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July 28, 2014
16:32 EDTCMI, DG, TRLA, DLTR, ACRX, Z, FDOOn 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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August 28, 2015
16:29 EDTDGStocks end volatile week higher as China whipsaws U.S. market
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08:37 EDTDGDollar General shares should be bought on weakness, says RBC Capital
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08:19 EDTDGDollar General's high ROIC and growth not reflected in shares, says Goldman
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08:03 EDTDGDollar General shares overreact to slight change to guidance, says Macquarie
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07:44 EDTDGDollar General weakness a buying opportunity, says UBS
UBS said to use the pullback in Dollar General as buying opportunity. The firm expects its profitability formula to remain stable for the foreseeable future and sees the company's sales trajectory as setting up well for the second half of the year and beyond. UBS reiterated its Buy rating and $85 price target on Dollar General shares.
August 27, 2015
16:28 EDTDGOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
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12:41 EDTDGOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session sharply higher, extending the rally that started yesterday. A number of factors may be contributors to today's strength, including China's government intervening in its market last night and pushing its key stock index up 5%, dovish comments made by N.Y. Fed President Bill Dudley yesterday regarding the potential for a September interest rate hike and an upward revision in the estimate of second quarter GDP growth. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the updated estimate of GDP growth showed the economy grew 3.7% in the second quarter, topping expectations for annualized growth to be revised up to 3.2% from the prior estimate of 2.3%. Personal consumption in the quarter rose 3.1%, matching expectations. 271,000 initial jobless claims were filed last week, versus expectations for 274,000 first-time claims. The NAR pending home sales index rose 0.5% in July, missing the expectation for an increase of 1%. In China, the Shanghai composite index rose 5.3%, stemming its recent string of down days, with media reports indicating that the government may have played a role by stepping in to buy stocks. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of St. Jude Medical (STJ) advanced 4.5% after the Financial Times reported, citing sources, that Abbott (ABT) is prepping a takeover offer that would value the medical device maker at $25B. An Abbott spokesperson, however, issued statements to Bloomberg, CNBC and the Wall Street Journal following the report to deny that it is pursuing a bid for St. Jude, which struck a deal in July to acquire fellow medical device manufacturer Thoratec (THOR) for $63.50 per share in cash, or $3.4B, net of cash acquired. Thoratec shares slid 0.5% near noon following the report, as investors may be concerned that the previously announced deal could be jeopardized if Abbott does in fact step in to the situation... Shares of Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) surged 28% this morning after the miner and oil explorer announced plans to cut spending and production, including plans to cut about 10% of employees and contractors at its U.S. mining operations. Freeport has lowered its 2016 capital expenditure budget to $4B, or approximately 29% lower than the $5.6B estimate it issued on July 23, which it said reflects "aggressive" actions in response to current market conditions. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Movado (MOV), which gained 20% after the company reported better than expected second quarter results and backed its fiscal year earnings view. Also higher following its earnings report was Signet Jewelers (SIG), whose shares rose 13%. Another jeweler reporting earnings this morning, Tiffany (TIF), which slid 3% after the company lowered its fiscal year outlook. Among the other noteworthy losers following their earnings reports were Williams-Sonoma (WSM), which dropped 7%, and Dollar General (DG), which slipped 4%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 311.33, or 1.91%, to 16,596.84, the Nasdaq was up 109.30, or 2.33%, to 4,806.83, and the S&P 500 was up 42.77, or 2.2%, to 1,983.28.
10:55 EDTDGDollar General 'bullish' about 2H15, holiday season
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10:22 EDTDGDollar General says affordability initiative 'front and center'
Says goal to reduce truck to shelf time. Sees further opportunity to better execute future growth initiatives. Says returned $265M to shareholders through repurchase and dividends. Says it has completed first of three phases of labor investment. Says implementations of phases two and three to accelerate in 2H15. Says "strong" results driven by incremental store investments. Says moving forward with inventory management initiatives. Says will capitalize on consumer insights in 2H15. Says broadening reach across categories with more "impactful" licensed products. Says focused on expanding merchandise leading up to holiday season. Says remains "optimistic" about new store outlook. Says has reduced capital investment for remodels. Says development pipeline is nearly 80% complete for 2015 store openings. Says repurchased over $3B of common stock since 2011. Says first priority is investing in new stores. Says roughly $489M of current repurchase authorization remains. Says new store prototype to roll out in 2016 with faster, more convenient checkout. Says "well-positioned" to succeed in hair care market. Comments taken from Q2 earnings conference call. In morning trading, shares in Dollar General were down 3.42% to $74.09.
10:00 EDTDGDollar General falls after earnings
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09:26 EDTDGOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:05 EDTDGDollar General sees FY15 EPS $3.85-$3.95, consensus $3.95
For the 2015 fiscal year, the Company is reconfirming its financial guidance provided on June 2, 2015. Total sales are expected to increase 8 to 9 percent over the 2014 fiscal year, with same-store sales expected to increase 3 to 3.5 percent. Operating profit for 2015 is expected to increase 7 to 9 percent over the 2014 adjusted operating profit. Diluted EPS for the fiscal year is expected to be approximately $3.85 to $3.95. Considering sales performance to date and the current operating environment, management expectations are that same-store sales likely will be closer to the low-end of the range. Capital expenditures are expected to be in the range of $500 million to $550 million in 2015. Dollar General plans to open approximately 730 new stores in 2015, or 6 percent square footage growth, and relocate or remodel 875 stores. To date, the Company is on track with its pipeline development to accelerate new store openings to 7 percent square footage growth in 2016.
07:04 EDTDGDollar General confirms FY15 financial outlook
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07:04 EDTDGDollar General reports Q2 EPS 95c, consensus 94c
Reports Q2 revenue $5.1B, consensus $5.14B. Reports Q2 SSS up 2.8%.
August 26, 2015
15:00 EDTDGNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include Dollar General (DG), consensus 94c... J. M. Smucker (SJM), consensus $1.23... Tiffany (TIF), consensus 91c... Signet Jewelers (SIG), consensus $1.15... Patterson (PDCO), consensus 54c... Michaels (MIK), consensus 16c... Burlington Stores (BURL), consensus 12c.
August 25, 2015
07:38 EDTDLTR, DGDollar Tree, Dollar General weakness a buying opportunity, says UBS
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August 24, 2015
15:29 EDTDGDollar General August weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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August 21, 2015
10:02 EDTCMICummins upgraded to Buy from Hold at Standpoint Research
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August 17, 2015
12:19 EDTZZillow trades after payment of Class C stock dividend
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