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October 14, 2012
12:35 EDTEXC, ALTR, UNH, PEG, RLI, RL, MCHP, ABC, AETCongress Asset's Peter Andersen searches for dividend growth, Barron's reports
Peter Andersen, a portfolio manager at Congress Asset Management in Boston, has come up with a screen that shows stocks where the dividend yield could grow because the firms have shown a penchant to increase the dividend and the payout ratio is low. Those with high potential to support growing dividends: UnitedHealth Group (UNH), Aetna (AET), Ralph Lauren (RL), Altera (ALTR), AmerisourceBergen (ABC). Those with low potential: RLI (RLI), Exelon (EXC), Microchip Tech (MCHP) and Public Service Enterprise (PEG). Reference Link
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July 29, 2015
17:05 EDTALTRAltera receives favorable opinion on cost-sharing litigation
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08:10 EDTEXCExelon to extend termination date of merger pact with Pepco to October 29
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08:06 EDTEXCExelon narrows FY15 EPS view to $2.35-$2.55, consensus $2.45
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08:06 EDTEXCExelon reports Q2 adjusted EPS 59c, consensus 54c
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07:33 EDTAETHumana sees Aetna transaction closing in 2H16
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July 28, 2015
10:38 EDTALTROptions with increasing implied volatility
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July 27, 2015
13:24 EDTAETRegulators to consider 'too big to fail' in health insurance reviews, CTFN says
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08:10 EDTAETLeerink sees at least 60% chance of Anthem, Cigna deal being approved
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July 26, 2015
18:22 EDTAETMedia reports say Teva to buy Allergan unit as it looks beyond Mylan
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July 24, 2015
08:46 EDTPEGPSEG announces retirement of CFO Carolina Dorsa
PSEG announced that Caroline Dorsa, CFO for PSEG will retire during the fourth quarter. PSEG has hired the firm of Spencer Stuart who has a search underway for a successor and will be considering both internal and external candidates.
July 23, 2015
16:32 EDTALTRAltera reports Q2 EPS 23c, consensus 26c
Reports Q2 revenue $414.2M, consensus $409.56M. The company said, "Our wireless customers reduced demand on us this quarter, as expected, in reaction to continuing adverse market conditions. This pause in wireless spend more than offset growth across many of our vertical markets."
14:33 EDTEXCPepco continues to expect to complete merger with Exelon in Q3
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14:32 EDTEXCPepco says request filed for stay of MPSC order related to merger
In a regulatory filing, Pepco Holdings (POM) disclosed that on July 21, the Maryland Office of People’s Counsel filed a Motion in the Circuit Court for Queen Anne’s County, Maryland, requesting a stay of the MPSC Order and to conduct additional discovery and present additional evidence in light of an alleged conflict of interest on the part of a former MPSC Commissioner. "Pepco Holdings believes the motion is without merit and intends to vigorously oppose it and any other attempts to impede the effectiveness of the MPSC Order or delay the closing of the merger," the company said. As previously disclosed, on April 29, 2014, Pepco Holdings entered into an agreement and plan of merger with Exelon (EXC).
07:05 EDTABCAmerisourceBergen sees FY15 adjusted EPS $4.92-$4.97, consensus $4.93
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07:04 EDTABCAmerisourceBergen reports Q3 adjusted EPS $1.20, consensus $1.15
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July 22, 2015
15:26 EDTABCNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:51 EDTMCHP, ALTREarnings Watch: Qualcomm reports after speculations of potential breakup
Qualcomm (QCOM) is expected to report third quarter earnings after the close on July 22, with a conference call scheduled for 4:45 pm ET. Qualcomm is a maker of semiconductors and telecommunications equipment. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 95c on revenue of $5.85B. EPS consensus ranges 90c-$1.05 on a revenue range of $5.59B-$6.08B, according to First Call. LAST QUARTER: On April 22, Qualcomm reported Q2 EPS of $1.40 against expectations for $1.33, and revenue of $6.89B versus estimates of $6.83B. The company also cut its FY15 EPS guidance to $4.60-$5.00 from $4.85-$5.05 and lowered projected revenue to $25B-$27B from $26.3B-$28B, saying it expects pressure in its semiconductor business due to customer shifts in the premium segment and a decline in Qualcomm's share at an unnamed large customer. NEWS: On May 8, Reuters reported that EU antitrust regulators asked Qualcomm's competitors how the company's licensing and business practices affect them, and on July 16, the European Commission confirmed two formal antitrust investigations of the company. On May 25, Qualcomm and Daimler (DDAIF) announced a strategic collaboration to develop connected car technology. Coming on the heels of Avago's (AVGO) May 28 agreement to acquire Broadcom (BRCM), Bloomberg quoted a source later that day as saying Qualcomm, Intel (INTC), Altera (ALTR), Analog Devices (ADI), Maxim Integrated (MXIM), Texas Instruments (TXN), and Microchip Technology (MCHP) are all considering their own M&A opportunities. Note that on June 1, Intel announced an agreement to acquire Altera. On June 23, Semiconductor Manufacturing International (SMI), Qualcomm, Huawei, and Imec announced the formation of a joint venture to focus on a type of 14 nanometer technology. More recently, the Wall Street Journal reported on July 20 that Qualcomm is "expected" to begin a comprehensive strategic review which may include the possibility of a breakup following pressure from "activist" shareholder Jana Partners, according to sources, adding that the move could be announced concurrent with Wednesday's earnings release. STREET RESEARCH: Following last quarter's earnings report, Exane BNP Paribas downgraded Qualcomm to Neutral from Outperform, while both Canaccord and Brean Capital lowered price targets for the stock after "disappointing" guidance. Meanwhile, Citi said it expects the company's chip business to recover in 2016 despite this "very bad year." On May 28, CLSA said it sees continued pressure on Qualcomm chipsets, potentially spurring the company to consider making an acquisition, and on June 2, Craig-Hallum noted that Skyworks (SWKS) would be a great fit for Qualcomm. On June 24, Summit Research called Applied Micro Circuits (AMCC) an "affordable" target for Qualcomm, with AMD (AMD) and Cavium (CAVM) also looking like potential takeover candidates. On June 29, Drexel Hamilton downgraded Qualcomm to Sell from Hold, citing expected price cuts. Lastly, following media reports on July 20 that Qualcomm could be weighing a breakup, Bernstein said that such a "dis-synergistic" split would likely destroy value rather than create it. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Qualcomm are down more than 1% to $64.37 in afternoon trading ahead of Wednesday's earnings report.
12:35 EDTMCHPAnalog chip makers fall after Linear cites weak end market demand
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08:43 EDTAETAetna positioned to report good Q2 results, says BMO Capital
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July 20, 2015
16:02 EDTRLIRLI reports Q2 operating EPS 77c, consensus 54c
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