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May 27, 2014
12:43 EDTS, WCG, HSH, NTLS, PPC, ARO, PFOn 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.
News For HSH;PF;PPC;WCG;ARO;NTLS;S From The Last 14 Days
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January 30, 2015
10:13 EDTPPCOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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January 29, 2015
10:58 EDTPPCOptions with increasing implied volatility
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January 28, 2015
16:55 EDTPPCOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:52 EDTPPCOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday as a blowout quarter from Apple (AAPL) offset a bit of the earnings season jitters that several Dow members' misses had sent through the market yesterday. The market saw its highs a short time after the open, as the better than expected earnings reports from both Apple and Boeing (BA) drove an early bounce. The U.S. averages gave up all their gains and moved into the red for a moment, but have managed to drift higher again following the close of the European markets. Next up is the Fed’s rate announcement and accompanying statement, which is due out shortly. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., crude oil inventories built up by 8.87M barrels last week, versus the consensus forecast for a build of 3.85M barrels. The price of WTI crude was down 2.5% near noon following the report and dipped back below $45 per barrel earlier in the morning. The Federal Reserve’s rate announcement is due out this afternoon at 2:00 pm ET. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple jumped nearly 8% after the tech giants first quarter results handily topped estimates. A number of analysts hiked their price targets for the stock after the report, with JPMorgan raising its price target for Apple shares to $140 from $112 and Cantor increasing its price target to a "Street high" $160 from $143. Of note, Apple also said that Apple Watch is expected to ship in April... Yahoo (YHOO) shares rose 2.3% after the company reported earnings and announced plans to split into two companies: one that will own Yahoo’s core operating business and its stake in Yahoo Japan and another that will hold a legacy operating business and Yahoo’s remaining 15% stake in Alibaba (BABA). Yahoo plans for a tax-free spin-off of the company's remaining 384M shares of Alibaba, valued at $40B based on the closing price on January 26, and people familiar with the matter told Financial Times that the decision "significantly increases" the chances of Alibaba buying back that stake. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Abiomed (ABMD), which jumped 30% after announcing that the Impella RP System has received FDA approval under a Humanitarian Device Exemption and raising its FY15 revenue guidance. Also higher following their earnings reports were Freescale Semiconductor (FSL), which rose 20%, U.S. Steel (X), which gained 14%, and Electronic Arts (EA), which advanced 14%. Among the noteworthy losers was Pilgrim's Pride (PPC), which dropped 6% as its shares went "ex-special dividend," meaning investors buying the stock from here forth will not be entailed to the $5.77 per share special dividend, which is payable on February 17. Also lower following their earnings reports were Radware (RDWR), which fell over 13%, and Ethan Allen (ETH), which dropped more than 12%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 71.28, or 0.41%, to 17,458.49, the Nasdaq was up 31.54, or 0.67%, to 4,713.03, and the S&P 500 was up 5.31, or 0.26%, to 2,034.86.
08:52 EDTPPCPilgrim's Pride lower as shares go ex-special dividend
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08:01 EDTPFWayfair names Pinnacle Foods CEO Robert Gamgort to board of directors
Wayfair (W) announced the appointment of Robert James Gamgort to the company’s board of directors. Gamgort is CEO of Pinnacle Foods (PF).
January 26, 2015
12:39 EDTWCGHHS Secretary orders Medicare to change payment method, WSJ says
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06:44 EDTSSoftbank awaiting Yahoo announcement on Alibaba, WSJ says
Yahoo's (YHOO) upcoming announcement regarding its 15% Alibaba (BABA) stake and 35.5% Yahoo Japan stake may affect Softbank's (SFTBF) plans for Alibaba, reports the Wall Street Journal's Digits blog, citing an SMBC Nikko analyst. Sprint (S)-owner Softbank has a 32% stake in Alibaba and a 43% stake in Yahoo Japan. Analysts say Softbank is unlikely to purchase Yahoo's shares in either company, though a Yahoo Japan buyback is "more plausible." Reference Link
06:31 EDTSCablevision to launch cheap mobile phone service, NY Times says
Cablevision (CVC) intends to unveil later today a cheap, Wi-Fi based mobile phone service, according to The New York Times. The first service of its kind to be introduced by a cable company, the offering will include unlimited data, talking and texting worldwide for $29.95 a month, or $9.95 a month for Cablevision’s Optimum Online customers, the newspaper stated. Incumbent wireless carriers include Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), T-Mobile (TMUS), and Sprint ()S). Reference Link
January 23, 2015
09:04 EDTSSprint guarantees T-Mobile customers $200 minimum trade in value for smartphones
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January 22, 2015
19:40 EDTSGoogle's entrance into telecommunications may not be beneficial, Re/code says
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January 21, 2015
16:28 EDTSGoogle to launch phone service with Sprint, T-Mobile, The Information says
Google (GOOG, GOOGL) is expected to reach deals to buy wholesale access to Sprint (S) and T-Mobile’s (TMUS) voice and data networks in order to sell mobile phone plans directly to customers, according to The Information, citing three people with knowledge of the plans. Google, which may put itself into competition with carrier leaders Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T) with the new service, "seems likely" to launch the offering this year, according to the report. Reference Link
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08:36 EDTNTLSNTELOS remains takeout candidate over next year, says FBR Capital
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January 20, 2015
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06:24 EDTST-Mobile warns of unsustainable costs against cellphone giants, Re/code says
T-Mobile (TMUS) owner Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) claims Verizon (VZ) and AT&T's (T) wealth makes true competition difficult, reports Re/code, citing statements made at Germany's DLD conference. Deutsche Telekom CEO Tim Hoettges stated the dominance of AT&T and Verizon allowed them to make huge bids at the latest midband spectrum auction to further their market lead. Hoettges also stated he was "intrigued" by last year's unsuccessful merger talks with Sprint (S), and warned that T-Mobile's $4B-$5B investment requirements per year are unsustainable. Reference Link
06:14 EDTNTLSNTELOS sees FY14 adj. EBITDA at or above mid-point of guidance $128M-$132M
For the year ending December 31, 2014, the Company expects to be at or above the mid-point of its previous FY14 Adjusted EBITDA guidance of between $128.0M-$132.0M. FY14 Adjusted EBITDA reflects consolidated operations in both the Eastern and Western Markets. "The solid subscriber results in a very competitive environment reflect continuing positive net ports and our stronger competitive position in the Western Markets, which we expect to further improve upon as we focus our energies on growing market share in the region," said the company. "At the same time, we remain on target with our objective of increasing operating efficiencies and believe that we are well-positioned to capitalize on our momentum as we move into 2015."
06:12 EDTNTLSNTELOS to sell most of its wireless towers
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