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January 2, 2013
06:05 EDTBA, LMT, CMCSA, GOOG, GM, GD, CHTR, TWC, TM, F, NOC, CALX, VZ, FIATYOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: The recovering U.S. auto industry (F, GM, FIATY, TM) should hit its stride this year as new vehicle offerings, pickup truck demand and a stable economy push sales above 15M, the Wall Street Journal reports...Growth in broadband revenue has helped cable operators offset a stagnant pay-TV market, but the industry (GOOG, VZ, TWC, CMCSA, CALX, CHTR) is resisting pressure from local governments, businesses and universities to offer ultrafast Internet service, opening the door to new competitors, the Wall Street Journal reports...REUTERS: U.S. stocks are poised for gains to begin the year after passage of a bill to avoid harsh tax hikes that would have hit most Americans and crimped economic growth, Reuters reports...U.S. sales of warplanes, anti-missile systems and other weapons to China's and North Korea's neighbors appear set for significant growth (LMT, NOC, GD, BA) amid regional security uncertainty, Reuters reports...BLOOMBERG: Middle East and North Africa equities are set to outperform emerging markets as higher dividends and state-funded expansion attract investors looking for better returns, says Franklin Templeton Investment Management, Bloomberg reports...Oil increased to the highest level in over 10 weeks in New York--as much as 1.1%--after lawmakers reached a deal to avert automatic tax increases and spending cuts that threatened growth in the U.S. economy, Bloomberg reports.
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July 20, 2015
11:33 EDTLMTLockheed Martin says reviewed options for info tech units 'for some time'
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11:25 EDTLMTLockheed Martin says will finance Sikorsky purchase with $1B cash, $8B debt
Says expects to pay 3.75% coupon on Sikorsky-related debt. Expects to close the purchase "as soon as possible" and sees integration costs centered in 2016. Sees deal providing $450M/year tax deduction. Expects transaction to be marginally accretive to EPS starting in 2017. Comments from company's Q2 earnings conference call.
11:19 EDTLMTLockheed Martin says 'well positioned' for 2H15
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11:13 EDTLMTLockheed Martin says FY15 tracking as planned
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08:31 EDTGOOGGoogle Class A price target raised to $850 from $675 at Argus
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07:46 EDTLMTLockheed Martin reports Q2 Aeronautics revenue $4.13B
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07:43 EDTLMTLockheed Martin raises FY15 EPS to $11.00-$11.30 from $10.85-$11.15
FY15 EPS consensus $11.23. Backs FY15 revenue $43.5B-$45B, consensus $44.55B. Backs FY15 orders $43.5B-$45B. Raises FY15 consolidated operating profit $5.43B-$5.58B from $5.35B-$5.5B. Backs FY15 cash from operations of at least $5B.
07:43 EDTLMTLockheed Martin to acquire Sikorsky Aircraft business for $9B
United Technologies (UTX) announced that it has reached an agreement to sell its Sikorsky Aircraft business to Lockheed Martin (LMT) for $9B in cash. The transaction, which is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions and adjustments, is projected to close by year-end or in the Q1 of FY16. Proceeds from the sale are expected to be used to fund additional share repurchase to offset the earnings impact related to the sale. The company will discuss this transaction at its previously scheduled conference call with investors. In addition, UTC's Board of Directors has authorized a share repurchase program for up to 75M shares of the company's common stock, which would be worth approximately $8.3B based on the NYSE closing price of UTC shares on July 17. The new authorization replaces a previous program, approved in February 2013, which was nearing completion. The precise timing and amount of repurchases will be determined based on the company's evaluation of market conditions and other factors, and the program may be suspended or discontinued at any time.
07:40 EDTLMTLockheed Martin to conduct strategic review of govt IT infrastructure business
On July 20, 2015, Lockheed Martin also announced that it will conduct a strategic review of the government IT infrastructure services business within its IS&GS business segment and the technical services business within its MFC business segment. The programs to be reviewed represent approximately $6B in estimated 2015 annual sales and approximately 17,000 employees. The Lockheed Martin expects the strategic review will result in a spin-off to its shareholders or sale of these businesses. The IS&GS programs that are not included in the strategic review are mostly focused on defense and intelligence customers and will be realigned into the Lockheed Martin's other business segments following completion of the review. The Corporation expects to complete the strategic review in 2015. While the Lockheed Martin performs its strategic review, it will maintain the current operating and reporting structure and will continue to report the financial results of the government IT infrastructure services and technical services businesses in its continuing operations.
07:39 EDTLMTLockheed Martin reports Q2 cash from operations was $1.3B
07:36 EDTLMTLockheed Martin reports Q2 EPS $2.94, consensus $2.67
Reports Q2 revenue $11.64B, consensus $10.99B.
06:43 EDTGMGM's Opel to cut production at two German factories, Reuters reports
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06:12 EDTGOOGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GOOG WMB
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06:10 EDTGOOGYouTube advertisers surge 40% over past year, FT reports
The number of advertisers on Google's YouTube has increased more than 40% in the past year, the Financial Times reports. YouTube said that advertisers from the top 100 brands, ranked by Interbrand, were spending 60% more on advertising than last year, the report says. The website does not disclose revenue figures, but certain data show that it is benefiting from a surge in demand for digital video advertising as millennials spend more time on the site, the report says. Reference Link
July 19, 2015
20:33 EDTLMT, BAMedia reports say Lockheed to buy UTX's Sikorsky
According to media reports, Lockheed Martin (LMT) has agreed to purchase United Technologies' (UTX) Sikorsky unit. The news comes after several months of speculation surrounding Sikorsky, and an announcement could be made just a day prior to second quarter earnings for both United and Lockheed. WHAT'S NEW: Reuters reported on Sunday that Lockheed Martin has agreed to buy Sikorsky Aircraft from United Technologies for over $8B, according to two sources, adding that the deal is set to be formally announced on Monday. The news was later echoed by Bloomberg, citing a person familiar with the talks. WHAT'S NOTABLE: United Technologies first reported that it was exploring strategic options for its Sikorsky unit on March 11. At the time, the company noted that options included a spinoff or a stand-alone public company, saying that the split could allow United "to better focus on providing high-technology systems and services to the aerospace and building industries." Following the announcement, UBS remarked that it was "not surprised" and reiterated a $136 price target on United shares. On May 20, the Wall Street Journal quoted sources as saying Boeing (BA), Airbus (EADSY) and Lockheed submitted bids for the helicopter maker, with a speculated deal thought to reach the $10B area. A June 9 report from Reuters added Textron (TXT) to the list of bidders. Today's news -- though unconfirmed by either United or Lockheed -- comes ahead of second quarter earnings reports for both companies scheduled for Tuesday, July 21. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Lockheed Martin declined 0.22% to $201.18 at the close of trading on July 17, while those of United Technologies fell 0.45% to $110.76.
19:32 EDTBABoeing India eyeing investments in local aerospace companies, PTI says
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16:14 EDTGOOGGoogle to build home services platform, Re/code says
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15:43 EDTCMCSADisney's 'Ant-Man' leads U.S. weekend box office with $58M
For the weekend of July 19, Disney's (DIS) "Ant-Man" topped domestic box office charts at $58M. Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) subsidiary Universal's "Minions" landed in second place with $50.2M, while Universal's "Trainwreck" came in third with $30.2M. Disney's "Inside Out" and Universal's "Jurassic World" took fourth and fifth place at $11.7M and $11.4M, respectively. Data gathered by Rentrak.
15:31 EDTLMTLockheed Martin to buy Sikorsky for over $8B, Reuters says
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12:50 EDTTMJapanese blue chips could see gains of 30% or more, Barron's says
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