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July 31, 2014
17:06 EDTPEP, LLL, TGT, WMT, ALL, S, PNR, MPC, TMUSOn 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.
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June 22, 2015
16:02 EDTWMTGreen Dot to remain program manager for Walmart
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15:04 EDTTMUST-Mobile could abandon DISH for Comcast, Forbes contributor says
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10:00 EDTALLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:42 EDTALLAllstate downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi
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June 19, 2015
16:24 EDTTGTStocks end week higher after Fed reassures on gradual pace of rate increases
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08:22 EDTWMTChina to let foreign companies fully own e-commerce businesses, Reuters reports
China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology announced that, effective immediately, foreign companies will be allowed to have full ownership of some e-commerce businesses, reported Reuters. Players in China's booming e-commerce market include market leader Alibaba Group (BABA) as well as JD.com (JD), Amazon.com (AMZN), Vipshop (VIPS) Wal-Mart (WMT), which holds a stake in shopping site Yihaodian, the report noted. Reference Link
June 18, 2015
09:05 EDTALLAllstate announces May catastrophe losses of $178M
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08:48 EDTWMTWal-Mart holds ‘at least’ $76B in overseas tax havens, NY Post reports
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08:06 EDTTMUST-Mobile management to meet with Gabelli
Group breakfast with management will be held in New York on June 18 hosted by Gabelli.
June 17, 2015
18:14 EDTTGTTarget to eliminate jobs at its corporate headquarters, AP says
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17:40 EDTTMUSComcast 'isn't interested' in T-Mobile, Washington Post says
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10:22 EDTALLAllstate announces FAA ruling clears way for company to fly drones
Allstate announced that a new FAA ruling will allow the consortium it works with to fly drones for property claims research on behalf of customers. The Property Drone Consortium has been granted an exemption by the FAA to put drones in flight for further research, which could lead to using drones in areas hit hard by catastrophe and other situations. The FAA approval paves the way for the collection and processing of intelligent images for research using drones, which can help expedite the assessment of exterior property.
10:22 EDTTMUSComcast not interested in pursuing T-Mobile, DJ says
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10:13 EDTTMUSDeutsche Telekom shopping T-Mobile to Comcast, FT reports
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09:55 EDTTMUST-Mobile rises, levels to watch
The stock is up 3% to $40.02 at time of writing after reports that Deutsche Telekom (DTEGY) are in talks with Comcast (CMCSA) over a possible sale of the company. At current price resistance is at $40.31, the high of the day, and then at the 52-week high at $40.77. Support is at $39.19.
07:26 EDTTMUSDeutsche Telekom, Comcast in talks over possible T-Mobile sale, Reuters says
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June 16, 2015
19:25 EDTTGT, WMTWal-Mart ranks high among millenials, Ad Age says
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09:22 EDTPEPFDA gives food makers three years to remove partially hydrogenated oils
The FDA announced it has finalized its determination that partially hydrogenated oils, or PHOs, the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are not “generally recognized as safe” or GRAS for use in human food. Food manufacturers will have three years to remove PHOs from products. In 2013, the FDA made a tentative determination that PHOs could no longer be considered GRAS and is finalizing that determination after considering public comments. The FDA has set a compliance period of three years. This will allow companies to either reformulate products without PHOs and/or petition the FDA to permit specific uses of PHOs. Following the compliance period, no PHOs can be added to human food unless they are otherwise approved by the FDA. Publicly traded food manufacturers include Mondelez (MDLZ), Kraft Foods (KRFT), General Mills (GIS), Hershey (HSY), PepsiCo (PEP), Kellogg (K), ConAgra (CAG) and Campbell Soup (CPB).
08:41 EDTTGTCVS Health deal 'extremely attractive,' says SunTrust
After CVS Health (CVS) agreed to buy Target's (TGT) pharmacies/clinics, SunTrust says that CVS.will benefit strategically and financially from the deal. The firm believes that the deal is capital efficient, provides CVS with an immediate and noticeable presence in several key markets and further rounds out CVS' presence in other geographies. It keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
06:36 EDTWMTWal-Mart accused of using charity to increase expansion, NYT reports
Several community and labor organizations are accusing Wal-Mart of inappropriately using its nonprofit Wal-Mart Foundation to reduce local opposition to expansion efforts in places such as Washington, Boston, Los Angeles, and New York, the New York Times reports. The group of organizations claimed in a complaint with the IRS that the Wal-Mart Foundation violated the terms of its tax-exempt status by targeting millions of dollars in donations that would directly benefit the retailer, the report says. The complaint alleges that the foundation donated over $200,000 to organizations in Los Angeles in 2008 and 2009, but raised that figure to $1.4M in 2011, right as the company planned to open a store in that area. When the store was opened in 2013, donations fell to roughly $230,000, the report says. In a statement, the New York Times reports, Wal-Mart spokesman Kevin Gardner said that the Wal-Mart Foundation took tax code and regulations "very seriously" and that the allegations had no merit. Reference Link
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