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September 3, 2013
12:51 EDTTU, CYTK, LF, NOK, MSFT, VZ, VOD, JAH, ALUOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Investors came back to Wall Street following the long holiday weekend and bought stocks, sending the major averages higher on the first day of trading in September. The market, coming off its worst performing month of the year, reacted to the lack of military action by the U.S. in Syria as well as some better than expected economic data at home and abroad. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's final PMI reading for August came in at 53.1, which missed the expectation for a 54.0 reading. The Institute for Supply Management's manufacturing PMI beat expectations with a rise to a 55.7 two-year high from 55.4 in July. Construction spending in July rose 0.6%, versus expectations for a 0.4% increase. In Europe, Markit's euro-zone manufacturing PMI rose to 51.4 in August from 50.3 in July. In Asia, China’s official PMI rose to 51.0 in August from 50.3 in July, while the HSBC/Markit manufacturing PMI rose to 50.1 from 47.7 in July. China's non-manufacturing PMI held relatively steady at 53.9, compared to 54.1 in the prior month. COMPANY NEWS: Two large merger and acquisition deals were announced as U.S. investors returned from Labor Day, including one that was largely expected and one that was quite unexpected. Verizon (VZ), as had been speculated last week, agreed to buy Vodafone's (VOD) 45% stake in their U.S. joint venture, Verizon Wireless, for $130B. Shares of both trading in New York fell following the announcement. Meanwhile, Microsoft (MSFT) agreed to buy Nokia’s (NOK) mobile phone business and license its patents for $7.2B. Following the deal, no less than five firms raised their rating on Nokia, which advanced about 30% near noon. Microsoft was the worst performing Dow component, falling over 6% after its purchase... In a smaller M&A deal that still involved a well-known brand, consumer products company Jarden (JAH) agreed to buy Yankee Candle Company for $1.75B. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Alcatel-Lucent (ALU), which rose nearly 11% as some speculated it could be another M&A target following Nokia's deal. Also higher was Canadian wireless company Telus (TU), which rose more than 7% and was upgraded at BMO Capital after Verizon's large deal meant it will not be entering the Canadian wireless market for the time being. Among the noteworthy losers Cytokinetics (CYTK), which fell 23% after announcing a clinical trial of its drug omecamtiv did not hit its primary endpoint. Also lower were shares of educational toymaker LeapFrog (LF), which slid almost 5% after an analyst at BMO Capital Markets said the company's new LeapPad Ultra was disappointing and buggy during tests. INDEXES: Near noon, the Dow was up 11.28, or 0.08%, to 14,821.59; the Nasdaq was up 24.09, or 0.67%, to 3,613.96; and the S&P 500 was up 6.08, or 0.37%, to 1,639.05.
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August 21, 2014
13:44 EDTVZVerizon could be interested in Gogo spectrum, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo notes trade publication Runway Girl Network posted an article about Verizon's (VZ) potential interest in Gogo. Wells calls the article's argument that aviation broadband is an extension of terrestrial broadband and could be complement Verizon's wireless service "logical," and says Verizon could also be interested in Gogo's spectrum. Wells sees compelling arguments against Verizon being interested in Gogo, but notes that at current valuations, Verizon could acquire Gogo close to the value of the underlying spectrum and get the business for free, which the firm says "isn't a bad trade." Wells has a Market Perform rating on Gogo.
13:16 EDTVZT-Mobile offers free data to users who recruit new customers to its network
T-Mobile (TMUS) is offering its current Simple Choice customers a free unlimited LTE data plan upgrade for a full year when they recruit a Sprint (S), Verizon (VZ), or AT&T (T) customer to its network. The new referred customer will also receive a full year of unlimited LTE data for free as well. If a Simple Choice customer who recruits a new user to T-Mobile's network already has an unlimited LTE data plan, they will receive a $10 credit each month for twelve months. The referral plan starts August 29. Reference Link
12:30 EDTMSFTMicrosoft plans to unveil Windows 9 on September 30, The Verge reports
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11:49 EDTVZSprint announces $60 per month unlimited wireless plan
Sprint (S) announces an unlimited wireless plan for $60. The plan provides consumers unlimited talk, text and data while on Sprint's network for $60 per month, a $20 savings compared to T-Mobile's (TMUS) $80 per month unlimited plan, the wireless carrier said. The Sprint $60 Unlimited Plan is available to both new and existing Sprint customers starting tomorrow, August 22. To qualify for the plan, customers must purchase their device through Sprint Easy Pay, pay full retail price or bring their own compatible device.
11:44 EDTMSFTHP hits 52-week high after solid revenue growth, positive analyst commentary
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09:37 EDTVZActive equity options trading on open
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09:36 EDTVZGogo strength attributed to takeover speculation in blog post
The early move higher in shares of Gogo (GOGO) is being attributed to a blog post from Runway Girl Network. The post stated, "Wall Street is now buzzing that Verizon might be studying a potential joint venture, acquisition or partnership with Row 44 competitor, Gogo." Shares of Gogo are up 3% to $17.36 in pre-market trading. Reference Link
09:04 EDTMSFTMicrosoft and TracFone announce collaboration
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05:58 EDTVZVerizon says not in talks to set up another app store, Re/code reports
In response to a report from The Information that said Verizon was looking to set up another app store, company spokeswoman Debra Lewis told Re/code that the company "has no plans to do that. Been there. Done that." Verizon closed its homegrown Verizon Apps store last year. Reference Link
05:52 EDTNOKStocks with implied volatility movement; NOK WLT
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Nokia (NOK) 30, Walter Energy (WLT) 62 according to iVolatility.
August 20, 2014
13:46 EDTVZVerizon looking to build app store, The Information says
Verizon (VZ) is looking to partner with other companies to build an app store, according to The Information. Verizon's app store would compete with Google (GOOG) and Apple (AAPL), which already sell smartphone software, The Information noted. Reference Link
12:38 EDTALUAlcatel-Lucent announces early repayment of $1.75B credit facility
Alcatel-Lucent announced today that its affiliate Alcatel-Lucent USA has repaid early and in full the senior secured credit facility of an initial principal amount of 1.75B entered into on January 30, 2013. The senior secured credit facility was secured by various first-priority pledges on a material portion of the Alcatel-Lucent Group's assets. The pledges will be consequently cancelled and released.
07:58 EDTMSFTBallmer stepping down a positive for Microsoft, says FBR Capital
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06:36 EDTMSFTIliad speaks to Google, Microsoft regarding T-Mobile offer, NY Post says
After Iliad's (ILIAF) surprise bid for T-Mobile (TMUS) was rejected, the firm is now in contact with , personnel at Google (GOOG) and Microsoft (MSFT) about working together to come up with a larger offer for the company, according to the New York Post, citing a "well-placed" source. Reference Link
05:20 EDTVODEricsson to upgrade Vodafone Australia network
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August 19, 2014
17:14 EDTMSFTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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14:12 EDTMSFTBallmer steps down from Microsoft board, sees holding shares
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11:25 EDTMSFT, VZHTC unveils the HTC One for Windows
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09:38 EDTVZActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL GILD TSLA CELG VLO VZ FB HD
07:12 EDTVZFCC looks into telecom special access line rates, Reuters says
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