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Global Eagle reports Q2 EPS (50c), consensus (30c)
Reports Q2 revenue $166M, consensus $160.17M.
Global Eagle downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi
Citi analyst Jason Bazinet downgraded Global Eagle Entertainment to Sell saying Ernst & Young declining to stand for re-appointment increases the chances of an annual filing delay and a potential subsequent delisting by Nasdaq. The analyst cut his price target for the shares to $2 from $3.
On The Fly: Top five analyst downgrades
Catch up on today's top five analyst downgrades with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill with analyst Graham Parry citing increasing headwinds including 2018 margin pressure and consensus reductions from Advair generic erosion, HIV franchise risk from competition, and dividend uncertainty. 2. Global Eagle (ENT) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi with analyst Jason Bazinet saying Ernst & Young declining to stand for re-appointment increases the chances of an annual filing delay and a potential subsequent delisting by Nasdaq. The analyst cut his price target for the shares to $2 from $3. 3. trivago (TRVG) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill and to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim. 4. Lear (LEA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim. 5. L Brands (LB) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham with analyst Kelly Halsor saying she believes L Brands' margin recovery is facing headwinds in both brands resulting in incremental pricing investments and promotional activity. This list is just a portion of The Fly's full analyst coverage. To see The Fly's full Street Research coverage,
Google interest ups chances of in-flight Wi-Fi acquisition, says William Blair
"We have seen this movie before" is what William Blair analyst Louie DiPalma says after Bloomberg reported yesterday that Google (GOOG, GOOGL) is in advanced talks to acquire Nokia's in-flight connectivity hardware business. Google joins a long list of technology, telecom, and media providers that have exhibited a strategic interest in in-flight Wi-Fi, "although all have thus far stayed on the perimeter," DiPalma tells investors in a research note. The analyst notes that incumbents Gogo (GOGO), Panasonic (PCRFY), ViaSat (VSAT), Global Eagle Entertainment (ENT), and Inmarsat (IMASY) have invested billions toward satellite capacity and infrastructure. The industry is all about scale and potential new entrants would not have any, DiPalma contends. He believes it would take any new entrant many years to build a network from scratch, obtain regulatory approvals, and procure line-fit partnerships. The analyst thinks Google's interest in in-flight connectivity increases the probability that a tech or telecom company would buy an incumbent in the space. DiPalma has Outperform ratings on ViaSat and Gogo and a Market Perform rating on Global Eagle.
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