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December 17, 2012
07:02 EDTINTC, CMCSK, CLWR, CMCSA, SSprint to acquire 100% ownership of Clearwire shares for $2.97 per share
Sprint (S) has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the approximately 50% stake in Clearwire (CLWR) it does not currently own for $2.97 per share, equating to a total payment to Clearwire shareholders, other than Sprint, of $2.2B. This transaction results in a total Clearwire enterprise value of approximately $10B, including net debt and spectrum lease obligations of $5.5B. The transaction was unanimously approved by Clearwire’s board of directors upon the unanimous recommendation of a special committee of the Clearwire board consisting of disinterested directors not appointed by Sprint. In addition, Clearwire has received commitments from Comcast (CMCSA), Intel Corp (INTC) and Bright House Networks LLC, who collectively own approximately 13% of Clearwire’s voting shares, to vote their shares in support of the transaction. SoftBank has provided its consent to the transaction, as required under the terms of its recently announced merger agreement with Sprint. In connection with the transaction, Clearwire and Sprint have entered into agreements that provide up to $800M of additional financing for Clearwire in the form of exchangeable notes, which will be exchangeable under certain conditions for Clearwire common stock at $1.50 per share, subject to adjustment under certain conditions.
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July 15, 2015
07:31 EDTINTCIntel target lowered, removed from Franchise Pick list at Jefferies
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06:48 EDTINTCIntel initiated with a Neutral at Mizuho
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05:52 EDTSStocks with implied volatility movement; PBR S
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July 14, 2015
16:01 EDTINTCOptions Update; July 14, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 15c to 17.76 Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC T AMZN BABA INTC JPM LVS AAL CHK MSFT NFLX TSLA TWTR MPC
15:27 EDTINTCEarnings Watch: Bernstein says sell Intel ahead of Q2 report
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15:10 EDTINTCIntel technical comments ahead of earnings
The key technical feature, best seen on a 5-year chart, is a potential bearish head and shoulders top. On bearish news or outlook, a move below $28.50 would confirm that the pattern is active. If the pattern were to remain active and complete, downside potential over time would be to the $21 to $20 area. If the news is instead a bullish surprise, the first resistance level of note would be at $32.08. Additional upside would be at $34.75, which is the top of the right shoulder of the pattern. If price broke out above the top of the pattern, it would be voided. Next resistance would then be at $36.37.
11:16 EDTCMCSAAnalyst says sell Orbitz as risks to Expedia deal mount
The shares of online travel agency Orbitz Worldwide (OWW) are falling after UBS downgraded the stock to Sell from Neutral, citing increased risk that regulators will block the company's proposed takeover by Expedia (EXPE). WHAT'S NEW: Based on recent press reports and his own conversations with players in the online travel sector, UBS analyst Eric Sheridan believes that antitrust concerns surrounding the proposed takeover of Orbitz are mounting. Specifically, travel suppliers are voicing more concern about the deal to regulators, Sheridan stated. Additionally, regulators have vetoed a number of proposed takeovers recently, including Time Warner Cable's (TWC) proposed acquisition by Comcast (CMCSA) and Electroloux's (ELUXY) proposed acquisition of GE's (GE) home appliances unit, Sheridan noted. As a result of these developments, the risk/reward ratio of Orbitz's stock is now "skewed negative," according to the analyst, who cut his price target on the stock to $10 from $12. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Orbitz fell 2.4% to $11.12. On February 12, Expedia announced it had agreed to acquire Orbitz for $12 per share in cash.
10:52 EDTINTCAnalysts say Micron could be sold, but not at price Tsinghua said to offer
Research firms have reacted to a Wall Street Journal report, published last night, that Chinese chip maker Tsinghua had offered to acquire Micron (MU) for $23B, or $21 per share. Summit Research said that Tsinghua would probably raise its bid, while JMP Securities wrote that the deal would be logical from Tsinghua's perspective. However, Piper Jaffray contended that the reported buyout offer is illogical and Cowen agreed, saying that the deal makes no sense for shareholders. ANALYST REACTION: Tsinghua may have indicated that it was making the "low ball" offer in order to gauge the reaction of Micron's management and shareholders to it, Summit Research analyst Srini Sundarararjan contended in a note to investors. Tsinghua will probably increase its bid, the analyst predicted, adding that he expects Micron's stock to reach $21 soon. Sundarararjan kept a $34 price target and Buy rating on Micron. JMP Securities analyst Alex Gauna wrote that the deal would be logical for Tsinghua, as it would allow the Chinese company to access leading edge process technology, enable it to deliver more complete system solutions, and give it access to 3D NAND technology. The analyst, who believes that other Chinese companies may make competing bids for Micron, finds it difficult to believe that Micron would accept an offer more than 5%-10% below its 52-week high of $36.50. Piper Jaffray analyst Ruben Roy countered that the deal makes sense for Tsinghua and China, but not for Micron. If a takeover of Micron was based on the average valuation that companies in Micron's sector have received in takeover deals over the last 18 months, it would fetch a takeover price of $43 per share, Roy estimated. Micron and Tsinghua are more likely to reach an intellectual property sharing deal than complete a takeover transaction, according to Roy, who kept an Overweight rating on Micron. Similarly, Cowen analyst Timothy Arcuri wrote that the $21 per share price wouldn't make sense for Micron's shareholders, since it's barely above the estimated replacement cost of the company's capacity. The analyst indicated that he does not believe that Tsinghua would actually make the deal and he thinks that the U.S. Department of Justice would not approve the deal if it does get offered. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In a separate note, Summit's Sundarararjan, noting that Intel (INTC) has a 20% stake in Tsinghua. contended that the U.S. chip giant probably "midwifed" Tsinghua's offer for Micron. The analyst says that Intel "carries a lot of weight" with the U.S. Department of Justice and he believes that the DOJ could approve the deal. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Micron jumped 11% to $19.60. Several other semi chip related stocks were also rising, with SanDisk (SNDK) gaining 4%, Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) advancing 3% and Atmel (ATML) adding 2%.
10:51 EDTCMCSK, CMCSAComcast announces partnership with EA, unveils XFINITY Games powered by EA
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10:01 EDTCMCSAOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
8point3 Energy (CAFD) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Abraxas Petroleum (AXAS) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Amarantus Bioscience (AMBS) initiated with a Buy at WallachBeth... Ashford Hospitality Prime (AHP) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Ashford (AINC) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... BE Aerospace (BEAV) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) initiated with a Neutral at Longbow... Benchmark Electronics (BHE) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... Bill Barrett (BBG) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Boeing (BA) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Bombardier (BDRBF) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Cablevision (CVC) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Charter (CHTR) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Chesapeake (CHK) initiated with an Equal Weight at Stephens... Comcast (CMCSA) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... DiamondRock (DRH) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Diamondback Energy (FANG) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... EOG Resources (EOG) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Fogo De Chao (FOGO) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... General Dynamics (GD) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... HP (HPQ) initiated with a Hold at Maxim... Hanover Insurance (THG) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Harris (HRS) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Hospitality Properties (HPT) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Host Hotels (HST) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Hydrogenics (HYGS) initiated with a Buy at Rodman & Renshaw... King Digital (KING) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... L-3 Communications (LLL) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... La-Z-Boy (LZB) initiated with a Neutral at Longbow... LaSalle Hotel (LHO) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... MINDBODY (MB) initiated with a Buy at UBS... Marriott (MAR) initiated with a Hold at Canaccord... Newfield Exploration (NFX) initiated with a Buy at Global Hunter... Northern Oil and Gas (NOG) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Northrop Grumman (NOC) initiated with an Underweight at JPMorgan... Oasis Petroleum (OAS) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... PDC Energy (PDCE) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Pier 1 Imports (PIR) initiated with a Buy at Longbow... Plexus (PLXS) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... Raytheon (RTN) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... RetailMeNot (SALE) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Rockwell Collins (COL) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Spirit AeroSystems (SPR) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Starwood (HOT) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Strategic Hotels (BEE) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Summit Hotel Properties (INN) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Textron (TXT) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Time Warner Cable (TWC) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... TransDigm (TDG) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... TrueCar (TRUE) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... XL Group (XL) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Zillow Group (Z) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Zynga (ZNGA) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
10:01 EDTINTCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:35 EDTINTCActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB BAC T AMZN BABA INTC JPM LVS AAL CHK MSFT
08:56 EDTCMCSAMorgan Stanley names 'Vintage Values 2016' list
Morgan Stanley named its "Vintage Values 2016" list, comprised of the firm's analysts' best ideas to hold over the next 12 months. Included on the list are Ameriprise (AMP), Apple (AAPL), Bank of America (BAC), Comcast (CMCSA), Crown Castle (CC), Estee Lauder (EL), Hilton (HLT), Ingersoll-Rand (IR), LinkedIn (LNKD), Magna (MGA), Marathon Oil (MRO), McKesson (MCK), Oaktree Capital (OAK), Thermo Fisher (TMO) and Visa (V).
07:40 EDTINTCCiti sees arbitrage opportunity in Altera ahead of buyout
Shares of Altera (ALTR) currently trade at a 7.5% discount to Intel's (INTC) buyout offer of $54, Citi analyst Christopher Danely points out today in a research note. Danely expects the deal will go through without any antitrust issues. As such, he sees an arbitrage opportunity in Altera. He raised his price target for shares to $54 from $43. The chipmaker closed yesterday up 50c to $50.25. Shares of Intel (INTC) are trading down 24c to $29.49 in pre-market trading after Bernstein downgraded the name to its sell-equivalent Underperform.
07:06 EDTINTCIntel July volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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06:41 EDTINTCMicron, Tsinghua deal 'probably won't happen,' WSJ reports
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06:38 EDTCMCSAComcast initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank
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06:37 EDTCMCSK, CMCSAApple progresses in TV app talks with networks, NY Post reports
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06:36 EDTINTCIntel downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Bernstein
Bernstein analyst Stacy Rasgon downgraded Intel to Underperform ahead of the company's Q2 results and cut his price target for shares to $25 from $29. Rasgon believes weaker than expected Data Center Group results is a "real possibility," which he feels would be "much worse" than weak PCs.
05:46 EDTINTCIntel may have 'midwifed' Tsinghua bid for Micron, says Summit Research
Summit Research analyst Srini Sundararajan says Tsinghua Unigroup's reported $23B offer for Micron (MU) is highly likely to have been "midwifed" by Intel (INTC). Intel owns 20% of Tsinghua, Sundararajan points out. The analyst thinks the potential merger will "only have a few objections to work through," despite doubt from investors that the deal will be allowed by the Department of Justice. Sundararajan has viewed Micron as an acquisition candidate and keeps a Buy rating on the name with a $34 price target after the Wall Street Journal reported last night that the state-owned Tsinghua offered $21 a share for Micron. The chip maker is up $1.99 to $19.60 in pre-market trading.
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