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November 14, 2012
05:55 EDTVIAB, VIAB, WMT, WMT, GME, GME, HP, HP, ROST, ROST, DLTR, DLTRCompanies reporting Before the Market Open on Thursday, November 15th
Notable companies reporting before the opening bell include Dollar Tree (DLTR), GameStop (GME), Helmerich & Payne (HP), Ross Stores (ROST), Viacom (VIAB), Wal-Mart (WMT)
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July 28, 2014
07:12 EDTDLTRDollar Tree says CEO Bob Sasser to serve as CEO of combined company
Dollar Tree (DLTR) says Family Dollar (FDO) deal expected to be low to mid single digit percentage accretive to cash EPS in first financial year after close. Sees approximately $300M of annual run rate synergies to be achieved by third year post-closing. Says one time costs to achieve synergies of approximately $300M. Says Dollar Tree CEO Bob Sasser will serve as CEO of combined company. Says Family Dollar CEO Howard Levine to report to Sasser. Comments from slides that will be presented on Dollar Tree's conference call discussing its merger agreement to acquire Family Dollar.
06:43 EDTDLTRDollar Tree to host conference call
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06:12 EDTDLTRDollar Tree to acquire Family Dollar for $74.50 per share in cash, stock
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06:07 EDTDLTRDollar Tree to acquire Family Dollar for $74.50 per share in cash, stock
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July 27, 2014
08:58 EDTWMTWal-Mart doesn't look cheap, Barron's says
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July 24, 2014
11:32 EDTWMTWal-Mart U.S. CEO change not likely due to current trends, says RW Baird
RW Baird believes the departure of Bill Simon from his post as CEO of Wal-Mart U.S. has more to do with the executive's long-term career planning than with current trends, which the firm believes remain sluggish. Baird keeps its Outperform rating and $84 price target on Wal-Mart.
08:38 EDTWMTWal-Mart volatility at historic low into Foran succeeding Simon as U.S. CEO
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08:31 EDTWMTWal-Mart names Greg Foran as president and CEO of Walmart U.S.
Walmart announced that Greg Foran has been promoted to President and CEO of Walmart U.S. Foran succeeds Bill Simon who has been in the role since June 2010 and will be transitioning out of the company. Foran will assume his responsibilities on August 9 and will report directly to Walmart President and CEO, Doug McMillon. Simon will be available on a consulting basis for the next six months to ensure a seamless transition.
06:56 EDTWMTCourt rules Wal-Mart to show bribery probe documents, Reuters says
The Delaware Supreme Court ruled that Wal-Mart Stores must show a shareholder documentation that has to do with the firm's internal investigation of allegations it paid bribes in Mexico, according to Reuters, citing comments from a company spokeswoman. Reference Link
July 23, 2014
10:02 EDTVIAB, HPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: 21st Century Fox (FOXA) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Brinker (EAT) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Cubist (CBST) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities... DiamondRock (DRH) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at RW Baird... DuPont (DD) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... FirstMerit (FMER) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Helmerich & Payne (HP) downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at Tudor Pickering... Hexcel (HXL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Juniper (JNPR) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... King Digital (KING) downgraded at BofA/Merrill... Lexmark (LXK) downgraded at Raymond James... McDonald's (MCD) downgraded at RW Baird... Mead Johnson (MJN) downgraded to Outperform from Buy at CLSA... National Oilwell (NOV) downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at Tudor Pickering... Nintendo (NTDOY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Raytheon (RTN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Bernstein... Targa Resources (TRGP) downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at Global Hunter... Time Warner (TWX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Timmins Gold (TGD) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... United Technologies (UTX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Viacom (VIAB) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Xilinx (XLNX) downgraded at BMO Capital.
09:11 EDTHPHelmerich & Payne downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at Tudor Pickering
06:36 EDTVIABViacom downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen
July 22, 2014
12:42 EDTGMEGameStop teases 'big announcement' for tomorrow
On its official corporate Twitter feed, GameStop announced it has a "Big announcement coming tomorrow" along with a pixelated obscured image. Reference Link
06:55 EDTWMTWal-Mart reduces prices more intensly for back-to-school, Bloomberg says
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06:20 EDTVIABViacom's music group and Spotify form music streaming partnership, WSJ reports
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July 21, 2014
08:34 EDTROSTRoss Stores opens 30 new locations in June and July
Ross Stores announced the June and July openings of 23 Ross Dress for Less and seven dd's DISCOUNTS stores across 17 different states. These new locations are part of the off-price retailer's plans to add a total of approximately 75 Ross and 20 dd's DISCOUNTS stores during 2014.
06:42 EDTWMTWal-Mart adds over $102M to Indian wholesale unit, Reuters says
Wal-Mart added fresh funds worth $102.9M into its Indian wholesale division last month, according to Reuters, citing a filing made by its Indian business to the Registrar of Companies. The filing detailed that the funds were allotted as share application money. Reference Link
July 18, 2014
12:21 EDTVIABCable ad upfront volumes may drop 4% or more, WSJ says
Two of the U.S.'s biggest marketers, Procter & Gamble (PG) and General Motors (GM), have pulled back on their TV network advertising commitments in advance of the "upfront" selling season for cable networks, said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The overall volume of ad dollars committed to cable networks during the upfront, which is still under way, could be down 4% or more from last year, people familiar with the situation said. Notable owners of cable television stations include 21st Century Fox (FOXA), Time Warner (TWX), Disney (DIS), CBS (CBS), Comcast (CMCSA), Discovery (DISCA), Viacom (VIAB), and AMC Networks (AMCX). The report added that cutbacks partly reflect a shift of tv ad budgets to digital media, including online video. Google (GOOG) has a large presence in online video with YouTube and Facebook (FB) is taking steps to grow in the area. Reference Link
07:22 EDTGMETotal June video game sales up 24%, spending on games down 3%, VentureBeat says
Sales of physical video game products, including consoles, games and accessories, rose 24% from the same month of last year to $736.4M in the U.S. in June, reported VentureBeat, citing NPD Group data. Spending on games slid 3% year-over-year to $286.8M, the report noted, with NPD stating that sales of launch titles this June "did not compare favorably" to those launched in 2013. The report also noted that PS4 again outsold Xbox One in the month. Publicly traded companies in the video game space include Activision Blizzard (ATVI), Electronic Arts (EA), GameStop (GME), Take-Two (TTWO), Sony (SNE) and Microsoft (MSFT). Reference Link
06:38 EDTGMEJune NPD video game software sales fell 3%, says Piper Jaffray
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