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May 13, 2014
10:05 EDTDYN, UBNT, QGEN, KKR, HSH, DANOY, TWX, PBA, ITW, GDOT, BPI, VFC, TNTEY, MAS, HUBGOn 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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March 20, 2015
12:45 EDTTWXAnalyst says Apple deserves higher multiple ahead of TV streaming foray
Given Apple's (AAPL) reported foray into streaming TV, the stock's multiple should be higher, Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty wrote in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: Media reports about Apple's new streaming TV service support Morgan Stanley's thesis that the stock should trade at a multiple of 18x-19x, Morgan Stanley analyst Kate Huberty wrote in a note to investors today. Companies with content platforms trade at that level, on average, the analyst noted. Apple's stock is currently trading slightly below 15 times consensus 2015 profit estimates for the company. Noting that Apple has already announced a new online streaming deal with Time Warner's (TWX) HBO, and the New York Post reported that the tech giant is willing to share some viewership data with content owners, Huberty thinks that an Apple TV service seems to be more likely now than in past years. The analyst reiterated her belief, expressed in a previous note, that Apple should be compared to other companies that provide content platforms. Like other platform companies, Apple charges premium prices, its products are used every day by consumers, it has recurring revenue ,and it has the opportunity to expand its total market, the analyst stated. According to Huberty, TV is an $800B market, and the TV streaming market may be ready for prime time, as 20% of pay TV customers plan to cut the cord in the next year, a Morgan Stanley survey showed. The analyst kept a $160 price target and Overweight rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Taking a less favorable view of Apple on March 18 was research firm Jefferies, which predicted that the growth of the company's iPhones would decelerate further next quarter. The firm predicted that strong iPhone sales in China would propel the tech giants profit for the current quarter more than 10% above expectations, but it kept a Hold rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Apple was fractionally higher near $128 per share.
06:36 EDTTWXWeb TV companies ask internet providers for special treatment, WSJ says
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March 19, 2015
15:46 EDTKKRKKR, CVC near deal for majority of Philips lighting unit, Bloomberg says
Private equity firms KKR (KKR) and CVC Capital Partners are nearing a deal that could be announced as soon as next week to buy 80% of Philips' (PHG) lighting components unit, with Philips retaining the remaining stake, reported Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The firms' bid values the whole of the business at about $2.7B, the sources told Bloomberg. Reference Link
15:19 EDTKKRKKR, CVC near bid for 80% of Philips lighting components unit, Bloomberg says
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11:32 EDTMASMasco says post-spinoff name for services business to be TopBuild
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06:55 EDTTWXCertain news agencies form advertising alliance to rival Google, others, BI says
The Guardian, CNN International, The Financial Times , Reuters (TRI) and The Economist are forming an advertising alliance, called Pangaea, in hopes of rivaling Google (GOOG), Facebook (FB), Twitter (TWTR), and LinkedIn (LNKD), reports Business Insider UK. The Financial Times is owned by Pearson (PSO), The Economist Group is 50% owned by Pearson via The Financial Times, and CNN is owned by Time Warner (TWX). Reference Link
05:32 EDTBPIBridgepoint Education appoints Christopher Henn as COO
Bridgepoint Education's board announced the selection of Christopher Henn who, beginning April 13, will serve in the company's newly created role of Executive Vice President and COO. Most recently, Henn served as Managing Director – Product for Esurance.
March 18, 2015
17:20 EDTDYNIntegrated Core Strategies reports 5.1% passive stake in Dynegy
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13:23 EDTTWXBattleground: Oppenheimer weighs in on Netflix with positive note
The recent weakness in Netflix's (NFLX) stock has created a buying opportunity, Oppenheimer wrote in a note to investors today. Oppenheimer's upbeat note comes after research firm Stifel issued a positive note on the stock yesterday and a third firm, Evercore ISI, downgraded the shares to sell on Monday. BULLISH TAKE: Noting that Netflix's stock has dropped 15% from its 52-week high, Oppenheimer analyst Jason Helfstein said that the decline creates a good buying opportunity ahead a number of "tier 1" original show launches by the company. History indicates that tier 1 original shows have the most impact on the company's net subscriber additions, the analyst stated. Worries about competition have weighed on the shares, but Netflix can beat the competition by using its data to provide superior programming, according to the analyst. He kept a $483 price target and Outperform rating on the shares. Stifel analyst Scott Devitt yesterday stated that concerns about the company's competition are overdone, as Netflix's positioning in the U.S. is as strong as ever and continues to improve as it adds more content. Time Warner's (TWX) upcoming launch of a video on demand service called HBO Now is the primary cause of the decline in Netflix's stock, Devitt contended, noting he views the HBO Now launch as "a non-event" for Netflix. Most Netflix subscribers who obtain HBO Now will probably keep both services, Devitt believes. BEARISH TAKE: Evercore ISI analyst Ken Sena on Monday downgraded Netflix shares to Sell from Hold. Increased competition will force the company to raise its investments, and the return from those investments is uncertain, the analyst contended. In the U.S., technological advancements are enabling content providers to sell their programming to a wider range of Internet video distributors. Moreover, content providers themselves are now able to stream more of their programming online and obtain higher profits from doing so, Sena reported. Netflix's international expansion will not be sufficient to offset the increased competition, especially because foreign viewers are likely to watch less TV and be less interested in paying for TV content, the analyst believes, adding that Netflix will face even more competition overseas than in the U.S. Sela reduced his price target on the shares to $380 from $450. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Netflix was little changed near $418 per share.
12:09 EDTTWXSony announces launch of PlayStation Vue in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia
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10:21 EDTMASHigh option volume stocks:
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08:25 EDTKKRSamson near deal for covenant breach waiver, NY Post says
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08:10 EDTKKRAres Management names Michael McFerran as CFO
Ares Management, L.P. (ARES) announced that it has appointed Michael R. McFerran as Executive VP, CFO and Treasurer, effective March 23. McFerran will assume firm-wide CFO and Treasurer responsibilities. McFerran was previously a Managing Director at Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. (KKR) where he served as the CFO of KKR’s credit business and was the COO and CFO of KKR Financial Holdings LLC (KFN). Daniel F. Nguyen, Ares Management’s current CFO and Treasurer, will remain with Ares as CFO of the Ares Private Equity and Tradable Credit Groups and will continue his involvement with firm M&A activities. The CFO roles for each of the other two Ares investment groups, Direct Lending and Real Estate, will continue to be filled by Penni Roll and Tae-Sik Yoon, respectively. In addition, Roll will continue as CFO of Ares Capital Corporation (ARCC) and Yoon will continue as CFO of Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation (ACRE).
06:42 EDTKKRUxin raises $170M from KKR, Baidu, others, WSJ says
Chinese used car auctioneer Uxin has raised $170M from backers including KKR (KKR) and Baidu (BIDU), reports the Wall Street Journal. Uxin will primarily use the fund to expand its business-to-consumer operations to complete with rivals Bitauto (BITA) and Autohome (ATHM). Reference Link
March 17, 2015
17:19 EDTTWXTime Warner, CBS CEOs discussed possible merger last year, Bloomberg reports
CBS (CBS) CEO Les Moonves and Time Warner (TWX) CEO Jeff Bewkes had discussions about combining their companies in meetings last year, Bloomberg reports, citing three people with knowledge of the matter. Reference Link
15:56 EDTTWXTime Warner, CBS CEOs discussed possible merger last year, Bloomberg reports
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13:06 EDTTWXBattleground: Analysts take opposite sides on Netflix
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07:53 EDTKKRMatson American Eagle Jack Henry named triple play at Oppenheimer
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06:46 EDTDANOYDanone says doesn't need major acquisition, Reuters reports
Danone doesn't need to make a major acquisition "to be operational," its CEO said at a conference today, according to Reuters. Reference Link
05:46 EDTTWXApple set to launch online TV service this year, Financial Times reports
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