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March 7, 2014
12:18 EDTHAWK, SWY, KR, BIG, FL, COO, ALOG, PRGSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday despite a surprisingly better than expected report on job growth in February. Most market watchers were gearing up for a miss due to weather related issues and when the number came out ahead of forecasts the buyers stepped in, which led the broader market to open sharply higher. The averages held their gains through the first hour of trading but began to weaken and turned mixed before 10 am ET. Only the bluechip Dow had been able to remain in positive ground by midday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., 175K non-farm jobs were added last month, beating the expected increase of 150K jobs. The unemployment rate rose to 6.7% from last month’s 6.6% rate. The trade balance report for January showed a deficit of $39.1B, versus the expected $38.5B deficit. A report on consumer credit growth in January is expected at 3:00 pm ET. COMPANY NEWS: Grocery store owner Safeway (SWY) agreed to be acquired by Albertsons, which is owned by private equity firm Cerberus, for a total value estimated at $40 per Safeway share. Safeway shareholders will receive $32.50 per share in cash, will have the right to receive pro-rata distributions of proceeds from primarily non-core assets with an estimated value of $3.65 per share, and Safeway's shares of Blackhawk (HAWK), with a current value of $3.95 per Safeway share, will still be distributed. Analysts were mixed in their opinions about the deal, with Deutsche Bank saying it views the $40 per share price as too low and adding it believes grocery peer Kroger (KR) should bid during the deal's 21 day go-shop period. Conversely, UBS upgraded Safeway to Neutral following the acquisition news and said it does not expect a counter bid by Kroger. At midday, Safeway shares were down nearly 3% to $38.40, while Kroger was up 1.5% to trade near $44 per share... Shares of closeout retailer Big Lots (BIG) spiked 19% after the company reported fourth results, said the wind-down of its Canadian operations is on schedule, and approved a $125M share repurchase program... Shoe and apparel retailer Foot Locker's (FL) shares rose 7% after the company reported fourth quarter earnings that beat the consensus estimate. Following the company's report, analysts at Deutsche Bank raised their price target on Foot Locker shares to $48, noting that the company's FY14 guidance was in-line with Street expectations, unlike most retailers. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Cooper Companies (COO), which was up more than 5% near noon following its quarterly report. The results prompted analysts from at least two research firms to raise their price target on Cooper shares. Among the noteworthy losers following a disappointing quarterly report was medical technology company Analogic (ALOG), down nearly 17%. Also lower was Progress Software (PRGS), which fell 10% after cutting its first quarter profit and sales outlook last night. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 29.16, or 0.18%, to 16,451.05, the Nasdaq was down 21.37, or 0.49%, to 4,330.76, and the S&P 500 was down 0.82, or 0.04%, to 1,876.21.
News For SWY;KR;BIG;FL;COO;ALOG;PRGS;HAWK From The Last 14 Days
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July 30, 2014
11:32 EDTSWYOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:41 EDTKRKroger ratifies agreement with UFCW 75 for Cincinnati, Dayton associates
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July 28, 2014
12:05 EDTSWYOptions with increasing implied volatility
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July 25, 2014
17:55 EDTSWYSafeway shareholders approve merger with AB Acquisition
Safeway announced the preliminary results of its stockholder vote at the company's 2014 Annual Meeting of Stockholders held earlier. Stockholders approved and adopted the proposal to approve the previously announced agreement and plan of merger dated as of March 6, as amended on April 7 and June 13, under which AB Acquisition, an affiliate of Albertsons, will acquire Safeway as described in the proxy statement dated June 19, with 70% of the outstanding shares and 96% of the shares voted voting FOR the Merger.
12:18 EDTSWYGreenlight discloses short positions in Safeway, Questcor, Bloomberg says
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09:37 EDTHAWKCitadel Advisors reports 4.9% passive stake in Blackhawk
July 23, 2014
06:31 EDTSWYSafeway says receives subpoena from U.S. DEA
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July 22, 2014
07:52 EDTKRKroger management to meet with Guggenheim
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July 21, 2014
10:31 EDTFLHigh option volume stocks:
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July 18, 2014
06:11 EDTHAWKBlackhawk resumed with a Buy at Citigroup
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July 17, 2014
10:00 EDTHAWKOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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July 16, 2014
17:29 EDTHAWKBlackhawk initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital
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17:27 EDTHAWKBlackhawk reiterates FY14 EPS view $1.19-$1.24, consensus $1.23
Still sees FY14 adjusted operating revenue $670M-$690M and FY14 adjusted EBITDA $137M-$142M. Guidance reaffirmed on company's Q2 earnings conference call.
16:20 EDTHAWKBlackhawk reports Q2 adjusted EPS 17c, consensus 5c
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13:18 EDTFLFoot Locker Q2 sales and comps tracking ahead of Street, says ITG Research
ITG said Foot Locker's Q2 sales and comps are tracking ahead of Street expectations.
11:14 EDTFLFoot Locker weakness a buying opportunity, says Sterne Agee
Sterne Agee said weakness in last weeks basketball sales at Foot Locker was the result of the shift of the Jordan launch by one week and that basketball and other sales remain healthy.

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