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June 30, 2014
09:57 EDTDG, BEBE, WFC, UTL, TLYS, SYT, RYN, MBI, FMS, ESYJYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Dollar General (DG) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Johnson Rice... Fresenius Medical (FMS) downgraded to Underperform from Hold at Jefferies... MBIA (MBI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG... Rayonier (RYN) downgraded at RBC Capital... Syngenta (SYT) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Tilly's (TLYS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... Unitil (UTL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Brean Capital... Wells Fargo (WFC) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... bebe stores (BEBE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... easyJet (ESYJY) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill.
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September 5, 2014
08:34 EDTDGDollar Tree to divest as many stores as required for antitrust approval
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08:33 EDTDGFamily Dollar reaffirms support of transaction with Dollar Tree
08:31 EDTDGFamily Dollar rejects revised Dollar General offer due to antitrust issues
Family Dollar Stores (FDO) that its Board of Directors has unanimously rejected the revised, non-binding proposal made by Dollar General Corporation (DG) on September 2 on the basis of antitrust regulatory considerations. Family Dollar’s merger agreement with Dollar Tree (DLTR) contains a customary provision that permits Family Dollar to enter into discussions and share information with any competing bidder, but only if the Board is able to determine that failure to do so would be inconsistent with its fiduciary duties and that the unsolicited, written proposal from the competing bidder would be reasonably expected to lead to a proposal that is not only financially superior, but also “reasonably likely to be completed on the terms proposed.” Howard R. Levine, Chairman and CEO of Family Dollar, said, “Our Board of Directors, with the assistance of outside advisors and consultants, reviewed all aspects of Dollar General’s revised proposal and unanimously concluded that it is not reasonably likely to be completed on the terms proposed. There is a very real and material risk that the transaction proposed by Dollar General would fail to close, after a lengthy and disruptive review process. Accordingly, our Board has rejected Dollar General’s revised proposal and reaffirmed its support of the transaction with Dollar Tree, which delivers attractive value in the form of immediate upfront cash and upside participation in a combined Dollar Tree-Family Dollar entity, as well as closing certainty.” Ed Garden, a Family Dollar director and co-founder and Chief Investment Officer at Trian Fund Management, L.P., a large shareholder of the Company, stated, “We are focused on delivering to Family Dollar shareholders the highest value with certainty, and the Dollar Tree transaction does just that. Dollar Tree has taken the antitrust risk off the table by committing to divest as many stores as necessary to obtain antitrust clearance. We remain fully committed to the Dollar Tree transaction.”
08:30 EDTDGFamily Dollar rejects revised Dollar General offer due to antitrust issues
06:27 EDTDGNew Dollar General offer might not woo Family Dollar, Reuters says
Dollar General's (DG) improved bid to purchase Family Dollar (FDO) for $9.1B might not be able to reduce its smaller competitors worries that U.S. antitrust regulators will hinder the agreement from transpiring, according to Reuters, citing two sources familiar with the matter. Family Dollar is already in the throes of an agreement to sell itself for $8.5B to Dollar Tree (DLTR). Reference Link
September 4, 2014
16:07 EDTBEBEbebe stores plans to open four new bebe stores, to close 12 bebe, outlet stores
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16:05 EDTBEBEbebe stores sees Q1 SSS to be in the negative low single digit to flat range
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16:03 EDTBEBEbebe stores reports Q4 adjusted EPS (18c), consensus (17c)
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10:29 EDTRYNOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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06:40 EDTWFCAgencies finalize liquidity rule for large banks
The Federal Reserve Board, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency finalized a rule yesterday that they said would strengthen the liquidity positions of large financial institutions. The rule will for the first time create a standardized minimum liquidity requirement for large and internationally active banking organizations., according to the agencies. Each institution will be required to hold high quality, liquid assets, or HQLA, such as central bank reserves and government and corporate debt that can be converted easily and quickly into cash in an amount equal to or greater than its projected cash outflows minus its projected cash inflows during a 30-day stress period, the agencies explained. The ratio of the firm’s liquid assets to its projected net cash outflow is its “liquidity coverage ratio,” or LCR, they said. The LCR will apply to all banking organizations with $250B or more in total consolidated assets or $10B or more in on-balance sheet foreign exposure and to these banking organizations’ subsidiary depository institutions that have assets of $10B or more, the agencies reported. The rule also will apply a less stringent, modified LCR to bank holding companies and savings and loan holding companies that do not meet these thresholds, but have $50B or more in total assets. Bank holding companies and savings and loan holding companies with substantial insurance or commercial operations are not covered by the final rule. The final rule is largely identical to the proposed rule, with a few key adjustments in response to comments from the public, the agencies stated. Those adjustments include changes to the range of corporate debt and equity securities included in HQLA, a phasing-in of daily calculation requirements, a revised approach to address maturity mismatch during a 30-day period, and changes in the stress period, calculation frequency, and implementation timeline for the bank holding companies and savings and loan companies subject to the modified LCR. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC).
06:13 EDTWFCWells Fargo implied volatility of 12 at lower end of index mean range
September 3, 2014
17:35 EDTRYNRayonier initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital
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07:29 EDTWFCFinal liquidity, swaps margin rules to be unveiled today, Reuters says
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06:34 EDTWFCFBI hasn't found evidence JPMorgan hack hit other big banks, WSJ reports
The FBI hasn't found any evidence to suggest that the recent breach at JPMorgan hit any of the other big U.S. banks, the Wall Street Journal reports, citing four people close to the probe. JPMorgan said it isn't experiencing "unusual amounts of fraud," and, according to two sources, consumers "likely don't face a serious risk." Reference Link
September 2, 2014
16:25 EDTDGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:09 EDTDGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with the Nasdaq clinging to narrow gains and the Dow and S&P both down about 0.25%. Stocks began the session basically unchanged but turned mixed within minutes of the open. The volume has been light and the market has moved in a narrow range, continuing the type of pattern that was seen all of last week ahead of the holiday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's final manufacturing PMI for August dipped slightly from the flash print of 58.0 to 57.9, but that was up from July's 55.8 reading. ISM's manufacturing index for August climbed to 59.0 from 57.1 in July, beating expectations. Construction spending bounced back 1.8% in July, beating expectations for it to have risen 1.0% after declining in the prior month. In Asia, HSBC's final manufacturing PMI for China edged down to 50.2 from the preliminary 50.3 August reading, which was already down from the 51.7 report in July. The Chinese government's official purchasing managers index came in at 51.1 for August, which was down from its 51.7 reading in July. In Europe, the Eurozone's final manufacturing PMI for August was revised down to 50.7 from 51.8 in the preliminary reading. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) was in the headlines following a celebrity photo hack involving several of its iCloud accounts. Despite the negative publicity from those events, the stock gained nearly 1% after noted Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster raised his price target on the tech giant's shares to $120 from $105, citing the upcoming launch of new products and services. Another firm, Cantor, said in its own note to investors that it believes that Apple will have its most exciting product launches "in many years" over the next few months... In M&A news, Dollar General (DG) rose almost 1% after increasing its all-cash proposal to buy Family Dollar (FDO) to $80.00 per share and also increasing the number of stores that it would be willing to agree to divest to 1,500 if ordered by the FTC. Shares of Family Dollar, which previously rejected Dollar General's prior proposal on the basis of antitrust regulatory concerns, traded above the new offer price, while Dollar Tree (DLTR), which currently has a merger agreement deal in place with Family Dollar, also gained 1.5%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were two other companies involved in M&A, one which was a buyer and one which was bought. Norwegian Cruise Line (NCLH) advanced 12% after agreeing to acquire upscale peer Prestige Cruises for $3.03B, while Compuware (CPWR) rose over 12% after the company confirmed it agreed to be acquired by private equity investment firm Thoma Bravo in a transaction valued at approximately $2.5B. Among the noteworthy losers was Exelixis (EXEL), which plunged 53% after its phase 3 pivotal trial of cabozantinib in certain men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer did not meet its primary endpoint and the stock was downgraded by at least three Street research firms. Also lower was lease-to-own retailer CONN'S (CONN), which dropped 30% and was downgraded at Piper Jaffray after weakness in its credit operations prompted a Q2 earnings miss and caused the company to cut its fiscal year guidance. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 43.58, or 0.25%, to 17,054.87, the Nasdaq was up 2.97, or 0.06%, to 4,583.24, and the S&P 500 was down 4.83, or 0.24%, to 1,998.54.
08:36 EDTDGFamily Dollar confirms receipt of revised unsolicited proposal from Dollar General
Family Dollar Stores (FDO) confirmed that it has received a revised, non-binding, unsolicited proposal from Dollar General (DG) to acquire all of the outstanding common shares of Family Dollar. Consistent with its fiduciary duties and subject to the terms of its existing merger agreement with Dollar Tree (DLTR), Family Dollar’s Board of Directors, in consultation with its legal and financial advisors, will review and consider the revised proposal. The company's Board of Directors has not changed its recommendation in support of the merger with Dollar Tree. Family Dollar will have no further comment on Dollar General’s proposal until the Board has completed its review.
06:16 EDTDGDollar General increases proposal to board of Family Dollar to $80 per share
Dollar General (DG) announced that it has sent an enhanced acquisition proposal to the board of Family Dollar Stores (FDO). Under the terms of the revised proposal, Dollar General would increase its all-cash proposal for all outstanding shares of Family Dollar to $80.00 per share. Dollar General also increased the number of stores that it would be willing to agree to divest to 1,500 if ordered by the FTC, as further evidence of its confidence in its ability to obtain antitrust approval, has agreed to pay a $500M reverse break-up fee to Family Dollar relating to antitrust matters. All other terms and conditions of the proposal remain unchanged. Dollar General’s revised proposal provides Family Dollar’s shareholders with approximately $640M of additional aggregate value over Dollar Tree’s offer and represents a premium of 31.9 percent over the closing price of $60.66 for Family Dollar stock on the day prior to the Dollar Tree announcement. In addition, Dollar General has engaged additional counsel, Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, to independently review its antitrust work. The independent review validated Dollar General’s analysis that the proposed transaction can be completed on the terms previously proposed.
06:04 EDTDGDollar General to raise offer for Family Dollar to $80/share, CNBC reports
Dollar General (DG) is going to raise its all-cash bid for Family Dollar (FDO) to $80 per share or around $9.1B, CNBC's Andrew Ross Sorkin reports, citing sources. Dollar General is willing to sell up to 1,500 stores if required by the FTC under the new offer, Sorkin adds. Family Dollar has continued to recommend a merger with Dollar Tree (DLTR). Reference Link
06:01 EDTDGDollar General raises offer for Family Dollar to $80/share, CNBC reports
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