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June 23, 2014
04:55 EDTXOM, XOM, XOM, CTL, CTL, CTL, TWTC, TWTC, TWTC, T, T, T, VZ, VZ, VZ, NRG, NRG, NRG, ITRI, ITRI, ITRI, GE, GE, GE, POM, POM, POM, EXC, EXC, EXC, CMCSA, CMCSA, CMCSA, AWK, AWK, AWK, AEP, AEP, AEPMACRUC to hold a conference
Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utilities Commissioners to be held in Hershey, PA on June 22-25.
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July 12, 2014
18:08 EDTGEeasyJet said to choose GE-Safran engine for Airbus jets, WSJ says
easyJet (ESYJY) is set to order engines from a partnership of General Electric (GE) and France's Safran to power 100 Airbus Group (EADSY) NV A320neo jets, says the Wall Street Journal. According to the WSJ report United Technologies (UTX) unit Pratt & Whitney was also aggressively competing for the order. Reference Link
July 11, 2014
16:46 EDTVZStocks end week lower on European, Fed concerns
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15:00 EDTCTLChance of Rackspace strategic buyer lower if CenturyLink out, says Wells Fargo
After BrightWire said that CenturyLink's (CTL) interest in Raxspace (RAX) had faded, Wells Fargo cautioned that it is difficult to judge the validity of sources in "articles such as this." However, Wells added that if CenturyLink is actually out, that the possibility of Raxspace finding a strategic buyer could be "meaningfully" lower. The firm keeps it Outperform rating on Raxspace, citing its fundamentals.
14:08 EDTCTLRackspace drawing 'tepid' interest from potential buyers, BrightWire says
Rackspace (RAX) is receiving a "tepid" response from potential buyers, according to BrightWire, citing three sources familiar with the matter. One industry source said CenturyLink (CTL) made an initial overture, but a banking source said the interest was only casual and soon faded, according to the report. Reference Link
11:25 EDTAWKAmerican Water downgraded to Long-Term Buy from Buy at Hilliard Lyons
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08:05 EDTGEGE Capital increases credit facility for OraMetrix
GE Capitalís Healthcare Financial Services business announced that it is the sole lender on a $10M senior secured term loan for OraMetrix. This transaction refinances the companyís previous $7.5M multi-draw senior secured term loan facility and provides it with an additional $2.5M. The funds will be used for working capital and growth initiatives.
08:03 EDTGEGE Capital provides MerchSource with $130M credit facility
GE Capital announced it is providing MerchSource with a $130M senior credit facility providing working capital for the companyís operations in the U.S. and Hong Kong.
07:45 EDTGEWith Alstom agreement settled, attention on GE turns to earnings, Reuters says
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07:21 EDTVZVerizon Q2 postpaid net adds better than expected, says JPMorgan
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July 10, 2014
18:02 EDTCTLWells sees 'shrinking list' of strategic buyers for Rackspace
Wells Fargo sees a "shrinking list" of potential buyers for Rackspace (RAX), with only remaining HP (HPQ) and CenturyLink (CTL) remaining in its opinion. Wells believes Rackspace going private through a leveraged buyout is a possibility, but it thinks such an outcome is a lower probability given the required return assumptions and implied exit multiple. The firm believes the market has correctly assumed a high probability that Rackspace will not undergo a strategic event. However, Wells thinks the potential for a value creating event limits downside in the name. It keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
16:25 EDTVZOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session deep in negative territory, as fears about the health of one of Portugalís largest banks, coupled with weak economic data out of Italy, prompted a sell-off in Europe, which spilled over to the U.S. The major averages moved generally higher after the open, though the early losses proved too much to overcome. The reignited fears about Europe's periphery come just as the U.S. corporate earnings season is set to pick up in earnest next week. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims dropped 11K to 304K in the week ended July 5. Wholesale inventories rose 0.5% in May, while sales edged up 0.7%, which were both a little below expectations. In Europe, concerns about the periphery rose again as the parent company of Portugal's Espirito Santo bank missed a debt payment, leading the country's interest rates higher and equities in the Eurozone lower. Also, Italy's industrial output saw its steepest monthly fall since late 2012, having dropped 1.2% in May. In China, trade performance improved in June but still missed market forecasts. Exports rose 7.2% in June from a year earlier, missing the consensus forecast for a rise of 10.6%, while imports grew 5.5% in the month, versus the 5.8% growth expectation. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Verizon (VZ) advanced 74c, or 1.51%, to $49.64 to lead the handful of gainers on the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The rise came after Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam said in an interview on CNBC that his company added over 1.4M postpaid subscribers in Q2, with "record" tablet growth and "very strong" smartphone growth. Afterward, Wells Fargo said in a note to investors that the net adds were higher than the firm's recently increased estimate and above Street consensus... Conversely, Home Depot (HD) was the Dow's worst performer, falling $1.33, or 1.65%, to $79.40. After hardwood floors retailer Lumber Liquidators (LL) and farm products retailer Tractor Supply (TSCO) pre-announced weaker than expected Q2 results, Deutsche Bank analyst Mike Baker reduced his estimates for Home Depot and peer Lowe's (LOW), explaining that the comparative sales of those two large home improvement retailers have historically had a positive correlation with those of Tractor Supply and Lumber Liquidators. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was AmREIT (AMRE), which rose $3.25, or 16.93%, to $22.45 after Regency Centers (REG) offered to acquire the company for $22 per share, payable in cash and/or stock. Also higher was Cray (CRAY), which rallied $4.27, or 15.69%, to $31.49 after the company announced it has been awarded a $174M supercomputer deal from the National Nuclear Security Administration. Among the noteworthy losers was sandwich maker Potbelly (PBPB), which plunged $3.68, or 25.12%, to $10.97 after the company's second quarter and fiscal 2014 outlook fell significantly short of analysts' consensus estimates. Also lower was Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), which sunk $3.35, or 12.94%, to $22.54 after the company announced data through week 144 from its eteplirsen study in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. INDEXES: The Dow dropped 70.54, or 0.42%, to 16,915.07, the Nasdaq fell 22.83, or 0.52%, to 4,396.20, and the S&P 500 declined 8.15, or 0.41%, to 1,964.68.
15:11 EDTVZVerizon Q2 postpay net adds beat expectations, says Wells Fargo
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13:46 EDTXOMExxon feels singled-out in regards to fracking, WSJ says
Exxon Mobil is up against a criminal lawsuit over a wastewater spill in Pennsylvania and is saying that the state's attorney general has incorrectly singled it out in an effort to stop fracking, according to The Wall Street Journal, citing comments from Attorney General Kathleen Kane. Lawyers are saying that Exxon unit, XTO Energy, is criminally responsible for a large leak of water that had been used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in north-central Pennsylvania four years ago. Reference Link
13:44 EDTVZVerizon CEO says added over 1.4M postpaid subscribers in Q2
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13:40 EDTVZVerizon CEO calls Q2 'strong,' says not interested in satellite company
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13:16 EDTVZVerizon CEO says not interested in buying satellite company
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09:02 EDTCTLCenturyLink wins 10-year NH colocation contract
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07:29 EDTGEGeneral Electric volatility elevated into Q2 and revenue outlook
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07:14 EDTCMCSAAereo seeks to survive as cable system, WSJ says
Following its Supreme Court loss, Aereo is now arguing that it should be classified as a cable system and receive a compulsory license that would give it legal access to content and allow it to continue operating, reported The Wall Street Journal. Television broadcasters that own the copyrights in many of the programs that Aereo streams, including CBS (CBS), Disney (DIS), 21st Century Fox (FOXA), and Comcast (CMCSA), successfully sued the service for copyright infringement. In addition to Comcast, publicly-traded cable companies include Time Warner Cable (TWC), Cablevision (CVC), and Charter (CHTR). Reference Link
05:22 EDTAWKAmerican Water announces promising results for seawater desalination slant wells
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