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July 28, 2014
12:21 EDTCVS, TSN, TRLA, FDO, HSH, HZNP, Z, DLTR, ESRX, PPC, ACRX, DGOn 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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July 1, 2015
10:00 EDTZOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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June 30, 2015
17:10 EDTZZillow Group initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim
Target $120.
07:28 EDTFDO, DLTRDollar Tree shares poised to outperform, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo predicts that Dollar Tree will be re-ranked by quantitative investment models following its merger with Family Dollar (FDO), enabling Dollar Tree's stock to outperform. The firm predicts that Dollar Tree's P/E ratio will become much lower versus its peers after the merger closes. Wells keeps an Outperform rating on Dollar Tree.
June 29, 2015
11:21 EDTESRXMorgan Stanley reports 5% passive stake in Express Scripts
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June 26, 2015
07:28 EDTHZNPHorizon Pharma price target raised to $40 from $32 at UBS
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June 25, 2015
09:21 EDTFDOFamily Dollar volatility low into Q1 and outlook
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08:01 EDTDGDollar General names John Garratt as interim CFO, effective July 1
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05:48 EDTESRXStocks with implied volatility movement; SDS ESRX
Stocks with implied volatility movement; UltraShort S&P500 ProShares (SDS) 28, Express Scripts (ESRX) 27 according to iVolatility.
June 24, 2015
14:13 EDTESRXExpress Scripts July weekly volatility elevated as shares near record high
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08:33 EDTCVSCVS Health enters into four new clinical affiliations
CVS Health has entered into new clinical affiliations with Sutter Health in California, Millennium Physician Group in Florida, Bryan Health Connect in Nebraska and Mount Kisco Medical Group, PC in New York. Through these clinical affiliations, CVS Health will provide prescription and visit information to the participating health care organizations.
June 23, 2015
10:54 EDTCVSCVS Health expects to complete $5B in share repurchases in 2015
10:40 EDTCVSCVS Health sees Omnicare transaction closing by end of year
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10:31 EDTCVSCVS Health names Norman de Greve as Chief Marketing Officer, effective July 15
CVS Health announced that Norman de Greve will join CVS Health as Chief Marketing Officer, effective July 15. In this role, de Greve will be accountable for marketing strategy across the enterprise. He is currently the President of the Boston and Detroit offices of DigitasLBi.
07:36 EDTHZNPJMP Securities to hold a conference
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07:12 EDTHZNPHorizon Pharma announces notice of allowance with claims covering Ravicti
Horizon Pharma announced that it has received from the United States Patent and Trademark Office a Notice of Allowance for U.S. patent application number 13/775,000, entitled "Methods of Therapeutic Monitoring of Nitrogen Scavenging Drugs" that covers Horizon's U.S. approved product Ravicti Oral Liquid.
June 22, 2015
08:16 EDTESRXAnthem, Cigna deal would be negative for Catamaran, says Leerink
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June 19, 2015
16:24 EDTCVSStocks end week higher after Fed reassures on gradual pace of rate increases
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16:06 EDTZZillow Group announces sale of ActiveRain to Ben Kinney Companies
Zillow Group announced the pending sale of ActiveRain, a social networking, blogging, and training platform for the real estate industry, to the Ben Kinney family of companies. ActiveRain became part of Zillow Group through its acquisition of Trulia, which closed in February 2015. The sale is expected to close June 30.
13:33 EDTZZillow Group calls active on renewed takeover speculation
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11:17 EDTESRXExpress Scripts calls active amid bid speculation
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