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May 2, 2012
12:58 EDTRATE, MCHP, OPEN, AGP, NOK, ASNA, SMSC, RRD, TRIP, RIMM, CHRS, CHK, AGN, CVS, CBS, TWX, CMCSAOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday, following disappointing jobs data at home and abroad. The market began the session in the red following worse than expected data from the ADP employment change report. The market hit its lows shortly after the open and has moved in narrow range since, but has trended higher in the last hour. The move higher came after a slightly better than expected factory orders report and an energy inventories report that showed a larger draw down of gas and distillate supplies than were forecast... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., ADP said that 119,000 private-sector jobs were added in April, missing expectations for 170,000 job additions. Factory orders declined 1.5% in March, versus expectations of a 1.6% drop. In Europe, two pieces of disappointing data were reported: unemployment rose to 10.9% in the shared-currency bloc, its highest level since the euro's launch in 1999, and the eurozone's manufacturing sector contracted at the sharpest pace in almost three years, with the manufacturing PMI for the region falling to 45.9 in April from 47.7 in March. In China, HSBC's "flash" PMI manufacturing survey improved to 49.3 from 48.3 in the prior reading... COMPANY NEWS: A number of media companies reported better than expected results on both the top and bottom lines, including Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner (TWX) and CBS (CBS), but only CBS saw its shares move up following its announcement. CBS shares gained more than 3%, while Comcast fell 1.5% and Time Warned moved almost 2% lower... Among other companies reporting earnings, advancers included CVS Caremark (CVS), TripAdvisor (TRIP) and Amerigroup (AGP); decliners included Allergan (AGN), R.R. Donnelley (RRD) and OpenTable (OPEN)... Chesapeake (CHK) gave up all of the 8% in gains it realized yesterday and then some, falling about 13% after its earnings missed consensus and Reuters reported on new potential conflicts of interests for its CEO Aubrey McClendon... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Standard Microsystems (SMSC), up 38%, on news it will be acquired by Microchip Technology (MCHP) for $37 per share in cash, and both Charming Shoppes (CHRS), up over 23%, and Ascena Retail Group (ASNA), up almost 11%, after the companies announced plans for Ascena to acquire Charming. Noteworthy losers included Bankrate (RATE), down 12%, following its earnings report, and Research in Motion (RIMM), down almost 5%, as investors continue to react negatively to the company's new product announcements and Nokia (NOK) sued RIM and others in the U.S. and Germany on accusations of patent infringement... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 47.38, or 0.36%, to 13,231.94; the Nasdaq was down 1.63, or 0.05%, to 3,048.81; and the S&P 500 was down 6.69, or 0.48%, to 1,399.13.
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June 24, 2015
19:53 EDTCMCSAComcast to offer EA games over cable box, DSLReports says
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14:46 EDTTWXHBO deal an early sign of Facebook original content plans, says Brean Capital
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13:58 EDTCMCSAChernin, NBCUniversal agree on two year deal, L.A. Times reports
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12:27 EDTTWXHBO to offer free episodes of 'Ballers', 'The Brink' on Facebook, Variety says
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11:56 EDTASNAAscena Retail management to meet with FBR Capital
Meeting to be held in New York on June 25 hosted by FBR Capital.
08:33 EDTCVSCVS Health enters into four new clinical affiliations
CVS Health has entered into new clinical affiliations with Sutter Health in California, Millennium Physician Group in Florida, Bryan Health Connect in Nebraska and Mount Kisco Medical Group, PC in New York. Through these clinical affiliations, CVS Health will provide prescription and visit information to the participating health care organizations.
08:25 EDTCMCSA, CBSNetflix on pace to have larger audience than all networks, FBR says
FBR Capital analyst Barton Crockett says that while Netflix (NFLX) is not rated by Nielsen (NLSN), the 10B hours streamed in Q1 reported by the company are equivalent to having a 24-hour rating of 2.6, on par with Disney's (DIS) ABC and Comcast's (CMCSA) NBC. And while ratings at broadcasters are falling on average, Netflix is growing its ratings at a 40%-plus compound annual rate, Crockett tells investors this morning in a research note. At this pace, Netflix in a year will have a larger 24-hour audience than all broadcast networks, he contends. Regarding last night's 7-for-1 stock split announcement, Crockett says the move reflects management's confidence in the "durability of the recent stock surge." For perspective, three years ago Netflix shares were around $60. This morning they are trading up $18.69 to $699.88 in the pre-market. Crockett has an Outperform rating on the streaming service with a $900 price target.
June 23, 2015
13:09 EDTCMCSA, CBSHulu to sell Showtime premium package for subscribers
Hulu (DIS;NWSA;CMSA) will sell Showtime Networks' (CBS) Internet streaming service to subscribers in early July, reports Variety. Hulu will offer Showtime to its subscribers for $8.99 in addition to the $7.99 fee Hulu subscribers pay per month.Reference Link
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10:54 EDTCVSCVS Health expects to complete $5B in share repurchases in 2015
10:40 EDTCVSCVS Health sees Omnicare transaction closing by end of year
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10:31 EDTCVSCVS Health names Norman de Greve as Chief Marketing Officer, effective July 15
CVS Health announced that Norman de Greve will join CVS Health as Chief Marketing Officer, effective July 15. In this role, de Greve will be accountable for marketing strategy across the enterprise. He is currently the President of the Boston and Detroit offices of DigitasLBi.
June 22, 2015
16:00 EDTCHKOptions Update; June 22, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 78c to 17.45. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC CHK WMB BABA TWTR MU AMBA TSLA JPM
15:04 EDTCMCSAT-Mobile could abandon DISH for Comcast, Forbes contributor says
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11:04 EDTNOKNokia says HERE expanding real-time traffic service to 50 countries
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07:17 EDTNOKRegulators to decide by July 27 on Nokia, Alcatel-Lucent deal, Reuters reports
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06:59 EDTCMCSAComcast, NBCUniversal using cross-promotional strategy, NY Times says
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June 21, 2015
17:57 EDTCMCSARealD says 3D screens accounted for 47% of weekend 'Jurassic World' gross
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16:21 EDTTWX, CMCSAUniversal's 'Jurassic World' leads U.S. weekend box office with $102M
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