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May 13, 2014
10:05 EDTUBNT, QGEN, KKR, HSH, DANOY, TWX, PBA, ITW, GDOT, BPI, VFC, TNTEY, MAS, HUBG, DYNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Bridgepoint Education (BPI) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... Danone (DANOY) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Dynegy (DYN) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Green Dot (GDOT) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at Portales... Hillshire Brands (HSH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Hub Group (HUBG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Illinois Tool Works (ITW) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... KKR (KKR) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Evercore... Masco (MAS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Pembina Pipeline (PBA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... QIAGEN (QGEN) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... TNT Express (TNTEY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Time Warner (TWX) upgraded at Bernstein... Ubiquiti Networks (UBNT) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... VF Corp. (VFC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at ISI Group.
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November 12, 2014
10:43 EDTTWXBernstein downgrades Discovery, Viacom, citing 'structural decline' in TV
Research firm Bernstein sees strong evidence that audiences of ad-supported TV have entered a period of "structural decline." The firm cut its rating on Discovery (DISCA), the owner of the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet cable stations, and Viacom (VIA,VIAB), which owns MTV and and Nickelodeon. The firm also cut its price target on CBS (CBS). WHAT'S NEW: Noting that audiences for ad-supported TV have fallen by unprecedented amounts for four months, Bernstein analyst Todd Juenger added that consumption of subscription video on demand, or SVOD, services continue to grow. Meanwhile, TV networks are seeing increased competition from Internet websites for ad dollars, limiting the ability of the networks to raise ad prices, Juenger stated. The profit margins and return on investment of content owners are likely to decline over time, the analyst believes. He downgraded Discovery to Market Perform from Outperform and set a $37 price target on the stock, and cut Viacom to Underperform from Market Perform, placing a $71 price target on that stock. Juenger reduced his price target on CBS to $55 from $60 and kept a Market Perform rating on the shares. He kept Outperform ratings on 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Disney (DIS), and Time Warner (TWX), saying that those are least affected by the trend, as they are less dependent than their peers on the American TV ad market and have a large amount of sports programming. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Discovery lost 0.6% to $31.81, Viacom class A shares gained 0.6% to $70.09, CBS fell 0.7% to $51.48, Twenty-First Century Fox class A shares lost 0.5% to $34.75, Time Warner fell 0.5% to $77.69 and Disney was flat near $90 per share.
10:34 EDTUBNTOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:11 EDTDYNDynegy management to meet with Deutsche Bank
Meeting to be held in Dallas on November 12 hosted by Deutsche Bank.
08:19 EDTGDOTJPMorgan to hold a conference
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07:22 EDTBPIPiper says time to increase exposure to Education sector
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06:22 EDTTWXFunny or Die hires Moelis to explore potential sale, WSJ reports
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05:55 EDTKKRKKR, CITIC Limited jointly invest in United Envirotech
CITIC Limited and KKR jointly announce the formation of a consortium through related entities, CITIC Environment Protection Co. Ltd. and KKR China Water Investment Holdings Limited respectively, to make a pre-conditional voluntary offer, or VGO, for all the shares in United Envirotech, or UEL. The transaction allows CITIC to become the controlling shareholder of UEL through the holding of a majority interest in the consortium. This will be achieved by the consortium through the VGO subject to conditions being met, to acquire existing shares in UEL from the existing shareholders including KKR. In addition, after the VGO, the consortium will subscribe for further shares in UEL by way of a private placement totalling SGD50M, SGD100M or SGD150M which will provide additional capital to UEL. The offer price values UEL at approximately SGD1.9B on fully diluted basis. The consortium intends to maintain the listing status of UEL post transaction.
November 11, 2014
16:01 EDTQGENQIAGEN enters master collaboration agreement with Novartis
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13:11 EDTPBAPembina Pipeline announces pipeline expansion in Northeast British Columbia
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10:39 EDTUBNTOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:00 EDTTWXOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Alcentra Capital (ABDC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Ambac Financial (AMBC) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at MKM Partners... Banco Bilbao (BBVA) upgraded to Buy from Reduce at Nomura... Darden (DRI) upgraded at KeyBanc... ICU Medical (ICUI) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... IMAX (IMAX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Juniper (JNPR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Michaels (MIK) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Midcoast Energy (MEP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Midstates Petroleum (MPO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Monroe Capital (MRCC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... NuVasive (NUVA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... ONEOK Partners (OKS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... ORBCOMM (ORBC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at First Analysis... Pattern Energy (PEGI) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Targa Resources Partners (NGLS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Time Warner (TWX) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Tremor Video (TRMR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Western Gas Partners (WES) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Yamana Gold (AUY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Zynga (ZNGA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies.
07:08 EDTTWXTen Network's Gordon says won't sell stake in company, AFR reports
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06:00 EDTTWXTime Warner upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman
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November 10, 2014
15:17 EDTGDOTCFPB may require added disclosures on prepaid cards, WSJ says
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is expected to propose new rules later this week that will require more disclosure for prepaid debit cards and cracking down on allowing consumers to spend more money on the cards than they have, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The rules come as traditional financial institutions, such as JPMorgan (JPM) and American Express (AXP) have moved into the business and the industryís biggest players donít allow overdrafts so it is unclear whether the new rules will dent industry profits, the report said. Green Dot (GDOT) also does not permit overdrafts and Visa (V) recently excluded overdraft abilities in guidelines for its prepaid cards, the report added. Reference Link
15:07 EDTGDOTRegulators may require added disclosures on prepaid cards, DJ says
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10:17 EDTUBNTOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:31 EDTDYNDynegy receives early termination of HSR Act waiting period
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08:40 EDTKKRKKR readies to sell more Samson assets, Reuters reports
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07:12 EDTTWXCA Technologies to hold a conference
CA World 2014 is being held in Las Vegas on November 9-12.
November 9, 2014
17:45 EDTTWXTime Warner approaches Australia's Ten Network, AFR says
Time Warner has approached Australia's Ten Network, the company behind Offspring and The Bachelor Australia, says the Australian Financial Review. In an approach that was not binding, Time Warner offered about $680M or 25c a share for the Australian broadcaster, added the Australian Financial Review. Reference Link
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