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July 2, 2014
09:16 EDTSFLY, COCO, GLPI, STZ, KR, GBX, ISLE, TRN, VITC, RAX, VEOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Vitacost.com (VITC), up 27% after agreeing to be acquired by Kroger (KR) for $8.00 per share cash. Shares of Kroger are up/down xx% after confirming the news, which had been reported by The Wall Street Journal... Shutterfly (SFLY), up 14% after Bloomberg reported that the company has hired investment bank Qatalyst Partners to find a potential buyer... Rackspace (RAX), up 7% after TechCrunch reported that the company has been negotiating with a private equity firm to borrow capital for a deal that would take the company private... Isle of Capri (ISLE), up 13.7% after Deutsche Bank believes Gaming and Leisure Properties (GLPI) could pay $15.80 per share to acquire the casino company. Note that Reuters reported Monday that both companies have renewed merger talks... CASI Pharmaceuticals (CASI), up 7.7% after its hepatocellular carcinoma treatment was granted orphan drug status by the FDA... Greenbrier (GBX), up 8% after its earnings beat expectations and it boosted its full-year view. Shares of its peers Trinity Industries (TRN) are 3.4% higher as well... Constellation Brands (STZ), up 5.8% after being quarterly expectations and raising its FY15 comparable EPS view. LOWER: CalAmp (CAMP), down 13% after reporting quarterly results and second quarter guidance below analyst estimates... Corinthian Colleges (COCO), down 3.7% after saying it has not yet reached an agreement with the Department of Education, but adding that the parties continue to negotiate... Veolia Environment (VE), down 3% after the stock was downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley.
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September 11, 2014
10:01 EDTKRKroger sees long-term EPS growth 8%-11%
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10:00 EDTVEOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:37 EDTKRActive equity options trading on open
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08:32 EDTKRKroger raises FY14 adjusted EPS to $3.22-$3.28 from $3.19-$3.27, consensus $3.28
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08:31 EDTKRKroger recorded $26M LIFO charge in Q2 compared to $14M a year ago
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08:31 EDTKRKroger reports Q2 EPS 70c, consensus 69c
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06:50 EDTVEVeolia Environment downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital
September 10, 2014
15:50 EDTKRNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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11:23 EDTRAXOptions with increasing implied volatility
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September 9, 2014
12:08 EDTRAXOptions with increasing implied volatility
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08:27 EDTRAXCenturyLink could buy Rackspace for under $50/share, says Citigroup
Citigroup believes CenturyLink (CTL) could "financially digest" a potential acquisition of Rackspace (RAX) under $50 per share, using up to 50% in cash. Citi says that based on its initial basis, it would take a neutral view for a possible buyout under $40 per share, while adding that CenturyLink could trade lower if it were to pay more than $50 for Rackspace. Citi has a Neutral rating on CenturyLink with a $40 price target.
07:52 EDTRAXCenturyLink could be interested in Rackspace at right price, says UBS
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September 8, 2014
16:18 EDTRAXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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11:24 EDTRAXRackspace trades higher following report CenturyLink in talks to buy company
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10:58 EDTRAXCenturyLink would need to issue stock, raise debt to buy Rackspace, Re/code says
Following a Bloomberg report that said CenturyLink (CTL) is interested in buying Raxspace (RAX), Re/code's Arik Hesseldahl noted that CenturyLink has "practically no cash" and would have to issue stock and likely take on "significant debt" to make such an acquisition, though the author also noted that CenturyLink has a history of structuring such deals. However, Hesseldahl believes Rackspace remaining independent is still the "more likely scenario" than the company being bought. Reference Link
10:24 EDTRAXRackspace moves to resistance test on takeover speculation report
Bloomberg yesterday said in a report that sources indicated CenturyLink (CTL) was looking to acquire Rackspace Hosting (RAX). At the current price of $39.21, the stock is just under the $40 level which has been overhead resistance in the trading range in place since late last year. Support is at $38.28. A breakout above $40 would be bullish for future price.
09:12 EDTRAXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:58 EDTRAXRackspace risk/reward remains compelling, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo says that even with some takeout speculation being priced into Rackspace (RAX)shares today following reports that CenturyLink (CTL) is in talks to buy the company, the risk/reward on the stock remains compelling. Wells believes Rackspace either gets acquired at a premium or stays independent and announces a share buyback of $900M. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on the name.
08:36 EDTRAXRackspace Hosting volatility expected to move on acquisition report
Rackspace Hosting (RAX) volatility is expected to move on CenturyLink (CTL) looking to acquire says Bloomberg, citing sources. Overall option implied of 37 is below its 26-week average of 46 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price movement.
September 7, 2014
16:22 EDTRAXCenturyLink said to seek Rackspace acquisition, Bloomberg says
Louisiana-based landline phone service provider CenturyLink (CTL), is looking to acquire cloud computing company Rackspace Hosting (RAX), says Bloomberg, citing sources. Sources say a deal may not be reached for Rackspace Hosting, which currently has a stock market valuation of $5.33B, added Bloomberg. Reference Link
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