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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.
News For DG;FDO;ST;LCI;MNST;NXPI From The Last 14 Days
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January 16, 2015
06:02 EDTFDO, DGFamily Dollar downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
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January 15, 2015
15:06 EDTFDO, DGFamily Dollar downgraded at Credit Suisse citing Dollar Tree progress on deal
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14:53 EDTFDOFamily Dollar downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse
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12:10 EDTSTAxalta Coating names Aaron Weis as VP/Chief Information Officer
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11:20 EDTFDOFamily Dollar to host special shareholder meeting
Special shareholder meeting to vote on the merger with Dollar Tree will be held in Charlotte, NC on January 22 at 9 am.
10:37 EDTMNSTKraft rises after Goldman gets less cautious on food space, ups stock to buy
Shares of Kraft Foods (KRFT) are climbing after Goldman Sachs upgraded the stock to Buy and placed the shares on its Conviction List. WHAT'S NEW: Costs for food makers are declining as commodity prices drop, Goldman Sachs analyst Judy Hong wrote in a note to investors today. Kraft is among the U.S. food companies that benefits the most from lower costs, the analyst stated. Additionally, Kraft's pricing power is one of the strongest in the group and it is heavily exposed to the U.S. economy, the analyst stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Hong's upgrade of Kraft was part of a note in which she took a more balanced view of the U.S. consumer staples sector. The analyst upgraded the Food sector to Neutral from Cautious, noting that consumer staples stocks with outsized exposure to the U.S. market should be boosted by strong U.S. growth and more favorable foreign exchange dynamics than their peers. In addition to Kraft, the analyst identified the following stocks as her top picks within the consumer staples sector: Monster Beverage (MNST), Constellation Brands (STZ), Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR), Freshpet (FRPT), Mead Johnson (MJN), and Estee Lauder (EL). Goldman also upgraded Hershey (HSY), Dr. Pepper Snapple (DPS), and Clorox (CLX), all to Neutral from Sell, downgraded cigarette maker Philip Morris (PM) to Sell from Neutral and downgraded brewer Molson Coors (TAP) to Neutral from Buy. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Kraft climbed 3.7% to $65 per share.
09:15 EDTDG, FDOOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:08 EDTDG, FDODollar General says has held talks with various parties on stores
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08:07 EDTFDO, DGDollar General says 'chosen not to be constrained by timing agreement with FTC'
08:02 EDTFDO, DGDollar General provides update on FTC review of proposed acquisition of Family Dollar
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07:28 EDTFDOFamily Dollar to host special shareholder meeting
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January 14, 2015
19:14 EDTFDOGlass Lewis recommends Family Dollar stockholders vote for Dollar Tree merger
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10:40 EDTDG, FDOISS recommends Family Dollar stockholders vote 'for' merger with Dollar Tree
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10:39 EDTDG, FDOISS recommends Family Dollar stockholders vote 'for' merger with Dollar Tree
10:14 EDTDG, FDOISS recommends Family Dollar holders support Dollar Tree deal
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10:00 EDTMNSTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:50 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage upgraded to Outperform at Cowen
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08:37 EDTFDO3D Systems says David Styka joins company as Chief Accounting Officer
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07:37 EDTLCIJPMorgan to hold a conference
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06:50 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen
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