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July 2, 2014
10:00 EDTABBV, URBN, TRGP, PTEN, PKE, ORCL, LMCA, HP, ETP, LLY, DRWI, CP, BAC, BHI, BRGYY, ALU, WBMDOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: AbbVie (ABBV) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Alcatel-Lucent (ALU) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... BG Group (BRGYY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... Baker Hughes (BHI) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Guggenheim... Bank of America (BAC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Canadian Pacific (CP) upgraded to Outperformer from Sector Performer at CIBC... DragonWave (DRWI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at H.C. Wainwright... Eli Lilly (LLY) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Barclays... Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) upgraded to Outperform at Wells Fargo... Helmerich & Payne (HP) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Guggenheim... Liberty Media (LMCA) upgraded at Morgan Stanley... Men's Wearhouse (MW) upgraded at Stifel... Oracle (ORCL) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Atlantic Equities... Park Electrochemical (PKE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Needham... Patterson-UTI Energy (PTEN) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Guggenheim... Targa Resources (TRGP) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Buy at Goldman... Urban Outfitters (URBN) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie... WebMD (WBMD) upgraded at Stifel.
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July 14, 2014
09:55 EDTPTENHigh option volume stocks: PTEN MFRM GTIV SHPG IMMR
09:34 EDTABBVAbbVie falls after revised Shire acquisition proposal, levels to watch
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09:16 EDTABBVOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Citigroup (C), up 3.6% after reporting better than expected Q2 results, announcing $7B settlement with DOJ and FDIC... Apple (AAPL), up 0.7% after Barclays upgrades stock to Overweight, Morgan Stanley raises Apple estimates above consensus... Shire (SHPG), up 1.6% after receiving revised proposal from AbbVie (ABBV) of GPB 53.20 per share, which it says it would be willing to recommend to Shire shareholders. AbbVie is down 2.8% after the news... Mylan (MYL), up 4% after acquiring Abbott's (ABT) non-U.S. developed markets specialty and branded generics business in all-stock transaction valued at about $5.3B. Abbott up 1.6% after the news... Progenics (PGNX), up 13% after FDA says RELISTOR can be approved on data submitted in sNDA... Exelixis (EXEL), up 13% after announcing coBRIM Phase 3 trial met primary endpoint... URS (URS) up 8% after acquired by AECOM Technology (ACM) for $56.31 per share. AECOM shares alos up 2% after deal announcement... Whiting Petroleum (WLL), up 4.5% after agreeing to acquire Kodiak Oil & Gas (KOG) in a $6B transaction. Kodiak Oil & Gas up 3%... Kandi Technologies (KNDI), up 11% after announcing JV's sale of 4,114 EVs in Q2. LOWER: Riverbed (RVBD), down 4.5% after saying it sees its Q2 adjusted EPS at low end of 26c-28c range... Harmonic (HLIT), down 13% after reporting preliminary Q2 earnings results.. EBay (EBAY), down 0.5% after downgraded at Pacific Crest, confirming partnership plans with Sotheby's (BID).
07:23 EDTLLYAlzheimer's Association to hold a conference
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05:27 EDTABBVShire receives revised proposal from AbbVie of GPB 53.20 per share
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July 13, 2014
17:10 EDTABBVShire said to seek bid of near 53 pounds per share from AbbVie, Reuters says
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13:11 EDTLLYLilly study finds combination therapy better in removing amyloid-beta protein
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July 11, 2014
16:46 EDTABBVStocks end week lower on European, Fed concerns
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14:13 EDTABBVShire, AbbVie didn't commit to further talks, Dow reports
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13:58 EDTABBVShire confirms meeting with AbbVie representatives
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13:09 EDTBHIBaker Hughes reports U.S. rig count up 1 to 1875
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11:54 EDTABBVAbbVie, Shire in active takeover talks, Bloomberg reports
AbbVie (ABBV) and Shire (SHPG) are in active talks about a potential merger after AbbVie raised its takeover offer for a fourth time, Bloomberg reports, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The talks are in the early stage and may not lead to an agreement, sources told Bloomberg. Shares of Shire are up 5%, or $12.04, to $250.65 following the report.
11:34 EDTABBVShire jumps 5% after Bloomberg report on talks with AbbVie
11:33 EDTABBVShire, AbbVie held talks after latest raised takeover offer, Bloomberg says
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10:00 EDTDRWIOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:53 EDTDRWIDragonWave upgraded to Hold from Reduce at TD Securities
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07:20 EDTBACBig banks seen losing reserve release cushion, Reuters says
Releasing loan-loss reserves has helped U.S. big banks weather a period of weak loan demand and lower fee income, but Q2 results from the banks may see less benefit from the practice as loss rates and reserves near their lower limits, said Reuters. Publicly traded companies in the space include Bank of America (BAC), Citigroup (C), Goldman Sachs (GS), JPMorgan (JPM), Morgan Stanley (MS), U.S. Bancorp (USB) and Wells Fargo (WFC). Reference Link
07:11 EDTPTENPatterson-UTI Energy price target raised to $44 from $39 at RBC Capital
RBC Capital increased its price target on Patterson-UTI Energy as the firm is positive on the outlook for U.S. land drillers and likes the company's frac operating leverage, improving cash margins and valuation. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on the shares.
06:29 EDTABBVAbbVie encourages largest Shire shareholders to pursue talks, Bloomberg says
Shire (SHPG) is hearing from its largest shareholders who are encouraging the company to come to the table and work out an agreement with AbbVie (ABBV), according to Bloomberg, citing three people familiar with the matter. AbbVie is targeting Shire in a $51.1B takeover offer. Reference Link
06:10 EDTBHIBaker Hughes reports Q2 U.S. onshore well count up 428 from Q1 to 9,394
Baker Hughes announced that the U.S. onshore well count for Q2 was 9,394 wells, up 428 wells or 5% compared to Q1. Compared to 2Q13, the well count was up 383 wells or 4%. Compared to Q1, the well count increased most notably in the Permian basin, up 265 wells or 11%, Marcellus, up 78 wells or 16%, and Granite Wash, up 31 wells or 23%, basins. This increase was slightly offset by decreases predominantly in the Barnett, down 57 wells or 18%, and Cana Woodford, down 23 wells or 26%. The average US onshore rig count for Q2 1,796 rigs, up 72 rigs or 4% from the Q1 and up 87 rigs or 5% from 2Q13. On average, the US onshore rig fleet produced 5.23 new wells during the quarter, which represents a slight improvement in drilling efficiencies compared to the same quarter in 2013.
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