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July 10, 2014
12:21 EDTCRAY, UAL, LL, TRW, PBPB, FDOOn 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.
News For UAL;FDO;TRW;CRAY;PBPB;LL From The Last 14 Days
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November 24, 2014
09:23 EDTLLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:46 EDTUALUnited Continental price target raised to $65 from $57 at CRT Capital
CRT Capital raised Buy rated United Continental's price target to $65 and believes the company can generate $10 in EPS by 2018.
06:15 EDTLLLumber Liquidators upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley upgraded Lumber Liquidators to Overweight with an $85 price target. The firm believes gross margin worries are overdone and 2014 comp declines should be a bottom. Morgan Stanley's checks indicate non-weather regions are healthy with mid single digit comp growth and weather impacted regions have improved since August.
November 21, 2014
07:43 EDTFDODollar Tree price target raised to $74 from $68 at UBS
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November 20, 2014
16:27 EDTUALHertz names John P. Tague as President, CEO
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13:01 EDTUALUnited Continental achieves joint labor agreements with additional work groups
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09:30 EDTFDODollar Tree says working to close Family Dollar deal 'as soon as possible'
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06:04 EDTTRWTRW Automotive stockholders approve acquisition by ZF Friedrichshafen
TRW Automotive's stockholders approved the acquisition of TRW by ZF Friedrichshafen AG. At a special meeting of TRW's stockholders held yesterday, stockholders representing 79% of TRW's shares outstanding voted in favor of adopting the proposed merger agreement. Overall, 81% of TRW's stockholders participated in the vote. Under the terms of the merger agreement, ZF will acquire TRW in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $12.4B based on equity value. TRW stockholders will receive $105.60 in cash for each share of TRW stock. ZF and TRW continue to expect the transaction to be completed in 1H15.
November 19, 2014
15:15 EDTFDODollar General affirms commitment to Family Dollar deal, says FTC review ongoing
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15:14 EDTFDODollar General says actively engaged in ongoing FTC review process for deal
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15:13 EDTFDODollar General affirms commitment to Family Dollar acquisition
08:31 EDTFDOFamily Dollar reschedules special meeting of shareholders to December 23
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06:39 EDTFDODollar General may have to sell over 4K stores for deal approval, NY Post says
The Federal Trade Commission may require Dollar General (DG) to sell more than 4,000 of its stores to gain approval of its deal to buy Family Dollar (FDO), according to The New York Post. Dollar General had previously said that it was willing to sell 1,500 of its stores to facilitate the deal, the newspaper stated. Reference Link
November 18, 2014
06:57 EDTCRAYCray price target raised to $40 from $35 at Stifel
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November 17, 2014
18:25 EDTUALSkyWest sees Q4 pre-tax charge of $55M-$70M
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07:52 EDTCRAYDepartment of Energy awards $425M for supercomputing technologies
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06:58 EDTCRAYCray awarded $80M contract from KAUST
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06:13 EDTUALUnited Continental says 2,500 flight attendants to leave early, Crain's reports
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November 14, 2014
17:27 EDTFDOPaulson & Co. gives quarterly update on stakes
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12:53 EDTUALOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: AerCap Holdings (AER), Nordic American Offshore (NAO), Melco Crown Entertainment (MPEL), Groupon (GRPN), and Ashland (ASH). INCREASED STAKES: QEP Resources (QEP), United Continental (UAL), Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), Actavis (ACT), and KAR Auction Services (KAR). DECREASED STAKES: Sprint (S), SandRidge Energy (SD), Sirius XM Holdings (SIRI), Kinder Morgan (KMI), and Transocean (RIG). LIQUIDATED STAKES: QUALCOMM (QCOM), Ocwen Financial (OCN), Freeport-McMoRan (FCX), Boston Scientific (BSX), and Capital One (COF).
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