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August 18, 2014
12:18 EDTDG, FDO, ST, LCI, MNST, NXPIThe 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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October 1, 2014
13:52 EDTNXPIActivist firm Relational winding down, dissolving funds, WSJ says
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12:11 EDTNXPISkyworks sinks after report of weak Chinese smartphone sales growth
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09:57 EDTLCILannett management to meet with Oppenheimer
Meeting to be held in Texas on October 8 hosted by Oppenheimer.
06:47 EDTNXPICompanies reacting to Apple Pay, NY Times says
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06:06 EDTDG, FDOFamily Dollar says proceeding with plans to be acquired by Dollar Tree
Family Dollar (FDO) said in a memo to its employees yesterday that it is proceeding with its plan to be acquired by Dollar Tree (DLTR), even as Dollar General (DG) seeks to break up the deal and acquire Family Dollar. Family Dollar said it is not planning any changes to its health care, 401(k) and compensation plans. Family Dollar comments, "The immediate focus of our work is to prepare for ‘Day 1,’ (the first day after closing), while simultaneously beginning to build a more detailed plan for the integration. We’re now in the ‘integration planning phase,’ which involves planning for the complex blending of our two organizations."
September 30, 2014
15:39 EDTLCIClass action lawsuit against Lannett voluntarily dismissed without prejudice
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September 29, 2014
08:14 EDTFDO, DGDollar General buying Dollar Tree 'not impossible,' says FBR Capital
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September 26, 2014
18:01 EDTFDO, DGAttorneys general investigating effects of proposed Family Dollar merger
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September 23, 2014
11:33 EDTNXPIAnalysis shows Apple spends $200-$247 to build iPhone 6s, Re/code says
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September 22, 2014
10:16 EDTMNSTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:18 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage initiated with a Buy at ISI Group
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07:29 EDTLCILannett launches Oxycodone Hydrochloride Oral Solution
Lannett Company announced that it has commenced shipping its recently approved Oxycodone Hydrochloride Oral Solution USP, 100 mg per 5 mL. According to IMS, annualized sales of Oxycodone Hydrochloride Oral Solution USP, 100 mg per 5 mL, at Average Wholesale Price were approximately $43M. “We previously expected to begin marketing our Oxycodone Hydrochloride Oral Solution product in the second half of our fiscal year,” said Arthur P. Bedrosian, president and CEO of Lannett. “The earlier than anticipated launch combined with continued strong sales of our Digoxin product in the first quarter provide us with additional confidence to reaffirm our financial guidance for the fiscal 2015 full year.”
06:33 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage price target raised to $110 from $94 at Stifel
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September 19, 2014
09:19 EDTNXPIOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:11 EDTNXPITriQuint chip among those in iPhone 6 Plus, iFixit reports
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08:03 EDTNXPIInvenSense, NXP, RF Micro chips included in iPhone 6, iFixit reports
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September 17, 2014
17:32 EDTDG, FDODollar General remains committed to acquisition of Family Dollar
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11:01 EDTLCIActavis drops after NY AG seeks to block Alzheimer drug switch
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08:28 EDTDG, FDOFamily Dollar board rejects Dollar General's 'illusory' tender offer
Family Dollar Stores (FDO) announced that its Board of Directors unanimously recommends that Family Dollar’s shareholders reject the unsolicited conditional tender offer made by Dollar General Corporation (DG) and not tender their shares. In conjunction with its rejection of Dollar General’s offer, Family Dollar’s Board unanimously reaffirms its recommendation in support of the transaction with Dollar Tree (DLTR). The terms of the tender offer are the same as those in the proposal made by Dollar General on September 2, 2014, which the Board of Directors of Family Dollar unanimously rejected on September 5, 2014, on the basis of antitrust regulatory considerations. Howard R. Levine, Chairman and CEO of Family Dollar, said, “Our Board of Directors, with the assistance of outside advisors and consultants, reviewed all aspects of Dollar General’s tender offer and concluded unanimously that this highly conditional Offer is illusory because, as Dollar General is well aware, the Offer cannot close on the terms proposed. Tenders into the Dollar General Offer will be meaningless since there is no way that Dollar General can purchase shares that are tendered.” Levine added, “The terms of the Dollar General Offer are no different from those in its most recent unsolicited proposal, which was previously and unanimously rejected by our Board of Directors based on antitrust regulatory considerations. There is a very real and material risk that the transaction proposed by Dollar General would fail to close, after a lengthy and disruptive review process. Accordingly, our Board has rejected Dollar General’s tender offer and reaffirmed its support of the transaction with Dollar Tree, which delivers attractive value in the form of immediate upfront cash and upside participation in a combined Dollar Tree-Family Dollar entity, as well as closing certainty.” Ed Garden, a Family Dollar director and co-founder and Chief Investment Officer at Trian Fund Management, L.P., a large shareholder of the Company, stated, “We are focused on delivering to Family Dollar shareholders the highest value with certainty, and the Dollar Tree transaction does just that. Dollar Tree has taken the antitrust risk off the table by committing to divest as many stores as necessary to obtain antitrust clearance. We remain fully committed to the Dollar Tree transaction.”
08:27 EDTFDO, DGFamily Dollar board rejects Dollar General's 'illusory' tender offer
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