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June 2, 2014
10:13 EDTZ, XLNX, VOLVY, UEIC, THRX, TISI, TMUS, SRLP, STM, ZQK, MCHP, ESRX, IFNNY, BIG, BNPQYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: BNP Paribas (BNPQY) downgraded to Neutral from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Big Lots (BIG) downgraded to Equalweight from Overweight at Barclays... Express Scripts (ESRX) downgraded at Cowen... Infineon (IFNNY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Microchip Technology (MCHP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Quiksilver (ZQK) downgraded at B. Riley... STMicroelectronics (STM) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup... Sprague Resources (SRLP) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... T-Mobile (TMUS) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Team (TISI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... Theravance (THRX) downgraded at RW Baird... Universal Electronics (UEIC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... Volvo (VOLVY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Xilinx (XLNX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Zillow (Z) downgraded at Pacific Crest.
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August 18, 2014
06:30 EDTVOLVYVolvo targets wealthy Chinese with vehicle revamp, Reuters says
Volvo's (VOLVY) latest generation of vehicles are revamped to include luxury designs and features that target China's wealthy population in hopes that the cars will reverse diminishing sales, according to Reuters citing comments from Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson. Samuelsson said, "Prices will be the same level as competitors like the Germans. Customers should not expect to buy them cheaper than an Audi (AUDVF)." Reference Link
August 15, 2014
06:15 EDTTMUSSprint's new CEO to introduce 'disruptive' prices next week, Re/code reports
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August 14, 2014
12:01 EDTTMUSThird Point gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Rackspace (RAX), Finisar (FNSR), Amgen (AMGN), Ally Financial (ALLY), and AstraZeneca (AZN). INCREASED STAKES: Dollar General (DG) and Dow Chemical (DOW). DECREASED STAKES: FedEx (FDX), Hertz (HTZ), T-Mobile (TMUS) and Intrexon (XON). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Google Class A (GOOGL), Verizon (VZ) and Mondelez (MDLZ).
10:05 EDTIFNNYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:07 EDTTMUSMorgan Stanley to hold a conference
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05:58 EDTTMUST-Mobile CFO says Iliad offer 'flattering,' but 'inadequate,' WSJ reports
T-Mobile (TMUS) CFO Braxton Carter has called Iliad's (ILIAF) proposal to buy 57% of the company for $15B "very flattering," but "inadequate," the Wall Street Journal reports, citing comments made at an investor conference. Carter added, "I think rarely people come with their best bid to start." Reference Link
05:23 EDTIFNNYInfineon upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
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August 13, 2014
10:01 EDTTMUST-Mobile files petition for reconsideration of FCC spectrum order
T-Mobile said it has filed a petition for reconsideration of the FCC's Mobile Spectrum Holdings Order. It stated, "While the Commissionís approach to mobile spectrum holdings in the upcoming 600 MHz incentive auction represents one of the most innovative and forward-thinking regulations in its eighty-year history, we seek reconsideration because the Order stops short of adopting rules sufficient to prevent the two largest incumbent carriers from dominating the market. Our petition respectfully requests the Commission adjust its rules for the incentive auction by increasing the amount of low-band spectrum reserved for competitive carriers and modifying when auction revenues would trigger access to this reserve."
07:05 EDTSRLPSprague Resources backs 2014 adjusted EBITDA view $70M-$80M
07:05 EDTSRLPSprague Resources reports Q2 EPS (47c), consensus 2c
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06:58 EDTTMUSDish Network an 'unlikely' buyer for T-Mobile, WSJ reports
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August 12, 2014
17:26 EDTTMUSDish viewed as favored T-Mobile acquirer after Sprint drops bid, Bloomberg says
Dish Network (DISH) is viewed as a favorite to acquire T-Mobile (TMUS) after Sprint (S) dropped its plans to acquire the company last week, according to Bloomberg, citing analysts at Moody's Investors Service and Macquarie Group. Being an industry outsider, Dish wouldn't reduce the number of competitors in the wireless market, which would please regulators, Bloomberg added. Reference Link
15:53 EDTZCanaccord to hold a conference
34th Annual Growth Conference to be held in Boston on August 13-14.
15:23 EDTSRLPNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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August 11, 2014
15:27 EDTZSusquehanna to hold a forum
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August 10, 2014
17:44 EDTZZillow could fall by 50% after Trulia deal, Barron's says
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August 8, 2014
17:10 EDTTMUSMarket finishes week up slightly as earnings offset by political events
Stocks finished the week fractionally higher than where they started as strong corporate earnings reports and better than expected economic data was weighed against concerns about geopolitical issues and negative M&A news. MACRO NEWS: A few ongoing geopolitical conflicts worried investors and weighed on shares. Russia unveiled sanctions against Western countries, banning the import of a wide range of food items from the U.S, the EU and a few allied countries in response to sanctions recently enacted against it from G7 nations... President Obama authorized the bombing of rebels in Iraq and Hamas and Israel failed to reach a permanent truce... An ISM services index, the U.S. trade deficit for June, and weekly jobless claims were all better than expected. Meanwhile, the increase in unit labor costs last quarter came in below the consensus outlook, perhaps easing fears that the Fed will need to raise interest rates sooner than expected. COMPANY NEWS: On the M&A front, two huge potential deals fell through as 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) withdrew its offer to acquire Time Warner (TWX) and Sprint (S) reportedly decided to end its pursuit of a merger with peer T-Mobile (TMUS)... President Obama indicated that his administration would take unilateral steps in an effort to prevent companies from carrying out tax inversion acquisitions. Among the deals or possible transactions that involve inversion are Medtronic's (MDT) acquisition of Covidien (COV), Valeant's (VRX) proposed takeover of Allergan (AGN) and Mylan's (MYL) acquisition of Abbott's (ABT) developed markets branded generics pharmaceuticals business. Meanwhile, Walgreen's (WAG) stock tumbled after the U.S. company said it would not structure its takeover of European drugstore chain Alliance Boots as a tax inversion deal... 21st Century Fox, 3D printer maker Stratasys (SSYS), chip maker NVIDIA (NVDA), brewer Molson Coors (TAP), and luxury accessories maker Coach (COH) all rose following their earnings reports. Conversely, Target (TGT), luxury accessories maker Michael Kors (KORS) and Internet coupon provider Groupon (GRPN) fell following their results or guidance... Gannett (GCI) struck a deal to acquire the remaining 73% interest in Classified Ventures, whose primary asset is the online car shopping website Cars.com, for $1.8B from the other partners in the venture, which include McClatchy (MNI), Tribune Media (TRBAA), Graham Holdings (GHC) and A. H. Belo (AHC). Gannett also announced plans to spin-off its Publishing business, which includes USA Today, through a tax-free distribution to shareholders... McDonald's (MCD) stock was little changed after the company reported that its comparable store sales fell 2.5% in July, which was significantly worse than expected. Food quality issues weighed on the fast food company's sales in Asia and as a result of the China supplier issue, the company warned its previously issued global comparable sales forecast for 2014 is now at risk. INDEXES: The Dow finished the week up 0.35% to 16,553.93, the S&P 500 rose 0.32% to 1,931.59, and the Nasdaq gained 0.41% to 4,370.90.
13:57 EDTZQKInvesco reports 11.7% passive stake in Quiksilver
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06:08 EDTTMUST-Mobile plans to overtake Sprint in total customers by end of year, CEO says
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06:02 EDTXLNXStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; XLNK SNDK
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