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April 16, 2013
10:08 EDTDCT, FPO, BXP, GBX, PCP, VMC, ALK, S, PNFP, TMO, PXD, OC, MSFT, ODFL, DUK, DWA, EGPOn 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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August 22, 2014
05:28 EDTSSoftbank capital raise could be used for acquisitions, Bloomberg says
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August 21, 2014
18:22 EDTMSFTSalesforce.com CEO: Microsoft the number one customer of ExactTarget
Says Europe performing beyond expectations. Marc Benioff is speaking on CNBC.
18:01 EDTMSFTSalesforce.com targets $1.1B in cash flow at end of FY15
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13:57 EDTSSprint now has 'best value in data,' says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo believes Sprint's new $60 per month unlimited data plan plays to the company's "abundance of capacity with its spectrum pipe." Wells says Sprint is "now the best value in data," and it notes the total amount of revenue will likely be higher than $80 per month as the plan is valid on devices purchased via Sprint Easy Pay. Wells has an Outperform rating on Sprint.
13:16 EDTST-Mobile offers free data to users who recruit new customers to its network
T-Mobile (TMUS) is offering its current Simple Choice customers a free unlimited LTE data plan upgrade for a full year when they recruit a Sprint (S), Verizon (VZ), or AT&T (T) customer to its network. The new referred customer will also receive a full year of unlimited LTE data for free as well. If a Simple Choice customer who recruits a new user to T-Mobile's network already has an unlimited LTE data plan, they will receive a $10 credit each month for twelve months. The referral plan starts August 29. Reference Link
12:30 EDTMSFTMicrosoft plans to unveil Windows 9 on September 30, The Verge reports
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11:49 EDTSSprint announces $60 per month unlimited wireless plan
Sprint (S) announces an unlimited wireless plan for $60. The plan provides consumers unlimited talk, text and data while on Sprint's network for $60 per month, a $20 savings compared to T-Mobile's (TMUS) $80 per month unlimited plan, the wireless carrier said. The Sprint $60 Unlimited Plan is available to both new and existing Sprint customers starting tomorrow, August 22. To qualify for the plan, customers must purchase their device through Sprint Easy Pay, pay full retail price or bring their own compatible device.
11:44 EDTMSFTHP hits 52-week high after solid revenue growth, positive analyst commentary
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09:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft and TracFone announce collaboration
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August 20, 2014
16:10 EDTDUKDuke Energy continues to make progress cleaning up Ohio River oil spill
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07:58 EDTMSFTBallmer stepping down a positive for Microsoft, says FBR Capital
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06:36 EDTMSFTIliad speaks to Google, Microsoft regarding T-Mobile offer, NY Post says
After Iliad's (ILIAF) surprise bid for T-Mobile (TMUS) was rejected, the firm is now in contact with , personnel at Google (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT) about working together to come up with a larger offer for the company, according to the New York Post, citing a "well-placed" source. Reference Link
August 19, 2014
19:08 EDTDUKDuke Energy takes responsibility of oil spill, makes progress cleaning up river
Duke Energy made progress cleaning up an overnight spill of approximately 3,000 to 5,000 gallons of fuel oil into the Ohio River at W.C. Beckjord Station, 20 miles southeast of Cincinnati, according to the company. The company will continue cleanup operations tonight and around-the-clock. The company is working closely, on-site, with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Coast Guard, Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection and local agencies in response to the spill. The incident occurred shortly after 11 p.m. Monday during a fuel oil transfer at the plant on the banks of the Ohio River in New Richmond, Ohio. The company Monday night and early today quickly mobilized internal and external resources to respond to the spill, including three vessels on the river that have deployed approximately 2,000 feet of oil-containment booms to contain and help collect the oil. "We're working around the clock to rapidly and fully restore the affected section of the Ohio River and coordinating closely with local officials to make sure that drinking water continues to remain safe," said Lynn Good, president and CEO of Duke Energy. "We take responsibility for the cleanup and the well being of the communities we serve."
17:14 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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14:12 EDTMSFTBallmer steps down from Microsoft board, sees holding shares
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12:42 EDTSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
The market opened higher as it extended its gains from yesterday. Better than expected economic data on housing and consumer prices, as well as easing geopolitical tensions, has helped aid investor optimism. The market drifted higher throughout the morning with the Dow leading the way, followed by the Nasdaq, which is now near fourteen-year highs. The S&P is mostly higher, with the telecom services group being the lone sector showing losses, down just fractionally. ECONOMIC EVENTS: Housing starts for July rose to an annualized pace of 1.093M units, up from 0.945M units in June, and beating expectations for 0.963M units... The Consumer Price Index increased 0.1% overall, matching expectations. Less food and energy, the CPI was up 0.1%, which was also in-line with the consensus forecast. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of home improvement retailer The Home Depot (HD) are up more than 6% after the company posted better than expected second quarter results and raised its full year profit outlook... Shares of Sprint (S) are down 4% after Jefferies lowered its price target for Sprint shares to $4, saying it continues to see downside to estimates. MAJOR MOVERS: Shares of Skilled Healthcare (SKH) are up more than 20% after combining with Genesis HealthCare In 100% stock deal... Shares of cosmetics and fragrance company Elizabeth Arden (RDEN) are down 24% after the company's fourth quarter results came in well below analysts' consensus estimates. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 76.92, or 0.46%, to 16,915.66, the Nasdaq was up 12.96, or 0.29%, to 4,521.27, and the S&P 500 was up 8.49, or 0.43%, to 1,980.23.
11:25 EDTMSFTHTC unveils the HTC One for Windows
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08:57 EDTDUKDuke Energy reports fuel oil spill into Ohio River
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07:39 EDTSSprint price target lowered to $4 from $7 at Jefferies
Jefferies lowered its price target for Sprint shares to $4 saying it continues to see downside to estimates. The firm expects a "muted response" to Sprint's new Family Pack pooled data plan and limited time promotion of waiving device access charges. It keeps an Underperform rating on the stock.
07:12 EDTSFCC looks into telecom special access line rates, Reuters says
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