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July 15, 2014
08:03 EDTWFC, CBSO, CBSCBS reports results of CBS Outdoor exchange offer
CBS (CBS) announced the final results of its offer to shareholders to exchange their shares of CBS Class B Common stock for up to 97M shares of CBS Outdoor Americas (CBSO) common stock that are owned by CBS. Under the terms of the offer, 2.1689 shares of CBS Outdoor common stock will be exchanged for each share of CBS Class B common stock accepted in the offer. CBS accepted 44,723,131 of the tendered shares in exchange for 97M shares of CBS Outdoor common stock owned by CBS. Because the exchange offer was oversubscribed, CBS accepted tendered shares of CBS Class B common stock on a pro rata basis in proportion to the total number of shares validly tendered and not validly withdrawn. Based on the final count by the exchange agent Wells Fargo (WFC) Bank, the final result of the exchange offer are as follows: total number of shares of CBS Class B common stock validly tendered and not validly withdrawn: 300,229,143;shares tendered that were subject to proration: 299,798,292; "Odd-lot" shares tendered that were not subject to proration: 430,851; and total number of shares of CBS Class B common stock accepted: 44,723,131.
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January 16, 2015
11:16 EDTCBSCBS, Viacom climb following Stifel upgrades
Shares of CBS (CBS) and Viacom (VIA, VIAB) are climbing after research firm Stifel upgraded the stocks to Buy from Hold. CBS owns the CBS network and other entertainment properties. Viacom owns a number of cable networks, including MTV and Nickelodeon. WHAT'S NEW: CBS' NFL rights leave it well-positioned to charge cable companies and other TV providers high fees, Stifel analyst Benjamin Mogil wrote in a note to investors today. Meanwhile, the company's strong ratings and lower production costs reduce its risk, Mogil stated. CBS has more opportunities when it comes to selling its content to Internet TV networks such as Netflix (NFLX), Mogil believes. The analyst set a $65 price target on the shares. Meanwhile, Mogil believes that Viacom should benefit from the adoption of ratings measurements other than Nielsen's (NLSN) tools. Viacom has complained that Nielsen's tools have underestimated its ratings by failing to adequately take into account new types of content consumption, the analyst noted. Viacom's recent expansion into new international markets should also improve its performance, Mogil stated. He set an $89 price target on the shares. ANOTHER TO WATCH: Mogil initiated coverage of Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA) with a $41 price target and Buy rating, saying that the company is well-positioned to benefit from its wide range of sports programming. He set a $41 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, CBS advanced 2.75% to $55, Viacom gained 2.5% to $68, and Twenty-First Century Fox rose 0.4% to $34.72.
10:01 EDTCBSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: 21st Century Fox (FOXA) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Arista Networks (ANET) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Boston Beer (SAM) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Brocade (BRCD) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... CBS (CBS) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Cabela's (CAB) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Coach (COH) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Costco (COST) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Crane (CR) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Flowserve (FLS) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Fortinet (FTNT) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... Gap (GPS) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... GrubHub (GRUB) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Imperva (IMPV) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... KLX Inc. (KLXI) initiated with a Sector Perform at RBC Capital... KNOT Offshore Partners (KNOP) initiated with a Buy at UBS... L Brands (LB) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Michael Kors (KORS) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Northstar Realty (NRF) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... OmniVision (OVTI) initiated with a Buy at Rosenblatt... Qorvo (QRVO) initiated with a Buy at Brean ... RSP Permian (RSPP) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Ross Stores (ROST) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... SPX Corp. (SPW) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... TJX (TJX) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Tiffany (TIF) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Viacom (VIAB) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Xylem (XYL) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... iGATE (IGTE) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... lululemon (LULU) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein.
10:01 EDTCBSOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:00 EDTCBSCBS upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel
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January 15, 2015
16:22 EDTCBSCBS initiated with a Buy at Stifel
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January 14, 2015
16:33 EDTWFCOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:49 EDTWFCOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:02 EDTWFCWells Fargo says 'can tolerate' being at high end of efficiency ratio goal
Says bank spending more money on cybersecurity, risk management, compliance-related issues.
10:42 EDTWFCWells Fargo says taking 'hard look' at expenses
Says around 2% of bank's loans are to oil and gas sector. Says always taking "hard look" at expenses. Says "no specific" provisioning for oil volatility. Says "difficult" to find attractive entry points in fixed-income markets. Says clarity on liquidity encouraged bank to find entry point. Says examining loans on "name by name basis" regarding oil volatility.
10:23 EDTWFCWells Fargo sees Q1 mortgage origination volume consistent with Q4
Sees Q1 mortgage origination volumes "relatively consistent" with Q4 levels. Says bank won't rely on higher interest rates for growth. Says rates could benefit origination volumes in Q1. Says capital levels "strong." Says capital ratios could fluctuate from quarter to quarter. Comments made on the Q4 earnings conference call.
10:07 EDTWFCWells Fargo CEO Stumpf says low oil prices 'positive' for U.S. economy
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10:05 EDTWFCWells Fargo sees operating within 55%-59% efficiency ratio range in FY15
On slides that are being presented on the Q3 earnings conference call, Wells Fargo said that it sees operating within 55%-59% efficiency ratio range in FY15.
09:16 EDTWFCOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: ZIOPHARM (ZIOP), up 53% after the company and Intrexon (XON) announced a licensing agreement with University of Texas. Intrexon shares are also up 12%... GameStop (GME), up 10.6% after reporting holiday SSS, providing guidance for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2014, and being upgraded at Pacific Crest... Smith Micro (SMSI), up 12.7% after reporting preliminary fourth quarter revenue and providing revenue guidance for the first quarter and fiscal 2015... BioCryst (BCRX), up 3.2% after receiving a positive opinion on EMA orphan drug designation for BCX4161... GoPro (GPRO), up 1% following analyst remarks that sell-off after yesterday's report on Apple (AAPL) patent was "overdone." DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: JPMorgan (JPM), down 2.7%... Wells Fargo (WFC), down 2.2%... Banking peers down as well, with Bank of America (BAC) down 2.8% and Citi (C) down 2%. ALSO LOWER: Tesla (TSLA), down 9% following comments made by CEO Elon Musk at an automotive conference in Detroit regarding a slowdown in China... New Media (NEWM), down 4.8% after 7M share spot secondary priced at $21.70... General Motors (GM), down 3% after giving 2015 guidance, saying it is on track to meet previously announced 2016 financial targets... Apple (AAPL), down 1% following lawsuit against Ericsson (ERIC) and countersuit filing.
08:14 EDTWFCWells Fargo reports Q4 home lending originations of $44B
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08:11 EDTWFCWells Fargo released $250M from allowance for credit losses in Q4
08:10 EDTWFCWells Fargo CFO says credit quality continued to improve in Q4
Wells Fargo CFO John Shrewsberry said, “Our performance in the fourth quarter was a great example of the benefit of our diversified business model and reflected a continuation of the solid results we generated all year. Compared with the prior quarter, we increased deposits and grew commercial and consumer loans while maintaining our risk and pricing discipline. Revenue increased as net interest income benefited from loan growth and the prudent deployment of our liquidity. Fee income remained strong and diversified. Credit quality continued to improve. We also maintained strong capital and liquidity, and returned more capital to shareholders in the quarter."
08:09 EDTWFCWells Fargo reports Q4 net interest margin 3.04%
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08:03 EDTWFCWells Fargo reports Q4 net charge-offs $735M, provision for credit losses $485M
Reports Common Equity Tier 1 ratio under Basel III of 10.44%. Reports Q4 ROE 12.841%, ROA 1.36%.
08:01 EDTWFCWells Fargo reports Q4 EPS $1.02, consensus $1.02
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06:28 EDTCBSViacom downgraded to Sell from Buy at Citigroup
Citigroup downgraded Viacom (VIAB) two notches to Sell from Buy and lowered its price target for shares to $62 from $88. Citi says its new price target assumes a 50% probability that DISH (DISH) drops Viacom's channels. The firm sees 30% share downside risk should such an event occur. Citi lists two potential M&A deals that could offset the downside risk: Viacom acquiring CBS (CBS), which it feels would be neutral for the stock, or another media firm acquiring Viacom, which it feels could drive 20% upside for Viacom shares. Citi assumes a 10% probability of Viacom getting bought out.
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