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May 27, 2014
12:43 EDTHSH, NTLS, PPC, ARO, PF, S, WCGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the first session of the holiday shortened week in positive territory and have remained there throughout the morning. The averages found a level early in the session and have remained locked in a narrow range since, albeit at record levels for the Dow and S&P. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., durable orders rose 0.8% in April, beating expectations for them to have fallen 0.7% in the month. The Case Shiller 20-city home price index rose 1.2% in March, which was more than expected. Markit's flash services PMI climbed to 58.4 in May from 55.0 in April. The Richmond Fed manufacturing index for May held at 7 for a second straight month. A reading of consumer confidence improved to 83.0 in May, as expected, after slipping to 81.7 last month. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Hillshire Brands (HSH), which sell packaged foods under brands including Hillshire Farm, Jimmy Dean, Ball Park, Van's Natural Foods, and Sara Lee, jumped 22% to trade over $45 per share after receiving an unsolicited $45 per share takeover proposal from chicken producer Pilgrim's Pride (PPC). Pilgrim's Pride shares rose 1.6% after it made its offer public, but shares of another company in the space, Pinnacle Foods (PF), sank nearly 7% as it had previously agreed to be acquired by Hillshire... In other M&A news, Pfizer (PFE) confirmed over the weekend that it does not intend to make an offer for AstraZeneca (AZN) after the U.K. drugmaker rejected Pfizer's final proposal to combine the two companies. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was apparel retailer Aeropostale (ARO), which rose 15% and was upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at Piper Jaffray after entering into definitive agreements with respect to its previously announced strategic partnership and $150M credit facilities with Sycamore Partners. Also higher was WellCare (WCG), which rose more than 3.5% after an analyst at Leerink speculated that it may be an acquisition target for Ascension Health after the not-for-profit healthcare provider reportedly said last week that it is in talks to acquire an "unnamed insurance company that operates in 18 states." Among the noteworthy losers was NTELOS (NTLS), which fell nearly 8% after research firm Jefferies downgraded the stock and said NTELOS is much less likely to be acquired after the company struck a deal to remain the exclusive network provider for Sprint (S) in West Virginia and part of Virginia through 2022. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 55.45, or 0.33%, to 16,661.72, the Nasdaq was up 34.02, or 0.81%, to 4,219.83, and the S&P 500 was up 8.33, or 0.44%, to 1,908.86.
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May 21, 2015
15:01 EDTARONotable companies reporting after market close
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May 20, 2015
18:51 EDTSSprint names Kevin Crull as Chief Marketing Officer
Kevin Crull will join Sprint as chief marketing officer effective May 31. Crull will report to President and CEO Marcelo Claure. Crull brings to Sprint 30 years of experience leading sales, marketing and operations teams. Most recently, Crull served nearly five years as COO and then president of Bell Media, Canada’s largest media and broadcasting company.
17:46 EDTSStandard General wins RadioShack brand, forced to destroy some customer data
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May 19, 2015
09:53 EDTSSprint expects Voice to be 'still important' as Data demands continues to grow
Expects that half of its plans will be financed while a third plus will be through leasing. The company says it has its eye on how those numbers change going forward. Cites successful financing through securitization and vendor financing. The company says it "feels good" about taking expenses and reinvesting on a smaller base for overall operation. Says the company is still working on getting its churn down. Comments made by CFO Joe Euteneuer at the JPMorgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference.
07:36 EDTSAutomakers to start V2V car rollouts with spectrum at a premium, WSJ says
General Motors' (GM) upcoming Cadillac CTS is the only car firmly scheduled to launch in the U.S. with vehicle-to-vehicle communications, or V2V, but the industry has promised that V2V will revolutionize safety and Cisco (CSCO) joined automakers earlier this month to brief the FCC on plans to test airwave sharing soon, said The Wall Street Journal. However, cable and telecom companies are pressuring carmakers to give up a part of the airwaves marked for V2V to be available for broader use, the report added. Publicly traded automakers include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), Honda (HMC), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY), while cable and telecom companies include Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), Sprint (S), T-Mobile (TMUS), Comcast (CMCSA), Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Charter (CHTR). Reference Link
May 18, 2015
09:07 EDTSSprint extends availability of Direct 2 You service to Kansas City, Miami
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May 15, 2015
17:15 EDTSPaulson & Co. gives quarterly update on stakes
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07:32 EDTWCGWellCare valuation compelling after selloff, says Leerink
Leerink views the valuation of WellCare shares as compelling following the company's "solid" Q1 results. The firm reiterates an Outperform rating on the stock with a $105 price target.
May 14, 2015
10:31 EDTST-Mobile says porting ratio vs. Sprint is approaching 3.0
In regards to LTE competition and sustainability, T-Mobile said it is in a leadership position where it really matters. Backs operating free cash flow and EBITDA guidance. Reports 11M MetroPCS subscribers. Comments taken from MoffettNathanson Media & Communications Summit.
07:36 EDTNTLSNTELOS price target raised to $9 from $6.50 at FBR Capital
FBR Capital raised its price target for NTELOS (NTLS) to $9 after the Financial Times in its Alphaville blog discussed rumors of a potential takeover by Shenandoah (SHEN). FBR believes Shentel is a "natural buyer" of NTELOS at the right price. The firm views $9 per share as a fair price for NTELOS and keeps a Market Perform rating on the stock.
06:06 EDTSDISH plans to enter wireless business, Yahoo reports
DISH (DISH) plans to enter the wireless business in an attempt to become the only provider to offer wireless voice, video and data services, Adam Samson of Yahoo Finance reports, citing an internal document. The document, marked confidential, obtained by Yahoo indicates Dish is looking to hire a chief marketing officer to help guide its move into the wireless space, Samson adds. The move comes after DISH acquired nearly half of the spectrum licenses offered in a U.S. government auction. The top U.S. wireless providers are Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), T-Mobile (TMUS) and Sprint (S). Reference Link
May 13, 2015
16:23 EDTNTLSOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
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15:27 EDTSStandard General acquires rights to RadioShack brand, data, WSJ says
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11:00 EDTNTLSReported Shenandoah bid for NTELOS makes sense, says Drexel Hamilton
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10:07 EDTPFHigh option volume stocks
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10:01 EDTNTLSNTELOS jumps after FT Alphaville notes takeover speculation
Shares of NTELOS are moving higher after FT Alphaville blogged that Shenandoah Telecommunications, also known as Shentel, is rumored to be putting together a $200M offer for the provider of digital wireless communications services. The offer would represent a near 50% premium, FT Alphaville notes. Shares of NTELOS are up $1.14 to $7.34 in early trading. Reference Link
09:57 EDTNTLSNTELOS a rumored target of Shentel, FT Alphaville says
May 12, 2015
12:02 EDTSVerizon, Sprint settle illegal billing investigations for $158M
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May 11, 2015
07:22 EDTWCGWellCare recent selloff presents buying opportunity, says Susquehanna
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06:19 EDTSRadioShack trademark, other IP up for auction, WSJ reports
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