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August 18, 2014
12:18 EDTMNST, FDO, LCI, DG, NXPI, STThe 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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November 27, 2015
07:55 EDTDGDollar General December volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Dollar General December call option implied volatility is at 44, December is at 40, January is at 32; compared to its 52-week range of 17 to 45, suggesting larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on December 3.
07:01 EDTNXPINXP Semiconductors receives Chinese approval for Freescale merger
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06:57 EDTLCILannett completes acquisition of Kremers Urban for roughly $1.23B
Lannett Company (LCI) announced that it has completed the acquisition of Kremers Urban Pharmaceuticals, the U.S. specialty generic pharmaceuticals subsidiary of global biopharmaceuticals company UCB S.A. (UCBJY). Lannett has acquired KU from UCB for total consideration of approximately $1.23B, subject to certain adjustments, including a customary working capital adjustment, a deduction of certain reimbursable amounts payable in connection with the financing of the transaction, and a reduction for any indebtedness and unpaid transaction expenses of KU existing at closing. In connection with the transaction, Lannett issued to UCB $200M senior unsecured notes along with 2.5M warrants, which may be net settled. UCB will also be eligible to receive contingent payments for Methylphenidate HCI ER when the product's AB rating is restored. The combined company generated pro-forma revenues of more than $800M for the 12 months ended June 30, 2015. KU brings a diversified commercial product portfolio of 18 products; a strong pipeline that includes 11 product applications pending at the FDA.
November 25, 2015
16:32 EDTNXPINXP Semiconductors receives FTC approval for merger with Freescale
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15:24 EDTNXPIFTC requires NXP Semiconductors to divest RF power amplifier assets
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November 24, 2015
10:31 EDTNXPINXP Semiconductors CFIUS approval removes a major overhang, says BofA/Merrill
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05:34 EDTNXPINXP Semiconductors and JAC receives CFIUS clearance
NXP Semiconductors announced that the company has received clearance on the proposed transaction of the sale of its RF Power business to Jianguang Asset Manangement from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. The divesture of the RF Power business is a condition for NXP's merger with Freescale Semiconductor. NXP and JAC Capital are in the final stages of the regulatory approval process in respect of the acquisition by JAC Capital of NXP's RF Power business, which is targeted to close on December 7, next.
November 20, 2015
10:00 EDTDGOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: (FLWS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Noble Financial... Diageo (DEO) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Dollar General (DG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Intel (INTC) upgraded on positive checks at JMP Securities... Mazor Robotics (MZOR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT... Star Bulk Carriers (SBLK) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Trimble (TRMB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman.
07:04 EDTDGDollar General upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T
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November 18, 2015
08:31 EDTNXPINXP Semiconductors removed from US 1 List at BofA/Merrill
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08:14 EDTNXPINXP Semiconductors added to Top Pick list at FBR Capital
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November 16, 2015
17:02 EDTDGPoint72 added to lululemon position, subtracted from Netflix position
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14:20 EDTDGDollar General begins construction on new distribution center in Wisconsin
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10:25 EDTNXPIUBS trims Apple target, says iPhone partner cut production forecast
Hon Hai, which manufactures Apple's (AAPL) iPhones, expects to assemble significantly fewer iPhones this quarter than in the same period in 2014, UBS wrote in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: Hon Hai Precision Industry, also known as Foxconn, is expected to assemble 10% fewer iPhones this quarter than in the same period in 2014, said UBS analyst Steven Milunovich, citing work from fellow UBS analyst Arthur Hsieh. Previously, companies that supply force touch components for iPhones saw a 10%-15% reduction in their orders, the analyst reported. These developments "are not encouraging," but Apple had previously ordered a large number of iPhones for Q4, according to Milunovich. Overall iPhone demand "could still be decent," he believes. However, the analyst lowered his iPhone sales estimate for Apple's March quarter to 61M from 62.5M, asserting that iPhone sales on China's November 11 Singles Day holiday may have come in below expectations. Based on October search volumes, he continues to believe that demand for iPhone units in the fourth quarter of the calendar year will be 75M, in-line with the consensus outlook. Milunovich trimmed his price target on Apple to $140 from $150 but kept a Buy rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE In a note to investors on November 10, Credit Suisse reported that it was cutting its estimates for 2016 iPhone sales. The firm expects sales of the device to fall 10.4% in the first quarter versus the same period in 2015, and it predicts that iPhone sales will decline 5.5% year-over-year in 2016. Suppliers with greater than 10% exposure to Apple include Avago (AVGO), SanDisk (SNDK), Analog Devices (ADI), Broadcom (BRCM), Texas Instruments (TXN), NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) and Fairchild (FCS), Credit Suisse reported. The firm said it continues to have a negative view of the smartphone sector. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Apple added nearly 1% to $113.34.

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