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May 16, 2014
16:33 EDTNYT, M, KO, GMCR, WMT, JCP, VRX, JWN, IBM, RDEN, RAX, AGN, DE, GM, CSCOMarket finishes week slightly lower after weak retail sales growth
The market finished the week lower after several economic data points missed expectations and a number of notable companies reported soft results. MACRO NEWS: Retail sales and industrial production for April, a housing market index, and a measure of consumer confidence in May were all worse than expected. On the other hand, jobless claims fell more than expected and reached a seven year low... Overseas, the euro zone's GDP increased only 0.2% last quarter, versus the 0.4% growth forecast by economists. The trend of poor economic news also extended to China, whose April industrial output came in below expectations. COMPANY NEWS: Among the companies that reported weaker than expected results were Wal-Mart (WMT) and Elizabeth Arden (RDEN). Also, IBM (IBM) and farm equipment maker Deere (DE) fell after providing guidance that disappointed investors. Conversely, Cisco (CSCO), Nordstrom (JWN), J.C. Penney (JCP) and Macy's (M) climbed after their earnings surpassed expectations... Allergan (AGN) officially rejected an unsolicited takeover offer from Valeant (VRX), which indicated that it would raise its bid... GM (GM) retreated after the company announced five new recalls covering about 2.7M vehicles and agreed to pay a record $35M civil penalty levied by the DOT... The New York Times (NYT) slumped after abruptly announcing that it had dismissed the executive editor at its namesake newspaper, effective immediately... Cloud computing services provider Rackspace (RAX) announced that it had been approached by a number of other companies that expressed interest in exploring strategic relationships, including partnerships and acquisitions. Rackspace hired Morgan Stanley (MS) to evaluate the proposals and explore other alternatives... Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) advanced after Coca-Cola (KO) confirmed plans to exercise its option to raise its stake in the K-cup coffee machine maker up to 16%. INDEXES: The Dow was down 0.55% to 16,491.31, the S&P 500 was down 0.03% to 1,877.86, and the Nasdaq was up 0.46% to 4,090.59.
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December 9, 2014
07:32 EDTNYTUBS to hold a conference
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06:39 EDTVRXValeant to abandon growth by acquisitions strategy, Reuters says
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06:39 EDTCSCOCisco initiated with an Outperform at Wedbush
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06:14 EDTAGNAllergan price target raised to $245 from $210 at Citigroup
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December 8, 2014
16:24 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower amid another drop in crude oil prices, which tumbled to five-year lows. The market opened slightly lower following weaker than expected data from China and Japan, with nothing of note on the domestic calendar to get buyers involved in the day’s activity. Near noon, the averages gained downside momentum and though the market pared its losses several times, it was never able to gain any steam to pull the indexes back into the green. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was released. In Asia, Chinese exports rose 4.7% from a year earlier in November, which missed the consensus estimate for an 8% increase. Chinese imports fell 6.7% from the prior year last month, compared with projections for a 3.8% increase. Additionally, Japan's revised third quarter gross domestic product estimate showed the economy shrank more than initially thought, with growth contracting an annualized 1.9%. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Cubist Pharmaceuticals (CBST) surged $26.24, or 35.29%, to $100.60 after Merck (MRK) agreed to acquire the maker of next-generation antibiotics for $102 per share in cash, or $8.4B and the assumption of $1.1B in debt. A number of other antibiotic makers also climbed, including Tetraphase (TTPH), which rose $2.45, or 8.82%, to $30.24, and Cempra (CEMP), which advanced $1.64, or 11.37%, to $16.06, while shares of Merck finished fractionally higher, adding 39c, or 0.63%, to $61.88 following the deal announcement. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers following their presentations at the American Society of Hematology, or ASH, annual meeting were Calithera Biosciences (CALA), which gained $2.38, or 22.52%, to $12.95, and Acceleron Pharma (XLRN), which jumped $5.11, or 13.6%, to $42.67. Among the noteworthy losers was McDonald's (MCD), which fell $3.70, or 3.84%, to $92.61 after the Dow member reported a 2.2% decline in global same-restaurant sales in November. Additionally, the fast-food giant warned that its fourth quarter results would be hurt by its sales pressures, supplier issues in China and a stronger U.S. dollar. Also lower were shares of Liquidity Services (LQDT), which plunged $2.77, or 27.0%, to $7.49 after the company disclosed that Wal-Mart (WMT) had terminated a deal to provide it with surplus merchandise. INDEXES: The Dow fell 106.31, or 0.59%, to 17,852.48, the Nasdaq dropped 40.06, or 0.84%, to 4,740.69, and the S&P 500 slipped 15.06, or 0.73%, to 2,060.31.
16:22 EDTKOCoca-Cola Bottling in pact with Coca-Cola to expand franchise territory
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12:40 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:40 EDTCSCOUS Supreme Court to hear appeal in patent fight with Cisco
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal of a controversial appeals court decision that set aside a $63.8M patent infringement verdict won by The Woodlands, Texas-based Commil USA LLC against Cisco
11:10 EDTGMVolkswagen sees challenging developments continuing for rest of year
Volkswagen (VLKAY) said, “The challenging developments on markets worldwide – above all in Eastern Europe and South America – will continue for the remainder of this year. The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand handled these challenges successfully during the course of the year, but was not entirely immune to their impact.” Other publicly traded companies in the passenger automotive space include Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Honda (HMC), Nissan (NSANY), and Toyota (TM).
10:49 EDTWMTLiquidity Services plunges after Wal-Mart seeks to end supply deal
Shares of Liquidity Services (LQDT) are tumbling after the company disclosed that Wal-Mart (WMT) had terminated a deal to provide it with merchandise. Liquidity Services operates an auction marketplace that features surplus and salvaged items. WHAT'S NEW: Liquidity Services reported after Friday's market close in a regulatory filing that Wal-Mart had decided to stop supplying products to Liquidity Services.The auction company noted that it had previously had the right to purchase certain consumer items that have been removed from Wal-Mart's shelves. However, Wal-Mart, on December 1, reported to the company that it would terminate the deal, effective today. Wal-Mart is alleging that Liquidity Services violated certain requirements of the agreement between the companies, Liquidity Services stated. However, the auction company disputed Wal-Mart's assertions and said it was "evaluating all its options" before determining how to proceed. Liquidity Services indicated that it still expects to meet its guidance for its December quarter results. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, Colin Sebastian, an analyst at research firm Robert W. Baird, predicted that the loss of the contract would have a significant impact on Liquidity Services' results starting in 2015. However, he believes that the extent of the impact on the company's earnings before interest taxes depreciation and amortization will depend on its ability to manage its expenses. The analyst cut his price target on the name to $9 from $12 and kept a Neutral rating on the shares. Meanwhile, Janney Capital analyst Shawn Milne wrote that Liquidity Services had previously disclosed that Wal-Mart accounted for 11% of its gross merchandise volume in fiscal 2014. Milne predicted that the termination of the deal would reduce Liquidity Services' annual EBITDA by less than $10M. He also kept a Neutral rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Liquidity Services sank 25% to $7.70.
10:03 EDTWMTLiquidity Services price target lowered to $9 from $12 at RW Baird
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09:20 EDTWMTLiquidity Services estimate cuts possible on Wal-Mart fight, says Janney Capital
After Liquidity Services (LQDT) disclosed that Wal-Mart (WMT) terminated its return agreement and that the two are now in dispute over the deal, Janney Capital noted Liquidity 's recent 10K filing indicated that Wal-Mart accounted for 11% of FY14 gross merchandise volume, including Commercial Capital assets. Janney estimates the full year EBITDA impact from the contract to be somewhere below $10M, but said there is a potential for further estimate cuts given the dispute. The firm maintains its Neutral rating on Liquidity Services shares.
09:13 EDTWMTLiquidity Services reports Walmart terminates return agreement
Liquidity Services (LQDT) had previously acquired from ILJ Enterprises its business of purchasing closeouts, excess merchandise and customer returns for resale to retailers, wholesalers, and other third parties and consumers. In connection with the acquisition, the company, through one of its subsidiaries, assumed ILJ’s rights and obligations with Wal-Mart Stores (WMT). Under the Wal-Mart agreement, Liquidity Services has the exclusive right to purchase certain consumer products from Wal-Mart that have been removed from the sales stream of Wal-Mart’s retail operations. On December 1, Wal-Mart provided Liquidity Services written notice terminating the Wal-Mart Agreement, effective December 8. The termination notice alleges that the company failed to comply with certain provisions under the Wal-Mart agreement with respect to service level requirements and restrictions on the disposition of merchandise, Liquidity disclosed in a regulatory filing late Friday. The company disputes these allegations and is contesting the termination of the agreement with Wal-Mart. The company had been in negotiations with Wal-Mart to address Wal-Mart’s failure to honor the company’s exclusive right to purchase selected merchandise from Wal-Mart but was unable to reach a satisfactory resolution. The company is currently evaluating all of its options, reserves all rights with respect to this matter and will continue to seek appropriate relief from Wal-Mart for its failure to honor the company’s exclusive rights to purchase selected merchandise and any related actual damages the company has incurred. The company does not believe that the purported termination of the Wal-Mart Agreement will result in the company being unable to meet its financial guidance for its first fiscal quarter ending December 31, 2014, Liquidity Services stated.
08:40 EDTCSCODeutsche Bank and Cisco to host a conference call
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08:02 EDTCSCOAruba says NHS replaces Cisco network with Aruba wireless infrastructure
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07:49 EDTCSCOArista Networks lawsuit not as threatening as believed, says SunTrust
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07:32 EDTCSCORaymond James to hold a conference
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07:29 EDTAGNUBS to hold investor trip
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07:18 EDTAGNUBS to hold investor trip
2014 Annual West Coast Investor Trip travels on the West Coast on December 8-10.
07:03 EDTCSCOArista Networks patent resolution likely 2-3 years away, says Citigroup
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