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January 10, 2013
19:18 EDTBA, XRTX, ERIC, AXP, CVX, UPIP, KBR, LEGOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
HIGHER: Unwired Planet (UPIP), up 24% after announcing a patent agreement with Ericcson (ERIC)... Leggett & Platt (LEG), up 3.6% after raising its FY12 EPS view... Chevron (CVX), up 0.75% after saying Q4 earnings would be notably higher than Q3... DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Xyratex (XRTX), down 5.75%... KBR (KBR), down 8.7% after lowering its FY12 EPS view... ALSO LOWER: American Express (AXP), down 0.5% after announcing preliminary Q4 results that beat Street estimates and said it was cutting 5,400 jobs by the end of the year... Boeing (BA), down 0.4% after a Bloomberg report said the FAA would review the 787 Dreamliner's power system.
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November 16, 2015
12:04 EDTAXPAmerican Express reports October net write-offs 1.3% vs. 1.2% last month
Reports October 30 days past due loans 1.0% vs. 1.0% last month.
12:02 EDTBABoeing Business Jets announces four new BBJ MAX 8 orders
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11:31 EDTAXPMarriott announces plans to buy Starwood in $12.2B cash and stock deal
Shares of Marriott International (MAR) and Starwood Hotels & Resorts (HOT) fell after the two companies announced that Marriott will acquire Starwood in a cash and stock deal valued at $12.2B. WHAT'S NEW: Under the terms of the agreement, Starwood shareholders will receive 0.92 shares of Marriott Class A common stock and $2 in cash for each share of Starwood stock. When the deal closes, Starwood stakeholders will own roughly 37% of the combined entity's stock, the companies said. Marriott expects the deal to be earnings accretive by the second year after the merger, excluding the impact of transaction and transition costs. Marriott president and chief executive officer Arne Sorenson will remain in both positions following the merger. The transaction, which has been approved unanimously by the boards of both companies, is expected to close in mid-2016. In a statement announcing the deal, Marriott said it remains committed to its management and franchise strategy. Additionally, Marriott said it expects to deliver at least $200M in annual cost savings in the second full year after closing. Marriott expects to return at least $2.25B in dividends and share repurchases to investors, and believes it can reutrn "at least as much" in the first year following the closing. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On a conference call discussing the deal, Sorenson said that Starwood brands will "remain in place" and that he is focused on increasing appeal to younger travelers. Sorenson also said that the agreement includes a $400M break-up fee. Marriott chief financial officer Carl Berquist added that Starwood will continue its asset sale program. Starwood Chairman Bruce Duncan said that "all possible options" were considered and the company spoke to a "wide range" of interested parties. OTHER BIDDERS: On November 2, CNBC's David Faber reported that Starwood and rival Hyatt (H) were still in talks over a potential merger deal and that deal was about "a week away." In addition, The Wall Street Journal reported on October 27 that Shanghai Jin Jiang International Hotels, HNA Group and China Investment Corporation were vying for government clearance to submit an offer to acquire Starwood. On July 30, media reports emerged that Starwood had reached out to possible suitors about a buyout, including InterContinental (IHG), Wyndham Worldwide (WYN), and several sovereign wealth funds. Intercontinental denied it was involved in any such discussions with Starwood the day the story was reported. STREET RESEARCH: In response to the acquisition news, RBC Capital Markets analyst Wes Golladay said that Marriott may look to convert some of Starwood's hotels, likely older Sheratons, to its new Delta brand. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Marriott declined 0.14% to $72.64 and Starwood fell 6.25% to $70.24. OTHERS TO WATCH: Hyatt rallied 3.4%, InterContinental was down 1.77% and Wyndham Worldwide lost 2.07% following the deal announcement. American Express (AXP), which announced new benefits to the Starwood Preferred Guest credit card in early June, slipped 0.62% in morning trading.
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09:01 EDTERICOoredoo Gropu signs 5-year frame agreement with Ericsson
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08:58 EDTAXPAmerican Express slips following Marriott, Starwood deal announcement
Shares of American Express (AXP) are slipping in pre-market trading following the news that Marriott (MAR) and Starwood Hotels & Resorts (HOT) have agreed to merge. In early June, American Express and Starwood announced new benefits to the Starwood Preferred Guest credit card. Marriott, however, has its co-brand program with JPMorgan Chase (JPM) and the early weakness in American Express shares could reflect concern over a potential change in the merged hotels' co-brand relationships. In pre-market trading, AxEx shares are down about 0.5% to $70.88.
06:52 EDTKBRKBR signs engineering, procurement & construction contract for Magnolia project
KBR announced the signing of a major engineering, procurement and construction contract by Magnolia LNG for a liquefied natural gas facility at the Port of Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA. KBR will lead the KSJV joint venture with SK Engineering & Construction for execution of the project. The EPC contract covers the detailed engineering, procurement and construction of four LNG production trains each with design capacity of 2 million tonnes per annum, two 160,000 m3 full containment LNG storage tanks, LNG marine and ship loading facilities, and supporting infrastructure. The project will rely on innovative technology involving ammonia pre-cooling for the core liquefaction process, Optimized Single Mixed Refrigerant, developed by MLNG's parent company, LNG Limited, to achieve a lower cost, more efficient and more environmentally friendly plant. KSJV engineering and procurement services will commence immediately and subject to final regulatory approval, construction mobilization on the project is expected to begin the first quarter of 2016. Work on detailed design and early construction planning will proceed immediately under a Limited Notice to Proceed with final release expected in 2016.
06:51 EDTCVXBig energy firms saw 70% earnings dip for first nine months, WSJ says
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05:26 EDTERICEricsson CEO says no talks with Cisco about merger or acquisition
Ericsson (ERIC) has noted the recent speculation in the press and financial markets regarding an interest by Cisco (CSCO) to acquire Ericsson. On November 9, the two companies announced a global business and technology partnership to create the networks of the future. The partnership announcement was supported by multiple agreements that include commitments to network transformation through reference architectures and joint development, systems-based management and control, a broad reseller agreement, and collaboration in key emerging market segments. President, CEO and member of the board, Hans Vestberg says: "We note that there are rumors in the market regarding an acquisition of Ericsson by Cisco possibly spurred by the recent announcement of a partnership between our two companies. The talks leading up to the partnership announcement have been ongoing for a year and there have not been any discussions whatsoever on a merger or an acquisition."
November 13, 2015
17:22 EDTERICCisco refutes report of interest in buying Ericsson, Bloomberg says
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15:46 EDTERICCisco rejects Ericsson takeover speculation, Bloomberg says
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15:21 EDTERICDagens Industri says Cisco seeking to buy Ericsson, Bloomberg reports
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10:00 EDTKBROn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: AECOM (ACM) initiated with a Buy at Citi... Boston Properties (BXP) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Brandywine Realty (BDN) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... CarMax (KMX) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... Chicago Bridge & Iron (CBI) initiated with a Buy at Citi... First Data (FDC) initiated with a Neutral at Baird... Fluor (FLR) initiated with a Neutral at Citi... Glu Mobile (GLUU) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Harman (HAR) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair... Highwoods Properties (HIW) initiated with a Hold at BB&T... Himax (HIMX) initiated with an Outperform at Baird... Jacobs Engineering (JEC) initiated with a Buy at Citi... KBR (KBR) initiated with a Sell at Citi... Kilroy Realty (KRC) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... MasTec (MTZ) initiated with a Neutral at Citi... McDermott (MDR) initiated with a Neutral at Citi... Momenta (MNTA) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... National Retail Properties (NNN) initiated with a Hold at BB&T... Outerwall (OUTR) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Quanta Services (PWR) initiated with a Neutral at Citi... SL Green Realty (SLG) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... SolarCity (SCTY) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Tobira Therapeutics (TBRA) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen.
08:22 EDTAXPAmerican Academy of Ophthalmology to hold annual meeting
AAO 2015 is being held in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 13-17 with webcasted presentations to begin on November 13 at 11:50 am. Webcast Link
07:29 EDTERICCisco results can still improve, says Wells Fargo
After Cisco (CSCO) provided weaker than expected Q2 guidance, Wells Fargo still thinks the company's results can improve in 2H15 and 2016, partly due to improvements in switching, E-rate tailwinds, and the recovery of slipped routing deals and contributions from new partnerships with Ericsson (ERIC) and Inspur. Wells keeps an Outperform rating on Cisco.
07:21 EDTKBRKBR initiated with a Sell at Citi
Citi analyst Andrew Kaplowitz started KBR (KBR) with a Sell rating and $18 price target. The analyst sees risk to earnings given the company's dependency on the timing of large project awards. His top pick in the space is AECOM (ACM).
November 12, 2015
17:32 EDTBABoeing awarded $101.59M government contract modification
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13:24 EDTERICEarnings Watch: Cisco seeks to break out of trading rut with Q1 report
Cisco Systems (CSCO) is scheduled to report results of its fiscal first quarter after the market close on Thursday, November 12 with a conference call scheduled for 4:30 pm ET. Cisco, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, sells Internet protocol-based networking and other products related to the communications and IT industry and provides related services. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 56c on revenue of $12.65B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 55c-59c on revenue of $12.55B-$12.81B. Along with its quarterly report, Cisco guided to Q1 EPS of 55c-57c and said it expects its revenue to increase 2%-4% year over year. LAST QUARTER: On August 12, Cisco reported fourth quarter EPS of 59c on revenue of $12.8B, beating consensus estimates of 56c and $12.65B for EPS and revenue, respectively. NEWS: On its Q4 earnings conference call, Cisco said that it was looking at acquisitions at the right price, particularly in areas like software and security. On August 31, Apple (AAPL) and Cisco announced a partnership to build a "fast lane" for iOS business users by optimizing Cisco networks for iOS devices and apps, integrating iPhone with Cisco enterprise environments and providing unique collaboration on iPhone and iPad. The next day, Cisco was among multiple other companies, including Amazon (AMZN), Google (GOOG), Intel (INTC), Microsoft (MSFT), Mozilla, and Netflix (NFLX), announcing the formation of the Alliance for Open Media to build next-generation media formats, codecs, and technologies in the public interest. On September 3, Business Insider reported that people at Cisco still though that chairman John Chambers was running the show as chief executive officer after appointing Chuck Robbins to that role last May. On September 15, Mandiant, a FireEye (FEYE) subsidiary, said in a blog post that researchers discovered previously unknown attacks on certain routers and that such attacks replace the operating system used in Cisco equipment. About a week later, the Wall Street Journal reported that Cisco was aiming to strengthen its business in China by joining forces with Inspur group, a move which was confirmed on September 24. On October 29, Cisco announced its intention to acquire 1 Mainstream. CNBC later reported that the company paid $100M-$150M to acquire 1 Mainstream. On November 9, Ericsson (ERIC) and Cisco announced a global business and technology partnership to "create the networks of the future." The companies said that the strategic partnership will be a key driver of growth and value for the next decade, with each company benefiting from incremental revenue in calendar year 2016 and expected to ramp to $1B or more for each by 2018. STREET RESEARCH: On August 17, Morgan Stanley downgraded Cisco to Equal Weight from Overweight and maintained a $30 price target on the stock, saying it did not believe improved growth is "secular" and anticipates growth will revert to GDP like levels as the upgrade cycle concludes. Wells Fargo said on August 28 that a 10% selloff in communication tech stocks, including Cisco, had created an attractive buying opportunity. Bernstein said a week later that Cisco, Juniper (JNPR), and F5 Networks (FFIV) should be bought on wider macro economic weakness. On October 6, Citi initiated coverage of Cisco with a Buy rating and $30 price target. A week later, Barclays initiated coverage of Cisco with an Overweight rating and a $32 price target. On November 9, RBC Capital maintained an Outperform rating and $33 price target on Cisco, saying it expects the company to report slightly better than expected results. The next day, SunTrust maintained a Buy rating on Cisco, saying its partnership with Ericsson was a positive and should strengthen Cisco's service provider business. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading ahead of tonight's report, Cisco shares were up 0.5% to $27.97. In the last three months, Cisco shares are fractionally higher and virtually unchanged when discounting this afternoon's slight rise.
12:02 EDTBANorthrop's U.S. bomber work halted after rivals protest, Reuters says
Work on a long-range strike bomber contract to Northrop Grumman (NOC) has been put on hold after Boeing (BA) and Lockheed Martin (LMT) contested the selection process, Reuters reports, citing a U.S. Air Force spokesman. The spokesman added that the order to halt work was issued after a formal protest was filed November 6, the report says. Reference Link
09:19 EDTAXPPayPal sinks with Apple eyeing peer-to-peer payments
Shares of PayPal (PYPL) are weak again this morning following a report yesterday afternoon alleging that Apple (AAPL) is set to launch a competitor to one of the payment technology company's offerings. Analysts that were already split about PayPal's prospects are also divided on the potential impact of Apple's entry, with a bull at Citi downplaying the risk and a bear at Piper Jaffray voicing greater concern. APPLE COMPETITION: Apple is in talks with U.S. banks to create a mobile person-to-person payment service, reported The Wall Street Journal yesterday afternoon, citing people familiar with the matter. Apple's service, which would likely be linked to the company's Apple Pay system and could get off the ground next year, would compete with PayPal's Venmo peer-to-peer, or P2P, payment platform, the Journal said. BULLISH TAKE: Citi analyst Ashwin Shirvaikar says his Buy thesis on PayPal is unchanged after the Journal's report regarding Apple's efforts. Apple is a "viable competitor in a crowded field," but its product is unlikely to change the near-term growth trajectory of PayPal's Venmo, Shirvaikar told investors in a research note. He keeps a Buy rating on PayPal with a $44 price target. BEARISH TAKE: Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster believes Apple's reported plans for a P2P payment offering sometime in 2016 will have limited to no impact on his model for the iPhone maker, but cautions that more mobile wallets offering P2P will add to the challenges facing PayPal's Venmo. The analyst believes the "real estate for all logos at the point-of-sale will be scarce and cluttered," noting that in addition to new entrants like Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Google's (GOOG) Android Pay, JPMorgan's (JPM) Chase Pay, MCX/CurrentC and PayPal there are still legacy players such as Visa (V) Checkout, MasterCard (MA) Masterpass, and American Express' (AXP) Express Checkout. Munster thinks Venmo is a strong offering that will keep gaining share, but in addition to competition, he sees low interest rates hindering float income and thinks the value proposition for consumers and merchants remains "uncertain." The analyst keeps an Underweight on PayPal, which is the firm's equivalent of a "sell" rating, with a $30 target for its shares. PRICE ACTION: Shares of PayPal slipped 1.8% to close at $36.33 yesterday following the Journal's report. In pre-market trading, the stock fell another 1% to $36 per share.
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