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April 30, 2012
09:00 EDTARII, KALU, CERN, EME, DG, PPG, BSYBY, KFT, IDIX, HMSY, CHK, CMP, CPN, AZN, MDTOn The Fly: Analysts Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: American Railcar (ARII) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS...AstraZeneca (AZN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies and to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan...Calpine (CPN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies...Chesapeake (CHK) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital...Compass Minerals (CMP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc...HMS Holdings (HMSY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies...Idenix (IDIX) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at JMP Securities...Kraft Foods (KFT) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan...British Sky Broadcasting (BSYBY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup...PPG Industries (PPG) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse...Dollar General (DG) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James...EMCOR Group (EME) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel Nicolaus...Cerner (CERN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James...Kaiser Aluminum (KALU) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Dahlman Rose...Medtronic (MDT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Lazard Capital.
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September 12, 2014
07:31 EDTEMEEMCOR unit awarded contract by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
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06:56 EDTBSYBYEU approves BSkyB $9B pay-TV agreements in Germany, Italy, Reuters says
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06:31 EDTDGDollar General initiated with a Buy at UBS
Target $81.
06:15 EDTDGDollar General waiting on FTC feedback for Family Dollar deal, NY Post reports
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September 11, 2014
12:03 EDTCMPUSDA raises U.S. corn yield forecast to record
In its monthly World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates, or WASDE, report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's corn yield forecast is raised 4.3 bushels per acre to a record 171.7 bushels. Corn production for 2014/15 is forecast 363 million bushels higher at a record 14,395 million bushels. Total 2014/15 corn usage is projected at 13,605 million bushels, up 170 million from last month. Although a record, usage is expected up just 5 million bushels from 2013/14 as export prospects remain constrained by large foreign carryin stocks, the USDA wrote. Publicly traded companies in the agriculture space include Agrium (AGU), Andersons (ANDE), Archer Daniels (ADM), Bunge (BG), CF Industries (CF), Compass Minerals (CMP), DuPont (DD), Intrepid Potash (IPI), Monsanto (MON), Mosaic (MOS), Potash (POT) and Syngenta (SYT).
10:00 EDTMDTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Airgas (ARG) initiated with a Neutral at Northcoast... CBOE Holdings (CBOE) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... CME Group (CME) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Colfax (CFX) initiated with a Neutral at Northcoast... Corporate Office Properties (OFC) initiated with an Overweight at Capital One... Edwards Lifesciences (EW) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee... Energen (EGN) initiated with a Buy at Deutsche Bank... Goodrich Petroleum (GDP) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... GreenHunter Resources (GRH) initiated with a Hold at Stifel... GrubHub (GRUB) initiated with a Market Perform at Barrington... Illinois Tool Works (ITW) initiated with a Neutral at Northcoast... IntercontinentalExchange (ICE) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... JD.com (JD) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... Lincoln Electric (LECO) initiated with a Buy at Northcoast... Live Nation (LYV) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Medtronic (MDT) initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee... Midstates Petroleum (MPO) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... NASDAQ (NDAQ) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Newfield Exploration (NFX) initiated with an Outperform at Iberia... Newpark Resources (NR) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Nuverra Environmental (NES) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Palo Alto (PANW) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Petrobras (PBR) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... RSP Permian (RSPP) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Sensata (ST) initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Stage Stores (SSI) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Synergy Resources (SYRG) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... TE Connectivity (TEL) initiated with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Twitter (TWTR) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Walter Investment (WAC) initiated with an Underweight at Barclays... Washington REIT (WRE) initiated with an Equalweight at Capital One... Yandex (YNDX) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Yara International (YARIY) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse.
08:11 EDTMDTMedtronic Noncompliant Balloon Dilatation Catheter receives FDA clearance
Medtronic announced the FDA 510(k) clearance and launch of the NC Euphora Noncompliant Balloon Dilatation Catheter. Following drug-eluting stent implantation to reopen a narrowed artery, a noncompliant balloon is inflated with high pressure to ensure that the stent is fully apposed in order to facilitate transfer of the drug to the artery wall. Stent under-expansion has been defined as a major risk factor for both artery re-narrowing, or restenosis, and the potential formation of blood clots, known as stent thrombosis. Postdilatation with noncompliant balloons has been recommended to overcome these complications and provide optimal stent expansion after stent placement.
07:46 EDTDGFamily Dollar should drop opposition to Dollar General deal, WSJ says
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September 10, 2014
16:09 EDTMDTMedtronic initiated with a Neutral at Sterne Agee
Target $68.
15:21 EDTAZNAstraZeneca has a conference call hosted by JPMorgan
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13:03 EDTDGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday, with the Nasdaq comfortably the leader among the major averages. The market opened relatively quietly as investors digested the bevy of research reports surrounding apple (AAPL) and the companies effected by its new products and services announced yesterday. The averages crossed into negative ground early in trading, made it back to positive territory just before the lunch hour, and now are all in the black. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., wholesale inventories rose 0.1% in July, which was below expectations for an increase of 0.5%. Wholesale sales rose 0.7%, which was above the 0.6% increase that was forecast. COMPANY NEWS: The strength in the Nasdaq was largely attributable to Apple, which rose about 2.5% the day after unveiling two new, larger iPhone 6 models, the Apple Watch and a new payment system, named Apple Pay... Dollar General (DG) "went hostile" in its pursuit of peer Family Dollar (FDO), commencing a tender offer to acquire all of the company's outstanding shares for $80.00 per share in cash. Family Dollar confirmed the unsolicited offer, noting that the terms are the same as those in the previously rejected proposal made by Dollar General on September 2. Family Dollar said its board will review and consider Dollar Generalís tender offer, but added that the board has not changed its recommendation in support of the company's merger with Dollar Tree (DLTR). MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP), which rose 21% after several analysts said FDA briefing documents for an advisory panel meeting on its Natpara drug were more favorable than expected. Also higher was clothing and accessories retailer Land's End (LE), which gained nearly 17% after the company's second quarter results beat the estimate of the only analyst that covers it. Among the noteworthy losers was eBay (EBAY), which fell for a second straight day after Apple announced its new mobile payment system, Apple Pay, that could come in direct competition with eBay's PayPal service. Shares of PayPal's parent were downgraded to Neutral this morning at Piper Jaffray and fell 3% near noon. Also lower following yesterday's presentation by Apple was partner GT Advanced (GTAT), which was downgraded at Goldman, Piper Jaffray and Dougherty and dropped more than 14% after it was revealed that sapphire will be used in the display cover of Apple Watch but not the iPhone 6. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 16.02, or 0.09%, to 17,029.89, the Nasdaq was up 21.10, or 0.46%, to 4,573.38, and the S&P 500 was up 2.62, or 0.13%, to 1,991.06.
10:08 EDTDGFamily Dollar confirms Dollar General unsolicited tender offer
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10:06 EDTDGFamily Dollar confirms Dollar General unsolicited tender offer
09:32 EDTMDTMedtronic announces first U.S. implants in CoreValve Evolut R study
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09:27 EDTDGDollar General tender for Family Dollar a logical next step, says Wells Fargo
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06:19 EDTDGDollar General commences tender offer to acquire Family Dollar for $80/share
Dollar General (DG) announced that it has commenced a tender offer to acquire all outstanding shares of Family Dollar Stores (FDO) for $80.00 per share in cash. The offer is scheduled to expire at 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on October 8, 2014, unless the offer is extended. The full terms, conditions and other details of the tender offer are set forth in the offering documents that Dollar General will file today with the SEC. Dollar General also will promptly file for clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, which will allow the company to begin the antitrust approval process with the FTC. Dollar Generalís all-cash offer of $80.00 per share provides Family Dollar shareholders with a "superior valuation" to the $74.50 per share cash / stock offer announced by Dollar Tree (DLTR) on July 28, 2014. Dollar Generalís offer provides Family Dollarís shareholders with approximately $640M of additional aggregate value over Dollar Treeís offer. As part of a definitive merger agreement with Family Dollar, Dollar General would be willing to agree to divest up to 1,500 stores if required by the FTC and to pay Family Dollar a $500M reverse break-up fee if the transaction did not close for reasons related to antitrust approvals.
06:01 EDTDGDollar General commences tender offer to acquire Family Dollar for $80/share
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September 9, 2014
13:42 EDTCHKChesapeake must face racketeering charges in Michigan trial, Reuters says
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10:18 EDTDGDollar General listed among 5 largest long positions by Jana Partners
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07:02 EDTEMEDA Davidson to hold a conference
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