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News For T;VZ;VOD From The Last 14 Days
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July 2, 2015
16:04 EDTTOptions Update; July 2, 2015
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10:00 EDTVZ, TOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:00 EDTTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AT&T (T) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen... Acadia Realty Trust (AKR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Alliance Resource Partners (ARLP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... ArcBest (ARCB) upgraded to Peer Perform from Underperform at Wolfe Research... AstraZeneca (AZN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Berenberg... ConAgra (CAG) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... DuPont Fabros (DFT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... EastGroup Properties (EGP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Galaxy Entertainment (GXYEY) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... GrubHub (GRUB) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... HealthSouth (HLS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at JMP Securities... IGM Financial (IGIFF) upgraded to Sector Performer from Underperformer at CIBC... Kennametal (KMT) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Kimco Realty (KIM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Kosmos (KOS) upgraded to Outperform at BMO Capital... MGM China (MCHVF) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... Regal Entertainment (RGC) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at B. Riley... SL Green Realty (SLG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... SQM (SQM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at HSBC... Sands China (SCHYY) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... Terex (TEX) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... United Community Banks (UCBI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Weingarten Realty (WRI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Willis Group (WSH) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Wynn Macau (WYNMF) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank.
08:08 EDTVZSpherix issues litigation update in patent case against Verizon
Spherix announced a litigation update. In the matter of Spherix Incorporated v. Verizon Services Corp. et al., in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the Court issued a Markman Order interpreting certain key claims in favor of the Defendants on the one patent at issue in the case. In light of the Court's Markman decision on the one patent, the Court also granted the Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment. The other 20 patents being asserted by Spherix in other cases were not affected by the ruling. The patent infringement claims being brought in the second suit filed against Verizon were not affected and that case against Verizon continues.
06:52 EDTTAT&T upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen
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July 1, 2015
17:18 EDTTAT&T initiated with a Buy at Buckingham
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17:18 EDTVZVerizon initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham
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15:23 EDTTDISH's Ergen awaits AT&T-DirecTV approval before more T-Mobile talks, FBN says
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13:57 EDTTAT&T-DirecTV deal set to be cleared by U.S. antitrust officials, Bloomberg says
AT&T’s (T) proposed $48.5B deal to buy DirecTV (DTV) is slated to be cleared by U.S. antitrust officials without any conditions, Bloomberg reports, citing a personal familiar with the deliberations by the Justice Department. The merger still requires approval from the FCC, which may demand concessions such as following net neutrality rules, the report says. Reference Link
07:33 EDTTAT&T price target raised to $40 from $36 at Oppenheimer
Following AT&T's acquisition of DirecTV, Oppenheimer expects AT&T to benefit from cross-selling, new services, and higher wireless prices. The firm expects the company's free cash flow to be boosted by its winding down of Project VIP. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
June 30, 2015
18:11 EDTTAT&T, DirecTV merger may get U.S. approval next week, Reuters says
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13:38 EDTVZMicrosoft display exit shows discipline, but impact negligible, says Jefferies
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08:22 EDTVZMicrosoft deal with AOL for Bing doesn't move needle, says Citi
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08:06 EDTTPennsylvania REIT signs AT&T for 1501 Walnut Street
PREIT (PEI) announced the execution of a lease with AT&T (T) Mobility for their recently acquired asset located at 1501 Walnut Street in the heart of Center City Philadelphia. The company acquired the 27,000 square foot property in 2014 with plans to reposition the property.
08:00 EDTTGTT Communications, AT&T sign long-term interconnection agreement
GTT Communications (GTT) and AT&T (T) have signed a long-term, bilateral agreement for their IP networks. As the Internet continues to evolve, collaborations between Internet providers facilitate the dynamic, robust and reliable exchange of Internet traffic. “We are pleased that our agreement with AT&T provides our clients with additional capacity,” said Rick Calder, GTT President and CEO. “We continue to work with AT&T to expand a secure and resilient interconnection environment so our clients can depend on the reliability and performance of GTT’s high-capacity network.”
07:45 EDTVODEU agrees to enact 'net neutrality' law, WSJ reports
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June 29, 2015
17:25 EDTTAT&T, DirecTV elect to further extend merger termination date
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15:32 EDTTDoubtful that FCC votes on AT&T, DirecTV deal this week, CTFN says
Sources said it is looking "increasingly doubtful" that the FCC will vote this week on the proposed merger between AT&T (T) and DirecTV (DTV), according to CTFinancialNews. Reference Link
June 28, 2015
14:50 EDTVZSome AOL investors to seek higher price from Verizon in court, WSJ says
Certain AOL investors including Brigade Capital and Verition have opted not to sell their holdings to Verizon for $50 per share and will instead seek a higher price through an appraisal process, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday, citing people familiar with the matter. The report notes that the dissenting firms hold roughly 5% of AOL. Reference Link
June 26, 2015
16:00 EDTTOptions Update; June 26, 2015
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14:55 EDTTArista Networks may have won deal with AT&T, says MKM Partners
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13:18 EDTTCWA ratifies contract for AT&T wireline workers in Midwest region
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09:20 EDTTAT&T appoints Richard Fisher to board of directors
AT&T has appointed Richard W. Fisher to its board of directors. Fisher served as the president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas from 2005 until March 2015, and as a Deputy U.S. Trade Representative from 1997 to 2001, where he oversaw the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. He will serve on the Corporate Development and Finance Committee of AT&T’s board of directors.
June 25, 2015
18:07 EDTVZHuff Post network 'almost definitely' launching on Verizon service, Variety says
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16:42 EDTT, VZFCC Chairman outlines changes to future spectrum auctions
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16:00 EDTTOptions Update; June 25, 2015
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14:13 EDTVZVerizon's HuffPo to launch 24-hour online video network, Hollywood Reporter says
The Huffington Post plans to launch a 24-hour online video network featuring live programming, original series and other video, HuffPo founder Arianna Huffington told staff, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The website, whose parent AOL was recently acquired by Verizon, will also establish film and television divisions, the report noted. Reference Link
14:01 EDTTAT&T to invest approximately $3B in Mexico
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10:00 EDTTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AT&T (T) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Eli Lilly (LLY) upgraded to Buy, added to US 1 List at BofA/Merrill... Finish Line (FINL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Gran Tierra (GTE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... Greenhill & Co. (GHL) upgraded to Buy from Sell at Goldman... Magnum Hunter (MHR) upgraded to Equalweight from Underweight at Capital One... Marathon Oil (MRO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Newpark Resources (NR) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Office Depot (ODP) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Telsey Advisory... Quanex (NX) upgraded to Outperform from In-Line at Imperial Capital... Vestas Wind (VWDRY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Web.com (WWWW) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... NRG Yield upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Avondale.
08:35 EDTVZVerizon and Scripps Networks sign licensing agreement
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07:44 EDTTAT&T upgraded to Buy on DirecTV benefits at BofA/Merrill
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06:44 EDTTAT&T upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
05:13 EDTVZVerizon repair crews working to keep customers connected in Mid-Atlantic
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June 24, 2015
16:00 EDTTActionable Options for Wednesday, June, 24
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 30c to 17.32 Option volume leaders: AAPL FB NFLX BAC VALE MU BABA WMB T F EBAY FCX TWTR BBRY
09:35 EDTTActive equity options trading on open
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06:12 EDTVODLiberty Global to focus on growing in existing European markets, Reuters says
Liberty Global (LBTYA) CEO Michael Fries told Germany's Handelsblatt that the company plans to focus on growing in its existing markets in Europe, Reuters reports, and that markets where the company is not active "do not interest us." Though Fries did not comment on talks with Vodafone (VOD), he said Liberty does not need to buy other companies to grow in the markets where it already operates. Reference Link
June 23, 2015
19:31 EDTT, VZT-Mobile petitions FCC to deny certain AT&T spectrum licenses
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18:00 EDTVZS&P announces changes to the S&P 400, 500, 600 indices
S&P Dow Jones Indices will make the following changes to the S&P 500, S&P MidCap 400 and S&P SmallCap 600 indices: Columbia Pipeline Group (CPGX) will replace Allegheny Technologies (ATI) in the S&P 500, Allegheny Technologies will replace Unit Corp. (UNT) in the S&P MidCap 400, and Unit Corp. will replace PetroQuest Energy (PQ) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Wednesday, July 1. S&P 500 constituent NiSource (NI) is spinning off Columbia Pipeline Group in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. NiSource will remain in the S&P 500 following the distribution. Allegheny Technologies, Unit and PetroQuest are all ranked near or at the bottom of their current indices. S&P SmallCap 600 constituent Casey’s General Stores (CASY) will replace AOL (AOL) in the S&P MidCap 400, and Nektar Therapeutics (NKTR) will replace Casey’s General Stores in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Thursday, June 25. S&P 100 & 500 constituent Verizon (VZ) acquired AOL in a transaction completed today. TopBuild (BLD) will replace Aéropostale (ARO) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Tuesday, June 30. S&P 500 constituent Masco (MAS) is spinning off TopBuild in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Masco will remain in the S&P 500 following the distribution. Aéropostale is ranked near the bottom of the S&P SmallCap 600. “New” Gannett Co. (GCI) will replace Quiksilver (ZQK) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Friday, June 26. S&P 500 constituent Gannett Co. (GCI) is spinning off “new” Gannett Co. in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Post spin, the parent company will change its name to TEGNA. and trade under the symbol “TGNA”. It will remain in the S&P 500 following the distribution. Quiksilver is ranked near the bottom of the S&P SmallCap 600. Cable ONE Inc. (CABO) will replace Peabody Energy (BTU) in the S&P MidCap 400 after the close of trading on Tuesday, June 30. S&P MidCap 400 constituent Graham Holdings Company (GHC) is spinning off CableOne in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Graham Holdings will remain in the S&P MidCap 400 following the distribution. Peabody Energy is ranked near the bottom of the S&P MidCap 400. The Chemours Co. (CC) will replace Semtech Corp. (SMTC) in the S&P MidCap 400, and Semtech will replace Paragon Offshore (PGN) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Tuesday June 30. S&P 100 & 500 constituent E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. (DD) is spinning off Chemours in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Dupont will remain in the S&P 100 & 500 following the distribution. Semtech and Paragon Offshore are ranked near or at the bottom of their current indices. “New “ Energizer Holdings (ENR) will replace Harsco (HSC) in the S&P MidCap 400, and Harsco will replace FXCM (FXCM) in the SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Tuesday, June 30. S&P MidCap 400 constituent Energizer (ENR) is spinning off “new” Energizer in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Post spin, the parent company will change its name to Edgewell Personal Care Co. and trade under the symbol “EPC”. It will remain in the S&P MidCap 400 following the distribution. Harsco and FXCM are ranked near or at the bottom of their current indices.
16:00 EDTTOptions Update; June 23, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 46c to 17. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB AAPL T BAC MU BTU WMB AMZN TWTR BBRY
10:00 EDTVOD, TOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTTActive equity options trading on open
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08:42 EDTVZVerizon completes acquisition of AOL
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05:41 EDTTAT&T upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
UBS analyst John Hodulik upgraded AT&T (T) to Buy citing an attractive valuation at current share levels. Hodulik expects the phone giant's core domestic wireless business to show "meaningful improvement" in Q2. He also thinks financial benefits from the DirecTV (DTV) acquisition are being underappreciated by the market. Hodulik raised his price target for AT&T shares to $42 from $34. The stock was also upgraded this morning by Barclays analyst Amir Rozwadowski. AT&T shares closed yesterday up 5c to $35.04.
05:35 EDTTAT&T upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
Barclays analyst Amir Rozwadowski upgraded AT&T (T) to Overweight saying earnings estimates should move higher following the close of the DirecTV (DTV) acquisition. After visiting AT&T's headquarters, Rozwadowski believes synergies from the deal are "too material to ignore." He raised his price target for AT&T shares to $39 from $34. The stock closed yesterday up 5c to $35.04.
05:27 EDTVODVodafone upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura
June 22, 2015
17:42 EDTVZVerizon offers raises to 38K employees
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16:44 EDTVZVerizon names Scott Krohn as Treasurer
Fran Shammo, CFO, Verizon (VZ), announced that Scott Krohn will join Verizon on July 6 as Treasurer, succeeding Matt Ellis, who was previously appointed to lead Finance in Verizon's Operations organization. Before joining Verizon, Krohn VP - Tax and Treasurer at 3M Company (MMM), where for the last three years his areas of focus included capital structure strategy and execution, pension asset management, financial risk management, and more recently tax planning and governance. Prior to this, Krohn worked for almost 15 years at Ford Motor Company, where he held a number of finance leadership positions in the U.S. and overseas, with his most recent roles there focusing on financial strategy and debt capital markets.
09:40 EDTTActive equity options trading on open
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