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May 15, 2014
10:15 EDTWMB, ADT, GM, KMI, CZR, ACT, EBAY, KKR, APC, DGLeon Cooperman gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Dollar General (DG)... Actavis (ACT)... ADT Corp. (ADT)... Anadarko (APC). INCREASED STAKES: Caesar's (CZR)... eBay (EBAY)... Sprint (S)... KKR & Co. (KKR). DECREASED STAKES: Kinder Morgan (KMI). LIQUIDATED STAKES: General Motors (GM)... Williams (WMB).
News For EBAY;GM;DG;ACT;ADT;APC;CZR;WMB;KKR;KMI From The Last 14 Days
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December 9, 2014
06:07 EDTDGStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; DG OPK
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; OPKO Health (OPK) 41, Dollar General (DG) 37 according to iVolatility.
05:34 EDTEBAYChannelAdvisor says Amazon November SSS up 35.7%, eBay up 9.8%
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December 8, 2014
13:52 EDTEBAYeBay advances slightly in down tape after Stifel upgrades shares
Shares of eBay (EBAY) are rising slightly in a down market after research firm Stifel upgraded the stock to Buy from Hold. WHAT'S NEW: The risk/reward ratio on eBay appears to be favorable, Stifel analyst Scott Devitt wrote in a note to investors today. In the most likely scenario for the company, the shares could increase as high as about $65 from their current level of around $55, but are unlikely to drop much below $50, Devitt believes. In a possible bullish scenario, the shares could go up to $75, the analyst stated. The spin off of eBay's PayPal business, expected to occur within nine months, should be a significant catalyst for the stock, while the gross merchandise volume generated by the company's marketplaces business should accelerate in the second half of next year, wrote Devitt. Marketplaces comparisons become easier starting in the second half of the year, the analyst explained. Additionally, eBay will begin to emphasize that the percentage of e-commerce transactions processed by PayPal is increasing, Devitt stated. Meanwhile, eBay's valuation is "compelling," and the upcoming spin-off reminds Devitt of the separation of Expedia (EXPE) and TripAdvisor (TRIP), which proved to be a positive catalyst, he wrote. Devitt set a $65 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, eBay gained 17c, or 0.3%, to $54.97.
12:25 EDTACTAntibiotic makers rise after Merck agrees to buy Cubist
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11:30 EDTACTLeerink generics pharmaceutical analyst holds analyst/industry conference call
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11:10 EDTGMVolkswagen sees challenging developments continuing for rest of year
Volkswagen (VLKAY) said, “The challenging developments on markets worldwide – above all in Eastern Europe and South America – will continue for the remainder of this year. The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand handled these challenges successfully during the course of the year, but was not entirely immune to their impact.” Other publicly traded companies in the passenger automotive space include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), and Toyota (TM).
10:01 EDTKMIKinder Morgan and SK E&S LNG announce transportation agreement
Kinder Morgan announced that its Texas Intrastate Pipelines group has entered into a 20-year firm transportation services agreement with SK E&S LNG, a subsidiary of SK E&S Co. LTD. Under the agreement, KMI will invest more than $150M to provide more than 320,000 dekatherms per day of firm natural gas transportation services to support SK LNG’s Train III liquefied natural gas export capacity at Quintana Island, Texas. This Train is part of Freeport LNG Development’s Freeport LNG export facility which in total will liquefy up to 13.2 million tonnes per annum once fully operational. KMI will construct and operate approximately 40 miles of pipeline extending from its existing Kinder Morgan Tejas mainline to an interconnection point with Freeport LNG’s existing pipeline located in Stratton Ridge, Texas. KMI will also expand and construct additional compression on its existing Kinder Morgan Texas and Kinder Morgan Tejas pipeline systems to provide these services upon the startup of Train III, which is expected to occur in the third quarter of 2019. This transportation services agreement provides for the required expansion of the KMI intrastate system by over 1 billion cubic feet per day and will provide additional capacity to the Freeport and Chocolate Bayou areas. The agreements are subject to certain conditions, as well as making a final investment decision to construct the Freeport LNG Train III Liquefaction Project.
10:00 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Antero Resources (AR) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Apache (APA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Applied Materials (AMAT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Arch Capital (ACGL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... CU Bancorp (CUNB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler O'Neill... Calpine (CPN) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... Commerzbank (CRZBY) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Keefe Bruyette... EastGroup Properties (EGP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Enbridge Energy Management (EEQ) upgraded to Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Enbridge Energy (EEP) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... GasLog (GLOG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Hoegh LNG (HMLP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Illinois Tool Works (ITW) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Global Hunter... LaSalle Hotel (LHO) upgraded at Morgan Stanley... Lufthansa (DLAKY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... NASDAQ (NDAQ) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Newfield Exploration (NFX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Omega Healthcare (OHI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Orange SA (ORAN) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman... SM Energy (SM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Southwest (LUV) upgraded at Goldman... TSMC (TSM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... United Technologies (UTX) upgraded at Bernstein... eBay (EBAY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel.
09:31 EDTADTADT Corp. downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
06:10 EDTEBAYeBay upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel
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December 7, 2014
18:15 EDTCZRCaesar's REIT plan faces creditor resistance, WSJ says
Caesar's plan to convert its largest unit into a real-estate investment trust or REIT is facing some objections from creditors, muddling the casino operators ambition of reducing the unit’s $18.4B debt, says the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
December 5, 2014
16:49 EDTACTAdvisory Committee recommends approval Of Actavis' ceftazidime-avibactam
Actavis announced that the Anti-Infective Drugs Advisory Committee convened by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has voted to recommend approval of Actavis' New Drug Application for ceftazidime-avibactam, an investigational antibiotic being developed to treat hospitalized patients when limited or no treatment options are available for complicated intra-abdominal infections and complicated urinary tract infections caused by Gram-negative pathogens. The committee found the scientific and clinical evidence submitted by Cerexa, a wholly owned subsidiary of Actavis, adequately demonstrated the safety and efficacy of ceftazidime-avibactam in the treatment of the proposed cIAI and cUTI indications. The committee voted not to recommend approval of the combination for hospital-acquired bacterial pneumonia /ventilator-associated bacterial pneumonia and bacteremia.The Advisory Committee recommendation is not binding on the FDA, which makes the final decision regarding approval. Actavis expects FDA action on its NDA for ceftazidime-avibactam during the first quarter of 2015.
14:06 EDTGMGeneral Motors ticks key resistance at the $34 area
The $34 level played a role as major support through the year until the breakdown in share price in September. Today the stock is ticking that level once again. Powering through this level would be bullish, while a failure at $34 would be bearish. Resistance is at $35.14. Support is at $33.24.
12:03 EDTDGFive Below plummets after Q4, FY14 outlooks trail analysts' estimates
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10:33 EDTGMGeneral Motors recalls 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon pickups, WSJ reports
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10:03 EDTDGFamily Dollar sees Dollar General needing to divest over 3.4K stores, CNBC says
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09:19 EDTDGDollar General says remains committed to purchase of Family Dollar
Dollar General Corporation (DG) issued the following statement in response to comments made by Dollar Tree (DLTR) regarding its view of potential store divestitures that may be required by the FTC in either a Dollar Tree/Family Dollar Stores (FDO) or a Dollar General/Family Dollar combination. Dollar General’s documents and data tell a very different story from that contained in the press release issued today by Dollar Tree. As Dollar General previously has stated, Walmart (WMT), not Family Dollar, is the primary driver regarding Dollar General’s strategic pricing decisions, and more than 90% of Dollar General’s SKUs are nationally priced. Dollar General is confident that its approach to strategic and pricing decisions is both correct and superior to that of Family Dollar and Dollar General has no intention of adopting a flawed strategy -- either now or after an acquisition of Family Dollar -- that it believes would impair its ability to compete with Walmart and lead to inferior financial performance. Dollar General is actively engaged in discussions with the FTC regarding the extent of potential divestitures that would be required in connection with an acquisition of Family Dollar and has been making good progress. Over the past few weeks, Dollar General has provided the FTC with tens of thousands of documents supporting the above facts and its broad view of competition. There is no reason to believe that the FTC would take into account only Family Dollar’s documents and data or afford them greater significance than Dollar General's own evidence. As stated in Dollar General's press release of December 4, Dollar General will continue to work with the FTC and expects to provide an update in sufficient time to allow Family Dollar shareholders to review such information prior to the Family Dollar shareholders’ meeting now scheduled for December 23.
06:27 EDTGMGM looking to sell 500K Cadillacs annually by 2020, Reuters reports
GM plans to increase global annual sales of its Cadillac brand to over 500,000 cars by 2020, Reuters quoted Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen as saying. Reference Link
06:18 EDTEBAYStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; NQ EBAY
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; NQ Mobile (NQ) 144, eBay (EBAY) 20 according to iVolatility.
06:09 EDTDGDollar Tree provides update on FTC review of pending acquisition of Family Dolla
Dollar Tree (DLTR) announced that it was providing an update regarding the status of the FTC's review of its pending acquisition of Family Dollar (FDO). Dollar Tree and Family Dollar have been actively engaging with the staff of the FTC as they review the pending merger. The company said, "The staff of the FTC is very focused on the discount retail sector (including how Family Dollar’s current pricing rules would impact store prices in a merger transaction) and has indicated that some divestitures will be required for the Pending Merger, which we believe will be no more than our original commitment in the July 27, 2014, Merger Agreement. Dollar Tree will work diligently with the FTC staff over the next few weeks concerning divestitures. Given the relatively small number of divestitures our transaction implicates, Dollar Tree does not expect any such divestiture to have a material impact on its plans for the combined organization. Furthermore, we believe that we will be in a position to complete the financing for the Pending Merger in January 2015 and to complete the Pending Merger as early as February 2015... In connection with its unsolicited tender offer for Family Dollar, Dollar General (DG) continues to refuse to agree to a “hell-or-high-water” commitment. Based on the foregoing concerns regarding the Pending Merger, Dollar Tree believes that the FTC may require divestitures far in excess of the 1,500 stores that Dollar General has offered to divest in its tender offer for Family Dollar... The special meeting of Family Dollar shareholders to vote on the Pending Merger is currently scheduled for December 23, 2014. To facilitate the FTC’s continued review, and in light of the practicalities associated with the transaction, Dollar Tree and Family Dollar have agreed not to close the Pending Merger until January 30, 2015, unless the FTC completes its review of the Pending Merger and terminates the waiting period at an earlier date. Dollar Tree will continue to provide additional information as the special meeting date approaches."
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