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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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January 21, 2015
15:27 EDTVZNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:25 EDTVZ, TEarnings Preview: Verizon sees promotional offers pressuring Q4 results
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12:24 EDTT, VZOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday, as details of a reported bond buying program planned by the ECB offset weakness in the Dow after IBM's (IBM) earnings report. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., housing starts rose 4.4% in December to a 1.89M rate, versus expectations for an increase of 1.2%, while building permits fell 1.9% to a rate of 1.03M, versus expectations of an increase of 0.8%. The Bank of Canada lowered its target for the overnight rate by one-quarter of one percentage point to 0.75% in response to the recent sharp drop in oil prices, which it said will be negative for growth and underlying inflation in Canada. Reports indicated that a proposal from the European Central Bankís executive board is calling for it to begin making bond purchases of about EUR 50B per month and continue that easing program for at least one year. In Asia, the Bank of Japan refrained from expanding its stimulus program, although it expanded and extended its loan programs aimed at boosting bank lending. Also, the BoJ cut next fiscal year's CPI forecast to 1.0% from the 1.7% it had projected three months ago. COMPANY NEWS: Last night, IBM reported better than expected Q4 earnings, though its revenue and FY15 profit outlook trailed estimates, sending the stock down over 3% this morning. Citigroup cut its price target for IBM shares to $170 from $180 after reducing its sales and earnings estimates following the tech giant's Q4 results. Citi reiterated a Neutral rating on IBM, saying it wants to see stability in fundamentals and free cash flow growth before getting more positive on the name. Meanwhile, Jefferies said IBM's cash flow guidance for 2015 is "very weak" and that the company has yet to reach a bottom. The firm continues to believe the risk/reward for shares is skewed negatively and it kept an Underperform on IBM with a $130 price target following the company's Q4 results... Netflix (NFLX) jumped 17% to trade near $409 per share after the company reported stronger than expected fourth quarter results and a number of research firms raised their price targets for the stock while pointing out the company's global subscriber growth had exceeded expectations. Bucking the trend, FBR Capital analyst Barton Crockett said Netflix's EPS would only have been in-line with the consensus outlook if non-operating items were excluded. He said he is less impressed with Netflix following its report and trimmed his price target on the stock to $400 from $425 while keeping a Neutral rating on the shares. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their earnings reports were Northern Trust (NTRS), which rose 6%, and U.S. Bancorp (USB), which gained 3.5%. Among the noteworthy losers was Eldorado Gold (EGO), which dropped 19% after the company reported on its 2014 gold production, gave guidance on production in 2015, and its shares were downgraded at Credit Suisse, TD Securities and Canccord. Also lower was Acacia Research (ACTG), which fell more than 14% after a court granted a motion finding no infringement of certain method claims asserted by the company's Adaptix subsidiary against Apple(AAPL), Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and HTC. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 42.03, or 0.24%, to 17,557.26, the Nasdaq was up 27.36, or 0.59%, to 4,682.21, and the S&P 500 was up 12.25, or 0.61%, to 2,034.80.
10:29 EDTVZ, TAcacia Research down almost 13% after patent ruling
Earlier today, Acacia Research (ACTG) announced its CEO and President Matt Vella will discuss the January 20th, 2015 ruling received by Adaptix, , a subsidiary of Acacia Research, relating to patent cases pending in the District Court for the Northern District of California. The Courtís ruling granted a motion finding no infringement of certain method claims asserted by Adaptix against Apple(AAPL), Verizon (VZ), AT&T (T), and HTC. Shares of Acacia Research are lower by almost 13% to $13.90 in morning trading.
10:13 EDTVZVerizon January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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10:01 EDTVZOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:06 EDTWINWindstream receives state regulatory approvals for REIT spinoff
Windstream announced it has received all regulatory approvals from state public service commissions required for its planned real estate investment trust spinoff, which will be named Communications Sales & Leasing. Windstream earlier received a favorable private letter ruling from the Internal Revenue Service relating to the transaction.
08:31 EDTTAT&T CEO says net neutrality may end up in Supreme Court, CNBC says
AT&T (T) Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson believes the net neutrality debate may have to be settled by the Supreme Court, reports CNBC, citing a CNBC interview on Wednesday from the World Economic Forum in Davos. Stephenson stated, "We need a neutral Internet... I think everyone agrees with that. Where everyone is getting stuck now is going beyond that." Stephenson also stated the neutrality debate will not affect his company's decision to bid $49B for DirecTV (DTV), though he believes a quick decision from the FCC could quicken Comcast's (CMCSA, CMCSK) $45B negotiations for Time Warner Cable (TWC). Reference Link
05:56 EDTVZVerizon downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
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January 20, 2015
14:06 EDTCLFCitizens, Keysight identified as long positions by Einhorn
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13:24 EDTCLFGreenlight has new long positions in Citizens, Time Warner, Bloomberg says
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09:38 EDTVZActive equity options trading
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07:39 EDTUPSUPS FedEx to benefit from lower oil prices, says Bernstein
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06:24 EDTVZ, TT-Mobile warns of unsustainable costs against cellphone giants, Re/code says
T-Mobile (TMUS) owner Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) claims Verizon (VZ) and AT&T's (T) wealth makes true competition difficult, reports Re/code, citing statements made at Germany's DLD conference. Deutsche Telekom CEO Tim Hoettges stated the dominance of AT&T and Verizon allowed them to make huge bids at the latest midband spectrum auction to further their market lead. Hoettges also stated he was "intrigued" by last year's unsuccessful merger talks with Sprint (S), and warned that T-Mobile's $4B-$5B investment requirements per year are unsustainable. Reference Link
January 18, 2015
13:45 EDTT, VZGoogle in talks to acquire mobile-pay platform Softcard, WSJ says
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January 16, 2015
18:07 EDTT, VZCongressional GOP unveil net neutrality law to bypass FCC, LA Times reports
Representatives Fred Upton of Michigan and John Thune of South Dakota endorsed a congressional bill that would protect net-neutrality by banning internet service providers from charging companies extra to load their sites, and prohibit broadband companies from blocking legitimate websites, or slowing speeds for customers, superseding the FCC's authority to regulate the internet, according to the LA Times. Major internet companies such as AT&T (T) , Comcast (CMCSA), and Verizon Communications (VZ) have opposed a recent recommendation by FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler to treat internet service similar to a utility. Reference Link
17:25 EDTTAT&T reports Q4 $10B charge related to pension benefits and network assets
For the quarter ended December 31, AT&T expects to record a noncash, pre-tax loss of approximately $7.9B related to actuarial gains and losses on pension and postemployment benefit plans. At December 31, the company decreased its assumed discount rates used to measure the pension obligation to 4.3% and to 4.2% for the company's postretirement obligation. These reductions resulted in an actuarial loss of approximately $7.9B. Also contributing to the amount were losses due to updated mortality assumptions offset by asset gains in excess of its assumed rate of return as well as demographic changes and other assumptions. Actuarial gains and losses are managed on a total company basis and are, accordingly, reflected only in consolidated results. Therefore, this loss will not affect segment operating results or margins. The company's Q4 operating results will also include a $2.1B noncash charge for the abandonment in place of certain network assets. During Q4, the company performed an analysis of its network assets and determined that specific copper assets will not be necessary to support future network activity, due to declining customer demand for AT&T's legacy voice and data products and the migration of its networks to next generation technology. This decision by management will not be considered in the company's assessment of segment performance and therefore, this charge will be reflected only in consolidated results and will not affect segment operating results or margins.
17:16 EDTGLWCorning files automatic mixed securities shelf
16:00 EDTVZOptions Update; January 16, 2015
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11:36 EDTCLFCliffs Natural volatility elevated on wide price movement
Cliffs Natural January weekly call option implied volatility is at 96. January is at 98, March is at 88, compared to its 26-week average of 79 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement.
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