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February 1, 2013
10:01 EDTSMRT, VZ, GWAY, DB, TMO, WYNN, PCAR, GME, AJG, PMCS, WMS, ORCL, ERIC, BUDOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AB InBev (BUD) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Arthur J. Gallagher (AJG) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair... Deutsche Bank (DB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Ericsson (ERIC) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... GameStop (GME) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Greenway Medical (GWAY) upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James... Oracle (ORCL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... PACCAR (PCAR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Verizon (VZ) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... WMS Industries (WMS) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Wynn Resorts (WYNN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... Stein Mart (SMRT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Avondale... Ericsson (ERIC) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman... PMC-Sierra (PMCS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Miller Tabak... WMS Industries (WMS) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Thermo Fisher (TMO) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.
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June 25, 2015
09:28 EDTTMOThermo Fisher agrees to acquire Alfa Aesar for GBP256M
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08:35 EDTVZVerizon and Scripps Networks sign licensing agreement
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05:13 EDTVZVerizon repair crews working to keep customers connected in Mid-Atlantic
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June 24, 2015
15:53 EDTGMESunTrust identifies the most likely M&A activity in specialty retail
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11:11 EDTGMEAnalyst says Best Buy shares poised to rise
Best Buy's (BBY) stock is poised to advance after the company reports its second quarter results, research firm B. Riley predicted. WHAT'S NEW: Best Buy's forecast for increased margins in the second half of the year, along with easing comparisons, should cause the stock to rise, predicted B. Riley in a note to investors earlier today. The shares will be particularly well-positioned to climb after the company updates its guidance following its Q2 results, the firm believes. Best Buy's initiatives should help increase its revenue and profits heading into fiscal 2017 and the retailer can continues to increase its market share at the expense of Sears (SHLD), RadioShack and others. Additionally, macro economic trends remain favorable for Best Buy and its key product categories continue to perform well, according to B. Riley. The firm, which is particularly confident about the company's ability to beat Q4 consensus estimates, keeps a $47 price target on the name and reiterates a Buy rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In their own note to investors this morning, SunTrust analysts David Magee and D. Mitch Van Zelfden speculated on potential M&A activity in the specialty retail space, noting that "Wall Street’s appetite for acquisitions has strengthened recently." In their opinion, Best Buy acquiring GameStop (GME) is among the "most compelling relationships" in the sector, the note explained. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Best Buy slid 0.4% to $34.72, while GameStop rose 1.3% to $44.92.
10:38 EDTERICEricsson announces deal with SaskTek to provide M2M connectivity
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10:36 EDTGMEElectronic Arts advances after analysts positive on E3 showing
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07:19 EDTDBJPMorgan names Nachimowski head of chemicals dealmaking in EMEA, Bloomberg says
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05:31 EDTERICEricsson provides update on cost and efficiency program
The global cost and efficiency program, announced at Ericsson's Capital Markets Day on November 13, 2014, is progressing according to plan. The ambition is to achieve savings of approximately SEK 9B., with full effect during 2017. As part of the global program, on March 11, 2015, Ericsson announced that 2,200 positions in Sweden, mainly in R&D and Supply, were subject to notice. As the next step of this activity, individuals on different locations in Sweden have been given notice during June. In total, there will be a reduction of approximately 2,100 positions, with some 1,700 employees leaving the company.For Q2, restructuring costs of approximately SEK 2.5B are expected. These estimated costs include normal ongoing restructuring as well as charges related to the cost and efficiency program, this quarter primarily driven by changes in Sweden. Savings related to this specific activity will start to impact results towards the end of 2015.
June 23, 2015
19:31 EDTVZT-Mobile petitions FCC to deny certain AT&T spectrum licenses
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18:00 EDTVZS&P announces changes to the S&P 400, 500, 600 indices
S&P Dow Jones Indices will make the following changes to the S&P 500, S&P MidCap 400 and S&P SmallCap 600 indices: Columbia Pipeline Group (CPGX) will replace Allegheny Technologies (ATI) in the S&P 500, Allegheny Technologies will replace Unit Corp. (UNT) in the S&P MidCap 400, and Unit Corp. will replace PetroQuest Energy (PQ) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Wednesday, July 1. S&P 500 constituent NiSource (NI) is spinning off Columbia Pipeline Group in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. NiSource will remain in the S&P 500 following the distribution. Allegheny Technologies, Unit and PetroQuest are all ranked near or at the bottom of their current indices. S&P SmallCap 600 constituent Casey’s General Stores (CASY) will replace AOL (AOL) in the S&P MidCap 400, and Nektar Therapeutics (NKTR) will replace Casey’s General Stores in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Thursday, June 25. S&P 100 & 500 constituent Verizon (VZ) acquired AOL in a transaction completed today. TopBuild (BLD) will replace Aéropostale (ARO) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Tuesday, June 30. S&P 500 constituent Masco (MAS) is spinning off TopBuild in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Masco will remain in the S&P 500 following the distribution. Aéropostale is ranked near the bottom of the S&P SmallCap 600. “New” Gannett Co. (GCI) will replace Quiksilver (ZQK) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Friday, June 26. S&P 500 constituent Gannett Co. (GCI) is spinning off “new” Gannett Co. in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Post spin, the parent company will change its name to TEGNA. and trade under the symbol “TGNA”. It will remain in the S&P 500 following the distribution. Quiksilver is ranked near the bottom of the S&P SmallCap 600. Cable ONE Inc. (CABO) will replace Peabody Energy (BTU) in the S&P MidCap 400 after the close of trading on Tuesday, June 30. S&P MidCap 400 constituent Graham Holdings Company (GHC) is spinning off CableOne in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Graham Holdings will remain in the S&P MidCap 400 following the distribution. Peabody Energy is ranked near the bottom of the S&P MidCap 400. The Chemours Co. (CC) will replace Semtech Corp. (SMTC) in the S&P MidCap 400, and Semtech will replace Paragon Offshore (PGN) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Tuesday June 30. S&P 100 & 500 constituent E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. (DD) is spinning off Chemours in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Dupont will remain in the S&P 100 & 500 following the distribution. Semtech and Paragon Offshore are ranked near or at the bottom of their current indices. “New “ Energizer Holdings (ENR) will replace Harsco (HSC) in the S&P MidCap 400, and Harsco will replace FXCM (FXCM) in the SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Tuesday, June 30. S&P MidCap 400 constituent Energizer (ENR) is spinning off “new” Energizer in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Post spin, the parent company will change its name to Edgewell Personal Care Co. and trade under the symbol “EPC”. It will remain in the S&P MidCap 400 following the distribution. Harsco and FXCM are ranked near or at the bottom of their current indices.
17:20 EDTGMEGameStop backs FY15 EPS view $3.63-$3.83, consensus $3.87
Backs FY15 revenue growth view on negative 1% to 4%. Full year comparable store sales are still expected to range from +1.0% to +6.0%.
17:16 EDTGMEGameStop backs Q2 EPS view 21c-25c, consensus 24c
Backs Q2 revenue growth view of negative 3% to flat; Backs Q2 SSS view of range from flat to +3.0%. Guidance from company slides presentation.
10:47 EDTORCLOracle new services round out cloud platform, says Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White believes Oracle's addition of 25 new cloud services rounds out the Oracle Cloud Platform. He says Oracle is now in a unique position to competitively deliver cloud solutions to enterprise customers and keeps a Buy rating on the stock with a $48 price target.
08:42 EDTVZVerizon completes acquisition of AOL
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06:04 EDTORCLOracle says extending enterprise cloud portfolio
At a live event yesterday, Oracle (ORCL) Executive Chairman of the Board and CTO Larry Ellison announced new additions to the Oracle Cloud Platform, a comprehensive, integrated suite of services that make it easier for developers, IT professionals, business users and analysts to build, extend and integrate cloud applications. With more than 24 new cloud services, the Oracle Cloud Platform "extends Oracle's leadership with the world's broadest and deepest portfolio" of SaaS, PaaS and IaaS. Newly available Oracle Cloud services include, Oracle Database Cloud - Exadata, Oracle Archive Storage Cloud, Oracle Big Data Cloud, Oracle Integration Cloud, Oracle Mobile Cloud, and Oracle Process Cloud. The Oracle Cloud Platform helps customers build new applications, extend existing ones, and easily move existing on-premises workloads to the cloud with no application changes. The services are designed to maximize end user experience and productivity; enable developers to manage and analyze data, rapidly develop, test and deploy applications; enable architects to quickly integrate across on-premises and cloud applications; and enable business users to drive rich business insights and enterprise collaboration. With the Oracle Cloud Platform, customers and partners are able to take advantage of the industry-leading Oracle middleware and database software that thousands of global organizations already use to run their own businesses, all delivered via cloud. The extensive level of automation that has been engineered into the Oracle Cloud, results in faster time-to-value, greater innovation, and lower cost for customers. "Oracle is growing really fast. We sold $426M worth of business in SaaS and PaaS last quarter, a 200 percent increase over the same quarter last year. That's an industry record, no company has ever sold that much in just one quarter," said Ellison. "Oracle is the only company on the planet that can deliver a complete, integrated, standards-based suite of services at every layer of the cloud. Those technology advantages enable us to be much more cost-effective than our competitors. Our new Archive Storage service goes head-to-head with Amazon Glacier (AMZN) and it's one-tenth their price."
June 22, 2015
17:42 EDTVZVerizon offers raises to 38K employees
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16:44 EDTVZVerizon names Scott Krohn as Treasurer
Fran Shammo, CFO, Verizon (VZ), announced that Scott Krohn will join Verizon on July 6 as Treasurer, succeeding Matt Ellis, who was previously appointed to lead Finance in Verizon's Operations organization. Before joining Verizon, Krohn VP - Tax and Treasurer at 3M Company (MMM), where for the last three years his areas of focus included capital structure strategy and execution, pension asset management, financial risk management, and more recently tax planning and governance. Prior to this, Krohn worked for almost 15 years at Ford Motor Company, where he held a number of finance leadership positions in the U.S. and overseas, with his most recent roles there focusing on financial strategy and debt capital markets.
14:32 EDTAJGArthur J. Gallagher acquires Monument, LLC, terms not disclosed
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08:22 EDTORCLOracle to hold a webinar
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