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April 17, 2014
11:10 EDTBXBlackstone says staying away from 'crowded deals and expensive sectors' in U.S.
Comment from Blackstone's Q1 investor call.
10:11 EDTBXHigh option volume stocks: CMG INFY GOOGL GOOG SNDK MAT YHOO BX KSU GILD
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08:58 EDTBXOn The Fly: Pre-market movers
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07:03 EDTBXBlackstone reports Q1 ENI 70c , consensus 55c
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April 16, 2014
15:17 EDTBXNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include General Electric (GE), consensus 32c; Philip Morris (PM), consensus $1.16; Schlumberger (SLB), consensus $1.20; PepsiCo (PEP), consensus 75c; Union Pacific (UNP), consensus $2.37; UnitedHealth (UNH), consensus $1.09; Honeywell (HON), consensus $1.26; Goldman Sachs (GS), consensus $3.44; du Pont (DD), consensus $1.59; Morgan Stanley (MS), consensus 60c; Danaher (DHR), consensus 80c; BlackRock (BLK), consensus $4.14; Blackstone (BX), consensus 55c; Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG), consensus $2.86; Mattel (MAT), consensus 9c; Snap-on (SNA), consensus $1.54; AutoNation (AN), consensus 74c.
07:07 EDTHPQAmazon, Google, Microsoft cut prices for cloud computing products, WSJ says
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06:20 EDTBXTelefonica, Blackstone to form Axonix mobile-advertising venture, WSJ reports
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April 15, 2014
11:33 EDTBXBlackstone volatility increases into Q1
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09:02 EDTCSCOLumos Networks selects Cisco as exclusive supplier for Project Ark
Lumos Networks (LMOS) announced the selection of Cisco (CSCO) as its exclusive supplier of mission critical equipment for Project Ark, its new broadband MPLS/IP fiber network designed primarily to handle Fiber to the Cell site traffic within the company’s network. Cisco’s ASR 9912 routers, the foundation for Project Ark, will be deployed in Ashburn, Virginia, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Roanoke, Virginia and Charleston, West Virginia. Network construction will begin in the 2Q14 with completion of the first phase of Project Ark scheduled for the 3Q14. The company expects to begin routing traffic from newly installed FTTC sites onto the “Ark network” in 4Q14 and it is expected that existing FTTC traffic will be migrated to the “Ark network” in early 2015.
05:50 EDTCSCOStocks with implied volatility movement; YOKU CSCO
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April 14, 2014
08:31 EDTBXBlackstone and Goldman Sachs to acquire Ipreo from KKR
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07:20 EDTBXKKR to sell Ipreo to Blackstone, Goldman Sachs for $975M, Financial Times says
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07:06 EDTCSCOU.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation to hold a symposium
GEOINT 2013 Symposium, originally scheduled for October 2013, is being held in Tampa, Florida on April 14-17.
05:51 EDTCSCOStocks with implied volatility movement; HLF CSCO
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April 11, 2014
19:02 EDTACADACADIA names CEO Hacksell principal financial, accounting officer
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12:42 EDTCSCOOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
ASML (ASML) initiated with a Cautious at ISI Group... Analog Devices (ADI) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Applied Materials (AMAT) initiated with a Strong Buy at ISI Group... Aruba Networks (ARUN) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... Broadcom (BRCM) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... CSX (CSX) initiated with an Outperform at Macquarie... Cisco (CSCO) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... F5 Networks (FFIV) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... Genesee & Wyoming (GWR) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Intel (INTC) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... Juniper (JNPR) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... KLA-Tencor (KLAC) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... Lam Research (LRCX) initiated with a Strong Buy at ISI Group... Linear Technology (LLTC) initiated with a Cautious at ISI Group... Maxim Integrated (MXIM) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... Micron (MU) initiated with a Strong Buy at ISI Group... NVIDIA (NVDA) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) initiated with a Strong Buy at ISI Group... Qualcomm (QCOM) initiated with a Strong Buy at ISI Group... Riverbed (RVBD) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... SanDisk (SNDK) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... Teradyne (TER) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Texas Instruments (TXN) initiated with a Neutral at ISI Group... Trulia (TRLA) initiated with a Neutral at Susquehanna... Union Pacific (UNP) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Zillow (Z) initiated with a Positive at Susquehanna... Flamel Technologies (FLML) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Parker Drilling (PKD) initiated with an Accumulate at Tudor Pickering.
09:24 EDTORCLOracle management to meet with JPMorgan
Meeting to be held in Chicago on April 17 hosted by JPMorgan.
07:06 EDTORCLOracle management to meet with Deutsche Bank
Meeting to be held in Frankfurt on April 11 hosted by Deutsche Bank.
06:08 EDTCSCOCisco initiated with a Buy at SunTrust
Target $27.
06:03 EDTCSCOCisco issues advisory on Heartbleed bug
Cisco issued an advisory stating that a long list of products were either confirmed vulnerable or under investigation for the Heartbleed bug. Among the 16 products confirmed vulnerable are the Cisco Unified Communication Manager 10.0, Cisco MS200X Ethernet Access Switch and several Cisco Unified IP Phones. Reference Link
April 10, 2014
11:23 EDTBXOptions with increasing implied volatility: CYTK BX
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10:00 EDTHPQOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Apple (AAPL) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Crocs (CROX) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... Deckers Outdoor (DECK) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... EMC (EMC) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... HP (HPQ) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... IBM (IBM) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... NeoPhotonics (NPTN) coverage resumed with a Market Perform at Raymond James... NetApp (NTAP) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Nutrisystem (NTRI) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... Questar (STR) initiated with an Underperform at BofA/Merrill... S&T Bancorp (STBA) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... STB Systems Inc (STBI) initiated with an Outperform at Raymond James... Skechers (SKX) initiated with an Underperform at Buckingham... Steven Madden (SHOO) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... UGI Corporation (UGI) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Web.com (WWWW) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Ally Financial (ALLY) initiated with a Buy at BTIG... Visteon (VC) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Greatbatch (GB) initiated with a Buy at KeyBanc... Steris (STE) initiated with a Buy at KeyBanc... Cooper Companies (COO) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Hill-Rom (HRC) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Invacare (IVC) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Teleflex (TFX) initiated with a Hold at KeyBanc... Provident Financial (PROV) initiated with a Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... UMH Properties (UMH) initiated with a Hold at Wunderlich.
09:56 EDTHPQHP rallies after Gartner/IDC PC shipment data, levels to watch
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09:21 EDTHPQOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:16 EDTBXRentech announces $150M investment from Blackstone's GSO Capital
Rentech (RTK) announced that GSO Capital Partners LP, the credit investment arm of Blackstone (BX), will invest $150M in Rentech in the form of $100M of convertible preferred stock and a $50M term loan. The transactions closed on April 9. In connection with this investment, Blackstone/GSO appointed two members to Rentech’s Board of Directors: Douglas Ostrover, a senior managing director of Blackstone and co-founder of GSO Capital Partners, and Patrick Moore, the former chairman and chief executive officer of Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation, a paper-based packaging company with significant wood fibre operations. Rentech also announced a settlement with Concerned Rentech Shareholders, whereby CRS will approve an additional member to join Rentech’s Board of Directors and the board’s newly formed Finance Committee. Proceeds from Blackstone/GSO’s investment will fund identified growth opportunities in Rentech’s wood fibre processing business. Rentech also announced changes to its Board of Directors today: Douglas Ostrover, senior managing director of Blackstone and co-founder of GSO Capital Partners, has joined the board. Mr. Ostrover brings shareholder representation and significant finance experience. He has personally overseen GSO’s deployment of $65 billion of capital. Mr. Ostrover will be the chairman of the board’s Finance Committee. Blackstone/GSO appointed Patrick J. Moore, former chairman and chief executive officer of Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation, to the board.
09:06 EDTORCLOracle management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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09:06 EDTBXBlackstone reaches a financial closing for Ventika
Fisterra Energy, a company majority owned by funds managed by Blackstone (BX), and Blackstone Energy Partners, announced it has reached a financial closing for Ventika. Ventika will be located in the northeastern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon and is comprised of two 126 megawatt wind farms with total capacity of 252MW. Once completed the project will alleviate significant demands on Mexico’s existing power infrastructure, helping Mexico reduce pollution and CO2 emissions, and meet its target of achieving 35% renewable generation by 2025. The $650M project is being jointly developed by CEMEX (CX) and Fisterra Energy. This investment funds the installation of 84 Acciona AW-3000 wind turbine generators, each with a hub height of 120 meters and a nominal output of 3MW per turbine. Construction of the project, which is scheduled to be completed in FY16, is expected to generate approximately 1K jobs and more than 2K additional jobs in related industries.
08:01 EDTHPQPC market decline 'much less' than feared, says Citigroup
Citigroup says data yesterday from IDC showing a Q1 PC unit decline of 4% was "much less than feared." Citi continues to view HP (HPQ) as its top IT Hardware stock. It has a Buy rating on HP with a $40 price target.
07:49 EDTBXApollo, EQT, Blackstone mull offers for Gas Natural unit, Bloomberg says
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06:56 EDTHPQHP estimates raised above consensus at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley raised Overweight rated HP FY15-16 estimates above consensus to reflect a margin recovery in Enterprise Services. The firm's FY15 EPS estimate goes to $4.05 vs. consensus of $3.84 and price target is raised to $36 from $34.
06:55 EDTHPQHP initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank
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06:23 EDTHPQIDC says worldwide PC shipments totaled 73.4M units in Q1, down 4.4% y/y
Worldwide PC shipments totaled 73.4 million units in 1Q14, a decline of -4.4% year on year, according to the International Data Corporation Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. Although still in decline and with continuing weakness in consumer and emerging market segments, the preliminary results are slightly better than a projected decline of -5.3%. The U.S. market continued to stabilize with growth near zero – in line with forecasts. With shipments totaling 14.3 million PCs in 1Q14, the U.S. market contracted by -0.6% from the same quarter a year ago. Desktop shipments were slightly stronger, posting 3.5% growth, while portables remained in negative territory. Lenovo (LNVGY) preserved its lead in total worldwide PC shipments despite a seasonal drop due to the Chinese New Year. Growth in other regions continued at a solid pace although Latin America slowed after a dramatic expansion over the past year. HP (HPQ) remained in the number 2 position, with growth rising nicely to nearly 5% year on year. Dell grew over 9% in the first quarter.
April 9, 2014
17:26 EDTHPQGartner says worldwide PC shipments in Q1 fell 1.7%
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12:20 EDTHPQHP announces $108M settlement with DOJ and SEC
HP announced a resolution of a U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. SEC investigation of potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. HP will pay approximately $108M to these two U.S. government agencies. HP also has agreed to undertake certain compliance, reporting and cooperation obligations.
11:51 EDTORCLOracle management to meet with Jefferies
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11:40 EDTCSCOCisco to participate in a conference call with Sanford Bernstein
Bernstein Analyst Ferragu hosts a conference call with Cisco's SVP Jiandani to discuss Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) on April 10 at 11 am. Webcast Link
10:33 EDTORCLConstant Contact surges after preliminary Q1 revenue beats consensus
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07:22 EDTORCLOracle management to meet with Deutsche Bank
Meetings to be held in Zurich/Milan on April 9 hosted by Deutsche Bank.
06:48 EDTHPQSienkiewicz says HP to acknowledge 'corrupt' activities in Poland, Reuters says
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05:58 EDTHPQHP implied volatility of 27 at lower end of index mean range
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05:48 EDTBXStocks with implied volatility movement; DLLR BX
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April 8, 2014
14:22 EDTBXWeather Channel near deal to return to DirecTV, WSJ says
DirecTV (DTV) is near a deal to return the Weather Channel to its lineup, said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter, one of whom said DirecTV will agree to a small increase in the fees it pays though less than the bump the Weather Channel was seeking. The Weather Channel is owned as a joint venture between Comcast's (CMCSA) NBCUniversal, Blackstone (BX) and Bain Capital. Reference Link
11:58 EDTBXBlackstone volatility at upper end of 30-month range into Q1
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10:28 EDTCSCOHigh option volume stocks: GIMO SOCL SPLK NOK CSOD
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10:03 EDTCSCOOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:09 EDTCSCOOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: BioScrip (BIOS), up 6.7% after stock was named as a stock pick and a potential takeover target by Oscar Schafer while speaking on CNBC... Nokia (NOK), up 5% after deal to sell substantially all of its Devices & Services business to Microsoft (MSFT) receives regulatory approval in China... Ctrip.com (CTRP), up 4.6% after Bloomberg said, citing sources, that the company is in talks with Baidu-controlled (BIDU) Qunar (QUNR) about a partnership or a potential merger... Plug Power (PLUG), up 4.6% after CEO discusses plan to expand fuel cells to trucks in interview... FireEye (FEYE), up 2.5% following upgrade at Wedbush... Twitter (TWTR), up 2% following initiation of coverage with a Buy rating at at Janney Capital... Nike (NKE), up 1.75% after upgraded at Stifel. LOWER: Gigamon (GIMO), down 23% after lowering revenue outlook, shares downgraded at Pacific Crest... LivePerson (LPSN), down 3% after announcing resignation of EVP, Worldside Sales, shares downgraded at Benchmark... Cisco (CSCO), down 0.5% following downgrade to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich.
08:03 EDTORCLOracle management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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07:56 EDTBXKKR latest PE firm to increase focus on fast-growing tech, FT says
KKR (KKR), following in the recent steps of private equity peers Blackstone (BX), CVC Capital Partners and TPG, is bolstering its technology team and is considering a specialist fund to invest in fast-growing tech companies, reported Financial Times. Reference Link
07:35 EDTACADNeedham to hold a conference
Life Sciences Conference is being held in New York on April 8-9.
06:17 EDTCSCOCisco downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich
Wunderlich downgraded its rating on Cisco (CSCO) shares to Hold from Buy saying its recent interviews with industry participants show less interest in the company's product suite. Wunderlich believes shares of Cisco are close to fully valued and lowered its price target for shares to $24 from $25. The stock closed yesterday up 14c to $22.85.
April 7, 2014
17:43 EDTORCLFour Oracle insiders sold $69.5M in stock, Barron's says
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09:00 EDTORCLOracle management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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08:15 EDTCSCOCisco, Sony collaborate on live delivery of full-frame rate 4K 60P content
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07:38 EDTGESGuess risk/reward remains compelling, says Brean Capital
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06:39 EDTHPQTwo HP executives arrested in Pakistan, WSJ reports
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April 5, 2014
11:24 EDTHPQHP could rise 20%, Barron's says
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April 4, 2014
17:27 EDTBXBlackstone to acquire Gates Global for $5.4B
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10:02 EDTCSCOOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:45 EDTCSCOWells questions validity of low FireEye score in NSS Labs report
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07:56 EDTBXBlackstone's Chae comes back to New York, Bloomberg says
Head of international private equity at Blackstone, Michael Chae, is scheduled return to New York in June after spending more than three years building the firm’s business in Asia, according to Bloomberg, citing contents in an internal memo confirmed by a company spokesman. Reference Link
April 3, 2014
16:13 EDTCSCOCisco initiated with an Outperform at Northland Securities
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10:00 EDTBXOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:14 EDTORCLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:53 EDTBXSeaWorld attendance falls 13% as Blackstone reduces stake, Bloomberg says
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07:23 EDTORCLWells Fargo to hold a summit
4th Annual Tech Transformation Summit is being held in San Francisco on April 2-3 with webcasted company presentations to begin on April 3 at 11 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted.Webcast Link
06:46 EDTBXBlackstone, Carlyle look into bid for Singapore's Goodpack, Reuters says
Blackstone (BX) and Carlyle Group (CG) are considering a bid for Singapore's Goodpack, according to Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter. The sources said both companies had meetings this week with Goodpack, but there is no guarantee a deal with transpire as a result. Reference Link
06:17 EDTBXBlackstone initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein
Target $44.
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