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August 18, 2014
16:52 EDTMNST, FDO, LCI, DG, NXPI, STOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks opened in positive territory and continued to tack on gains throughout the session. The market opened higher due to optimism that Russia and the Ukraine were negotiating a ceasefire. The momentum was solidified by better than expected data from the NAHB Housing Market Index. The averages drifted higher into the afternoon, setting up August to be the best monthly performance since February. The market closed near session highs on one of the lightest volume days of the year. 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). COMPANY NEWS: Shares of discount retailer Dollar General (DG) were higher by about 11.6% 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 5.8% after after agreeing to buy privately held Schrader International for $1B. Also higher was Lannett (LCI), which gained 6.6% 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 5.4% 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 1% 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: The Dow gained 175.8, or 1.06%, to 16,838.74, the Nasdaq rose 43.39, or 0.97%, to 4,508.31, and the S&P 500 was higher by 16.68, or 0.85%, to 1,971.74.
News For DG;FDO;ST;LCI;MNST;NXPI From The Last 14 Days
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July 2, 2015
16:53 EDTFDODollar Tree says receives FTC clearance to complete Family Dollar merger
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10:29 EDTNXPINXP Semiconductors, Freescale shareholders approve merger
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July 1, 2015
16:53 EDTFDOFamily Dollar reports Q3 adjusted EPS 74c, consensus 82c
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08:20 EDTLCILannett management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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07:42 EDTNXPICanaccord recommends three European semi names amid eurozone turmoil
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June 30, 2015
08:48 EDTNXPIFreescale to host special shareholder meeting
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08:40 EDTNXPINXP Semiconductors to host special shareholder meeting
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07:28 EDTFDODollar Tree shares poised to outperform, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo predicts that Dollar Tree will be re-ranked by quantitative investment models following its merger with Family Dollar (FDO), enabling Dollar Tree's stock to outperform. The firm predicts that Dollar Tree's P/E ratio will become much lower versus its peers after the merger closes. Wells keeps an Outperform rating on Dollar Tree.
June 26, 2015
10:26 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage calls active
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June 25, 2015
09:21 EDTFDOFamily Dollar volatility low into Q1 and outlook
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08:01 EDTDGDollar General names John Garratt as interim CFO, effective July 1
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07:39 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage legacy international sales can at least triple, says Stifel
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June 24, 2015
10:00 EDTSTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Autoliv (ALV) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Catamaran (CTRX) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Citi (C) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Esperion (ESPR) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Fortinet (FTNT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... General Motors (GM) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Goldman Sachs (GS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... IBERIABANK (IBKC) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Independent Bank (INDB) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Baird... Inphi (IPHI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Northland... MoneyGram (MGI) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Sensata (ST) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Cross Research... Teradyne (TER) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Alcobra (ADHD) downgraded to Hold from Speculative Buy at WBB Securities.
09:08 EDTSTSensata downgraded to Hold from Buy at Cross Research
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June 22, 2015
17:29 EDTMNSTCoca-Cola reports 16.7% stake in Monster Beverage
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