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July 29, 2014
17:06 EDTCLF, VZ, WIN, GLW, UPS, T, PGTI, CTL, FTROn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower amid new sanctions from both the U.S. and Europe against Russia. The sanctions news that came out throughout the session overshadowed a better than expected consumer confidence reading and another round of earnings reports. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the S&P Case Shiller home price index rose 9.34% from the prior year in May to 170.64, which was a bit below the expectation for a 9.9% year-over-year increase. The Conference Board's consumer confidence reading climbed to 90.9 in July from an upwardly revised 86.4 June figure, beating expectations for a 85.4 reading and reaching its highest level since October 2007. Also, the U.S. and European Union both announced new sanctions against Russia, including some against some of the nation's largest banks. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Windstream (WIN) rose $1.30, or 12.35%, to $11.83 after the company announced that it would spin off some of its assets into a real estate investment trust, or REIT. The implications of the ruling Windstream received from the IRS and the company's plan reverberated throughout the telecommunications sector, as illustrated by Frontier Communications' (FTR) shares also gaining 85c, or 14.31%, to $6.79. However, UBS analyst Scott Arwin said he does not expect large telecom companies like Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T) to follow Windstream's lead, as he does not think the larger companies will want to open their networks to competitors at regulated rates. Raymond James similarly said it believes Verizon has looked at potential REIT transactions in the past, and that it’s doubtful the company would be comfortable not owning its assets and that AT&T and CenturyLink (CTL) may be in similar positions. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was PGT Inc. (PGTI), which gained $2.02, or 27.33%, to $9.41 after reporting better than expected quarterly results and agreeing to buy CGI Windows & Doors for about $111M. Also higher was Cliffs Natural Resources (CLF), which rose $1.03, or 6.21%, to $17.62 after activist shareholder Casablanca Capital announced that all six of its nominees have been elected to Cliffs' board of directors according to preliminary estimates. Among the noteworthy losers was UPS (UPS), which fell $3.80, or 3.7%, to $98.86 after reporting Q2 adjusted earnings per share that missed expectations and lowering its fiscal year earnings outlook, citing its plans to increase operating expenses for capacity and peak season related projects. Also lower were shares of Corning (GLW), which fell $2.05, or 9.3%, to $20.00 after reporting on its Q2 results and guiding its Q3 LCD glass volume to be up by a mid-single digit percentage sequentially. INDEXES: The Dow fell 70.48, or 0.42%, to 16,912.11, the Nasdaq dropped 2.21, or 0.05%, to 4,442.70, and the S&P 500 declined 8.96, or 0.45%, to 1,969.95.
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June 25, 2015
10:00 EDTCTLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:35 EDTVZVerizon and Scripps Networks sign licensing agreement
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07:44 EDTTAT&T upgraded to Buy on DirecTV benefits at BofA/Merrill
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06:44 EDTTAT&T upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
06:33 EDTCTLCenturyLink downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
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05:13 EDTVZVerizon repair crews working to keep customers connected in Mid-Atlantic
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June 24, 2015
16:00 EDTTActionable Options for Wednesday, June, 24
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 30c to 17.32 Option volume leaders: AAPL FB NFLX BAC VALE MU BABA WMB T F EBAY FCX TWTR BBRY
09:35 EDTTActive equity options trading on open
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09:03 EDTCTLCenturyLink volatility low into analyst day
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June 23, 2015
19:31 EDTT, VZT-Mobile petitions FCC to deny certain AT&T spectrum licenses
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18:00 EDTVZS&P announces changes to the S&P 400, 500, 600 indices
S&P Dow Jones Indices will make the following changes to the S&P 500, S&P MidCap 400 and S&P SmallCap 600 indices: Columbia Pipeline Group (CPGX) will replace Allegheny Technologies (ATI) in the S&P 500, Allegheny Technologies will replace Unit Corp. (UNT) in the S&P MidCap 400, and Unit Corp. will replace PetroQuest Energy (PQ) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Wednesday, July 1. S&P 500 constituent NiSource (NI) is spinning off Columbia Pipeline Group in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. NiSource will remain in the S&P 500 following the distribution. Allegheny Technologies, Unit and PetroQuest are all ranked near or at the bottom of their current indices. S&P SmallCap 600 constituent Casey’s General Stores (CASY) will replace AOL (AOL) in the S&P MidCap 400, and Nektar Therapeutics (NKTR) will replace Casey’s General Stores in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Thursday, June 25. S&P 100 & 500 constituent Verizon (VZ) acquired AOL in a transaction completed today. TopBuild (BLD) will replace Aéropostale (ARO) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Tuesday, June 30. S&P 500 constituent Masco (MAS) is spinning off TopBuild in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Masco will remain in the S&P 500 following the distribution. Aéropostale is ranked near the bottom of the S&P SmallCap 600. “New” Gannett Co. (GCI) will replace Quiksilver (ZQK) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Friday, June 26. S&P 500 constituent Gannett Co. (GCI) is spinning off “new” Gannett Co. in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Post spin, the parent company will change its name to TEGNA. and trade under the symbol “TGNA”. It will remain in the S&P 500 following the distribution. Quiksilver is ranked near the bottom of the S&P SmallCap 600. Cable ONE Inc. (CABO) will replace Peabody Energy (BTU) in the S&P MidCap 400 after the close of trading on Tuesday, June 30. S&P MidCap 400 constituent Graham Holdings Company (GHC) is spinning off CableOne in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Graham Holdings will remain in the S&P MidCap 400 following the distribution. Peabody Energy is ranked near the bottom of the S&P MidCap 400. The Chemours Co. (CC) will replace Semtech Corp. (SMTC) in the S&P MidCap 400, and Semtech will replace Paragon Offshore (PGN) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Tuesday June 30. S&P 100 & 500 constituent E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. (DD) is spinning off Chemours in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Dupont will remain in the S&P 100 & 500 following the distribution. Semtech and Paragon Offshore are ranked near or at the bottom of their current indices. “New “ Energizer Holdings (ENR) will replace Harsco (HSC) in the S&P MidCap 400, and Harsco will replace FXCM (FXCM) in the SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Tuesday, June 30. S&P MidCap 400 constituent Energizer (ENR) is spinning off “new” Energizer in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Post spin, the parent company will change its name to Edgewell Personal Care Co. and trade under the symbol “EPC”. It will remain in the S&P MidCap 400 following the distribution. Harsco and FXCM are ranked near or at the bottom of their current indices.
16:00 EDTTOptions Update; June 23, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 46c to 17. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB AAPL T BAC MU BTU WMB AMZN TWTR BBRY
10:00 EDTTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTTActive equity options trading on open
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08:42 EDTVZVerizon completes acquisition of AOL
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05:41 EDTTAT&T upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
UBS analyst John Hodulik upgraded AT&T (T) to Buy citing an attractive valuation at current share levels. Hodulik expects the phone giant's core domestic wireless business to show "meaningful improvement" in Q2. He also thinks financial benefits from the DirecTV (DTV) acquisition are being underappreciated by the market. Hodulik raised his price target for AT&T shares to $42 from $34. The stock was also upgraded this morning by Barclays analyst Amir Rozwadowski. AT&T shares closed yesterday up 5c to $35.04.
05:35 EDTTAT&T upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
Barclays analyst Amir Rozwadowski upgraded AT&T (T) to Overweight saying earnings estimates should move higher following the close of the DirecTV (DTV) acquisition. After visiting AT&T's headquarters, Rozwadowski believes synergies from the deal are "too material to ignore." He raised his price target for AT&T shares to $39 from $34. The stock closed yesterday up 5c to $35.04.
June 22, 2015
17:42 EDTVZVerizon offers raises to 38K employees
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16:44 EDTVZVerizon names Scott Krohn as Treasurer
Fran Shammo, CFO, Verizon (VZ), announced that Scott Krohn will join Verizon on July 6 as Treasurer, succeeding Matt Ellis, who was previously appointed to lead Finance in Verizon's Operations organization. Before joining Verizon, Krohn VP - Tax and Treasurer at 3M Company (MMM), where for the last three years his areas of focus included capital structure strategy and execution, pension asset management, financial risk management, and more recently tax planning and governance. Prior to this, Krohn worked for almost 15 years at Ford Motor Company, where he held a number of finance leadership positions in the U.S. and overseas, with his most recent roles there focusing on financial strategy and debt capital markets.
09:40 EDTTActive equity options trading on open
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