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August 18, 2014
12:18 EDTNXPI, ST, MNST, FDO, LCI, DGThe Fly: Midday Wrap
The market opened in positive territory following news that Russia and Ukraine were working on a potential ceasefire. The market had faltered on Friday following reports that the Ukraine army had attacked a Russian military vehicle after it crossed into Ukraine territory. The market opened sharply higher and then received an additional boost when the NAHB Housing market Index came in above expectations. The averages quickly moved to session highs, lifting the S&P to its highest level ever and putting August on track for the best monthly performance since February. ECONOMIC EVENTS: The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index rose 2 points to 55 in August. The index had climbed 4 points to 53 in July. This is the highest level since January's 56. The single family sales index edged up to 58 from 56 (revised from 57). The future index was 65 from 63 (revised from 64). The index of prospective buyer traffic improved to 42 from 39 (revised from 39). Data was better than expected. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of discount retailer Dollar General (DG) were higher by about 10% after the company announced a proposal to acquire rival Family Dollar (FDO) for $78.50 per share in cash, in a transaction valued at $9.7B. Shares of Family Dollar rose approximately 5% on the news. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Sensata Technologies (ST), which rose 5.6% after after agreeing to buy privately held Schrader International for $1B. Also higher was Lannett (LCI), which gained 9.3% after the company said fourth quarter and full-year 2014 earnings per share and revenue would exceed analysts' consensus estimates. Among the noteworthy losers was Monster Beverage (MNST), which fell about 4% after research firm Jefferies downgraded the shares to Hold from Buy saying the valuation looks full following its recent rally. Also lower was NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), which dropped 2.3% after Goldman Sachs downgraded the company to Sell from Neutral, and downgraded the semiconductor sector to Cautious from Neutral. The firm expects consensus estimates to move lower due to cyclical headwinds, increased Q4 and Q1 seasonality, and a RF correction. Goldman lowered their price target on the shares to $54 from $58. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 168.13, or 1.01%, to 16,831.04, the Nasdaq rose 44.11, or 0.99%, to 4,508.87, and the S&P 500 was higher by 16.79, or 0.86%, to 1,971.88.
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December 10, 2014
06:00 EDTDGStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; DG OPK
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; OPKO Health (OPK) 36, Dollar General (DG) 37 according to iVolatility.
December 9, 2014
10:23 EDTNXPIOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:52 EDTNXPINXP Semiconductors price target raised to $80 from $75 at Morgan Stanley
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06:07 EDTDGStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; DG OPK
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; OPKO Health (OPK) 41, Dollar General (DG) 37 according to iVolatility.
December 8, 2014
17:34 EDTLCILannett served with subpoena in federal probe related to generic industry
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16:06 EDTNXPINXP Semiconductors initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer
Target $100.
11:30 EDTLCILeerink generics pharmaceutical analyst holds analyst/industry conference call
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December 5, 2014
12:03 EDTFDO, DGFive Below plummets after Q4, FY14 outlooks trail analysts' estimates
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10:03 EDTFDO, DGFamily Dollar sees Dollar General needing to divest over 3.4K stores, CNBC says
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09:19 EDTFDO, DGDollar General says remains committed to purchase of Family Dollar
Dollar General Corporation (DG) issued the following statement in response to comments made by Dollar Tree (DLTR) regarding its view of potential store divestitures that may be required by the FTC in either a Dollar Tree/Family Dollar Stores (FDO) or a Dollar General/Family Dollar combination. Dollar General’s documents and data tell a very different story from that contained in the press release issued today by Dollar Tree. As Dollar General previously has stated, Walmart (WMT), not Family Dollar, is the primary driver regarding Dollar General’s strategic pricing decisions, and more than 90% of Dollar General’s SKUs are nationally priced. Dollar General is confident that its approach to strategic and pricing decisions is both correct and superior to that of Family Dollar and Dollar General has no intention of adopting a flawed strategy -- either now or after an acquisition of Family Dollar -- that it believes would impair its ability to compete with Walmart and lead to inferior financial performance. Dollar General is actively engaged in discussions with the FTC regarding the extent of potential divestitures that would be required in connection with an acquisition of Family Dollar and has been making good progress. Over the past few weeks, Dollar General has provided the FTC with tens of thousands of documents supporting the above facts and its broad view of competition. There is no reason to believe that the FTC would take into account only Family Dollar’s documents and data or afford them greater significance than Dollar General's own evidence. As stated in Dollar General's press release of December 4, Dollar General will continue to work with the FTC and expects to provide an update in sufficient time to allow Family Dollar shareholders to review such information prior to the Family Dollar shareholders’ meeting now scheduled for December 23.
07:54 EDTLCILannett names Michael Bogda as president, effective December 1
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06:09 EDTDG, FDODollar Tree provides update on FTC review of pending acquisition of Family Dolla
Dollar Tree (DLTR) announced that it was providing an update regarding the status of the FTC's review of its pending acquisition of Family Dollar (FDO). Dollar Tree and Family Dollar have been actively engaging with the staff of the FTC as they review the pending merger. The company said, "The staff of the FTC is very focused on the discount retail sector (including how Family Dollar’s current pricing rules would impact store prices in a merger transaction) and has indicated that some divestitures will be required for the Pending Merger, which we believe will be no more than our original commitment in the July 27, 2014, Merger Agreement. Dollar Tree will work diligently with the FTC staff over the next few weeks concerning divestitures. Given the relatively small number of divestitures our transaction implicates, Dollar Tree does not expect any such divestiture to have a material impact on its plans for the combined organization. Furthermore, we believe that we will be in a position to complete the financing for the Pending Merger in January 2015 and to complete the Pending Merger as early as February 2015... In connection with its unsolicited tender offer for Family Dollar, Dollar General (DG) continues to refuse to agree to a “hell-or-high-water” commitment. Based on the foregoing concerns regarding the Pending Merger, Dollar Tree believes that the FTC may require divestitures far in excess of the 1,500 stores that Dollar General has offered to divest in its tender offer for Family Dollar... The special meeting of Family Dollar shareholders to vote on the Pending Merger is currently scheduled for December 23, 2014. To facilitate the FTC’s continued review, and in light of the practicalities associated with the transaction, Dollar Tree and Family Dollar have agreed not to close the Pending Merger until January 30, 2015, unless the FTC completes its review of the Pending Merger and terminates the waiting period at an earlier date. Dollar Tree will continue to provide additional information as the special meeting date approaches."
December 4, 2014
10:27 EDTFDO, DGDollar General says it is 'as commited as ever' to Family Dollar acquisition
Dollar General said has been actively engaged with the SEC, making good progress on that front. Since it filed its HSR notification in September, the company said it has provided the FTC with tens of thousands of documents and have had "valuable and productive discussions". Dollar General said the synergies from the acquisition are expected to benefit Dollar General shareholders and consumers for many years to come. Family Dollar is set to vote on the acquisition at a special meeting on December 23. Dollar General said it is "very aware" of the calendar and looks forward to sharing more information in the near future.
10:24 EDTDGDollar General says it may have sacrificed sales to boost units
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07:06 EDTFDO, DGDollar General says committed to acquiring Family Dollar
Dollar General stated: “[We] remain committed to acquiring Family Dollar. We expect to provide an update on our offer in time for Family Dollar shareholders to review such information prior to the Family Dollar shareholders’ meeting scheduled for December 23, 2014.”
07:05 EDTDGDollar General sees opening 730 new stores in FY15
In fiscal 2015, the company plans to open approximately 730 new stores, including the company’s first stores in Maine, Rhode Island and Oregon. In addition, the company plans to relocate or remodel approximately 875 stores with a priority on life cycle remodels. In total, square footage growth is expected to be approximately 6%. Site work has begun on a new distribution center in San Antonio, Texas, with shipping expected to commence in late fiscal 2015.
07:04 EDTDGDollar General now sees FY14 adjusted EPS in middle of $3.45-$3.55 prior range
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07:03 EDTDGDollar General nows sees FY14 sales up 8%, at low end of prior range
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07:01 EDTDGDollar General reports Q3 adjusted EPS 79c, consensus 80c
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06:04 EDTDGStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; DG ACHN
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