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July 28, 2014
16:32 EDTFDO, DLTR, DG, Z, TRLA, CMI, ACRXOn 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.
News For FDO;DLTR;DG;Z;TRLA;CMI;ACRX From The Last 14 Days
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October 23, 2014
06:46 EDTDLTRDollar Tree removed from the short-term buy list at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank removed Dollar Tree from the short-term buy list due to an automatic 6-month time demotion.
October 22, 2014
13:51 EDTTRLATrulia November volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Trulia November call option implied volatility is at 76, December is at 69, January is at 63, March is at 58, June is at 52; compared to its 26-week average of 53 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on October 29.
07:19 EDTACRXAcelRx's Zalviso for abdominal pain shows positive Phase 3 results
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October 21, 2014
17:27 EDTDG, DLTR, FDOFamily Dollar certifies substantial compliance with FTC
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October 20, 2014
08:31 EDTDLTR, FDOFamily Dollar sets Oct. 30 as record date for special meeting of stockholders
Family Dollar Stores (FDO) announced that October 30, 2014 has been established as the record date for determining stockholders entitled to receive notice of, and to vote at, the Special Meeting of Stockholders, at which stockholders will be asked to adopt the previously announced merger agreement, as amended, with Dollar Tree (DLTR).
07:24 EDTZZillow November weekly volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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October 17, 2014
17:36 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says will review Elliot notice on directors in due course
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16:09 EDTDG, FDO, DLTRElliott Advisors expresses concerns over Family Dollar merger, nominates slate
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10:00 EDTDLTR, DGOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:11 EDTDGDollar General initiated with a Buy at Stifel
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08:11 EDTDLTRDollar Tree initiated with a Buy at Stifel
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October 16, 2014
07:04 EDTDGDollar General to build new distribution center in San Antonio, TX
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07:02 EDTACRXAcelRx updates patent portfolio for Zalviso and platform technologies
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06:27 EDTDLTRDollar Tree accumulates $866,000 in fines in last year, WSJ reports
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October 15, 2014
13:16 EDTCMICummins upgraded to Buy from Hold at Standpoint Research
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11:27 EDTFDOOptions with decreasing implied volatility
Options with decreasing implied volatility: EXAS INO ATLS LOCO OPK INFY EUO FDO
October 13, 2014
14:34 EDTCMICummins sell-off a buying opportunity, says Argus
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12:01 EDTFDOOptions with decreasing implied volatility
Options with decreasing implied volatility: EXAS INFY YUM FDO HSY
October 10, 2014
16:17 EDTDG, FDODollar General receives second request from FTC
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08:11 EDTDG, DLTR, FDOFamily Dollar Q4 bad enough to justify merger, says FBR Capital
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