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June 10, 2014
04:55 EDTFTR, FTR, FTR, CCOI, CCOI, CCOI, FRP, FRP, FRP, RRD, RRD, RRD, CBB, CBB, CBB, CNSL, CNSL, CNSL, GTIV, GTIV, GTIV, STX, STX, STX, BIOS, BIOS, BIOS, MSCC, MSCC, MSCCMorgan Stanley to hold a conference
Morgan Stanley Finance Leveraged Conference to be held New Orleans on June 10-12.
News For FTR;BIOS;STX;GTIV;CNSL;CBB;RRD;FRP;CCOI;MSCC From The Last 14 Days
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August 24, 2015
08:35 EDTMSCCMicrosemi downgraded to Hold from Buy at Drexel Hamilton
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06:31 EDTRRDR.R. Donnelley Lynchburg. VA facility earns VPP recertification by OSHA
R. R. Donnelley announced that its Lynchburg, VA facility has been recertified to Voluntary Protection Program, or VPP, Star Status by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, or OSHA. VPP certification is attained only after an organization undergoes a rigorous onsite evaluation conducted by a team of health and safety professionals. Star Status certification is the highest certification level granted by OSHA. RR Donnelley maintains five OSHA VPP Star Status-certified facilities.
August 21, 2015
16:34 EDTSTXMarket enters correction territory in worst week in four years
For the week, stocks plummeted amid concerns about a slowing Chinese economy and declining oil prices. MACRO NEWS: Monday, the Empire State manufacturing index crashed to -14.92 in August after rebounding to 3.86 in July from June's -1.98. The consensus estimate was 4.75, and the surprising drop puts the index at its lowest point since April 2009... Meanwhile, the NAHB homebuilder sentiment index rose to 61 in August from 60 in June, matching consensus estimates... Tuesday, July housing starts edged up 0.2% to 1.206M, beating consensus estimates for 1.180M in the best reading since October 2007. Building permits, however, fell 16.3% to 1.119M against expectations for 1.230M, while single family starts rose 12.8% and multifamily numbers fell 17.0%... Wednesday, the July consumer price index edged up 0.1% against expectations for 0.2% reading. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, also came in at 0.1% versus consensus estimates of 0.2%... Meanwhile, FOMC minutes showed no definitive indication of a September rate hike... Thursday, initial jobless claims rose to 277,000 from a revised 273,000, bringing the 4-week moving average to 271,500... The Philadelphia Fed index rose 2.6 points to 8.3 in August, beating expectations for a 7.5 reading... Friday, the PMI Manufacturing Index Flash for August came in at a level of 52.9, below the prior level of 53.8 and the consensus level of 54.2. COMPANY NEWS: Monday, Liberty Interactive (QVCA) announced an agreement to acquire zulily (ZU) for $18.75 per share in a deal valuing the online shopping site at $2.4B. The acquisition will be attributed to Liberty's QVC tracking stock, though the companies specified that QVC and zulily will operate as separate brands... Amazon (AMZN) founder and CEO Jeff Bezos downplayed a recent New York Times critique of the company's workplace practices, telling employees in an email that "the article doesn't describe the Amazon I know or the caring Amazonians I work with every day..." Tuesday, Wal-Mart (WMT) cut its full year earnings outlook, with company executives on a subsequent conference call expressing confidence in China but noting that Brazil and U.K. remain challenging markets for the company... Wednesday, Seagate Technology (STX) agreed to acquire Dot Hill Systems (HILL) for $9.75 per share, noting that it expects the deal to be non-GAAP EPS accretive in fiscal 2016... Thursday, Valeant (VRX) agreed to acquire Sprout Pharmaceuticals for roughly $1B in cash plus a profit-sharing agreement, adding that it expects to bring the company's recently-approved female sexual dysfunction drug Addyi to the U.S. by Q4... Friday, Steiner Leisure (STNR) entered into a definitive merger agreement where an affiliate of Catterton will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Steiner for $65 per share in cash. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow lost about 5.79% to close at 16,459.75, the Nasdaq declined about 6.71% to close at 4,706.04, and the S&P 500 fell about 5.73% to close at 1,970.89.
August 20, 2015
14:39 EDTSTXEarnings Watch: Hewlett-Packard reports ahead of company split
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08:02 EDTFTRFCC to hold a conference and workshop
2015 Supplier Diversity Conference & Workshop is being held at FCC Washington, D.C. offices on August 20 at 9:30 am. Webcast Link
August 19, 2015
16:58 EDTSTXOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
The market opened deep in negative territory after a tumultuous trading session in China and a softer than expected U.S. consumer prices report. Sellers continued to push the averages lower throughout the morning, with the Dow tacking on losses of more than 200 points as investors waited for the release of the Fed minutes. The market rallied following an early leak of the minutes, which suggested officials are getting closer to raising rates but appear to be waiting for additional data. Despite the afternoon rally, the averages sold off once again heading into the close, leaving all three indices in the negatives for Wednesday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the July consumer price index edged up 0.1% against expectations for 0.2% reading. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, also came in at 0.1% versus consensus estimates of 0.2%. There were no revisions to the 0.3% headline gain in June or the 0.2% growth in the ex-food and energy component. Component gains were muted across the board, with Energy prices up just 0.1% in July. Meanwhile, FOMC minutes showed no definitive indication of a September rate hike. Most committee members "judged that the conditions for policy firming had not yet been achieved, but they noted that conditions were approaching that point." Other members, however, believed that the inflation outlook "might not soon meet one of the conditions... for initiating a firming of policy." COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Dot Hill Systems (HILL) soared $4.50, or 86.87%, to $9.68 after Seagate Technology (STX) agreed to acquire the company for $9.75 per share, noting that it expects the deal to be non-GAAP EPS accretive in fiscal 2016. Shares of the hard drive giant fell 5.03% to $49.43 for the session... Lowe's (LOW) shares saw gains of $1.34, or 1.84%, to $74.36 following the company's earnings report this morning, while Target (TGT) rose $59c, or 0.73%, to $80.89 after beating on both top and bottom lines. On a subsequent conference call, Target executives forecast a "choppy" competitive environment in Q3, though they added that the company "will not get beat" on promotions in Q4. Separately, American Eagle (AEO) lost 7.42% to $16.92 after its quarterly numbers. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were Palatin (PTN) and Apricus (APRI), showing respective advances of 3.19% and 7.89% after the FDA approved Sprout's female sexual dysfunction drug Addyi, with the agency remarking that it "continues to encourage drug development in this area." Note that both Palatin and Apricus are developing their own treatments in the space, and Apricus reaffirmed this morning its intent to seek a global partner as it advances its Femprox sexual dysfunction medication. Also higher was Yum! Brands (YUM), which gained $1.90, or 2.26%, to $86.10 after appointing a new CEO of its China division, adding that its same-store sales in the region "have turned significantly positive." Among the noteworthy losers was Rayonier Advanced Materials (RYAM), plunging $6.01, or 44.09%, to $7.62 after disclosing a legal battle with its customer Eastman Chemical (EMN) over "meet or release" contract stipulations which may impact Eastman's purchase obligations. Also lower was Caesarstone (CSTE), which lost $3.43, or 7.14%, to $44.61 after short-selling hedge fund Spruce Point said the stock has up to 75% downside due to heightened raw material costs and competitive concerns, among other factors. Separately, EOG Resources (EOG), Baytex Energy (BTE), and Vanguard Natural (VNR) saw respective losses of 4.15%, 15.53%, and 13.83% after WTI crude fell 5.02% for the session. INDEXES: The Dow declined 162.61, or 0.93%, to 17,348.73, the Nasdaq fell 40.30, or 0.80%, to 5,019.05, and the S&P 500 lost 17.31, or 0.83%, to 2,079.61.
13:30 EDTSTXOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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10:00 EDTFTROn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Biocept (BIOC) initiated with a Buy at H.C. Wainwright... C.H. Robinson (CHRW) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Chipotle (CMG) initiated with a Hold at Maxim... Con-way (CNW) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Dermira (DERM) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Expeditors (EXPD) initiated with a Hold at Evercore ISI... Fleetmatics (FLTX) initiated with an In-Line at Imperial Capital... Frontier Communications (FTR) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Gevo (GEVO) initiated with a Buy at Rodman & Renshaw... International Game (IGT) initiated with a Sell at Goldman... Knight Transportation (KNX) initiated with a Buy at Evercore ISI... Logitech (LOGI) initiated with a Buy at Rosenblatt... Navistar (NAV) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Panera Bread (PNRA) initiated with a Hold at Maxim... Scientific Games (SGMS) initiated with a Sell at Goldman... Swift Transport (SWFT) initiated with a Hold at Evercore ISI... Tribune Media (TRCO) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... WEX Inc. (WEX) initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays... Zoe's Kitchen (ZOES) initiated with a Buy at Maxim.
08:56 EDTFTRFrontier Communications initiated with an Overweight at Stephens
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07:06 EDTMSCCMicrosemi's FPGAs receive DPA resistance certification
Microsemi's SmartFusion2 system-on-chip field programmable gate arrays, or FPGAs, and IGLOO2 FPGAs have successfully passed certification for resistance to differential power analysis in the DPA Countermeasure Validation Program developed by Rambus Cryptography Research Division. This allows Microsemi to use the Cryptography Research trademarked DPA Lock security logo under license from the organization in connection with these products. The designation makes these the only FPGAs in the industry with licensed and certified DPA countermeasures.
05:32 EDTSTXDot Hill Systems downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
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August 18, 2015
18:31 EDTSTXDot Hill Systems up 82% to $9.45 after agreeing to be acquired by Seagate
18:04 EDTSTXSeagate to acquire Dot Hill Systems for $9.75 per share, or $694M
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18:01 EDTSTXSeagate to acquire Dot Hill Systems for $9.75 per share, or $694M
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16:46 EDTFRPFairPoint accepts $13.3M in CAF funding to expand broadband service in Maine
FairPoint Communications announced it has accepted $13.3M in annual support from the Federal Communications Commission's Phase II of the Connect America Fund for the state of Maine. By accepting these funds, the Company is committing to construct and operate network infrastructure and offer broadband service speeds of at least 10 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload to approximately 35,500 locations in Maine. The support program and the FairPoint commitment run over six years.
16:43 EDTFRPFairPoint accepts $4.4M to expand broadband service in New Hampshire
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16:40 EDTFRPFairPoint settles with Vermont Department of Public Service
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16:29 EDTFRPFairPoint backs FY15 Unlevered Free Cash Flow guidance of $115M-$125M
For fiscal 2015, FairPoint expects that it will no longer be eligible to receive its current high cost voice support of $39.3M, subject to certain transition rules. The net impact of no longer receiving this revenue while accepting $37.4M in CAF II funding as well as $7.4M in transitional support will be offset by incremental spending associated with CAF Phase II in 2015. As a result, the company is maintaining its guidance for Unlevered Free Cash Flow of $115M-$125M for the year, adjusted for Estimated Avoided Costs in the first quarter, and, despite a higher capital plan following acceptance of CAF II funding, continues to expect its annual capital expenditures to be less than $120M in 2015. Unlevered Free Cash Flow refers to Adjusted EBITDA minus capital expenditures, pension contributions and cash payments for other post-employment benefits.
16:28 EDTFRPFairPoint accepts $37.4M in annual support from FCC
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