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February 22, 2013
06:04 EDTTIF, WFC, VZ, LVMUY, SHCAY, VOD, JPM, NLSNOn the Fly: Periodicals Wrap-Up
WALL STREET JOURNAL: Vodafone (VOD) CEO Vittorio Colao left the door open to the possibility of a near-term deal that would change the ownership of mobile-phone giant Verizon Wireless, held 55% by Verizon Communications (VZ) and 45% by Vodafone, the Wall Street Journal reports...Nielsen Holdings (NLSN) is taking a step towards extending its TV-ratings business to measure online viewing, aiming to gauge how much viewership has drifted away from traditional TV to online outlets, the Wall Street Journal reports...REUTERS: Federal Reserve officials are likely to continue with their bond-buying stimulus program even though some harbor growing concerns the purchases could fuel an asset bubble or inflation if pushed too far, Reuters reports...Sharp Corp. (SHCAY) is unlikely to include a capital infusion from Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. in its turnaround plan as talks between the two companies have stalled, sources say, Reuters reports...BLOOMBERG: Record mortgage profits that drove earnings at Wells Fargo (WFC) and JPMorgan Chase (JPM) are fading as increased competition keeps the rates banks are offering on new loans near all-time lows. The amount may be down as much as 40% from last quarter, Compass Point Research and Trading LLC estimates, as banks absorb most of the costs of falling bond prices, Bloomberg reports...LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMUY) is poised to pursue a takeover as its revenue growth slows the most in four years. The $87B company could go after Burberry or Tiffany & Co. (TIF), Bloomberg reports.
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August 24, 2015
14:44 EDTTIFTiffany August weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Tiffany August weekly call option implied volatility is at 46, October is at 37, November is at 33; compared to its 52-week range of 17 to 41, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on August 27.
12:26 EDTWFCAvolon Capital acquires Airbus A321-200 aircraft on lease to Vueling Airlines
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07:34 EDTJPMJP Morgan volatility at high end of range
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07:01 EDTWFCWells Fargo volatility at high end of range
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August 23, 2015
19:13 EDTVZBT executive says Verizon, AT&T abusing landline duopoly, FT reports
In a Financial Times interview published Sunday, BT Group's (BT) Americas president Bas Burger said Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T) are abusing their control over telephone and broadband lines to charge inappropriate access fees to companies like BT. "For a western world country it is the worst I've seen... There is not sufficient regulation to create competition: almost all access is being provided by two companies and they have divided the country among themselves," remarked Burger, adding that the two companies are also not required to fix network problems within any specific timeframe. Reference Link
16:44 EDTSHCAYSharp considering capital injection from Foxconn, Nikkei says
Sharp (SHCAY) is considering a capital injection from Hon Hai Precision (HNHPF), also known as Foxconn, as it attempts to "shore up" its LCD unit, reports Nikkei, without naming sources. The two companies are expected to weigh either spinning off the LCD business or having Sharp transfer shares of its Sakai factory operator to Foxconn, said the report. Reference Link
August 21, 2015
08:40 EDTJPMCanadian Security Traders Association to hold a conference
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August 20, 2015
09:17 EDTNLSNDisney hit with another downgrade on TV concerns
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09:03 EDTJPMJPMorgan appoints General Ray Odierno as senior advisor
JPMorgan Chase & Co. announced the appointment of retired four-star General Raymond T. Odierno, former Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, to a senior advisory capacity at the firm, effective September 1.
08:02 EDTVZFCC to hold a conference and workshop
2015 Supplier Diversity Conference & Workshop is being held at FCC Washington, D.C. offices on August 20 at 9:30 am. Webcast Link
06:36 EDTNLSNBernstein cuts Disney, Time Warner with TV entering 'structural decline'
Bernstein analyst Todd Juenger downgraded his rating on both Disney (DIS) and Time Warner (TWX) saying the U.S. television industry is entering a period of "prolonged structural decline." With viewers moving away from ad-supported platforms to non-ad-supported, media companies with the least exposure to U.S. advertising represent the most favorable investments, Juenger tells investors in a 48-page research note on the Media sector. The analyst moved both companies to a Market Perform rating from Outperform, and lowered his price target for Disney to $114 from $125 and for Time Warner to $90 from $101. He called the downgrade of Time Warner a "very close call" as his new price target still represents 15% upside from current levels. Share performance in the entire Media sector will be challenged until the content owners take steps to "reclaim on-demand viewing" from streaming services like Netflix (NFLX) and use it to protect affiliate fees, Juenger argues. His Outperform-rated names are Nielsen (NLSN) and 21st Century Fox (FOXA). Along with Time Warner and Disney, the analyst has Market Perform ratings on AMC Networks (AMCX), CBS (CBS), Scripps Networks (SNI) and Discovery (DISCA). Juenger has an Underperform rating on Viacom (VIAB). Wells Fargo on Tuesday also downgraded Disney to Market Perform. Piper Jaffray this morning told investors that the recent pullback in shares of AMC Networks brings a "great" entry point into the name.
06:07 EDTSHCAYApple's 12.9-inch iPad to feature displays from Sharp, DigiTimes reports
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05:48 EDTWFCStocks with implied volatility movement; WFC XLI
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Wells Fargo (WFC) 16, Industrial Select Sector SPDR (XLI) 18 according to iVolatility.
August 19, 2015
14:42 EDTJPMBanks cooperate on data company to lower costs, WSJ says
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10:20 EDTVZBig telecom firms put M&A on hold, CTFN reports
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08:22 EDTVZSprint traffic levels increasing, says Pacific Crest
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06:12 EDTNLSNStarbucks K-cup momentum is accelerating, says UBS
UBS analyst Keith Siegner says Starbucks (SBUX) is seeing accelerating momentum in the single-serve cup category. The company's K-cup sales increased 36% year-over-year for the four-week period ended August 8, according to Nielsen (NLSN), Siegner tells investors in a research note. Starbucks' K-cup promotion levels ticked up sequentially, but remain well below levels from earlier in the year, the analyst points out. The company's K-Cup portfolio continues to gain share despite increasing price pressure and new market entrants like Dunkin' Brands (DNKN) and McDonald's (MCD), Siegner writes. He keeps a Buy rating on Starbucks with a $63 price target. The stock closed yesterday up 9c to $57.83. Shares of Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) are down 62% year-to-date in part due to the company's slowing sales in the single-serve cup category.
August 18, 2015
17:35 EDTWFCWells Fargo to build additional car loan branches, Reuters says
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16:58 EDTJPMJPMorgan in talks to settle investment bias charges for $150M, WSJ says
JPMorgan is in advanced discussions with the SEC to settle allegations that it inappropriately guided clients to its own investment products, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
11:34 EDTVZSprint 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.
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