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February 2, 2014
19:03 EDTJNPR, CMCSA, T, CSCO, TWC, CHTR, VZFCC 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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November 12, 2014
06:00 EDTTAT&T implied volatility of 12 at lower end of index mean range
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November 11, 2014
18:19 EDTTWC, CMCSACBS, Disney look to block FCC Comcast merger disclosures, Bloomberg says
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13:36 EDTTWC, CMCSATime Warner Cable and Comcast mentioned positively at Evercore ISI
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11:17 EDTCMCSAComcast volatility up after Obama called for Internet providers to be regulated
Comcast November weekly call option implied volatility is at 28, November and December is at 21, April is at 22; compared to its 26-week average of 19 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement after President Obama called for Internet providers to be regulated.
11:02 EDTJNPRJuniper falls after CEO change but Nomura lauds selection with upgrade
Shares of Juniper (JNPR), which provides network infrastructure products, are sinking after the company abruptly announced last night that it had chosen a new CEO. However, several analysts were upbeat on the company's decision for its new CEO. WHAT'S NEW: Juniper last night announced that its CEO, Shaygan Kheradpir, had resigned, effective immediately. The company said the CEO's resignation came in the wake of the board's review of his leadership and of his conduct during talks with a customer. Named as Kheradpir's replacement, effective immediately, was Rami Rahim, who had been serving as the executive VP and general manager of Juniper's Development and Innovation division. ANALYST REACTION: Nomura analyst Stuart Jeffrey reacted to the news by upgrading his rating on Juniper to Buy from Neutral. Jeffrey wrote that he had previously been worried that the risk facing the company was increasing, and had little confidence that its leadership team could meet its long-term targets. With Rahim at the helm, however, the company has a better chance of generating revenue growth, Jeffrey contended. Unlike his predecessor, Rahim is a Juniper veteran, has demonstrated strong expertise in the company's business during numerous presentations to investors, and has been instrumental in developing products, according to Jeffrey. The analyst raised his price target on the stock to $25 from $19.50. Janney Capital also said the CEO transition at Juniper was unexpected, but that Rami Rahim should have a fairly smooth transition since he has been a big part of creating and implementing the strategy to which the company affirmed its commitment. Janney maintained its Buy rating and $28 fair value estimate on shares of Juniper. Wells Fargo was fairly upbeat on the company's decision. Although Juniper's second CEO change in less than a year is a negative headline, Rahim is a strong choice, as he is highly respected within the organization and has played an integral role in developing the company's current strategy, according to the firm. Moreover, Rahim maintains close relationships with many of Juniper top customers, Wells Fargo reported. As a result, the change will be less disruptive than feared, according to Wells, which noted that Juniper said there would not be any changes in its strategy going forward. The firm kept an Outperform rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Juniper fell 4.3% to $20.57.
10:50 EDTTWCOptions with increasing implied volatility: GNW TWC
10:25 EDTJNPRJuniper fall, levels to watch
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10:20 EDTTWCHigh option volume stocks
High option volume stocks: RLGY TWC LITB SPM ACRX JWN OCR CALL CST ERIC
10:01 EDTCSCOInteractive Intelligence hires Jeff Platon as Chief Marketing Officer
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10:00 EDTJNPROn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Alcentra Capital (ABDC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Ambac Financial (AMBC) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at MKM Partners... Banco Bilbao (BBVA) upgraded to Buy from Reduce at Nomura... Darden (DRI) upgraded at KeyBanc... ICU Medical (ICUI) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... IMAX (IMAX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Juniper (JNPR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Michaels (MIK) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Midcoast Energy (MEP) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Midstates Petroleum (MPO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Monroe Capital (MRCC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... NuVasive (NUVA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... ONEOK Partners (OKS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... ORBCOMM (ORBC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at First Analysis... Pattern Energy (PEGI) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Targa Resources Partners (NGLS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Time Warner (TWX) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Tremor Video (TRMR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Western Gas Partners (WES) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Yamana Gold (AUY) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Zynga (ZNGA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies.
08:28 EDTJNPRJuniper CEO transition should be smooth, says Janney Capital
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08:18 EDTJNPRJuniper CEO transition likely to create little disruption, says Oppenheimer
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07:49 EDTJNPRJuniper new CEO a strong choice, says Wells Fargo
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07:44 EDTCMCSA, TWCComcast deal would only be derailed by Title II concessions, says Wells Fargo
After President Obama called for Internet providers to be regulated under Title II, Wells Fargo thinks that Comcast (CMCSA) will only walk away from the Time Warner Cable (TWC) deal if there are significant Title II concessions specifically attached to the deal. The firm suggests, however, that the deal could be restructured if the companies' stock prices continue to fall in reaction to Obama's statement.
07:24 EDTTAT&T move will discourage others seeking in-flight Wi-Fi, says William Blair
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07:06 EDTCMCSA, TWCObama's call for regulation worries investors in Comcast-TWC deal, WSJ says
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06:36 EDTCMCSANBC exec 'very satisfied' with pace of Super Bowl ad sales, NY Times says
NBC, the broadcast home of Super Bowl XLIX in 2015, is "very satisfied" with the pace of sales of commercial time during the game, reports the New York Times. Seth Winter, the Executive VP for Sales of NBC Sports and NBCUniversal News Groups at NBCUniversal, said "I'm never 'extremely satisfied' until we're sold out... I'm very satisfied with what we see." Winter added that NBC is approaching 90% of the commercial time in the game's being sold to advertisers. Reference Link
06:28 EDTJNPRJuniper upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura
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05:59 EDTTAT&T implied volatility of 12 at lower end of index mean range
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05:51 EDTCMCSAStocks with implied volatility movement; HLF CMCSA
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