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February 25, 2014
08:47 EDTFB, ICE, JPM, OCN, TWC, UL, FOXA, DIS, CVX, MSFT, PG, CMCSA, TGT, ORAN, LNKD, CBSOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap
WSJ: Broadcasters (DIS, CBS, CMCSA, FOXA) ask Supreme Court to shut down Aereo...LinkedIn (LNKD) expands in China, dealing with censorship...Procter & Gamble (PG), Unilever (UL) battle over hair care...Orange (ORAN), Microsoft (MSFT) in talks for Dailymotion partnership...REUTERS: Senate committee hearing set on Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (TWC) deal...Target (TGT) expected to reduce buybacks due to data breach costs...BLOOMBERG: Chevron (CVX) looking into options for U.S. midstream business...ICE (ICE) renovates SMX, prepares to list own products...OTHER NEWS: Ocwen Financial (OCN) looks to sell $1B of new debt this year, FT reports...JPMorgan (JPM) planning to cut 'several thousand' jobs in mortgage business, FT reports...WhatsApp (FB) won't generate significant revenue anytime soon, Re/code reports.
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May 14, 2015
09:31 EDTJPM, OCNJPMorgan to buy $45B in mortgage servicing rights from Ocwen
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06:49 EDTJPMBanks to pay several billion over alleged currency violations, NY Times says
Barclays (BCS), JPMorgan Chase (JPM), Citigroup (C) and the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) are expected to agree to pay a combined "several billion dollars" as part of a settlement with the U.S. over alleged foreign exchange rigging, according to The New York Times, which cited unnamed sources. The banks are also expected to plead guilty to criminal antitrust violations, but it is not anticipated that their operations will be significantly affected as a result of those pleas, the newspaper stated. Meanwhile, UBS (UBS) will pay a fine of up to $500M related to alleged "foreign currency misconduct," the newspaper stated. Reference Link
06:20 EDTLNKDStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LNKD NFLX
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May 13, 2015
16:06 EDTFBOptions Update; May 13, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 38c to 20.67. Option volume leaders: AAPL CSCO NTI FB CSX BABA EIX BAC DD WMB TSLA JCP QCOM DAL
16:01 EDTMSFTMicrosoft blog post refrains from using 'Windows Phone' branding
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15:04 EDTMSFTEarnings Watch: Cowen says Cisco better positioned than most believe
Cisco Systems (CSCO) is scheduled to report results of its third fiscal quarter after the market close on Wednesday, May 13, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Cisco, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, sells Internet protocol-based networking and other products related to the communications and IT industry and provides related services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 53c on revenue of $12.07B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 52c-54c on revenue of $11.99B-$12.46B. Along with its last quarterly report, Cisco guided for Q3 EPS of 51c-53c and said it expects its revenue to be up 3%-5% in the quarter compared to the prior year. LAST QUARTER: On February 1, Cisco reported second quarter EPS of 53c, beating the consensus analyst forecast of 51c. Revenue came in at $11.94B, topping the $11.8B consensus forecast. At that time Cisco also raised its quarterly dividend to 21c from 19c. NEWS: On March 11, Cisco announced an extension of its cloud and data center relationship with Microsoft (MSFT) to include a new technology platform designed to accelerate service delivery and streamline the journey to the Intercloud for cloud providers. The new integrated solution combines Windows Azure Pack and Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure to help cloud providers "rapidly deliver hybrid cloud services while drastically simplifying operations and reducing costs," the company said. On May 4, Cisco announced that its board has appointed Chuck Robbins, who most recently served as Cisco's senior vice president of worldwide operations, as CEO, effective July 26. Current CEO John Chambers will assume the role of executive chairman and will continue to serve as the chairman of Cisco's board. STREET RESEARCH: On the day after the company's last report, research firm Piper Jaffray said it saw little downside risk in Cisco shares and believes Cisco is benefiting from a switching upgrade cycle that should sustain throughout 2015. The firm kept an Overweight rating on the stock with a $33 price target. Conversely, Citigroup said that despite the improving demand seen in Q2, Cisco shares remained fully priced at its levels at that time. Citi raised its price target for shares to $25 from $22, but kept a Sell rating on the name. The day after Cisco announced its CEO transition plan, Cowen said it thinks the company is better positioned and business is trending better than most investors believe, as evidenced by the timing of its CEO change. The firm, which believes Robbins is an excellent choice to replace Chambers, reiterated its Outperform rating and $35 price target on Cisco shares. Earlier this week, Pacific Crest upgraded Cisco to Outperform from Sector Perform, as the firm believes the April quarter results could signify the start of a multi-quarter recovery driven by new product cycles across switching, routing, wireless and servers. Pacific Crest, which thinks improving fundamentals and cloud momentum can drive multiple expansion in the second half of 2015 and into 2016, set a $36 price target for Cisco shares. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's report, Cisco shares are up fractionally to $29.30. In the last three months, Cisco shares have declined about 0.5%.
14:05 EDTTGTTarget May weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Target May weekly call option implied volatility is at 26, June is at 21, July is at 19; compared to its 90-day average of 19, suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on May 20.
12:01 EDTFOXA, CMCSAAT&T to offer Hulu subscription streaming service to customers
AT&T (T) and Hulu (DIS, CMCSA, FOXA) have signed a deal that will bring the Hulu subscription streaming service to AT&T customers through AT&T's websites and mobile applications. AT&T customers will be able to browse Hulu programs and select the shows they want to watch through an AT&T app for mobile device viewing or an AT&T website for Internet viewing. Combined with a leading TV Everywhere catalog, AT&T customers subscribing to Hulu will have one of the best selections available of current and past season full episodes. AT&T and Hulu also are exploring the possibility of bringing a Hulu app to TV. This offering will become available to AT&T customers later this year. The expanded relationship with Hulu complements AT&T's other over-the-top initiatives, including Otter Media.
11:41 EDTDISDisney CFO says gas prices have 'zero bearing' on park attendance
Disney CFO Jay Rasulo is speaking at the MoffettNathanson Media & Communications Summit.
11:18 EDTCMCSAComcast sees giving away 6M voice remotes, Hollywood Reporter says
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10:01 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:33 EDTCMCSAComcast CEO says 'probably did more licensing than anybody' since buying NBC
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09:24 EDTTWC, CMCSAComcast CEO says does not 'feel need to rush' to pursue other merger deals
Comcast (CMCSA) CEO Brian Roberts is speaking at the MoffettNathanson Research conference regarding the company's scrapped deal to buy Time Warner Cable (TWC).
08:21 EDTFBFormer FCC chairman hired by Facebook to manage access efforts, Bloomberg says
Kevin Martin, the former chairman of the FCC who has been consulting for Facebook the past two years, is joining on a permanent basis as the company's VP for mobile and global access policy, reported Bloomberg. Facebook also announced that Chief Privacy Officer Erin Egan will start serving a dual role as VP of U.S. Public Policy, the report added. Reference Link
07:16 EDTTWC, CMCSAMoffett Nathanson to hold a summit
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06:55 EDTCMCSAInsiders speculate bidding war to erupt over AOL, Business Insider reports
The consensus speculation from investment bankers, hedge fund traders and people close to AOL (AOL) is that another company will emerge and offer a price for AOL that is higher than $50 per share, reports Business Insider. The potential suitors include Time Warner (TWX), Comcast (CMCSA), Yahoo (YHOO), Alibaba (BABA), Softbank (SFTBF), AT&T (T), Netflix (NFLX) and Apple (AAPL). Reference Link
06:22 EDTFB, CMCSAFacebook introduces Instant Articles, says working with nine launch partners
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06:08 EDTLNKDStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LNKD NFLX
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06:07 EDTMSFTMicrosoft upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank analyst Karl Keirstead upgraded Microsoft to Buy saying weak PC market sentiment is priced into the stock at current levels while Azure and Office 365 optimism is "just starting" to take hold. The analyst sees more positive than negative catalysts and raised his price target for Microsoft shares to $55 from $44. Shares of the computing giant closed yesterday down 2c to $47.35.
05:38 EDTDISAlibaba announces partnership with Disney
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