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January 31, 2013
05:55 EDTAON, AON, PRGO, PRGO, NWL, NWL, NOV, NOV, MRK, MRK, MAT, MAT, LYB, LYB, LM, LM, IR, IR, BEN, BEN, XOM, XOM, CVX, CVX, BEAM, BEAM, TSN, TSNCompanies reporting Before the Market Open on FridayFebruary 1
Notable companies reporting before the opening bell on Friday include Aon (AON), Beam (BEAM), Chevron (CVX), Exxon Mobil (XOM), Franklin Resources (BEN), Ingersoll-Rand (IR), Legg Mason (LM), LyondellBasell Industries (LYB), Mattel (MAT), Merck (MRK), National Oilwell Varco (NOV), Newell Rubbermaid (NWL), Perrigo (PRGO), and Tyson Foods (TSN).
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July 18, 2014
06:13 EDTMATMattel downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham
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July 17, 2014
16:52 EDTMATOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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13:18 EDTMATOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:00 EDTMATHigh option volume stocks
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10:55 EDTMATMattel topples after Q2 earnings miss estimates
Shares of global toy product manufacturer Mattel (MAT), are toppling over after the company's second quarter earnings results fell below analysts' consensus. WHAT'S NEW: Mattel's reported Q2 earnings per share of 8c, which was not comparable to a consensus of 18c since the company said its EPS number included a tax benefit of 11c per share and a negative impact of 7c per share of MEGA Brands acquisition and integration costs. Excluding both of these items, EPS was 3c per share. Mattel's Q2 revenue was $1.06B, which missed analysts' consensus estimates of $1.19B. For Q2, the company reported that its Girls and Boys Brands sales were down 13%, Fisher-Price Brands sales were down 17%, American Girl Bands revenue was up 6% and revenue from its Construction and Arts & Crafts Brands was $61.6M. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During its earnings conference conference call, Mattel said that it plans to increase advertising spending in the second half of the year to build momentum for key brands. It sees improving global trends in point-of-sale but says the company still has a lot of work to do to improve those trends. As Mattel looks to the third quarter, it sees continued challenges from current headwinds. With the MEGA brands deal now closed, the company aims to improve profitability of MEGA brands on a global basis and believes the acquisition will be accretive to earnings in fiscal year 2015. It expects lower international sales and is investing heavily in markets in Russia and China. Mattel is looking to maintain gross margins in the low to mid-50% range in near term. It noted that it aims to achieve a modest increase in SG&A due to severance and ongoing growth investments, excluding the MEGA Brands acquisition. Inventory fair value adjustment related to existing MEGA Brands-owned inventory should wind down in Q3, the company said. Amortization is expected to decrease to $17M in 2015 and $9M in 2016. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Mattel are down $2.31, or 5.92%, to $36.72 in morning trading. OTHERS TO WATCH: Mattel peer Hasbro (HAS), which reports quarterly earnings on July 21, is relatively flat at $52.59. JAKKS Pacific (JAKK) is up almost 1.5% to $8.20 and and LeapFrog (LF) is up 3.02% to $7.66.
09:49 EDTMATMattel says gearing-up for holiday season sales in 2H14
Says investing heavily in Russia and China markets.
09:31 EDTMATMattel says 'Frozen' brand continuing to grow
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09:15 EDTMATOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Dresser-Rand (DRC), up 15.5% after Manager Magazin says Siemens (SIEGY) preparing bid for the company. Other oil equipment companies with a market cap similar to Dresser-Rand's include Dril-Quip (DRQ) and Oil States (OIS)... Microsoft (MSFT), up 3.4% after announcing restructuring, including plans to cut up to 18K jobs. UP AFTER EARNINGS: Morgan Stanley (MS) up 1.5%... Sherwin-Williams (SHW), up 3%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Mattel (MAT), down 7.3%... Sandisk (SNDK), down 7%... Yum! Brands (YUM), down 2.5%. LOWER: Orbitz (OWW), down 3% after results, 34M share spot secondary offering of stock priced at $8.25... Benefitfocus (BNFT), down 1% after 2.5M share Secondary priced at $38.50.
09:08 EDTMATMattel to increase advertising spending in 2H14
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08:17 EDTMATMattel aims to maintain gross margins in low to mid-50% range in near term
Says its 2014 SG&A goal, excluding MEGA Brands, remains to achieve modest increase in Mattel SG&A, including severance and ongoing growth investments. Says inventory fair value adjustment, required by purchase accounting for opening balance sheet, related to existing MEGA Brands-owned inventory should wind down in Q3. Says amortization expected to decrease to $17M in 2015 and $9M in 2016. Comments taken from slides of the company's Q2 earnings conference call presentation.
07:31 EDTXOMWEX signs definitive purchase agreement regarding Exxon's Esso Card program
WEX Inc. (WEX) announced the execution of the definitive purchase and sale agreement relating to the previously announced proposed acquisition of ExxonMobil’s (XOM) European commercial fuel card, or Esso Card, program through a majority owned joint venture, WEX Europe Services Limited. In addition, all necessary regulatory approvals have been received and the employee information and consultation processes have been cleared. The transaction is on track and is expected to close in late 2014 or early 2015. “The purchase of the Esso Card portfolio remains an important element to building our on-the-ground presence in the European market, and enhances WEX’s long-term growth profile. Our efforts to advance this transaction remain on track and position us to create a substantial and profitable European footprint,” said Melissa Smith, WEX’s president and CEO.
06:18 EDTMATMattel reports Q2 Girls and Boys Brands sales down 13% to $389M
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06:18 EDTMATMattel reports Q2 EPS 8c, not comparable to consensus 18c
Q2 EPS of 8c includes tax benefit of 11c per share and negative impact of 7c per share of MEGA Brands acquisition and integration costs. Reports Q2 revenue $1.06B, consensus $1.19B
July 16, 2014
17:23 EDTTSNTyson Foods commences tender offer for Hillshire Brands for $63 per share cash
Tyson Foods (TSN) announced that it has commenced a cash tender offer for all outstanding shares of common stock of Hillshire Brands (HSH) at a price of $63.00 per share. The tender offer is being made pursuant to the previously announced merger agreement dated July 1, among the two companies and HMB Holdings, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tyson Foods. The tender offer period will expire at 12:00 midnight at the end of the day on August 12, unless the offer is extended. Tyson Foods has filed a tender offer statement on Schedule TO with the United States SEC. HMB Holdings is the acquirer in the tender offer. The Offer to Purchase contained within the Schedule TO sets out the terms and conditions of the tender offer. Hillshire Brands has also filed a Solicitation/Recommendation Statement with the SEC, which includes the recommendation of the Hillshire board of directors that Hillshire Brands stockholders tender their shares in the tender offer. Following successful completion of the tender offer, any shares not acquired in the tender offer will be acquired in a second-step merger at the same $63 per share cash price.
14:55 EDTMATMattel July 39 straddle priced for 5.1% move into Q2
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12:26 EDTCVXChevron to reduce headcount in Aberdeen, Scotland operations, Reuters says
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11:50 EDTMATMattel technical comments before earnings
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11:34 EDTPRGOPerrigo management to meet with Needham
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07:59 EDTPRGOTreasury Secretary urges Congress to take action on tax inversions
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06:26 EDTMRKBristol-Myers lung cancer trials being underestimated, says Citigroup
After building a statistical model of Bristol-Myers' two critical registration trials for Opdivo in lung cancer, Citigroup believes the market is "materially" underestimating both Phase III trials. Citi says potential Opdivo FDA approval in 2015 in lung cancer would give Bristol-Myers an up to two year lead time versus Merck (MRK) and Roche (RHHBY). The firm estimates 2023 Opdivo revenue at $7B and reiterates a Buy rating on Bristol with a $60 price target.
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