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September 18, 2014
18:25 EDTORCLOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
HIGHER: Concur (CNQR), up 19.5% after SAP (SAP) announced that it will acquire the company for $129 per share... Navidea Biopharmaceuticals (NAVB), up 9.8% after confirming FDA orphan designation for Lymphoseek... Molycorp (MCP), up 6.1% after Oaktree Capital reported a 9.1% passive stake in the company... JetBlue (JBLU), up 4.6% following CEO transition announcement... Wendy's (WEN), up 2.15% after Trian reported a 24.39% stake in the company... Sears Holdings (SHLD), up 2.6% after Fairholme Capital reported a 24% stake in the company... AMD (AMD), up 1% after announcing that it expanded an IP partnership with Synopsys (SNPS). DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Red Hat (RHT), down 3%... Oracle (ORCL), down 2.4% following first quarter earnings miss and CEO transition... Tibco Software (TIBX), down 5.5%. ALSO LOWER: Quest Resource (QRHC), down 13.4% after filing an automatic common stock and warrant shelf... Eagle Rock (EROC), down 4.5% after filing to sell 53.34M common units for limited partners... Chatham Lodging (CLDT), down 3.3% after filing to sell 5M shares of common stock... Glu Mobile (GLUU), down 2.3% after filing to sell 9.98M shares of common stock for holders... Blackstone Mortgage (BXMT), down 1.6% after filing to sell 8M shares of common stock.
17:23 EDTORCLOracle sees Q2 adjusted EPS 66c-70c, consensus 74c
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16:07 EDTORCLOracle says rolling out database cloud service next week
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16:06 EDTORCLOracle reports Q1 Software plus Cloud revenue up 6% to $6.6B
Oracle reports Q1 total Software plus Cloud revenue was up 6% to $6.6B. Software-as-a-service and Platform-as-a-service cloud revenue was up 32% to $337M. Infrastructure-as-a-service cloud revenue was up 26% to $138M. Hardware systems revenue was down 8% to $1.2B. Reports Q1 non-GAAP operating margin was 44%.
16:04 EDTORCLOracle adds $13B to buyback authorization
Oracle announced that its Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of up to an additional $13.0B of common stock under its existing share repurchase program in future quarters. Oracle's Board also declared a quarterly cash dividend of 12c per share of outstanding common stock. This dividend will be paid to stockholders of record as of the close of business on October 8, with a payment date of October 29.
16:03 EDTORCLOracle adds $13B to buyback authorization
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16:02 EDTORCLOracle drops 3.7% after earnings miss, Ellison steps down as CEO
16:02 EDTORCLOracle reports Q1 adjusted EPS 62c, consensus 64c
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16:01 EDTORCLOracle CEO Larry Ellison steps down from post, named executive chair, CTO
Oracle's Board of Directors announced that it has elected Larry Ellison to the position of Executive Chairman of Oracle's Board and appointed him the company's Chief Technology Officer. Jeff Henley, who has served as Oracle's Chairman for the last 10 years, was appointed Oracle's Vice Chairman of the Board. The Oracle Board also promoted both Safra Catz and Mark Hurd to the position of CEO, Oracle Corporation. All manufacturing, finance, and legal functions will continue to report to Oracle CEO, Safra Catz. All sales, service and vertical industry global business units will continue to report to Oracle CEO, Mark Hurd. All software and hardware engineering functions will continue to report to Oracle Chairman and CTO, Larry Ellison.
16:00 EDTORCLOracle CEO Larry Ellison steps down from post, named executive chair, CTO
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15:15 EDTORCLNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Oracle (ORCL), consensus 64c; Red Hat (RHT), consensus 38c; TIBCO Software (TIBX), consensus 18c.
14:58 EDTORCLOracle September 41.5 straddle priced for 3.4% move into Q1
14:54 EDTORCLOracle technical comments ahead of results
In the past three months the stock has underperformed, falling by over 3%. The trading in shares has been relatively volatile, but within a narrow range largely contained by $40 at the low and $42 at the high. If the news is stronger than expected, particularly where outlook is concerned, there could be a run to the 52-week high at $43.19. That high is very close to the life highs for the shares at $46.18. We could see a range open up between the 52-week high and the life high if news exceeds expectations. If the news fails to meet investor expectations, a test down to the $40 area would appear very likely. A break below $40 would see next support at $38.34 and then at $37.08. The stock can be volatile around earnings, but gaps tend to be relatively small unless estimates are broken in extreme fashion, in either direction.
12:58 EDTORCLEarnings Preview: Morgan Stanley views Oracle's Q1, Q2 estimates as 'achievable'
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10:05 EDTPCARPACCAR management to meet with Piper Jaffray
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07:52 EDTDBUBS Chair says litigation bigger worry than stress test, Bloomberg reports
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06:47 EDTWYNNMacau stocks getting closer to bottom, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan says most Macau stocks have a 2:1 upside/downside ratio, making the risk/rewards favorable. The firm prefers MGM Resorts (MGM) and Wynn Resorts (WYNN) over Melco Crown (MPEL) and Las Vegas Sands (LVS) in the near-term, but keeps Overweight ratings on all four names. JPMorgan lowered its price target for Las Vegas Sands to $69 from $83, for Melco to $31 from $40, for MGM to $30 from $31 and for Wynn to $210 from $239. The firm says the stocks are getting closer to a bottom.
06:39 EDTDBEuropean banks take out EUR83B of loans from central bank, NY Times says
European banks agreed to take out EUR83B in low interest loans from the European Central Bank, as part of a program in which all of the funds must be loaned to businesses or individuals, or repaid to the central bank within two years, according to The New York Times. Several analysts had said that they would be disappointed if banks took out less than EUR100B in loans, but a number of analysts said that a second round of the program, due to occur in December after stress tests have been completed, may be more popular, the newspaper stated. Publicly traded European banks include Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Reference Link
05:15 EDTERICEricsson discontinues development of modems
Ericsson announced it will discontinue future development of modems and shift parts of resources in modems to radio network R&D to better capture growth opportunities in this area. The change in strategy for modems comes as the company completes its previously communicated evaluation of the future of the modems business. In order to capture opportunities in radio networks, especially within small cells, energy efficiency and M2M, Ericsson has an immediate need to increase its R&D resources by approximately 500 people. Parts of the Modems organization have a relevant R&D competence base to support this growth.
September 17, 2014
14:00 EDTAJGArthur J. Gallagher acquires Hagedorn & Company, terms not disclosed
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11:42 EDTVZVerizon says company-wide growth at moment is 'fine'
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11:39 EDTVZVerizon says tower sales options more favorable in current market
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10:00 EDTBUDOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AB InBev (BUD) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Societe Generale... Baker Hughes (BHI) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Howard Weil... Bank of the Ozarks (OZRK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Bill Barrett (BBG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Cepheid (CPHD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... Cigna (CI) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Extra Space Storage (EXR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... GNC Holdings (GNC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... MB Financial (MBFI) upgraded at DA Davidson... Mondelez (MDLZ) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... Radian Group (RDN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... Skullcandy (SKUL) assumed with a Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Under Armour (UA) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray.
07:52 EDTBUDAB InBev upgraded to Hold from Sell at Societe Generale
Societe General upgraded AB InBev to Hold based on expectations for a boost in real wage growth for blue collar workers, the company's natural consumers.
06:32 EDTBUDAB InBev upgraded to Hold from Sell at Societe Generale
Price target raised to $87 from $71.
05:25 EDTBUDAB InBev upgraded to Hold from Sell at Societe Generale
September 16, 2014
15:39 EDTBUDAnheuser-Busch says 'not yet satisfied' with NFL handling of incidents
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14:44 EDTDBVirginia AG files $1.15B lawsuit against banks that sold RMBS during crisis
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14:29 EDTWYNNMassachusetts votes to award license to Wynn Resorts
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission stated on its official Twitter feed that it voted 3-1 to award the Region A license to Wynn. Reference Link
13:52 EDTWYNNMacau casino owners drop after negative note from analyst
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11:22 EDTWYNNMorgan Stanley sees negative revisions to Macau consensus estimates
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09:59 EDTORCLOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: ACI Worldwide (ACIW) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... ADP (ADP) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... ANSYS (ANSS) initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Accenture (ACN) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Blackhawk (HAWK) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Coca-Cola (KO) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Cognizant (CTSH) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Constellation Brands (STZ) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... GenCorp (GY) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Global Payments (GPN) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... GoPro (GPRO) initiated with a Buy at Cleveland Research... Green Dot (GDOT) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Lionsgate (LGF) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... MEDNAX (MD) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... MasterCard (MA) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... Molson Coors (TAP) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Monster Beverage (MNST) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... NetSuite (N) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Oracle (ORCL) assumed with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... PepsiCo (PEP) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... SAP (SAP) initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Teekay (TK) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Tesla (TSLA) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Visa (V) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... Western Union (WU) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Workday (WDAY) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Yelp (YELP) initiated with a Neutral at RW Baird... Zillow (Z) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... zulily (ZU) initiated with an Outperform at RW Baird.
09:32 EDTBUDAB InBev price target raised to $137 from $125 at Buckingham
Buckingham increased its price target on AB InBev (BUD), citing reassuring Nielsen data for U.S. beer. Additionally, the firm thinks the chances of AB InBev buying SABMiller (SBMRY) within the next year have risen to 50%+. It thinks that such a deal would conservatively increase AB InBev's stock by $6. Buckingham keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
08:18 EDTVZFCC to hold a roundtable
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07:34 EDTORCLOracle September volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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07:19 EDTORCLCompanies' share buybacks at fasttest clip since 2007, WSJ reports
Companies are buying back their own shares at its fastest pace since the financial crisis to fuel a stock rally, reports the Wall Street Journal. According to Birinyi Associates, companies have bought back $338.3B of stock in 1H14, the most since 2007. Citing an analysis by Barclays, companies with the largest buyback programs by dollar value have outperformed the broader market by 20% since 2008. Reference Link
September 15, 2014
17:09 EDTBUDOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed to begin the week, as the Dow managed to register mild gains but the Nasdaq was weighed down by slides in a number of so-called "momentum stocks" like Tesla (TSLA). Investors may remain cautious in the next two sessions ahead of the Fed's much anticipated rate decision and accompanying statement, which is due Wednesday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., New York Fed's Empire state survey for September rose to a five-year high of 27.54. Industrial production unexpectedly dipped 0.1% in August from a downwardly revised 0.2% July gain, missing the forecast for a rise of 0.3%. Capacity utilization dropped to 78.8% last month from 79.1% previously. In China, industrial output increased 6.9% in August versus the same period a year earlier, which was its weakest advance, excluding months that fell during New Year holidays, since December 2008. Chinese retail sales growth for August came in at 11.9%, missing the consensus estimate. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple (AAPL) edged down 3c, or 0.03%, to $101.63 despite the company's announcement that a record 4M iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus pre-orders were placed in the first 24 hours that ordering was available. Demand for the new phones exceeds the initial pre-order supply, the company added, stating that delivery of "many" iPhone pre-orders have been pushed out to October... Microsoft (MSFT) slid 45c, or 0.97%, to $46.24 after the company confirmed an agreement to acquire Mojang, the developer for the "Minecraft" video game franchise, for $2.5B... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Avanir Pharmaceuticals (AVNR), which surged $5.75, or 85.31%, to $12.49 and was upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies after the company announced results from its phase II clinical trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of its treatment of agitation in patients with Alzheimer's disease. Also higher was SABMiller (SBMRY), which jumped $4.72, or 8.5%, to $60.26 after the Wall Street Journal said that ABInBev (BUD) was looking to obtain financing for an acquisition of the U.K.-based brewer and Heineken (HEINY) confirmed that it rebuffed SABMiller's approach regarding a potential transaction. The news of potential consolidation in the space also drove other beer makers highers, with Molson Coors (TAP) rising $4.20, or 5.85%, to $76.00 and Boston Beer (SAM) gaining 71c, or 0.33%, to $218.47. Among the noteworthy losers was Tesla (TSLA), which dropped $25.34, or 9.08%, to $253.86 after Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jones wrote that he agrees with the assertion of Tesla's CEO Elon Musk that the company's stock may have gotten ahead of itself. Also lower were shares of NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP), which fell $5.42, or 16.56%, to $27.28 after Oppennheimer and Jefferies stated that approval of its Natpara drug for hypoparathyroidism could be delayed after concerns were raised during an FDA panel meeting, even though the advisors were in favor of approving the drug. INDEXES: The Dow rose 43.63, or 0.26%, to 17,031.14, the Nasdaq dropped 48.70, or 1.07%, to 4,518.90, and the S&P 500 declined 1.41, or 0.07%, to 1,984.13.
16:39 EDTORCLOracle assumed with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital
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12:31 EDTBUDOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:50 EDTBUDBrewers climb after Heineken turns down SABMiller
Shares of beer makers SABMiller (SBMRY) and Molson Coors (TAP) are climbing after Heineken (HEINY) confirmed that it rebuffed SABMiller's approach regarding a potential acquisition. Additionally, the Wall Street Journal reported that another company in the sector, ABInBev (BUD), was looking to obtain financing for an acquisition of U.K.-based SABMiller, but that report was refuted by CNBC's David Faber. WHAT'S NEW: Heineken announced yesterday that it has been approached by SABMiller regarding a potential acquisition, but concluded that SABMiller's proposal is non-actionable. The Heineken family has informed SABMiller of its intention to "preserve the heritage and identity of Heineken as an independent company," the beer maker stated. Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing an unnamed source, that ABInBev is in talks with banks about financing a takeover of SABMiller. The deal could be worth nearly $122B, the newspaper added. However, CNBC's David Faber this morning disputed the accuracy of the report, saying that ABInBev was not in talks to receive financing for a SABMiller takeover and that the companies were not in discussions about a transaction. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors on Saturday, ISI Group analyst Robert Ottenstein recommended buying shares of Molson Coors, SABMiller. and ABInBev. SABMiller's attempt to buy Heineken could indicate that the U.K-based company thinks that it will receive a takeover offer from ABInBev in the near-term, the analyst believes. It's likely that SABMiller expects an offer by ABInBev "in the foreseeable future," causing the British brewer to explore all strategic options, Ottenstein contended. Additionally, Ottenstein does not believe that SABMiller is looking to prevent a takeover by ABInBev and he does not expect Heineken to sell itself. Heineken's management said in 2012 that the family which controls the company takes a very long-term view of the business and is unlikely to permit it to be sold, Ottenstein stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In June, research firm ISI Group said that if ABInBev were to acquire SABMiller, Molson Coors would likely buy SABMiller's 58% stake in their U.S. joint venture, MillerCoors , at an attractive, very accretive price. Such a deal would provide AmInBev with a solution to U.S. anti-trust issues, the firm stated. Also in June, Molson Coors CEO Peter Swinburn said he wouldn't rule out buying SABMiller's stake in MillerCoors if it becomes available. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Molson Coors climbed nearly 7% to $76.66, SABMiller rallied 10% to $61.24, and ABInBev gained 3% to $114.50 and Heineken rose 2% to $39.19.
09:53 EDTGMEGameStop intends to exit Spanish market through partial sale of store locations
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09:52 EDTGMEGameStop intends to exit Spanish market through partial sale of store locations
09:04 EDTBUDAB InBev not in talks for financing for SABMiller deal, CNBC reports
AB InBev (BUD) is not in talks for financing for a deal with SABMiller (SBMRY) and the companies are not currently in talks about any transaction, according to CNBC's David Faber, citing sources. Faber's reporting refutes an earlier report from The Wall Street Journal, which also cited a source.
09:03 EDTBUDAB InBev not in talks about financing for SABMiller bid, CNBC's Faber says
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08:32 EDTVZApple says pre-orders for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus topped 4M in first 24 hours
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08:09 EDTVZUSA Technologies can benefit as Apple Pay drives interest, says H.C. Wainwright
H.C. Wainwright expects Apple's (AAPL) payment entry to validate the mobile wallet concept, which can shift the balance in the industry and benefit USA Technologies (USAT). The firm noted that USA Tech provides the backbone of the operation behind Softcard, the mobile wallet joint venture owned by AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ), and T-Mobile (TMUS), and the firm believes that this system may "somehow" be absorbed into Apple Pay (AAPL) in the future. H.C. Wainwright reiterates its Buy rating on USA Technologies.
07:49 EDTDBDOJ, FBI 'flip' bank informants as part of forex probe, WSJ says
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07:40 EDTBUDAnheuser-Busch InBev volatility expected to move on consolidation report
Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD) volatility is expected to move on sources say that SABMiller (SBMRY) has approached Heineken (HINKY) about an offer for the brewer to help defend itself against a possible takeover attempt by Anheuser-Busch, says Bloomberg. Overall option implied volatility of 18 is near its 26-week average of 19 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement.
07:32 EDTBUDAB InBev in talks with banks for financing for SABMiller deal, WSJ reports
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07:19 EDTORCLSNIA to hold a conference
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September 14, 2014
20:25 EDTORCLOracle buys Front Porch Digital, terms undisclosed
Oracle announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Front Porch Digital, a provider of content storage management solutions that help companies migrate, manage and monetize large-scale media assets. Front Porch Digital's big data technologies help enterprises easily handle their rapidly expanding and complex volumes of digital media content, such as high definition films and TV shows, medical images and records, and real-time security monitoring feeds. More than 550 organizations worldwide rely on Front Porch Digital across multiple industries to ensure the availability and accessibility of their valuable content, including A&E Television, BBC, Discovery Communications, U.S. Library of Congress and NASCAR. In total, Front Porch Digital helps manage over 750 petabytes of digital content. Together, Oracle and Front Porch Digital will help organizations more effectively and efficiently manage the growing complexities associated with the migration, integration, storage, and delivery of rich media content.
15:55 EDTBUDSABMiller said to approach Heinenken with offer, Bloomberg says
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September 12, 2014
15:31 EDTORCLOracle September volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Oracle September call option implied volatility is at 31, October is at 18, December is at 19; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results after the close on September 18.
14:07 EDTWYNNNew Jersey reports August Atlantic City gaming win up 2.3% to $305M
New Jersey reports total Gaming Win from Atlantic City casino hotels and Internet gaming operations was $305M in August, compared to $298.1M in the same month of 2013 including discontinued operators Atlantic Club and Showboat, reflecting a 2.3% increase. Total Gaming Win from the current operators of casino hotels open for the entire month of August and Internet gaming operations was $289.9M in August. Internet gaming win was $10.5M in August, consisting of $2.2M in peer-to-peer win and $8.3M in other authorized games. As of August 31, 431,617 Internet gaming accounts have been created, up 6.5% from the 405,390 accounts as of July 31. Publicly traded companies in the space include Boyd Gaming (BYD), Caesar's (CZR), Las Vegas Sands (LVS), MGM Resorts (MGM), Penn National (PENN) and Wynn Resorts (WYNN).
12:29 EDTVZVerizon management to meet with Jefferies
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10:09 EDTVZApple, carriers seeing very strong demand for new iPhone models, Re/code reports
Demand for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is greater than that seen in either of the past two years, a spokesperson for AT&T (T) tells Re/code. Re/code notes that Apple and the major carriers, including Verizon (VZ) and T-Mobile (TMUS), appear to have sold through their pre-order supplies of the iPhone 6 Plus. Reference Link
07:19 EDTGMEConsoles lead video game sales up 8% in August, Bloomberg reports
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07:05 EDTERICEricsson agrees to acquire Fabrix Systems for $95M
Ericsson announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Fabrix Systems, a leading provider of cloud storage, computing and network delivery for video applications that today power some of the most advanced cable and telecom cloud DVR deployments. Fabrix Systems further extends Ericsson's leading TV and media portfolio with a cloud based scale out storage and computing platform focused on providing a simple, tightly integrated solution optimized for media storage, processing and delivery applications such as cloud DVR and video-on-demand expansion. Fabrix Systems was founded in 2006 with offices in the US and Israel and brings a team of highly skilled cloud computing software engineers. The company has 103 employees. The purchase price for 100% of the shares in Fabrix Systems is $95M. The acquisition is expected to close in the Q4, subject to customary closing conditions. Fabrix Systems will be incorporated into Business Unit Support Solutions.
07:01 EDTERICIDT Corp to sell Fabrix Systems to Ericsson
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06:42 EDTVZVerizon head receptive to possible tower sale deal, Reuters says
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06:19 EDTVZVerizon could launch digital video service by mid-2015, WSJ reports
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05:36 EDTGMEAugust NPD video game software sales fell 21%, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says August NPD video game software sales fell 21% year-over-year. The firm continues to expect growth beginning in late 2014 and recommends using any weakness in shares of GameStop (GME), Electronic Arts (EA), Activision Blizzard (ATVI) and Take-Two (TTWO) as a buying opportunity.
05:15 EDTAJGArthur J. Gallagher acquires Parmia Pty, terms not disclosed
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September 11, 2014
11:17 EDTORCLEMC seen as potential target after said to mull VMware stake sale
EMC (EMC) is considering selling its 80% stake in cloud computing infrastructure provider VMware (VMW), The New York Post reported today, citing unnamed sources. Calling The New York Post "surprisingly accurate" on M&A news, UBS said the likelihood of change at EMC has increased and it has become a potential takeover target. WHAT'S NEW: EMC is exploring the possibility of selling its stake in VMware, which could be acquired by HP (HPQ), according to one source, The Post reported. EMC could also look to sell other assets, the newspaper quoted a second unnamed source as saying. ANALYST REACTION: UBS analyst Steven Milunovich wrote that he is more convinced in the wake of the Post story that "something is up" at EMC. Although EMC has denied in the past that it would consider selling or spinning off VMware, the company could change its tune, the analyst stated. HP could buy VMware or all of EMC, while Oracle (ORCL) and Cisco (CSCO) are also potential buyers of EMC, Milunovich believes.The analyst kept a $33 price target and Buy rating on shares of EMC. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Activist investor Elliott Management, a hedge fund, has taken a $1B stake in EMC and wants the company to spin off VMware, The Wall Street Journal reported in July. Early last month, research firm FBR Capital wrote that an EMC spin-off of VMware could enhance shareholder value for both companies and make VMware a top acquisition candidate by a larger technology company. The firm kept an Outperform rating on EMC at that time. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, EMC was little changed at $29.50, down from its earlier high of $29.89. VMware fell 0.7% to $96.75, down from its earlier daily high of $97.86.
10:30 EDTORCLUBS sees increasing likelihood of change at EMC
UBS calls the New York Post "surprisingly accurate on M&A" after the paper reported that EMC (EMC) is considering the sale of its stake in VMware (VMW). The firm believes the likelihood for change at the company is rising. In addition, UBS says the industry should consolidate, and it views EMC as a potential target. UBS thinks Cisco (CSCO), Oracle (ORCL) and HP (HPQ) might be interested parties in owning part or all of EMC. The firm believes an HP, EMC merger would make sense. UBS has a Buy rating on EMC with a $33 price target.
09:34 EDTVZVerizon expects streaming online OTT video offering in late 1H15
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September 10, 2014
12:06 EDTERICEricsson, SAP announce solution for enterprise mobility management
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11:38 EDTGMEGameStop achieved high share of Destiny sales, says BofA/Merrill
Activision (ATVI) announced that it sold more than $500M of Destiny on its first day, making it the biggest new video game franchise launch in history. BofA/Merrill believes GameStop (GME) had a very high share of Destiny sales and expects further clarity in the coming months. The analyst continues to believe GameStop is leveraged to momentum in the console cycle and believes competitive threats from full game downloads id overblown. Shares of GameStop are Buy rated with a $56 price target.
10:51 EDTORCLOracle September volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Oracle September call option implied volatility is at 28, October is at 18, December is at 19; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results after the close on September 18.
09:04 EDTWYNNLas Vegas Sands and Wynn Resorts recommended at Goldman
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08:51 EDTGMEGameStop volatility at low end of historic range
GameStop September call option implied volatility is at 31, November is at 33, January is at 36; compared to it 26-week average of 41 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement.
08:26 EDTWMSAdvanced Drainage: FAA approves polypropylene pipe for airport water collection
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07:53 EDTPMCSDeutsche Bank to hold a conference
Technology Conference to be held in Las Vegas on September 9-11 with webcasted company presentations to begin on September 10 at 10:30; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
07:31 EDTVZGoldman to hold a conference
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07:31 EDTGMEGameStop, Alliance Data announce branded private label credit card program
GameStop Corporation (GME) and Alliance Data Systems Corporation (ADS) announced the introduction of a GameStop-branded private label credit card program. Under the terms of the long-term agreement, Alliance Data’s Retail Services business, which manages more than 135 private label and co-brand credit programs, will deliver a customized loyalty-driven private label credit program designed to further enrich GameStop’s relationship with its more than 28 million members of the successful PowerUp Rewards loyalty program. The new GameStop PowerUp Rewards Credit Card will provide cardholders with convenience and benefits exclusive to account holders, including being able to make purchases with the card in-store and online, promotional financing for larger purchases, online and mobile platform card management and payment services, as well as no annual fee and exclusive offers for savings throughout the year. Upon the opening of an account, PowerUp Rewards Pro members will receive a one-time award of 15,000 bonus points, and PowerUp Rewards Basic members will receive a one-time award of 5,000 bonus points.
07:23 EDTORCLOracle coverage assumed with a Neutral at MKM Partners
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07:04 EDTSMRTStein Mart announces six new store openings this fall
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September 9, 2014
15:46 EDTVZVerizon offering free 16GB iPhone 6 with trade-in of old iPhone
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15:35 EDTAJGArthur J. Gallagher acquires Everett James, terms not disclosed
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14:51 EDTVZApple announces iPhone 6, 6 Plus with Retina HD, Apple Pay
Apple announced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, featuring two new models with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch Retina HD displays. The new iPhones feature a unibody enclosure of anodized aluminum that conforms with the shaped glass of the display. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus include the Apple-designed A8 chip with second generation 64-bit desktop-class architecture for fast performance and power efficiency. Both models include the M8 motion coprocessor that gathers motion data from the accelerometer, gyroscope, compass and the new barometer. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus introduce Apple Pay, a new way to securely pay for physical goods and services in stores or apps. Users can pay securely in stores by holding the phone near the contactless reader while keeping a finger on Touch ID. The iSight camera gets better with a new sensor featuring Focus Pixels for faster autofocus and iPhone 6 Plus users will also benefit from optical image stabilization technology that compensates for hand shake in low light and works with iOS 8 to reduce subject motion. With faster LTE download speeds of up to 150 Mbps, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users can browse, download and stream content faster. The new iPhones also support voice calls over LTE, or VoLTE, as well as Wi-Fi calling. iPhone 6 comes in gold, silver or space gray, and will be available in the U.S. for a suggested retail price of $199 for the 16GB model, $299 for the 64GB model and 128GB model for $399 with a two-year contract. iPhone 6 Plus comes in gold, silver or space gray, and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of $299 for the 16GB model, $399 for the 64GB model and $499 for the new 128GB model with a two-year contract. Both models will be available from the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores, and through AT&T (T), Sprint (S), T-Mobile (TMUS), Verizon Wireless (VZ), additional carriers and select Apple Authorized Resellers. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK beginning on Friday, September 19, and customers can pre-order both models beginning on Friday, September 12.
10:27 EDTBUDMolson slips after BTIG views speculated M&A as unlikely
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10:10 EDTBUDOn the Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:35 EDTBUDAB InBev downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG
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07:29 EDTERICUBM Canon to hold a summit
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07:28 EDTERICThe Money Event, Inc to hold a conference
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07:19 EDTWMSRBC Capital to hold a conference
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07:17 EDTERIC, ORCLThe Wireless Association to hold a conference
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07:11 EDTERICUBM Tech to hold a conference
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06:09 EDTVZVerizon CEO sees self-driving cars 3-5 years away, Detroit News reports
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05:16 EDTVZSprint announces improved phone-trade in program, price match guarantee
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September 8, 2014
10:06 EDTTMOOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: AIG (AIG) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Agilent (A) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Altisource Residential (RESI) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... AngloGold (AU) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Arista Networks (ANET) initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities... C1 Financial (BNK) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... Cherokee (CHKE) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... ContraFect (CFRXU) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... DRDGOLD (DRD) initiated with an Underweight at JPMorgan... Enable Midstream (ENBL) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Enservco (ENSV) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... GoPro (GPRO) initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities... Gold Fields (GFI) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Gulfport Energy (GPOR) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Harmony Gold (HMY) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Illumina (ILMN) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... LINN Energy (LINE) reinstated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... LinnCo (LNCO) reinstated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Randgold (GOLD) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Rentrak (RENT) initiated with a Buy at Needham... Rice Energy (RICE) initiated with an Accumulate at KLR Group... SanDisk (SNDK) initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities... Seadrill (SDRL) initiated with a Sell at Canaccord... Tesla (TSLA) initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities... Thermo Fisher (TMO) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Waters (WAT) initiated with an Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
07:29 EDTDBNYSSA to hold a discussion
Russian and Central & Eastern European Capital Markets will be discussed at the NYSSA New York Conference Center on September 8 at 6 pm.
07:15 EDTTMOIBC Life Sciences to hold a conference
10th Annual Cell Line Development & Engineering Conference to be held in Berkeley, California on September 8-10.
06:23 EDTTMOThermo Fisher initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley
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05:28 EDTVZVerizon announces Verizon Auto Share
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September 7, 2014
20:37 EDTVZApple's new iPhones face risk as carriers begin subsidy phase out, WSJ says
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September 5, 2014
13:04 EDTDBDeutsche Bank wins fund services mandate from TIAA-CREF
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10:05 EDTWYNNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:27 EDTWYNNWynn Resorts downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus
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07:18 EDTDBRegulators drafting flexible 'bail in' bond deal for large banks, Reuters says
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06:41 EDTVZFCC head says agency to promote high speed Internet choices, NY Times reports
Stating that fewer than 25% of American homes have access to more than one high speed Internet provider, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said the agency would look to promote additional choices in the sector, according to The New York Times. High speed Internet providers include Comcast (CMCSA), Cablevision (CVC), Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and Google (GOOG). Reference Link
September 4, 2014
16:28 EDTPMCSPMC-Sierra licenses HP Smart Array intellectual property
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11:32 EDTVZVerizon raises dividend to 55c from 53c
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10:02 EDTBUDRyder announces partnership with Anheuser-Busch
Ryder System (R) announced that it is partnering with Anheuser-Busch (BUD) to replace the beer company’s 66 diesel tractor fleet in Houston with Compressed Natural Gas powered engines. Anheuser-Busch added an environmental goal to reduce carbon emissions in its logistics operations from network planning, transportation, and warehousing by 15% by the end of 2017. Once fully installed, the company estimates it will secure significant savings.
09:10 EDTORCLBarclays' top ideas in U.S. Software for 2H 2014
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08:13 EDTSMRTStein Mart reports August SSS up 2.5%
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07:53 EDTPCARAugust Class 8 truck orders bwlow consensus, says Morgan Stanley
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07:20 EDTPCARAugsut truck orders well ahead of expectations, says Jefferies
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05:24 EDTPCARAugust Class 8 truck orders below expectations, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo notes that ACT Research reported August Class 5-8 truck orders were up 14% year-over-year but declined 6% from July. Class 8 net orders were 25,400, up 30% year-over-year and down 16% sequentially from July, below Wells' expectation of 27,000-30,000. The firm says Class 8 orders remained strong, however. Wells believes the modest Class 8 truck backlog decline may be a short-term neutral to negative for truck-related stocks, such as Cummins (CMI), Navistar (NAV) and PACCAR (PCAR).
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