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January 9, 2014
05:47 EDTT, UPS, RAI, VZ, FE, HON, KMark-to-market pension accounting may benefit some firms' earnings, WSJ says
Rising rates and a strong year for stocks could raise earnings at some large companies that have made an arcane but significant change to the way their pension plans are valued, reports the Wall Street Journal. Some 30 companies could show stronger results than some expect when they report Q4 earnings in coming weeks. In the past few years they've switched to "mark-to-market" pension accounting to make it easier for investors to gauge plan performance.Reference Link
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January 22, 2015
05:24 EDTTAT&T, Smiths Group extend relationship for six more years
Smiths Group has refreshed its ongoing relationship with AT&T for six more years. Valued at more than $100M, the agreement brings all of Smiths Group's communications services under one roof. The company can now securely connect its 23,000 employees across 450 offices in more than 50 countries.
January 21, 2015
16:28 EDTT, VZGoogle to launch phone service with Sprint, T-Mobile, The Information says
Google (GOOG, GOOGL) is expected to reach deals to buy wholesale access to Sprint (S) and T-Mobileís (TMUS) voice and data networks in order to sell mobile phone plans directly to customers, according to The Information, citing three people with knowledge of the plans. Google, which may put itself into competition with carrier leaders Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T) with the new service, "seems likely" to launch the offering this year, according to the report. Reference Link
16:11 EDTHONHoneywell initiated with a Neutral at UBS
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15:27 EDTVZNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:25 EDTT, VZEarnings Preview: Verizon sees promotional offers pressuring Q4 results
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12:24 EDTT, VZOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday, as details of a reported bond buying program planned by the ECB offset weakness in the Dow after IBM's (IBM) earnings report. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts rose 4.4% in December to a 1.89M rate, versus expectations for an increase of 1.2%, while building permits fell 1.9% to a rate of 1.03M, versus expectations of an increase of 0.8%. The Bank of Canada lowered its target for the overnight rate by one-quarter of one percentage point to 0.75% in response to the recent sharp drop in oil prices, which it said will be negative for growth and underlying inflation in Canada. Reports indicated that a proposal from the European Central Bankís executive board is calling for it to begin making bond purchases of about EUR 50B per month and continue that easing program for at least one year. In Asia, the Bank of Japan refrained from expanding its stimulus program, although it expanded and extended its loan programs aimed at boosting bank lending. Also, the BoJ cut next fiscal year's CPI forecast to 1.0% from the 1.7% it had projected three months ago. COMPANY NEWS: Last night, IBM reported better than expected Q4 earnings, though its revenue and FY15 profit outlook trailed estimates, sending the stock down over 3% this morning. Citigroup cut its price target for IBM shares to $170 from $180 after reducing its sales and earnings estimates following the tech giant's Q4 results. Citi reiterated a Neutral rating on IBM, saying it wants to see stability in fundamentals and free cash flow growth before getting more positive on the name. Meanwhile, Jefferies said IBM's cash flow guidance for 2015 is "very weak" and that the company has yet to reach a bottom. The firm continues to believe the risk/reward for shares is skewed negatively and it kept an Underperform on IBM with a $130 price target following the company's Q4 results... Netflix (NFLX) jumped 17% to trade near $409 per share after the company reported stronger than expected fourth quarter results and a number of research firms raised their price targets for the stock while pointing out the company's global subscriber growth had exceeded expectations. Bucking the trend, FBR Capital analyst Barton Crockett said Netflix's EPS would only have been in-line with the consensus outlook if non-operating items were excluded. He said he is less impressed with Netflix following its report and trimmed his price target on the stock to $400 from $425 while keeping a Neutral rating on the shares. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were Northern Trust (NTRS), which rose 6%, and U.S. Bancorp (USB), which gained 3.5%. Among the noteworthy losers was Eldorado Gold (EGO), which dropped 19% after the company reported on its 2014 gold production, gave guidance on production in 2015, and its shares were downgraded at Credit Suisse, TD Securities and Canccord. Also lower was Acacia Research (ACTG), which fell more than 14% after a court granted a motion finding no infringement of certain method claims asserted by the company's Adaptix subsidiary against Apple(AAPL), Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and HTC. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 42.03, or 0.24%, to 17,557.26, the Nasdaq was up 27.36, or 0.59%, to 4,682.21, and the S&P 500 was up 12.25, or 0.61%, to 2,034.80.
10:29 EDTVZ, TAcacia Research down almost 13% after patent ruling
Earlier today, Acacia Research (ACTG) announced its CEO and President Matt Vella will discuss the January 20th, 2015 ruling received by Adaptix, , a subsidiary of Acacia Research, relating to patent cases pending in the District Court for the Northern District of California. The Courtís ruling granted a motion finding no infringement of certain method claims asserted by Adaptix against Apple(AAPL), Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and HTC. Shares of Acacia Research are lower by almost 13% to $13.90 in morning trading.
10:13 EDTVZVerizon January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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10:01 EDTVZOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:32 EDTRAIReynolds American to host special shareholder meeting
Special shareholder meeting to approve the issuance of shares of common stock to Lorillard shareholders as consideration in the merger of the two companies will be held on January 28 at 9 am.
08:31 EDTTAT&T CEO says net neutrality may end up in Supreme Court, CNBC says
AT&T (T) Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson believes the net neutrality debate may have to be settled by the Supreme Court, reports CNBC, citing a CNBC interview on Wednesday from the World Economic Forum in Davos. Stephenson stated, "We need a neutral Internet... I think everyone agrees with that. Where everyone is getting stuck now is going beyond that." Stephenson also stated the neutrality debate will not affect his company's decision to bid $49B for DirecTV (DTV), though he believes a quick decision from the FCC could quicken Comcast's (CMCSA, CMCSK) $45B negotiations for Time Warner Cable (TWC). Reference Link
07:55 EDTHONHoneywell volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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05:56 EDTVZVerizon downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
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January 20, 2015
12:01 EDTHONIKONICS announces continuing program with Honeywell Aerospace
IKONICS Corporation (IKNX), a Duluth-based technology company, announced its continuing program with Honeywell Aerospace (HON) for micro-electro-mechanical systems, MEMS, technology in support of U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, DARPA, projects and internal testing at the Plymouth, MN facility. Sue Boudrie, Operations Manager for Ikonics' Advanced Materials Solutions division, said: "We are proud to be working closely on these important defense projects with a technology leader like Honeywell and are pleased that our expertise is appreciated and rewarded."
10:44 EDTRAIWells sees tobacco stocks as 'place to be' for 2015
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09:38 EDTVZActive equity options trading
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07:39 EDTUPSUPS FedEx to benefit from lower oil prices, says Bernstein
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07:21 EDTRAIWells Fargo calls Tobacco 'place to be,' upgrades Altria Group
Wells Fargo calls the U.S. Tobacco sector the "place to be" in consumer staples in 2015. Wells lists positive catalysts for the group as stronger pricing power, protection from currency risk and upside potential from e-cigarettes. The firm says Reynolds American (RAI) remains its top pick and it raised its price target range for shares to $79-$81 from $69-$71. Wells upgraded Altria Group (MO) to Outperform from Market Perform with an increased price target range of $56-$58. The firm also has an Outperform rating on Lorillard (LO). Wells has a "high conviction" that Reynolds' deal with Lorillard will be approved by the FTC in March or April.
06:24 EDTT, VZT-Mobile warns of unsustainable costs against cellphone giants, Re/code says
T-Mobile (TMUS) owner Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) claims Verizon (VZ) and AT&T's (T) wealth makes true competition difficult, reports Re/code, citing statements made at Germany's DLD conference. Deutsche Telekom CEO Tim Hoettges stated the dominance of AT&T and Verizon allowed them to make huge bids at the latest midband spectrum auction to further their market lead. Hoettges also stated he was "intrigued" by last year's unsuccessful merger talks with Sprint (S), and warned that T-Mobile's $4B-$5B investment requirements per year are unsustainable. Reference Link
January 18, 2015
13:45 EDTT, VZGoogle in talks to acquire mobile-pay platform Softcard, WSJ says
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