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January 3, 2013
12:24 EDTALLT, SPWR, LTD, FDO, MLNX, F, TJX, GPS, SONS, GM, ROSTOn 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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December 10, 2014
06:16 EDTFDODollar General initiated with a Buy at Citigroup
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December 9, 2014
12:06 EDTTJX, ROSTBurlington Stores rises after beating Q3 estimates, raising FY14 outlook
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10:23 EDTSONSOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:17 EDTFTeleTech to expand in China through Percepta joint venture
TeleTech Holdings (TTEC) announced plans to expand in China through Percepta, a global joint venture with Ford Motor (F). Providing service and support through all stages of the customer lifecycle, Percepta operates customer contact centers on five continents specifically for the automotive industry.
07:37 EDTFUBS to hold a conference
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06:39 EDTSONSSonus initiated with an Outperform at Wedbush
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December 8, 2014
11:10 EDTGM, FVolkswagen sees challenging developments continuing for rest of year
Volkswagen (VLKAY) said, “The challenging developments on markets worldwide – above all in Eastern Europe and South America – will continue for the remainder of this year. The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand handled these challenges successfully during the course of the year, but was not entirely immune to their impact.” Other publicly traded companies in the passenger automotive space include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), and Toyota (TM).
08:07 EDTFFord management to meet with UBS
Meeting to be held in Boston on December 8 hosted by UBS.
07:28 EDTMLNXFBN Securities to hold a bus tour
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December 5, 2014
18:01 EDTGPSGap shares look cheap, should continue to rise, Barron's reports
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14:06 EDTGMGeneral Motors ticks key resistance at the $34 area
The $34 level played a role as major support through the year until the breakdown in share price in September. Today the stock is ticking that level once again. Powering through this level would be bullish, while a failure at $34 would be bearish. Resistance is at $35.14. Support is at $33.24.
12:03 EDTFDOFive Below plummets after Q4, FY14 outlooks trail analysts' estimates
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10:33 EDTGMGeneral Motors recalls 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon pickups, WSJ reports
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10:19 EDTSPWRRumor: SunPower moves up on renewed takeover chatter
10:03 EDTFDOFamily Dollar sees Dollar General needing to divest over 3.4K stores, CNBC says
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09:19 EDTFDODollar 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 EDTGPSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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06:53 EDTFFord's China sales rose 2% in November, Reuters says
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06:27 EDTGMGM looking to sell 500K Cadillacs annually by 2020, Reuters reports
GM plans to increase global annual sales of its Cadillac brand to over 500,000 cars by 2020, Reuters quoted Cadillac President Johan de Nysschen as saying. Reference Link
06:09 EDTFDODollar 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."
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