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December 11, 2012
16:24 EDTFDO, LINTA, CLWR, WBMD, TRIP, AIG, DG, TNS, S, CASYOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street finished up on the day, though off their highs after a modest sell-off across the averages in the last hour of trading. House Speaker John Boehner spoke at midday and his comments did little to move the averages. A comment from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid later in the afternoon, suggesting a solution to the fiscal cliff would not be reached before Christmas, dented the market a bit more than Boehner's press conference did, but not much... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index dropped 5.6 points to 87.5 in November, which was a steeper fall than forecast. The U.S. trade deficit widened to $42.2B in October from $41.5B a month earlier. Wholesale inventories increased 0.6% in October, versus expectations for an increase of 0.4%. The Job Openings & Labor Turnover report showed job openings rose 128K in October to 3.675M... COMPANY NEWS: The Treasury announced last night it was selling its remaining 234.2M share stake in American International Group (AIG), sending AIG up $1.90, or 5.70%, to $35.26 in today's session... CNBC's David Faber reported Sprint (S) is in active talks to acquire the 49% stake in Clearwire (CLWR) that it does not already own. Shares of Clearwire rose 28c, or 11.67%, to $2.68 following the report... Tripadvisor (TRIP) rose $2.52, or 6.56%, to $40.91 after Liberty Interactive (LINTA) acquired voting control of the travel site by purchasing 4.8M shares from media mogul Barry Diller for $62.50 per share. Following the transaction, Liberty owns 22% of TripAdvisor's equity but controls 57% of the voting power in the company... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were TNS (TNS), up $6.20, or 42.58%, to $20.76 after agreeing to be acquired by Siris Capital for $21 per share, and WebMD (WBMD), up $1.61, or 11.62%, to $15.46 after the company announced actions to cut operating expenses including workforce reductions. Also higher were shares of Casey's General Stores (CASY), up $2.66, or 5.48%, to $51.20 after the company reported in-line earnings and said it was evaluating strategic alternatives to maximize shareholder value, including the potential for restructuring as a REIT. Among the noteworthy losers was Dollar General (DG), down $3.63, or 7.79%, to $42.94 after its earnings report and guidance. Also lower were shares of peer Family Dollar (FDO) down $5.90, or 8.36%, to $64.68 following a downgrade to Neutral at JPMorgan and on read through from Dollar General's report... INDICES: The Dow was up 78.56, or 0.60%, to 13,248.44; the Nasdaq was up 35.34, or 1.18%, to 3,022.30; and the S&P 500 was up 9.29, or 0.65%, to 1,427.84.
News For AIG;CLWR;S;TRIP;LINTA;TNS;WBMD;CASY;DG;FDO From The Last 14 Days
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January 23, 2015
07:46 EDTDGDollar General CEO stays until 2016, may seek smaller acquisitions, Reuters says
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07:21 EDTTRIPDeutsche cautious on travel stocks into Q4 results
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January 22, 2015
19:40 EDTSGoogle's entrance into telecommunications may not be beneficial, Re/code says
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17:31 EDTFDOTrian Fund Management voting restrictions with Family Dollar have terminated
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09:43 EDTDGActive equity options trading
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09:37 EDTFDODollar Tree says Family Dollar merger could close as soon as March
Dollar Tree (DLTR) commented on the outcome of the shareholder vote of Family Dollar Stores (FDO) to approve the pending merger with Dollar Tree. It said, "Today’s vote of approval by Family Dollar shareholders represents a crucial step toward combining Dollar Tree, North America’s leading fixed-price point discount retailer, with Family Dollar, a leading multi-price point retailer with a 50+ year history of serving low and middle income customers By adding Family Dollar to our portfolio of brands, Dollar Tree will soon operate more than 13,000 stores in 48 states and five Canadian provinces with annual sales exceeding $18 billion. This merger enhances our geographic footprint and diversifies our business model. We intend to operate and grow both banners." Dollar Tree added that "several steps" need to take place to facilitate the successful completion of the acquisition. By the end of January, Dollar Tree expects to reach a preliminary agreement with the FTC staff on the list of substantially all of the stores to be divested. Dollar Tree then plans to finalize divestiture agreements with the selected buyers, to address any concerns of the investigating state attorneys general, and to execute a consent order with the FTC’s Bureau of Competition. Dollar Tree and Family Dollar have agreed to provide the FTC with four weeks’ notice prior to closing. Dollar Tree expects to initiate this four-week notice period after Dollar Tree executes a consent decree with the FTC’s Bureau of Competition, which should enable the closing of the merger as soon as March 2015.
09:25 EDTDG, FDOFamily Dollar shareholders approve Dollar Tree merger
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09:24 EDTFDO, DGFamily Dollar shareholders approve Dollar Tree merger
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09:24 EDTDGDollar General says focused on core business
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09:24 EDTDGDollar General says 'well positioned' for sustainable growth
09:23 EDTDG, FDODollar General says Rick Dreiling to continue as chairman and CEO
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09:22 EDTDGDollar General says Rick Dreiling to continue as chairman and CEO
09:21 EDTFDO, DGFamily Dollar holders approve Dollar Tree deal, Bloomberg reports
Family Dollar (FDO) shareholders approved today the buyout offer from Dollar Tree (DLTR), Bloomberg reports.
06:05 EDTFDO, DGFamily Dollar investors expected to approve Dollar Tree deal, NY Post reports
Family Dollar (FDO) investors are poised to approve Dollar Tree's (DLTR) $8.5B cash and stock takeover offer at a meeting today, The New York Post reports. Reference Link
January 21, 2015
16:28 EDTSGoogle to launch phone service with Sprint, T-Mobile, The Information says
Google (GOOG, GOOGL) is expected to reach deals to buy wholesale access to Sprint (S) and T-Mobile’s (TMUS) voice and data networks in order to sell mobile phone plans directly to customers, according to The Information, citing three people with knowledge of the plans. Google, which may put itself into competition with carrier leaders Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T) with the new service, "seems likely" to launch the offering this year, according to the report. Reference Link
05:12 EDTAIGAIG to acquire Laya Healthcare
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January 20, 2015
13:51 EDTTRIPOrbitz draws private equity interest as sale explored, Bloomberg says
Orbitz Worldwide (OWW) is working with an adviser to contact potential buyers and has drawn interest from private-equity funds and "other Internet companies," according to Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. Shares of Orbitz are up over 10% after the report, while several other names in the online travel space, such as Priceline (PCLN), Expedia (EXPE), and TripAdvisor (TRIP) are also moving. Reference Link
13:43 EDTTRIPExpedia, TripAdvisor tick higher after report on Orbitz sale exploration
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08:05 EDTAIGAerCap may consider stock buyback from AIG, Reuters says
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06:24 EDTST-Mobile warns of unsustainable costs against cellphone giants, Re/code says
T-Mobile (TMUS) owner Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) claims Verizon (VZ) and AT&T's (T) wealth makes true competition difficult, reports Re/code, citing statements made at Germany's DLD conference. Deutsche Telekom CEO Tim Hoettges stated the dominance of AT&T and Verizon allowed them to make huge bids at the latest midband spectrum auction to further their market lead. Hoettges also stated he was "intrigued" by last year's unsuccessful merger talks with Sprint (S), and warned that T-Mobile's $4B-$5B investment requirements per year are unsustainable. Reference Link
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