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July 16, 2014
12:26 EDTVIAB, LCI, TXT, BABA, THC, TWX, DIS, IBM, PNC, YHOO, HCA, DISCA, CBS, AAPL, BAC, INTC, FOXAOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session sharply higher on the heels of solid earnings reports from a few corporate bellwethers as well as some completed acquisition deals and a high-profile rejected one. The market began to lose some steam during the second hour of trading as Fed Chairwoman Yellen began her second day of testimony in Washington on the economy. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Producer Price Index for June rose 0.4%, which was ahead of expectations for a 0.2% increase. Industrial production grew 0.2% in June, missing the forecast for 0.3% growth. The NAHB homebuilder confidence index rose to 53 in July, ahead of expectations for it to tick up 1 point to 50. The Fed's Beige Book is expected to be released at 2 pm ET. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of HBO parent Time Warner (TWX) jumped more than 15% after it was reported by CNBC and DealBook's Andrew Ross Sorkin that the company had received, and rejected, a takeover offer worth about $80B, or $85 per share, from Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox (FOXA). According to the report, Fox indicated that it would sell its news channel CNN, which could be sought by CBS (CBS) or Disney's (DIS) ABC, as part of the proposal. Before the opening bell both Time Warner and Fox confirmed the report, with Time Warner stating that it rejected the bid since it was "not in the best interests of stockholders" and 21st Century Fox noting that the companies are not currently in discussions. Other media stocks were trading higher after the news, with Discovery Communications (DISCA) rising 6.5% and Viacom class B shares (VIAB) gaining 4%... Shares of Intel (INTC) advanced 7.5% after the semiconductor giant's second quarter results beat analysts' consensus estimates. Among other S&P 500 companies reporting earnings, Textron (TXT) advanced, while Bank of America (BAC) and PNC Financial (PNC) declined... Apple (AAPL) gained 1% and IBM (IBM) advanced more than 2% after the companies announced a deal to partner on mobile products for corporations. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Tenet Healthcare (THC), which rallied 7% after after another company in the hospital sector, HCA Holdings (HCA), pre-announced stronger than expected second quarter results. For its part, HCA rose 9% after providing better than expected Q2 guidance and increasing its fiscal year outlook. Among the noteworthy losers was Lannett (LCI), which fell 14% after announcing that it has received interrogatories and subpoena from the State of Connecticut Office of the Attorney General concerning its investigation into pricing of the drug digoxin. Also lower after its earnings report was Yahoo! (YHOO), which fell 4.5%. In addition to reporting results, the company announced last night that it has amended its share repurchase agreement with Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba (BABA), reducing the number of shares that Yahoo is required to sell at the IPO to 140M shares from 208M. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 64.71, or 0.38%, to 17,125.39, the Nasdaq was up 18.55, or 0.42%, to 4,434.94, and the S&P 500 was up 7.08, or 0.36%, to 1,980.36.
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December 9, 2014
08:55 EDTFOXA21st Century Fox co-COO says company has 'clear' succession plan
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08:54 EDTFOXA21st Century Fox co-COO says on track for FY15, FY16 guidance
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08:03 EDTAAPLWeak iPad demand could cause Apple to miss estimates, says Pacific Crest
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07:32 EDTDISCA, TWXUBS to hold a conference
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06:48 EDTDIS, TWX, FOXA, DISCA, CBSAnalysts say Netflix undermining TV ad revenue, NY Times reports
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06:20 EDTAAPLJudge denies Apple's efforts to throw out iPod pricing suit, WSJ reports
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December 8, 2014
17:34 EDTLCILannett served with subpoena in federal probe related to generic industry
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16:04 EDTPNCPNC Financial announces executive appointments
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16:00 EDTAAPL, BACOptions Update; December 8, 2014
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13:17 EDTHCAHCA Holdings agrees to repurchase 7.6M shares from Bain Capital
HCA Holdings disclosed before the open this morning that, on December 5, the company entered into an agreement to repurchase 7,612,921 shares of its common stock beneficially owned by affiliates of Bain Capital at a purchase price of $73.26 per share, the closing price of the company’s common stock on the New York Stock Exchange on December 5, less a discount of 1%. The share repurchase was made pursuant to the company’s existing $1B repurchase program adopted by the company’s board of directors in October. After giving effect to the Bain repurchase, a total of $917M of share repurchases will have been effectuated under the program, HCA stated.
13:16 EDTAAPLApple trades off session lows, levels to watch
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11:30 EDTLCILeerink generics pharmaceutical analyst holds analyst/industry conference call
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10:00 EDTVIAB, TWX, FOXA, DISCA, CBSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:37 EDTTXTTextron Aerosonde SUAS receives FAA Certificate of Authorization for NAS
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07:23 EDTCBSUBS to hold a conference
42nd Annual Global Media & Communications Conference is being held in New York on December 8-10 with webcasted company presentations to begin on December 8 at 8 am; not all presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
06:54 EDTBABAMobile payments way up at Alipay, Reuters reports
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06:37 EDTAAPLApple rumored to be launching 4-inch iPhone in 2015, Times of India reports
Apple is rumored to be developing a new iPhone with a 4-inch display, The Times of India reports, citing a report from The Electronic Times of Taiwan. According to supply chain sources, the device will launch in 2H15. Reference Link
06:35 EDTBACValue of Wall Street's M&A bankers has risen, NY Times says
The value of Wall Street's bankers who advise large companies seems to be increasing, while traders are becoming less valuable, according to The New York Times. Bankers who work on M&A deals are expecting their bonuses to increase, while traders anticipate that their compensation will drop, the newspaper added. Furthermore, banks seem to be going the extra mile to hire top notch bankers, the newspaper stated. Publicly traded large banks include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
06:22 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $135 from $120 at Citigroup
Citigroup raised its earnings estimates for Apple after its field work indicated consumers are increasingly buying the higher memory iPhone 6 and 6+. Citi expects purchasing trends towards higher memory devices to drive stronger sales and margins. It believes consensus estimates are yet to factor in this development. The firm raised its price target for Apple shares to $135 from $120 and keeps a Buy rating on the name. Shares of phone maker closed Friday down 49c to $115.
06:15 EDTAAPLLenovo shipments expected to lead Samsung by 9M in 2015, DigiTimes reports
Lenovo (LNVGY) is estimated to beat Samsung (SSNLF) in mobile device shipments in 2015 by about 9M units, reports DigiTimes Research. Lenovo is set to beat Samsung by about 1M units in 2014 and become the second largest mobile computing device brand vendor worldwide behind Apple (AAPL). DigiTimes Research says Lenovo and Samsung plan to focus on maintaining tablet shipments as demand weakens in 2015. Reference Link
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