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June 17, 2014
01:55 EDTLUX, LUX, LUX, TUP, TUP, TUP, CL, CL, CL, CCH, CCH, CCH, CHD, CHD, CHD, PG, PG, PG, UN, UN, UN, UL, UL, UL, HEINY, HEINY, HEINY, MJN, MJN, MJN, IFF, IFF, IFF, CCE, CCE, CCE, JAH, JAH, JAHDeutsche Bank to hold a conference
dbAccess 11th Annual Global Consumer Conference to be held in Paris, France on June 17-19.
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November 14, 2014
16:26 EDTPGNasdaq clear leader as major averages end week higher
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08:46 EDTIFFJacobs Engineering names Kevin Berryman as EVP, CFO
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08:30 EDTIFFInternational Flavors to appoint Richard O'Leary as interim CFO
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07:47 EDTHEINYAB InBev CEO says willing to deal but only at right price, Bloomberg reports
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November 13, 2014
16:36 EDTPGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street saw another day of relatively quiet trading in a tight range, but the major averages once again finished the session higher than where they'd began. The Dow, powered by the post-earnings advance from Wal-Mart (WMT), led and closed at a new all-time high for the third time in the last four days. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims rebounded 12K to 290K in the week ending November 8, versus expectations for 280K first-time claims. The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, or JOLTs report, showed job openings fell to 4.335M in September, versus the consensus forecast for 4.8M openings. The Treasury reported a $121.7B budget deficit for October, versus the consensus deficit forecast of $117B. COMPANY NEWS: Wal-Mart led the Dow, advancing $3.74, or 4.72%, to $82.94 after the world's largest retailer's earnings beat expectations and it reported U.S. comparable store sales grew 0.5% during the just-completed quarter... Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) agreed to acquire the Duracell battery business from Procter and Gamble (PG) via a stock swap. In exchange for a recapitalized Duracell company, which will include approximately $1.7B in cash at closing, P&G will receive shares of its own common stock currently held by Berkshire having a current value of approximately $4.7B, the companies announced. Shares of Procter & Gamble, which also guided to FY15 core EPS growth in a mid-single digit percentage range, fell 88c, or 0.98%, to $88.60 after the deal was announced and guidance was issued. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Baker Hughes (BHI), which surged $7.77, or 15.24%, to $58.75 after The Wall Street Journal said the company is in fast-moving talks to be acquired by larger peer Halliburton (HAL), which also rose 56c, or 1.05%, to $53.79 following the report. Also higher was DreamWorks Animation (DWA), which jumped $3.15, or 14.08%, to $25.52 after several media outlets reported that the animated movie maker company was in talks about selling itself to toy maker Hasbro (HAS). Hasbro shares fell $2.49, or 4.33%, to $54.98 following the reports. Also lower were shares of Revance (RVNC), which fell $4.93, or 23.48%, to $16.07 after the company said last night that the preliminary results from its ongoing open-label study suggest it still has "some work to do" to increase the probability of success for its upcoming Phase 3 pivotal program for RT001. INDEXES: The Dow rose 40.59, or 0.23%, to 17,652.79, the Nasdaq gained 5.01, or 0.11%, to 4,680.14, and the S&P 500 added 1.08, or 0.05%, to 2,039.33.
12:44 EDTPGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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08:40 EDTPGProcter & Gamble says top line comps are more difficult in Q2 vs 2H15
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07:44 EDTPGProcter & Gamble to restate Batteries results to discontinued operations
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07:44 EDTPGP&G to incur non-cash charge of approx. 28c per share in current quarter
07:42 EDTPGProcter & Gamble sees FY15 core EPS growth mid-single digits
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07:41 EDTPGProcter and Gamble volatility flat into Berkshire Hathaway acquiring Duracell
Procter and Gamble (PG) overall option implied volatility of 13 is near its 26-week average of 14 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement into Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (BRK.B) acquiring the Duracell battery business from Procter & Gamble in deal valued at approximately $6.4B.
07:40 EDTPGProcter & Gamble reiterates FY15 organic sales, core EPS growth guidance
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07:40 EDTPGProcter & Gamble sees clsoing Duracell transaction in 2H15
Following its prior announcement of plans to exit the Duracell business, P&G (PG) said it now plans to execute a split transaction, in which it will exchange a recapitalized Duracell Company for Berkshire Hathaway’s (BRK.A) shares of P&G stock. Berkshire’s stock ownership is currently valued at approximately $4.7 billion. P&G said it expects to contribute approximately $1.8 billion in cash to the Duracell Company in the pre-transaction recapitalization. P&G said the transaction maximizes the after-tax value of the Duracell business and is tax efficient for P&G. The value received for Duracell in the exchange is approximately 7-times fiscal year 2014 adjusted EBITDA. This equates to a cash sale valued at approximately 9-times adjusted EBITDA. As part of the exit of the battery business, P&G announced that it closed the sale of its interest in a China-based battery joint venture earlier in the week. Based on the signing of the contract to exit the Duracell business, P&G will restate Batteries results to discontinued operations effective with the reporting of October-December 2014 quarterly results. The Company expects to restate earnings per share of approximately 12c-14c to discontinued operations for fiscal year 2014. All-in GAAP earnings per share are not affected by the restatements. P&G said it will incur a non-core, non-cash charge of approximately 28c per share in current quarter results to adjust Duracell goodwill and intangible assets to the expected after-tax transaction value. P&G expects to finalize the restatement and one-time charge amounts in the next few weeks, and will update shareholders when final amounts are available. P&G said it expects to close the Duracell transaction in the second half of calendar year 2015 pending necessary regulatory approvals.
07:31 EDTPGBerkshire Hathaway to acquire Procter & Gamble's Duracell battery business
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07:30 EDTPGBerkshire Hathaway to acquire Procter & Gamble's Duracell battery business
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November 12, 2014
06:37 EDTMJNCiti says Hershey, TreeHouse, Mead still top picks in Food
After meeting with ten U.S. Food Manufacturers, Citigroup says Hershey (HSY), TreeHouse (THS) and Mead Johnson (MJN) remain its top picks in the space. Citi favors domestic companies, but says the consumer environment for food remains difficult with volume growth "hard to come by" in the U.S. The firm believes the expected uptick in U.S. food growth is failing to materialize.
November 11, 2014
12:34 EDTMJNMead Johnson management to meet with William Blair
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06:04 EDTUL, UNUnilever files lawsuit against Hampton Creek, LA Times reports
Unilever has filed a lawsuit against Hampton Creek, alleging the vegan start-up is engaging in false advertising by calling its Just Mayo spread mayonnaise, the LA Times reports. Hampton Creek is planning to file a countersuit that is likely to focus on Unilever's sustainability practices. Unilever is seeking damages and compensation for lost profits. Reference Link
November 10, 2014
13:56 EDTPGProcter & Gamble to host analyst meeting
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10:14 EDTUNHigh option volume stocks
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