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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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August 21, 2014
09:05 EDTFDODollar Tree sees Family Dollar deal closing by early 2015
Says continuing to work on proposed transaction with Family Dollar (FDO). Sees deal closing by early 2015. Will not make any further comments at this time on Family Dollar/Dollar General (DG). Comments made on the Q2 earnings conference call.
08:04 EDTFDOFamily Dollar: Dollar General declined to schedule talks on antitrust issues
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08:03 EDTFDOFamily Dollar: Dollar General's letter contained 'blatant mischaracterizations'
08:02 EDTFDOFamily Dollar reaffirms recommendation in support of merger with Dollar Tree
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08:01 EDTFDOFamily Dollar board rejects Dollar General proposal based on antitrust issues
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08:00 EDTFDOFamily Dollar board rejects Dollar General proposal based on antitrust issues
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07:55 EDTFDOFamily Dollar to reject Dollar General takeover bid, CNBC reports
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05:35 EDTFDODollar General sends letter to Family Dollar board
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August 20, 2014
12:11 EDTUALStocks with call strike movement; UAL YHOO
United Continental (UAL) December 55 call option implied volatility decreased 3% to 42, Yahoo (YHOO) November 45 call option implied volatility increased 2% to 42 according to IVolatility.
August 19, 2014
13:21 EDTLLEarnings Preview: Lowe's trading higher ahead of Q2 earnings report
Lowe's Companies (LOW), a home improvement retailer, is scheduled to report on its second quarter before the market open on Wednesday, August 20, with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.02 on revenue of $16.55B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 96c-$1.06 on revenue of $16.16B-$16.79B. LAST QUARTER: Lowe's reported first quarter EPS of 61c, beating analyst's estimates of 60c, on revenue of $13.4B against estimates for $13.86B. The company also reported Q1 same-store sales rose 0.9%. Lowe's raised its fiscal year 2014 EPS guidance to approximately $2.63 from $2.60 against estimates at that time for $2.62 and said it expects revenue up 5% in this fiscal year compared to last. Lowe's said it expected to open 10 home improvement and 5 hardware stores in 2014 and expects its FY14 SSS to increase approximately 4%. The company expects to repurchase $3.4B of stock this fiscal year. NEWS: During the quarter, Lowe's named Paul Ramsay as Chief Information Officer. The company also raised its quarterly dividend 27.8% to 23c per share. STREET RESEARCH: Deutsche Bank lowered its estimates for both Lowe's and Home Depot (HD) after Tractor Supply (TSCO) and Lumber Liquidators (LL) pre-announced Q2 comp misses. The firm, which noted that the negative earnings revision is "relatively minor," said that while the business models are different, Tractor Supply and Lumber Liquidators have historically correlated positively with Home Depot and Lowe's on comps. Morgan Stanley initiated Lowe's with an Equal Weight rating and $50 target in June. Canaccord downgraded Lowe's to Sell from Hold due to slowing housing momentum, management changes, and difficult competition. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Lowe's shares are up almost 14%. In morning trading ahead of tomorrow's report, Lowe's is up nearly 3% to $51.89.
12:18 EDTFDODollar General could have bought Family Dollar last year, CNBC reports
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12:16 EDTFDOFamily Dollar board frustrated with Dollar General tactics, CNBC reports
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11:41 EDTFDOIcahn says Family Dollar throwing away $300M in fees, Reuters says
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11:14 EDTUALStocks with call strike movement; PBR UAL
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10:13 EDTFDOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:46 EDTFDOFamily Dollar board likely to meet this week, CNBC's Faber reports
Family Dollar's (FDO) board is likely to meet this week to discuss the takeover bid by Dollar General (DG), CNBC's David Faber reports, citing people close to the matter. The board has long focused on antitrust implications and is likely to reject the Dollar General proposal, Faber added. Dollar Tree (DLTR) and Family Dollar previously announced a merger agreement.
09:43 EDTFDOFamily Dollar board likely to reject Dollar General bid, CNBC's Faber reports
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08:19 EDTUALFAA issues NOTAM restricting U.S. operations from flying over Syria
The Federal Aviation Administration issued a new Notice To Airmen restricting U.S. operators from flying in the Damascus Flight Information Region, which includes all of Syria. The FAA said, "This replaces the current NOTAM in place that strongly advises U.S. operators against flying in that airspace and requires them to contact the FAA before they operate in that airspace. Based on an updated assessment of the risk associated with such operations and the lack of any requests from operators wishing to fly in this airspace, we believe it prudent to prohibit U.S. operators from flying into, out of, and over Syria. The ongoing armed conflict and volatile security environment in Syria poses a serious potential threat to civil aviation. Armed extremist groups in Syria are known to be equipped with a variety of anti-aircraft weapons which have the capability to threaten civilian aircraft. Opposition groups have successfully shot down Syrian military aircraft using these anti-aircraft weapon systems during the course of the conflict. Opposition elements have previously warned civilian air carriers against providing service to Syria. Due to the presence of anti-aircraft weapons among the extremist groups and ongoing fighting in various locations throughout Syria, there is a continuing significant potential threat to civil aviation operating in Syrian airspace." Publicly traded companies in the airline industry include American Airlines (AAL), Delta Air Lines (DAL), JetBlue (JBLU), Southwest (LUV) and United Continental (UAL).
07:29 EDTFDODollar Tree may raise bid for Family Dollar, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital thinks that Dollar Tree (DLTR) could increase its bid for Family Dollar (FDO) given the revenue and gross margin synergies that the firm thinks the deal would generate. However, the firm believes that Dollar General (DG) would ultimately win a bidding war for Family Dollar, leading to wins for the shareholders of Dollar General and Family Dollar.
06:52 EDTFDOFamily Dollar upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays
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