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March 28, 2014
12:16 EDTBBRY, CBS, CBSO, RH, RHT, IDRA, PCGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday as the market looks to finish a relatively down week on an up note. The Nasdaq average, which has been down after all but one session this week, is reversing the trend and leading the other averages near noon. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., personal income and consumer spending both rose 0.3% in February, matching expectations. The core PCE price index rose 0.1% in the month, which was also in-line with estimates. The final University of Michigan consumer sentiment reading for March came in at 80.0, which was down from February's 81.6 reading and a bit below expectations. In Europe, an index of executive and consumer sentiment rose to 102.4 in March from 101.2 in February, beating the consensus estimate of economists. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of beleaguered smartphone maker BlackBerry (BBRY) initially advanced after the company reported quarterly losses that were not as bad as analysts expected, excluding certain adjustments. BlackBerry said about 3.4M of its smartphones were sold through to end customers in the quarter, which included about 2.3M BlackBerry 7 devices. The company also said it continues to look for opportunities to streamline operations and is targeting break even cash flow results by the end of fiscal 2015. By midday the stock had given up all its early session gains to be down about 2%... CBS (CBS) rose more than 1% after the successful initial public offering of its outdoor advertising subsidiary CBS Outdoor Americas (CBSO). After the offering, CBS owns approximately 83% of CBS Outdoor, which plans to convert into a real estate investment trust later this year. The IPO priced at $28.00 per share and the new stock began trading at $30.10 in its debut this morning. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was home furnishing retailer Restoration Hardware (RH), which rose 12% after the company’s first quarter profit view beat estimates. Also higher were shares of Idera Pharmaceuticals (IDRA), which rose 11% after the company's Phase 2 trial of its treatment for moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis met its primary objective. Among the noteworthy losers was PG&E Corporation (PCG), which dropped 4% after reporting that they expect that the federal government will bring criminal charges against the utility in connection with the 2010 San Bruno natural gas transmission pipeline accident. Following the announcement the stock was downgraded this morning at Deutsche Bank and Citigroup. Also lower was open source software provider Red Hat (RHT), which fell over 4% after the company’s profit outlook trailed analysts’ consensus estimate. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 124.94, or 0.77%, to 16,389.17, the Nasdaq was up 40.21, or 0.97%, to 4,191.44, and the S&P 500 was up 15.11, or 0.82%, to 1,864.15.
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August 28, 2014
11:18 EDTRHWilliams-Sonoma plunges as FY14 outlook falls below analysts' expectations
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11:08 EDTBBRYStocks with call strike movement; QIHU BBRY
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08:32 EDTCBSLIN Media overhang should be removed by deal, says Wells Fargo
After LIN Media (LIN) and CBS (CBS) signed a long-term affiliation agreement involving ten stations, Wells Fargo thinks the deal removes "a pretty significant overhang" on LIN's stock, since most of its affiliation deals with CBS expire on January 1, 2015, according to the firm.
07:32 EDTCBSCBS, LIN Media sign deal to renew station affiliation agreements
CBS (CBS) announced a deal with LIN Media (LIN) to renew existing station affiliation agreements for 12 LIN stations in ten markets nationwide.
07:30 EDTCBSLIN Media, CBS renew network affiliation agreements in 10 markets
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August 27, 2014
16:11 EDTRHTRed Hat CTO Brian Stevens to step down
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August 25, 2014
10:44 EDTCBSGray Television renewal with CBS removes overhang, says Wells Fargo
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08:31 EDTCBSCBS, Gray Television sign affiliation deal
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07:44 EDTBBRYMobileIron could benefit from BlackBerry replacements, says Deutsche Bank
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August 24, 2014
14:36 EDTBBRYBlackBerry wins another court victory against Typo Products, WSJ says
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August 22, 2014
13:13 EDTCBSOCBS Outdoor downgraded to Market Perform at Barrington
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13:04 EDTCBSOCBS Outdoor downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Barrington
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10:01 EDTPCGOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:27 EDTPCGPG&E downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus
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August 21, 2014
06:20 EDTCBSCBS seeking bigger share of pay-television revenue from affiliates, WSJ reports
CBS last week stripped an Indianapolis station of its affiliation due to a fee disagreement as it seeks a bigger share of pay-television revenue, reports the Wall Street Journal. The Indianapolis station's owner LIN Media (LIN) was set to be acquired by Media General (MEG) for $1.6B this year, but Media General cut its acquisition price Wednesday by 7%, or more than $100M, with the move from CBS cited as one of the reasons. According to Gabelli & Co., the lack of a CBS affiliation may cost the statio tens of millions of dollars in annual revenue to decline. Reference Link
August 20, 2014
11:50 EDTBBRYStocks with call strike movement; PBR BBRY
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08:35 EDTCBSOCBS Outdoor meets regulatory approval closing condition for Van acquisition
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August 18, 2014
17:20 EDTPCGPG&E enters not guilty plea to obstructing San Bruno blast probe, Bloomberg says
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15:08 EDTPCGPG&E enters not guilty plea to obstructing San Bruno blast probe, Bloomberg says
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10:52 EDTBBRYBlackBerry announces new technology unit
BlackBerry announced that it has named Sandeep Chennakeshu to lead a new business unit to be called BlackBerry Technology Solutions, or BTS. The BTS business unit comprises BlackBerry's technology assets, including QNX, Project Ion, Certicom and Paratek as well as BlackBerry's patent portfolio. Blackberry CEO John Chen said, "Combining all these assets into a single business unit led by Sandeep will create operational synergies and new revenue streams, furthering our turnaround strategy."
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