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February 21, 2014
07:26 EDTMCD, SBUX, CMCSANBC's private Starbucks cups not allowed outside its Olympic offices, WSJ says
In Sochi, Russia, McDonald's (MCD) is the sponsor designated to serve its McCafes branded coffee at the Winter Olympic games but that didn't stop NBC (CMCSA) from having what was a secret Starbucks (SBUX) in its Olympic compound, reports the Wall Street Journal. Until now. Starbucks cups are no longer allowed outside NBC's offices there. Reference Link
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April 17, 2015
14:37 EDTCMCSAComcast announces 2 Gigabit residential service In California
Comcast announced it will launch Extreme 250, a new 250 Mbps Internet speed tier for California customers. The company also will increase its Performance tier from 50 Mbps to 75 Mbps and its Blast tier from 105 Mbps to 150 Mbps, both at no additional cost to customers. These changes will all go into effect starting in May and continue throughout the year. Gigabit Pro will be available to homes within close proximity of Comcast's fiber network and will require installation of professional-grade equipment. Comcast first announced Gigabit Pro in Atlanta earlier this month.
14:09 EDTCMCSATime Warner Cable options active on report says DOJ leaning toward lawsuit
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14:06 EDTCMCSADOJ lawyers leaning toward suit to block Comcast-TWC deal, Bloomberg says
Lawyers at the Justice Departmentís antitrust division are leaning toward making a recommendation to file suit to block Comcastís (CMCSA) proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable (TWC), according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. Staff attorneys could submit their review to Renata Hesse, a deputy assistant attorney general for antitrust, as soon as next week, the report added. John Malone, the chairman of Liberty Media (LMCA), has previously said that Charter Communications (CHTR) would look to buy Time Warner Cable if its deal with Comcast falls through. Shares of Comcast are down 2.6% to $58.11 in afternoon trading after Bloomberg's report, while Time Warner Cable shares are down 5.6% to $149.30. Reference Link
14:00 EDTCMCSATime Warner Cable drops 5.5% after Bloomberg says DOJ leaning toward lawsuit
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13:58 EDTMCDMcDonald's April weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
McDonald's April weekly call option implied volatility is at 24, May is at 20, June is at 18, September is at 16; compared to 26-week average of 18 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on April 22.
13:57 EDTCMCSADOJ close to recommending suit to block Comcast-TWC deal, Bloomberg says
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06:17 EDTCMCSAVerizon to offer monthly custom TV plans, Reuters reports
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April 16, 2015
10:26 EDTSBUXBMO Capital upbeat on Starbucks, lukewarm on Dunkin'
BMO Capital initiated coverage of Starbucks (SBUX) with an Outperform rating in a note to investors, citing what it sees as the company's many growth opportunities. The firm was less upbeat on Dunkin' Brands (DNKN), as the firm said that the company faces tougher competition than Starbucks, and advised investors to wait for a more compelling entry point in the stock before buying. WHAT'S NEW: Starbucks' multiple growth opportunities make it somewhat unique among large-cap restaurant stocks, BMO analyst Andrew Streizik contended. The company's U.S. comparative sales have probably bottomed and could begin to reaccelerate, partly due to its innovation, higher food sales, and marketing strength, the analyst believes. Additionally, Starbucks' margin expansion could exceed its long-term guidance, partly due to lower than expected cost of goods and efficiencies from its expansion of food and day parts, according to Streizik. Starbucks could increase the amount of money it returns to shareholders or make accretive acquisitions, given its strong balance sheet, the analyst stated. He set a $56 price target on the stock. Conversely, Streizik said he was worried about the sustainability of Dunkin's U.S. comparative sales, as the company's U.S. comps are two to three times more volatile than those of Starbucks. Dunkin' is more exposed to competition than Starbucks, since Dunkin's drinks are less differentiated than the competition, the analyst stated. Dunkin's need to compete with fast food restaurants, which traditionally offer heavy discounts, makes it more dependent on discounts, added Streizik, who set a $52 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Starbucks added 0.2% to $48.25, while Dunkin gained 0.7% to $48.33.
10:00 EDTSBUX, MCDOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:36 EDTMCDActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL NFLX NEE AMT WFM C PM INTC AA MCD
April 15, 2015
18:36 EDTCMCSANetflix CEO says company looking for FCC to block Comcast/Time Warner deal
Netflix (NFLX) CEO Reed Hastings reiterated that the FCC should block the Comcast (CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (TWC) merger. Comment provided during Q1 earnings interview.
17:25 EDTSBUXStarbucks initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim
Target $56.
17:25 EDTMCDMcDonald's initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim
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16:22 EDTSBUXStarbucks initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital
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10:00 EDTSBUX, MCDOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:47 EDTCMCSAComcast price target raised to $84 from $70 at BofA/Merrill
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06:05 EDTSBUXStarbucks initiated with an Outperform at Cowen
Target $56.
06:04 EDTMCDMcDonald's initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen
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April 14, 2015
08:33 EDTSBUXGoldman recommends buying Starbucks and Dunkin' Brands into earnings
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05:51 EDTCMCSANBCUniversal teams with Germany, France broadcasters to create shows, WSJ says
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