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July 3, 2014
13:32 EDTSNX, NQ, LO, PETM, RAI, PCAROn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Major stock indexes hit record highs for a third day in a row to close out the holiday shortened week, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average managing to rise above 17,000 for the first time. Like the Dow, the S&P 500 opened at a new all-time high and managed to close at one as well following the better than expected non-farm payrolls data. The volume was light, as was to be expected with investors preparing to head out for the Independence Day weekend. ECONOMIC EVENTS: The U.S. economy added 288,000 jobs in June, easily topping economists' expectations of 215,000. The unemployment rate fell to 6.1% from last month’s 6.3% level. The weekly jobless claims data showed initial claims were 315K, versus the expected 313K. The trade balance report showed a deficit of $44.4B, which was below the consensus forecast for a deficit of $45B. Markit's services PMI rose to 61.0 in June from May's 58.1 reading, though it was revised down from the June flash reading of 61.2. ISM services index dipped to 56.0 in June from 56.3 in May, though that matched expectations. In Europe, the ECB kept the interest rates on its main refinancing operations, the marginal lending facility and the deposit facility unchanged. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of PetSmart (PETM) surged $7.48, or 12.5%, to $67.28 after activist investor Jana Partners disclosed that it has acquired a 9.9% stake in the company and intends to have talks with its board of directors and management regarding a review of strategic alternatives, including exploring a sale. Afterward, research firm Oppenheimer said it views a sale of the company as unlikely in the near-term, adding that it does not expect a "quick fix" for PetSmart. Oppenheimer maintained its Perform rating on the stock. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was PACCAR (PCAR), which rose $3.47, or 5.44%, to $67.25 after research reports said Daimler's (DDAIY) truck chief claimed to have been told that Volkswagen (VLKAY) wants to take over the truck maker, even though a spokesman for Volkswagen told Dow Jones that there is "no truth" to the reports that it is planning an acquisition bid. Also higher was Lorillard (LO), which advanced $3.26, or 5.33%, to $64.41 after CNBC's David Faber reported, citing sources, that Reynolds (RAI) is on track to acquire Lorillard "within weeks." Shares of Reynolds also gained $1.40, or 2.33%, to $61.56 following Faber's report and similar headlines from Bloomberg. Among the noteworthy losers was China's NQ Mobile (NQ), which plunged $2.18, or 32.25%, to $4.58 after the company reported that the chair of its audit committee is stepping down and that its independent auditors, PricewaterhouseCoopers, communicated to the company that it would need to perform additional procedures and expand the scope of its audit work. Also lower were shares of SYNNEX (SNX), which fell $3.56, or 4.82%, to $70.37 following the company's Q2 earnings report. Citi attributed the post-earnings sell-off to the company's conservative outlook and the firm said SYNNEX remains its top small cap pick. INDEXES: The Dow rose 92.02, or 0.54%, to 17,068.26, the Nasdaq gained 28.19, or 0.63%, to 4,485.92, and the S&P 500 advanced 10.82, or 0.55%, to 1,985.44.
News For PETM;NQ;PCAR;LO;SNX;RAI From The Last 14 Days
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April 17, 2015
13:23 EDTLOLorillard reports Q1 adjusted EPS 82c, consensus 77c
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12:23 EDTLOLorillard reports total retail market share of cigarettes for Q1 at 15.5%
Total Lorillard retail market share of cigarettes for the first quarter was a record 15.5%, increasing 0.3 share point compared to the corresponding period of 2014.
12:20 EDTRAI, LOLorillard to pay $1.133B in April under State Settlement Agreements
In April, the company paid, or will pay, $1.133B under the State Settlement Agreements, primarily based on 2014 volume. Included in the payment is $93M deposited in an interest-bearing escrow account in accordance with procedures established in the MSA pending resolution of a claim by the company and the other Original Participating Manufacturers that they are entitled to reduce their MSA payments based on a loss of market share to non-participating manufacturers. The previously-announced combination with Reynolds American (RAI) remains subject to regulatory approval and the additional customary closing conditions contained in the merger agreement. Although no assurance can be given if and when the transaction will be completed because it remains subject to regulatory approval and additional customary closing conditions, the transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2015.
10:43 EDTLOOptions with increasing implied volatility: PNK FOSL ARCP LO
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09:14 EDTRAIOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:13 EDTLO, RAIReynolds American confident Lorillard, Imperial deals will close by mid-2015
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07:10 EDTRAIReynolds American backs FY15 adjusted EPS view $3.65-$3.80, consensus $3.79
Guidance excludes any impact from the proposed transactions.
07:09 EDTRAIReynolds American reports Q1 adjusted EPS 86c, consensus 80c
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06:36 EDTRAI, LOTeenagers' use of e-cigarettes tripled last year, NY Times says
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April 16, 2015
15:23 EDTRAINotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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April 15, 2015
08:01 EDTLO, RAIU.S. traditional cigarette Q1 outlook strong, says Wells Fargo
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April 14, 2015
12:36 EDTRAI, LOTobacco companies file suit against FDA over labeling guidance, Reuters says
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12:19 EDTLO, RAITobacco companies file suit against FDA over labeling guidance, Reuters says
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April 10, 2015
10:22 EDTLOOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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April 9, 2015
09:18 EDTPETMBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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April 8, 2015
11:17 EDTNQNQ Mobile jumps 7.5% to $4.00
April 6, 2015
07:30 EDTPCARJPMorgan still sees elevated truck production in 2015
JPMorgan notes Class 8 truck orders for March dropped 9% year-over-year to 25,100 units, a number that impacts Navistar (NAV), PACCAR (PCAR), Cummins (CMI), Allison Transmission (ALSN) and Eaton (ETN). The firm said Thursday that despite the weaker orders for March, investors should continue to have confidence that production will remain elevated in 2015.

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