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May 29, 2014
10:26 EDTVMW, QIHU, PANW, HMY, COR, PSEC, MELI, DO, BIIB, TWTR, PINC, DLTR, DHI, AUOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AngloGold (AU) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at HSBC... Biogen (BIIB) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... CoreSite Realty (COR) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Cantor... D.R. Horton (DHI) upgraded at RBC Capital... Diamond Offshore (DO) upgraded at Morgan Stanley... Dollar Tree (DLTR) upgraded at Sterne Agee... Harmony Gold (HMY) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... MercadoLibre (MELI) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Palo Alto (PANW) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Premier (PINC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Prospect Capital (PSEC) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Evercore... Qihoo 360 (QIHU) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at Standard Chartered... Twitter (TWTR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... VMware (VMW) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray.
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December 8, 2014
10:16 EDTTWTRTwitter falls to session lows, levels to watch
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09:20 EDTPSECOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:43 EDTPSECProspect Capital suspends ATM equitiy issuance, reduces dividends
Prospect Capital announced that, in light of current share price levels, Prospect has suspended at-the-market equity issuances for the indefinite future. Prospect will continue to take a disciplined approach to any future potential equity issuance, the company said. As of September 30, Prospect's asset concentration in the energy industry stood at 5.1%, including Prospect's first lien senior secured loans where third parties bear first loss capital risk. As of December 31, 2013, Prospect's loan non-accrual rate stood at 0.32%, weighted average portfolio net leverage stood at 4.49 times earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization and trailing twelve month first lien origination mix stood at 58.3%. Prospect announced it has declared reduced monthly cash dividends to shareholders in the following amounts and with the following record and payment dates: 8.333c per share for February 2015, with a record date of February 27, 2015 and payment date of March 19, 2015; 8.333c per share for March 2015, with a record date of March 31, 2015 and payment date of April 23, 2015; and 8.333c per share for April 2015, with a record date of April 30, 2015 and payment date of May 21, 2015. "As our updated credit statistics show, we have elected in the past year to take on less risk and focus on higher earnings quality by increasing our percentage of first lien loans and accepting lower interest rates in this yield compressed environment. We have not chased higher yields that we believe do not compensate for risk. While we have more than covered our prior dividends out of taxable earnings, we are reducing the next three declared dividends from past levels because we believe we should pay a dividend that is no more than our minimum expected net investment income, based on our expectations over the next twelve months," said John Barry III, Chairman and CEO of Prospect.
06:00 EDTTWTRTwitter's former head of product leaving company, Re/code reports
Daniel Graf, who was replaced by Kevin Weil as head of product last month, is leaving the company, Re/code reports. Reference Link
December 5, 2014
12:03 EDTDLTRFive Below plummets after Q4, FY14 outlooks trail analysts' estimates
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11:23 EDTTWTROption volume leaders
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10:03 EDTDLTRFamily Dollar sees Dollar General needing to divest over 3.4K stores, CNBC says
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09:19 EDTDLTRDollar General says remains committed to purchase of Family Dollar
Dollar General Corporation (DG) issued the following statement in response to comments made by Dollar Tree (DLTR) regarding its view of potential store divestitures that may be required by the FTC in either a Dollar Tree/Family Dollar Stores (FDO) or a Dollar General/Family Dollar combination. Dollar General’s documents and data tell a very different story from that contained in the press release issued today by Dollar Tree. As Dollar General previously has stated, Walmart (WMT), not Family Dollar, is the primary driver regarding Dollar General’s strategic pricing decisions, and more than 90% of Dollar General’s SKUs are nationally priced. Dollar General is confident that its approach to strategic and pricing decisions is both correct and superior to that of Family Dollar and Dollar General has no intention of adopting a flawed strategy -- either now or after an acquisition of Family Dollar -- that it believes would impair its ability to compete with Walmart and lead to inferior financial performance. Dollar General is actively engaged in discussions with the FTC regarding the extent of potential divestitures that would be required in connection with an acquisition of Family Dollar and has been making good progress. Over the past few weeks, Dollar General has provided the FTC with tens of thousands of documents supporting the above facts and its broad view of competition. There is no reason to believe that the FTC would take into account only Family Dollar’s documents and data or afford them greater significance than Dollar General's own evidence. As stated in Dollar General's press release of December 4, Dollar General will continue to work with the FTC and expects to provide an update in sufficient time to allow Family Dollar shareholders to review such information prior to the Family Dollar shareholders’ meeting now scheduled for December 23.
08:55 EDTTWTRYahoo seen overtaking Twitter in U.S. mobile ad market share, WSJ reports
Research firm eMarketer predicts Google (GOOG, GOOGL) and Facebook (FB) will account for about 35% and 17%, respectively, of the U.S. mobile ad market in 2015, but the firm also expects Yahoo (YHOO) will edge past Twitter (TWTR) in terms of mobile ad revenue, with projected market shares of 3.74% and 3.69%, respectively, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
08:15 EDTQIHUCapital Ventures International reports 6.6% passive stake in Qihoo 360
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08:12 EDTMELIMercadoLibre management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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07:51 EDTVMWSurvey indicates VMware outlook more positive than thought, says Pacific Crest
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07:43 EDTDOLondon bankers see oil slump spurring energy industry consolidation, WSJ reports
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06:09 EDTDLTRDollar Tree provides update on FTC review of pending acquisition of Family Dolla
Dollar Tree (DLTR) announced that it was providing an update regarding the status of the FTC's review of its pending acquisition of Family Dollar (FDO). Dollar Tree and Family Dollar have been actively engaging with the staff of the FTC as they review the pending merger. The company said, "The staff of the FTC is very focused on the discount retail sector (including how Family Dollar’s current pricing rules would impact store prices in a merger transaction) and has indicated that some divestitures will be required for the Pending Merger, which we believe will be no more than our original commitment in the July 27, 2014, Merger Agreement. Dollar Tree will work diligently with the FTC staff over the next few weeks concerning divestitures. Given the relatively small number of divestitures our transaction implicates, Dollar Tree does not expect any such divestiture to have a material impact on its plans for the combined organization. Furthermore, we believe that we will be in a position to complete the financing for the Pending Merger in January 2015 and to complete the Pending Merger as early as February 2015... In connection with its unsolicited tender offer for Family Dollar, Dollar General (DG) continues to refuse to agree to a “hell-or-high-water” commitment. Based on the foregoing concerns regarding the Pending Merger, Dollar Tree believes that the FTC may require divestitures far in excess of the 1,500 stores that Dollar General has offered to divest in its tender offer for Family Dollar... The special meeting of Family Dollar shareholders to vote on the Pending Merger is currently scheduled for December 23, 2014. To facilitate the FTC’s continued review, and in light of the practicalities associated with the transaction, Dollar Tree and Family Dollar have agreed not to close the Pending Merger until January 30, 2015, unless the FTC completes its review of the Pending Merger and terminates the waiting period at an earlier date. Dollar Tree will continue to provide additional information as the special meeting date approaches."
December 4, 2014
16:00 EDTTWTROptions Update; December 4, 2014
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09:18 EDTTWTRTwitter CEO trusts sell 141,730 shares
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07:18 EDTMELIMercadoLibre management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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07:17 EDTVMW, PANWFBR Capital to hold a bus tour
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06:48 EDTPANWSony denies North Korea identified as source of hack, NY Times says
Sony's (SNE) Sony Pictures unit said Re/code's report which stated that North Korea had been identified as the source of the cyber attack on the unit was not accurate, according to The New York Times. Sony Pictures and the FBI are continuing to identify the incident, the newspaper added. Publicly traded cybersecurity companies include Barracuda Networks (CUDA), Check Point (CHKP), F5 Networks (FFIV), FireEye (FEYE), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Palo Alto (PANW), Proofpoint (PFPT), Qualys (QLYS) and Symantec (SYMC).Reference Link
05:21 EDTVMWJuniper, VMware collaborate on cloud in APAC
Juniper Networks (JNPR) and VMware (VMW) have kick-started a joint Asia Pacific, or APAC, strategy aimed at accelerating the adoption of private cloud solutions by enterprises across APAC. The announcement builds on last year's expansion of the two companies' global technology partnership to deliver joint marketing and sales activities and interoperable products to support simple integration of the VMware NSX network virtualization platform with Juniper Networks' MetaFabric architecture for virtualized data center networking in APAC. The global market for private cloud services is forecasted to grow at a compound annual rate of 22% over the period 2013-2018 according to TechNavio. Yet the implementation and management of virtual infrastructures, together with network latency, are among the leading pain-points cited by CIOs across the APAC region. The partnership between Juniper Networks and VMware represents a shared commitment to delivering simplified, flexible solutions that enable customers to more easily realize the benefits of network virtualization and SDN as their business needs evolve.
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