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July 29, 2014
09:00 EDTCTL, T, WIN, FTR, VZAT&T, Verizon rally after Windstream announces plans for REIT
Shares of AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ) are trading higher in the pre-market following news that Windstream (WIN) plans to spin off its telecom assets into a publicly traded REIT. Windstream provides network communications to businesses nationwide. It said the tax-free spinoff will enable it to realize "significant financial flexibility by lowering debt by approximately $3.2 billion and increasing free cash flow to accelerate broadband investments, transition faster to an IP network and pursue additional growth opportunities to better serve customers." The news is also pushing shares of CenturyLink (CTL) and Frontier Communications (FTR) higher. Windstream is rallying 28% in pre-open trading, while AT&T is up 4% and Verizon is up 3%.
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January 18, 2015
13:45 EDTVZ, TGoogle in talks to acquire mobile-pay platform Softcard, WSJ says
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January 16, 2015
18:07 EDTVZ, TCongressional GOP unveil net neutrality law to bypass FCC, LA Times reports
Representatives Fred Upton of Michigan and John Thune of South Dakota endorsed a congressional bill that would protect net-neutrality by banning internet service providers from charging companies extra to load their sites, and prohibit broadband companies from blocking legitimate websites, or slowing speeds for customers, superseding the FCC's authority to regulate the internet, according to the LA Times. Major internet companies such as AT&T (T) , Comcast (CMCSA), and Verizon Communications (VZ) have opposed a recent recommendation by FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler to treat internet service similar to a utility. Reference Link
17:25 EDTTAT&T reports Q4 $10B charge related to pension benefits and network assets
For the quarter ended December 31, AT&T expects to record a noncash, pre-tax loss of approximately $7.9B related to actuarial gains and losses on pension and postemployment benefit plans. At December 31, the company decreased its assumed discount rates used to measure the pension obligation to 4.3% and to 4.2% for the company's postretirement obligation. These reductions resulted in an actuarial loss of approximately $7.9B. Also contributing to the amount were losses due to updated mortality assumptions offset by asset gains in excess of its assumed rate of return as well as demographic changes and other assumptions. Actuarial gains and losses are managed on a total company basis and are, accordingly, reflected only in consolidated results. Therefore, this loss will not affect segment operating results or margins. The company's Q4 operating results will also include a $2.1B noncash charge for the abandonment in place of certain network assets. During Q4, the company performed an analysis of its network assets and determined that specific copper assets will not be necessary to support future network activity, due to declining customer demand for AT&T's legacy voice and data products and the migration of its networks to next generation technology. This decision by management will not be considered in the company's assessment of segment performance and therefore, this charge will be reflected only in consolidated results and will not affect segment operating results or margins.
16:00 EDTVZOptions Update; January 16, 2015
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January 15, 2015
09:36 EDTVZActive equity options trading
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06:27 EDTVZ, TIntel to partner with more IT players for Internet of Things, DigiTimes reports
Intel (INTC) is preparing to team up with more IT firms such as AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ), Cisco (CSCO), SAP (SAP), and Microsoft (MSFT) in order to expand the Internet of Things industry in 2015, reports DigiTimes. According to sources from the upstream supply chain, Intel has been playing an active role in helping Taiwan build its smart city infrastructure and has also cooperated with Chunghwa Telecom to develop the IoT and cloud computing applications. Reference Link
January 14, 2015
14:10 EDTCTLData center providers could be hurt by Bitcoin slump, Data Center Knowledge says
As an extended slump in the value of Bitcoin and other virtual currencies prompts a shakeout that has seen some firms shut down or halt payouts, industry publication Data Center Knowledge says the fallout is being felt by some data center operators. Companies that operate data centers include CenturyLink (CTL), InterXion (INXN), and Equinix (EQIX). Reference Link
10:00 EDTVZOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ACE Limited (ACE) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... AXIS Capital (AXS) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Allstate (ALL) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Altera (ALTR) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... American Midstream Partners (AMID) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Argo Group (AGII) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Aspen Insurance (AHL) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Beneficial Bancorp (BNCL) downgraded to Neutral at Boenning & Scattergood... CDW Corporation (CDW) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... CHC Group (HELI) downgraded at Raymond James... CIRCOR (CIR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Chesapeake (CHK) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Commerzbank (CRZBY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Continental Resources (CLR) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Corporate Office Properties (OFC) downgraded to Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Credit Suisse (CS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at HSBC... Datawatch (DWCH) downgraded to Hold at Canaccord... Devon Energy (DVN) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Dollar Tree (DLTR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Northcoast... Douglas Emmett (DEI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... Dresser-Rand (DRC) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Enable Midstream (ENBL) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... F5 Networks (FFIV) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... First Majestic (AG) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Scotia Capital... Foot Locker (FL) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Franklin Resources (BEN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... HCP (HCP) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Halcon Resources (HK) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Insulet (PODD) downgraded at Sterne Agee... J.B. Hunt (JBHT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Avondale... JPMorgan (JPM) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at HSBC... KB Home (KBH) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Kosmos (KOS) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Marathon Oil (MRO) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Medley Management (MDLY) downgraded to Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... MoneyGram (MGI) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... National Grid (NGG) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Navigators (NAVG) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Pioneer Energy (PES) downgraded at Raymond James... RSP Permian (RSPP) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Rambus (RMBS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Realty Income (O) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Red Hat (RHT) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Resolute Energy (REN) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Ross Stores (ROST) downgraded to Neutral at UBS... SandRidge Energy (SD) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Tech Data (TECD) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Teekay Offshore Partners (TOO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Travelers (TRV) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... TrueCar (TRUE) downgraded to Market Perform at Cowen... Valspar (VAL) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Verizon (VZ) downgraded at Evercore ISI... Viacom (VIAB) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Citigroup... W. R. Berkley (WRB) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Waddell & Reed (WDR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Western Union (WU) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Whole Foods (WFM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Xilinx (XLNX) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... iRobot (IRBT) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.
08:22 EDTTMKM Partners unable to recommend ADTRAN until clarity on AT&T timing
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07:34 EDTVZVerizon downgraded at Evercore ISI
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07:14 EDTVZSynacor, Verizon FiOS expand partnership
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06:53 EDTVZVerizon downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI
January 12, 2015
10:00 EDTFTR, WINOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Agnico-Eagle (AEM) upgraded at BMO Capital... Aimco (AIV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Alaska Air (ALK) upgraded at Evercore ISI... Alcoa (AA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Alon USA Energy (ALJ) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... AvalonBay (AVB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... BASF (BASFY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... C.H. Robinson (CHRW) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... CBS (CBS) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... Chesapeake (CHK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... China Mobile (CHL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Chunghwa Telecom (CHT) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at ... D.R. Horton (DHI) upgraded at KeyBanc... Daimler AG (DDAIF) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Diamond Resorts (DRII) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... FMC Corporation (FMC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... First Cash Financial (FCFS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... Frontier Communications (FTR) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... HomeAway (AWAY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Ingersoll-Rand (IR) upgraded at Morgan Stanley... KB Home (KBH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Knight Transportation (KNX) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... LabCorp (LH) upgraded to Outperform at RW Baird... M.D.C. Holdings (MDC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Mid-America Apartment (MAA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... PACCAR (PCAR) upgraded at RBC Capital... Parsley Energy (PE) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Peugeot (PUGOY) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Radware (RDWR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham... Rush Enterprises (RUSHA) upgraded at BB&T... Ryland Group (RYL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... SL Green Realty (SLG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Solera (SLH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Standard Pacific (SPF) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan... Statoil (STO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Syngenta (SYT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Miller Tabak... VMware (VMW) upgraded to Positive from Mixed at OTR Global... Vale (VALE) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Scotia Capital... Volvo (VOLVY) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Windstream (WIN) upgraded at BofA/Merrill... lululemon (LULU) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Sterne Agee.
07:35 EDTVZNational Retail Federation to hold a trade show
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07:27 EDTWINWindstream upgraded at BofA/Merrill
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07:25 EDTFTRFrontier Communications upgraded at BofA/Merrill
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06:16 EDTVZSpherix announces trial date for case against Verizon set for May 18
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06:06 EDTT, VZSoftcard cuts 60 employees in restructuring, Re/code reports
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06:01 EDTFTRFrontier Communications upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
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06:01 EDTWINWindstream upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
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