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August 19, 2014
10:13 EDTAFAM, URBN, TK, MDAS, HPY, FDO, EVEP, CRZO, EAT, AXP, WWWOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Almost Family (AFAM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... American Express (AXP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Brinker (EAT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Carrizo Oil & Gas (CRZO) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at Tudor Pickering... EV Energy (EVEP) upgraded at Raymond James... Family Dollar (FDO) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays... Heartland Payment (HPY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... MedAssets (MDAS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink... Teekay (TK) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Urban Outfitters (URBN) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at RW Baird... Wolverine World Wide (WWW) upgraded at KeyBanc.
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September 9, 2014
16:44 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters slips after hours on Q3 SSS
The company said that its Q3 same store sales were so far in the low single-digits negative. Shares are down in the extended session by 2.6% to $37.86. At that price support is at $36.99. Resistance is at $38.59.
16:25 EDTURBNUrban Outfitters says Q3 SSS thus far are low single-digit negative
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14:54 EDTAXPApple announces Apple Pay
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08:46 EDTHPYGoldman to hold a conference
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08:33 EDTFDODollar Tree, Family Dollar receive second request from FTC under HSR Act
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07:28 EDTAXPThe Money Event, Inc to hold a conference
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07:15 EDTWWWCL King to hold a conference
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September 8, 2014
10:17 EDTAXPAmerican Express President says won't comment on press speculation on Apple
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07:24 EDTAXPBarclays to hold a conference
Global Financial Services Conference to be held in New York on September 8-10.
September 5, 2014
16:45 EDTFDOMarket ends week little changed after mixed economic data
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13:01 EDTFDODollar General 'remains committed' to acquiring Family Dollar
In response to the decision by the Board of Directors of Family Dollar Stores (FDO) to reject Dollar General’s (DG) enhanced all-cash proposal to acquire all outstanding shares of Family Dollar for $80.00 per share, Dollar General stated that it remains committed to acquiring Family Dollar and is currently evaluating its next steps.
12:19 EDTURBNGap falls after reporting August same-store sales decline
Shares of apparel retailer Gap (GPS) are falling after the company reported disappointing August same-store sales results and Buckingham analysts downgraded the company's stock. WHAT'S NEW: Gap reported last night that its August comparable sales declined 2%, compared to a 2% increase a year ago in the same month. Gap Global SSS fell 9%, Banana Republic Global SSS fell 2% and Old Navy Global SSS rose 2%. Gap also reported its August net sales were flat compared to last year's $1.23B. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Looking ahead, the company said Gap's August sales performance will likely put pressure on the brand's gross margins in September. ANALYST REACTION: Gap was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Buckingham this morning following the August comparable sales numbers. Buckingham analysts say they question the previously anticipated 2H14 comp recovery at the core brand and do not see upside to the stock if the flagship brand does not turn positive in the second half. Buckingham expects the stock's multiple to contract back to its historical average until sales improve. The firm still expects full-year 2014 guidance to be achievable as Gap manages expenses and it continues to like operational improvements the company is making in its supply chain and omni-channel initiatives. Until sales improve, Buckingham expects shares to remain range bound near $44 to $46. UBS analysts, on the other hand, say Gap's share weakness presents a buying opportunity. The firm said the miss does not derail the company's ability to show improvement over the second half and does not impact their long-term thesis tied to margin improvement opportunities. PRICE ACTION: Near noon, Gap fell $2.20, or about 5%, to $44.39. OTHERS TO WATCH: Competitors to Gap include American Apparel (APP), American Eagle (AEO), Urban Outfitters (URBN), Express (EXPR), and Abercrombie and Fitch (ANF).
11:43 EDTURBNZumiez sinks as company provides 'disappointing' Q3 outlook
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08:34 EDTFDODollar Tree to divest as many stores as required for antitrust approval
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08:33 EDTFDOFamily Dollar reaffirms support of transaction with Dollar Tree
08:32 EDTFDODollar Tree commits to divest as many stores as required for antitrust approval
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08:31 EDTFDOFamily Dollar rejects revised Dollar General offer due to antitrust issues
Family Dollar Stores (FDO) that its Board of Directors has unanimously rejected the revised, non-binding proposal made by Dollar General Corporation (DG) on September 2 on the basis of antitrust regulatory considerations. Family Dollar’s merger agreement with Dollar Tree (DLTR) contains a customary provision that permits Family Dollar to enter into discussions and share information with any competing bidder, but only if the Board is able to determine that failure to do so would be inconsistent with its fiduciary duties and that the unsolicited, written proposal from the competing bidder would be reasonably expected to lead to a proposal that is not only financially superior, but also “reasonably likely to be completed on the terms proposed.” Howard R. Levine, Chairman and CEO of Family Dollar, said, “Our Board of Directors, with the assistance of outside advisors and consultants, reviewed all aspects of Dollar General’s revised proposal and unanimously concluded that it is not reasonably likely to be completed on the terms proposed. There is a very real and material risk that the transaction proposed by Dollar General would fail to close, after a lengthy and disruptive review process. Accordingly, our Board has rejected Dollar General’s revised proposal and reaffirmed its support of the transaction with Dollar Tree, which delivers attractive value in the form of immediate upfront cash and upside participation in a combined Dollar Tree-Family Dollar entity, as well as closing certainty.” Ed Garden, a Family Dollar director and co-founder and Chief Investment Officer at Trian Fund Management, L.P., a large shareholder of the Company, stated, “We are focused on delivering to Family Dollar shareholders the highest value with certainty, and the Dollar Tree transaction does just that. Dollar Tree has taken the antitrust risk off the table by committing to divest as many stores as necessary to obtain antitrust clearance. We remain fully committed to the Dollar Tree transaction.”
08:30 EDTFDOFamily Dollar rejects revised Dollar General offer due to antitrust issues
07:26 EDTAXPApple strikes transaction fee discount deals, Bank Innovation says
Apple (AAPL) has reached deals with American Express (AXP), JPMorgan (JPM), Citigroup (C), Capital One (COF), and Bank of America (BAC) to lower card transaction fees for its soon to be launched payments venture, said Bank Innovations, citing an earlier report from Tom Noyes and confirmation by its own sources. Apple has both convinced them to consider its transactions as “card present,” which carries a lower discount rate, and has also managed to bump down the actual “card present” rate by 15 to 25 basis points, according to people with knowledge of the matter, the report noted. Reference Link
06:27 EDTFDONew Dollar General offer might not woo Family Dollar, Reuters says
Dollar General's (DG) improved bid to purchase Family Dollar (FDO) for $9.1B might not be able to reduce its smaller competitors worries that U.S. antitrust regulators will hinder the agreement from transpiring, according to Reuters, citing two sources familiar with the matter. Family Dollar is already in the throes of an agreement to sell itself for $8.5B to Dollar Tree (DLTR). Reference Link
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