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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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October 29, 2014
12:59 EDTAPOPrivate equity firms preparing initial bids for PetSmart auction, WSJ says
Private equity firms including Apollo Global Management (APO), Hellman & Friedman and KKR (KKR) are said to be preparing initial bids for pet-supply retailer PetSmart (PETM), says the Wall Street Journal. PetSmart which is based in Phoenix and has around 1,350 stores has a market capitalization of around $7B, added the Wall Street Journal. Shares of PetSmart are up almost 3% or $1.98, to $72.06 in midday trading. Reference Link
06:26 EDTVIVHYUniversal Music says SoundCloud must prove itself before partnership, WSJ says
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October 28, 2014
13:09 EDTDTVOptions with increasing implied volatility
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October 27, 2014
07:28 EDTBHPBHP Billiton says could sell Fayetteville shale gas assets
BHP CEO Andrew Mackenzie said in a statement, "As we look to improve the balance of liquids and gas across our Petroleum portfolio we have initiated the marketing our Fayetteville acreage. However, we will only divest the field if it maximizes value for shareholders."
October 24, 2014
12:38 EDTDTVFCC delays incentive auction until early 2016
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08:06 EDTAPOExpress Energy Services agrees to be acquired by Apollo Funds
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05:33 EDTPSOPearson reports 9-month sales up 1% at constant exchange rates
Pearson reports 9-month North American sales down 6% in headline terms. The company reiterates its full year guidance - adjusted earnings per share expected to be between 62p and 67p in 2014. It said its restructuring program remains on track.
05:31 EDTPSOPearson says CFO to step down before end of 2015
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October 22, 2014
18:34 EDTDTVOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Select Comfort (SCSS), up 13.1% after reporting third quarter results and increasing share repurchase authorization to $250M... Infinera (INFN), up 9.8%... Tractor Supply (TSCO), up 11.8%... Acacia Research (ACTG), up 7.7%... Marketo (MKTO), up 4.5%... O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY), up 3.9%... Fortinet (FTNT), up 1.5%... Mellanox (MLNX), up 2.9%... ServiceNow (NOW), up just under 1%. ALSO HIGHER: CarMax (KMX), up 1% after announcing a $2B increase to its share repurchase program. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Air Methods (AIRM), down 19.8% following preliminary third quarter results... Yelp (YELP), down 13.6%... Core Laboratories (CLB), down 7.9%... Varian Medical (VAR), down 4.9% after reporting fourth quarter results... Open Text (OTEX), down 3.9%... Citrix (CTXS), down 5.7%... Cheesecake Factory (CAKE), down 4.5%... Allied World (AWH), down 4.7%... Lam Research (LRCX), down 3.3%... Skechers (SKX), down just under 1% after reporting third quarter results above analyst estimates... AT&T (T), down 1.5%. ALSO LOWER: DIRECTV (DTV), down just under 1% following AT&T third quarter results... Alcobra (ADHD), down 16% following results of MDX study... WidePoint (WYY), down 8.1% after filing an automatic common stock shelf... New Mountain Finance (NMFC), down 4.4% after filing to sell 5M shares of common stock.
11:12 EDTDTVFCC stops 'informal clock' for review of AT&T, Comcast proposed deals
Federal Communications Commission disclosed in a notice on its website that a number of commenters filed a motion for an extension of time to file replies in Docket 14-57, which is the review of the application of Comcast (CMCSA) for approval of its proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable (TWC). Among other points, the commenters argue that certain third-party programmers “do not want any of the interested parties’ outside counsel or experts to view [their programming contracts],” the FCC noted. "We agree with these commenters that their current inability to review Highly Confidential Information that has been submitted in these dockets significantly hampers their ability to meaningfully comment and participate in these proceedings, in both Docket 14-57 and Docket 14-90. Accordingly, we are suspending the pleading cycles and stopping our 180-day informal time clock in both dockets," the FCC stated. Docket 14-90 refers to AT&T's (T) proposed purchase of DIRECTV (DTV). Reference Link
October 21, 2014
17:58 EDTBHPBHP Billiton Q1 iron-ore output up 17% YoY to 57.09 tons
17:56 EDTBHPBHP Billiton Q1 copper output down 3% YoY to 389,400 tons
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13:09 EDTDTVEarnings Preview: AT&T to benefit from strong iPhone 6 demand, Wells Fargo says
AT&T (T) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the market close on Wednesday, October 22, with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. AT&T is a global telecommunications company offering wireless and long distance services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 64c on revenue of $33.24B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 59c-66c on revenue of $31.77B-$34.34B. LAST QUARTER: AT&T reported second quarter EPS of 62c against estimates for 63c on revenue of $32.6B against estimates for $33.22B. On its Q2 earnings report, the company forecast FY14 EPS growth at the low end of a mid-single digit range, compared to consensus of $2.62. It sees: FY14 consolidated revenue growth in the 5% range, versus consensus $133.93B; FY14 free cash flow in the $11B range; FY14 capital expenditures remaining in the $21B range. In Q2, AT&T reported the following: total branded smartphone net adds, both postpaid and prepaid, of 576,000; total branded tablet net adds of 250,000; 366,000 postpaid tablet net adds; postpaid churn of 0.86%. On September 25, DirecTV (DTV) stockholders voted overwhelmingly to approve DIRECTV’s proposed merger with AT&T. STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been light in the weeks leading up to AT&T's Q3 earnings report. On September 15, Wells Fargo said AT&T should particularly benefit from strong Apple (AAPL) iPhone 6 demand. After Apple reported that over 4M iPhone 6 units were pre-ordered in the first 24 hours of eligibility, Wells Fargo said that it believed strong demand for the phones will be positive for all of the wireless carriers, but particularly for AT&T because of its strategic decision to focus on its early upgrade "Next!" program. The firm maintained its Outperform rating on AT&T. PRICE ACTION: AT&T’s shares have fallen approximately 4% since the company's Q2 report, but they did manage to make a 52-week high of $37.48 in late July. In afternoon trading ahead of tomorrow’s Q3 report, AT&T’s shares are up 0.5%.
10:00 EDTBHPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AbbVie (ABBV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... BHP Billiton (BHP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Bank of Marin (BMRC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Cobalt (CIE) downgraded to Speculative Buy from Buy at Global Hunter... Consolidated Edison (ED) downgraded to Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Deutsche Post (DPSGY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... HCP (HCP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... IBM (IBM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore... Inland Real Estate (IRC) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... PerkinElmer (PKI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... Philips (PHG) downgraded to Neutral at UBS... QEP Midstream Partners (QEPM) downgraded to Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Rent-A-Center (RCII) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Rhino Resources (RNO) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Universal Forest (UFPI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee.
09:12 EDTVIVHYGNC, eBay, Vivendi recommended as long ideas by Sandler, Bloomberg reports
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05:31 EDTBHPBHP Billiton downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
Jefferies downgraded BHP Billiton to Hold saying it sees limited near-term upside after cutting its commodities price estimates.
October 17, 2014
10:51 EDTDTVOptions with increasing implied volatility
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07:05 EDTVIVHYVivendi division, collaborator mull TVN stake sale, Bloomberg says
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October 16, 2014
07:23 EDTBHPHart Energy to hold a conference
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06:53 EDTBHPBHP Billiton to pursue U.K. listing for new company to be created via demerger
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