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February 15, 2013
16:35 EDTWMT, HLF, TGT, DG, FDO, QLIK, BKW, LOGM, FOLDOn 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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August 13, 2014
12:44 EDTWMTEarnings Preview: Wal-Mart sees Q2 EPS $1.15-$1.25, U.S. SSS flat
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12:03 EDTWMTWal-Mart technical comments ahead of results
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11:21 EDTHLFAckman says Herbalife may be unable to refinance 2016 credit, Bloomberg reports
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06:21 EDTTGTTarget says supply chain repair will relieve Canada worries, Reuters says
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August 12, 2014
09:04 EDTWMTWal-Mart August volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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08:37 EDTWMTWal-Mart CEO taking steps to improve business longer-term, says RW Baird
Baird does not expect Wal-Mart's Q2 earnings to be a catalyst for the stock, but the firm believes the company is taking the appropriate steps to grow the business long term. The firm sees a moderation in foreign exchange headwinds and the potential for improving fundamentals across the second half of the year and keep its Outperform rating and $84 price target on the shares.
08:03 EDTWMTGoldman's Retail selections for Q2
Goldman is most above Q2 consensus for Advance Auto Parts (AAP), Best Buy (BBY) and Williams-Sonoma (WSM), sees best risk/reward in Ulta Salon (ULTA) and Sportsman's Warehouse (SPWH), and low visibility in Dick's Sporting (DKS) and Wal-Mart (WMT).
07:36 EDTDG, FDODollar Tree filing shows Family Dollar talks underway before Icahn involvement
A regulatory filing explaining the history of the merger agreement between Dollar Tree (DLTR) and Family Dollar (FDO) showed that, on February 24, a representative of Dollar Tree's financial advisor, JPMorgan, made a telephone call to a representative of Morgan Stanley to express Dollar Tree's interest in discussing a potential business combination transaction with Family Dollar. The filing also states that on June 6 Carl Icahn and certain of his affiliates filed a Schedule 13D disclosing that together they beneficially owned approximately 9.39% of the then-outstanding shares of Family Dollar common stock and that they wished to discuss with Family Dollar its business and strategies to enhance stockholder value. That day, Icahn telephoned Howard Levine, Chairman and CEO of Family Dollar, to discuss the Schedule 13D filing and to express an interest in additional communications with Family Dollar's management regarding the company's current operations and future plans, including potential strategic opportunities and potential business combination transactions. Levine asked Icahn whether he would be willing to sign a non-disclosure agreement and Icahn declined, the filing stated. Additionally on June 6, a member of the board of directors of "Company A" emailed Levine to suggest that they speak. On June 7, Levine and the member of the board of directors of Company A had a telephone conversation, during which the representative of Company A "indicated that Company A would be reluctant to participate in the negotiation of a transaction with Family Dollar if Mr. Icahn were to have a role in or control over the process," the filing states, without identifying Company A. Many, including the Wall Street Journal, have surmised that "Company A" in the filing may refer to Dollar General (DG).
August 11, 2014
10:19 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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05:37 EDTWMTWal-Mart downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
Jefferies downgraded its rating on Wal-Mart (WMT) shares to Hold from Buy saying the retailer's investment spending may not be yielding positive results. The firm sees risk to Wal-Mart's annual guidance from elevated expenses and lackluster sales. It dropped its price target for shares to $76 from $89. The stock closed Friday up 72c to $74.67.
August 9, 2014
16:17 EDTWMTChina regulators investigate Wal-Mart store in Shenzhen, Reuters says
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August 8, 2014
17:10 EDTTGTMarket finishes week up slightly as earnings offset by political events
Stocks finished the week fractionally higher than where they started as strong corporate earnings reports and better than expected economic data was weighed against concerns about geopolitical issues and negative M&A news. MACRO NEWS: A few ongoing geopolitical conflicts worried investors and weighed on shares. Russia unveiled sanctions against Western countries, banning the import of a wide range of food items from the U.S, the EU and a few allied countries in response to sanctions recently enacted against it from G7 nations... President Obama authorized the bombing of rebels in Iraq and Hamas and Israel failed to reach a permanent truce... An ISM services index, the U.S. trade deficit for June, and weekly jobless claims were all better than expected. Meanwhile, the increase in unit labor costs last quarter came in below the consensus outlook, perhaps easing fears that the Fed will need to raise interest rates sooner than expected. COMPANY NEWS: On the M&A front, two huge potential deals fell through as 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) withdrew its offer to acquire Time Warner (TWX) and Sprint (S) reportedly decided to end its pursuit of a merger with peer T-Mobile (TMUS)... President Obama indicated that his administration would take unilateral steps in an effort to prevent companies from carrying out tax inversion acquisitions. Among the deals or possible transactions that involve inversion are Medtronic's (MDT) acquisition of Covidien (COV), Valeant's (VRX) proposed takeover of Allergan (AGN) and Mylan's (MYL) acquisition of Abbott's (ABT) developed markets branded generics pharmaceuticals business. Meanwhile, Walgreen's (WAG) stock tumbled after the U.S. company said it would not structure its takeover of European drugstore chain Alliance Boots as a tax inversion deal... 21st Century Fox, 3D printer maker Stratasys (SSYS), chip maker NVIDIA (NVDA), brewer Molson Coors (TAP), and luxury accessories maker Coach (COH) all rose following their earnings reports. Conversely, Target (TGT), luxury accessories maker Michael Kors (KORS) and Internet coupon provider Groupon (GRPN) fell following their results or guidance... Gannett (GCI) struck a deal to acquire the remaining 73% interest in Classified Ventures, whose primary asset is the online car shopping website Cars.com, for $1.8B from the other partners in the venture, which include McClatchy (MNI), Tribune Media (TRBAA), Graham Holdings (GHC) and A. H. Belo (AHC). Gannett also announced plans to spin-off its Publishing business, which includes USA Today, through a tax-free distribution to shareholders... McDonald's (MCD) stock was little changed after the company reported that its comparable store sales fell 2.5% in July, which was significantly worse than expected. Food quality issues weighed on the fast food company's sales in Asia and as a result of the China supplier issue, the company warned its previously issued global comparable sales forecast for 2014 is now at risk. INDEXES: The Dow finished the week up 0.35% to 16,553.93, the S&P 500 rose 0.32% to 1,931.59, and the Nasdaq gained 0.41% to 4,370.90.
16:46 EDTHLFCapital Research reports 10.1% passive stake in Herbalife
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15:41 EDTLOGMLogMeln management to meet with Maxim
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10:36 EDTFDOOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:37 EDTWMTActive equity options trading on open
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August 7, 2014
18:41 EDTFOLDOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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16:07 EDTFOLDAmicus Therapeutics sees FY14 net cash spend $54M-$59M
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16:06 EDTFOLDAmicus Therapeutics reports Q2 EPS (22c), consensus (23c)
Reports Q2 revenue $475,000, consensus $470.000.
10:51 EDTFDOOptions with increasing implied volatility
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