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May 27, 2014
16:27 EDTHSH, PF, PPC, DYAX, BAC, DRTX, FROOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher as investors returned from their holiday weekend. The major averages were higher from the outset of the trading day and most of the market action happened shortly after the opening bell. By mid-morning the averages found a level and settled into a narrow trading range for the remainder of the session. The Nasdaq was the clear leader as it tacked on gains of more than 1%. Though the Dow and S&P 500 rose more modestly, both closed at new record levels. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., durable orders rose 0.8% in April, beating expectations for them to have fallen 0.7% in the month. The Case Shiller 20-city home price index rose 1.2% in March, which was more than expected. Markit's flash services PMI climbed to 58.4 in May from 55.0 in April. The Richmond Fed manufacturing index for May held at 7 for a second straight month. A reading of consumer confidence improved to 83.0 in May, as expected, after slipping to 81.7 last month. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Hillshire Brands (HSH) surged $8.17, or 22.07%, to $45.19 after receiving an unsolicited $45 per share takeover proposal from chicken producer Pilgrim's Pride (PPC). Pilgrim's Pride shares rose 42c, or 1.67%, to $25.52 after it made its offer public. However, Pinnacle Foods (PF) sank $1.79, or 5.38%, to $31.48, as it had previously agreed to be acquired by Hillshire and the new bid from Pilgrim's Pride potentially puts that deal in doubt... Shares of Bank of America (BAC) gained 50c, or 3.4%, to $15.22 after it disclosed that it has resubmitted its requested capital actions to the Federal Reserve. As previously announced, the requested capital actions contained in the resubmission are less than the 2014 capital actions to which the Fed previously did not object. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was apparel retailer Aeropostale (ARO), which rose 51c, or 14.96%, to $3.92 and was upgraded to Neutral at Piper Jaffray after entering into definitive agreements with respect to its previously announced strategic partnership and $150M credit facilities with Sycamore Partners. Also higher was Dyax (DYAX), which jumped $1.81, or 27.42%, to $8.41 after another drug company, BioCryst (BCRX), reported positive data on its inherited angioedema treatment. In a note to investors earlier today, research firm Jefferies wrote that BioCryst's data bodes well for Dyax's own hereditary angioedema treatment. BioCryst shares also gained 98c, or 10.94%, to close at $9.99, but the stock was off about 1% in after-hours trading after the company filed to sell $100M in common stock. Among the noteworthy losers was Durata Therapeutics (DRTX), which fell $1.84, or 10.89%, to $15.05, giving back all of the 5.5% increase the stock saw last Friday after the FDA announced late in the day that it approved the company's Dalvance drug for the treatment of certain acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections. Also lower were shares of shipping company Frontline (FRO), which fell 47c, or 16.43%, to $2.39 after reporting on its first quarter results and warning that it sees weaker operational result to come in the current quarter. INDEXES: The Dow was up 69.23, or 0.42%, to 16,675.50, the Nasdaq was up 51.26, or 1.22%, to 4,237.07, and the S&P 500 was up 11.38, or 0.6%, to 1,911.91.
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August 21, 2014
09:03 EDTBACBank of America to pay $16.65B in settlement with DOJ, Bloomberg reports
08:41 EDTBACBank of America, DOJ settlement to be announced today, CNBC reports
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06:43 EDTBACRegulators up bank warning efforts for poor risk assessment, Reuters says
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August 20, 2014
18:29 EDTBACBofA, JPMorgan weigh plans to raise salaries for junior bankers, Bloomberg says
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17:12 EDTBACOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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14:35 EDTBACBofA reaches $17B settlement over mortgage backed securities sales, AP says
Bank of America along with federal and state authorities agreed upon a $17B settlement for the bank in connection with the sale of mortgage-backed securities in the run-up to the 2008 financial crisis, says AP. Reference Link
14:20 EDTBACBofA reaches $17B settlement over mortgage backed securities sales, AP says
08:38 EDTBACRevolution Lighting enters loan, security agreement with BofA
Revolution Lighting (RVLT) announced that it has entered into a three year loan and security agreement with Bank of America (BAC). The agreement allows Revolution Lighting to borrow up to $25M on a revolving basis. Borrowings under the agreement are determined on specified percentages of eligible receivables and inventory, and bear interest either on the base rate plus specified margins or at LIBOR plus specified margins, at the election of Revolution Lighting. The loan provides Revolution Lighting with favorable interest rates with an initial interest rate of 3%. The agreement contains customary covenants and restrictions typical of these agreements.
August 19, 2014
18:19 EDTHSHTyson, Hillshire announce extension of tender offer for shares of Hillshire
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06:20 EDTBACBofA COO transfers, senior manager assumes role, Bloomberg says
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August 18, 2014
06:47 EDTBACU.S. banks consider Ireland fitting spot for EU divisions, FT says
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August 15, 2014
10:07 EDTBACBank of America reports July default rate 3.01% vs. 3.24% last month
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August 14, 2014
17:16 EDTHSHPaulson & Co gives quarterly update on stakes
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08:28 EDTBACBofA, DOJ still in talks over $17B settlement, NY Post says
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August 13, 2014
10:03 EDTHSH, PFPinnacle Foods says Hillshire Brands failed deal caused 'six weeks' distraction
Pinnacle Foods (PF) says it has not lost any key executives following the "six weeks of distraction" caused by its aborted merger with Hillshire Brand (HSH). The company said it lost six weeks to investigate other M&A during that time, but that Pinnacle plans to be a consolidator and is back and active on exploring M&A opportunities. Comments from Pinnacle Foods' Q2 earnings conference call.
08:34 EDTPFPinnacle Foods backs FY14 EPS $1.70-$1.75, consensus $1.74
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08:33 EDTPFPinnacle Foods reports Q2 North American Retail sales up 11% to $536.2M
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08:32 EDTPFPinnacle Foods reports Q2 EPS 33c, consensus 33c
Reports Q2 revenue $617.8M, consensus $629.33M
07:32 EDTHSHHillshire Brands not providing public targets for FY15
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07:31 EDTHSHHillshire Brands reports Q4 adjusted EPS 33c, consensus 26c
Reports Q4 revenue $1.1B, consensus $994.1M. As previously announced, on July 1, Hillshire Brands entered into a definitive agreement with Tyson Foods (TSN) under which Tyson will acquire all outstanding shares of Hillshire Brands for $63 per share. On August 12, 2014, each of Tyson and Hillshire Brands received a request for additional information, each often referred to as a “second request,” from the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice in connection with the proposed acquisition. Each second request was issued pursuant to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended. The second requests relate only to a very small portion of the combined Tyson/Hillshire Brands business, and the parties are working expeditiously to resolve this matter with the Antitrust Division. Tyson and Hillshire Brands continue to expect that the transaction, which remains subject to customary closing conditions, will be completed by September 27.
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