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February 20, 2013
05:55 EDTAYR, AYR, WMAR, WMAR, WMT, WMT, SWY, SWY, PWR, PWR, PEG, PEG, PCG, PCG, PDCO, PDCO, HRL, HRL, ESV, ESV, DNR, DNR, CHK, CHK, CG, CG, BRC, BRC, ZLC, ZLCCompanies reporting Before the Market Open on Thursday, February 21
Notable companies reporting before the opening bell on Tuesday include Aircastle (AYR), Brady (BRC), Carlyle Group (CG), Chesapeake Energy (CHK), Denbury Resources (DNR), Ensco (ESV), Hormel Foods (HRL), Patterson Companies (PDCO), PG&E (PCG), Public Service Enterprise Group (PEG), Quanta Services (PWR), Safeway (SWY), Wal-Mart Stores (WMT), West Marine (WMAR), and Zale (ZLC).
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April 15, 2014
05:38 EDTWMTWal-Mart downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at William Blair
William Blair downgraded its rating on Wal-Mart (WMT) to Underperform from Market Perform citing risks with e-commerce competition and the prospect of sector rotation away from retailers. William Blair says retail sales were sluggish in Q1 with weak consumer confidence for low-income households.
April 14, 2014
19:32 EDTSWYBlackhawk completes spin-off from Safeway
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16:07 EDTSWYSafeway completes spin-off of Blackhawk Network Holdings
Safeway completed the distribution to its stockholders of 37,838,709 shares of Class B common stock of Blackhawk Networks Holdings owned by Safeway. After the completion of the distribution, Safeway no longer owns any shares of Class B common stock of Blackhawk. The distribution by Safeway was made in the form of a pro rata common stock dividend, of its Class B common stock equity interest in Blackhawk to all Safeway stockholders of record on April 3. Safeway stockholders have received 0.164291 of a share of Blackhawk Class B common stock, in book-entry form, for every share of Safeway common stock held as of the close of business on April 3. No fractional shares of Blackhawk Class B common stock were distributed. Instead, Safeway stockholders will receive cash in lieu of any fraction of a share of Blackhawk Class B common stock that they otherwise would have received. Starting on April 15, the when-issued market for Safeway common stock on the New York Stock Exchange, previously trading under the symbol "SWYWI" or "SWY-WI" on certain websites, will no longer be available and the "regular way" market for Safeway will be trading "ex" or, in other words, without the entitlement of the shares of Blackhawk Class B common stock.
April 11, 2014
07:09 EDTWMTLi & Fung collaborates with Citigroup on brand unit spinoff, Bloomberg says
Li & Fung (LFUGF)) is said to be collaborating with Citigroup (C) to spin off its brands division, which is valued at nearly $2B, according to Bloomberg, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The company's brand unit sells clothing and toys to retailers such as Wal-Mart (WMT) and Kohl's (KSS). Reference Link
07:02 EDTCGCarlyle Group names Jeff Holland as head of private client group
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April 10, 2014
16:09 EDTSWYSafeway announces receipt of second request from FTC
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13:14 EDTWMTFamily Dollar slides after holiday disappointment prompts store closures
Shares of discount retailer Family Dollar (FDO) are falling after the company reported second quarter earnings per share and revenue that fell below expectations, along with third quarter and FY14 projections that are lower than analysts' consensus. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Family Dollar reported second quarter earnings per share of 80c, which fell below analysts consensus of 90c. The company reported second quarter revenue of $2.72B, while analysts projected $2.77B. Family Dollar, which reported that its second quarter same-store-sales decreased by 3.8%, said the holiday season was challenged by "a more promotional competitive environment and a more financially constrained consumer" and that its results were also significantly impacted by severe winter weather like many retailers. The company expects third quarter earnings per share excluding-items to be 85c-95c, while analysts project a 98c consensus. Family Dollar said that it sees FY14 earnings per share excluding items to be $3.05-$3.25, which is at the lower end of analysts' estimations. Family Dollar noted that it expects to close nearly 370 underperforming stores in the second half of FY14 and slow new store growth beginning in FY15. WHAT'S NOTABLE: During Family Dollar's earnings conference call, the company said that it plans to slow square footage growth in the beginning of FY14 and said that it recently cut about 10% of its corporate workforce. ANALYST OPINION: Wells Fargo analyst Matt Nemer said Family Dollar's third quarter negative comp guidance and commentary about a challenging macro environment could pressure its own shares as well as those of its peers Dollar General (DG) and Dollar Tree (DLTR). However, Family Dollar's store closures combined with a decrease in future store growth could ultimately have positive implications for its competitors, Nemer added. On March 4, Credit Suisse said Family Dollar's underperformance compared to Dollar General and significant earnings possibilities gives the rationale for a potential merger of the two. On February 19, Credit Suisse analyst Michael Exstein suggested that Wal-Mart (WMT) should consider acquiring Family Dollar as a way to "jumpstart" its small store effort. CNBC's David Faber reported the same morning that Exstein published his note that Family Dollar was not holding any talks about selling itself at that time. PRICE ACTION: During afternoon trading, shares of Family Dollar decreased $1.54, or 2.61%, to $57.53, Dollar Tree dropped 2.5%, and Dollar General fell about 1.5%.
06:13 EDTWMTWal-Mart to carry Wild Oats organic food items
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April 9, 2014
12:07 EDTHRLU.S. red meat, poultry production forecast lowered
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10:06 EDTCGOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
AmSurg (AMSG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... CBOE Holdings (CBOE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Carlyle Group (CG) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... FireEye (FEYE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka... Fortune Brands (FBHS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Gray Television (GTN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Hibbett Sports (HIBB) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... LinkedIn (LNKD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka... Mallinckrodt (MNK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Nexstar (NXST) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Penn National (PENN) upgraded to Overweight from Equalweight at Barclays... Philip Morris (PM) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at Nomura... SAIC (SAIC) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Wells Fargo... Sinclair Broadcast (SBGI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Yelp (YELP) upgraded to Buy from Fair Value at CRT Capital... Danaher (DHR) upgraded to Strong Buy from Buy at ISI Group... Quanex (NX) upgraded at BB&T... Omnicell (OMCL) upgraded at Craig-Hallum... Volkswagen (VLKAY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Magna (MGA) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Actavis (ACT) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... E-Trade (ETFC) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... AmerisourceBergen (ABC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... CONSOL (CNX) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie.
09:36 EDTCHKActive equity options trading on open
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09:10 EDTWMTWal-Mart to purcahse energy-efficient LED ceiling lighting fixtures from GE
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07:13 EDTCGCarlyle Group upgraded at Oppenheimer
As noted earlier, Oppenheimer upgraded Carlyle Group to Outperform from Perform. The firm has a positive outlook on private equity based asset managers in general, and believes that Carlyle is better positioned than most of its peers to contend with markets that could be choppy this year, given the diversification of its investments. Target $41.
06:41 EDTCGCarlyle Group upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer
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April 8, 2014
16:05 EDTSWYSafeway holders to get 0.164291 Blackhawk Class B shares for each Safeway share
Safeway (SWY) announced the final distribution ratio for the previously announced special stock dividend to its stockholders of all of the shares of Class B common stock of Blackhawk Network (HAWK) held by Safeway. Safeway stockholders will receive 0.164291 of a share of Blackhawk Class B common stock for every share of Safeway common stock held as of the close of business on April 3. The distribution will be made on April 14 in the form of a pro rata distribution of all of the 37,838,709 shares of Class B common stock of Blackhawk owned by Safeway to all Safeway stockholders of record on the record date. No fractional shares of Blackhawk Class B common stock will be distributed. Instead, Safeway stockholders will receive cash in lieu of any fraction of a share of Blackhawk Class B common stock that they otherwise would have received.
07:28 EDTPCGSecurity Innovation Network to hold a forum
IT Security Entrepreneurs Forum: ITSEF 2014 is being held in Mountain View, California on April 8-9.
06:17 EDTWMTWal-Mart to expand in India, add e-commerce, wholesale stores, WSJ reports
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April 7, 2014
15:01 EDTPDCOPatterson Companies general counsel Levitt to retire
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07:31 EDTZLCZale, Signet Jewelers announce expiration of HSR Act waiting period
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06:28 EDTSWYStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; SWY JCP
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