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May 28, 2014
10:00 EDTACUR, DG, LYV, HSH, LOW, NLS, VODOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Acura Pharma (ACUR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at MLV & Co.... Dollar General (DG) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Hillshire Brands (HSH) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Live Nation (LYV) downgraded at Sterne Agee... Lowe's (LOW) downgraded at Canaccord... Nautilus (NLS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... Vodafone (VOD) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Berenberg.
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August 18, 2014
08:18 EDTDGDollar General says can mange Family Dollar 'more efficiently and effectively'
Dollar General (DG) says it believes its proposal "far superior" for Family Dollar (FDO) shareholders. Believes company can manage Family Dollar "more efficiently and effectively." Sees approximately $300M-$400M in one-time costs to capture synergies. Sees investment of $400M in CapEx. Says proposed deal would be low double digit percentage accretive in year one, ex-integration and transformation costs. Dollar General notes commitment to return to investment grade credit profile, anticipated three years post closing. Says positioned for long term revenue and earnings growth. Says ready to move to complete due diligence on Family Dollar deal. Says synergies expected to ramp up throughout three-year period. Comments made on Dollar General's conference call discussing its acquisition proposal of Family Dollar for $78.50 per share.
06:27 EDTDGDollar General to host conference call
Conference call to discuss acquisition proposal of Family Dollar will be held on August 18 at 8 am. Webcast Link
06:24 EDTLOW, DGOptions expected to be active
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06:13 EDTDGDollar General makes proposal to acquire Family Dollar for $78.50 per share
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06:10 EDTDGDollar General makes proposal to acquire Family Dollar for $78.50 per share
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06:03 EDTDGDollar General makes $78.50/share offer for Family Dollar, CNBC reports
Dollar General (DG) will announce today a $78.50 per share in cash offer to acquire Family Dollar (FDO), CNBC's Andrew Ross Sorkin reports. Dollar Tree (DLTR) is seeking to buy Family Dollar for $74.50 per share.
06:00 EDTDGDollar General offers to buy Family Dollar for $78.50/share, CNBC reports
August 15, 2014
06:17 EDTACURAcura announces preliminary discussions held with FDA for acetaminophen tablet
Acura Pharmaceuticals announced preliminary discussions from a meeting held with the FDA regarding the development pathway for Acura's AVERSION hydrocodone with acetaminophen tablet development candidate, which is intended to provide abuse-deterrent features to address abuse by nasal snorting and injection. In a May 2014 letter to Acura, FDA questioned the relevance of abuse of hydrocodone with acetaminophen products by nasal snorting after reviewing clinical and epidemiology data submitted by Acura. The FDA continues to question the relevance of abuse of hydrocodone with acetaminophen products by the intranasal route of administration and suggested additional information may help better inform their decision. The FDA indicated in the discussions that Acura may conduct an additional nasal abuse liability study for its AVERSION hydrocodone with acetaminophen product candidate, the outcomes of which may help inform the relevance decision as well as establish a reduction in drug liking, which was not statistically significant in an earlier Acura study. The FDA requested further time to deliberate on the issues discussed during the meeting before issuing final meeting minutes. Acura intends to review its clinical data from Study AP-ADF-301 to determine whether to proceed with an additional clinical study for its AVERSION hydrocodone with acetaminophen product candidate and to further evaluate options to address the issues of intranasal abuse and drug liking raised by the FDA.
August 14, 2014
17:16 EDTHSH, VOD, DGPaulson & Co gives quarterly update on stakes
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14:13 EDTDGOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
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12:46 EDTVODHayman Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
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12:01 EDTDGThird Point gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Rackspace (RAX), Finisar (FNSR), Amgen (AMGN), Ally Financial (ALLY), and AstraZeneca (AZN). INCREASED STAKES: Dollar General (DG) and Dow Chemical (DOW). DECREASED STAKES: FedEx (FDX), Hertz (HTZ), T-Mobile (TMUS) and Intrexon (XON). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Google Class A (GOOGL), Verizon (VZ) and Mondelez (MDLZ).
August 13, 2014
10:03 EDTHSHPinnacle Foods says Hillshire Brands failed deal caused 'six weeks' distraction
Pinnacle Foods (PF) says it has not lost any key executives following the "six weeks of distraction" caused by its aborted merger with Hillshire Brand (HSH). The company said it lost six weeks to investigate other M&A during that time, but that Pinnacle plans to be a consolidator and is back and active on exploring M&A opportunities. Comments from Pinnacle Foods' Q2 earnings conference call.
07:32 EDTHSHHillshire Brands not providing public targets for FY15
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07:31 EDTHSHHillshire Brands reports Q4 adjusted EPS 33c, consensus 26c
Reports Q4 revenue $1.1B, consensus $994.1M. As previously announced, on July 1, Hillshire Brands entered into a definitive agreement with Tyson Foods (TSN) under which Tyson will acquire all outstanding shares of Hillshire Brands for $63 per share. On August 12, 2014, each of Tyson and Hillshire Brands received a request for additional information, each often referred to as a “second request,” from the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice in connection with the proposed acquisition. Each second request was issued pursuant to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended. The second requests relate only to a very small portion of the combined Tyson/Hillshire Brands business, and the parties are working expeditiously to resolve this matter with the Antitrust Division. Tyson and Hillshire Brands continue to expect that the transaction, which remains subject to customary closing conditions, will be completed by September 27.
August 12, 2014
18:31 EDTHSHTyson, Hillshire Brands announce extension of tender offer for Hillshire shares
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07:36 EDTDGDollar Tree filing shows Family Dollar talks underway before Icahn involvement
A regulatory filing explaining the history of the merger agreement between Dollar Tree (DLTR) and Family Dollar (FDO) showed that, on February 24, a representative of Dollar Tree's financial advisor, JPMorgan, made a telephone call to a representative of Morgan Stanley to express Dollar Tree's interest in discussing a potential business combination transaction with Family Dollar. The filing also states that on June 6 Carl Icahn and certain of his affiliates filed a Schedule 13D disclosing that together they beneficially owned approximately 9.39% of the then-outstanding shares of Family Dollar common stock and that they wished to discuss with Family Dollar its business and strategies to enhance stockholder value. That day, Icahn telephoned Howard Levine, Chairman and CEO of Family Dollar, to discuss the Schedule 13D filing and to express an interest in additional communications with Family Dollar's management regarding the company's current operations and future plans, including potential strategic opportunities and potential business combination transactions. Levine asked Icahn whether he would be willing to sign a non-disclosure agreement and Icahn declined, the filing stated. Additionally on June 6, a member of the board of directors of "Company A" emailed Levine to suggest that they speak. On June 7, Levine and the member of the board of directors of Company A had a telephone conversation, during which the representative of Company A "indicated that Company A would be reluctant to participate in the negotiation of a transaction with Family Dollar if Mr. Icahn were to have a role in or control over the process," the filing states, without identifying Company A. Many, including the Wall Street Journal, have surmised that "Company A" in the filing may refer to Dollar General (DG).
06:30 EDTVODEricsson deploys its Charging System for Vodafone India
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August 11, 2014
17:20 EDTHSHUltimate Software to replace Hillshire Brands in S&P 400 as of 8/14 close
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15:42 EDTLOWLowe's August volatility flat into Q2 and outlook
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