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April 7, 2014
09:07 EDTDTV, HLTDirecTV, Hilton announce new in-room strategic supplier agreement
Hilton (HLT) and DirecTV (DTV) are joining forces to deliver TV service to more than half a million hotel guest rooms across the U.S. This new agreement will make DIRECTV a television supplier for providing enriching in-room entertainment experiences at Hilton properties. The two companies are also making future plans to enable members of Hilton HHonors, the guest loyalty program for Hilton Worldwide’s ten distinct hotel brands, to earn free stays or HHonors points when they sign up for qualifying DIRECTV service at home. Guests will be able to find the new offering at participating Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hampton Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Homewood Suites by Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton properties in the U.S. this year.
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October 31, 2014
06:29 EDTDTVJudge approves CSN Houston restructuring plan, WSJ reports
A bankruptchy judge approved a restructuring plan that will hand control of ComcastSportsNet Houston to DirecTV (DTV) and AT&T (T), reports the Wall Street Journal. Despite objections from Comcast (CMCSA), the approved plan will shut down the network and then relaunch it under the name Root Sports Houston. Comcast owns about 23% of CSN Houston. Reference Link
06:09 EDTHLTHilton sees FY15 system-wide RevPAR to increase 5%-7%
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06:09 EDTHLTHilton sees Q4 adjusted EPS 16c-18c, consensus 18c
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06:08 EDTHLTHilton sees FY14 adjusted EPS 69c-71c, consensus 69c
Sees FY14 system-wide RevPAR to increase 6%-7%, with ownership RevPAR to increase between 5%-6%; Sees FY14 adjusted EBITDA $2.47B-$2.49B. Sees FY14 CapEx $350M. Net unit growth in FY14 is expected to be approximately 35,000 rooms to 40,000 rooms, a 5.5 percent to 6.5 percent increase in managed and franchised rooms.
06:07 EDTHLTHilton reports Q3 system-wide comparable RevPAR up 8.4%
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06:06 EDTHLTHilton reports Q3 adjusted EPS 18c, consensus 17c
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October 30, 2014
15:41 EDTHLTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Exxon Mobil (XOM), consensus $1.73; Chevron (CVX), consensus $2.56; AbbVie (ABBV), consensus 77c; NextEra Energy (NEE), consensus $1.55; Dominion Resources (D), consensus 96c; Aon plc (AON), consensus $1.12; Weyerhaeuser (WY), consensus 30c; Clorox (CLX), consensus $1.03; Rockwell Collins (COL), consensus $1.27; Newell Rubbermaid (NWL), consensus 55c; Pinnacle West (PNW), consensus $2.15; Legg Mason (LM), consensus 0c; TECO Energy (TE), consensus 32c; Oshkosh (OSK), consensus 82c; Hilton Worldwide (HLT), consensus 17c; Genesee & Wyoming (GWR), consensus $1.17; Spirit AeroSystems (SPR), consensus 74c; Madison Square Garden (MSG), consensus 32c; Magellan Midstream (MMP), consensus 66c.
08:56 EDTHLTHilton signs exclusive license agreement with Plateno Hotels Group
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07:40 EDTHLTHilton volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Hilton November call option implied volatility is at 39, December and January is at 31; compares to its 26-week average of 26 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on October 31.
October 28, 2014
13:09 EDTDTVOptions with increasing implied volatility
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October 24, 2014
12:38 EDTDTVFCC delays incentive auction until early 2016
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October 22, 2014
18:34 EDTDTVOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Select Comfort (SCSS), up 13.1% after reporting third quarter results and increasing share repurchase authorization to $250M... Infinera (INFN), up 9.8%... Tractor Supply (TSCO), up 11.8%... Acacia Research (ACTG), up 7.7%... Marketo (MKTO), up 4.5%... O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY), up 3.9%... Fortinet (FTNT), up 1.5%... Mellanox (MLNX), up 2.9%... ServiceNow (NOW), up just under 1%. ALSO HIGHER: CarMax (KMX), up 1% after announcing a $2B increase to its share repurchase program. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Air Methods (AIRM), down 19.8% following preliminary third quarter results... Yelp (YELP), down 13.6%... Core Laboratories (CLB), down 7.9%... Varian Medical (VAR), down 4.9% after reporting fourth quarter results... Open Text (OTEX), down 3.9%... Citrix (CTXS), down 5.7%... Cheesecake Factory (CAKE), down 4.5%... Allied World (AWH), down 4.7%... Lam Research (LRCX), down 3.3%... Skechers (SKX), down just under 1% after reporting third quarter results above analyst estimates... AT&T (T), down 1.5%. ALSO LOWER: DIRECTV (DTV), down just under 1% following AT&T third quarter results... Alcobra (ADHD), down 16% following results of MDX study... WidePoint (WYY), down 8.1% after filing an automatic common stock shelf... New Mountain Finance (NMFC), down 4.4% after filing to sell 5M shares of common stock.
11:12 EDTDTVFCC stops 'informal clock' for review of AT&T, Comcast proposed deals
Federal Communications Commission disclosed in a notice on its website that a number of commenters filed a motion for an extension of time to file replies in Docket 14-57, which is the review of the application of Comcast (CMCSA) for approval of its proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable (TWC). Among other points, the commenters argue that certain third-party programmers “do not want any of the interested parties’ outside counsel or experts to view [their programming contracts],” the FCC noted. "We agree with these commenters that their current inability to review Highly Confidential Information that has been submitted in these dockets significantly hampers their ability to meaningfully comment and participate in these proceedings, in both Docket 14-57 and Docket 14-90. Accordingly, we are suspending the pleading cycles and stopping our 180-day informal time clock in both dockets," the FCC stated. Docket 14-90 refers to AT&T's (T) proposed purchase of DIRECTV (DTV). Reference Link
October 21, 2014
13:09 EDTDTVEarnings Preview: AT&T to benefit from strong iPhone 6 demand, Wells Fargo says
AT&T (T) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the market close on Wednesday, October 22, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. AT&T is a global telecommunications company offering wireless and long distance services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 64c on revenue of $33.24B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 59c-66c on revenue of $31.77B-$34.34B. LAST QUARTER: AT&T reported second quarter EPS of 62c against estimates for 63c on revenue of $32.6B against estimates for $33.22B. On its Q2 earnings report, the company forecast FY14 EPS growth at the low end of a mid-single digit range, compared to consensus of $2.62. It sees: FY14 consolidated revenue growth in the 5% range, versus consensus $133.93B; FY14 free cash flow in the $11B range; FY14 capital expenditures remaining in the $21B range. In Q2, AT&T reported the following: total branded smartphone net adds, both postpaid and prepaid, of 576,000; total branded tablet net adds of 250,000; 366,000 postpaid tablet net adds; postpaid churn of 0.86%. On September 25, DirecTV (DTV) stockholders voted overwhelmingly to approve DIRECTV’s proposed merger with AT&T. STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been light in the weeks leading up to AT&T's Q3 earnings report. On September 15, Wells Fargo said AT&T should particularly benefit from strong Apple (AAPL) iPhone 6 demand. After Apple reported that over 4M iPhone 6 units were pre-ordered in the first 24 hours of eligibility, Wells Fargo said that it believed strong demand for the phones will be positive for all of the wireless carriers, but particularly for AT&T because of its strategic decision to focus on its early upgrade "Next!" program. The firm maintained its Outperform rating on AT&T. PRICE ACTION: AT&T’s shares have fallen approximately 4% since the company's Q2 report, but they did manage to make a 52-week high of $37.48 in late July. In afternoon trading ahead of tomorrow’s Q3 report, AT&T’s shares are up 0.5%.
October 20, 2014
13:40 EDTHLTOptions with increasing implied volatility
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October 17, 2014
10:51 EDTHLT, DTVOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: COV DISH HLT QEP GREK BKW BYI LLY DTV TIBX
10:00 EDTHLTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AK Steel (AKS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... AMD (AMD) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at Pacific Crest... Atlantic Power (AT) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at BMO Capital... Basic Energy (BAS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... BorgWarner (BWA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... CA Technologies (CA) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Calumet Specialty Products (CLMT) upgraded to Outperform at Wells Fargo... DHT Holdings (DHT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore... Exelon (EXC) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Fifth Third Bancorp (FITB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Goldman Sachs (GS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Helmerich & Payne (HP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Hilton (HLT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Hyatt Hotels (H) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... IPG Photonics (IPGP) upgraded at Stifel... ITC Holdings (ITC) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Manpower (MAN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Avondale... Nabors Industries (NBR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Newpark Resources (NR) upgraded at Cowen... Old Dominion (ODFL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... PDC Energy (PDCE) upgraded at SunTrust... Patterson-UTI (PTEN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... PrivateBancorp (PVTB) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... QLogic (QLGC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Summit Research... RPC, Inc. (RES) upgraded at Cowen... Sonoco (SON) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at DA Davidson... Southwestern Energy (SWN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... SunEdison (SUNE) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... TSMC (TSM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Mizuho... Tesco (TESO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... UnitedHealth (UNH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink... Xilinx (XLNX) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo.
08:30 EDTHLTLodging cycle is not broken, says Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse said the correction in the Lodging group has crated a buying opportunity in its best ideas, Marriott (MAR), Hilton (HLT) and La Quinta (LQ). The analyst said low supply growth, healthy corporate travel demand, and lower gasoline prices continue to support the lodging cycle.
07:50 EDTHLTHilton upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust
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06:45 EDTHLTHilton upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust
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