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May 22, 2015
15:01 EDTERICWi-LAN says Ericsson granted motion for summary judgment on three patents
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06:03 EDTWYNNStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; OCR WYNN
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Omnicare (OCR) 7, Wynn Resorts (WYNN) 30 according to iVolatility.
May 21, 2015
15:01 EDTAJGArthur J. Gallagher acquires James R. Weir Insurance Agency
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09:30 EDTVZIGEN Networks subsidiary signs account agreement with Verizon Wireless
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08:15 EDTORCLSalesforce acquisition still possible, says JMP Securities
After Salesforce reported stronger than expected results, JMP Securities indicated that the results, along with statements by the company's CEO, make an acquisition seem less likely. However, the firm continues to believe that Google (GOOG), Oracle (ORCL), or Microsoft (MSFT) could buy the company. All three potential acquirers have significant cash and strong potential synergies with Salesforce, and the world is moving to the cloud, the firm explained. It raised its price target on Salesforce to $80 from $75 and keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
07:41 EDTSMRTStein Mart reports Q1 adjusted EPS 31c, consensus 34c
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06:37 EDTORCLOracle to cut 40% of industry solutions team, Business Insider reports
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06:13 EDTDBDeutsche Bank announces co-CEO Jain to assume direct oversight of strategy
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May 20, 2015
09:27 EDTAJGArthur J. Gallagher management to meet with SunTrust
Group luncheon to be held in New York on May 21 hosted by SunTrust.
08:37 EDTWYNNMorgan Stanley to hold a conference
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08:01 EDTTMOThermo Fisher to host analyst meeting
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05:57 EDTORCLSAP CEO says Salesforce unlikely to be acquired, Reuters reports
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May 19, 2015
14:54 EDTVZRubicon Project an attractive target after AOL deal, The Deal says
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13:05 EDTORCLSalesforce deal talks may have 'died down,' dealReporter says
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09:18 EDTTMOBofA/Merrill life sciences analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Analysts, along with Nancy J. Kelley, a nationally recognized executive and lawyer who has championed the field of Synthetic/Engineering Biology in the U.S., discuss what Synthetic Biology is and whether it will disrupt the Healthcare landscape and how Synthetic Biologic-based products would be regulated on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on May 19 at 2 pm.
09:08 EDTTMO3D Systems enters reseller agreement with Thermo Fisher
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08:20 EDTVZVerizon CFO sees net phone additions in Q2
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08:11 EDTVZVerizon CFO says customers 'tired of paying for 300 channels'
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08:02 EDTVZVerizon CFO says spectrum position 'extremely strong'
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07:59 EDTVZVerizon CFO says wireless capital spending won't come down any time soon
Verizon CFO reiterates that Verizon's capital plan "will not decrease any time soon," citing the need to add capex to invest in video and wireless. Shammo sees 'multicasting' becoming more prevalent over time. Verizon CFO Fran Shammo is speaking at the JPMorgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference.
07:54 EDTVZVerizon CFO says future of wireless around video, Internet of Things
Shammo says Verizon (VZ) mobile video "multicast" will be pay-per-view and mobile video service will be starting this summer. Shammo said buying AOL (AOL) gives the company the ad technology to make its mobile model work. Verizon CFO Fran Shammo is speaking at the JPMorgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference.
07:43 EDTVZJPMorgan to hold a conference
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07:36 EDTVZAutomakers to start V2V car rollouts with spectrum at a premium, WSJ says
General Motors' (GM) upcoming Cadillac CTS is the only car firmly scheduled to launch in the U.S. with vehicle-to-vehicle communications, or V2V, but the industry has promised that V2V will revolutionize safety and Cisco (CSCO) joined automakers earlier this month to brief the FCC on plans to test airwave sharing soon, said The Wall Street Journal. However, cable and telecom companies are pressuring carmakers to give up a part of the airwaves marked for V2V to be available for broader use, the report added. Publicly traded automakers include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), Honda (HMC), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY), while cable and telecom companies include Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), Sprint (S), T-Mobile (TMUS), Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Charter (CHTR). Reference Link
06:18 EDTVZDish says followed all rules in bidding strategy for spectrum auction, WSJ says
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06:15 EDTDBDeutsche Bank explores moving parts if UK leaves EU, Financial Times says
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May 18, 2015
19:20 EDTDBDeutsche Bank retail chief to quit after disagreement, Reuters says
Rainer Neske, Deutsche Bank's head of retail banking, is set to resign because he disagrees with the company's restructuring program, reports Reuters, citing unnamed industry sources quoted by Handelsblatt. Reuters notes that the restructuring involves selling the Postbank retail business, increasing investments in equities and wealth management, and divesting up to $169.65B in investment bank assets. Reference Link
15:23 EDTWYNNWynn Resorts management to meet with JPMorgan
Meeting to be held in New York on May 21 hosted by JPMorgan.
08:22 EDTVZVerizon deal has multiple positive catalysts, says Wells Fargo
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06:58 EDTDBDeutsche Bank co-CEOs won't step down, Reuters reports
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May 17, 2015
16:50 EDTORCLWhite House wavers on backing Google, Oracle in copyright suit, Reuters says
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May 15, 2015
17:15 EDTVZPaulson & Co. gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:21 EDTVZStocks end week little changed as data, deals offset bond yield jumps
Stocks ended the week little changed as a number of M&A deals and a few relatively strong economic data points offset worries about rising bond yields. MACRO NEWS: U.S. weekly jobless claims came in better than expected and reached the lowest four-week average level in 15 years... In Europe, the combined GDP of the 19 eurozone countries grew 0.4% in the first quarter, which was a bit weaker than the 0.5% consensus growth forecast but a pickup from the 0.3% growth pace of the final quarter of last year. Of note, all four of the euro zone's largest economies recorded growth in the same quarter for the first time since the first half of 2010... The People's Bank of China reduced its one year interest rate by 0.25%, marking the third time in the last six months that the central bank has cut benchmark rates... Bond yields surged in many of the world's largest economies, raising worries about inflation and putting pressure on stocks in the beginning of the week. COMPANY NEWS: There was a significant amount of M&A activity again this week, with the headliner being Verizon's (VZ) deal to acquire AOL (AOL) for $50 per share in a transaction valued at $4.4B. Danaher (DHR) agreed to buy purification technologies supplier Pall Corporation (PLL) for $127.20 per share in cash. Danaher also announced that it plans to split itself into two publicly traded companies. Energy infrastructure company Williams (WMB) announced a simplification deal to buy its affiliate Williams Partners (WPZ) for $13.9B in an all-stock transaction. Energy exploration company Noble Energy (NBL) agreed to acquire Rosetta Resources (ROSE) in an all-stock deal. Noble is buying Rosetta for $2.1B in stock plus the assumption of Rosetta's net debt of $1.8B... Alibaba (BABA) acquired a 9.3% stake in Zulily (ZU), an e-commerce retailer geared toward women. A person familiar with the matter reportedly told the Wall Street Journal that the Chinese e-commerce giant is not pursuing an outright acquisition of the U.S. company, however... Shares of Netflix (NFLX) jumped Friday and hit a new all-time high after Bloomberg reported that the company is in talks with Wasu Media, a Chinese media company backed by Alibaba Executive Chairman Jack Ma, about forming a partnership to bring its content to China... Nelson Peltz's Trian Fund Management lost its proxy fight with DuPont (DD) as Trian did not succeed in getting its nominees elected to the DuPont board. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow rose 0.45% to 18,272.56, the Nasdaq gained 0.89% to 5,048.29, and the S&P 500 climbed 0.31% to 2,122.73.
14:43 EDTGMEGameStop May weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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12:13 EDTBUDThird Point gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Yum! Brands (YUM), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), FedEx (FDX), McKesson (MCK), and J M Smucker (SJM). INCREASED STAKES: Actavis (ACT), Roper Technologies (ROP), Delta Air Lines (DAL), and FleetCor Technologies (FLT). DECREASED STAKES: Ally Financial (ALLY), Amgen (AMGN), Phillips 66 (PSX), eBay (EBAY), and Anheuser Busch Inbev SA (BUD). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Alibaba Group (BABA), Citigroup (C), EMC Corporation (EMC), Anglo American (AAL), and Williams Companies (WMB).
10:01 EDTWYNNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:46 EDTVZMobile operators ad blocking plan sets up fight with Google, FT reports
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05:52 EDTGMEApril NPD video game software sales rose 13%, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray notes April NPD video game software sales increased 13% year-over-year with next-generation software revenue up 200% versus the prior year. Piper keeps Overweight ratings on Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA), GameStop (GME) and Take-Two (TTWO).
05:43 EDTWYNNWynn Resorts downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
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May 14, 2015
17:25 EDTPMCSRelational Investors lowers stake in PMC-Sierra to 8.75% from 11.53%
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06:07 EDTVZAOL CEO could net almost $180M in company sale to Verizon, WSJ reports
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06:06 EDTVZDISH plans to enter wireless business, Yahoo reports
DISH (DISH) plans to enter the wireless business in an attempt to become the only provider to offer wireless voice, video and data services, Adam Samson of Yahoo Finance reports, citing an internal document. The document, marked confidential, obtained by Yahoo indicates Dish is looking to hire a chief marketing officer to help guide its move into the wireless space, Samson adds. The move comes after DISH acquired nearly half of the spectrum licenses offered in a U.S. government auction. The top U.S. wireless providers are Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), T-Mobile (TMUS) and Sprint (S). Reference Link
06:04 EDTDBUnivision IPO could launch 'in weeks,' NY Post reports
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05:34 EDTVZAOL downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS
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May 13, 2015
12:39 EDTTMOOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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10:04 EDTVZVerizon's strategic policy adviser Randy Milch to retire
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07:18 EDTVZAOL downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
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07:16 EDTVZMoffett Nathanson to hold a summit
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06:55 EDTVZInsiders speculate bidding war to erupt over AOL, Business Insider reports
The consensus speculation from investment bankers, hedge fund traders and people close to AOL (AOL) is that another company will emerge and offer a price for AOL that is higher than $50 per share, reports Business Insider. The potential suitors include Time Warner (TWX), Comcast (CMCSA), Yahoo (YHOO), Alibaba (BABA), Softbank (SFTBF), AT&T (T), Netflix (NFLX) and Apple (AAPL). Reference Link
05:53 EDTVZAOL CEO: AOL staying in content business, not selling TechCrunch, TC reports
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05:28 EDTVZAOL upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman
Goldman Sachs upgraded AOL (AOL) to Neutral after Verizon (VZ) agreed to acquire the company for $50 per share. Goldman raised its price target for shares to $44 from $38.
May 12, 2015
19:23 EDTVZAOL CEO says Huffington Post will 'always' be company cornerstone, HP says
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16:25 EDTTMO, VZOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
Stocks began the session deep in negative territory as bond yields in Europe and the U.S. were moving higher. The market saw its lows shortly after the open and soon began to recapture some of its losses. By noon, the losses were cut in half and the Dow made it all the way back to positive ground by the afternoon. Unable to gather any upside momentum, the rally stalled and the averages limped into the close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the National Federation of Independent Business' small business optimism rose 1.7 points to 96.9 in April, versus expectations for a 96.0 reading. The JOLTs report showed job openings fell 150K to 4.99M in March, versus expectations for 5.11M openings. The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield climbed at high as 2.37% earlier in the session, which was its highest intraday mark since last November, before easing back by midday. Outside of the U.S., bond yields surged on 10-year notes in Japan, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Germany. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of AOL (AOL) advanced $7.93, or 18.62%, to $50.52 after Verizon (VZ) agreed to buy the company for $50 per share in a deal valued at $4.4B. Verizon's John Stratton, speaking at the Jefferies 2015 Global TMT Conference, said the AOL deal was primarily about ad technology and Re/code reported that "one scenario" the service has heard about is that Verizon plans to spin off some or all of the content operations it is acquiring by buying AOL, such as the Huffington Post. Yahoo (YHOO) also rose 24c, or 0.55%, to $43.84, as Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali said he now views it as the "last remaining large scale digital media company of its kind." MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Pall Corp. (PLL), which advanced $19.31, or 19.44%, to $118.62 after The Wall Street Journal reported that the company is near a possible sale and listed Danaher (DHR) and Thermo Fisher (TMO) as potential buyers. Also higher was Pain Therapeutics (PTIE), which gained 68c, or 35.05%, to $2.62 after announcing that a study of its lead drug candidate, that is specifically designed to discourage certain common methods of drug tampering and misuse, demonstrated with statistical significance that both intact and chewed Remoxy were less "liked" than immediate-release oxycodone on the two primary endpoints of Drug Liking and Drug High. Among the noteworthy losers was ITT Educational Services (ESI), which plunged $1.75, or 43.53%, to $2.27 after the SEC announced that it had charged the company, along with its CEO and CFO, with fraud. Also lower were shares of NewLink Genetics (NLNK), which dropped $15.59, or 29.9%, to $36.55 after stating that it would continue its flagship IMPRESS trial as planned despite disclosing the FDA did not endorse management's plan to change the statistical analysis plan as defined in the original protocol. INDEXES: The Dow fell 36.94, or 0.2%, to 18,068.23, the Nasdaq slid 17.38, or 0.35%, to 4,976.19, and the S&P 500 dropped 6.21, or 0.29%, to 2,099.12.
15:55 EDTVZAxel Springer made unsolicited offer for AOL last year, Financial Times says
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15:04 EDTVZInvestors should be cautious reading through from AOL deal to Yelp, WSJ says
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14:04 EDTTMOPall Corp. a better strategic fit for Thermo Fisher than Danaher, says Mizuho
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12:34 EDTTMO, VZOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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12:02 EDTVZVerizon, Sprint settle illegal billing investigations for $158M
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11:14 EDTVZAOL premium low but likely best bet for AOL shareholders, Bloomberg says
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10:45 EDTTMOAnalyst says Pall deal may spark more life sciences M&A
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10:31 EDTVZCantor sees higher bid for AOL unlikely, positive on Yahoo
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali downgraded AOL (AOL) two notches to Sell from Buy after Verizon (VZ) agreed to acquire the company for $50 per share. Squali finds the takeover valuation "relatively fair" and believes a higher bidder for AOL is unlikely to emerge. The analyst believes the transaction could be positive for Yahoo (YHOO), which he views as the "last remaining large scale digital Media company of its kind." Squali has a Buy rating on Yahoo with a $60 price target.
10:01 EDTVZOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AG Mortgage (MITT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Brookfield Renewable (BEP) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Emera (EMRAF) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Fibria Celulose (FBR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... First Marblehead (FMD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... First Security (FSGI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Gap (GPS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Intelsat (I) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... LivePerson (LPSN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... MercadoLibre (MELI) downgraded on valuation, difficult comps at Stifel... Midway Gold (MDW) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Numerex (NMRX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Northland... Portland General Electric (POR) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Rackspace (RAX) downgraded to Outperform from Buy at CLSA... Rosetta Resources (ROSE) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... SouFun (SFUN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Verizon (VZ) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie.
09:47 EDTTMOPall Corp. bids due later this week, CNBC's Faber reports
David Faber on CNBC reported that bids for Pall Corp. (PLL) from Danaher (DHR) and Thermo Fisher (TMO) are due later this week. The auction is being led by Goldman Sachs (GS), Faber adds. He notes Danaher is likely going to offer an all-cash bid whereas Thermo Fisher will use up to $2B of equity. Faber said an offer price of $120 per share for Pall is likely the top of the range. The Wall Street Journal reported last night some of these details.
09:04 EDTVZVerizon said to possibly spin off some or all AOL content ops, Re/code says
AOL's (AOL) ad tech business is growing at a much faster pace than its content business, but has lower margins, noted Re/code, adding that "one scenario we’ve heard" is that Verizon (VZ) intends to spin off some or all of the content operations it is acquiring by buying AOL, possibly with a third player such as German publisher Axel Springer also involved. AOL CEO Tim Armstrong seemed to leave the door open for such a deal by saying that the company has "spoken to partners about content and scaling [and] seen a lot of interest in the content brands we have," Re/code added. Reference Link
08:45 EDTVZVerizon says Triple Play 'still matters a lot'
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08:31 EDTVZApple likely to launch TV video service this year, says Pacific Crest
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08:29 EDTVZVerizon says won't be irrational with price to chase mobile users
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08:18 EDTVZVerizon says no change in financial outlook, debt position
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07:48 EDTDBStandard & Poor's to hold a summit
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07:46 EDTTMODanaher has upper hand to acquire Pall, says Jefferies
After the Wall Street Journal reported that Pall Corp. (PLL) is near a possible sale and listed Danaher (DHR) and Thermo Fisher (TMO) as potential buyers, Jefferies says it believes Danaher has the upper hand in getting the deal done given its greater relative balance sheet capacity. The firm views both companies as logical buyers for Pall and notes a takeout bid of around $13B implies a share price of $120. The firm has a Buy rating on Pall.
07:45 EDTVZJefferies to hold a conference
2015 Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference is being held in Miami on May 12-14.
07:37 EDTWMSAdvanced Drainage sees FY16 revenue $1.32B-$1.365B
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07:33 EDTWMSAdvanced Drainage reports Q4 adjusted EPS 0c vs. (17c) last year
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07:31 EDTTMOThermo Fisher acquisition of Pall Corp. could create 'powerhouse,' says UBS
UBS noted Thermo Fisher (TMO) was mentioned in a media report as a possible suitor for Pall Corp. (PLL) and feels if the two combine it could create a bio-production "powerhouse." The firm sees a potential deal as accretive and creating unparalleled scale. UBS also said that, based on current valuation, the potential for a deal is barely being priced into Thermo Fisher shares. UBS reiterated its Buy rating and $160 price target on Thermo Fisher shares.
07:20 EDTVZAOL's Armstrong says will stay with company 'for a long period of time'
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07:18 EDTVZAOL CEO says Verizon deal happened 'in natural way,' no auction held
AOL (AOL) CEO Tim Armstrong continues speaking on CNBC.
07:12 EDTVZAOL CEO expects Verizon to take 'open approach' to content
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07:09 EDTVZAOL CEO says will 'certainly' buy Verizon stock
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07:08 EDTVZAOL CEO says company has 'shared vision' with Verizon
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07:06 EDTVZAOL volatility elevated into Verizon acquiring for $4.4B
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07:03 EDTVZVerizon to acquire AOL for $50 per share, an estimated total value of $4.4B
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07:01 EDTVZVerizon to acquire AOL for $50 per share, an estimated total value of $4.4B
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07:01 EDTVZVerizon to acquire AOL for $50 per share, or $4.4B
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06:40 EDTVZVerizon downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie
Macquarie downgraded Verizon to Underperform with a $45 price target to reflect a weaker 2016 and 2017 earnings outlook. The firm's analyst believes management has made a series of questionable strategic moves beginning with the Vodafone 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.
06:30 EDTTMOPall volatility flat, Danaher, Thermo Fisher to submit final bids, WSJ reports
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May 11, 2015
19:22 EDTTMODanaher, Thermo Fisher to submit final bids for Pall, WSJ says
Danaher (DHR) and Thermo Fisher (TMO) are competing to acquire Pall (PLL), with final bids due later this week, reports The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. A deal could be valued at $13B or more, notes the Journal. Reference Link
17:23 EDTWMSAdvanced Drainage raises quarterly dividend 25% to 5c per share
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14:24 EDTVZFrontier announces HSR clearance for acquisition of certain Verizon assets
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11:38 EDTPCARPACCAR management to meet with JPMorgan
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11:37 EDTPCARPACCAR management to meet with Jefferies
Meetings to be held in Denver/Minneapolis on May 12-13 hosted by Jefferies.
07:26 EDTERICQualcomm rivals questioned by EU antitrust regulators, Reuters reports
Antitrust regulators in the EU are asking Qualcomm's (QCOM) rivals about the company's business practices, Reuters reports, citing a document. Europe has been investigating Qualcomm for the last seven months over the way it licenses its products and its power over patents. Another EU inquiry, which began in 2010, was triggered by a complained from Nvidia's (NVDA) Icera unit over rebates and incentives. Reference Link
07:14 EDTDBDeutsche Bank's head of structured finance leaving bank, Bloomberg reports
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06:05 EDTVZSpherix issued standard-essential patent by USPTO
Spherix (SPEX) announced that the United States Patent & Trademark Office, or USPTO, is issuing the company another standard-essential patent. The company has received from the USPTO an issue notification for patent RE45521, set to issue on May 19. This patent is part of the same family of standard-essential patents currently being litigated against both Cisco (CSCO) and Verizon (VZ). The patented technology relates to the transmittal of data over a network and further enhances the company's existing portfolio.
05:21 EDTERICEricsson announces multi-year agreement with Safaricom
Ericsson announced the signing of a multi-year agreement with Safaricom, Kenya's largest mobile operator, to support the upgrade and expansion of its converged mobile network infrastructure. Under the terms of this agreement, Ericsson will deploy Wi-Fi technology for the first time on the Safaricom network as well as expand and enhance the MINI-LINK microwave transmission network; enabling subscribers enjoy a richer quality of mobile broadband in Kenya.
May 8, 2015
10:01 EDTERICOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Aerie Pharmaceuticals (AERI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... Alibaba (BABA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... CME Group (CME) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Choice Hotels (CHH) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Coach (COH) upgraded to Buy from Hold at HSBC... Commerzbank (CRZBY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Consolidated Communications (CNSL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Drexel Hamilton... Cutera (CUTR) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... EarthLink (ELNK) upgraded to Hold from Underperform at Jefferies... Enable Midstream (ENBL) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Ericsson (ERIC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Essex Property Trust (ESS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... Forest City (FCE.A) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... General Growth (GGP) upgraded on operational, growth outlook at RBC Capital... Globe Specialty Metals (GSM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... HNI Corporation (HNI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Invesco Mortgage (IVR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Lennar (LEN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Marathon Oil (MRO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Mercer (MERC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Nokia (NOK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Nuance (NUAN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Pattern Energy (PEGI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Desjardins... PennantPark (PNNT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Philip Morris (PM) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Rayonier (RYN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Rosetta Resources (ROSE) upgraded to Hold from Reduce at KLR Group... Telekom Indonesia (TLK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Wisconsin Energy (WEC) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Evercore ISI.
09:12 EDTERICEricsson upgraded to Buy from Underperform at BofA/Merrill
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07:13 EDTPCARPACCAR comments do not suggest truck cycle peaking, says UBS
UBS met with PACCAR management and said their comments do not suggest a 2015 peak in the truck cycle. The company's comments suggest the cycle will continue as long as the macro growth continues, which could mean management forecasts may be conservative, UBS added. The company also suggested the potential for upside on both the top-line and margins in the parts business, UBS said. The firm reiterated its Buy rating and $77 price target on PACCAR shares.
07:03 EDTERICEricsson upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
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05:25 EDTERICEricsson files suits against Apple in Germany, UK, Netherlands
Ericsson (ERIC) has filed suits against Apple (AAPL) in Germany, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. Ericsson had offered to enter into arbitration with Apple to reach a mutually beneficial global licensing agreement for its standard-essential patents, but that offer has now expired. The proceedings in the three countries were recently initiated and refer to the 2G and 4G/LTE standards, as well as other technology that is not standardized, but is related to, for instance, the design of semiconductor components and non-cellular wireless communications.
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