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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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11:24 EDTRAXRackspace trades higher following report CenturyLink in talks to buy company
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10:58 EDTRAXCenturyLink would need to issue stock, raise debt to buy Rackspace, Re/code says
Following a Bloomberg report that said CenturyLink (CTL) is interested in buying Raxspace (RAX), Re/code's Arik Hesseldahl noted that CenturyLink has "practically no cash" and would have to issue stock and likely take on "significant debt" to make such an acquisition, though the author also noted that CenturyLink has a history of structuring such deals. However, Hesseldahl believes Rackspace remaining independent is still the "more likely scenario" than the company being bought. Reference Link
10:24 EDTRAXRackspace moves to resistance test on takeover speculation report
Bloomberg yesterday said in a report that sources indicated CenturyLink (CTL) was looking to acquire Rackspace Hosting (RAX). At the current price of $39.21, the stock is just under the $40 level which has been overhead resistance in the trading range in place since late last year. Support is at $38.28. A breakout above $40 would be bullish for future price.
09:12 EDTRAXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:58 EDTRAXRackspace risk/reward remains compelling, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo says that even with some takeout speculation being priced into Rackspace (RAX)shares today following reports that CenturyLink (CTL) is in talks to buy the company, the risk/reward on the stock remains compelling. Wells believes Rackspace either gets acquired at a premium or stays independent and announces a share buyback of $900M. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on the name.
08:36 EDTRAXRackspace Hosting volatility expected to move on acquisition report
Rackspace Hosting (RAX) volatility is expected to move on CenturyLink (CTL) looking to acquire says Bloomberg, citing sources. Overall option implied of 37 is below its 26-week average of 46 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement.
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06:59 EDTCMCSATWC workers to split $416M if Comcast deal falls through, Reuters says
In order to keep employees from leaving while federal regulators mull the final agreement, Time Warner Cable (TWC) workers will split $416M if the company's merger deal with Comcast (CMCSA) does not transpire, according to Reuters, citing a proxy statement. Reference Link
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Discovery (DISCA) said Comcast's (CMCSA) takeover of Time Warner Cable (TWC) could give the combined company an unfair advantage over programmers, reports the New York Post. Discovery said the the company would have an advantage in carriage negotiations and in the advertising realms by refusing to share set-top-box data with programmers. Reference Link
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16:22 EDTRAXCenturyLink said to seek Rackspace acquisition, Bloomberg says
Louisiana-based landline phone service provider CenturyLink (CTL), is looking to acquire cloud computing company Rackspace Hosting (RAX), says Bloomberg, citing sources. Sources say a deal may not be reached for Rackspace Hosting, which currently has a stock market valuation of $5.33B, added Bloomberg. Reference Link
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