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July 10, 2014
11:21 EDTIGT, APO, CG, BYI, SGMS, MGAMInternational Game Technology rises as GTECH reportedly prepares bid
Shares of International Game Technology (IGT) are higher this morning after a press report said the company will soon get an acquisition offer from GTECH. IGT is a global gaming company specializing in the design, development, manufacture, and marketing of casino-style gaming equipment, systems technology, and game content across multiple platforms. WHAT'S NEW: Citing La Repubblica, Bloomberg reported that IGT is on the verge of receiving an offer from GTECH, an Italian lottery operator. The offer is said to be worth about $4B in cash and stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: IGT hired Morgan Stanley to explore a sale of the company on June 9, Reuters reported, citing sources familiar with the matter. In addition to GTECH, the company has reportedly attracted interest from Apollo Global (APO), Carlyle Group (CG) and MacAndrews & Forbes. On June 16, GTECH confirmed exploratory talks with IGT and said it had engaged advisors to assist it in exploring a potential transaction with IGT. PRICE ACTION: International Game Technology is trading up 39c, or 2.6%, to $15.50 in late-morning trading, after being up nearly 6% earlier. OTHERS TO WATCH: Shares of peer IGT Bally Technologies (BYI) are down fractionally, while Scientific Games (SGMS) is down about 0.4% to $10.08. Shares of Multimedia Games (MGAM), which also designs and manufactures gaming machines, are down about 1.8% to $28.18.
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August 20, 2014
07:19 EDTSGMS, BYIBally Technologies and Scientific Games report early termination of HSR period
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07:15 EDTSGMS, BYIScientific Games, Bally report early termination of HSR Act waiting period
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August 15, 2014
15:17 EDTSGMSScientific Games volatility as shares trend higher
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10:01 EDTAPOOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Apollo Global (APO) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Calavo Growers (CVGW) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Wedbush... DaVita (DVA) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Dangdang (DANG) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Ducommun (DCO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at DA Davidson... Energy XXI (EXXI) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Howard Weil... Fifth Street Finance (FSC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Gilford Securities... Genetic Technologies (GENE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Harmony Gold (HMY) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at HSBC... Ignite Restaurant (IRG) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... JDSU (JDSU) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... K12 (LRN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... KKR (KKR) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Lexington Realty (LXP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Lithia Motors (LAD) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... New York & Co. (NWY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... OCI Partners (OCIP) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... OmniVision (OVTI) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Smith & Nephew (SNN) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Subsea 7 (SUBCY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Tencent (TCEHY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... ViaSat (VSAT) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... bebe stores (BEBE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital.
07:26 EDTAPOApollo, KKR downgraded to Market Perform at Wells Fargo
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05:41 EDTAPOApollo Global downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
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August 14, 2014
12:46 EDTAPOHayman Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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06:40 EDTCGCarlyle hires firms for Axalta IPO, Reuters says
Carlyle Group (CG) gave Citigroup (C) and Goldman Sachs (GS) leading positions in the possible IPO of Axalta Coating Systems just eighteen months after it acquired the firm from DuPont (DD) for $4.9B, according to Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter. One of the sources said that the IPO could bring in nearly $1B. Reference Link
August 13, 2014
17:19 EDTSGMSScientific Games awarded two-year contract extension with Minnesota Lottery
Scientific Games Corporation announced that it has signed an extension of its contract with the Minnesota Lottery to continue as a provider of instant lottery games. Under the agreement, the company will continue as the secondary instant game provider to the Minnesota Lottery for two additional years beginning July 1. In FY13, the Minnesota Lottery generated more than $553M in total retail sales, which included nearly $360M in instant game products.
09:04 EDTBYIBally Technologies selected by Foxwoods Resort Casino as mobile provider
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August 12, 2014
11:24 EDTIGTOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:15 EDTAPOApollo Global 1.375M share Block Trade priced at $24.40
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August 11, 2014
05:35 EDTIGTInternational Game granted early termination of HSR waiting period for merger
International Game announced that it received early termination of the required waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976., or HSR, with respect to the company's previously announced acquisition by GTECH S.p.A. Termination of the HSR Act waiting period satisfies one of the conditions required to finalize the acquisition. The transaction is currently expected to be completed in 1Q15.
August 8, 2014
15:25 EDTAPOApollo Global management to meet with Sterne Agee
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10:36 EDTIGTOptions with increasing implied volatility
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07:18 EDTCGCarlyle divides PQ to reignite interest in firm, Reuters says
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