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January 14, 2014
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WSJ: DirecTV (DTV) wants Weather Channel fee reduction as apps take hold...Brown-Forman (BF.A, BF.B) may benefit from Beam (BEAM) deal...REUTERS: Malone (LMCA, CHTR) seeks consolidation in Time Warner Cable (TWC) bid...Pfizer's (PFE) generics unit attracts several suitors (VRX, ACT, MYL)...Nasdaq (NDAQ), S&P (MHFI) interested in acquisitions to grow index businesses...BLOOMBERG: McKesson (MCK) considers JV following failure of Celesio (CAKFY) bid...Fox (FOXA) won't participate in network TVís pilot season...Sears (SHLD) may be cut by S&P...OTHER NEWS: Target's (TGT) problems may benefit security firms, NY Times reports...Ventas (VTR) and Health Care REIT (HCN) held talks, dealReporter reports.
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August 20, 2014
08:03 EDTPFEBristol-Myers Pfizer to present new Eliquis data
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08:03 EDTTGTTarget cuts FY14 adjusted EPS view to $3.10-$3.30 from $3.60-$3.90
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08:02 EDTTGTTarget sees Q3 adjusted EPS 40c-50c, consensus 65c
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08:01 EDTTGTTarget says better U.S. sales have continued into August
"While results from the quarter didnít meet our expectations, we are seeing some early signs of progress as we work to improve results in the U.S. and Canada,Ē said John Mulligan, executive vice president and CFO of Target Corporation. ďIn the U.S., traffic trends continue to recover and monthly sales are improving, with July comparable sales up more than 1 percent. Better U.S. sales have continued into August, driven by early back-to-school results. In Canada, the team is making important changes to operations and the merchandise assortment with a focus on delivering improved results by this holiday season.Ē
08:01 EDTTGTTarget reports Q2 adjusted EPS 78c, consensus 79c
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07:07 EDTVRXSome Valeant shareholders express uncertainty over Allergan deal, Reuters says
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06:13 EDTTWCNetflix signs paid peering deal with Time Warner Cable, Gigaom reports
Netflix (NFLX) has signed a direct interconnection deal with Time Warner Cable (TWC) that would provide Netflix with direct access and faster streams, reports Gigaom. Time Warner Cable confirmed that the deal happened in June and the implementation has been rolling out this month. Reference Link
August 19, 2014
17:14 EDTVRXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:52 EDTVRXAllergan all-cash deal would reduce hostile bid chances, says BMO Capital
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15:16 EDTTGTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:42 EDTTGTTarget August weekly 59.5 straddle priced for 2.4% move into Q2
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13:13 EDTVRXAllergan approached Salix, one other about takeover, WSJ reports
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13:04 EDTTGTTarget technical comments before earnings
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13:00 EDTTGTEarnings Preview: Target cuts Q2 EPS view to reflect flat U.S. segment SSS
Target (TGT) is scheduled to report second quarter results before the market open on Wednesday, August 20, with a conference call scheduled for 10:30 am ET. Target offers merchandise at discounted prices through its retail stores and online business. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 79c on revenue of $17.38B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 78c-91c on revenue of $17.28B-$17.5B. LAST QUARTER: Target reported first quarter adjusted EPS of 70c on revenue of $17.05B, against estimates for 71c and $17.01B, respectively. U.S. comparable sales decreased 0.3% in Q1, near the high end of the expected range. Target was unable to estimate future expenses related to the data breach that occurred in the fourth quarter of 2013, but said costs may have a "material adverse effect" on Q2 and FY14 results. NEWS: In July, Target named Brian Cornell as chairman and Chief Executive Officer, effective August 12. Cornell most recently served as the CEO of PepsiCo (PEP) Americas Foods. Chief Financial Officer and former interim CEO John Mulligan previously told CNBC that he would be "happy" transitioning back to CFO role. The company cut its Q2 adjusted EPS guidance to "within a range around 78c" from 85c-$1.00, which excluded approximately 2c related to the expected reduction of its beneficial interest asset, as well as any net expenses related to the data breach. The updated guidance reflects U.S. Segment essentially flat comparable sales with lower-than-expected EBITDA margin driven by promotional markdowns, as guests continue to spend cautiously and focus on value in the current environment, and Canadian segment's somewhat softer-than-expected sales combined with the impact of continued investments to clear excess inventory. The Q2 results are also expected to include gross expenses of $148M related to the December 2013 data breach. Mulligan commented that the environment in both the U.S. and Canada "continues to be challenging, and results arenít yet where they need to be," but noted that the retailer is making progress in efforts to drive U.S. sales and traffic and improve Canadian operations. Target plans to extend the hours at over 50% of its U.S. locations in an effort to increase the number of customers who shop later in the day, according to the Wall Street Journal, citing a spokesperson. STREET RESEARCH: Goldman downgraded Target to Neutral from Buy and cut its price target to $59 from $65 to reflect estimate cuts following the Q2 pre-announcement, lack of catalysts, and e-commerce devaluation of general merchandise retailers. Baird thinks that Target may see better results later in 2014 and could restart its share buybacks at some point in the second half of the year, but sees stiff competition in Target's space. Wells Fargo wrote that the costs related to the data breach are on track to come in well below the $1B that some had initially feared. PRICE ACTION: Target shares are up almost 2% over the past three months. In intra-day trading ahead of tomorrow's earnings report, shares are up more than 1% to $59.35.
11:44 EDTMYLMylan launches generic Precedex Injection
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11:18 EDTACTDepomed announces favorable ruling in Gralise case
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10:32 EDTACTDepomed higher after favorable ruling in Gralise case
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07:54 EDTSHLDSears Holdings August weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
Sears Holdings August weekly call option implied volatility is at 126, September is at 55, December is at 46, March is at 46; compared to its 26-week average of 55 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on August 21.
07:26 EDTACTActavis confirms positive results from RECLAIM pivotal Phase III studies
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07:07 EDTTGTTarget weekly volatility increases into Q2 and outlook
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