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February 2, 2014
19:03 EDTT, VZ, TWC, CMCSA, CHTR, CSCO, JNPRFCC to increase funds for high-speed internet in schools, libraries, NYT says
The Federal Communications Commission will double the amount of money dedicated to broadband service in schools and libraries to $2B a year from $1B over the next two years, says the New York Times. Reference Link
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October 8, 2014
11:04 EDTTWC, CMCSAComcast shareholders approve stock issuance for Time Warner Cable merger
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11:03 EDTCMCSA, TWCComcast shareholders approve stock issuance for Time Warner Cable merger
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10:00 EDTJNPROn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:38 EDTVZActive equity options trading on open
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09:38 EDTCSCOCisco breakup would not create much value, says Citigroup
Citigroup says its analysis shows that a breakup of Cisco would not create much more value than the current share price. With CEO John Chambers' likely retirement next year, however, Citi thinks the Cisco board is likely to at least entertain the option of a split. The firm sees a low probability of a breakup taking place and keeps a Sell rating on Cisco shares. Citi upped its price target for the stock to $22 from $20.50. Citi's analysis of Cisco follows breakup decisions by HP (HPQ) and JDSU (JDSU) and Bloomberg's report this morning that Symantec (SYMC) is in advanced talks to split into two separate companies. This report corrects the rating on Cisco shares to Sell.
07:38 EDTJNPRJuniper downgraded at MKM Partners
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07:32 EDTJNPRJuniper downgraded at MKM Partners
As noted earlier, MKM Partners downgraded Juniper to Neutral from Buy. The firm thinks that the bull case on the stock is too centered on cost cuts and low valuation, and not enough on the company's growth outlook. MM Partners also believes that the service provider router market faces numerous overhangs. Target $24.
07:13 EDTCMCSAHulu may cut number ads on Hulu Plus, NY Post reports
Hulu (FOXA, DIS, CMCSA) CEO Mike Hopkins is looking to cut back on the number of ads that appear on Hulu Plus, reports the New York Post. According to an executive close to the company, Hulu and its partners are “always looking at a variety of ways to create the best possible experience for our viewers and advertisers including reducing the ad load." Reference Link
07:10 EDTJNPRJuniper downgraded to Neutral from Buy at MKM Partners
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06:35 EDTCSCOCisco's reorganization affects up to 25,000 employees, Business Insider reports
Cisco's reorganization of its routing and switching engineering business could affect up to 25,000 employees, reports Business Insider. Citing sources in Silicon Valley, the reorganization involves massive changes for the unit, moving from individual teams to two big overarching teams with one group focused on software and the other on hardware. Due to the changes, sources say a lot of senior employees have begun send out resumes. Reference Link
October 7, 2014
16:00 EDTVZOptions Update; October 7, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 2.16 to 32.24 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB VZ AA HTZ NFLX PBR according to Track Data.
08:18 EDTJNPRJuniper execution could drive 40% upside, says Bernstein
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07:36 EDTCSCOCisco unlikely to split-up despite speculation, says UBS
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06:52 EDTCSCOAruba Networks may be displacing Cisco in some verticals, says RBC Capital
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06:04 EDTTAT&T issues apology after customer info improperly accessed, Re/code reports
AT&T has issued an apology after an incident in which customer account information was improperly accessed by a worker, Re/code reports. A company spokesman says AT&T is contacting the limited number of affected customers and is also in contact with law enforcement regarding the issue. Reference Link
October 6, 2014
11:02 EDTCSCOHP rises as split viewed as potential prelude to deals
Shares of HP (HPQ) are climbing after the company announced that it would split itself into two publicly traded companies. Analysts were mostly upbeat on the news and tech news website Re/code said that the two companies would be "in deal-making mode" following the split. WHAT'S NEW: HP this morning said it would split itself into two companies by the end of its fiscal 2015. One company will include HP's technology infrastructure, software and services businesses, to be known as "Hewlett-Packard Enterprise," while the other will include the company's PC and printing businesses and be called "HP Inc." Meg Whitman, who is currently the CEO of HP, will become CEO of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and chairman of HP, Inc. ANALYST REACTION: Shareholders will likely view the move positively, as limited synergies exist between HP's enterprise business and its PC and printing business, Deutsche Bank analyst Sherri Scribner wrote. Moreover, the forward price to earnings ratio of the enterprises unit, whose margins are set to expand, are more likely to reach close to 11x following a split, in-line with the multiple of Xerox (XRX) and CSC (CSC), the analyst contended. Noting that HP remains one of the cheapest names in the S&P 500, Scribner kept a $40 price target and Buy rating on the shares. The split is "a bold and smart move" by HP that will give it the financial flexibility needed to sell off one or both of the PC and printing businesses, wrote Cantor analyst Brian White. The shareholders of EMC (EMC), which reportedly had been in discussions about merging with HP, would have difficulty accepting HP's printer and PC business, according to White. The analyst raised his price target on HP to $39 from $34.50 but kept a Hold rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Both Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and HP Inc. will "be in deal-making mode" after the split, Re/code stated. HP Inc. is likely to draw attention from both Dell and China's Lenovo (LNVGY), which were both approached by HP about a possible deal over the last year, the website stated. Meanwhile, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise could restart dormant merger talks with EMC, while Dell and Cisco (CSCO) could emerge as bidders and offer shareholders of both Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and EMC better terms, Re/code stated. However, Cisco has carried out a more conservative M&A strategy lately, while its CEO, John Chambers, who is preparing to retire soon, said the company would not be interested in buying EMC, Re/code noted. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, HP jumped 4.6% to $36.83, while shares of EMC were down fractionally.
07:50 EDTCSCOCisco shares could reach $40 with splits, spin-offs, says RBC Capital
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07:09 EDTTAmerican Trucking Association to hold a conference
2014 ATA Management Conference is being held in San Diego on October 4-7.
06:41 EDTCMCSA'Gone Girl' leads weekend box office with $38M in sales, WSJ reports
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06:38 EDTCSCOSpun off HP companies could be takeover targets, Re/code says
After HP (HPQ) splits into two publicly traded companies, both of those companies could become takeover targets, according to Re/code. The PC and printing unit could interest Dell or Lenovo (LNVGY), while Hewlett-Packard Enterprises could merge with EMC (EMC) and/or become a target for Dell and Cisco (CSCO), the website stated. Reference Link
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