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May 21, 2014
07:43 EDTRTN, DELL, GES, EQIX, VZ, FORRMIT Sloan Boston Alumni Association to hold a symposium
MIT Sloan CIO Symposium to be held in Cambridge, MA on May 21.
News For DELL;FORR;EQIX;RTN;VZ;GES From The Last 14 Days
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July 21, 2015
07:38 EDTVZVerizon sees higher revenue growth rate in Q3 than in Q2
Consensus $32.87B. Verizon said regarding consolidated revenue outlook, "Verizon expects a higher year-over-year growth rate in third-quarter 2015 than in second-quarter 2015," noting that the estimate excludes revenue from AOL.
07:36 EDTVZVerizon says portion of AOL results immaterial to end of Q2
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07:35 EDTVZVerizon backs FY15 capex view of $17.5B-$18B
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07:32 EDTVZVerizon reports Q2 EPS $1.04, consensus $1.01
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July 20, 2015
15:01 EDTVZNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:49 EDTVZVerizon July weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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14:22 EDTVZEarnings Watch: Verizon to report Q2 results after AOL acquisition
Verizon Communications (VZ) is expected to report second quarter earnings before the market open on Tuesday, July 21, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Verizon is a holding company providing communications, information and entertainment. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.01 on revenue of $32.45B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 93c-$1.05 on revenue of $31.75B-$33.0B. LAST QUARTER: Verizon reported first quarter EPS of $1.02 against estimates for 95c on revenue of $32B against estimates for $32.27B. Verizon Wireless had 565,000 retail postpaid net additions in Q1, a 4.8% increase compared with first-quarter 2014. At the end of Q1, the company had 108.6M retail connections, a 5.1% year-over-year increase, and had 102.6M retail postpaid connections. The company added 621,000 4G smartphones to its customer base in Q1. In light of a net decline in 3G smartphones, overall smartphone growth totaled 247,000. The company also added 820,000 4G tablets and reported net declines of 385,000 basic phones and 188,000 prepaid devices in Q1. 4G devices now constitute approximately 70% of the retail postpaid connections base, up from 49% a year ago – with the 4G LTE network handling about 86% of total wireless data traffic in Q1. At 1.03% in Q1, retail postpaid churn improved both sequentially and year over year. Retail postpaid smartphone customer churn was less than 0.9%. Verizon added 133K net new FiOS Internet, and 90K net new FiOS Video connections in Q1. Verizon had totals of 6.7M FiOS Internet and 5.7M FiOS Video connections at the end of the first quarter, representing year-over-year increases of 9.4% and 7.9%, respectively. CEO Lowell McAdam said, “We are confident in our ability to maintain momentum and continue to add value for customers and shareholders.” On May 12, Verizon announced it would acquire AOL for $50 per share, or $4.4B. The transaction was completed on June 23. On May 19, speaking at the JPMorgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference, CFO Fran Shammo said he expects net phone additions in Q2. ANALYST REACTION: Street research has been mostly mixed in the weeks leading up to Verizon’s Q2 earnings report. On May 12, Macquarie downgraded Verizon to Underperform from Neutral with a $45 price target to reflect a weaker 2016 and 2017 earnings outlook. The firm's analyst believed management has made a series of questionable strategic moves beginning with the Vodafone (VOD) deal that will depress earnings. Recent advertising promotions are likely to pressure 2015 margins and ARPU and LTE capacity issues are expected in certain markets later in the year. Macquarie is surprised Verizon shares have held in around $50 with treasury yields rising and increasing Q2 promotions and does not believe this is sustainable ahead of a reset in consensus estimates. Conversely, on July 9, Stifel resumed coverage of Verizon with a Buy rating and price target of $60 per share. PRICE ACTION: Verizon’s shares are down about 3% since the company's Q1 report. Over the past twelve months, they are down about 5.7%. In afternoon trading ahead of Tuesday's Q2 report, Verizon’s shares are up 0.6%.
09:19 EDTEQIXBofA/Merrill data center analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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July 17, 2015
17:26 EDTRTNBAE Systems, others awarded $6B government contract
American Systems, Chantilly, Virginia; BAE Systems (BAESY), McLean, Virginia; Blue Canopy, Reston, Virginia; The Boeing Co. (BA), Annapolis Junction, Maryland; Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, Virginia; CACI (CACI), Chantilly, Virginia; CGI Federal, Fairfax, Virginia; Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC), Falls Church, Virginia; D&S Consultants Inc., Eatontown, New Jersey; EIS, Vienna, Virginia; General Dynamics Information Technology (GD), Herndon, Virginia; HP Enterprise Services, Herndon, Virginia; IBM (IBM), Reston, Virginia; Intelligent Decisions, Ashburn, Virginia; K Force Government Solutions, Fairfax, Virginia; L3 National Security Solutions, Reston, Virginia; Leidos (LDOS), Reston, Virginia; Lockheed Martin Corp. (LMT) Gaithersburg, Maryland; ManTech/WINS, Fairfax, Virginia; Northrop Grumman (NOC), Chantilly, Virginia; Pragmatics, Reston, Virginia; Raytheon IIS Group (RTN), Dulles, Virginia; Scientific Research Corp., Atlanta, Georgia; Sotera, Herndon, Virginia; SRA International, Fairfax, Virginia; 22nd Century Technologies, McLean, Virginia; AEEC LLC, Reston, Virginia; American Technology Solutions International, Fredericksburg, Virginia; Berico Technologies, Reston, Virginia; The Buffalo Group, Reston, Virginia; Convergent Solutions Inc., Alexandria, Virginia; Criterion Systems Inc., Vienna, Virginia; Cyberspace Solutions, Reston, Virginia; DAn Solutions Inc., McLean, Virginia; DKW Communications, Washington, District of Columbia; E-Volve Technology Systems, National Harbor, Maryland; Federated IT, Washington, District of Columbia; Intrepid Solutions & Services Inc., Reston, Virginia; The Kenjya Group, Columbia, Maryland; New River Systems, Sterling, Virginia; OCCAM Solutions, McLean, Virginia; QVine Corp., Reston, Virginia; Red Arch Solutions, Columbia, Maryland; Riite, Chantilly, Virginia; Soft Tech Consulting, Chantilly, Virginia; Trusted Mission Solutions, McLean, Virginia; Varen Technologies, Columbia, Maryland; Vykin Corp., Tampa, Florida; Xcelerate Solutions, McLean, Virginia; and Zolon Tech Inc., Herndon, Virginia, were awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple-award contract with a combined ceiling value of $6B. The Enhanced Solutions for the Information Technology Enterprise contract supports information technology requirements across the Defense intelligence enterprise and the greater intelligence community. Work will be performed worldwide with an estimated completion date of July 16, 2020. The E-SITE contract vehicle was solicited on the basis of full and open competition, and 77 proposals were received. After conducting a thorough evaluation based on the request for proposal criteria, contracts are being awarded to 25 large businesses and 25 small businesses. Each company will be awarded a $500 minimum guarantee and additional funding will be obligated on individual task orders with the initial follow-on task order competitions scheduled this summer. The Virginia Contracting Activity, Washington, District of Columbia, is the contracting activity.
July 16, 2015
19:27 EDTVZFCC reforms bidding rules for spectrum auctions, prohibits joint bidding
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10:04 EDTVZU.S. Cellular offers 'guarantee' to beat Verizon and AT&T plans
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July 15, 2015
12:18 EDTGESOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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10:01 EDTGESOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AGCO (AGCO) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Wells Fargo... Anglo American (AAUKY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Avis Budget (CAR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Brookfield Renewable (BEP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... CSX (CSX) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Centene (CNC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Commerce Bancshares (CBSH) upgraded to Market Perform at Raymond James... Entegris (ENTG) upgraded to Buy at Craig-Hallum... Guess (GES) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Telsey Advisory... Hertz (HTZ) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Iberdrola (IBDRY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... Liberty Global (LBTYA) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... LinkedIn (LNKD) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Lonmin (LNMIY) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Navient (NAVI) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... NetApp (NTAP) upgraded to Sector Weight from Underweight at Pacific Crest... Omnicom (OMC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... PTC Therapeutics (PTCT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Panera Bread (PNRA) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at Piper Jaffray... Primerica (PRI) upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James... Sands China (SCHYY) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Seagate (STX) upgraded to Buy at Craig-Hallum... Western Digital (WDC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Craig-Hallum... Wolseley (WOSYY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.
09:47 EDTGESGuess gaps up, levels to watch
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09:09 EDTGESGuess upgraded to Hold from Sell at Evercore ISI
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06:46 EDTGESGuess upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Telsey Advisory
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July 14, 2015
17:13 EDTGESGuess appoints Victor Guerrero as CEO
Paul Marciano, Co-Founder and CEO of Guess? announced that Victor Herrero will be his successor and new CEO of Guess?, in August. Paul Marciano will replace Maurice Marciano as Executive Chairman of the Board and will continue serving as Chief Creative Officer. Maurice Marciano will remain a director, and has been named Chairman Emeritus by the Board of Directors. Victor Herrero joins Guess? with over twenty years of global experience spanning Europe and Asia. Victor served as the head of Asia Pacific for Inditex Group, the world's largest fashion retailer with brands including Zara, Massimo Dutti, Pull & Bear, Bershka, and Stradivarius. In the past 10 years, Victor was responsible for building Inditex's multi-billion dollar business in Asia.
12:01 EDTGESVince Holding sinks to 52-week low after CEO resigns
Shares of Vince Holding (VNCE), a contemporary fashion brand, are sinking after the company announced the resignation of its Chief Executive Officer. WHAT'S NEW: Vince Holding announced yesterday that CEO Jill Granoff resigned from the company. Granoff, who advised the Board of her decision in advance, will remain CEO through a transition period, the company said. The company's Board of Directors plans to work with an executive search firm to identify potential CEO candidates. The company also announced that it has hired Livia Lee as its new senior vice president of Merchandising, reporting directly to Granoff in the interim and then her successor once appointed. Lee will join the company on July 20. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On June 25, Vince Holding Chief Financial Officer Lisa Klinger resigned. The company appointed Mark Brody, most recently Managing Director and Group CFO at Sun Capital Partners, as interim CFO. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, research firm William Blair downgraded Vince Holding to Market Perform from Outperform citing reduced visibility on company's long-term strategy following the resignation of CEO Jill Granoff and CFO Lisa Klinger. Despite the downgrade, William Blair did note that its store checks continue to suggest the brand remains healthy. The firm sees limited downside to numbers from these levels. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Vince Holding fell $2.33, or about 19.5%, to $9.62 on more than four times its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock hit a fresh 52-week low of $9.46. Including today's pull back, the shares have lost approximately 72% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other contemporary fashion brands include Guess?, Inc. (GES), Ralph Lauren (RL) and Express, Inc. (EXPR).
10:07 EDTVZVerizon announces new content partnership with VICE
Verizon announced a new content partnership that will bring VICE Media's content to Verizon's mobile video platform, launching later this year. The multi-year partnership will see a broad selection of VICE digital content, including original domestic and international programming produced exclusively for Verizon, all through a mobile-first video offering. The content offering will also include a curated selection of original videos from across VICE's digital channels covering a range of categories.
06:13 EDTRTNRaytheon initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan
Target $115.
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