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February 13, 2013
12:24 EDTCMCSA, GE, PRLB, DDD, XONE, WCG, RATE, RAX, CLFOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday following the president's State of the Union address and a report that showed retail sales growth slowed in January. The Dow and S&P have moved back and forth across the flat line while the Nasdaq remained in positive ground throughout the morning, but was well off its early day highs near noon... 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. In Europe, Q4 industrial production fell 2.4% from the previous quarter, though production in the euro-zone rose 0.7% on the month in December... COMPANY NEWS: Comcast (CMCSA) announced several important developments late Tuesday and investors reacted favorably, sending its stock up over 4%. The company reported its Q4 results but also announced it will buy General Electric’s (GE) remaining 49% equity stake in NBCUniversal for $16.7B, increased its 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 JV interest, GE said it was raising its share repurchase plan to $35B and accelerating its 2013 share buybacks to about $10B and its shares rose about 3%... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Proto Labs (PRLB), up 23%, after its better than expected earnings report as well as a positive mention of 3D printing technology by President Obama last night. Shares of publicly traded 3D printer makers moved up as well, including 3D Systems (DDD) and ExOne (XONE). Also higher were shares of WellCare (WCG), which gained 10% after its earnings and revenue both beat consensus expectations. Among the noteworthy losers after earnings reports that sparked analyst downgrades were Bankrate (RATE), down nearly 20% and downgraded at Citi, Rackspace (RAX), down 18% and downgraded at Stifel Nicolaus, and Cliffs Natural (CLF), which was downgraded at Deutsche Bank, Citi and Macquarie and saw shares fall about 19%... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 44.62, or 0.32%, to 13,974.08; the Nasdaq was up 4.55, or 0.14%, to 3,191.04; and the S&P 500 was up 0.30, or 0.02%, to 1,519.73.
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July 10, 2014
18:02 EDTRAXWells sees 'shrinking list' of strategic buyers for Rackspace
Wells Fargo sees a "shrinking list" of potential buyers for Rackspace (RAX), with only remaining HP (HPQ) and CenturyLink (CTL) remaining in its opinion. Wells believes Rackspace going private through a leveraged buyout is a possibility, but it thinks such an outcome is a lower probability given the required return assumptions and implied exit multiple. The firm believes the market has correctly assumed a high probability that Rackspace will not undergo a strategic event. However, Wells thinks the potential for a value creating event limits downside in the name. It keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
12:23 EDTCLFCasblanca Capital condemns Cliffs Natural's compensation practices in letter
Casablanca Capital LP, the beneficial owner of approximately 5.2% of Cliffs Natural Resources, issued a letter to shareholders in connection with Casablanca’s campaign for fundamental change at Cliffs and its nomination of six director candidates for election to the Board of Directors at the company’s upcoming 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders on July 29. In the letter, Casablanca details escalating management compensation while shareholder returns have plummeted, the opaque nature of the management bonus and review process, and the ways in which bonus compensation metrics have changed from year to year in an apparent effort by the Cliffs Board to justify management bonuses despite severe underperformance. Casablanca reiterates that, in contrast to the current 0.3% of Cliffs shares that the current Board and management team owns, Casablanca has economically aligned itself with the interests of fellow shareholders, with Casablanca owning 5.2% of Cliffs shares and with Lourenco Goncalves’ personal investment of $1.5M in Cliffs’ shares. Donald Drapkin, Chairman of Casablanca said, “The Cliffs Board and management team have been pursuing their own personal agendas and enrichment at the expense of shareholders for far too long. It is time for the gravy train to end and for the Board to be held accountable. We are confident that on July 29 Cliffs’ shareholders will vote to support a slate of new directors who will reverse the outrageous value destruction and stop the pattern of excessive compensation and self-dealing at Cliffs.”
08:35 EDTCLFBofA/Merrill steel analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Global Steel Analysts review market conditions in Asia, Europe and the U.S. and discuss recent price moves in iron ore, met coal and global steel on an Analyst/Industry conference call. Covered companies AKS, ATI, CLF, CMC, GGB, MTL, NUE, RS, SCHN, SID, STLD, TX and X may be discussed on the Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on July 14 at 10 am.
07:29 EDTGEGeneral Electric volatility elevated into Q2 and revenue outlook
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07:14 EDTCMCSAAereo seeks to survive as cable system, WSJ says
Following its Supreme Court loss, Aereo is now arguing that it should be classified as a cable system and receive a compulsory license that would give it legal access to content and allow it to continue operating, reported The Wall Street Journal. Television broadcasters that own the copyrights in many of the programs that Aereo streams, including CBS (CBS), Disney (DIS), 21st Century Fox (FOXA), and Comcast (CMCSA), successfully sued the service for copyright infringement. In addition to Comcast, publicly-traded cable companies include Time Warner Cable (TWC), Cablevision (CVC), and Charter (CHTR). Reference Link
07:11 EDTWCGAetna, WellPoint top large-cap Managed Care picks at Jefferies
Jefferies calls Aetna (AET) and WellPoint (WLP) its favorite large-cap picks in the Managed Care space, with Health Net (HNT) its favored name in the small to mid-cap space. The firm believes the market is already expecting strong Q2 results from the sector, and it downgraded UnitedHealth (UNH) to Hold from Buy on valuation and below-peer earnings growth. Jefferies has Buy ratings on Aetna, Health Net, Molina Healthcare (MOH) and WellPoint.
06:23 EDTWCGHealth insurers moving away from fee for service model, NY Times reports
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July 9, 2014
18:10 EDTRAXHP sources deny bid made for Rackspace, Re/code reports
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15:54 EDTCMCSADISH expresses concerns over Comcast, AT&T deals to FCC
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15:20 EDTRAXRackspace mentioned positively at Cowen
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12:05 EDTDDDStocks with call strike movement; JCP DDD
3D Systems (DDD) November 65 call option implied volatility decreased 2% to 47, J.C. Penney (JCP) November 11 call option implied volatility decreased 5% to 47 according to IVolatility.
11:02 EDTCMCSAComcast Business announces agreement with Choice Hotels
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08:05 EDTXONEExOne stake by Novel Century a positive for shares, says FBR Capital
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07:06 EDTGEUniversal Stainless & Alloy achieves S-400, S-1000 approvals from GE Aviation
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July 8, 2014
17:09 EDTGEGE, Suncor announce new investments in Alberta oil sands
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11:53 EDTXONEOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:04 EDTGEGE to supply SSE Renewables with wind turbines
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09:02 EDTGEGE EFS, E.ON partner to complete GE-powered wind farm in Texas Panhandle
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07:43 EDTCMCSAComcast growing clout in mobile ads troubling rivals, WSJ says
Executives at several of the large partners to FreeWheel, an online video advertising company acquired by Comcast (CMCSA) in April, are concerned that the cable giant is gathering too much influence over the digital-TV business that will be vital as viewing shifts from traditional sets to mobile devices and tablets, according to The Wall Street Journal. The report lists Time Warner (TWX), Viacom (VIA, VIAB) Disney (DIS) and 21st Century Fox (FOXA) as among FreeWheel's customers, but does not attribute the concerns to executives at any of them specifically. Reference Link
06:22 EDTGEBoeing faces risk to long-term credit if Export-Import Bank is closed, WSJ says
According to a new study by S&P, Boeing (BA) could have to double its financial backing to airline and leasing-company clients over the long term if U.S. lawmakers decide to close the Export-Import Bank, the Wall Street Journal reports. S&P says that a significant expansion of its direct loans and guarantees risks harm to Boeing's long-term credit rating. Other manufacturers, like United Technologies (UTX), Caterpillar (CAT) and General Electric (GE), also face risks should the bank be eliminated. Reference Link
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