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February 6, 2014
07:18 EDTCG, ITW, APOCarlyle beats Apollo in race for ITW unit, NY Post reports
According to the New York Post, Carlyle Group (CG) has won the auction to buy ITW’s (ITW) packaging business in a deal said to be worth more than $3B. Carlye is said to have beat out Apollo (APO) in the final round for the ITW unit. Reference Link
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April 23, 2014
08:50 EDTITWIllinois Tool Works price target raised to $92 from $88 at RW Baird
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April 22, 2014
12:50 EDTAPOApollo Global acquires Classic Party Rentals, terms not disclosed
Classic Party Rentals announced that funds managed by Apollo Global Management submitted the winning offer to acquire substantially all of the business of Event Rentals and its subsidiaries, d/b/a Classic Party Rentals at yesterday’s auction. The acquisition is subject to the execution of an asset purchase agreement and approval by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.
10:19 EDTITWIllinois Tool Works says sale process for industrial packaging unit 'on track'
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09:35 EDTITWIllinois Tool Works sees Q2, FY14 organic revenue growth 2%-3%
Sees FY14 operating margin ~19.5%. For Q2, sees initiatives contributing about 100bps to margin. Sees essentially completing IPG divestiture related share repurchase program in Q2. Comments from slides that will be presented on the Q1 earnings conference call.
09:16 EDTITWOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Netflix (NFLX), up 8%... Harley-Davidson (HOG), up 7%... PLX Technology (PLXT), up 8%... Illinois Tool (ITW), up 2.3%... Comcast (CMCSA), up 1%... McDonald's (MCD), up 0.6%. ALSO HIGHER: Allergan (AGN), up 17% after Valeant (VRX) confirms proposal to combine with the company for $48.30 and 0.83 shares of stock. Valeant is up 5% following its confirmation of the news that broke last night... GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), up 4.5% after agreeing to sell oncology products for $14.5B to Novartis (NVS) and buy Novartis' Vaccines business, currently excluding its flu business, for $7.1B plus royalties. Novartis shares trading in New York are also up 1% following the deals... Revance Therapeutics (RVNC), up 20% after announcing positive results from RT002 Phase 1/2 study... Facebook (FB), up 2% following upgrade at Credit Suisse. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Xerox (XRX), down 4%... Lexmark (LXK), down 4.8%. ALSO LOWER: Allison Transmission (ALSN), down 4% after filing to sell 25M shares for holders... FireEye (FEYE), down 2.9% after filing to sell 13.3M shares of common stock for holders... Bebe stores (BEBE), down 16% after reporting preliminary Q3 losses that were steeper than the consensus estimate.
08:10 EDTITWIllinois Tool Works sees Q2 EPS $1.16-$1.24, consensus $1.16
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08:09 EDTITWIllinois Tool Works raises FY14 EPS view to $4.45-$4.65, consensus $4.45
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08:07 EDTITWIllinois Tool Works reports Q1 continuing ops EPS $1.01, consensus 98c
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07:26 EDTCGInformation Management Network to hold a conference
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06:23 EDTAPOSmart & Final IPO could come as early as this year, WSJ reports
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April 21, 2014
15:16 EDTITWNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Comcast (CMCSA), consensus 64c; United Technologies (UTX), consensus $1.27; McDonald's (MCD), consensus $1.24; Simon Property Group (SPG), consensus $2.24; Lockheed Martin (LMT), consensus $2.53; Bank of New York Mellon (BK), consensus 53c; Illinois Tool Works (ITW), consensus 98c; Travelers (TRV), consensus $2.16; Omnicom Group (OMC), consensus 79c; Pentair (PNR), consensus 73c; Harley-Davidson (HOG), consensus $1.08; Regions Financial (RF), consensus 20c; Genuine Parts Company (GPC), consensus $1.02; Xerox (XRX), consensus 24c; Carlisle (CSL), consensus 53c.
April 17, 2014
07:09 EDTCGCarlyle, Bain eye Standard Chartered Hong Kong unit, Reuters says
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April 15, 2014
16:20 EDTAPOCaelus Energy Alaska, Apollo Global announce partnership
Caelus Energy Alaska and affiliates of Apollo Global Management (APO) have formed a strategic partnership to invest in oil and gas properties in Alaska. Caelus has closed its first transaction, the acquisition of Pioneer Natural Resources' (PXD) Alaskan oil and gas business, for $300M in cash, subject to adjustments, plus other consideration. Caelus, headquartered in Dallas has an executive management team led by CEO James C. Musselman and a technical team led by Chief Technical Officer Kenny Goh. Among other things, Mr. Musselman previously led Kosmos Energy, which discovered the 1 billion-plus barrel Jubilee field off the West African coast, and Triton Energy, which was acquired by Amerada Hess for $3.2B. Apollo funds have the opportunity to invest up to $1B in Caelus to develop the company's existing assets and to pursue acquisitions or other additional investments.
08:19 EDTCGJohnson & Johnson sees deal to sell K-Y brand to Reckitt closing mid-year
Sees sees deal to sell K-Y brand to Reckitt Benckiser (RBGPF) closing mid-year. Says offer from Carlyle Group (CG) to acquire Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics expected to close mid-year. Comments from slides that will be presented on the Q1 earnings conference call.
07:49 EDTCGCarlyle co-CEO see more listed PE firms, focus on emerging markets, Reuters says
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April 11, 2014
07:02 EDTCGCarlyle Group names Jeff Holland as head of private client group
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April 10, 2014
07:49 EDTAPOApollo, EQT, Blackstone mull offers for Gas Natural unit, Bloomberg says
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April 9, 2014
10:06 EDTCGOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
AmSurg (AMSG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... CBOE Holdings (CBOE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Carlyle Group (CG) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... FireEye (FEYE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka... Fortune Brands (FBHS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Gray Television (GTN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Hibbett Sports (HIBB) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... LinkedIn (LNKD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka... Mallinckrodt (MNK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Nexstar (NXST) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Penn National (PENN) upgraded to Overweight from Equalweight at Barclays... Philip Morris (PM) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at Nomura... SAIC (SAIC) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Wells Fargo... Sinclair Broadcast (SBGI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Yelp (YELP) upgraded to Buy from Fair Value at CRT Capital... Danaher (DHR) upgraded to Strong Buy from Buy at ISI Group... Quanex (NX) upgraded at BB&T... Omnicell (OMCL) upgraded at Craig-Hallum... Volkswagen (VLKAY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Magna (MGA) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Actavis (ACT) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... E-Trade (ETFC) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... AmerisourceBergen (ABC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... CONSOL (CNX) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie.
07:13 EDTCGCarlyle Group upgraded at Oppenheimer
As noted earlier, Oppenheimer upgraded Carlyle Group to Outperform from Perform. The firm has a positive outlook on private equity based asset managers in general, and believes that Carlyle is better positioned than most of its peers to contend with markets that could be choppy this year, given the diversification of its investments. Target $41.
06:41 EDTCGCarlyle Group upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer
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