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May 9, 2014
16:16 EDTJAZZ, PUBGY, SKUL, POST, AKRX, OMC, AAPL, UBNT, CSC, POn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher in a choppy session that saw the averages spend time on either side of the flatline before gaining ground in the last hour of trade to close near session highs. With today's close, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq finished the week with losses, while the Dow gained about 0.4% to close at new all-time closing high. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., wholesale inventories were up 1.1% in March, which was above the 0.5% forecast, while wholesale sales rose 1.4% in the month. The JOLTS report showed job openings fell 111K in March to 4.01M. COMPANY NEWS: Apple (AAPL) was in-focus after the Financial Times said last night that the iPhone and iPad maker is in talks to acquire Beats Electronics for $3.2B. Following the report of Apple's interest in the headphone maker co-founded by rapper and record producer Dr. Dre, shares of another audio equipment maker, Skullcandy (SKUL), gained 32c, or 4.66%, to $7.18. Pandora (P), which like Beats offers a music streaming service, was up 42c, or 1.89%, to $22.62... Shares of Omnicom (OMC) rose $1.46, or 2.21%, to $67.66 after the company and its advertising peer Publicis Groupe (PUBGY) terminated their proposed merger of equals, citing "difficulties in completing the transaction within a reasonable timeframe." MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was CSC (CSC), up $4.35, or 7.49%, to $62.39 after reporting a mixed fourth quarter report but raising its dividend 15% and announcing a new $1.5B share repurchase program. Also higher was Akorn (AKRX), which gained $1.12, or 4.53%, to $25.82 after announcing an agreement to acquire VersaPharm for $440M in a deal the company expects to add $90M-$100M in annual revenue and 10c-12c per share in earnings. Among the noteworthy losers was Jazz Pharmaceuticals (JAZZ), down $4.24, or 3.17%, to $129.45 after the company's first quarter profit and revenue fell short of expectations. Analysts at Piper Jaffray, however, said Jazz's growth story is still "very much intact." Also lower following their quarterly reports were shares of Ubiquiti Networks (UBNT), down $9.99, or 24.15%, to $31.38 and Post Holdings (POST), down $4.05, or 7.78%, to $48.03. INDEXES: The Dow gained 32.37, or 0.20%, to 16,583.34, the S&P 500 was up 2.85, or 0.15%, to 1,878.48, the Nasdaq was up 20.37, or 0.50%, to 4,071.87.
News For AAPL;SKUL;P;OMC;PUBGY;CSC;AKRX;JAZZ;UBNT;POST From The Last 14 Days
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December 9, 2014
10:23 EDTAKRXOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:38 EDTAAPLActive equity options trading
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09:21 EDTAAPLOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: AutoZone (AZO), up 3.8%... Burlington Stores (BURL), up 3.3%. ALSO HIGHER: bluebird bio (BLUE), up 56.5% after price target raised at Piper Jaffray and SunTrust... Camtek (CAMT), up 6.7% after being awarded a $2.8M order from a semiconductor manufacturer... PDC Energy (PDCE), up 5.8% after providing fiscal 2015 production guidance... Mast Therapeutics (MSTX), up 3.1% after reporting that it will begin recruiting patients for MST-188 study in first half of fiscal 2015... Idera Pharmaceuticals (IDRA), up 1.4% after announcing data for its lead product candidate, IMO-8400. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: UTi Worldwide (UTIW), down 10.8%... CONN'S (CONN), down 35.9% after reporting third quarter results, withdrawing fiscal 2015 guidance, stating that there is no timetable set for completion of strategic alternatives, and announcing the departure of its CFO. ALSO LOWER: Apple (AAPL), down 1.6% after Pacific Crest says that weak iPad demand could cause Apple to miss estimates and following a Wall Street Journal report that a judge denied Apple's efforts to throw out iPod pricing lawsuit... Allied Nevada Gold (ANV), down 30.1% after announcing pricing of common stock and warrant offering... United Continental (UAL), down 2.7% after reporting November traffic.
08:52 EDTPUBGYPublicis extends tender offer to acquire Sapient
Publicis Groupe S.A. (PUBGY) announced that it has extended its previously announced tender offer to purchase all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Sapient (SAPE) for $25.00 per share in cash. The Offer will now expire at the end of the day, immediately after 11:59 p.m., New York City time, on December 23, unless it is further extended. All other terms and conditions of the Offer remain unchanged.
08:31 EDTJAZZJazz, Concert say Phase 1 JZP-386 evaluation not done at highest dosage
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08:03 EDTAAPLWeak iPad demand could cause Apple to miss estimates, says Pacific Crest
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07:22 EDTPBMO Capital to hold a conference
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07:11 EDTAKRXAkorn initiated with Outperform, $50 target at William Blair
William Blair started shares of Akorn with an Outperform rating and $50 price target. The firm says the maker of ophthalmic and hospital-based injectable therapies is one of the fastest-growing companies in the specialty pharmaceuticals sector. William Blair thinks consolidation will likely continue within the specialty/generics market and feels Akorn represents an attractive asset. The stock closed yesterday up 38c to $39.75.
06:20 EDTAAPLJudge denies Apple's efforts to throw out iPod pricing suit, WSJ reports
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December 8, 2014
16:00 EDTAAPLOptions Update; December 8, 2014
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15:19 EDTOMCOmnicom division acquires DDC Advocacy
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13:16 EDTAAPLApple trades off session lows, levels to watch
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11:30 EDTAKRXLeerink generics pharmaceutical analyst holds analyst/industry conference call
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10:46 EDTPPandora calls active on renewed takeover speculation
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10:36 EDTPRumor: Pandora moves up on renewed takeover chatter
07:29 EDTJAZZUBS to hold investor trip
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07:18 EDTJAZZUBS to hold investor trip
2014 Annual West Coast Investor Trip travels on the West Coast on December 8-10.
06:37 EDTAAPLApple rumored to be launching 4-inch iPhone in 2015, Times of India reports
Apple is rumored to be developing a new iPhone with a 4-inch display, The Times of India reports, citing a report from The Electronic Times of Taiwan. According to supply chain sources, the device will launch in 2H15. Reference Link
06:22 EDTAAPLApple price target raised to $135 from $120 at Citigroup
Citigroup raised its earnings estimates for Apple after its field work indicated consumers are increasingly buying the higher memory iPhone 6 and 6+. Citi expects purchasing trends towards higher memory devices to drive stronger sales and margins. It believes consensus estimates are yet to factor in this development. The firm raised its price target for Apple shares to $135 from $120 and keeps a Buy rating on the name. Shares of phone maker closed Friday down 49c to $115.
06:15 EDTAAPLLenovo shipments expected to lead Samsung by 9M in 2015, DigiTimes reports
Lenovo (LNVGY) is estimated to beat Samsung (SSNLF) in mobile device shipments in 2015 by about 9M units, reports DigiTimes Research. Lenovo is set to beat Samsung by about 1M units in 2014 and become the second largest mobile computing device brand vendor worldwide behind Apple (AAPL). DigiTimes Research says Lenovo and Samsung plan to focus on maintaining tablet shipments as demand weakens in 2015. Reference Link
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