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March 10, 2014
09:08 EDTRVLT, T, DDD, RGDO, VOD, MONT, BSPM, NIHD, CQBOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Montage Technology (MONT), up 19.5% after receiving$21.50 per share non-binding acquisition proposal from Shanghai Pudong Science and Technology... Chiquita Brands (CQB), up 15% after to combine with Fyffes in stock-for-stock transaction... Regado (RGDO), up 46% after announcing FDA designates REG1 for Fast Track development... Revolution Lighting (RVLT), up 26% after acquiring Value Lighting, affiliates for $35.6M... NII Holdings (NIHD), up 5% after retaining financial visors to explore strategic alternatives. LOWER: 3D Systems (DDD), down 4.7% after cautious mention in this weekend's Barron's magazine... Biostar Pharmaceuticals (BSPM), down 7% after entering into securities purchase agreement... Vodafone (VOD), down 3.4% after FT says AT&T (T) CEO downplays speculation of Vodafone bid.
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February 26, 2015
13:00 EDTTFCC 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 EDTTFCC Chair says open Internet proposals not a plan to control the Internet
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09:25 EDTDDDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:46 EDTVODBofa European telecom analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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08:05 EDTDDD3D Systems sees FY15 EPS 90c-$1.10, consensus $1.02
Sees FY15 revenue $850M-$900M, consensus $873.2M.
08:03 EDTDDD3D Systems reports Q4 EPS 21c, consensus 25c
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February 25, 2015
15:23 EDTDDDEarnings Preview: 3D Systems down almost 19% over last three months
3D Systems (DDD) is scheduled to report fourth quarter earnings before the open on Thursday, February 26, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. 3D Systems is a provider of three-dimensional content-to-print solutions including 3D printers, print materials and on-demand custom parts services for professionals and consumers. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 25c on revenue of $202.32M, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 20c-31c on revenue of $190.0M-$208.8M. LAST QUARTER: 3D Systems reported third quarter EPS of 18c on revenue of $166.9M, beating a bottom-line consensus of 17c and slightly missing on the top-line consensus of $167.71M. At that time, 3D Systems reiterated its fiscal year 2014 EPS view of 70c-80c and FY14 revenue view of $650M-$690M. NEWS: On November 24, 2014, 3D Systems announced it would acquire Cimatron for $8.97 per share, or approximately $97M, inclusive of its net cash. The transaction closed on February 9. The transaction is expected to be accretive to 3D Systems' cash generation and non-GAAP earnings per share for FY15. STREET RESEARCH: On February 15, Barron's said that 3D Systems could fall to $15 per share. On February 18, Oppenheimer said Barron's was wrong on 3D printing stocks, saying the bearish article on 3D printers was "mostly a victory lap" that contained little new information. The firm added that the sector's fundamentals are positive, while the stocks' valuations are no longer excessive, and it contends that Barron's has stayed bearish on the sector for too long. Oppenheimer kept an Outperform rating on 3D Systems. PRICE ACTION: 3D Systems shares are down almost 19% over the last three months, including a 2.5% drop to about $30 per share in Wednesday trading ahead of Thursday morning's earnings report.
15:05 EDTDDDNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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February 24, 2015
10:00 EDTVODOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AMC Networks (AMCX) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... American Airlines (AAL) downgraded to Market Perform at Cowen... Armstrong World (AWI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc... Basic Energy (BAS) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... CSC (CSC) downgraded at Stifel... Chevron (CVX) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Choice Hotels (CHH) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Eni SpA (E) downgraded to Underperform from Hold at Jefferies... Fifth Street Asset (FSAM) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... HSBC (HSBC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Home Loan Servicing (HLSS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Huntington Ingalls (HII) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... International Paper (IP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Kayne Anderson (KED) downgraded at Stifel... Landstar System (LSTR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Multi-Color (LABL) downgraded to Neutral from Long-Term Buy at Hilliard Lyons... Newmont Mining (NEM) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at HSBC... ONEOK Partners (OKS) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... ONEOK (OKE) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Olympic Steel (ZEUS) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Polypore (PPO) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Rosetta Resources (ROSE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... Salix (SLXP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Sprint (S) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at BTIG... St. Jude Medical (STJ) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Timmins Gold (TGD) downgraded on lack of near-term production catalysts at RBC Capital... Transocean Partners (RIGP) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Vodafone (VOD) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Williams Partners (WPZ) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Williams (WMB) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Worthington (WOR) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Zillow Group (Z) downgraded at Macquarie.
08:15 EDTDDD3D Systems volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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06:49 EDTVODVodafone downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
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February 23, 2015
12:28 EDTTGoogle reaches deal with wireless carriers, acquires Softcard tech, Re/code says
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07:38 EDTTComcast, AT&T deals could be delayed by document access case, WSJ says
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05:33 EDTTDirecTV downgraded to Hold from Buy at Brean Capital
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February 20, 2015
13:56 EDTTAT&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
05:20 EDTDDD3D Systems implied volatility of 68 at upper end of index mean range
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February 19, 2015
14:06 EDTTDirecTV says on track to close deal with AT&T before end of 1H
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10:12 EDTDDD3D Systems price target lowered to $36 from $42 at Imperial Capital
Imperial Capital lowered its price target for 3D Systems shares to $36 ahead of the company's Q4 results but keeps an Outperform rating on the name. The firm views lower organic growth rates and declining margins as near-term headwinds.
08:54 EDTTAT&T fiber-optic internet charges users $29 to avoid tracking, WSJ says
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05:35 EDTDDD3D Systems implied volatility of 73 at upper end of index mean range
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