyLink (CTL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... China Telecom (CHA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Deutsche Bank (DB) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... DirecTV (DTV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... Ensco (ESV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Genworth (GNW) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Kimberly Clark (KMB) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Mitcham Industries (MIND) downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at Global Hunter... Thermon Group (THR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc... VeriFone (PAY) downgraded to Neutral from Positive at Susquehanna.
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July 11, 2014
14:08 EDTCTLRackspace 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
10:00 EDTMOOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Altria Group (MO) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Berkshire Hills Bancorp (BHLB) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... CGI Group (GIB) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Halozyme (HALO) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Lorillard (LO) initiated with an Underperform at Cowen... MacroGenics (MGNX) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Philip Morris (PM) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Prothena (PRTA) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Reynolds American (RAI) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Seventy Seven Energy (SSE) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... SouFun (SFUN) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) initiated with a Neutral at Longbow... Sterling Bancorp (STL) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Xencor (XNCR) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... YPF (YPF) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... iGATE (IGTE) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair.
07:16 EDTCHAChinese telcos confirm establishment of tower facilities joint venture
China Telecom (CHA) announced that the company, China United Network Communications (CHU) and China Mobile (CHL) entered into a promoters’ agreement to jointly establish China Communications Facilities Services Corporation Limited. The registered share capital of the tower venture is RMB10B. The three companies intend to subscribe for 2.99B shares, 3.01B shares and 4.00B shares of the tower company respectively in cash at a par value of RMB1.00 per share, representing a shareholding percentage of 29.9%, 30.1% and 40.0%, respectively. The tower venture company will primarily engage in the construction, maintenance and operation of telecommunications towers, and will also engage in the construction, maintenance and operation of ancillary facilities such as control rooms, power supply systems and air conditioning systems of base stations, etc and indoor distribution systems as well as the provision of outsourcing maintenance services for base station equipment. At present, the respective parties are at a preliminary stage of considering potential injections of certain telecommunications assets into the tower company, China Telecom stated.
July 10, 2014
18:44 EDTGNWGenworth responds to GSE-sponsored PMI eligibility requirements
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18:02 EDTCTLWells 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.
17:52 EDTMOAltria Group initiated with an Outperform at Cowen
Target $47.
14:14 EDTCHAChinese telecom companies to cut marketing spending, WantChinaTimes says
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13:40 EDTDTVVerizon CEO calls Q2 'strong,' says not interested in satellite company
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09:02 EDTCTLCenturyLink wins 10-year NH colocation contract
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07:08 EDTDBECB keeps tight grip on banks with health check results, Reuters says
The European Central Bank is targeting to keep a tight grip banks in the final phase of a balance sheet health check in October, giving them only 48 hours to review the test results before publishing them, according to Reuters, citing two people familiar with the matter. The assessment will look into banks’ balance sheets and measure their ability to handle shock and stress. Publicly traded European banks include Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and UBS (UBS).
06:00 EDTPAYeBay repatriated cash likely to be used for M&A, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray believes a large part of the $9B in cash eBay expects to repatriate to the U.S. will be used for acquisitions in the payments space. The cash, equating to $6B net of taxes, could help eBay take advantage of the shift to mobile payments, the firm says. Piper lists Square, VeriFone (PAY), iZettle and Corduro as companies in the payment space that are within acquisition range for eBay. The firm has an Overweight rating on eBay with a $63 price target.
July 9, 2014
15:54 EDTDTVDISH expresses concerns over Comcast, AT&T deals to FCC
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10:02 EDTDBOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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05:48 EDTDBDeutsche Bank upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan
JPMorgan upgraded JPMorgan to Overweight citing a favorable risk/reward following the bank's capital increase.
July 8, 2014
11:02 EDTATKNorthrop Grumman, ATK complete testing of PMBSS
Northrop Grumman (NOC) and ATK (ATK) have completed static testing of the primary mirror backplane support structure, moving NASA's James Webb Space Telescope one step closer to its 2018 launch. The structure was delivered to Northrop Grumman's facilities in Redondo Beach, completing a path program milestone. Static testing demonstrates that the backplane has the structural integrity to withstand the forces and vibrations of launch, and is the final test prior to starting the integration of the backplane with the rest of the telescope.
09:33 EDTDBJeffrey Mayer said to leave Deutsche Bank for Cerberus, Bloomberg reports
Deutsche Bank's head of corporate banking and securities for North America, Jeffrey Mayer, is reportedly leaving the bank for Cerberus Capital Management, Bloomberg reports, citing two sources. A Deutsche Bank spokesperson says Mayer is still currently employed by the bank. Reference Link
07:49 EDTDBEU banks on pace to shed record EUR100B on unwanted loans, FT says
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07:17 EDTAZNLeerink raises immuno-oncology market forecast to $36B
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06:35 EDTDBCommerzbank expected to pay at least $500M in settlement, NY Times says
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06:18 EDTARCPAmerican Realty backs core acquisition strategy, reports $834.7M acquired in Q2
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