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January 3, 2013
12:24 EDTLTD, FDO, MLNX, F, TJX, GPS, SONS, GM, ROST, ALLT, SPWROn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday, as the Dow narrowly underperformed the Nasdaq and S&P after yesterday's big run-up. The averages began the session in negative territory, which was not surprising given the gains of the last two sessions, but the economic releases, particularly the ADP employment change report, encouraged investors to drive the indices off their opening lows and back into positive territory near noon... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Challenger, Gray & Christmas said planned job cuts announced in December fell to 32,556, down 43% from November and 22% below December of last year. Payroll processor ADP said private employers added 215K jobs in December, which was up from November's total of 148K and above analyst forecasts for 140K new hires. Weekly jobless claims rose to 372K, versus expectation for an increase to 360K... COMPANY NEWS: Results were mixed among retailers reporting December same-store sales, with Ross Stores (ROST) and TJX (TJX) among those beating consensus and Limited (LTD) one notable name that disappointed. Family Dollar (FDO), in addition to having December SSS growth miss expectations, reported quarterly earnings and revenues below consensus and gave guidance below the Street's view, sending its shares down over 11%... In addition to reporting December SSS up 5%, Gap (GPS) made additional news with the approval of a $1B share buyback and the purchase of multi-brand specialty retailer Intermix for $130M... Increased December vehicle sales were also reported though out the morning, leading shares of both General Motors (GM) and Ford (F) up about 3%... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were SunPower (SPWR), up 35% following an upgrade to Buy at Lazard Capital, and Sonus Networks (SONS), up 10% after Northland Securities said Verizon (VZ) is adding more of Sonus' products on its wire-line side of its business. Among the noteworthy losers were Allot Communications (ALLT), down 23% following a downgrade to Perform at Oppenheimer, and Melanox (MLNX), down 13% after its Q4 revenue warning prompted at least three firms to cut their price targets on its stock... INDICES: Near noon, the Nasdaq was up 5.26, or 0.17%, to 3,117.52; the S&P 500 was up 2.20, or 0.15%, to 1,464.62; and the Dow was virtually up 6.59, or 0.05%, to 13,419.14.
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April 8, 2015
08:09 EDTFDOFamily 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 EDTFDOFamily 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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07:43 EDTSPWRFirst Solar Yield Co. could add $5-$15 per share, says FBR Capital
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07:22 EDTSPWRSeasonality reason for NJ solar pricing softness, says UBS
UBS said the recent weakness in the New Jersey solar market is due to seasonal factors including a deceleration in the pace of the state's solar renewable target alongside the declining cost structure of solar. Publicly traded companies in the space include Canadian Solar (CSIQ), First Solar (FSLR), JA Solar (JASO), SunPower (SPWR), Trina Solar (TSL) and Yingli Green Energy (YGE).
07:09 EDTSPWRSolar plus storage to be cheaper than competition in 2018, says Bernstein
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April 7, 2015
16:38 EDTFDODollar 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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11:27 EDTGMCanadian sale of General Motors stake removes an overhang, says BofA/Merrill
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09:23 EDTGMOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:01 EDTGMGeneral Motors 73.39M share Block Trade priced at $35.90
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08:34 EDTSPWRCampbell Soup partners with SunPower for 1MW solar array
Campbell Soup (CPB), in partnership with BNB Renewable Energy Holdings and SunPower (SPWR), announced that a 1-megawatt solar array at its Pepperidge Farm bakery in Bloomfield has officially come online. Commercial operation for the solar array, which is generating the equivalent of 15% of the bakery’s annual energy demand, began on Dec. 26, 2014. By 2020, Campbell aims to reduce energy use by 35% per ton of product produced and source at least 40% of the energy used by the company from renewable or alternative energy sources.
06:56 EDTGMGeneral Motors 73.39M share Block Trade; price range $35.80-$36.00
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April 6, 2015
18:01 EDTGMCanada GEN Investment to sell 73.39M shares of General Motors to Goldman Sachs
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11:41 EDTGMDeath claims linked to GM ignition switches up to 80, WSJ reports
The number of deaths linked to General Motors' faulty ignition switch was raised by three to 80 total people, reports The Wall Street Journal, citing statements by lawyers operating the GM compensation fund. The number of confirmed injury claims rose by seven to 141 people. Reference Link
08:02 EDTTJXTJX shares can advance further, says Bernstein
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07:41 EDTGMBrookings Institute to hold a discussion
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April 5, 2015
15:52 EDTFNHTSA to reopen investigation into Ford sedan exterior lighting failures
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08:43 EDTGMAT&T, Philip Morris, eight others have reliable yields up to 5.7%, Barron's says
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