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January 7, 2013
10:07 EDTTXN, DKS, UHS, PPL, DHR, AMZN, WAG, TXT, NOC, HXL, HES, HAR, FDO, CS, CAJOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Canon (CAJ) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Credit Suisse (CS) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Family Dollar (FDO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Harmon (HAR) upgraded to Outperform from neutral at RW Baird... Hess Corp. (HES) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Hexcel (HXL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Northrop Grumman (NOC) upgraded to Sector Perform from Underperform at RBC Capital... Textron (TXT) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Walgreen (WAG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Amazon.com (AMZN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Danaher (DHR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at ISI Group... PPL Corp. (PPL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at ISI Group... Universal Health (UHS) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Dick's Sporting (DKS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Janney Capital... Texas Instruments (TXN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital.
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September 4, 2014
07:52 EDTAMZNAmazon.com well-positioned to beat 2015 profit expectations, says Bernstein
Bernstein expects Amazon.com's 2015 profits and margins to beat expectations, driven by batter than expected category mix shift and greater scale. The firm raised its price target on the stock to $450 from $360 and keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
06:22 EDTAMZNeBay to meet PayPal estimates despite competition, says Piper Jaffray
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06:03 EDTWAGStocks with implied volatility movement; WAG RAD
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September 3, 2014
14:49 EDTFDOIchan exits Family Dollar position with $200M profit, Reuters says
Carl Icahn, who became Family Dollar's largest shareholder just this June, has now sold his entire stake for a profit of about $200M, according to Reuters, citing sources familiar with the matter. Reference Link
14:33 EDTFDOIcahn sold entire Family Dollar stake, Reuters says
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13:50 EDTAMZNAmazon.com slips lower, levels to watch
The shares are down over 1% to $338.94. At that price next support is at $337.55, the session low. Resistance is at $340, an intraday pivot high.
08:31 EDTAMZNAmazon CFO Thomas Szkutak to retire in June 2015
Amazon.com announced that Thomas J. Szkutak, Senior Vice President and CFO, will retire from the company in June 2015. Szkutak has been Amazonís CFO since joining the company in October 2002 and oversees the controller, treasury, investor relations, tax, internal audit and facilities functions as well as financial management of the companyís business units. Brian T. Olsavsky, Vice President of Finance for the companyís global consumer business, will succeed Szkutak as CFO, reporting to Jeffrey P. Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon. Szkutak and Olsavsky will work together to conduct a seamless transition of CFO responsibilities over the next 10 months.
07:48 EDTPPLPPL Corp. to reaffirm FY14 ongoing EPS view $2.20-$2.40, consensus $2.27
SVP and CFO Vincent Sorgi will make a presentation and discuss the company's general business outlook with investors and financial analysts at the 2014 Barclays Capital CEO Energy-Power Conference. At this conference, Sorgi is expected to reaffirm the Company's previously announced 2014 ongoing earnings forecast of $2.20 to $2.40 per share and 2014 reported earnings forecast of $1.70 to $1.90 per share. The company says it is on target with project cost savings and synergies.
September 2, 2014
16:25 EDTFDOOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:15 EDTDHRDanaher appoints Thomas Joyce as CEO
Danaher announced that the Company's Board of Directors has implemented its previously disclosed succession plan and will appoint Thomas P. Joyce, Jr. as President and CEO and a member of the Board of Directors, effective September 9. Joyce's predecessor, H. Lawrence Culp, Jr., will transition to a senior advisory role. Joyce began his career at Danaher in 1989 as a Marketing Project Manager in the Danaher Tool Group. In 1995, he became President of Delta Consolidated Industries, a truck box and storage container manufacturer.
12:22 EDTCSCredit Suisse initiates probe into alleged trader misconduct, WSJ says
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12:09 EDTFDOOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with the Nasdaq clinging to narrow gains and the Dow and S&P both down about 0.25%. Stocks began the session basically unchanged but turned mixed within minutes of the open. The volume has been light and the market has moved in a narrow range, continuing the type of pattern that was seen all of last week ahead of the holiday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's final manufacturing PMI for August dipped slightly from the flash print of 58.0 to 57.9, but that was up from July's 55.8 reading. ISM's manufacturing index for August climbed to 59.0 from 57.1 in July, beating expectations. Construction spending bounced back 1.8% in July, beating expectations for it to have risen 1.0% after declining in the prior month. In Asia, HSBC's final manufacturing PMI for China edged down to 50.2 from the preliminary 50.3 August reading, which was already down from the 51.7 report in July. The Chinese government's official purchasing managers index came in at 51.1 for August, which was down from its 51.7 reading in July. In Europe, the Eurozone's final manufacturing PMI for August was revised down to 50.7 from 51.8 in the preliminary reading. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) was in the headlines following a celebrity photo hack involving several of its iCloud accounts. Despite the negative publicity from those events, the stock gained nearly 1% after noted Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster raised his price target on the tech giant's shares to $120 from $105, citing the upcoming launch of new products and services. Another firm, Cantor, said in its own note to investors that it believes that Apple will have its most exciting product launches "in many years" over the next few months... In M&A news, Dollar General (DG) rose almost 1% after increasing its all-cash proposal to buy Family Dollar (FDO) to $80.00 per share and also increasing the number of stores that it would be willing to agree to divest to 1,500 if ordered by the FTC. Shares of Family Dollar, which previously rejected Dollar General's prior proposal on the basis of antitrust regulatory concerns, traded above the new offer price, while Dollar Tree (DLTR), which currently has a merger agreement deal in place with Family Dollar, also gained 1.5%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were two other companies involved in M&A, one which was a buyer and one which was bought. Norwegian Cruise Line (NCLH) advanced 12% after agreeing to acquire upscale peer Prestige Cruises for $3.03B, while Compuware (CPWR) rose over 12% after the company confirmed it agreed to be acquired by private equity investment firm Thoma Bravo in a transaction valued at approximately $2.5B. Among the noteworthy losers was Exelixis (EXEL), which plunged 53% after its phase 3 pivotal trial of cabozantinib in certain men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer did not meet its primary endpoint and the stock was downgraded by at least three Street research firms. Also lower was lease-to-own retailer CONN'S (CONN), which dropped 30% and was downgraded at Piper Jaffray after weakness in its credit operations prompted a Q2 earnings miss and caused the company to cut its fiscal year guidance. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 43.58, or 0.25%, to 17,054.87, the Nasdaq was up 2.97, or 0.06%, to 4,583.24, and the S&P 500 was down 4.83, or 0.24%, to 1,998.54.
10:02 EDTNOCOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Cabot Oil & Gas (COG) upgraded at Stifel... Century Aluminum (CENX) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Groupon (GRPN) upgraded at RBC Capital... Hawaiian Electric (HE) upgraded to Neutral from Cautious at ISI Group... Life Time Fitness (LTM) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Live Nation (LYV) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Northcoast... Northrop Grumman (NOC) upgraded at RBC Capital... Panasonic (PCRFY) upgraded to Buy from Sell at CLSA... Progressive (PGR) upgraded at Goldman... RCS Capital (RCAP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... SandRidge Energy (SD) upgraded at Stifel... Staples (SPLS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Statoil (STO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Tenaris (TS) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Tesla (TSLA) upgraded at Stifel... Ultratech (UTEK) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington... Volkswagen (VLKAY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Waddell & Reed (WDR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Willis Group (WSH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... zulily (ZU) upgraded to Buy from Fair Value at CRT Capital.
08:36 EDTFDOFamily Dollar confirms receipt of revised unsolicited proposal from Dollar General
Family Dollar Stores (FDO) confirmed that it has received a revised, non-binding, unsolicited proposal from Dollar General (DG) to acquire all of the outstanding common shares of Family Dollar. Consistent with its fiduciary duties and subject to the terms of its existing merger agreement with Dollar Tree (DLTR), Family Dollarís Board of Directors, in consultation with its legal and financial advisors, will review and consider the revised proposal. The company's Board of Directors has not changed its recommendation in support of the merger with Dollar Tree. Family Dollar will have no further comment on Dollar Generalís proposal until the Board has completed its review.
07:16 EDTNOCNorthrop Grumman upgraded at RBC Capital
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06:34 EDTAMZNApple cuts iPad mini prices as non-Apple vendors may follow, DigiTimes says
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06:16 EDTFDODollar General increases proposal to board of Family Dollar to $80 per share
Dollar General (DG) announced that it has sent an enhanced acquisition proposal to the board of Family Dollar Stores (FDO). Under the terms of the revised proposal, Dollar General would increase its all-cash proposal for all outstanding shares of Family Dollar to $80.00 per share. Dollar General also increased the number of stores that it would be willing to agree to divest to 1,500 if ordered by the FTC, as further evidence of its confidence in its ability to obtain antitrust approval, has agreed to pay a $500M reverse break-up fee to Family Dollar relating to antitrust matters. All other terms and conditions of the proposal remain unchanged. Dollar Generalís revised proposal provides Family Dollarís shareholders with approximately $640M of additional aggregate value over Dollar Treeís offer and represents a premium of 31.9 percent over the closing price of $60.66 for Family Dollar stock on the day prior to the Dollar Tree announcement. In addition, Dollar General has engaged additional counsel, Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, to independently review its antitrust work. The independent review validated Dollar Generalís analysis that the proposed transaction can be completed on the terms previously proposed.
06:08 EDTNOCNorthrop Grumman upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
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06:04 EDTFDODollar General to raise offer for Family Dollar to $80/share, CNBC reports
Dollar General (DG) is going to raise its all-cash bid for Family Dollar (FDO) to $80 per share or around $9.1B, CNBC's Andrew Ross Sorkin reports, citing sources. Dollar General is willing to sell up to 1,500 stores if required by the FTC under the new offer, Sorkin adds. Family Dollar has continued to recommend a merger with Dollar Tree (DLTR). Reference Link
06:01 EDTFDODollar General raises offer for Family Dollar to $80/share, CNBC reports
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