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July 29, 2014
17:06 EDTGLW, UPS, T, PGTI, CTL, FTR, CLF, VZ, WINOn 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 itís 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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April 20, 2015
17:32 EDTFTRFrontier Communications files automatic mixed securities shelf
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16:01 EDTVZOptions Update; April 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 78c to 21.52. Option volume leaders: AAPL VZ PBR TWTR TSLA TWTR NFLX MCP FB AMZN AA C according to Track Data.
15:37 EDTVZNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:22 EDTVZVerizon technical commentary before earnings
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13:41 EDTFTR, VZEarnings Watch: Verizon shares up marginally since Q4 results
Verizon Communications (VZ) is expected to report first quarter earnings before the market open on Tuesday, April 21, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Verizon is a holding company providing communications, information and entertainment. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 95c on revenue of $32.27B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 89c-$1.00 on revenue of $31.74B-$32.97B. LAST QUARTER: Verizon reported fourth quarter adjusted EPS of 71c against estimates for 72c on revenue of $33.19B against estimates for $32.69B. For Q4 in Wireless, the company reported 2.1M net retail connections; 2.0M net retail postpaid connections, including net additions of 672,000 postpaid phones; retail postpaid churn of 1.14%; 108.2M total retail connections and 102.1M total retail postpaid connections. In Wireline, it reported 4.1% year-over-year quarterly increase in consumer revenues. Verizon reported Q4 retail postpaid ARPA, or average revenue per account, increased 1.0% over Q4 of 2013 to $158.82 per month, and 3.9% over the full year. Verizon reported Q4 FiOS consumer revenue growth of 11.1%; 6.6M FiOS Internet subscribers, with 145K net additions; 5.6M FiOS Video subscribers, with 116K net additions. For 2015, Verizon expects consolidated revenue growth of at least 4%. It sees sustained profitability with a consolidated adjusted EBITDA margin at a level consistent with full-year 2014 performance. It also expects strong free cash flow generation with consolidated capital spending of $17.5B-$18.0B. On February 5, Frontier Communications (FTR) announced a definitive agreement with Verizon under which Frontier will acquire Verizonís wireline operations that provide services to residential, commercial and wholesale customers in California, Florida and Texas, for $10.54B in cash. On the same day, Verizon announced a $5B accelerated share-repurchase program and agreed to lease the rights to over 11,300 of its company-owned wireless towers to American Tower (AMT), which will also purchase approximately 165 Verizon towers, for a total upfront payment of approximately $5B. American Tower will have exclusive rights to lease and operate over 11,300 Verizon cell towers, a significant majority of the towers the company currently owns. In addition, Verizon will sell approximately 165 towers outright. On March 10 at the Deutsche Bank Media, Internet & Telecom Conference, CFO Fran Shammo said there was ďnot much changeĒ in the competitive environment since Q4-end, Q1 volume should return to "more normal levels," and Q1 churn is likely to be elevated from year ago, but not "something that is going to be concerning." PRICE ACTION: Verizonís shares are up marginally since the company's Q4 report. Over the past twelve months, they are up about 3.3%. In afternoon trading ahead of Tuesday's Q1 report, Verizonís shares are up 0.5%.
09:18 EDTCLFOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Morgan Stanley (MS), up 2.1%... Cliffs Natural (CLF), up 1.3%... Check Point Software (CHKP), up 1.1%. ALSO HIGHER: Genetic Technologies (GENE), up 28.2% after additional health centers to offer BREVAGenplus... Hanwha Q Cells (HQCL), up 16.2% following solar module supply agreement with NextEra Energy (NEE)... Provectus (PVCT), up 6.7% after receiving notice of allowance for PV-10 combined with other drugs. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Royal Caribbean (RCL), down 6.1%... FARO (FARO), down 16.4%. ALSO LOWER: Yandex (YNDX), down after Barron's recommends that investors take some profits... Carnival (CCL), down 2% after Royal Caribbean reported quarterly results.
08:37 EDTWINBofA/Merrill U.S. telecom analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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07:16 EDTVZVerizon April weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
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06:03 EDTVZESPN raises objections to Verizon FiOS TV packages, WSJ reports
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April 17, 2015
12:21 EDTVZOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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06:17 EDTVZVerizon to offer monthly custom TV plans, Reuters reports
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April 15, 2015
12:52 EDTCLFStocks with call strike movement; WUBA CLF
58.com (WUBA) July 70 call option implied volatility decreased 4% to 56, Cliffs Natural (CLF) October 6 call option implied volatility decreased 2% to 68 according to IVolatility.
10:46 EDTCLFBofA/Merrill metals/mining/steel analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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09:55 EDTGLWBofA/Merrill U.S. autos analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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06:46 EDTTAT&T files lawsuit to challenge net neutrality order, WSJ says
AT&T filed a lawsuit to overturn the FCC's net neutrality order to reclassify the internet as a telecommunications service, reports the Wall Street Journal. The move is surprising, as AT&T didn't join in prior suits, the Journal adds. Reference Link
April 14, 2015
12:40 EDTTPCTEL lowers FY15 revenue to $124M-$130M from $133M-$138M, two estimates $130M
Following its March 5 acquisition of Nexgen Wireless, PCTEL (PCTI) reported in a regulatory filing earlier that on April 7, Samsung Electronics America, a Samsung (SSNLF) subsidiary, provided Nexgen and PCTEL with a notice of Samsungís election to terminate, effective April 30, the contractor services agreement between Samsung and Nexgen. Nexgen furnishes services to Samsung under the CSA including Meridian software-based services and contract personnel. The termination applies to the CSA only and will have no effect on other agreements between Samsung and Nexgen or PCTEL. The company continues to forecast 15%-18% revenue growth over FY14 and views the Nexgen acquisition as accretive to earnings in FY15. The company has revised its overall revenue forecast for FY15 in light of reduced business with Samsung, the reduction in capital spending by AT&T (T), and a decline in new network infrastructure investment in the oil and gas market. The company has revised revenue guidance from $133M-$138M to $124M-$130M. Finally, the company and Nexgen have signed a term sheet calling for a material reduction of the total consideration paid or payable by PCTEL for the Nexgen assets, and a material reduction of the equity compensation for which John Thakkar, the founder and president of Nexgen, will be eligible. These reductions seek to align the asset acquisition costs with the revised revenue and EBITDA estimates.
07:10 EDTUPSAviation Week to hold a conference
MRO Americas 2015 is being held in Miami Beach on April 14-16.
April 13, 2015
20:16 EDTT, WIN, FTR, CTL, VZUSTelecom files net neutrality lawsuit against FCC
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08:39 EDTGLWCorning announces collaboration with OLEDWorks
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07:16 EDTVZTechWeek to hold a conference
TechWeek Detroit 2015 is being held in Detroit on 4/13-19.
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