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April 16, 2013
10:08 EDTBXP, VMC, PNFP, OC, DUK, EGP, GBX, ALK, TMO, MSFT, DWA, FPO, PCP, S, PXD, ODFL, DCTOn 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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September 28, 2015
05:56 EDTDWADreamWorks pullback brings 'compelling' entry point, says Piper Jaffray
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September 27, 2015
20:20 EDTSSprint says will not participate in 600 MHz spectrum auction
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September 25, 2015
18:13 EDTMSFTGates Foundation files lawsuit against Petrobras, auditor, WSJ says
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10:48 EDTDWAMorgan Stanley cautious on media, but sees several stocks punished too hard
Morgan Stanley cut its price targets on a number of media companies, citing the impact of cord cutting and skinny bundles. The firm also reduced its outlook for the pay-TV sector due to its belief that the adoption of skinny bundles will accelerate, while the outlook for cable TV ads has deteriorated slightly, given macro pressures. The firm kept a Cautious view on the media sector, but also identified several stocks in the space that it thinks have been punished too harshly by investors recently. WHAT'S NEW: TV networks in general, and cable networks in particular, have the highest margins in media and are encountering increased top and bottom line competitive pressures, Morgan Stanley analyst Benjamin Swinburne believes. On the top line, they are being hit by ratings and ad pressures as well as cord cutting and distribution consolidation, the analyst stated. Meanwhile, their profit is being hurt by the increased need to obtain new content and intensified competition for content from new sources like Netflix (NFLX) and Google's (GOOG) YouTube, Swinburne said. However, the analyst thinks that media stocks are "starting to get" cheap, given the leverage that many of the companies carry. Swinburne cuts his price target on 21st Century Fox (FOXA) to $31 from $37, on AMC Networks (AMCX) to $86 from $88, on CBS (CBS) to $46 from $56, on Time Warner (TWX) to $72 from $87 and on Viacom (VIAB) to $48 from $60. He kept Overweight ratings on Fox, AMC and CBS, an Equal Weight rating on Time Warner and an Underweight rating on Viacom. OVERDONE DECLINES: Swinburne believes that the declines in three media stocks - CBS, 21st Century Fox, and AMC Networks - have been overdone, while the decline in Comcast's (CMCSA) stock has also been excessive. CBS and 21st Century Fox are "best positioned for the skinny bundle" and have the cheapest valuations relative to their growth rates, Swinburne believes. Meanwhile, AMC Networks has "content momentum" and its EPS can exceed expectations, the analyst believes. Comcast is gaining share in the broadband Internet market, could take share in video soon, and has sufficient scale and offerings to benefit from the increased popularity of skinny bundles, according to the analyst, who kept an Overweight rating on the stock. The media sector could benefit from consolidation going forward, added Swinburne, who recommended that investors interested in buying potential takeover targets in the space focus on AMC Networks, MSG Networks (MSG) and Dreamworks Animation (DWA). He kept Overweight ratings on all three of those stocks. OTHERS TO WATCH: Besides Comcast, other pay TV companies include DISH Network (DISH) and Charter Communications (CHTR). PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Fox A shares lost 0.5% to $25.83, AMC fell 0.3% to $73.29, CBS added 0.2% to $41, Time Warner was little changed at $67.66 and Comcast A shares added 0.6% to $57.17.
September 24, 2015
19:03 EDTSVerizon offers annual upgrade plan for iPhone users
In the wake of recent iPhone purchase plans announced by Sprint (S) and T-Mobile (TMUS), Verizon (VZ) announced that customers who purchase either the Apple (AAPL) iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus with Verizon's Device Payment option will be eligible to get a new iPhone every year. "Yes, no more waiting for your contract to end... The new program allows you to turn in your phone and upgrade to a new iPhone every year," remarked the company. Verizon added that its customers will still have the option to pay off the phone without upgrading.
14:04 EDTSSprint CEO expects to have adequate supply of new iPhones, Re/code says
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12:34 EDTSSprint volatility at one-year high
Sprint October weekly call option implied volatility is at 78, October is at 71, November is at 72; compared to its 52-week range of 37 to 75, suggesting large price movement.
12:11 EDTMSFTMicrosoft partnership a modest positive for Baidu, says Summit Research
Summit Research analyst Henry Guo said he considers Baidu's (BIDU) newly announced strategic partnership with Microsoft (MSFT) for the Edge browser in Windows 10 as a modest positive, but thinks it is likely only a headline positive in the near term. However, if Baidu were to strike a deal to become the default search engine for Internet Explorer, that would be "huge" for the Chinese company, Guo tells investors in a research note. The analyst has a Buy rating on Baidu shares.
09:22 EDTSSprint to offer iPhone 6s 16GB for $1 per month
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07:41 EDTDUKMitsubishi UFJ to hold a conference
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06:30 EDTSAltice to aggressively expand presence with Cablevision buy, Variety says
Altice's (ATCEY) proposal to acquire Cablevision (CVC) is a signal that Altice founder Patrick Drahi intends to extend his vision across the Atlantic, Variety says. Altice may just be getting started when it comes to shopping for U.S. media assets, and has already snatched some $40B worth of cable, wireless and telecom assets over the past two years, the report says. There's talk of Altice also going after a wireless firm such as Sprint (S) or T-Mobile (TMUS) to further its strategy for growth, the report says. Reference Link
September 23, 2015
20:08 EDTMSFTChinese president visits U.S. amid cybersecurity, copyright worries
As part of his first official U.S. visit, Chinese president Xi Jinping held a meeting with American business leaders on Wednesday to address concerns of copyright infringement and cybersecurity, among numerous topics. In attendance were corporate giants from both nations, including Microsoft (MSFT), Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), Cisco (CSCO), Alibaba (BABA), Tencent (TCEHY), and Baidu (BIDU), according to media reports. COPYRIGHT CONCERNS: Responding to oft-cited concerns of copyright infringement by Chinese companies, Xi said China will "stand firm to protect" the intellectual property rights of American companies, according to Wall Street Journal coverage of the event. Note that in late 2014, China began establishing specialized courts to deliberate on intellectual property rights cases, and Xi commented Wednesday that "the newly established IPR courts are working smoothly. This means there will be much stronger IPR protection which will serve the interests of foreign businesses as well as Chinese companies." Chinese consumer electronics company Xiaomi is perhaps the most talked-about firm when it comes to the matter, with media outlets frequently criticizing its alleged "copying" of Apple design sensibilities. In mid-July, Xiaomi VP of global operations Hugo Barra told Bloomberg that the company is preparing to enter U.S. markets, though he cautioned that the launch could be "much more" than a year away as it seeks to build up its patent portfolio. CYBERSECURITY TENSIONS: Wednesday's meeting comes in the wake of numerous high-profile "hack attacks," with Sony (SNE), American Airlines (AAL), Anthem (ANTM), United Airlines (UAL), and Target (TGT) all reporting digital security breaches in recent years. Xi has consistently denied the involvement of state-backed hackers, but tensions have nevertheless arisen as cybersecurity firms such as FireEye (FEYE) and Palo Alto Networks (PANW) backtrace connections to the country. Cybersecurity intrusions originating from China have recently slowed ahead of Xi's visit, according to Reuters, with Kevin Mandia of security firm Mandiant telling the publication, "In my gut, I feel like the Chinese and the U.S. over the next couple of years are going to figure this out."
16:13 EDTMSFTMicrosoft partners with Baidu for Windows 10 upgrade
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10:00 EDTMSFTMicrosoft and mcaConnect form joint program offering AX4Lean
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09:18 EDTMSFTPaulson Institute and CCPIT to co-host U.S.-China Business Roundtable
The Paulson Institute and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) provide an opportunity for U.S. and Chinese business leaders to discuss issues facing the two countries in a roundtable being held in Seattle, Washington on September 23.
08:07 EDTMSFTDataStax announces strategic collaboration with Microsoft
DataStax announced a strategic collaboration with Microsoft to deliver Internet of Things, Web and mobile applications in public, private or hybrid cloud environments. With DataStax Enterprise available on Azure, Microsoft's cloud computing platform, enterprises can quickly build high-performance applications that can massively scale and remain operationally simple across public and private clouds, with ease and at lightning speed.
08:03 EDTALKAlaska Air and Icelandair enter codeshare and frequent flier partnership
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September 22, 2015
09:33 EDTMSFTActive equity options trading on open
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07:15 EDTMSFTCloudFlare raises $110M from consortium of Google, Microsoft, others
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05:14 EDTMSFTIngram Micro to participate in Microsoft Cloud Solution program in India
Ingram Micro (IM) announced its participation in the Microsoft (MSFT) Cloud Solution Provider program in India. The program is designed to strengthen customer relationships and expand cloud sales by allowing channel partners to provision, bundle, invoice, manage and support Microsoft cloud offerings including Microsoft Office 365, Windows Intune, Enterprise Mobility Suite, Azure, and CRM online subscriptions with greater ease and efficiency.
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