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October 23, 2012
10:00 EDTDUK, NCMI, YHOO, XL, TOO, RNR, PSA, POWI, MNI, CNL, CHKPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Check Point (CHKP) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Cleco (CNL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Cleco (CNL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... McClatchy (MNI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Power Integrations (POWI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee... Public Storage (PSA) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Cantor.. RenaissanceRe (RNR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Teekay Offshore Partners (TOO) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... XL Group (XL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Yahoo! (YHOO) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... National CineMedia (NCMI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel Nicolaus... Duke Energy (DUK) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at JPMorgan.
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October 21, 2014
15:30 EDTYHOONotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Yahoo! (YHOO), consensus 30c; ACE (ACE), consensus $2.34; Discover Financial (DFS), consensus $1.34; Pinnacle Financial (PNFP), consensus 51c; Broadcom (BRCM), consensus 84c; Intuitive Surgical (ISRG), consensus $3.80; FMC Technologies (FTI), consensus 74c; Robert Half International (RHI), consensus 58c; E-Trade (ETFC), consensus 22c; Nabors Industries (NBR), consensus 36c; Waste Connections (WCN), consensus 54c; Cubist Pharmaceuticals (CBST), consensus 4c; Sonic (SONC), consensus 34c; American Campus Communities (ACC), consensus 43c; Cree (CREE), consensus 36c; Fulton Financial (FULT), consensus 20c; Costamare (CMRE), consensus 41c; Hawaiian Holdings (HA), consensus 78c; Ethan Allen (ETH), consensus 36c; Sabra Health (SBRA), consensus 55c; Rush Enterprises (RUSHA), consensus 51c.
13:27 EDTYHOOEarnings Preview: Yahoo expected to unveil turnaround plan with Q3 results
Yahoo (YHOO) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the market close on Tuesday, October 21 with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Yahoo is a digital media company that provides properties and services such as Yahoo! Search and Yahoo! News. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of 30c on revenue of $1.04B. The consensus range is 18c-38c for EPS, and $1.02B-$1.06B for revenue, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: Yahoo reported Q2 EPS 37c against estimates of 38c on revenue ex-tac of $1.04B against estimates of $1.08B. It reported Q2 price-per-ad was down 24%, Q2 Display revenue down 7% and Search revenue up 6%. The company gave Q3 revenue ex-tac guidance of $1.02B-$1.06B. After releasing its Q2 results, CEO Marissa Mayer said the company was "not satisfied" with the results, with display remaining an area of investment and transition. NEWS: In the past quarter, Alibaba (BABA) opened to the larges IPO in U.S. history. The Wall Street Journal reported that Yahoo's core business was cut in half to $6.8B after Alibaba's first day of trading. Yahoo made $5.1B in cash from the sale of shares in Alibaba's IPO and its remaining stake is valued at about $23.4B.In late September, activist investor Starboard Value urged Yahoo to explore a strategic combination with AOL (AOL), believing a merger could create synergies of up to $1B. CEO Marissa Mayer is expected to unveil her turnaround plan at the earnings call today that could include cost-cutting efforts and its M&A strategy, according to the Wall Street Journal. Yahoo also confirmed that a security breach in Q3 compromised servers, but the hack did not disclose consumer data. The company acquired several companies in past few months, including Flurry, Zofari, ClarityRay, Luminate, and Bookdpad. A WSJ reports also said the company is in talks to invest in Snapchat. STREET RESEARCH: Following the Alibaba IPO, Yahoo was downgraded at Bernstein, BofA/Merrill and RBC Capital because it was unclear whether Yahoo's stock can advance meaningfully and the company was no longer the best way to gain Alibaba exposure. RBC Capital said the risk/reward is less attractive, and it does not see a turnaround in Yahoo's core fundamentals. BGC Financial, however, upgraded the company and said the company's remaining assets should get monetized in a more tax efficient manner. PRICE ACTION: Yahoo shares have risen $4.29, or more than 12%, since the first day of trading following the company's Q2 report. In Tuesday midday trading ahead of Q3 report, Yahoo shares are trading up nearly 2%.
13:08 EDTYHOOYahoo October weekly 40 straddle priced for 5.5% move into Q3
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13:05 EDTYHOOYahoo technical notes before earnings
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12:50 EDTYHOOGoing private among potential scenarios seen for Yahoo, Re/Code's Swisher says
Sources close to Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer said she is determined to continue to push through her vision of the company's core business as a video-heavy, mobile-focused content company, according to Re/Code's Kara Swisher, who added that the "most intriguing possibility of all" that she has heard over the last weeks is that Yahoo could seek to dispose of its Asian assets, return a large amount of the proceeds to shareholders and work with a large private equity firm to take the company private. Shares of Yahoo, which reports on its quarterly results after the closing bell, is up 1.8% to $40 per share in afternoon trading. Reference Link
06:38 EDTYHOOYahoo in talks to acquire BrightRoll, TechCrunch reports
TechCrunch has learned that Yahoo is in talks to buy cross-platform digital video advertising service BrightRoll for $700M-$725M. The company is currently facing pressure from Starboard Value to consider a breakup or a sale of the company. Reference Link
October 20, 2014
16:57 EDTCNLCleco discloses termination fee $120M
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10:33 EDTMNIGannett sees Cars.com 'about neutral' to Q4 EPS
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10:06 EDTCNLCleco downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
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09:52 EDTYHOOArmstrong says AOL will not merge with Yahoo, VentureBeat reports
AOL CEO Tim Armstrong said "no" when asked if his company will merge with Yahoo (YHOO), VentureBeat reports, citing a fireside chat with Armstrong at the TechCrunch Disrupt in Europe. Reference Link
09:22 EDTCNLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:29 EDTYHOOYahoo weekly volatility increases into Q3 and capital outlook
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06:49 EDTYHOOTumblr, TV shows collaborate to broaden reach, NY Times says
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06:26 EDTYHOOYahoo to unveil turnaround, M&A strategy, WSJ reports
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05:56 EDTCNLCleco says transaction expected to have no impact on dividend
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05:55 EDTCNLCleco says Darren Olagues expected to succeed Williamson as CEO upon closing
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05:45 EDTCNLCleco to be acquired by investor group for $55.37 per share in cash
Cleco announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by a group of North American long-term infrastructure investors led by Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, or MIRA, and British Columbia Investment Management Corporation, or bcIMC, together with John Hancock Financial and other infrastructure investors. The agreement values Cleco at approximately $4.7B, including approximately $1.3B of assumed debt. Under the terms of the agreement, the new owners will acquire all outstanding shares of Cleco Corporation for $55.37 per share in cash. The price represents approximately a 15% premium to Cleco's closing price of $48.27 on October 17, the last trading day prior to the announcement of the agreement. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2015. Following the close of the transaction, Cleco Power will continue to be regulated by the LPSC and FERC. The transaction will not affect residential or commercial rates for electricity. In addition, following the close of the transaction, Cleco will continue to operate as an independent company led by local management and will maintain its headquarters in Pineville, LA. Cleco's CEO, senior utility management, and leaders of corporate support functions will all be Louisiana residents as will at least four members of Cleco's board of directors, including its chair. Cleco and the new owners have made additional commitments to the LPSC including that no changes will be made to Cleco's operations, staffing levels, compensation levels or employee and retiree benefits programs as a result of the transaction.
05:42 EDTCNLCleco to be acquired by investor group for $55.37 per share in cash
October 17, 2014
13:16 EDTYHOOYahoo weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and capital utilization outlook
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12:17 EDTYHOOMark Cuban says buying Netflix shares, sees company as M&A target
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