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May 2, 2012
12:58 EDTNOK, ASNA, SMSC, RRD, TRIP, RIMM, CHRS, CHK, AGN, CVS, RATE, MCHP, OPEN, AGP, TWX, CMCSA, CBSOn 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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August 19, 2015
09:13 EDTCMCSAComcast upgraded to Buy from Neutral at MoffettNathanson
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06:14 EDTTWXIntel to launch contest show on Turner Broadcasting, WSJ reports
Intel (INTC) is making a foray into reality television by developing a contest show with Mark Burnett and Time Warner's (TWX) Turner Broadcasting unit, the Wall Street Journal reports. The program will be called "America's Greatest Makers" and will engage "do-it-yourselfers" who turn microchips and other components into devices and gadgets, competing for a $1M prize, the report says. The show is scheduled to appear on TV and other media channels in 2016, the report adds. Reference Link
August 18, 2015
18:30 EDTMCHPChip makers advance after Analog Devices reports Q3 financial results
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16:49 EDTCMCSAOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
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16:00 EDTCHKOptions Update; August 18, 2015
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13:35 EDTMCHPMicrochip selects Intel technology to enhance Internet-of-Things security
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13:01 EDTCVSEarnings Watch: Target to report Q2 results after management changes
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10:17 EDTCBS, CMCSADisney downgraded as Wells moves away from content providers
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10:09 EDTCVSCVS Health completes Omnicare acquisition for total enterprise value of $12.9B
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10:00 EDTCBSOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:34 EDTASNAAnn Inc. to host special shareholder meeting
Special Shareholder Meeting to vote on the acquisition of Ann by Ascena Retail Group whereby Ann will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ascena will be held in New York on August 19 at 8 am.
08:04 EDTCMCSABuzzFeed says NBCUniversal to make $200M equity investment in company
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08:00 EDTRATEBankrate reinstated with a Sell at Goldman
Target $9.
07:13 EDTCBSCBS downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
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07:12 EDTCBS, TWXDisney downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo downgraded Disney (DIS) to Market Perform with a $112-$119 price target range saying value is shifting from content to distribution. Wells also downgraded CBS (CBS) and 21st Century Fox (FOXA) this morning to Market Perform while cutting its Diversified Media sector view to Market Weight. Time Warner (TWX) remains its only Outperform-rated media stock. Shares of Disney closed yesterday up $1.88 to $109.05.
August 17, 2015
20:09 EDTCMCSACable companies test virtual reality offerings, Variety says
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19:54 EDTCMCSAComcast online video platform to give creators 70% share of ad revenue, WSJ says
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14:44 EDTRATEBankrate management to meet with SunTrust
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11:49 EDTTWXTime Warner price target lowered to $92 from $103 at Barrington
Barrington analyst James Goss lowered his price target for Time Warner to $92 to reflect more conservative multiple assumptions but keeps an Outperform rating on the name.
August 16, 2015
16:59 EDTTWX, CMCSA'Straight Outta Compton' sidesteps rivals in $56.1M weekend debut
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