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August 6, 2014
17:05 EDTGRPN, ENPH, SFTBF, WAG, FOXA, TMUS, TWX, TAP, SOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were nearly unchanged following a session dominated by talk of big name deals that did not happen. The market moved lower in the early going but found a level in the second half hour of trading and began to drift off the bottom. The averages crossed into positive territory about an hour after the opening bell and then spent most of the afternoon drifting. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the trade deficit narrowed to $41.5B in June from a revised $44.7B in May. In Europe, Italian GDP unexpectedly contracted 0.2% in Q2, putting the country into a technical recession, while German manufacturing orders surprised with a 3.2% June drop. COMPANY NEWS: Time Warner (TWX) reported better than expected quarterly profits, but its stock fell $10.95, or 12.85%, to $74.24 after 21st Century Fox (FOXA, FOX) last night announced that it had withdrawn its takeover bid for the parent of HBO, Warner Bros. and other entertainment properties. Class A shares of 21st Century Fox advanced $1.03, or 3.29%, to $32.33 in the wake of the news and the company's announcement of a $6B share repurchase program... Wireless carriers Sprint (S) and T-Mobile (TMUS) both fell after multiple media outlets reported that the third largest mobile phone carrier in the U.S. has ended its pursuit of trying to combine with the fourth largest one. Sprint, which also replaced CEO Dan Hesse with Marcelo Claure, the founder and CEO of SoftBank (SFTBF) subsidiary Brightstar, declined $1.38, or 18.96%, to $5.90, while T-Mobile shares slid $2.85, or 8.4%, to $31.06. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was brewer Molson Coors (TAP), which rose $3.87, or 5.76%, to $71.08 after the company's second quarter profits topped expectations. Also higher following its earnings report was Enphase Energy (ENPH), which advanced $1.36, or 14.02%, to $11.06. Among the noteworthy losers was Walgreen (WAG), which dropped $9.91, or 14.34%, to $59.21 after the company exercised its option to acquire the remaining 55% of Alliance Boots that it does not already own but said its purchase of the rest of the U.K.'s Boots will not be a "tax inversion" deal, as many had been expecting. Also lower were shares of Groupon (GRPN), which fell 90c, or 12.72%, to $6.17 after the company reported first quarter revenue that missed expectations and it lowered its fiscal 2014 adjusted EBITDA outlook. INDEXES: The Dow added 13.87, or 0.08%, to 16,443.34, the Nasdaq rose 2.22, or 0.05%, to 4,355.05, and the S&P 500 barely budged, gaining 0.03 to 1,920.24.
News For TWX;FOXA;S;TMUS;WAG;TAP;ENPH;GRPN;SFTBF From The Last 14 Days
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August 19, 2015
06:13 EDTSFTBFSnapdeal secures $500M in investment round led by Alibaba, Softbank
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06:05 EDTSFTBFSoftbank to invest in geothermal power generation, Nikkei says
Softbank subsidiary SB Energy will invest in developing renewable energy, extend construction and operation from PV and wind power to geothermal power generation, reports Nikkei News earlier this week. SB Energy already intends to build 27 huge megasolar power plants across Japan by fiscal 2017, and it also has plans for two wind farms. The company expects to begin construction of the plant in one to two years and launch operations by 2020. Reference Link
06:01 EDTTMUSNetflix price target raised to $143 from $116 at UBS
UBS analyst Doug Mitchelson raised his price target for Netflix (NFLX) shares to $143 after increasing his longer term revenue assumptions. The streaming service closed yesterday down $1.31 to $124.05. Mitchelson upped his 2020-2026 revenue estimates to reflect his belief that Netflix will successfully monetize its streaming platform beyond just monthly subscription fees, such as bundling and promoting third party services. He has increased confidence in the company's U.S. growth outlook after T-Mobile (TMUS) just launched a promotion for its wireless service that included one free year of Netflix. As competition among broadband providers intensifies, Netflix's inexpensive monthly streaming service could become one of the standard promotional tools, Mitchelson tells investors in a research note. The analyst's "upside case" for Netflix shares is $199 while his "downside case" is $55. The downside case assumes Hollywood starts restricting content licensing to streaming services like Netflix in attempt to slow their growth. Mitchelson keeps a Buy rating on Netflix.
August 18, 2015
18:35 EDTSFTBF, SSoftbank increases Sprint stake by roughly 16.8M shares
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13:33 EDTTMUSOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Repeating yesterday's start, the market began the session in negative territory before recapturing those losses. Early weakness was attributed to a dip in Wal-Mart (WMT) shares after the company's earnings report as well as a selloff in the Chinese market overnight. Heading into the afternoon, the market has drifted back across the flat line, with all three indices negative despite July's housing starts showing the strongest reading in eight years. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts edged up 0.2% in July to 1.206M, outpacing consensus estimates for 1.180M in the best reading since October 2007. Building permits fell 16.3% to 1.119M against expectations for 1.230M from a revised 1.337M in June, while single family starts rose 12.8% and multifamily numbers fell 17.0%. In Europe, Eurozone parliaments are set to vote on Greece's prospective bailout deal this week, with Reuters reporting earlier today that the Austrian parliament has approved the EUR86B agreement. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of National Penn (NPBC) rose nearly 17% to $12.77 after BB&T (BBT) agreed to acquire the company in a $1.8B cash and stock deal. On a conference call discussing the acquisition, BB&T CEO Kelly King called the "very, very synergistic" deal a "compelling use of capital," adding that the company expects to consolidate about 25 branches to help drive annual cost savings of $65M... Wal-Mart (WMT) fell roughly 3.2% to near $69.50 after cutting its full year earnings outlook this morning, with CFO Charles Holley noting that operating profit will see continued pressure. Meanwhile, Home Depot (HD) and Dicks Sporting Goods (DKS) saw respective gains of about 2.3% and 1.8% after their pre-market earnings reports. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Omeros (OMER), surging more than 69% to $24.58 after releasing positive preliminary data on its Phase 2 trial of OMS721 for the treatment of organ blood clots. Also higher was Inteliquent (IQNT), rising about 19% to $21.24 after announcing a three-year agreement with T-Mobile (TMUS) to provide IP voice services for the carrier. Separately, Lumber Liquidators (LL) has gained almost 5.7% to nearly $15 in afternoon trading after announcing the appointment of Jill Witter as Chief Compliance and Legal Officer. Among the noteworthy losers was Esperion (ESPR), falling over 11% despite rising 5% in pre-market trading after reporting that the ETC-1002 Phase 3 program is on track, adding that the FDA will not require a cardiovascular outcomes trial prior to the drug's potential approval. Also lower was American Apparel (APP), slipping about 1.9% after disclosing "substantial doubt" about its ability to sustain operations during the coming year. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 40.37, or 0.23%, to 17,504.81, the Nasdaq lost 26.86, or 0.53%, to 5,064.96, and the S&P 500 was lower by 6.02, or 0.29%, to 2,096.41.
11:34 EDTS, SFTBF, TMUSSprint rises on plans to abandon two-year contracts
Sprint shares are higher this morning after the company's chief executive officer said that the carrier plans to move away from two-year contracts. WHAT'S NEW: In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said that the company will stop offering two-year contracts by the end of 2015 in favor of a "smartphone lease" model. Sprint began offering a lease option last year, The Journal noted, and Claure said the carrier is planning to move entirely to that model by the end of the year. As part of its shift, Sprint yesterday unveiled iPhone Forever, a new leasing plan that starts at $22 per month for an iPhone. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In a similar move earlier this month, Sprint rival Verizon (VZ) said it would drop phone subsidies and two-year contracts for new customers. T-Mobile (TMUS), another market rival, abandoned contracts over two years ago, leaving AT&T (T) as the only major U.S. carrier still offering to subsidize new smartphone purchases. Separately, Softbank (SFTBF), Sprint's primary stakeholder, disclosed last week that it increased its holdings in the company to approximately 80%, though the company said it does not plan for its stake in the carrier to exceed 85%. Meanwhile, a study released Tuesday by RootMetrics, an independent company that evaluates wireless networks, shows that Sprint is improving its network, having solidified third place nationally in overall performance, surpassing T-Mobile for the second consecutive six-month stretch. PRICE ACTION: Sprint is up 7c, or 1.52%, to $4.67 in morning trading.
10:17 EDTFOXADisney downgraded as Wells moves away from content providers
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10:00 EDTFOXAOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:56 EDTFOXA21st Century Fox downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo downgraded 21st Century Fox (FOXA) to Market Perform with a $31-$33 price target range saying value is shifting from content to distribution. Wells also downgraded Disney (DIS) and CBS (CBS) this morning to Market Perform while cutting its Diversified Media sector view to Market Weight. Time Warner (TWX) remains its only Outperform-rated media stock. Shares of Disney closed yesterday up $1.88 to $109.05.
07:13 EDTFOXA21st Century Fox downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo downgraded 21st Century Fox (FOXA) to Market Perform with a $31-$33 price target range saying value is shifting from content to distribution. Wells also downgraded Disney (DIS) and CBS (CBS) this morning to Market Perform while cutting its Diversified Media sector view to Market Weight. Time Warner (TWX) remains its only Outperform-rated media stock. Shares of Disney closed yesterday up $1.88 to $109.05.
07:12 EDTTWX, FOXADisney downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo downgraded Disney (DIS) to Market Perform with a $112-$119 price target range saying value is shifting from content to distribution. Wells also downgraded CBS (CBS) and 21st Century Fox (FOXA) this morning to Market Perform while cutting its Diversified Media sector view to Market Weight. Time Warner (TWX) remains its only Outperform-rated media stock. Shares of Disney closed yesterday up $1.88 to $109.05.
06:08 EDTSFTBFeBay expected to announce sale of some of Snapdeal stake, Re/code reports
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August 17, 2015
18:48 EDTTMUSInteliquent raises FY15 revenue view to $240M-$250M from $220M-$230M
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18:45 EDTTMUSInteliquent enters three-year agreement with T-Mobile for IP voice services
Inteliquent (IQNT) announced that it had entered into a three-year agreement with T-Mobile (TMUS), under which Inteliquent will provide a full suite of IP voice services to T-Mobile. The agreement provides that T-Mobile will generally use Inteliquent as its sole provider of voice interconnection services for all calls exchanged between T-Mobile and nearly all other voice providers in the United States (excluding certain traffic, including among other things, traffic that is exchanged with other providers over peering arrangements). The agreement also includes Inteliquent's "Infrastructure as a Solution" offering. This offering allows a customer to remove its time division multiplexing interconnection from its network and use IP/SIP interconnection for voice services. Inteliquent expects that the agreement will result in a significant increase in the volume of traffic carried on Inteliquent's network.
18:12 EDTSSprint to move away from two-year contracts, WSJ says
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13:11 EDTGRPNAlibaba unlikely to make competing offer for zulily, say Baird
zulily (ZU) shareholder Alibaba (BABA) is unlikely to make a competing takeover bid for the online retailer, Baird analyst Colin Sebastian tells investors in a research note. Alibaba, which upped its stake in zulily to 9% in May, likely views the company as an investment rather than a vehicle to enter the U.S. market, Sebastian argues. This morning, Liberty Interactive (QVCA) announced it had reached an agreement to acquire zulily for $18.75 per share or $2.4B. The analyst sees strategic benefits from the deal. Increased takeover activity in the small-cap internet space could support the valuations of the remaining independents, including ChannelAdvisor (ECOM), Yelp (YELP), Groupon (GRPN), Angie's List (ANGI) and RetailMeNot (SALE), Sebastian writes. Shares of zulily are soaring 47% to $18.50 following the takeover agreement.
11:49 EDTTWXTime Warner price target lowered to $92 from $103 at Barrington
Barrington analyst James Goss lowered his price target for Time Warner to $92 to reflect more conservative multiple assumptions but keeps an Outperform rating on the name.
08:22 EDTSSprint customers can upgrade iPhone anytime, included in monthly rate
Sprint (S) announced that customers can upgrade their Apple (AAPL) iPhone anytime, included in their monthly rate. New and upgrade eligible Sprint customers can get iPhone for just $22 per month with iPhone Forever. Anytime customers don't have the latest iPhone, they are eligible to upgrade. They bring their iPhone, upgrade on the spot and away they go. It's that simple. iPhone Forever is available on any eligible Sprint rate plan and upgrade eligibility is always included in your price. New or existing customers who are upgrade eligible can bring in any smartphone and get a 16GB iPhone 6 model and their monthly rate will be reduced to just $15 until their next upgrade. As a special promotion, customers who get iPhone 6 and upgrade before December 31 continue with the discount price of $15 until their next upgrade.
07:39 EDTTMUSTMC to hold a conference
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August 16, 2015
16:59 EDTFOXA, TWX'Straight Outta Compton' sidesteps rivals in $56.1M weekend debut
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