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July 10, 2014
16:25 EDTCRAY, SRPT, LOW, REG, LL, HD, PBPB, AMRE, TSCO, VZOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session deep in negative territory, as fears about the health of one of Portugal’s largest banks, coupled with weak economic data out of Italy, prompted a sell-off in Europe, which spilled over to the U.S. The major averages moved generally higher after the open, though the early losses proved too much to overcome. The reignited fears about Europe's periphery come just as the U.S. corporate earnings season is set to pick up in earnest next week. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims dropped 11K to 304K in the week ended July 5. Wholesale inventories rose 0.5% in May, while sales edged up 0.7%, which were both a little below expectations. In Europe, concerns about the periphery rose again as the parent company of Portugal's Espirito Santo bank missed a debt payment, leading the country's interest rates higher and equities in the Eurozone lower. Also, Italy's industrial output saw its steepest monthly fall since late 2012, having dropped 1.2% in May. In China, trade performance improved in June but still missed market forecasts. Exports rose 7.2% in June from a year earlier, missing the consensus forecast for a rise of 10.6%, while imports grew 5.5% in the month, versus the 5.8% growth expectation. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Verizon (VZ) advanced 74c, or 1.51%, to $49.64 to lead the handful of gainers on the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The rise came after Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam said in an interview on CNBC that his company added over 1.4M postpaid subscribers in Q2, with "record" tablet growth and "very strong" smartphone growth. Afterward, Wells Fargo said in a note to investors that the net adds were higher than the firm's recently increased estimate and above Street consensus... Conversely, Home Depot (HD) was the Dow's worst performer, falling $1.33, or 1.65%, to $79.40. After hardwood floors retailer Lumber Liquidators (LL) and farm products retailer Tractor Supply (TSCO) pre-announced weaker than expected Q2 results, Deutsche Bank analyst Mike Baker reduced his estimates for Home Depot and peer Lowe's (LOW), explaining that the comparative sales of those two large home improvement retailers have historically had a positive correlation with those of Tractor Supply and Lumber Liquidators. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was AmREIT (AMRE), which rose $3.25, or 16.93%, to $22.45 after Regency Centers (REG) offered to acquire the company for $22 per share, payable in cash and/or stock. Also higher was Cray (CRAY), which rallied $4.27, or 15.69%, to $31.49 after the company announced it has been awarded a $174M supercomputer deal from the National Nuclear Security Administration. Among the noteworthy losers was sandwich maker Potbelly (PBPB), which plunged $3.68, or 25.12%, to $10.97 after the company's second quarter and fiscal 2014 outlook fell significantly short of analysts' consensus estimates. Also lower was Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), which sunk $3.35, or 12.94%, to $22.54 after the company announced data through week 144 from its eteplirsen study in patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. INDEXES: The Dow dropped 70.54, or 0.42%, to 16,915.07, the Nasdaq fell 22.83, or 0.52%, to 4,396.20, and the S&P 500 declined 8.15, or 0.41%, to 1,964.68.
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June 30, 2015
08:03 EDTLOWLowe's upgraded to Outperform at BMO Capital
As previously reported, BMO Capital upgraded Lowe's (LOW) to Outperform and increased its price target to $81 from $73. The firm's State Economic Scoreboard research indicates stronger relative housing improvement and overall economic activity in Southeastern states, where Lowe's has a larger store footprint. The firm said sales to the Pro segment could accelerate and potentially narrow the gap in comp-store sales with Home Depot (HD) if growth broadens in the coming months. Additionally, strengthening Q2 housing metrics and robust relative traffic give the firm increased confidence in its 4% Q2 comp-store sales forecast for Lowe's.
06:02 EDTLOWLowe's upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital
June 29, 2015
12:53 EDTSRPTSarepta NDA submission for eteplirsen done ahead of schedule, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray noted that Sarepta (SRPT) completed its rolling NDA submission for eteplirsen ahead of schedule and the firm believes that concurrent advisory committee meetings for its DMD drug and BioMarin's (BMRN) drisapersen could take place this fall. The firm has a Neutral rating and $20 price target on Sarepta and Overweight rating and $147 target on BioMarin.
07:05 EDTSRPTSarepta completes NDA submission to FDA for eteplirsen
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07:03 EDTSRPTSarepta secures $40M in debt financing
Sarepta Therapeutics announced that it entered into a credit and security agreement with Midcap Financial, a middle market-focused, specialty finance firm, that establishes a senior secured term loan facility that allows Sarepta to borrow up to $40M at an annual rate of 7.75%, with a maturity of June 2018, subject to certain conditions and other applicable fees. Sarepta has drawn down $20M under the facility and has the right to repay all borrowed funds and terminate the facility at any time.
June 28, 2015
14:50 EDTVZSome AOL investors to seek higher price from Verizon in court, WSJ says
Certain AOL investors including Brigade Capital and Verition have opted not to sell their holdings to Verizon for $50 per share and will instead seek a higher price through an appraisal process, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday, citing people familiar with the matter. The report notes that the dissenting firms hold roughly 5% of AOL. Reference Link
June 26, 2015
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June 25, 2015
18:07 EDTVZHuff Post network 'almost definitely' launching on Verizon service, Variety says
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16:42 EDTVZFCC Chairman outlines changes to future spectrum auctions
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14:13 EDTVZVerizon's HuffPo to launch 24-hour online video network, Hollywood Reporter says
The Huffington Post plans to launch a 24-hour online video network featuring live programming, original series and other video, HuffPo founder Arianna Huffington told staff, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The website, whose parent AOL was recently acquired by Verizon, will also establish film and television divisions, the report noted. Reference Link
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08:35 EDTVZVerizon and Scripps Networks sign licensing agreement
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05:13 EDTVZVerizon repair crews working to keep customers connected in Mid-Atlantic
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June 24, 2015
10:21 EDTLOWLowe's says more focused on asset productivity rather than square footage
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June 23, 2015
19:31 EDTVZT-Mobile petitions FCC to deny certain AT&T spectrum licenses
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18:00 EDTVZS&P announces changes to the S&P 400, 500, 600 indices
S&P Dow Jones Indices will make the following changes to the S&P 500, S&P MidCap 400 and S&P SmallCap 600 indices: Columbia Pipeline Group (CPGX) will replace Allegheny Technologies (ATI) in the S&P 500, Allegheny Technologies will replace Unit Corp. (UNT) in the S&P MidCap 400, and Unit Corp. will replace PetroQuest Energy (PQ) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Wednesday, July 1. S&P 500 constituent NiSource (NI) is spinning off Columbia Pipeline Group in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. NiSource will remain in the S&P 500 following the distribution. Allegheny Technologies, Unit and PetroQuest are all ranked near or at the bottom of their current indices. S&P SmallCap 600 constituent Casey’s General Stores (CASY) will replace AOL (AOL) in the S&P MidCap 400, and Nektar Therapeutics (NKTR) will replace Casey’s General Stores in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Thursday, June 25. S&P 100 & 500 constituent Verizon (VZ) acquired AOL in a transaction completed today. TopBuild (BLD) will replace Aéropostale (ARO) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Tuesday, June 30. S&P 500 constituent Masco (MAS) is spinning off TopBuild in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Masco will remain in the S&P 500 following the distribution. Aéropostale is ranked near the bottom of the S&P SmallCap 600. “New” Gannett Co. (GCI) will replace Quiksilver (ZQK) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Friday, June 26. S&P 500 constituent Gannett Co. (GCI) is spinning off “new” Gannett Co. in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Post spin, the parent company will change its name to TEGNA. and trade under the symbol “TGNA”. It will remain in the S&P 500 following the distribution. Quiksilver is ranked near the bottom of the S&P SmallCap 600. Cable ONE Inc. (CABO) will replace Peabody Energy (BTU) in the S&P MidCap 400 after the close of trading on Tuesday, June 30. S&P MidCap 400 constituent Graham Holdings Company (GHC) is spinning off CableOne in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Graham Holdings will remain in the S&P MidCap 400 following the distribution. Peabody Energy is ranked near the bottom of the S&P MidCap 400. The Chemours Co. (CC) will replace Semtech Corp. (SMTC) in the S&P MidCap 400, and Semtech will replace Paragon Offshore (PGN) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Tuesday June 30. S&P 100 & 500 constituent E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. (DD) is spinning off Chemours in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Dupont will remain in the S&P 100 & 500 following the distribution. Semtech and Paragon Offshore are ranked near or at the bottom of their current indices. “New “ Energizer Holdings (ENR) will replace Harsco (HSC) in the S&P MidCap 400, and Harsco will replace FXCM (FXCM) in the SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Tuesday, June 30. S&P MidCap 400 constituent Energizer (ENR) is spinning off “new” Energizer in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Post spin, the parent company will change its name to Edgewell Personal Care Co. and trade under the symbol “EPC”. It will remain in the S&P MidCap 400 following the distribution. Harsco and FXCM are ranked near or at the bottom of their current indices.
08:42 EDTVZVerizon completes acquisition of AOL
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07:15 EDTLOWOppenheimer to hold a conference
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June 22, 2015
17:42 EDTVZVerizon offers raises to 38K employees
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16:44 EDTVZVerizon names Scott Krohn as Treasurer
Fran Shammo, CFO, Verizon (VZ), announced that Scott Krohn will join Verizon on July 6 as Treasurer, succeeding Matt Ellis, who was previously appointed to lead Finance in Verizon's Operations organization. Before joining Verizon, Krohn VP - Tax and Treasurer at 3M Company (MMM), where for the last three years his areas of focus included capital structure strategy and execution, pension asset management, financial risk management, and more recently tax planning and governance. Prior to this, Krohn worked for almost 15 years at Ford Motor Company, where he held a number of finance leadership positions in the U.S. and overseas, with his most recent roles there focusing on financial strategy and debt capital markets.
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