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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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September 4, 2014
19:12 EDTAGNAllergan provides update on requests from Pershing regarding special meeting
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17:32 EDTAAPLApple can head higher, Samsung event underwhelms, Barron's says
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17:17 EDTAGNAllergan initiated with a Buy at ISI Group
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17:16 EDTVRXValeant initiated with a Buy at ISI Group
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16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; September 4, 2014
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11:59 EDTAAPLApple to feature NFC in iWatch as well as iPhone, WSJ says
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11:20 EDTAAPLApple iPhone 6 seen lacking sapphire cover, AppleInsider says
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10:59 EDTBIG, SPLKOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:44 EDTAGN, VRXValeant, Ackman deliver another 2.8% consent vote to Allergan, CNBC reports
Valeant (VRX) and Bill Ackman delivered another 2.8% consent vote to Allergan, bringing its total vote to call a special meeting to 33.8%, CNBC's David Faber reports, citing sources. A special meeting has been set for December 18, Faber added.
09:35 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:26 EDTTSNTyson Foods backs FY14 EPS ex-items view of at least $2.78 per share
Consensus $2.81. Tyson CFO Dennis Leatherby stated at the Barclays Back-to-School Consumer Conference that he expects the addition of Hillshire to be accretive to earnings in fiscal 2015 and substantially accretive thereafter, adding that he expects at least 10% EPS growth in FY15.
09:24 EDTTSNTyson Foods CEO says moving forward quickly with Hillshire integration
Tyson President and CEO Donnie Smith told investors at the annual Barclays Back-to-School Consumer Conference that the process for combining the company with Hillshire is well underway, stating, "We're moving forward quickly with the integration and finding synergies, and we feel good about our ability to capture $225M in synergies in the first year and $500M by year three." Smith added, "The more we get into it, the better we feel," according to presentation recap provided by the company.
09:08 EDTAAPLExperts: Photo theft should highlight cloud risk, The Hill reports
The recent theft of celebrity photos from Apple's iCloud should make people realize the dangers of using the cloud to store personal information, The Hill quoted security experts as saying. Meanwhile, the website reported that the Federal Trade Commission could launch a probe in response to the incident, while Congress may also respond. Reference Link
08:47 EDTAAPLApple shares should be bought on weakness, says JMP Securities
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07:30 EDTAAPLApple has good read through from ineffective Samsung launch, says Cantor
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06:51 EDTAAPLApple's iPhone 6 subsidies unlikely to be cut in China, WantChinaTimes says
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06:40 EDTAAPLApple, others restart discussions with tech staff in hiring suit, Reuters says
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06:30 EDTAAPLIDC: Phablet shipments to pass PCs in 2014, tablets in 2015, DigiTimes reports
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06:22 EDTAAPLeBay to meet PayPal estimates despite competition, says Piper Jaffray
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