Stocks to Watch: FDO, PNR, ZZ, GS & More
Take a look at some of Wednesday’s morning movers:
Family Dollar Stores - The retailer earned $1.15 per share for its fiscal second quarter, two cents above estimates, while revenue was in line with analysts forecasts. Analysts are expressing some concern with an 11 percent rise in inventory levels, compared with last quarter's 4.5 percent figure.
Pentair - Tyco International is merging its flow-control business into Pentair in an all-stock deal. The transaction values the Tyco unit at $4.9 billion, and will add about 40 cents per share to Pentair's 2013 earnings.
Sealy - The company posted an unexpected first-quarter profit, on healthy demand for a new line of higher-priced mattresses. Separately, major shareholder H Capital Management is raising questions about allegedly unauthorized payments to largest shareholder KKR, in the ongoing dispute between the two over the strategic direction of Sealy.
Annie’s - The organic food company sold 5 million shares of its initial public offering at $19 a share, above the expected range of $16 to $18.
Apple - Apple is offering a refund to Australian buyers of its new iPad, a day after regulators accused it of misleading consumers over its 4G capabilities. The dispute stems from the iPad’s incompatibility with current Australian 4G LTE mobile networks.
Goldman Sachs Group - The firm has reached a deal with a labor union pension fund to appoint a lead director — a move that reduces pressure on Goldman to split the roles of chairman and chief executive. That means shareholders won’t be voting on that proposal at the annual meeting.
PVH - The apparel maker has raised its 2012 earnings forecast, thanks to strong sales for its Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger brands.
Verizon Communications - RBC Capital has downgraded Verizon shares to "sector perform" from "outpeform," saying it sees few sustainable catalysts for growth.
Home Depot - The home-improvement retailer will hold its third annual "Spring Black Friday" event this weekend. It's the third year in a row that Home Depot has held such an event.
Express Scripts, Medco Health – Express Scripts says it may close its $29.1 billion acquisition of Medco as soon as next week. The Federal Trade Commission is still in the process of reviewing the deal.
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