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July 17, 2014
10:00 EDTREXMY, MQBKY, GNC, CHTR, PETM, JMI, DEO, FOXA, PNC, IGT, COVOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: 21st Century Fox (FOXA) downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at ISI Group... Charter (CHTR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Covidien (COV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Diageo (DEO) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... GNC Holdings (GNC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... International Game (IGT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... JAVELIN Mortgage (JMI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities... Macquarie Group (MQBKY) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... PNC Financial (PNC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... PetSmart (PETM) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Rexam (REXMY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank.
News For FOXA;CHTR;COV;DEO;GNC;IGT;JMI;MQBKY;PNC;PETM;REXMY From The Last 14 Days
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February 24, 2015
07:30 EDTCHTRJPMorgan to hold a conference
Global High Yield & Leveraged Finance Conference is being held in Miami Beach, FL on February 23-25 with webcasted company presentations to begin on February 24 at 7:40 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
06:56 EDTFOXAFox News' O'Reilly mounts defense of disputed statements, NY Times reports
Bill O'Reilly, the host of a popular prime time show on 21st Century Fox's Fox News, yesterday defended himself against accusations that he had falsely claimed to have reported on the Falklands war and to have covered "active war zones," according to The New York Times. O'Reilly, who says he covered violent demonstrations in the aftermath of the war, last night played footage of violent protests in Argentina following the conflict and spoke with a former NBC News bureau chief who said there were tanks in the streets of Buenos Aires when OReilly was there, the newspaper stated. The website Mother Jones and a number of O'Reilly's former CBS colleagues have disputed his accounts, The times reported. Reference Link
February 23, 2015
09:12 EDTFOXADiscovery volatility flat into 21st Century Fox denied it held talks
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08:55 EDTFOXAFox News' O'Reilly defending statements, NY Times reports
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08:33 EDTFOXA'Fifty Shades' ticket sales retain top spot at box office, Reuters says
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07:00 EDTFOXA21st Century Fox says 'no truth' in rumors of Discovery talks, Reuters reports
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06:34 EDTFOXA21st Century Fox, Discovery held preliminary merger talks, AFR reports
21st Century Fox (FOXA) executives met with their counterparts at Discovery Communications (DISCA) nearly two weeks ago to discuss a possible takeover offer, The Australian Financial Review reports, citing sources. According to the sources, discussions were "nascent" and talks are in the "very, very early days." A spokesperson for 21st Century Fox has denied talks took place. Reference Link
February 19, 2015
12:45 EDTREXMYOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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08:01 EDTREXMYBall Corp. to hold a conference call
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05:49 EDTREXMYBall's proposed acquisition of Rexam valued at $8.4B
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05:47 EDTREXMYBall Corp. confirms deal to acquire Rexam
The boards of Ball Corp. (BLL) and Rexam (REXMY) announced that they have reached agreement on the terms of a recommended offer for the entire issued and to be issued ordinary share capital of Rexam by Ball UK Acquisition Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ball. The Offer is to be effected by means of a court-sanctioned scheme of arrangement under Part 26 of the Companies Act. Under the terms of the Offer, Rexam Ordinary Shareholders will be entitled to receive for each Rexam Ordinary Share held 407 pence in cash and 0.04568 of a New Ball share. Ball will provide a Mix and Match Facility, which will allow Rexam Ordinary Shareholders to elect to vary, subject to the availability of offsetting elections, the proportions in which they receive New Ball Shares and cash. In addition, Rexam Ordinary Shareholders will be entitled to the 2014 Final Dividend of 11.9 pence announced by Rexam today, subject to shareholder approval, and to any other dividends declared or paid by Rexam in respect of any completed six-month period ended 30 June or 31 December between the date of this announcement and the date of the day before the Effective Date consistent with Rexam's past practice, provided that such dividends do not exceed the corresponding interim or final dividend paid or declared in respect of 2014. The combination is expected to be accretive to earnings per share within the first full year of completion and is in line with Ball's strategy to increase Economic Value Added dollars or returns greater than its weighted average cost of capital on its larger average invested capital base. The combination is expected to foster meaningful EVA dollar growth over the medium term. The Ball Board has approved the Offer and intends to recommend unanimously that Ball Shareholders vote in favour of the Offer. The receipt of competition authority clearances in the E.U. and U.S. is a Pre-Condition to the Offer. In addition, Ball and Rexam have agreed that the absence of a requirement to make material divestitures in the E.U. and the U.S. on a combined basis is a Condition of the Offer. It is expected that the Scheme Document will be posted to Rexam Shareholders shortly after the satisfaction or waiver of the Pre-Condition. The Offer is expected to complete in the first half of 2016.
February 18, 2015
13:04 EDTREXMYBall Corp. near deal to acquire Rexam, WSJ reports
Ball Corp. (BLL) is close to acquiring Rexam (REXMY) in a deal that could be announced this week, Wall Street Journal reports, citing people familiar with the matter. The companies confirmed earlier this month that they were in merger talks. A combination would create the largest beverage-can maker in the world. Peers of Ball include Crown Holdings (CCK), Owens-Illinois (OI) and Silgan Holdings (SLGN). Reference Link
12:44 EDTREXMYBall Corp. near deal to acquire Rexam, Dow reports
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February 17, 2015
18:17 EDTCHTRJANA Partners gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: NCR (NCR), Liberty Ventures (LVNTA), Solarcity (SCTY), Computer Sciences Corp (CSC), Salix (SLXP), and Applied Materials (AMAT). INCREASED STAKES: Hertz (HTZ), Valeant (VRX), Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA), Rackspace (RAX), and HD Supply (HDS). DECREASED STAKES: AIG (AIG), Actavis (ACT), Charter (CHTR), AerCap (AER), and Energy Transfer Equity (ETE). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Equinix (EQIX), Cameron International (CAM), Dollar General (DG), QEP Resources (QEP), and Amgen (AMGN).
17:29 EDTFOXA, CHTRBerkshire Hathaway gives quarterly update on stakes, exits Exxon Mobil
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12:56 EDTFOXADecline of TV viewing accelerated, NY Post reports
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09:29 EDTCOVMedtronic says FY16 constant currency revenue may be up mid-single digit range
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09:27 EDTCOVMedtronic, Covidien targeting over $850M in cost synergies through FY18
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08:49 EDTCOVMedtronic sees being at high end of Q4 revenue growth range
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07:15 EDTFOXA'Fifty Shades' opens to $94.4M, WSJ says
Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) subsidiary Universal's "Fifty Shades of Grey" earned roughly $94.4M in its opening weekend, reports the Wall Street Journal. The film earned an additional $172M overseas. Fox' (FOX, FOX.A) "Kingsman: The Secret Service" debuted in second place with $42M, and Viacom (VIA, VIA.B) subsidiary Paramount's "SpongeBob SquarePants: Sponge Out of Water" took $40M in its second week. Reference Link
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