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February 4, 2013
16:35 EDTCZR, SONS, MHP, CYBX, APKT, BUD, BSFT, MCOOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were down on the day after the averages opened sharply lower following Friday's run-up and never mounted a rally. The averages moved lower through the day as January's gains put investors in a position for profit taking. Among notable companies reporting earnings after the close are Gilead (GILD) and Yum! Brands (YUM)... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the ISM New York area reading of 56.7 was ahead of the expected reading of 53.0. A separate report showed factory orders increased 1.8% in December, versus an expected increase of 2.3%. In Europe, Spanish and Italian government bond yields rose following political developments in both countries. In China, non-manufacturing PMI ticked up to 56.2 from 56.1 last month... COMPANY NEWS: Shares of McGraw-Hill (MHP), lost $8.04, or 13.78%, to $50.30 after the Wall Street Journal said the company's S&P Ratings Service is set to face a civil lawsuit from the Department of Justice related to mortgage bond ratings it made before the 2008 financial crisis. CNBC's David Faber later reported that settlement talks between S&P and the Justice Department broke down as the DoJ was seeking a "10 figure settlement and admission of wrongdoing." The company came out and said the threatened civil lawsuit is without legal merit and unjustified... Shares of Acme Packet (APKT) gained $5.66, or 23.65%, to $29.59 after agreeing to be acquired by Oracle (ORCL) for $29.25 per share. Acme Packet's peers gained following the news, as Sonus Networks (SONS) rose 46c, or 20.18%, to $2.74 while Broadsoft (BSFT) rose $3.58, or 10.23%, to $38.56, though shares of Oracle declined $1.08, or 2.97%, to $35.13... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Cyberonics (CYBX), up $2.46, or 5.55%, to $46.81 after a former employee dropped a lawsuit against the company. Also higher were shares of Caesar's Entertainment (CZR), up 90c, or 11.52%, to $8.71 after the company said it is pursuing a strategic transaction to transfer complementary and growth-related assets into a separate entity. Among the noteworthy losers was Moody's (MCO), which fell $5.90, or 10.66%, to $49.45 after news that ratings peer S&P would be charged with a civil lawsuit by the DoJ relating to CDO ratings made before the financial crisis, though CNBC's David Faber said the potential suit did not involve Moody's. Also lower were shares of AB InBev (BUD), down $4.61, or 5%, to $87.67 after shares were downgraded to Neutral with an $89 price target at BofA Merrill Lynch... INDICES: The Dow was down 129.71, or 0.93%, to 13,880.08; the Nasdaq was down 47.93, or 1.51%, to 3,131.17; and the S&P 500 was down 17.46, or 1.15%, to 1,495.71.
News For MHP;MCO;APKT;SONS;BSFT;CYBX;CZR;BUD From The Last 14 Days
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August 28, 2015
09:34 EDTCZRNevada reports July statewide gaming win down 0.96% to $922.89M
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06:50 EDTCZRJudge says Caesars, bondholders should prepare for trial, WSJ reports
A federal judge said that Caesars Entertainment and a group of bondholders should prepare for hearings in a suit over Caesars' guarantees of billions of dollars of debt, the Wall Street Journal reports. Judge Shira A. Scheindlin of the U.S. District Court in Manhattan said that there is a discrepancy as to whether a series of asset moving deals last year constituted an out-court debt reorganization that proved harmful to the holders of over $6B in bond debt issued by Caesars, the report says. Reference Link
August 27, 2015
10:57 EDTCZRCaesars bondholders denied immediate ruling by judge, Bloomberg reports
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August 26, 2015
10:00 EDTBUDOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:45 EDTBUDAB InBev upgraded to Buy from Hold at ING Group
August 24, 2015
07:38 EDTCZRCaesars to pay $20M to settle anti-money laundering lapses charges, Reuters says
Caesars Entertainment has agreed to pay $20M to settle claims of anti-money laundering lapses, Reuters reports, citing a source familiar with the matter. The company will also enter into a deferred prosecution agreement with the DOJ, the report says. Reference Link
August 23, 2015
14:49 EDTCZRCaesars reaches restructuring support agreement with first lien bank lenders
Caesars Entertainment and Caesars Entertainment Operating Co. announced they have entered into a bank restructuring support agreement. The agreement, which is effective immediately, "secures the support" of CEOC's largest and most senior creditor constituencies and represents a "key milestone" in Caesars Entertainment and CEOC's efforts to implement a consensual restructuring of CEOC, according to Caesars. "CEOC's restructuring is now supported by CEOC's first lien bank lenders and first lien bondholders, which represent the most senior $12B of CEOC's capital structure," said the company. Caesars and CEOC continue to engage in discussions with junior creditors to build additional support for the previously announced second lien restructuring agreement. "However, the senior creditors' support of today's agreement paves the way toward a confirmable plan for the restructuring of CEOC," commented Caesars. The bank RSA is substantially similar to the previously announced bond RSA.
August 20, 2015
16:48 EDTCYBXOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
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13:06 EDTCYBXCyberonics advances after Q1 results, merger update
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09:40 EDTCYBXSorin reports dismissal of Italian creditor rights objection to Cyberonics deal
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09:20 EDTCYBXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:35 EDTCYBXCyberonics, Sorin see deal closing in Q4
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07:07 EDTCYBXCyberonics, Sorin provide merger update
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07:02 EDTCYBXCyberonics and Sorin provide merger update
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August 19, 2015
14:48 EDTCYBXNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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August 18, 2015
19:47 EDTCZRCaesars creditors give ultimatum to Apollo Global, Bloomberg says
Earlier this month, creditors opposed to Caesars Entertainment's (CZR) bankruptcy plan demanded that Apollo Global (APO) -- one of the company's owners -- relinquish control of the bankrupt unit's parent company, reports Bloomberg, citing two people with knowledge of the matter. In exchange, the creditors offered to withdraw several lawsuits related to the bankruptcy, said the sources. Apollo rejected the ultimatum, though sources noted that talks are continuing. Reference Link

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