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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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July 18, 2014
07:08 EDTTMUSSoftbank, T-Mobile final agreement could come after late August, Kyodo News says
According to Kyodo News, Softbank's (SFTBF) buyout talks with T-Mobile (TMUS) won't be settled until after late August. Deutsche Telecom (DTEGY) is "reluctant" to accept Softbank's business plan and is seeking a new plan, industry sources say. Reference Link
July 17, 2014
10:00 EDTVOLVYOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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July 16, 2014
17:37 EDTVOLVYVolvo initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray
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16:33 EDTZZillow acquires Retsly
Zillow announced it has acquired Vancouver, BC based Retsly, a software company that normalizes real estate data from multiple listing services so developers can build data-driven products for the real estate industry. The company also provides MLSs with the tools to manage software applications in their market and ensure their content is being used appropriately. Zillow is not disclosing the financial terms of the acquisition. "Retsly's platform will spur tremendous innovation in the real estate space, enabling developers to build software that works across MLS boundaries and without the overhead of dealing with local data formats," said Spencer Rascoff, Zillow CEO. "Retsly's team and cutting-edge technology is a great fit with Zillow and aligns with our goal to offer great value and services to our industry partners. We're thrilled to welcome Retsly to Zillow." Retsly was founded in 2013 and will continue to operate from Vancouver.
07:24 EDTZSiemer & Associates to hold a summit
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05:38 EDTTHRXGSK, Theravance initiate Phase III IMPACT study
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Theravance (THRX) announced the start of a global phase III study, known as IMPACT, to evaluate the efficacy and safety of the 'closed' triple combination of FF/UMEC/VI in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. IMPACT is the first pivotal phase III study in a programme to evaluate a once-daily closed triple combination treatment of an inhaled corticosteroid, or ICS; a long-acting muscarinic antagonist, or LAMA; and a long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist, or LABA, in patients with COPD. The IMPACT study will enrol approximately 10,000 patients and assess whether the combination of FF, or fluticasone furoate, an ICS, UMEC, or umeclidinium, a LAMA, and VI, or vilanterol, a LABA, all delivered in GSK's Ellipta inhaler, can reduce the annual rate of moderate and severe exacerbations compared with two approved once daily COPD treatments, Relvar/Breo Ellipta, FF/VI, which is an ICS/LABA combination, and Anoro Ellipta, UMEC/VI, which is a LAMA/LABA combination.
July 15, 2014
15:32 EDTTMUSPaulson sees T-Mobile takeover in high $30s, low $40s 'reasonable,' WSJ says
John Paulson, the fourth-largest shareholder in T-Mobile (TMUS) and the third largest stakeholder in Sprint (S), would support a merger of the two, which has been widely reported as being worked on, and said that a takeover price for T-Mobile in the "high $30s to low $40s" per share would be "reasonable," according to The Wall Street Journal, citing an interview with the investor. Reference Link
14:59 EDTSTMSynaptics shares should be bought on weakness, says Cowen
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13:44 EDTTMUSSprint, T-Mobile jointly raising $10B for airwave auction, WSJ says
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12:55 EDTXLNXEarnings Preview: Intel up over 12% since pre-announcement
Intel (INTC) is expected to report second quarter earnings after the close on Tuesday, July 15, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Intel is a global semiconductor manufacturer and a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 52c on revenue of $13.69B. The consensus range is 45c-55c for EPS on revenue of $13.0B-$14.0B, according to First Call. Along with its first quarter report, Intel said it saw Q2 revenue of $13B, plus or minus $500M, compared to consensus at that time of $12.96B. Intel said then that it had expected its fiscal year 2014 revenue to be approximately flat, compared to consensus at that time of $53.15B. Subsequently, on June 12, Intel raised its Q2 revenue forecast to be $13.7B, plus or minus $300M, citing stronger than expected demand for business PCs. Intel added that it now expects some revenue growth for the year and that its full-year gross margin percentage is now expected to be in the upper half of the previous range of 61%, plus or minus a few percentage points, driven mostly by expected improvements in unit cost and volume. LAST QUARTER: Intel reported Q1 EPS of 38c, compared to consensus expectations at that time of 37c. The company's revenue of $12.8B was generally in-line with the consensus forecast. For the quarter, the company's gross margin came in at 59.7%. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after Intel made its positive pre-announcement, its stock was upgraded by several research firms. At that time, Morgan Stanley upgraded the shares to Equal Weight from Underweight, Roth Capital raised its rating to Buy from Neutral, and Drexel Hamilton upped its rating to Buy from Hold. Several firms also increased their price targets on Intel, with Jefferies raising its price target for Intel to $40 from $35 and Pacific Crest taking its target up to $35 from $32. Last night, coverage of Intel was initiated at Imperial Capital, which placed an Outperform rating and $37 target on the stock. NEWS: After eight quarters of declining shipments, worldwide PC shipments experienced flat growth in the second quarter of 2014, Gartner reported recently. Worldwide PC shipments totaled 75.8M units in the quarter, a 0.1% increase from the same quarter of 2013, according to Gartner. Another research firm, International Data Corporation, estimated that worldwide PC shipments totaled 74.4M units in the second quarter, marking a year-on-year decline of 1.7%. In company specific news, a July 9 report from MacRumors, citing Chinese site VR Zone, claimed that Intel has decided to further postpone the shipping of its line of 14-nanometer Broadwell chips, which are anticipated to be included in future versions of the Apple's (AAPL) MacBook Air, Retina MacBook Pro, and iMac. A report two days later from DigiTimes said that Intel is set to unveil its 14nm processors and 10nm wafers at its Developer Forum in San Francisco, citing sources from the upstream supply chain. According to the report, Intel will release the 14nm Core M-series processors in Q4 and 14nm Broadwell-based processors in January 2015. In June, The Wall Street Journal reported that Intel announced plans to package its standard server processors alongside a different class of programmable chip in a combination that includes an FPGA, or field programmable gate array. The Journal noted that FPGAs have been sold for years by Xilinx (XLNX) and Altera (ALTR), but that the general manager of Intelís data center group, Diane Bryant, declined to disclose Intelís partner on the latest effort or when the resulting products would hit the market. PRICE ACTION: Since the day after its earnings pre-announcement, Intel shares have risen over 12% and its stock is up more than 17% over the last three months. In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Intel was trading near flat at $31.53.
09:43 EDTUEICUniversal Electronics upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Avondale
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07:24 EDTTMUSMicrosoft to hold a conference
MSFT Worldwide Partner Conference to be held in Washington, D.C. on July 13-17.
July 14, 2014
18:00 EDTTMUSSprint plans for lengthy review of T-Mobile deal, Bloomberg reports
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17:44 EDTTMUSSprint said to plan for lengthy review of T-Mobile deal, Bloomberg says
Sprint and T-Mobile reportedly planning 18-month drop-dead period for the deal, and Sprint lenders are looking for higher fees to commit longer term. Sprint and T-Mobile also considering a JV to bid for wireless spectrum, Bloomberg added.
08:32 EDTTMUSSynchronoss acquires Voxmobili for $26M in cash
Synchronoss (SNCR) announced its acquisition of Voxmobili, a wholly owned subsidiary of OnMobile Global. Voxmobiliís customers include AT&T (T), Airtel, Everything Everywhere, France Telecom, Orange (ORAN), T-Mobile (TMUS), and Vodafone (VOD). In consideration for the acquisition, Synchronoss paid approximately $26M in cash to OnMobile Global.
06:08 EDTVOLVYABI Research: Over 24M cars to be fitted with Apple CarPlay, DigiTimes says
ABI Research said that over 24M cars will be fitted with Apple (AAPL) CarPlay in 2019, reports DigiTimes. ABI Reserch said that the uptake in MirrorLink will also be fairly significant, but predicts more cars will be fitted with CarPlay. It cites several car makers to have the capabilities, including Ford (F), BMW, Audi, Mercedes, Jaguar/Land Rover, Toyota (TM), Nissan (NSANY), and Volvo (VOLVY). Reference Link
July 11, 2014
16:22 EDTTMUSOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher today, but were still lower for the week, as concerns in Europe have come back to the forefront of investors' minds. Today's modest bounce was not enough to make up for the declines seen in three of the other four sessions earlier in the week. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the June federal budget statement showed a surplus of $70.5B for the month, compared to analysts' forecast for a $79B surplus. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Wells Fargo (WFC) slipped 32c, or 0.62%, to $51.49 after the largest mortgage lender in the U.S. posted earnings of $1.01 a share that matched analysts' consensus forecast. Wells did note that its credit performance continued to improve in Q2 and CEO John Stumpf said he is "optimistic about the future" for the bank... Lorillard (LO) advanced $2.92, or 4.63%, to $66.01, while Reynolds American fell 51c, or 0.82%, to $61.75, after the two cigarette makers confirmed that they are holding talks about a possible merger, as has been speculated by various media reports in recent weeks... In another update to an ongoing M&A story, Japan's Nikkei reported that Sprint's (S) corporate parent, Softbank (SFTBF), has reached an agreement to acquire T-Mobile (TMUS) from Deutsche Telecom (DTEGY), clearing the way for the long-speculated merger between the third and fourth largest wireless carriers in the U.S. Following the new story, Sprint shares finished the day up 30c, or 3.64%, to $8.55, while T-Mobile rose 62c, or 1.89%, to $33.50. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Ruckus Wireless (RKUS), which advanced 87c, or 7.9%, to $11.88 after the FCC announced that it would allocate new funds to subsidize the launch of WiFi networks in schools and libraries. Also higher was Amazon.com (AMZN), which climbed $18.28, or 5.57%, to $346.20 after consulting firm ChannelAdvisor (ECOM) reported that the company's same-store sales growth had accelerated significantly in June compared with May. Among the noteworthy losers was Rent-A-Center (RCII), which dropped $3.18, or 10.94%, to $25.88 after the company warned that its revenue and earnings for Q2 will not meet expectations. Also lower were shares of industrial and construction supply retailer Fastenal (FAST), which fell $2.00, or 4.16%, to $46.15 after its Q2 revenue missed analysts' consensus view and the company reported plans to close 45 stores. INDEXES: The Dow was up 28.74, or 0.17%, to 16,943.81, the Nasdaq was up 19.29, or 0.44%, to 4,415.49, and the S&P 500 was up 2.83, or 0.14%, to 1,967.51.
13:10 EDTTMUSSprint, T-Mobile rally following merger report from Nikkei
13:09 EDTTMUSSoftbank near deal to buy T-Mobile, merge with Sprint, Nikkei reports
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13:05 EDTTMUSSoftbank near deal to buy T-Mobile, merge with Sprint, Nikkei reports
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