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January 8, 2013
18:50 EDTSTX, APOL, DISH, WDFC, REGI, CLWR, GPN, SOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Global Payments (GPN), up 4.1%... WD-40 (WDFC), up 4.6%... Seagate(STX), up 2.7% after reporting preliminary revenue above Street estimates... ALSO HIGHER: Clearwire (CLWR), up 7.8% after DISH Networks (DISH) made an unsolicited offer for the company of $3.30 per share. Shares of DISH were flat in after hours trading, while Sprint (S) saw shares trade down 3%... Renewable Energy Group (REGI), up 4.4% after reporting it would receive a tax credit estimated at one-third of gallons sold in 2012... DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Apollo Group (APOL), down 5.5% after earnings beat Street estimates but the company reported University of Phoenix degreed student enrollment fell 14.3%.
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July 30, 2015
15:04 EDTSTXNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include Exxon Mobil (XOM), consensus $1.11... Chevron (CVX), consensus $1.16... Seagate Technology (STX), consensus 64c... Tyco (TYC), consensus 56c... Newell Rubbermaid (NWL), consensus 62c... LifePoint Health (LPNT), consensus 99c.
08:42 EDTSTXSeagate July weekly volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
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06:30 EDTSSoftBank's Arora: Still committed to turning Sprint around, WSJ reports
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July 29, 2015
14:12 EDTSTXEarnings Watch: Hard drive makers report amid PC sector fears
Western Digital (WDC) and Seagate (STX) are expected to report quarterly results on July 29 and 31 with conference calls scheduled for 5:00 pm ET and 9:00 am ET, respectively. The two companies develop and manufacture computer storage solutions, including hard disk drives. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are expecting Western Digital to report earnings per share of $1.45 on revenue of $3.25B, while Seagate is expected to report earnings per share of 64c on revenue of $2.92B. During its last earnings conference call, Western noted a "cautious" near-term outlook and forecast Q4 EPS to be $1.50-$1.60 on revenue of $3.3B-$3.4B. PRELIMINARY RESULTS: On July 13, Seagate reported preliminary Q4 revenue of $2.9B, adjusted gross margins of 27%, and 45M unit shipments, driven by what the company characterized as "lower than expected intra-quarter demand." The company had previously guided Q4 revenue to $3.2B-$3.3B, and analysts were looking for $3.19B in revenue at the time. LAST QUARTER: On April 17, Seagate reported Q3 adjusted EPS of $1.08 against expectations for $1.04, and revenue of $3.3B versus estimates of $3.4B. Following that, Western Digital reported Q3 EPS of $1.87 on April 28 versus estimates of $1.89, and revenue of $3.5B against expectations for $3.6B. NEWS: On May 1, Seagate announced plans to combine its Cloud Systems and Electronic Solutions groups, and on July 14, the company said it extended its alliance with HP (HPQ). STREET RESEARCH: On May 15, RBC called Western Digital shares "compelling" due to multiple near-term positive catalysts, though Morgan Stanley said on May 19 that it was just "cautiously optimistic" on Western because of softened growth expectations for the general PC market. On May 28, Goldman Sachs called fears of PC weakness overdone and upgraded Western Digital to Buy, saying the company's increasingly enterprise-heavy mix gives it a healthy long-term profit forecast. On June 12, Longbow reported that its hard drive price checks were not quite as bad as it had feared, adding that Western Digital's guidance appears achievable while Seagate's forecast appeared at risk. Heading closer to earnings, Citi said on July 2 that it expects somewhat weak quarterly results for the two hard drive giants but recommended buying both Western Digital and Seagate shares on any perceived post-earnings weakness. Stifel somewhat echoed that point on July 8, saying investor sentiment seemed overly negative towards Western, with traders potentially underestimating the company's shift towards enterprise products. Note that on July 23, Morgan Stanley said its June CIO survey indicated incremental enterprise IT budget weakness, leading the research firm to downgrade Western Digital to Equal Weight and drop Seagate two notches to Underweight. On the M&A front, Susquehanna said on May 29 that SanDisk (SNDK) remained an attractive takeover target, with Western Digital looking like a likely buyer. However, RBC and CLSA both raised doubts on June 5 about the possibility of such a deal. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Western Digital are up 1.34% to $78.83 ahead of Wednesday's report, while Seagate is up 0.84% to $49.28.
11:06 EDTSSprint introduces Family Share Pack plan
With more data than T-Mobile (TMUS), and with significant savings over Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T), Sprint (S) introduces the new Sprint Family Share Pack. Families switching to Sprint get four lines, unlimited talk, text and 10GB of high-speed data while on the Sprint network for $100/month starting July 31. Sprint says its new plan will save families $480/year over Verizon and $720/year over AT&T for virtually the same 10GB of data. Sprint says that 10GB is more than double the high-speed data in T-Mobile’s family plan.
10:27 EDTAPOLApollo Education slides after receiving CID from FTC
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July 28, 2015
12:51 EDTGPNGlobal Payments reports Q4 cash EPS $1.22, consensus $1.18
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07:15 EDTGPNGlobal Payments says board expanded repurchase authorization by $300M
Global Payments’ Board of Directors expanded its share repurchase authorization by an incremental $300 million, bringing its total current authorization to $403 million. Under the company’s new authorization, Global Payments may repurchase shares in the open market or as otherwise may be determined by the company, subject to market conditions, business opportunities and other factors. The company has no obligation to repurchase shares under this program. This authorization has no expiration date and may be suspended or terminated at any time. Repurchased shares will be retired but will be available for future issuance.
07:14 EDTGPNGlobal Payments sees FY16 EPS $5.60-$5.78, consensus $5.44
Sees FY16 GAAP revenue $2.87B-$2.95B, consensus $2.96B. Sees FY16 adjusted revenue $2.06B-$2.1B.
July 27, 2015
08:39 EDTGPNGlobal Payments, Caixa, Erste to form joint venture
Global Payments (GPN), CaixaBank (CAIXY), and Erste Group Bank (EBKDY) announced an agreement to form a joint venture to provide merchant acquiring and payment services in three core locations in Central and Eastern Europe: Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania. Global Payments and CaixaBank will pay EUR30M in cash to acquire a 51% majority ownership in the venture. Erste Group will contribute its existing merchant acquiring businesses in each of the three countries to the joint venture and will hold a 49% interest. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of fiscal 2016, subject to receipt of regulatory approvals and satisfaction of customary closing conditions. Global Payments does not expect the joint venture to have a material impact on the company’s fiscal 2016 cash earnings per share or capital plans. Global Payments will provide additional financial information about the joint venture upon closing.
July 23, 2015
10:00 EDTSTXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:13 EDTSTXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:22 EDTSSprint price target lowered to $3 from $4 at Jefferies
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06:29 EDTSTXSeagate downgraded to Underweight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley downgraded Seagate two notches to Underweight from Overweight and cut its view on the US IT Hardware Industry to Cautious from In-Line. The firm's June CIO survey indicates incremental enterprise IT budget weakness, and when combined with a downtick in cloud capex, results in a reduction in estimates and multiple compression. Morgan Stanley lowered its price target on shares to $34 from $49.
July 22, 2015
19:40 EDTDISHDISH executive says auction strategy 'complied with all legal requirements'
In response to the FCC's proposal to deny roughly $3.3B in spectrum auction discounts, DISH EVP and general counsel R. Stanton Dodge stated, "We respectfully disagree with the proposed denial of the bidding credits. Our approach to the AWS-3 auction, which followed 20 years of FCC precedent and complied with all legal requirements, was intended to enhance competition -- in the auction and in the marketplace long term. Our investments in NorthStar and SNR helped make the AWS-3 auction the most successful spectrum auction in FCC history, and resulted in more than $20B of direct benefit to the American taxpayer." Reference Link
17:35 EDTDISHDISH meets with FCC, says draft order would deny $3.3B in auction discounts
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09:20 EDTREGIRenewable Energy could get boost from tax break extension, says Roth Capital
After the Senate Finance Committee voted to extend the biodiesel tax credit, Roth Capital has increased confidence that the tax credit will be reinstated in 2015. The firm thinks that this development would significantly increase the company's profitability in late 2015 and 2016. It keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
July 21, 2015
18:11 EDTDISHHarbinger Capital sues DISH over LightSquared, Reuters reports
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July 20, 2015
19:34 EDTDISHDISH customers to lose WDIV-TV Local 4
WDIV-TV Local 4 is about to go dark for all DISH (DISH) TV subscribers. WDIV and its parent organization, Graham Media Group, a subsidiary of Graham Holdings (GHC), stated, "The satellite provider has been unwilling to strike a reasonable deal with the local content provider. On Wednesday, July 22 at 7 p.m. subscribers will no longer be able to watch programs like Local 4 News, NBC's Today, NBC Nightly News, The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live, The Voice, The Blacklist, Sunday Night Football and more. DISH charges its subscribers a monthly fee to get these programs, so essentially their estimated 127,000 Detroit area customers will not be getting what they pay for. That includes important local news and weather information in emergency situations from the Local 4 News team."
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