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May 13, 2014
10:05 EDTWHR, WD, TSCO, SFE, PF, PHMD, NBR, LPI, HSH, END, DEI, DLLR, CXO, CKEC, BHI, BEAV, ACFNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Acorn Energy (ACFN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Chardan... BE Aerospace (BEAV) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Baker Hughes (BHI) downgraded at Bernstein... Carmike Cinemas (CKEC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Topeka... Concho Resources (CXO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... DFC Global (DLLR) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... Douglas Emmett (DEI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Endeavour (END) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Hillshire Brands (HSH) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Laredo Petroleum (LPI) downgraded to Hold from Accumulate at KLR Group... Nabors Industries (NBR) downgraded at Bernstein... PhotoMedex (PHMD) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Maxim... Pinnacle Foods (PF) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Safeguard Scientifics (SFE) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at First Analysis... Tractor Supply (TSCO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Walker & Dunlop (WD) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Whirlpool (WHR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Longbow.
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August 27, 2014
16:53 EDTHSHTyson, Hillshire announce expiration of the HSR waiting period
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14:39 EDTHSHTyson, Hillshire Brands reach agreement with Department of Justice
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14:25 EDTHSHDOJ requires Tyson to divest sow purchasing business in merger settlement
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14:19 EDTHSHHillshire rebounds, back to flat after report of merger deal with DOJ
Shares of Tyson Foods (TSN), which had dropped briefly, are also back to being nearly unchanged.
14:17 EDTHSHTyson Foods, Hillshire enter settlement with U.S. over merger, Bloomberg says
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14:14 EDTHSHHillshire Brands drops 3% to $61.05
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09:53 EDTLPIOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:30 EDTBEAVMorgan Stanley believes aerospace cycle concerns are overblown
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08:00 EDTLPIPioneer Natural, Laredo Petroleum downgraded at Canaccord
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06:11 EDTLPILaredo Petroleum downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord
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August 26, 2014
13:03 EDTHSHTyson Foods, Hillshire Brands announce extension of tender offer
Tyson Foods (TSN) and The Hillshire Brands Company (HSH) announced that Tyson has extended the offering period of its previously announced tender offer to purchase all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Hillshire Brands for $63.00 per share in cash, without interest, subject to any withholding of taxes required by applicable law and upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Offer to Purchase dated July 16. Pursuant to the Agreement and Plan of Merger, dated July 1, by and among Tyson, HMB Holdings and Hillshire Brands, the Offer, which was previously scheduled to expire at 12:00 midnight, New York City time, at the end of Tuesday, August 26, has been extended until 12:00 midnight, New York City time, on Wednesday, August 27, unless it is extended further under the circumstances set forth in the Merger Agreement. All terms and conditions of the Offer shall remain unchanged during the extended period.
08:32 EDTWDWalker & Dunlop structures $72.2M in bridge, conduit, mezzanine financing
Walker & Dunlop announced that it structured $72,198,000 in bridge, conduit and mezzanine financing for the acquisition of six properties located in Louisiana and Texas. The team structured $35,398,000 in adjustable rate bridge financing across three loans at 87 percent loan-to-cost with a 24-month term and a 12-month extension option. The loans are cross-collateralized and cross-defaulted and secured by three multifamily properties located in Texas and Louisiana.
07:49 EDTWHRWhirlpool has potential upside to 2015 EPS estimates, says KeyBanc
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07:29 EDTSFEThree Part Advisors to hold a conference
Midwest IDEAS Conference to be held in Chicago on August 26-27.
August 21, 2014
07:50 EDTWHRMajor appliance demand decelerating, says Longbowx
Longbow's North American industry checks indicate major applicance demand had declerated form June/July promotional peaks, indicating a rapid deceleration in the Core 6 category. The firm said the Core 6 categoreis are trending into negative territory following strong July 4th sales event volumes and is hearing laundry sales are particularly weak, and may be by as much as negative double digits. The analyst notes Whirlpool (WHR) is leveraged to laundry sales and, to a lesser extent, AB Electrolux (ELUX).
August 19, 2014
18:19 EDTHSHTyson, Hillshire announce extension of tender offer for shares of Hillshire
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15:54 EDTACFNEnerCom to hold a conference
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13:21 EDTTSCOEarnings Preview: Lowe's trading higher ahead of Q2 earnings report
Lowe's Companies (LOW), a home improvement retailer, is scheduled to report on its second quarter before the market open on Wednesday, August 20, with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.02 on revenue of $16.55B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 96c-$1.06 on revenue of $16.16B-$16.79B. LAST QUARTER: Lowe's reported first quarter EPS of 61c, beating analyst's estimates of 60c, on revenue of $13.4B against estimates for $13.86B. The company also reported Q1 same-store sales rose 0.9%. Lowe's raised its fiscal year 2014 EPS guidance to approximately $2.63 from $2.60 against estimates at that time for $2.62 and said it expects revenue up 5% in this fiscal year compared to last. Lowe's said it expected to open 10 home improvement and 5 hardware stores in 2014 and expects its FY14 SSS to increase approximately 4%. The company expects to repurchase $3.4B of stock this fiscal year. NEWS: During the quarter, Lowe's named Paul Ramsay as Chief Information Officer. The company also raised its quarterly dividend 27.8% to 23c per share. STREET RESEARCH: Deutsche Bank lowered its estimates for both Lowe's and Home Depot (HD) after Tractor Supply (TSCO) and Lumber Liquidators (LL) pre-announced Q2 comp misses. The firm, which noted that the negative earnings revision is "relatively minor," said that while the business models are different, Tractor Supply and Lumber Liquidators have historically correlated positively with Home Depot and Lowe's on comps. Morgan Stanley initiated Lowe's with an Equal Weight rating and $50 target in June. Canaccord downgraded Lowe's to Sell from Hold due to slowing housing momentum, management changes, and difficult competition. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Lowe's shares are up almost 14%. In morning trading ahead of tomorrow's report, Lowe's is up nearly 3% to $51.89.
07:18 EDTCXOEnerCom to hold a conference
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August 18, 2014
11:25 EDTTSCOEarnings Preview: Home Depot shares up nearly 9% since last earnings report
Home Depot (HD), a home improvement retailer, is scheduled to report second quarter results before the market opens on Tuesday, August 19, with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.45 on revenue of $23.62B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.41-$1.49 on revenue of $22.9B-$24.08B. LAST QUARTER: Home Depot reported first quarter EPS of $1.00 against estimates for 99c on revenue of $19.69B against estimates of $19.95B. The company said same-store sales increased 2.6%, with U.S. SSS up 3.3%. The company raised its fiscal year 2014 EPS view to $4.42 from $4.38 against estimates at that time for $4.42. The retailer also backed its FY14 sales growth view of up 4.8% from fiscal year 2013. On its Q4 earnings conference call, Home Depot forecast gross margins for FY14 would be "about the same" as last year. For the remainder of the year, the company said its view on the housing market recovery had not changed. NEWS: At Oppenheimer's 14th Annual Consumer Conference in June, Home Depot reaffirmed its 4.8% sales growth view for the year and said SSS growth would be 4.6%. The company also said it expected $7B in share repurchases for FY14. The retailer also said it intends to increase its dividend every year. The Wall Street Journal said Home Depot is among the retailers betting that consumer basics, like toilet paper or detergent, will increase sales and lure shoppers into stores. STREET RESEARCH: Citigroup expects Home Depot shares will continue outperforming Lowe's (LOW) in the near-term given its store base concentration and better merchandising effort on the Pro side. Deutsche Bank lowered its estimates for both Home Depot after Tractor Supply (TSCO) and Lumber Liquidators (LL) pre-announced Q2 comp misses. The firm, which noted that the negative earnings revision is "relatively minor," said that while the business models are different, Tractor Supply and Lumber Liquidators have historically correlated positively with Home Depot and Lowe's on comps. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Home Depot shares are up almost 9%. Year-to-date, shares are up over 2%.
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