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February 13, 2013
12:24 EDTCLF, WCG, PRLB, RAX, XONE, GE, RATE, DDD, CMCSAOn 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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January 22, 2015
10:03 EDTGEOn the Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:20 EDTDDD3D Systems February volatility at low end of historic range
3D Systems February call option implied volatility is at 40, March is at 46; compared to its 26-week average of 47 according to Track Data. Low February option implied volatility suggests decreasing price movement into the expected release of Q4 results in late February.
08:02 EDTGEGE Capital's TMT financing business says completed over 50 transactions in 2014
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06:23 EDTGEGE to pay $464M more in Alstom energy assets deal, WSJ reports
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January 21, 2015
16:13 EDTGEGeneral Electric initiated with a Buy at UBS
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12:39 EDTGEGeneral Electric January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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08:31 EDTCMCSAAT&T CEO says net neutrality may end up in Supreme Court, CNBC says
AT&T (T) Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson believes the net neutrality debate may have to be settled by the Supreme Court, reports CNBC, citing a CNBC interview on Wednesday from the World Economic Forum in Davos. Stephenson stated, "We need a neutral Internet... I think everyone agrees with that. Where everyone is getting stuck now is going beyond that." Stephenson also stated the neutrality debate will not affect his company's decision to bid $49B for DirecTV (DTV), though he believes a quick decision from the FCC could quicken Comcast's (CMCSA, CMCSK) $45B negotiations for Time Warner Cable (TWC). Reference Link
07:09 EDTDDDPiper positive on Stratasys, cautious on 3D Systems after survey
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06:17 EDTCMCSAOverstock to introduce streaming-video service later this year, WSJ reports
Overstock.com (OSTK) is planning to launch a streaming-video service later this year, CEO Patrick Byrne announced at the National Association of Television Program Executives conference, The Wall Street Journal reports. Overstock would compete in the space with Amazon (AMZN), Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, CMCSK, FOXA), Netflix (NFLX), and Time Warner's (TWX) HBO is also planning a standalone online streaming service that will launch this year. The new Overstock service would be tied to the company's $20-per-year Club O membership program and will launch with about 30,000 titles. Reference Link
January 20, 2015
17:46 EDTCMCSANetflix says 'looking good' to reach 60M-90M U.S. subscriptions
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17:26 EDTGEGeneral Electric awarded $325M government contract
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14:06 EDTCLFCitizens, Keysight identified as long positions by Einhorn
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14:00 EDTCMCSAFCC fines Viacom, ESPN $1.4M after brodcasting EAS tones to promote movie
The Federal Communications Commission fined Viacom (VIA) and ESPN (DIS) $1.4M for misusing the Emergency Alert System warning tones. The cable networks transmitted EAS warning tones for several days in 2013 to promote the movie “Olympus Has Fallen,” which portrayed a terrorist attack on Washington, D.C. Broadcast or transmission of these tones outside an emergency or test violates the FCC’s laws protecting the integrity of the system. The networks admitted that the commercial contained actual EAS codes and appeared multiple times on the networks. In March 2014, the FCC proposed a total fine of $1,930,000 against NBCUniversal (CMCSA), ESPN, and Viacom. NBCUniversal paid its $530,000 fine, but ESPN and Viacom objected and requested reductions. The FCC rejected their arguments and imposed fines of $1,120,000 against Viacom and $280,000 against ESPN. The fines, which differ based on several factors including the number of channels involved and the number of transmissions on each channel, must be paid in 30 days.
13:24 EDTCLFGreenlight has new long positions in Citizens, Time Warner, Bloomberg says
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11:23 EDTGEEU to decide on GE, Alstom deal by February 23, Reuters reports
Antitrust regulators in the European Union will decide by February 23 whether to approve General Electric's (GE) planned acquisition of most of Alstom's (ALSMY) power equipment unit, Reuters reports. French authorities have already approved the planned deal after GE agreed to create jobs and form an energy joint venture with Alstom. Reference Link
10:15 EDTDDD3D Systems call activity attributed to takeover speculation
3D Systems January weekly 29 and 30 calls are active on total call volume of 8,600 contracts (900 puts) on renewed takeover speculation. January weekly call option implied volatility is at 78, February is at 53, March is at 56; compared to its 26-week average of 47 according to Track Data. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for price movement.
10:07 EDTDDDRumor: 3D Systems strength attributed to takeover speculation
Shares of 3D Systems are moving higher on speculation the company has hired an investment bank to review a potential sale of the company.
09:40 EDTRAXFollow-up: Rackspace upgraded at CLSA
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09:17 EDTRAX, RAXRackspace upgraded to Buy from Outperform at CLSA
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06:48 EDTGEGE financing A350 jet with Rolls-Royce engine, Reuters reports
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