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April 2, 2014
07:51 EDTTMUS, T, TWTC, S, CMCSA, LVLT, VZ, RAXSeveral communications companies could be bought, says Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer says that the following communications companies could become takeover targets: T-Mobile (TMUS), DirecTV (DTV), DISH (DISH), Level 3 (LVLT), tw telecom(TWTC), and Rackspace (RAX). The firm calls T-Mobile "a prime target," and thinks the company has several potential suitors and is best positioned to benefit from current trends. Oppenheimer expects the major surviving companies in the space to be Comcast (CMCSA), AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ), and Sprint (S). It keeps Outperform ratings on T-Mobile, Rackspace, Comcast, and Verizon. It has Perform ratings on Level 3, tw telecom, and Sprint.
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August 11, 2014
16:01 EDTRAXRackspace reports Q2 EPS 16c, consensus 16c
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15:45 EDTTSpherix subsidiary settles with AT&T, files joint motion to dismiss
Spherix (SPEX) subsidiary Guidance IP has reached a settlement with AT&T (T), according to a court document filed August 7 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. The settlement stems from a lawsuit filed on December 6, 2013 by Spherix for infringement of its patent entitled, "System and Method for Determining the Geolocation of a Transmitter." Shares of small-cap Spherix are up 19% to $1.75 in later afternoon trading following the circulation of the court filing. Reference Link
15:32 EDTRAXNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Ventas (VTR), consensus $1.09; Nuance Communications (NUAN), consensus 27c; Intercept Pharmaceuticals (ICPT), consensus (12c); Rackspace Hosting (RAX), consensus 16c; Opko Health (OPK), consensus (9c); Mindray Medical (MR), consensus 54c; Chimera Investment (CIM), consensus 9c; Globalstar (GSAT), one estimate (4c); 51job (JOBS), consensus 32c; Dealertrack Technologies (TRAK), consensus 373c; Caesars Entertainment (CZR), consensus ($1.19); Towerstream (TWER), consensus (10c); Resolute Energy (REN), consensus 1c; Forest Oil (FST), consensus (2c).
13:16 EDTRAXRackspace technical comments before earnings
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06:01 EDTSStocks with implied volatility movement; S APC
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August 8, 2014
17:10 EDTS, TMUSMarket finishes week up slightly as earnings offset by political events
Stocks finished the week fractionally higher than where they started as strong corporate earnings reports and better than expected economic data was weighed against concerns about geopolitical issues and negative M&A news. MACRO NEWS: A few ongoing geopolitical conflicts worried investors and weighed on shares. Russia unveiled sanctions against Western countries, banning the import of a wide range of food items from the U.S, the EU and a few allied countries in response to sanctions recently enacted against it from G7 nations... President Obama authorized the bombing of rebels in Iraq and Hamas and Israel failed to reach a permanent truce... An ISM services index, the U.S. trade deficit for June, and weekly jobless claims were all better than expected. Meanwhile, the increase in unit labor costs last quarter came in below the consensus outlook, perhaps easing fears that the Fed will need to raise interest rates sooner than expected. COMPANY NEWS: On the M&A front, two huge potential deals fell through as 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) withdrew its offer to acquire Time Warner (TWX) and Sprint (S) reportedly decided to end its pursuit of a merger with peer T-Mobile (TMUS)... President Obama indicated that his administration would take unilateral steps in an effort to prevent companies from carrying out tax inversion acquisitions. Among the deals or possible transactions that involve inversion are Medtronic's (MDT) acquisition of Covidien (COV), Valeant's (VRX) proposed takeover of Allergan (AGN) and Mylan's (MYL) acquisition of Abbott's (ABT) developed markets branded generics pharmaceuticals business. Meanwhile, Walgreen's (WAG) stock tumbled after the U.S. company said it would not structure its takeover of European drugstore chain Alliance Boots as a tax inversion deal... 21st Century Fox, 3D printer maker Stratasys (SSYS), chip maker NVIDIA (NVDA), brewer Molson Coors (TAP), and luxury accessories maker Coach (COH) all rose following their earnings reports. Conversely, Target (TGT), luxury accessories maker Michael Kors (KORS) and Internet coupon provider Groupon (GRPN) fell following their results or guidance... Gannett (GCI) struck a deal to acquire the remaining 73% interest in Classified Ventures, whose primary asset is the online car shopping website Cars.com, for $1.8B from the other partners in the venture, which include McClatchy (MNI), Tribune Media (TRBAA), Graham Holdings (GHC) and A. H. Belo (AHC). Gannett also announced plans to spin-off its Publishing business, which includes USA Today, through a tax-free distribution to shareholders... McDonald's (MCD) stock was little changed after the company reported that its comparable store sales fell 2.5% in July, which was significantly worse than expected. Food quality issues weighed on the fast food company's sales in Asia and as a result of the China supplier issue, the company warned its previously issued global comparable sales forecast for 2014 is now at risk. INDEXES: The Dow finished the week up 0.35% to 16,553.93, the S&P 500 rose 0.32% to 1,931.59, and the Nasdaq gained 0.41% to 4,370.90.
11:32 EDTT, S, VZSprint is preparing to engage in fierce pricing war, WSJ reports
Sprint (S) is preparing to engage in a fierce price competition on the heels of an almost complete network revamp, according to the Wall Street Journal, citing Masayoshi Son, the CEO of parent company Softbank (SFTBY). Sprint is currently testing new pricing plans, and will utilize its "street fighter" strategies to take on larger rivals Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T). "Price competition will intensify. Sprint will soon be ready to join the fray," Son said. Reference Link
11:32 EDTSStocks with call strike movement; WETF S
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07:56 EDTTSonus Networks upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington
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06:08 EDTS, TMUST-Mobile plans to overtake Sprint in total customers by end of year, CEO says
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August 7, 2014
13:25 EDTCMCSAEarnings Preview: CBS shares little changed since Q1 report
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12:04 EDTSStocks with call strike movement; SUNE S
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09:36 EDTVZActive equity options trading on open
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08:09 EDTTMUSIliad to step up pitch for T-Mobile takeover, FT says
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07:59 EDTTMUS, SDISH price target raised to $78 from $62 at Brean Capital
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07:43 EDTRAXRackspace August volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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06:39 EDTTMUSDeutsche says firm has no bid which sweetens T-Mobile U.S., Reuters says
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06:28 EDTS, TMUSDeutsche CEO asks for regulators help in spectrum auction, Reuters says
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06:17 EDTS, TMUSSoftbank shifting focus to Sprint turnaround, WSJ reports
SoftBank's (SFTBF) decision to end its pursuit of T-Mobile US (TMUS) has shifted focus to how the company will turn around Sprint (S) without the deal as well as other potential investment targets, the Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
05:54 EDTSStocks with implied volatility movement; RAD S
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