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News For AJG;GME;PMCS;ERIC;TMO;WMS;DB;PCAR;BUD;ORCL;VZ;SMRT;WYNN;GWAY From The Last 14 Days
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July 21, 2015
07:15 EDTORCLOracle management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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05:26 EDTBUDAB InBev downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura
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July 20, 2015
16:43 EDTBUDAB InBev initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee CRT
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15:01 EDTVZNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:49 EDTVZVerizon July weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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14:22 EDTVZEarnings Watch: Verizon to report Q2 results after AOL acquisition
Verizon Communications (VZ) is expected to report second quarter earnings before the market open on Tuesday, July 21, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Verizon is a holding company providing communications, information and entertainment. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.01 on revenue of $32.45B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 93c-$1.05 on revenue of $31.75B-$33.0B. LAST QUARTER: Verizon reported first quarter EPS of $1.02 against estimates for 95c on revenue of $32B against estimates for $32.27B. Verizon Wireless had 565,000 retail postpaid net additions in Q1, a 4.8% increase compared with first-quarter 2014. At the end of Q1, the company had 108.6M retail connections, a 5.1% year-over-year increase, and had 102.6M retail postpaid connections. The company added 621,000 4G smartphones to its customer base in Q1. In light of a net decline in 3G smartphones, overall smartphone growth totaled 247,000. The company also added 820,000 4G tablets and reported net declines of 385,000 basic phones and 188,000 prepaid devices in Q1. 4G devices now constitute approximately 70% of the retail postpaid connections base, up from 49% a year ago – with the 4G LTE network handling about 86% of total wireless data traffic in Q1. At 1.03% in Q1, retail postpaid churn improved both sequentially and year over year. Retail postpaid smartphone customer churn was less than 0.9%. Verizon added 133K net new FiOS Internet, and 90K net new FiOS Video connections in Q1. Verizon had totals of 6.7M FiOS Internet and 5.7M FiOS Video connections at the end of the first quarter, representing year-over-year increases of 9.4% and 7.9%, respectively. CEO Lowell McAdam said, “We are confident in our ability to maintain momentum and continue to add value for customers and shareholders.” On May 12, Verizon announced it would acquire AOL for $50 per share, or $4.4B. The transaction was completed on June 23. On May 19, speaking at the JPMorgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference, CFO Fran Shammo said he expects net phone additions in Q2. ANALYST REACTION: Street research has been mostly mixed in the weeks leading up to Verizon’s Q2 earnings report. On May 12, Macquarie downgraded Verizon to Underperform from Neutral with a $45 price target to reflect a weaker 2016 and 2017 earnings outlook. The firm's analyst believed management has made a series of questionable strategic moves beginning with the Vodafone (VOD) deal that will depress earnings. Recent advertising promotions are likely to pressure 2015 margins and ARPU and LTE capacity issues are expected in certain markets later in the year. Macquarie is surprised Verizon shares have held in around $50 with treasury yields rising and increasing Q2 promotions and does not believe this is sustainable ahead of a reset in consensus estimates. Conversely, on July 9, Stifel resumed coverage of Verizon with a Buy rating and price target of $60 per share. PRICE ACTION: Verizon’s shares are down about 3% since the company's Q1 report. Over the past twelve months, they are down about 5.7%. In afternoon trading ahead of Tuesday's Q2 report, Verizon’s shares are up 0.6%.
11:33 EDTBUDAB InBev downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura
08:04 EDTWMSAdvanced Drainage takes operational control of BaySaver JV
Advanced Drainage Systems announced that it has acquired operational control of its BaySaver, LLC joint venture from its partner, BaySaver Technologies. Under its BaySeparator and BayFilter brands, “BaySaver” manufactures stormwater treatment units used in construction applications to remove sediments and other pollutants from stormwater runoff. Through this transaction, ADS has acquired an additional 10% from BTI for $3.2M, bringing its interest in the joint venture to 65%. The joint venture was initially formed on July 15, 2013. The partnership combined the industry leading engineering, manufacturing, sales and distribution of ADS, with the research, development and technical approvals of BTI. During the twelve months ended March 31, 2015, BaySaver had revenue of approximately $11M. BaySaver will continue to be based in Mount Airy, Maryland with a focus on stormwater filtration and separation technologies. As a result of the transaction, ADS will consolidate BaySaver for financial reporting purposes effective as of the July 17, 2015 closing date.
07:07 EDTORCLOracle management to meet with Deutsche Bank
Meetings to be held in Montreal/Toronto on July 20 hosted by Deutsche Bank.
06:17 EDTTMOMizuho sees Q2 earnings beats in Diagnostics space
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05:28 EDTAJGArthur J. Gallagher acquires equity interest in Colombian broker
Arthur J. Gallagher announced that it has acquired a 65% equity interest in ARM Re Ltda Corredores de Reaseguros, located in Bogota, Colombia. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
July 19, 2015
13:47 EDTWYNNWynn Resorts could be 'long-term winner' if Macau improves, Barron's says
Shares of Wynn Resorts look "potentially cheap" ahead of a possible recovery in Macau gambling, Barron's contends in a 'Trader Extra' column. The publication calls Wynn "one of the best-managed companies in the sector," and though Macau could worsen, "stabilization by next year" is the more likely outcome, says Barron's. Reference Link
July 17, 2015
14:00 EDTDBEarnings Watch: Morgan Stanley rounds out quarterly results for financial firms
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13:29 EDTERICWireless infrastructure shares up after Ericsson,TESSCO report
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09:17 EDTGMEGameStop completes Geeknet acquisition
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08:01 EDTPCARSurvey indicates new win for Meritor, says Longbow
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06:36 EDTDBBaFin accuses Deutsche Bank execs of Libor negligence, WSJ reports
German regulators have accused several Deutsche Bank executives of failing to halt or notify regulators about years of attempted market manipulation, the Wall Street Journal reports, according to a confidential report. BaFin, Germany's financial watchdog, sent the report to Deutsche Bank's board on May 11, less than a month before the bank announced that its co-CEOs Anshu Jain and Jurgen Fitschen intended to resign, the report says. Jain was singled out particularly int he letter for allegedly providing inadequate leadership and failing to stop manipulation of the London interbank offered rate, or Libor, and other benchmarks, the report says. Four other Deutsche bank board members and two other senior executives were also harshly criticized by BaFin in the report for negligence and selective disclosures, the Wall Street Journal says. Reference Link
05:51 EDTGMEJune NPD video game software sales rose 21%, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray notes June NPD video game software sales were up 21% year-over-year, driven by Batman: Arkham Knight from Warner Bros. Piper remains positive on the group and keeps Overweight ratings on Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA), GameStop (GME) and Take-Two (TTWO).
05:36 EDTERICEricsson says global cost and efficiency program progressing according to plan
Ericsson announced that the target to achieve savings of approximately SK 9B during 2017 relative to 2014, remains. During the quarter, numerous activities were implemented globally including a reduction of 2,100 positions in Sweden, resulting in higher than normal restructuring charges. Savings related to the activities will start to impact results towards the end of this year.
05:34 EDTERICEricsson reports Q2 non-IFRS EPS SK 1.45 vs. SK 1.07 last year
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