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May 30, 2014
16:59 EDTBIG, VRX, TSN, SPLK, SNN, AGN, HSH, BNNY, SYK, PPC, AAPL, LGFMarket finishes week higher after M&A deals, upbeat data
Stocks ended the week higher after several economic data points beat expectations and there were a number of new developments on the M&A front. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., durable goods orders for April, a nationwide service sector index, and weekly jobless claims were all better than expected. Personal income for April and an index of consumer confidence for this month were slightly below expectations, while GDP was revised downward to reflect 1% annualized contraction in Q1... The European Central Bank could take steps to make credit more available to businesses at its next meeting on June 5, ECB President Mario Draghi said. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) agreed to buy privately owned Beats Electronics and Beats Music for $3B. The Beats companies sell headphones and operate a streaming music service... Early in the week, meat products maker Pilgrim's Pride (PPC) offered to buy another company in the sector, Hillshire Brands (HSH), for $45 per share in cash or $6.4B. After Pilgrim's Pride announced its bid, another meat producer, Tyson Foods (TSN), made a $50 per share bid for Hillshire. Shares of Pinnacle Foods (PF), which Hillshire had previously agreed to purchase, ended the week lower, as the new bids cast doubt on that deal... In other M&A news, Valeant (VRX) raised the cash portion of its takeover bid for Allergan (AGN), first by $10 and then by about another $14 per share in a second offer that came today. Valeant also added a contingent value right worth up to $25 per share which is based on sales of Allergan's DARPin product, an experimental drug that Allergan is developing as a treatment for the leading cause of blindness in elderly people... Financial Times reported that orthopedic device maker Stryker (SYK) was looking to make a takeover bid for another company in the sector, Smith & Nephew (SNN). Stryker said it was in the early stages of evaluating a bid for its peer, but does not intend to make an offer at this time... Few notable companies reported earnings this week, but closeout retailer Big Lots (BIG) rose after reporting stronger than expected results and raising its guidance. Among the companies that fell after reporting results were data analysis software maker Splunk (SPLK), organic foods maker Annie's (BNNY), and "Hunger Games" producer Lionsgate (LGF). INDEXES: The Dow was up 1.37% to 16,717.17, the S&P 500 was up 2.43% to 1,923.57, and the Nasdaq was up 3.72% to 4,242.62.
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December 5, 2014
13:16 EDTTSNTyson Foods to host investor meeting
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12:50 EDTBIGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:03 EDTBIGFive Below plummets after Q4, FY14 outlooks trail analysts' estimates
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11:26 EDTBIGBig Lots tumbles after earnings, levels to watch
The shares are close to the session lows, down 13.6% to $41.37. The low of the day at $40.74 is current support. The share price loss today is beginning to close the bullish gap up in shares from May. This is bearish for future price with next supports below today's low at $40 and then the bottom of the gap at $37.68. Resistance is at $42.50.
11:23 EDTAAPLOption volume leaders
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10:46 EDTBIGBig Lots tumbles after Q3 results misses estimates
Shares of closeout retailer Big Lots (BIG) are lower this morning after the company's third quarter earnings failed to meet analyst estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Big Lots reported Q3 earnings per share of (6c) and revenue of $1.11B, missing analysts' consensus estimates of (5c) and $1.12B, respectively. Same store sales increased 1.4% for the quarter, the company said. Big Lots said Jennifer, its core customer, is responding positively to the improved merchandising strategies such as the recent expansion of its Food category and the Furniture lease-to-purchase program. Inventory ended the quarter at $1.08B vs. $1.24B for the previous year. Looking ahead, Big Lots raised the high end of its fourth quarter EPS view to $1.70-$1.80 from $1.70-$1.76 against analysts' consensus estimates of $1.78. and backed its Q4 SSS view of a low single digit increase. For fiscal year 2014, Big Lots backed its FY14 EPS view of $2.40-$2.50 against analysts' estimates of $2.49 and SSS guidance of up 1%-2%. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the conference call to discuss Q3 earnings, Big Lots said it expects to see double digit drops in Electronics in the fourth quarter. Big Lots said it was encouraged by the start of November where comps were up by 2%, but also commented on less than favorable results from Thanksgiving and Black Friday, with one executive noting the lack of traffic at store checkouts during Black Friday. The retailer also said it sees positive opportunity for January in food, furniture and home. PRICE ACTION: During morning trading, Big Lots fell $6.56, or 13.68, to $41.39. OTHERS TO WATCH: Five Below (FIVE), which reported in-line third quarter EPS and a lower-than-expected fourth quarter and fiscal year 2014 outlook, is down 12.3% to $37.56.
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10:00 EDTTSNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:36 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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09:32 EDTPPCPilgrim's Pride downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T
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09:17 EDTBIGOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:22 EDTBIGBig Lots expects to see double digit drops in electronics in Q4
08:13 EDTBIGBig Lots plans to open 24 new stores and close 57 US stores in 2015
Encouraged by start in November where comps up by 2%. The company, however, said Thanksgiving and Black Friday results down from prior year. Believes January has opportunity in food, furniture and home. Comments taken from Q3 earnings conference call.
07:45 EDTAAPLConsensus on Apple iPhone units could be low, says UBS
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06:41 EDTAAPLApple questions validity of plaintiffs in iPod case, NY Times says
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06:40 EDTTSNTyson Foods upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman
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06:05 EDTBIGBig Lots backs FY14 EPS view of $2.40-$2.50, consensus $2.49
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06:04 EDTBIGBig Lots raises high-end of Q4 EPS view to $1.70-$1.80 from $1.70-$1.76
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06:03 EDTAAPLiOS mobile traffic shows iPhone 6 launch strong, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray says that according to Quantcast data, Apple's (AAPL) iOS mobile traffic share increased from 60.6% at iPhone 6 launch to 61.4% nine weeks after launch, while Google's (GOOG) Android decreased from 38.4% to 37.5% in the same period. Piper views the iOS mobile traffic share as further evidence that the iPhone 6 launch in the U.S. is off to a strong start. It keeps an Overweight rating on Apple shares with a $135 price target.
06:01 EDTBIGBig Lots reports Q3 EPS (6c), consensus (5c)
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