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February 20, 2013
12:35 EDTMM, NTSP, ODP, HNR, CAT, TSS, OMXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday following the release of several domestic economic reports and ahead of the minutes from the last FOMC meeting. The averages drifted quietly with little direction in the early part of the session, but weakened following rumors that a sizable commodity hedge fund was in trouble and was forced to liquidate. Details of that rumored collapse were scarce, though crude prices were down over 2% in midday trading... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Commerce Department figures showed total housing starts dropped 8.5% to a 890K rate in January, which was less than forecast. However, building permits were up 1.8% in the month, versus expectations for an increase of 1.2%. Producer prices in January rose 0.2%, versus expectations for an increase of 0.3%. The core producer price inflation figure, which excludes volatile food and energy components, rose 0.2%, which was in line with expectations. Also, the Federal Reserve is scheduled to release the minutes from its Jan. 29-30 meeting at 2pm ET... COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Office Depot (ODP) and OfficeMax (OMX) both declined after confirming their previously rumored plan to merge, but the announcement took a strange turn. Office Depot inadvertently announced the deal early as part of its earnings report, though both companies confirmed the merger in press releases later in the morning. Following the confirmation of the all-stock deal, Office Depot fell 14%, while OfficeMax slid nearly 4%... Dow member Caterpillar (CAT) declined almost 2% after disclosing that global retail machine sales dropped 4% in the three months through January, continuing a trend of declining sales that began in the prior month... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was NetSpend (NTSP), which rose over 28% to $15.79 after agreeing to be acquired by Total Systems (TSS) for $16 per share. Shares of buyer Total Systems slipped more than 6%. Also lower were shares Harvest Natural Resources (HNR), down over 38% after its agreement to sell interests in Venezuela was terminated, and Millennial Media (MM), which fell 36% after its quarterly report and a downgrade of the stock at Morgan Stanley... INDICES: Near midday, the Dow was down 18.97, or 0.14%, to 14,016.70; the Nasdaq was down 17.42, or 0.54%, to 3,196.17; and the S&P 500 was down 6.17, or 0.40%, to 1,524.77.
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January 27, 2015
07:35 EDTCATCaterpillar drops 5% after FY15 outlook misses expectations
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07:34 EDTCATCaterpillar sees FY15 EPS ex-items about $4.75, consensus $6.67
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07:32 EDTCATCaterpillar reports Q4 EPS ex-items $1.35, consensus $1.55
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January 26, 2015
15:50 EDTCATCaterpillar January weekly 85 straddle priced for 4.4% movement into Q4
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15:40 EDTCATNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:59 EDTCATCaterpillar technical comments ahead of earnings
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13:15 EDTCATEarnings Preview: Caterpillar sees Q4 profitability down slightly
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11:08 EDTCATCaterpillar reports retail machines sales down 12% in three months end December
Caterpillar reported earlier its total retail machines sales down 12% on a three month rolling basis in December. Sales were down 10% in the period ending in November and were down 9% in the period ending in October. The company reported world Resources Industries sales down 22% in the December period, which was a bit improved from the 23% drop in the November end period. Construction Industries world sales were down 9%, worse than the 6% drop in the November period. Caterpillar retail sales of machines by geographic region for the 3-month rolling period ended December were reported in a regulatory filing earlier. Caterpillar shares are up 0.4% to $85.96 in morning trading.
09:57 EDTCATCaterpillar January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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January 21, 2015
07:43 EDTCATCaterpillar guidance expected to disappoint, says UBS
UBS sees many headwinds for Caterpillar, including lower oil prices, slowing construction activity, and foreign currency headwinds. Although the firm feels the risks are already priced into the stock, they lowered estimates and expect forward guidance to be disappointing. UBS reiterated its Neutral rating but lowered its price target to $84 from $104 on Caterpillar shares.
January 20, 2015
13:09 EDTODPSources: Staples to spurn Starboard's call to merge with Office Depot, FT says
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10:47 EDTODPStaples says will consider 'all actions' that would create shareholder value
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10:23 EDTODPStarboard says Staples should explore merger with Office Depot
Starboard Value, one of the largest shareholders of Staples (SPLS), confirmed, as previously reported, that it has delivered a letter to Ronald Sargent, Chairman and CEO of Staples, and the board of directors of Staples. In the letter, Starboard states in part: "As we discussed in our recent meeting, we believe that the best way to maximize value for Staples' shareholders is through exploring and completing a business combination with Office Depot (ODP). For a variety of reasons, we believe that now is the right time to pursue such a transaction, and we urge you to immediately retain a reputable investment bank and legal advisors to assist the Board in evaluating, structuring and executing a transaction with Office Depot. We believe that a strategic combination of Staples and Office Depot would result in synergies that would more than double the operating profits of the combined company and would create an industry-leading office supply retailer that could more effectively compete against larger retailers and online competitors. The magnitude of value creation from such a business combination far exceeds anything that either company could achieve on a standalone basis. We believe that the evidence is clear that shareholders are broadly supportive of a transaction between Staples and Office Depot. As shown in the chart below, since the merger speculation began last September, Staples' share price has risen over 50%, strongly outperforming the S&P 500...After the recent increase in Staples' share price, we believe the stock now trades at a substantial premium to the intrinsic value of the standalone company. This results in a lower cost of capital for Staples and a stronger currency which could be used to acquire Office Depot. If Staples fails to fully explore and consummate a transaction with Office Depot, shareholders will undoubtedly be extremely disappointed...We understand that this will require cooperation from Office Depot, and we have already expressed to them our strong support for a transaction...Our sincere hope is that we can continue to have a constructive dialogue. However, if it becomes clear to us that you have no intention of seriously pursuing this unique and highly attractive opportunity, it would be a clear sign that significant leadership change is needed at Staples."
09:31 EDTODPActivist Starboard urging Staples, Office Depot to merge, WSJ reports
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08:59 EDTODPStarboard urged Staples to explore Office Depot merger, Bloomberg says
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January 16, 2015
07:23 EDTCATJim Chanos says long shares of Apple
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07:16 EDTCATCaterpillar January weekly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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07:12 EDTCATChanos says two of three Caterpillar areas 'highly troubled'
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06:55 EDTHNRHarvest Natural to host conference call
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06:18 EDTHNRHarvest Natural files request for international arbitration against Venezuela
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