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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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May 19, 2015
13:05 EDTMSFTSalesforce deal talks may have 'died down,' dealReporter says
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12:55 EDTMSFTPC related stocks struggle after Morgan Stanley says PC turn won't come until Q3
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09:53 EDTSSprint expects Voice to be 'still important' as Data demands continues to grow
Expects that half of its plans will be financed while a third plus will be through leasing. The company says it has its eye on how those numbers change going forward. Cites successful financing through securitization and vendor financing. The company says it "feels good" about taking expenses and reinvesting on a smaller base for overall operation. Says the company is still working on getting its churn down. Comments made by CFO Joe Euteneuer at the JPMorgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference.
09:18 EDTTMOBofA/Merrill life sciences analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Analysts, along with Nancy J. Kelley, a nationally recognized executive and lawyer who has championed the field of Synthetic/Engineering Biology in the U.S., discuss what Synthetic Biology is and whether it will disrupt the Healthcare landscape and how Synthetic Biologic-based products would be regulated on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on May 19 at 2 pm.
09:08 EDTTMO3D Systems enters reseller agreement with Thermo Fisher
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08:33 EDTMSFTMorgan Stanley cautious in near-term on PC names
Morgan Stanley is more cautious on PC names near-term, given PC and HDD inventory builds quarter-to-date and weaker April ODM sales. The firm's analyst team continues to believe Q1 was a bottom in year-over-year growth, but now expects normal Q2 seasonal growth instead of above normal and thinks any recovery will likely be delayed until Q3. Morgan Stanley is cautiously optimistic on Western Digital (WDC) due to its diverse revenue drivers, sees value creation catalysts for Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) and believes Microsoft (MSFT) shares reflect the challenging PC market and Win 10. The firm is more cautious on semis such as NVIDIA (NVDA) given higher valuations, share loss at Advanced Micro (AMD), potential 2H margin pressure at Intel (INTC), and Morgan is cautious on PC DRAM stocks near-term due to weaker pricing.
08:04 EDTDUKDuke Energy to retire Asheville coal-fired power plant in four to five years
Duke Energy announced plans to retire its Asheville, N.C., coal-fired power plant in four to five years and modernize its generation and transmission system in western North Carolina and upstate South Carolina. The plan's major components include retiring the 376-megawatt Asheville coal power plant, investing approximately $750M to build a 650-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant, and installing solar generation at the site one of the first combinations of its kind. The plan includes investing approximately $320M to build a transmission substation near Campobello, S.C., and connect it to the Asheville power plant with a new approximately 40-mile, 230-kiloVolt transmission line. It also includes upgrading and rebuilding additional electrical infrastructure such as transmission lines and distribution substations. Carbon dioxide emissions will be reduced by about 60 percent, on a per-megawatt hour basis, due to the efficiency of the new gas plant and the fact that natural gas burns more cleanly than coal. The new gas plant also will help reduce carbon dioxide emissions across Duke Energy's Carolinas power plant fleet. Closing the Asheville coal plant and building a gas plant will make it unnecessary to invest in 126 megawatts of oil-fired generation units, to meet peak demand, and other capital investments that were planned for 2019. The power plant and electric transmission projects will create a peak construction workforce of about 800 jobs in the 2017-2019 timeframe, and generate significant local property tax revenues when brought in-service. Based on current Buncombe County tax rates, property taxes from the gas power plant are estimated to increase between 35 and 40 percent after the site is modernized.
07:36 EDTSAutomakers to start V2V car rollouts with spectrum at a premium, WSJ says
General Motors' (GM) upcoming Cadillac CTS is the only car firmly scheduled to launch in the U.S. with vehicle-to-vehicle communications, or V2V, but the industry has promised that V2V will revolutionize safety and Cisco (CSCO) joined automakers earlier this month to brief the FCC on plans to test airwave sharing soon, said The Wall Street Journal. However, cable and telecom companies are pressuring carmakers to give up a part of the airwaves marked for V2V to be available for broader use, the report added. Publicly traded automakers include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), Honda (HMC), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY), while cable and telecom companies include Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), Sprint (S), T-Mobile (TMUS), Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Charter (CHTR). Reference Link
07:32 EDTMSFTMad Catz Interactive signs deal with Dovetail Games for Flight Simulator X
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07:11 EDTALKWolfe Research to hold a conference
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06:01 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT GE
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May 18, 2015
19:27 EDTMSFTMicrosoft's new internet browser to be Windows exclusive, TechCrunch says
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16:28 EDTMSFTWindows 10 Mobile devices to feature carrier-free updates, ZDNet says
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16:00 EDTMSFTOptions Update; May 18, 2015
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14:59 EDTDUKDuke Energy management to meet with JPMorgan
Meetings to be held in Dallas on May 20, in Austin/Dallas on May 21 and in Austin/Houston on May 22 hosted by JPMorgan.
13:37 EDTMSFTBaidu, Uber teaming up to pursue Nokia's maps unit, Bloomberg reports
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09:07 EDTSSprint extends availability of Direct 2 You service to Kansas City, Miami
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07:54 EDTPCPDeutsche still prefers Boeing over Precision Castparts
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06:05 EDTMSFTStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; MSFT GE
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Microsoft (MSFT) 17, General Electric (GE) 15 according to iVolatility.
May 17, 2015
14:45 EDTMSFTMicrosoft should acquire software translator Xamarin, Barron's says
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