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July 30, 2014
05:58 EDTFDOStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; FDO CMG
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July 29, 2014
17:36 EDTFDO, DGIcahn reduces stake in Family Dollar, citing 'better' return potential elsewhere
Carl Icahn, who reported reducing his stake in Family Dollar (FDO) to 6.03% from 9.39%, said in a regulatory filing that he sold shares in the company after "concluding that better returns can be achieved by deploying capital elsewhere rather than waiting either for the Dollar Tree (DLTR) transaction to close or for the possibility of a higher offer to emerge." Icahn intends to continue studying the situation and may determine to dispose of or acquire additional shares in the future, depending on their views as to the probability of a higher bid, market conditions and other factors. Note that Bloomberg reported yesterday that Dollar General (DG) rejected the chance to bid on Family Dollar.
17:26 EDTFDOCarl Icahn lowers stake in Family Dollar to 6.03% from 9.39%
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12:32 EDTWMTWal-Mart acquires online product discovery community Luvocracy
The company disclosed the acquisition on a post to its WalmartLabs blog. Reference Link
10:00 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:00 EDTFDO, COSTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Albemarle (ALB) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka... American Capital Agency (AGNC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Bank of Hawaii (BOH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Columbia Sportswear (COLM) upgraded to Hold from Sell at McAdams Wright... Costco (COST) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Ducommun (DCO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... Family Dollar (FDO) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at Piper Jaffray... Ferrellgas Partners LP (FGP) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Higher One (ONE) upgraded to Overweight from Underweight at Piper Jaffray... Landstar System (LSTR) upgraded to Buy from Hold at BB&T... MarkWest Energy (MWE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... Matador (MTDR) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... MicroStrategy (MSTR) upgraded at JMP Securities... Pharmacyclics (PCYC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Leerink... Provident Financial (PFS) upgraded at Sterne Agee... Sally Beauty (SBH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Tyson Foods (TSN) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Miller Tabak... WPX Energy (WPX) upgraded to Accumulate from Hold at Tudor Pickering... Zions Bancorp (ZION) upgraded at Bernstein.
09:17 EDTWMTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:14 EDTFDODollar Tree downgraded at BMO Capital
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07:41 EDTFDODollar Tree acquisition positive, says RBC Capital
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07:27 EDTWMTPlug Power up 12.3% after confirming follow-on GenKey order from Wal-Mart
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07:25 EDTWMTPlug Power confirms follow-on GenKey order from Wal-Mart
Plug Power (PLUG) confirms the company has received a follow-on GenKey purchase order from Wal-Mart (WMT) to add an additional, seventh, GenKey site to the original six-site contract it announced in February. This additional site in Sterling, IL consists of 286 GenDrive fuel cell units and is planned to deploy in Q3. The add-on Sterling, Illinois GenKey site is currently in the planning stages and is expected to be deployed by the end of Q3.
06:45 EDTFDOFamily Dollar upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at Piper Jaffray
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06:11 EDTWMTWal-Mart downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
Goldman downgraded Wal-Mart to Neutral given the company's focus on growth and investment over returns, which is likely to impact share performance. Price target remains $83.
06:11 EDTCOSTCostco upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman upgraded Costco to Conviction Buy based on expectations earnings will re-accelerate off of historical low levels. Price target raised to $136 from $127.
06:01 EDTFDOStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; FDO WMB
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05:54 EDTDGStocks with implied volatility movement; DG HLF
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July 28, 2014
16:32 EDTFDO, DGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:12 EDTDG, FDODollar General rejected chance to bid on Family Dollar, Bloomberg reports
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15:54 EDTDG, FDODollar General rejected chance to bid on Family Dollar, Bloomberg reports
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14:45 EDTFDO, DGFamily Dollar bid as high as $87 could make sense, Reuters says
The relatively low level of cost savings synergies identified by Family Dollar (FDO) and Dollar Tree (DLTR) may leave room for another suitor, such as Dollar General (DG), to step in with a higher bid that would still make financial sense, according to Reuters Breakingviews columnist Kevin Allison. If an alternate buyer could find $500M of annual savings, that would justify paying roughly $87 per share, or about double the current premium, for Family Dollar, Allison calculates. Reference Link
13:23 EDTFDO, WMT, DGIcahn 'pleased' with Family Dollar deal, 'hopeful' alternate deal may surface
Carl Icahn released the following statement regarding Family Dollar Stores (FDO): "While we continue to believe there are a handful of potential buyers who could realize greater synergies through a combination with Family Dollar and are hopeful that one or more of them will surface as a result of today’s announcement, we are extremely pleased with Dollar Tree’s (DLTR) intention to acquire Family Dollar in a transaction that values the company at $74.50 per share. This is a big win for all shareholders of Family Dollar and yet another validation of the activist investment philosophy in general." Another company in the space, Dollar General (DG), has previously been speculated as an alternative partner for Family Dollar and Wal-Mart (WMT) is seen as a competitor to dollar store operators.
12:21 EDTDG, FDOOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:39 EDTDG, WMT, FDOWells says potential for competing Family Dollar bid an unknown
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10:24 EDTFDO, DGFamily Dollar, Dollar Tree advance after agreeing to combine
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10:02 EDTDGOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:50 EDTDGActive equity options trading on open
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09:32 EDTFDODollar Tree says will pay down debt vs. buying back shares
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09:26 EDTFDODollar Tree says deal could close by early January 2015
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09:17 EDTDG, FDOOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:17 EDTDGDollar General initiated with a Hold at Argus
09:10 EDTDG, FDODollar Tree to benefit from Family Dollar deal, says Sterne Agee
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09:05 EDTFDO, DGDollar General 'fully aware" of Family Dollar buyout, CNBC reports
Dollar General (DG) was "fully aware" of Family Dollar buyout process by Dollar Tree (DLTR), CNBC's David Faber reports. Shares of Dollar General are down 4% to $53.40 following news of the Dollar Tree, Family Tree merger.
09:00 EDTFDOTrian to vote 7.34% stake in favor of Family Dollar buyout
Nelson Peltz's Trian Fund disclosed a voting agreement whereby it will vote its 7.34% Family Dollar stake in favor of Dollar Tree's (DLTR) buyout at $74.50 per share in cash and stock. A Trian spokeswoman told Reuters the fund "strongly" believes the merger represents the "best path forward" for Family Dollar.
08:59 EDTFDODollar Tree says store closures not a part of syngergy expectations at this time
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08:52 EDTFDODollar Tree says sees compelling growth opportunities in discount retail space
Says deal will be 80% cash, 20% shares. Says acquisition synergies "significant and achievable." Says acquisition is "transformational." Family Dollar (FDO) says combination with Dollar Tree (DLTR) in the best interests of shareholders. Dollar Tree says will open new stores for both chains. Expects to generate significant free cash flow, pay down debt. Sees compelling growth opportunities in discount retail space. Comments made on Dollar Tree's conference call discussing its merger agreement to acquire Family Dollar.
08:25 EDTFDOFamily Dollar Stores volatility expected to move on Dollar Tree acquiring
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08:07 EDTFDODollar Tree volatility expected to move on acquiring Family Dollar for $8.5B
Dollar Tree (DLTR) volatility is expected to move on acquiring Family Dollar Stores (FDO) for $74.50 per share. Overall option implied volatility of 21 is near its 26-week average of 22 according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement.
07:12 EDTFDODollar Tree says CEO Bob Sasser to serve as CEO of combined company
Dollar Tree (DLTR) says Family Dollar (FDO) deal expected to be low to mid single digit percentage accretive to cash EPS in first financial year after close. Sees approximately $300M of annual run rate synergies to be achieved by third year post-closing. Says one time costs to achieve synergies of approximately $300M. Says Dollar Tree CEO Bob Sasser will serve as CEO of combined company. Says Family Dollar CEO Howard Levine to report to Sasser. Comments from slides that will be presented on Dollar Tree's conference call discussing its merger agreement to acquire Family Dollar.
06:43 EDTFDODollar Tree to host conference call
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06:12 EDTFDODollar Tree to acquire Family Dollar for $74.50 per share in cash, stock
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06:07 EDTFDODollar Tree to acquire Family Dollar for $74.50 per share in cash, stock
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July 27, 2014
08:58 EDTWMTWal-Mart doesn't look cheap, Barron's says
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July 24, 2014
11:32 EDTWMTWal-Mart U.S. CEO change not likely due to current trends, says RW Baird
RW Baird believes the departure of Bill Simon from his post as CEO of Wal-Mart U.S. has more to do with the executive's long-term career planning than with current trends, which the firm believes remain sluggish. Baird keeps its Outperform rating and $84 price target on Wal-Mart.
08:38 EDTWMTWal-Mart volatility at historic low into Foran succeeding Simon as U.S. CEO
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08:31 EDTWMTWal-Mart names Greg Foran as president and CEO of Walmart U.S.
Walmart announced that Greg Foran has been promoted to President and CEO of Walmart U.S. Foran succeeds Bill Simon who has been in the role since June 2010 and will be transitioning out of the company. Foran will assume his responsibilities on August 9 and will report directly to Walmart President and CEO, Doug McMillon. Simon will be available on a consulting basis for the next six months to ensure a seamless transition.
06:56 EDTWMTCourt rules Wal-Mart to show bribery probe documents, Reuters says
The Delaware Supreme Court ruled that Wal-Mart Stores must show a shareholder documentation that has to do with the firm's internal investigation of allegations it paid bribes in Mexico, according to Reuters, citing comments from a company spokeswoman. Reference Link
July 22, 2014
06:55 EDTWMTWal-Mart reduces prices more intensly for back-to-school, Bloomberg says
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July 21, 2014
16:00 EDTDGOptions Update; July 21, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 65c to 28.53. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB NFLX DG CMCSA GILD PBR TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
13:23 EDTDGHigh option volume stocks: RFMD LCI MR PII DG CTRL
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06:42 EDTWMTWal-Mart adds over $102M to Indian wholesale unit, Reuters says
Wal-Mart added fresh funds worth $102.9M into its Indian wholesale division last month, according to Reuters, citing a filing made by its Indian business to the Registrar of Companies. The filing detailed that the funds were allotted as share application money. Reference Link
July 18, 2014
18:12 EDTTGTVisa, MasterCard denied bid to dismiss opt-out swipe fee suits, Bloomberg says
Merchants that opted out of the swipe-fee settlement brought their own suits, which Visa (V) and MasterCard (MA) were not approved to dismiss, Bloomberg reports. Merchants such as Target (TGT) and Macy’s (M) pursued their cases after dropping out of an earlier settlement over swipe fees, Bloomberg added. Reference Link
July 16, 2014
17:15 EDTFDOIcahn not happy with Family Dollar management
17:14 EDTFDO, DGIcahn: Dollar General CEO leaving may impact possible deal with Family Dollar
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17:08 EDTDG, FDOIcahn disappointed Dollar General CEO leaving
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15:54 EDTFDO, DGPeltz says 'not satisfied' with performance at Family Dollar
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10:35 EDTFDOOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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