|August 6, 2014|
|17:05 EDT||GRPN, ENPH, SFTBF, S, WAG, FOXA, TMUS, TWX, TAP||On 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but its stock fell $10.95, or 12.85%, to $74.24 after 21st Century Fox (FOXA, FOX) last night announced that it had withdrawn its takeover bid for the parent of HBO, Warner Bros.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.
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|September 24, 2015|
|20:04 EDT||FOXA||Facebook virtual reality initiative picks up speed with $99 Samsung device|
Thursday's Oculus Connect 2 event saw numerous announcements from Facebook (FB) virtual reality subsidiary Oculus VR, including content deals with major media players as well as a $99 VR headset developed in conjunction with Samsung (SSNLF). CONTENT OFFERINGS: The virtual reality firm will be partnering with Fox (FOX, FOXA) and Lionsgate (LGF) to bring more than 100 films to the Oculus Store at launch. Additionally, Netflix (NFLX), Amazon's (AMZN) Twitch.tv, TiVo (TIVO), and Hulu -- the joint venture of Disney (DIS), Fox, and Comcast's (CMCSA, CMCSK) NBCUniversal -- will be launching apps for the company's virtual reality products, bringing web TV and streaming content to early adopters of the new technology. MAINSTREAM DEVICE: Samsung joined with Oculus to reveal a new $99 "Gear VR" headset on Thursday. Standing in contrast to Oculus' own pricier devices, the Samsung headset will rely on the company's Galaxy line of smartphones to power its virtual reality experiences. Note that a major point of contention regarding the "blockbuster" potential -- or lack thereof -- of VR technology is whether consumers will be willing to pay upwards of $399 for the Oculus gadgets. Samsung's Gear VR tends more towards what Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has called "medium immersion" devices, potentially allaying investor concern over adoption rates with its more attractive point of entry. PRICE ACTION: Facebook shares closed higher by 0.5% and continued to rise in after-hours trading, up another 0.2%.
|19:03 EDT||TMUS, S||Verizon offers annual upgrade plan for iPhone users|
In the wake of recent iPhone purchase plans announced by Sprint (S) and T-Mobile (TMUS), Verizon (VZ) announced that customers who purchase either the Apple (AAPL) iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus with Verizon's Device Payment option will be eligible to get a new iPhone every year. "Yes, no more waiting for your contract to end... The new program allows you to turn in your phone and upgrade to a new iPhone every year," remarked the company. Verizon added that its customers will still have the option to pay off the phone without upgrading.
|14:04 EDT||S||Sprint CEO expects to have adequate supply of new iPhones, Re/code says|
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|13:44 EDT||FOXA||Oculus says bringing Netflix, Huly to GearVR, company says in tweet|
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|12:34 EDT||S||Sprint volatility at one-year high|
Sprint October weekly call option implied volatility is at 78, October is at 71, November is at 72; compared to its 52-week range of 37 to 75, suggesting large price movement.
|10:01 EDT||TMUS||T-Mobile to provide greater Austin area with extended range LTE|
T-Mobile confirmed its Extended Range LTE, or 700 MHz low band spectrum, which now carries T-Mobile's LTE signals both farther and deeper indoors, is now live throughout Austin. With a rapid deployment of a nationwide LTE footprint that reaches over 293M Americans, "Bat City" is now lit up with T-Mobile's best in-building coverage offering. T-Mobile has been rolling out truckloads of new spectrum that carries the LTE signal twice as far from towers, for a massive coverage expansion - plus it works four times better in buildings. In nine months, T-Mobile has aggressively rolled out airwaves known as 700 MHz in 170 major metro areas including cities such as Miami, Fresno and Houston, so you can use your compatible phone to get great 700 MHz coverage while visiting friends and family in those cities.
|09:22 EDT||S, TMUS||Sprint to offer iPhone 6s 16GB for $1 per month|
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|06:30 EDT||TMUS, S||Altice to aggressively expand presence with Cablevision buy, Variety says|
Altice's (ATCEY) proposal to acquire Cablevision (CVC) is a signal that Altice founder Patrick Drahi intends to extend his vision across the Atlantic, Variety says. Altice may just be getting started when it comes to shopping for U.S. media assets, and has already snatched some $40B worth of cable, wireless and telecom assets over the past two years, the report says. There's talk of Altice also going after a wireless firm such as Sprint (S) or T-Mobile (TMUS) to further its strategy for growth, the report says. Reference Link
|06:23 EDT||TAP||Heineken, Carslberg won't benefit from SABMiller-AB InBev merger, WSJ says|
Brewers Heineken (HEINY) and Carlsberg will not likely see any benefit from a proposed merger of SABMiller (SBMRY) and AB InBev (BUD), the Wall Street Journal reports. Analysts have suggested that there are a few takeover opportunities for the two brewers as part of a successful AB InBev takeover of SABMiller, the report says. If options do arise, Heineken would have more to explore than Carlsberg since it is larger and more profitable, the report says. Still, some believe Molson Coors (TAP) is seen as the most likely buyer of any assets from SABMiller, including its stake in their joint venture MillerCoors, the report says. Reference Link
|September 23, 2015|
|09:24 EDT||TMUS||T-Mobile announces $5 per month offer on iPhone 6s|
On the cusp of iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus availability, T-Mobile unveiled a $5 a month for iPhone 6s 16GB and $9 a month for iPhone 6s Plus 16GB with JUMP! On Demand and trade-in of an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus. T-Mobile's new pricing builds on the Un-carrier's straightforward $20 a month for a new iPhone 6s 16GB with JUMP! On Demand without a trade-in.
|07:54 EDT||GRPN||Groupon restructuring a sign of maturation, says Brean Capital|
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|September 22, 2015|
|16:36 EDT||GRPN||On The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday|
Stocks on Wall Street began the session sharply lower and remained that way throughout the session. There was little in the way of buying as each of the major equity indexes slid over 1% and the market internals were decidedly negative. The auto industry and biotech sector were both notably weak, after the French government called for an investigation into the entire auto industry in the wake of the Volkswagen (VLKAY) emissions scandal and Democratic Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton presented a plan to limit the cost of drugs for consumers. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the FHFA home price index rose 0.6% to 224.5 in July, which was better than the 0.4% rise that was expected. The Richmond Fed factory index fell to -5 in September, versus the reading of 2 that was expected. In Asia, the Asian Development Bank cut its growth forecast for the region, citing a weaker outlook for China and India and a delayed recovery in the world's advanced economies. The bank now sees the Chinese economy growing 6.8% this year and 6.7% next year, down from its previous forecasts of 7.2% and 7%, respectively. COMPANY NEWS: Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman Sachs (GS) Chairman and CEO, disclosed that he was diagnosed with lymphoma. "Fortunately, my form of lymphoma is highly curable and my doctors' and my own expectation is that I will be cured," Blankfein stated in an open letter that was shared by the bank... Bank of America (BAC) shareholders approved a proposal to ratify the 2014 amendments to the company's bylaws that permitted the board of directors to determine its leadership structure, meaning Brian Moynihan can retain his dual role as both Chairman and CEO... Shares of several fertilizer companies slid after Mosaic (MOS) announced it will reduce its potash production in response to current crop nutrient market conditions, primarily related to delayed fertilizer purchases in Brazil and North America. Shares of Mosaic finished the day down 7% at $33.87 following last night's announcement, while Potash (POT) fell 6.5% and Agrium (AGU) dropped 3.5%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Ashland (ASH), which advanced $2.78, or 2.6%, to $108.50 after announcing it will proceed with a plan to separate into two independent, publicly traded companies. Also higher was Weatherford (WFT), which gained 90c, or 10.7%, to $9.31 after cancelling plans for a public share offering, after which research firms Jefferies and Iberia both reiterated Buy-equivalent ratings on the stock. Among the noteworthy losers were Office Depot (ODP) and Staples (SPLS), which declined a respective 4% and 5.8% after the New York Post quoted a source as saying the FTC may move to block their merger plan. Also lower was Groupon (GRPN), which slipped 2.2% to $4.08 after announcing plans to cut 1,100 jobs related primarily to its international operations. ConAgra (CAG), Carnival (CCL), and CarMax (KMX) fell 7%, 5.5%, and 4.65%, respectively, following their quarterly earnings reports. INDEXES: The Dow fell 179.72, or 1.09%, to 16,330.47, the Nasdaq lost 72.23, or 1.5%, to 4,756.72, and the S&P 500 dropped 24.23, or 1.23%, to 1,942.74.
|12:14 EDT||GRPN||On The Fly: Top stock stories at midday|
Stocks began the session deep in negative territory and have remained there throughout the morning. There has been little in the way of buying as the downward pressure in the market has not shown any sign of letting up. There is also little in the way of explanation as to why the market is so weak other than continued disappointment in the Fed's interest rate decision and the ongoing concern over China's economic growth. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the FHFA home price index rose 0.6% to 224.5 in July, which was better than the 0.4% rise that was expected. The Richmond Fed factory index fell to -5 in September, versus the reading of 2 that was expected. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Groupon (GRPN) slumped 2.5% after the online and mobile deal provider said it plans to cut more than 1,000 jobs relating primarily to the company's international operations. The news is the latest in a recent run of job cut announcements, after HP Enterprise said last week that it expects 25,000-30,000 people to leave the company and Johnson Controls (JCI) recently announced plans to reduce its global salaried workforce by as many as 3,000 people... Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman Sachs (GS) chairman and CEO, disclosed that he was told by doctors that he has lymphoma. "Fortunately, my form of lymphoma is highly curable and my doctors' and my own expectation is that I will be cured," Blankfein stated in an open letter that was shared by the bank. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Weatherford (WFT), which rose 9.6% after stating that it has decided not to pursue its previously announced concurrent public offerings of ordinary shares of the company and mandatorily exchangeable subordinated notes. Also higher was Vascular Biogenics (VBLT), which gained 15% to around $9.30 per share after the stock was initiated with a Buy rating and $25 price target at Chardan. Among the noteworthy losers following their earnings reports were ConAgra (CAG) and Carnival (CCL), which each fell more than 5%, and Red Hat (RHT), which slid 2%. Also lower were shares of Staples (SPLS) and Office Depot (ODP), which fell 7% and 8%, respectively, after the New York Post said a top FTC regulator may be leaning toward recommending against approving their merger agreement. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 263.77, or 1.6%, to 16,246.42, the Nasdaq was down 99.52, or 2.06%, to 4,729.44, and the S&P 500 was down 32.51, or 1.65%, to 1,934.46.
|11:06 EDT||GRPN||Groupon slumps after announcing plans to cut jobs, exit markets|
Shares of Groupon (GRPN) are slumping in morning trading after the company said it plans to cut more than 1,000 jobs relating primarily to the company's international operations. WHAT'S NEW: Groupon said this morning in a regulatory filing that its board approved a restructuring program under which it will cut 1,100 jobs and take a pre-tax charge of $35M. Of the pre-tax charges, Groupon said it will record $22M-$24M in the third quarter of 2015. The restructuring actions are expected to be complete by September 2016, the company said, adding that "substantially all of the pre-tax charges are expected to be paid in cash and will relate to employee severance and compensation benefits." Cost savings from the cuts will be reinvested in the business, Groupon said. WHAT'S NOTABLE: As part of the restructuring, Groupon will cease operations in several international markets: Morocco, Taiwan, Thailand, Panama, The Philippines, Puerto Rico and Uruguay. The closures come on top of recent exits in Turkey and Greece, as well as a sale of part of its stake in Groupon India to Sequoia. Rich Williams, the company's chief operating officer and president of North America, commented in a blog post that the 1,100 jobs that will be eliminated "over the next several months" will mostly come from the Deal Factory and Customer Service units. "We believe that in order for our geographic footprint to be an even bigger advantage, we need to focus our energy and dollars on fewer countries," Williams explained, adding that "just as our business has evolved from a largely hand-managed daily deal site to a true ecommerce technology platform, our operational model has to evolve." Williams also said that "in order for our geographic footprint to be an even bigger advantage, we need to focus our energy and dollars on fewer countries," and the countries it is exiting are "where the required investment and market potential don't align." PRICE ACTION: Groupon is down 1.7% to $4.10 in morning trading. Shares are down over 50% year-to-date.
|10:07 EDT||TWX, FOXA||Media companies adjust Netflix strategy ahead of OTT growth, Bloomberg says|
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|09:52 EDT||TMUS||CNBC's Faber dampens DISH takeover speculation|
Potential deal talks between DISH (DISH) and T-Mobile (TMUS) were going nowhere in the past and are still not going anywhere, CNBC's David Faber reports. Speculation continues to surround DISH after it asked the FCC for more time to pay for its newly purchased spectrum, citing "new and complex business issues," Faber added. Verizon (VZ) CEO Lowell McAdam told the reporter last week in an interview that his company has no plans to buy a satellite company and is not in talks with DISH. Shares of DISH are down 57c to $61.85 in early trading.
|09:45 EDT||TMUS||DISH, T-Mobile talks still not going anywhere, CNBC's Faber reports|
|09:20 EDT||GRPN||On The Fly: Pre-market Movers|
HIGHER: Ashland (ASH), up 4% after announcing that its board has approved proceeding with a plan to separate Ashland into two independent, publicly traded companies: the new Ashland, a provider of specialty chemical solutions, and Valvoline, which will focus on building the world's leading engine and automotive maintenance business... Solera Holdings (SLH), up 3% after Bloomberg reported that IHS (IHS) is considering besting Vista Equity Partners' $55.85 per share offer for Solera. Shares of IHS are up xxx% following the report... Weatherford (WFT), up 11% after stating that it has decided not to pursue its previously announced concurrent public offerings of ordinary shares of the company and mandatorily exchangeable subordinated notes. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Carnival (CCL), down 3.7%. ALSO LOWER: Groupon (GRPN), down 0.7% after announcing plans to cut 1,100 jobs relating primarily to the company's international operations... New Mountain Finance (NMFC), down 4% after its 5M share spot secondary priced at $14.14 per share... Memorial Resource Development (MRD), down 4% after announcing it acquired additional acreage in North Louisiana and pricing its 12M share spot secondary at $17.60 per share.
|09:02 EDT||GRPN||Groupon volatility flat into announcing restructuring, plans to cut 1,100 jobs|
Groupon September weekly call option implied volatility is at 51, October is at 48; compared to its 52-week range of 33 to 83, suggesting non-directional price movement into announcing a restructuring, plans to cut 1,100 jobs, sees pretax charges up to $35M.
|08:54 EDT||GRPN||Groupon to cut 1,100 jobs, sees pretax charges up to $35M|
In a regulatory filing, Groupon disclosed that its board of directors approved restructuring actions relating primarily to the company's international operations. These actions are expected to involve an overall reduction of approximately 1,100 positions globally and be substantially complete by September 2016. In connection with these actions, the company expects to record total pre-tax charges of up to $35M, including approximately $22M-$24M in the third quarter of 2015. Substantially all of the pre-tax charges are expected to be paid in cash and will relate to employee severance and compensation benefits, with an immaterial amount of the charges relating to asset impairments and other exit costs. The company intends to exclude the restructuring charges from its non-GAAP financial metrics, including Adjusted EBITDA and non-GAAP EPS. In addition, the company expects that any cost savings from the restructuring actions will be immaterial in 2015. Cost savings in subsequent years are expected to be primarily reinvested in the business.