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December 11, 2012
16:24 EDTFDO, DG, CASY, WBMD, TNS, LINTA, TRIP, S, CLWR, AIGOn 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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September 29, 2014
12:18 EDTSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:32 EDTSDreamWorks jumps after report of Softbank takeover talks
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08:24 EDTAIGAIG bailout challenged by former CEO Greenberg, WSJ reports
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08:14 EDTFDO, DGDollar General buying Dollar Tree 'not impossible,' says FBR Capital
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September 26, 2014
18:01 EDTDG, FDOAttorneys general investigating effects of proposed Family Dollar merger
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05:50 EDTSStocks with implied volatility movement; TMUS S
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September 24, 2014
09:30 EDTLINTALiberty Interactive may be considering acquiring HSN, Inc., says Craig-Hallum
Craig-Hallum believes Liberty Interactive (LINTA) may be considering an acquisition of the balance of HSN, Inc (HSNI) it doesn't already own following recent capital structure changes. The firm believes a merger would unlock almost $200M in annual synergies and notes Liberty has already raised $200M-$250M in QVC issued bonds, raised cash inflow of $121M from the ProFlowers sale, and has slowed the pace of share repurchases.
September 22, 2014
12:13 EDTTRIPTripAdvisor volatility increases on wide price movement
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12:11 EDTTRIPTripAdvisor sinks after data breach at just acquired unit
Shares of TripAdvisor (TRIP) are falling after the company's Viator unit reported today that it had experienced a data breach. TripAdvisor operates websites with information about travel destinations and flights. Viator, whose acquisition by TripAdvisor closed in August, features more than 20,000 bookable tours and attractions and more than 600,000 reviews, photos, and videos submitted by travelers, TripAdvisor has stated. WHAT'S NEW: Viator stated that it was informed on September 2 that unauthorized charges had been made on a number of its customers' credit cards. The data breach that the unit experienced could affect payment card data that was used to make bookings through the unit's websites, according to Viator. Moreover, customers' email addresses and their passwords and user names for Viator may have also been compromised. About 880,000 customers may have had their payment card information compromised, while about 560,000 customers' Viator account information and e-mail addresses may have been affected, the unit reported. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The breach at Viator comes in the wake of large data breaches at a number of bellwether companies in recent months, including JPMorgan (JPM) and Home Depot (HD). Late last year tens of thousands of payment card data was stolen from Target (TGT). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, TripAdvisor sank 5.5% to $93. Others names in the online travel space are falling, with Priceline.com down 3% and Expedia down 2%. :the
10:31 EDTTRIPTripAdvisor slips after unit announces data breach
Shares of TripAdvisor (TRIP) are lower in early trading after one of its units, Viator, announced Friday that it experienced a data breach. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Viator announced on September 19 that is in the process of notifying approximately 1.4M Viator customers about a data compromise that could potentially affect payment card data used to make bookings through Viator's websites and mobile offerings. "Protecting the security of our customer information is paramount, and we are taking immediate steps to investigate and determine the full scope of the compromise," the company stated, adding that it recommends all affected customers monitor their card activity and report any fraudulent charges to their credit card company. PRICE ACTION: Shares of TripAdvisor are down 2.7% to $95.70 in early trading following the circulation of the notice from Viator. Reference Link
10:26 EDTTRIPTripAdvisor drops 3% after Viator unit discloses data breach
10:25 EDTTRIPTripAdvisor Viator unit experienced data breach, BrightWire reports
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September 19, 2014
11:19 EDTAIGAIG loss of Jay Wintrob a 'big deal,' says Wells Fargo
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07:36 EDTSSprint price target cut to $8-$10 from $11-$11.75 at Wells Fargo
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September 18, 2014
16:30 EDTAIGAIG Life & Retirement CEO Jay Wintrob leaving company
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September 17, 2014
17:32 EDTFDO, DGDollar General remains committed to acquisition of Family Dollar
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12:53 EDTSSprint management to meet with Jefferies
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09:31 EDTCASYCasey's General Stores upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Northcoast
08:28 EDTDG, FDOFamily Dollar board rejects Dollar General's 'illusory' tender offer
Family Dollar Stores (FDO) announced that its Board of Directors unanimously recommends that Family Dollar’s shareholders reject the unsolicited conditional tender offer made by Dollar General Corporation (DG) and not tender their shares. In conjunction with its rejection of Dollar General’s offer, Family Dollar’s Board unanimously reaffirms its recommendation in support of the transaction with Dollar Tree (DLTR). The terms of the tender offer are the same as those in the proposal made by Dollar General on September 2, 2014, which the Board of Directors of Family Dollar unanimously rejected on September 5, 2014, on the basis of antitrust regulatory considerations. 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 tender offer and concluded unanimously that this highly conditional Offer is illusory because, as Dollar General is well aware, the Offer cannot close on the terms proposed. Tenders into the Dollar General Offer will be meaningless since there is no way that Dollar General can purchase shares that are tendered.” Levine added, “The terms of the Dollar General Offer are no different from those in its most recent unsolicited proposal, which was previously and unanimously rejected by our Board of Directors based on antitrust regulatory considerations. 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 tender offer 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.”
08:27 EDTFDO, DGFamily Dollar board rejects Dollar General's 'illusory' tender offer
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