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August 14, 2014
16:54 EDTV, VZ, CHTR, LMCA, COP, LBTYA, SU, PSX, GHC, GM, DNOW, STRZA, DTVBerkshire Hathaway gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Charter Communications (CHTR), and Now Inc (DNOW). INCREASED STAKES: Suncor (SU), Verizon (VZ), General Motors (GM), Liberty Global (LBTYA), and Visa (V). DECREASED STAKES: Graham Holdings (GHC), ConocoPhillips (COP), DIRECTV (DTV), Phillips 66 (PSX), and Liberty Media (LMCA). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Starz (STRZA).
News For CHTR;DNOW;SU;VZ;GM;LBTYA;V;GHC;COP;DTV;PSX;LMCA;STRZA From The Last 14 Days
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February 20, 2015
09:20 EDTLMCALiberty Media initiated with an Outperform at FBN Securities
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08:36 EDTGHCGraham Holdings reports Q4 adjusted EPS $17.31 vs. $10.13 last year
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08:11 EDTGMAlly CEO exploring subprime lending, sees loss of GM business, Detroit News says
Ally (ALLY) CEO Jeffrey Brown stated in a Thursday interview with The Detroit News that the company may return to offering credit cards and home mortgages, and currently plans to expand auto lending to subprime customers. The CEO said he expects to decide within 30-60 days whether Ally will consolidate its five locations to a single headquarters in the Detroit suburbs. Brown added that he expects GM (GM) to shift its $4.1B subsidized leasing program for Chevrolet from Ally to GM Financial, which the Ally CEO wants to offset by increasing subprime lending from 9% of total lending to 12%-15%. Reference Link
07:40 EDTDTVDirecTV downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham
Buckingham downgraded DirecTV (DTV) to Neutral based on lack of sufficient upside from the AT&T (T) transaction and views risk/reward as balanced at current levels. Price target lowered to $92 from $95.
07:04 EDTGMAlly CEO assuming company will lose all of GM's leasing business, Reuters says
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06:49 EDTVVisa shifting to local payment systems in Russia, WSJ says
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06:41 EDTGMApple pushing for 2020 production of its electric car, Bloomberg says
Apple (AAPL) is pushing to begin production of its electric vehicle as soon as 2020, reports Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Bloomberg notes that the move could put Apple into direct competition with Tesla (TSLA) and General Motors (GM), both of which are targeting a 2017 release for next-generation electric vehicles. Apple may still cancel the project if it becomes unhappy with progress, the sources said, though its vehicle team is already 200-people strong. Reference Link
06:06 EDTGMGeneral Motors names Craig Glidden as new general counsel
General Motors (GM) announced yesterday that Craig B. Glidden has been appointed executive VP and general counsel, effective March 1. Glidden will lead a team of staff attorneys who are integrated into all of GM’s regional and functional teams in more than 30 countries. Glidden succeeds Michael Millikin, who is retiring in July after a nearly four-decade legal career, including five years as GM’s general counsel. Before joining GM, Glidden was executive VP and chief legal officer for LyondellBasell Industries (LYB).
February 19, 2015
14:42 EDTDTVDirecTV sees FY15 EPS about $6.00, consensus $6.19
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14:14 EDTDTVDirecTV sees weaker subscriber growth in Latin America in 2015 vs. 2014
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14:10 EDTDTVDirecTV looks to keep Brazil margins in 30% range
14:06 EDTDTVDirecTV says on track to close deal with AT&T before end of 1H
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12:45 EDTVOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:09 EDTVAmerican Express confirms intent to appeal federal court ruling
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11:00 EDTVAmerican Express plans to appeal antitrust ruling, CNBC reports
American Express stated to CNBC that the company is "disappointed" with a court decision in an antitrust matter and plans to file an appeal. "The court's ruling will not provide any benefit to consumers and will, in fact, harm competition by further entrenching the two dominant networks. We continue to believe that the Department of Justice's arguments are flawed and believe we should prevail on appeal," American Express stated. Reference Link
08:04 EDTVVisa to extend Visa Checkout service, totaling 16 markets by late 2015
Visa announced that Visa Checkout will become available in a total of 16 markets in 2015. Currently, consumers from 10 countries can sign up for Visa Checkout. By the end of 2015 Visa Checkout will be available in the following 16 markets: U.S., Australia, and Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Hong Kong, Peru, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa and United Arab Emirates. Consumers in newly-enabled markets will first be able to use Visa Checkout to buy from merchants in the U.S., Australia and Canada that accept Visa Checkout and ship internationally. As the rollout continues, select markets will begin to incorporate issuer, merchant, acquirer, and channel partnerships to support local commerce with Visa Checkout. Visa will also launch localized Visa Checkout websites for many of these markets.
07:33 EDTDTVDirecTV reports Q4 U.S. ARPU up 5% to $117.30
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07:32 EDTDTVDirecTV reports Q4 EPS $1.53, consensus $1.40
Reports Q4 revenue $8.92B, consensus $8.91B. “Our fourth quarter results, although marked by challenging macroeconomic conditions in Latin America and a conscious decision to reinvest in our U.S. business, capped off another strong year of operations for DIRECTV. In Latin America, despite the macroeconomic headwinds, our DIRECTV and Sky brands attracted over 1.4M net new customers - surpassing the 19M cumulative subscriber mark by year-end. More importantly, even excluding Venezuela, DTVLA improved cash flow by over $400M and generated positive cash flow for the year - easily surpassing our internal plans for the business,” said CEO Mike White.
06:58 EDTCOPU.S. oil prices tumble after inventory data released, Reuters says
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06:24 EDTVZVerizon names John Stratton as head of wireless and wireline operations
Verizon said in a filing that on February 17, the company reorganized its operating structure. John G. Stratton, formerly Verizon’s EVP and President – Global Enterprise and Consumer Wireline, has been appointed to a new role as EVP and President of Operations, with operational responsibility for Verizon’s wireless and wireline businesses. Stratton will continue to report to Lowell C. McAdam, Chairman and CEO of Verizon. Daniel S. Mead, formerly Verizon’s EVP and President and CEO– Verizon Wireless, has been appointed to a new role as EVP and President of Strategic Initiatives, with responsibility for directing the transfer of Verizon’s wireline operations in California, Florida and Texas to Frontier Communications Corporation. Mead will continue to report to McAdam. Mead expects to retire following the completion of the strategic initiatives on which he is working.
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