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November 18, 2009
06:27 EDTGE, CMCSA, CMCSKVivendi seeks higher price, deal protection for its NBCU stake, WSJ says
As Vivendi seeks to exit its minority stake in NBC Universal, the company is still working out terms with its partner General Electric (GE), asking for a higer price and deal protections, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Vivendi-GE talks are the last major hurdle in a deal GE has been negotiating with Comcast Corp. (CMCSA, CMCSK). One issue in the GE-Vivendi talks is how Vivendi would be paid. Vivendi has asked for GE to buy out at least part of its 20% stake before a Comcast deal would likely close, according to people familiar with the matter. It is unclear how far apart the two sides are on price. In June, Vivendi valued its 20% stake in NBC Universal at $6.3B at current exchange rates, according to a securities filing. As part of its talks with Comcast, GE has put a value in the neighborhood of $30B on NBC Universal, imply a roughly $6B value for Vivendi's 20% stake. Reference Link
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July 18, 2014
09:24 EDTGEOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:14 EDTGEGE says not done with divestitures, likes current Oil & Gas portfolio
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08:58 EDTGEGeneral Electric says U.S. challenges persist in Healthcare
Reports Q2 Healthcare segment orders flat at $4.8B, with emerging markets up 7%, Europe up 2% and U.S. down (2%). GE cites caution from Affordable Care Act impacting U.S. activity in Healthcare segment.
08:43 EDTGEGeneral Electric says orders, backlog give confidence in second half
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08:21 EDTCMCSATime Warner merger could change Warner Bros. spot in tv landscape, WSJ says
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07:48 EDTGEGE sees FY14 revenue flat to up 5%, consensus $148.59B
General Electric says its total year framework remains on track. GE expects strong Industrial segment growth and margin expansion in 2014. Says on track to lower Corporate expense about $500M. Sees FY14 Industrial segment organic growth 4%-7%; GE Capital flat to (5%). Comments and guidance from slides for Q2 earnings call.
07:37 EDTGEGeneral Electric reports Q2 orders up 4% to $25.1B
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06:36 EDTGEGE says it is targetting IPO of North American Retail Finance business for July
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06:34 EDTGEGE CEO Jeff Immelt: The environment continues to be generally positive
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06:33 EDTGEGeneral Electric reports backlog of equipment and services at Q2-end $246B
Reports ENI was at $371B at Q2-end, down $2.4B from last quarter. General Electric Capital Corporation’s estimated Tier 1 common ratio rose 51 basis points from the year-ago period to 11.7%, and net interest margin was strong at 5%.
06:32 EDTGEGeneral Electric reports Q2 Industrial segment profit up 9% to $4.2B
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06:31 EDTGEGeneral Electric reports Q2 EPS 39c, consensus 39c
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July 17, 2014
15:39 EDTGEGeneral Electric July 27 straddle priced for 2.3% move into Q2
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15:26 EDTGENotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include General Electric (GE), consensus 39c; Honeywell (HON), consensus $1.36; Bank of New York Mellon (BK), consensus 56c; Johnson Controls (JCI), consensus 83c; V.F. Corporation (VFC), consensus 35c; Kansas City Southern (KSU), consensus $1.17; Autoliv (ALV), consensus $1.55.
14:52 EDTCMCSAYahoo Sports, NBC Sports announce expanded fantasy football coverage
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14:04 EDTGEGeneral Electric technical comments ahead of results
The shares have traded essentially flat in the prior three months within a very narrow range. The bounds of that trading range are from $26.20 at the low to $27.53 at the high, with the bulk of the range from $26.20 to $27. Stocks that trade in such narrow ranges over this length of time are typically setting up for a break of the range and a larger move that will persist. In this case a decisive break below $26 and a breakout above $27.53 would be all that is required. If the news is more positive than expected, resistance above the range high as an upside objective would be at $28.09, the 52-week high, and then at $30.29. If the news disappoints, a break below $26 would see $24.94 and then $23.89 as next supports.
13:18 EDTGEEarnings Preview: General Electric shares little changed since Q1 report
General Electric (GE) is expected to report second quarter earnings on Friday, July 18 before the market open with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. General Electric is a globally diversified technology and financial services company serving customers in more than 100 countries. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 39c on revenue of $36.3B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 38c-40c on revenue of $35.99B-$36.72B. LAST QUARTER: General Electric reported first quarter adjusted EPS of 33c against estimates for 32c on revenue of $34.18B against estimates for $34.36B. CEO Jeff Immelt said, “We’re off to a good start to the year, and our 2014 framework remains unchanged. The environment is consistent with our expectations, with a positive bias.” During GE’s Q1 earnings call, management said the U.S. market gets "a little better every day," and Europe is improving. They said there was some improvement in demand for credit in Q1. They noted the company was on track to reduce share count in 2014, and on track to achieve its margin goal in 2016. The company expected to make gains from divestitures in its industrial portfolio. In June, GE finalized a deal to purchase the Power and Grid businesses of Alstom (ALSMY), after fending off rivals Siemens (SIEGY) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been light in the weeks leading up to GE's Q2 earnings report. On May 12, Barclays upgraded the U.S. Multi-Industry sector to Positive from Neutral. The firm's data indicated that Fed policy had extended the cycle, driving up capital spending and corporate confidence. PRICE ACTION: GE shares traded marginally higher following its Q1 report, but currently sit at approximately the same level as they did three months ago. Over the past twelve months, the stock has gained about 13%. In early afternoon trading ahead of tomorrow's Q2 report, GE shares are down almost 1% to $26.76.
09:23 EDTGEGE's CFM JV says signed $21.4B in new deals at Farnborough Air Show
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09:22 EDTCMCSAComcast price target raised to $66 from $62 at Maxim
Maxim raised its price target for Comcast (CMCSA) shares to $66 citing synergies from the Time Warner Cable (TWC), Charter deal. The firm says it values NBC Universal on a 10 times 2015 EBITDA, which it notes is a 14% discount to Fox's (FOXA) proposed bid for Time Warner (TWX), which values Time Warner at 11.6 times. Maxim keeps a Buy rating on Comcast shares.
08:52 EDTGEGE, JV companies garner over $36B in orders/commitments at Farnborough Air Show
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