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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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September 12, 2014
07:34 EDTSSprint upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Cowen
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06:37 EDTSSprint CEO says looking for partnerships to broaden scale, Reuters says
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05:12 EDTSSprint to offer iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus
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September 11, 2014
12:44 EDTST-Mobile deal not being worked on by Sprint, dealReporter says
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12:05 EDTPPCUSDA lowers forecasts for 2014, 2015 meat production
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11:17 EDTSSprint CEO says the company is open to M&A talks
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10:55 EDTSSprint CEO: We are disciplined in short term on cost reduction
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September 10, 2014
07:13 EDTSFCC chairman remains 'skeptical' of large wireless deals, Reuters says
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September 9, 2014
19:53 EDTSSprint to benefit from iPhone 6 announcement, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo analyst Jennifer Fritzsche believes that Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 6 supporting up to 20 LTE bands is a "needle mover" for Sprint (S) that will "offer a significant competitive advantage longer term" as it will significantly expand Sprint's usable LTE spectrum for its iPhone customers. The firm maintains its Outperform rating on shares of Sprint.
19:49 EDTSSprint unveils 'iPhone for life plan' promotion
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14:51 EDTSApple announces iPhone 6, 6 Plus with Retina HD, Apple Pay
Apple announced iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, featuring two new models with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch Retina HD displays. The new iPhones feature a unibody enclosure of anodized aluminum that conforms with the shaped glass of the display. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus include the Apple-designed A8 chip with second generation 64-bit desktop-class architecture for fast performance and power efficiency. Both models include the M8 motion coprocessor that gathers motion data from the accelerometer, gyroscope, compass and the new barometer. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus introduce Apple Pay, a new way to securely pay for physical goods and services in stores or apps. Users can pay securely in stores by holding the phone near the contactless reader while keeping a finger on Touch ID. The iSight camera gets better with a new sensor featuring Focus Pixels for faster autofocus and iPhone 6 Plus users will also benefit from optical image stabilization technology that compensates for hand shake in low light and works with iOS 8 to reduce subject motion. With faster LTE download speeds of up to 150 Mbps, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users can browse, download and stream content faster. The new iPhones also support voice calls over LTE, or VoLTE, as well as Wi-Fi calling. iPhone 6 comes in gold, silver or space gray, and will be available in the U.S. for a suggested retail price of $199 for the 16GB model, $299 for the 64GB model and 128GB model for $399 with a two-year contract. iPhone 6 Plus comes in gold, silver or space gray, and will be available in the US for a suggested retail price of $299 for the 16GB model, $399 for the 64GB model and $499 for the new 128GB model with a two-year contract. Both models will be available from the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores, and through AT&T (T), Sprint (S), T-Mobile (TMUS), Verizon Wireless (VZ), additional carriers and select Apple Authorized Resellers. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Puerto Rico, Singapore and the UK beginning on Friday, September 19, and customers can pre-order both models beginning on Friday, September 12.
09:16 EDTPFPinnacle Foods 15M share Spot Secondary priced at $32.30
The deal range was $32.20-$32.40. Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley acted as joint book running managers for the offering.
09:12 EDTPFOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:29 EDTSUBM Canon to hold a summit
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07:11 EDTSUBM Tech to hold a conference
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05:16 EDTSSprint announces improved phone-trade in program, price match guarantee
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September 8, 2014
18:31 EDTPFOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Casey's General Stores (CASY), up 3.6%... Korn/Ferry (KFY), up 2.8%. ALSO HIGHER: Annies (BNNY), up 37.3% after General Mills (GIS) announced it will acquire the company for $46 per share... General Mills is trading just under 1% higher... Following the Annies/General Mills announcement, Hain Celestial Group (HAIN) is 3.6% higher, WhiteWave Foods (WWAV) is up 6.3%, and Boulder Brands (BDBD) is up 8.7%... iPass (IPAS), up 35.1% after announcing that it is exploring strategic alternatives... CTI BioPharma (CTIC), up 8.1% after being initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Threshold Pharmaceuticals (THLD), up 5% after being initiated with a Buy at Cantor. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Pep Boys (PBY), down 6.7% following second quarter miss. ALSO LOWER: Pinnacle Foods (PF), down 3.7% after filing an automatic common stock shelf and announcing the sale of 15M shares of common stock for holders... Physicians Realty Trust (DOC), down 4.9% after offering 9M common shares.
16:53 EDTPFPinnacle Foods files to sell 15M shares of common stock for holders
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16:40 EDTPFPinnacle Foods files automatic common stock shelf
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12:57 EDTSSprint management to meet with Jefferies
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