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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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January 15, 2015
07:28 EDTFDOFamily Dollar to host special shareholder meeting
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06:09 EDTFOLDAmicus Therapeutics promotes Bradley Campbell to President and COO
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05:55 EDTHLFStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; HLF YHOO
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January 14, 2015
19:14 EDTFDOGlass Lewis recommends Family Dollar stockholders vote for Dollar Tree merger
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16:00 EDTWMTOptions Update; January 14, 2015
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10:40 EDTDG, FDOISS recommends Family Dollar stockholders vote 'for' merger with Dollar Tree
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10:39 EDTDG, FDOISS recommends Family Dollar stockholders vote 'for' merger with Dollar Tree
10:14 EDTFDO, DGISS recommends Family Dollar holders support Dollar Tree deal
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08:37 EDTFDO3D Systems says David Styka joins company as Chief Accounting Officer
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05:55 EDTHLFStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; HLF YHOO
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January 13, 2015
11:57 EDTQLIKHP rises after PC report despite Pacific Crest downgrade
Shares of personal computer maker Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) are rising after research firm Gartner estimated that worldwide PC shipments had risen 1% last quarter. The advance comes despite research firm Pacific Crest having downgraded HP shares this morning. WHAT'S NEW: Worldwide shipments of PCs increased 1% last quarter, Gartner estimated. "These results indicate a slow, but consistent improvement following more than two years of decline," the firm wrote. The estimate suggests that PCs are not fading into oblivion, as some had predicted. Despite this news, research firm Pacific Crest downgraded HP to Sector Perform from Outperform in a note to investors today. HP is facing increased competition, as a number of companies are buying fewer individual servers and IT storage products, Pacific Crest analyst Brent Bracelin stated. Instead, they are buying integrated IT stacks. Ongoing technological trends could make this option more popular going forward, the analyst believes. Additionally, new data storage systems - including next wave systems with software-defined controls, cloud storage systems, and open sources systems - are growing rapidly and could increase the competitive pressure on HP, the analyst stated. Bracelin is less confident that HP's multiple can expand further going forward, he added. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Bracelin also downgraded NetApp (NTAP) to Sector Perform from Outperform for the same reasons that he cut his rating on HP. The analyst identified Tableau (DATA), F5 Networks (FFIV), Qlik Technologies (QLIK), and Nimble Storage (NMBL) as his favorite names in the IT infrastructure sector. F5 should benefit from earnings and multiple expansion as it carries out its security strategy, while Qlik is well-positioned to generate improved growth and margins, the analyst stated. Tableau and Nimble are poised to report better than expected results as their new products ramp up, Bracelin believes. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies that benefit from upbeat PC sales include Intel (INTC), Microsoft (MSFT), and hard disk drive makers Seagate (STX) and Western Digital (WDC). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, HP shares climbed 1.5% to $40.50.
07:04 EDTQLIKTop 2015 IT infrastructure ideas identified at Pacific Crest
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06:44 EDTQLIKHP downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest downgraded HP (HPQ) to Sector Perform citing valuation and rising competitive risks from hyperconvergence and new datastores. The firm lists Tableau (DATA), F5 Networks (FFIV), lik Technologies (QLIK) and Nimble Storage (NMBL) as its top names to own in the Cloud, Analytics & Data Infrastructure space. Pacific Crest also downgraded also NetApp (NTAP) to Sector Perform citing the same rationale as HP.
06:01 EDTHLFStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; HLF YHOO
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Herbalife (HLF) 115, Yahoo (YHOO) 52 according to iVolatility.
January 12, 2015
17:01 EDTFDOFred's names Michael Bloom COO
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07:49 EDTFOLDAmicus Therapeutics sees current cash to fund operations into 2017
Amicus Therapeutics provided its full-year 2015 strategic outlook and financial guidance. The company sees its FY15 net cash spend expected to range between $73M-$83M. Current cash of $169.1M at December 31, 2014 is projected to fund operating plan into 2017. Amicus said migalastat monotherapy FDA interaction is planned in 1Q15 and an MAA submission is on track for mid-2015 to seek marketing approval for Fabry patients with amenable mutations. Initiation of longer-term Phase 2 Fabry co-administration study is anticipated in 2015 in support of Fabry franchise strategy to develop migalastat in combination with ERT for Fabry patients with non-amenable mutations. Next-generation Pompe ERT is set to enter clinic in 2H15 and additional details on Pompe program are to be highlighted at 33rd Annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference, the company said.
07:35 EDTWMTNational Retail Federation to hold a trade show
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06:18 EDTFDOFamily Dollar sends letter to stockholders on proposed merger with Dollar Tree
Family Dollar (FDO), in a letter to its stockholders, explains the recommendation of the board that stockholders vote "FOR" the merger with Dollar Tree (DLTR). In the letter, Family Dollar CEO Howard Levine said, "I wanted to provide complete transparency to you regarding the most recent feedback that we have received from the FTC staff, which reaffirms the statements that we have been making for several months now about the inability of the Dollar General proposal to be consummated on the terms proposed by Dollar General and the certainty of the Dollar Tree merger... This existing economic analysis by the FTC will be refined in certain respects, but we see no basis to believe that, taken together, these refinements will result in a final divestiture number anywhere near the 1,500 stores that Dollar General has offered to divest. Importantly, the 3,500 to 4,000 store range does not include many additional divestitures that likely will be triggered by the well over 1,000 additional new or planned Dollar General and Family Dollar stores. The FTC staff plans to incorporate these stores into the same economic analysis, which will create new overlaps and exacerbate existing overlaps that have not yet created presumptions of requirements to divest. Going in the other direction, the FTC will incorporate into its economic analysis a modest number of competitorsí additional new or planned stores. We expect that the net impact of these two changes will be an increase in the store count... With respect to timing, in light of the thousands of stores at issue, we expect that the definitive number of divestitures that the FTC will actually require is not likely to be known by Family Dollar or Dollar General for several months... We expect Dollar Tree to continue to make rapid progress in completing the antitrust clearance process pursuant to its binding undertakings in the merger agreement, including its covenant to divest as many stores as necessary or advisable to obtain such clearance. In sum, antitrust clearance of the Dollar Tree merger on its terms and in a timely manner is a virtual certainty."
06:12 EDTHLFStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; HLF YHOO
Stocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; Herbalife (HLF) 114, Yahoo (YHOO) 50 according to iVolatility.
06:04 EDTFDODollar Tree provides update on FTC review of Family Dollar acquisition
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