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July 28, 2014
12:21 EDTDLTR, CVS, HSH, PPC, TSN, HZNP, ACRX, TRLA, Z, DG, FDO, ESRXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in negative territory and have remained there throughout the morning. The averages were narrowly lower in early trading, but picked up some downside momentum following the lower than expected pending home sales report. The market eventually found a level where it reversed and began drifting off its lows. By noon the averages returned to roughly where they sat prior to the homes data, as investors prepare for another heavy week of earnings, reports on GDP and labor market growth and a Federal Reserve decision on monetary stimulus. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the pending home sales index dropped 1.1% from the prior month to 102.7 in June, compared to expectations for it to have risen 0.5%. Markit's services PMI for July came in at 61.0 in the flash reading, which was flat with the prior reading and above the 59.8 consensus forecast. COMPANY NEWS: Dollar Tree (DLTR) agreed to acquire Family Dollar (FDO) in a cash and stock transaction estimated to be worth $74.50 per Family Dollar share. The transaction, which values Family Dollar at an enterprise value of about $9.2B and is expected to close by early 2015, was called the "best path forward" for Family Dollar by Nelson Peltz's Trian Fund, which disclosed that it will vote its 7.34% Family Dollar stake in favor of the buyout. Another company in the space, Dollar General (DG), which many investors thought would be the one to pursue a deal with Family Dollar, was initially lower after the deal announcement but Dollar General shares recovered to be up about 3% near noon, while Dollar Tree also climbed 3% and Family Dollar jumped 23%... Real estate website operator Zillow (Z) confirmed a deal to buy its rival, Trulia (TRLA), in a $3.5B, all-stock transactions. Reports about the deal first surfaced last week and Zillow fell 2.5% after the news, while Trulia climbed 12%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Tyson Foods (TSN), which rose more than 4% after reporting better than expected third quarter revenues, updating on its planned purchase of Hillshire (HSH) and agreeing to sell its poultry businesses in Mexico and Brazil to Pilgrim's Pride (PPC). Among the noteworthy losers was AcelRx (ACRX), which plunged 41% and was downgraded at Canaccord after the FDA issued a Complete Response Letter for the company's Zalviso drug. Also lower was Horizon Pharma (HZNP), which dropped 34% after it said it has been verbally notified that in August two pharmacy benefit managers, CVS Caremark (CVS) and Express Scripts (ESRX), expect to announce DUEXIS and VIMOVO will no longer be on their formularies and will be placed on their exclusion lists effective at the start of 2015. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 32.82, or 0.19%, to 16,927.75, the Nasdaq was down 18.96, or 0.43%, to 4,430.60, and the S&P 500 was down 4.56, or 0.23%, to 1,973.78.
News For DLTR;FDO;DG;Z;TRLA;ACRX;HZNP;TSN;PPC;HSH;CVS;ESRX From The Last 14 Days
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October 16, 2014
15:35 EDTPPC, TSNSanderson Farms falls following investor day meeting
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07:04 EDTDGDollar General to build new distribution center in San Antonio, TX
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07:02 EDTACRXAcelRx updates patent portfolio for Zalviso and platform technologies
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06:27 EDTDLTRDollar Tree accumulates $866,000 in fines in last year, WSJ reports
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October 15, 2014
11:27 EDTFDOOptions with decreasing implied volatility
Options with decreasing implied volatility: EXAS INO ATLS LOCO OPK INFY EUO FDO
October 13, 2014
17:06 EDTHZNPHorizon Pharma: Actimmune net sales potential $500M with FDA approval for FA
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12:01 EDTFDOOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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07:39 EDTCVS, ESRXPharmaceutical Care Management Association to hold annual meeting
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05:31 EDTHZNPHorizon Pharma to host analyst day
Analyst Day to be held in King of Prussia, PA on October 13 at 5 pm. Webcast Link
October 10, 2014
16:17 EDTDG, FDODollar General receives second request from FTC
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08:11 EDTFDO, DG, DLTRFamily Dollar Q4 bad enough to justify merger, says FBR Capital
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October 9, 2014
16:19 EDTFDO, DLTRFamily Dollar will not provide guidance for FY15
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16:17 EDTFDOFamily Dollar reports Q4 adjusted EPS 73c, consensus 77c
Reports Q4 revenue $2.61B, consensus $2.58B. Reports Q4 SSS up 0.3%. Q4 adjusted results exclude the negative impact on diluted net income per common share of 43c per share related to the Company’s restructuring charges and fees related to its pending merger with Dollar Tree.
15:31 EDTHZNPHorizon Pharma's Actimmune Phase 2 results provide more growth, says Avondale
Avondale said Horizon Pharma's Actimmune Phase 2 results were strong and support incremental annual market opportunity of approximately $300K per year. The firm views the results as another potential growth driver and its Outperform rating and $22 price target.
13:40 EDTHZNPHorizon Pharma presents ACTIMMUNE Phase 2 data
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10:27 EDTACRXAcelRx management to meet with Guggenheim
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09:41 EDTDG, FDOBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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08:32 EDTCVSCVS Health price target raised to $95 from $87 at Leerink
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06:33 EDTCVSCourt considers whether to pay Amazon workers for security checks, WSJ says
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October 8, 2014
15:25 EDTFDONotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include PepsiCo (PEP), consensus $1.29; Family Dollar (FDO), consensus 77c; Lindsay (LNN), consensus 57c.
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