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August 1, 2014
16:51 EDTTMUS, GRMN, GPRO, EXPE, PG, ALL, AMGN, TGT, PEP, GLW, UPS, S, TWTR, DLTR, FDO, Z, TRLA, BYI, SGMS, WMTMarket finishes week lower as Fed, geopolitical worries weigh
Stocks ended the week lower amid worries about the Fed tightening sooner than expected and continued geopolitical uncertainty. MACRO NEWS: In a statement released following their latest meeting, the Federal Open Market Committee said that "the likelihood of inflation running persistently below 2% has diminished somewhat." Meanwhile, the employment cost index jumped 0.7% in the second quarter, it was reported on Thursday. Wages and salaries rose 0.6% in Q2, according to the report. Following the release of the index and the Fed's statement, investors worried that the central bank could start tightening monetary policy sooner than expected. The Commerce Department estimated that U.S. Gross Domestic Product grew at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.0% in the second quarter, easily beating expectations for a growth rate of 3.0%. Non-farm payrolls rose 209K in July, missing the 230K forecast. Other U.S. economic data was largely upbeat, as two consumer confidence indexes for July and weekly jobless claims were all better than expected... In overseas news, China's official purchasing managers' index reached its highest level in 27 months in July, beating expectations by a small amount. 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. The U.S. and EU leveled new, tougher sanctions against Russia, leading to concerns that Moscow's struggle with the West could intensify. Meanwhile, Israel continued to battle Hamas. COMPANY NEWS: Among the noteworthy companies that fell after reporting their results were shipping giant UPS (UPS), glass maker Corning (GLW), navigation device specialist Garmin (GRMN) and newly-listed action camera maker GoPro (GPRO). On the other other side of the coin, Twitter (TWTR), Expedia (EXPE), Procter & Gamble (PG), Allstate (ALL), and Amgen (AMGN) were among the companies whose stocks rose in the wake of their earnings reports... The M&A news flow continued to be strong, as Dollar Tree (DLTR) agreed to buy Family Dollar (FDO) and real estate website operator Trulia (TRLA) agreed to be acquired by its peer Zillow (Z) and casino equipment maker Bally Technologies (BYI) agreed to be acquired by Scientific Games (SGMS). Meanwhile, France's Iliad (ILIAF) confirmed that it had offered $15B in cash for a 56.6% stake in T-Mobile US (TMUS) for $33 per share for $83.30 per share, which negatively impacted the stock of Sprint (S), which has been widely viewed as on track to buy T-Mobile as the two seek to grow and better challenge the number one and two mobile carriers in the U.S., Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T)... Target Corporation (TGT) announced that its Board of Directors had 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 Pepsi'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). INDEXES: The Dow dropped 2.75% to 16,493.37, the S&P 500 fell 2.16% to 1,925.15, and the Nasdaq declined 2.69% to 4,352.64.
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September 3, 2014
08:12 EDTSSprint will cut expenses further, says Wells Fargo
After meeting with Sprint's new CEO, Wells Fargo thinks the company will significantly cut its expenses. The firm expects the company to use some of the savings from these cuts for marketing and advertising, but it believes that the savings will exceed the additional expenditures. Wells keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
08:03 EDTTWTRTwitter management to meet with Deutsche Bank
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September 2, 2014
17:15 EDTPEPPepsiCo backs FY14 constant currency EPS growth guidance of 8%
In advance of the Barclays Back-to-School Consumer Conference in Boston, Massachusetts, PepsiCo stated that, consistent with its previous guidance for FY14, PepsiCo expects 8% core constant currency EPS growth in FY14 versus its FY13 core EPS of $4.37. Based on the current foreign exchange market consensus, PepsiCo currently expects that foreign exchange translation will have an unfavorable impact of approximately 4% points on its full-year core EPS growth in 2014. Excluding the impact of structural changes and foreign exchange translation, organic revenue in 2014 is expected to grow mid-single digits versus 2013, consistent with PepsiCoís long-term target. Based on the current foreign exchange market consensus, PepsiCo currently expects foreign exchange translation to have an unfavorable impact of approximately 3 percentage points on its full-year net revenue growth in 2014.
16:25 EDTDLTR, FDOOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:00 EDTTWTROptions Update; September 2, 2014
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12:09 EDTDLTR, FDOOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with the Nasdaq clinging to narrow gains and the Dow and S&P both down about 0.25%. Stocks began the session basically unchanged but turned mixed within minutes of the open. The volume has been light and the market has moved in a narrow range, continuing the type of pattern that was seen all of last week ahead of the holiday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's final manufacturing PMI for August dipped slightly from the flash print of 58.0 to 57.9, but that was up from July's 55.8 reading. ISM's manufacturing index for August climbed to 59.0 from 57.1 in July, beating expectations. Construction spending bounced back 1.8% in July, beating expectations for it to have risen 1.0% after declining in the prior month. In Asia, HSBC's final manufacturing PMI for China edged down to 50.2 from the preliminary 50.3 August reading, which was already down from the 51.7 report in July. The Chinese government's official purchasing managers index came in at 51.1 for August, which was down from its 51.7 reading in July. In Europe, the Eurozone's final manufacturing PMI for August was revised down to 50.7 from 51.8 in the preliminary reading. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) was in the headlines following a celebrity photo hack involving several of its iCloud accounts. Despite the negative publicity from those events, the stock gained nearly 1% after noted Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster raised his price target on the tech giant's shares to $120 from $105, citing the upcoming launch of new products and services. Another firm, Cantor, said in its own note to investors that it believes that Apple will have its most exciting product launches "in many years" over the next few months... In M&A news, Dollar General (DG) rose almost 1% after increasing its all-cash proposal to buy Family Dollar (FDO) to $80.00 per share and also increasing the number of stores that it would be willing to agree to divest to 1,500 if ordered by the FTC. Shares of Family Dollar, which previously rejected Dollar General's prior proposal on the basis of antitrust regulatory concerns, traded above the new offer price, while Dollar Tree (DLTR), which currently has a merger agreement deal in place with Family Dollar, also gained 1.5%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were two other companies involved in M&A, one which was a buyer and one which was bought. Norwegian Cruise Line (NCLH) advanced 12% after agreeing to acquire upscale peer Prestige Cruises for $3.03B, while Compuware (CPWR) rose over 12% after the company confirmed it agreed to be acquired by private equity investment firm Thoma Bravo in a transaction valued at approximately $2.5B. Among the noteworthy losers was Exelixis (EXEL), which plunged 53% after its phase 3 pivotal trial of cabozantinib in certain men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer did not meet its primary endpoint and the stock was downgraded by at least three Street research firms. Also lower was lease-to-own retailer CONN'S (CONN), which dropped 30% and was downgraded at Piper Jaffray after weakness in its credit operations prompted a Q2 earnings miss and caused the company to cut its fiscal year guidance. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 43.58, or 0.25%, to 17,054.87, the Nasdaq was up 2.97, or 0.06%, to 4,583.24, and the S&P 500 was down 4.83, or 0.24%, to 1,998.54.
11:32 EDTTWTRStocks with call strike movement; BBRY TWTR
BlackBerry (BBRY) March 12 call option implied volatility decreased 6% to 48, Twitter (TWTR) December 57.5 call option implied volatility increased 5% to 48 according to IVolatility.
10:09 EDTPEPStudy finds adverse heart events associated with energy drinks, ScienceWR says
A study presented at the European Society of Cardiology congress concluded that caffeinated energy drinks can be associated with several adverse heart conditions including angina, cardiac arrhythmia and sudden death, reported Science World Report. Monster Beverage (MNST) markets energy drinks and recently struck a deal to acquire additional energy drink brands from Coca-Cola (KO). PepsiCo also markets energy drinks. Reference Link
09:41 EDTTWTRActive equity options trading on open
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09:19 EDTGPROGoPro volatility at historic low as shares at record high
GoPro overall option implied volatility of 41 is below its 26-week average of 56 according to Track Data, suggesting decreasing price risk.
08:56 EDTTMUSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:36 EDTFDO, DLTRFamily Dollar confirms receipt of revised unsolicited proposal from Dollar General
Family Dollar Stores (FDO) confirmed that it has received a revised, non-binding, unsolicited proposal from Dollar General (DG) to acquire all of the outstanding common shares of Family Dollar. Consistent with its fiduciary duties and subject to the terms of its existing merger agreement with Dollar Tree (DLTR), Family Dollarís Board of Directors, in consultation with its legal and financial advisors, will review and consider the revised proposal. The company's Board of Directors has not changed its recommendation in support of the merger with Dollar Tree. Family Dollar will have no further comment on Dollar Generalís proposal until the Board has completed its review.
08:21 EDTAMGNAmgen submitts MAA to EMA for evolocumab
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08:20 EDTAMGNAmgen submits application to EMA for talimogene laherparepvec
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08:01 EDTAMGNAmgen price target raised to $153 from $140 at Leerink
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07:39 EDTSSoftbank to launch robot in U.S. Sprint stores, Bloomberg reports
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06:16 EDTFDODollar General increases proposal to board of Family Dollar to $80 per share
Dollar General (DG) announced that it has sent an enhanced acquisition proposal to the board of Family Dollar Stores (FDO). Under the terms of the revised proposal, Dollar General would increase its all-cash proposal for all outstanding shares of Family Dollar to $80.00 per share. Dollar General also increased the number of stores that it would be willing to agree to divest to 1,500 if ordered by the FTC, as further evidence of its confidence in its ability to obtain antitrust approval, has agreed to pay a $500M reverse break-up fee to Family Dollar relating to antitrust matters. All other terms and conditions of the proposal remain unchanged. Dollar Generalís revised proposal provides Family Dollarís shareholders with approximately $640M of additional aggregate value over Dollar Treeís offer and represents a premium of 31.9 percent over the closing price of $60.66 for Family Dollar stock on the day prior to the Dollar Tree announcement. In addition, Dollar General has engaged additional counsel, Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, to independently review its antitrust work. The independent review validated Dollar Generalís analysis that the proposed transaction can be completed on the terms previously proposed.
06:14 EDTTMUST-Mobile planning September 10 'Uncarrier' event, Re/code reports
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06:04 EDTFDO, DLTRDollar General to raise offer for Family Dollar to $80/share, CNBC reports
Dollar General (DG) is going to raise its all-cash bid for Family Dollar (FDO) to $80 per share or around $9.1B, CNBC's Andrew Ross Sorkin reports, citing sources. Dollar General is willing to sell up to 1,500 stores if required by the FTC under the new offer, Sorkin adds. Family Dollar has continued to recommend a merger with Dollar Tree (DLTR). Reference Link
06:01 EDTFDODollar General raises offer for Family Dollar to $80/share, CNBC reports
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