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February 12, 2013
19:09 EDTAVEO, CLF, SAPE, GE, RAX, MCO, RPXC, CMCSA, NTGR, TVL, TRLAOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
HIGHER: Comcast (CMCSA), up 6.2% after announcing it would acquire the remaining 49% stake in its NBCUniversal joint venture with General Electric (GE) it does not already own for $16.7B. Comcast also announced it would acquire $1.4B in property assets from GE, raised its dividend, and reported Q4 results that were in-line with Street estimates. Shares of GE were up 3.3% following the announcement, as GE also announced an increase in its share buyback program to $35B... UP AFTER EARNINGS: Trulia (TRLA), up 12.7%... RPX Corp (RPXC), up 12.2%... Sapient (SAPE), up 3.3%... ALSO HIGHER: LIN TV (TVL), up 5% after saying it will recognize a taxable gain of $715.5M following a transaction for a subsidiary of the company to exit a joint venture with NBC following the Comcast, GE transaction... Moody's (MCO), up 2.4% after announcing a $1B increase in its share repurchase authorization... DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Cliffs Natural (CLF), down 9.6% after its Q4 report and announcing a cut in its dividend... NetGear (NTGR), down 6.8%... Rackspace (RAX), down 9.5%... ALSO LOWER: Aveo (AVEO), down 6.2% after announcing overall survival results from its TIVO-1 study.
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July 14, 2015
10:51 EDTCMCSAComcast announces partnership with EA, unveils XFINITY Games powered by EA
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10:24 EDTGEWells Fargo says ongoing U.S. economic expansion 'on track'
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10:01 EDTCMCSAOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
8point3 Energy (CAFD) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Abraxas Petroleum (AXAS) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Amarantus Bioscience (AMBS) initiated with a Buy at WallachBeth... Ashford Hospitality Prime (AHP) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Ashford (AINC) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... BE Aerospace (BEAV) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) initiated with a Neutral at Longbow... Benchmark Electronics (BHE) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... Bill Barrett (BBG) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Boeing (BA) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Bombardier (BDRBF) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Cablevision (CVC) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Charter (CHTR) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Chesapeake (CHK) initiated with an Equal Weight at Stephens... Comcast (CMCSA) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... DiamondRock (DRH) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Diamondback Energy (FANG) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... EOG Resources (EOG) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Fogo De Chao (FOGO) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... General Dynamics (GD) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... HP (HPQ) initiated with a Hold at Maxim... Hanover Insurance (THG) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Harris (HRS) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Hospitality Properties (HPT) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Host Hotels (HST) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Hydrogenics (HYGS) initiated with a Buy at Rodman & Renshaw... King Digital (KING) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... L-3 Communications (LLL) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... La-Z-Boy (LZB) initiated with a Neutral at Longbow... LaSalle Hotel (LHO) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... MINDBODY (MB) initiated with a Buy at UBS... Marriott (MAR) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Newfield Exploration (NFX) initiated with a Buy at Global Hunter... Northern Oil and Gas (NOG) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Northrop Grumman (NOC) initiated with an Underweight at JPMorgan... Oasis Petroleum (OAS) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... PDC Energy (PDCE) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Pier 1 Imports (PIR) initiated with a Buy at Longbow... Plexus (PLXS) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... Raytheon (RTN) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... RetailMeNot (SALE) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Rockwell Collins (COL) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Spirit AeroSystems (SPR) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Starwood (HOT) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Strategic Hotels (BEE) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Summit Hotel Properties (INN) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Textron (TXT) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Time Warner Cable (TWC) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... TransDigm (TDG) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... TrueCar (TRUE) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... XL Group (XL) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Zillow Group (Z) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Zynga (ZNGA) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
09:47 EDTRAXRackspace up 3% after CRN says deal close with Amazon Web Services
09:45 EDTRAXRackspace preparing deal with Amazon Web Services, CRN reports
In addition to its deal announced yesterday with Microsoft (MSFT) Azure, Rackspace is preparing an alliance with Amazon (AMZN) Web Services, CRN reported last night, citing a source. Reference Link
09:03 EDTGEGE, Pitney Bowes announce alliance to develop APM applications
GE (GE) and Pitney Bowes (PBI) announced an alliance to develop customized asset performance management applications for Pitney Bowes and its Enterprise Business Solutions customers. All of the services will be built on and powered by Predix, GEs software platform for the Industrial Internet. This will enable Pitney Bowes to analyze data generated from its own production mailing and shipping machines and those of its clients to provide client and productivity services, and job scheduling capabilities that improve business outcomes.
08:56 EDTCMCSAMorgan Stanley names 'Vintage Values 2016' list
Morgan Stanley named its "Vintage Values 2016" list, comprised of the firm's analysts' best ideas to hold over the next 12 months. Included on the list are Ameriprise (AMP), Apple (AAPL), Bank of America (BAC), Comcast (CMCSA), Crown Castle (CC), Estee Lauder (EL), Hilton (HLT), Ingersoll-Rand (IR), LinkedIn (LNKD), Magna (MGA), Marathon Oil (MRO), McKesson (MCK), Oaktree Capital (OAK), Thermo Fisher (TMO) and Visa (V).
08:51 EDTGEGeneral Electric July volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
General Electric July call option implied volatility is at 28, August is at 17, September is at 18, compared to its 52-week range of 13 to 25, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 17.
06:38 EDTCMCSAComcast initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank
Target $69.
06:37 EDTCMCSAApple progresses in TV app talks with networks, NY Post reports
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July 13, 2015
16:41 EDTCLFOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
Stocks began the session sharply higher and remained in positive territory as prospects of a Greek bailout deal and the removal of a potential "Grexit" brought investors back into the market. The move was broad based, with each of the major indexes advancing more than 1%. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In Europe, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras agreed to European demands for immediate action to qualify for as much as $95B in financial assistance. The pact averted a worst-case scenario, but only established the basis for negotiations and the Greek parliament now has until Wednesday to pass into law key creditor demands. Greek banks, which have been closed for two weeks as the saga has unfolded, will stay closed until at least Wednesday. In China, exports rose 2.1% from a year earlier during June and imports dropped 6.7%, leaving a trade surplus of $45.8B for the month, said the nation's customs administration. In the U.S., the government posted a budget surplus of $51.8B in June, which was down 27% from the surplus of $70.5B in June of 2014 but above the expected $50.5B surplus forecast by economists polled by Bloomberg. COMPANY NEWS: Marathon Petroleum (MPC) advanced $4.29, or 7.87%, to $58.78 after MPLX (MPLX), the company's fee-based master limited partnership, agreed to acquire MarkWest Energy (MWE) in a cash and stock deal that implies a total enterprise value for MarkWest of approximately $20B, including the assumption of approximately $4.2B in debt. MarkWest, whose common unitholders will receive 1.09 MPLX common units and a one-time cash payment of approximately $3.37 per MarkWest common unit for total consideration of $78.64 per MarkWest common unit, rose $8.26, or 13.82%, to $68.01 after the deal was announced, while MPLX units dropped $10.02, or 14.51%, to $59.03... Several research firms started coverage on Fitbit (FIT) following its recent IPO, with some taking bullish stances on its prospects and several others opting for a more cautious tone. The bulls may have been more convincing for the moment, as shares of the exercise tracker maker advanced $1.38, or 3.28%, to close at $43.48. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were shares of iron ore related companies, with Cliffs (CLF) advancing 22c, or 6.67%, to $3.52, Rio Tinto (RIO) gaining $1.53, or 3.91%, to $40.67, and BHP Billiton (BHP) rising $1.01, or 2.56%, to $40.51 after Vale (VALE) announced it will cut its iron ore output by 25M metric tons beginning this month. Vale ADRs saw similar moves, ending the session up 8.66% to $5.90. Also higher were shares of Anacor (ANAC), which gained $47.32, or 55.93%, to $131.93 after reporting that its crisaborole dermatitis treatment achieved "statistically significant" results on all primary and secondary endpoints in a clinical trial. Among the noteworthy losers was Brocade (BRCD), which fell 42c, or 3.71%, to $10.90 after RBC Capital cut its rating on the stock to Sector Perform and lowered its price target, citing storage challenges and disruptions at OEM partners. Also lower was Ascena (ASNA), which dropped $2.09, or 12.77%, to $14.28 after cutting its fiscal 2015 earnings guidance, though both Oppenheimer and SunTrust called the selloff a buying opportunity. INDEXES: The Dow gained 217.27, or 1.22%, to 17,977.68, the Nasdaq rose 73.82, or 1.48%, to 5,071.51, and the S&P 500 added 22.98, or 1.11%, to 2,099.60.
12:46 EDTGEEarnings Watch: Wells Fargo CFO sees staying in higher end of efficiency range
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12:01 EDTRAXRackspace agreement with Microsoft a positive, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo views Rackspace's (RAX) agreement to support Microsoft's (MSFT) Azure cloud service as a positive for shares. While Wells expect minimal revenue contribution from the partnership in 2015, it thinks the pact expands Rackspace's addressable market. The agreement should also help should Rackspace improve capital returns, Wells tells investors in a research note. It keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
11:53 EDTRAXRackspace July volatility at low end of range
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11:35 EDTRAXRackspace enters pact with Microsoft to support Azure cloud services
Rackspace (RAX) announced that it has expanded its service offering for its Microsoft (MSFT) product portfolio with "Fanatical Support for Microsoft Azure." Rackspace will work with customers to understand their requirements and create solutions that incorporate and maximize the latest Azure technologies, the company said. Customers can purchase Azure infrastructure and support as a bundle from Rackspace, whose experts can help them with architectural and on-boarding guidance. Customers who already use Azure infrastructure and want support and management expertise can get Rackspace managed services for their infrastructure as a separate cost based on their infrastructure spend. At launch, the offering will be generally available for U.S. based customers and will expand to International customers through early 2016, Rackspace said.
10:20 EDTRAX, RAXRackspace price target lowered to $40 from $52 at CLSA
CLSA said Rackspace expectations have come down but it is incrementally more concerned about long-term trends and sees challenges on how to acquire and grow $1M customers and how not to lose is core small-medium business customers. The firm rates shares an Outperform but lowered its price target on shares to $40 from $52.
09:49 EDTCMCSAPiper boosts box office forecast, upgrades IMAX
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09:05 EDTCMCSAComcast lauches live in-home streaming, X1 DVR with cloud technology in WA
Starting today, Comcast X1 customers in Washington will be able to access their TV lineup on any connected screen in their home. Additionally, they will be able to download programs they have recorded on their digital video recorder to watch on IP-enabled devices or stream them using an Internet connection, anytime and anywhere. The in-home streaming feature provides access to virtually the entire channel line-up and Xfinity On Demand programming on mobile devices and computers. The content is presented to customers via the X1 user experience.
08:25 EDTGERepresentative Neugebauer hosts a roundtable
Fixed-Income Liquidity Roundtable examines the heightened concerns regarding liquidity in the fixed-income markets. Participants include SEC Commissioner Gallagher, CFTC Commissioner Bowen, JPMorgan Chase Chief Regulatory Affairs Officer O'Connor, GE Capital Deputy Treasurer Yoh and Managing Director of Trading Riaz of BlackRock in Washington, D.C. on July 13 at 2:30 pm. Webcast Link
05:44 EDTCMCSAComcast to launch new $15 Internet TV service called Stream
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