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July 16, 2014
12:26 EDTTWX, VIAB, DIS, CBS, LCI, IBM, AAPL, TXT, PNC, BAC, BABA, YHOO, INTC, THC, HCA, FOXA, DISCAOn 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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October 16, 2014
08:23 EDTTWXTime Warner price target raised to $85-$90 from $79-$81 at Wells Fargo
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08:23 EDTBACBofA CEO steps point to extended stay in post, Reuters reports
Bank of America Chairman and CEO Brian Moynihan has taken more control over the bank's retail business, has shifted executives into new positions and his sway with directors has increased since he recently became chairman, all of which signal that he plans to remain at the bank for "a minimum of five years," according to Reuters, citing sources familiar with the matter. Reference Link
08:21 EDTVIABViacom oversold on affiliate fee and ad fears, says Goldman
Goldman lowered Viacom estimates on a lower ad outlook but believes shares are oversold on affiliate fee and advertising fears. The firm views valuation as compelling against all metrics and expects comps to moderate in Q4 and ratings declines to moderate with new original programing and the current TV season. Shares are Buy rated with a $82 price target. Note BofA/Merrill and Guggenheim downgraded Viacom this morning.
08:06 EDTAAPLAlmunia says political pressure around Google case 'unprecented,' WSJ reports
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07:56 EDTVIABViacom downgraded at BofA/Merrill
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07:49 EDTTWXTime Warner upgraded at BofA/Merrill
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07:48 EDTAAPLSony must decide quickly what to do with smartphone strategy, Nikkei says
Sony's (SNE) "One Sony" strategy is built around providing contents to consumers and smartphones are one of three pillars it sees for growth, but the strategy is "on the brink of collapse" as the company falls behind Apple (AAPL) and Chinese rivals, according to the Nikkei Asian Review. Sony officials are debating whether smartphone operations in Asia should be downsized and whether cutting 1,000 jobs, or 15% of its mobile communications workforce, would be warranted, according to the report. Reference Link
07:47 EDTTWXTime Warner added to Focus List at JPMorgan
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07:45 EDTDISDisney downgraded at Guggenheim
As previously reported, Guggenheim downgraded Disney to Neutral from Buy. The firm downgraded shares based on relative valuation, risk to domestic pay-TV subscriber growth, challenging FY15 film comparisons, and potential for sports-network tiering. Price target lowered to $87 from $96.
07:45 EDTVIABViacom downgraded at Guggenheim
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07:44 EDTBACBank of America quarterly results trumped by market sell-off, says UBS
UBS believes Bank of America posted better than expected earnings with core expenses declining, but that the results were overshadowed by the market sell-off. The firm saw improved expense management and believes the company's changes to its portfolio will eventually be impacted by short term interest rates. UBS reiterates its Buy rating and $20 price target on Bank of America.
07:17 EDTDISDisney downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim
07:17 EDTVIABViacom downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim
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07:10 EDTTWXTime Warner upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka
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06:56 EDTBABAAlibaba changes payment unit's name, adopts strategy, Reuters reports
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06:32 EDTVIABViacom downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
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06:31 EDTTWXTime Warner upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
06:16 EDTBABAAlipay Wallet has over 190M active users, WSJ reports
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06:03 EDTCBSStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; AFSI CBS
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05:57 EDTBACBank of America upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital
FBR Capital upgraded Bank of America to Outperform with a $20 price target citing book value growth following the company's Q3 results. Shares closed yesterday down 28c to $15.48.
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