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April 16, 2013
10:08 EDTFPO, PCP, S, PXD, ODFL, DCT, BXP, VMC, PNFP, OC, DUK, EGP, GBX, ALK, TMO, MSFT, DWAOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: DCT Industrial (DCT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... DreamWorks (DWA) upgraded to Buy from Sell at B. Riley Caris... Duke Energy (DUK) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Old Dominion (ODFL) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Microsoft (MSFT) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Owens Corning (OC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Pinnacle Financial (PNFP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Pioneer Natural (PXD) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Canaccord... Sprint (S) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Thermo Fisher (TMO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Vulcan Materials (VMC) upgraded at Sterne Agee... Alaska Air (ALK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Precision Castparts (PCP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Greenbrier (GBX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee... Boston Properties (BXP) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... First Potomac (FPO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... EastGroup Properties (EGP) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
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November 17, 2014
12:27 EDTDWAOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:02 EDTMSFTSAP names new Chief Digital Officer, Chief Marketing Officer
SAP (SAP) announced that Jonathan Becher has been appointed as the company's first Chief Digital Officer to lead the company's new digital business unit with immediate effect. SAP has appointed Maggie Chan Jones as Chief Marketing Officer. Jones, who will join SAP from Level 3 Communications (LVLT), spent seven years at Microsoft (MSFT). She has extensive cloud experience having successfully navigated Microsoft's transition from on premise to a cloud business.
10:54 EDTTMOThermo Fisher management to meet with ISI Group
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10:10 EDTDWADreamWorks sinks, Hasbro rebounds after takeover talks reportedly end
Shares of movie maker DreamWorks (DWA) are tumbling after multiple media outlets reported that talks about a takeover of the company by Hasbro (HAS) had ended. WHAT'S NEW: Talks about an acquisition of DreamWorks by Hasbro have ended, multiple news outlets including The Wall Street Journal and Deadline reported over the weekend. However, Deadline, citing unnamed sources, reported that there's "still a slight chance" that the talks will resume. Hasbro's CEO and board visited DreamWorks' campus recently and a potential name for the combined entity - DreamWorks-Hasbro - was discussed, Deadline stated. Hasbro halted the talks because it became concerned about the negative reaction of its stock to reports about the discussions, Deadline added. Barron's weighed in on the issue over the weekend, writing that the deal "doesn't make sense economically." Partnering with DreamWorks would be logical for Habro, but buying DreamWorks would not be a good move for the toy maker, Barron's stated. DreamWorks' recent inability to create big hits or generate free cash makes it a poor takeover target for Hasbro, Barron's indicated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In a note to investors on Thursday, Sterne Agee analyst Vasily Karasyov wrote that there is "no industrial logic" whatsoever to a combination of DreamWorks and Hasbro. Karasyov said there was no good reason for Hasbro to buy DreamWorks for $35 per share, the price that the movie maker was seeking, according to some reports. Karasyov predicted that the deal would not occur and kept a $17 price target and Underperform rating on the shares. Additionally, Piper Jaffray said the possible acquisition of DreamWorks Animation by Hasbro could have impacted the latter company's partnership with Disney (DIS). Piper thought buying a competing animation company could alter Disney's view of Hasbro as a partner. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, DreamWorks fell 15% to $22.08, while Hasbro gained 4.3% to $56.33.
10:02 EDTBXPOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:59 EDTDWADreamWorks Animation tumbles as Hasbro ends talks, levels to watch
The shares are down nearly 15% at time of writing to $22.20 after Hasbro (HAS) ended talks to purchase the company. At that price next support is at $21.70 and then at $21. Resistance is at $22.78.
09:22 EDTDWAOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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06:24 EDTBXPBoston Properties initiated with a Buy at Mizuho
Target $144.
06:23 EDTMSFTFacebook working on 'Facebook at Work' website, FT reports
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November 16, 2014
18:05 EDTDWAHasbro buyout of DreamWorks Animation 'doesn't make sense', Barron's says
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November 15, 2014
08:28 EDTDWAHasbro ends DreamWorks talks after stock decline, Deadline reports
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08:25 EDTDWAHasbro, DreamWorks talks 'cool,' unlikely to resume, WSJ reports
Hasbro's (HAS) talks to acquire DreamWorks Animation (DWA) have "cooled" and are unlikely to resume, Wall Street Journal reported last night, citing a person familiar with the matter. Reference Link
November 14, 2014
17:27 EDTTMOPaulson & Co. gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:26 EDTDWANasdaq clear leader as major averages end week higher
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12:53 EDTSOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: AerCap Holdings (AER), Nordic American Offshore (NAO), Melco Crown Entertainment (MPEL), Groupon (GRPN), and Ashland (ASH). INCREASED STAKES: QEP Resources (QEP), United Continental (UAL), Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), Actavis (ACT), and KAR Auction Services (KAR). DECREASED STAKES: Sprint (S), SandRidge Energy (SD), Sirius XM Holdings (SIRI), Kinder Morgan (KMI), and Transocean (RIG). LIQUIDATED STAKES: QUALCOMM (QCOM), Ocwen Financial (OCN), Freeport-McMoRan (FCX), Boston Scientific (BSX), and Capital One (COF).
10:25 EDTDWAOptions with increasing implied volatility: BHI DWA ZTS
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09:38 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading
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09:18 EDTMSFTTyler Technologies signs contract with Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund
Tyler Technologies (TYL) has signed a contract with the Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund to implement Microsoft Dynamics AX, an enterprise resource planning solution with public sector functionality that Tyler Technologies jointly developed with Microsoft (MSFT). The contract includes related professional services, licensing, training and support.
09:05 EDTMSFTNPD says U.S. video game sales down 27% in October, Bloomberg reports
U.S. retail sales of video-game hardware and software in October were nearly flat compared to the same month of last year at $790.7M, according to NPD Group, which noted that game sales fell 27% and hardware sales increased 59%, reported Bloomberg. Publicly traded companies in the space include Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA), GameStop (GME) and Take-Two (TTWO). Game console makers include Microsoft (MSFT), Sony (SNE) and Nintendo (NTDOY). Reference Link
06:37 EDTDWADreamWorks competes with key Hasbro partner Disney, NY Times says
After multiple news outlets reported that Hasbro (HAS) was in talks about buying DreamWorks (DWA), The New York Times says that the toy maker holds very lucrative contracts with Disney (DIS), which views DreamWorks as a key competitor. Hasbro gets up to 30% of its revenue from products linked to Disney, the newspaper quoted some analysts as saying. Reference Link
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