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July 18, 2014
12:42 EDTGOOGL, GE, IBM, GTIV, SWKS, KND, AMD, RP, GOOGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory and have remained there throughout the morning. The averages moved in a narrow range for most of the opening hour of the session but spurted to higher levels during the second hour. Investors appear to be using yesterday’s sell-off as a buying opportunity, despite the ongoing events in Russia and Israel that largely contributed to yesterday’s action. ECONOMIC EVENTS: The first release of the University of Michigan consumer sentiment index for July fell to 81.3 after ending June with an 82.5 reading. The leading economic indicator index rose 0.3% to 102.2, which was a bit below the forecast for an increase of 0.5%. COMPANY NEWS: Class A shares of Google (GOOGL) advanced over 3% after the search giant reported quarterly revenue that beat expectations last night. Following its report, at least three Wall Street research firms raised their price targets on the stock, while noted tech analyst Collin Gillis of BGC Financial upgraded the stock to Buy from Hold... Dow component General Electric (GE) reported second quarter EPS of 39c, matching the consensus forecast, and revenue that just missed the consensus view of analysts. The company also reported that it is targeting the initial public offering of IPO of Synchrony Financial (SYF), its North American Retail Finance business, for July. In the IPO, Synchrony is offering 125M shares of its common stock, which will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “SYF,” and anticipates that the IPO price of the shares will be between $23.00 and $26.00 per share... Another Dow member, IBM (IBM), fell 0.4% after reporting adjusted Q2 earnings per share and revenue that beat expectations. Afterward, Cantor said it thinks the worst is over for the company and reiterated its Buy rating on the shares, though Societe Generale downgraded IBM to Sell from Hold and Credit Suisse said IBM continues to be driven by less revenue growth and kept its Underperform rating and $160 price target on Big Blue's stock. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Skyworks (SWKS), which gained 14% after reporting third quarter results and fourth quarter guidance above analyst estimates and seeing no less than five analyst firms raise their price targets on its stock. Also higher was Gentiva Health (GTIV), which rose 14% after it announced that its board unanimously determined to reject the partial tender offer from Kindred Healthcare (KND) to acquire 14.9% of the outstanding shares of Gentiva for a price of $16.00 per share in cash and disclosed that it has received a $17.25 per share, all-cash takeover proposal from a "recognized owner, operator and investor in the sector." After the announcement, shares of Kindred fell 2%. Also lower following their earnings reports were RealPage (RP), which fell over 21%, and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), which dropped nearly 18%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 107.05, or 0.63%, to 17,083.86, the Nasdaq was up 57.98, or 1.33%, to 4,421.43, and the S&P 500 was up 17.04, or 0.87%, to 1,975.16.
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October 9, 2014
14:00 EDTAMDTiming of AMD CEO changes suggest another disappointing quarter, says Argus
After AMD announced last night that its CEO has stepped down, Argus notes that the change in the role is the fourth at the company since 2008 and that its suddenness suggests that its just ended quarter, which will be reported on in a week, will be disappointing. The firm believes executive turnover adds to the view that AMD’s business model is flawed or broken and Argus maintains its Hold rating on the stock.
12:30 EDTKND, GTIVOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:41 EDTKNDHigh option volume stocks
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10:00 EDTAMDOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:35 EDTKND, GTIVKindred Healthcare sees Gentiva deal closing in 1Q15
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09:33 EDTGEGE, Verizon announce alliance
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09:20 EDTAMDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:46 EDTGTIV, KNDKindred sees 'significant,' 'achievable' synergies from Gentiva deal
Kindred (KND) says it expects to issue in aggregate $620M-$720M of equity to maintain reasonable leverage. Says will issue Gentiva (GTIV) shareholders $200M in Kindred stock as part of purchase consideration, plans to raise $200M-$300M in equity and/or mandatory convertible securities between announcement and close. Says integration teams assembled, ready to be deployed immediately upon closing. Comments from slides that will be presented on Kindred's conference call discussing the proposed acquisition of Gentiva.
08:45 EDTGTIV, KNDGentiva volatility low into being acquired by Kindred for $1.8B
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08:38 EDTKND, GTIVKindred volatility flat into acquiring Gentiva for $1.8B
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08:27 EDTKND, GTIVKindred sees Gentiva deal immediately and significantly accretive
Kindred (KND) expects the acquisition of Gentiva (GTIV) will be immediately and significantly accretive to earnings and operating cash flows, exclusive of transaction and integration costs. Kindred expects the acquisition to be approximately 40c-60c accretive to pro forma earnings, and pro forma operating cash flows of $350 million to $400 million, both on a run rate basis, once Gentiva is fully integrated and expected synergies are fully realized in the second full year following the closing. On this same basis, following the combined company’s expected annual maintenance capital expenditures of $120 million to $130 million, Kindred expects pro forma cash flows of $230 million to $270 million. Kindred has identified approximately $70 million of annual cost and operating synergies and expects to achieve the full run rate within two years of closing, of which approximately $35 million is expected to be achieved in the first year following the closing. Kindred expects the majority of cost synergies to be achieved through combining information technology functions, merging supply chains and eliminating redundant public company expenses. In addition, Kindred expects to realize revenue synergies that will improve patient care transitions and choice, and drive volume growth as a result of cross-selling across the combined service platform. Kindred expects annual run rate revenue synergies of more than $60 million over time, with approximately $20 million to $30 million achievable in the first full year following the closing.
08:26 EDTKND, GTIVKindred Healthcare says combined company to operate in 47 states
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08:25 EDTGTIV, KNDKindred to acquire Gentiva for $19.50 per share in cash and stock, or $1.8B
Kindred Healthcare (KND) and Gentiva Health Services (GTIV) announced that the companies have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Kindred will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Gentiva common stock for $19.50 per share in a combination of cash and stock. The agreement was unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies. Under the terms of the agreement, Gentiva shareholders will receive $14.50 per share in cash and $5.00 of Kindred common stock. The transaction is valued at $1.8 billion, including the assumption of net debt. The companies expect the closing of the transaction to occur in the first quarter of 2015. The combined company will: Employ approximately 109,000 individuals, making it the 78th largest private employer and the 4th largest healthcare employer in the United States; Deliver pro forma annual revenues of approximately $7.1 billion; and Generate pro forma operating income, including expected cost synergies, of $1.0 billion. Paul J. Diaz, CEO of Kindred, said, “Over the last eight weeks, we undertook a robust due diligence process and worked closely and constructively with our counterparts at Gentiva to better understand their operations, financial results and outlook. This process confirmed the compelling strategic rationale and industrial logic of this combination, as well as our belief that this transaction is in the best interests of both companies and our respective shareholders, patients, employees and business partners." Kindred has obtained committed financing from Citi and J.P. Morgan in connection with the pending transaction. Subject to market and other conditions, the Company expects to finance the acquisition of Gentiva and associated costs through the issuance of $200 million to $300 million of common stock and mandatory convertible equity securities and $1.3 billion to $1.4 billion of unsecured notes prior to the closing of the acquisition. The Company expects to fund the remaining amounts through its existing line of credit. Following completion of the transaction, Kindred expects to have approximately 85 million fully diluted shares outstanding, comprised primarily of approximately 64 million shares outstanding today, approximately 10 million shares to be issued to Gentiva as part of the transaction consideration, and approximately nine million to 12 million shares associated with the expected offering of common stock and mandatory convertible equity securities. The Gentiva acquisition is subject to certain conditions, including the approval by the stockholders of Gentiva. Kindred and Gentiva have already received clearance for the transaction under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976.
08:23 EDTKND, GTIVKindred to acquire Gentiva for $19.50 per share in cash and stock
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08:08 EDTAMDAMD downgraded at Wedbush
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07:54 EDTGEGeneral Electric to hold a meeting
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07:11 EDTAMDAMD downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Wedbush
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06:29 EDTGOOGIDC: Worldwide PC shipments down 1.7% in Q3, DigiTimes reports
Worldwide PC shipments are down 1.7% with 78.5M units shipped in Q3, reports DigiTimes, citing the IDC. Shipments in the US grew 4.3% to 17.3M, with growth centered from strong momentum in te portables category. Reference Link
06:26 EDTGOOGGoogle's tax arrangement facing new challenge by France, WSJ reports
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06:22 EDTGECFM launches next phase of testing for LEAP engine
CFM International's LEAP engine took the skies for the first time on October 6 on a modified 747 flying testbed at GE Aviation Flight Test Operations in Victorville, California, launching the next phase of testing for the advanced engine program. The engine behaved well and completed multiple aeromechnical test points at various altitudes during the nearly three-hour first flight. Over the next several weeks, the engine will complete a comprehensive test schedule that will gauge engine operability, stall margin, performance, and acoustics. The LEAP-1A/-1C variants are on track for engine certification in 2015. The total program, which encompasses all three LEAP engine variants, includes 28 ground and CFM flight test engines, along with a total of 32 flight test engines for Airbus (EADSY), Boeing (BA), and COMAC. Although all three LEAP engine variants will fly on the modified testbed, the configuration currently being tested is a fully integrated propulsion system. CFM is a joint venture between GE (GE) and France's Safran. Reference Link
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