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December 3, 2012
10:16 EDTSCM, LULU, EL, OFS, BSMX, TOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: AT&T (T) initiated with an Equal Weight at Evercore... OFS Capital (OFS) initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays... Santander Mexico (BSMX) initiated with an Equal Weight at Barclays.... lululemon (LULU) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Estee Lauder (EL) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Stellus Capital (SCM) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... OFS Capital (OFS) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer.
News For T;OFS;LULU;BSMX;EL;SCM From The Last 14 Days
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August 27, 2015
11:25 EDTTSamsung Pay beta available on all U.S. carriers except Verizon, Verge reports
Samsung (SSNLF) Pay's beta is available on all major U.S. carriers, including AT&T (T), Sprint (S), T-Mobile (TMUS), and U.S. Cellular (USM), except for Verizon (VZ), the Verge reports. Verizon is "evaluating" Samsung Pay currently, and may very well miss the September 28th launch of the product, the report says. Reference Link
07:56 EDTLULULululemon September weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Lululemon 9/11/15 weekly call option implied volatility is at 66, September is at 61, October is at 48; compared to its 52-week range of 25 to 63, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on September 10.
07:52 EDTLULUBarclays would be a buyer of lululemon into the Q2 report
Barclays analyst Matt McClintock believes lululemon will report meaningful upside to his 7.7% total comp estimate when it reports Q2 earnings on September 10. Channel checks suggest a strong consumer response to new tops introduced in Q2 with stock outs above 50%, promising Google search activity, and momentum in men's. McClintock believes his earnings estimates will prove conservative and is a buyer into the report. Barclays' rates lululemon an Overweight with an $85 price target on shares.
August 26, 2015
13:45 EDTTAT&T ends airport Wi-Fi ads experiment, Re/code reports
AT&T has ended serving ads to consumers using its free Wi-Fi at two Washington, D.C.-area airports, Re/code reports. The company told Re/code that it was conducting an experiment of "an ongoing effort to explore alternate ways to deliver a free Wi-Fi service that is safe, secure and fast." Reference Link
12:30 EDTTAT&T may need to choose between dividend and credit rating, CTFN reports
AT&T, despite acquiring DirecTV, may have to choose between maintaining its credit rating and its dividend in a few years as web video displaces satellite, CTFN reports, citing two credit analysts and a senior executive. AT&T has reduced the pressure from high dividend payments after the DirecTV purchase, but "it could be back in the same situation within three years if DirecTV's cash flow isn't sustainable," according to Mark Stodden, VP and senior credit officer at Moody's. AT&T spokesperson said that any suggestion that it needs to reduce its dividend "ignores the facts," the report says. Reference Link
August 25, 2015
06:25 EDTTAT&T to rebrand services in Mexico, WSJ reports
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August 24, 2015
16:21 EDTBSMXSantander Mexico names Hector Grisi Checa as CEO
Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico, S.A.B. de C.V. and Banco Santander, S.A. Institucion de Banca Multiple, Grupo Financiero Santander Mexico, pursuant to the announcement dated August 12, in connection with the changes to their Boards of Directors and CEO, announce that their Boards of Directors held a meeting in which Marcos Martinez Gavica was appointed as Chairman of the Board and Hector Grisi Checa as Executive President and CEO, subject to applicable regulatory approvals. Hector Grisi Checa, has extensive experience in the Mexican financial system, having been Executive President of Credit Suisse Mexico until last August 13.
16:00 EDTTOptions Update; August 24, 2015
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August 23, 2015
19:13 EDTTBT executive says Verizon, AT&T abusing landline duopoly, FT reports
In a Financial Times interview published Sunday, BT Group's (BT) Americas president Bas Burger said Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T) are abusing their control over telephone and broadband lines to charge inappropriate access fees to companies like BT. "For a western world country it is the worst I've seen... There is not sufficient regulation to create competition: almost all access is being provided by two companies and they have divided the country among themselves," remarked Burger, adding that the two companies are also not required to fix network problems within any specific timeframe. Reference Link
August 21, 2015
09:26 EDTELEstee Lauder should be bought on weakness, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital believes that Estee Lauder's multi-year growth story is intact. The firm says that in the last five times that the stock has fallen 5%, it has subsequently rebounded strongly. RBC cut tis price target on the name to $105 from $110 but keeps an Outperform rating.
August 20, 2015
08:02 EDTTFCC to hold a conference and workshop
2015 Supplier Diversity Conference & Workshop is being held at FCC Washington, D.C. offices on August 20 at 9:30 am. Webcast Link
August 19, 2015
10:20 EDTTBig telecom firms put M&A on hold, CTFN reports
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08:22 EDTTSprint traffic levels increasing, says Pacific Crest
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August 18, 2015
11:34 EDTTSprint rises on plans to abandon two-year contracts
Sprint shares are higher this morning after the company's chief executive officer said that the carrier plans to move away from two-year contracts. WHAT'S NEW: In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said that the company will stop offering two-year contracts by the end of 2015 in favor of a "smartphone lease" model. Sprint began offering a lease option last year, The Journal noted, and Claure said the carrier is planning to move entirely to that model by the end of the year. As part of its shift, Sprint yesterday unveiled iPhone Forever, a new leasing plan that starts at $22 per month for an iPhone. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In a similar move earlier this month, Sprint rival Verizon (VZ) said it would drop phone subsidies and two-year contracts for new customers. T-Mobile (TMUS), another market rival, abandoned contracts over two years ago, leaving AT&T (T) as the only major U.S. carrier still offering to subsidize new smartphone purchases. Separately, Softbank (SFTBF), Sprint's primary stakeholder, disclosed last week that it increased its holdings in the company to approximately 80%, though the company said it does not plan for its stake in the carrier to exceed 85%. Meanwhile, a study released Tuesday by RootMetrics, an independent company that evaluates wireless networks, shows that Sprint is improving its network, having solidified third place nationally in overall performance, surpassing T-Mobile for the second consecutive six-month stretch. PRICE ACTION: Sprint is up 7c, or 1.52%, to $4.67 in morning trading.
10:00 EDTLULUOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) initiated with an Underperform at Wolfe Research... Abiomed (ABMD) initiated with a Buy at CRT Capital... Aeropostale (ARO) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... American Eagle (AEO) initiated with an Outperform, Top Pick at Wolfe Research... American Electric (AEP) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... Benefitfocus (BNFT) initiated with an Overweight at First Analysis... Blue Buffalo Pet Products (BUFF) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Capitala Finance (CPTA) initiated with an Equal Weight at Stephens... Chico's (CHS) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Children's Place (PLCE) initiated with an Outperform at Wolfe Research... Chimerix (CMRX) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... Ciena (CIEN) initiated with a Market Perform at Northland... Crane (CR) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair... Entergy (ETR) initiated with a Neutral at Mizuho... Express (EXPR) initiated with an Outperform, Top Pick at Wolfe Research... Finisar (FNSR) initiated with a Market Perform at Northland... Francesca's (FRAN) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Gap (GPS) initiated with an Underperform at Wolfe Research... Infinera (INFN) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... International Game (IGT) initiated with a Buy at Union Gaming... Juno Therapeutics (JUNO) initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital... L Brands (LB) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Luca Technologies (LUCA) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Lumentum (LITE) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... M/A-COM (MTSI) reinstated with a Buy at Jefferies... MRV Communications (MRVC) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Michael Kors (KORS) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... NN, Inc. (NNBR) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... NeoPhotonics (NPTN) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Oclaro (OCLR) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Scientific Games (SGMS) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee CRT... SolarCity (SCTY) initiated with a Neutral at UBS... Summit Materials (SUM) initiated with a Neutral at Citi... Tech Data (TECD) initiated with an Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Urban Outfitters (URBN) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Zumiez (ZUMZ) initiated with an Underperform at Wolfe Research... lululemon (LULU) initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research.
10:00 EDTELOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:06 EDTELEstee Lauder upgraded to Outperform following selloff at Telsey Advisory
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07:43 EDTELEstee Lauder long-term outlook still favorable, says Stifel
After Estee Lauder reported higher than expected Q4 earnings but in-line sales and provided lower than expected EPS guidance, Stifel says that the guidance miss was due to investments that the company plans to make to drive its sales. The firm thinks that sales growth is the company's most important metric, and calls the company's Q4 results "solid." It thinks the company remains well-positioned to gain share, and it keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
07:06 EDTELEstee Lauder weakness creates buying opportunity, says Bernstein
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06:38 EDTELEstee Lauder upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Telsey Advisory
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