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August 6, 2014
15:30 EDTJACK, ZU, UHAL, EVHC, GMCR, FOXA, AWK, LNT, SXL, RGP, AR, CXO, CTL, SYMC, RIG, CF, QEP, TEG, DNB, ETE, PAA, PRUNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Prudential (PRU), consensus $2.35; CenturyLink (CTL), consensus 64c; Symantec (SYMC), consensus 42c; Transocean (RIG), consensus $1.12; CF Industries (CF), consensus $6.71; QEP Resources (QEP), consensus 33c; Integrys Energy (TEG), consensus 45c; Dun & Bradstreet (DNB), consensus $1.35; Energy Transfer (ETE), consensus 33c; Plains All American (PAA), consensus 50c; Concho Resources (CXO), consensus 97c; Antero Resources (AR), consensus 37c; Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR), consensus 88c; Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA), consensus 38c; American Water Works (AWK), consensus 64c; Alliant Energy (LNT), consensus 61c; Sunoco Logistics Partners (SXL), consensus 37c; Regency Energy (RGP), consensus 16c; Envision Healthcare (EVHC), consensus 25c; AMERCO (UHAL), one estimate $6.36; zulily (ZU), consensus 4c; Jack in the Box (JACK), consensus 57c.
News For PRU;CTL;SYMC;RIG;CF;QEP;TEG;DNB;ETE;PAA;CXO;AR;GMCR;FOXA;AWK;LNT;SXL;RGP;EVHC;UHAL;ZU;JACK From The Last 14 Days
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October 22, 2014
13:06 EDTFOXAEarnings Preview: Comcast reporting Q3 results as Time Warner deal progressing
Comcast (CMCSA, CMCSK) is set to report third quarter earnings before the market open on Thursday, October 23, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Comcast is a diversified media company that operates the NBC family of networks and Universal Pictures, among other cable, internet, and voice services. On February 13, Comcast announced plans to merge with Time Warner Cable (TWC) in a deal valued at $45.2B. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 71c on revenue of $16.82B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 64c-76c on revenue of $16.5B-$17.17B. LAST QUARTER: Comcast reported second quarter EPS of 75c against estimates for 72c, on revenue of $16.84B against estimates for $16.95B. TIME WARNER CABLE DEAL: On August 17, The Wall Street Journal reported that the Federal Communications Commission said that one issue it must decide as it reviewed the proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable is whether to allow Comcast to continue Time Warner Cable's arrangement to handle programming and technology acquisitions for cable operator Bright House Networks. On August 26, Engadget reported that Netflix (NFLX) filed a formal protest against the Time Warner Cable deal, saying that the merger would result in "serious public interest harm" and that a combined cable giant would have a huge amount of leverage over it and rivals such as Hulu. Hulu is a joint venture owned by Comcast along with Disney (DIS) and 21st Century Fox (FOX,FOXA). The New York Post reported on September 8 that Discovery (DISCA) believed Comcast's takeover of Time Warner Cable would give the merged entity an unfair advantage over programmers. That same day, Reuters said a proxy statement detailed that Time Warner Cable employees would split $416M if the merger deal with Comcast did not transpire. At the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference on September 10, Comcast said that it has made "a lot of progress" on the shareholder approval process for the Time Warner Cable deal, but expected the agreement to be finalized in early fiscal year 2015 versus the previous guidance of late 2014. The company expects the Time Warner Cable merger to generate $1.5B in operating expense synergies. On September 16, Comcast said at the Media, Communications and Entertainment Conference that it would reveal its capital plan at the close of the Time Warner Cable deal and noted at that time that "everything was on track" regarding the merger. The Wall Street Journal reported on September 30 that the FCC pushed for media companies to submit details of their programming agreements with Comcast prior to the Time Warner Cable deal. The FCC announced three days later that it extended time for the companies to file their replies on Comcast regarding the merger. On October 8, Comcast Shareholders approved stock issuance for the Time Warner Cable deal and the next day, Time Warner Cable stockholders approved the Comcast merger deal. STREET RESEARCH: Analysts remained fairly quiet on Comcast throughout the quarter. On September 9, UBS raised its price target on Comcast to $72 from $60 given its strong underlying fundamentals and the expected free cash flow accretion from the Time Warner Cable deal. The firm also said it expected Comcast to accelerate its stock buyback and increase its dividend. UBS kept its Buy rating on the stock. On October 17, Goldman Sachs said that Comcast was its top large cap pick into the earnings report given steady fundamentals, moderated expectations, and valuation. The firm maintained the stock with a Buy rating and a $64 price target. PRICE ACTION: Since the first day of trade following its Q2 report on July 22, shares of Comcast are down about 3.5%. Since it announced its deal with Time Warner Cable on February 13, shares of the media company have fallen just under 6%. In late-morning trade ahead of tomorrow’s Q3 report, shares of Comcast are down fractionally.
08:33 EDTQEPTesoro Logistics should be bought on weakness, says Oppenheimer
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06:44 EDTSYMCU.S. weighing cybersecurity requirements for bank vendors, NY Times says
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October 21, 2014
16:56 EDTSXLSunoco Partners increases dividend 5% to 38.25c
Sunoco Logistics Partners announced that Sunoco Partners, its general partner, has declared a cash distribution for the Q3 of 38.25c per common unit to be paid on November 14 to unit holders of record on November 7- This represents a 5% increase over the Q2 cash distribution of 36.50c per common unit and a 21% increase over the Q3 2013 cash distribution of 31.50c per common unit. This is the thirty-eighth successive quarter the Partnership has increased its distribution.
16:18 EDTETEEnergy Transfer Equity raises quarterly distribution to 41.5c per unit
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12:00 EDTQEPStocks with call strike movement; QEP DAL
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11:57 EDTJACKChipotle falls after outlook for FY15 comparable restaurant sales disappoints
Shares of fast casual restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill (CMG) are falling after the company issued a disappointing outlook for fiscal 2015 comparable restaurant sales. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Chipotle reported third quarter earnings per share of $4.15 and revenue of $1.08B, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $3.84 and $1.06B, respectively. Comparable restaurant sales rose 19.8% in the quarter, driven primarily by increased traffic and from a higher average check, which includes the benefit of a nationwide menu price increase that was fully rolled out by the end of the second quarter. The company opened 43 new restaurants in Q3. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Chipotle forecast comparable restaurant sales increases in the mid-teens for fiscal year 2014, and the company said it expects to open 180-195 new restaurants during the year. The company also sees an effective tax rate for FY14 of about 38.5%. For FY15, the company sees low to mid-single digits comparable restaurant sales gains, 190-205 new restaurant openings and an effective tax rate of 39.1%. On Chipotle’s Q3 earnings conference call, management said it expects food costs to continue rising into the fourth quarter and throughout 2015. The company also noted that it was still seeing strong traction growth regardless of recent menu price increases. Chipotle said it will "opportunistically" repurchase stock in order to enhance shareholder value. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, Wells Fargo kept a Market Perform rating on Chipotle, but lowered its price target range on shares to $600-$625 from $650-$675. In its note, Wells said greater than expected commodity inflation and labor cost pressure in 2015 will likely lead to lower Street estimates. Wells expects same store sales to decline sequentially from 4Q14 through 3Q15 due to double-digit traffic comparisons in earlier quarters and less pricing in later quarters. Another firm, Oppenheimer, recommended using any post-earnings weakness in shares of Chipotle as a buying opportunity. The firm believes investors are concerned over 2015 estimates coming down on food cost pressures. The firm said food cost issues are unlikely to get worse from here and it kept an Outperform rating on Chipotle with a $775 price target. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Chipotle fell $44.14, or nearly 7%, to $609.28 on nearly twice its average daily trading volume. Despite today's pull back, the shares have gained approximately 21% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other fast casual restaurant companies include El Pollo LoCo (LOCO), Fiesta Restaurant (FRGI), Jack in the Box (JACK), and McDonald’s (MCD), which reported results this morning.
11:30 EDTETEOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:01 EDTCTLCenturyLink and Switch SUPERNAP announce strategic agreement
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October 20, 2014
13:13 EDTQEPQEP Resources sale of Field Services a positive, says Wells Fargo
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12:37 EDTQEPOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:29 EDTQEPQEP up 8% after Cooperman urges to buy back shares
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12:25 EDTQEPCooperman says QEP should take $1B of cash to buyback shares
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10:09 EDTQEPTesoro Logistics falls after filing to sell 19.35M units for QEP deal
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06:49 EDTFOXATumblr, TV shows collaborate to broaden reach, NY Times says
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October 19, 2014
20:33 EDTQEPQEP Midstream announces acquisition of its GP and LP units byTesoro Logistics
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20:18 EDTQEPQEP Resources sells midstream business to Tesoro Logistics for $2.5B
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18:38 EDTFOXASony's ‘Fury’ wins at the box office,'Gone Girl' keeps second place, WSJ says
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17:39 EDTFOXADish's AutoHop wins wins tentative ruling over Fox, Bloomberg says
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