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November 7, 2012
06:46 EDTMHP, APO, BHP, PSO, DTV, VIVHYOn The Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: McGraw-Hill (MHP) is said to be in exclusive talks with Apollo Global (APO) over the sale of its education unit, according to a Wall Street Journal report citing people familiar with matter...BHP Billiton (BHP) is planning for a successor to CEO Marius Kloppers, reports the Wall Street Journal...INDEPENDENT: Pearson (PSO) has denied a Bloomberg report that said the company is exploring a sale of the Financial Times, the Independent reports...NY POST: Hurricane Sandy took off nearly 20% of total retail sales in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions, reports the New York Post...REUTERS: DirecTV (DTV) says it's in the early stages of examining a possible purchase of GVT, Vivendi's (VIVHY) Brazilian telecom unit, Reuters reports.
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August 26, 2014
06:36 EDTVIVHYTelefonica board mulls increasing GVT offer, Bloomberg says
Telefonica's (TEF) board is aiming to talk about increasing its bid for Vivendi's (VIVHY) GVT division, and could potentially value the business at nearly $10.6B, according to Bloomberg, citing a person with knowledge of the matter. The source noted that the raised offer might be presented prior to Vivendi's upcoming board meeting in two days and before Telecom Italia (TI) finalizes a competitive bid. Reference Link
August 25, 2014
14:46 EDTDTVDirecTV, NFL have outline for Sunday Ticket deal, SBJ says
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11:48 EDTDTVAT&T, DirecTV agree to deal with DOJ paving way for merger, NY Post says
AT&T (T) has agreed with the Justice Department on terms paving the way for it to acquire DirecTV (DTV), though it could not be learned what, if any, conditions the department has placed on the merger, according to The New York Post, citing a source close to the process. Reference Link
August 20, 2014
10:04 EDTBHPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: BHP Billiton (BHP) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... GT Advanced (GTAT) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA... Hertz (HTZ) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... IDEXX (IDXX) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Northcoast... Prestige Brands (PBH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sidoti... Real Goods Solar (RGSE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Roth Capital... Regal-Beloit (RBC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Longbow... SunCoke Energy (SXC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Tidewater (TDW) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Clarkson Capital.
05:20 EDTBHPBHP Billiton downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
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August 19, 2014
15:22 EDTBHPBHP Billiton downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
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09:07 EDTBHPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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06:26 EDTVIVHYTelecom Italia board plans meeting to discuss GVT bid, Reuters says
Telecom Italia (TI) is poised to have a board meeting sometime next week to talk about making a takeover bid for Vivendi's (VIVHY) GVT division, according to Reuters, citing a source close to the matter. The source said, "Certainly nothing will happen this week," but explained that the meeting was likely to occur on August 27. Reference Link
06:16 EDTBHPBHP Billiton says continues to review Nickel West, smaller assets
BHP Billiton said continues to review Nickel West, New Mexico Coal and its smaller petroleum assets. "Each of these assets is subject to its own study and the Group will only pursue options that maximise value for its shareholders," BHP stated.
06:04 EDTBHPBHP says CFO Graham Kerr to be CEO of new company
BHP Billiton announced a series of changes to the senior management of the company. Graham Kerr, currently CFO is appointed CEO designate of the new company that BHP Billiton plans to form in a demerger. Graham will retire from the Group Management Committee on October 1 and will be replaced as CFO by Peter Beaven, currently President, Copper. Brendan Harris, currently Head of Group Investor Relations, has been appointed CFO designate of the new company. BHP said an announcement relating to Beaven's replacement as President Copper will be made in due course. In the interim Edgar Basto, currently Asset President Escondida, will act in the capacity of President, Copper and, following the appointment of a permanent replacement, will take up a new role within BHP Billiton.
05:59 EDTBHPBHP Billiton to create independent metals and mining company
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05:57 EDTBHPBHP Billiton reports FY14 underlying profit $13.45B vs. $12.21B last year
BHP said capital and exploration expenditure is expected to decline to $14.5Bin the 2015 financial year and be no more than $14B should the proposed demerger be implemented. "By maintaining an internal focus and concentrating investment in our major basins we believe an average rate of return of greater than 20% is achievable for our favoured development options," the company said. It added, "With robust volume growth and further productivity gains expected, we remain confident in the outlook for the Group. On this basis, we increased our full-year progressive base dividend by 4% to 121 US cents per share for an Underlying payout ratio of 48%. We will seek to steadily increase or at least maintain the dividend per share in US dollar terms at each half-yearly payment following the demerger, implying a higher payout ratio."
August 18, 2014
13:32 EDTVIVHYTelefonica adds content deal in bid for Vivendi GVT unit, Reuters says
Telefonica (TEF) has added to its bid for Vivendi's (VIVHY) Brazilian broadband telecoms business, GVT, by offering Vivendi a television content-sharing deal, says Reuters. The content-sharing deal offered by Telefonica brings its total offer to approximately $9.4B which is in-line with what Telecom Italia (TI) may counter bid for GVT, added Reuters. Reference Link
09:16 EDTDTVDreamWorks Animation appoints Fazal Merchant as CFO effective September 15
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07:01 EDTBHPBHP Billiton spin off announcement doesn't create value, says Bernstein
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August 17, 2014
13:51 EDTVIVHYTelecom Italia looks to outbid rival for Vivendi's GVT unit, Bloomberg says
Telecom Italia (TI) is preparing to outbid Telefonica (TEF) and offer as much as $9.4B for Vivendiís (VIVHY) Brazilian broadband unit GVT, says Bloomberg. Reference Link
August 15, 2014
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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06:18 EDTBHPBHP Billiton says pursuing options to become 'simpler' and 'more productive'
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05:41 EDTAPOApollo Global downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
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