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July 28, 2014
12:21 EDTTRLA, FDO, HSH, HZNP, Z, DLTR, ESRX, PPC, ACRX, DG, CVS, TSNOn 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.
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April 13, 2015
12:04 EDTTSN, PPCUSDA confirms first commercial chicken case of bird flu, Reuters says
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April 10, 2015
09:16 EDTHZNPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Quantum (QTM), up 22.2%. ALSO HIGHER: General Electric (GE), up 6.6% after announcing that it will sell most of GE Capital assets for approximately $26.5B... Horizon Pharma (HZNP), up 3.7% after receiving fast track designation for Actimmune... Tekmira Pharmaceuticals (TKMR), up 2.3% after FDA modifies partial clinical hold on Tekmira TKM-Ebola IND... Netflix (NFLX), up 2.9% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Blackstone Mortgage Trust (BXMT), up 3.6% after acquiring $4.6B loan portfolio from GE Capital. LOWER: Citrix Systems (CTXS), down 5.8% after lowering first quarter guidance... Uniqure (QURE), down 2.4% after 3M share Secondary priced at $29.50... FIS (FIS), down 2.5% after lowering first quarter guidance... Golub Capital (GBDC), down 2.3% after 3.5M share Spot Secondary priced at $17.42.
07:02 EDTHZNPHorizon Pharma receives FDA fast track designation for Actimmune
Horizon Pharma announced the FDA granted Fast Track designation for Actimmune in the treatment of Friedreich's ataxia, or FA, a degenerative neuro-muscular disorder. The company submitted the Investigational New Drug, or IND, application for Actimmune in the treatment of FA in February and announced plans to begin a Phase 3 study in the second quarter in collaboration with the Friedreich's Ataxia Research Alliance, or FARA, and a sub-set of FARA's Collaborative Clinical Research Network, or CCRN, study centers in FA.
April 9, 2015
14:15 EDTESRXExpress Scripts calls active on elevated volatility on sharp rally
Express Scripts April weekly 87 and April 90 calls are active on total call volume of 20K (2K puts). April weekly call option implied volatility is at 38, April is at 26, May is at 30, June is at 25; compared to its 26-week average of 22 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement.
09:18 EDTFDO, DGBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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April 8, 2015
08:09 EDTDLTR, FDOFamily Dollar says sales trends in March 'rebounded nicely'
"We continue to see tangible benefits from the investments we have made to strengthen our value proposition for customers. Our comparable store sales and customer traffic trends are improving, and we are beginning to see stabilization in key categories. While our trends in late-February were adversely impacted by severe winter weather, our sales trends in March rebounded nicely, reflecting both improved traffic trends and the benefit of an earlier Easter,” said Howard R. Levine, Chairman and CEO. “We are excited about the pending merger with Dollar Tree, and our teams are working to ensure a successful integration.”
08:05 EDTDLTR, FDOFamily Dollar says not providing guidance
On January 22, Family Dollar (FDO) stockholders adopted the merger agreement with Dollar Tree (DLTR). The completion of the merger remains subject to Federal Trade Commission clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended, and other closing conditions. Dollar Tree, with support from Family Dollar, is continuing to work with the FTC to obtain clearance under the HSR Act, including in connection with arranging for divestitures. Dollar Tree has informed Family Dollar that Dollar Tree intends to close the merger by the end of May 2015. In light of the pending transaction, the company has not provided earnings guidance for fiscal 2015 and will not hold a conference call to discuss its second quarter results.
08:05 EDTFDOFamily Dollar reports March SSS up 3.7%
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08:04 EDTFDOFamily Dollar reports Q2 adjusted EPS 74c, consensus 73c
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05:49 EDTDGDollar General price target raised to $85 from $80 at Deutsche Bank
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April 7, 2015
16:38 EDTDLTR, FDODollar Tree discloses update on FTC review process of Family Dollar acquisition
Dollar Tree (DLTR) disclosed in a regulatory filing, the following update on the Federal Trade Commission’s review process of the company’s pending acquisition of Family Dollar Stores (FDO). As of April 1, the FTC’s staff has substantially completed its review and identified approximately 340 stores for divestiture, representing approximately $47.4M of operating income. The company expects that all or almost all of the stores that will be divested will be Family Dollar stores. The company continues to make progress with divestiture buyers and has received multiple indications of interest from buyers, each of whom intend to operate these divested locations as dollar stores to address the FTC's concerns. The company is working to finalize divestiture agreements with the selected bidders in April 2015 and in parallel to secure FTC approval. The company intends to close the proposed merger in May, but this timing is subject to certain factors beyond the company’s control, including FTC approval.
15:30 EDTFDONotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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07:15 EDTHZNPHorizon Pharma management to meet with UBS
Meetings to be held in Austin/Houston on April 7 hosted by UBS.
06:08 EDTCVSNew York REIT announces 22,00 square foot lease with CVS at 1440 Broadway
New York REIT (NYRT) announced that is has completed a long-term lease totaling approximately 22,000 square feet with CVS/pharmacy (CVS) at 1440 Broadway. The deal marks the first step in NYRT's overall retail repositioning strategy at 1440 Broadway, with remaining value-add opportunities to mark existing below-market tenant rents to market and to re-configure a portion of the basement into valuable, lower-level selling space with double ceiling-heights.
April 6, 2015
10:02 EDTZOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AGCO (AGCO) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Deutsche Bank... CONSOL (CNX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Catamaran (CTRX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Comerica (CMA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Gannett (GCI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Magnum Hunter (MHR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... Qualcomm (QCOM) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Regions Financial (RF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... SAP (SAP) downgraded at Wells Fargo... Sanderson Farms (SAFM) downgraded to Underweight from Sector Weight at KeyBanc... Scorpio Tankers (STNG) downgraded to Neutral from Accumulate at Global Hunter... Simpson Manufacturing (SSD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at DA Davidson... Skyworks (SWKS) downgraded at Stephens... TripAdvisor (TRIP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Western Union (WU) downgraded to Neutral from Positive at Susquehanna... Zillow Group (Z) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays.
09:18 EDTPPCPilgrim's Pride volatility elevated
Pilgrim’s Pride April call option implied volatility is at 46, May is at 47, June is at 43; compared to its 26-week average of 42 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement.
07:57 EDTESRXLeerink healthcare services analyst holds analyst/industry conference call
Healthcare Services Analyst Gupte discusses the leverage Anthem likely has in its Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) contract with Express Scripts and how it changes after the Catamaran-Optum Rx deal, the synergy potential for the deal between Catamaran and Optum Rx and the likelihood of Cigna-HS remaining with the newly merged Optum Rx-CTRX on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on April 6 at 2 pm.
07:25 EDTHZNPHorizon Pharma management to meet with UBS
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06:25 EDTZCiti says Zillow shares still pricing in 'relatively bullish' assumptions
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05:52 EDTZZillow Group downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
Barclays analyst Christopher Merwin downgraded Zillow Group to Equal Weight saying traffic is starting to slow for both the Zillow and Trulia brands. Merwin points out agent net adds are slowing as well. He lowered his price target for Zillow shares to $105 from $140. The stock closed Thursday's trading up $3.58 to $100.86.
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