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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 Portugal’s 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 Germany’s 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 18, 2014
11:53 EDTFDOFamily Dollar likely to favor a Dollar Tree bid, says Wells Fargo
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11:25 EDTLLEarnings Preview: Home Depot shares up nearly 9% since last earnings report
Home Depot (HD), a home improvement retailer, is scheduled to report second quarter results before the market opens on Tuesday, August 19, with a conference call scheduled for 9:00 am ET. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.45 on revenue of $23.62B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.41-$1.49 on revenue of $22.9B-$24.08B. LAST QUARTER: Home Depot reported first quarter EPS of $1.00 against estimates for 99c on revenue of $19.69B against estimates of $19.95B. The company said same-store sales increased 2.6%, with U.S. SSS up 3.3%. The company raised its fiscal year 2014 EPS view to $4.42 from $4.38 against estimates at that time for $4.42. The retailer also backed its FY14 sales growth view of up 4.8% from fiscal year 2013. On its Q4 earnings conference call, Home Depot forecast gross margins for FY14 would be "about the same" as last year. For the remainder of the year, the company said its view on the housing market recovery had not changed. NEWS: At Oppenheimer's 14th Annual Consumer Conference in June, Home Depot reaffirmed its 4.8% sales growth view for the year and said SSS growth would be 4.6%. The company also said it expected $7B in share repurchases for FY14. The retailer also said it intends to increase its dividend every year. The Wall Street Journal said Home Depot is among the retailers betting that consumer basics, like toilet paper or detergent, will increase sales and lure shoppers into stores. STREET RESEARCH: Citigroup expects Home Depot shares will continue outperforming Lowe's (LOW) in the near-term given its store base concentration and better merchandising effort on the Pro side. Deutsche Bank lowered its estimates for both Home Depot 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. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Home Depot shares are up almost 9%. Year-to-date, shares are up over 2%.
09:03 EDTFDOOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:47 EDTFDODollar General says would slow store opening growth in Family Dollar deal
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08:35 EDTFDODollar General says emphasis is getting deal 'put to bed'
Says when deal gets done, "Family Dollar (FDO) will look exactly like Dollar General inside." Says is a "huge fan" of Todd Vasos, who would lead the integration, but does not comment on whether Vasos will succeed Dollar General (DG) CEO Rick Dreiling, who will retire in May 2016. Doesn't see antitrust issues as "insurmountable."
08:23 EDTFDODollar General says has expressed interest in Family Dollar 'multiple times'
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08:18 EDTFDODollar General says can mange Family Dollar 'more efficiently and effectively'
Dollar General (DG) says it believes its proposal "far superior" for Family Dollar (FDO) shareholders. Believes company can manage Family Dollar "more efficiently and effectively." Sees approximately $300M-$400M in one-time costs to capture synergies. Sees investment of $400M in CapEx. Says proposed deal would be low double digit percentage accretive in year one, ex-integration and transformation costs. Dollar General notes commitment to return to investment grade credit profile, anticipated three years post closing. Says positioned for long term revenue and earnings growth. Says ready to move to complete due diligence on Family Dollar deal. Says synergies expected to ramp up throughout three-year period. Comments made on Dollar General's conference call discussing its acquisition proposal of Family Dollar for $78.50 per share.
08:05 EDTLLLumber Liquidators price target lowered to $77 from $84 at Canaccord
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06:27 EDTFDODollar General to host conference call
Conference call to discuss acquisition proposal of Family Dollar will be held on August 18 at 8 am. Webcast Link
06:24 EDTFDOOptions expected to be active
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06:13 EDTFDODollar General makes proposal to acquire Family Dollar for $78.50 per share
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06:10 EDTFDODollar General makes proposal to acquire Family Dollar for $78.50 per share
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06:03 EDTFDODollar General makes $78.50/share offer for Family Dollar, CNBC reports
Dollar General (DG) will announce today a $78.50 per share in cash offer to acquire Family Dollar (FDO), CNBC's Andrew Ross Sorkin reports. Dollar Tree (DLTR) is seeking to buy Family Dollar for $74.50 per share.
06:00 EDTFDODollar General offers to buy Family Dollar for $78.50/share, CNBC reports
August 14, 2014
17:16 EDTFDOPaulson & Co gives quarterly update on stakes
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14:10 EDTTRWTRW buyout talks said to hinge on ZF-Bosch jv exit, Bloomberg reports
ZF Friedrichshafen’s plans to acquire TRW Automotive are being delayed as the German company works to unravel its 50-50 steering-systems joint venture with Robert Bosch GmbH, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. Reference Link
10:05 EDTTRWOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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August 13, 2014
16:17 EDTTRWTRW Automotive initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse
Target $106.
August 12, 2014
07:36 EDTFDODollar Tree filing shows Family Dollar talks underway before Icahn involvement
A regulatory filing explaining the history of the merger agreement between Dollar Tree (DLTR) and Family Dollar (FDO) showed that, on February 24, a representative of Dollar Tree's financial advisor, JPMorgan, made a telephone call to a representative of Morgan Stanley to express Dollar Tree's interest in discussing a potential business combination transaction with Family Dollar. The filing also states that on June 6 Carl Icahn and certain of his affiliates filed a Schedule 13D disclosing that together they beneficially owned approximately 9.39% of the then-outstanding shares of Family Dollar common stock and that they wished to discuss with Family Dollar its business and strategies to enhance stockholder value. That day, Icahn telephoned Howard Levine, Chairman and CEO of Family Dollar, to discuss the Schedule 13D filing and to express an interest in additional communications with Family Dollar's management regarding the company's current operations and future plans, including potential strategic opportunities and potential business combination transactions. Levine asked Icahn whether he would be willing to sign a non-disclosure agreement and Icahn declined, the filing stated. Additionally on June 6, a member of the board of directors of "Company A" emailed Levine to suggest that they speak. On June 7, Levine and the member of the board of directors of Company A had a telephone conversation, during which the representative of Company A "indicated that Company A would be reluctant to participate in the negotiation of a transaction with Family Dollar if Mr. Icahn were to have a role in or control over the process," the filing states, without identifying Company A. Many, including the Wall Street Journal, have surmised that "Company A" in the filing may refer to Dollar General (DG).
August 11, 2014
10:24 EDTCRAYCray management to meet with Sterne Agee
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