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January 26, 2015
10:38 EDTFDOFamily Dollar reports January preliminary SSS up 1.2%
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07:26 EDTBUDAnheuser-Busch acquires Seattle brewer Elysian Brewing
Anheuser-Busch announced late Friday that it has agreed to purchase Elysian Brewing Company, based in Seattle, Washington. Elysian sold more than 50,000 barrels of beer in 2014, with Immortal IPA accounting for more than a quarter of the company’s total volume. In addition to the Seattle Airport Way brewery, the acquisition includes the company’s four Seattle brewpubs, Elysian Capitol Hill, Elysian Tangletown, Elysian Fields and Elysian BAR. Anheuser-Busch’s purchase of Elysian is expected to close by the end of the first quarter of 2015. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
January 25, 2015
17:53 EDTLOWorries persist on Reynolds-Lorillard deal getting FTC approval, WSJ says
Shareholders are expected to approve the combination of tobacco companies Reynolds-American (RAI) and Lorillard (LO) this week but the real concern for the deal that will result in a formidable competitor to rival Marlboro maker and market leader Altria Group (MO) is whether the FTC approves of the deal, says the Wall Street Journal. British American Tobacco (BTI), which owns 42% of Reynolds, agreed to vote for the deal which will make the third party to the deal, Imperial Tobacco Group (ITYBY), the No. 3 player in the U.S.,as Imperial agreed to pay $7B for Reynolds’ Winston, Salem and Kool brands and Lorillard’s Maverick cigarette and Blu e-cigarette brands, added the Wall Street Journal report. Reference Link
January 22, 2015
17:31 EDTFDOTrian Fund Management voting restrictions with Family Dollar have terminated
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10:05 EDTVFCHigh option volume stocks
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09:37 EDTFDODollar Tree says Family Dollar merger could close as soon as March
Dollar Tree (DLTR) commented on the outcome of the shareholder vote of Family Dollar Stores (FDO) to approve the pending merger with Dollar Tree. It said, "Today’s vote of approval by Family Dollar shareholders represents a crucial step toward combining Dollar Tree, North America’s leading fixed-price point discount retailer, with Family Dollar, a leading multi-price point retailer with a 50+ year history of serving low and middle income customers By adding Family Dollar to our portfolio of brands, Dollar Tree will soon operate more than 13,000 stores in 48 states and five Canadian provinces with annual sales exceeding $18 billion. This merger enhances our geographic footprint and diversifies our business model. We intend to operate and grow both banners." Dollar Tree added that "several steps" need to take place to facilitate the successful completion of the acquisition. By the end of January, Dollar Tree expects to reach a preliminary agreement with the FTC staff on the list of substantially all of the stores to be divested. Dollar Tree then plans to finalize divestiture agreements with the selected buyers, to address any concerns of the investigating state attorneys general, and to execute a consent order with the FTC’s Bureau of Competition. Dollar Tree and Family Dollar have agreed to provide the FTC with four weeks’ notice prior to closing. Dollar Tree expects to initiate this four-week notice period after Dollar Tree executes a consent decree with the FTC’s Bureau of Competition, which should enable the closing of the merger as soon as March 2015.
09:25 EDTFDOFamily Dollar shareholders approve Dollar Tree merger
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09:24 EDTFDOFamily Dollar shareholders approve Dollar Tree merger
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09:23 EDTFDODollar General says Rick Dreiling to continue as chairman and CEO
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09:21 EDTFDOFamily Dollar holders approve Dollar Tree deal, Bloomberg reports
Family Dollar (FDO) shareholders approved today the buyout offer from Dollar Tree (DLTR), Bloomberg reports.
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
09:37 EDTLOLorillard to host special shareholder meeting
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January 20, 2015
10:44 EDTLOWells sees tobacco stocks as 'place to be' for 2015
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07:21 EDTLOWells Fargo calls Tobacco 'place to be,' upgrades Altria Group
Wells Fargo calls the U.S. Tobacco sector the "place to be" in consumer staples in 2015. Wells lists positive catalysts for the group as stronger pricing power, protection from currency risk and upside potential from e-cigarettes. The firm says Reynolds American (RAI) remains its top pick and it raised its price target range for shares to $79-$81 from $69-$71. Wells upgraded Altria Group (MO) to Outperform from Market Perform with an increased price target range of $56-$58. The firm also has an Outperform rating on Lorillard (LO). Wells has a "high conviction" that Reynolds' deal with Lorillard will be approved by the FTC in March or April.
January 16, 2015
10:01 EDTFDOOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:50 EDTVFCVF Corp. price target raised to $85 from $76 at Susquehanna
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06:02 EDTFDOFamily Dollar downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
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05:53 EDTRADStocks with implied volatility movement; FXE RAD
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Euro Currency Trust (FXE) 14, Rite Aid (RAD) 47 according to iVolatility.
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.
10:37 EDTMJNKraft rises after Goldman gets less cautious on food space, ups stock to buy
Shares of Kraft Foods (KRFT) are climbing after Goldman Sachs upgraded the stock to Buy and placed the shares on its Conviction List. WHAT'S NEW: Costs for food makers are declining as commodity prices drop, Goldman Sachs analyst Judy Hong wrote in a note to investors today. Kraft is among the U.S. food companies that benefits the most from lower costs, the analyst stated. Additionally, Kraft's pricing power is one of the strongest in the group and it is heavily exposed to the U.S. economy, the analyst stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Hong's upgrade of Kraft was part of a note in which she took a more balanced view of the U.S. consumer staples sector. The analyst upgraded the Food sector to Neutral from Cautious, noting that consumer staples stocks with outsized exposure to the U.S. market should be boosted by strong U.S. growth and more favorable foreign exchange dynamics than their peers. In addition to Kraft, the analyst identified the following stocks as her top picks within the consumer staples sector: Monster Beverage (MNST), Constellation Brands (STZ), Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR), Freshpet (FRPT), Mead Johnson (MJN), and Estee Lauder (EL). Goldman also upgraded Hershey (HSY), Dr. Pepper Snapple (DPS), and Clorox (CLX), all to Neutral from Sell, downgraded cigarette maker Philip Morris (PM) to Sell from Neutral and downgraded brewer Molson Coors (TAP) to Neutral from Buy. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Kraft climbed 3.7% to $65 per share.
09:40 EDTBUDAB InBev's Bud Light Button to offer beer delivery in an hour, WSJ reports
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09:15 EDTFDOOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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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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January 14, 2015
19:14 EDTFDOGlass Lewis recommends Family Dollar stockholders vote for Dollar Tree merger
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14:27 EDTRADRite Aid says still has 'very solid' script volume trends
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14:18 EDTRADRite Aid sees FY15 net income $342.5M, consensus 34c
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10:40 EDTFDOISS recommends Family Dollar stockholders vote 'for' merger with Dollar Tree
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10:39 EDTFDOISS recommends Family Dollar stockholders vote 'for' merger with Dollar Tree
10:14 EDTFDOISS recommends Family Dollar holders support Dollar Tree deal
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08:37 EDTFDO3D Systems says David Styka joins company as Chief Accounting Officer
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January 13, 2015
10:08 EDTTUPHigh option volume stocks
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