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June 18, 2014
04:55 EDTSMSI, SMSI, WIFI, WIFI, TWER, TWER, T, T, TWC, TWC, S, S, IPAS, IPAS, RKUS, RKUSCvent to hold a summit
Wi-Fi Offload Summit 2014 to be held in Palo Alto, CA on June 18-19.
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February 4, 2016
12:28 EDTTAdtran spikes after Cowen analyst sees revenue opportunity in AT&T pact
Shares of communications equipment maker Adtran (ADTN) are advancing after research firm Cowen raised his rating and price target on shares following recent industry checks. WHAT'S NEW: Cowen analyst Paul Silverstein raised his rating on Adtran shares to Market Perform from Underperform following industry checks regarding Adtran's new G.Fast broadband access project win at AT&T (T). Recent industry checks confirm that Adtran was selected by AT&T for its G.Fast broadband access build-out project, the analyst said, and noted that checks also show that Adtran is the only vendor selected by AT&T for the Outside Network Unit and Distribution Point Unit functions of the project. The analyst, who raised his price target on Adtran shares to $16 from $14, sees the pact with AT&T as a significant revenue opportunity for Adtran over the next few years. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Adtran reported fourth quarter results on January 20, with earnings per share coming in at 12c on revenue of $139M, beating analysts' projections of 3c and $137.75M, respectively. On its quarterly conference call, the company forecast revenue for the first quarter to be flat to slightly up. According to Cowen's research note today, Adtran won't realize revenue gains from its broadband pact with AT&T until the beginning of calendar year 2017. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Adtran are up over 4.5% to $18.98 in midday trading. OTHERS TO WATCH: Shares of Calix (CALX), which also sells broadband communications access systems and software for fiber- and copper-based networks, are up 1.35% in midday trading.
10:42 EDTTWCCharter says 'reasonably confident' DOJ, FCC will stay within review timeline
10:26 EDTTWCCharter 'hopeful' regulatory process for deals can be completed in March
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10:01 EDTTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: AT&T (T) initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson... Abaxis (ABAX) initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse... Aratana Therapeutics (PETX) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Care.com (CRCM) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... GCP Applied Technologies (GCP) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Heritage-Crystal Clean (HCCI) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... IDEXX (IDXX) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Nexvet Biopharma (NVET) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... PetMed Express (PETS) initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse... Phibro Animal Health (PAHC) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Pure Storage (PSTG) initiated with a Perform at Oppenheimer... SeaWorld (SEAS) initiated with a Neutral at Janney Capital... Seattle Genetics (SGEN) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... VCA Inc. (WOOF) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Verizon (VZ) initiated with a Neutral at DA Davidson... Zoetis (ZTS) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse.
09:46 EDTTWCCharter says working with DOJ, FCC on Time Warner Cable transaction
Commenting on the Charter (CHTR)/Time Warner Cable (TWC)/Bright House transaction, Charter says the parties have begun working together to ensure that post-closing, New Charter can begin to execute its long term operating strategy. Says parties have obtained approvals that exceed the threshold closing condition for franchise authorities approving the transactions. Says working closely with DOJ and FCC to provide all information required to evaluate merits of the transactions. Comments from slides that will be presented on the Q4 earnings conference call.
09:36 EDTTWCActive equity options trading on open: AAPL FB GPRO AA NFLX BAC TWC YHOO PG
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06:28 EDTTNews Corp not interested in Yahoo acquisition, Business Insider says
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05:49 EDTTVerizon initiated with a Neutral at DA Davidson
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05:48 EDTTAT&T initiated with a Buy at DA Davidson
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February 3, 2016
18:41 EDTTYahoo hires Qatalyst to advise on strategic alternatives, Re/code says
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15:37 EDTTWCCharter 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
14:09 EDTTBain, TPG among PE firms weighing bid for Yahoo core, FT reports
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13:37 EDTTComcast to be possible bidder for wireless airwaves, Bloomberg says
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February 2, 2016
09:32 EDTRKUSRuckus Wireless downgraded to Mixed from Positive at OTR Global
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08:07 EDTSMSIZonetail to deploy NetWise Captivate from Smith Micro
Analysts project mobile advertising will surpass $100B in 2016, and account for more than 50% of all digital ad expenditure. As a result, mobile spam is on the rise, and effectively engaging customers through mobile is increasingly difficult for B2C companies. To combat this challenge, and improve mobile marketing in hospitality, Zonetail will deploy NetWise Captivate from Smith Micro. The new solution will enhance Zonetail's apps used by hotels and condos to connect guests and residents to onsite amenities and local businesses. The NetWise Captivate platform will add real-time context, predictive customer profiling, and a deep understanding of consumer intent to Zonetail's 'anchored local' mobile platform.
08:04 EDTTForum 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
06:20 EDTTYahoo investors waiting on explicit sale signals, Re/code says
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February 1, 2016
05:13 EDTTAT&T implied volatility of 16 at lower end of index mean range
January 31, 2016
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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