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September 12, 2014
10:00 EDTDG, FDOOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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06:49 EDTFDOSome Dollar Tree owners see upside of Family Dollar offer failure, Reuters says
Analysts are saying that some Dollar Tree (DLTR) shareholders are seeing benefits if the company's $8.5B takeover of Family Dollar (FDO) falls through, by noting that the firm could broaden and repurchase stock with the $309B breakup fee while evading all the instability of a possible acquisition, reported Reuters. Reference Link
06:31 EDTDGDollar General initiated with a Buy at UBS
Target $81.
06:31 EDTFDOFamily Dollar initiated with a Neutral at UBS
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06:15 EDTDG, FDODollar General waiting on FTC feedback for Family Dollar deal, NY Post reports
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05:57 EDTFDOStocks with implied volatility movement; SDS FDO
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05:51 EDTWMTStocks with implied volatility movement; XHB WMT
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September 11, 2014
12:52 EDTWMTWal-Mart to sell iPhones below suggested prices, Cnet reports
Wal-Mart will begin taking preorders for Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus for $179 and $29 respectivelytomorrow, and customers who pre-order the iPhnoes will also receive a $15 e-gift card from Wal-Mart, Cnet reported last night. Apple had said it was selling the iPhones for $199 and $299. Reference Link
07:46 EDTDG, FDOFamily Dollar should drop opposition to Dollar General deal, WSJ says
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07:13 EDTWMTSome retailers wary of Apple Pay platform, Reuters says
Apple (AAPL) Pay's success is dependent on incorporating more large retailers such as Wal-Mart (WMT) and Best Buy (BBY) into the service, but both retailers recently ceased accepting payments using NFC terminals, according to Reuters, citing comments from Best Buy spokesman Jeff Shelman. Shelman said, "At this point we have no plans to accept Apple Pay." Reference Link
05:46 EDTCOSTStocks with implied volatility movement; XLP COST
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Consumer Staples Sector SPDR (XLP) 11, Costco (COST) 13 according to iVolatility.
September 10, 2014
13:03 EDTFDO, DGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday, with the Nasdaq comfortably the leader among the major averages. The market opened relatively quietly as investors digested the bevy of research reports surrounding apple (AAPL) and the companies effected by its new products and services announced yesterday. The averages crossed into negative ground early in trading, made it back to positive territory just before the lunch hour, and now are all in the black. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., wholesale inventories rose 0.1% in July, which was below expectations for an increase of 0.5%. Wholesale sales rose 0.7%, which was above the 0.6% increase that was forecast. COMPANY NEWS: The strength in the Nasdaq was largely attributable to Apple, which rose about 2.5% the day after unveiling two new, larger iPhone 6 models, the Apple Watch and a new payment system, named Apple Pay... Dollar General (DG) "went hostile" in its pursuit of peer Family Dollar (FDO), commencing a tender offer to acquire all of the company's outstanding shares for $80.00 per share in cash. Family Dollar confirmed the unsolicited offer, noting that the terms are the same as those in the previously rejected proposal made by Dollar General on September 2. Family Dollar said its board will review and consider Dollar Generalís tender offer, but added that the board has not changed its recommendation in support of the company's merger with Dollar Tree (DLTR). MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP), which rose 21% after several analysts said FDA briefing documents for an advisory panel meeting on its Natpara drug were more favorable than expected. Also higher was clothing and accessories retailer Land's End (LE), which gained nearly 17% after the company's second quarter results beat the estimate of the only analyst that covers it. Among the noteworthy losers was eBay (EBAY), which fell for a second straight day after Apple announced its new mobile payment system, Apple Pay, that could come in direct competition with eBay's PayPal service. Shares of PayPal's parent were downgraded to Neutral this morning at Piper Jaffray and fell 3% near noon. Also lower following yesterday's presentation by Apple was partner GT Advanced (GTAT), which was downgraded at Goldman, Piper Jaffray and Dougherty and dropped more than 14% after it was revealed that sapphire will be used in the display cover of Apple Watch but not the iPhone 6. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 16.02, or 0.09%, to 17,029.89, the Nasdaq was up 21.10, or 0.46%, to 4,573.38, and the S&P 500 was up 2.62, or 0.13%, to 1,991.06.
10:08 EDTFDO, DGFamily Dollar confirms Dollar General unsolicited tender offer
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10:06 EDTDG, FDOFamily Dollar confirms Dollar General unsolicited tender offer
09:27 EDTFDO, DGDollar General tender for Family Dollar a logical next step, says Wells Fargo
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06:19 EDTFDO, DGDollar General commences tender offer to acquire Family Dollar for $80/share
Dollar General (DG) announced that it has commenced a tender offer to acquire all outstanding shares of Family Dollar Stores (FDO) for $80.00 per share in cash. The offer is scheduled to expire at 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on October 8, 2014, unless the offer is extended. The full terms, conditions and other details of the tender offer are set forth in the offering documents that Dollar General will file today with the SEC. Dollar General also will promptly file for clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act, which will allow the company to begin the antitrust approval process with the FTC. Dollar Generalís all-cash offer of $80.00 per share provides Family Dollar shareholders with a "superior valuation" to the $74.50 per share cash / stock offer announced by Dollar Tree (DLTR) on July 28, 2014. Dollar Generalís offer provides Family Dollarís shareholders with approximately $640M of additional aggregate value over Dollar Treeís offer. As part of a definitive merger agreement with Family Dollar, Dollar General would be willing to agree to divest up to 1,500 stores if required by the FTC and to pay Family Dollar a $500M reverse break-up fee if the transaction did not close for reasons related to antitrust approvals.
06:01 EDTDG, FDODollar General commences tender offer to acquire Family Dollar for $80/share
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05:50 EDTCOSTStocks with implied volatility movement; XLU COST
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Utilities SPDR (XLU) 16, Costco (COST) 13 according to iVolatility.
September 9, 2014
16:15 EDTTGTTarget CEO to narrow focus to re-energize 'signature' categories, WSJ says
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13:58 EDTTGTStarbucks, Groupon, OpenTable apps among those to integrate Apple Pay
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10:18 EDTDGDollar General listed among 5 largest long positions by Jana Partners
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08:33 EDTFDODollar Tree, Family Dollar receive second request from FTC under HSR Act
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September 8, 2014
13:26 EDTDGDollar General management to meet with Sterne Agee
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12:29 EDTTGTHome Depot victim of same malware that hit Target, Krebs reports
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September 5, 2014
16:45 EDTDG, FDOMarket ends week little changed after mixed economic data
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13:01 EDTDG, FDODollar General 'remains committed' to acquiring Family Dollar
In response to the decision by the Board of Directors of Family Dollar Stores (FDO) to reject Dollar Generalís (DG) enhanced all-cash proposal to acquire all outstanding shares of Family Dollar for $80.00 per share, Dollar General stated that it remains committed to acquiring Family Dollar and is currently evaluating its next steps.
08:34 EDTDG, FDODollar Tree to divest as many stores as required for antitrust approval
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08:33 EDTDG, FDOFamily Dollar reaffirms support of transaction with Dollar Tree
08:32 EDTFDODollar Tree commits to divest as many stores as required for antitrust approval
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08:31 EDTFDO, DGFamily Dollar rejects revised Dollar General offer due to antitrust issues
Family Dollar Stores (FDO) that its Board of Directors has unanimously rejected the revised, non-binding proposal made by Dollar General Corporation (DG) on September 2 on the basis of antitrust regulatory considerations. Family Dollarís merger agreement with Dollar Tree (DLTR) contains a customary provision that permits Family Dollar to enter into discussions and share information with any competing bidder, but only if the Board is able to determine that failure to do so would be inconsistent with its fiduciary duties and that the unsolicited, written proposal from the competing bidder would be reasonably expected to lead to a proposal that is not only financially superior, but also ďreasonably likely to be completed on the terms proposed.Ē Howard R. Levine, Chairman and CEO of Family Dollar, said, ďOur Board of Directors, with the assistance of outside advisors and consultants, reviewed all aspects of Dollar Generalís revised proposal and unanimously concluded that it is not reasonably likely to be completed on the terms proposed. There is a very real and material risk that the transaction proposed by Dollar General would fail to close, after a lengthy and disruptive review process. Accordingly, our Board has rejected Dollar Generalís revised proposal and reaffirmed its support of the transaction with Dollar Tree, which delivers attractive value in the form of immediate upfront cash and upside participation in a combined Dollar Tree-Family Dollar entity, as well as closing certainty.Ē Ed Garden, a Family Dollar director and co-founder and Chief Investment Officer at Trian Fund Management, L.P., a large shareholder of the Company, stated, ďWe are focused on delivering to Family Dollar shareholders the highest value with certainty, and the Dollar Tree transaction does just that. Dollar Tree has taken the antitrust risk off the table by committing to divest as many stores as necessary to obtain antitrust clearance. We remain fully committed to the Dollar Tree transaction.Ē
08:30 EDTDG, FDOFamily Dollar rejects revised Dollar General offer due to antitrust issues
08:21 EDTWMTWal-Mart seeks lower rent, more control with China mall, China Daily says
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06:27 EDTFDO, DGNew Dollar General offer might not woo Family Dollar, Reuters says
Dollar General's (DG) improved bid to purchase Family Dollar (FDO) for $9.1B might not be able to reduce its smaller competitors worries that U.S. antitrust regulators will hinder the agreement from transpiring, according to Reuters, citing two sources familiar with the matter. Family Dollar is already in the throes of an agreement to sell itself for $8.5B to Dollar Tree (DLTR). Reference Link
September 4, 2014
09:35 EDTCOSTActive equity options trading on open
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08:25 EDTTGTHome Depot could see less impact than Target from data breach, says BMO Capital
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05:39 EDTCOSTCostco reports August SSS up 7%
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05:19 EDTCOSTCostco to host sales conference call
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September 3, 2014
14:49 EDTFDOIchan exits Family Dollar position with $200M profit, Reuters says
Carl Icahn, who became Family Dollar's largest shareholder just this June, has now sold his entire stake for a profit of about $200M, according to Reuters, citing sources familiar with the matter. Reference Link
14:33 EDTFDOIcahn sold entire Family Dollar stake, Reuters says
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11:42 EDTWMTWal-Mart de Mexico scales back 2014 store expansion plans, WSJ says
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10:00 EDTCOSTOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:21 EDTCOSTCostco upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Northcoast
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September 2, 2014
16:25 EDTFDO, DGOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:09 EDTDG, FDOOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with the Nasdaq clinging to narrow gains and the Dow and S&P both down about 0.25%. Stocks began the session basically unchanged but turned mixed within minutes of the open. The volume has been light and the market has moved in a narrow range, continuing the type of pattern that was seen all of last week ahead of the holiday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's final manufacturing PMI for August dipped slightly from the flash print of 58.0 to 57.9, but that was up from July's 55.8 reading. ISM's manufacturing index for August climbed to 59.0 from 57.1 in July, beating expectations. Construction spending bounced back 1.8% in July, beating expectations for it to have risen 1.0% after declining in the prior month. In Asia, HSBC's final manufacturing PMI for China edged down to 50.2 from the preliminary 50.3 August reading, which was already down from the 51.7 report in July. The Chinese government's official purchasing managers index came in at 51.1 for August, which was down from its 51.7 reading in July. In Europe, the Eurozone's final manufacturing PMI for August was revised down to 50.7 from 51.8 in the preliminary reading. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) was in the headlines following a celebrity photo hack involving several of its iCloud accounts. Despite the negative publicity from those events, the stock gained nearly 1% after noted Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster raised his price target on the tech giant's shares to $120 from $105, citing the upcoming launch of new products and services. Another firm, Cantor, said in its own note to investors that it believes that Apple will have its most exciting product launches "in many years" over the next few months... In M&A news, Dollar General (DG) rose almost 1% after increasing its all-cash proposal to buy Family Dollar (FDO) to $80.00 per share and also increasing the number of stores that it would be willing to agree to divest to 1,500 if ordered by the FTC. Shares of Family Dollar, which previously rejected Dollar General's prior proposal on the basis of antitrust regulatory concerns, traded above the new offer price, while Dollar Tree (DLTR), which currently has a merger agreement deal in place with Family Dollar, also gained 1.5%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were two other companies involved in M&A, one which was a buyer and one which was bought. Norwegian Cruise Line (NCLH) advanced 12% after agreeing to acquire upscale peer Prestige Cruises for $3.03B, while Compuware (CPWR) rose over 12% after the company confirmed it agreed to be acquired by private equity investment firm Thoma Bravo in a transaction valued at approximately $2.5B. Among the noteworthy losers was Exelixis (EXEL), which plunged 53% after its phase 3 pivotal trial of cabozantinib in certain men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer did not meet its primary endpoint and the stock was downgraded by at least three Street research firms. Also lower was lease-to-own retailer CONN'S (CONN), which dropped 30% and was downgraded at Piper Jaffray after weakness in its credit operations prompted a Q2 earnings miss and caused the company to cut its fiscal year guidance. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 43.58, or 0.25%, to 17,054.87, the Nasdaq was up 2.97, or 0.06%, to 4,583.24, and the S&P 500 was down 4.83, or 0.24%, to 1,998.54.
08:36 EDTDG, FDOFamily Dollar confirms receipt of revised unsolicited proposal from Dollar General
Family Dollar Stores (FDO) confirmed that it has received a revised, non-binding, unsolicited proposal from Dollar General (DG) to acquire all of the outstanding common shares of Family Dollar. Consistent with its fiduciary duties and subject to the terms of its existing merger agreement with Dollar Tree (DLTR), Family Dollarís Board of Directors, in consultation with its legal and financial advisors, will review and consider the revised proposal. The company's Board of Directors has not changed its recommendation in support of the merger with Dollar Tree. Family Dollar will have no further comment on Dollar Generalís proposal until the Board has completed its review.
06:16 EDTFDO, DGDollar General increases proposal to board of Family Dollar to $80 per share
Dollar General (DG) announced that it has sent an enhanced acquisition proposal to the board of Family Dollar Stores (FDO). Under the terms of the revised proposal, Dollar General would increase its all-cash proposal for all outstanding shares of Family Dollar to $80.00 per share. Dollar General also increased the number of stores that it would be willing to agree to divest to 1,500 if ordered by the FTC, as further evidence of its confidence in its ability to obtain antitrust approval, has agreed to pay a $500M reverse break-up fee to Family Dollar relating to antitrust matters. All other terms and conditions of the proposal remain unchanged. Dollar Generalís revised proposal provides Family Dollarís shareholders with approximately $640M of additional aggregate value over Dollar Treeís offer and represents a premium of 31.9 percent over the closing price of $60.66 for Family Dollar stock on the day prior to the Dollar Tree announcement. In addition, Dollar General has engaged additional counsel, Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP, to independently review its antitrust work. The independent review validated Dollar Generalís analysis that the proposed transaction can be completed on the terms previously proposed.
06:04 EDTDG, FDODollar General to raise offer for Family Dollar to $80/share, CNBC reports
Dollar General (DG) is going to raise its all-cash bid for Family Dollar (FDO) to $80 per share or around $9.1B, CNBC's Andrew Ross Sorkin reports, citing sources. Dollar General is willing to sell up to 1,500 stores if required by the FTC under the new offer, Sorkin adds. Family Dollar has continued to recommend a merger with Dollar Tree (DLTR). Reference Link
06:01 EDTFDO, DGDollar General raises offer for Family Dollar to $80/share, CNBC reports
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