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July 3, 2014
10:45 EDTMNKD, PAYX, SAN, FIO, STZ, CBSO, KBH, NKE, CAMP, DTVOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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News For MNKD;CAMP;NKE;KBH;CBSO;STZ;FIO;SAN;PAYX;DTV From The Last 14 Days
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October 22, 2014
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
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October 21, 2014
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%.
08:18 EDTSANBasel Committee accelerating work on leverage ratio, FT says
The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision will begin work on the calibration of the leverage ratio, a measure of bank capital seen as less vulnerable to manipulation, sooner than previously planned, which suggests the finished rule could be released as soon as 2015 or 2016, which is ahead of the previous target date of 2017, reported Financial Times, citing comments from the secretary-general of the committee, William Coen. Publicly traded large U.S. banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Publicly traded large EU banks include Banco Santander (SAN), Barclays (BCS), Credit Suisse (CS), Deutsche Bank (DB), HSBC (HSBC), ING Groep (ING), Lloyds Banking (LYG), Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and UBS (UBS). Reference Link
October 20, 2014
12:34 EDTCBSOCBS Outdoor upgraded to Outperform at Barrington
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12:17 EDTCBSOCBS Outdoor upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington
11:02 EDTCBSOCBS Outdoor to rebrand as Outfront Media
CBS Outdoor Americas has announced it will rebrand as Outfront Media Inc., marking another important step in the company's transformation. The Outfront identity represents a new era for the Company and for its position within the growing out-of-home advertising sector. The brand also symbolizes the company's unique portfolio of billboards and displays in the most desired locations, including landmark positions in high-traffic areas, retail districts, transit hubs and iconic destinations. Today's introduction of Outfront Media kicks off a process that will include rebranding more than 100,000 displays. On November 20, the company will be reintroduced online and on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "OUT". In addition to a new brand, the company is introducing new products and services aimed at enhancing its customers' advertising campaigns.
08:30 EDTSTZConstellation Brands initiated with a Buy at Pivotal Research
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07:51 EDTKBHKB Home initiated with a Buy at Buckingham
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06:52 EDTMNKDMannKind initiated with a Neutral at Goldman
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October 17, 2014
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October 16, 2014
06:50 EDTSANEuropean regulator rejects bonus loophole, NY Times says
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October 15, 2014
10:02 EDTNKEOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:28 EDTNKENike upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman
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06:12 EDTNKENike's Converse sues rivals over 'copycat' design, NY Post reports
Converse, a unit of Nike (NKE), is suing rivals including Ralph Lauren (RL) and Tory Burch, alleging that shoemakers and retailers are copying its iconic design, the New York Post reports. Lawyers for Converse say "We welcome fair competition, but we do not believe companies have a right to copy the trademarked look." The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages and injunctions that would bar the production of the rival shoe models. Reference Link
October 14, 2014
14:12 EDTSTZConstellation Brands files automatic mixed securities shelf
October 13, 2014
10:08 EDTKBHOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:25 EDTPAYXPaychex upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus
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07:11 EDTKBHKB Home upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Compass Point
Compass Point upgraded KB Home to Neutral citing relative valuation and focus on lower price points. Price target raised to $15.50 from $13.50.
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