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July 10, 2014
12:21 EDTLL, TRW, PBPB, FDO, CRAY, UALOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session deep in negative territory and although they have managed recoup some ground, they remain lower. Fears about the health of one of Portugalís largest banks, coupled with weak economic data out of Italy, prompted a sell-off in Europe, which spilled over to the U.S. The decline in the market marked its biggest drop since May, but the averages have recaptured some of their earlier session losses by midday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims dropped 11K to 304K in the week ended July 5. Wholesale inventories rose 0.5% in May, while sales edged up 0.7%, which were both a little below expectations. In China, trade performance improved in June but still missed market forecasts. Exports rose 7.2% in June from a year earlier, missing the consensus forecast for a rise of 10.6%, while imports grew 5.5% in the month, versus the 5.8% growth expectation. In Europe, concerns about the periphery rose again as the parent company of Portugal's Espirito Santo bank missed a debt payment, leading the country's interest rates higher and equities in the Eurozone lower. Also, Italy's industrial output saw its steepest monthly fall since late 2012, having dropped 1.2% in May, and the Bank of England maintained its main bank rate and its stock of purchased assets. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of airline United Continental (UAL) rose nearly 10% after reporting that its consolidated traffic, or revenue passenger miles, was flat year-over-year in June. In a note to investors following the company's update, UBS said it expected United Continental shares to trade higher given its higher than expected PRASM... Family Dollar (FDO) initially fell after reporting third quarter earnings that missed expectations. The dollar store operator stated that its same-store sales were down 1.8% in the period, but noted that its June comparable sales were approximately flat and that it was "encouraged" by its improving trends. Near noon, the stock had recovered and was up nearly 1%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was supercomputer maker Cray (CRAY), which rallied 14.5% after the company announced it has been awarded a $174M computer deal from the National Nuclear Security Administration. Also higher was TRW Automotive (TRW), which rose nearly 7% before being halted for pending news near noon. Prior to the trading halt, Bloomberg had reported that Germanyís ZF Friedrichshafen has approached TRW about a potential takeover offer, with one source saying that the German company values the U.s. auto parts maker at around $11B-$12B. Among the noteworthy losers was sandwich maker Potbelly (PBPB), which plunged 23% after the company's second quarter and fiscal 2014 outlook fell significantly short of analysts' consensus estimates. Also lower was hardwood flooring and accessories retailer Lumber Liquidators (LL), which sunk 21% and was downgraded at both Credit Suisse and Jefferies after the company lowered its outlook for the year. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 91.13, or 0.54%, to 16,894.48, the Nasdaq was down 23.91, or 0.54%, to 4,395.13, and the S&P 500 was down 8.95, or 0.45%, to 1,963.88.
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May 19, 2015
12:16 EDTLLFTC, states charge four cancer charities as shams
The Federal Trade Commission and 58 law enforcement partners from every state and the District of Columbia have charged four sham cancer charities and their operators with bilking more than $187M from consumers. Named in the federal court complaint are Cancer Fund of America, Cancer Support Services, Childrenís Cancer Fund of America and The Breast Cancer Society. Shares of Herbalife (HLF) and Lumber Liquidators (LL) weakened intraday yesterday as speculation circulated about whether either of the companies would be the target of the FTC's announcement today.
09:58 EDTLLOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:23 EDTUALSenate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee to hold a hearing
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07:11 EDTUALWolfe Research to hold a conference
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06:34 EDTLLLumber Liquidators downgraded to Hold from Buy at Cantor
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Laura Champine downgraded Lumber Liquidators to Hold saying there are "too many" regulatory and legal risks at the current time. Negative press continues to gain momentum for the retailer, Champine tells investors in a research note. The analyst cut her price target for the stock to $26 from $42. Shares of Lumber Liquidators closed yesterday down 20c to $26.06.
05:50 EDTLLStocks with implied volatility movement; RAD LL
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May 18, 2015
12:48 EDTLLLumber Liquidators at lows after FTC says will reveal 'major consumer fraud'
Shares of Lumber Liquidators (LL) are near session lows, down nearly 1% in afternoon trading, after the Federal Trade Commission announced earlier that it will host a press conference in conjunction with state Attorneys General tomorrow at noon EDT to announce action on a "major consumer fraud case that impacted consumers across the nation," without naming the company or products involved.
06:09 EDTUALTrade group sees airlines carrying record passenger loads this summer, WSJ says
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May 15, 2015
17:07 EDTFDOTrian Fund gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: None. INCREASED STAKES: PepsiCo (PEP), Mondelez (MDLZ), Bank of New York Mellon Group (BK), and Du Pont (DD). DECREASED STAKES: Family Dollar (FDO), and Ingersoll-Rand (IR). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Lazard (LAZ).
16:28 EDTUALAppaloosa Management gives quarterly update on stakes
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08:56 EDTTRWZF completes acquisition of TRW Automotive
ZF Friedrichshafen and TRW Automotive announced that the companies have completed the transaction under which ZF has successfully acquired TRW. TRW will be incorporated into ZF as a new division called Active & Passive Safety Technology. The combined company operates under the name ZF Friedrichshafen AG. On September 15, 2014, ZF and TRW signed a Merger Agreement for the acquisition of TRW by ZF. This agreement was subject to a number of closing conditions, all of which have now been met, including the approval by TRW stockholders and antitrust clearances in various countries and regions such as the U.S., China, and the EU. Pursuant to the terms of the Merger Agreement, upon completion of the acquisition, TRW became a wholly-owned subsidiary of ZF, and each outstanding share of TRW common stock was converted into the right to receive $105.60 in cash. As a result of the completion of the acquisition, TRW shares ceased trading on the New York Stock Exchange prior to market open today, and will be delisted.
07:56 EDTUALNational Press Club to hold a luncheon meeting
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May 14, 2015
18:30 EDTUALUnited Airlines launches security flaw 'bounty' program
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13:19 EDTUALUnited Continental sees FY15 capacity up 1%-2% y/y, non-fuel CASM flat to up 1%
Says plans to improve long-term shareholder value include: Optimizing network and maintaining capacity discipline, executing on revenue initiatives, growing CASM less than inflation, balancing cash flow allocation. Current network priorities include: Growing capacity in line with demand, re-allocating assets across network to reflect changing demand levels due to low oil, strong U.S. dollar, utilizing flexible fleet plan, focusing capacity growth in high-yield corporate markets. Sees FY15 capacity growth 1%-2% y/y. Says on track to achieve $1B in non-fuel annual savings by 2017. Sees CapEx averaging $2.7B-$2.9B over next 3-4 years. Plans to achieve ~$15B gross debt target, improve leverage ratios. Sees FY15 non-fuel CASM flat to up 1%. Comments from slides that will be presented at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Transportation Conference.
10:00 EDTLLOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation SummaryT
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Advaxis (ADXS) initiated with a Buy at MLV & Co.... Akebia (AKBA) initiated with a Buy at Brean Capital... CarMax (KMX) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee CRT... Coach (COH) initiated with a Neutral at Wedbush... Euronav NV (EURN) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Franco-Nevada (FNV) initiated with an Outperform at Macquarie... Kate Spade (KATE) initiated with an Outperform at Wedbush... Lumber Liquidators (LL) initiated with a Perform at Oppenheimer... Michael Kors (KORS) initiated with a Neutral at Wedbush... National Instruments (NATI) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Royal Gold (RGLD) initiated with an Outperform at Macquarie... Spectra Energy Partners (SEP) initiated with a Buy at Janney ... Spectra Energy (SE) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... Tribune Publishing (TPUB) initiated with a Buy at Sterne Agee CRT.
06:26 EDTUALAerCap to lease up to 25 planes to United Continental, Reuters says
AerCap (AER) will lease up to 25 planes to United Continental (UAL), the airlines announced yesterday, according to Reuters. Eleven of the planes will be delivered over the next two years, and the airlines can lease up to 14 more through 2020, subject to certain conditions, the news service stated. Reference Link
06:14 EDTUALQatar Airways CEO accuse US airlines of using 'bullying tactics', Bloomberg says
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May 13, 2015
16:11 EDTLLLumber Liquidators initiated with a Perform at Oppenheimer
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May 12, 2015
10:12 EDTLLLumber Liquidators incoming CFO worked on audits, WSJ reports
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06:10 EDTLLLumber Liquidators denied insurance coverage amid suits, CNBC reports
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