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August 16, 2013
10:08 EDTRIG, STM, PT, GIS, MXIM, DANG, INO, JWN, AV, VLTR, CL, RRGB, NOR, AAOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Alcoa (AA) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Aviva (AV) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... General Mills (GIS) downgraded to Underperform from Hold at Jefferies... Noble Energy (NBL) downgraded to Buy from Strong Buy at ISI Group... Noranda Aluminum (NOR) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Nordstrom (JWN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee... Portugal Telecom (PT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Red Robin (RRGB) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... STMicroelectronics (STM) downgraded to Underweight from Neutral at HSBC... Inovio (INO) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Aegis... Colgate-Palmolive (CL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus... Dangdang (DANG) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Noble Energy (NBL) downgraded at ISI Group... Transocean (RIG) downgraded to Underweight from Overweight at Johnson Rice... Volterra (VLTR) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at B. Riley... Maxim Integrated (MXIM) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley.
News For AA;AV;GIS;NOR;JWN;PT;RRGB;INO;STM;CL;DANG;RIG;VLTR;MXIM From The Last 14 Days
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February 10, 2016
09:47 EDTMXIMTexas Instruments could make a bid for Maxim Integrated, says Macquarie
Macquarie analyst Deepon Nag said Texas Instruments (TXN) has historically been opportunistic buyer of distressed assets, and may mean the recent market selloff provides an opportunity. The analyst believes Maxim Integrated (MXIM) fits Texas Instruments criteria of focusing on a strong R&D team, broad customer base, and focus on industrial and automotive end markets. Nag also believes with additional synergies, Maxim could drive free cash flow yield of roughly 9%, above Texas' current yield of 7%.
09:40 EDTMXIMTexas Instruments could make a bid for Maxim Integrated, says Macquarie
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February 8, 2016
10:41 EDTAAStocks with call strike movement; AA AMZN
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09:00 EDTCLColgate-Palmolive, Klox Technologies enter into agreements for oral health
Colgate-Palmolive (CL) and Klox Technologies (KLOX) have entered into agreements to globally commercialize and further develop KLOX's human Oral Health technology platform. The agreements include a worldwide license to commercialize KLOX's proprietary Biophotonic technology in the field of human Oral Health and an equity investment in KLOX by Colgate.
07:25 EDTINOBiotech Industry Organization to hold a conference
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06:54 EDTMXIMMaxim Integrated to host investor day
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05:20 EDTRIGTransocean announces customer early terminates Discoverer Deep Seas
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February 5, 2016
09:37 EDTAAActive equity options trading on open
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February 4, 2016
09:36 EDTAAActive equity options trading on open: AAPL FB GPRO AA NFLX BAC TWC YHOO PG
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February 2, 2016
14:52 EDTINOZika virus acquired through sexual transmission reported in Dallas
Dallas County Health and Human Services announced it has received confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the first Zika virus case acquired through sexual transmission in Dallas County in 2016. The patient was infected with the virus after having sexual contact with an ill individual who returned from a country where Zika virus is present, DCHHS reported. Publicly traded companies working on combating Zika include Inovio (INO), Cerus (CERS), NewLink (NLNK) and Intrexon (XON).
12:56 EDTINOMizuho downplays near-term Zika revenue potential for NewLink, Intrexon
The Zika virus and its link to microcephaly and fetal brain damage have exploded into public view and lead to several drugmakers announcing plans to fight the disease, but Mizuho analyst Eric Criscuolo downplayed the potential for Zika to truly move the needle for companies in the space in the near-term. PERIPHERAL OPPORTUNITIES: NewLink (NLNK) announced plans to develop treatment options for the Zika virus as the disease was declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization this week. While the company "could" secure funding and partnerships for the project, Criscuolo does not view NewLink's Zika plans as core to its investment story, encouraging investors to instead evaluate the company on the basis of its HyperAcute and IDO programs. Meanwhile, Intrexon's (XON) efforts in mosquito population control have also gained attention amid the rise of Zika, whose primary transmission vector is the mosquito. Though even a small slice of global mosquito spending would represent "significant" revenue for Intrexon, Criscuolo cautions that the company's program is still in early stages, with attempts at a wider rollout likely encountering political, biological, financial and public opinion hurdles. Separately, the analyst said he wouldn't be surprised to see OraSure (OSUR) also attempt to develop a Zika test given the company's response to Ebola last year, though as with NewLink, Criscuolo believes any such effort would be peripheral to OraSure's primary businesses. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other publicly traded companies involved in combating Zika include Inovio (INO) and Cerus (CERS). PRICE ACTION: Shares of NewLink are up roughly 5% to $25.63. Meanwhile, Intrexon has slipped 5.5% on Tuesday afternoon but is still up 15% over the last five trading days. Among others with links to Zika, OraSure is up fractionally, Inovio has fallen 7% and Cerus has dipped 1.4% this afternoon.
11:24 EDTAAStocks with call strike movement; AA COP
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09:34 EDTJWNNordstrom initiated with a Peer Perform at Wolfe Research
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February 1, 2016
13:42 EDTINOWHO declares Zika virus to be global emergency, Reuters reports
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11:14 EDTAAStocks with call strike movement; NFLX AA
Netflix (NFLX) April 110 call option implied volatility increased 6% to 51, Alcoa (AA) April 8 call option implied volatility increased 4% to 50 according to iVolatility.
09:36 EDTAAActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: BAC AAPL FB AMZN TWTR MGM MCD NFLX GILD INTC TSLA AA BABA C
09:04 EDTAAElliott Management: Alcoa 'taking the right steps'
Alcoa and affiliates of Elliott Management, which hold an economic interest in approximately 7.5% of Alcoa's common stock, have entered into an agreement that provides that Elliott will support the company's slate of director nominees at Alcoa's 2016 Annual Meeting of Shareholders.
09:03 EDTAAAlcoa names three new directors to board
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09:02 EDTAAAlcoa to appoint 3 new directors to board; Elliott to support slate of nominees
Alcoa announced that it will appoint Ulrich "Rick" Schmidt, John C. Plant and Sean O. Mahoney to serve on the company's Board of Directors, effective February 5, 2016. These appointments will further strengthen the company and add valuable aerospace and automotive experience to the Board as Alcoa prepares to separate into two independent companies in the second half of 2016. With these appointments, the Alcoa Board will be expanded to consist of 15 directors. In connection with this announcement, Alcoa and affiliates of Elliott Management, which hold an economic interest in approximately 7.5% of Alcoa's common stock, have entered into an agreement that provides that Elliott will support the company's slate of director nominees at Alcoa's 2016 Annual Meeting of Shareholders. Mahoney will be included with the company's slate of director nominees for election at the Company's 2016 Annual Meeting of Shareholders and will be added to the class of directors whose term expires in 2016. Schmidt and Plant will be added to the class of directors whose terms expire in 2017 and 2018, respectively. Dave Miller, Senior Portfolio Manager at Elliott Management said, "We believe the Company is taking the right steps as it moves forward with its separation. This is a pivotal moment for Alcoa and represents an opportunity to create substantial value for shareholders. We are pleased to have worked constructively with Alcoa and believe that Rick, John and Sean bring relevant experience to the Alcoa Board and the future Value-Add Co." As previously announced, Alcoa plans to separate into two, publicly traded companies in the second half of 2016. The Upstream company will comprise five strong business units that today make up Global Primary Products: Bauxite, Alumina, Aluminum, Cast Products and Energy; the innovation and technology-driven Value-Add company will include the Global Rolled Products, Engineered Products and Solutions, and Transportation and Construction Solutions businesses. As the Company prepares to implement the separation, the Board of Directors will work closely with Alcoa's management team in a comprehensive review of its portfolio, operations, profitability drivers and cost structure, and will update the market at the appropriate time.
05:57 EDTINOInovio volatility elevated, developing vaccine for Zika virus infection
Inovio February call option implied volatility is at 108, March is at 100; compared to its 52-week range of 49 to 115, suggesting large price movement as the company develops a DNA-based vaccine for preventing and treating the Zika virus infection.
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