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March 4, 2012
14:32 EDTCSCO, INTC, JPM, MON, CVX, GS, T, MSFT, FITB, PFE, ZION, WFC, EXC, RF, CNeuberger's value hunter Salzmann likes Citigroup and Microsoft, Barron's says
Barron's profiled Neuberger Berman's new large-cap value specialist Eli Salzmann who was recruited 13 months ago to restore the firms' historically strong large-cap value franchise. Salzmann is a traditional value manager who aims to beat the Russell 1000 Value Index over the next few years. He searches for companies that have depressed earnings relative to their true mid-economic-cycle earnings. Some of his favorites are U.S. banks, many of which are trading below tangible book value despite a recent surge in the sector. Salzmann started buying banks late last year as they began to benefit from the troubles in Europe. He likes Citigroup ( C ) and Wells Fargo (WFC) -- and has been buying shares of big regional banks, such as Fifth Third Bank (FITB), Regions Financial (RF) and Zions Bancorp (ZION). Salzmann is also bullish on large tech stocks, which are trading at about 10x earnings, have strong balance sheets and could benefit as capital spending increases. A favorite is Microsoft (MSFT). Salzmann expects the stock to see $40 over the next 12 - 24 months. One last pick: though he's generally negative on utilities, Salzmann like Exelon Generation (EXC). Other holdings: PFE, JPM, T, CVX, INTC, GS, MON and CSCO. Reference Link
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May 12, 2015
18:12 EDTFITB, RFSenate proposes to ease 'systemically important' bank designation, FT says
Senate bank committee chairman Richard Shelby has introduced legislation that would increase the "systemically important bank" threshold from $50B to $500B, reports the Financial Times, citing draft legislation. The report notes that SunTrust (STI), Regions Financial (RF), Citizens Financial (CFG), Fifth Third (FITB), and Huntington Bancshares (HBAN) may benefit from the change if the bill passes. Some bankers believe the potential change could lead to renewed interest in mergers within the sector, adds the Financial Times. Reference Link
16:49 EDTWFCWells Fargo to pay $77M in trust fund case, St. Louis Today says
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16:01 EDTCOptions Update; May 12, 2015
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14:13 EDTC, GS, JPMBove says it may be time to buy bank stocks
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12:59 EDTTRegulators unlikely to block AT&T-DirecTV deal, WSJ says
The FCC and U.S. Justice Department are nearly finished reviewing AT&T's (T) acquisition of DirecTV (DTV), and are unlikely to block the deal, reports The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Sources said the Justice Department hasn't raised issues, and though the FCC may seek to impose conditions, they are expected to be acceptable to AT&T. Reference Link
12:32 EDTTDirecTV up 1% after report says regulators unlikely to block AT&T deal
Dow Jones, citing sources, said the U.S. review of the deal is nearing its end and that regulators are unlikely to step in to block the merger.
12:30 EDTTU.S. unlikely to block AT&T, DirecTV deal, Dow Jones reports
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12:04 EDTINTCIntel, eASIC collaborate on customized Intel-based solutions for the Cloud
Intel Corporation announced plans to develop integrated products with eASIC Corporation that combine processing performance and customizable hardware to meet the increasing demand for custom compute solutions for data centers and the “cloud.” The new parts will enable acceleration of up to two times that of a field programmable gate array for workloads like security and big data analytics while also speeding the time to market for custom application specific integrated circuit development by as much as 50 percent.
11:38 EDTTLivePerson sinks to 52-week low after cutting fiscal 2015 outlook
Shares of LivePerson (LPSN), a provider of cloud-based digital engagement solutions, are sinking after the firm lowered its outlook for fiscal 2015. WHAT'S NEW: LivePerson yesterday reported first quarter adjusted earnings per share of 4c, in line with analysts' consensus estimates, on revenue of $59.8M, slightly below analysts' consensus estimates of $60.79M. LivePerson said it signed 147 deals in the quarter, including the addition of 30 new customers. Looking ahead to the second quarter, LivePerson forecast adjusted EPS of 0c-2c and revenue of $58.5M-$59.5M, well below the analysts' consensus estimates of 6c and $63.88M, respectively. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The company lowered its fiscal year 2015 adjusted EPS view to 10c-15c from 27c-32c, significantly trailing analysts' consensus estimates of 28c. LivePerson also cut its FY15 revenue outlook to $243M-$247M from $263M-$269M, also well below analysts' estimates of $264.36M. The company reduced reduced FY15 revenue guidance by $21M when comparing the midpoint of its updated guidance range to the midpoint of its previous guidance range. The adjustment reflects the impact of one large customer contract that ended, an increase in foreign exchange headwinds and a slightly slower start to the year than expected as the company intensified its focus on bringing LiveEngage to the market, the company said. LivePerson said it expects to record a $2.5M charge in Q2 related to cost-cutting move, which it described as "reprioritizing on areas showing the highest potential growth." The company believes its cost-savings initiatives will generate approximately $13M of expense savings in 2015. ANALYST REACTION: Credit Suisse this morning downgraded LivePerson to Neutral from Outperform and lowered its price target to $8 from $19. The firm said LivePerson was "forced" to lower revenue guidance for FY15 primarily due to the loss of AT&T (T) as a pay-for-performance chat customer, as well as from a slow sales start and FX. The firm said the ability of LivePerson to transition its large customer base to LiveEngage 2.0 will take longer than previously estimated. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, LivePerson fell $1.16, or 12.26%, to $8.30 on more than five times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week low of $8.10. Including today's pull back, the shares have lost approximately 15% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies offering cloud-based digital engagement solutions include eGain (EGAN), down 1.2%, Zendesk (ZEN), down 4.05%, and Salesforce.com (CRM), up 0.2%.
11:14 EDTTAOL premium low but likely best bet for AOL shareholders, Bloomberg says
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10:32 EDTTAcacia Research enters settlement, license agreement with AT&T Mobility
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10:27 EDTMSFTAppeals court upholds InterDigital loss in patent fight with Microsoft, ZTE
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the final determination of the International Trade Commission finding no violation of Section 337 of the Tariff Act was committed by Microsoft (MSFT) and ZTE related to patents held by InterDigital (IDCC). The patents at issue in the case are directed to cellphone technology, and in particular, code division multiple access networks, according to the appeals court ruling.
09:14 EDTCSCOApps World to hold a conference
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08:19 EDTCSCOCisco volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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08:05 EDTCSCOCisco shares can reach $45, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital believes that Cisco's stock can reach $45 if it increases its cash flow, grows its dividend, and repatriates enough cash to massively accelerate its share repurchases. The firm raised its price target on the shares to $33 from $31 and keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
07:51 EDTINTCDeutsche Bank to hold a conference
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07:48 EDTGS, FITB, C, WFCStandard & Poor's to hold a summit
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07:34 EDTGSGoldman must pay $80M plus interest to National Australia Bank, Reuters reports
Goldman Sachs was recently ordered by an arbitration panel under the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority to pay $80M, plus interest, to the National Australia Bank over the sale of mortgage-linked securities, said Reuters, citing a court filing. Reference Link
07:04 EDTCSCOCisco Q3 results poised to beat expectations, says Cantor
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06:00 EDTCSCOStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ALTR CSCO
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