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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.
News For CMCSA;TWX;CBS;CVS;TRIP;AGP;AGN;RRD;OPEN;CHK;SMSC;MCHP;CHRS;ASNA;RATE;RIMM;NOK From The Last 14 Days
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October 15, 2014
12:26 EDTTWXNetflix obtains streaming licensing rights to 'Friends'
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10:55 EDTTWXHBO to launch standalone online service in 2015
HBO's plans to launch a stand alone streaming service in the U.S. that does not require a cable TV subscription were announced at Time Warner's (TWX) analyst day meeting. HBO's upcoming service may be viewed as another competitor to Netflix (NFLX).
10:03 EDTTWXTime Warner's Turner unit sees low double-digit operating income CAGR 2013-18
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09:59 EDTTWXTime Warner CEO says has more than sufficient scale, sees doubling EPS
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09:52 EDTTWXTime Warner CEO sees investing more in content over time
Time Warner notes it invested $13.8B in content in 2013. Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes is speaking at the company's investor day meeting.
09:51 EDTTWXTime Warner sees adjusted EPS $6 by 2016, $8 by 2018
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06:15 EDTCBSCBS upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup
Citigroup upgraded its rating on CBS (CBS) to Buy citing a compelling risk/reward profile following the recent pullback in shares. Citi believes investor concerns over a softer advertising market and potential renegotiations of retransmission fees are warranted. The firm, however, sees upside from current share levels. It lowered its price target for CBS to $60 from $64. The stock closed yesterday up $1.02 to $49.93.
05:58 EDTMCHPCSR calls Qualcomm takeover offer 'very attractive outcome'
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October 14, 2014
14:45 EDTMCHPEarnings Preview: Intel to report after Microchip correction warning
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07:23 EDTCBSCBS more attractive than Disney, says Wells Fargo
Among media and cable stocks, Wells Fargo sees the least risk and most reward potential in CBS (CBS). The firm sees the least reward potential and most risk in Disney (DIS). The firm believes that the market is overestimating the ad declines for CBS, and it thinks that CBS' stock may have finally bottomed. Disney has a relatively expensive valuation and tough comps, added Wells Fargo, which keeps Outperform ratings on both stocks.
06:57 EDTMCHPLinear Technology price target lowered to $46 from $55 at Oppenheimer
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06:03 EDTAGNMarket overreacted to new Irish tax rules, says BMO Capital
BMO Capital believes the market may have overreacted yesterday to the report that Ireland is eliminating the "Double Irish" tax loophole. The firm says Allergan (AGN) confirmed that it incorporated potential changes to Irish tax law in its recently raised earnings guidance while Mallinckrodt (MNK) said it does expect the new tax structure to have an immediate impact. BMO views yesterday's pullback in shares of Allergan, Mallinckrodt and Actavis (ACT) as an overreaction.
October 13, 2014
10:08 EDTRATEOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Bankrate (RATE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... CME Group (CME) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Cliffs Natural (CLF) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Dana Holding (DAN) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Darden (DRI) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Dover (DOV) downgraded to Neutral at RW Baird... DryShips (DRYS) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Imperial Capital... Infineon (IFNNY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... J.C. Penney (JCP) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at UBS... Johnson Controls (JCI) downgraded to Outperform from Top Pick at RBC Capital... Juniper (JNPR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Kennametal (KMT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Masco (MAS) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... New Gold (NGD) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... ON Semiconductor (ONNN) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest... PBF Energy (PBF) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Parker-Hannifin (PH) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... STMicroelectronics (STM) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Silicon Laboratories (SLAB) downgraded to Sector Perform at Pacific Crest... VOXX International (VOXX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen.
09:06 EDTCBSNetflix, CBS sign distribution deal in Europe, Hollywood Reporter says
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07:39 EDTCVSPharmaceutical Care Management Association to hold annual meeting
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07:30 EDTRATEBankrate downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens
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07:07 EDTCBSCBS sell-off brings 'interesting' entry point, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says the recent pullback in shares of CBS provides an "interesting" entry point with the new broadcast season showing promise. Piper sees upside to 2015 consensus estimates and keeps an Overweight rating on CBS with a $75 price target.
06:39 EDTAGNAllergan takeout value at or above $210 per share, says Leerink
Leerink believes Allergan's takeover value is now at or above $210 per share given the company's recent execution. After speaking with management, the firm says Allergan's upside in Q3 was driving by fundamentals, not cost cuts. It continues to view the "most likely and straightforward outcome" for Allergan as being an outright sale of the company. Leerink raised its price target for shares to $215 from $184 and keeps an Outperform rating on Allergan.
06:32 EDTCMCSAUniversal receives approval to open $3.27B theme park in Beijing, WSJ reports
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October 12, 2014
15:54 EDTCMCSA21st Century Fox's 'Gone Girl' wins at box office with $26.8M, Bloomberg says
21st Century Fox's (FOX, FOXA) “Gone Girl” took first place at the box office this weekend taking in $26.8M, says Bloomberg. "Dracula Untold,” from Comcast's (CMCSA) Universal Pictures came in second this weekend taking in $23.5M, added Bloomberg. Reference Link
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