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July 31, 2014
17:06 EDTTMUS, S, TGT, MPC, ALL, LLL, PNR, WMT, PEPOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were sharply lower, following the lead of international markets that were also sliding overnight after Argentina defaulted on its debt. The averages, which opened deep in the red, took another leg lower shortly after the open when the Chicago Purchasing Manager’s Index came out well below expectations. Investors moved to the sidelines and watched stock prices steadily move lower ahead of the impending nonfarm payrolls data, due out tomorrow morning. With today's slide, the major averages gave up all of their gains for the month and will now be down for July. In fact, the Dow's losses were enough to erase the blue-chip index's gains for the year. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims rose 23K to 302K in the week ended July 26 from a revised 279K figure for the prior week. The Chicago PMI dropped a surprising 10 points to 52.6 in July, versus a 63.0 forecast. Internationally, Argentina failed to head off its second default in the past 13 years, sending its stock and bond markets sharply lower and causing ripples throughout global debt and equity markets. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of T-Mobile (TMUS) gained $2.00, or 6.46%, to $32.94 after the company reported second quarter results that beat expectations and France's Iliad (ILIAF) confirmed that it has offered $15B in cash for 56.6% of T-Mobile US at $33 per share. T-Mobile US confirmed that it has received a proposal from Iliad S.A but stated in a regulatory filing that the company "will have no further comment at this time." Following that offer, which was first reported by Dow Jones, Sprint (S), which has been widely seen as the most likely buyer of T-Mobile, fell 41c, or 5.28%, to $7.35... Target Corporation (TGT) announced that its Board of Directors has named Brian Cornell as the company’s next chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO, effective August 12. Cornell most recently served as the CEO of PepsiCo Americas Foods (PEP) where he oversaw the company’s global food business. Before joining PepsiCo in 2012, Cornell served as president and CEO of Sam’s Club, a division of Wal-Mart (WMT). A number of analysts applauded Target's hiring decision, with Cowen upgrading the stock to Market Perform from Underperform afterward, but the stock finished the day down $1.79, or 2.92%, to $59.59 amid the market's broad sell-off. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Marathon Petroleum (MPC), which rose $4.50, or 5.7%, to $83.48 after reporting better than expected second quarter sales and profits and announcing that its board approved an additional $2B share repurchase authorization. Also higher following its earnings report was Allstate (ALL), which advanced $1.56, or 2.74%, to $58.45. Among the noteworthy losers was L-3 Communications (LLL), which dropped $14.68, or 12.27%, to $104.96 and was downgraded to Hold from Buy at Drexel Hamilton after the company cuts its FY14 EPS outlook. Also lower were shares of Pentair (PNR), which fell $5.52, or 7.93%, to $64.07 and was downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA Merrill Lynch after lowering its FY15 EPS target to $4.50 from $5.00. INDEXES: The Dow plunged 317.06, or 1.88%, to 16,563.30, the Nasdaq dropped 93.13, or 2.09%, to 4,369.77, and the S&P 500 fell 39.40, or 2.0%, to 1,930.67.
News For TMUS;S;TGT;MPC;ALL;LLL;PNR;WMT;PEP From The Last 14 Days
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September 20, 2014
21:29 EDTTMUSIliad faces obstacles in T-Mobile bid, Bloomberg says
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September 19, 2014
18:40 EDTTMUSIliad sets mid-October deadline for T-Mobile bid, Reuters reports
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16:31 EDTPEPPepsiCo elects David Page to board of directors
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12:20 EDTTMUSIliad financing talks yet to yield higher T-Mobile bid, Bloomberg reports
Iliad talks with potential partners for additional financing have not yet resulted in a higher bid for T-Mobile (TMUS), Bloomberg reports, citing people familiar with the matter. Iliad is facing hurdles while Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) reconsiders plans for its U.S. unit, Bloomberg adds. Reference Link
11:28 EDTTMUSIliad seeking additional financing for T-Mobile bid, Bloomberg reports
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10:06 EDTALLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:36 EDTSSprint price target cut to $8-$10 from $11-$11.75 at Wells Fargo
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07:10 EDTALLMarchex price target cut to $6 from $12 at RBC Capital
RBC Capital cut its price target on Marchex (MCHX) after the company announced that Allstate (ALL) would no longer be its customer. However, the firm notes that Marchex has about $3.40 per share in cash, and it still believes that the company can benefit from the mobile and local Internet "megatrend." It keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
06:26 EDTALLAllstate downgraded to Equal-Weight from Overweight at Evercore
September 18, 2014
12:45 EDTALLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:01 EDTTGTTarget to hire 70,000 seasonal workers in 2014, CNBC reports
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10:40 EDTWMTWal-Mart to hire 60K seasonal associates, 10% more than last year
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08:59 EDTALLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:04 EDTPEPPepsiCo volatility flat, shares near record high
PepsiCo October call option implied volatility is at 13, January is at 11, and April is at 13; compared to its 26-week average of 14 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement.
07:43 EDTPNRPentair weakness creates buying opportunity, says Bernstein
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06:29 EDTPEPPepsiCo said to hire DOJ's West as general counsel, WSJ reports
According to sources, PepsiCo is said to have hired Tony West as its general counsel, the Wall Street Journal reports. West left his position as an official at the Justice Department earlier this week. Reference Link
06:20 EDTALLMarchex cuts 2014 call-driven revenue outlook due to revised Allstate commitment
Allstate (ALL) has indicated its desire to move to a fixed fee model going forward. Under this proposed model, Marchex’s (MCHX) economic upside would have been limited, while financial exposure to Marchex would have remained. Marchex does not believe it is in its best long-term interest to work under such an arrangement. Marchex will continue to work with Allstate as an integration partner utilizing its call analytics technology. Marchex expects this will be a relatively small financial contributor. Marchex CEO Russell Horowitz said, "“This outcome is disappointing, as we believe that a performance-based model is the way most companies are progressing. This is the trend we are seeing with our customer base... Beyond Allstate, we continue to experience growth in our customer base for call-driven advertising products and believe we are early in the customer adoption phase of mobile and call-driven advertising."
September 17, 2014
12:53 EDTSSprint management to meet with Jefferies
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09:45 EDTWMTWal-Mart faces criticism for dismissing China workers, Bloomberg reports
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06:06 EDTWMTWal-Mart to pay $66,000 to settle false advertising investigation with NY AG
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