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August 5, 2014
12:37 EDTTGT, WFM, DG, FDO, DLTR, ECOM, SALE, CHGGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at the open and remained in negative ground throughout the morning. The market broke its losing streak yesterday but is on track to give back those gains if the levels near noon hold into the closing bell. The move lower comes in spite of the day's economic data generally beating expectations. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's services PMI dipped to 60.8 for the final July print from the 61.0 flash estimate for the month. A similar reading from ISM, its non-manufacturing index, climbed to 58.7 in July from June's 56.0 reading. Factory orders rebounded 1.1% in June, which was better than the expected 0.5% increase. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Target (TGT) fell about 3% after the company pre-announced that it now expects its earnings per share in the second quarter, excluding some items, to come in at 78c, versus its previous guidance of 85c-$1.00. The company expects its comparable sales in the U.S. to be "essentially flat," and it believes the profit margin on its earnings before interest taxes depreciation and amoritzation were lower than expected in Q2. Discounts weighed on the company's margins, as consumers continued to spend cautiously at the company's stores and focus on value, Target reported. The retailer also estimated that the after-effects of its December 2013 data breach cost it $110M in the second quarter... Shares of Whole Foods (WFM) jumped in early trading, with the strength attributed to speculation that activist investor Carl Icahn may have taken a stake in the natural foods grocer, potentially fueled by a tweet from TheStreet's Douglas Kass. Following the circulation of the rumors early in the trading day, Yahoo Finance's Kevin Chupka reported that Carl Icahn has "absolutely no interest in Whole Foods whatsoever," citing sources familiar with the situation. Near noon, shares of Whole Foods were off their highs, but remained up about 2% near $39 per share. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Chegg (CHGG), which gained 17% after reporting higher than expected quarterly results and that it formed a strategic alliance with Ingram Content Group, the world's largest book distributor. Also higher was Dollar General (DG), which rose 3% after Bloomberg said that the company is exploring a bid for Family Dollar (FDO), which it had previously passed on before the latter announced a deal to be acquired by Dollar Tree (DLTR). Among the noteworthy losers was ChannelAdvisor (ECOM), which dropped 28% after its earnings report was followed by analysts at Stifel and RW Baird lowering their respective price targets on the stock to the low $30 area from $40 per share, where both firms previously had their targets pegged. Also lower following its earnings report was RetailMeNot (SALE), which tumbled 26% after the company last night reported weaker than expected results and cut its guidance and saw RBC Capital downgrade its stock to Sector Perform from Outperform. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 87.69, or 0.53%, to 16,481.59, the Nasdaq was down 20.02, or 0.46%, to 4,363.87, and the S&P 500 was down 10.89, or 0.56%, to 1,928.10.
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September 12, 2014
06:15 EDTFDO, DGDollar General waiting on FTC feedback for Family Dollar deal, NY Post reports
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05:57 EDTFDOStocks with implied volatility movement; SDS FDO
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September 11, 2014
07:46 EDTDLTR, DG, FDOFamily Dollar should drop opposition to Dollar General deal, WSJ says
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07:29 EDTECOMDeutsche Bank to hold a conference
Technology Conference to be held in Las Vegas on September 9-11 with webcasted company presentations to begin on September 11 at 10:30 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
September 10, 2014
13:03 EDTDG, FDO, DLTROn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday, with the Nasdaq comfortably the leader among the major averages. The market opened relatively quietly as investors digested the bevy of research reports surrounding apple (AAPL) and the companies effected by its new products and services announced yesterday. The averages crossed into negative ground early in trading, made it back to positive territory just before the lunch hour, and now are all in the black. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., wholesale inventories rose 0.1% in July, which was below expectations for an increase of 0.5%. Wholesale sales rose 0.7%, which was above the 0.6% increase that was forecast. COMPANY NEWS: The strength in the Nasdaq was largely attributable to Apple, which rose about 2.5% the day after unveiling two new, larger iPhone 6 models, the Apple Watch and a new payment system, named Apple Pay... Dollar General (DG) "went hostile" in its pursuit of peer Family Dollar (FDO), commencing a tender offer to acquire all of the company's outstanding shares for $80.00 per share in cash. Family Dollar confirmed the unsolicited offer, noting that the terms are the same as those in the previously rejected proposal made by Dollar General on September 2. Family Dollar said its board will review and consider Dollar Generalís tender offer, but added that the board has not changed its recommendation in support of the company's merger with Dollar Tree (DLTR). MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP), which rose 21% after several analysts said FDA briefing documents for an advisory panel meeting on its Natpara drug were more favorable than expected. Also higher was clothing and accessories retailer Land's End (LE), which gained nearly 17% after the company's second quarter results beat the estimate of the only analyst that covers it. Among the noteworthy losers was eBay (EBAY), which fell for a second straight day after Apple announced its new mobile payment system, Apple Pay, that could come in direct competition with eBay's PayPal service. Shares of PayPal's parent were downgraded to Neutral this morning at Piper Jaffray and fell 3% near noon. Also lower following yesterday's presentation by Apple was partner GT Advanced (GTAT), which was downgraded at Goldman, Piper Jaffray and Dougherty and dropped more than 14% after it was revealed that sapphire will be used in the display cover of Apple Watch but not the iPhone 6. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 16.02, or 0.09%, to 17,029.89, the Nasdaq was up 21.10, or 0.46%, to 4,573.38, and the S&P 500 was up 2.62, or 0.13%, to 1,991.06.
10:08 EDTDG, FDO, DLTRFamily Dollar confirms Dollar General unsolicited tender offer
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10:06 EDTDG, FDOFamily Dollar confirms Dollar General unsolicited tender offer
09:27 EDTDG, DLTR, FDODollar General tender for Family Dollar a logical next step, says Wells Fargo
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07:53 EDTECOMDeutsche Bank to hold a conference
Technology Conference to be held in Las Vegas on September 9-11 with webcasted company presentations to begin on September 10 at 10:30; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
06:19 EDTDLTR, DG, FDODollar General commences tender offer to acquire Family Dollar for $80/share
Dollar General (DG) announced that it has commenced a tender offer to acquire all outstanding shares of Family Dollar Stores (FDO) for $80.00 per share in cash. The offer is scheduled to expire at 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on October 8, 2014, unless the offer is extended. The full terms, conditions and other details of the tender offer are set forth in the offering documents that Dollar General will file today with the SEC. Dollar General also will promptly file for clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, which will allow the company to begin the antitrust approval process with the FTC. Dollar Generalís all-cash offer of $80.00 per share provides Family Dollar shareholders with a "superior valuation" to the $74.50 per share cash / stock offer announced by Dollar Tree (DLTR) on July 28, 2014. Dollar Generalís offer provides Family Dollarís shareholders with approximately $640M of additional aggregate value over Dollar Treeís offer. As part of a definitive merger agreement with Family Dollar, Dollar General would be willing to agree to divest up to 1,500 stores if required by the FTC and to pay Family Dollar a $500M reverse break-up fee if the transaction did not close for reasons related to antitrust approvals.
06:01 EDTFDO, DGDollar General commences tender offer to acquire Family Dollar for $80/share
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September 9, 2014
16:15 EDTTGTTarget CEO to narrow focus to re-energize 'signature' categories, WSJ says
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14:54 EDTWFMApple announces Apple Pay
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14:31 EDTWFMWhole Foods confirms participation with Apple Pay
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13:58 EDTTGTStarbucks, Groupon, OpenTable apps among those to integrate Apple Pay
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10:18 EDTDGDollar General listed among 5 largest long positions by Jana Partners
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08:33 EDTFDO, DLTRDollar Tree, Family Dollar receive second request from FTC under HSR Act
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September 8, 2014
13:58 EDTWFMWhole Foods announces partnership with Instacart
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13:26 EDTDGDollar General management to meet with Sterne Agee
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12:29 EDTTGTHome Depot victim of same malware that hit Target, Krebs reports
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