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April 16, 2014
12:16 EDTPOST, TSNPost likely to beat out Tyson for Michael Foods, WSJ says
Post Holdings (POST) has emerged as the likely purchaser of Michael Foods and a deal for as much much as $2.5B may be announced tomorrow, said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. Post's bid beat out competitors that included Tyson Foods (TSN), the report added. Post is up 3% following the report, while Tyson shares are up fractionally in early afternoon trading but off their earlier highs. Reference Link
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August 19, 2014
18:19 EDTTSNTyson, Hillshire announce extension of tender offer for shares of Hillshire
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August 14, 2014
06:22 EDTTSNEPA advancing criminal probe into chemical spill at Tyson plant, WSJ reports
The EPA is advancing its criminal probe into May's chemical spill at a Tyson Foods poultry-processing plant in Missouri, the Wall Street Journal reports. Two weeks ago, the EPA served a search warrant at the plant and is seeking documents and records fromt he company as it looks into the plant's discharge of waste from an animal feed supplement into the city's sewers. The chemical spill released high levels of ammonia into a creek and killed at least 100,000 fish. Reference Link
August 13, 2014
07:31 EDTTSNHillshire Brands reports Q4 adjusted EPS 33c, consensus 26c
Reports Q4 revenue $1.1B, consensus $994.1M. As previously announced, on July 1, Hillshire Brands entered into a definitive agreement with Tyson Foods (TSN) under which Tyson will acquire all outstanding shares of Hillshire Brands for $63 per share. On August 12, 2014, each of Tyson and Hillshire Brands received a request for additional information, each often referred to as a “second request,” from the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice in connection with the proposed acquisition. Each second request was issued pursuant to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended. The second requests relate only to a very small portion of the combined Tyson/Hillshire Brands business, and the parties are working expeditiously to resolve this matter with the Antitrust Division. Tyson and Hillshire Brands continue to expect that the transaction, which remains subject to customary closing conditions, will be completed by September 27.
August 12, 2014
18:31 EDTTSNTyson, Hillshire Brands announce extension of tender offer for Hillshire shares
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August 11, 2014
17:20 EDTTSNUltimate Software to replace Hillshire Brands in S&P 400 as of 8/14 close
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14:45 EDTPOSTPost Holdings management to meet with SunTrust
Meeting to be held in Boston on August 14 hosted by SunTrust.
09:10 EDTPOSTDean Foods says concerned about cereal category influence on fluid milk use
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August 8, 2014
16:28 EDTPOSTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks began the session in positive territory despite President Obama authorizing air strikes against the Islamic State militant group in northern Iraq in conjunction with a humanitarian effort. The early move higher stalled but the market then moved higher as reports confirmed that Russian military aircraft exercises near the Ukraine border had ended, as planned. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., productivity growth rose 2.5% in the second quarter, beating expectations for a rise of 1.6%. Second quarter unit labor costs, however, only increased 0.6%, which was below the 1% consensus forecast. Wholesale inventories increased 0.3% in June, and sales were up 0.2%, which were both below expectations. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of McDonald's (MCD) were fractionally higher despite the company reporting that its comparable store sales fell 2.5% in July, which was significantly worse than expected. The fast food giant stated that its U.S. comparable sales were down 3.2% in the month compared to the same month of last year and that comp sales in Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa dropped 7.3%. The APMEA region's comparable sales decline reflects the impact of food quality and safety issues at a supplier to McDonald's and other food companies in China which caused a "significant negative impact" to results in China, Japan and certain other markets, the company noted. As a result of the China supplier issue, the company's previously issued global comparable sales forecast for 2014 is now at risk, McDonald's added. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was chip maker NVIDIA (NVDA), which rose $1.54, or 8.82%, to $19.00 after the company’s second quarter profit and third quarter revenue outlook surpassed analysts’ consensus estimates. Also higher was small-cap Tekmira Pharmaceuticals (TKMR), which jumped $6.43, or 45.06%, to $20.70 after announcing that the FDA has verbally confirmed they have modified the full clinical hold placed on the TKM-Ebola Investigational New Drug Application to a partial clinical hold. Among the noteworthy losers was cereal maker Post Holdings (POST), which fell $7.08, or 15.91%, to $37.43 and was downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust after the company reported an adjusted net loss for its third quarter and agreed to acquire American Blanching Company for $128M. Also lower were shares of Ignite Restaurant (IRG), the owner of the Joe’s Crab Shack and Macaroni Grill brands, which fell $4.33, or 34.98%, to $8.05 after reporting second quarter results that missed analysts' expectations and having its shares downgraded at Raymond James and CL King. INDEXES: The Dow advanced 185.66, or 1.13%, to 16,553.93, the Nasdaq gained 35.93, or 0.83%, to 4,370.90, and the S&P 500 rose 22.02, or 1.15%, to 1,931.59.
10:03 EDTPOSTPost Holdings drops sharply, levels to watch
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10:00 EDTPOSTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:00 EDTTSNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Activision Blizzard (ATVI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... Allergan (AGN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink... Andersons (ANDE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Feltl... Arista Networks (ANET) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Barrick Gold (ABX) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Brinker (EAT) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... CF Industries (CF) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Feltl... CST Brands (CST) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Cimarex Energy (XEC) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group... Coca-Cola HBC (OCCH) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Delek US (DK) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... Fifth Street Finance (FSC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Guggenheim... Glimcher Realty Trust (GRT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Goodrich Petroleum (GDP) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Monster Beverage (MNST) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Longbow... NIC Inc. (EGOV) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington... NVIDIA (NVDA) upgraded at Needham... POZEN (POZN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Ascendiant... Power Solutions (PSIX) upgraded to Accumulate from Neutral at Global Hunter... Primoris (PRIM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... Sierra Bancorp (BSRR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Sonus Networks (SONS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington... Stone Energy (SGY) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Tornier (TRNX) upgraded at BMO Capital... Tyson Foods (TSN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... WGL Holdings (WGL) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Brean Capital.
09:28 EDTTSNTyson Foods upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T
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06:35 EDTPOSTPost Holdings downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust
August 7, 2014
18:41 EDTPOSTOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:11 EDTPOSTPost Holdings reports Q3 adjusted EPS (30c)
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17:11 EDTPOSTPost Holdings acquires American Blanching Company for $128M in cash
Post Holdings announced it has signed a stock purchase agreement to acquire American Blanching Company. American Blanching is a manufacturer of peanut butter for national brands, private label retail and industrial markets and provides peanut blanching, granulation and roasting services for the commercial peanut industry. On a full year basis, American Blanching is expected to contribute approximately $135M to net sales and approximately $14M-$16M of adjusted EBITDA. Terms of the agreement call for $128M to be paid, on a cash-free, debt-free basis, subject to working capital and other adjustments. The acquisition is expected to be funded from cash on hand. Post anticipates completing the acquisition in 1Q15.
15:33 EDTPOST Notable companies reporting after market close
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15:31 EDTPOSTNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include CBS (CBS), consensus 72c; Consolidated Edison (ED), consensus 54c; Monster Beverage (MNST), consensus 75c; News Corporation (NWSA), consensus 3c; NVIDIA (NVDA), consensus 20c; Computer Sciences (CSC), consensus 94c; CareFusion (CFN), consensus 72c;DeVry Education (DV), consensus 67c; Salix Pharmaceuticals (SLXP), consensus $1.72; Federal Realty (FRT), consensus $1.21; SolarCity (SCTY), consensus (99c); Medivation (MDVN), consensus 24c; Sprouts Farmers Market (SFM), consensus 18c; Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (ALNY), consensus (56c); Lions Gate (LGF), consensus 17c; Mercadolibre (MELI), consensus 56c; Post Holdings (POST), consensus 27c; Assured Guaranty (AGO), consensus 35c; Great Plains Energy (GXP), consensus 41c; Air Lease (AL), consensus 52c; Ubiquiti Networks (UBNT), consensus 51c; SemGroup (SEMG), consensus 35c.
11:34 EDTTSNRussia retaliates with restrictions on U.S. chicken imports, CNN says
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