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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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July 31, 2015
10:02 EDTZOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:13 EDTZZillow Group downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Cowen
Cowen downgraded Zillow Group to Underperform and lowered its price target to $60 from $90 following the Q2 report. The firm is concerned by decelerating subs growth, slowing Unique Visitors growth at Trulia, high 2016 consensus expectations, and stretched valuation.
July 28, 2015
09:18 EDTCMIOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:32 EDTCMICummins sees FY15 revenue up 2%-4%, consensus $19.81B
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07:32 EDTCMICummins reports Q2 EPS $2.62, consensus $2.55
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July 27, 2015
15:40 EDTCMICummins technical notes ahead of earnings
The key level for the shares is at $125. Ahead of news the stock has slipped below this level. If the news is bearish, a sustained and deeper move below would confirm a double top pattern. The downside potential for the pattern if it completes is to the $98 to $97 area. If the news is a bullish surprise, a move back above $125 would make the pattern inactive. Next upside objectives could be at $130.53, $138.28, and $145.92.
15:03 EDTCMINotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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July 24, 2015
10:58 EDTZZillow Group predicted to 'crack $40 within a year' by Citron Research
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08:34 EDTACRXAcelRx's Zalviso recommended for marketing authorization by Europe's CHMP
AcelRx Pharmaceuticals announced that the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use, or CHMP, of the European Medicines Agency, has adopted a positive opinion for Zalviso. The opinion, while not binding, recommends marketing authorization for Zalviso for the management of acute moderate-to-severe post-operative pain in adult patients. Zalviso is an investigational drug-device combination product designed to deliver a sublingual formulation of sufentanil 15 mcg via a proprietary pre-programmed, non-invasive, patient-controlled device. The positive opinion by the CHMP will next be reviewed by the European Commission for central marketing authorization in the European Union. If approved, Grunenthal expects to launch Zalviso beginning in 1H16. In addition, AcelRx would be eligible to receive a $15M milestone payment from AcelRx's licensee in Europe, Grunenthal, upon approval. AcelRx had previously received CE Mark approval of the Zalviso device and ISO certification of its quality management system issued by the British Standards Institution.
July 23, 2015
09:20 EDTCMICaterpillar demand trends appear negative for Cummins, Terex, says Wells Fargo
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July 22, 2015
16:12 EDTZZillow Group to acquire DotLoop
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13:31 EDTCMIEarnings Watch: Wells Fargo says Caterpillar revenue consensus likely too high
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10:37 EDTCMICaterpillar June data suggests consensus revenue view too high, says Wells Fargo
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July 21, 2015
16:13 EDTZZillow Group board approves creation of Class C shares
Zillow Group announced its board has unanimously approved a stock dividend of non-voting Class C capital stock. On August 14, all shareholders of record of Zillow Group's Class A and Class B common stock as of July 31, the record date of the dividend, will receive a dividend of two shares of Class C capital stock for each share of Class A and Class B common stock held by them as of the record date. The issuance of Class C capital stock is an extension of Zillow Group's dual-class structure, whereby Zillow Group's co-founders Rich Barton and Lloyd Frink hold Class B shares. "The Class C dividend enables the company to continue its focus on long-term growth and innovation, while maintaining the flexibility to issue additional stock for strategic business decisions and to retain and attract the best employees," it stated. Application to the Nasdaq has been made to list the Class C capital stock. Following the issuance date of the dividend, Zillow Group expects the Class C capital stock will trade under the ticker symbol "Z" and the Class A common stock will trade under the ticker symbol "ZG."
July 20, 2015
10:43 EDTZZillow slides to 52-week low after Barclays cuts to sell
The shares of Zillow (Z) are falling after Barclays downgraded the stock to Underweight, the firm's equivalent of a "Sell" rating, citing increased competition in the "local" segment of the Internet market. Zillow's websites advertise homes that are up for sale. WHAT'S NEW: In a note to investors earlier today, Barclays analyst Christopher Merwin wrote that, heading into second quarter results, he does not recommend Internet stocks that have been "challenged" and have relatively "cheap" valuations. These valuations are only "cheap" based on consensus estimates that are probably too high, the analyst believes. Based on that criteria, he downgraded Zillow to Underweight from Equal Weight. He also used the same criteria to downgrade Yelp (YELP), whose website features user reviews of local businesses, to Equal Weight from Overweight. Both companies are facing an "atypical level" of competition, driven by a favorable venture capital funding environment, Merwin indicated. The competition has driven down the companies' multiples, he believes. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Merwin recommended that investors buy the shares of small and mid cap Internet companies whose estimates are just beginning to be revised upwards by analysts. He identified IAC (IACI), which owns several dating websites, as one stock in this category. IAC should benefit from increased monetization of its popular Tinder dating app and the stabilization of its core dating websites, the analyst contended. Also poised for further positive estimate revisions are video game makers Electronic Arts (EA) and Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Merwin believes. The companies' increased revenue from digital games should mitigate the risk they face from slowing software growth as sales of new consoles slow, the analyst believes. He noted that 50% of both companies' revenue are now generated from digital games and identified Electronic Arts and Activision Blizzard as two of his top ideas. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Zillow fell 5% to $79 after hitting a 52-week low of $76.82 earlier in the session. Meanwhile, Yelp slid 1.6% to $34.40, IAC fell fractionally to $83.83, Electronic Arts added about 1% to $74.15 and activision Blizzard rose 0.5% to $25.93.
10:00 EDTZOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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05:44 EDTZZillow Group downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays
Barclays analyst Christopher Merwin downgraded Zillow Group (Z) to Underweight saying competition is increasing in local. Underweight is Barclays' equivalent to a sell rating. The real estate and rental marketplace owner closed Friday at $83.27. Merwin believes consensus growth estimates are likely too high heading into Zillow's Q2 results and cut his price target for the stock to $70 from $90. The analyst this morning also downgraded Yelp (YELP) to Equal Weight for similar reasons. His top U.S. Internet picks heading into Q2 earnings season are IAC (IACI), Activision Blizzard (ATVI) and Electronic Arts (EA). Merwin thinks Activision and Electronic Arts will receive more than half of their 2015 revenue from digital.

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