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May 27, 2014
12:43 EDTHSH, PF, PPC, WCG, ARO, NTLS, SOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the first session of the holiday shortened week in positive territory and have remained there throughout the morning. The averages found a level early in the session and have remained locked in a narrow range since, albeit at record levels for the Dow and S&P. 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), which sell packaged foods under brands including Hillshire Farm, Jimmy Dean, Ball Park, Van's Natural Foods, and Sara Lee, jumped 22% to trade over $45 per share after receiving an unsolicited $45 per share takeover proposal from chicken producer Pilgrim's Pride (PPC). Pilgrim's Pride shares rose 1.6% after it made its offer public, but shares of another company in the space, Pinnacle Foods (PF), sank nearly 7% as it had previously agreed to be acquired by Hillshire... In other M&A news, Pfizer (PFE) confirmed over the weekend that it does not intend to make an offer for AstraZeneca (AZN) after the U.K. drugmaker rejected Pfizer's final proposal to combine the two companies. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was apparel retailer Aeropostale (ARO), which rose 15% and was upgraded to Neutral from Underweight 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 WellCare (WCG), which rose more than 3.5% after an analyst at Leerink speculated that it may be an acquisition target for Ascension Health after the not-for-profit healthcare provider reportedly said last week that it is in talks to acquire an "unnamed insurance company that operates in 18 states." Among the noteworthy losers was NTELOS (NTLS), which fell nearly 8% after research firm Jefferies downgraded the stock and said NTELOS is much less likely to be acquired after the company struck a deal to remain the exclusive network provider for Sprint (S) in West Virginia and part of Virginia through 2022. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 55.45, or 0.33%, to 16,661.72, the Nasdaq was up 34.02, or 0.81%, to 4,219.83, and the S&P 500 was up 8.33, or 0.44%, to 1,908.86.
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July 20, 2014
14:47 EDTSAfter paring Mexican assets Carlos Slim may look at T-Mobile, WSJ says
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July 18, 2014
09:18 EDTSSoftbank hire of Arora from Google 'interesting,' says Wells Fargo
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07:08 EDTSSoftbank, T-Mobile final agreement could come after late August, Kyodo News says
According to Kyodo News, Softbank's (SFTBF) buyout talks with T-Mobile (TMUS) won't be settled until after late August. Deutsche Telecom (DTEGY) is "reluctant" to accept Softbank's business plan and is seeking a new plan, industry sources say. Reference Link
July 16, 2014
17:23 EDTHSHTyson Foods commences tender offer for Hillshire Brands for $63 per share cash
Tyson Foods (TSN) announced that it has commenced a cash tender offer for all outstanding shares of common stock of Hillshire Brands (HSH) at a price of $63.00 per share. The tender offer is being made pursuant to the previously announced merger agreement dated July 1, among the two companies and HMB Holdings, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tyson Foods. The tender offer period will expire at 12:00 midnight at the end of the day on August 12, unless the offer is extended. Tyson Foods has filed a tender offer statement on Schedule TO with the United States SEC. HMB Holdings is the acquirer in the tender offer. The Offer to Purchase contained within the Schedule TO sets out the terms and conditions of the tender offer. Hillshire Brands has also filed a Solicitation/Recommendation Statement with the SEC, which includes the recommendation of the Hillshire board of directors that Hillshire Brands stockholders tender their shares in the tender offer. Following successful completion of the tender offer, any shares not acquired in the tender offer will be acquired in a second-step merger at the same $63 per share cash price.
10:01 EDTNTLSNTELOS expansion of DISH program an incremental positive, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo views the expansion of NTELOS' (NTLS) fixed wireless broadband program with DISH (DISH) as an incremental positive for NTELOS and the firm believes the company's 2.5GHZ spectrum is an "important hidden asset." Wells thinks NTELOS will keep seeking "out of the box" partnerships in its service areas and keeps its Outperform rating on the stock.
09:58 EDTNTLSNTELOS, DISH expand Internet service pact to Virginia
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July 15, 2014
15:32 EDTSPaulson sees T-Mobile takeover in high $30s, low $40s 'reasonable,' WSJ says
John Paulson, the fourth-largest shareholder in T-Mobile (TMUS) and the third largest stakeholder in Sprint (S), would support a merger of the two, which has been widely reported as being worked on, and said that a takeover price for T-Mobile in the "high $30s to low $40s" per share would be "reasonable," according to The Wall Street Journal, citing an interview with the investor. Reference Link
13:44 EDTSSprint, T-Mobile jointly raising $10B for airwave auction, WSJ says
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10:48 EDTHSHOptions with increasing implied volatility: GLUU KORS RVBD HSH
10:00 EDTPFOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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05:51 EDTPFPinnacle Foods reinstated with a Neutral at Goldman
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July 14, 2014
18:00 EDTSSprint plans for lengthy review of T-Mobile deal, Bloomberg reports
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17:44 EDTSSprint said to plan for lengthy review of T-Mobile deal, Bloomberg says
Sprint and T-Mobile reportedly planning 18-month drop-dead period for the deal, and Sprint lenders are looking for higher fees to commit longer term. Sprint and T-Mobile also considering a JV to bid for wireless spectrum, Bloomberg added.
July 11, 2014
16:22 EDTSOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher today, but were still lower for the week, as concerns in Europe have come back to the forefront of investors' minds. Today's modest bounce was not enough to make up for the declines seen in three of the other four sessions earlier in the week. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the June federal budget statement showed a surplus of $70.5B for the month, compared to analysts' forecast for a $79B surplus. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Wells Fargo (WFC) slipped 32c, or 0.62%, to $51.49 after the largest mortgage lender in the U.S. posted earnings of $1.01 a share that matched analysts' consensus forecast. Wells did note that its credit performance continued to improve in Q2 and CEO John Stumpf said he is "optimistic about the future" for the bank... Lorillard (LO) advanced $2.92, or 4.63%, to $66.01, while Reynolds American fell 51c, or 0.82%, to $61.75, after the two cigarette makers confirmed that they are holding talks about a possible merger, as has been speculated by various media reports in recent weeks... In another update to an ongoing M&A story, Japan's Nikkei reported that Sprint's (S) corporate parent, Softbank (SFTBF), has reached an agreement to acquire T-Mobile (TMUS) from Deutsche Telecom (DTEGY), clearing the way for the long-speculated merger between the third and fourth largest wireless carriers in the U.S. Following the new story, Sprint shares finished the day up 30c, or 3.64%, to $8.55, while T-Mobile rose 62c, or 1.89%, to $33.50. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Ruckus Wireless (RKUS), which advanced 87c, or 7.9%, to $11.88 after the FCC announced that it would allocate new funds to subsidize the launch of WiFi networks in schools and libraries. Also higher was Amazon.com (AMZN), which climbed $18.28, or 5.57%, to $346.20 after consulting firm ChannelAdvisor (ECOM) reported that the company's same-store sales growth had accelerated significantly in June compared with May. Among the noteworthy losers was Rent-A-Center (RCII), which dropped $3.18, or 10.94%, to $25.88 after the company warned that its revenue and earnings for Q2 will not meet expectations. Also lower were shares of industrial and construction supply retailer Fastenal (FAST), which fell $2.00, or 4.16%, to $46.15 after its Q2 revenue missed analysts' consensus view and the company reported plans to close 45 stores. INDEXES: The Dow was up 28.74, or 0.17%, to 16,943.81, the Nasdaq was up 19.29, or 0.44%, to 4,415.49, and the S&P 500 was up 2.83, or 0.14%, to 1,967.51.
13:10 EDTSSprint, T-Mobile rally following merger report from Nikkei
13:09 EDTSSoftbank near deal to buy T-Mobile, merge with Sprint, Nikkei reports
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13:05 EDTSSoftbank near deal to buy T-Mobile, merge with Sprint, Nikkei reports
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July 10, 2014
11:18 EDTAROZumiez rallies after raising second quarter outlook
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07:11 EDTWCGAetna, WellPoint top large-cap Managed Care picks at Jefferies
Jefferies calls Aetna (AET) and WellPoint (WLP) its favorite large-cap picks in the Managed Care space, with Health Net (HNT) its favored name in the small to mid-cap space. The firm believes the market is already expecting strong Q2 results from the sector, and it downgraded UnitedHealth (UNH) to Hold from Buy on valuation and below-peer earnings growth. Jefferies has Buy ratings on Aetna, Health Net, Molina Healthcare (MOH) and WellPoint.
06:23 EDTWCGHealth insurers moving away from fee for service model, NY Times reports
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