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February 11, 2013
16:29 EDTAAPL, NDAQ, GOOG, SNY, NVO, HEK, BBRYOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly lower and traded in a narrow range during the session. Investors had little to react to on the domestic economic calendar and holidays in Asia also slowed the data flow from abroad... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no major economic data was reported. In Europe, a meeting of finance ministers of the countries using the euro convened, with the strength of the shared currency, how to handle a bailout for Cyprus and progress in Greece likely to be discussed. In Asia, Chinese and Japanese markets were closed for holidays... COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple (AAPL) rose $4.95, or 1.04%, to $479.93 amid rumors of a new "iWatch" that is under development and continued speculation around what, if anything, CEO Tim Cook may announce tomorrow in terms of capital return plans during his speech at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference... Nasdaq (NDAQ) shares gained 91c, or 3.09%, to $30.38 after Charles Gasparino of Fox Business said the company held "going private" talks with Carlyle Group, though the report said talks are not ongoing... Google (GOOG) Chairman Eric Schmidt disclosed plans late Friday to sell 3.2M of the shares he holds, valued at $2.5B. Google fell as much as 1% during the session but closed down $2.95, or 0.38%, at $782.42... MAJOR MOVERS: Among notable gainers were shares of Sanofi (SNY), up $1.49, or 3.2%, to $48.01, after rival Novo Nordisk (NVO) received an FDA Complete Response Letter indicating that the company's insulin products will need additional tests before approval. Shares of Novo Nordisk fell $26.89, or 13.98%, to $165.40 following the FDA decision. Also lower were shares of Heckmann (HEK), down 45c, or 10.34%, to $3.90 after being downgraded to Underperform at Wedbush, and BlackBerry (BBRY), down 76c, or 4.61%, to $15.73 after a report said Home Depot (HD) would replace staff BlackBerry's with Apple's iPhone 4S... INDICES: The Dow was down 21.73, or 0.16%, to 13,971.24; the Nasdaq was down 1.87, or 0.06%, to 3,192.00; and the S&P 500 was down 0.92, or 0.06%, to 1,517.01.
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13:58 EDTSNYRegeneron expected to receive priority review at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray expects Regeneron (REGN) and Sanofi (SNY) will receive priority review for alirocumab via the priority review voucher recently acquired from BioMarin (BMRN). Piper says potential approval of the drug is likely by mid-2015 and it reiterates an Overweight rating on Regeneron with a $382 price target.
12:09 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday, with the Nasdaq clinging to narrow gains and the Dow and S&P both down about 0.25%. Stocks began the session basically unchanged but turned mixed within minutes of the open. The volume has been light and the market has moved in a narrow range, continuing the type of pattern that was seen all of last week ahead of the holiday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Markit's final manufacturing PMI for August dipped slightly from the flash print of 58.0 to 57.9, but that was up from July's 55.8 reading. ISM's manufacturing index for August climbed to 59.0 from 57.1 in July, beating expectations. Construction spending bounced back 1.8% in July, beating expectations for it to have risen 1.0% after declining in the prior month. In Asia, HSBC's final manufacturing PMI for China edged down to 50.2 from the preliminary 50.3 August reading, which was already down from the 51.7 report in July. The Chinese government's official purchasing managers index came in at 51.1 for August, which was down from its 51.7 reading in July. In Europe, the Eurozone's final manufacturing PMI for August was revised down to 50.7 from 51.8 in the preliminary reading. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) was in the headlines following a celebrity photo hack involving several of its iCloud accounts. Despite the negative publicity from those events, the stock gained nearly 1% after noted Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster raised his price target on the tech giant's shares to $120 from $105, citing the upcoming launch of new products and services. Another firm, Cantor, said in its own note to investors that it believes that Apple will have its most exciting product launches "in many years" over the next few months... In M&A news, Dollar General (DG) rose almost 1% after increasing its all-cash proposal to buy Family Dollar (FDO) to $80.00 per share and also increasing the number of stores that it would be willing to agree to divest to 1,500 if ordered by the FTC. Shares of Family Dollar, which previously rejected Dollar General's prior proposal on the basis of antitrust regulatory concerns, traded above the new offer price, while Dollar Tree (DLTR), which currently has a merger agreement deal in place with Family Dollar, also gained 1.5%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were two other companies involved in M&A, one which was a buyer and one which was bought. Norwegian Cruise Line (NCLH) advanced 12% after agreeing to acquire upscale peer Prestige Cruises for $3.03B, while Compuware (CPWR) rose over 12% after the company confirmed it agreed to be acquired by private equity investment firm Thoma Bravo in a transaction valued at approximately $2.5B. Among the noteworthy losers was Exelixis (EXEL), which plunged 53% after its phase 3 pivotal trial of cabozantinib in certain men with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer did not meet its primary endpoint and the stock was downgraded by at least three Street research firms. Also lower was lease-to-own retailer CONN'S (CONN), which dropped 30% and was downgraded at Piper Jaffray after weakness in its credit operations prompted a Q2 earnings miss and caused the company to cut its fiscal year guidance. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 43.58, or 0.25%, to 17,054.87, the Nasdaq was up 2.97, or 0.06%, to 4,583.24, and the S&P 500 was down 4.83, or 0.24%, to 1,998.54.
11:32 EDTBBRYStocks with call strike movement; BBRY TWTR
BlackBerry (BBRY) March 12 call option implied volatility decreased 6% to 48, Twitter (TWTR) December 57.5 call option implied volatility increased 5% to 48 according to IVolatility.
11:09 EDTBBRYBlackBerry announces events in three cities to be held Sep. 24
BlackBerry announced in a post to its corporate blog: "On September 24, all eyes will be on BlackBerry as we host exclusive, invite-only events in Toronto, London and Dubai to show off… well I guess you’ll have to wait and see." Reference Link
11:03 EDTAAPLApple hits another fresh life high, levels to watch
Despite headlines concerning a high-level iCloud security breach targeting celebrity accounts, the stock is edging to a fresh life high this morning. Traders appear more focused on the upcoming product announcement on September 9th. At the current price of $103.65, there is no overhead resistance. A new upside objective for the bulls would potentially be at $105 or $107, both typical and currently active options strike prices. Support is at $102.50, the prior closing price.
10:33 EDTAAPLApple price target raised by noted analyst ahead of launches
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10:29 EDTNVOHigh option volume stocks
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09:41 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading on open
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09:22 EDTGOOGGoogle expected to launch low-end smartphone soon, NDTV Gadgets reports
Google has sent out invitations to the media for an event on September 15 in India, according to NDTV Gadgets. The search engine giant is expected to launch a low-end smartphone known as Android One at the event, NDTV stated. Reference Link
08:58 EDTGOOGVringo preparing to seek further review of Court split decision
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08:35 EDTSNYIntrexon enters into ECC with Sanofi subsidiary to develop APIs
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07:21 EDTSNYRegeneron data positive, says RBC Capital
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07:09 EDTAAPLApple new product launch to be most exciting in years, says Cantor
Cantor believes that over the next few months Apple will have its most exciting product launch "in many years." The firm thinks the 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch iPhones may not be made available for purchase simultaneously, while the company's watch could be announced next week but not be made available immediately. The firm keeps a $123 price target and Buy rating on the shares.
06:34 EDTAAPLApple cuts iPad mini prices as non-Apple vendors may follow, DigiTimes says
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06:34 EDTAAPLApple's iWatch still under EVT stage, DigiTimes reports
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06:14 EDTAAPLT-Mobile planning September 10 'Uncarrier' event, Re/code reports
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06:13 EDTAAPLApple has discussed $400 price tag for wearable device, Re/code reports
Apple has considered putting a $400 price tag on its new wearable device, Re/code reports. It is not clear whether the price will be firmed up before its September 9 press conference. Reference Link
06:05 EDTAAPLApple investigating hack relating to violation of iCloud accounts, Re/code says
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05:54 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $120 from $105 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster raised his price target on Apple shares to $120 from $105 citing the company's upcoming launch of new products and services. Munster expects Apple to unveil the iPhone 6 with two new screen sizes at the September 9 event, and he sees a 70% chance of an announcement around payments. Munster pegs at the chances of an iWatch announcement at 50%. He expects Apple shares to move higher through year-end and keeps an Overweight rating on the stock.
05:18 EDTNVONovo Nordisk discontinues activities within inflammatory disorders
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