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January 9, 2014
05:47 EDTRAI, K, FE, UPS, HON, VZ, TMark-to-market pension accounting may benefit some firms' earnings, WSJ says
Rising rates and a strong year for stocks could raise earnings at some large companies that have made an arcane but significant change to the way their pension plans are valued, reports the Wall Street Journal. Some 30 companies could show stronger results than some expect when they report Q4 earnings in coming weeks. In the past few years they've switched to "mark-to-market" pension accounting to make it easier for investors to gauge plan performance.Reference Link
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July 11, 2014
16:46 EDTVZ, RAIStocks end week lower on European, Fed concerns
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16:22 EDTRAIOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher today, but were still lower for the week, as concerns in Europe have come back to the forefront of investors' minds. Today's modest bounce was not enough to make up for the declines seen in three of the other four sessions earlier in the week. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the June federal budget statement showed a surplus of $70.5B for the month, compared to analysts' forecast for a $79B surplus. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Wells Fargo (WFC) slipped 32c, or 0.62%, to $51.49 after the largest mortgage lender in the U.S. posted earnings of $1.01 a share that matched analysts' consensus forecast. Wells did note that its credit performance continued to improve in Q2 and CEO John Stumpf said he is "optimistic about the future" for the bank... Lorillard (LO) advanced $2.92, or 4.63%, to $66.01, while Reynolds American fell 51c, or 0.82%, to $61.75, after the two cigarette makers confirmed that they are holding talks about a possible merger, as has been speculated by various media reports in recent weeks... In another update to an ongoing M&A story, Japan's Nikkei reported that Sprint's (S) corporate parent, Softbank (SFTBF), has reached an agreement to acquire T-Mobile (TMUS) from Deutsche Telecom (DTEGY), clearing the way for the long-speculated merger between the third and fourth largest wireless carriers in the U.S. Following the new story, Sprint shares finished the day up 30c, or 3.64%, to $8.55, while T-Mobile rose 62c, or 1.89%, to $33.50. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Ruckus Wireless (RKUS), which advanced 87c, or 7.9%, to $11.88 after the FCC announced that it would allocate new funds to subsidize the launch of WiFi networks in schools and libraries. Also higher was Amazon.com (AMZN), which climbed $18.28, or 5.57%, to $346.20 after consulting firm ChannelAdvisor (ECOM) reported that the company's same-store sales growth had accelerated significantly in June compared with May. Among the noteworthy losers was Rent-A-Center (RCII), which dropped $3.18, or 10.94%, to $25.88 after the company warned that its revenue and earnings for Q2 will not meet expectations. Also lower were shares of industrial and construction supply retailer Fastenal (FAST), which fell $2.00, or 4.16%, to $46.15 after its Q2 revenue missed analysts' consensus view and the company reported plans to close 45 stores. INDEXES: The Dow was up 28.74, or 0.17%, to 16,943.81, the Nasdaq was up 19.29, or 0.44%, to 4,415.49, and the S&P 500 was up 2.83, or 0.14%, to 1,967.51.
12:36 EDTRAIOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:08 EDTRAILorillard jumps after confirming buyout talks with Reynolds
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10:00 EDTRAIOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Altria Group (MO) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Berkshire Hills Bancorp (BHLB) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... CGI Group (GIB) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Halozyme (HALO) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Lorillard (LO) initiated with an Underperform at Cowen... MacroGenics (MGNX) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Philip Morris (PM) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Prothena (PRTA) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Reynolds American (RAI) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Seventy Seven Energy (SSE) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... SouFun (SFUN) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) initiated with a Neutral at Longbow... Sterling Bancorp (STL) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Xencor (XNCR) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... YPF (YPF) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... iGATE (IGTE) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair.
09:09 EDTRAIOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:02 EDTRAILorillard acquisition by Reynolds may be announced soon, says Wells Fargo
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08:01 EDTRAILorillard volatility expected to move on Reynolds American confirms discussions
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07:21 EDTVZVerizon Q2 postpaid net adds better than expected, says JPMorgan
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07:02 EDTRAIReynolds 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 EDTRAILorillard confirms talks regarding potential acquisition by Reynolds American
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06:04 EDTRAIImperial 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 EDTRAIReynolds 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 EDTRAILorillard initiated with an Underperform at Cowen
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16:25 EDTVZOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session deep in negative territory, as fears about the health of one of Portugalís largest banks, coupled with weak economic data out of Italy, prompted a sell-off in Europe, which spilled over to the U.S. The major averages moved generally higher after the open, though the early losses proved too much to overcome. The reignited fears about Europe's periphery come just as the U.S. corporate earnings season is set to pick up in earnest next week. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims dropped 11K to 304K in the week ended July 5. Wholesale inventories rose 0.5% in May, while sales edged up 0.7%, which were both a little below expectations. In Europe, concerns about the periphery rose again as the parent company of Portugal's Espirito Santo bank missed a debt payment, leading the country's interest rates higher and equities in the Eurozone lower. Also, Italy's industrial output saw its steepest monthly fall since late 2012, having dropped 1.2% in May. In China, trade performance improved in June but still missed market forecasts. Exports rose 7.2% in June from a year earlier, missing the consensus forecast for a rise of 10.6%, while imports grew 5.5% in the month, versus the 5.8% growth expectation. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Verizon (VZ) advanced 74c, or 1.51%, to $49.64 to lead the handful of gainers on the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The rise came after Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam said in an interview on CNBC that his company added over 1.4M postpaid subscribers in Q2, with "record" tablet growth and "very strong" smartphone growth. Afterward, Wells Fargo said in a note to investors that the net adds were higher than the firm's recently increased estimate and above Street consensus... Conversely, Home Depot (HD) was the Dow's worst performer, falling $1.33, or 1.65%, to $79.40. After hardwood floors retailer Lumber Liquidators (LL) and farm products retailer Tractor Supply (TSCO) pre-announced weaker than expected Q2 results, Deutsche Bank analyst Mike Baker reduced his estimates for Home Depot and peer Lowe's (LOW), explaining that the comparative sales of those two large home improvement retailers have historically had a positive correlation with those of Tractor Supply and Lumber Liquidators. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was AmREIT (AMRE), which rose $3.25, or 16.93%, to $22.45 after Regency Centers (REG) offered to acquire the company for $22 per share, payable in cash and/or stock. Also higher was Cray (CRAY), which rallied $4.27, or 15.69%, to $31.49 after the company announced it has been awarded a $174M supercomputer deal from the National Nuclear Security Administration. Among the noteworthy losers was sandwich maker Potbelly (PBPB), which plunged $3.68, or 25.12%, to $10.97 after the company's second quarter and fiscal 2014 outlook fell significantly short of analysts' consensus estimates. Also lower was Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), which sunk $3.35, or 12.94%, to $22.54 after the company announced data through week 144 from its eteplirsen study in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. INDEXES: The Dow dropped 70.54, or 0.42%, to 16,915.07, the Nasdaq fell 22.83, or 0.52%, to 4,396.20, and the S&P 500 declined 8.15, or 0.41%, to 1,964.68.
15:11 EDTVZVerizon Q2 postpay net adds beat expectations, says Wells Fargo
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13:44 EDTVZVerizon CEO says added over 1.4M postpaid subscribers in Q2
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13:40 EDTVZVerizon CEO calls Q2 'strong,' says not interested in satellite company
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13:16 EDTVZVerizon CEO says not interested in buying satellite company
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