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February 19, 2014
12:34 EDTFDO, WMT, DG, DLTRFamily Dollar rallies after analyst talks merits of Wal-Mart buyout
Acquiring Family Dollar (FDO) could be worthwhile for Wal-Mart (WMT), a Credit Suisse analyst indicated in a note to investors earlier today. WHAT'S NEW: Wal-Mart has suggested that it needs to open more small stores in the U.S., and developing a "small store strategy" will be a top priority for the retail giant's new CEO, Doug McMillon, Credit Suisse analyst Michael Exstein wrote in a note to investors earlier today. The "most logical way" for Wal-Mart to meet this goal may be by buying Family Dollar (FDO), Exstein stated. Wal-Mart has lower geographic overlap with Family Dollar than with Dollar General (DG) and Dollar Tree (DLTR), the analyst reported. As a result, the Federal Trade Commission may be more likely to approve a Wal-Mart-Family Dollar combination than an acquisition of either of the other two companies by Wal-Mart, the analyst stated. Wal-Mart could buy Family Dollar for $78-$82 per share and still make the deal immediately accretive, wrote the analyst. He kept an $87 price target and Outperform rating on Wal-Mart. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Family Dollar is not currently holding any talks about selling itself, CNBC's David Faber reported this morning following Exsteinís note. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Family Dollar climbed 1.9% to $65.80, while Wal-Mart fell 0.8% to $74.75.
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July 10, 2014
10:05 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says long-term growth prospects remain strong
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09:15 EDTFDOOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Zumiez (ZUMZ), up 5.7% after raising Q2 outlook... DragonWave (DRWI), up 5% after reporting better than expected Q1 results... International Game (IGT), up 3.6% after Italian press report says the company will soon get a $4B offer from GTECH... United Continental (UAL), up 2.9% after reporting June traffic. LOWER: Lumber Liquidators (LL), down 23% after downgraded at Jefferies and Credit Suisse following the company's reduced full-year outlook. Tile Shop (TTS), which also serves flooring customers, down 5.5% following Lumber Liqudators' profit warning... Family Dollar (FDO), down 1.9% after reporting Q3 earnings that missed expectations... Tractor Supply (TSCO), down 5.9% after reporting Q2 preliminary results, saying it now sees FY14 results at low end of guidance range... Liquidity Services (LQDT), down 8% after revising Q3 guidance after its sales of selected rolling stock and other assets under its Surplus Contract with the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency have ceased at the request of DLA... Potbelly (PBPB), down 18% after lowering its Q2 and FY14 outlook... Memorial Production Partners (MEMP), down 7.4% after filing to sell 8.6M shares of common units for partners... Kosmos (KOS), down 3.3% after filing to sell 17M shares of common stock.
07:26 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says Q3 results reflect economic challenges facing core customers
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07:05 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says on track to close 370 underperforming stores by end of FY
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07:05 EDTFDOFamily Dollar sees FY14 EPS $3.07-$3.17 ex-items, consensus $3.15
Sees low single digit increase in FY14 net sales, low single digit decline in SSS. Sees approx. 525 new store openings and approximately 400 store closings. Sees FY CapEx $450M-$500M. As part of its ongoing business review, the Company is taking deliberate actions to strengthen its value proposition, increase operational efficiencies and improve its financial performance. As previously announced, the Company has: Lowered prices on nearly 1,000 basic items, investing more than $50 million, on an annualized basis, to deliver more compelling values to customers; Reduced corporate overhead and re-aligned key organizational functions to improve execution and reinforce a commitment to being an efficient, low-cost retailer; Launched a process to close approximately 370 underperforming stores in the second half of fiscal 2014. Building on efforts to capture more food trips, the Company intends to further expand its cooler program beginning in fiscal 2015; Continuing to expand traffic-driving categories with a multi-year rollout of beer and wine, beginning in fiscal 2015; and Leveraging the scale and considerable diversity of the chain to launch a multi-year clustering initiative designed to enhance store productivity. The Companyís in-depth business review remains on-going, and the Board and management team continue to evaluate additional opportunities to drive efficiency in stores, and further increase value and convenience for the customer.
07:04 EDTFDOFamily Dollar sees Q4 EPS 75c-85c ex-items, consensus 78c
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07:02 EDTFDOFamily Dollar reaffirms Q4 guidance
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07:01 EDTFDOFamily Dollar reports Q3 adjusted EPS 85c, consensus 89c
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06:28 EDTFDOOptions expected to be active
Options expected to be active: LL PBPB VNO FDO WFC COST ZUMZ UAL BA
06:07 EDTWMTWal-Mart implied volatility of 11 at lower end of index mean range
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July 9, 2014
15:28 EDTFDOFamily Dollar July weekly 64 straddle priced for 4% move into Q3
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15:25 EDTFDOFamily Dollar technical comments ahead of earnings
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15:19 EDTFDONotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Family Dollar (FDO), consensus 89c.
06:06 EDTWMTWal-Mart implied volatility of 11 at lower end of index mean range
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06:05 EDTDGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; DG VLO
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July 8, 2014
11:48 EDTWMTCEO Bill Simon says Wal-Mart starting to see pockets of growth
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07:12 EDTWMTWal-Mart exec says U.S. job recovery not prompting spending, Reuters says
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06:28 EDTWMTWal-Mart embracing small store models, online strategies, WSJ reports
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06:16 EDTWMTWal-Mart implied volatility of 11 at lower end of index mean range
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06:14 EDTDGStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; DG CAG
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