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July 3, 2014
13:32 EDTPETM, NQ, PCAR, LO, SNX, RAIOn 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.
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August 19, 2014
18:01 EDTPETMPetSmart backs FY14 EPS $4.29-$4.39, consensus $4.32
The company sees FY14 net sales growth in the low single digits, FY14 SSS relatively flat, and FY14 operating cash flow $600M-$625M. This guidance does not include the impact of the Pet360 acquisition or the benefits or costs associated with the cost improvement initiatives.
17:58 EDTPETMPetSmart sees Q3 EPS 93c-97c, consensus 94c
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17:57 EDTPETMPetSmart reports Q2 EPS 98c, consensus 94c
Reports Q2 revenue $1.73B, consensus $1.73B. Total Q2 sales up 1.4%.
17:55 EDTPETMPetSmart to explore strategic alternatives, including potential sale
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15:39 EDTPETMPetSmart to explore alternatives, including potential sale, Reuters reports
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15:27 EDTPETMPetSmart spikes on potential review of alternatives, including sale
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15:25 EDTPETMPetSmart may announce intention to review alternatives, Reuters says
May include sale, Reuters added.
15:16 EDTPETMNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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August 18, 2014
11:30 EDTPETMJANA says anonymous package shows PetSmart missing targets
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10:46 EDTPETMJANA discloses receipt of anonymous PetSmart presentation
JANA Partners disclosed that on August 14, it received in the mail an anonymous, unsolicited package containing a presentation prepared by PetSmart, setting forth certain business plans relating to improving third and fourth quarter results and a cover letter noting that the company "has missed internal projections and criticizing the Issuer’s actions including those described in the Presentation as not being in the long-term best interests of shareholders." JANA believes that in the interest of full disclosure such materials should be shared with all shareholders. However, given that certain portions of such materials may be deemed to be competitively sensitive, on August 18, it sent a copy of such materials to PetSmart, together with a letter asking the company to "promptly release such materials after redacting any such competitively sensitive information." JANA says it does not have any knowledge regarding who may have sent this material, and has not independently verified the authenticity of any statements made therein.
09:10 EDTNQNQ Mobile announced it was named finalist at CTIA E-Tech Awards
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August 15, 2014
09:37 EDTNQNQ lost CFO, audit chair, auditor within weeks, Muddy Waters says
Short-selling research firm Muddy Waters tweeted, "Within mere weeks, $NQ has lost its CFO, audit chair, and Big4 auditor. Sad comedy to watch $NQ continue denying it's a fraud." Shares of NQ are down 11% to $5.70 after the company disclosed the resignation of its CFO.
09:10 EDTNQOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:20 EDTNQNQ Mobile volatility expected to move on CFO KB Teo to resignation
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07:11 EDTNQNQ Mobile CFO KB Teo to resign for family reasons effective August 22
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August 14, 2014
12:58 EDTPETMJANA Partners gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Apache (APA), FMC Corp (FMC), Civeo (CVEO), PetSmart (PETM), and Charter Communications (CHTR). INCREASED STAKES: Actavis (ACT), AIG (AIG), Mallinckrodt (MNK), HD Supply (HDS), and American Capital (ACAS). DECREASED STAKES: Liberty (LVNTA), Oil States International (OIS), eBay (EBAY), Liberty Media (LMCA), and Liberty Interactive (LINTA). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Sirius XM (SIRI), Juniper (JNPR), Golar LNG (GLNG), Outerwall (OUTR), and Teva (TEVA).
August 13, 2014
16:00 EDTNQOptions Update; August 13, 2014
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August 12, 2014
15:31 EDTPETMPetSmart holder JANA again accuses board of avoiding 'genuine' strategic review
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13:27 EDTNQNQ Mobile move positive attributed to iTunes link
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August 11, 2014
07:05 EDTPETMDeutsche Bank discusses LBO chatter in Retail space
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