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May 9, 2012
16:59 EDTDIS, M, AVP, RBGPY, PCS, DF, CQB, MELI, DTEGYOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were down for the day. Stock futures were lower in early trading leading to a sharply lower open for the broader market. The weakness was attributed to continuing concern over Europe's debt crisis and political events in Greece. The averages began the day down roughly 1% but began to reverse their course following a report that Europe’s bailout fund will pay the next installment of aid to Greece, which was later confirmed by the EFSF. The averages briefly turned mixed in the afternoon but were unable to make the trip all the way back into the green to break the market's losing streak… ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., wholesale inventories rose 0.3% in March, versus the expected increase of 0.6%. In Europe, Spanish 10-year bond yields rose above 6% and more reports indicated that efforts to form a new government in Greece were expected to fail, putting the country's bailout deal in doubt and renewing concerns about Greece intentionally exiting or being forced off the euro. However, the EFSF stated that it would approve the latest bailout payment due to Greece in spite of the ongoing political dealings... COMPANY NEWS: Disney (DIS) shares gained nearly 2% after its earnings beat expectations, while Macy's (M) slid almost 4% in spite of earnings that also came in above consensus... Meanwhile, Avon Products' (AVP) shares were up 9.26% after JAB Holdings, which owns Coty, sold a substantial portion of its stake in Reckitt Benckiser (RBGPY) in order "to raise cash for other investment opportunities, including Avon… MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were MetroPCS (PCS), up $0.94, or 14.33%, to $7.50, after Bloomberg reported that Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) was in talks with the company on a potential T-Mobile deal, and Dean Foods (DF), up $1.43, or 11.24%, to $14.15, after reporting a rise in Q1 profits of nearly 50% and raising both the company’s Q2 and FY12 EPS view. Noteworthy losers included Chiquita Brands (CQB), down $2.32, or 28.93% to $5.70, after its earnings fell short of consensus and it warned that it sees 2012 continuing to be "a challenging year," and Mercado Libre (MELI), down $10.91, or 12.40%, to $77.08, after reporting disappointing Q1 revenues... INDICES: The Dow lost $97.03, or 0.75%, to $12,835.06; the Nasdaq fell $11.56, or 0.39%, to $2,934.71; and the S&P 500 dropped $9.14, or 0.67%, to $1,354.58.
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September 25, 2014
11:22 EDTMSkechers rebounds after refuting Barrington research report
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September 24, 2014
16:22 EDTDISOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher after a report showed that sales of new homes rose to their highest level in over six years in August. The volume and news flow were relatively light, which may be the case again tomorrow as many market participants celebrate the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., new home sales rose 18.0% in August to a 504K unit rate, which was much higher than the expected 4.4% increase. COMPANY NEWS: Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) advanced $4.64, or 7.4%, to $67.33 after the home goods retailer last night reported second quarter earnings and revenue that surpassed analysts' consensus estimates. The better than expected report and rise in the stock comes a day after William Blair downgraded the stock yesterday morning... Citizen Financial (CFG), the U.S. retail bank unit of Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), became the year's second largest IPO behind Alibaba (BABA) after 140M shares began trading on the NYSE this morning. The stock ended it first day up $1.58, or 7.35%, at $23.08, which was far cry from the advance seen by another of the day's new stock debuts. CyberArk (CYBR) priced 5.36M shares at $16.00, opened for trade at $25.00 and ended the day at $29.94, making for a rise of over 87% from its IPO pricing. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Acorda Therapeutics (ACOR), which advanced $8.27, or 28.18%, to $37.62 after the company agreed to acquire Civitas Therapeutics for $525M in cash. Civitas, which was private, had been scheduled to come public via an IPO that was expected to happen later this week prior to the deal announcement. Also higher was Hasbro (HAS), which rose $2.01, or 3.8%, to $54.95 after striking a deal that gives the company global rights, excluding Japan, to develop dolls based on Disney's (DIS) princess characters, as well as Frozen, beginning in 2016. Mattel (MAT), which currently holds those rights, slid 40c, or 1.25%, to $31.67 in the wake of the news. Also lower were shares of Skechers (SKX), which fell $5.69, or 9.8%, to $52.40 after research firm SportscanInfo reported that the footwear maker's sales had fallen 3% last week. However, Sterne Agee recommended buying the stock on the weakness. INDEXES: The Dow rose 154.19, or 0.9%, to 17,210.06, the Nasdaq gained 46.53, or 1.03%, to 4,555.22, and the S&P 500 added 15.53, or 0.78%, to 1,998.30.
12:29 EDTDISHasbro Princess deal positive, says Wells Fargo
After Hasbro announced that beginning in 2016 it would have the global (ex Japan) Disney (DIS)Princess doll license, Wells Fargo thinks that Hasbro has added a premier, established global license that increases the visibility of its results and significantly strengthens its girls business. The firm thinks the deal will cause Hasbro's multiple to expand further, and it keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
10:27 EDTCQBChiquita-Fyffes $526M merger to gain EU approval, Reuters says
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10:02 EDTDISHasbro announces strategic merchandising relationship with Disney
Hasbro (HAS) announced a new strategic merchandising relationship with Disney (DIS( Consumer Products for the globally popular Disney Princess and Frozen properties. The agreement gives Hasbro global rights, excluding Japan, to develop dolls based on Disney Princess stories and characters including Cinderella, Beauty and The Beast, and The Little Mermaid as well as Frozen beginning in 2016.
September 22, 2014
10:31 EDTDISDisney's "The Lion King" becomes highest grossing Broadway show, Deadline says
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06:58 EDTDTEGYIliad enacts mid-October cut-off date for T-Mobile offer, Reuters says
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September 21, 2014
13:37 EDTDISDisney attempts to expand to Indian film market with Khoobsurat release, FT says
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September 20, 2014
21:29 EDTDTEGYIliad faces obstacles in T-Mobile bid, Bloomberg says
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September 19, 2014
18:40 EDTDTEGYIliad sets mid-October deadline for T-Mobile bid, Reuters reports
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12:20 EDTDTEGYIliad financing talks yet to yield higher T-Mobile bid, Bloomberg reports
Iliad talks with potential partners for additional financing have not yet resulted in a higher bid for T-Mobile (TMUS), Bloomberg reports, citing people familiar with the matter. Iliad is facing hurdles while Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) reconsiders plans for its U.S. unit, Bloomberg adds. Reference Link
10:06 EDTDTEGYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: American Eagle (AEO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Concur (CNQR) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Continental Resources (CLR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Global Hunter... Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... DuPont (DD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BGC Financial... First Horizon (FHN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Francesca's (FRAN) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Buckingham... Guess (GES) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Buckingham... National CineMedia (NCMI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Patterson-UTI Energy (PTEN) upgraded to Overweight from Equalweight at Capital One... SABMiller (SBMRY) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at Nomura... Synovus (SNV) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Texas Capital (TCBI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... VF Corp. (VFC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Zions Bancorp (ZION) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James.
05:31 EDTDTEGYDeutsche Telekom upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup
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September 18, 2014
08:28 EDTCQBCutrale-Safra responds to Fyffes investor presentation to acquire Chiquita
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06:24 EDTAVPCiti defends recent downgrade of Avon Products
Citigroup says that following investor pushback, it is defending its September 8 downgrade of Avon Products to Neutral. The firm says it is comfortable with below consensus estimates given the recent strengthening of the U.S. dollar relative to several currencies. Citi adds that it has less confidence in Avon's turnaround following the departure of CFO Ross. It keeps a Neutral rating on the stock with a $15 price target.
September 17, 2014
13:08 EDTDISDisney sees digital ownership up 37% year to date
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September 16, 2014
15:59 EDTDTEGYVodafone, EE in talks to acquire Phones 4U assets, FT reports
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08:08 EDTCQBChiquita Brands, Fyffes working to obtain Phase I clearance from EC by Oct. 3
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07:27 EDTDISBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
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07:19 EDTDISCompanies' share buybacks at fasttest clip since 2007, WSJ reports
Companies are buying back their own shares at its fastest pace since the financial crisis to fuel a stock rally, reports the Wall Street Journal. According to Birinyi Associates, companies have bought back $338.3B of stock in 1H14, the most since 2007. Citing an analysis by Barclays, companies with the largest buyback programs by dollar value have outperformed the broader market by 20% since 2008. Reference Link
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