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May 23, 2014
16:31 EDTT, HPQ, HD, CRM, PETM, CPB, DKS, GM, LOCK, LO, RAI, AGN, VRX, AZN, PFE, DTV, DLTRMarket ends week higher after Fed minutes, housing data
Stocks finished the week higher after Fed minutes revealed that the central bank does not see inflation as a near-term threat and several economic data points were better than expected. MACRO NEWS: The minutes of the Fed's last meeting stated that committee members expect inflation to remain well below the central bank's 2% objective, adding that the Fed does not believe that it currently faces a trade-off between its employment and inflation objectives... Reports on existing home sales and new home sales in April both showed monthly gains, while a U.S. manufacturing index beat expectations. The index of leading indicators for April was in-line with expectations, while jobless claims were slightly worse than expected. An index of Chinese manufacturing, reported by HSBC, came in significantly above expectations and reached a five month high, despite still indicating contraction in the sector. COMPANY NEWS: AT&T (T) confirmed last weekend that it had agreed to acquire DirecTV (DTV) for $95.00 per share, including $28.50 per share in cash and $66.50 per share in AT&T stock. Also last weekend, Pfizer (PFE) raised its bid for AstraZeneca (AZN), but the U.K. drugmaker again rejected this "final" takeover proposal. In other M&A news, Valeant (VRX) stated that it would sweeten its previous bid for Allergan (AGN), but clarified that the new bid would not be an all-cash offer. Meanwhile, Reuters reported that cigarette maker Reynolds American (RAI) was in advanced talks to acquire its peer, Loriillard (LO)... Lifelock (LOCK), which provides identify theft protection services, tumbled after disclosing that it would temporarily suspend its Wallet mobile application because it is not fully compliant with applicable payment card industry security standards... General Motors (GM) shares fell after the company announced that it was recalling an additional 2.42M vehicles in four separate U.S. recalls. The automaker added $200M to the charge it expects to take in Q2 related to its recalls, bringing the total potential charge up to $400M... Dick's Sporting Goods (DKS), Campbell Soup (CPB), and PetSmart (PETM) were among the companies that dropped after announcing their earnings results. Meanwhile, Home Depot (HD), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), and Dollar Tree (DLTR) were among the companies whose shares rose following their quarterly reports. INDEXES: The Dow was up 0.7% to 16,606.27, the S&P 500 was up 1.2% to 1,900.53, and the Nasdaq was up 2.33% to 4,185.81.
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July 21, 2014
07:32 EDTCPBCampbell Soup reiterates long-term target of 5%-7% adjusted EPS growth
Campbell reiterated its long-term targets of 3 to 4 percent organic sales growth, 4 to 6 percent adjusted EBIT growth and 5 to 7 percent adjusted EPS growth. While Campbell expects an improvement in its organic sales performance for the coming year, the company’s fiscal 2015 performance is expected to be below these long-term targets. The company indicated that it may need to continue reshaping its portfolio to achieve these long-term goals.
07:32 EDTCPBCampbell Soup sees FY15 gross margin percentage comparable to FY14
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07:31 EDTCPBCampbell Soup still sees FY14 adjusted EPS $2.53-$2.58, consensus $2.54
For the year, Campbell expects growth of approximately 3% in net sales from continuing operations and growth in adjusted EBIT at the low end of the 4%-6% range. Adjusted EPS is expected to grow at the low end of the 2%-4% range, or $2.53 to $2.58 per share.
07:30 EDTCPBCampbell Soup reaffirms FY14 guidance
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07:22 EDTCPBCampbell Soup to hold an investor day
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07:15 EDTVRX, AGNValeant Allergan contacts Quebec, U.S. regulators regarding Allergan statements
Valeant (VRX) has contacted both the Autorite des marches financiers in Quebec and the SEC regarding Allergan (AGN) apparent attempt to "mislead investors and manipulate the market for Valeant common shares by continuing to make false and misleading statements regarding Valeant's business despite Valeant's public statements correcting such information." The latest statements were made last Friday when Allergan asserted in an SEC filing that Bausch + Lomb's pharmaceutical sales were stagnant or declining. Valeant's decision to contact the authorities also reflects concerns raised by several Canadian Valeant shareholders about comments made about Valeant by Allergan's management during recent meetings with these investors in Canada.
07:15 EDTHPQO'Reilly to hold a conference
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07:09 EDTAGN, VRXValeant, Ackman go to SEC over Allergan claims, CNBC reports
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06:34 EDTAGN, VRXCapital Research sells nearly all its Allergan stake, WSJ reports
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06:21 EDTGMGeneral Motors eyeing budget cars for Europe, FT reports
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06:12 EDTGMGeneral Motors delays recall in another ignition switch case, ABC News says
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06:12 EDTLOStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LO IGT
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Lorillard (LO) 16, International Game (IGT) 14 according to iVolatility.
July 19, 2014
20:10 EDTGMGM issues stop-sale on certain 2014 Cadillac CTS sedans, Bloomberg says
General Motors has issued a stop-sale order dated July 8 to its dealers for 2014 Cadillac CTS sedans that use a standard key ignition, says Bloomberg. Reference Link
19:44 EDTRAI R.J. Reynolds hit with $23.6B in damages in lung cancer case, WSJ says
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July 18, 2014
16:47 EDTLO, RAIMarket ends week higher as earnings, M&A offset geopolitical tensions
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12:51 EDTAGN, VRXKey GOP senator signals readiness for inversion deal, The Hill says
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12:21 EDTGMCable ad upfront volumes may drop 4% or more, WSJ says
Two of the U.S.'s biggest marketers, Procter & Gamble (PG) and General Motors (GM), have pulled back on their TV network advertising commitments in advance of the "upfront" selling season for cable networks, said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The overall volume of ad dollars committed to cable networks during the upfront, which is still under way, could be down 4% or more from last year, people familiar with the situation said. Notable owners of cable television stations include 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Time Warner (TWX), Disney (DIS), CBS (CBS), Comcast (CMCSA), Discovery (DISCA), Viacom (VIAB), and AMC Networks (AMCX). The report added that cutbacks partly reflect a shift of tv ad budgets to digital media, including online video. Google (GOOG) has a large presence in online video with YouTube and Facebook (FB) is taking steps to grow in the area. Reference Link
11:27 EDTVRX, AGNSamlyn undecided on support for Valeant bid for Allergan, Dow says
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11:25 EDTLOOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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06:05 EDTLOStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LO IGT
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