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February 15, 2013
07:53 EDTCTLCenturyLink sell-off overdone, says Stifel Nicolaus
Stifel Nicolaus is "perplexed" as to the rationale for CenturyLink's dividend cut and $26B share buyback plan, but the firm doesn't think the change was driven by alterations to its long-term outlook. The firm maintains a Buy rating on the stock.
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July 11, 2014
15:00 EDTCTLChance of Rackspace strategic buyer lower if CenturyLink out, says Wells Fargo
After BrightWire said that CenturyLink's (CTL) interest in Raxspace (RAX) had faded, Wells Fargo cautioned that it is difficult to judge the validity of sources in "articles such as this." However, Wells added that if CenturyLink is actually out, that the possibility of Raxspace finding a strategic buyer could be "meaningfully" lower. The firm keeps it Outperform rating on Raxspace, citing its fundamentals.
14:08 EDTCTLRackspace drawing 'tepid' interest from potential buyers, BrightWire says
Rackspace (RAX) is receiving a "tepid" response from potential buyers, according to BrightWire, citing three sources familiar with the matter. One industry source said CenturyLink (CTL) made an initial overture, but a banking source said the interest was only casual and soon faded, according to the report. Reference Link
July 10, 2014
18:02 EDTCTLWells sees 'shrinking list' of strategic buyers for Rackspace
Wells Fargo sees a "shrinking list" of potential buyers for Rackspace (RAX), with only remaining HP (HPQ) and CenturyLink (CTL) remaining in its opinion. Wells believes Rackspace going private through a leveraged buyout is a possibility, but it thinks such an outcome is a lower probability given the required return assumptions and implied exit multiple. The firm believes the market has correctly assumed a high probability that Rackspace will not undergo a strategic event. However, Wells thinks the potential for a value creating event limits downside in the name. It keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
09:02 EDTCTLCenturyLink wins 10-year NH colocation contract
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