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November 13, 2012
04:55 EDTVSI, VSI, VSI, TUP, TUP, TUP, VFC, VFC, VFC, ENR, ENR, ENR, MJN, MJN, MJN, RAD, RAD, RAD, BEAM, BEAM, BEAM, LO, LO, LO, FDO, FDO, FDO, GNC, GNC, GNC, IFF, IFF, IFF, BUD, BUD, BUDJP Morgan to host a conference
Global Consumer & Retail Conference is being held in New York on November 13-15.
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July 15, 2014
12:21 EDTLOOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday despite better than expected quarterly reports from two of the nation's largest financial institutions. Stock futures improved during the pre-market trading session, leading to a higher open for the broader market, following better than expected earnings reports from JP Morgan (JPM) and Goldman Sachs (GS). The earnings news also came alongside another huge M&A deal, as tobacco giants Reynolds American (RAI) and Lorillard (LO) confirmed plans to merge. However, the major averages weakened throughout the morning and fell into negative ground against the backdrop of Fed Chair Janet Yellen giving testimony on Capital Hill. In the Board of Governors' Monetary Policy Report, the central bank said valuation metrics in "some sectors" appear substantially stretched, "particularly those for smaller firms in the social media and biotechnology industries." ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales increased 0.2% in June compared to the month prior, making for the weakest reading since January and missing the consensus forecast for an increase of 0.6%. The Empire State manufacturing index climbed to a four-year high of 25.6 in July, beating expectations for a reading of 16.5. Import prices rose 0.1% in June, with export prices slipping 0.4%. Business inventories grew 0.5% in May, which was just below the 0.6% consensus growth expectation. In Europe, Germany's ZEW survey missed expectations, as both its Current Situation and Expectations reading were lower than forecast. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of JPMorgan advanced nearly 4% after the bank reported a profit of $1.46 a share, which included a legal expense of 13c a share, beating analysts' consensus forecast of $1.29. The earnings report comes after CEO Jamie Dimon recently disclosed that he has throat cancer. During the company's conference call, Dimon said he was "feeling great," that doctors had found no evidence of cancer anywhere except in the location where it had originally been detected, and that his prognosis for recovery is "excellent"... Also in the large-cap bank sector, Goldman Sachs' headline earnings and revenue similarly beat expectations. The firm, which said it ranks first in worldwide announced and completed mergers and acquisitions for the year-to-date, advanced about 1% following its report... Along with JPMorgan in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) reported quarterly sales and profits that beat expectations and the healthcare conglomerate raised its fiscal year EPS view to $5.85-$5.92 from $5.75-$5.85. However, its increased outlook range still fell short of the $5.90 per share consensus forecast that analysts had prior to its report... Reynolds American confirmed news that has been speculated for many weeks, announcing that it will acquire peer Lorillard in a cash-and-stock transaction currently valued at $68.88 per Lorillard share, or a total of $27.4B, including the assumption of net debt. Shares of both fell afterward, with Lorillard down 8% to trade near $61.75 at midday and Reynolds slipping 5%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was small-cap pharma biotechnology research company Codexis (CDXS), which surged nearly 50% after announcing a collaboration and license agreement with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). Among the noteworthy losers was Aaron's (AAN), which is engaged in the lease ownership and retail sale of a variety of consumer products. Its stock fell over 6% after the company lowered its second quarter outlook, citing lower than expected performance of its core business as the reason for the revision. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 33.45, or 0.2%, to 17,021.97, the Nasdaq was down 40.48, or 0.91%, to 4,399.94, and the S&P 500 was down 9.24, or 0.47%, to 1,967.86.
11:26 EDTLOReynolds American CEO says Newport brand enhances portfolio
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10:37 EDTFDO, LOOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:17 EDTLOLorillard falls after Reynolds American acquisition, levels to watch
The shares are down over 7.3% to $62.27 at time of writing. At that price next support is at $61.42, the low of the day. Resistance is at $63.11, the opening price of the day.
10:00 EDTMJNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:21 EDTLOOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:17 EDTLOCowen tobacco/beverages analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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07:25 EDTLOReynolds American & Lorillard to host joint conference call
Conference call to discuss agreement to acquire Lorillard, Inc. will be held on July 15 at 8 am. Webcast Link
07:20 EDTLOImperial Tobacco to acquire U.S. cigarette brands owned by Lorillard for $7.1B
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07:15 EDTLOBritish American to invest $4.7B in Reynolds-Lorillard deal, suspend buyback
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07:12 EDTLOBritish American Tobacco to suspend GBP1.5B buyback program from July 30
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07:12 EDTLOBritish American Tobacco to invest $4.7B as part of Reynolds-Lorillard deal
07:11 EDTLOReynolds American to acquire Lorillard in transaction valued at $68.88 per share
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07:06 EDTLOReynolds American to acquire Lorillard in transaction valued at $27.4B
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05:46 EDTMJNMead Johnson upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman Sachs upgraded Mead Johnson to Buy saying the company's results should beat expectations while it remains an attractive takeover candidate. Goldman raised its price target for shares to $107 from $91.
July 14, 2014
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08:24 EDTLOReynolds American upgraded at RBC Capital
As noted earlier, RBC Capital upgraded Reynolds American (RAI) to Outperform from Sector Perform. After Reynolds and Lorillard (LO) confirmed that they are in talks about an acquisition of Lorillard by Reynolds, RBC Capital expects a deal to take place soon and thinks Reynolds' stock could rally to $72 on a deal. Target to $72 from $52.
07:09 EDTLODecrease in lawsuits could help Reynolds, Lorillard merger, Reuters says
Analysts who follow the smoking industry are saying that the leveling-off of smoking-related lawsuits against U.S. tobacco companies could making it more likely that a merger between Reynolds American (RAI) and Lorillard (LO) will transpire, reported Reuters. Reference Link
06:27 EDTBUDAB InBev considering bid for SABMiller, FT reports
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