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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.
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August 28, 2015
08:19 EDTDGDollar General's high ROIC and growth not reflected in shares, says Goldman
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08:03 EDTDGDollar General shares overreact to slight change to guidance, says Macquarie
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07:44 EDTDGDollar General weakness a buying opportunity, says UBS
UBS said to use the pullback in Dollar General as buying opportunity. The firm expects its profitability formula to remain stable for the foreseeable future and sees the company's sales trajectory as setting up well for the second half of the year and beyond. UBS reiterated its Buy rating and $85 price target on Dollar General shares.
August 27, 2015
16:28 EDTDGOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
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12:41 EDTDGOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session sharply higher, extending the rally that started yesterday. A number of factors may be contributors to today's strength, including China's government intervening in its market last night and pushing its key stock index up 5%, dovish comments made by N.Y. Fed President Bill Dudley yesterday regarding the potential for a September interest rate hike and an upward revision in the estimate of second quarter GDP growth. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the updated estimate of GDP growth showed the economy grew 3.7% in the second quarter, topping expectations for annualized growth to be revised up to 3.2% from the prior estimate of 2.3%. Personal consumption in the quarter rose 3.1%, matching expectations. 271,000 initial jobless claims were filed last week, versus expectations for 274,000 first-time claims. The NAR pending home sales index rose 0.5% in July, missing the expectation for an increase of 1%. In China, the Shanghai composite index rose 5.3%, stemming its recent string of down days, with media reports indicating that the government may have played a role by stepping in to buy stocks. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of St. Jude Medical (STJ) advanced 4.5% after the Financial Times reported, citing sources, that Abbott (ABT) is prepping a takeover offer that would value the medical device maker at $25B. An Abbott spokesperson, however, issued statements to Bloomberg, CNBC and the Wall Street Journal following the report to deny that it is pursuing a bid for St. Jude, which struck a deal in July to acquire fellow medical device manufacturer Thoratec (THOR) for $63.50 per share in cash, or $3.4B, net of cash acquired. Thoratec shares slid 0.5% near noon following the report, as investors may be concerned that the previously announced deal could be jeopardized if Abbott does in fact step in to the situation... Shares of Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) surged 28% this morning after the miner and oil explorer announced plans to cut spending and production, including plans to cut about 10% of employees and contractors at its U.S. mining operations. Freeport has lowered its 2016 capital expenditure budget to $4B, or approximately 29% lower than the $5.6B estimate it issued on July 23, which it said reflects "aggressive" actions in response to current market conditions. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Movado (MOV), which gained 20% after the company reported better than expected second quarter results and backed its fiscal year earnings view. Also higher following its earnings report was Signet Jewelers (SIG), whose shares rose 13%. Another jeweler reporting earnings this morning, Tiffany (TIF), which slid 3% after the company lowered its fiscal year outlook. Among the other noteworthy losers following their earnings reports were Williams-Sonoma (WSM), which dropped 7%, and Dollar General (DG), which slipped 4%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 311.33, or 1.91%, to 16,596.84, the Nasdaq was up 109.30, or 2.33%, to 4,806.83, and the S&P 500 was up 42.77, or 2.2%, to 1,983.28.
10:55 EDTDGDollar General 'bullish' about 2H15, holiday season
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10:22 EDTDGDollar General says affordability initiative 'front and center'
Says goal to reduce truck to shelf time. Sees further opportunity to better execute future growth initiatives. Says returned $265M to shareholders through repurchase and dividends. Says it has completed first of three phases of labor investment. Says implementations of phases two and three to accelerate in 2H15. Says "strong" results driven by incremental store investments. Says moving forward with inventory management initiatives. Says will capitalize on consumer insights in 2H15. Says broadening reach across categories with more "impactful" licensed products. Says focused on expanding merchandise leading up to holiday season. Says remains "optimistic" about new store outlook. Says has reduced capital investment for remodels. Says development pipeline is nearly 80% complete for 2015 store openings. Says repurchased over $3B of common stock since 2011. Says first priority is investing in new stores. Says roughly $489M of current repurchase authorization remains. Says new store prototype to roll out in 2016 with faster, more convenient checkout. Says "well-positioned" to succeed in hair care market. Comments taken from Q2 earnings conference call. In morning trading, shares in Dollar General were down 3.42% to $74.09.
10:00 EDTDGDollar General falls after earnings
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09:26 EDTDGOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:05 EDTDGDollar General sees FY15 EPS $3.85-$3.95, consensus $3.95
For the 2015 fiscal year, the Company is reconfirming its financial guidance provided on June 2, 2015. Total sales are expected to increase 8 to 9 percent over the 2014 fiscal year, with same-store sales expected to increase 3 to 3.5 percent. Operating profit for 2015 is expected to increase 7 to 9 percent over the 2014 adjusted operating profit. Diluted EPS for the fiscal year is expected to be approximately $3.85 to $3.95. Considering sales performance to date and the current operating environment, management expectations are that same-store sales likely will be closer to the low-end of the range. Capital expenditures are expected to be in the range of $500 million to $550 million in 2015. Dollar General plans to open approximately 730 new stores in 2015, or 6 percent square footage growth, and relocate or remodel 875 stores. To date, the Company is on track with its pipeline development to accelerate new store openings to 7 percent square footage growth in 2016.
07:04 EDTDGDollar General confirms FY15 financial outlook
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07:04 EDTDGDollar General reports Q2 EPS 95c, consensus 94c
Reports Q2 revenue $5.1B, consensus $5.14B. Reports Q2 SSS up 2.8%.
August 26, 2015
15:00 EDTDGNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include Dollar General (DG), consensus 94c... J. M. Smucker (SJM), consensus $1.23... Tiffany (TIF), consensus 91c... Signet Jewelers (SIG), consensus $1.15... Patterson (PDCO), consensus 54c... Michaels (MIK), consensus 16c... Burlington Stores (BURL), consensus 12c.
08:44 EDTLCILannett steady execution offers compelling upside, says Susquehanna
Susquehanna noted Lannett delivered solid Q2 results and outlook and believes its stock price is undervaluing the upside potential from new products and business development. The firm also sees the potential for multiple expansion if volume trends remain steady. Susquehanna reiterated its Positive rating but lowered its price target to $70 from $75 on Lannett shares.
August 25, 2015
16:08 EDTLCILannett sees FY16 CapEx $60M-$70M
Which includes $30M to continue the partial fit-out of company-owned buildings. Sees FY16 gross margin as a percentage of net sales of approximately 71%-73%; R&D expense in the range of $33M-$35M; SG&A expense ranging from $57M-$59M, which includes approximately $5M in acquisition-related expenses; The full year effective tax rate to be in the range of 34%-35%.
16:06 EDTLCILannett sees FY16 revenue $425M-$435M, consensus $433.55M
16:05 EDTLCILannett reports Q4 EPS 91c, consensus 86c
Reports Q4 revenue $99.3M, consensus $97.62M.
07:38 EDTDGDollar Tree, Dollar General weakness a buying opportunity, says UBS
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August 24, 2015
15:29 EDTDGDollar General August weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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August 20, 2015
07:50 EDTNXPINXP Semiconductors management to meet with SunTrust
Meetings to be held in Dallas/Houston on August 26, in Houston/Denver on August 27 and in Los Angeles on August 28 hosted by SunTrust.
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