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August 15, 2014
16:38 EDTACHN, KO, DDS, MNST, PCTY, JCPOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory despite some soft economic data points, including a weaker than expected report on manufacturing in the New York area and a lower than expected consumer confidence reading. The market short circuited following reports of a skirmish in the Ukraine where a Russian convoy was supposedly fired upon when it crossed the border. The averages quickly dropped and were only able to partially recover, as investors moved to the sidelines to avoid additional geopolitical risk over the weekend. ECONOMIC EVENTS: The NY Fed's Empire manufacturing survey had a reading of 14.69, versus expectations for a 20.0 reading. The Producer Price Index increased 0.1% overall, matching expectations. The core reading was up 0.2%, which was also in-line with the consensus forecast. Industrial production increased 0.4% in July, beating the consensus 0.2% growth forecast. That nudged up capacity utilization to 79.2%, versus 79.1% previously. The first University of Michigan consumer confidence reading for August fell 2.6 points to 79.2, versus expectations for it to have edged up to 82.0. Treasury international capital data showed foreigners dumped $153.5B in total U.S. assets in July after buying a revised $33.1B in June. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Monster Beverage (MNST) surged $21.84, or 30.48%, to $93.49 after Coca-Cola (KO) bought a stake in the energy drink maker and the companies announced a long-term strategic partnership and asset swap. Coca-Cola will pay $2.15B for a 16.7% stake in Monster, the companies announced last night. Under the terms of their agreement, Coca-Cola will add two directors to Monster's board. Coke will transfer ownership of its worldwide energy business including brands like NOS, Full Throttle, Burn, Mother, Play and Power Play, and Relentless to Monster, in trade for which Monster will transfer its non-energy business to Coke. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN), which rose 81c, or 9.6%, to $9.25 after the company announced interim results from an ongoing Phase 2 proxy study of a potential chronic hepatitis C virus regimen that analysts at Piper Jaffray called "impressive." Also higher was Paylocity (PCTY), which advanced $2.17, or 9.79%, to $24.34 after reporting better than expected fourth quarter revenue and guiding to higher than expected sales in its first quarter. Among the noteworthy losers was retailer J.C. Penney (JCP), which fell 24c, or 2.46%, to $9.50 despite posting a narrower than expected loss for the second quarter. Also lower were shares of another department store owner, Dillard's (DDS), which dropped $9.49, or 8.21%, to $106.11 after reporting quarterly results that missed expectations. INDEXES: The Dow dropped 50.67, or 0.3%, to 16,662.91, the Nasdaq gained 11.92, or 0.27%, to 4,464.93, and the S&P 500 slipped 0.12, or 0.01%, to 1,955.06.
News For MNST;KO;JCP;DDS;ACHN;PCTY From The Last 14 Days
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October 2, 2015
06:48 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney announces actions to de-risk pension plan
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October 1, 2015
12:57 EDTJCPOptions with increasing put volume
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September 29, 2015
19:06 EDTKOCoca Cola will not renew health group sponsorships, AP says
Coca-Cola will not renew its sponsorship of a professional group for dietitians, according to the Associated Press, and will not renew its contracts with the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Cardiology when they end later this year. The company said the move was driven by "budget realities" and not criticism over these partnerships. Reference Link
10:00 EDTPCTYOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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06:51 EDTPCTYPaylocity initiated with a Buy at Stifel
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September 28, 2015
10:18 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney rises after CEO meeting prompts upgrade
Shares of J.C. Penney (JCP) are rising in morning trading after a Sterne Agee CRT analyst upgraded the retailer to Buy with a $13 price target following a meeting with the company's new chief executive officer. WHAT'S NEW: Sterne Agee CRT analyst Charles Grom upgraded J.C. Penney this morning to Buy from Neutral with a $13 price target after recently spending time with new CEO Marvin Ellison at the company's headquarters. Grom said he came away from the meeting "more confident" in the company's turnaround plan, adding that Ellison has the "right demeanor" and business sense to lead the company and "right the ship." Ellison took over as CEO of the retailer on August 1, replacing previous CEO Myron "Mike" Ullman. Sterne's Grom said that while the firm has previously been critical of the retailer's strategy, he believes the initiatives, led by Ellison, are "refreshing" and could boost the company's EBITDA. Grom thinks Ellison is the right person to help revive J.C. Penney and believes the company can surpass its long-term EBITDA target of $1.2B by 2017, saying that this goal "may prove to be a floor rather than a ceiling." Additionally, the analyst sees "multiple levers" to drive same-store sales higher. Despite his optimism in J.C. Penney's recovery story, the analyst notes that U.S. consumer spending is shifting away from traditional items in department stores toward move service-oriented products, traditional mall traffic trends remain "suppressed" and weather trends across the U.S. in August and September were not "ideal" for mall-based retailers. WHAT'S NOTABLE: J.C. Penney recently named John Tighe as executive vice president and chief merchant, effective October 1. Tighe, most recently senior vice president and senior general merchandise manager for the men's, children's, footwear, handbag and intimate apparel divisions, will succeed Elizabeth "Liz" Sweney, the company said. On August 31, Deutsche Bank analyst Paul Trussell upgraded J.C. Penney to Buy from Hold and raised his price target on the stock to $12 from $10, calling the company a "self-help story." Trussell noted that the company has already improved its merchandise mix and is now moving toward better pricing and fewer markdowns. Trussell said that the company's target of mid-single digit same-store sales growth looks "achievable" and its brands and assortment "look right." OTHERS TO WATCH: Other department store operators include Macy's (M), Kohl's (KSS) and Sears Holdings (SHLD). PRICE ACTION: J.C. Penney is up 1.5% to $9.57 in morning trading and is up nearly 50% year-to-date.
10:00 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: ANI Pharmaceuticals (ANIP) upgraded on valuation at Roth Capital... AbbVie (ABBV) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citi... Astec (ASTE) upgraded to Accumulate from Neutral at Global Hunter... Atmel (ATML) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... BAE Systems (BAESY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... BG Group (BRGYY) upgraded on valuation at BMO Capital... Boston Scientific (BSX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... C.H. Robinson (CHRW) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Citi (C) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Diamond Offshore (DO) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... Endologix (ELGX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... Infosys (INFY) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Societe Generale... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded on confidence in CEO, initiatives at Sterne Agee CRT... Knowles (KN) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at FBR Capital... Lexicon (LXRX) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Gabelli... MTN Group (MTNOY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Natera (NTRA) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Omnicell (OMCL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sidoti... RBC Bearings (ROLL) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Global Hunter... Raptor Pharmaceuticals (RPTP) upgraded to Perform from Underperform at Oppenheimer... Regal Entertainment (RGC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at B. Riley... Repsol (REPYY) upgraded on valuation at BMO Capital... Star Bulk Carriers (SBLK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Stoneridge (SRI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Transocean (RIG) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... Vertex (VRTX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Wabash (WNC) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Global Hunter.
08:52 EDTJCPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
IN FOCUS: Apple (AAPL) after announcing it set a record by selling more than 13M new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models in the first three days after launch of the devices. HIGHER: Media General (MEG), up 22% after Nexstar (NXST) announced a proposal to acquire the company for cash Nexstar shares currently valued at $14.50 per Media General share... Alcoa (AA), up 5.4% after announcing that its board has unanimously approved a plan to separate into two independent, publicly-traded companies - an Upstream company that will operate under the Alcoa name and a new Value-Add company whose name will be announced at a later date... Atmel (ATML), up 7% after Reuters reported that Cypress Semiconductor (CY) is working on a competing bid to Dialog Semiconductor's (DLGNF) takeover offer... J.C. Penney (JCP), up 3% after Sterne Agee CRT upgraded the stock to Buy from Neutral after meeting with the company's new CEO. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Cal-Maine Foods (CALM), down 8%. ALSO LOWER: Verastem (VSTM), down 50% after stopping enrollment in the Phase 2 study of VS-6063 for patients with mesothelioma for futility after a Data Safety Monitoring Board review of a pre-planned interim analysis... Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), down 3.7% after the Detroit Free Press said some local UAW workers rejected a four-year tentative pact between the United Auto Workers and the company... Williams (WMB), down 3% after Energy Transfer Equity (ETE) announced a business combination transaction valued at approximately $37.7B, including the assumption of debt and other liabilities. Under the deal, an affiliate of ETE, will acquire Williams at an implied current price of $43.50 per Williams share.
07:52 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney upgraded on confidence in CEO, initiatives at Sterne Agee CRT
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07:22 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee CRT
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05:36 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney implied volatility of 44 at lower end of index mean range
September 24, 2015
18:52 EDTPCTYPaylocity 3.74M share Secondary priced at $29.75
Deutsche Bank, BofA/Merrill, William Blair and Stifel acted as joint book running managers for the offering.
10:01 EDTMNSTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: 8point3 Energy (CAFD) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Avondale... AEGON (AEG) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... AMC Networks (AMCX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore ISI... Citi ups Ralph Lauren (RL) to Buy on valuation, cost savings... Kate Spade (KATE) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... L'Oreal (LRLCY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Societe Generale... Marriott (MAR) upgraded on historical performance, growth outlook at SunTrust... Monster Beverage (MNST) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Nimble Storage (NMBL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... Qualys (QLYS) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Macquarie... Ralph Lauren (RL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Trex Company (TREX) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Valero Energy Partners (VLP) upgraded on better than expected transaction at SunTrust.
08:03 EDTKOCoca-Cola Bottling signs LOI to acquire manufacturing facilities
Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated (COKE) has signed a non-binding letter of intent with The Coca-Cola Company (KO) to purchase manufacturing facilities in Virginia, Maryland, Indiana and Ohio and also that it has signed a definitive agreement with an affiliate of The Coca-Cola Company to expand the bottler's franchise distribution territory to include territories located within Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia. The Company has signed a non-binding Manufacturing Letter of Intent with The Coca-Cola Company to purchase and operate manufacturing facilities currently owned and operated by Coca-Cola Refreshments USA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Coca-Cola Company, in Sandston, Virginia; Silver Spring and Baltimore, Maryland; Indianapolis and Portland, Indiana and Cincinnati, Ohio. The transactions proposed in the Manufacturing Letter of Intent are subject to the parties reaching a definitive agreement, with a series of transaction closings for these facilities expected to begin in the first half of 2016. The Definitive Agreement represents the first phase of the proposed franchise territory expansion described in the previously-announced Letter of Intent dated May 12, 2015 between the Company and The Coca-Cola Company ("May 2015 Letter of Intent") and includes the following territories: Baltimore, Capital Heights, Cumberland, Easton, Hagerstown, La Plata and Salisbury in Maryland; Alexandria, Norfolk, Richmond, Yorktown, Fredericksburg and Staunton in Virginia; Elizabeth City in North Carolina; and Washington D.C. CCR currently serves these territories. The Company expects to begin a series of transaction closings for these distribution territories in the fall of 2015 and to complete them by mid-2016. The Company is continuing to work towards a definitive agreement with The Coca-Cola Company for the remainder of the proposed franchise territory expansion described in the May 2015 Letter of Intent, including distribution territories in parts of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. The Definitive Agreement and other agreements to be entered into at closing will provide the Company the exclusive rights to distribute beverage brands owned by The Coca-Cola Company as well as certain other beverage brands not owned by The Coca-Cola Company that are currently being distributed in the territories by CCR. The transaction includes the purchase by the Company of distribution assets and certain working capital items from CCR relating to these territories and the purchase of exclusive rights to distribute certain non-Coca-Cola beverage brands in these territories. The transaction also includes the grant by CCR to the Company of exclusive rights to distribute beverage brands owned by The Coca-Cola Company in these territories under a comprehensive beverage agreement to be entered into at closing. Under such agreement, the Company will make a quarterly sub-bottling payment to CCR on a continuing basis after the closing for the grant of such exclusive rights. In addition to the transactions contemplated by the Definitive Agreement, the parties also have executed a "Territory Conversion Agreement" which provides for all of the Company's franchise distribution territories with The Coca-Cola Company, including the Company's legacy, recently-acquired and to-be-acquired distribution territories, to be governed in the future by a new and final form of comprehensive beverage agreement.
07:32 EDTKOCoca-Cola signs LOI to implement national product supply system in the U.S.
The Coca-Cola Company announces the formation of a new National Product Supply System in the United States. The mission of the NPSS will be to facilitate optimal operation of the U.S. product supply system for Coca-Cola bottlers in order to: Achieve the lowest optimal manufactured and delivered cost for all bottlers in the Coca-Cola system; Enable system investment to build sustainable capability and competitive advantage; Prioritize quality, service and innovation in order to successfully meet and exceed customer and consumer requirements. Under the new NPSS, three existing independent producing bottlers, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, Coca-Cola Bottling Company United, and Swire Coca-Cola USA, as well as the Company-owned Coca-Cola Refreshments along with Coca-Cola North America, will be members of Coca-Cola's National Product Supply Group. The NPSG will administer key national product supply activities for these NPSS bottlers, which currently represent approximately 95 percent of the U.S. produced volume. Under the initial terms of the Letters of Intent, it is anticipated that each NPSS bottler will acquire certain production facilities from CCR within their transitioning distribution territories. Initially, it is contemplated that CCR will divest the following nine production facilities with an estimated net book value of $380 million: Consolidated will acquire production facilities in Sandston, Va., Baltimore and Silver Spring, Md., Indianapolis and Portland, In. and Cincinnati, Oh.; United will acquire the production facility in New Orleans, La.; Swire will acquire production facilities in Phoenix, Az. and Denver, Co. The transition of these production facilities from CCR to NPSS bottlers is anticipated to take place between 2016 and 2018. The sale of additional production facilities from CCR to NPSS bottlers in previously announced transitioning distribution territories will be considered in due course. CCR's territories will continue to be refranchised as previously announced and decisions on any remaining production facilities in those territories will also be considered at that time. The new transactions announced today are subject to the parties reaching definitive agreements. The parties are committed to working together to implement a smooth transition with minimal disruption for customers, consumers and system associates.
06:51 EDTMNSTMonster Beverage upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman upgraded Monster Beverage (MNST) to Buy and increased its price target to $165 from $160. Analyst Judy Hong said Monster shares have underperformed the market since August, primarily due to issues with the distributor transition and uncertainty on the timing of cash returns. Hong views valuation as attractive ahead of Monster's entry into the China energy market in early 2016, which she believes could add 11c-27c to 2017 earnings. Further, the analyst is modeling a $5B tender announcement in early 2016, twice the amount the market is forecasting, following the close of the Coca-Cola (KO) deal. This is the key driver for Hong's above consensus 2016 earnings estimate of $4.20 versus $3.96.
September 23, 2015
16:52 EDTPCTYPaylocity files to sell 3.74M shares of common stock for holders
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07:08 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney names John Tighe chief merchant
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06:37 EDTJCPJ.C. Penney seeks new chief merchant to replace Sweney, WSJ reports
J.C. Penney is searching for a new chief merchant, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources familiar with the matter. The new executive would replace Elizabeth Sweney, who has held the role since 2012. It is unclear whether the new chief merchant would be an internal or external candidate, but one source says that an announcement relating to the role will be made "early Wednesday morning." Reference Link
September 22, 2015
07:36 EDTKOCoca-Cola spent almost $120M since 2010 on health programs, research, WSJ says
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