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May 29, 2014
10:26 EDTBMO, PAGP, NJR, NGG, MDAS, MANU, AWAY, HSY, FIATY, EDPFY, DG, DLR, DSW, CS, CRZBD, CELG, WOPEYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Bank of Montreal (BMO) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Celgene (CELG) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Commerzbank (CRZBD) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... Credit Suisse (CS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... DSW (DSW) downgraded to Neutral from Positive at Susquehanna... Digital Realty (DLR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Cantor... Dollar General (DG) downgraded at Sterne Agee... Energias de Portugal (EDPFY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citigroup... Fiat (FIATY) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Hershey (HSY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... HomeAway (AWAY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Manchester United (MANU) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... MedAssets (MDAS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... National Grid (NGG) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... New Jersey Resources (NJR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Brean Capital... Plains GP Holdings (PAGP) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... Woodside Petroleum (WOPEY) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Bernstei.
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September 10, 2014
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.
11:06 EDTDLRHigh option volume stocks
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10:08 EDTDGFamily Dollar confirms Dollar General unsolicited tender offer
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10:06 EDTDGFamily Dollar confirms Dollar General unsolicited tender offer
09:27 EDTDGDollar General tender for Family Dollar a logical next step, says Wells Fargo
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09:17 EDTFIATYChina mulls easing car dealer restrictions, Bloomberg says
China's Ministry of Commerce is considering whether to ease rules on car dealers and allow them to sell vehicles from multiple brands in the same store, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. Note that both Bitauto (BITA) and Autohome (ATHM), which operate automobile buyer focused websites in China, were down significantly during yesterday's trading, though it is unclear if the reported new regulations play a role in their share weakness. Publicly traded carmakers include Fiat (FIATY), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), Toyota (TM) and Volkswagen (VLKAY). Reference Link
08:46 EDTMANUManchester United volatility expected to move on FY15 results
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07:06 EDTMANUManchester United sees FY15 revenue GBP385M-GPB395M
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07:05 EDTMANUManchester United reports Q4 adjusted EPS GPB17.51 vs. (GPB3.86) last year
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06:28 EDTFIATYFiat says Ferrari Chairman Luca di Montezemolo resigns
Luca Cordero di Montezemolo is to quit as chairman of Ferrari after 23 years at the company. di Montezemolo says "Ferrari will have an important role to play within the FCA Group in the upcoming flotation on Wall Street. This will open up a new and different phase which I feel should be spearheaded by the CEO of the Group." Thefly notes that Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne recently said Ferrari's current performance in Formula 1 is "unacceptable."
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
19:38 EDTDLRDigital Realty resumed with a Hold at Stifel
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18:49 EDTDLRDigital Realty announces $188M Turn-Key Flex joint venture
Digital Realty announced the formation of a $187.6M joint venture between an affiliate of Digital Realty and an affiliate of Griffin Capital Essential Asset REIT, or GCEAR.. Digital Realty contributed to the joint venture, which was formed on September 9, an approximately 132,280 square foot Turn-Key Flex data center in Ashburn, Virginia valued at approximately $185.5M, excluding $2.1M of closing costs, or $20,611 per kW. The property is expected to generate forward 12-month cash net operating income of approximately $13.1M, representing a 7.05% cap rate. The property is 100% leased, with a weighted average remaining lease term of approximately seven years. GCEAR will hold an 80% interest in the joint venture and Digital Realty will retain a 20% interest. Digital Realty will continue to manage the property, and will receive management fees and will also be entitled to participate in certain excess cash flow and capital proceeds for managing the property. The joint venture has arranged a $102.0M five-year bank loan at LIBOR plus 225 basis points, representing a loan-to-value ratio of approximately 55%. The transaction generated net proceeds to Digital Realty of approximately $168.4M, comprised of Digital Realty's share of the initial draw-down on the bank loan in addition to the GCEAR fund's equity contribution, less Digital Realty's share of closing costs. Proceeds from the transaction will initially be used to pay down debt, and will eventually be used to fund ongoing investment activity and other corporate purposes. Digital Realty's FY14 core FFO per share guidance remains unchanged at $4.85-$4.95.
15:30 EDTMANUNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Manchester United (MANU), consensus ($2.00); Vera Bradley (VRA), consensus 19c; PMFG (PMFG), consensus (4c).
14:30 EDTNJRNew Jersey Resources raises quarterly dividend 7.1% to 45c from 42c per share
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10:18 EDTDGDollar General listed among 5 largest long positions by Jana Partners
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07:51 EDTCELGNICE says Abraxane price not justified by limited benefit in pancreatic cancer
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06:09 EDTFIATYVerizon CEO sees self-driving cars 3-5 years away, Detroit News reports
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06:06 EDTFIATYChrysler slashes price of Dodge Viper by $15,000, Detroit News reports
Chrysler has cut the price of its Dodge Viper by $15,000, the Detroit News reports. The slow-selling sports car now costs $84,995, priced comparably to the first-generation Viper. Reference Link
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