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February 13, 2013
16:43 EDTCUK, CLF, TRLA, CMCSA, RATE, DDD, CCL, GRPN, GEOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed following last night's State of the Union address and January retail sales that were in-line with expectations, but down from December's reading... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales rose 0.1% in January, which was in-line with expectations though down from a 0.5% gain in December. Import prices rose 0.6% during the month, versus expectations for an increase of 0.8%, while Export prices were up 0.3% in January, matching the consensus forecast. Business inventories grew 0.1% in December, versus expectations for a 0.2% increase. Additionally, in his State of the Union address last night, President Obama outlined a mix of old and new proposals intended to jump-start the domestic economy as well as urging Congress to raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour from the existing $7.25... COMPANY NEWS: Comcast (CMCSA) gained $1.16, or 2.98%, to $40.13 after reporting its Q4 results earlier than expected. It also announced it will buy General Electric’s (GE) remaining 49% equity stake in NBCUniversal for $16.7B and would acquire $1.4B in real estate assets from GE. Comcast increased its annual dividend by 20% to 78c per share and said it plans to buy back $2B of its stock in 2013. After the earlier than expected sale of the NBCU interest, GE shares gained 81c, or 3.59%, to $23.39 as the company said it was raising its share repurchase plan to $35B and accelerating its 2013 share buybacks to about $10B... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were shares of 3D printer maker 3D Systems (DDD), up $2.54, or 4.03%, to $65.61 following comments made by President Obama during last night's State of the Union address. Also higher were shares of Trulia (TRLA), up $5.21, or 21.9%, to $29.00 following better than expected Q4 results, and Groupon (GRPN), up 28c, or 5.39%, to $5.57 after the stock was upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee. Among the noteworthy losers was Cliffs Natural (CLF), down $7.32, or 19.99%, to $29.29, after the company reported Q4 results, cut its dividend 76% to 15c per share, and the stock was downgraded by at least three analyst firms. Also lower were shares of Bankrate (RATE), down $1.93, or 15.59%, to $10.45, after its Q4 results missed street estimates and the stock was downgraded to Neutral at Citigroup. Also sliding was Carnival (CCL), down $1.56, or 4%, to $37.46 as the company's Triumph cruise ship, which has been stranded in the Gulf of Mexico, was towed ashore and the company detailed the impact of voyage disruptions and repair costs on its results in the first half of the year... INDICES: The Dow was down 35.79, or 0.26%, to 13,982.91; the Nasdaq was up 10.39, or 0.33%, to 3,196.88; and the S&P 500 was up 0.90, or 0.06%, to 1,520.33.
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10:23 EDTDDD3D Systems calls active on renewed takeover chatter
3D Systems March 27 and 28 calls are active on 4,200 calls (500 puts) on renewed takeover chatter. March call option implied volatility is at 79, April is at 37, May is at is at 45; compared to its 26-week average of 42 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for large near term price movement.
10:16 EDTDDDRumor: 3D Systems moves up on renewed takeover chatter
08:24 EDTCLFCliffs Natural says Bank of Nova Scotia files lawsuit against company
Cliffs Natural (CLF) said in a filing that as previously disclosed, on January 27, the company announced that Bloom Lake General Partner Limited and certain of its affiliates, including Cliffs Québec Iron Mining ULC commenced restructuring proceedings in Montreal, Québec, under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act. Certain obligations of the Bloom Lake Group, including equipment loans, are guaranteed by the Company. On March 16, The Bank of Nova Scotia (BNS) filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Eastern Division, against the company, asserting that the company breached its obligations under a guaranty of certain equipment loans pursuant to a Master Loan and Security Agreement, dated September 27, 2013, among certain members of the Bloom Lake Group and Key Equipment Finance Inc.. BNS is seeking an award of $52.6M plus unpaid accrued interest and expenses. Among other defenses to this litigation, the company is current in its payment obligations under the Equipment Loans.
08:24 EDTCLFJPMorgan pulls Cliffs target on 'relentless' iron ore price slide
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07:17 EDTRATEStephens to hold a conference
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07:04 EDTCMCSAAmerican Express confirms plans to launch Plenti loyalty program
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06:10 EDTGEPhilips planning to spin off lighting business in IPO in 1H16, WSJ reports
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16:00 EDTCLFOptions Update; March 18, 2015
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12:09 EDTCMCSASony announces launch of PlayStation Vue in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia
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10:06 EDTGEGE to install water solution during planned outage at Alaska power plant
GE announced it will commission a reverse osmosis mobile water filtration system at the Golden Valley Electric Association coal-fired power plant in Healy, Alaska. The GE system will provide the plant with clean water during a planned outage to upgrade the plant's water treatment system and environmental controls and facilitate the start up of Unit 2. The total power output of the facility once Unit 2 is online will be 80 megawatts. The two-unit station is located approximately 300 miles south of the Arctic Circle. The GVEA Healy plant will require GE's mobile water filtration system for approximately 90 days while work is being completed.
09:23 EDTCMCSAVerizon may launch mobile TV service as soon as June, Bloomberg says
Verizon (VZ) has secured mobile television streaming rights with Viacom (VIA, VIAB) and DreamWorks Animation (DWA) and plans to start a mobile video streaming service as early as June, according to Bloomberg, citing a person familiar with the matter. Verizon plans to have programming from ABC (DIS), NBC (CMCSA), CBS (CBS) and Fox (FOXA) as part of the service, the report added. The Fly notes that Verizon has publicly confirmed previously that it plans to launch such a service, but has not provided many details to date.
07:54 EDTCMCSAComcast may be forced to put content on Apple TV, NY Post says
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07:30 EDTCMCSAAT&T-DirecTV getting less attention than Comcast-Time Warner Cable, Reuters says
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07:10 EDTCLFPlatts to hold a forum
11th Annual Steel Markets North America is being held in Chicago on March 17-18.
07:02 EDTGEExterran nominates five new directors to board
Exterran Holdings (EXH) announced that its Board of Directors has nominated the following individuals for election to the Exterran Holdings Board at the Company’s 2015 Annual Meeting of Stockholders on April 28: Anne-Marie N. Ainsworth – former President and CEO of the general partner of Oiltanking Partners, L.P. (OILT); Frances Powell Hawes – independent financial consultant and former CFO of NCI Building Systems (NCS); James H. Lytal – independent energy consultant and former President of Gulfterra Energy Partners LP; Richard R. Stewart- former President and CEO of GE Aero Energy (GE); and Ieda Gomes Yell – Managing Director of Energix Strategy Ltd. and former President of BP Brazil (BP). “In November 2014, we announced a plan to separate Exterran’s international contract operations, international aftermarket services and global fabrication businesses into an independent, publicly traded company in the second half of 2015,” said Mark Sotir, Executive Chairman of the Board. “Our Board has nominated these additional well qualified director candidates in anticipation of certain of Exterran’s directors resigning from the Board at the time of the separation in order to join the board of directors of the new publicly traded company. We have not yet reached a final determination regarding which directors will remain on Exterran’s Board and which directors will join the board of directors of SpinCo at the time of the separation.”
06:43 EDTGEMarket convinced GE is dead money, Reuters columnist says
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06:36 EDTGEBoeing turns to cargo jets to overcome West coast port disruptions, WSJ says
Boeing (GE) and its suppliers -- including General Electric (GE) -- have turned to using large Ukrainian "Antonov" cargo jets to overcome supply disruptions at U.S. West coast ports, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing statements by Boeing Commercial CEO Ray Conner, who said disruptions continued even after the ports reached a deal earlier in March. "We’re still dealing with the congestion of all the things that are stuck in those ports right now," added Conner. A Boeing spokesperson said there had been "no effect" on deliveries to airlines. Reference Link
06:16 EDTCMCSAAmerican Express to launch Plenti loyalty program this spring, WSJ reports
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