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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. Amid ballooning pension costs and investment losses, the March of Dimes has put its national headquarters and home for the past three decades on the market, the nonprofit said Friday.

The 79-year-old charity,founded by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1938 as the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, has faced annual expenses exceeding revenues by millions of dollars every year from 2012 to 2016,according to March of Dimes’ Forms 990 filed with the IRS.In 2016, the nonprofit reported a negative fund balance or assets less liabilities of nearly $13 million.

“After careful evaluation of our office in White Plains, the March of Dimes building at 1275 Mamaroneck Avenue has been placed for sale on the real estate market,” Michele Kling, director of media relations, said in an emailed statement. She expected the headquarters to remain near White Plains.

stocks and shares: Level 3 Communications, Inc.(LVLT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    On Thursday afternoon, Wall Street Journal reported that CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) was in advanced talks to merge with Level 3 Communications (NYSE: LVLT). Back on July 13, Benzinga Pro reported Level 3 was reviewing strategic alternatives.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    A rumored merger with CenturyLink (CTL) sent Level 3 Communications (LVLT) soaring to the top of the S&P 500 today.


    Shares of Level 3 Communications climbed 11% to $51.87 today, even as the S&P 500 declined 0.3% to 2,133.04. CenturyLink didn’t perform too badly, either: It gained 9.7% to $31.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    After opening up 0.6% this morning, Level Three Communications (LVLT) jumped as much as 5.9% on reports that it was considering ways to increase shareholder value (nudge nudge, wink wink, know what I mean?). Citigroup’s Michael Rollins and Neth Wiedemann offer their take:

    Online news source Benzinga recently tweeted that an industry source has told them Level 3 is “reviewing strategic alternatives to maximize holder value, including outright sale or large buyback”. Level 3 shares are up ~4% today after a ~3% move yesterday and shares are up ~10% over the past week. The company has not responded to the news, nor can we substantiate the speculation.

    Level 3 remains our top-pick within our coverage group given its growth, financial flexibility, valuation, and strategic optionality.Level 3 currently trades around ~10x our 2016 OIBDA estimate and ~11x our 2016 discretionary FCF estimate, which we believe is too cheap given its growth profile and deep strategic asset-mix of metro and long-haul fiber.

    We believe that Level 3′s extensive enterprise presence could be attractive for a cable player looking to move up-market and accelerate its investment from thesmall- to medium-sized businesses segment into the enterprise market. We also believe that Zayo Group Holdings (ZAYO) may be an attractive acquisition target for a cable company looking to accelerate an enterprise strategy. We also would not dismiss the possibility that Level 3 and Zayo could consider a merger scenario to become a larger competitor for the enterprise market against the incumbents AT&T (T) and Verizon Communications (VZ).

    Shares of Level 3 have gained 3.7% to $56.39 at 1:20 p.m. today, while Zayo Group Holdings has risen 1% to $28.78, AT&T has advanced 0.5% to $42.61, and Verizon Communications is up 0.7% to $55.87.

stocks and shares: Towerstream Corporation(TWER)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Towerstream Corporation (NASDAQ: TWER) shares were also up, gaining 9 percent to $3.49. Towerstream is scheduled to report Q2 financial results on August 9, 2016.

stocks and shares: Molex Incorporated(MOLX)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shauna O’Brien]

    Shares of electronic connector maker Molex Incorporated (MOLX) skyrocketed on Monday morning after reports that the company will be acquired by Koch Industries.

    Koch Industries has agreed to acquire Molex for a total of $7.2 billion. This deal will include all outstanding shares of the company’s Common Stock, Class A Common Stock and Class B Common Stock for $38.50 per share.

    The deal has been approved by the board of directors of both companies. Molex will continue to maintain its current management team and its current headquarters in Lisle, IL.

    Molex shares were up $9.15, or 31.17%, during Monday morning trading. The stock is up 41% YTD.

stocks and shares: American Airlines Group, Inc.(AAL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Casey Wilson]

    American Airlines Group Inc. (Nasdaq: AAL) experienced a corporate scandal after a woman was thrown off of one of its planes on April 22 — after a flight attendant allegedly whacked her with her baby’s stroller, almost hitting the baby in the process.

  • [By Teresa Rivas]

    American Airlines (AAL) soared to the top of the S&P 500 today.

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    The shares climbed $1.61, or 3.8%, to $43.93, compared to the S&P 500, which fell 3.38 points, or 0.14%, to 2353.78.

    Investors cheered American Airlines increased first-quarter unit revenue and margin guidance.

    The airline said it expects first-quarter total revenue per available seat mile to be up between 2% and 4% year over year, compared to previous guidance for a 1.5% to 3.5% increase. It expects adjusted pre-tax margins to be between 4% and 6%, compared to previous guidance of 3% to 5%.

    For the month of March, it said that revenue passenger miles and available seat miles were down.

    Fellow airline United Continental(UAL) also released March metrics today, although it down on the backlash to a video showing apassenger being dragged off a plane.

    Whole Foods Market(WFM)was the best performer in the S&P 500 yesterday.


    Chairman and CEO of American Airlines Group Inc (NASDAQ:AAL) W Douglas Parker sold 113,706 shares of AAL on 12/28/2016 at an average price of $48.12 a share. The total sale was $5.5 million.

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    At this time last year, U.S. airlines were developing ambitious growth plans for Cuba, after it became legal to offer scheduled service to the Caribbean island nation for the first time in more than half a century. As the top airlines in South Florida, American Airlines (NASDAQ:AAL) and JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ:JBLU) had the most ambitious plans for flying to Cuba.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    Najarian also noticed very aggressive call options buying in American Airlines Group Inc (NASDAQ: AAL). Traders bought the August 50 calls in the name. There was also a large call options activity in JetBlue Airways Corporation (NASDAQ: JBLU). Najarian has a long position in Delta and he bought JetBlue on Thursday.

  • [By Adam Levine-Weinberg]

    During 2016, airlines continued to benefit from falling fuel prices. However, overcapacity and the resulting fare wars drove steep unit revenue declines for many carriers, eroding profitability despite the tailwind from falling fuel costs. For example, in the first nine months of 2016, revenue per available seat mile (RASM) slumped 5.2% at American Airlines (NASDAQ:AAL).

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