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July 23, 2014
10:02 EDTMJNOn 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.
07:48 EDTVFCVF Corp. management to meet with Deutsche Bank
Meeting to be held in New York on July 23 hosted by Deutsche Bank.
07:28 EDTMJN, MJNMead Johnson downgraded to Outperform from Buy at CLSA
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07:14 EDTTUPTupperware Brands sees FY14 adjusted EPS $5.40-$5.50, consensus $5.73
Sees FY14 revenue down 2% to flat. Sees FY14 net interest expense around $46M.
07:12 EDTTUPTupperware Brands sees Q3 EPS 89c-94c, consensus $1.07
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07:11 EDTTUPTupperware Brands reports Q2 adjusted EPS $1.47, consensus $1.47
Reports Q2 revenue $764.3M, consensus $687.15M.
06:24 EDTMJNMead Johnson could be worth $120-$130 in a takeout, says Citigroup
Citigroup says a Wall Street Journal article yesterday about Danone (DANOY) launching a strategic review has renewed speculation in the company being a potential acquirer of Mead Johnson (MJN). Citi says a buyout of Mead is in the "realm of possibility," and it estimates the company is worth $120-$130 per share in a takeout. The firm raised its price target for Mead shares to $109 from $105 citing the company's revenue momentum following its Q2 results. Citi reiterates a Buy rating on Mead.
06:00 EDTLOInternational Game Lorillard
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Lorillard (LO) 16, International Game (IGT) 13 according to iVolatility.
July 22, 2014
14:25 EDTMJNMead Johnson calls active after WSJ says Danone seeking expansion
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14:23 EDTMJNMead Johnson jumps after WSJ says Danone started strategic review
Shares of Mead Johnson (MJN) are moving higher after the Wall Street Journal reported that Danone (DANOY) has launched a strategic review. The French company has asked its top managers to explore expansion opportunities, The Journal stated, citing a person familiar with the matter. Shares of Mead Johnson, which reported its Q2 earnings earlier today, spiked 5%, or $4.91, to $97.18 following the report. WhiteWave Foods (WWAV) also moved higher following the report.
14:15 EDTMJNMead Johnson spikes after WSJ says Danone seeking expansion opportunities
14:14 EDTMJNMead Johnson rallies to high of the day, up 6% to $98.10
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07:32 EDTMJNMead Johnson sees FY14 EPS $3.65-$3.72, consensus $3.70
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07:31 EDTMJNMead Johnson reports Q2 adjusted EPS 88c consensus 89c
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05:57 EDTLOStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LO IGT
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Lorillard (LO) 16, International Game (IGT) 11 according to iVolatility.
July 21, 2014
10:42 EDTLOOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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10:00 EDTIFFFlavors, fragrances, ingredients 'in play,' Gabelli says
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09:10 EDTLOOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Allergan (AGN), up 0.5% after Q2 results, FY14 outlook beat expectations and the company announces plans to reduce workforce by about 1,500 employees as part of restructuring. Also, Valeant (VRX) announced it has contacted both the SEC and Canadian financial authorities regarding Allergan's "apparent attempt to mislead investors and manipulate the market for Valeant common shares by continuing to make false and misleading statements regarding Valeant's business"... Extreme Networks (EXTR), up 13% after raising Q4 EPS, revenue view... Gas Natural (EGAS), up 6% after confirming it rejected $13 per share unsolicited offer from Algonquin Power... EMC (EMC), up 4.5% after the WSJ says Elliot Management took a stake of over $1B in the firm and plans to push the company to break itself up... GoPro, (GPRO), up 2.8% after initiated at several firms including Citigroup, Barclays and JPMorgan... Kandi Technologies (KNDI), up 6% after China Daily said China will not to waive a sales tax on electric cars made by foreign companies. Tesla (TSLA) is down 1% following the report. UP AFTER EARNINGS: Halliburton (HAL), up 0.5%... LOWER: Reynolds American (RAI), down 2.3% after a Florida jury hit the company with $23.6B in punitive damages in a lawsuit filed by the widow of a longtime smoker. Shares of fellow tobacco companies also fell after the jury decision, as Lorillard (LO) fell 2% and Altria (MO) slid 1.6%... Yum! Brands (YUM), down 2% after AP reported that a Shanghai TV station said a food supplier sold expired beef and chicken to the company's KFC brand in China along with to McDonald's (MCD), which is down 0.7%. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: PetMed Express (PETS), down 2.4%... Hasbro (HAS), down 1.3%.
06:19 EDTVSIVitamin Shoppe recommended ahead of Q2 report at Goldman
Goldman believes Vitamin Shoppe (VSI) competitive pressures are overblown and that the company has relatively low overlap with GNC (GNC) and that recent price cuts have had minimal impact. The firm expects Vitamin Shoppe's Q2 to mark the beginning of sharp earnings acceleration and better execution and recommends buying shares ahead of the Q2 report. Shares are rated Conviction Buy with a $60 price target.
06:12 EDTLOStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LO IGT
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Lorillard (LO) 16, International Game (IGT) 14 according to iVolatility.
July 18, 2014
16:47 EDTLOMarket ends week higher as earnings, M&A offset geopolitical tensions
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09:14 EDTVFCVF Corp. expects Europe jeans business to go back to growth again
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09:04 EDTVFCVF Corp. 'squarely on track' to meet FY14 gross margin goal of 49%
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07:40 EDTMJNMead Johnson August volatility elevated as shares near record high into Q2
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07:03 EDTVFCVF Corp. sees Q3 revenues up at a rate similar to Q2
Consensus is $3.6B. The company says "Third quarter revenues are expected to increase at a rate similar to that of the second quarter driven primarily by strength within the Outdoor & Action Sports coalition, our international operations and continued strength in our direct-to-consumer businesses. The strongest growth and profit comparisons of the year are expected in the fourth quarter, when direct-to-consumer represents the most significant contribution of the year."
07:02 EDTVFCVF Corp. sees FY14 EPS $3.06, consensus $3.09
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07:01 EDTVFCVF Corp. reports Q2 EPS 36c, consensus 35c
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06:17 EDTMJNMead Johnson risk/reward favorable into Q2 results, says Citigroup
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06:05 EDTLOStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LO IGT
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July 17, 2014
15:26 EDTVFCNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include General Electric (GE), consensus 39c; Honeywell (HON), consensus $1.36; Bank of New York Mellon (BK), consensus 56c; Johnson Controls (JCI), consensus 83c; V.F. Corporation (VFC), consensus 35c; Kansas City Southern (KSU), consensus $1.17; Autoliv (ALV), consensus $1.55.
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10:12 EDTGNC, VSIGNC drops after analyst downgrades on sales concerns
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10:00 EDTGNCOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: 21st Century Fox (FOXA) downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at ISI Group... Charter (CHTR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Covidien (COV) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Diageo (DEO) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... GNC Holdings (GNC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... International Game (IGT) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... JAVELIN Mortgage (JMI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities... Macquarie Group (MQBKY) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... PNC Financial (PNC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... PetSmart (PETM) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Rexam (REXMY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank.
07:16 EDTGNCGNC Holdings downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
Jefferies downgraded GNC Holdings to Hold citing a slowdown in industry sales trends and risk of near-term earnings disappointments. The firm lowered its price target for shares to $39 from $50.
05:58 EDTLOStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LO IGT
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05:30 EDTGNCGNC Holdings downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
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July 16, 2014
17:15 EDTFDOIcahn not happy with Family Dollar management
17:14 EDTFDOIcahn: Dollar General CEO leaving may impact possible deal with Family Dollar
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17:08 EDTFDOIcahn disappointed Dollar General CEO leaving
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15:54 EDTFDOPeltz says 'not satisfied' with performance at Family Dollar
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08:20 EDTLOCigarette makers focus on heavy users, seek growth from e-cigs, WSJ says
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06:38 EDTLOE-cigarettes being sold in many flavors, NY Times says
Tobacco companies are offering e-cigarettes with hundreds of different flavors, such as banana cream pie and cotton candy, according to The New York Times. The FDA has banned most flavors in regular cigarettes, and the agency is studying the marketing and flavors of e-cigarettes, the newspaper noted. Publicly traded companies in the space include Altria Group (MO), British American Tobacco (BTI), Lorillard (LO), Philip Morris (PM) and Reynolds American (RAI). Reference Link
05:53 EDTLOStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; LO SHPG
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Lorillard (LO) 21, Shire (SHPG) 31 according to iVolatility.
July 15, 2014
16:40 EDTLOOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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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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10:17 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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July 11, 2014
18:32 EDTLOReynolds American, Lorillard merger makes sense, Barron's reports
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16:46 EDTLOStocks end week lower on European, Fed concerns
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16:22 EDTLOOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher today, but were still lower for the week, as concerns in Europe have come back to the forefront of investors' minds. Today's modest bounce was not enough to make up for the declines seen in three of the other four sessions earlier in the week. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the June federal budget statement showed a surplus of $70.5B for the month, compared to analysts' forecast for a $79B surplus. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Wells Fargo (WFC) slipped 32c, or 0.62%, to $51.49 after the largest mortgage lender in the U.S. posted earnings of $1.01 a share that matched analysts' consensus forecast. Wells did note that its credit performance continued to improve in Q2 and CEO John Stumpf said he is "optimistic about the future" for the bank... Lorillard (LO) advanced $2.92, or 4.63%, to $66.01, while Reynolds American fell 51c, or 0.82%, to $61.75, after the two cigarette makers confirmed that they are holding talks about a possible merger, as has been speculated by various media reports in recent weeks... In another update to an ongoing M&A story, Japan's Nikkei reported that Sprint's (S) corporate parent, Softbank (SFTBF), has reached an agreement to acquire T-Mobile (TMUS) from Deutsche Telecom (DTEGY), clearing the way for the long-speculated merger between the third and fourth largest wireless carriers in the U.S. Following the new story, Sprint shares finished the day up 30c, or 3.64%, to $8.55, while T-Mobile rose 62c, or 1.89%, to $33.50. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Ruckus Wireless (RKUS), which advanced 87c, or 7.9%, to $11.88 after the FCC announced that it would allocate new funds to subsidize the launch of WiFi networks in schools and libraries. Also higher was Amazon.com (AMZN), which climbed $18.28, or 5.57%, to $346.20 after consulting firm ChannelAdvisor (ECOM) reported that the company's same-store sales growth had accelerated significantly in June compared with May. Among the noteworthy losers was Rent-A-Center (RCII), which dropped $3.18, or 10.94%, to $25.88 after the company warned that its revenue and earnings for Q2 will not meet expectations. Also lower were shares of industrial and construction supply retailer Fastenal (FAST), which fell $2.00, or 4.16%, to $46.15 after its Q2 revenue missed analysts' consensus view and the company reported plans to close 45 stores. INDEXES: The Dow was up 28.74, or 0.17%, to 16,943.81, the Nasdaq was up 19.29, or 0.44%, to 4,415.49, and the S&P 500 was up 2.83, or 0.14%, to 1,967.51.
12:36 EDTLOOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:08 EDTLOLorillard jumps after confirming buyout talks with Reynolds
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10:00 EDTLOOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Altria Group (MO) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Berkshire Hills Bancorp (BHLB) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... CGI Group (GIB) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Halozyme (HALO) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... Lorillard (LO) initiated with an Underperform at Cowen... MacroGenics (MGNX) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Philip Morris (PM) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Prothena (PRTA) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Reynolds American (RAI) initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen... Seventy Seven Energy (SSE) initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich... SouFun (SFUN) initiated with a Neutral at Macquarie... Sprouts Farmers Markets (SFM) initiated with a Neutral at Longbow... Sterling Bancorp (STL) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Xencor (XNCR) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... YPF (YPF) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... iGATE (IGTE) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair.
09:09 EDTLOOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:02 EDTLOLorillard acquisition by Reynolds may be announced soon, says Wells Fargo
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08:01 EDTLOLorillard volatility expected to move on Reynolds American confirms discussions
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07:02 EDTLOReynolds American confirms discussions about business combination
Reynolds American (RAI) confirms that it is in discussions with Lorillard (LO) regarding a possible acquisition of Lorillard. The discussions are consistent with RAI's strategy of considering a variety of options to enhance shareholder value. British American Tobacco, RAI's largest shareholder, is participating in these discussions. If the transaction proceeds, BAT expects to support the transaction by subscribing for additional shares in RAI and would maintain its existing 42% equity position in RAI. Imperial is also involved in these negotiations as a possible purchaser of brands and other assets from Lorillard and RAI. There is no assurance that any agreement will be reached by any of the parties. Unless circumstances dictate otherwise, RAI does not intend to comment further on these matters.
07:01 EDTLOLorillard confirms talks regarding potential acquisition by Reynolds American
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06:04 EDTLOImperial confirms talks with Reynolds, Lorillard over asset acquisition
Imperial Tobacco (ITYBY) notes the recent speculation relating to a potential transaction involving Reynolds American (RAI) and Lorillard (LO). Imperial confirmed it is in discussions with Reynolds and Lorillard to evaluate a possible acquisition of certain assets and brands owned by Reynolds and Lorillard. Earlier today, Financial Times reported that Reynolds and Lorillard are close to a merger agreement.
06:00 EDTRADStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; RAD BBBY
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; Rite Aid (RAD) 36, Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) 18 according to iVolatility.
05:54 EDTLOReynolds American, Lorillard close to merger agreement, FT reports
According to the Financial Times, Reynolds American (RAI) and Lorillard (LO) are close to agreeing on a merger. The companies, which would have a combined market capitalization of $56B, have agreed with British American Tobacco (BTI), which holds a 42% stake in Reynolds, on key elements of the deal, including price. The companies are currently finalizing details on which production facilities and cigarette brands would be disposed of to ease antitrust concerns. Reference Link
July 10, 2014
17:51 EDTLOLorillard initiated with an Underperform at Cowen
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12:21 EDTFDOOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:14 EDTLOLorillard jumps 2%, or $1.34, to $64.35
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11:00 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says reduced price SKUs showing 'nice' unit lifts
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10:30 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says was 'delighted' with business done on July 4th weekend
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10:21 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says operating environment likely to remain difficult
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10:11 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says in 'early stages' of turnaround
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10:05 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says long-term growth prospects remain strong
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09:15 EDTFDOOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Zumiez (ZUMZ), up 5.7% after raising Q2 outlook... DragonWave (DRWI), up 5% after reporting better than expected Q1 results... International Game (IGT), up 3.6% after Italian press report says the company will soon get a $4B offer from GTECH... United Continental (UAL), up 2.9% after reporting June traffic. LOWER: Lumber Liquidators (LL), down 23% after downgraded at Jefferies and Credit Suisse following the company's reduced full-year outlook. Tile Shop (TTS), which also serves flooring customers, down 5.5% following Lumber Liqudators' profit warning... Family Dollar (FDO), down 1.9% after reporting Q3 earnings that missed expectations... Tractor Supply (TSCO), down 5.9% after reporting Q2 preliminary results, saying it now sees FY14 results at low end of guidance range... Liquidity Services (LQDT), down 8% after revising Q3 guidance after its sales of selected rolling stock and other assets under its Surplus Contract with the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency have ceased at the request of DLA... Potbelly (PBPB), down 18% after lowering its Q2 and FY14 outlook... Memorial Production Partners (MEMP), down 7.4% after filing to sell 8.6M shares of common units for partners... Kosmos (KOS), down 3.3% after filing to sell 17M shares of common stock.
08:40 EDTVFCVF Corp. should report stronger than expected Q2 results, says Wedbush
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07:26 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says Q3 results reflect economic challenges facing core customers
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07:05 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says on track to close 370 underperforming stores by end of FY
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07:05 EDTFDOFamily Dollar sees FY14 EPS $3.07-$3.17 ex-items, consensus $3.15
Sees low single digit increase in FY14 net sales, low single digit decline in SSS. Sees approx. 525 new store openings and approximately 400 store closings. Sees FY CapEx $450M-$500M. As part of its ongoing business review, the Company is taking deliberate actions to strengthen its value proposition, increase operational efficiencies and improve its financial performance. As previously announced, the Company has: Lowered prices on nearly 1,000 basic items, investing more than $50 million, on an annualized basis, to deliver more compelling values to customers; Reduced corporate overhead and re-aligned key organizational functions to improve execution and reinforce a commitment to being an efficient, low-cost retailer; Launched a process to close approximately 370 underperforming stores in the second half of fiscal 2014. Building on efforts to capture more food trips, the Company intends to further expand its cooler program beginning in fiscal 2015; Continuing to expand traffic-driving categories with a multi-year rollout of beer and wine, beginning in fiscal 2015; and Leveraging the scale and considerable diversity of the chain to launch a multi-year clustering initiative designed to enhance store productivity. The Company’s in-depth business review remains on-going, and the Board and management team continue to evaluate additional opportunities to drive efficiency in stores, and further increase value and convenience for the customer.
07:04 EDTFDOFamily Dollar sees Q4 EPS 75c-85c ex-items, consensus 78c
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07:02 EDTFDOFamily Dollar reaffirms Q4 guidance
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07:01 EDTFDOFamily Dollar reports Q3 adjusted EPS 85c, consensus 89c
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06:07 EDTLOLorillard implied volatility of 40 at upper end of index mean range
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