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July 2, 2014
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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September 30, 2015
09:12 EDTABBVInfinity Pharma reaches $130M milestone payment from AbbVie for duvelisib
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08:51 EDTBACBank of America to lay off roughly 200 employees globally, Bloomberg says
Bank of America will lay off roughly 200 employees in its trading and investment banking units globally, including dozens in the U.S., Bloomberg reports, citing a person familiar with the decision. The reductions are expected to impact employees in New York, London, Hong Kong, and other large trading hubs, the report says. Reference Link
08:34 EDTBACStratus Properties completes purchase of Block 21 JV
Stratus Properties (STRS) announced that on September 28, 2015, Stratus completed its previously announced acquisition of Canyon-Johnson Urban Fund II, L.P.'s approximate 58% joint venture interest in CJUF II Stratus Block 21 LLC, which owns a 36-story mixed-use development in downtown Austin, Texas, anchored by the W Austin Hotel & Residences (HOT), for approximately $62M. Stratus funded its acquisition of Canyon-Johnson's interest in Block 21 with approximately $32.3M of proceeds from its non-recourse term loan with Bank of America (BAC), a $20M term loan under Stratus' credit facility with Comerica Bank (CMA), and approximately $9.7M in cash. The Sale and Purchase Agreement contains customary representations and warranties, and the parties have agreed to indemnify each other in connection with the breach of such representations and warranties. Block 21 is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Stratus. As of September 28, 2015, in addition to its real estate assets, Block 21 had cash and cash equivalents of approximately $22.8M.
08:08 EDTCPRails sector upgraded to Attractive from Neutral at Goldman
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07:50 EDTCPCanadian Pacific upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
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07:46 EDTBACFed liftoff may be more turbulent for banks than expected, WSJ says
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06:58 EDTORCLOracle to furlough workers during holiday week, BI reports
Oracle has decided to close down during the holiday week between Christmas and New Year's, mandating that its employees pay for this furlough with paid vacation time, Business Insider reports, citing several sources. Some Oracle employees have been angered about this move that basically removes four days of paid time off from them, the report says. Reference Link
06:16 EDTLLYEli Lilly volatility at 52-week highs
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05:41 EDTLLYEli Lilly, Adocia initiate new Phase 1b study evaluating BioChaperone Lispro
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September 29, 2015
17:11 EDTWBMDWebMD announces commitment on additional shares for long-term incentive plan
WebMD is making a commitment that none of the 1.7M additional shares to be made available for grant under its 2005 Long-Term Incentive Plan will be used for grants to members of WebMD's Board of Directors or to WebMD's executive officers, except in the case of a new hire who joins WebMD as an executive officer.
16:36 EDTCPCanadian Pacific acquires Steelcare, terms not disclosed
Canadian Pacific has acquired Steelcare, Canada's largest steel transload facility. Steelcare is a transload and distribution hub providing superior transloading, warehousing and distribution services of steel products. Steelcare's Plant Six facility in CP's Aberdeen yard in Hamilton, Ontario, is a 168,000-square-foot facility featuring two drive-through rail and truck loading and unloading areas. Steelcare is able to handle up to 1.5M tons of rail transload product in a given year. The transaction includes TransCare Logistics Corporation, Prometheus Six Inc. and East Port Warehousing & Distribution. Projected yearly revenue as a result of the transaction is approximately $10M. The intent is to keep the current management structure and employees in place. Clements will also serve as Steelcare's Executive Vice President.
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; September 29, 2015
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12:12 EDTBACAB InBev taps BofA, Santander for SABMiller offer financing, Bloomberg says
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10:37 EDTBACBofA to announce layoffs as trading revenue slows, WSJ says
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10:22 EDTWBMDABC clarifies that WebMD doesn't sell identifiable personal information of users
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09:35 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
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09:27 EDTLLYOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Yahoo (YHOO), up 4.5% after the company's board authorized the company to continue to pursue its spin-off of Aabaco Holdings, a newly formed independent registered investment company that will hold all of Yahoo's remaining holdings in Alibaba Group (BABA)... Phoenix Companies (PNX), up 164% after Nassau Reinsurance agreed to acquire Phoenix for $37.50 per share in cash... McDonald's (MCD), up 1.4% after the stock was upgraded to Outperform at Credit Suisse... Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), up 1% following upgrade at Deutsche Bank. LOWER: Esperion (ESPR), down 29% after reporting that the FDA has encouraged the company to initiate a cardiovascular outcomes trial promptly since any concern regarding the benefit/risk assessment of ETC-1002 could necessitate a completed cardiovascular outcomes trial before approval... Solera (SLH), down 2% after IHS (IHS) said on its earnings call that it is not pursuing an acquisition of the company, as previouly indicated in media reports... Zosano (ZSAN), down 54% after the company announced that it would discontinue its ZP-PTH agreement with Eli Lilly (LLY).
08:43 EDTLLYZosano Pharma price target lowered to $11 from $20 at Roth Capital
Roth Capital cut its price target on Zosano (ZSAN) after the company announced that it would discontinue its ZP-PTH agreement with Eli Lilly (LLY) in order to focus on a one time per week program. The firm expects Zosano's shares to drop significantly today, but it continues to expect the company's other programs to generate positive data. It keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
08:39 EDTORCLOracle Health Sciences adds 93 biopharma customers
Oracle (ORCL) Health Sciences announced that 93 emerging biopharma organizations worldwide have become new customers in the past year, adopting Oracle Health Sciences solutions to succeed in this rapidly evolving market and deliver drugs to patients faster. Organizations, including Accera and NewLink (NLNK), selected Oracle Health Sciences solutions to manage their end-to-end clinical trial processes, boost clinical development productivity, facilitate compliance, and build scalable, affordable platforms for growth.
06:47 EDTLLYEli Lilly and Incyte's baricitinib Phase 3 study met primary objective
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