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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 Managerís 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 companyís 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 companyís global food business. Before joining PepsiCo in 2012, Cornell served as president and CEO of Samís 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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May 13, 2015
14:05 EDTTGTTarget May weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Target May weekly call option implied volatility is at 26, June is at 21, July is at 19; compared to its 90-day average of 19, suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on May 20.
13:28 EDTWMTWal-Mart set to launch Amazon Prime rival, The Information reports
Wal-Mart (WMT) is nearing the launch of a subscription fast-shipping service that will compete with Amazon Prime (AMZN), Amir Efrati of The Information reports, citing people involved with or briefed on the product. The service is an attempt to boost Wal-Mart's online business and should launch in the next few weeks after being pushed back for technical and other issues, Efrati adds. Shares of Amazon are down $2.63 to $428.39 in afternoon trading while Wal-Mart is down 66c to $78.30. Reference Link
13:23 EDTWMTWal-Mart set to launch rival to Amazon Prime, The Information reports
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07:29 EDTALLUBS to hold a conference
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07:16 EDTTMUSMoffett Nathanson to hold a summit
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07:06 EDTWMTAlibaba, Wal-Mart partner on consumer payments, China Daily reports
Alibaba (BABA) announced that it would partner with Wal-Mart (WMT) in China on consumer bill payments, according to China Daily. Under the deal, 25 Wal-Mart stores in the city of Shenzhen will enable consumers to pay their bills through Alibaba's payment service, and the arrangement will be gradually expanded to all of Wal-Mart's stores in China, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
May 12, 2015
14:46 EDTMPCKentucky AG files suit against Marathon Petroleum over anticompetitive practices
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12:11 EDTLLLL-3 Communications awarded $81.8M contract from Raytheon Australia
L-3 Communications (LLL) announced that it has been awarded an $81.8M contract from Raytheon (RTN) Australia to supply the Australian Defence Force with 236 Very Small Aperture Terminals, additional support equipment, and training as part of Joint Project 2008 Phase 5B1. This program will further enable the ADF to utilize the Wideband Global SATCOM system, significantly increasing their satellite communications capabilities. Two L-3 business units, Global Communications Solutions and Linkabit, will perform on this contract, with hardware deliveries expected to be completed this year. The contract will deliver L-3 GCS's Hawkeye and Panther family of VSAT terminals, integrated with L-3 Linkabitís MPM family of modems, and includes the option to purchase additional terminals and equipment. These terminals will enable ADF troops on the ground to benefit from increased data rates and a higher level of network performance. This award comes as a follow-on to the $35M Joint Project 2008 Phase 3H contract awarded to L-3 in 2013 for 54 Hawkeye III Lite VSATs and support equipment.
12:02 EDTSVerizon, Sprint settle illegal billing investigations for $158M
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09:33 EDTMPCMarathon Petroleum repeats FY15 capital expenditure view of $2.5B
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09:14 EDTWMTApps World to hold a conference
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08:27 EDTPEP, WMTU.S. Chamber of Commerce to hold a summit
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08:03 EDTPNRPentair has a conference call hosted by JPMorgan
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May 11, 2015
17:13 EDTPNRPentair files automatic mixed securities shelf
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11:48 EDTTMUST-Mobile management to meet with JPMorgan
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09:01 EDTTGTLowe's acquires leases of 13 former Target stores in Canada
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06:19 EDTSRadioShack trademark, other IP up for auction, WSJ reports
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May 10, 2015
17:45 EDTTGTJudge allows $19M Target data breach settlement to move ahead, Reuters says
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14:12 EDTWMTWhole Foods stock unlikely to outperform in near-term, Barron's says
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May 8, 2015
06:02 EDTWMT, TGTWal-Mart expects to invest C$350M in Canadian market
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