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August 22, 2014
16:42 EDTGME, AEO, RAX, DLTR, LB, CRM, EBAY, FDO, HPQ, FL, HTZ, PETM, DG, ONNN, SMTC, FCS, IRF, ISIL, IFNNYMarket finishes week higher on economic data, earnings
Stocks ended the week higher after several pieces of economic data beat expectations and investors cheered results from a number of companies, offsetting weak overseas economic data and somewhat hawkish statements from the Fed. MACRO NEWS: Weekly jobless claims, housing starts for July, a manufacturing index for July, existing home sales for July, and leading economic indicators for July all beat expectations... Overseas economic data was less upbeat, however, as purchasing managers' indexes for the euro zone and China came in below expectations... Minutes of the Fed's last meeting stated that some FOMC members believe that interest rates may have to be raised sooner than expected. Meanwhile, Fed Chairman Yellen reiterated in a speech today that the Fed's policy changes would be based on upcoming economic data. However, she did say that the FOMC s questioning the degree of slack in the economy. COMPANY NEWS: M&A news flow was strong against this week. German semiconductor company Infineon (IFNNY) agreed to buy its smaller peer, International Rectifier (IRF). Other names in the space, including Semtech (SMTC), Intersil (ISIL), Fairchild Semiconductor (FCS) and ON Semiconductor (ONNN), rose in sympathy... Dollar General (DG) made a $78.50 per share bid for Family Dollar (FDO), in an effort to trump a previous $74.50 per share bid for Family Dollar by Dollar Tree (DLTR). Family Dollar rejected Dollar General's offer based on antitrust concerns... PetSmart (PETM) announced that it would pursue strategic alternatives, including a potential sale of the company... The website The Information reported that eBay (EBAY) is considering spinning off its PayPal digital payments unit... Hedge fund Blue Harbour Group announced that it had obtained a 6.4% stake in cloud computing company Rackspace (RAX)... Carl Icahn disclosed an 8.5% stake in Hertz (HTZ), but the car rental company withdrew its fiscal 2014 guidance, saying that it expects its full-year results to be well below its previous guidance range... In earnings news, cloud computing company Salesforce.com (CRM), apparel retailers American Eage (AEO) Foot Locker (FL) and L Brands (LB), and video game retailer Gamestop (GME), were among the companies that rose after reporting their results. HP (HPQ) and PetSmart dropped slightly after reporting their results.
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June 23, 2015
06:05 EDTHPQNo clear prospects for PC component suppliers until July, DigiTimes reports
There are no clear business prospects for PC component suppliers until July, reports DigiTimes. According to sources in the supply chain, Intel's decision to delay the launch of its Skylake platform has weakened market demand for notebooks and other PC systems. The planned release of Microsoft (MSFT) Windows 10 may also affect the production of PC makers. Reference Link
June 22, 2015
10:36 EDTFLFoot Locker management to meet with FBN Securities
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June 19, 2015
11:01 EDTEBAYeBay sells equity interest in craigslist back to craigslist
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08:02 EDTLBL Brands authorizes $250M repurchase program
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07:51 EDTGMEGameStop CFO says 'blown away' by Microsoft virtual reality demonstration
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07:44 EDTHPQTamr receives $25.2M in financing from HP Ventures, Thomson Reuters, others
Tamr announced that it has raised $25.2M in Series B financing from Hewlett Packard Ventures (HPQ); Thomson Reuters (TRI); MassMutual Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company and others. Current Tamr investors NEA and Google Ventures (GOOG) also participated in the round. Tamr will use the funds to significantly grow sales as well as product engineering for Tamr’s scalable data unification platform.
June 18, 2015
15:05 EDTHPQOracle hires David Donatelli to lead Converged Infrastructure
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12:04 EDTHTZActive options: AAPL ORCL FB RAD BAC HTZ MU GE TSLA AMZN BABA KO
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08:36 EDTCRMSalesforce price target raised to $80 from $75 at Baird
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07:30 EDTCRMSalesforce initiatives should help social media companies, says Brean Capital
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June 17, 2015
15:16 EDTCRMOptions with increasing volume
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11:34 EDTCRMsalesforce.com calls active amid renewed takeover chatter
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11:14 EDTCRMRumor: Salesforce spikes up amid renewed takeover chatter
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10:00 EDTCRMOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: AbbVie (ABBV) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Arista Networks (ANET) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee CRT... Astec (ASTE) initiated with a Buy at Maxim... Bristol-Myers (BMY) initiated with an Underweight at Piper Jaffray... Community Healthcare (CHCT) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Eli Lilly (LLY) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Fitbit (FIT) initiated with a Buy ahead of IPO at Dougherty... Hortonworks (HDP) initiated with a Buy at Mizuho... II-VI (IIVI) initiated with a Buy at Benchmark Co.... J Sainsbury (JSAIY) initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse... McDermott (MDR) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Merck (MRK) initiated with a Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Molina Healthcare (MOH) initiated with a Buy at UBS... Pacific DataVision (PDVW) initiated with a Buy at Canaccord... Pfizer (PFE) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Quest Resource (QRHC) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Regional Management (RM) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... Rofin-Sinar (RSTI) initiated with a Buy at Benchmark Co.... Salesforce (CRM) initiated with a Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) initiated with a Neutral at Cleveland Research... Tesco (TSCDY) initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse... WM Morrison (MRWSY) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... WWE (WWE) initiated with a Buy at BTIG... World Acceptance (WRLD) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... Zafgen (ZFGN) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust.
05:25 EDTCRMSalesforce initiated with a Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas
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June 16, 2015
19:47 EDTGMEXbox chief says digital game sales 'really strong,' WSJ reports
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18:08 EDTEBAYeBay to sell enterprise unit by July 1, Bloomberg says
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16:54 EDTDLTR, FDODollar Tree, Family Dollar sign proposed FTC agreement, sees merger closing July
In a regulatory filing, Dollar Tree (DLTR) announced that in connection with its proposed acquisition of Family Dollar Stores (FDO), the two parties signed an agreement containing consent orders proposed by the staff of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. The agreement includes a draft decision and order, which remains subject to acceptance and final approval by the FTC commissioners and would permit Dollar Tree to acquire Family Dollar subject to an obligation to complete the divestiture of 330 Family Dollar stores within a specified period following the closing of the acquisition. As previously announced, Dollar Tree has entered into an agreement to divest these 330 Family Dollar stores to Sycamore Partners. Dollar Tree intends to close its acquisition of Family Dollar shortly after the FTC accepts the decision and continues to expect the closing to occur in early July 2015.
14:05 EDTEBAYeBay targeting sale of Enterprise unit before split, Bloomberg says
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06:13 EDTEBAYAlibaba, Foxconn could invest $500M in Snapdeal, WSJ reports
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