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January 16, 2014
08:47 EDTMSFT, KKR, CMCSA, DB, F, JPM, MRVL, CHTR, C, FOXA, ERIC, BAC, TWC, EBAY, TOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap
WSJ: Regulatory officials probe Citigroup (C), Deutsche Bank over forex...eBay (EBAY) said to plan brand marketplace...REUTERS: Charter (CHTR), Comcast (CMCSA) renew talks on Time Warner Cable (TWC) bid...Marvell (MRVL) Technology said not in buyout talks with KKR (KKR)...Korea Investment Corp. may sell $1B Bank of America (BAC) stake...Some top Time Warner Cable (TWC) investors support higher Charter (CHTR) bid...Fed gives JPMorgan (JPM) deadline to sell Henry Bath warehouse...BLOOMBERG: Microsoft (MSFT) CEO search includes Ericsson's (ERIC) Vestberg...OTHER NEWS: Ford's (F) aluminum efforts unsettles steelmakers, FT reports...Microsoft's (MSFT) corporate email breached by Syrian hackers, Re/code reports...AT&T (T) cuts advertising ties with 'American Idol' (FOXA), Variety reports.
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December 8, 2014
15:40 EDTCLone Star joins Springleaf as bidder for Citigroup OneMain unit, Bloomberg says
15:26 EDTDBDeutsche Bank sued by U.S. over alleged scheme to avoid income taxes
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15:10 EDTDBDOJ files suit against Deutsche Bank over income tax avoidance, Bloomberg says
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14:36 EDTTWC, CMCSATime Warner Cable CEO reports strong trends in October, November, says UBS
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13:52 EDTEBAYeBay advances slightly in down tape after Stifel upgrades shares
Shares of eBay (EBAY) are rising slightly in a down market after research firm Stifel upgraded the stock to Buy from Hold. WHAT'S NEW: The risk/reward ratio on eBay appears to be favorable, Stifel analyst Scott Devitt wrote in a note to investors today. In the most likely scenario for the company, the shares could increase as high as about $65 from their current level of around $55, but are unlikely to drop much below $50, Devitt believes. In a possible bullish scenario, the shares could go up to $75, the analyst stated. The spin off of eBay's PayPal business, expected to occur within nine months, should be a significant catalyst for the stock, while the gross merchandise volume generated by the company's marketplaces business should accelerate in the second half of next year, wrote Devitt. Marketplaces comparisons become easier starting in the second half of the year, the analyst explained. Additionally, eBay will begin to emphasize that the percentage of e-commerce transactions processed by PayPal is increasing, Devitt stated. Meanwhile, eBay's valuation is "compelling," and the upcoming spin-off reminds Devitt of the separation of Expedia (EXPE) and TripAdvisor (TRIP), which proved to be a positive catalyst, he wrote. Devitt set a $65 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, eBay gained 17c, or 0.3%, to $54.97.
13:21 EDTMSFTMicrosoft files appeal in case on customer data in Ireland
Microsoft said on its blog that it has filed an appeal in its ongoing case challenging a U.S. government search warrant for customer data stored in Ireland. Microsoft said it filed the appeal after a U.S. district court judge rejected the company’s argument that the warrant is illegal because it calls for the seizure of emails stored outside the United States. Reference Link
12:40 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:10 EDTFVolkswagen sees challenging developments continuing for rest of year
Volkswagen (VLKAY) said, “The challenging developments on markets worldwide – above all in Eastern Europe and South America – will continue for the remainder of this year. The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand handled these challenges successfully during the course of the year, but was not entirely immune to their impact.” Other publicly traded companies in the passenger automotive space include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), and Toyota (TM).
10:44 EDTMSFTDigital River grants Microsoft extestion to decide on renewing pact
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10:04 EDTMSFTAccenture and Microsoft launch hybrid cloud platform
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10:00 EDTFOXAOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:00 EDTDBOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:00 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Antero Resources (AR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Apache (APA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Applied Materials (AMAT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Arch Capital (ACGL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... CU Bancorp (CUNB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Calpine (CPN) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Commerzbank (CRZBY) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Keefe Bruyette... EastGroup Properties (EGP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Enbridge Energy Management (EEQ) upgraded to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Enbridge Energy (EEP) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... GasLog (GLOG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Hoegh LNG (HMLP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Illinois Tool Works (ITW) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Global Hunter... LaSalle Hotel (LHO) upgraded at Morgan Stanley... Lufthansa (DLAKY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... NASDAQ (NDAQ) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Newfield Exploration (NFX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Omega Healthcare (OHI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Orange SA (ORAN) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman... SM Energy (SM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Southwest (LUV) upgraded at Goldman... TSMC (TSM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... United Technologies (UTX) upgraded at Bernstein... eBay (EBAY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel.
08:40 EDTDBDeutsche Bank and Cisco to host a conference call
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08:07 EDTFFord management to meet with UBS
Meeting to be held in Boston on December 8 hosted by UBS.
07:23 EDTTWCUBS to hold a conference
42nd Annual Global Media & Communications Conference is being held in New York on December 8-10 with webcasted company presentations to begin on December 8 at 8 am; not all presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
06:35 EDTC, JPM, BACValue of Wall Street's M&A bankers has risen, NY Times says
The value of Wall Street's bankers who advise large companies seems to be increasing, while traders are becoming less valuable, according to The New York Times. Bankers who work on M&A deals are expecting their bonuses to increase, while traders anticipate that their compensation will drop, the newspaper added. Furthermore, banks seem to be going the extra mile to hire top notch bankers, the newspaper stated. Publicly traded large banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
06:21 EDTJPM, CDeadline for Petsmart bidders extended as lenders put on leash, NY Post reports
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06:10 EDTEBAYeBay upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel
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06:00 EDTDBDeutsche Bank downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette
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