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July 10, 2014
12:21 EDTUAL, FDO, TRW, CRAY, PBPB, LLOn 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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September 12, 2014
10:00 EDTFDOOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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06:49 EDTFDOSome Dollar Tree owners see upside of Family Dollar offer failure, Reuters says
Analysts are saying that some Dollar Tree (DLTR) shareholders are seeing benefits if the company's $8.5B takeover of Family Dollar (FDO) falls through, by noting that the firm could broaden and repurchase stock with the $309B breakup fee while evading all the instability of a possible acquisition, reported Reuters. Reference Link
06:31 EDTFDOFamily Dollar initiated with a Neutral at UBS
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06:15 EDTFDODollar General waiting on FTC feedback for Family Dollar deal, NY Post reports
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05:57 EDTFDOStocks with implied volatility movement; SDS FDO
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September 11, 2014
12:43 EDTTRWTRW Automotive sale to ZF closer on joint venture divestiture plans, WSJ says
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07:46 EDTFDOFamily Dollar should drop opposition to Dollar General deal, WSJ says
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September 10, 2014
13:03 EDTFDOOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday, with the Nasdaq comfortably the leader among the major averages. The market opened relatively quietly as investors digested the bevy of research reports surrounding apple (AAPL) and the companies effected by its new products and services announced yesterday. The averages crossed into negative ground early in trading, made it back to positive territory just before the lunch hour, and now are all in the black. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., wholesale inventories rose 0.1% in July, which was below expectations for an increase of 0.5%. Wholesale sales rose 0.7%, which was above the 0.6% increase that was forecast. COMPANY NEWS: The strength in the Nasdaq was largely attributable to Apple, which rose about 2.5% the day after unveiling two new, larger iPhone 6 models, the Apple Watch and a new payment system, named Apple Pay... Dollar General (DG) "went hostile" in its pursuit of peer Family Dollar (FDO), commencing a tender offer to acquire all of the company's outstanding shares for $80.00 per share in cash. Family Dollar confirmed the unsolicited offer, noting that the terms are the same as those in the previously rejected proposal made by Dollar General on September 2. Family Dollar said its board will review and consider Dollar Generalís tender offer, but added that the board has not changed its recommendation in support of the company's merger with Dollar Tree (DLTR). MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP), which rose 21% after several analysts said FDA briefing documents for an advisory panel meeting on its Natpara drug were more favorable than expected. Also higher was clothing and accessories retailer Land's End (LE), which gained nearly 17% after the company's second quarter results beat the estimate of the only analyst that covers it. Among the noteworthy losers was eBay (EBAY), which fell for a second straight day after Apple announced its new mobile payment system, Apple Pay, that could come in direct competition with eBay's PayPal service. Shares of PayPal's parent were downgraded to Neutral this morning at Piper Jaffray and fell 3% near noon. Also lower following yesterday's presentation by Apple was partner GT Advanced (GTAT), which was downgraded at Goldman, Piper Jaffray and Dougherty and dropped more than 14% after it was revealed that sapphire will be used in the display cover of Apple Watch but not the iPhone 6. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 16.02, or 0.09%, to 17,029.89, the Nasdaq was up 21.10, or 0.46%, to 4,573.38, and the S&P 500 was up 2.62, or 0.13%, to 1,991.06.
10:08 EDTFDOFamily Dollar confirms Dollar General unsolicited tender offer
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10:06 EDTFDOFamily Dollar confirms Dollar General unsolicited tender offer
09:27 EDTFDODollar General tender for Family Dollar a logical next step, says Wells Fargo
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08:49 EDTTRWTRW signs agreement to divest engine valve unit to Federal-Mogul
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08:47 EDTTRWFederal-Mogul to purchase engine valve business of TRW Automotive
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06:19 EDTFDODollar General commences tender offer to acquire Family Dollar for $80/share
Dollar General (DG) announced that it has commenced a tender offer to acquire all outstanding shares of Family Dollar Stores (FDO) for $80.00 per share in cash. The offer is scheduled to expire at 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on October 8, 2014, unless the offer is extended. The full terms, conditions and other details of the tender offer are set forth in the offering documents that Dollar General will file today with the SEC. Dollar General also will promptly file for clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, which will allow the company to begin the antitrust approval process with the FTC. Dollar Generalís all-cash offer of $80.00 per share provides Family Dollar shareholders with a "superior valuation" to the $74.50 per share cash / stock offer announced by Dollar Tree (DLTR) on July 28, 2014. Dollar Generalís offer provides Family Dollarís shareholders with approximately $640M of additional aggregate value over Dollar Treeís offer. As part of a definitive merger agreement with Family Dollar, Dollar General would be willing to agree to divest up to 1,500 stores if required by the FTC and to pay Family Dollar a $500M reverse break-up fee if the transaction did not close for reasons related to antitrust approvals.
06:01 EDTFDODollar General commences tender offer to acquire Family Dollar for $80/share
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05:32 EDTCRAYCray appoints Steve Scott as Chief Technology Officer
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September 9, 2014
10:10 EDTUALOn the Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: AMC Entertainment (AMC) initiated with a Hold at Topek... AMRI (AMRI) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Alcoa (AA) initiated with an Outperform at Bernstein... Alumina (AWC) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... American Airlines (AAL) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Catalent (CTLT) initiated with a Buy at BofA/Merrill... Chimerix (CMRX) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... Delta Air Lines (DAL) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Enable Midstream (ENBL) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Enbridge Energy (EEP) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Endocyte (ECYT) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... EnerNOC (ENOC) initiated with an Outperform at Pacific Crest... Enterprise Products (EPD) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Good Times Restaurants (GTIM) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... JetBlue (JBLU) initiated with an Underperform at Credit Suisse... Kinder Morgan Energy (KMP) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... MEI Pharma (MEIP) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... ONEOK Partners (OKS) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... Southwest (LUV) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Spectra Energy Partners (SEP) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... TC PipeLines (TCP) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... TECO Energy (TE) initiated with a Neutral at Citigroup... Targa Resources Partners (NGLS) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital... United Continental (UAL) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Weibo (WB) initiated with a Buy at T.H. Capital... Williams Partners (WPZ) initiated with a Market Perform at BMO Capital.
08:33 EDTFDODollar Tree, Family Dollar receive second request from FTC under HSR Act
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05:40 EDTUALU.S. Airline sector initiated with an Overweight at Credit Suisse
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05:33 EDTUALUnited Continental initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse
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