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News For VSI;IFF;GNC;FDO;LO;BEAM;RAD;MJN;ENR;VFC;TUP;BUD From The Last 14 Days
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October 24, 2014
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 EDTLO, MJNNotable 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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October 15, 2014
11:27 EDTFDOOptions with decreasing implied volatility
Options with decreasing implied volatility: EXAS INO ATLS LOCO OPK INFY EUO FDO
October 14, 2014
10:01 EDTENROn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AU Optronics (AUO) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... Antero Resources (AR) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... BHP Billiton (BHP) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... Bill Barrett (BBG) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... BorgWarner (BWA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... CRH Plc. (CRH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Comstock Resources (CRK) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Cracker Barrel (CBRL) upgraded at Argus... Delphi Automotive (DLPH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... EOG Resources (EOG) upgraded at Bernstein... Eaton (ETN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Energizer (ENR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Energy Transfer Equity (ETE) upgraded to Outperform at RW Baird... Federal-Mogul (FDML) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Ford (F) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Buckingham... Gulfport Energy (GPOR) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group... Halcon Resources (HK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... HeartWare (HTWR) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... Helmerich & Payne (HP) upgraded to Outperform at FBR Capital... Legg Mason (LM) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Level 3 (LVLT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Gabelli... Magnum Hunter (MHR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... NetScout (NTCT) upgraded at DA Davidson... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded to Buy with $600 target at BTIG... Newfield Exploration (NFX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... Nielsen (NLSN) upgraded at Bernstein... Orbitz (OWW) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... PDC Energy (PDCE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KLR Group... Rackspace (RAX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Evercore... Range Resources (RRC) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at KLR Group... Rex Energy (REXX) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... SM Energy (SM) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Sanchez Energy (SN) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at KLR Group... Targa Resources (TRGP) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Tudor Pickering... Unilife (UNIS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Ladenburg... Universal Forest (UFPI) upgraded at Sterne Agee.
05:40 EDTENREnergizer upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
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October 13, 2014
12:01 EDTFDOOptions with decreasing implied volatility
Options with decreasing implied volatility: EXAS INFY YUM FDO HSY
10:08 EDTRADOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:47 EDTRADRite Aid initiated with a Market Perform at Cowen
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07:26 EDTBUDAB InBev has studied potential deal to acquire PepsiCo, Bloomberg says
Anheuser-Busch InBev (BUD), which has a history of growth via acquisition and has been speculated to be targeting peer SABMiller (SBMRY), has also studied whether a merger with PepsiCo (PEP) makes sense, according to Bloomberg, citing people familiar with the matter. The report added that one source said no talks between Anheuser-Busch and Pepsi are ongoing, no deal is imminent, and the scenario is among many that has been examined. The report also noted that Albert Fried views Monster Beverage (MNST) and Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) as other suitable targets for AB InBev. Reference Link
October 12, 2014
17:10 EDTVFCVF Corp. shares could rise 25%, Barron's says
VF Corp. shares could rise 25%, according to UBS analyst Michael Binetti, driven by a 15% earnings increase in FY15, Barron's contends in a feature article, citing Michael Binetti. Reference Link
October 10, 2014
16:17 EDTFDODollar General receives second request from FTC
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08:11 EDTFDOFamily Dollar Q4 bad enough to justify merger, says FBR Capital
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06:48 EDTLOSenators call on FDA to adopt strict e-cigarette warning
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