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July 28, 2014
16:32 EDTACRX, Z, FDO, CMI, DG, TRLA, DLTROn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were little changed following a session marked by two headline making M&A deals. A worse than expected pending home sales report pushed the averages to session lows about a half hour into trading, but they soon reversed and began to drift toward positive ground. By early afternoon all three of the major equity averages were in positive territory but they were unable to hold their position and finished the session mixed, with the Dow slightly higher and the Nasdaq slightly lower. 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 worth $74.50 per Family Dollar share. The transaction was called the "best path forward" for Family Dollar by Nelson Peltz's Trian Fund, which disclosed that it will vote its over 7% Family Dollar stake in favor of the buyout. Another noted investor and Family Dollar shareholder, Carl Icahn, said he was "extremely pleased" with Dollar Tree’s intention to acquire the company, but added that he continues to believe there are "a handful of potential buyers who could realize greater synergies through a combination with Family Dollar and are hopeful that one or more of them will surface." Icahn's hopes for an alternate bid may be shared by others, as evidenced by Family Dollar ending the day up $15.08, or 24.86%, at $75.74, which was above the agreed upon deal price. Dollar General (DG), which has been speculated as a logical bidder for Family Dollar, initially sunk after the deal was announced, then recovered and was higher for much of the afternoon, though the stock ended the session down 5c, or 0.09%, at $55.56. The current planned buyer, Dollar Tree, rose 65, or 1.2%, to $54.87. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was another company that agreed to be acquired by a peer. Trulia (TRLA) rose $8.69, or 15.42%, to $65.04 after agreeing to merge with Zillow (Z) in a $3.5B stock-for-stock transaction. Buyer Zillow, which will own about two-thirds of the newly created company upon closing, gained $1.46, or 0.92%, to $160.32 after confirming the deal that it was reported to be nearing late last week. Among the notable losers following its earnings report was Cummins (CMI), which fell $4.80, or 3.2%, to $145.35 despite reporting earnings that beat the consensus forecast and raising its FY14 revenue guidance. Also lower were shares of AcelRx (ACRX), which plunged $4.44, or 41.0%, to $6.39 and was downgraded at Canaccord after the FDA issued a Complete Response Letter for the company's Zalviso drug. INDEXES: The Dow gained 22.02, or 0.13%, to 16,982.59, the Nasdaq slipped 4.65, or 0.1%, to 4,444.91, and the S&P 500 edged up 0.57, or 0.03%, to 1,978.91.
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May 14, 2015
09:22 EDTACRXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Perry Ellis (PERY), up 11.5%... Ctrip.com (CTRP), up 13.4%. ALSO HIGHER: AcelRx (ACRX), up 10.3% after being awarded contract worth up to $17M from Defense Dept to advance ARX-04... Oncothyreon (ONTY), up 16.9% after ASCO presentation data released... CYREN (CYRN), up 14.6% after announcing agreement with Dell.... Discovery Laboratories (DSCO), up 5.2% after Aerosurf shows positive Phase 2a data... Kate Spade (KATE), up 3.9% after being initiated with an Outperform at Wedbush. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Digital Ally (DGLY), down 16.4%... Kohl's (KSS), down 10.2%... VOXX (VOXX), down 8.1%... Cosi (COSI), down 7.3%. ALSO LOWER: Biotechnology (PBYI), down 15.1%% after Neratinib data published in ASCO abstract... Gevo (GEVO), down 10.7% after 4.3M share Spot Secondary priced at $4.00.
07:09 EDTACRXAcelRx awarded contract worth up to $17M from Defense Dept to advance ARX-04
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May 13, 2015
08:07 EDTZZillow Group fundamentals remain strong, says Canaccord
Canaccord noted Zillow's Q1 results were in-line but the firm believes its underlying fundamentals remain strong, leaving them comfortable buying the stock. The firm feels 2016 should be a year of pricing power and the company should be able to extract more value from the real estate market over time. Canaccord reiterated its Buy rating and $115 price target on Zillow shares.
May 12, 2015
17:26 EDTZZillow Group sees Q2 revenue $168M-$169M, consensus $168.71M
17:22 EDTZZillow Group says headcount growth will be tempered in 2015
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17:07 EDTZZillow Group says Trulia integration is top priority for 2015
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16:50 EDTZZillow Group to resume trading at 5:00 pm ET
Quotes resume at 4:55 pm ET.
16:46 EDTZZillow Group reports Q1 EPS 5c, consensus (12c)
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16:41 EDTZZillow Group to delay filing Form 10-Q
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16:35 EDTZZillow Group backs FY15 pro forma revenue view $690M, consensus $669.84M
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15:00 EDTZNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include McKesson (MCK), consensus $2.75... Zillow (Z), consensus (12c)... GoDaddy (GDDY), consensus 35c... RSP Permian (RSPP), consensus 17c... Parsley Energy (PE), consensus 0c... Vivint Solar (VSLR), consensus (38c)... New Relic (NEWR), consensus (25c)... Hortonworks (HDP), consensus (86c)... SunOpta (STKL), consensus 7c... OPOWER (OPWR), consensus (16c)... JP Energy Partners (JPEP), consensus (4c)... TubeMogul (TUBE), consensus (18c)... Ducommun (DCO), consensus 30c.
14:19 EDTZZillow Group May 93 straddle priced for 8% movement into Q1
08:07 EDTZSunTrust to hold a conference
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08:05 EDTZZillow Group signs 105 new multiple listing services in the past six weeks
Zillow Group announced that Zillow and Trulia have signed 105 new agreements with multiple listing services in the past six weeks. In total, Zillow Group has signed 235 new agreements with MLSs since January 2015.
May 11, 2015
10:30 EDTZWellington reports 10.86% passive stake in Zillow Group
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09:59 EDTZOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Caterpillar (CAT) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... Cisco (CSCO) upgraded to Outperform with $36 target at Pacific Crest... Evolution Petroleum (EPM) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Northland... Hecla Mining (HL) upgraded on hedging discipline at Roth Capital... Joy Global (JOY) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... Monster Beverage (MNST) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Nokia (NOK) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... On Deck Capital (ONDK) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Sterne Agee CRT... Royal Caribbean (RCL) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... SMC (SMECF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Sally Beauty (SBH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Southwestern Energy (SWN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) upgraded to Outperform at BMO Capital... Suburban Propane (SPH) upgraded on positive outlook at Stifel... Suffolk Bancorp (SUBK) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Syngenta (SYT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Triumph Group (TGI) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... United Natural Foods (UNFI) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Web.com (WWWW) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Zillow Group (Z) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust.
07:41 EDTZZillow May volatility elevated at 72 into Q1 and outlook
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07:26 EDTZZillow Group upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust
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May 8, 2015
13:09 EDTZCiti says 'sell in May, go away' on Twitter, LinkedIn, Zillow
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06:22 EDTZCitigroup sees internet stocks underperforming this summer
Citigroup analyst Mark May says that even with the recent share pullbacks, the broader internet index has still meaningfully outperformed broader indices year-to-date. The group is nearing peak valuations, which could lead to underperformance through the summer, May tells investors today in a research note. He recommends avoiding shares of Twitter (TWTR), LinkedIn (LNKD) and Zillow Group (Z), as the companies are going through business transitions. The analyst believes Amazon.com (AMZN), eBay (EBAY), Yelp (YELP), Netflix (NFLX), GrubHub (GRUB) and Facebook (FB) have company specific factors that should enable them to outperform the internet group over the near term.
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