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August 7, 2014
17:06 EDTSAAS, FOXA, TWX, SSYS, THOR, COUPOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory and appeared ready to build on yesterday’s gains. There was little to point to as a catalyst, but the early move was likely helped by better than expected initial jobless claims data and an agreement to an extended ceasefire by between Gaza and Israel. The market saw its highs shortly after the open and then began to drift lower. By noon each of the major equity indexes had crossed into negative ground and by mid-afternoon the sellers were in control and renewed the selling trend that has been prevalent in recent sessions. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims dropped 14K to 289K in the week ended August 2, versus expectations for 300K new claims. Consumer credit grew by $17.3B in June, versus expectations for it to have increased $18.3B for the month. In Europe, both the European Central Bank and the Bank of England decided to keep their main interest rates unchanged. COMPANY NEWS: 21st Century Fox (FOXA) advanced $1.63, or 5.04%, to $33.96 after the company reported higher than expected fourth quarter earnings and the stock was upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Cowen. Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch spoke on the company's earnings conference call, which is a bit outside of the recent norm, and said the company's decision to no longer pursue an acquisition of Time Warner (TWX) is "resolute." Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey echoed that the company is "done" as far as Time Warner and added that 21st Century Fox says will not pursue any other content company. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was inContact (SAAS), which gained $1.34, or 17.45%, to $9.02 and was upgraded at Oppenheimer and Benchmark Co. after reporting better than expected Q2 results. Also higher was Stratasys (SSYS), which rose $14.78, or 14.94%, to $113.69 after the company reported stronger than expected second quarter results and raised its guidance. Among the noteworthy losers was Thoratec (THOR), which fell $9.83, or 30.18%, to $22.74 and was downgraded by at least four Street firms following the company's Q2 miss and lowered guidance. Also lower after its earnings report were shares of Coupons.com (COUP), which fell $4.58, or 23.5%, to $14.91. INDEXES: The Dow fell 75.07, or 0.46%, to 16,368.27, the Nasdaq dropped 20.08, or 0.46%, to 4,334.97, and the S&P 500 slipped 10.67, or 0.56%, to 1,909.57.
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October 29, 2014
06:41 EDTSSYSStratasys Q3 should 'comfortably exceed' consensus, says Piper Jaffray
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October 28, 2014
15:31 EDTCOUPCourt grants summary judgment in favor of Coupons.com against Document Security
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14:48 EDTCOUPCoupons.com granted summary judgement over Document Security in lawsuit
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10:12 EDTTHOROn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:44 EDTTWXTime Warner's HBO to announce layoffs this week, Variety reports
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06:12 EDTSSYSGartner says worldwide shipments of 3D printers to reach over 217,000 in 2015
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05:40 EDTTHORThoratec downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
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October 23, 2014
07:53 EDTTWXAlibaba CEO ups Hollywood content pursuit with studio meetings, Bloomberg says
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07:52 EDTSSYSStratasys positioned for good Q3, solid Q4, says Jefferies
Jefferies says its reseller survey indicates Stratasys (SSYS) had a good Q3 and is set for a solid Q4, in contrast to peer 3D Systems (DDD). The firm notes it survey suggests Stratasys is discounting more than 3D, which it attributes to the company reinvesting currency benefits. Jefferies says Stratasys remains its top pick. It has a Buy rating on the stock with a $155 price target.
October 22, 2014
13:06 EDTFOXAEarnings 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.
10:09 EDTSSYSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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October 21, 2014
16:17 EDTSSYSStratasys initiated with a Perform at Oppenheimer
09:55 EDTTWXBlackout not 'game changer' for Time Warner, DISH, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo believes the removal of several of Time Warner's (TWX) Turner channels from DISH's (DISH) line-up will not be a "game changer" for either company. Wells notes the majority of Time Warner's affiliate growth comes from TNT and TBS networks, and it does not expect the channel loss to impact DISH's subscriber trends. The firm expects the networks to come back to DISH "eventually."
October 20, 2014
06:49 EDTFOXATumblr, TV shows collaborate to broaden reach, NY Times says
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October 19, 2014
18:38 EDTFOXASony's ‘Fury’ wins at the box office,'Gone Girl' keeps second place, WSJ says
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17:39 EDTFOXADish's AutoHop wins wins tentative ruling over Fox, Bloomberg says
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October 17, 2014
10:58 EDTTWXHBO streaming service may cost around $15 a month, The Information reports
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10:16 EDTTHORHigh option volume stocks
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09:33 EDTFOXATribune, 21st Century Fox renew, extend Seattle affiliate agreement
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08:00 EDTTWXHBO may have fight with cable operators over OTT service price, Reuters says
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