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May 30, 2014
16:59 EDTAAPL, SPLK, BNNY, BIG, SNN, SYK, VRX, AGN, PPC, TSN, HSH, LGFMarket finishes week higher after M&A deals, upbeat data
Stocks ended the week higher after several economic data points beat expectations and there were a number of new developments on the M&A front. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., durable goods orders for April, a nationwide service sector index, and weekly jobless claims were all better than expected. Personal income for April and an index of consumer confidence for this month were slightly below expectations, while GDP was revised downward to reflect 1% annualized contraction in Q1... The European Central Bank could take steps to make credit more available to businesses at its next meeting on June 5, ECB President Mario Draghi said. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) agreed to buy privately owned Beats Electronics and Beats Music for $3B. The Beats companies sell headphones and operate a streaming music service... Early in the week, meat products maker Pilgrim's Pride (PPC) offered to buy another company in the sector, Hillshire Brands (HSH), for $45 per share in cash or $6.4B. After Pilgrim's Pride announced its bid, another meat producer, Tyson Foods (TSN), made a $50 per share bid for Hillshire. Shares of Pinnacle Foods (PF), which Hillshire had previously agreed to purchase, ended the week lower, as the new bids cast doubt on that deal... In other M&A news, Valeant (VRX) raised the cash portion of its takeover bid for Allergan (AGN), first by $10 and then by about another $14 per share in a second offer that came today. Valeant also added a contingent value right worth up to $25 per share which is based on sales of Allergan's DARPin product, an experimental drug that Allergan is developing as a treatment for the leading cause of blindness in elderly people... Financial Times reported that orthopedic device maker Stryker (SYK) was looking to make a takeover bid for another company in the sector, Smith & Nephew (SNN). Stryker said it was in the early stages of evaluating a bid for its peer, but does not intend to make an offer at this time... Few notable companies reported earnings this week, but closeout retailer Big Lots (BIG) rose after reporting stronger than expected results and raising its guidance. Among the companies that fell after reporting results were data analysis software maker Splunk (SPLK), organic foods maker Annie's (BNNY), and "Hunger Games" producer Lionsgate (LGF). INDEXES: The Dow was up 1.37% to 16,717.17, the S&P 500 was up 2.43% to 1,923.57, and the Nasdaq was up 3.72% to 4,242.62.
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October 17, 2014
16:55 EDTAAPLStocks end volatile week lower amid oil price plunge
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16:01 EDTAAPLOptions Update; October 17, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.75 to 38.58 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX GILD CLF PBR according to Track Data.
15:46 EDTAAPLApple October weekly volatility elevated into Q4
Apple October weekly call option implied volatility is at 41, November is at 28, December is at 26, January is at 25 compared to its 26-week average of 25 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 on October 20.
11:14 EDTPPCPilgrim's Pride recovers some lost ground, levels to watch
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10:00 EDTBIGOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:47 EDTAGN, VRXValeant will not raise Allergan bid ahead of record date, CNBC reports
Valeant (VRX) will not raise its hostile takeover bid for Allergan (AGN) ahead of the record date for the vote, CNBC's David Faber reports. Allergan (AGN) is not currently in takeover talks with Actavis (ACT), Faber added.
09:45 EDTAGNAllergan not in deal talks with Actavis, CNBC reports
09:43 EDTVRX, AGNValeant not going to raise Allergan bid ahead of meeting, CNBC reports
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09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on
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09:32 EDTAAPLVirnetX files petitions, requests restoration of jury verdict against Apple
VirnetX (VHC) announced that it filed a petition with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, requesting a rehearing and rehearing en banc of the Federal Circuit's September 14 decision concerning VirnetX's litigation against Apple (AAPL). In its petition, VirnetX is asking the court to rehear its decision with respect to damages and affirm the district court's damages award against Apple in full because the Federal Circuit's decision is contrary to the patent statute and Supreme Court precedent. VirnetX is also asking the Federal Circuit to reinstate the jury's award that Apple infringed the '504 and '211 patents on the basis that the district court correctly construed the claim term "secure communication link." Kendall Larsen, VirnetX CEO and President said, "We respectfully believe the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit erred in certain parts of its decision and are asking it to further review its decision. We look forward to readdressing the decision with the court and remain confident about the strength of our arguments regarding restoration of the jury's damages award."
09:07 EDTPPC, TSNProtein stock pullback on Sanderson comments overdone, says BMO Capital
BMO Capital views yesterday's decline in Sanderson Farms (SAFM), Pilgrim's Pride (PPC) and Tyson Foods (TSN) as an overreaction to Sanderson's comments regarding breast prices falling to year-ago levels for the next four months. BMO notes that breast prices always dip in the fall. Following Sanderson's investor day, BMO said it sees a greater probability of chicken margins remaining at near-record levels in 2015. It keeps an Outperform rating on the stock.
08:11 EDTBIGBig Lots initiated with a Buy at Stifel
Target $58.
07:53 EDTAAPLFBI Director urges Apple, Google to change course on encryption, WSJ says
FBI Director James Comey, making his most extensive statements to date on encrypted phones and operating systems in a speech at the Brookings Institution, urged Apple (AAPL) and Google (GOOG) to take a step back, to pause to consider, I hope, a change of course, and called on lawmakers to update federal rules on how the government can intercept and monitor communication, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
07:45 EDTSYKStryker price target lowered to $84 from $88 at Canaccord
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07:39 EDTTSN, PPCChicken stock sell-off yesterday overdone, says JPMorgan
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07:19 EDTAAPLApple 'extremely well' positioned into holiday season, says Cantor
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06:34 EDTAAPLApple iPad refresh in-line with expectations, says Deutsche Bank
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06:24 EDTAAPLGlobal notebook shipments estimated at over 45M units, Digitimes Research says
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06:14 EDTAAPLApple debuts iPhone 6 in China, WSJ reports
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06:13 EDTAAPLLVMH could pair with a tech company to launch smartwatch, WSJ reports
LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMUY) says it could team up with with a technology company to launch a smartwatch for one of its brands, the Wall Street Journal reports. Jean-Claude Biver, president of LVMHs watch division, commented "Maybe in nine months, we will have a smartwatch." Publicly traded smartwatch makers include Apple (AAPL), Google (GOOG) and Samsung (SSNLF). Reference Link
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