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December 11, 2012
12:33 EDTAIG, DAL, CLWR, S, TNS, GDI, SPW, DG, FDOOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday amid optimism that budget negotiations between the White House and Republicans have progressed behind closed doors, despite House Speaker John Boehner speaking at midday to say the White House has not provided details on its proposed spending cuts. Boehner's brief press conference took the market down just slightly but the averages all remain solidly in positive territory, with the Nasdaq continuing as the leader... 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 the forecast move down to 92.5. 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, or JOLTS, report showed job openings rose 128K in October to 3.675M. In Europe, the German ZEW Indicator of Economic Sentiment moved into positive territory for the first time since this May, rising to 6.9 in December from -15.7 in November... COMPANY NEWS: The Treasury announced last night it was exiting its stake in American International Group (AIG), selling its remaining 234.2M shares of AIG common stock. AIG jumped 4.7% following Treasury's exit... Shares of Delta Air Lines (DAL) rose nearly 6% after the company agreed to buy the 49% stake in Virgin Atlantic Airways held by Singapore Airlines for $360M... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were TNS (TNS), up 43% after agreeing to be acquired by Siris Capital for $21 per share, and Clearwire (CLWR), up over 14% after CNBC reported Sprint (S) is in talks to acquire the stake in the company it does not already own. Also higher were shares of Gardner Denver (GDI), which rose 2% after Reuters said the company is in exclusive buyout talks with SPX Corp. (SPW). Shares of SPX, however, fell almost 8% after the report. Among the other noteworthy losers were Dollar General (DG), down 5.9% after its guidance fell short of Street estimates, and peer Family Dollar (FDO), which fell 5.8% in sympathy... INDICES: Near 12:30 pm ET, the Dow was up 117.83, or 0.89%, to 13,287.71; the Nasdaq was up 42.00, or 1.41%, to 3,028.96; and the S&P 500 was up 13.88, or 0.98%, to 1,432.43.
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April 10, 2014
13:14 EDTDG, FDOFamily Dollar slides after holiday disappointment prompts store closures
Shares of discount retailer Family Dollar (FDO) are falling after the company reported second quarter earnings per share and revenue that fell below expectations, along with third quarter and FY14 projections that are lower than analysts' consensus. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Family Dollar reported second quarter earnings per share of 80c, which fell below analysts consensus of 90c. The company reported second quarter revenue of $2.72B, while analysts projected $2.77B. Family Dollar, which reported that its second quarter same-store-sales decreased by 3.8%, said the holiday season was challenged by "a more promotional competitive environment and a more financially constrained consumer" and that its results were also significantly impacted by severe winter weather like many retailers. The company expects third quarter earnings per share excluding-items to be 85c-95c, while analysts project a 98c consensus. Family Dollar said that it sees FY14 earnings per share excluding items to be $3.05-$3.25, which is at the lower end of analysts' estimations. Family Dollar noted that it expects to close nearly 370 underperforming stores in the second half of FY14 and slow new store growth beginning in FY15. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During Family Dollar's earnings conference call, the company said that it plans to slow square footage growth in the beginning of FY14 and said that it recently cut about 10% of its corporate workforce. ANALYST OPINION: Wells Fargo analyst Matt Nemer said Family Dollar's third quarter negative comp guidance and commentary about a challenging macro environment could pressure its own shares as well as those of its peers Dollar General (DG) and Dollar Tree (DLTR). However, Family Dollar's store closures combined with a decrease in future store growth could ultimately have positive implications for its competitors, Nemer added. On March 4, Credit Suisse said Family Dollar's underperformance compared to Dollar General and significant earnings possibilities gives the rationale for a potential merger of the two. On February 19, Credit Suisse analyst Michael Exstein suggested that Wal-Mart (WMT) should consider acquiring Family Dollar as a way to "jumpstart" its small store effort. CNBC's David Faber reported the same morning that Exstein published his note that Family Dollar was not holding any talks about selling itself at that time. PRICE ACTION: During afternoon trading, shares of Family Dollar decreased $1.54, or 2.61%, to $57.53, Dollar Tree dropped 2.5%, and Dollar General fell about 1.5%.
11:15 EDTFDOOptions with decreasing implied volatility: YONG STZ BBBY FDO EPB
10:46 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says continues to be opportunistic with share repurchases
10:27 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says search for president, COO is 'under way'
Says last few quarters have been "challenging." Says holiday season was challenged by a more promotional environment and a more financially constrained consumer. Sees opportunities to improve execution, increase relevance. Plans to slow square footage growth in the beginning of FY15. The company says it is on track to open approximately 525 stores this year, 350-400 stores next year. Says 18 storms resulted in 60 days negatively impacted by winter weather in Q2. Sees gross margin for Q3 to be similar to Q2. Sees charge in Q3 of about $4M related to employee severance costs. Sees SG&A expense to be develeraged in Q3. Sees gross margin to decline in FY14. Expects SG&A will deleverage for FY14. Expects tax rate for FY14 to be 36%-36.5%.
10:21 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says recently cut about 10% of corporate workforce
Sees charge in Q3 of about $4M related to employee severance costs. Comments made on the Q2 earnings conference call.
07:11 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says winter weather had at least 5c negative impact to Q2 EPS
Family Dollar Stores CEO Howard Levine said, “Our second quarter results did not meet our expectations. The 2013 holiday season was challenged by a more promotional competitive environment and a more financially constrained consumer. In addition, like many retailers, our second quarter results were significantly impacted by severe winter weather, which resulted in numerous store closings, disrupted merchandise deliveries and higher than expected utility and store maintenance expenses. Notwithstanding the macro-economic pressure, competitive environment and severe weather, we are not satisfied with our results, and we hold ourselves accountable for improving our performance. To that end, we have initiated an in-depth business review to identify opportunities to strengthen our value proposition, increase operational efficiencies and improve financial performance.” The company estimates that the negative financial impact in Q2 from the adverse winter weather was at least 5c of earnings per diluted share.
07:09 EDTFDOFamily Dollar sees FY14 EPS ex-items $3.05-$3.25, consensus $3.38
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07:07 EDTFDOFamily Dollar sees Q3 EPS ex-items 85c-95c, consensus 98c
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07:05 EDTFDOFamily Dollar to close about 370 stores, take other actions to reduce costs
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07:03 EDTFDOFamily Dollar reports Q2 EPS 80c, consensus 90c
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April 9, 2014
15:19 EDTFDONotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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11:15 EDTST-Mobile unveils $40 monthly price plan called 'Simple Starter'
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09:20 EDTDGBofA/Merrill's retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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07:02 EDTAIGAIG poised to surge this year, says Bernstein
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April 8, 2014
06:04 EDTAIGStocks with implied volatility movement; WFM AIG
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Whole Foods (WFM) 33, AIG (AIG) 24 according to iVolatility.
April 7, 2014
10:32 EDTDALAirline stocks rally after Goldman ups sector rating
Airline stocks are rising in a down market after Goldman Sachs raised its rating on the sector to Attractive from Neutral. WHAT'S NEW: Although airline stocks have already outperformed the market, it's not too late for investors to get involved in the sector, Goldman wrote in a note to investors earlier today. Not yet priced into the stock are higher ticket prices, more crowded planes, and a recovering U.S. consumer, according to the firm. It initiated coverage of American Airlines (AAL) with a Buy rating and upgraded its rating on JetBlue (JBLU) to Neutral from Sell. Goldman kept Buy ratings on Delta (DAL) and United Continental (UAL). PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, American Airlines rose 1.25% to $37, JetBlue added 0.6% to $8.80, Delta gained 2% to $35.30, and United Continental lost 0.5% to $44.65.
07:09 EDTDALAirline quality study shows customer complaint improvement, Reuters says
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07:03 EDTAIGAIG loss ratio to continue to improve, says Bernstein
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06:23 EDTDALDelta Air Lines to equip flight attendants with Nokia Lumia 1520
Delta Air Lines (DAL) this fall will equip more than 20,000 flight attendants with handheld Nokia (NOK) Lumia 1520 phablets, which will serve as their on-board manual and in-flight sales device as well as a platform for future, more personalized in-flight customer service. The Lumia 1520 features a larger format, 6-inch screen and will replace the smaller Lumia 820 already in the hands of Delta on-board professionals.
06:14 EDTDALAirlines sector upgraded to Attractive from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman upgraded the Airlines sector to Attractive from Neutral based on a more bullish views on the cycle and improving demand. The analyst believes consensus estimates underestimate pricing, which will boost multiples. As part of the sector change, the firm initiated American Airlines (AAL) with a Buy rating and upgraded JetBlue (JBLU) to Neutral from Sell.
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