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February 5, 2013
16:49 EDTDELL, MSFT, VMED, LBTYA, YUM, CSC, ACM, BIDU, MHPOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher as the Dow's third straight session with a triple digit move allowed it to close just shy of the 14K level, while the S&P 500 climbed back above 1,500... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Institute for Supply Management's index of non-manufacturing activity dipped to 55.2 in January from 55.7 in December, but beat expectations for a reading of 55.0. In Europe, the composite euro-zone services PMI rose to 48.6 in January from a 48.3 reading in the prior month. In China, HSBC's services PMI jumped to 54.0 in January from 51.7 the month before... COMPANY NEWS: Dell's (DELL) expected "go private" deal was officially announced, as private equity firm Silver Lake and Michael Dell agreed to buy the company for $13.65 in cash, or about $24.4B. As had been speculated, the financing for the deal includes a $2B loan from Microsoft (MSFT). Dell shares, which had risen about 22% over the last month amidst the going private chatter, gained 15c, or 1.13%, to $13.42... Virgin Media (VMED) rose $6.92, or 17.89%, to $45.61 after confirming that it is in discussions with Liberty Global (LBTYA) concerning a possible transaction. CNBC's David Faber reported late in the afternoon that the boards of both companies voted to approve a cash and stock deal that will see Liberty Global take over Virgin Media. Liberty shares lost $1.58, or 2.27%, to $67.88... Yum! Brands (YUM) reported earnings after yesterday's close that were in-line with expectations, but the company reported same-store-sales in China fell 6% in Q4. Shares of Yum! Brands were downgraded at RW Baird and Goldman and slid $1.86, or 2.91%, to $62.08... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Computer Sciences (CSC), up $3.84, or 9.16%, to $45.75, and AECOM Technology (ACM), up $1.95, or 7.7%, to $27.26 after both companies reported earnings that beat estimates. Among the notable losers was McGraw-Hill (MHP), which followed yesterday's slide with another loss of $5.38, or 10.7%, to close at $44.92 after the DOJ confirmed it is suing Standard & Poor's for alleged fraud in rating mortgage-based securities. Also lower was Baidu (BIDU), which fell $10.83, or 10.1%, to $96.37 after its Q4 report, as shares were downgraded by Stifel Nicolaus and Raymond James with both firms citing increased margin pressure... INDICES: The Dow was up 99.22, or 0.71%, to 13,979.30; the Nasdaq was up 40.41, or 1.29%, to 3,171.58; and the S&P 500 was up 15.58, or 1.04%, to 1,511.29.
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July 14, 2014
08:46 EDTMSFTItron selects Microsoft Azure as preferred cloud platform
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08:34 EDTMSFTPC market stability could be short-lived, Reuters says
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08:33 EDTACMAECOM Technology expects to return to lower debt levels by 2017
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08:23 EDTBIDU, BIDUBaidu likely to report Q2 upside, says CLSA
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08:01 EDTACMAECOM Technology to host conference call
Conference call to discuss the acquisition of URS Corporation will be held on July 14 at 8 am. Webcast Link
07:48 EDTMSFTQuantum computer company D-Wave may come public, FT says
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07:38 EDTACMURS volatility expected to move on AECOM Technology acquiring for $4B
URS (URS) option implied volatility is expected to move on AECOM Technology (ACM) acquiring all outstanding shares of URS for a combination of cash and stock valued at approximately $4B or $56.31 per URS share. Overall option implied volatility of 49 is above its 26-week average of 29 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement.
07:36 EDTYUMYum! Brands should be bought ahead of Q2 results, says Stifel
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06:08 EDTMSFTMicrosoft confirms plans to discontinue MapPoint, Streets & Tips
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06:05 EDTMSFTMicrosoft to expand coverage of free Windows licensing, DigiTimes reports
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July 13, 2014
14:06 EDTACMAECOM sees URS deal accretive to GAAP EPS in FY15
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14:02 EDTACMAECOM backs FY14 EPS view in lower range of $2.50-$2.60, consensus $2.49
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13:54 EDTACMAECOM Technology to acquire URS for $56.31 per share
AECOM Technology (ACM) and URS (URS) announced the execution of a definitive agreement under which AECOM will acquire all outstanding shares of URS for a combination of cash and stock valued at approximately $4B or $56.31 per URS share, based on the AECOM closing share price as of July 11. Including the assumption of URS debt, the total enterprise value of the transaction is approximately $6B. The combined company will be a leading, fully integrated infrastructure and federal services provider with more than 95,000 employees in 150 countries. It would have calendar year 2013 pro forma revenues of more than $19B and EBITDA of approximately $1.3B. AECOM will pay $56.31 per URS share, based on AECOMís closing price on July 11, representing a premium of 19% over the trailing 30-day average closing price of URS shares ending July 11. URS stockholders will receive per share consideration equal to $33 in cash and 0.734 shares of AECOM common stock for each URS share. URS stockholders may elect to receive all cash or all stock consideration, subject to proration in the event of oversubscription. The election will be subject to a customary proration mechanism to achieve an aggregate consideration mix of approximately 59% cash and 41% AECOM common shares. The stock portion of the consideration is expected to be tax-free to URS stockholders. AECOM expects the combination to be accretive to its GAAP earnings per share and more than 25% accretive to its cash earnings per share in fiscal year 2015, excluding transaction-related costs. AECOM also expects annual cost synergies of $250M, nearly all of which it expects to achieve by the end of fiscal year 2016. These synergy expectations are based on the due diligence and planning that have already been conducted. Including the realization of expected synergies, the approximately $6B enterprise value of the transaction is less than 7x pro forma 2015 URS EBITDA. The terms of the definitive agreement have been unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals, approval by URS stockholders of the merger agreement, and the approval by AECOM stockholders of the issuance of shares in the transaction. The transaction is expected to close in October 2014. AECOM also announced that it continues to target diluted earnings per share in the lower end of its range of $2.50 to $2.60 for fiscal year 2014, excluding transaction-related costs. It also still anticipates that its third-quarter EPS will be approximately 25% of its full-year results. The companyís backlog continues to grow sequentially and year over year, and remains at record levels.
July 11, 2014
11:57 EDTMSFTMicrosoft acquires InMage, terms not disclosed
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06:13 EDTYUMTaco Bell to launch new high-end menu, Business Insider reports
Yum! Brands' Taco Bell is launching a high-end menu that's rich in protein and low in calories, reports Business Insider. The menu, called the Cantina Power Menu, will come with all-white-meat chicken or grilled USDA-select steak that could have more than 20 grams of protein or fewer than 500 calories. The menu will launch on July 17. Reference Link
July 10, 2014
17:02 EDTYUMCosi names Scott Carlock as CFO
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10:22 EDTMSFTMicrosoft CEO prepares reshaping plans
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06:29 EDTMSFTMicrosoft, Vitalwerks settle lawsuit, WSJ reports
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06:26 EDTMSFTTablet quarterly shipments fall for first time to 56M on year, DigiTimes says
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06:18 EDTMSFTIDC: PC shipments in mature regions stabilizes market in Q2, DigiTimes
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