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May 27, 2014
12:43 EDTNTLS, PPC, ARO, PF, S, WCG, HSHOn 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.
News For HSH;PF;PPC;WCG;ARO;NTLS;S From The Last 14 Days
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November 18, 2014
11:40 EDTAROUrban Outfitters sinks to 52-week low after Q3 profit misses consensus
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08:52 EDTPFPinnacle Foods 20M share Spot Secondary priced at $32.50
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06:27 EDTSSprint's Chief Marketing Officer to leave company, WSJ reports
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06:23 EDTSSprint names Douglas Michelman to management team, to replace Bill White
Sprint (S) announced the appointment of Douglas Michelman to Sprintís leadership team. Most recently, he spent 10 years as Chief Communications Officer at Visa (V), where he oversaw global media relations, public affairs, industry analyst relations and financial and communication strategies. Prior to Visa, Michelman served in various roles at FleishmanHillard, including regional president and senior partner. In addition to his many years of corporate experience, Michelmanís communications background also includes staff positions for two presidential campaigns. Michelman replaces Bill White, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility, who will be leaving the company. White spent the past 32 years with Sprint. Michelman joins Sprint on Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, and will be relocating to Overland Park, Kansas.
November 17, 2014
18:32 EDTPFOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:23 EDTPFPinnacle Foods announces offering of 20M shares of common stock for holders
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10:02 EDTPFOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: CyrusOne (CONE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... MGIC Investment (MTG) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... NuVasive (NUVA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Phillips 66 (PSX) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Pinnacle Foods (PF) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Rayonier (RYN) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital.. Thoratec (THOR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Volcano (VOLC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Progressive Waste (BIN) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Clean Harbors (CLH) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... McGraw Hill Financial (MHFI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Benchmark Co... Chesapeake (CHK) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... American Science & Engineering (ASEI) upgraded to Fair Value from Sell at CRT Capital... Sony (SNE) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
06:38 EDTPFPinnacle Foods upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank upgraded Pinnacle Foods to Buy citing market share gains and an improved balance sheet . The firm raised its price target for shares to $37 from $34.
November 14, 2014
12:53 EDTSOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: AerCap Holdings (AER), Nordic American Offshore (NAO), Melco Crown Entertainment (MPEL), Groupon (GRPN), and Ashland (ASH). INCREASED STAKES: QEP Resources (QEP), United Continental (UAL), Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), Actavis (ACT), and KAR Auction Services (KAR). DECREASED STAKES: Sprint (S), SandRidge Energy (SD), Sirius XM Holdings (SIRI), Kinder Morgan (KMI), and Transocean (RIG). LIQUIDATED STAKES: QUALCOMM (QCOM), Ocwen Financial (OCN), Freeport-McMoRan (FCX), Boston Scientific (BSX), and Capital One (COF).
08:32 EDTPFPinnacle Foods to acquire Garden Proten International for C$175M
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November 13, 2014
16:40 EDTWCGPennant Capital reports 7.0% passive stake in WellCare
November 12, 2014
10:00 EDTPFPinnacle Foods sees double digit adjusted EPS growth for the year
Sees FY interest expense at slightly about $96M. Sees FY CapEx $120M-$130M. Says "feels good" about productivity. Comments made on the Q3 earnings conference call.
08:46 EDTSSprint in talks to buy FreedomPop, USA Today reports
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08:18 EDTPFPinnacle Foods narrows FY14 adjusted EPS to $1.71-$1.74 from $1.70-$1.75
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08:18 EDTPFPinnacle Foods reports Q3 Birds Eye Frozen net sales $257.4M
Reports Q3 Duncan Hines Grocery sales $271.2M; Reports Q3 Specialty Foods sales $95.4M.
08:17 EDTPFPinnacle Foods reports Q3 EPS excl items 41c, consensus 41c
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07:48 EDTSWells Fargo to hold a conference
5th Annual Technology, Media & Telecom Conference is being held in New York on November 12-13.

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