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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 monthís 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 11, 2014
08:01 EDTRAI, LOLorillard volatility expected to move on Reynolds American confirms discussions
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07:47 EDTPETMPetSmart unlikely to be acquired, says Oppenheimer
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07:02 EDTLO, RAIReynolds American confirms discussions about business combination
Reynolds American (RAI) confirms that it is in discussions with Lorillard (LO) regarding a possible acquisition of Lorillard. The discussions are consistent with RAI's strategy of considering a variety of options to enhance shareholder value. British American Tobacco, RAI's largest shareholder, is participating in these discussions. If the transaction proceeds, BAT expects to support the transaction by subscribing for additional shares in RAI and would maintain its existing 42% equity position in RAI. Imperial is also involved in these negotiations as a possible purchaser of brands and other assets from Lorillard and RAI. There is no assurance that any agreement will be reached by any of the parties. Unless circumstances dictate otherwise, RAI does not intend to comment further on these matters.
07:01 EDTLO, RAILorillard confirms talks regarding potential acquisition by Reynolds American
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06:04 EDTLO, RAIImperial confirms talks with Reynolds, Lorillard over asset acquisition
Imperial Tobacco (ITYBY) notes the recent speculation relating to a potential transaction involving Reynolds American (RAI) and Lorillard (LO). Imperial confirmed it is in discussions with Reynolds and Lorillard to evaluate a possible acquisition of certain assets and brands owned by Reynolds and Lorillard. Earlier today, Financial Times reported that Reynolds and Lorillard are close to a merger agreement.
05:54 EDTRAI, LOReynolds American, Lorillard close to merger agreement, FT reports
According to the Financial Times, Reynolds American (RAI) and Lorillard (LO) are close to agreeing on a merger. The companies, which would have a combined market capitalization of $56B, have agreed with British American Tobacco (BTI), which holds a 42% stake in Reynolds, on key elements of the deal, including price. The companies are currently finalizing details on which production facilities and cigarette brands would be disposed of to ease antitrust concerns. Reference Link
July 10, 2014
17:52 EDTRAIReynolds American initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen
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17:51 EDTRAI, LOLorillard initiated with an Underperform at Cowen
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12:14 EDTLOLorillard jumps 2%, or $1.34, to $64.35
11:09 EDTLOOptions with increasing implied volatility
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06:07 EDTLOLorillard implied volatility of 40 at upper end of index mean range
06:02 EDTPETMStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; PETM BBBY
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July 9, 2014
13:06 EDTPETMPetSmart downgraded to Hold from Buy at Standpoint Research
12:42 EDTLO, RAILorillard, Reynolds deal still most likely outcome, says Wells Fargo
After it was reported that British American Tobacco (BTI) is potentially in talks to acquire the 58% of Reynolds American (RAI) that it doesn't own, Wells Fargo says it still believes a combination between Reynolds and Lorillard (LO) remains the most likely outcome. The firm thinks Susan Cameron was not brought back to run Reynolds to help facilitate a sale transaction to BAT. Wells recommends buying shares of Lorillard on any pullback should a deal between BAT and Reynolds be announced, as it thinks that ultimately a transaction to buy Lorillard would likely follow.
12:30 EDTRAIOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were moderately higher at midday, helped in part by better than expected earnings from Alcoa (AA), solid monthly numbers from the airlines sector, and a bounce from the two day losing streak that had seen the S&P lose 1% and the Nasdaq pullback by more than 2%. The market has been unable to gather any upside momentum and has moved in a narrow range throughout the morning, as investors await the release of the Fedís FOMC minutes. ECONOMIC EVENTS: The minutes from the Federal Open Market Committee meeting held June 17-18 are scheduled to be released at 2:00 pm ET. In China, the producer-price index declined 1.1% from a year earlier, compared with a consensus forecast for a 1% drop. China's consumer-price index rose 2.3%, below projections for a 2.4% gain. COMPANY NEWS: Alcoa swung to a second-quarter profit of 18c a share on an adjusted basis, beating the consensus estimate of 7c a share, as its revenue also topped expectations. The aluminum producer, whose report is widely considered to mark the start of an earnings season, said its transformation is in "high gear" and that its cost position continues to improve. The stock rose 5% near midday following its report. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was AeroVironment (AVAV), which develops a portfolio of products and services for unmanned aircraft and efficient energy systems. The stock rallied 14% after the company reported better than expected fourth quarter results. Also higher was Reynolds American (RAI), which rose more than 2.5% after the U.K.'s Daily Mail reported that British American Tobacco (BTI), which currently holds a 42% stake in Reynolds, is speculated to be "on the verge" of buying out the remainder of its U.S. peer that it does not already own. Among the noteworthy losers was IT infrastructure technology provider Gigamon (GIMO), which was downgraded by at least five firms and plunged 32% after the company lowered its Q2 revenue guidance, citing challenges closing deals. Also lower following its earnings reports was specialty storage and organizational product retailer The Container Store (TCS), which fell 10%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 36.86, or 0.22%, to 16,943.48, the Nasdaq was up 18.93, or 0.43%, to 4,410.39, and the S&P 500 was up 4.59, or 0.23%, to 1,968.30.
12:15 EDTPETMPetSmart merger with Petco would make sense, DealBook says
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11:25 EDTRAI, LOReynolds rises as BAT said to contemplate total takeover
Shares of cigarette manufacturer Reynolds American (RAI) are higher this morning following a report that British American Tobacco (BTI) is close to a deal to buy the stake in Reynolds it does not already own. WHAT'S NEW: The Daily Mail reported that British American Tobacco, which currently holds a 42% stake in Reynolds, is speculated to be "on the verge" of buying out the 58% of its U.S. peer that it does not already own. WHAT'S NOTABLE: A deal for Reynolds, whose brands include Kill, Camel, Winston and Salem, by British American Tobacco would stop any plans Reynolds might already have to buy Lorillard (LO), which makes Newport menthol cigarettes and electronic cigarettes. CNBC's David Faber said on July 3 that Reynolds was on track to buy Lorillard "within weeks," and added that Imperial Tobacco (ITYBY) would likely buy some of the divested assets as a result of the transaction. Faber noted at the time that British American Tobacco was likely to build a position in Reynolds. ANALYST REACTION: According to the Daily Mail, Citigroup has said it would be "advantageous" for British American Tobacco to acquire all of Reynolds, as its earnings per share would be boosted by 10%-13% and give it access to "one of the best" global e-cigarette platforms. The firm believes a total acquisition would allow British American Tobacco "total freedom" to deploy Reynolds' intellectual property on e-cigarettes. PRICE ACTION: Reynolds American shares are up $1.62, or 2.64%, to $62.93 in mid-morning trading. Meanwhile, British American Tobacco shares trading in New York are down 46c to $121.51 and Lorillard is up 40c to $63.33.
09:13 EDTRAI, LOOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:39 EDTNQNQ Mobile responds to Muddy Waters report from July 7
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07:26 EDTRAI, LOBritish American rumored 'on verge' of deal to buy out Reynolds, Daily Mail says
British American Tobacco (BTI) is speculated to be "on the verge of a mega deal" to buy the 58% cigarette peer Reynolds American (RAI) that it does not already own, according to the Daily Mail. By doing so, it would stop any plans Reynolds might have to buy another company in the industry, Lorillard (LO), according to the report. Reference Link
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