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January 9, 2013
12:37 EDTGPN, DISH, HA, NUVA, S, APOL, HLF, CLWROn 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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November 21, 2014
06:18 EDTDISHDISH price target raised to $94 from $79 at Citigroup
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05:44 EDTDISHCBS has upper-hand in dispute with DISH, says Piper Jaffray
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November 20, 2014
18:21 EDTDISHCBS consents to short term extension on DISH negotiations, Bloomberg says
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09:08 EDTDISHDISH CEO looking to boost shares for T-Mobile bid, Fox Business reports
DISH (DISH) CEO Charles Ergen is buying more spectrum in an attempt to boost his companyís share price ahead of a potential T-Mobile (TMUS) takeover bid, Charles Gasparino of Fox Business reports, citing sources.
06:37 EDTDISHCBS, DISH share downside limited with blackout, says Citigroup
Citigroup sees limited share downside for both CBS (CBS) and DISH (DISH) should a blackout result in the companies not renewing their carriage agreement, which expires today. Citi notes shares of CBS are down 3% since the press started reporting about the tenuous negotiations. It estimates CBS' equity value could fall 2% with a blackout, thus it believes the impact is already priced in. Further, Citi sees a minimal impact to DISH from a potential CBS blackout. The firm keeps Buy ratings on both stocks.
06:18 EDTDISHStocks with implied volatility movement; DISH GDX
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November 19, 2014
16:31 EDTDISHOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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13:10 EDTDISHDISH, Globalstar climb as wireless spectrum bids reportedly jump
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13:06 EDTDISHDeutsche Telekom CEO says T-Mobile could again attract suitors, Bloomberg says
Bloomberg quotes Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) CEO Timotheus Hoettges speaking in interview as having said that T-Mobile (TMUS) could attract interest from suitors such as Comcast (CMCSA), DISH (DISH) or America Movil (AMOV, AMX).
10:00 EDTHLFOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:19 EDTDISHSpectrum auction positive for DISH, Globalstar, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan notes the AWS-3 spectrum auction continued on Tuesday with the aggregate value of licenses with bids at $16.4B, up from Monday's $8.9B and compared to the reserve price of $10.6B that the FCC set for the entire auction. The firm views the rise in prices as negative for telecom carriers that are spending more than expected, namely AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ), and possibly T-Mobile (TMUS) and US Cellular. It views the prices as positive for independent spectrum owners like DISH (DISH) and Globalstar (GSAT), as well as tower companies American Tower (AMT), SBA Communications (SBAC) and Crown Castle (CCI).
06:14 EDTHLFHerbalife initiated with a Buy at BTIG
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November 18, 2014
06:27 EDTSSprint's Chief Marketing Officer to leave company, WSJ reports
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06:23 EDTSSprint names Douglas Michelman to management team, to replace Bill White
Sprint (S) announced the appointment of Douglas Michelman to Sprintís leadership team. Most recently, he spent 10 years as Chief Communications Officer at Visa (V), where he oversaw global media relations, public affairs, industry analyst relations and financial and communication strategies. Prior to Visa, Michelman served in various roles at FleishmanHillard, including regional president and senior partner. In addition to his many years of corporate experience, Michelmanís communications background also includes staff positions for two presidential campaigns. Michelman replaces Bill White, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility, who will be leaving the company. White spent the past 32 years with Sprint. Michelman joins Sprint on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, and will be relocating to Overland Park, Kansas.
November 17, 2014
10:02 EDTNUVAOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: CyrusOne (CONE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... MGIC Investment (MTG) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... NuVasive (NUVA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Phillips 66 (PSX) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Pinnacle Foods (PF) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Rayonier (RYN) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital.. Thoratec (THOR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Volcano (VOLC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Progressive Waste (BIN) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Clean Harbors (CLH) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... McGraw Hill Financial (MHFI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Benchmark Co... Chesapeake (CHK) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... American Science & Engineering (ASEI) upgraded to Fair Value from Sell at CRT Capital... Sony (SNE) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
05:39 EDTNUVANuVasive upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo upgraded NuVasive to Outperform after attending last week's North American Spine Society annual meeting. Wells believes the worldwide spine market continues to improve and that NuVasive is well positioned to capitalize on the momentum. The firm raised its price target range for shares to $50-$52 from $43-$44.
November 14, 2014
17:07 EDTHLFSoros Fund Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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12:53 EDTSOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: AerCap Holdings (AER), Nordic American Offshore (NAO), Melco Crown Entertainment (MPEL), Groupon (GRPN), and Ashland (ASH). INCREASED STAKES: QEP Resources (QEP), United Continental (UAL), Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), Actavis (ACT), and KAR Auction Services (KAR). DECREASED STAKES: Sprint (S), SandRidge Energy (SD), Sirius XM Holdings (SIRI), Kinder Morgan (KMI), and Transocean (RIG). LIQUIDATED STAKES: QUALCOMM (QCOM), Ocwen Financial (OCN), Freeport-McMoRan (FCX), Boston Scientific (BSX), and Capital One (COF).
08:59 EDTNUVANuVasive price target raised to $51 from $49 at Canaccord
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08:07 EDTHLFHerbalife director linked to Brazilian fraud case, Reuters reports
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