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June 4, 2014
10:00 EDTRXN, DB, CUNB, UA, REPYY, CS, BRCM, XL, TER, NWL, CP, ANDE, VSIOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Andersons (ANDE) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Broadcom (BRCM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Drexel Hamilton... CU Bancorp (CUNB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Canadian Pacific (CP) upgraded at BMO Capital... Credit Suisse (CS) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Deutsche Bank (DB) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Newell Rubbermaid (NWL) upgraded at Morgan Stanley... Repsol (REPYY) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Rexnord (RXN) upgraded to Overweight from Equalweight at Barclays... Teradyne (TER) upgraded at Craig-Hallum... Under Armour (UA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Vitamin Shoppe (VSI) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... XL Group (XL) upgraded at Morgan Stanley.
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November 18, 2015
07:01 EDTVSIGNC Holdings, Vitamin Shoppe shares should recover, says Macquarie
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November 17, 2015
18:31 EDTCPNorfolk Southern confirms 'low-premium' merger offer from Canadian Pacific
Norfolk Southern (NSC) confirmed it has received an "unsolicited, low-premium, non-binding and highly conditional indication of interest" from Canadian Pacific (CP) to acquire the company for $46.72 in cash and a fixed exchange ratio of 0.348 Canadian Pacific shares per Norfolk Southern share, "representing a premium of less than 10% based on closing prices today." The company noted its board of directors "will carefully evaluate and consider this indication of interest in the context of Norfolk Southern's strategic plans, and its ongoing review of opportunities to enhance stockholder value... Notably, any consolidation among Class I railroads in North America would face significant regulatory hurdles."
17:32 EDTCPNorfolk Southern spikes after Canadian Pacific proposes merger
Shares of railroad operator Norfolk Southern (NSC) are spiking in the after-hours after rival Canadian Pacific (CP) announced that it has sent an offer letter to Norfolk Southern proposing a business combination. WHAT'S NEW: After the close of trading on Tuesday, Canadian Pacific proposed a business combination with Norfolk Southern "that would create a transcontinental railroad with the scale and reach to deliver improved levels of service to customers and communities while enhancing competition and creating significant shareholder value." Canadian Pacific noted that the proposal reflects a "sizable premium in cash and stock offered to NS shareholders." The combined company would have a potential for faster earnings growth than either of the companies independently, CP noted, while offering unparalleled customer service and competitive rates to shippers." The combined company would innovate a new approach to terminal access that would allow another carrier to operate from a point of connection in the event the combined company failed to provide adequate service or competitive rates. The combination of NS and CP would provide a solution to "bottleneck pricing" and alleviate congestion in Chicago by channeling rail traffic away from Chicago. WHAT'S NOTABLE: According to a Globe and Mail report from earlier Tuesday, Keith Creel the COO of Canadian Pacific, who was speaking at a transportation conference, said rail mergers are inevitable but the executive "refused" to confirm past reports that the railroad operator was in talks to acquire rival Norfolk Southern. ANALYST VIEW: ON November 12, research firm BB&T said it believes there are many scenarios in which a merger between Canadian Pacific and Norfolk Southern would benefit both companies. The firm said that Norfolk Southern shareholders would get a 20%-30% premium above the stock's current level, while Canadian Pacific's potential revenue growth issues would be solved and its 2018 EPS would be boosted by 20% plus. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Norfolk Southern are up 6.9% to $93.00, while Canadian Pacific shares are unchanged. OTHERS: Publicly traded companies in the space include CSX (CSX), Canadian National (CNI), Genesee & Wyoming (GWR), Kansas City Southern (KSU) and Union Pacific (UNP).
16:42 EDTVSIJustice Department announces criminal charges against supplement maker USPlabs
The U.S. Department of Justice, along with partners at the Food and Drug Administration, Federal Trade Commission, Postal Inspection Service, and Internal Revenue Service, announced a "nationwide sweep" targeting more than 100 makers and marketers of dietary supplements. The agencies noted, "The actions discussed today resulted from a year-long effort, beginning in November 2014, to focus enforcement resources in an area of the dietary supplement market that is causing increasing concern among health officials nationwide. In each case, the department or one of its federal partners allege the sale of supplements that contain ingredients other than those listed on the product label or the sale of products that make health or disease treatment claims that are unsupported by adequate scientific evidence." Among the cases announced Tuesday is a criminal case charging USPlabs and several of its corporate officers with various counts associated with the unlawful sale of dietary supplements, obstruction of an FDA proceeding, and conspiracy to commit money laundering. The Department also filed in the past week five civil cases seeking injunctive relief against a number of businesses and individuals that allegedly sold supplements as disease cures or that were otherwise in violation of the law. The cases involve various entities, including Vibrant Life, Viruxo, Optimum Health, Bethel Nutritional, VivaCeuticals, and Regeneca, said the agency. Note that shares of GNC (GNC), Herbalife (HLF), Vitamin Shoppe (VSI), and Natural Health (NHTC) all slipped Tuesday following early reports of criminal charges in the dietary supplement space. Reference Link
16:26 EDTVSIOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Tuesday
Stocks on Wall Street see-sawed throughout the day and eventually finished the day mixed, with solid earnings reports from both Wal-Mart (WMT) and Home Depot (HD) helping the Dow notch a small gain while the S&P recorded a small loss. The averages looked to be set to extend yesterday's advance, but weakened during the afternoon following news of a stadium evacuation in Europe that unsettled investors and put a halt to the rally. The market struggled into the close but avoided a big selloff as headlines crossed that police in Germany found no explosives at the site of the game cancellation in Hanover. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the consumer price index rose 0.2% in October, as expected. When food and energy prices are stripped out, the "core" CPI also rose 0.2%, also matching the consensus forecast. Industrial production slid 0.2% in October, versus expectations for it to have risen 0.1%. Capacity utilization came in as expected at 77.5%. NAHB's home builder sentiment index fell 3 points to 62 in November, versus expectations for a reading of 64. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Wal-Mart advanced 3.5% to $59.92 after the world's largest retailer reported better than expected quarterly earnings and gave a fiscal year profit outlook that was higher than expected at the midpoint of the company's range. Another retail giant and fellow Dow member, Home Depot, gained 4.4% to $126.18 while TJX (TJX), owner of the TJ Maxx and HomeGoods brands, rose nearly 4% to $68.18 after their own better than expected quarterly reports. Missing out on the retail rally, however, was Dick's Sporting Good (DKS), which tumbled 9.4% to $36.96 after giving guidance for the holiday quarter and fiscal 2015 that missed consensus estimates. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Airgas (ARG), which jumped $31.17, or 29.39%, to $137.35 after agreeing to be acquired by Air Liquide for $143 per share. Also higher was Syngenta (SYT), which advanced $6.69, or 9.24%, to $79.06 after Monsanto (MON) Chief Operating Officer Brett Begemann told reporters the company is weighing another attempt at acquiring the Swiss firm. Among the noteworthy losers were GNC (GNC), Vitamin Shoppe (VSI), and Natural Health (NHTC), which dropped a respective 6.4%, 5%, and 15.4% after the Department of Justice said in a media advisory that it would announce actions related to dietary supplements sales and unlawful ads. Shares in the publicly traded companies came off their lows, but did not fully recover heading into the close, after the agency announced that its criminal case was charging USPlabs and that its five civil cases were against a number of smaller businesses. Also lower was SunEdison (SUNE), which fell $1.54, or 33.74%, to $3.02, with Oppenheimer attributing the selloff to "unsubstantiated rumors" regarding its liquidity and Deutsche Bank saying language in Vivint Solar's (VSLR) quarterly filing around SunEdison debt financing could concern some investors who are focused on the balance sheet. Additionally, Adeptus (ADPT) declined 22.3% to $46.50 after an NBC affiliate published an investigative report scrutinizing billing practices at freestanding emergency rooms in Colorado. INDEXES: The Dow rose 6.49, or 0.04%, to 17,489.50, the Nasdaq gained 1.40, or 0.03%, to 4,986.02, and the S&P 500 slipped 2.75, or 0.13%, to 2,050.44.
16:22 EDTCPNorfolk Southern jumps 6% in after-hours trading following merger proposal
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16:21 EDTCPCanadian Pacific proposes Norfolk Southern merger with 'sizable' premium
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16:17 EDTCPCanadian Pacific proposes business combination with Norfolk Southern
15:10 EDTVSIDOJ files indictment against USPLabs over Supplements, FDA Law Blog says
Shares of GNC Holdings (GNC), Vitamin Shoppe (VSI), and Herbalife (HLF) were all weak this afternoon on concerns that they would be the target of the FDA's action. Reference Link
13:55 EDTCPCanadian Pacific COO won't confirm Norfolk Southern talks, Globe and Mail says
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13:44 EDTVSIFollow-up: Vitamin Shoppe downgraded on potential DOJ actions at Baird
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13:32 EDTVSIVitamin Shoppe downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird
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12:54 EDTVSIVitamin Shoppe volatility spikes into DOJ briefing on supplement actions
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12:28 EDTVSIGNC, Vitamin Shoppe, Herbalife at lows following DOJ supplement advisory
The Department of Justice said in a media advisory that it plans to announce at 3:30 pm today its actions related to dietary supplements sales and unlawful ads. Following the press advisory, shares of GNC Holdings (GNC), Vitamin Shoppe (VSI) and Herbalife (HLF) are at session lows, though none of the companies were named in the advisory.
12:24 EDTVSIVitamin Shoppe puts active on headlines of DOJ briefing on supplement actions
Vitamin Shoppe November 25 and 30 puts are active on total put volume of 1,200 contracts (320 calls) following Bloomberg headlines of DOJ briefing on supplement actions. November put option implied volatility is at 166, December is at 90; compared to its 52-week range of 29 to 72. Active put volume suggests traders taking positions for wide price movement.
12:15 EDTVSIDOJ to announce criminal, civil actions related to dietary supplement sale
Reported by Bloomberg. Shares of GNC Holdings (GNC) and Vitamin Shoppe (VSI) are down 9% and 3.5%, respectively, following the headlines.
10:01 EDTUAUnder Armour, Nike slide after Dick's outlook misses expectations
Shares of Under Armour (UA) and Nike (NKE) slipped after Dick's Sporting Goods (DKS) provided guidance for the fourth quarter and fiscal 2015 that both missed consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Dick's Sporting Goods reported Q3 adjusted earnings per share of 45c on revenue of $1.64B, mostly in-line with analyst estimates of 47c on revenues of $1.64B. The company guided for Q4 EPS of $1.10-$1.25, short of the consensus estimate of $1.43. Dick's also said it anticipates FY15 adjusted EPS of $2.85-$3.00, lower than current analyst expectations of $3.19. STREET RESEARCH: Following the report, Baird analyst Justin Kleber said that Dick's Sporting Goods is the "strongest player" in its segment, which should enable the company to grow its sector-leading 10% market share at the expense of smaller competitors. The analyst added that profitability for the company should improve as volumes increase and as the company leverages its store base to fulfill further orders. Kleber said that Dick's Sporting Goods' e-commerce business will be more profitable than its brick-and-mortar business by 2017. The analyst maintained a Neutral rating and $48 price target on Dick's Sporting Goods' stock. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Dick's Sporting Goods dropped 17.5% to $33.67, while supplier Under Armour fell 5.6% to $84.95 and Nike was down 2% to $121.08. Dick's peers fell as well, with Finish Line (FINL) dropping 1%, Foot Locker (FL) slid 1.3% and Cabela's (CAB) dipping marginally in morning trading.
08:18 EDTCPScotiabank to hold a conference
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07:52 EDTNWLMorgan Stanley to hold a conference
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07:50 EDTDBClearing House to hold a conference
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