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March 7, 2014
16:54 EDTRSH, SWY, F, SPLS, TMUkraine, U.S. jobs dominate headlines as markets log gains
Stocks on Wall Street were higher in a week that saw instability in Ukraine dominate headlines early, with a better-than-expected U.S. jobs report finishing the week. MACRO NEWS: Global markets started the week lower on concerns regarding the situation in Ukraine, and while the flow of news coming out of the region did not slow during the week, it appeared to weigh less prominently on investors as the week wore on... On Monday, China's final Markit/HSBC manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for February fell for the third straight month to a seven-month low of 48.5... The U.S. non-farm jobs report for February showed the economy added 175,000 jobs, exceeding economists' expectations for 150,000. Despite the better-than-expected job gains, the unemployment rate edged higher to 6.7% from last month's 6.6% level... The Federal Reserve released its latest Beige Book report of economic activity on Wednesday, which showed that economic activity in eight of the central bank's twelve districts saw modest to moderate improvements since the last survey. The report showed, however, that the severe winter weather has weighed on retail sales. COMPANY NEWS: Auto sales fell for major US and Japanese brands, including Ford, which saw sales slide 6% and Toyota (TM), which saw sales slide 4% for February... Legacy big box retailers RadioShack (RSH) and Staples (SPLS) both reported earnings this week that disappointed and announced plans to close stores. RadioShack announced it would close 1,100 stores and said it is not considering a pre-packaged bankruptcy, while Staples said it would close 225 stores in North America and said it will no longer provide annual sales or earnings guidance. Shares of both retailers fell more than 15% during the week... Safeway (SWY) announced a deal Thursday night to be acquired by Albertsons, which is owned by private-equity firm Cerberus Capital, in a deal that values the grocer at about $40 per share. Shares of Safeway lost about 2% after the deal, which had been roundly telegraphed in recent media reports, was formally announced. Shares of Safeway, however, have gained about 60% over the 52-week period ended with today's trade. INDEXES: The Dow was up 0.8% to 16,452.72, the S&P 500 was up 1% to 1,878.04, and the Nasdaq was up 0.6% to 4,336.22.
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December 11, 2014
06:19 EDTSPLSStarboard raises stake in Office Depot to 9.9% from 8.6%
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06:17 EDTSPLSStarboard reports new Staples stake, ups Office Depot position
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06:12 EDTSPLSStarboard Value reports 5.1% stake in Staples
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December 10, 2014
15:25 EDTRSHNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Lululemon (LULU), consensus 38c; RadioShack (RSH), consensus ($1.04); Ciena (CIEN), consensus 13c; Methode Electronics (MEI), consensus 55c.
10:33 EDTSPLSOptions with increasing implied volatility
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10:24 EDTRSHSprint retreats after Oppenheimer cuts rating to Underperform amid price war
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09:12 EDTRSHRadioShack threatens bankruptcy if cell phone deals not reworked, NY Post says
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05:53 EDTSPLSStocks with implied volatility movement; SPLS DISH
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December 9, 2014
10:27 EDTSPLSOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:17 EDTFTeleTech to expand in China through Percepta joint venture
TeleTech Holdings (TTEC) announced plans to expand in China through Percepta, a global joint venture with Ford Motor (F). Providing service and support through all stages of the customer lifecycle, Percepta operates customer contact centers on five continents specifically for the automotive industry.
07:42 EDTSPLSStaples management to meet with UBS
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07:37 EDTFUBS to hold a conference
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December 8, 2014
11:10 EDTF, TMVolkswagen sees challenging developments continuing for rest of year
Volkswagen (VLKAY) said, “The challenging developments on markets worldwide – above all in Eastern Europe and South America – will continue for the remainder of this year. The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand handled these challenges successfully during the course of the year, but was not entirely immune to their impact.” Other publicly traded companies in the passenger automotive space include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), and Toyota (TM).
08:07 EDTFFord management to meet with UBS
Meeting to be held in Boston on December 8 hosted by UBS.
07:51 EDTRSHRadioShack denies claims of default under $250M credit agreement
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December 7, 2014
17:43 EDTRSHRadioShack looks to amend terms of loan from Salus, Bloomberg says
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December 5, 2014
08:47 EDTRSHRadioShack ending 401(k) matching as part of cuts, Bloomberg reports
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06:53 EDTFFord's China sales rose 2% in November, Reuters says
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December 4, 2014
06:51 EDTTMToyota to recall more vehicles to fix air bags, Reuters reports
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05:55 EDTSPLSStocks with implied volatility movement; MNKD SPLS
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