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May 19, 2014
16:27 EDTCPB, MU, ITMN, BRCM, NVDA, LOCK, TXN, AZN, T, PFE, DTVOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher following a trading day marked by light volume, a quiet economic calendar and two headline making M&A announcements. The averages began the day slightly below the flat line, but within minutes the Nasdaq and S&P 500 made it into positive ground. The Dow followed by the end of the morning, but the averages moved in a narrow range from there. Despite the range-bound trading, the market internals pointed to a pretty broad based move higher, with advancers ahead of declining stocks by almost 2 to 1. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major domestic economic data was reported. COMPANY NEWS: AT&T (T) shares slid 36c, or 0.98%, to $36.38 after the company confirmed over the weekend that it has agreed to acquire DirecTV (DTV) for $95.00 per share, including $28.50 per share in cash and $66.50 per share in AT&T stock. After the announcement, analysts at Raymond James upgraded AT&T to Buy from Market Perform, noting that they do not expect another buyer to emerge for DirecTV. Meanwhile, DirecTV shares were downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Evercore and to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich. Shares of DirecTV fell $1.53, or 1.77%, to $84.65 after the deal, which has been widely speculated about in the media in recent weeks, was confirmed... Also over the weekend, Pfizer (PFE) raised its bid for AstraZeneca (AZN), but the U.K. drugmaker again rejected this "final" takeover proposal. Shares of Pfizer rose 16c, or 0.55%, to $29.28 after the rejection, while shares of AstraZeneca trading in New York dropped $9.64, or 12.01%, to $70.64. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was InterMune (ITMN), which gained $4.61, or 13.44%, to $38.92 after reporting results from a study evaluating pirfenidone and having its shares upgraded to Outperform at Leerink. Also higher was NVIDIA (NVDA), which rose 58c, or 3.23%, to $18.54 after it was one of several semiconductor stock, along with Micron (MU), Texas Instruments (TXN), and Broadcom (BRCM), that were upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform by RBC Capital in a note to investors earlier today. Among the noteworthy losers was LifeLock (LOCK), which fell $2.28, or 17.57%, to $10.70 after disclosing that the company is going to temporarily suspend its Wallet mobile application since it is not fully compliant with applicable payment card industry security standards. Also lower were shares of Campbell Soup (CPB), which dropped $1.06, or 2.35%, to $44.06 after the company reported mixed third quarter results and lowered its fiscal 2014 outlook. INDEXES: The Dow was up 20.55, or 0.12%, to 16,511.86, the Nasdaq was up 35.23, or 0.86%, to 4,125.81, and the S&P 500 was up 7.22, or 0.38%, to 1,885.08.
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January 22, 2015
19:40 EDTTGoogle's entrance into telecommunications may not be beneficial, Re/code says
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14:48 EDTTXNTexas Instruments volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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13:15 EDTT, DTVAT&T to review name of DirecTV unit, WSJ reports
AT&T (T) CEO Randall Stephenson said in an interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos that the company will review the name of its DirecTV (DTV) unit, The Wall Street Journal reports. Stephenson also noted that the $48.5B acquisition, which must be approved by regulators, will give AT&T a "differentiated offering" in trying to win customers. Reference Link
13:03 EDTMUAnalysts differ on SanDisk after Apple loss clips outlook
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11:23 EDTPFEPfizer says CHMP adopted positive opinion on Prevenar 13 expansion
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09:01 EDTTAT&T says enters into $9.2B credit agreement
AT&T said in a filing that on January 21, AT&T entered into a $9.155B credit agreement containing a (i) $6.286B term loan facility and a (ii) $2.869B term loan facility, with certain investment and commercial banks and Mizuho Bank, Ltd., as administrative agent. AT&T also entered into a $2B 18-month credit agreement with Mizuho as initial lender and agent. In the event advances are made under either agreement, those advances would be used for general corporate purposes, including acquisition related payments. Amounts borrowed under the Tranche A Facility will be due and payable on the third anniversary of funding. Amounts borrowed under the Tranche B Facility will be subject to amortization from the third anniversary of funding, with twenty-five percent of the aggregate principal amount thereof being payable prior to the fifth anniversary thereof, and all remaining principal amount due and payable on such fifth anniversary. Amounts borrowed under the 18-Month Credit Agreement will be due and payable on the date that is 18 months after the funding.
05:47 EDTTStocks with implied volatility movement; BSX T
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Boston Scientific (BSX) 49, AT&T (T) 20 according to iVolatility.
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
17:50 EDTMUSanDisk reverses in after hours to down 6% after guidance
SanDisk peer Micron is trading down over 1% in the after hours.
16:28 EDTTGoogle 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
13:25 EDTTEarnings Preview: Verizon sees promotional offers pressuring Q4 results
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12:30 EDTAZN, PFEGlaxoSmithKline 'admired' by Pfizer CEO, FT reports
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12:24 EDTTOn 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 EDTTAcacia 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.
10:16 EDTAZNLeerink biopharma analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Analyst Fernandez, along with Dr. Paul Gurbel and Dr. Richard Becker, discuss AstraZeneca's PEGASUS trial and the current use of Brilinta and dual antiplatelet therapy for prevention of CV disease and implications of the recently completed DAPT trial on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on January 21 at 1:30 pm.
08:31 EDTT, DTVAT&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
January 20, 2015
08:25 EDTMUMicron upgraded to Positive at Susquehanna
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06:47 EDTMUMicron upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna
06:24 EDTTT-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 EDTTGoogle in talks to acquire mobile-pay platform Softcard, WSJ says
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