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March 8, 2013
14:38 EDTKR, AEO, P, SPLS, DELLMarket poised to finish week higher as Dow keeps setting new record highs
Stocks are set to end the week higher after the Dow surpassed its all-time record high and investors received some good news about the global economy... MACRO NEWS: The Fed's Beige Book stated that consumer spending and manufacturing had expanded in most areas in recent weeks, as the economy continued to grow at a moderate pace. The domestic labor picture also looked to be improving as the U.S. economy added many more nonfarm jobs than expected last month, the government reported today. Meanwhile, the light at the end of the tunnel brightened in Europe, as ECB President Mario Draghi said that the E.U.'s economy "should gradually recover" later this year... COMPANY NEWS: The Fed announced that all of the large financial institutions it had subjected to stress tests had passed those tests, with the exception of Ally Financial... Billionaire investor Carl Icahn proposed that Dell (DELL) pay a $9 per share dividend if its shareholders reject the company's going-private transaction. Icahn has reportedly obtained a stake of about 6% in the company... Internet music platform Pandora (P) and supermarket chain Kroger (KR) reported stronger than expected quarterly results, while Staples (SPLS) and American Eagle (AEO) declined following their disappointing quarterly reports.
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January 27, 2015
07:49 EDTKRKroger management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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January 23, 2015
14:05 EDTPPandora rises after positive comments from analysts
Research firm Rosenblatt placed a Buy rating on Pandora (P), as the firm believes that the company can increase its profits by selling more ads. WHAT'S NEW: Pandora can sell more ads as usage of its Internet radio service increases going forward, Rosenblatt analyst Martin Pyykkonen wrote in a note to investors today. Moreover, the company's sales force has become more effective, as it is now covering most radio ad markets in the U.S., the analyst stated. This development should also drive Pandora's ad sales higher, according to the analyst, who set a $20 price target on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Another research firm, OTR Global, earlier today wrote that its survey indicated that advertising agencies plan to increase their spending on Pandora's ads by a larger amount this year than last year. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Pandora jumped 10.7% to $17.63.
10:44 EDTPPandora rallies after analyst releases upbeat survey results
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09:45 EDTPOTR Global has increased confidence in Internet radio
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09:43 EDTPPandora calls active
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07:24 EDTPPandora weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and guidance
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05:55 EDTPStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; P HLF
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Pandora (P) 67, Herbalife (HLF) 121 according to iVolatility.
January 20, 2015
13:09 EDTSPLSSources: Staples to spurn Starboard's call to merge with Office Depot, FT says
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10:57 EDTPPandora calls active on renewed takeover speculation
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10:47 EDTSPLSStaples says will consider 'all actions' that would create shareholder value
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10:46 EDTPRumor: Pandora strength attributed to renewed takeover speculation
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10:23 EDTSPLSStarboard says Staples should explore merger with Office Depot
Starboard Value, one of the largest shareholders of Staples (SPLS), confirmed, as previously reported, that it has delivered a letter to Ronald Sargent, Chairman and CEO of Staples, and the board of directors of Staples. In the letter, Starboard states in part: "As we discussed in our recent meeting, we believe that the best way to maximize value for Staples' shareholders is through exploring and completing a business combination with Office Depot (ODP). For a variety of reasons, we believe that now is the right time to pursue such a transaction, and we urge you to immediately retain a reputable investment bank and legal advisors to assist the Board in evaluating, structuring and executing a transaction with Office Depot. We believe that a strategic combination of Staples and Office Depot would result in synergies that would more than double the operating profits of the combined company and would create an industry-leading office supply retailer that could more effectively compete against larger retailers and online competitors. The magnitude of value creation from such a business combination far exceeds anything that either company could achieve on a standalone basis. We believe that the evidence is clear that shareholders are broadly supportive of a transaction between Staples and Office Depot. As shown in the chart below, since the merger speculation began last September, Staples' share price has risen over 50%, strongly outperforming the S&P 500...After the recent increase in Staples' share price, we believe the stock now trades at a substantial premium to the intrinsic value of the standalone company. This results in a lower cost of capital for Staples and a stronger currency which could be used to acquire Office Depot. If Staples fails to fully explore and consummate a transaction with Office Depot, shareholders will undoubtedly be extremely disappointed...We understand that this will require cooperation from Office Depot, and we have already expressed to them our strong support for a transaction...Our sincere hope is that we can continue to have a constructive dialogue. However, if it becomes clear to us that you have no intention of seriously pursuing this unique and highly attractive opportunity, it would be a clear sign that significant leadership change is needed at Staples."
09:31 EDTSPLSActivist Starboard urging Staples, Office Depot to merge, WSJ reports
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08:59 EDTSPLSStarboard urged Staples to explore Office Depot merger, Bloomberg says
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January 15, 2015
10:30 EDTSPLSStaples announces board changes, CEO turns down raise to base salary
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05:55 EDTKRSupermarkets upgraded to Neutral from Cautious at Goldman Sachs
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January 14, 2015
09:30 EDTKRKroger Q4 trends ahead of expectations, says Cleveland Research
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January 13, 2015
08:43 EDTAEOAmerican Eagle has reached positive turning point, says BMO Capital
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