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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.
News For HSH;PF;PPC;WCG;ARO;NTLS;S From The Last 14 Days
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October 20, 2014
13:53 EDTSEarnings Preview: Verizon sentiment mixed ahead of Q3 report
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11:49 EDTSSprint to offer iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3
Sprint (S) announced that it will offer iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular (AAPL) and iPad mini 3 with Wi-Fi + Cellular later this week. iPad Air 2 is the first tablet from Apple to connect to Sprint Spark, an enhanced LTE service with the added capacity to greatly improve the performance of video and other bandwidth-intensive applications. iPad mini 3 will connect to Sprintís 4G LTE network. Customers can add iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 to their Sprint Family Share Pack for an access charge of $10 per month per line. Through December 2015, Sprint will waive the $10 monthly access charge on iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 3 added as new lines of service to any Sprint Family Share Pack 20GB or higher.
October 19, 2014
14:39 EDTSSprint job cuts include 452 at Kansas headquarters, Bloomberg says
According to a filing yesterday with the Kansas Department of Commerce, the job cuts at Sprint that were announced earlier this month, will include 452 positions in Overland Park, Kansas, where the company is headquartered, says Bloomberg. Reference Link
October 17, 2014
11:14 EDTPPCPilgrim's Pride recovers some lost ground, levels to watch
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10:43 EDTAROUrban Outfitters slumps after warning on continued retail sales weakness
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09:07 EDTPPCProtein stock pullback on Sanderson comments overdone, says BMO Capital
BMO Capital views yesterday's decline in Sanderson Farms (SAFM), Pilgrim's Pride (PPC) and Tyson Foods (TSN) as an overreaction to Sanderson's comments regarding breast prices falling to year-ago levels for the next four months. BMO notes that breast prices always dip in the fall. Following Sanderson's investor day, BMO said it sees a greater probability of chicken margins remaining at near-record levels in 2015. It keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
07:39 EDTPPCChicken stock sell-off yesterday overdone, says JPMorgan
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October 16, 2014
15:35 EDTPPCSanderson Farms falls following investor day meeting
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08:37 EDTWCGWellCare receives NCQA quality accreditation for Medicaid, Medicare plans in KY
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October 14, 2014
07:54 EDTST-Mobile, Sprint risk turnover courting lower-credit subscribers, WSJ says
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October 10, 2014
09:35 EDTSSprint downgraded to Sell from Hold at Evercore
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October 9, 2014
09:41 EDTAROBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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October 8, 2014
07:09 EDTSSprint to shut down WiMAX network around November 6, 2015, FierceWireless says
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