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October 30, 2014
08:31 EDTRADRite Aid reports October SSS up 5.5%
For the four weeks ended Oct. 25, 2014, same store sales increased 5.5 percent over the prior-year period. October front-end same store sales increased 2.0 percent. Pharmacy same store sales, which included an approximate 228 basis points negative impact from new generic introductions, increased 7.1 percent. Prescription count at comparable stores increased 4.9 percent over the prior-year period. Total drugstore sales for the four-week period increased 5.0 percent to $2.058 billion compared to $1.961 billion for the same period last year.
07:44 EDTLOReynolds, Lorillard merger presents unique challenge to regulators, Reuters says
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07:33 EDTGNCGNC Holdings backs FY14 adjusted EPS $2.85, consensus $2.84
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07:32 EDTGNCGNC Holdings reports Q3 retail segment revenue down 1.4% to $480.7M
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07:31 EDTGNCGNC Holdings reports Q3 adjusted EPS 75c, consensus 74c
Reports Q3 revenue $656.3M, consensus $666.08M; Reports Q3 SSS down 6.9%.
06:28 EDTRADMajor merchant group could accept NFC technology, NY Times says
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06:04 EDTRADMCX says unauthorized parties obtained email addresses of CurrentC participants
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October 29, 2014
15:41 EDTGNCNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:21 EDTBUDEarnings Preview: Altria Group up more than 13% since Q2 report
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07:53 EDTRADMCX member stores block Apple Pay amid threat of fines, NY Times says
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October 28, 2014
17:36 EDTFDOFamily Dollar mails proxy materials for December 11 Special Meeting
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13:09 EDTLOOptions with increasing implied volatility
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07:41 EDTVSIVitamin Shoppe risk/reward looks reasonably attractive, says RW Baird
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06:38 EDTRADApple says Apple Pay in 220,000 locations already, Business Insider reports
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06:05 EDTRADApple head responds as retailers bar Pay service, Reuters says
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October 27, 2014
10:00 EDTRADOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:33 EDTRADRite Aid initiated with a Buy at ISI Group
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07:22 EDTENREnergizer to benefit from Duracell separation, says Wells Fargo
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07:15 EDTRADWal-Mart, Best Buy among companies rejecting Apple Pay, Business Insider says
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07:08 EDTIFFInternational Flavors board appoints CEO Andreas Fibig as chairman
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06:09 EDTRADCVS may be disabling NFC to shut down Apple Pay, Google Wallet, MacRumors says
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October 24, 2014
17:17 EDTFDOHoward Levine reduces stake in Family Dollar to 7.78% from 8.17%
10:03 EDTLOOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Align Technology (ALGN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Brandywine Realty (BDN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Feltl... Carpenter Technology (CRS) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Check Point (CHKP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Diamond Offshore (DO) upgraded at ISI Group... Digital Realty (DLR) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Cowen... EQT Corporation (EQT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at SunTrust... Education Realty (EDR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at MLV & Co.... Gigamon (GIMO) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Halliburton (HAL) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Invacare (IVC) upgraded at KeyBanc... Knight Transportation (KNX) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Logitech (LOGI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Lorillard (LO) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Cowen... Maxim Integrated (MXIM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... NCR Corp. (NCR) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Nabors Industries (NBR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Nucor (NUE) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Old National Bancorp (ONB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Plexus (PLXS) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Potash (POT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at TD Securities... Reliance Steel (RS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... ResMed (RMD) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair... Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Swift Transport (SWFT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Vulcan Materials (VMC) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Weatherford (WFT) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup.
07:58 EDTBUDMolson Coors seen as winner if peers merge, Bloomberg says
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06:39 EDTLOLorillard upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Cowen
Price target is $62.
06:15 EDTVFCVF Corp. executive could become next Aldo Group CEO, WSJ reports
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October 23, 2014
12:12 EDTRADRite Aid management to meet with Guggenheim
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10:01 EDTTUPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: 3D Systems (DDD) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Brean Capital... Angie's List (ANGI) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Avalon Rare Metals (AVL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup... Axiall (AXLL) downgraded at Cowen... BB&T (BBT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Boeing (BA) downgraded at Credit Suisse... Boulder Brands (BDBD) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Citrix (CTXS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Drexel Hamilton... ClickSoftware (CKSW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Lake Street... DTS, Inc. (DTSI) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... GulfMark Offshore (GLF) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... Home Loan Servicing (HLSS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... ICON plc (ICLR) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at First Analysis... IPC The Hospitalist Co. (IPCM) downgraded to Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Melco Crown (MPEL) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Nomura... Mercer (MERC) downgraded at Credit Suisse... ONEOK Partners (OKS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Owens Corning (OC) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Regency Energy Partners (RGP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... The Medicines Co. (MDCO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Tupperware Brands (TUP) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Union Bankshares (UBSH) downgraded at RW Baird... VOC Energy Trust (VOC) downgraded at RBC Capital... Yelp (YELP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel.
07:36 EDTMJNMead Johnson reaffirms FY14 adjusted EPS $3.65-$3.72, consensus $3.72
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07:35 EDTMJNMead Johnson reports Q3 EPS 93c, consensus 90c
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07:34 EDTMJNMead Johnson reaffirms FY EPS guidance
07:05 EDTLOLorillard says on track to close Reynolds American merger in 1H15
The company said, "We are very excited about completing the combination with Reynolds, which we expect to occur in the first half of 2015, as it delivers significant and immediate value to our shareholders, as well as a meaningful ownership stake in the combined company that will enjoy multiple flagship tobacco brands well-positioned for continued long-term success."
07:04 EDTLOLorillard reports Q3 adjusted EPS 90c, consensus 90c
Reports Q3 revenue $1.83B, consensus $1.33B. Lorillard retail market share of cigarettes for Q3 was 15.1%, increasing 0.3 share points compared to the corresponding period of 2013. Newport retail market share for Q3 was 12.8%, increasing 0.3 share points versus last year.
05:50 EDTTUPTupperware Brands downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan
JPMorgan downgraded Tupperware Brands to Neutral with a $71 price target citing reduced earnings expectations following the company's Q3 results.
October 22, 2014
15:37 EDTMJN, LONotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Comcast (CMCSA), consensus 71c; Union Pacific (UNP), consensus $1.52; 3M (MMM), consensus $1.96; AbbVie (ABBV), consensus 77c; Celgene (CELG), consensus 95c; Eli Lilly (LLY), consensus 67c; Occidental Petroleum (OXY), consensus $1.57; Caterpillar (CAT), consensus $1.36; Alexion Pharmaceuticals (ALXN), consensus $1.16; Precision Castparts (PCP), consensus $3.32; Raytheon (RTN), consensus $1.60; American Electric Power (AEP), consensus $1.02; Southwest Airlines (LUV), consensus 53c; Lorillard (LO), consensus 90c; T. Rowe Price (TROW), consensus $1.15; Mead Johnson (MJN), consensus 91c; Zimmer Holdings (ZMH), consensus $1.30; Nucor (NUE), consensus 73c; Nielsen (NLSN), consensus 65c; Prologis (PLD), consensus 46c; Sigma-Aldrich (SIAL), consensus $1.06; Under Armour (UA), consensus 40c; EQT (EQT), consensus 56c; Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS), consensus 88c; Cameron International (CAM), consensus $1.10; Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), consensus 89c; Quest Diagnostics (DGX), consensus $1.08; CMS Energy (CMS), consensus 41c; Airgas (ARG), consensus $1.29; PulteGroup (PHM), consensus 36c; Diamond Offshore (DO), consensus 79c; Bemis (BMS), consensus 67c.
12:44 EDTMJNOptions with increasing implied volatility: OCN MJN HSY
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10:30 EDTMJNMead Johnson volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
Mead Johnson November call option implied volatility is at 40, January is at 31; compared to its 26-week average of 27 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on October 23.
07:12 EDTTUPTupperware Brands sees FY14 EPS ex-items $5.21-$5.26, consensus $5.39
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07:10 EDTTUPTupperware Brands sees Q4 EPS ex-items $1.55-$1.60, consensus $1.70
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07:08 EDTTUPTupperware Brands reports Q3 adjusted EPS 90c, consensus 91c
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October 21, 2014
17:27 EDTFDOFamily Dollar certifies substantial compliance with FTC
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11:31 EDTMJNMead Johnson announces expansion of production capacity in Evansville
Mead Johnson Nutrition Company announced that it is expanding its production capacity and capabilities at its Evansville, Indiana, facility. These latest upgrades to the Evansville campus, including the renovation and repurposing of existing manufacturing space, as well as the installation of new production equipment, are scheduled to begin later this year. This investment further demonstrates Mead Johnsonís commitment to continuous innovation and responsiveness to evolving consumer needs.
11:15 EDTTUPHigh option volume stocks
High option volume stocks: DBA TUP CRI FCG TWC PLL ACM XRS RAI AMTD
09:12 EDTGNCGNC, eBay, Vivendi recommended as long ideas by Sandler, Bloomberg reports
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08:03 EDTRADCVS offering drug plan with higher co-pay at stores selling tobacco, WSJ says
CVS Health (CVS), which stopped selling tobacco products last month, is now offering a prescription-drug plan via its pharmacy benefits unit Caremark that charges patients copayments that are up to $15 higher on prescriptions filled where tobacco is sold, which includes at rival pharmacies operated by Walgreen (WAG) and Rite-Aid (RAD), reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
07:11 EDTLOReynolds American says responding to second request from FTC regarding Lorillard
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October 20, 2014
16:20 EDTMJNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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14:46 EDTVSI, GNCVitamin Shoppe may hire adviser amid pressure for deal, Reuters says
Vitamin Shoppe (VSI), which has been urged by activist shareholders to consider a sale, is speaking to banks and may hire a financial adviser, according to Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter. Note that Reuters previously reported on September 18 that some large Vitamin Shoppe holders have urged the company to consider a sale to rival GNC Holdings (GNC) or to a private equity buyer. That same day, The Financial Times reported that GNC was considering a possible sale after receiving attention from private equity suitors. Following this latest report from Reuters, shares of Vitamin Shoppe are up 6.7% to $45.23 in afternoon trading, while GNC shares are up over 3% to $38.88. Reference Link
14:33 EDTVSIVitamin Shoppe up over 6%, near highs of session
14:21 EDTVSIVitamin Shoppe may appoint adviser as activist pressure continues, Reuters says
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12:37 EDTMJNOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:44 EDTVFCVF Corp dips lower after Q3 earnings miss consensus expectations
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10:14 EDTMJNMead Johnson volatility elevated, Danone not carrying out a review for takeover
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09:22 EDTMJNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:17 EDTVFCVF Corp. says 'on track' to add 150 new stores this year
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09:09 EDTVFCVF Corp. says 'on track' to achieve FY14 growth expectations
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08:31 EDTFDOFamily Dollar sets Oct. 30 as record date for special meeting of stockholders
Family Dollar Stores (FDO) announced that October 30, 2014 has been established as the record date for determining stockholders entitled to receive notice of, and to vote at, the Special Meeting of Stockholders, at which stockholders will be asked to adopt the previously announced merger agreement, as amended, with Dollar Tree (DLTR).
07:03 EDTVFCVF Corp. raises FY14 EPS view to $3.08 from $3.06
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07:01 EDTVFCVF Corp. increases quarterly dividend 22% to 32c per share
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07:01 EDTVFCVF Corp. reports Q3 EPS $1.08, consensus $1.09
Reports Q3 revenue $3.5B, consensus $3.57B.
06:07 EDTMJNMead Johnson downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
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06:00 EDTMJNDanone acquisition of Mead would not be well received, says Bernstein
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October 19, 2014
13:21 EDTMJNDanone says not carrying out review on Mead Johnson takeover, Reuters says
In response to reports on Friday that French food company Danone (DANOY) was pursuing a takeover of pediatric nutrition company Mead Johnson (MJN), Danone made a statement on Sunday saying that it was not carrying out a review of a Mead Johnson takeover, says Reuters. Reference Link
October 17, 2014
17:36 EDTFDOFamily Dollar says will review Elliot notice on directors in due course
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16:17 EDTMJNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:09 EDTFDOElliott Advisors expresses concerns over Family Dollar merger, nominates slate
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12:57 EDTMJNDanone to pursue takeover of Mead Johnson, sources say, Reuters reports
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12:48 EDTMJNMead Johnson calls active on Danone will pursue takeover report
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12:36 EDTMJNDanone will pursue Mead Johnson takeover, sources say, Reuters reports
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08:39 EDTVFCVF Corp. management to meet with JPMorgan
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