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January 22, 2013
16:31 EDTARNA, MSFT, DD, RIMM, DELL, JNJ, IIVI, BOX, VZ, TRVOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly higher after four Dow components reported mixed quarterly results before the bell. The earnings calendar is fairly heavy again after the bell, as investors receive results from tech giants Google (GOOG) and International Business Machines (IBM) among those reporting... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., sales of existing homes unexpectedly dropped 1% in December to a 4.94M annual rate, versus expectations for sales to increase to a 5.1M rate. Two regional Fed surveys were also reported, with the Chicago Fed National Activity Index slipping but remaining positive at 0.02, while the Richmond Fed Manufacturing Survey plunged 17 points to -12... COMPANY NEWS: Among the four Dow members reporting results, Travelers (TRV) was the leader, gaining $1.64, or 2.15%, to $77.95 after its better than expected earnings. Shares of DuPont (DD) and Verizon (VZ) were also higher. Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) slid 54c, or 0.74%, to $72.69 after its quarterly report in spite of announcing plans to explore options for its Ortho Clinical Diagnostics unit, including a potential sale or spin-off... Microsoft (MSFT) is in talks to invest between $1B-$3B as part of a leveraged buyout of Dell (DELL), according to CNBC's David Faber. Dell spiked higher following the news, finishing up 28c, or 2.18%, at $13.12, while Microsoft lost 8c, or 0.29%, to $27.17... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was SeaCube (BOX), up $2.84, or 13.99%, to $23.14 after agreeing to be acquired by Ontario Teachers' Pension for $23 per share. Also higher were shares of Research In Motion (RIMM), which rose $2.06, or 13.01%, to $17.90 after its CEO reportedly said it may license the BB10 operating system and shares were upgraded to Outperform at Scotia Capital with a $23 price target. Among the noteworthy losers was Arena Pharmaceuticals (ARNA), which lost 95c, or 9.72%, to $8.82 after the European Medicines Agency asked it to address issues with its anti-obesity drug. Also lower were shares of II-VI (IIVI), down $1.87, or 9.51%, to $17.80 after the company's Q2 report fell short of expectations and its FY13 guidance came in below Street estimates... INDICES: The Dow was up 62.43, or 0.46%, to 13,712.13; the Nasdaq was up 8.47, or 0.27%, to 3,143.18; and the S&P 500 was up 6.53, or 0.44%, to 1,492.51.
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May 12, 2015
10:31 EDTVZCantor sees higher bid for AOL unlikely, positive on Yahoo
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali downgraded AOL (AOL) two notches to Sell from Buy after Verizon (VZ) agreed to acquire the company for $50 per share. Squali finds the takeover valuation "relatively fair" and believes a higher bidder for AOL is unlikely to emerge. The analyst believes the transaction could be positive for Yahoo (YHOO), which he views as the "last remaining large scale digital Media company of its kind." Squali has a Buy rating on Yahoo with a $60 price target.
10:27 EDTMSFTAppeals court upholds InterDigital loss in patent fight with Microsoft, ZTE
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed the final determination of the International Trade Commission finding no violation of Section 337 of the Tariff Act was committed by Microsoft (MSFT) and ZTE related to patents held by InterDigital (IDCC). The patents at issue in the case are directed to cellphone technology, and in particular, code division multiple access networks, according to the appeals court ruling.
10:01 EDTVZOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AG Mortgage (MITT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Brookfield Renewable (BEP) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Emera (EMRAF) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Fibria Celulose (FBR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... First Marblehead (FMD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... First Security (FSGI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Gap (GPS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Intelsat (I) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... LivePerson (LPSN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... MercadoLibre (MELI) downgraded on valuation, difficult comps at Stifel... Midway Gold (MDW) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Numerex (NMRX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Northland... Portland General Electric (POR) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Rackspace (RAX) downgraded to Outperform from Buy at CLSA... Rosetta Resources (ROSE) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... SouFun (SFUN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Verizon (VZ) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie.
09:04 EDTVZVerizon said to possibly spin off some or all AOL content ops, Re/code says
AOL's (AOL) ad tech business is growing at a much faster pace than its content business, but has lower margins, noted Re/code, adding that "one scenario we’ve heard" is that Verizon (VZ) intends to spin off some or all of the content operations it is acquiring by buying AOL, possibly with a third player such as German publisher Axel Springer also involved. AOL CEO Tim Armstrong seemed to leave the door open for such a deal by saying that the company has "spoken to partners about content and scaling [and] seen a lot of interest in the content brands we have," Re/code added. Reference Link
08:45 EDTVZVerizon says Triple Play 'still matters a lot'
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08:31 EDTVZApple likely to launch TV video service this year, says Pacific Crest
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08:29 EDTVZVerizon says won't be irrational with price to chase mobile users
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08:18 EDTVZVerizon says no change in financial outlook, debt position
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07:45 EDTVZJefferies to hold a conference
2015 Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference is being held in Miami on May 12-14.
07:20 EDTVZAOL's Armstrong says will stay with company 'for a long period of time'
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07:18 EDTVZAOL CEO says Verizon deal happened 'in natural way,' no auction held
AOL (AOL) CEO Tim Armstrong continues speaking on CNBC.
07:12 EDTVZAOL CEO expects Verizon to take 'open approach' to content
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07:09 EDTVZAOL CEO says will 'certainly' buy Verizon stock
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07:08 EDTVZAOL CEO says company has 'shared vision' with Verizon
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07:06 EDTVZAOL volatility elevated into Verizon acquiring for $4.4B
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07:03 EDTVZVerizon to acquire AOL for $50 per share, an estimated total value of $4.4B
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07:01 EDTVZVerizon to acquire AOL for $50 per share, an estimated total value of $4.4B
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07:01 EDTVZVerizon to acquire AOL for $50 per share, or $4.4B
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06:40 EDTVZVerizon downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie
Macquarie downgraded Verizon to Underperform with a $45 price target to reflect a weaker 2016 and 2017 earnings outlook. The firm's analyst believes management has made a series of questionable strategic moves beginning with the Vodafone deal that will depress earnings. Recent advertising promotions are likely to pressure 2015 margins and ARPU and LTE capacity issues are expected in certain markets later in the year. Macquarie is surprised Verizon shares have held in around $50 with treasury yields rising and increasing Q2 promotions and does not believe this is sustainable ahead of a reset in consensus estimates.
05:26 EDTDDDuPont issues statement regarding Trian's statements
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