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June 20, 2014
10:54 EDTFDO, DG, DLTRFamily Dollar rises as Icahn urges immediate sale of company
Shares of discount retailer Family Dollar Stores (FDO) are higher this morning after Carl Icahn sent a letter to the company's Chief Executive Officer urging an immediate sale. WHAT'S NEW: Citing consistent underperformance of the company, activist investor Carl Icahn said in a letter to Family Dollar CEO Howard Levine on Thursday that "it is imperative that Family Dollar be put up for sale immediately." Icahn believes there would also be significant interest from strategic and financial buyers, adding that "it is clear that now is a perfect time to sell," given the current interest rate environment and stock market. Icahn also said he believes that "an overwhelming majority of the company's shareholders would be in favor of a sale," and that three of his representatives should be added to the company's board of directors immediately. The activist investor claims that Family Dollar has been "in limbo" for too long and that consolidation in the discount retail space is "inevitable." Icahn warned that if he and the company cannot work on this collaboratively, he will take the matter directly to shareholders and commence a written consent solicitation within the next few weeks to replace Family Dollar's entire board of directors with "individuals that will have a shareholder mandate to sell the company." The letter comes after a conversation between Icahn and Levine the evening before. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Family Dollar responded to Icahn's letter, explaining that the company's management and board of directors are committed to acting in the best interests of the company and its shareholders. Family Dollar noted that the company is currently undertaking an in-depth business review, and will continue to take immediate, strategic actions to improve its performance "as appropriate." Family Dollar said it is open to communicating constructively with its investors to enhance value. PRICE ACTION: Family Dollar is up $1.06, or 1.6%, to $69.20 in mid-morning trading. OTHERS TO WATCH: Shares of Family Dollar peer Dollar General (DG) are up over 1% to $62.18, while another peer, Dollar Tree (DLTR), is fractionally lower at $53.61.
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July 15, 2014
10:37 EDTFDOOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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July 14, 2014
10:00 EDTFDOOptions with decreasing implied volatility: SHPG INFY CWH FDO IDIX FAST
July 10, 2014
12:21 EDTFDOOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:00 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says reduced price SKUs showing 'nice' unit lifts
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10:30 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says was 'delighted' with business done on July 4th weekend
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10:21 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says operating environment likely to remain difficult
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10:11 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says in 'early stages' of turnaround
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10:05 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says long-term growth prospects remain strong
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09:15 EDTFDOOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Zumiez (ZUMZ), up 5.7% after raising Q2 outlook... DragonWave (DRWI), up 5% after reporting better than expected Q1 results... International Game (IGT), up 3.6% after Italian press report says the company will soon get a $4B offer from GTECH... United Continental (UAL), up 2.9% after reporting June traffic. LOWER: Lumber Liquidators (LL), down 23% after downgraded at Jefferies and Credit Suisse following the company's reduced full-year outlook. Tile Shop (TTS), which also serves flooring customers, down 5.5% following Lumber Liqudators' profit warning... Family Dollar (FDO), down 1.9% after reporting Q3 earnings that missed expectations... Tractor Supply (TSCO), down 5.9% after reporting Q2 preliminary results, saying it now sees FY14 results at low end of guidance range... Liquidity Services (LQDT), down 8% after revising Q3 guidance after its sales of selected rolling stock and other assets under its Surplus Contract with the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency have ceased at the request of DLA... Potbelly (PBPB), down 18% after lowering its Q2 and FY14 outlook... Memorial Production Partners (MEMP), down 7.4% after filing to sell 8.6M shares of common units for partners... Kosmos (KOS), down 3.3% after filing to sell 17M shares of common stock.
07:26 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says Q3 results reflect economic challenges facing core customers
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07:05 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says on track to close 370 underperforming stores by end of FY
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07:05 EDTFDOFamily Dollar sees FY14 EPS $3.07-$3.17 ex-items, consensus $3.15
Sees low single digit increase in FY14 net sales, low single digit decline in SSS. Sees approx. 525 new store openings and approximately 400 store closings. Sees FY CapEx $450M-$500M. As part of its ongoing business review, the Company is taking deliberate actions to strengthen its value proposition, increase operational efficiencies and improve its financial performance. As previously announced, the Company has: Lowered prices on nearly 1,000 basic items, investing more than $50 million, on an annualized basis, to deliver more compelling values to customers; Reduced corporate overhead and re-aligned key organizational functions to improve execution and reinforce a commitment to being an efficient, low-cost retailer; Launched a process to close approximately 370 underperforming stores in the second half of fiscal 2014. Building on efforts to capture more food trips, the Company intends to further expand its cooler program beginning in fiscal 2015; Continuing to expand traffic-driving categories with a multi-year rollout of beer and wine, beginning in fiscal 2015; and Leveraging the scale and considerable diversity of the chain to launch a multi-year clustering initiative designed to enhance store productivity. The Company’s in-depth business review remains on-going, and the Board and management team continue to evaluate additional opportunities to drive efficiency in stores, and further increase value and convenience for the customer.
07:04 EDTFDOFamily Dollar sees Q4 EPS 75c-85c ex-items, consensus 78c
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07:02 EDTFDOFamily Dollar reaffirms Q4 guidance
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07:01 EDTFDOFamily Dollar reports Q3 adjusted EPS 85c, consensus 89c
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06:28 EDTFDOOptions expected to be active
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July 9, 2014
15:28 EDTFDOFamily Dollar July weekly 64 straddle priced for 4% move into Q3
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15:25 EDTFDOFamily Dollar technical comments ahead of earnings
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15:19 EDTFDONotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Family Dollar (FDO), consensus 89c.
06:05 EDTDGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; DG VLO
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