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May 13, 2014
06:33 EDTVZ, PUBGY, MA, MDLZMajor advertisers shifting TV ad dollars to web video, WSJ reports
Major advertisers including MasterCard (MA), Verizon Wireless (VZ) and Mondelez (MDLZ) have moved some of the money they previously spent on TV over to online outlets in the past year, the Wall Street Journal reports. Publicis (PUBGY)-owned Starcom MediaVest says it shifted over $500M out of TV over the last year, 75% of which went to online outlets. Reference Link
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March 1, 2015
16:37 EDTMASamsung Pay will enable MasterCard
Samsung Electronics (SSNLF) has unveiled Samsung Pay, a mobile payment service that will enable MasterCard (MA) cardholders to use their Samsung Galaxy S6 for everyday in-store purchases. The company added, "MasterCard built the foundation for secure digital transactions, so consumers can use their cards when, where and how they want. Samsung Pay delivers a seamless and secure mobile payment experience that will work at both contactless-enabled and most traditional point of sale terminals. For consumers and merchants alike, that means that every purchase made with a MasterCard using a Samsung Galaxy S6 will offer the enhanced security, benefits and guarantees of a digital MasterCard transaction including the latest tokenization technology. Owners of the new device will be able to use their MasterCard credit and debit cards from participating banks directly through Samsung Pay."
February 27, 2015
15:29 EDTMAMasterCard recommends rejection of 'mini-tender' offer from TRC Capital
MasterCard announced that it has been notified of an unsolicited "mini-tender" offer dated February 25, 2015, made by TRC Capital, a private Canadian investment company, to purchase up to 1.5M shares of MasterCard's common stock, less than one fifth of 1% of the outstanding shares of common stock. TRC Capital's unsolicited "mini-tender" offer price of $88.50 per share is approximately 4.5% below the $92.67 per share closing price of MasterCard's common stock on February 25, the last trading day prior to the commencement of the offer. MasterCard is not affiliated in any way with TRC Capital, the offer, or the offer documentation. MasterCard recommends against shareholders tendering shares in response to this unsolicited offer.
09:43 EDTVZCongressional Internet Caucus to hold a discussion
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09:33 EDTVZTechFreedom and Int'l Center for Law & Economics holds a discussion
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07:53 EDTMDLZKraft, Mondelez, others give statements at CAGNY conference, The Deal says
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05:18 EDTMDLZMondelez agrees to sell interests in Japanese coffee JV to partner Ajinomoto
Mondelez announced that, as part of its ongoing efforts to further focus its portfolio on snacking products, it has reached an agreement to sell its 50% interest in Ajinomoto General Foods, or AGF, to its joint venture partner, Ajinomoto. AGF manufactures and sells instant, ground and liquid coffee products as well as other beverages in Japan under brands mainly licensed by Mondelez International, including Blendy and Maxim. Upon closing of the stock purchase agreement, Mondelez International will receive pre-tax cash proceeds of Y27B. The AGF transaction is scheduled to close by the end of April, subject to limited closing conditions. The stock purchase agreement with Ajinomoto will not have any impact on the proposed JDE transaction, which is expected to close later this year. In 2013, AGF generated more than Y100B in net revenue. It has 700 full-time employees and two factories in Gunma and Suzuka, Japan.
February 26, 2015
16:52 EDTVZOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street moved in a narrow range for most of the session while remaining near record levels. The Nasdaq was the strongest of the indices, as it continues its march towards 5,000. Crude oil prices fell by over 5% during the regular trading session, but recovered a bit in after-hours trading. The market is on pace to complete its fourth consecutive week of gains and close out the month of February with gains after suffering losses in January. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Consumer Price Index fell 0.7% in January, with the core rate rising 0.2%, versus expectations for the headline CPI to be down 0.6% and the core rate to rise 0.1%. Initial jobless claims rose 31K to 313K in the week ended February 21, versus expectations for 290K first-time claims. Durable goods orders rose 2.8% in January, versus expectations for a 1.6% increase. The FHFA home price index rose 0.8% to 218.6 in December, versus expectations for an increase of 0.5%. COMPANY NEWS: The Federal Communications Commission voted 3 to 2 in favor of adopting new open Internet, or "net neutrality," rules. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has proposed that the FCC use its Title II authority to implement and enforce "bright-line" rules to ban paid prioritization and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services. However, Wheeler said his proposal will "modernize" Title II, insuring there will be no rate regulation, no tariffs, and no last-mile unbundling. Major Internet Service Providers, including Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and Comcast (CMCSA), have opposed the rules, while Netflix (NFLX) has been a strong and vocal supporter of open Internet provisions... Shares of International Business Machines (IBM) slipped $1.94, or 1.19%, to $160.87 after Big Blue held its investor day meeting in NYC. At the meeting, IBM backed its fiscal year profit view but also said that the company now expects currency to impact revenue growth by over 6 points for the full year, which is greater than the impact previously provided based on January 16 spot rates. IBM also said it was shifting $4B into "strategic initiatives," including Big Data, the Cloud, mobile, social and security... Barnes & Noble (BKS) rose $1.67, or 6.89%, to $25.92 after announcing plans to split its Education business from its Retail and NOOK Digital businesses. The separation into two independent, publicly traded companies is anticipated to be completed by the end of August and is intended to be a tax-free distribution to shareholders, B&N noted. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Emulex (ELX), which jumped $1.57, or 24.69%, to $7.93 after the company agreed to be acquired by Avago Technologies (AVGO) for $606M, or $8 per share in cash. Avago also rose $16.57, or 14.71%, to $129.25 after announcing the deal and reporting "beat and raise" quarterly results. Also higher was UIL Holdings (UIL), which gained $9.74, or 23.01%, to $52.07 after the company agreed to be acquired by Iberdrola USA to create a newly listed U.S. publicly-traded company. The proposed transaction implies total value per share to UIL shareholders of $52.75, including $10.50 per share paid in the form of cash, the companies said. Among the noteworthy losers was Clayton Williams (CWEI), which fell $11.41, or 17.77%, to $52.79 after the company suspended drilling operations in both of its core resource plays, citing low oil prices, and its shares were downgraded at Wunderlich. Also lower following their earnings reports were network solutions provider Inteliquent (IQNT), which dropped $3.05, or 17.33%, to $14.55, and electric weapons maker TASER (TASR), which slid $4.36, or 16.14%, to $22.68. INDEXES: The Dow fell 10.15, or -0.06%, to 18,214.42, the Nasdaq gained 20.75, or 0.42%, to 4,987.89, and the S&P 500 declined 3.12, or 0.15%, to 2,110.74.
13:11 EDTVZVerizon: Title II regulations a 'net' loss for innovation, customers
Michael E. Glover, Verizon senior VP, public policy and government affairs said "Today's decision by the FCC to encumber broadband Internet services with badly antiquated regulations is a radical step that presages a time of uncertainty for consumers, innovators and investors. Over the past two decades a bipartisan, light-touch policy approach unleashed unprecedented investment and enabled the broadband Internet age consumers now enjoy. The FCC today chose to change the way the commercial Internet has operated since its creation. Changing a platform that has been so successful should be done, if at all, only after careful policy analysis, full transparency, and by the legislature, which is constitutionally charged with determining policy. As a result, it is likely that history will judge today's actions as misguided. The FCC's move is especially regrettable because it is wholly unnecessary. The FCC had targeted tools available to preserve an open Internet, but instead chose to use this order as an excuse to adopt 300-plus pages of broad and open-ended regulatory arcana that will have unintended negative consequences for consumers and various parts of the Internet ecosystem for years to come. What has been and will remain constant before, during and after the existence of any regulations is Verizon's commitment to an open Internet that provides consumers with competitive broadband choices and Internet access when, where, and how they want."
13:00 EDTVZFCC votes in favor of adopting net neutrality proposals
The Federal Communications Commission voted 3 to 2 in favor of adopting new open Internet, or "net neutrality," rules. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has proposed that the FCC use its Title II authority to implement and enforce open Internet protections, with "bright-line" rules to ban paid prioritization and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services. However, Wheeler said his proposal will "modernize" Title II, insuring there will be no rate regulation, no tariffs, and no last-mile unbundling. Major Internet Service Providers, including AT&T (T), Comcast (CMCSA), and Verizon (VZ), have opposed FCC Chairman Wheeler's proposals to treat Internet service similar to a utility. Other companies that provide Internet services include Time Warner Cable (TWC), CenturyLink (CTL), DIRECTV (DTV), Cablevision (CVC) and Lumos Networks (LMOS). Netflix (NFLX) has strongly supported open Internet provisions. Cogent Communications (CCOI) and Level 3 Communications (LVLT) are facilities-based providers of Internet access and Internet Protocol communications services that are likely to be impacted by FCC rules on net neutrality.
12:55 EDTVZFCC Chair says open Internet proposals not a plan to control the Internet
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07:32 EDTVZThe FCCto hold an open commission meeting on net neutrality
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07:27 EDTMDLZExecutives' Club of Chicago to hold a breakfast meeting
Chicago CEO Breakfast Meeting with Guest Speaker Irene Rosenfeld, Chairman & CEO, of Mondelez International, who discusses "Leading in Turbulent Times" is being held in Chicago on February 26 at 8:15 am.
06:46 EDTMADeutsche sees American Express as undervalued, upgrades to Buy
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February 25, 2015
09:03 EDTMDLZMondelez acquires Betabox start-up
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February 24, 2015
12:13 EDTVZU.S. Cellular lowering prices on shared connect plans
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07:25 EDTMARW Baird to hold a conference
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06:39 EDTMAVisa Europe announces 'tokenisation service'
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February 23, 2015
12:28 EDTVZGoogle reaches deal with wireless carriers, acquires Softcard tech, Re/code says
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09:02 EDTVZVerizon to sell BlackBerry Classic for $100, CrackBerry says
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February 20, 2015
13:56 EDTVZAT&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
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