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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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August 21, 2014
08:04 EDTDG, FDOFamily Dollar: Dollar General declined to schedule talks on antitrust issues
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08:03 EDTDG, FDOFamily Dollar: Dollar General's letter contained 'blatant mischaracterizations'
08:02 EDTFDO, DGFamily Dollar reaffirms recommendation in support of merger with Dollar Tree
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08:01 EDTDG, FDOFamily Dollar board rejects Dollar General proposal based on antitrust issues
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08:00 EDTDG, FDOFamily Dollar board rejects Dollar General proposal based on antitrust issues
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07:55 EDTDG, FDOFamily Dollar to reject Dollar General takeover bid, CNBC reports
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05:35 EDTFDO, DGDollar General sends letter to Family Dollar board
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August 19, 2014
14:13 EDTDGDollar General upgraded to Outperform from Peer Perform at Wolfe Research
12:42 EDTSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
The market opened higher as it extended its gains from yesterday. Better than expected economic data on housing and consumer prices, as well as easing geopolitical tensions, has helped aid investor optimism. The market drifted higher throughout the morning with the Dow leading the way, followed by the Nasdaq, which is now near fourteen-year highs. The S&P is mostly higher, with the telecom services group being the lone sector showing losses, down just fractionally. ECONOMIC EVENTS: Housing starts for July rose to an annualized pace of 1.093M units, up from 0.945M units in June, and beating expectations for 0.963M units... The Consumer Price Index increased 0.1% overall, matching expectations. Less food and energy, the CPI was up 0.1%, which was also in-line with the consensus forecast. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of home improvement retailer The Home Depot (HD) are up more than 6% after the company posted better than expected second quarter results and raised its full year profit outlook... Shares of Sprint (S) are down 4% after Jefferies lowered its price target for Sprint shares to $4, saying it continues to see downside to estimates. MAJOR MOVERS: Shares of Skilled Healthcare (SKH) are up more than 20% after combining with Genesis HealthCare In 100% stock deal... Shares of cosmetics and fragrance company Elizabeth Arden (RDEN) are down 24% after the company's fourth quarter results came in well below analysts' consensus estimates. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 76.92, or 0.46%, to 16,915.66, the Nasdaq was up 12.96, or 0.29%, to 4,521.27, and the S&P 500 was up 8.49, or 0.43%, to 1,980.23.
12:18 EDTDG, FDODollar General could have bought Family Dollar last year, CNBC reports
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12:16 EDTDG, FDOFamily Dollar board frustrated with Dollar General tactics, CNBC reports
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11:41 EDTFDO, DGIcahn says Family Dollar throwing away $300M in fees, Reuters says
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10:13 EDTFDOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:46 EDTFDO, DGFamily Dollar board likely to meet this week, CNBC's Faber reports
Family Dollar's (FDO) board is likely to meet this week to discuss the takeover bid by Dollar General (DG), CNBC's David Faber reports, citing people close to the matter. The board has long focused on antitrust implications and is likely to reject the Dollar General proposal, Faber added. Dollar Tree (DLTR) and Family Dollar previously announced a merger agreement.
09:43 EDTFDO, DGFamily Dollar board likely to reject Dollar General bid, CNBC's Faber reports
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08:19 EDTDALFAA issues NOTAM restricting U.S. operations from flying over Syria
The Federal Aviation Administration issued a new Notice To Airmen restricting U.S. operators from flying in the Damascus Flight Information Region, which includes all of Syria. The FAA said, "This replaces the current NOTAM in place that strongly advises U.S. operators against flying in that airspace and requires them to contact the FAA before they operate in that airspace. Based on an updated assessment of the risk associated with such operations and the lack of any requests from operators wishing to fly in this airspace, we believe it prudent to prohibit U.S. operators from flying into, out of, and over Syria. The ongoing armed conflict and volatile security environment in Syria poses a serious potential threat to civil aviation. Armed extremist groups in Syria are known to be equipped with a variety of anti-aircraft weapons which have the capability to threaten civilian aircraft. Opposition groups have successfully shot down Syrian military aircraft using these anti-aircraft weapon systems during the course of the conflict. Opposition elements have previously warned civilian air carriers against providing service to Syria. Due to the presence of anti-aircraft weapons among the extremist groups and ongoing fighting in various locations throughout Syria, there is a continuing significant potential threat to civil aviation operating in Syrian airspace." Publicly traded companies in the airline industry include American Airlines (AAL), Delta Air Lines (DAL), JetBlue (JBLU), Southwest (LUV) and United Continental (UAL).
07:39 EDTSSprint price target lowered to $4 from $7 at Jefferies
Jefferies lowered its price target for Sprint shares to $4 saying it continues to see downside to estimates. The firm expects a "muted response" to Sprint's new Family Pack pooled data plan and limited time promotion of waiving device access charges. It keeps an Underperform rating on the stock.
07:29 EDTFDO, DGDollar Tree may raise bid for Family Dollar, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital thinks that Dollar Tree (DLTR) could increase its bid for Family Dollar (FDO) given the revenue and gross margin synergies that the firm thinks the deal would generate. However, the firm believes that Dollar General (DG) would ultimately win a bidding war for Family Dollar, leading to wins for the shareholders of Dollar General and Family Dollar.
07:12 EDTSFCC looks into telecom special access line rates, Reuters says
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06:52 EDTFDOFamily Dollar upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays
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