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December 4, 2012
10:00 EDTFTE, SBAC, PTNR, GFI, WFM, DLTR, RENN, OMER, FRAN, MPO, SFD, PSA, HNTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Francesca's (FRAN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Gold Fields (GFI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Health Net (HNT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Omeros (OMER) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Partner Communications (PTNR) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Public Storage (PSA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... Renren (RENN) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... SBA Communications (SBAC) upgraded to Top Pick from Outperform at RBC Capital... Smithfield Foods (SFD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Dollar Tree (DLTR) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... France Telecom (FTE) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Bernstein... Midstates Petroleum (MPO) upgraded to Focus List from Outperform at Howard Weil... Whole Foods (WFM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Northcoast.
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December 9, 2014
13:34 EDTFRANFrancesca's December volatility elevated into Q3 and guidance
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06:09 EDTWFMStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; PCLN WFM
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Priceline (PCLN) 20, Whole Foods (WFM) 20 according to iVolatility.
December 8, 2014
16:19 EDTMPOMidstates Petroleum announces termination of DeQuincy assets sales agreement
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06:13 EDTWFMStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; WFM V
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December 5, 2014
12:50 EDTFRANOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:03 EDTDLTRFive Below plummets after Q4, FY14 outlooks trail analysts' estimates
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10:43 EDTFRANFrancesca's gaps up sharply after CEO Neil Davis resigns
The shares are up over 23% at time of writing to $14.25, off the high of the session at $14.72 which is now resistance. At current price support is at $13.91 and then at the opening price of $13.
10:35 EDTFRANHigh option volume stocks
High option volume stocks: NOAH FRAN BIG GREK KEY VIAB STRZ ALKS QTWW ONNN
10:03 EDTDLTRFamily Dollar sees Dollar General needing to divest over 3.4K stores, CNBC says
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09:19 EDTDLTRDollar General says remains committed to purchase of Family Dollar
Dollar General Corporation (DG) issued the following statement in response to comments made by Dollar Tree (DLTR) regarding its view of potential store divestitures that may be required by the FTC in either a Dollar Tree/Family Dollar Stores (FDO) or a Dollar General/Family Dollar combination. Dollar General’s documents and data tell a very different story from that contained in the press release issued today by Dollar Tree. As Dollar General previously has stated, Walmart (WMT), not Family Dollar, is the primary driver regarding Dollar General’s strategic pricing decisions, and more than 90% of Dollar General’s SKUs are nationally priced. Dollar General is confident that its approach to strategic and pricing decisions is both correct and superior to that of Family Dollar and Dollar General has no intention of adopting a flawed strategy -- either now or after an acquisition of Family Dollar -- that it believes would impair its ability to compete with Walmart and lead to inferior financial performance. Dollar General is actively engaged in discussions with the FTC regarding the extent of potential divestitures that would be required in connection with an acquisition of Family Dollar and has been making good progress. Over the past few weeks, Dollar General has provided the FTC with tens of thousands of documents supporting the above facts and its broad view of competition. There is no reason to believe that the FTC would take into account only Family Dollar’s documents and data or afford them greater significance than Dollar General's own evidence. As stated in Dollar General's press release of December 4, Dollar General will continue to work with the FTC and expects to provide an update in sufficient time to allow Family Dollar shareholders to review such information prior to the Family Dollar shareholders’ meeting now scheduled for December 23.
09:17 EDTFRANOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:43 EDTFRANFrancesca's sees Q3 EPS 17c, consensus 18c
Francesca's, along with announcing earlier that Neill Davis resigned as President, CEO and a director and naming Michael Barnes as its new CEO, announced preliminary results for Q3 that it said were consistent with the lower end of its guidance. The company expects net sales of approximately $87M, consensus $88.43M. Francesca's sees a Q3 comparable sales decrease of 6%. As previously announced, Francesca's will report its Q3 results and provide its outlook for Q4 on Wednesday, December 10.
08:33 EDTHNTHealth Net of Arizona signs agreement with Banner Health Network
Health Net of Arizona, Inc. and Banner Health Network have entered into an agreement that will allow Health Net Medicare Advantage beneficiaries to continue accessing excellent patient care through an extensive network of providers and the Banner Health Network facilities in Maricopa County and Pinal County.
06:25 EDTWFMStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; WFM V
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Whole Foods (WFM) 20, Visa (V) 16 according to iVolatility.
06:09 EDTDLTRDollar Tree provides update on FTC review of pending acquisition of Family Dolla
Dollar Tree (DLTR) announced that it was providing an update regarding the status of the FTC's review of its pending acquisition of Family Dollar (FDO). Dollar Tree and Family Dollar have been actively engaging with the staff of the FTC as they review the pending merger. The company said, "The staff of the FTC is very focused on the discount retail sector (including how Family Dollar’s current pricing rules would impact store prices in a merger transaction) and has indicated that some divestitures will be required for the Pending Merger, which we believe will be no more than our original commitment in the July 27, 2014, Merger Agreement. Dollar Tree will work diligently with the FTC staff over the next few weeks concerning divestitures. Given the relatively small number of divestitures our transaction implicates, Dollar Tree does not expect any such divestiture to have a material impact on its plans for the combined organization. Furthermore, we believe that we will be in a position to complete the financing for the Pending Merger in January 2015 and to complete the Pending Merger as early as February 2015... In connection with its unsolicited tender offer for Family Dollar, Dollar General (DG) continues to refuse to agree to a “hell-or-high-water” commitment. Based on the foregoing concerns regarding the Pending Merger, Dollar Tree believes that the FTC may require divestitures far in excess of the 1,500 stores that Dollar General has offered to divest in its tender offer for Family Dollar... The special meeting of Family Dollar shareholders to vote on the Pending Merger is currently scheduled for December 23, 2014. To facilitate the FTC’s continued review, and in light of the practicalities associated with the transaction, Dollar Tree and Family Dollar have agreed not to close the Pending Merger until January 30, 2015, unless the FTC completes its review of the Pending Merger and terminates the waiting period at an earlier date. Dollar Tree will continue to provide additional information as the special meeting date approaches."
06:01 EDTFRANFrancesca's names Michael Barnes Chairman, President and CEO
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December 4, 2014
10:08 EDTPSAOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Anglo American (AAUKY) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Archer Daniels (ADM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Miller Tabak... AuRico Gold (AUQ) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... BHP Billiton (BHP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... BIND Therapeutics (BIND) downgraded at Credit Suisse... BRF S.A. (BRFS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... CIRCOR (CIR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... DISH (DISH) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Enerplus (ERF) downgraded to Sector Performer from Outperformer at CIBC... Gildan Activewear (GIL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at GMP Securities... Kindred Biosciences (KIN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Craig-Hallum... Nevsun Resources (NSU) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Public Storage (PSA) downgraded at KeyBanc... Rio Tinto (RIO) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at BofA/Merrill... SeaChange (SEAC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Noble Financial... Thor Industries (THO) downgraded at BMO Capital... Tupperware Brands (TUP) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... UTi Worldwide (UTIW) downgraded at Stifel... Vale (VALE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Vermilion Energy (VET) downgraded to Sector Performer from Outperformer at CIBC... Wal-Mart (WMT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS.
07:33 EDTPSAPublic Storage downgraded at KeyBanc
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06:05 EDTWFMStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; WFM QCOM
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06:04 EDTPSAPublic Storage downgraded to Underweight from Hold at KeyBanc
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