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Fri, Feb. 27, 11:31 AM
- Factset has compiled a list of the most popular holdings of hedge funds at the end of Q4 and which stocks fell in or out of favor within the group.
- Overall, hedge funds increased their positions in the top 50 holdings during the quarter by 1%.
- Top 50 hedge fund consumer staples/discretionary stocks showing an increase: Family Dollar (NYSE:FDO) +1.3%, PepsiCo (NYSE:PEP) +20.3%, Priceline Group (NASDAQ:PCLN) +24.2%, Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) +15.3%.
- Top 50 hedge fund consumer staples/discretionary stocks showing a decrease: Mastercard (NYSE:MA) -4.2%, Walgreen Boots Alliance (NASDAQ:WBA) -1.3%, Dollar General (NYSE:DG) -11.6%, Mondelez International (NASDAQ:MDLZ) -0.9%.
- Another way to look at the list is to examine which stocks are missing. Coca-Cola (NYSE:KO), Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT), and Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG) are in that club.
- Factset's hedge fund ownership report (.pdf)
Thu, Feb. 5, 9:08 AM
- Kraft Foods (NASDAQ:KRFT) has found a vibrant channel for its Velveeta brand in dollar stores.
- The company was very close to pulling the plug on the product last year amid soft grocery store sales.
- General Mills (NYSE:GIS) and Campbell Soup (NYSE:CPB) are also exploring selling more brands in dollar stores due to the potential for higher profit margins in certain categories.
- The development could aid the dollar store group (DLTR, DG, FDO) which has lost some quick-stop grocery market share to convenience stores.
Tue, Feb. 3, 5:44 PM
- Dollar Tree (NASDAQ:DLTR) says it has learned the FTC is reviewing more than 500 stores as it scrutinizes its plan to acquire Family Dollar (NYSE:FDO), after previously believing that the FTC would require the divestiture of no more than ~300 stores, according to an SEC filing.
- Despite the caution, DLTR still expects the total number of divestitures to be about 300, and hopes to reach an agreement with the FTC by the end of the month.
- FDO shareholders approved a deal last month to be sold to DLTR, choosing regulatory certainty over a riskier but higher offer from Dollar General (NYSE:DG).
Tue, Jan. 27, 6:50 AM
Thu, Jan. 22, 9:38 AM
- Shareholders with Family Dollar (NYSE:FDO) have approved the merger offer from Dollar Tree (DLTR +1.8%) as expected.
- 74% of shareholders approved the merger of the discounters.
- FDO trades at $76.20 vs. the buyout price of $74.50.
- Shares of Dollar General (NYSE:DG) are taking the news well, up 2.4% in early trading.
Thu, Jan. 22, 2:18 AM
- Family Dollar (NYSE:FDO) shareholders are expected to vote today in favor of a pending $8.5B merger with Dollar Tree (NASDAQ:DLTR) despite a higher $9.1B offer from Dollar General (NYSE:DG) still on the table, Reuters reports.
- Family Dollar and two influential proxy firms are pushing for the deal with Dollar Tree, which said it would divest as many outlets as required to get antitrust approval.
- Dollar General has said it would only shed up to 1,500 stores.
- Previously: Proxy firms back Dollar Tree's bid for Family Dollar (Jan. 15 2015)
- Previously: Family Dollar sticks with Dollar Tree recommendation (Jan. 12 2015)
Thu, Jan. 15, 8:20 AM
- Dollar General (NYSE:DG) says discussions with the FTC over the company's offer to acquire Family Dollar (NYSE:FDO) are ongoing.
- The company has already has detailed talks with potential buyers for many of the Family Dollar stores which would need to be offloaded if a deal was struck.
- Still, the discounter faces an uphill battle in the attempt to swallow up its sector rival.
- Proxy firms Glass Lewis and ISS have both recommended that Family Dollar shareholders vote to merge with Dollar Tree (NASDAQ:DLTR).
- FDO closed at $76.30 yesterday vs. the DLTR offer price of $74.50 and DG bid of $80.
Thu, Jan. 15, 3:13 AM
- Changing their previous stance, two influential proxy firms, Institutional Shareholder Services and Glass Lewis & Co, have advised Family Dollar (NYSE:FDO) shareholders to vote for the retailer's acquisition by Dollar Tree (NASDAQ:DLTR), saying it was more likely to close as it faced fewer antitrust hurdles.
- Previously, Dollar Tree had said it would divest as many outlets as required to get antitrust approval for the deal, while Dollar General (NYSE:DG) stuck to its offer to shed up to 1,500 stores.
Mon, Jan. 12, 6:55 AM
- Family Dollar (NYSE:FDO) issues an open letter to shareholders in which it recommends they vote to approve a merger with Dollar Tree (NASDAQ:DLTR).
- The company says economic analysis by the FTC on the Dollar Tree combination leads to a count of problematic stores of 310, compared to estimated 3K-4K which would likely be needed to be divested under the Dollar General (NYSE:DG) merger proposal.
- A special meeting of Family Dollar shareholders is set for January 25 to vote on the DLTR offer.
- Full letter
Fri, Jan. 9, 8:35 AM
- The House passed a bill to redefine a full-time worker under the Affordable Care Act to 40 hours a week from 30 hours.
- The legislation could impact millions of workers as companies adjust hours and employee policies around the issue.
- The measure was passed by a vote total of 252-172.
- Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated the bill will see a vote in his chamber.
- The White House has threatened to veto the bill on its view it will reduce the number of workers covered by healthcare.
- Most industry groups within the restaurant and food industry have issued support for the legislation.
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Thu, Jan. 8, 8:18 PM
- Holiday retail sales rose 4.6% vs. expectations for a 3.8% lift, according to a read from ShopperTrak. The growth rate is the highest since 2005 for the period.
- The rush of positive reports from retailers on holiday sales comes off of some beaten-down expectations, notes Chain Store Age.
- Concerns on mall traffic, a West Coast port slowdown, and a frenzied level of promotions drove consensus estimates lower before some macroeconomic factors improved and $2 gas entered the scene.
- A cross-section of retailers that surprised on the upside includes Barnes & Noble, Pier 1 Imports, Walgreens, Urban Outfitters, and Sonic.
- What to watch: Costco (NASDAQ:COST) put up a 5% comp for December, putting some pressure on Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) and Target (NYSE:TGT) to show signs of late-quarter strength. Signs of weakness at dollar stores (DG, DLTR, FDO, FIVE) and electronics chains (HGG, CONN, BBY) are a concern. Retailers seen as on-trend for the holiday season include Foot Locker (NYSE:FL), Lululemon (NASDAQ:LULU), and Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM).
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Thu, Jan. 8, 7:21 AM
- Family Dollar (NYSE:FDO) reports comparable-store sales fell 0.4% in FQ1 as the retailer shifted to an "everyday" pricing strategy.
- Gross profit rate -90 bps to 33.4% on a higher mix of food and tobacco sales impacted results.
- Operating profit -170 bps to 3.1%.
- SG&A expense rate +80 bps to 30.3%.
- Merchandise inventory +4.1% to $1.71B.
- Capex spending down 8% on fewer store openings.
- FDO -1.0% premarket.
Thu, Jan. 8, 7:21 AM
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Family Dollar Stores Inc provides consumers with a selection of competitively priced merchandise in convenient neighbourhood stores. Its merchandise assortment includes consumables, home products, apparel accessories, seasonal and electronics.
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