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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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January 22, 2015
07:34 EDTUALUnited Continental reports 2014 consolidated PRASM up 1.6%
Full-year 2014 consolidated unit costs, excluding special charges, third-party business expenses, fuel and profit sharing, increased 1.3% year-over-year on a consolidated capacity increase of 0.3%. Full-year 2014 CASM, including those items, decreased 1.6% year-over-year. Consolidated revenue passenger miles increased 0.1% and consolidated available seat miles increased 0.9% year-over-year for the fourth quarter, resulting in a fourth-quarter consolidated load factor of 81.7%. Fourth-quarter 2014 consolidated PRASM increased 0.4% and consolidated yield increased 1.3% compared to the fourth quarter of 2013.
07:32 EDTUALUnited Continental reports Q4 EPS excl items $1.20, consensus $1.22
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06:05 EDTFDOFamily Dollar investors expected to approve Dollar Tree deal, NY Post reports
Family Dollar (FDO) investors are poised to approve Dollar Tree's (DLTR) $8.5B cash and stock takeover offer at a meeting today, The New York Post reports. Reference Link
January 21, 2015
15:27 EDTUALNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:27 EDTUALUnited Continental volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
United Continental January weekly call option implied volatility is at 90, February is at 52, March is at 49; compared to its 26-week average of 44 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 on January 22.
06:23 EDTUALUnited may switch Boeing 787 Dreamliner order to larger 777-300ERs, WSJ says
United Continental (UAL) is close to a deal to change at least 10 of its Boeing (BA) 787 Dreamliners that are on order to 777-300ER jetliners, which are larger, The Wall Street Journal reports, citing two sources. The deal is in the process of being finalized, the sources say, and would help preserve Boeing's production rates and transition to the 777x. Reference Link
January 20, 2015
06:39 EDTUALU.S. airlines may buy back shares amid cheap oil, WSJ reports
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January 16, 2015
10:20 EDTCRAYCray management to meet with Sterne Agee
Meeting to be held in London on January 23 hosted by Sterne Agee.
10:01 EDTFDOOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:02 EDTFDOFamily Dollar downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
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January 15, 2015
15:06 EDTFDOFamily Dollar downgraded at Credit Suisse citing Dollar Tree progress on deal
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14:53 EDTFDOFamily Dollar downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse
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11:20 EDTFDOFamily Dollar to host special shareholder meeting
Special shareholder meeting to vote on the merger with Dollar Tree will be held in Charlotte, NC on January 22 at 9 am.
10:06 EDTUALUnited Continental sees special charges of $226M in Q4
The company said in a filing that it expects to record special charges of $226M, or $232M before income taxes, for Q4. he company recorded $141M of costs related primarily to a voluntary early-out program for its flight attendants. More than 2,500 participants elected a one-time opportunity to voluntarily separate from the company and will receive a severance payment, with a maximum value of $100,000 per participant, based on years of service, with retirement dates from Nov. 30, 2014 through the end of 2015. The company will record additional expense associated with this program through 2015 over the remaining required service periods. The company recorded a charge of $16M related to its annual assessment of impairment of its indefinite-lived intangible assets. On Oct. 10, 2014, United used cash to retire, at par, the entire $248M principal balance of the 6% Convertible Junior Subordinated Debentures and the 6% Convertible Preferred Securities, Term Income Deferrable Equity Securities. The $53M expense is primarily associated with the write off of non-cash debt discounts recorded on the TIDES due to purchase accounting during the merger with Continental Airlines in 2010.
09:15 EDTFDOOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:20 EDTUALUnited Continental upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill
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08:08 EDTFDODollar General says has held talks with various parties on stores
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08:07 EDTFDODollar General says 'chosen not to be constrained by timing agreement with FTC'
08:02 EDTFDODollar General provides update on FTC review of proposed acquisition of Family Dollar
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07:28 EDTFDOFamily Dollar to host special shareholder meeting
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