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January 7, 2013
10:07 EDTBIDU, QLIK, YHOO, SAP, SWN, AMAT, UA, LOW, SPR, FINL, FDO, DSW, CREE, BK, MTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: ArcelorMittal (MT) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... BNY Mellon (BK) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... Cree (CREE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... DSW (DSW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Brean Capital... Family Dollar (FDO) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Finish Line (FINL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... Lowe's (LOW) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Canaccord... Spirit AeroSystems (SPR) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Under Armour (UA) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Applied Materials (AMAT)downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Southwestern Energy (SWN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Dahlman Rose... SAP (SAP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Yahoo! (YHOO) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Bernstein... Qlik Technologies (QLIK) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays... Baidu (BIDU)downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Barclays.
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August 18, 2014
14:18 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says will 'carefully review and consider' Dollar General proposal
12:18 EDTFDOThe Fly: Midday Wrap
The market opened in positive territory following news that Russia and Ukraine were working on a potential ceasefire. The market had faltered on Friday following reports that the Ukraine army had attacked a Russian military vehicle after it crossed into Ukraine territory. The market opened sharply higher and then received an additional boost when the NAHB Housing market Index came in above expectations. The averages quickly moved to session highs, lifting the S&P to its highest level ever and putting August on track for the best monthly performance since February. ECONOMIC EVENTS: The NAHB homebuilder sentiment index rose 2 points to 55 in August. The index had climbed 4 points to 53 in July. This is the highest level since January's 56. The single family sales index edged up to 58 from 56 (revised from 57). The future index was 65 from 63 (revised from 64). The index of prospective buyer traffic improved to 42 from 39 (revised from 39). Data was better than expected. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of discount retailer Dollar General (DG) were higher by about 10% after the company announced a proposal to acquire rival Family Dollar (FDO) for $78.50 per share in cash, in a transaction valued at $9.7B. Shares of Family Dollar rose approximately 5% on the news. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Sensata Technologies (ST), which rose 5.6% after after agreeing to buy privately held Schrader International for $1B. Also higher was Lannett (LCI), which gained 9.3% after the company said fourth quarter and full-year 2014 earnings per share and revenue would exceed analysts' consensus estimates. Among the noteworthy losers was Monster Beverage (MNST), which fell about 4% after research firm Jefferies downgraded the shares to Hold from Buy saying the valuation looks full following its recent rally. Also lower was NXP Semiconductors (NXPI), which dropped 2.3% after Goldman Sachs downgraded the company to Sell from Neutral, and downgraded the semiconductor sector to Cautious from Neutral. The firm expects consensus estimates to move lower due to cyclical headwinds, increased Q4 and Q1 seasonality, and a RF correction. Goldman lowered their price target on the shares to $54 from $58. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 168.13, or 1.01%, to 16,831.04, the Nasdaq rose 44.11, or 0.99%, to 4,508.87, and the S&P 500 was higher by 16.79, or 0.86%, to 1,971.88.
11:53 EDTFDOFamily Dollar likely to favor a Dollar Tree bid, says Wells Fargo
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11:25 EDTLOWEarnings Preview: Home Depot shares up nearly 9% since last earnings report
Home Depot (HD), a home improvement retailer, is scheduled to report second quarter results before the market opens on Tuesday, August 19, with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.45 on revenue of $23.62B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.41-$1.49 on revenue of $22.9B-$24.08B. LAST QUARTER: Home Depot reported first quarter EPS of $1.00 against estimates for 99c on revenue of $19.69B against estimates of $19.95B. The company said same-store sales increased 2.6%, with U.S. SSS up 3.3%. The company raised its fiscal year 2014 EPS view to $4.42 from $4.38 against estimates at that time for $4.42. The retailer also backed its FY14 sales growth view of up 4.8% from fiscal year 2013. On its Q4 earnings conference call, Home Depot forecast gross margins for FY14 would be "about the same" as last year. For the remainder of the year, the company said its view on the housing market recovery had not changed. NEWS: At Oppenheimer's 14th Annual Consumer Conference in June, Home Depot reaffirmed its 4.8% sales growth view for the year and said SSS growth would be 4.6%. The company also said it expected $7B in share repurchases for FY14. The retailer also said it intends to increase its dividend every year. The Wall Street Journal said Home Depot is among the retailers betting that consumer basics, like toilet paper or detergent, will increase sales and lure shoppers into stores. STREET RESEARCH: Citigroup expects Home Depot shares will continue outperforming Lowe's (LOW) in the near-term given its store base concentration and better merchandising effort on the Pro side. Deutsche Bank lowered its estimates for both Home Depot after Tractor Supply (TSCO) and Lumber Liquidators (LL) pre-announced Q2 comp misses. The firm, which noted that the negative earnings revision is "relatively minor," said that while the business models are different, Tractor Supply and Lumber Liquidators have historically correlated positively with Home Depot and Lowe's on comps. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Home Depot shares are up almost 9%. Year-to-date, shares are up over 2%.
10:57 EDTCREEOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:06 EDTSAPSGI opens new German subsidiary
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09:03 EDTFDOOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:47 EDTFDODollar General says would slow store opening growth in Family Dollar deal
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08:35 EDTFDODollar General says emphasis is getting deal 'put to bed'
Says when deal gets done, "Family Dollar (FDO) will look exactly like Dollar General inside." Says is a "huge fan" of Todd Vasos, who would lead the integration, but does not comment on whether Vasos will succeed Dollar General (DG) CEO Rick Dreiling, who will retire in May 2016. Doesn't see antitrust issues as "insurmountable."
08:23 EDTFDODollar General says has expressed interest in Family Dollar 'multiple times'
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08:18 EDTFDODollar General says can mange Family Dollar 'more efficiently and effectively'
Dollar General (DG) says it believes its proposal "far superior" for Family Dollar (FDO) shareholders. Believes company can manage Family Dollar "more efficiently and effectively." Sees approximately $300M-$400M in one-time costs to capture synergies. Sees investment of $400M in CapEx. Says proposed deal would be low double digit percentage accretive in year one, ex-integration and transformation costs. Dollar General notes commitment to return to investment grade credit profile, anticipated three years post closing. Says positioned for long term revenue and earnings growth. Says ready to move to complete due diligence on Family Dollar deal. Says synergies expected to ramp up throughout three-year period. Comments made on Dollar General's conference call discussing its acquisition proposal of Family Dollar for $78.50 per share.
06:44 EDTSWNNatural gas companies worried about regulatory outlook, The Hill says
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06:27 EDTFDODollar General to host conference call
Conference call to discuss acquisition proposal of Family Dollar will be held on August 18 at 8 am. Webcast Link
06:24 EDTFDO, LOWOptions expected to be active
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06:23 EDTYHOOYahoo acquires Israel-based ad startup ClarityRay, terms not disclosed
Israel-based ad startup ClarityRay announced on its website that it has been acquired by Yahoo. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. Reference Link
06:13 EDTFDODollar General makes proposal to acquire Family Dollar for $78.50 per share
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06:10 EDTFDODollar General makes proposal to acquire Family Dollar for $78.50 per share
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06:06 EDTCREECree implied volatility of 28 at lower end of index mean range
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06:03 EDTFDODollar General makes $78.50/share offer for Family Dollar, CNBC reports
Dollar General (DG) will announce today a $78.50 per share in cash offer to acquire Family Dollar (FDO), CNBC's Andrew Ross Sorkin reports. Dollar Tree (DLTR) is seeking to buy Family Dollar for $74.50 per share.
06:00 EDTFDODollar General offers to buy Family Dollar for $78.50/share, CNBC reports
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