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March 22, 2013
10:58 EDTDG, FDO, WMTFamily Dollar falls after analysts express opposite views
Two research firms expressed different opinions on Family Dollar (FDO) in notes to investors earlier today. Deutsche Bank upgraded the stock to Buy from Hold, while Citigroup downgraded the shares to Neutral from Buy. Fears about future declines in the discount retailer's margins have probably peaked, according to Deutsche Bank analyst Paul Trussell. The company's selling, general and administrative expenses disappointed investors in the first quarter of the company's fiscal year, but investors are now well aware of the headwinds that caused the situation and the problems should ease going forward, Trussell believes. Meanwhile, fears about a price war among dollar store companies is overdone, and Family Dollar is taking market share from Wal-Mart (WMT), according Deutsche's analyst, who added that Family Dollar has begun to benefit from tax refunds. Trussell expects the company's same-store sales to rise 4.3% in the second half of the year and he set a $71 price target on the shares. Conversely, Citigroup analyst Deborah Weinswig expects Family Dollar to have more difficulty beating analysts' earnings expectations going forward. The retailer's margins are likely to be hurt by stronger sales of less profitable items, according to the Citi analyst. Moreover, Family Dollar's "single store format" is hurting the company's ability to compete against Dollar General (DG), which has two expanded store formats, Weinswig wrote. She trimmed her price target on Family Dollar to $65 from $69. In mid-morning trading, Family Dollar fell 95c, or 1.5%, to $60.80.
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December 11, 2014
16:59 EDTFDOElliott Associates reports 6.8% stake in Family Dollar
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09:08 EDTWMTWal-Mart China troubles brewing, hid for years, Bloomberg says
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06:34 EDTWMTJudge says Wal-Mart managers at two stores violated labor laws, NY Times reports
Managers at two of Wal-Mart's (WMT) California stores illegally punished employees for striking and unlawfullythreatened to close a store in retaliation for higher compensation demands by workers, a judge ruled yesterday, according to The New York Times. The company said it would appeal the ruling. Reference Link
05:52 EDTDGStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; DG EBAY
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December 10, 2014
14:31 EDTWMTWal-Mart names Judith McKenna as COO of Wal-Mart U.S.
McKenna succeeds Gisel Ruiz, who has been appointed executive vice president of Walmart’s International People Division.
10:00 EDTDGOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: 3D Systems (DDD) initiated with an Underperform at Longbow... AutoZone (AZO) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... C.H. Robinson (CHRW) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... CSX (CSX) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... CVS Health (CVS) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... Canadian National (CNI) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Carrizo Oil & Gas (CRZO) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... CenterPoint Energy (CNP) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Con-way (CNW) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Depomed (DEPO) initiated with an Outperform at RBC Capital... Dollar General (DG) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Dollar Tree (DLTR) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... Dynagas LNG (DLNG) initiated with a Buy at ABN Amro... EMC (EMC) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Energy Focus (EFOI) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Expeditors (EXPD) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... GasLog (GLOG) initiated with a Buy at ABN Amro... Genesee & Wyoming (GWR) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... Golar LNG (GLNG) initiated with a Sell at ABN Amro... HII Technologies (HIIT) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Hudbay Minerals (HBM) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... J.B. Hunt (JBHT) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Kansas City Southern (KSU) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Kroger (KR) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Lear (LEA) initiated with a Buy at Northcoast... Lundin Mining (LUNMF) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... NetApp (NTAP) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... Norfolk Southern (NSC) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura... PROS (PRO) initiated with an Outperform at Pacific Crest... Qlik Technologies (QLIK)initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Rentokil (RTOKY) initiated with a Neutral at UBS... Revolution Lighting (RVLT) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... ServiceNow (NOW) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Stratasys (SSYS) initiated with a Neutral at Longbow... Suburban Propane (SPH) initiated with a Hold at Stifel... Tableau (DATA) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Teekay LNG (TGP) initiated with a Buy at ABN Amro... Tessera (TSRA) initiated with a Buy at Sidoti... Union Pacific (UNP) initiated with a Buy at Nomura... Viper Energy (VNOM) initiated with a Buy at Stifel... Visteon (VC) initiated with a Buy at Northcoast... Walgreen (WAG) initiated with a Buy at Citigroup... Werner (WERN) initiated with a Neutral at Nomura.
06:16 EDTFDO, DGDollar General initiated with a Buy at Citigroup
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06:00 EDTDGStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; DG OPK
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; OPKO Health (OPK) 36, Dollar General (DG) 37 according to iVolatility.
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.
December 8, 2014
16:24 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower amid another drop in crude oil prices, which tumbled to five-year lows. The market opened slightly lower following weaker than expected data from China and Japan, with nothing of note on the domestic calendar to get buyers involved in the day’s activity. Near noon, the averages gained downside momentum and though the market pared its losses several times, it was never able to gain any steam to pull the indexes back into the green. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was released. In Asia, Chinese exports rose 4.7% from a year earlier in November, which missed the consensus estimate for an 8% increase. Chinese imports fell 6.7% from the prior year last month, compared with projections for a 3.8% increase. Additionally, Japan's revised third quarter gross domestic product estimate showed the economy shrank more than initially thought, with growth contracting an annualized 1.9%. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Cubist Pharmaceuticals (CBST) surged $26.24, or 35.29%, to $100.60 after Merck (MRK) agreed to acquire the maker of next-generation antibiotics for $102 per share in cash, or $8.4B and the assumption of $1.1B in debt. A number of other antibiotic makers also climbed, including Tetraphase (TTPH), which rose $2.45, or 8.82%, to $30.24, and Cempra (CEMP), which advanced $1.64, or 11.37%, to $16.06, while shares of Merck finished fractionally higher, adding 39c, or 0.63%, to $61.88 following the deal announcement. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their presentations at the American Society of Hematology, or ASH, annual meeting were Calithera Biosciences (CALA), which gained $2.38, or 22.52%, to $12.95, and Acceleron Pharma (XLRN), which jumped $5.11, or 13.6%, to $42.67. Among the noteworthy losers was McDonald's (MCD), which fell $3.70, or 3.84%, to $92.61 after the Dow member reported a 2.2% decline in global same-restaurant sales in November. Additionally, the fast-food giant warned that its fourth quarter results would be hurt by its sales pressures, supplier issues in China and a stronger U.S. dollar. Also lower were shares of Liquidity Services (LQDT), which plunged $2.77, or 27.0%, to $7.49 after the company disclosed that Wal-Mart (WMT) had terminated a deal to provide it with surplus merchandise. INDEXES: The Dow fell 106.31, or 0.59%, to 17,852.48, the Nasdaq dropped 40.06, or 0.84%, to 4,740.69, and the S&P 500 slipped 15.06, or 0.73%, to 2,060.31.
12:40 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:49 EDTWMTLiquidity Services plunges after Wal-Mart seeks to end supply deal
Shares of Liquidity Services (LQDT) are tumbling after the company disclosed that Wal-Mart (WMT) had terminated a deal to provide it with merchandise. Liquidity Services operates an auction marketplace that features surplus and salvaged items. WHAT'S NEW: Liquidity Services reported after Friday's market close in a regulatory filing that Wal-Mart had decided to stop supplying products to Liquidity Services.The auction company noted that it had previously had the right to purchase certain consumer items that have been removed from Wal-Mart's shelves. However, Wal-Mart, on December 1, reported to the company that it would terminate the deal, effective today. Wal-Mart is alleging that Liquidity Services violated certain requirements of the agreement between the companies, Liquidity Services stated. However, the auction company disputed Wal-Mart's assertions and said it was "evaluating all its options" before determining how to proceed. Liquidity Services indicated that it still expects to meet its guidance for its December quarter results. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, Colin Sebastian, an analyst at research firm Robert W. Baird, predicted that the loss of the contract would have a significant impact on Liquidity Services' results starting in 2015. However, he believes that the extent of the impact on the company's earnings before interest taxes depreciation and amortization will depend on its ability to manage its expenses. The analyst cut his price target on the name to $9 from $12 and kept a Neutral rating on the shares. Meanwhile, Janney Capital analyst Shawn Milne wrote that Liquidity Services had previously disclosed that Wal-Mart accounted for 11% of its gross merchandise volume in fiscal 2014. Milne predicted that the termination of the deal would reduce Liquidity Services' annual EBITDA by less than $10M. He also kept a Neutral rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Liquidity Services sank 25% to $7.70.
10:03 EDTWMTLiquidity Services price target lowered to $9 from $12 at RW Baird
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09:20 EDTWMTLiquidity Services estimate cuts possible on Wal-Mart fight, says Janney Capital
After Liquidity Services (LQDT) disclosed that Wal-Mart (WMT) terminated its return agreement and that the two are now in dispute over the deal, Janney Capital noted Liquidity 's recent 10K filing indicated that Wal-Mart accounted for 11% of FY14 gross merchandise volume, including Commercial Capital assets. Janney estimates the full year EBITDA impact from the contract to be somewhere below $10M, but said there is a potential for further estimate cuts given the dispute. The firm maintains its Neutral rating on Liquidity Services shares.
09:13 EDTWMTLiquidity Services reports Walmart terminates return agreement
Liquidity Services (LQDT) had previously acquired from ILJ Enterprises its business of purchasing closeouts, excess merchandise and customer returns for resale to retailers, wholesalers, and other third parties and consumers. In connection with the acquisition, the company, through one of its subsidiaries, assumed ILJ’s rights and obligations with Wal-Mart Stores (WMT). Under the Wal-Mart agreement, Liquidity Services has the exclusive right to purchase certain consumer products from Wal-Mart that have been removed from the sales stream of Wal-Mart’s retail operations. On December 1, Wal-Mart provided Liquidity Services written notice terminating the Wal-Mart Agreement, effective December 8. The termination notice alleges that the company failed to comply with certain provisions under the Wal-Mart agreement with respect to service level requirements and restrictions on the disposition of merchandise, Liquidity disclosed in a regulatory filing late Friday. The company disputes these allegations and is contesting the termination of the agreement with Wal-Mart. The company had been in negotiations with Wal-Mart to address Wal-Mart’s failure to honor the company’s exclusive right to purchase selected merchandise from Wal-Mart but was unable to reach a satisfactory resolution. The company is currently evaluating all of its options, reserves all rights with respect to this matter and will continue to seek appropriate relief from Wal-Mart for its failure to honor the company’s exclusive rights to purchase selected merchandise and any related actual damages the company has incurred. The company does not believe that the purported termination of the Wal-Mart Agreement will result in the company being unable to meet its financial guidance for its first fiscal quarter ending December 31, 2014, Liquidity Services stated.
December 5, 2014
15:12 EDTWMTBarnes & Noble NOOK said to be potential target for Wal-Mart, Bloomberg reports
Wal-Mart (WMT) is interested in e-books and could target Barnes & Noble's (BKS) NOOK Media, said TheDeal, according to Bloomberg.
12:03 EDTFDO, DGFive Below plummets after Q4, FY14 outlooks trail analysts' estimates
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10:03 EDTFDO, DGFamily Dollar sees Dollar General needing to divest over 3.4K stores, CNBC says
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09:19 EDTWMT, DG, FDODollar 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.
06:09 EDTFDO, DGDollar 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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