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May 2, 2012
12:58 EDTNOK, RIMM, RATE, ASNA, CHRS, MCHP, SMSC, CHK, OPEN, RRD, AGN, AGP, TRIP, 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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September 11, 2014
06:31 EDTRRDR.R. Donnelley awarded $60M multi-year agreement by Crain Communications
R. R. Donnelley has been awarded a $60M multi-year agreement by Crain Communications that significantly expands the companies' relationship through 2020. RR Donnelley will produce all 15 U.S.-based Crain publications and provide premedia, commercial print, international mail and logistics services.
06:17 EDTTWXTime Warner not planning HBO IPO, comments on Fox, NY Post reports
Time Warner (TWX) CEO Jeff Bewkes told the Goldman Sachs Communacopia conference that the company is not planning an IPO or tracking stock for HBO, the New York Post reports. Bewkes also commented that the company took 21st Century Fox's (FOXA) takeover offer "very seriously," but it was determined that the integration process would be such a "large undertaking" that shareholders of both companies "would be exposed to incredible and unnecessary risks." Reference Link
September 10, 2014
15:24 EDTCBSCBS CEO Moonves says Nielsen has improved
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13:15 EDTNOKMicrosoft to replace Nokia, Windows Phone brands, GeekOnGadgets.com says
Microsoft plans to stop using the "Nokia" and Windows Phone brands from their devices this holiday season, reports GeekOnGadgets.com. Citing a confidential internal Microsoft document, the branding will be replaced by the standard Windows logo alongside the phones. Reference Link
11:50 EDTCMCSAComcast sees Time Warner Cable deal closing in early 2015
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10:26 EDTCMCSADiscovery CEO says likes doing deals with Netflix, Amazon
CEO David Zaslav says Comcast (CMCSA)/Time Warner Cable (TWC) deal "presents some serious issues," is talking to FCC about deal. Says will be opportunistic with international acquisitions, but "We don't feel like we need to acquire anything at this point." Says has more subscribers than ESPN with Europsport. Comments made at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference.
10:00 EDTCMCSAOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:43 EDTCMCSAComcast initiated with a Buy at Canaccord
Target $62.
07:33 EDTNOKW.P. Carey completes sale-leaseback with Nokia in Poland for $13M
W. P. Carey's (WPC) managed non-traded REIT CPA:17 – Global has completed a sale-leaseback with Nokia Solutions and Networks, a subsidiary of Nokia (NOK). The office/R&D facility is located in Krakow, Poland and was acquired for approximately $13M.
07:31 EDTCMCSA, TWXGoldman to hold a conference
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05:56 EDTCBSStocks with implied volatility movement; UNG CBS
Stocks with implied volatility movement; United States Natural Gas Fund (UNG) 31, CBS (CBS) 25 according to iVolatility.
September 9, 2014
16:04 EDTAGNPershing Square reports 9.7% stake in Allergan, sends letter to board
Pershing Square Capital Management sent a letter to the board of Allergan that highlights several reasons why Allergan is extremely shareholder unfriendly and why now is the time for Allergan's management team to wake up. In the letter, Pershing Square said: "Since the bid was announced in April, 75% of Allergan’s shareholders have sold all or a portion of their investment including the company’s largest shareholder, which has sold its entire position. These shareholders are sending the board a message. They would not have sold if they believed that Allergan stock was worth more than current values... We note CFO Jeff Edwards recent decision to retire from the company at age 53 for family reasons, and his replacement by an investor relations executive rather than an experienced public company CFO. The notion that Allergan should execute the largest acquisition in its history led by an investor relations executive is a frightening proposition. While we respect an executive’s need to retire from a company for family reasons, Edwards exit also calls into question the company’s forward earnings guidance which shareholders expected him to execute on when the Company presented these projections on July 21st. I had expected that at some point one or more directors would have woken up and smelled the coffee. There is still time for a subset of directors to rescue their reputations by taking over leadership of this process from David Pyott and his handpicked advisors and doing what you are paid $400,000 per year to do on behalf of the company’s owners."
13:42 EDTCHKChesapeake must face racketeering charges in Michigan trial, Reuters says
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11:53 EDTTRIPStocks with call strike movement; YHOO TRIP
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11:12 EDTASNAAscena Retail appoints LaPorte Chief Accounting Officer
Ascena Retail announced that Ernest LaPorte joined the company as senior vice president, Chief Accounting Officer. As CAO, LaPorte will oversee Ascena’s accounting, financial reporting and accounting shared service functions. For the last seven years, LaPorte held the position of senior vice president, Controller at Saks.
11:01 EDTCMCSAComcast, Univision reach long-term agreement for distribution of UDN
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07:44 EDTCMCSAComcast price target raised to $72 from $60 at UBS
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07:28 EDTTWXFOX pursues reality TV joint venture agreement, Hollywood Reporter says
21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) president and COO Chase Carey said that the company doesn't want to pursue Time Warner (TWX) again or look for another large deal, but the firm is aiming to finalize an agreement to create a reality television joint venture agreement comprised of Shine Group, Endemol and Core Media in the future, according to Hollywood Reporter, citing comments from Carey. Reference Link
07:17 EDTNOKThe Wireless Association to hold a conference
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06:42 EDTAGNLew expects to make decision on combating inversion deals soon, NY Times reports
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