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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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October 16, 2014
09:09 EDTCBSCBS announces launch of stand-alone web subscription service
CBS announced the launch of CBS All Access, a new digital subscription video on demand and Nielsen-measured live streaming service for the CBS Television Network. CBS All Access will offer subscribers thousands of episodes from the current season, previous seasons and classic shows on demand, as well as the ability to stream local CBS Television stations live in 14 of the largest U.S. markets at launch. CBS All Access is available beginning today at CBS.com and on mobile devices through the CBS App for iOS and Android. CBS All Access will cost $5.99 per month.
08:01 EDTRHTRed Hat, Cloudera announce alliance to deliver enterprise software solutions
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07:21 EDTRHRestoration Hardware initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank
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06:09 EDTBBRYBlackBerry implied volatility of 56 at lower end of index mean range
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06:03 EDTCBSStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; AFSI CBS
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October 15, 2014
06:15 EDTCBSCBS upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup
Citigroup upgraded its rating on CBS (CBS) to Buy citing a compelling risk/reward profile following the recent pullback in shares. Citi believes investor concerns over a softer advertising market and potential renegotiations of retransmission fees are warranted. The firm, however, sees upside from current share levels. It lowered its price target for CBS to $60 from $64. The stock closed yesterday up $1.02 to $49.93.
October 14, 2014
08:19 EDTIDRAIdera Pharmaceuticals advanced IMO-9200 into Phase 1 clinical development
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07:23 EDTCBSCBS more attractive than Disney, says Wells Fargo
Among media and cable stocks, Wells Fargo sees the least risk and most reward potential in CBS (CBS). The firm sees the least reward potential and most risk in Disney (DIS). The firm believes that the market is overestimating the ad declines for CBS, and it thinks that CBS' stock may have finally bottomed. Disney has a relatively expensive valuation and tough comps, added Wells Fargo, which keeps Outperform ratings on both stocks.
October 13, 2014
09:06 EDTCBSNetflix, CBS sign distribution deal in Europe, Hollywood Reporter says
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07:46 EDTBBRYBlackBerry second half hardware estimates lowered at Canaccord
Canaccord lowered its second half of 2015 hardware estimates for Blackberry after surveys show limited availability of its new Passport smartphone. The firm, however, expects improving trends and believes Blackberry will achieve its target of reaching break-even cash low levels. Canaccord maintains its Hold rating and $10 price target on Blackberry shares.
07:07 EDTCBSCBS sell-off brings 'interesting' entry point, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says the recent pullback in shares of CBS provides an "interesting" entry point with the new broadcast season showing promise. Piper sees upside to 2015 consensus estimates and keeps an Overweight rating on CBS with a $75 price target.
October 10, 2014
13:17 EDTCBSNielsen to restate some TV rating due to software glitch, Variety reports
Nielsen (NLSN) acknowledged it uncovered a software error on October 6 that had resulted in TV ratings being allocated incorrectly among broadcast and syndication programming since March 2 and that it would restate the ratings accordingly to fix the errors, reported Variety. The company said 98% to 99% of ratings would not be affected by more than .05 of a ratings point and a person familiar with the situation said some TV networks have an expectation that some of their new fall programming will see a very slight uplift due to the restatement, the report noted. The big four broadcast networks are operated by CBS (CBS), Comcast (CMCSA), Disney (DIS) and 21st Century Fox (FOXA). Reference Link
October 9, 2014
09:41 EDTRHBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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09:26 EDTCBSOCBS Outdoor reinstated with a Neutral at Goldman
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06:54 EDTRHRestoration Hardware initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James
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October 7, 2014
10:02 EDTBBRYOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:02 EDTPCGOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:39 EDTPCGPG&E downgraded at CRT Capital
As previously reported, CRT Capital downgraded PG&E to Fair Value from Buy. The firm downgraded shares based on expectations the two pending regulatory proceedings will be indefinitely delayed and increases the burden to shareholders. Price target lowered to $43 from $51.
08:05 EDTCBSCBS risk/reward attractive at current levels, says FBR Capital
FBR Capital believes weaker September quarter TV trends and downward estimate revisions have pushed CBS shares into "value territory." The firm views the current risk/reward on shares as attractive and keeps an Outperform rating on CBS with a reduced price target of $71.
06:41 EDTPCGPG&E downgraded to Fair Value from Buy at CRT Capital
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