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April 2, 2014
07:51 EDTT, TWTC, S, CMCSA, LVLT, VZ, RAX, TMUSSeveral 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 19, 2014
12:42 EDTSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
The market opened higher as it extended its gains from yesterday. Better than expected economic data on housing and consumer prices, as well as easing geopolitical tensions, has helped aid investor optimism. The market drifted higher throughout the morning with the Dow leading the way, followed by the Nasdaq, which is now near fourteen-year highs. The S&P is mostly higher, with the telecom services group being the lone sector showing losses, down just fractionally. ECONOMIC EVENTS: Housing starts for July rose to an annualized pace of 1.093M units, up from 0.945M units in June, and beating expectations for 0.963M units... The Consumer Price Index increased 0.1% overall, matching expectations. Less food and energy, the CPI was up 0.1%, which was also in-line with the consensus forecast. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of home improvement retailer The Home Depot (HD) are up more than 6% after the company posted better than expected second quarter results and raised its full year profit outlook... Shares of Sprint (S) are down 4% after Jefferies lowered its price target for Sprint shares to $4, saying it continues to see downside to estimates. MAJOR MOVERS: Shares of Skilled Healthcare (SKH) are up more than 20% after combining with Genesis HealthCare In 100% stock deal... Shares of cosmetics and fragrance company Elizabeth Arden (RDEN) are down 24% after the company's fourth quarter results came in well below analysts' consensus estimates. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 76.92, or 0.46%, to 16,915.66, the Nasdaq was up 12.96, or 0.29%, to 4,521.27, and the S&P 500 was up 8.49, or 0.43%, to 1,980.23.
12:21 EDTRAXRackspace rises on activist stakes, levels to watch
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12:17 EDTTWTCtw telecom says 'applauds OMB approval of FCC's special access request'
tw telecom Senior Vice President of Public Policy Michael Rouleau issued the following statement following the Office of Management and Budget's approval of the Federal Communication Commission's special access data collection request. The request will help expedite the FCC's review of incumbent business broadband service providers' market power: "tw telecom applauds the OMB for its approval of the FCC's special access data collection request, helping pave the way for the Commission's review of business broadband service providers' market power, business practices, and pricing. The FCC's access to this pertinent market data will help open the window to increased competition in the industry. tw telecom thanks the OMB and the FCC for their continued efforts toward resolving this long-standing issue, and urges the Commission to issue the data request as soon as possible."
11:25 EDTVZHTC unveils the HTC One for Windows
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10:01 EDTTAT&T confirms plan to deliver U-verse with AT&T GigaPower in Jacksonville
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09:38 EDTVZActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL GILD TSLA CELG VLO VZ FB HD
09:07 EDTRAXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:35 EDTRAXRackspace may adopt more shareholder friendly structure, says Wells Fargo
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07:39 EDTSSprint price target lowered to $4 from $7 at Jefferies
Jefferies lowered its price target for Sprint shares to $4 saying it continues to see downside to estimates. The firm expects a "muted response" to Sprint's new Family Pack pooled data plan and limited time promotion of waiving device access charges. It keeps an Underperform rating on the stock.
07:12 EDTS, VZ, TFCC looks into telecom special access line rates, Reuters says
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06:46 EDTTAT&T technology routes calls to multiple devices, Re/code says
AT&T has developed technology that sends calls from one device to many other devices, Re/code reported yesterday. Reference Link
August 18, 2014
19:41 EDTTMUS, SSprint CEO says regulators weren't set on industry consolidation, Bloomberg says
Sprint (S) recently dropped its bid seeking control of competitor T-Mobile (TMUS).
18:33 EDTVZ, T, TMUS, SSprint introduces Sprint Family Share Pack data plan, doubles high-speed data
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18:21 EDTRAXOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:04 EDTSSprint to offer $100/month 20GB shared data plan through 2015, Bloomberg reports
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17:41 EDTRAXBlue Harbour looks forward to ongoing dialogue with Rackspace on alternatives
Blue Harbour Group, which reported that it owns approximately 9.1M shares or 6.4% of Rackspace Hosting, issued the following statement: Todd R. Marcy, a Managing Director of Blue Harbour, stated, "Rackspace has built an incredibly valuable business with excellent long-term prospects that we believe are not reflected in the company's current share price. We believe the Board and management team are committed to closing this significant valuation gap. We look forward to a constructive, ongoing dialogue on the various alternatives Rackspace has to unlock and deliver meaningful shareholder value, whether as a standalone independent entity or pursuant to the current strategic review process."
16:43 EDTRAXBlue Harbour reports 6.4% stake in Rackspace
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16:30 EDTRAXActivist investor Blue Harbour builds Rackspace stake to 6.5%, WSJ says
Activist investor Blue Harbour Group which is known for holding talks with companies rather than "public fights," has accumulated a 6.5% stake in Rackspace, says the Wall Street Journal. Rackspace, a cloud-computing company, has lately been reviewing its strategic options, added the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
11:06 EDTSSoftBank chooses Sharp as low-cost smartphone partner, WSJ reports
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08:47 EDTRAX, TMUS, VZ, S, TRaymond James to hold a summit
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