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July 17, 2014
10:00 EDTCOV, REXMY, MQBKY, GNC, CHTR, PETM, JMI, DEO, FOXA, PNC, IGTOn 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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April 21, 2015
06:47 EDTFOXATalal a big backer of Fox's James Murdoch, Reuters says
Saudi Arabia's Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, who owns a 6.6% stake in Twenty-First Century Fox, says he "really loves" James Murdoch, the son of the company's octogenarian CEO, Rupert Murdoch. James understands the digital world and is ready to take on a much bigger role at the company, the news service quoted the prince as saying. The prince's support may be setting the stage for James Murdoch to take day-to-day control of the company "sooner rather than later," Reuters stated. Reference Link
April 20, 2015
17:04 EDTCHTROn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
Stocks on Wall Street were higher for the day, beginning the session sharply higher and remaining in positive territory throughout. Chinaís central bank announced a reduction in bank reserve requirements in an effort to increase liquidity and spur economic growth within the country. Following the open, the market moved in a relatively narrow range as investors await the latest round of earnings reports for one of the season's heavier weeks. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed National Activity Index came in at 0.42 versus expectations for positive 0.1. In Asia, the People's Bank of China lowered its reserve requirement ratio, by 1 percentage point, the lowest since the financial crisis. Despite this, the Shanghai Composite Index fell 1.6% because regulators had already begun curbing speculative trading on Friday. COMPANY NEWS: Morgan Stanley (MS) advanced 0.57%, or 21c, to $36.96 after reporting earnings prior to the market open. The bank beat on both EPS and revenue, and also raised its dividend to 15c from 10c. CEO James Gorman was pleased with the quarter and cited growth across the majority of the company's operations. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Hasbro (HAS), which rose 12.55% to end the session at $74.16 after reporting EPS and revenue in excess of analyst expectations. During its earnings conference call, the company appeared confident on its 2015 offerings which include Disney (DIS) Princess and Frozen product lines. Also higher was Rovi (ROVI), gaining 8.64% to close the day at $19.11 after renewing its licensing and program guide agreement with Charter (CHTR). Among the noteworthy losers was Caesars Entertainment (CZR), tumbling 17.01% to $10 after failing to reach an agreement on its restructuring. Also lower were a number of medical companies involved in the development of CAR-T cancer therapies, including Kite Pharma (KITE), Juno Therapeutics (JUNO), blue bird bio (BLUE), and ZIOPHARM Oncology (ZIOP). The drop followed disappointing, small-scale studies presented during the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research. INDEXES: The Dow rose 208.63, or 1.17%, to 18,034.93, the Nasdaq advanced 62.79, or 1.27%, to 4,994.6, and the S&P 500 gained 19.22, or 0.92%, to 2,100.4.
12:31 EDTCHTROn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after Chinaís central bank relaxed reserve requirements for its banks. The nation's own stock market struggled to overcome the cross current of other actions taken to cut down on speculative trading there, but U.S. stock markets surged at the open and had not looked back by midday. The domestic economic calendar has quiet and earnings continue to be the focal point at home, as a great number of S&P 500 companies prepare to report this week. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed National Activity Index had a reading of -0.42, versus expectations for a +0.10 reading. A reading below zero represents economic activity below trend. In China, the People's Bank of China cut the reserve-requirement ratio, or the amount of reserves lenders need to hold, by 1 full percentage point, which was the biggest cut since the depths of the financial crisis and more than expected by economists. However, the Shanghai Composite Index still dropped 1.6%, since the reserve-requirement cut came after regulators had moved to curb speculative trading with actions taken Friday. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Morgan Stanley (MS) advanced 1% after the bank's headline earnings excluding certain adjustments and tax benefits beat expectations. CEO James Gorman noted that the first quarter of the year was the bank's "strongest quarter in many years with improved performance across most areas of the firm." Morgan Stanley also increased its quarterly dividend to 15c per share from 10c per share. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Hasbro (HAS), which gained 10% after the toymaker's sales and profits widely topped expectations in its fiscal first quarter. Also higher was Rovi (ROVI), which gained more than 10% after the company announced it has renewed its patent license and interactive program guide product agreement with Charter Communications (CHTR). Among the noteworthy losers was FARO Technologies (FARO), which dropped 25% and was downgraded by Noble Financial and Needham after the preannounced lower than expected first quarter revenue. Also lower were a number of companies that are developing CAR-T cancer therapies following the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research. Mizuho analyst Peter Lawson attributed the pullback to disappointment in this weekend's solid tumor data on a small number of patients with advanced cancers who were given CAR-T therapy developed by Novartis (NVS) and the University of Pennsylvania. Shares of Kite Pharma (KITE), Juno Therapeutics (JUNO), blue bird bio (BLUE), and ZIOPHARM Oncology (ZIOP) were all lower near noon. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 236.19, or 1.32%, to 18,062.49, the Nasdaq was up 59.54, or 1.21%, to 4,991.35, and the S&P 500 was up 21.82, or 1.05%, to 2,103.00.
12:08 EDTCHTRTiming of Rovi renewal with Charter a plus, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan said the timing of the closing of Rovi's (ROVI) renewal of its IP and programming guide agreement with Charter (CHTR) is advantageous given Rovi's other impending renewals and should give some confidence that large service provider renewals don't hinge on the outcome of the company's court case with Netflix (NFLX). However, the firm added that it would not be surprised to see more volatility in Rovi shares if court rulings favor Netflix and it kept a Neutral rating on the stock.
09:52 EDTCHTRRovi deal with Charter a 'material' positive, says Piper Jaffray
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08:01 EDTCHTRRovi, Charter sign multi-year license renewal
Rovi (ROVI) announced that the company has renewed its patent license and interactive program guide product agreement with Charter Communications (CHTR). The license renewal extends Charterís IPG patent license. Under the terms of the agreement, Charter will also be able to license Roviís products and services, including Rovi Search, Recommendations and Conversation Services, Rovi Metadata and Rovi Analytics.
07:56 EDTCHTRCharter would pursue Time Warner if Comcast deal blocked, says UBS
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April 19, 2015
15:24 EDTFOXAComcast's 'Furious 7' leads U.S. weekend box office with $29.1M
For the weekend of April 19, Universal's (CMCSA, CMCSK) "Furious 7" topped domestic box office charts at $29.1M. Sony's (SNE) "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2" landed in second place with $24M for the weekend while Universal's "Unfriended" came in third with $16M. Fox's (FOX, FOXA) "Home" and "The Longest Ride" took fourth and fifth place at $10.3M and $6.8M, respectively. Data gathered by Rentrak.
April 17, 2015
14:06 EDTCHTRDOJ lawyers leaning toward suit to block Comcast-TWC deal, Bloomberg says
Lawyers at the Justice Departmentís antitrust division are leaning toward making a recommendation to file suit to block Comcastís (CMCSA) proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable (TWC), according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. Staff attorneys could submit their review to Renata Hesse, a deputy assistant attorney general for antitrust, as soon as next week, the report added. John Malone, the chairman of Liberty Media (LMCA), has previously said that Charter Communications (CHTR) would look to buy Time Warner Cable if its deal with Comcast falls through. Shares of Comcast are down 2.6% to $58.11 in afternoon trading after Bloomberg's report, while Time Warner Cable shares are down 5.6% to $149.30. Reference Link
April 16, 2015
09:11 EDTDEODiageo reports Q3 sales down 0.7%
Diageo reports that in the nine months ended March 31, net sales declined 0.3% on an organic basis and were down 0.7% in the quarter, with volume down 1.7% in the nine month period and 0.8% in the quarter. In the nine month period reported net sales grew 4.6%. Acquisitions, principally United Spirits Limited, contributed GBP700M, partially offset by an adverse impact of currency movements of GBP298M and a reduction of GBP28M due to disposals. CEO Ivan Menezes commented: "Our performance in the quarter reflects continued tough conditions in the emerging markets and subdued consumer demand in some developed markets. However it also reflects the actions we have taken to ensure we are building a stronger business. Of key importance is that depletions continue to outpace shipments as we embed our sell out culture."
April 15, 2015
17:07 EDTIGTInternational Game subsidiary awarded $75M-$80M Minnesota Lottery contract
International Game subsidiary GTECH Corporation has entered into a contract with the Minnesota State Lottery to provide new lottery technology, an IP-communications network, multimedia displays, self-service products, and ongoing support services, following a competitive procurement. The 7.5 year integrated services contract with the Lottery contains three renewal options of one year each, or up to one renewal of three years, or any variation thereof. The company expects to receive approximately $75M-$80M in revenues over the base 7.5 year contract period, which runs through August 9, 2023.
11:21 EDTPNCPNC Financial sees lower oil prices as 'net positive' for consumers
11:18 EDTPNCPNC Financial says to 'turn up heat' on expenses
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10:51 EDTPNCPNC sees total 2015 revenue under more pressure than previously expected
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09:08 EDTPNCOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:23 EDTPNCPNC Financial sees 'stable' net interest income in Q2 vs. Q1
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06:36 EDTPNCPNC Financial reports Q1 EPS $1.75, consensus $1.72
Reports Q1 revenue $3.73B, consensus $3.75B. Reports Q1 book value per share $78.99. Reports Q1 Basel III common equity Tier 1 capital ratio 10.4%. Reports Q1 net charge-offs 0.20%.
April 14, 2015
15:34 EDTPNCNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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12:29 EDTPNC PNC Financial volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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07:06 EDTCHTRARRIS and Charter establish JV, to acquire ActiveVideo for $135M
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