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January 6, 2014
06:12 EDTQCOM, GM, VZ, AAPL, INTC, SSNLF, CMCSA, NVDA, VLKAY, TM, DTV, TWC, NFLX, DIS, JPM, DISHOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: Aggressive investors were a driving force behind a number of deals at big companies in 2013. According to FactSet SharkWatch, there were 10 instances in 2013 in which a U.S. company agreed to break itself up or sell or exit businesses after an investor pushed it to make such changes, even if the moves didn't always satisfy the activist, the Wall Street Journal reports...U.S. prosecutors and regulators are expected to announce this week that JPMorgan Chase (JPM) will pay over $2B in penalties for alleged failures to warn about Bernard L. Madoff's massive fraud, sources say, the Wall Street Journal reports...REUTERS: U.S. cable and satellite television operators, already locking horns with programmers over subscriber fees, are now squaring off over the mobile apps that viewers are increasingly using to watch TV (NFLX, DISH, DIS, TWC, DTV, CMCSA, VZ), Reuters reports...Toyota Motor (TM) and its two local joint-venture partners sold more than 900,000 vehicles in China last year, according to two executives, beating its annual sales target after tensions eased in a territorial row between Japan and China, Reuters reports...BLOOMBERG: Samsung (SSNLF), which sells almost one of every three smartphones, wants to parlay that technology into automotive navigation and entertainment systems for an industry that makes more than 80M vehicles a year (GM, VLKAY, TM, INTC, QCOM, NVDA), Bloomberg reports...Apple (AAPL), facing behind-the-scenes pressure from some shareholders to add more female directors and executives, has taken a step to address the criticism and diversify its board, Bloomberg reports.
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13:03 EDTDISDisney raises prices at the Magic Kingdom, Orlando Sentinel says
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February 20, 2015
16:48 EDTAAPLDow, S&P 500 finish week at record highs after Greek deal reached
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16:03 EDTAAPLOptions Update; February 20, 2015
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13:56 EDTDISH, VZAT&T VP critical of Dish auction tactics
AT&T (T) VP of Federal Regulatory Joan Marsh stated in a post to a corporate blog that FCC Auction 97 represents "hard evidence that there is significant continuing interest in licensed spectrum... It didn't matter that it was mid-band spectrum. It mattered only that it was broadband spectrum." Marsh notes that Dish (DISH) won more licenses than any other bidder though "none of that spectrum is currently supporting commercial wireless services," with her suggestion being that "auctions should be designed to ensure that licenses go to those willing to deploy networks not speculators or stockpilers...The government should continue to place a high priority on allocating new licensed bands to the wireless industry." Marsh continues her analysis of Dish, claiming the double and triple-bidding activity carried out by its two designated entities "circumvented auction activity rules, masked actual demand and distorted the auction," as they were able to win significant allocations while enjoying a 25% small business discount. In response to Dish claims that all companies use DEs, Marsh replies that "in more recent auctions... bidders like AT&T, Verizon (VZ) and T-Mobile (TMUS) had no DE relationships, participated directly and paid full price for their licenses." Reference Link
12:02 EDTCMCSAComcast management to meet with Jefferies
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11:47 EDTQCOMQualcomm mentioned positively at Pacific Crest
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11:02 EDTAAPLApple electric car could be 'iPhone of the Future,' says Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White says he believes an electric car from Apple has the potential to be the "iPhone of the Future." White, in a note to investors today, added that he doubts Apple's reach will stop there. He believes the personal robot category offers "great potential over the next decade and fits well with Apple's skill set." White thinks the reports of an electric car show innovation at the tech giant continues. He keeps a Buy rating Apple shares with a $160 price target. The stock is up 30c it morning trading to $128.71.
11:00 EDTAAPLApple electric car could be 'iPhone of the Future,' sys Cantor
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10:01 EDTDTVOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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08:11 EDTGMAlly CEO exploring subprime lending, sees loss of GM business, Detroit News says
Ally (ALLY) CEO Jeffrey Brown stated in a Thursday interview with The Detroit News that the company may return to offering credit cards and home mortgages, and currently plans to expand auto lending to subprime customers. The CEO said he expects to decide within 30-60 days whether Ally will consolidate its five locations to a single headquarters in the Detroit suburbs. Brown added that he expects GM (GM) to shift its $4.1B subsidized leasing program for Chevrolet from Ally to GM Financial, which the Ally CEO wants to offset by increasing subprime lending from 9% of total lending to 12%-15%. Reference Link
07:40 EDTDTVDirecTV downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham
Buckingham downgraded DirecTV (DTV) to Neutral based on lack of sufficient upside from the AT&T (T) transaction and views risk/reward as balanced at current levels. Price target lowered to $92 from $95.
07:18 EDTCMCSAComcast volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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07:04 EDTGMAlly CEO assuming company will lose all of GM's leasing business, Reuters says
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06:49 EDTCMCSAMSNBC cancels two talk shows, Politico says
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06:41 EDTGM, AAPLApple pushing for 2020 production of its electric car, Bloomberg says
Apple (AAPL) is pushing to begin production of its electric vehicle as soon as 2020, reports Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Bloomberg notes that the move could put Apple into direct competition with Tesla (TSLA) and General Motors (GM), both of which are targeting a 2017 release for next-generation electric vehicles. Apple may still cancel the project if it becomes unhappy with progress, the sources said, though its vehicle team is already 200-people strong. Reference Link
06:20 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $145 on increasingly bullish outlook at Goldman
Goldman raised Buy rated Apple's price target to $145 from $130 based on increased confidence in platform momentum, sustained iPhone growth, and the potential for the Apple Watch. The firm believes risk/reward is more balanced following the recent 20% upside move but sees further upside given the aforementioned factors and the near-term catalysts from the April watch launch, updates on capital allocation, and a likely March quarter beat.
06:06 EDTGMGeneral Motors names Craig Glidden as new general counsel
General Motors (GM) announced yesterday that Craig B. Glidden has been appointed executive VP and general counsel, effective March 1. Glidden will lead a team of staff attorneys who are integrated into all of GMs regional and functional teams in more than 30 countries. Glidden succeeds Michael Millikin, who is retiring in July after a nearly four-decade legal career, including five years as GMs general counsel. Before joining GM, Glidden was executive VP and chief legal officer for LyondellBasell Industries (LYB).
06:03 EDTJPMAnn Inc. working with JPMorgan on potential sale, Bloomberg reports
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04:50 EDTQCOMStocks with implied volatility movement; QCOM KO
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