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December 11, 2012
12:33 EDTSPW, S, AIG, FDO, GDI, CLWR, DG, TNS, DALOn 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.
News For AIG;DAL;CLWR;S;TNS;GDI;SPW;DG;FDO From The Last 14 Days
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March 26, 2015
09:02 EDTSSamsung Galaxy S6, S6 edge to be available in U.S. beginning April 10
Samsung Electronics America (SSNLF) announced the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 edge will be available in the U.S. beginning April 10, with pre-orders starting March 27. In the U.S., the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 edge will be available in Black Sapphire, White Pearl and Gold Platinum -- in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB2 memory options. AT&T (T), Sprint (S), T-Mobile (TMUS), U.S. Cellular (USM) and Verizon Wireless (VZ) will carry both the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 edge, while Boost Mobile, Cricket Wireless and MetroPCS will carry the Galaxy S 6. Samsung Experience Shops at Best Buy (BBY), as well as Amazon.com (AMZN), Costco Wholesale (COST), Sam’s Club (WMT), Target (TGT) and Walmart will also carry the Galaxy S 6 and Galaxy S 6 edge. Carriers and retailers will confirm specific pricing and availability.
08:11 EDTDALDelta Air Lines volatility flat as WTI trades above WTI crude trades above $51
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March 25, 2015
14:36 EDTDALDelta Air Lines, Virgin Atlantic expand trans-Atlantic partnership
Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic Airways are expanding their trans-Atlantic partnership with the introduction of six new daily services. The two airlines begin their summer schedule this weekend and will offer up to 39 return trans-Atlantic flights a day between the U.K. and 15 destinations across North America. Further joint-venture services will be introduced later in the summer. Virgin Atlantic Limited is a joint venture owned by the Virgin Group and by Delta.
March 24, 2015
08:52 EDTSSprint CEO may make 'unfortunate misstep,' says FBR Capital
FBR Capital says its vendor checks indicate new Sprint CEO Marcello Claure has undertaken a strategic review of the company's competitive positioning. The firm believes Truco, the strategic advisory group brought in by Claure, is advocating a "premature network rip and replace program." FBR says this approach of converting Sprint's 1.9GHZ spectrum to uplink would be an "unfortunate misstep and a missed opportunity to embrace the technology shift underway." The firm sees risk of Sprint under-investing and weakening its franchise value further. It has a Market Perform rating on the name.
08:04 EDTDALAirline estimates may have to come down, buy on weakness, says Cowen
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March 23, 2015
08:13 EDTDALBofA/Merrill airlines/aerospace analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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07:13 EDTSRadioShack bankruptcy auction to begin Monday, WSJ says
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March 20, 2015
18:12 EDTAIGU.S. Court approves AIG investors' $970.5M settlement, Reuters reports
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15:28 EDTDGDollar General management to meet with Sterne Agee
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10:51 EDTDALStocks with call strike movement; DAL CELG
Delta Air Lines (DAL) September 57.5 call option implied volatility decreased 1% to 34, Celgene (CELG) July 145 call option implied volatility increased 3% to 28 according to IVolatility.
07:46 EDTAIGAllstate, AIG, others questioned by regulator over pricing method, WSJ says
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March 18, 2015
13:59 EDTST-Mobile announces 'Un-contract,' 'Carrier Freedom' initiatives
Today, during an event held to announce Un-carrier 9.0 − Un-carrier for Business − T-Mobile (TMUS) unveiled two new major Un-carrier initiatives for consumers. First, with T-Mobile’s new "Un-contract," customers will now have more certainty in their wireless pricing than ever before. Consumers and businesses with the Simple Choice rate plan will find that rates won’t go up as long as they’re a T-Mobile customer and keep their plan − and even customers with unlimited 4G LTE will lock in their rates for a minimum of two years. The Un-carrier also launched "Carrier Freedom," a new move where T-Mobile will now cover all outstanding phone and tablet payments up to $650 per line when customers from AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ) or Sprint (S) switch to T-Mobile.
March 17, 2015
16:58 EDTDGGIC Private Limited reports 5.02% passive stake in Dollar General
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March 16, 2015
08:26 EDTAIGAIG to acquire controlling stake in NSM Insurance
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08:25 EDTAIGAIG acquires controlling interest in NSM Insurance Group
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March 13, 2015
17:31 EDTSPWRelational Investors lowers stake in SPX Corp. to 7.07% from 10.44%
11:27 EDTFDODollar Tree says FTC has identified 250 stores for divestiture to date
Dollar Tree (DLTR) disclosed in a regulatory filing that, as of March 10, the FTC has identified approximately 250 stores for divestiture, representing approximately $34M of operating income, related to the company's planned acquisition of Family Dollar (FDO). "We expect the FTC to substantially complete its review of all remaining stores in the near future. We continue to estimate that no more than roughly 300 stores will be required to be divested, although we can give no assurance as to the exact number and it could be more or less than 300. In parallel, we have made good progress with divestiture buyers and have received multiple indications of interest from buyers, each of whom intend to operate these divested locations as dollar stores to address the FTC's concerns. We will work to secure FTC approval and finalize divestiture agreements with the selected bidder(s) as soon as practical," the company added. Dollar Tree note that it is working to close the proposed merger as early as April, but it is uncertain whether the FTC will approve the transaction by that date.
10:02 EDTSSprint announces plan to reimburse all costs to switch
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08:15 EDTDGDollar General price target raised to $84 from $79 at UBS
UBS raised its price target on Dollar General to $84 from $79 following its Q4 report, citing accelerating square footage growth, visible comp drivers, stable gross margins, and its capital return strategy. UBS reiterated its Buy rating on Dollar General shares.
08:09 EDTDGDollar General price target raised to $87 from $75 at Jefferies
Jefferies raised its price target for Dollar General to $87 after management announced a plan to speed up store growth in FY17 to 7%. The firm believes better sales and store growth, the $1.3B buyback plan for this year and the initiation of a dividend should drive the stock higher. It keeps a Buy rating on the name.

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