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February 14, 2014
17:03 EDTPEP, OWW, CHTR, VFC, CVS, TWC, CSCO, CBS, CMCSAMarkets log gains after Yellen affirms Fed strategy
Stocks ended the week higher after comments from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen reassured investors of the central bank's strategy, with the Dow and S&P 500 climbing back within 1% of their all-time highs. MACRO NEWS: In testimony before a Congressional panel, newly appointed Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said she expected "a great deal of continuity" in the central bank's policies as she begins her tenure. Yellen said she would likely support further tapering of the Fed's asset purchases, and backs its policy of keeping interest rates low "well past" the point when the unemployment rate drops below 6.5%... An index of retail sales in January showed that sales fell 0.4% during the month, which was below December's 0.2% gain and economists' expectations for flat sales... Earlier today, the EU reported that eurozone GDP grew 0.3% last quarter, surpassing consensus estimates for a 0.2% gain. COMPANY NEWS: Cable majors Comcast (CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (TWC), agreed to merge in a $45.2 billion deal all-stock deal. The announcement followed a months-long pursuit of TWC by Charter Communications (CHTR), which earlier in the week had nominated a full slate of directors to TWC's board... Corporate earnings season is beginning to wind down, but a slew of companies were out this week with their quarterly reports. Among the companies that gained after reporting results were CBS (CBS), CVS Caremark (CVS), and online travel agency Orbitz Worldwide (OWW). Companies that fell following their quarter reports included tech giant Cisco (CSCO) and apparel company VFC Corp. (VFC). Soft drink maker Pepsi (PEP) also reported quarterly results and saw its shares slip after deciding against spinning-off its domestic beverage business. INDEXES: The Dow finished the week up 2.2% to 16,154.39; the S&P 500 gained 2.3% to 1,838.63; the Nasdaq gained 2.8% to 4,244.02.
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November 10, 2014
13:26 EDTCMCSA, TWCCable providers fall after Obama weighs in on net neutrality
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12:25 EDTTWCTime Warner Cable issues statement on White House Title II announcement
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12:24 EDTTWC, CMCSA, CHTROn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were modestly higher at midday. The averages opened mixed, but very close to the flat line, and have continued to drift slowly higher from that point. There is little to stand in the way of the marketís drift, as the economic calendar is quiet, the earnings season is winding down, and the most closely watched geopolitical situations are currently status quo. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., little of note was on the economic calendar. The Federal Reserve's newly introduced Labor Market Conditions Index was flat at 4 in October. The Fed started updating estimates of the LMCI every month beginning with last month. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Netflix (NFLX) advanced about 1% after xxx President Barack Obama publicly urged the Federal Communications Commission to implement the "strongest possible rules" to protect net neutrality. In response, Verizon (VZ) said it supports the open Internet and continues to believe that the "light-touch regulatory approach in place for the past two decades has been central to the Internetís success," adding that it believes the reclassification Obama called for would "apply 1930s-era utility regulation to the Internet" and be a "radical reversal of course" that would threaten great harm to an open Internet, competition and innovation." A number of Internet Service Providers, including Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (TWC), Charter (CHTR) and Cablevision (CVC), moved lower after Obama weighed in on the hot-button issue. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN), which rose 22% after the company presented data from the ongoing Phase 2 study of its Hepatitis C virus treatment at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, or AASLD. Also higher was Dean Foods (DF), which rose more than 13% after the dairy products distributorís third quarter results, as well as its fourth quarter and full year profit outlook, surpassed analystsí consensus estimates. Among the noteworthy losers was Rayonier (RYN), which dropped 13% after management determined that there was a material weakness in the company's internal controls, restated certain previously made financial statements, and cut its dividend reflecting expectations of reduced cash available for distribution due to lower expected annual harvest levels. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 18.55, or 0.11%, to 17,592.48, the Nasdaq was up 10.77, or 0.23%, to 4,643.30, and the S&P 500 was up 4.01, or 0.2%, to 2,035.93.
10:42 EDTCMCSAComcast falls after Obama urges internet reclassification under Title II
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10:09 EDTCMCSA, TWCOptions with increasing implied volatility: CZR IGT CMCSA TWC
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10:06 EDTCMCSA, TWC, CHTRVerizon says utility Internet regulation would 'threaten great harm'
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10:01 EDTTWC, CHTR, CMCSATWC, Charter, Comcast drop after Obama calls for Internet regulation
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09:45 EDTTWC, CMCSA, CHTRObama urges FCC to enact 'strongest possible rules' to protect net neutrality
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09:43 EDTCMCSA, CHTR, TWCObama urges FCC to enact 'strongest possible rules' to protect net neutrality
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08:22 EDTCSCONetwork equipment makers slip after AT&T projects lower 2015 capital spending
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07:12 EDTCSCO, CMCSACA Technologies to hold a conference
CA World 2014 is being held in Las Vegas on November 9-12.
07:11 EDTCBSOpen Mobile Media to hold a summit
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November 7, 2014
11:46 EDTTWCTime Warner Cable drops 2% to $142.94
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10:40 EDTOWWOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:00 EDTCHTROn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Antero Resources (AR) upgraded to Overweight from Equalweight at Capital One... CA Technologies (CA) upgraded at Evercore ISI... CGG SA (CGG) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Canaccord... Cavium (CAVM) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Charter (CHTR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Chesapeake (CHK) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Johnson Rice... Container Store (TCS) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... Delhaize (DEG) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Devon Energy (DVN) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at Tudor Pickering... Dynegy (DYN) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at Tudor Pickering... EOG Resources (EOG) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Tudor Pickering... Envestnet (ENV) upgraded at Raymond James... GNC Holdings (GNC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Hospira (HSP) upgraded at Raymond James... Kinross Gold (KGC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Kosmos (KOS) upgraded at RBC Capital... Nationstar (NSM) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Wells Fargo... Northern Oil and Gas (NOG) upgraded at Raymond James... Perrigo (PRGO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... PetSmart (PETM) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... Plains GP Holdings (PAGP) upgraded at Credit Suisse... Rosetta Resources (ROSE) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at Tudor Pickering... Splunk (SPLK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Sunoco Logistics (SXL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Target (TGT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Cleveland Research... Walker & Dunlop (WD) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... XO Group (XOXO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Zynga (ZNGA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham.
09:58 EDTCSCOCisco November volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Cisco November weekly call option implied volatility is at 40, December is at 21, January is at 19, February is at 20; compared to its 26-week average of 23 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results after the market close on November 12.
09:54 EDTCHTRFollow-up: Charter upgraded to Outperform at Raymond James
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08:46 EDTCMCSA, CHTR, TWCCord cutting accelerates as pay-TV loses 179K customers in Q3, WSJ reports
The pay-TV industry lost about 179K customers in Q3, which is steeper than the decline of 83K in the same quarter of last year, reported The Wall Street Journal, citing company reports and estimates from research firm MoffettNathanson. Companies that provide television service include AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ), DISH (DISH), Charter (CHTR), DirecTV (DTV), Cablevision (CVC), Comcast (CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (TWC). Netflix (NFLX) and Amazon (AMZN) provide television and movie streaming services that compete with broadcast and cable television network offerings. Reference Link
06:49 EDTCHTRCharter upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James
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06:32 EDTPEPPepsiCo President Zein Abdalla to retire, effective December 31
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