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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 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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April 9, 2014
07:28 EDTCMCSAComcast, Time Warner go before lawmakers on merger plan, Reuters says
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07:07 EDTCMCSAComcast sees ample competition to permit deal, lawmakers cautious, WSJ says
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April 8, 2014
14:36 EDTCMCSADirecTV confirms new agreement reached with Weather Channel
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14:22 EDTCMCSAWeather Channel near deal to return to DirecTV, WSJ says
DirecTV (DTV) is near a deal to return the Weather Channel to its lineup, said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter, one of whom said DirecTV will agree to a small increase in the fees it pays though less than the bump the Weather Channel was seeking. The Weather Channel is owned as a joint venture between Comcast's (CMCSA) NBCUniversal, Blackstone (BX) and Bain Capital. Reference Link
12:55 EDTCMCSAComcast, TWC filing reference development of Apple TV box, 9to5Mac says
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12:01 EDTCMCSAComcast says consumers would benefit from acquisition, The Hill says
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11:25 EDTDDD3D Systems announces availability of Sense 3D scanner for Mac
3D Systems (DDD) announced earlier the immediate availability of the Sense 3D scanner for Apple's (AAPL) Mac and feature upgrades available with Sense software V1.1. The Sense is the first 3D scanner designed for the consumer and optimized for 3D printing. It is priced at $399.
10:18 EDTWCGCMS says Medicare Advantage reimbursement to rise in 2015
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09:23 EDTWCGLeerink views final rates as favorable for MA plans
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09:07 EDTGEGE Healthcare receives FDA clearance of its Q.Clear technology
GE Healthcare, a unit of General Electric, announced that it received U.S. FDA 510 clearance of its Q.Clear technology -- technology that can provide up to two times improvement in both quantitative accuracy and image quality in PET/CT imaging. This is an innovative new tool for clinicians across the entire care continuum including diagnosis, staging, treatment planning, and treatment assessment.
09:04 EDTCMCSAAmazon Instant Video says video streams on Prime Instant Video tripled y/y
Amazon Instant Videoannounced that video streams on Prime Instant Video nearly tripled year over year. According to a report from Qwilt, which tracks growth in online video usage, Amazon (AMZN) has now passed both Apple (AAPL) and Hulu (NWSA, DIS, CMCSA) in streaming video usage.
08:57 EDTCMCSASmall rivals to testify in Comcast, Time Warner hearing, Bloomberg says
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08:03 EDTGEGE unit provides $50M loan for Illinois power plant
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07:52 EDTCMCSAComcast, Time Warner execs go before critic at hearing, Reuters says
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07:24 EDTGEPR News to hold a conference
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06:59 EDTCMCSAComcast, Time Warner Cable Internet businesses to be examined, NY Times says
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April 7, 2014
19:13 EDTWCGCMS issues 2015 rate announcement for Medicare Advantage and Part D programs
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11:42 EDTDDDStocks with call strike movement; DDD TSLA
3D Systems (DDD) August 65 call option implied volatility increased 4% to 50, Tesla (TSLA) September 250 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 55 according to IVolatility.
07:39 EDTGEBloomberg to hold a summit
The Future of Energy Summit 2014 is being held in New York on April 7-9.
06:22 EDTDDD, XONE3-D stocks off to a rough start in 2014, WSJ reports
3-D stocks are off to a rough start this year with 3D Systems (DDD) down 40% and Stratasys (SSYS) down about 19%, the Wall Street Journal reports, but adds that some 3-D stocks remain priced at 50-70 times projected 2014 earnings. Reference Link
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