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June 25, 2014
12:33 EDTEPD, VLO, FOXA, ZU, NXST, PXD, MEG, CMCSA, MON, IACI, HFC, SBGI, DIS, BKS, CBSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday despite the U.S. sharply lowering its view of how the economy performed in the first quarter of this year. The market opened lower following the disappointing GDP revision, as well as a lower than expected durable goods report, but the averages soon turned mixed and all moved into positive ground by about 11 am ET, where they have been drifting since. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Bureau of Economic Analysis released its third and final estimate of real gross domestic product for the first quarter. The government now estimates that output in the U.S. declined at an annual rate of 2.9%, which was worse than the prior estimate of 1% contraction and significantly down from the fourth quarter of 2013, when real GDP grew 2.6%. The estimate of Q1 personal spending growth was knocked down to a 1.0% clip from the prior 3.1% pace. Durable goods orders dropped 1.0% in May, versus expectations for them to have been unchanged. Markit's services PMI surged to a record 61.2 for the flash June reading from May's 58.1 figure. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of a number of television network owners, most notably CBS (CBS), advanced after the Supreme Court ruled that Aereo, a start-up service backed by the Barry Diller-controlled IAC (IACI) that streams tv shows over the Internet, had violated copyright laws. Following the high court ruling, which overturned a lower court judgment on the matter, CBS rose more than 4%, while Disney (DIS), which owns ABC Network, 21st Century Fox (FOXA), the owner of Fox, and Comcast (CMCSA), which owns NBC, all advanced about 1%. Shares of tv station owners reacted even more favorably, with Nexstar (NXST) surging 15%, Sinclair (SBGI) rising 14% and Media General (MEG) gaining 10%... Shares of Barnes & Noble (BKS) rose 4% after the bookseller announced that its board authorized management to separate its Retail and Nook Media divisions and the company reported better than anticipated fourth quarter revenue. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Monsanto (MON), which advanced 5% after the company reported better than expected Q3 results, raised its full year EPS outlook to the upper end of its previous guidance range and announced a new $10B share repurchase authorization. Also higher was zulily (ZU), which rose over 10% after Goldman Sachs upgraded the stock to Buy, citing the recent pullback in shares and expectations for higher than expected customer growth into 2015. Among the noteworthy losers was Valmont Industries (VMI), which fell 7% after the company lowered its fiscal 2014 earnings per share outlook. Also lower were a number of refiners, including Valero (VLO), which was down 10%, and HollyFrontier (HFC), which slid 8%, after the U.S. reportedly reclassified condensate as a processed product and gave Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD) and Enterprise Products Partners (EPD) permission to export the type of oil to foreign buyers. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 23.20, or 0.14%, to 16,841.33, the Nasdaq was up 9.79, or 0.23%, to 4,360.15, and the S&P 500 was up 4.14, or 0.21%, to 1,954.12.
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May 19, 2015
07:52 EDTEPDEnterprise Products initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich
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07:36 EDTCMCSAAutomakers 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
07:15 EDTMONGoldman Sachs to hold a conference
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06:29 EDTDIS, CMCSA21st Century Fox expects to continue investing in TV, Deadline reports
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May 18, 2015
17:26 EDTFOXAValueAct reports 5.5% stake in 21st Century Fox Class B shares
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16:26 EDTEPDEnterprise Products initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank
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10:24 EDTCMCSAComcast EVP and GM, Video Services Strauss says in 'golden age' of TV
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08:11 EDTNXSTGray Television Nexstar outlook attractive, says Wells Fargo
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08:06 EDTCMCSAComcast shares attractive at current levels, says Wells Fargo
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07:27 EDTCMCSA, FOXAJPMorgan to hold a conference
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May 17, 2015
15:37 EDTDIS, CMCSAUniversal's 'Pitch Perfect 2' leads U.S. weekend box office with $70.3M
For the weekend of May 17, Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) subsidiary Universal's "Pitch Perfect 2" topped domestic box office charts at $70.3M. Time Warner (TWX) subsidiary Warner Bros.' "Mad Max: Fury Road" landed in second place with $44.4M, while Disney's (DIS) "Avengers: Age Of Ultron" came in third with $38.8M. Warner Bros.' "Hot Pursuit" and Universal's "Furious 7" took fourth and fifth place at $5.8M and $3.6M, respectively. Data gathered by Rentrak.
14:32 EDTMONSyngenta shares show promise even without Monsanto deal, Barron's says
Shares of Syngenta (SYT) could be "worth a bet" even if Monsanto's (MON) takeover efforts flounder, Barron's contends in its 'International Trader - Europe' column. Barron's notes that the company's cost reduction measures could yield $265M in savings this year, a figure which may jump to $1B by 2018. Reference Link
12:56 EDTMEGMedia General shares may rise 50% to the low $20s in two years, Barron's says
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May 15, 2015
17:23 EDTZUAlibaba reports 17.2% passive stake in zulily
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16:21 EDTZUStocks 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.
11:08 EDTFOXAOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Targa Resources (TRGP), Targa Resources Partners (NGLS), Humana (HUM), Dow Chemical (DOW), and Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA). INCREASED STAKES: Kinder Morgan (KMI), Chimera Investment Corporation (CIM), AerCap Holdings (AER), Shire (SHPG), and KKR & Co. (KKR). DECREASED STAKES: eBay (EBAY), Altisource Portfolio Solutions (ASPS), Caesars Entertainment (CZR), Navient (NAVI), and TerraForm Power (TERP). LIQUIDATED STAKES: HCA Holdings (HCA), Gilead (GILD), Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), and Apple (AAPL).
07:26 EDTMONBayer expecting crops and seeds industry consolidation, Reuters reports
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07:09 EDTPXDHayman Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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06:49 EDTCMCSAComcast giving NBCUniversal access to viewer data, NY Post says
Comcast is going to share viewer data collected by set-top boxes to NBCUniversal, which will be added to NBCUniversal's Audience Targeting Platform, reports the NY Post, citing NBCUniversal's head of advertising sales and client partnerships, Linda Yaccarino. Reference Link
06:01 EDTVLOValero remains a top pick at Goldman
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