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February 15, 2013
16:35 EDTFOLD, QLIK, TGT, LOGM, FDO, HLF, BKW, DG, WMTOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed on the day, as the averages moved in a narrow range near the flatline before a midday Bloomberg report indicated Wal-Mart's (WMT) February sales were being called "a total disaster" by a company executive sent the market lower. The averages recovered in the final hour of trading, with Dow the only one of the major indices finishing in positive territory... ECONOMIC EVENTS: The New York Fed's February Empire State Manufacturing survey unexpectedly rose to 10.0 from last month's -7.78 reading. Forecast were for a -2.0 reading. The U.S. Treasury International Capital report showed foreigners bought a net $64.2B in U.S. long term assets in December. U.S. industrial production fell 0.1% in January, versus expectations for growth of 0.2%. The preliminary University of Michigan Consumer Confidence reading for February was 76.3, versus the expected 74.8... COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Herbalife (HLF) opened sharply higher following a disclosure by Carl Icahn last night that he has taken a 12.98% stake in the company, but finished well off their highs, up 47c, or 1.23%, to $38.74. Icahn, who three weeks ago appeared on CNBC with Bill Ackman, who is notably short Herbalife shares, said in his filing that he plans to discuss business and strategic alternatives with Herbalife management... An afternoon report by Bloomberg citing a leaked internal email by a Wal-Mart executive that said February sales to date have been a "total disaster," sending shares of Wal-Mart and other retailers, as well as the broader market, lower during the afternoon. Shares of Wal-Mart finished down $1.52, or 2.15%, to $69.30, while peer Target (TGT) lost $1.02, or 1.63%, to $61.71, and discount retailers Dollar General (DG), down 66c, or 1.47%, to $44.37, and Family Dollar (FDO), lost 67c, or 1.18%, to $55.94... MAJOR MOVERS: Among notable gainers was Qlik Technologies (QLIK), up $4.09, or 17.97%, to $26.85 following its Q4 report and the stock was upgraded by at least two analyst firms. Also higher following better than expected earnings was Burger King (BKW), up 78c, or 4.7%, to $17.36. Among noteworthy losers were shares of LogMeIn (LOGM), down $7.01, or 29.63%, to $16.65 after the company provided Q1 and FY13 guidance fell short of consensus estimates, leading to at least three analyst downgrades. Also lower were shares of Amicus Therapeutics (FOLD), down $1.00, or 25.71%, to $2.89 after the company presented additional data from a Fabry monotherapy study... INIDICES: The Dow gained 8.37, or 0.06%, to 13,981.76; the Nasdaq lost 6.63, or 0.21%, to 3,192.03; the S&P 500 lost 1.59, or 0.10%, to 1,519.79.
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December 5, 2014
12:03 EDTDG, FDOFive Below plummets after Q4, FY14 outlooks trail analysts' estimates
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10:03 EDTDG, FDOFamily Dollar sees Dollar General needing to divest over 3.4K stores, CNBC says
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09:30 EDTBKWBurger King enters JV in Poland, Greece, Romania
Burger King Worldwide announced the establishment of Burger King SEE S.A. as a joint venture to aggressively expand the BURGER KING brand presence and business in Italy, Poland, Greece and Romania. Burger King SEE S.A., the joint venture, has signed a long-term master franchise and exclusive development agreement, which includes sub-franchise rights for all of these markets. While the BURGER KING brand currently operates in Italy, Poland and Romania, the joint venture's plans include aggressive development of BURGER KING restaurants across Southern and Eastern Europe and the creation of more than 10,000 new job opportunities within the first five to seven years of the venture.
09:19 EDTFDO, WMT, DGDollar General says remains committed to purchase of Family Dollar
Dollar General Corporation (DG) issued the following statement in response to comments made by Dollar Tree (DLTR) regarding its view of potential store divestitures that may be required by the FTC in either a Dollar Tree/Family Dollar Stores (FDO) or a Dollar General/Family Dollar combination. Dollar General’s documents and data tell a very different story from that contained in the press release issued today by Dollar Tree. As Dollar General previously has stated, Walmart (WMT), not Family Dollar, is the primary driver regarding Dollar General’s strategic pricing decisions, and more than 90% of Dollar General’s SKUs are nationally priced. Dollar General is confident that its approach to strategic and pricing decisions is both correct and superior to that of Family Dollar and Dollar General has no intention of adopting a flawed strategy -- either now or after an acquisition of Family Dollar -- that it believes would impair its ability to compete with Walmart and lead to inferior financial performance. Dollar General is actively engaged in discussions with the FTC regarding the extent of potential divestitures that would be required in connection with an acquisition of Family Dollar and has been making good progress. Over the past few weeks, Dollar General has provided the FTC with tens of thousands of documents supporting the above facts and its broad view of competition. There is no reason to believe that the FTC would take into account only Family Dollar’s documents and data or afford them greater significance than Dollar General's own evidence. As stated in Dollar General's press release of December 4, Dollar General will continue to work with the FTC and expects to provide an update in sufficient time to allow Family Dollar shareholders to review such information prior to the Family Dollar shareholders’ meeting now scheduled for December 23.
06:09 EDTFDO, DGDollar Tree provides update on FTC review of pending acquisition of Family Dolla
Dollar Tree (DLTR) announced that it was providing an update regarding the status of the FTC's review of its pending acquisition of Family Dollar (FDO). Dollar Tree and Family Dollar have been actively engaging with the staff of the FTC as they review the pending merger. The company said, "The staff of the FTC is very focused on the discount retail sector (including how Family Dollar’s current pricing rules would impact store prices in a merger transaction) and has indicated that some divestitures will be required for the Pending Merger, which we believe will be no more than our original commitment in the July 27, 2014, Merger Agreement. Dollar Tree will work diligently with the FTC staff over the next few weeks concerning divestitures. Given the relatively small number of divestitures our transaction implicates, Dollar Tree does not expect any such divestiture to have a material impact on its plans for the combined organization. Furthermore, we believe that we will be in a position to complete the financing for the Pending Merger in January 2015 and to complete the Pending Merger as early as February 2015... In connection with its unsolicited tender offer for Family Dollar, Dollar General (DG) continues to refuse to agree to a “hell-or-high-water” commitment. Based on the foregoing concerns regarding the Pending Merger, Dollar Tree believes that the FTC may require divestitures far in excess of the 1,500 stores that Dollar General has offered to divest in its tender offer for Family Dollar... The special meeting of Family Dollar shareholders to vote on the Pending Merger is currently scheduled for December 23, 2014. To facilitate the FTC’s continued review, and in light of the practicalities associated with the transaction, Dollar Tree and Family Dollar have agreed not to close the Pending Merger until January 30, 2015, unless the FTC completes its review of the Pending Merger and terminates the waiting period at an earlier date. Dollar Tree will continue to provide additional information as the special meeting date approaches."
05:48 EDTBKWCanada approves Burger King acquisition of Tim Hortons
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December 4, 2014
17:13 EDTBKWTim Hortons-Burger King deal gets Canadian approval, Globe and Mail says
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13:39 EDTTGTTarget executive says tough to choose between TV, Facebook, BI reports
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11:57 EDTHLFStocks with call strike movement; CLF HLF
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10:27 EDTFDO, DGDollar General says it is 'as commited as ever' to Family Dollar acquisition
Dollar General said has been actively engaged with the SEC, making good progress on that front. Since it filed its HSR notification in September, the company said it has provided the FTC with tens of thousands of documents and have had "valuable and productive discussions". Dollar General said the synergies from the acquisition are expected to benefit Dollar General shareholders and consumers for many years to come. Family Dollar is set to vote on the acquisition at a special meeting on December 23. Dollar General said it is "very aware" of the calendar and looks forward to sharing more information in the near future.
10:24 EDTDGDollar General says it may have sacrificed sales to boost units
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10:08 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Anglo American (AAUKY) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Archer Daniels (ADM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Miller Tabak... AuRico Gold (AUQ) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... BHP Billiton (BHP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... BIND Therapeutics (BIND) downgraded at Credit Suisse... BRF S.A. (BRFS) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... CIRCOR (CIR) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... DISH (DISH) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Enerplus (ERF) downgraded to Sector Performer from Outperformer at CIBC... Gildan Activewear (GIL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at GMP Securities... Kindred Biosciences (KIN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Craig-Hallum... Nevsun Resources (NSU) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS... Public Storage (PSA) downgraded at KeyBanc... Rio Tinto (RIO) downgraded to Underperform from Buy at BofA/Merrill... SeaChange (SEAC) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Noble Financial... Thor Industries (THO) downgraded at BMO Capital... Tupperware Brands (TUP) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... UTi Worldwide (UTIW) downgraded at Stifel... Vale (VALE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Vermilion Energy (VET) downgraded to Sector Performer from Outperformer at CIBC... Wal-Mart (WMT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS.
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07:06 EDTDG, FDODollar General says committed to acquiring Family Dollar
Dollar General stated: “[We] remain committed to acquiring Family Dollar. We expect to provide an update on our offer in time for Family Dollar shareholders to review such information prior to the Family Dollar shareholders’ meeting scheduled for December 23, 2014.”
07:05 EDTDGDollar General sees opening 730 new stores in FY15
In fiscal 2015, the company plans to open approximately 730 new stores, including the company’s first stores in Maine, Rhode Island and Oregon. In addition, the company plans to relocate or remodel approximately 875 stores with a priority on life cycle remodels. In total, square footage growth is expected to be approximately 6%. Site work has begun on a new distribution center in San Antonio, Texas, with shipping expected to commence in late fiscal 2015.
07:04 EDTDGDollar General now sees FY14 adjusted EPS in middle of $3.45-$3.55 prior range
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07:03 EDTDGDollar General nows sees FY14 sales up 8%, at low end of prior range
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07:01 EDTDGDollar General reports Q3 adjusted EPS 79c, consensus 80c
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06:17 EDTWMTWal-Mart downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS
UBS downgraded Wal-Mart to Neutral based on balanced risk/reward. Price target remains $91.
06:04 EDTDGStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; DG ACHN
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