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January 9, 2013
12:37 EDTCLWR, GPN, DISH, HA, NUVA, S, APOL, HLFOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after Alcoa (AA) unofficially kicked off the earnings season last night by matching analysts' earnings estimates and topping revenue expectations. Alcoa's report may be lending a sense of optimism that companies may be able to exceed the lowered expectations for the earnings season now getting underway. The market's bounce from its recent run of lower closes may not be long lived if lawmakers do not make progress, as highlighted again in a Washington Post report that said the U.S. may reach the current limit on the debt ceiling as soon as February 15, about two weeks earlier than previously expected... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the EIA's weekly petroleum status update showed that inventories of crude oil built up but by fewer barrels than expected, while gasoline and distillates built up by more than expected. In Europe, industrial output in Germany grew slightly in November but fell short of expectations, as the 0.2% adjusted monthly rise missed expectations for a 1.0% increase... COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Clearwire (CLWR) rose nearly 8% to $3.15 after the company got an unsolicited $3.30 per share buyout bid from Dish Network (DISH). The offer sets up a potential takeover battle with Sprint (S), which already owns a majority stake in Clearwire and has a deal in place to acquire the remaining interest... Another potential Wall Street showdown made headlines, related to two prominent hedge fund managers and their conflicting positions on Herbalife (HFL). Shares of Herbalife spiked higher and were up almost 5% near noon, after hedge fund Third Point, managed by Dan Loeb, disclosed an 8.24% passive stake. The holding puts Loeb in opposition with Bill Ackman of Pershing Square, who has a large and well publicized short position in the company... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was NuVasive (NUVA), which rose nearly 12% after reporting preliminary revenue that beat expectations and having its stock upgraded to Sector Perform at RBC Capital. Also higher were shares of Global Payments (GPN), up about 6% after JPMorgan upgraded the stock and RBC Capital raised its price target on shares following the company's report and increased guidance. Among the noteworthy losers was Apollo Group (APOL), which fell 9% following more than one downgrade of the stock after its Q1 report. Also lower were shares of Hawaiian Holdings (HA), which slid over 6% following a two notch downgrade to Underperform from Buy at Bank of America Merrill Lynch... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was up 80.63, or 0.60%, to 13,409.48; the Nasdaq was up 14.66, or 0.47%, to 3,106.47; and the S&P 500 was up 4.86, or 0.33%, to 1,462.01.
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February 23, 2015
12:18 EDTDISHDISH Chairman Ergen says will consider talks over spectrum
Says DISH Pay-TV is mature, Sling TV has upside potential. Says company has used most of cash on latest airwave aution. Says "comfortable" with current liquidity, it's not an issue. Says 600MHZ aution is key to leveling the playing field.
12:10 EDTDISHDISH Chairman Ergen says auction gave company valuable downlink airwaves
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06:09 EDTHLFStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; ANF HLF
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06:08 EDTDISHDISH reports 2.6M activations of gorss new PAy-TV subscribers
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06:07 EDTDISHDISH reports FY14 EPS $2.04, consensus $1.59
Reports FY14 revenue $14.6B, consensus $14.66B
06:06 EDTDISHDISH announces President and CEO Joseph Clayton to retire March 31, 2015
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February 20, 2015
14:04 EDTHLFHerbalife February volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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13:56 EDTDISHAT&T VP critical of Dish auction tactics
AT&T (T) VP of Federal Regulatory Joan Marsh stated in a post to a corporate blog that FCC Auction 97 represents "hard evidence that there is significant continuing interest in licensed spectrum... It didn't matter that it was mid-band spectrum. It mattered only that it was broadband spectrum." Marsh notes that Dish (DISH) won more licenses than any other bidder though "none of that spectrum is currently supporting commercial wireless services," with her suggestion being that "auctions should be designed to ensure that licenses go to those willing to deploy networks – not speculators or stockpilers...The government should continue to place a high priority on allocating new licensed bands to the wireless industry." Marsh continues her analysis of Dish, claiming the double and triple-bidding activity carried out by its two designated entities "circumvented auction activity rules, masked actual demand and distorted the auction," as they were able to win significant allocations while enjoying a 25% small business discount. In response to Dish claims that all companies use DEs, Marsh replies that "in more recent auctions... bidders like AT&T, Verizon (VZ) and T-Mobile (TMUS) had no DE relationships, participated directly and paid full price for their licenses." Reference Link
05:13 EDTHLFStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; HLF ARCP
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February 19, 2015
10:57 EDTSSprint commences $1B senior notes offering
Sprint announced that it has commenced an underwritten public offering of $1B aggregate principal amount of notes. Sprint intends to use the net proceeds for "general corporate purposes, which may include, among other things, working capital requirements, retirement or service requirements of outstanding debt and network expansion and modernization." The joint book-running managers for the offering are Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, .J.P. Morgan Securities, Merrill Lynch, Barclays, Credit Agricole, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Mitsubishi UFJ, Mizuho, RBC Capital, Scotia Capital and SMBC Nikko Securities.
10:52 EDTSSprint files automatic mixed securities shelf
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05:31 EDTHLFStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; HLF ANF
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February 18, 2015
17:57 EDTHAHawaiian Holdings reinstated with an Underperform at BofA/Merrill
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February 17, 2015
18:06 EDTSPaulson & Co gives quarterly update on stakes
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17:02 EDTHLFSoros Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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13:18 EDTSOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
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11:49 EDTHLFSoros increased Herbalife stake last quarter amid slide, Bloomberg says
George Soros’ Soros Fund Management increased its stake in Herbalife during the fourth quarter as the stock declined, according to Bloomberg, citing two people familiar with the matter who noted that the firm will disclose details in a filing as early as today. The Fly notes that large investors are given until today by the SEC to disclose their 13F filings outlining their holdings as of the end of the fourth quarter of 2014. Reference Link
11:18 EDTHLFHong Kong women posed as Herbalife presidents, South China Morning Post says
Two women who claimed to be presidents of Herbalife took HK$50M in orders for the company's products from about 60 people before disappearing, according to The South China Morning Post. A number of the victims lost a significant amount of money on the scheme, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
09:22 EDTHLFFormer Herbalife distributors to reject $15M settlement, NY Post reports
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06:15 EDTDISHCiti sees three options for DISH, including sale to Verizon
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