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December 17, 2012
16:30 EDTS, CLWR, CBOU, VVUS, CPWR, ENDOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street finished higher on the day after news out of Washington indicated that compromise on some of the most contentious elements of the fiscal cliff negotiations may be nearing. President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner met for 45 minutes today in Washington after a Washington Post report over the weekend said that the Obama administration had rejected Boehner's most recent offer. The averages opened the session higher and maintained their gains through the day, closing at their highs... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., a benchmark for New York state manufacturing, the New York Fed's Empire State Survey, came up negative for a fifth straight month. The December reading, which was forecast to move up to -1.0 from its prior -5.2 level, instead slid to -8.10. In Europe, data showed euro zone exports declined 1.4% in October from the prior month, as imports increased 0.6%. In Asia, Japan elected a new prime minister who has vowed to adopt a large stimulus package, cut interest rates and take other measures to revive growth in the nation's economy... COMPANY NEWS: Sprint (S) struck a deal to acquire the approximately 50% stake in Clearwire (CLWR) it does not already own for $2.97 per share, or $2.2B. Shares of Clearwire traded lower following the news, closing down 47c, or 13.95%, to $2.90, while shares of Sprint were virtually flat on the session, closing up 1c, or 0.18%, to $5.56...MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Caribou Coffee (CBOU), up $3.78,or 30.68%, to $16.10 after agreeing to be acquired by Germany's Joh. A. Benckiser for $16.00 per share in cash, or $340M. Also higher were shares of VIVUS (VVUS), up $1.60, or 13.89%, to $13.07 after a report that prescriptions of the company's weight loss drug Qsymia rose 46% for the weekend ended November 12. Also higher were shares of Compuware (CPWR), up $1.22, or 12.80%, to $10.75 after Elliott Management offered to acquire the company for $11.00 per share in cash, or $2.3B. Among the noteworthy losers was Endeavour (END), which fell $1.11, or 17.62%, to $5.19 after research firm Global Hunter downgraded the stock to Accumulate from Buy and cut its price target on shares to $9 from $13... INDICES: The Dow was up 100.38, or 0.76%, to 13,235.39; the S&P 500 was up 16.78, or 1.19%, to 1,430.36; the Nasdaq was up 39.27, or 1.32%, to 3,010.60.
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September 2, 2014
10:24 EDTSVodafone speculated as takeover target for Softbank, Nikkei says
Since SoftBank (SFTBF) abandoned its pursuit of Sprint (S), some observers have suggested the company shifted gears to pursue another acquisition, Vodafone (VOD), instead, with one SoftBank executive quoted by the Nikkei Asian Review as having said, "I wouldn't be surprised if our CEO acquired Vodafone, since we are no strangers to each other." Shares of Vodafone have come off their earlier lows and turned positive in early trading in New York following the circulation of the Nikkei report. Reference Link
09:45 EDTCPWRElliott announces support for acquisition of Compuware
Elliott Management Corporation entered into a support agreement to vote its shares in favor of the acquisition and issued a public statement regarding Compuware. “Today’s announcement reflects the successful conclusion of a multi-year process to create value for Compuware shareholders,” said Jesse Cohn, portfolio manager at Elliott Management Corporation, Compuware’s largest shareholder. “This has been a significant endeavor -- selling assets, cutting costs, implementing the Covisint IPO, adding experienced executives to the Boardroom and taking numerous other steps to streamline and improve the Company. Credit goes to Bob Paul and his team for their tireless efforts in implementing these steps and also to the Board for its thoughtful and engaged process to reach this outcome. Finally, we congratulate Thoma Bravo for continuing its track record of recognizing significant value opportunities.”
09:37 EDTCPWRCompuware to be acquired by Thoma Bravo for $10.92 per share
Compuware and Thoma Bravo jointly announced that Compuware has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by private equity investment firm Thoma Bravo in a transaction valued at approximately $2.5B. Under the terms of the agreement, pending shareholder approval, Compuware shareholders will receive an aggregate value of approximately $10.92 per share, representing a premium of approximately 17% to the company’s stock price as of the close of trading on Friday, August 29. Thoma Bravo will pay a cash purchase price of $10.43 for each outstanding share of Compuware common stock, less the pro rata portion of the applicable corporate tax that will be owed in connection with the spin-off of Covisint, currently estimated at 18c per share based on the current market price of Covisint, for a net cash payment of approximately $10.25 per share. The parties have agreed that within 60 days following the date of the merger agreement, Compuware will effectuate the pro rata distribution to its shareholders of the remaining shares of Covisint owned by Compuware, resulting in a distribution of Covisint shares representing approximately 67c per share of Compuware common stock based on the closing price of Covisint on Friday, August 29. During the 60-day period, Compuware may seek a higher value alternative for its Covisint shares, in which case the proceeds, net of tax and certain charges, of such disposition will be paid to Compuware shareholders. The Compuware board unanimously approved the agreement and recommends that Compuware’s shareholders approve the transaction. The transaction is expected to close by early 2015. Elliott Management, which owns approximately 9.5% of Compuware’s common stock, has entered into an agreement with Thoma Bravo agreeing to vote its shares in favor of the transaction. There is no financing condition associated with the proposed acquisition. Compuware has agreed to immediately discontinue its quarterly cash dividend. At closing, Thoma Bravo will acquire 100% of Compuware’s outstanding shares and Compuware will become a privately-held company.
09:33 EDTCPWRCompuware to be acquired by Thoma Bravo for $10.92 per share
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09:25 EDTCPWRCompuware trading halted, pending news
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07:39 EDTSSoftbank to launch robot in U.S. Sprint stores, Bloomberg reports
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06:51 EDTCPWRCompuware volatility is expected to move on talks with PE buyer report
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06:35 EDTCPWRCompuware in advanced talks with PE buyer to sell itself, WSJ reports
According to sources, Compuware is in advanced talks with a private equity buyer in a move to sell itself, the Wall Street Journal reports. A deal could be announced as early as today, one source says. Reference Link
August 29, 2014
09:17 EDTST-Mobile pullback a buying opportunity, says Cowen
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06:19 EDTSSprint to carry Sony's next Xperia phone in the U.S., WSJ reports
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August 26, 2014
08:44 EDTSBest Buy CFO says mobile phone category 'complicated to forecast'
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August 25, 2014
07:04 EDTSSprint price target lowered to $7 from $8 at RBC Capital
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07:03 EDTVVUSVIVUS acquires patents from Janssen Pharmaceuticals
VIVUS (VVUS) announced the acquisition of a group of patents from Janssen Pharmaceuticals (JNJ) covering uses of topiramate as monotherapy and in combination with other pharmaceutical agents to treat a variety of medical conditions. Janssen has agreed to dismiss the lawsuit it brought against VIVUS on August 22, 2014 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. VIVUS will pay a one-time upfront fee and a royalty to Janssen on Qsymia product sales for an assignment of these topiramate-related patents owned by Janssen. VIVUS has an option to buy out the royalty for a predetermined amount.
August 22, 2014
05:28 EDTSSoftbank capital raise could be used for acquisitions, Bloomberg says
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August 21, 2014
13:57 EDTSSprint now has 'best value in data,' says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo believes Sprint's new $60 per month unlimited data plan plays to the company's "abundance of capacity with its spectrum pipe." Wells says Sprint is "now the best value in data," and it notes the total amount of revenue will likely be higher than $80 per month as the plan is valid on devices purchased via Sprint Easy Pay. Wells has an Outperform rating on Sprint.
13:16 EDTST-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
11:49 EDTSSprint 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.
August 19, 2014
12:42 EDTSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
The market opened higher as it extended its gains from yesterday. Better than expected economic data on housing and consumer prices, as well as easing geopolitical tensions, has helped aid investor optimism. The market drifted higher throughout the morning with the Dow leading the way, followed by the Nasdaq, which is now near fourteen-year highs. The S&P is mostly higher, with the telecom services group being the lone sector showing losses, down just fractionally. ECONOMIC EVENTS: Housing starts for July rose to an annualized pace of 1.093M units, up from 0.945M units in June, and beating expectations for 0.963M units... The Consumer Price Index increased 0.1% overall, matching expectations. Less food and energy, the CPI was up 0.1%, which was also in-line with the consensus forecast. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of home improvement retailer The Home Depot (HD) are up more than 6% after the company posted better than expected second quarter results and raised its full year profit outlook... Shares of Sprint (S) are down 4% after Jefferies lowered its price target for Sprint shares to $4, saying it continues to see downside to estimates. MAJOR MOVERS: Shares of Skilled Healthcare (SKH) are up more than 20% after combining with Genesis HealthCare In 100% stock deal... Shares of cosmetics and fragrance company Elizabeth Arden (RDEN) are down 24% after the company's fourth quarter results came in well below analysts' consensus estimates. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 76.92, or 0.46%, to 16,915.66, the Nasdaq was up 12.96, or 0.29%, to 4,521.27, and the S&P 500 was up 8.49, or 0.43%, to 1,980.23.
07:39 EDTSSprint price target lowered to $4 from $7 at Jefferies
Jefferies lowered its price target for Sprint shares to $4 saying it continues to see downside to estimates. The firm expects a "muted response" to Sprint's new Family Pack pooled data plan and limited time promotion of waiving device access charges. It keeps an Underperform rating on the stock.
07:12 EDTSFCC looks into telecom special access line rates, Reuters says
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