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February 20, 2013
16:52 EDTCHTP, OMX, TSS, CAT, ODP, NTSP, TRI, HNROn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower as each of the major averages dropped after the minutes from the last FOMC meeting indicated several Fed members are ready to vary the pace of bond buying... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., 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. The minutes from the FOMC's Jan 29-30 meeting, released at 2 pm ET, said that several Fed members are concerned about the costs and risks of additional asset purchases. Several members of the committee said the Fed should be prepared to vary the pace of asset purchases, as the committee members continued to see moderate economic growth and gradually declining unemployment... COMPANY NEWS: The Office Depot (ODP) and OfficeMax (OMX) merger, reported over the long holiday weekend by the Wall Street Journal, was formally announced by the companies. However, the confirmation was inadvertently released on Office Depot's website ahead of the joint announcement, an error for which Thomson Reuters (TRI) later took responsibility. Shares of both companies, which had run-up after the WSJ story, declined following the confirmation, with Office Depot losing 84c, or 16.73%, to $4.18 and OfficeMax falling $91c, or 7%, to $12.09... Dow member Caterpillar (CAT) dropped $2.38, or 2.49%, to $93.22 after disclosing that global retail machine sales were down 4% in the three month rolling period ending January 31... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were shares of Chelsea Therapeutics (CHTP), up $1.14, or 149.51%, to $1.91 after the company received FDA guidance for a Northera new drug application resubmission and the stock was upgraded to Buy at Ladenburg. Also higher was NetSpend (NTSP), up $3.52, or 28.64%, to $15.81 after agreeing to be acquired by Total Systems (TSS) for $16 per share. Shares of buyer Total Systems lost $1.51, or 6.43%, to $21.97 following the acquisition. Also lower were shares of Harvest Natural Resources (HNR), down $3.71, or 40.5%, to $5.45 after its agreement to sell interests in Venezuela was terminated since the government of Indonesia voted against the transaction... INDICES: The Dow was down 108.13, or 0.77%, to 13,927.54; the Nasdaq was down 49.18, or 1.53%, to 3,164.41; and the S&P 500 was down 18.99, or 1.24%, to 1,511.95.
News For ODP;OMX;TRI;CAT;CHTP;NTSP;TSS;HNR From The Last 14 Days
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March 5, 2015
07:32 EDTCATCaterpillar and Uptake partner to create analytics solutions
Caterpillar has entered into a technology and predictive analytics agreement with Uptake, provider of an analytics and insight platform for a wide array of industries, based in Chicago, Illinois. Caterpillar has made a minority investment in Uptake and will jointly develop an end-to-end platform for predictive diagnostics to help Caterpillar customers monitor and optimize their fleets more effectively.
March 4, 2015
09:37 EDTODPStarboard says combined Staples-Office Depot could be worth $32-$37 per share
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March 3, 2015
07:28 EDTCATEvercore ISI to hold a conference
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February 27, 2015
10:52 EDTODPOptions with increasing implied volatility
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February 24, 2015
06:55 EDTODPOffice Depot sees $400M of cash merger integration expenses from 2014-2016
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06:54 EDTOMX, ODPOffice Depot expects to achieve synergy benefits of more than $750M by 2016-end
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06:53 EDTODPOffice Depot sees FY15 sales to be lower than FY14, consensus $15.5B
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06:52 EDTODPOffice Depot says acquisition by Staples to close by end of 2015
06:52 EDTODPOffice Depot reports Q4 N. American retail division sales $1.54B
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06:51 EDTODPOffice Depot says 2015 operating priorities focus on synergies, efficiencies
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06:51 EDTODPOffice Depot reports Q4 adjusted EPS 7c, consensus 4c
Reports Q4 revenue $3.83B, consensus $3.91B
February 19, 2015
11:11 EDTCATCaterpillar retail trends remain negative, says Wells Fargo
After Caterpillar reported earlier that its retail sales of machine declined 14% in the three month period ending in January, Wells Fargo noted that the trend worsened from December's 12% drop and that all regions reported declines. The firm believes retail trends remain negative for Caterpillar shares, on which it keeps a Market Perform rating.
09:09 EDTCATCaterpillar reports retail machines sales down 14% in three months end January
Caterpillar reported in a filing that its total retail machines sales were down 14% on a three month rolling basis in January. For reference, retail sales of machines were down 12% in the period ending in December and were down 10% in the period ending in November. The company reported world Resources Industries sales down 27% in the January period, which was down fom the 22% drop in the December end period. Construction Industries world sales were down 10%, worse than the 9% drop in the December period. Total Energy & Transportation Retail Sales were up 22% in the January end period, which was the same growth rate as seen in the December period.
07:20 EDTCATCaterpillar facing multiple federal investigations, WSJ says
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