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August 22, 2014
16:20 EDTGMCR, KRFT, NSR, RAX, HPQOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks began the session in negative territory as investors hoped the market would extend its recent gains. The early weakness was attributed to reports that a Russian humanitarian convoy crossed the Ukraine border without permission, sparking concerns of a possible clash between the countries. The market had little else to focus on as the economic calendar was quiet. The averages moved in a narrow range throughout the session and was mixed most of the day, with the Nasdaq the leader and the Dow and S&P trailing behind. With the market on track for its best monthly performance since February, investors chose to play it cautious ahead of the weekend. ECONOMIC EVENTS: Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen gave a speech on labor markets in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The speech was fairly neutral and very "two-handed" in terms of the policy course. She said there's no "simple recipe for appropriate policy." She indicated the economy is improving and the FOMC now is questioning the degree of slack in the economy, adding that assessing the latter has become more difficult. COMPANY NEWS: Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) and Kraft Foods (KRFT) announced a multi-year licensing, manufacturing, and distribution agreement for Kraft’s branded coffees in Keurig portion pack formats compatible with Keurig consumer and commercial brewing systems in the U.S. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Green Mountan closed up over 13%. MAJOR MOVERS: Neustar (NSR) closed up more than 2% after Reuters reported the company was mulling a sale amid private equity interest... Rackspace (RAX) closed up 1.6% despite a Re/code report that Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) was not interested in acquiring the company. INDEXES: The Dow closed down 38.27, or 0.22%, to 17,001.22; the Nasdaq closed up 6.45, or 0.14%, to 4,538.55; and the S&P 500 closed down 3.96, or 0.2%, to 1,988.41.
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September 9, 2014
12:08 EDTRAXOptions with increasing implied volatility
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08:27 EDTRAXCenturyLink could buy Rackspace for under $50/share, says Citigroup
Citigroup believes CenturyLink (CTL) could "financially digest" a potential acquisition of Rackspace (RAX) under $50 per share, using up to 50% in cash. Citi says that based on its initial basis, it would take a neutral view for a possible buyout under $40 per share, while adding that CenturyLink could trade lower if it were to pay more than $50 for Rackspace. Citi has a Neutral rating on CenturyLink with a $40 price target.
07:52 EDTRAXCenturyLink could be interested in Rackspace at right price, says UBS
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07:17 EDTHPQThe Wireless Association to hold a conference
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September 8, 2014
16:18 EDTRAXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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11:24 EDTRAXRackspace trades higher following report CenturyLink in talks to buy company
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10:58 EDTRAXCenturyLink would need to issue stock, raise debt to buy Rackspace, Re/code says
Following a Bloomberg report that said CenturyLink (CTL) is interested in buying Raxspace (RAX), Re/code's Arik Hesseldahl noted that CenturyLink has "practically no cash" and would have to issue stock and likely take on "significant debt" to make such an acquisition, though the author also noted that CenturyLink has a history of structuring such deals. However, Hesseldahl believes Rackspace remaining independent is still the "more likely scenario" than the company being bought. Reference Link
10:24 EDTRAXRackspace moves to resistance test on takeover speculation report
Bloomberg yesterday said in a report that sources indicated CenturyLink (CTL) was looking to acquire Rackspace Hosting (RAX). At the current price of $39.21, the stock is just under the $40 level which has been overhead resistance in the trading range in place since late last year. Support is at $38.28. A breakout above $40 would be bullish for future price.
09:12 EDTRAXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:58 EDTRAXRackspace risk/reward remains compelling, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo says that even with some takeout speculation being priced into Rackspace (RAX)shares today following reports that CenturyLink (CTL) is in talks to buy the company, the risk/reward on the stock remains compelling. Wells believes Rackspace either gets acquired at a premium or stays independent and announces a share buyback of $900M. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on the name.
08:36 EDTRAXRackspace Hosting volatility expected to move on acquisition report
Rackspace Hosting (RAX) volatility is expected to move on CenturyLink (CTL) looking to acquire says Bloomberg, citing sources. Overall option implied of 37 is below its 26-week average of 46 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement.
September 7, 2014
16:22 EDTRAXCenturyLink said to seek Rackspace acquisition, Bloomberg says
Louisiana-based landline phone service provider CenturyLink (CTL), is looking to acquire cloud computing company Rackspace Hosting (RAX), says Bloomberg, citing sources. Sources say a deal may not be reached for Rackspace Hosting, which currently has a stock market valuation of $5.33B, added Bloomberg. Reference Link
September 5, 2014
11:39 EDTHPQIntel launches Core M processor, available Holiday 2014
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06:43 EDTHPQHP considered pulling out of Autonomy deal, FT reports
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September 4, 2014
16:28 EDTHPQPMC-Sierra licenses HP Smart Array intellectual property
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09:06 EDTHPQHP, Intel, Dell announce creation of Redfish industry standard
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09:03 EDTNSRNeuStar, comScore announce partnership to improve brands' digital ad delivery
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September 3, 2014
09:01 EDTGMCRKeurig Green Mountain, Coca-Cola expand agreement to Keurig hot brewing system
Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) and The Coca Cola Company (KO) have expanded the companies’ innovative partnership to offer select beverages from the portfolio of The Coca Cola Company’s still brands in the Keurig hot brewing system in the United States and Canada. Honest Tea will be the first brand from The Coca Cola Company available in K-Cup® packs. In February 2014, the companies signed a 10-year agreement to collaborate on the development and introduction of The Coca Cola Company's global brand portfolio for use in Keurig’s forthcoming Keurig Cold™ at-home beverage system, available in Keurig’s fiscal year 2015. As part of that agreement Coca-Cola acquired a 10% minority equity position in Keurig and subsequently announced its intention to increase its stake up to 16%.
08:15 EDTKRFTKraft Foods targeting long-term EPS growth in mid to high single digits
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06:39 EDTRAXRackspace volatility at low end of historic range
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