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May 9, 2012
12:38 EDTDIS, CQB, DTEGY, PCS, BBBY, CPWM, SODA, TM, M, DVAXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday, but the major averages were well off the lows seen about an hour into trading. The market is down for the sixth consecutive session, its longest losing string of the year. The weakness is being attributed to concern about the fate of the euro zone as a new leader takes over in France and Greece struggles to form a government and may need to hold another round of elections. The past several sessions have seen the market open lower but rally during the later hours of the session to reduce the day's losses. So far today that trend is continuing as the averages have recovered significantly from their worst levels... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., wholesale inventories rose 0.3% in March, versus the expected increase of 0.6%. In Europe, Spanish 10-year bond yields rose above 6% and more reports indicated that efforts to form a new government in Greece were expected to fail, putting the country's bailout deal in doubt and renewing concerns about Greece intentionally exiting or being forced off the euro. A Reuters report, citing EU sources, said the EU is more likely than not to agree to the latest EUR 5.2B bailout payment due tomorrow to Greece from the EFSF bailout fund, which may have contributed to a late morning rally seen here in the States... COMPANY NEWS: Disney (DIS) shares gained over 2% after its earnings beat expectations, while Macy's (M) slid more than 3% in spite of earnings that also came in above consensus... Toyota (TM) reported a surge in its Q4 net income and forecast a doubling of profits in the current fiscal year, sending its stock up more than 3%... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were SodaStream (SODA), up over 26%, after it reported much stronger than expected results and boosted its 2012 guidance, and Cost Plus (CPWM), up about 22%, after agreeing to be acquired by Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) for $22 per share. Also higher were shares of MetroPCS (PCS), up about 19%, after Bloomberg reported Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) was said to be in talks with the company on a potential T-Mobile deal. Noteworthy losers included Chiquita Brands (CQB), down 32%, after its earnings fell short of consensus and it warned that it sees 2012 continuing to be "a challenging year," and Dynavax (DVAX), down more than 22%, after pricing 17.5M shares at $4.25 in a secondary stock offering... INDICES: Near 12:30 pm ET, the Dow was down 98.05, or 0.76%, to 12,834.04; the Nasdaq was down 17.19, or 0.58%, to 2,929.08; and the S&P 500 was down 9.58, or 0.70%, to 1,354.14.
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October 23, 2014
09:48 EDTDTEGYDeutsche Telekom looking for potential buyer for T-Mobile, Manager Magazin says
Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) is looking for a potential buyer for T-Mobile (TMUS) that will be able to overcome U.S. regulator anti-trust concerns, according to Germany's Manager Magazin. Reference Link
09:03 EDTCQBCutrale-Safra raises buyout offer for Chiquita to $14.50 per share
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08:57 EDTSODASodaStream weekly volatility increases into Q3 and outlook
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08:55 EDTCQBCutrale-Safra raises Chiquita acquistion offer to $14.50 per share from $14
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08:41 EDTMBuild-A-Bear partners with Macy's to open shop-in-shop locations for holidays
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07:58 EDTTMAutomakers under increased scrutiny after wide ranging air bag recall, WSJ says
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07:53 EDTDISAlibaba CEO ups Hollywood content pursuit with studio meetings, Bloomberg says
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October 22, 2014
13:06 EDTDISEarnings Preview: Comcast reporting Q3 results as Time Warner deal progressing
Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) is set to report third quarter earnings before the market open on Thursday, October 23, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Comcast is a diversified media company that operates the NBC family of networks and Universal Pictures, among other cable, internet, and voice services. On February 13, Comcast announced plans to merge with Time Warner Cable (TWC) in a deal valued at $45.2B. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 71c on revenue of $16.82B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 64c-76c on revenue of $16.5B-$17.17B. LAST QUARTER: Comcast reported second quarter EPS of 75c against estimates for 72c, on revenue of $16.84B against estimates for $16.95B. TIME WARNER CABLE DEAL: On August 17, The Wall Street Journal reported that the Federal Communications Commission said that one issue it must decide as it reviewed the proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable is whether to allow Comcast to continue Time Warner Cable's arrangement to handle programming and technology acquisitions for cable operator Bright House Networks. On August 26, Engadget reported that Netflix (NFLX) filed a formal protest against the Time Warner Cable deal, saying that the merger would result in "serious public interest harm" and that a combined cable giant would have a huge amount of leverage over it and rivals such as Hulu. Hulu is a joint venture owned by Comcast along with Disney (DIS) and 21st Century Fox (FOX,FOXA). The New York Post reported on September 8 that Discovery (DISCA) believed Comcast's takeover of Time Warner Cable would give the merged entity an unfair advantage over programmers. That same day, Reuters said a proxy statement detailed that Time Warner Cable employees would split $416M if the merger deal with Comcast did not transpire. At the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference on September 10, Comcast said that it has made "a lot of progress" on the shareholder approval process for the Time Warner Cable deal, but expected the agreement to be finalized in early fiscal year 2015 versus the previous guidance of late 2014. The company expects the Time Warner Cable merger to generate $1.5B in operating expense synergies. On September 16, Comcast said at the Media, Communications and Entertainment Conference that it would reveal its capital plan at the close of the Time Warner Cable deal and noted at that time that "everything was on track" regarding the merger. The Wall Street Journal reported on September 30 that the FCC pushed for media companies to submit details of their programming agreements with Comcast prior to the Time Warner Cable deal. The FCC announced three days later that it extended time for the companies to file their replies on Comcast regarding the merger. On October 8, Comcast Shareholders approved stock issuance for the Time Warner Cable deal and the next day, Time Warner Cable stockholders approved the Comcast merger deal. STREET RESEARCH: Analysts remained fairly quiet on Comcast throughout the quarter. On September 9, UBS raised its price target on Comcast to $72 from $60 given its strong underlying fundamentals and the expected free cash flow accretion from the Time Warner Cable deal. The firm also said it expected Comcast to accelerate its stock buyback and increase its dividend. UBS kept its Buy rating on the stock. On October 17, Goldman Sachs said that Comcast was its top large cap pick into the earnings report given steady fundamentals, moderated expectations, and valuation. The firm maintained the stock with a Buy rating and a $64 price target. PRICE ACTION: Since the first day of trade following its Q2 report on July 22, shares of Comcast are down about 3.5%. Since it announced its deal with Time Warner Cable on February 13, shares of the media company have fallen just under 6%. In late-morning trade ahead of tomorrow’s Q3 report, shares of Comcast are down fractionally.
11:38 EDTDTEGYTelekom Austria announces merger between Vip Operator, One
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11:33 EDTTMToyota exec aims to keep Takata despite airbag defect, Reuters says
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07:06 EDTBBBYBed Bath & Beyond management to meet with Deutsche Bank
Field trip to company headquarters to be held in Union, NJ on October 22 hosted by Deutsche Bank.
06:24 EDTTMNHTSA says over 6M cars involved in Takata airbag recalls
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October 21, 2014
12:29 EDTCQBChiquita retiterates 'value' of combination with Fyffes
Chiquita Brands reiterated the value of Chiquita's combination with Fyffes and set the record straight regarding the inaccurate and misleading statements made by the Cutrale Group and the Safra Group in an attempt to support its inadequate $14.00 per share offer to acquire Chiquita. The company said, "The strategic benefits of the Chiquita/Fyffes merger are clear and allow Chiquita shareholders to participate in the significant upside potential of the combined organization. Chiquita shareholders will share access to $62M of Fyffes EBITDA and share in $60M of identified, third party reviewed synergies in the combined company with clear and actionable steps identified in each synergy area. Chiquita shareholders will also retain the option to sell ChiquitaFyffes at a premium in the future."
10:50 EDTSODASodaStream long idea reiterated by Tilson at Robin Hood, Bloomberg reports
October 20, 2014
10:32 EDTTMToyota recalls 247K vehicles equipped with faulty Takata air bags
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. announced plans to conduct a supplemental safety recall of approximately 247,000 Toyota Corolla, Matrix, Sequoia, Tundra and Lexus SC vehicles produced from 2001 to 2004 and equipped with front passenger airbag inflators supplied by Takata Corporation. This action intensifies Toyota’s efforts to reach customers and remedy previously recalled vehicles, and a small number of newly included vehicles, in certain geographic areas that appear to warrant immediate action, based on testing by the supplier. Reference Link
10:30 EDTCQBISS recommends Chiquita shareholders vote for combination with Fyffes
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08:52 EDTCQBWynnefield rejects Chiquita-Fyffes proposal
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October 17, 2014
15:51 EDTCQBCutrale-Safra not considering raising $14-per-share Chiquita offer, Reuters says
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14:50 EDTCQBCutrale-Safra not considering raising $14-per-share Chiquita offer, Reuters says
09:43 EDTCQBChiquita to host special shareholder meeting
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