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May 14, 2014
06:38 EDTDTV, T, VODVodafone sidelined as AT&T looks to DirecTV, Bloomberg says
AT&T's (T) plan to purchase DirecTV (DTV) to ward off increasing competition in the U.S. signifies that the carrier’s goals to expand in Europe by buying Vodafone (VOD) may be sidelined at the moment, reported Bloomberg. Reference Link
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February 26, 2015
16:52 EDTTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street moved in a narrow range for most of the session while remaining near record levels. The Nasdaq was the strongest of the indices, as it continues its march towards 5,000. Crude oil prices fell by over 5% during the regular trading session, but recovered a bit in after-hours trading. The market is on pace to complete its fourth consecutive week of gains and close out the month of February with gains after suffering losses in January. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Consumer Price Index fell 0.7% in January, with the core rate rising 0.2%, versus expectations for the headline CPI to be down 0.6% and the core rate to rise 0.1%. Initial jobless claims rose 31K to 313K in the week ended February 21, versus expectations for 290K first-time claims. Durable goods orders rose 2.8% in January, versus expectations for a 1.6% increase. The FHFA home price index rose 0.8% to 218.6 in December, versus expectations for an increase of 0.5%. COMPANY NEWS: The Federal Communications Commission voted 3 to 2 in favor of adopting new open Internet, or "net neutrality," rules. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has proposed that the FCC use its Title II authority to implement and enforce "bright-line" rules to ban paid prioritization and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services. However, Wheeler said his proposal will "modernize" Title II, insuring there will be no rate regulation, no tariffs, and no last-mile unbundling. Major Internet Service Providers, including Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and Comcast (CMCSA), have opposed the rules, while Netflix (NFLX) has been a strong and vocal supporter of open Internet provisions... Shares of International Business Machines (IBM) slipped $1.94, or 1.19%, to $160.87 after Big Blue held its investor day meeting in NYC. At the meeting, IBM backed its fiscal year profit view but also said that the company now expects currency to impact revenue growth by over 6 points for the full year, which is greater than the impact previously provided based on January 16 spot rates. IBM also said it was shifting $4B into "strategic initiatives," including Big Data, the Cloud, mobile, social and security... Barnes & Noble (BKS) rose $1.67, or 6.89%, to $25.92 after announcing plans to split its Education business from its Retail and NOOK Digital businesses. The separation into two independent, publicly traded companies is anticipated to be completed by the end of August and is intended to be a tax-free distribution to shareholders, B&N noted. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Emulex (ELX), which jumped $1.57, or 24.69%, to $7.93 after the company agreed to be acquired by Avago Technologies (AVGO) for $606M, or $8 per share in cash. Avago also rose $16.57, or 14.71%, to $129.25 after announcing the deal and reporting "beat and raise" quarterly results. Also higher was UIL Holdings (UIL), which gained $9.74, or 23.01%, to $52.07 after the company agreed to be acquired by Iberdrola USA to create a newly listed U.S. publicly-traded company. The proposed transaction implies total value per share to UIL shareholders of $52.75, including $10.50 per share paid in the form of cash, the companies said. Among the noteworthy losers was Clayton Williams (CWEI), which fell $11.41, or 17.77%, to $52.79 after the company suspended drilling operations in both of its core resource plays, citing low oil prices, and its shares were downgraded at Wunderlich. Also lower following their earnings reports were network solutions provider Inteliquent (IQNT), which dropped $3.05, or 17.33%, to $14.55, and electric weapons maker TASER (TASR), which slid $4.36, or 16.14%, to $22.68. INDEXES: The Dow fell 10.15, or -0.06%, to 18,214.42, the Nasdaq gained 20.75, or 0.42%, to 4,987.89, and the S&P 500 declined 3.12, or 0.15%, to 2,110.74.
13:00 EDTT, DTVFCC votes in favor of adopting net neutrality proposals
The Federal Communications Commission voted 3 to 2 in favor of adopting new open Internet, or "net neutrality," rules. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has proposed that the FCC use its Title II authority to implement and enforce open Internet protections, with "bright-line" rules to ban paid prioritization and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services. However, Wheeler said his proposal will "modernize" Title II, insuring there will be no rate regulation, no tariffs, and no last-mile unbundling. Major Internet Service Providers, including AT&T (T), Comcast (CMCSA), and Verizon (VZ), have opposed FCC Chairman Wheeler's proposals to treat Internet service similar to a utility. Other companies that provide Internet services include Time Warner Cable (TWC), CenturyLink (CTL), DIRECTV (DTV), Cablevision (CVC) and Lumos Networks (LMOS). Netflix (NFLX) has strongly supported open Internet provisions. Cogent Communications (CCOI) and Level 3 Communications (LVLT) are facilities-based providers of Internet access and Internet Protocol communications services that are likely to be impacted by FCC rules on net neutrality.
12:55 EDTT, DTVFCC Chair says open Internet proposals not a plan to control the Internet
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08:46 EDTVODBofa European telecom analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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February 24, 2015
10:00 EDTVODOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AMC Networks (AMCX) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... American Airlines (AAL) downgraded to Market Perform at Cowen... Armstrong World (AWI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at KeyBanc... Basic Energy (BAS) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... CSC (CSC) downgraded at Stifel... Chevron (CVX) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Choice Hotels (CHH) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Eni SpA (E) downgraded to Underperform from Hold at Jefferies... Fifth Street Asset (FSAM) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... HSBC (HSBC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Home Loan Servicing (HLSS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Huntington Ingalls (HII) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... International Paper (IP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Kayne Anderson (KED) downgraded at Stifel... Landstar System (LSTR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Multi-Color (LABL) downgraded to Neutral from Long-Term Buy at Hilliard Lyons... Newmont Mining (NEM) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at HSBC... ONEOK Partners (OKS) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... ONEOK (OKE) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Olympic Steel (ZEUS) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Polypore (PPO) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Rosetta Resources (ROSE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... Salix (SLXP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Sprint (S) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at BTIG... St. Jude Medical (STJ) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Timmins Gold (TGD) downgraded on lack of near-term production catalysts at RBC Capital... Transocean Partners (RIGP) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Vodafone (VOD) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Williams Partners (WPZ) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Williams (WMB) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Worthington (WOR) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Zillow Group (Z) downgraded at Macquarie.
06:49 EDTVODVodafone downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
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February 23, 2015
12:28 EDTTGoogle reaches deal with wireless carriers, acquires Softcard tech, Re/code says
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09:59 EDTDTVOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Antofagasta (ANFGY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Arch Coal (ACI) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Argus... BHP Billiton (BHP) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Beazer Homes (BZH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Boeing (BA) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Century Communities (CCS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... CyberArk (CYBR) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... DirecTV (DTV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Brean Capital... Enerplus (ERF) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Desjardins... Fiserv (FISV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Monness Crespi... GP Strategies (GPX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... Interactive Brokers (IBKR) downgraded to Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... MRC Global (MRC) downgraded at BB&T... Precision Castparts (PCP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Quest Diagnostics (DGX) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... Rio Tinto (RIO) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Roth Capital downgraded Spectrum (SPPI) on court case loss... Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Howard Weil... Ryland Group (RYL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Salix (SLXP) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Leerink... Standard Pacific (SPF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Superior Energy (SPN) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Transocean (RIG) downgraded to Negative from Neutral at Susquehanna... Vale (VALE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley.
07:38 EDTDTV, TComcast, AT&T deals could be delayed by document access case, WSJ says
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05:33 EDTT, DTVDirecTV downgraded to Hold from Buy at Brean Capital
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February 20, 2015
13:56 EDTTAT&T VP critical of Dish auction tactics
AT&T (T) VP of Federal Regulatory Joan Marsh stated in a post to a corporate blog that FCC Auction 97 represents "hard evidence that there is significant continuing interest in licensed spectrum... It didn't matter that it was mid-band spectrum. It mattered only that it was broadband spectrum." Marsh notes that Dish (DISH) won more licenses than any other bidder though "none of that spectrum is currently supporting commercial wireless services," with her suggestion being that "auctions should be designed to ensure that licenses go to those willing to deploy networks – not speculators or stockpilers...The government should continue to place a high priority on allocating new licensed bands to the wireless industry." Marsh continues her analysis of Dish, claiming the double and triple-bidding activity carried out by its two designated entities "circumvented auction activity rules, masked actual demand and distorted the auction," as they were able to win significant allocations while enjoying a 25% small business discount. In response to Dish claims that all companies use DEs, Marsh replies that "in more recent auctions... bidders like AT&T, Verizon (VZ) and T-Mobile (TMUS) had no DE relationships, participated directly and paid full price for their licenses." Reference Link
10:01 EDTDTVOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:40 EDTDTVDirecTV downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham
Buckingham downgraded DirecTV (DTV) to Neutral based on lack of sufficient upside from the AT&T (T) transaction and views risk/reward as balanced at current levels. Price target lowered to $92 from $95.
February 19, 2015
14:42 EDTDTVDirecTV sees FY15 EPS about $6.00, consensus $6.19
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14:14 EDTDTVDirecTV sees weaker subscriber growth in Latin America in 2015 vs. 2014
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14:10 EDTDTVDirecTV looks to keep Brazil margins in 30% range
14:06 EDTDTV, TDirecTV says on track to close deal with AT&T before end of 1H
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08:54 EDTTAT&T fiber-optic internet charges users $29 to avoid tracking, WSJ says
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07:33 EDTDTVDirecTV reports Q4 U.S. ARPU up 5% to $117.30
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07:32 EDTDTVDirecTV reports Q4 EPS $1.53, consensus $1.40
Reports Q4 revenue $8.92B, consensus $8.91B. “Our fourth quarter results, although marked by challenging macroeconomic conditions in Latin America and a conscious decision to reinvest in our U.S. business, capped off another strong year of operations for DIRECTV. In Latin America, despite the macroeconomic headwinds, our DIRECTV and Sky brands attracted over 1.4M net new customers - surpassing the 19M cumulative subscriber mark by year-end. More importantly, even excluding Venezuela, DTVLA improved cash flow by over $400M and generated positive cash flow for the year - easily surpassing our internal plans for the business,” said CEO Mike White.
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