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July 28, 2014
16:32 EDTFDO, CMI, DG, TRLA, DLTR, ACRX, ZOn 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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April 14, 2015
09:25 EDTZZillow Group says FY15 is a 'transition year'
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09:05 EDTZZillow Group sees FY15 revenue about $690M, consensus $752.97M
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07:44 EDTZZillow Group April volatility low into call to discuss Trulia, FY15 outlook
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April 13, 2015
19:18 EDTZOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:22 EDTZZillow Group to host conference call
Conference call to discuss acquisition of Trulia and provide an operational update will be held on April 14 at 9 am. Webcast Link
17:10 EDTZZillow Group hosting conference call April 14 to discuss Trulia, FY15 outlook
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April 9, 2015
09:18 EDTFDO, DGBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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April 8, 2015
10:01 EDTCMIOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Almost Family (AFAM) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Angie's List (ANGI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... Annaly Capital (NLY) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... Apple (AAPL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Societe Generale... Calamos (CLMS) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Catamaran (CTRX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Cinemark (CNK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... Crestwood Equity (CEQP) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... Cummins (CMI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Kinder Morgan (KMI) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... L'Oreal (LRLCY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... NextEra Energy Partners (NEP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Regal Entertainment (RGC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... Trina Solar (TSL) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... WebMD (WBMD) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Yingli Green Energy (YGE) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... Zep Inc. (ZEP) downgraded to Sell from Buy at Wunderlich.
08:09 EDTDLTR, FDOFamily Dollar says sales trends in March 'rebounded nicely'
"We continue to see tangible benefits from the investments we have made to strengthen our value proposition for customers. Our comparable store sales and customer traffic trends are improving, and we are beginning to see stabilization in key categories. While our trends in late-February were adversely impacted by severe winter weather, our sales trends in March rebounded nicely, reflecting both improved traffic trends and the benefit of an earlier Easter,” said Howard R. Levine, Chairman and CEO. “We are excited about the pending merger with Dollar Tree, and our teams are working to ensure a successful integration.”
08:05 EDTFDO, DLTRFamily Dollar says not providing guidance
On January 22, Family Dollar (FDO) stockholders adopted the merger agreement with Dollar Tree (DLTR). The completion of the merger remains subject to Federal Trade Commission clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended, and other closing conditions. Dollar Tree, with support from Family Dollar, is continuing to work with the FTC to obtain clearance under the HSR Act, including in connection with arranging for divestitures. Dollar Tree has informed Family Dollar that Dollar Tree intends to close the merger by the end of May 2015. In light of the pending transaction, the company has not provided earnings guidance for fiscal 2015 and will not hold a conference call to discuss its second quarter results.
08:05 EDTFDOFamily Dollar reports March SSS up 3.7%
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08:04 EDTFDOFamily Dollar reports Q2 adjusted EPS 74c, consensus 73c
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05:49 EDTDGDollar General price target raised to $85 from $80 at Deutsche Bank
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05:33 EDTCMICummins downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
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April 7, 2015
16:38 EDTFDO, DLTRDollar Tree discloses update on FTC review process of Family Dollar acquisition
Dollar Tree (DLTR) disclosed in a regulatory filing, the following update on the Federal Trade Commission’s review process of the company’s pending acquisition of Family Dollar Stores (FDO). As of April 1, the FTC’s staff has substantially completed its review and identified approximately 340 stores for divestiture, representing approximately $47.4M of operating income. The company expects that all or almost all of the stores that will be divested will be Family Dollar stores. The company continues to make progress with divestiture buyers and has received multiple indications of interest from buyers, each of whom intend to operate these divested locations as dollar stores to address the FTC's concerns. The company is working to finalize divestiture agreements with the selected bidders in April 2015 and in parallel to secure FTC approval. The company intends to close the proposed merger in May, but this timing is subject to certain factors beyond the company’s control, including FTC approval.
15:30 EDTFDONotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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April 6, 2015
10:02 EDTZOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AGCO (AGCO) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Deutsche Bank... CONSOL (CNX) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Catamaran (CTRX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Comerica (CMA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Gannett (GCI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Magnum Hunter (MHR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... Qualcomm (QCOM) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Regions Financial (RF) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... SAP (SAP) downgraded at Wells Fargo... Sanderson Farms (SAFM) downgraded to Underweight from Sector Weight at KeyBanc... Scorpio Tankers (STNG) downgraded to Neutral from Accumulate at Global Hunter... Simpson Manufacturing (SSD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at DA Davidson... Skyworks (SWKS) downgraded at Stephens... TripAdvisor (TRIP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Western Union (WU) downgraded to Neutral from Positive at Susquehanna... Zillow Group (Z) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays.
07:30 EDTCMIJPMorgan still sees elevated truck production in 2015
JPMorgan notes Class 8 truck orders for March dropped 9% year-over-year to 25,100 units, a number that impacts Navistar (NAV), PACCAR (PCAR), Cummins (CMI), Allison Transmission (ALSN) and Eaton (ETN). The firm said Thursday that despite the weaker orders for March, investors should continue to have confidence that production will remain elevated in 2015.
06:25 EDTZCiti says Zillow shares still pricing in 'relatively bullish' assumptions
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05:52 EDTZZillow Group downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays
Barclays analyst Christopher Merwin downgraded Zillow Group to Equal Weight saying traffic is starting to slow for both the Zillow and Trulia brands. Merwin points out agent net adds are slowing as well. He lowered his price target for Zillow shares to $105 from $140. The stock closed Thursday's trading up $3.58 to $100.86.
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