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July 14, 2014
10:00 EDTSHPG, INFY, CWH, FDO, IDIX, FASTOptions with decreasing implied volatility: SHPG INFY CWH FDO IDIX FAST
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August 18, 2014
06:24 EDTFDOOptions expected to be active
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06:13 EDTFDODollar General makes proposal to acquire Family Dollar for $78.50 per share
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06:10 EDTFDODollar General makes proposal to acquire Family Dollar for $78.50 per share
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06:03 EDTFDODollar General makes $78.50/share offer for Family Dollar, CNBC reports
Dollar General (DG) will announce today a $78.50 per share in cash offer to acquire Family Dollar (FDO), CNBC's Andrew Ross Sorkin reports. Dollar Tree (DLTR) is seeking to buy Family Dollar for $74.50 per share.
06:00 EDTFDODollar General offers to buy Family Dollar for $78.50/share, CNBC reports
August 14, 2014
17:16 EDTSHPG, FDOPaulson & Co gives quarterly update on stakes
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10:05 EDTINFYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Adidas (ADDYY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Fabrinet (FN) downgraded at B. Riley... Freeport McMoRan (FCX) downgraded at Stifel... Infosys (INFY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... InterMune (ITMN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Jones Energy (JONE) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... LVMH Moet Hennessy (LVMUY) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Madison Square Garden (MSG) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Topeka... Qualys (QLYS) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... SeaWorld (SEAS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Theravance Biopharma (TBPH) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at RW Baird... URS Corporation (URS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee... ViaSat (VSAT) downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer... Wynn Resorts (WYNN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Gabelli.
07:41 EDTINFYInfosys downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
Jefferies downgraded Infosys last night to Hold citing valuation and a lack of near-term catalysts for revenue growth. The firm lowered its price target for shares to $59 from $60.
August 13, 2014
16:05 EDTINFYInfosys downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
August 12, 2014
11:24 EDTSHPGOptions with increasing implied volatility
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07:36 EDTFDODollar Tree filing shows Family Dollar talks underway before Icahn involvement
A regulatory filing explaining the history of the merger agreement between Dollar Tree (DLTR) and Family Dollar (FDO) showed that, on February 24, a representative of Dollar Tree's financial advisor, JPMorgan, made a telephone call to a representative of Morgan Stanley to express Dollar Tree's interest in discussing a potential business combination transaction with Family Dollar. The filing also states that on June 6 Carl Icahn and certain of his affiliates filed a Schedule 13D disclosing that together they beneficially owned approximately 9.39% of the then-outstanding shares of Family Dollar common stock and that they wished to discuss with Family Dollar its business and strategies to enhance stockholder value. That day, Icahn telephoned Howard Levine, Chairman and CEO of Family Dollar, to discuss the Schedule 13D filing and to express an interest in additional communications with Family Dollar's management regarding the company's current operations and future plans, including potential strategic opportunities and potential business combination transactions. Levine asked Icahn whether he would be willing to sign a non-disclosure agreement and Icahn declined, the filing stated. Additionally on June 6, a member of the board of directors of "Company A" emailed Levine to suggest that they speak. On June 7, Levine and the member of the board of directors of Company A had a telephone conversation, during which the representative of Company A "indicated that Company A would be reluctant to participate in the negotiation of a transaction with Family Dollar if Mr. Icahn were to have a role in or control over the process," the filing states, without identifying Company A. Many, including the Wall Street Journal, have surmised that "Company A" in the filing may refer to Dollar General (DG).
August 8, 2014
10:36 EDTFDO, SHPGOptions with increasing implied volatility
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August 7, 2014
10:51 EDTFDO, SHPGOptions with increasing implied volatility
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August 6, 2014
12:59 EDTSHPGCovidien drops as Treasury explores ways to stymie inversions
Shares of medical device and drug maker Covidien (COV) are falling after multiple media outlets reported that the Treasury Department is looking into ways of curtailing tax inversion deals. Covidien has agreed to be acquired by Medtronic (MDT) in a tax inversion deal. BACKGROUND: Tax inversions refer to an acquisition of one company, usually officially based in a country in Europe or elsewhere, by a U.S. company, following which the acquiring company becomes domiciled in the same country as the company that it bought. The switch has the potential to significantly lower the acquiring company's tax rate. WHAT'S NEW: The Treasury Department is looking at options that would enable the Obama administration to curtail inversion deals without authorization from Congress, multiple media outlets reported last night and today. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, Wells Fargo analyst Larry Biegelsen wrote that he believes that Medtronic would buy Covidien even if the transaction cannot be done as an inversion. At a conference in June, Medtronic CFO Gary Ellis said that his company would "do the deal whether it's an inversion or not inversion," Biegelsen stated. If no inversion is possible, Medtronic would respond by using less of its stock and more debt to fund the transaction, the analyst believes. Such a change would actually cause Medtronic's cash earnings per share to be higher in the first and second year after the deal than under the current structure, the analyst indicated. He kept an Outperform rating on Medtronic. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Covidien dropped 2% to $84.50 and Medtronic fell 1% to $61.50. Meanwhile, drug maker Shire (SHPG), which has agreed to merge with its peer AbbVie (ABBV) in a tax inversion deal, is falling 4% to $236.
10:45 EDTINFYHigh option volume stocks:
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09:51 EDTFDODollar General bid for Family Dollar a low probability, says FBR Capital
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09:19 EDTSHPGShire, AstraZeneca, Smith & Nephew slump amid inversion fears, FT says
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09:13 EDTSHPGOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Fox class A shares (FOXA), up 5.9% after withdrawing proposal to acquire Time Warner (TWX), announcing $6B share repurchase program, reporting quarterly results... MannKind (MNKD), up 1.6% after entering a supply agreement with Amphastar Pharmaceuticals (AMPH)... Criteo (CRTO), up 11.5% after upgraded at Goldman following its better than expected Q2 earnings report. LOWER: Time Warner (TWX), down 13% after earnings, maintaining guidance, bid dropped by Fox... Sprint (S), down 16.5% after naming Marcelo Claure as president and CEO, reportedly dropping pursuit of T-Mobile (TMUS). T-Mobile shares also down 8.5%... Groupon (GRPN), down 18%, downgraded at Wunderlich after the company reported lower than expected Q3 results... Walgreen (WAG), down 15.7% after exercises option to acquire remaining 55% of Alliance Boots, says it will not pursue inversion as part of deal... Shire (SHPG), down 6% after Walgreen announced it would stay located in Chicago and Bloomberg last night reported that the Treasury Department is exploring ways to bypass Congress in an attempt to curb corporate inversions... Cytori Therapeutics (CYTX), down 33% after announcing that it has placed enrollment in the ATHENA and ATHENA II trials on clinical hold. UP AFTER EARNINGS: Enphase Energy (ENPH), up 20%... AOL (AOL), up 5%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Nu Skin (NUS), down 8.5%... Rocket Fuel (FUEL), down 27%... Cognizant (CTSH), down 13%... First Solar (FSLR), down 2.5%... Globus Medical (GMED), down 17%.
08:40 EDTSHPGShire drops 5% with tax inversions in focus
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06:19 EDTFASTCFA Society of Minnesota to hold a conference
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