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July 28, 2014
12:21 EDTHSH, HZNP, Z, DLTR, ESRX, PPC, ACRX, DG, CVS, TSN, TRLA, FDOOn 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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January 14, 2015
19:14 EDTDLTR, FDOGlass Lewis recommends Family Dollar stockholders vote for Dollar Tree merger
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19:01 EDTPPCPilgrim's Pride declares $5.77 per share special dividend
Pilgrim's Pride Corporation announced that as part of its strategy of improving its capital structure and generating shareholder value, its board has approved the declaration of a special cash dividend of $5.77 per share. The total amount of the special dividend payment will be approximately $1.5B based on the current number of shares outstanding. The special cash dividend is payable on February 17 to stockholders of record on January 30.
10:40 EDTDLTR, DG, FDOISS recommends Family Dollar stockholders vote 'for' merger with Dollar Tree
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10:39 EDTDLTR, DG, FDOISS recommends Family Dollar stockholders vote 'for' merger with Dollar Tree
10:14 EDTFDO, DG, DLTRISS recommends Family Dollar holders support Dollar Tree deal
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10:00 EDTDLTROn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ACE Limited (ACE) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... AXIS Capital (AXS) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Macquarie... Allstate (ALL) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Altera (ALTR) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... American Midstream Partners (AMID) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Argo Group (AGII) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Aspen Insurance (AHL) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Beneficial Bancorp (BNCL) downgraded to Neutral at Boenning & Scattergood... CDW Corporation (CDW) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... CHC Group (HELI) downgraded at Raymond James... CIRCOR (CIR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... Chesapeake (CHK) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Commerzbank (CRZBY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Continental Resources (CLR) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Corporate Office Properties (OFC) downgraded to Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Credit Suisse (CS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at HSBC... Datawatch (DWCH) downgraded to Hold at Canaccord... Devon Energy (DVN) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Dollar Tree (DLTR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Northcoast... Douglas Emmett (DEI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... Dresser-Rand (DRC) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Enable Midstream (ENBL) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... F5 Networks (FFIV) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... First Majestic (AG) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Scotia Capital... Foot Locker (FL) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Franklin Resources (BEN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... HCP (HCP) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Halcon Resources (HK) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Insulet (PODD) downgraded at Sterne Agee... J.B. Hunt (JBHT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Avondale... JPMorgan (JPM) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at HSBC... KB Home (KBH) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Kosmos (KOS) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Marathon Oil (MRO) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Medley Management (MDLY) downgraded to Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... MoneyGram (MGI) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... National Grid (NGG) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Navigators (NAVG) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Pioneer Energy (PES) downgraded at Raymond James... RSP Permian (RSPP) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Rambus (RMBS) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Realty Income (O) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Red Hat (RHT) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Resolute Energy (REN) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Ross Stores (ROST) downgraded to Neutral at UBS... SandRidge Energy (SD) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Tech Data (TECD) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Teekay Offshore Partners (TOO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Travelers (TRV) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... TrueCar (TRUE) downgraded to Market Perform at Cowen... Valspar (VAL) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... Verizon (VZ) downgraded at Evercore ISI... Viacom (VIAB) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Citigroup... W. R. Berkley (WRB) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Waddell & Reed (WDR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Western Union (WU) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Whiting Petroleum (WLL) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Whole Foods (WFM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Xilinx (XLNX) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... iRobot (IRBT) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan.
09:01 EDTDLTRDollar Tree downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Northcoast
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08:37 EDTFDO3D Systems says David Styka joins company as Chief Accounting Officer
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January 13, 2015
12:17 EDTESRXExpress Scripts CEO says new cholesterol lowering drugs 'pretty expensive'
12:15 EDTESRXExpress Scripts CEO says Gilead relationship 'important' going forward
Express Scripts (ESRX) CEO George Paz at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference said his company's relationship with Gilead (GILD) is "important" going forward. Paz said his company's goal is not to exclude drugs. He continues to discuss Express Scripts's deal with AbbVie (ABBV) and the company's goal of saving clients money with regards to healthcare costs.
12:10 EDTESRXExpress Scripts CEO says 'never stopped talking to Gilead'
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11:14 EDTCVSCVS Health repeats FY15 adjusted EPS view $5.05-$5.19, consensus $5.13
CVS Health repeats forecast for FY15 revenue growth of 7%-8.25%, consensus $148.9B. CVS Health repeats forecast for FY15 free cash flow $5.9B-$6.2B. Previously issued FY15 guidance repeated in slides for JPMorgan Healthcare Conference presentation.
11:11 EDTCVSCVS Health says gaining share in growing Rx market
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07:42 EDTCVSJPMorgan to hold a conference
33rd Annual Healthcare Conference is being held in San Francisco on January 12-15 with webcasted company presentations to begin on January 13 at 10:30 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
06:56 EDTTSNTyson may see 'some impact' to business by China poultry ban, WSJ says
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January 12, 2015
17:01 EDTFDOFred's names Michael Bloom COO
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12:04 EDTPPC, TSNUSDA raises 2015 meat production forecast
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08:22 EDTHZNPHorizon Pharma secures agreement with FDA on ACTIMMUNE primary endpoint
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06:18 EDTFDO, DLTRFamily Dollar sends letter to stockholders on proposed merger with Dollar Tree
Family Dollar (FDO), in a letter to its stockholders, explains the recommendation of the board that stockholders vote "FOR" the merger with Dollar Tree (DLTR). In the letter, Family Dollar CEO Howard Levine said, "I wanted to provide complete transparency to you regarding the most recent feedback that we have received from the FTC staff, which reaffirms the statements that we have been making for several months now about the inability of the Dollar General proposal to be consummated on the terms proposed by Dollar General and the certainty of the Dollar Tree merger... This existing economic analysis by the FTC will be refined in certain respects, but we see no basis to believe that, taken together, these refinements will result in a final divestiture number anywhere near the 1,500 stores that Dollar General has offered to divest. Importantly, the 3,500 to 4,000 store range does not include many additional divestitures that likely will be triggered by the well over 1,000 additional new or planned Dollar General and Family Dollar stores. The FTC staff plans to incorporate these stores into the same economic analysis, which will create new overlaps and exacerbate existing overlaps that have not yet created presumptions of requirements to divest. Going in the other direction, the FTC will incorporate into its economic analysis a modest number of competitorsí additional new or planned stores. We expect that the net impact of these two changes will be an increase in the store count... With respect to timing, in light of the thousands of stores at issue, we expect that the definitive number of divestitures that the FTC will actually require is not likely to be known by Family Dollar or Dollar General for several months... We expect Dollar Tree to continue to make rapid progress in completing the antitrust clearance process pursuant to its binding undertakings in the merger agreement, including its covenant to divest as many stores as necessary or advisable to obtain such clearance. In sum, antitrust clearance of the Dollar Tree merger on its terms and in a timely manner is a virtual certainty."
06:04 EDTDLTR, FDODollar Tree provides update on FTC review of Family Dollar acquisition
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