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March 17, 2014
08:16 EDTLOLorillard upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman upgraded Lorillard citing the company's double-digit earnings growth outlook and the potential for easing menthol regulation. The firm keeps a $60 price target for shares. This note corrects the target price.
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July 11, 2014
16:22 EDTLOOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher today, but were still lower for the week, as concerns in Europe have come back to the forefront of investors' minds. Today's modest bounce was not enough to make up for the declines seen in three of the other four sessions earlier in the week. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the June federal budget statement showed a surplus of $70.5B for the month, compared to analysts' forecast for a $79B surplus. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Wells Fargo (WFC) slipped 32c, or 0.62%, to $51.49 after the largest mortgage lender in the U.S. posted earnings of $1.01 a share that matched analysts' consensus forecast. Wells did note that its credit performance continued to improve in Q2 and CEO John Stumpf said he is "optimistic about the future" for the bank... Lorillard (LO) advanced $2.92, or 4.63%, to $66.01, while Reynolds American fell 51c, or 0.82%, to $61.75, after the two cigarette makers confirmed that they are holding talks about a possible merger, as has been speculated by various media reports in recent weeks... In another update to an ongoing M&A story, Japan's Nikkei reported that Sprint's (S) corporate parent, Softbank (SFTBF), has reached an agreement to acquire T-Mobile (TMUS) from Deutsche Telecom (DTEGY), clearing the way for the long-speculated merger between the third and fourth largest wireless carriers in the U.S. Following the new story, Sprint shares finished the day up 30c, or 3.64%, to $8.55, while T-Mobile rose 62c, or 1.89%, to $33.50. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Ruckus Wireless (RKUS), which advanced 87c, or 7.9%, to $11.88 after the FCC announced that it would allocate new funds to subsidize the launch of WiFi networks in schools and libraries. Also higher was Amazon.com (AMZN), which climbed $18.28, or 5.57%, to $346.20 after consulting firm ChannelAdvisor (ECOM) reported that the company's same-store sales growth had accelerated significantly in June compared with May. Among the noteworthy losers was Rent-A-Center (RCII), which dropped $3.18, or 10.94%, to $25.88 after the company warned that its revenue and earnings for Q2 will not meet expectations. Also lower were shares of industrial and construction supply retailer Fastenal (FAST), which fell $2.00, or 4.16%, to $46.15 after its Q2 revenue missed analysts' consensus view and the company reported plans to close 45 stores. INDEXES: The Dow was up 28.74, or 0.17%, to 16,943.81, the Nasdaq was up 19.29, or 0.44%, to 4,415.49, and the S&P 500 was up 2.83, or 0.14%, to 1,967.51.
12:36 EDTLOOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:08 EDTLOLorillard jumps after confirming buyout talks with Reynolds
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11:17 EDTLOHigh option volume stocks
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10:00 EDTLOOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Altria Group (MO) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Berkshire Hills Bancorp (BHLB) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... CGI Group (GIB) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Halozyme (HALO) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Lorillard (LO) initiated with an Underperform at Cowen... MacroGenics (MGNX) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Philip Morris (PM) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Prothena (PRTA) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Reynolds American (RAI) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Seventy Seven Energy (SSE) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... SouFun (SFUN) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) initiated with a Neutral at Longbow... Sterling Bancorp (STL) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Xencor (XNCR) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... YPF (YPF) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... iGATE (IGTE) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair.
09:09 EDTLOOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:02 EDTLOLorillard acquisition by Reynolds may be announced soon, says Wells Fargo
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08:01 EDTLOLorillard volatility expected to move on Reynolds American confirms discussions
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07:02 EDTLOReynolds American confirms discussions about business combination
Reynolds American (RAI) confirms that it is in discussions with Lorillard (LO) regarding a possible acquisition of Lorillard. The discussions are consistent with RAI's strategy of considering a variety of options to enhance shareholder value. British American Tobacco, RAI's largest shareholder, is participating in these discussions. If the transaction proceeds, BAT expects to support the transaction by subscribing for additional shares in RAI and would maintain its existing 42% equity position in RAI. Imperial is also involved in these negotiations as a possible purchaser of brands and other assets from Lorillard and RAI. There is no assurance that any agreement will be reached by any of the parties. Unless circumstances dictate otherwise, RAI does not intend to comment further on these matters.
07:01 EDTLOLorillard confirms talks regarding potential acquisition by Reynolds American
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06:04 EDTLOImperial confirms talks with Reynolds, Lorillard over asset acquisition
Imperial Tobacco (ITYBY) notes the recent speculation relating to a potential transaction involving Reynolds American (RAI) and Lorillard (LO). Imperial confirmed it is in discussions with Reynolds and Lorillard to evaluate a possible acquisition of certain assets and brands owned by Reynolds and Lorillard. Earlier today, Financial Times reported that Reynolds and Lorillard are close to a merger agreement.
05:54 EDTLOReynolds American, Lorillard close to merger agreement, FT reports
According to the Financial Times, Reynolds American (RAI) and Lorillard (LO) are close to agreeing on a merger. The companies, which would have a combined market capitalization of $56B, have agreed with British American Tobacco (BTI), which holds a 42% stake in Reynolds, on key elements of the deal, including price. The companies are currently finalizing details on which production facilities and cigarette brands would be disposed of to ease antitrust concerns. Reference Link
July 10, 2014
17:51 EDTLOLorillard initiated with an Underperform at Cowen
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12:14 EDTLOLorillard jumps 2%, or $1.34, to $64.35
11:09 EDTLOOptions with increasing implied volatility
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06:07 EDTLOLorillard implied volatility of 40 at upper end of index mean range
July 9, 2014
12:42 EDTLOLorillard, Reynolds deal still most likely outcome, says Wells Fargo
After it was reported that British American Tobacco (BTI) is potentially in talks to acquire the 58% of Reynolds American (RAI) that it doesn't own, Wells Fargo says it still believes a combination between Reynolds and Lorillard (LO) remains the most likely outcome. The firm thinks Susan Cameron was not brought back to run Reynolds to help facilitate a sale transaction to BAT. Wells recommends buying shares of Lorillard on any pullback should a deal between BAT and Reynolds be announced, as it thinks that ultimately a transaction to buy Lorillard would likely follow.
11:25 EDTLOReynolds rises as BAT said to contemplate total takeover
Shares of cigarette manufacturer Reynolds American (RAI) are higher this morning following a report that British American Tobacco (BTI) is close to a deal to buy the stake in Reynolds it does not already own. WHAT'S NEW: The Daily Mail reported that British American Tobacco, which currently holds a 42% stake in Reynolds, is speculated to be "on the verge" of buying out the 58% of its U.S. peer that it does not already own. WHAT'S NOTABLE: A deal for Reynolds, whose brands include Kill, Camel, Winston and Salem, by British American Tobacco would stop any plans Reynolds might already have to buy Lorillard (LO), which makes Newport menthol cigarettes and electronic cigarettes. CNBC's David Faber said on July 3 that Reynolds was on track to buy Lorillard "within weeks," and added that Imperial Tobacco (ITYBY) would likely buy some of the divested assets as a result of the transaction. Faber noted at the time that British American Tobacco was likely to build a position in Reynolds. ANALYST REACTION: According to the Daily Mail, Citigroup has said it would be "advantageous" for British American Tobacco to acquire all of Reynolds, as its earnings per share would be boosted by 10%-13% and give it access to "one of the best" global e-cigarette platforms. The firm believes a total acquisition would allow British American Tobacco "total freedom" to deploy Reynolds' intellectual property on e-cigarettes. PRICE ACTION: Reynolds American shares are up $1.62, or 2.64%, to $62.93 in mid-morning trading. Meanwhile, British American Tobacco shares trading in New York are down 46c to $121.51 and Lorillard is up 40c to $63.33.
09:13 EDTLOOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:26 EDTLOBritish American rumored 'on verge' of deal to buy out Reynolds, Daily Mail says
British American Tobacco (BTI) is speculated to be "on the verge of a mega deal" to buy the 58% cigarette peer Reynolds American (RAI) that it does not already own, according to the Daily Mail. By doing so, it would stop any plans Reynolds might have to buy another company in the industry, Lorillard (LO), according to the report. Reference Link
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