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February 4, 2014
20:25 EDTCOCO, COCO, NS, NS, LII, LII, BIP, BIP, NDAQ, NDAQ, LVLT, LVLT, GRA, GRA, CCE, CCE, BEAM, BEAM, RL, RL, MMP, MMP, HUM, HUM, EL, EL, CTSH, CTSH, AGN, AGN, ADP, ADP, TWX, TWX, MRK, MRKNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Merck (MRK), consensus 88c; Time Warner (TWX), consensus $1.15; Automatic Data Processing (ADP), consensus 77c; Allergan (AGN), consensus $1.34; Cognizant (CTSH), consensus $1.06; Estee Lauder (EL), consensus $1.06; Humana (HUM), consensus 94c; Magellan Midstream (MMP), consensus 81c; Ralph Lauren (RL), consensus $2.51; Beam (BEAM), consensus 72c; Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), consensus 52c; W.R. Grace (GRA), consensus $1.19; Level 3 (LVLT), consensus 3c; Nasdaq (NDAQ), consensus 67c; Brookfield Infrastructure Partners (BIP), consensus 35c; Lazard (LAZ), consensus 61c; Arrow Electronics(ARW), consensus $1.62; Lennox International (LII), consensus 74c; NuStar Energy (NS), consensus 35c; Corinthian Colleges (COCO), consensus 2c.
News For MRK;TWX;ADP;AGN;CTSH;EL;HUM;MMP;RL;BEAM;CCE;GRA;LVLT;NDAQ;BIP;LII;NS;COCO From The Last 14 Days
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October 17, 2014
08:00 EDTTWXHBO may have fight with cable operators over OTT service price, Reuters says
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07:58 EDTMRKDeutsche Bank specialty pharma analyst holds analyst/industry conference call
Specialty Pharmaceuticals Analyst Gilbert provides of preview of The Improved Reduction of Outcomes: Vytorin Efficacy Internal Study (IMPROVE-IT) on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on October 17 at 10 am.
October 16, 2014
17:30 EDTCOCOCorinthian Colleges enters into Forbearance and Consent Agreement
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16:30 EDTTWXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:52 EDTLVLTAkamai retreats after Wells cuts rating on traffic trends
Shares of Akamai (AKAM) are falling after Wells Fargo downgraded the stock to Market Perform from Outperform, saying its research indicates the company's traffic has been moderating in recent weeks. Akamai provides services for the delivery of content over the Internet. WHAT'S NEW: The amount of video and audio streaming being handled by Akamai has slowed during the first two weeks of October when compared with the third quarter, Wells Fargo wrote in a note to investors today. Although Akamai's revenue growth does not correlate directly with changes in the traffic it handles, traffic trends have provided indications about the direction of the company's revenue growth in the past, the firm stated. Additionally, Akamai is facing tough comparisons this quarter, and its international business will be hurt by the strong dollar, the firm contended. Wells predicted the company's 2014 and 2015 earnings would miss expectations and cut its price target range on the name to $57-$61 from $70-$75. OTHERS TO WATCH: Limelight Networks (LLNW) and Level 3 Communications (LVLT) also provide Internet content delivery services. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Akamai fell 3% to $53.
12:42 EDTAGNAckman believes Allergan, Valeant merger likely, CNBC reports
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12:38 EDTAGNAckman says Allergan CEO manipulated Valeant shares, CNBC reports
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12:29 EDTTWXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday, though well off their worst levels. The market opened sharply lower following less than stellar quarterly reports from some of the countryís largest corporations and a number of in-focus "momentum" names such as Netflix (NFLX) and eBay (EBAY). The early drop extended the marketís recent declines and put the averages close to correction territory. The market moved off its lows after a regional Fed president, who'd recently been seen as hawkish, said in an interview that the central bank should consider delaying the end of quantitative easing and that it should be more data driven than time driven. The comments were attributed as the catalyst for a reversal that brought the averages all the way back to positive territory, though the market has once again drifted back into negative ground. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims decreased by 23K to 264K last week to hit their lowest level since April 2000. Industrial production rebounded 1.0% in September, beating expectations for a rise of 0.4% and pushing capacity utilization up to 79.3% from 78.7% previously. The Philadelphia Fed manufacturing index fell 1.8 points to 20.7 in October, which was not as low as the expected 19.9 reading. The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index fell 5 points to 54 in October, versus expectations for it to hold steady at 59. Also of significant note, St. Louis Fed President James Bullard, who is not a voting FOMC member though was quoted recently saying that a rate hike might be appropriate as soon as early next year, reversed course this morning and told Bloomberg in an interview that the Fed should consider delaying an end to its quantitative easing program. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Netflix (NFLX) plunged 22% after the company provided lower than expected Q4 profit guidance and reported lower than expected subscriber data. The move after its earnings report last night also follows Time Warner's (TWX) announcement yesterday of plans for a standalone HBO online service and Piper Jaffray saying it believes CBS (CBS) will similarly launch an over-the-top Showtime offering next year... eBay (EBAY) shares slipped nearly 6% after the company missed revenue expectations for the third quarter and lowered its outlook for fiscal 2014. Following the report, analysts at both RBC Capital and CLSA downgraded the stock. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Chesapeake Energy (CHK), which rose 17% after the company announced that it sold Marcellus and Utica shale assets to Southwestern Energy (SWN) for $5.375B. Shares of the buyer Southwestern, however, fell 8% after the deal announcement. Also lower was Extreme Networks (EXTR), which dropped almost 19% after cutting its first quarter outlook citing significant delays with its North American deals as well as headwinds in Europe. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 28.46, or 0.18%, to 16,113.28, the Nasdaq was down 16.16, or 0.38%, to 4,199.16, and the S&P 500 was down 2.08, or 0.11%, to 1,860.41.
10:49 EDTTWXCBS likely to launch Showtime OTT service in 2015, says Piper Jaffray
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10:01 EDTTWX, MMPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:18 EDTTWXMoonves: Showtime standalone service in 'not too distant future,' NY Times says
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08:58 EDTAGNAllergan was pressured by AbbVie news, says BMO Capital
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08:37 EDTTWXTime Warner upgraded at Topeka
As previously reported, Topeka upgraded Time Warner to Buy from Hold. The firm upgraded shares citing better than expected guidance targeted at yesterday's analyst day. Price target raised to $90 from $70. Note that BofA/Merrill also upgraded shares today.
08:23 EDTTWXTime Warner price target raised to $85-$90 from $79-$81 at Wells Fargo
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07:49 EDTTWXTime Warner upgraded at BofA/Merrill
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07:47 EDTTWXTime Warner added to Focus List at JPMorgan
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07:23 EDTAGNIBF Conferences to hold a summit
Ophthalmology Innovation Summit is being held in Chicago on October 16.
07:10 EDTTWXTime Warner upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka
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06:31 EDTTWXTime Warner upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
05:53 EDTMMPMagellan Midstream upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Ladenburg
Ladenburg upgraded Magellan Midstream to Buy citing the recent pullback in shares. The firm raised its price target for the stock to $90 from $84.
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