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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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September 9, 2014
13:50 EDTNXPINXP Semiconductors turns positive after Apple confirms NFC in new iPhone
Shares of On Track Innovations (OTIV) are still negative but moving higher.
13:47 EDTNXPINXP Semiconductors off lows as Apple unveils 'Apple Pay' service
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10:47 EDTNXPILeak points to no NFC or sapphire cover for smaller iPhone 6, BGR says
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10:18 EDTDGDollar General listed among 5 largest long positions by Jana Partners
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08:33 EDTFDODollar Tree, Family Dollar receive second request from FTC under HSR Act
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06:18 EDTNXPINXP Semiconductors volatility low into Apple event
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September 8, 2014
15:43 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage asks court to block NY probe subpoena, Bloomberg says
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13:26 EDTDGDollar General management to meet with Sterne Agee
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September 5, 2014
16:45 EDTFDO, DGMarket ends week little changed after mixed economic data
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13:01 EDTFDO, DGDollar General 'remains committed' to acquiring Family Dollar
In response to the decision by the Board of Directors of Family Dollar Stores (FDO) to reject Dollar General’s (DG) enhanced all-cash proposal to acquire all outstanding shares of Family Dollar for $80.00 per share, Dollar General stated that it remains committed to acquiring Family Dollar and is currently evaluating its next steps.
09:28 EDTSTSensata 15.05M share Secondary priced at $47.50
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08:34 EDTDG, FDODollar Tree to divest as many stores as required for antitrust approval
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08:33 EDTDG, FDOFamily Dollar reaffirms support of transaction with Dollar Tree
08:32 EDTFDODollar Tree commits to divest as many stores as required for antitrust approval
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08:31 EDTFDO, DGFamily Dollar rejects revised Dollar General offer due to antitrust issues
Family Dollar Stores (FDO) that its Board of Directors has unanimously rejected the revised, non-binding proposal made by Dollar General Corporation (DG) on September 2 on the basis of antitrust regulatory considerations. Family Dollar’s merger agreement with Dollar Tree (DLTR) contains a customary provision that permits Family Dollar to enter into discussions and share information with any competing bidder, but only if the Board is able to determine that failure to do so would be inconsistent with its fiduciary duties and that the unsolicited, written proposal from the competing bidder would be reasonably expected to lead to a proposal that is not only financially superior, but also “reasonably likely to be completed on the terms proposed.” 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 revised proposal and unanimously concluded that it is not reasonably likely to be completed on the terms proposed. 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 revised proposal 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.”
08:30 EDTFDO, DGFamily Dollar rejects revised Dollar General offer due to antitrust issues
07:35 EDTSTSensata files to sell 15.1M shares for selling shareholders
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06:27 EDTDG, FDONew Dollar General offer might not woo Family Dollar, Reuters says
Dollar General's (DG) improved bid to purchase Family Dollar (FDO) for $9.1B might not be able to reduce its smaller competitors worries that U.S. antitrust regulators will hinder the agreement from transpiring, according to Reuters, citing two sources familiar with the matter. Family Dollar is already in the throes of an agreement to sell itself for $8.5B to Dollar Tree (DLTR). Reference Link
September 4, 2014
16:55 EDTSTSensata offers 15.05M ordinary shares for holders
BofA Merrill Lynch and Citigroup are acting as underwriters of the offering.
11:59 EDTNXPIApple to feature NFC in iWatch as well as iPhone, WSJ says
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