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January 24, 2014
05:40 EDTCHTR, VZ, TMUS, TWC, SMergers show how junk bonds have returned, WSJ reports
For years following the financial crisis, the thought of junk-bond-fueled mega deals would have been unthinkable, but no more, reports the Wall Street Journal. Now, investors' healthy appetite may be tested in coming months if two major corporate takeovers take place. Sprint's (S) possible $31B deal for T-Mobile US (TMUS) and Charter Communication's (CHTR) unsolicited $37B bid for Time Warner Cable (TWC) show that both would-be buyers have credit ratings below investment grade and each could sell enough bonds to break Sprint's record $6.5B junk-bond sale, set last year, the Journal says.Reference Link
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February 4, 2016
08:10 EDTCHTRCharter reports Q4 EPS ($1.09) vs. (44c) last year
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08:08 EDTCHTRCharter reports Q4 served 6.7M residential, small and medium business customers
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06:28 EDTVZNews Corp not interested in Yahoo acquisition, Business Insider says
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06:27 EDTVZSequans and Verizon announce LTE CAT M chipset acceleration for IoT
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05:49 EDTVZVerizon initiated with a Neutral at DA Davidson
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February 3, 2016
18:41 EDTVZYahoo hires Qatalyst to advise on strategic alternatives, Re/code says
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15:37 EDTCHTR, TWCCharter pressing California to expedite Time Warner Cable review, CTFN says
Charter (CHTR) is asking the California Public Utilities Commission to expedite its review of the company's proposed merger with Time Warner Cable (TWC) and Bright House, saying additional delays would cause significant financial costs, reports CTFN, citing a conference call between Charter and the Commission. Charter also told the Commission that, if it were to rush approval to April 21, the company could participate in the upcoming FCC spectrum auction, CTFN said. Reference Link
14:48 EDTCHTRNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include Philip Morris (PM), consensus 81c... AstraZeneca (AZN), consensus 88c... Occidental Petroleum (OXY), consensus (12c)... ConocoPhillips (COP), consensus (65c)... Cigna (CI), consensus $1.80... Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), consensus $3.01... Boston Scientific (BSX), consensus 25c... Charter Communications (CHTR), consensus (12c)... Ralph Lauren (RL), consensus $2.13... Dunkin' Brands (DNKN), consensus 50c... GrubHub (GRUB), consensus 14c... Level 3 (LVLT), consensus 53c... AmerisourceBergen (ABC), consensus $1.25... Cummins (CMI), consensus $2.11.
14:09 EDTVZBain, TPG among PE firms weighing bid for Yahoo core, FT reports
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13:37 EDTVZComcast to be possible bidder for wireless airwaves, Bloomberg says
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08:42 EDTVZSynchronoss says recently entered into JV with Verizon
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07:37 EDTCHTRCharter volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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06:27 EDTVZPiper's Munster says Yahoo growth to remain challenged for years
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster says Yahoo's (YHOO) core business "seems even more challenged than before" following the company's Q4 results. Yahoo's fundamental growth challenges "will remain for multiple years," Munster tells investors in a post-earnings research note where he cut his price target for the shares to $31 from $39. He keeps an Overweight rating on Yahoo, however, pointing out that the shares still trade below a fully taxed value for both its Alibaba (BABA) and Yahoo Japan (YAHOY) stakes. The current share price seems to imply zero value for the core business, which is unfair given Verizon's (VZ) $4.4B acquisition of AOL last year, Munster contends. He believes Alibaba still provides upside to the story. Yahoo is trading down 51c to $28.55 in pre-market trading following its Q4 results.
February 2, 2016
08:04 EDTTMUSForum Global to hold a conference
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07:22 EDTTWCScripps, TWC, reach multiyear retrans agreement, Broadcasting & Cable says
Scripps (SNI) and Time Warner Cable (TWC) have quietly reached a multi-year retransmission consent deal for stations representing more than 3M households in 14 markets, Broadcasting & Cable reports, citing a broadcast source familiar with the deal. The agreement also includes certain Bright House cable systems, the report says. Affected markets include Bakersfield, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Denver, Detroit, Green Bay, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Nashville, Omaha, Milwaukee, San Diego and Tampa, the report says. Reference Link
06:26 EDTVZStifel cuts Twitter to Sell after noting Yahoo has significantly more users
Stifel analyst Scott Devitt downgraded Twitter (TWTR) to Sell from Hold after "materially lowering" his forward estimates for the company. Twitter is a product that has "never fully developed into a sustainable public company," Devitt tells investors in a research note. To those that believe the microblog's 320M active user base is significant, the analyst points out that Yahoo (YHOO) still reports 1B monthly active users across its network and AOL's final public disclosure last year prior to its acquisition by Verizon (VZ) still showed nearly 200M unique visitors. Twitter will be challenged to reach its near- and long-term financial expectations, the analyst contends. Devitt points out that Facebook (FB) continues to generate over two times as much advertising revenue per monthly active user in the U.S. as Twitter. He has a $14 price target for the shares. Twitter closed yesterday up $1.10 to $17.90 after The Information reported that Silver Lake and investor Marc Andreessen have "considered some sort of deal" for the microblog operator.
06:20 EDTVZYahoo investors waiting on explicit sale signals, Re/code says
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05:42 EDTVZVerizon introduces 'Free View' for FiOS TV
Verizon announces: "You're thinking about ordering a premium channel such as HBO, SHOWTIME or STARZ. Like any smart consumer, you want to try the product out first before purchasing. No problem, right? Not necessarily - unless of course you're a Fios TV customer. This week, we're launching Free View on Fios TV, an exclusive new feature that lets customers activate their own 48 hour premium channel preview right from their TV. With the click of the remote, Customers can choose which channel they want to preview for free, whenever they want the 48 hour window to start. The Free View content is viewable anywhere whether it's at home on live TV or on demand, or on the go with the Fios Mobile App. Free previews of premium TV channels are common, but the timing of them has never been the customer's choice. With Free View on Fios TV, Customers now schedule a preview at their convenience, when it fits into their schedule. Customers can activate one 48-hour preview of each premium channel once per year."
January 31, 2016
13:47 EDTVZYahoo delay in seeking sale could force proxy fight, Barron's says
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11:39 EDTSS&P falls 5% in January despite second straight winning week to close month
Stocks finished the month of January with two straight winning weeks, but investors are still glad to see the calendar flip as those winners only cut the S&P's loss to 5% for the month. With growth worries abounding amid troubling signs from China and as oil languishes below $35 per barrel, the manufacturing readings from China, Europe, and the U.S. due out on Monday will be essential to whether the new month continues the uptrend of the end of January or the dour tone that dominated the early half of the month. MACRO NEWS: The Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged following its policy meeting this week, as almost universally expected. In its accompanying statement, the central bank said its committee members expect that economic conditions will "evolve in a manner that will warrant only gradual increases in the federal funds rate." The group added that inflation is expected to "remain low in the near term, in part because of the further declines in energy prices, but to rise to 2% over the medium term as the transitory effects of declines in energy and import prices dissipate and the labor market strengthens further"... In other domestic economic news, the Commerce Department's first read on fourth quarter gross domestic product came in at 0.7% annualized growth, below the already anemic 0.8% growth forecast. The S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index rose 5.8% from the prior year in November, topping expectations for a 5.7% year-over-year increase. The separate FHFA house price index showed a monthly gain of 0.5% in November, matching the consensus forecast. Markit's services PMI for January came in at 53.7, missing the 54.0 forecast. The preliminary reading of the Conference Board's consumer confidence index for January came in at 98.1, topping the 96.5 reading that was expected. New home sales surged 10.8% to a 544,000 annualized pace in December, topping expectations and hitting their highest level in 10 months. Initial jobless claims fell to 278,000 last week, versus the expected 281,000 first-time claims. Durable goods orders dropped 5.1% in December, versus expectations for a decrease of 0.7%. The core reading, which removes transportation items, was down 1.2%, versus expectations for a decline of 0.1%. The University of Michigan consumer sentiment index slipped to 92.0 in the final January print, missing the 93.0 reading that was forecast... In a surprising move in Asia, the Bank of Japan introduced a rate of minus 0.1% on certain excess holdings of cash while maintaining the pace of its asset purchases. Japan also reported data pointing to a softening economy, as total CPI grew 0.2% year-over-year in December, core CPI rose at only a 0.1% pace and industrial production fell a preliminary 1.4% month-over-month in December. COMPANY NEWS: McDonald's (MCD) advanced Monday after the fast food giant reported better than expected earnings and comparable sales growth for the fourth quarter, powered by the launch of All Day Breakfast in the U.S.... Earnings season accelerated Tuesday as four members of the bluechip Dow Jones Industrial Average posted results before the opening bell. 3M (MMM) was the top advanced on the index with a gain of over 5%, while Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Procter & Gamble (PG) and DuPont (DD) all notched gains that day following their reports as well... Apple (AAPL) declined more than 6.5% on Wednesday after the tech giant reported first quarter earnings that topped consensus estimates, but also issued revenue guidance for the new quarter that missed expectations. The company was noted by several analysts as taking a particularly downbeat tone in its earnings conference call, invoking the difficult macroeconomic environment and weakness it has recently seen in China. Apple was not the worst performer in the Dow that day, as Boeing (BA) shares plummeted nearly 9% after its profit outlook for the new fiscal year fell far short of the Street's consensus forecast... Facebook (FB) surged 15.5% on Thursday after the social media giant's fourth quarter earnings and revenue beat expectations. A number of Wall Street analysts increased their price targets for the stock following the report, including Piper Jaffray's Gene Munster, who hiked his target to a "Street-high" $170 per share. The same day, Caterpillar (CAT) reported better than expected quarterly earnings, excluding certain items, but its revenue came in below the consensus forecast and the heavy equipment maker warned that it does not anticipate an improvement in the world economy or commodity prices in 2016. The stock, which had declined almost 20% in the last three months prior to this morning's report, rebounded almost 5% after the company jumped over the lowered bar that had been set by bearish analysts... On Friday, shares of Amazon (AMZN) declined more than 7.5% after the company's fourth quarter results came in below expectations. Meanwhile, Microsoft (MSFT), which reported better than expected earnings, gained almost 6%. Chevron (CVX) reported a quarterly loss due to taking impairments and other charges of $1.1B. The company, which also reported that its average sales price per barrel of crude oil and natural gas liquids in the U.S. was $35 in fourth quarter, down from $66 a year ago, edged up 0.7% to $86.44... Among the many others reporting earnings this week, Visa (V), Mastercard (MA), Under Armour (UA), Sprint (S) and Biogen (BIIB) gained immediately following their reports, while Qualcomm (QCOM), eBay (EBAY), U.S. Steel (X), VMware (VMW) and Anthem (ANTM) all slid following their own... Xerox (XRX) announced plans to separate into two independent publicly-traded companies: one focused on Document Technology and another Business Process Outsourcing company. Xerox also announced an agreement related to the governance of the Business Process Outsourcing company under which six directors of the new company will be selected by Xerox and three will be selected by current Xerox shareholder Carl Icahn... Terex (TEX) surged more than 36% higher on Tuesday after receiving a $30 per share acquisition offer from China's Zoomlion. Terex peers Manitowoc (MTW), Joy Global (JOY) and Oshkosh (OSK) also gained after the offer was disclosed... Weight Watchers (WTW) shares soared nearly 20% Tuesday after noted shareholder and partner Oprah Winfrey tweeted a video detailing her progress using the company's program, indicating that she'd already lost 26 pounds thanks to its plan... AIG (AIG) provided its much-anticipated strategy update, committing to return at least $25B to shareholders over the next two years and announcing the sale of AIG Advisor Group to Lightyear Capital and PSP Investments. The company, under ongoing pressure from activist investors including Carl Icahn, also said it will publicly offer a portion of its United Guaranty unit, though it expressly rejected a full company breakup... SunEdison (SUNE) gained 18% during the week after agreeing to new corporate governance initiatives with David Einhorn's Greenlight Capital, including amending its bylaws to restrict equity issuances for two years without a supermajority board vote... Twitter (TWTR) slumped nearly 6% this week after CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed the departure of four company executives, leading research firm Stifel to downgrade the shares. INDEXES: The Dow gained about 2.2% to close at 16,466.30; the S&P 500 rose about 1.6% to close at 1,940.24; the Nasdaq advanced about 0.4% to close at 4,613.95.
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