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June 6, 2014
06:30 EDTBBY, HD, SPLSHome Depot, Best Buy, Staples betting on consumer basics, WSJ reports
Home Depot (HD), Staples (SPLS) and Best Buy (BBY) are among the retailers betting that consumer basics, like toilet paper or detergent, will increase sales and lure shoppers into their stores, the Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
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June 25, 2015
14:05 EDTSPLSStaples, Office Depot shares head lower as analyst highlights merger pitfalls
Shares of Staples (SPLS) and Office Depot (ODP) are in negative territory following a Citi research note identifying significant downside potential if their proposed merger is blocked. The note follows news on June 23 that a U.S. District Court has approved the preliminary injunction of the US Foods-Sysco (SYY) merger. WHAT'S NEW: In the wake of the FTC's preliminary injunction of the US Foods-Sysco deal, Citi's Kate McShane issued a note on the proposed merger of Staples and Office Depot. The FTC is expected to release a public version of its Sysco ruling this Friday, and McShane said details of the injunction could shed light on whether the Staples-Office Depot merger is likely to follow a similar path. The analyst sees a 40% and 49% downside scenario for Staples and Office Depot, respectively, were the merger to fail, versus a 20% upside for Office Depot shares if a successful outcome is reached. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The FTC stated on June 23 that the Sysco-US Foods merger "would lead to higher prices and diminished service," and U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta cited the probability of "substantially" reduced competition. Building on those pieces of information, Kate McShane notes that a merged Staples-Office Depot may only capture 15%-25% of the addressable market, in contrast to the 75% market share of a Sysco and US Foods combination. McShane cautioned that if she limits her analysis to just Fortune 100 companies, the 15%-25% figure would likely be higher, but refrains from stronger speculation on the probability of the deal closing. On June 24, the New York Post cited sources calling the merger "unlikely" after the Sysco injunction. As noted by Citi, if regulator sentiment swings against the office supply companies, shares could head sharply lower. PRICE ACTION: Staples is down 0.4% in afternoon trading, while Office Depot is down 0.3%.
08:50 EDTSPLSStaples has 20% upside if Office Depot deal closes, says Citi
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06:47 EDTSPLSStaples volatility low into expected closure of its merger with Office Depot
Staples (SPLS) July weekly call option implied volatility is at 23, July is a 22, September is at 28; compared to its 52-week range of 20 to 53, suggesting decreasing price movement into the expected closure of its proposed $6.3B merger with Office Depot (ODP).
June 24, 2015
15:53 EDTBBYSunTrust identifies the most likely M&A activity in specialty retail
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11:11 EDTBBYAnalyst says Best Buy shares poised to rise
Best Buy's (BBY) stock is poised to advance after the company reports its second quarter results, research firm B. Riley predicted. WHAT'S NEW: Best Buy's forecast for increased margins in the second half of the year, along with easing comparisons, should cause the stock to rise, predicted B. Riley in a note to investors earlier today. The shares will be particularly well-positioned to climb after the company updates its guidance following its Q2 results, the firm believes. Best Buy's initiatives should help increase its revenue and profits heading into fiscal 2017 and the retailer can continues to increase its market share at the expense of Sears (SHLD), RadioShack and others. Additionally, macro economic trends remain favorable for Best Buy and its key product categories continue to perform well, according to B. Riley. The firm, which is particularly confident about the company's ability to beat Q4 consensus estimates, keeps a $47 price target on the name and reiterates a Buy rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In their own note to investors this morning, SunTrust analysts David Magee and D. Mitch Van Zelfden speculated on potential M&A activity in the specialty retail space, noting that "Wall Streetís appetite for acquisitions has strengthened recently." In their opinion, Best Buy acquiring GameStop (GME) is among the "most compelling relationships" in the sector, the note explained. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Best Buy slid 0.4% to $34.72, while GameStop rose 1.3% to $44.92.
09:10 EDTSPLSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:27 EDTBBYBest Buy recommended ahead of 2H margin gains at B. Riley
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07:12 EDTSPLSStaples deal unlikely after Sysco-US Foods merger blocked, NY Post reports
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