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March 28, 2014
12:16 EDTPCG, RH, BBRY, IDRA, CBSO, RHT, CBSOn 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.
News For BBRY;CBS;CBSO;RH;RHT;IDRA;PCG From The Last 14 Days
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August 4, 2015
07:35 EDTCBSCBS August weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
CBS August weekly call option implied volatility is at 46, August is at 29, September is at 27; compared to its 52-week range of 17 to 32, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on August 5.
July 31, 2015
10:02 EDTRHOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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06:43 EDTRHRestoration Hardware initiated with a Hold at Evercore ISI
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July 30, 2015
10:00 EDTPCGOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Altria Group (MO) downgraded to Outperform from Buy at CLSA... Baxter (BAX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink... Changyou.com (CYOU) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Summit Research... Depomed (DEPO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... Euronet (EEFT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Monness Crespi... Foundation Medicine (FMI) downgraded to Market Perform at JMP Securities... Garmin (GRMN) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Golden Star Resources (GSS) downgraded to Hold at Canaccord... Grainger (GWW) downgraded on negative catalysts at RBC Capital... Henry Schein (HSIC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... LINN Energy (LINE) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... LifeLock (LOCK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... LinnCo (LNCO) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Manitowoc (MTW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... PACCAR (PCAR) downgraded to Equal Weight on peak cycle concerns at Morgan Stanley... PG&E (PCG) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Pacer (PACR) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Penn Virginia (PVA) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Scotia... Shutterfly (SFLY) downgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James... Terex (TEX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... Total System (TSS) downgraded to Neutral at Baird... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... Whole Foods (WFM) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley.
06:49 EDTPCGPG&E downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse downgraded PG&E to Neutral and lowered its price target to $58 from $61. The firm downgraded shares based on valuation and said the busy regulatory calendar and management's focus on repositioning will push out discussions on dividend policy and longer-term growth rates to some point in 2016.
July 29, 2015
08:45 EDTPCGPG&E lowers FY15 operating EPS view to $2.90-$3.10, consensus $3.43
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08:43 EDTPCGPG&E reports Q2 operating EPS 91c, consensus 72c
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July 28, 2015
10:00 EDTBBRYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Aegerion (AEGR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Ameren (AEE) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... AutoNation (AN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT... Beacon Roofing (BECN) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... BlackBerry (BBRY) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Bojangles (BOJA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Boyd Gaming (BYD) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Columbus McKinnon (CMCO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sidoti... Danaher (DHR) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Emerald Oil (EOX) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Wunderlich... Haemonetics (HAE) upgraded Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington... Jefferies sees entry point for Aegerion (AEGR), upgrades to Buy... Philips (PHG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... Plum Creek Timber (PCL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Raytheon (RTN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... SandRidge Energy (SD) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Wunderlich... Telecom Argentina (TEO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Teva (TEVA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Triumph Bancorp (TBK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Waste Management (WM) upgraded on valuation, rebounding businesses at Argus... Wisconsin Energy (WEC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman.
08:29 EDTBBRYBlackBerry upgraded to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
As previously reported, Morgan Stanley upgraded BlackBerry to Equal Weight from Underweight and maintained its $7 price target. The firm said the upgrade is not due to improving fundamentals but flexibility with cash and opex opportunities. Morgan Stanely said BlackBerry's cash balance is worth $3.50-$3.75 per share and has a significant opportunity to add that cash through headcount reductions or other reallocation of resources.
06:11 EDTBBRYBlackBerry upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley
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July 26, 2015
18:37 EDTBBRYPakistan orders halt to BlackBerry Enterprise Services within country, WSJ says
Pakistan has ordered mobile service providers within the country to shut down BlackBerry Enterprise Services due to security concerns, the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday. A senior government official told the Journal that remaining BlackBerry services such as messenger will be unaffected. Reference Link
July 24, 2015
15:06 EDTCBSEarnings Watch: TV networks report as streaming services gain ground
CBS (CBS), Time Warner (TWX), Viacom (VIA, VIAB), and 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) are among TV network companies expected to report quarterly results over the next several weeks, with Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) already having reported before the open on July 23. EXPECTATIONS: Time Warner is expected to report EPS of $1.03 on revenue of $6.9B, CBS is expected to report EPS of 73c on revenue of $3.22B, Viacom is expected to report EPS of $1.47 on revenue of $3.22B, and 21st Century Fox is expected to report EPS of 37c on revenue of $6.48B. LAST QUARTER: CBS, Time Warner, and Fox all reported stronger than expected Q1 results, while Viacom reported higher than expected Q2 EPS but missed on revenue. THIS WEEK'S EARNINGS: On the morning of July 23, Comcast reported Q2 EPS of 84c in line with estimates, and revenue of $18.7B versus expectations for $18.14B. Cable customer relationships for the quarter were up 31,000 to 27.3M, driven by increases in double and triple product relationships. During a subsequent conference call, the company noted that TV viewership continues to be under pressure. NEWS: At Re/code's Code Conference on May 27, CBS CEO Leslie Moonves remarked that his network will "probably" sign up for Apple's (AAPL) rumored TV service, and on June 3, CBS announced that its Showtime network will be offered over the internet as a stand-alone streaming service launching in early July for a monthly price of $10.99, with Apple as its first partner. On July 1, Variety quoted sources as saying Viacom was attempting to entice advertisers by offering to construct social-media and digital extensions of traditional TV ad campaigns as the company seeks to move away from Nielsen-based advertising sales. On July 8, the Wall Street Journal reported that Viacom's Paramount Pictures reached an agreement with AMC (AMC) to accelerate the home release of movies, noting that the company hoped to implement the quickened schedule for all new releases beginning later in the year. On July 17, Re/code reported that Viacom held talks to acquire e-commerce and media company Thrillist Media, according to sources. On June 17, 21st Century Fox named James Murdoch as CEO, with founder and former chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch appointed executive co-chairman alongside Lachlan Murdoch. The Telegraph reported on June 20 that Fox rejected offers for its stake in Sky (SKYAY) from Vodafone (VOD) and Vivendi (VIVHY), potentially signalling an interest in outright purchasing the rest of Sky, according to the report. More recently, the European Commission announced on July 23 that it delivered a statement of objections to Sky and various film studios owned by Comcast, Viacom, Fox, Time Warner, Disney (DIS), and Sony (SNE), discussing anti-trust concerns due to limitations on country-by-country availability of pay-TV services. STREET RESEARCH: On May 12, Pacific Crest said it believes Apple will launch its TV service before the end of the year, saying the move should benefit TV networks as well as Apple itself. On June 24, Brean Capital said Facebook's (FB) agreement with Time Warner to host premier episodes of certain upcoming shows was "a trend worth following," and possibly indicative of Facebook hosting additional TV content in the future. Also on June 24, FBR Capital contended that Netflix (NFLX) was on pace to have a larger 24-hour audience than all traditional broadcast networks, where ratings are seeing declines on average, according to the research firm. Those comments were followed by a July 10 note on Netflix from Morgan Stanley, saying the subscription streaming service was seeing higher time spent per day than any single broadcast network. Moving away from the Netflix factor, on July 10, JPMorgan said CBS shares looked "very attractive" following a recent selloff, though the company saw a downgrade on July 20 from Pivotal, which cited higher costs of capital among other factors. Finally, Citi upgraded Viacom on July 16 to Neutral, citing recent underperformance in the company's shares heading into earnings season.
11:02 EDTBBRYBlackBerry CEO says prepared to move past smartphones, Bloomberg says
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July 22, 2015
08:01 EDTBBRYBlackBerry agrees to acquire AtHoc, terms not disclosed
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July 21, 2015
17:50 EDTBBRYBlackBerry reports additional job cuts, CBC says
BlackBerry has disclosed an additional round of job cuts, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported earlier, citing company statements. The company did not reveal how many employees were laid off, but noted that some were shifted to other positions within BlackBerry. Reference Link

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