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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.
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February 26, 2015
16:08 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage reports Q4 EPS 72c, consensus 59c
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15:30 EDTMNSTNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Monster Beverage (MNST), consensus 59c... Ross Stores (ROST), consensus $1.11... Gap (GPS), consensus 74c... Autodesk (ADSK), consensus 24c... Universal Health Services (UHS), consensus $1.50... Southwestern Energy (SWN), consensus 50c... Ensco (ESV), consensus $1.36... J.C. Penney (JCP), consensus 11c... Nimble Storage (NMBL), consensus (14c)... Herbalife (HLF), consensus $1.22... Allscripts Healthcare (MDRX), consensus 9c... SBA Communications (SBAC), consensus 2c... Aruba Networks (ARUN), consensus 27c... Splunk (SPLK), consensus 4c... Air Lease (AL), consensus 61c... Ingram Micro (IM), consensus 99c... Weight Watchers (WTW), consensus 7c... Northern Oil and Gas (NOG), consensus 19c... Envision Healthcare (EVHC), consensus 36c... Infoblox (BLOX), consensus 5c... Live Nation (LYV), consensus (41c)... OmniVision (OVTI), consensus 29c... Bonanza Creek Energy (BCEI), consensus 27c.
14:38 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage technical notes ahead of earnings
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10:33 EDTFDOAnalysts split on Dollar Tree after results, Family Dollar commentary
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09:00 EDTFDODollar Tree outlook has improved, says Wells Fargo
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08:12 EDTFDODollar Tree price target raised to $89 from $79 at UBS
UBS raised its price target on Dollar Tree (DLTR) to $89 from $79 following Q4 results which reinforced that the company has a strong, multi-year growth story. The firm cited its profitable margin profile, strong comps, and the potential to reformat hundreds of Family Dollar (FDO) stores.
07:47 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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07:27 EDTFDOStifel downgraded Dollar Tree on valuation, integration risks
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February 25, 2015
09:33 EDTFDODollar Tree says company, Family Dollar 'ready to integrate'
09:32 EDTFDODollar Tree says 'enthusiastic' about Family Dollar deal
Dollar Tree (DLTR) says exceeded 1B transactions in a year for the first time in company's history. Says SSS accelerated throughout the quarter. Says January was strongest comp month of the quarter. Says top selling items in the quarter included party supplies, household products, food. Says believes Canadian market can support up to 1,000 Dollar Tree stores, sees 7,000 store potential for Dollar Tree in the U.S. Sees FY15 CapEx $465M-$475M. Says expects freight costs to be a headwind to gross margin. Sees $8M headwind to sales from earlier Easter holiday. Says may see "some" product delays from West Coast port issues. Doesn't see any share repurchases in 2015. Says more enthusiastic about Family Dollar (FDO) agreement today than when deal was announced in July. Says believes can realize $300M of synergies. Comments made on the Q4 earnings conference call.
February 23, 2015
18:05 EDTNXPINXP Semiconductors completes Quintic acquisition
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08:10 EDTNXPINXP Semiconductors announces partnership with Sonova
NXP Semiconductors announced that as a result of a partnership with Sonova – the leading manufacturer of innovative hearing care solutions – they have collaboratively developed Venture, a landmark next-generation hearing instrument platform, which offers users exceptional performance. Using the advanced platform, Sonova has already introduced a first family of hearing aids, Phonak Audéo V, which launched in October 2014. Venture features an ultra-low power audio processing IC, incorporating a microcontroller and dual core DSP subsystem, maximizing computational power at minimal current consumption. The device's microphone inputs have a wide dynamic range, key for the device's sound quality. Wireless audio and data streaming are managed by a separate IC, built around a Near Field Magnetic Induction radio. This technology provides a tightly-contained Body Area Network, optimized for low power consumption and low latency. Besides its application in hearing instruments, the NFMI technology provides unique features for robust wireless earbuds applications and sensor networks in and around the body. Both ICs run from a battery voltage down to 1V, and will consume around 1mW for a typical hearing aid application.
07:57 EDTDGDollar General resumed with an Overweight at JPMorgan
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February 20, 2015
09:22 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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February 19, 2015
08:16 EDTNXPINXP Semiconductors, JianGuang Asset Management establish semiconductor JV
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February 18, 2015
09:10 EDTSTSensata to host investor meeting
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February 17, 2015
18:17 EDTDGJANA Partners gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: NCR (NCR), Liberty Ventures (LVNTA), Solarcity (SCTY), Computer Sciences Corp (CSC), Salix (SLXP), and Applied Materials (AMAT). INCREASED STAKES: Hertz (HTZ), Valeant (VRX), Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA), Rackspace (RAX), and HD Supply (HDS). DECREASED STAKES: AIG (AIG), Actavis (ACT), Charter (CHTR), AerCap (AER), and Energy Transfer Equity (ETE). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Equinix (EQIX), Cameron International (CAM), Dollar General (DG), QEP Resources (QEP), and Amgen (AMGN).
18:06 EDTFDO, DGPaulson & Co gives quarterly update on stakes
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06:02 EDTNXPINXP Semiconductors selected by Lenovo Group
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February 15, 2015
16:35 EDTDGDollar General shares could rise 20%, Barron's says
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