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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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July 15, 2014
16:40 EDTLO, RAIOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:21 EDTLO, RAIOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday despite better than expected quarterly reports from two of the nation's largest financial institutions. Stock futures improved during the pre-market trading session, leading to a higher open for the broader market, following better than expected earnings reports from JP Morgan (JPM) and Goldman Sachs (GS). The earnings news also came alongside another huge M&A deal, as tobacco giants Reynolds American (RAI) and Lorillard (LO) confirmed plans to merge. However, the major averages weakened throughout the morning and fell into negative ground against the backdrop of Fed Chair Janet Yellen giving testimony on Capital Hill. In the Board of Governors' Monetary Policy Report, the central bank said valuation metrics in "some sectors" appear substantially stretched, "particularly those for smaller firms in the social media and biotechnology industries." ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales increased 0.2% in June compared to the month prior, making for the weakest reading since January and missing the consensus forecast for an increase of 0.6%. The Empire State manufacturing index climbed to a four-year high of 25.6 in July, beating expectations for a reading of 16.5. Import prices rose 0.1% in June, with export prices slipping 0.4%. Business inventories grew 0.5% in May, which was just below the 0.6% consensus growth expectation. In Europe, Germany's ZEW survey missed expectations, as both its Current Situation and Expectations reading were lower than forecast. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of JPMorgan advanced nearly 4% after the bank reported a profit of $1.46 a share, which included a legal expense of 13c a share, beating analysts' consensus forecast of $1.29. The earnings report comes after CEO Jamie Dimon recently disclosed that he has throat cancer. During the company's conference call, Dimon said he was "feeling great," that doctors had found no evidence of cancer anywhere except in the location where it had originally been detected, and that his prognosis for recovery is "excellent"... Also in the large-cap bank sector, Goldman Sachs' headline earnings and revenue similarly beat expectations. The firm, which said it ranks first in worldwide announced and completed mergers and acquisitions for the year-to-date, advanced about 1% following its report... Along with JPMorgan in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) reported quarterly sales and profits that beat expectations and the healthcare conglomerate raised its fiscal year EPS view to $5.85-$5.92 from $5.75-$5.85. However, its increased outlook range still fell short of the $5.90 per share consensus forecast that analysts had prior to its report... Reynolds American confirmed news that has been speculated for many weeks, announcing that it will acquire peer Lorillard in a cash-and-stock transaction currently valued at $68.88 per Lorillard share, or a total of $27.4B, including the assumption of net debt. Shares of both fell afterward, with Lorillard down 8% to trade near $61.75 at midday and Reynolds slipping 5%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was small-cap pharma biotechnology research company Codexis (CDXS), which surged nearly 50% after announcing a collaboration and license agreement with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). Among the noteworthy losers was Aaron's (AAN), which is engaged in the lease ownership and retail sale of a variety of consumer products. Its stock fell over 6% after the company lowered its second quarter outlook, citing lower than expected performance of its core business as the reason for the revision. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 33.45, or 0.2%, to 17,021.97, the Nasdaq was down 40.48, or 0.91%, to 4,399.94, and the S&P 500 was down 9.24, or 0.47%, to 1,967.86.
11:26 EDTLO, RAIReynolds American CEO says Newport brand enhances portfolio
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10:37 EDTLOOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:17 EDTLOLorillard falls after Reynolds American acquisition, levels to watch
The shares are down over 7.3% to $62.27 at time of writing. At that price next support is at $61.42, the low of the day. Resistance is at $63.11, the opening price of the day.
09:52 EDTRAIReynolds American falls after announcing Lorillard acquisition, levels to watch
The stock is down over 3.6% at time of writing to $60.89 following news of the deal to acquire Lorillard (LO). At current price next support is at $60.16. Resistance is at $61.56.
09:21 EDTRAI, LOOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:17 EDTLO, RAICowen tobacco/beverages analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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07:25 EDTRAI, LOReynolds American & Lorillard to host joint conference call
Conference call to discuss agreement to acquire Lorillard, Inc. will be held on July 15 at 8 am. Webcast Link
07:20 EDTRAI, LOImperial Tobacco to acquire U.S. cigarette brands owned by Lorillard for $7.1B
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07:15 EDTLO, RAIBritish American to invest $4.7B in Reynolds-Lorillard deal, suspend buyback
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07:12 EDTRAI, LOBritish American Tobacco to suspend GBP1.5B buyback program from July 30
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07:12 EDTLO, RAIBritish American Tobacco to invest $4.7B as part of Reynolds-Lorillard deal
07:11 EDTLO, RAIReynolds American to acquire Lorillard in transaction valued at $68.88 per share
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07:06 EDTLO, RAIReynolds American to acquire Lorillard in transaction valued at $27.4B
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July 14, 2014
10:00 EDTRAIOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:34 EDTSNXPC market stability could be short-lived, Reuters says
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08:24 EDTRAI, LOReynolds American upgraded at RBC Capital
As noted earlier, RBC Capital upgraded Reynolds American (RAI) to Outperform from Sector Perform. After Reynolds and Lorillard (LO) confirmed that they are in talks about an acquisition of Lorillard by Reynolds, RBC Capital expects a deal to take place soon and thinks Reynolds' stock could rally to $72 on a deal. Target to $72 from $52.
07:09 EDTRAI, LODecrease in lawsuits could help Reynolds, Lorillard merger, Reuters says
Analysts who follow the smoking industry are saying that the leveling-off of smoking-related lawsuits against U.S. tobacco companies could making it more likely that a merger between Reynolds American (RAI) and Lorillard (LO) will transpire, reported Reuters. Reference Link
06:16 EDTRAIReynolds American upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
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