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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.
News For ODP;OMX;CAT;NTSP;TSS;HNR;MM From The Last 14 Days
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August 28, 2015
16:53 EDTODPStaples, Office Depot certify substantial compliance with Second Request
Staples (SPLS) and Office Depot (ODP) announced that they have certified substantial compliance with the Request for Additional Information from the United States Federal Trade Commission regarding the proposed merger between Staples and Office Depot. Additionally, Staples and Office Depot have entered into a timing agreement with the FTC pursuant to which Staples and Office Depot have agreed not to close the proposed merger until at least forty-five full calendar days after each company has certified substantial compliance with the Second Request. "We are pleased to have completed our submission of documents and information to the FTC in connection with the Second Request," said Ron Sargent, chairman and chief executive officer, Staples. "We will continue to work closely with the FTC, and we look forward to completing the transaction."
August 27, 2015
13:46 EDTCATCaterpillar planst to lay off 475 more employees, Reuters reports
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August 24, 2015
09:26 EDTCATCaterpillar set to open near 4-year lows
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August 21, 2015
13:02 EDTCATChanos says heavy equipment companies 'have the wind in their face'
Jim Chanos of Kynikos Associates said on CNBC that the companies selling heavy equipment will "have the wind in their face" for years as inventory is worked though. Chanos added that he remains short shares of Caterpillar (CAT), pointing out the company acquired Bucyrus at the top of the market. Peers of Caterpillar include Deere (DE) and AGCO (AGCO).
12:56 EDTCATChanos says still short shares of Caterpillar
Jim Chanos of Kynikos Associates said on CNBC .
August 17, 2015
15:02 EDTTSSTotal System names Patricia Watson Chief Information Officer
TSYS announced that Patricia Watson has been named senior executive VP and Chief Information Officer effective September 14. She succeeds Ken Tye.
12:12 EDTODPFTC announces resignation of Commissioner Joshua Wright
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07:40 EDTCATUBS to hold a tour
Midwest Construction & Farm Tour travels throughout Illinois and Iowa on August 17-18.
06:01 EDTODPStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; WMB ODP
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Williams (WMB) 57, Office Depot (ODP) 60 according to iVolatility.

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