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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 Electricís (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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13:33 EDTCMCSAFCC review of Charter-TWC deal likely to extend into 1Q16, CTFN says
The FCC's review of Charter Communications' (CHTR) proposed merger with Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Bright House Networks will likely extend into the first quarter of 2016 and could take even longer, CTFN reports, citing an attorney who often deals with telecom issues before the FCC. "...It is virtually impossible for the FCC to complete its review and adopt an order approving the license transfer before 1Q16 and, in my opinion, even getting it done before April 1 is a stretch," Barbara Esbin, a partner at law firm Cinnamon Mueller, told CTFN in an email. Esbin also said that the merger "appears to have drawn none of the heavy flack that felled Comcast (CMCSA)-TWC," a proposal that was nixed by the FCC and DOJ earlier this year, the report says. California utility regulators are also preparing for their own review of the deal since it will particularly effect the southern half of the state, the report says. Reference Link
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10:00 EDTCLFBofa/Merrill global metals/mining analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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09:59 EDTGEActive equity options trading on open
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08:27 EDTGEInfosys partners with General Electric for Internet of Things solutions
Infosys (INFY) will create new Internet of Things solutions in collaboration with General Electric (GE) and others to develop these solutions. The Industrial Internet Consortium, an international body of industries, governments and academics focused on developing best practices for the Industrial Internet, recently approved two Infosys-led testbeds: an Asset Efficiency Testbed tht enables holistic monitoring, analysis and optimization of critical infrastructure assets; and the Industrial Digital Thread Testbed, which creates more intelligent linkages between the three phases of manufacturing - design, production and field testing/service. IDT has been co-developed by Infosys and GE, and will be implemented first as a pilot project at GE Aviation.
06:14 EDTRAXRackspace expected to partner with Amazon, WSJ reports
Rackspace Hosting (RAX) is expected to partner with Amazon (AMZN) to make it easier for corporate customers to move computing operations to Amazon Web Services from their own facilities, The Wall Street Journal reports. According to two sources, the partnership, which is similar to an agreement Rackspace signed with Microsoft (MSFT) in July, will be announced at a conference for AWS users next week. Reference Link
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17:03 EDTGEGeneral Electric, Cisco collaborate to accelerate manufacturing productivity
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17:01 EDTGEGeneral Electric launches Brilliant Manufacturing Suite
GE announced the next version of its Brilliant Manufacturing Suite at its fourth annual Minds + Machines conference. Field-tested and optimized within GE's own factories, the suite maximizes manufacturing production performance through advanced real-time analytics to enable all manufacturers to realize GE's Brilliant Factory vision. GE's Brilliant Manufacturing Suite allows customers to begin to realize their own vision of a Brilliant Factory. Integrating and aggregating data from design to service and leveraging analytics to support optimal decision-making allows manufacturers to drive improvements in end-to-end production. Analyzing data in context and providing the right information at the right time allows for better decision support throughout the manufacturing process. Data-driven analytics encompassing machines, material, people and process will transform the factories of today into Brilliant Factories.
16:41 EDTGEGE Hitachi, Exelon Generation form joint development of two digital solutions
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16:09 EDTGEGE plans new energy company to merge physical, digital and financial
GE unveiled plans to create an "entirely new type" of energy company that combines financing with GE's physical and digital capabilities across energy efficiency, generation and storage. The new organization will meet the unique needs of a wide range of Commercial & Industrial, utility, and municipal customers - hospitals, universities, retail stores, cities - and provide them with the hardware and software they need to be more reliable, more efficient and more profitable, the company said. This business will begin with more than $1B of revenue and will leverage GE financing, putting it on track to quickly establish a leadership position in the fast-growth energy efficiency market, according to GE, which said additional details will follow in the coming weeks.
16:07 EDTGEGeneral Electric announces new software products and partnerships
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11:09 EDTCMCSAGoPro announces launch of channel on Comcast Watchable
GoPro (GPRO) announced it's bringing the GoPro Channel to Watchable, Comcast's (CMCSA, CMCSK) new, cross-platform video service. GoPro's first Multichannel Video Programming Distributor agreement will deliver GoPro content to users on iOS,, and X1. Launching in beta, all Watchable content is free, the company stated.
11:05 EDTCMCSAComcast launches video platform Watchable, Business Insider reports
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10:50 EDTGEGeneral Electric to hold a webcast
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10:49 EDTGEGE Aviation, Qantas Group sign strategic flight efficiency services agreement
The Qantas Group and GE Aviation have signed a comprehensive agreement for GE's Flight Efficiency Services, which will help Qantas and Jetstar increase operational flexibility and fuel efficiency and reduce carbon emissions by drawing on GE's industry-leading navigation services, data and analytics expertise. The agreement includes flight efficiency and Flight Operations Quality Assurance analytics, as well as renewal of a long-standing relationship for the supply of Required Navigation Performance procedures across many airports in the Qantas network. Qantas and GE will collaborate on specific initiatives to support the transformation strategy such as flight crew awareness, procedure compliance, operational insights and airspace utilization improvements. GE's support will include access to its full suite of analytical tools as well as process improvement, six sigma, change management and other domain expertise.
07:30 EDTCLFCliffs Natural volatility at upper end of 52-week range
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