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March 8, 2013
14:38 EDTSPLS, DELL, KR, AEO, PMarket 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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February 11, 2016
14:34 EDTPPandora options active on report of sales talks into release of Q4
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14:30 EDTPNotable companies reporting after market close
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14:25 EDTPPandora trading resumes, shares up 5.1% to $8.83 after report of sale talks
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14:20 EDTPPandora exploring sale, NYT says
Pandora has held talks about selling the company and is working with Morgan Stanley to meet potential buyers, reports the New York Times, citing sources. Reference Link
14:19 EDTPPandora halted for volatility after jumping 2% to $8.59
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14:19 EDTPPandora has held sale talks, NY Times reports
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14:08 EDTKRThe Fresh Market Kroger calls active after report of Kroger takeover pursuit
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14:02 EDTKRThe Fresh Market up over 20% to $22.35 following Reuters report
14:00 EDTKRThe Fresh Market jumps after report of Kroger takeover pursuit
Shares of grocer The Fresh Market (TFM) jumped in afternoon trading after Reuters reported that supermarket giant Kroger (KR) is in the second round of bidding for the smaller rival. Private equity firms Apollo Global (APO), KKR (KKR) and TPG Capital are also pursuing a potential deal, the report noted. Shares of The Fresh Market jumped 19% to $22 following the report.
13:57 EDTKRKroger bidding to acquire The Fresh Market, Reuters reports
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February 10, 2016
11:39 EDTKRHormel recalls 450 pounds of beef products to due foreign matter contamination
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10:01 EDTPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Antero Resources (AR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Apollo Investment (AINV) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi... BBA Aviation (BBAVY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... CM Finance (CMFN) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... CTI BioPharma (CTIC) downgraded to Sell from Hold at WallachBeth... Calix (CALX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... ConocoPhillips (COP) downgraded to Peer Perform from Outperform at Wolfe Research... Fifth Street Finance (FSC) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Fortis (FRTSF) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... ITC Holdings (ITC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... KapStone (KS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Knight Transportation (KNX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Lake Shore Gold (LSG) downgraded to Sector Performer from Outperformer at CIBC... Medley Capital (MCC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Pandora (P) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Parker-Hannifin (PH) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore ISI... Parkway Properties (PKY) downgraded on real estate headwinds, valuation at Stifel... Plains GP Holdings (PAGP) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Ruckus Wireless (RKUS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... SolarCity (SCTY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Roth Capital... Tahoe Resources (TAHO) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... USANA (USNA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at DA Davidson... Valero (VLO) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Western Union (WU) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... XL Group (XL) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Deutsche Bank.
08:47 EDTPPandora price target lowered to $16 from $24 at Canaccord
Canaccord lowered its price target on Pandora citing competitive concerns from Spotify as well as expectations for lower EBITDA due to higher publishing royalties and the impact of recent acquisitions. Canaccord maintained its Buy rating on Pandora shares as the firm expect the company's headwinds to moderate.
06:19 EDTPPandora downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen
Cowen analyst John Blackledge downgraded Pandora to Market Perform to reflect lower ad loads. The analyst said recent acquisition of Ticketfly and Rdio in Q4 indicate Pandora is diversifying its revenue stream and suggests challenges in the core business. Blackledge materially lowered 2017-2021 estimates mainly due to lower ad load forecasts given rising competition and cut his price target on Pandora shares to $9 from $21.
06:17 EDTSPLSStaples receives approval from European Union to acquire Office Depot
Staples (SPLS) has received approval from the European Union to acquire Office Depot (ODP). The acquisition has been approved in Australia, New Zealand, China, and Europe. The European Commission approved the acquisition on the condition that Staples divest Office Depot's European contract business and all of Office Depot's operations in Sweden. Staples will meet these requirements, and the parties have decided that they will also divest Office Depot's retail, online and catalog operations in Europe in connection with closing the transaction. The merger is the subject of ongoing litigation with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission as well as the Canadian Competition Bureau. The companies recently announced the completion of financing arrangements and the extension of their merger agreement from February 4 to May 16.
05:01 EDTPStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; P DB
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February 5, 2016
11:16 EDTSPLSParty City enters into e-commerce relationship with Staples
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February 2, 2016
16:02 EDTSPLSStaples, Office Depot finalize merger agreement extension
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11:10 EDTSPLSStocks with call strike movement; NFLX SPLS
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February 1, 2016
12:48 EDTKROptions with increasing call volume
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