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July 2, 2014
10:00 EDTWBMD, PTEN, LMCA, LLY, BAC, ALU, URBN, PKE, HP, DRWI, BHI, ABBV, TRGP, ORCL, ETP, CP, BRGYYOn 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.
News For ABBV;ALU;BRGYY;BHI;BAC;CP;DRWI;LLY;ETP;HP;LMCA;ORCL;PKE;PTEN;TRGP;URBN;WBMD From The Last 14 Days
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January 27, 2016
16:01 EDTBACOptions Update; January 28, 2016
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 1.02 to 26.01. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB BAC NFLX FCX BABA AA X VZ BA T
14:44 EDTLLYEli Lilly volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
Eli Lilly January weekly call option implied volatility is at 54, February is at 29; compared to its 52-week range of 15 to 41, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q4 results on January 28.
14:34 EDTBHI, LLYNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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12:19 EDTABBVPiper Jaffray biopharma analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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11:07 EDTABBVGilead sinks as Attorney General probes pricing strategy
Shares of drugmaker Gilead (GILD) are underperforming after Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey warned that her office may bring an unfair commercial conduct complaint against it related to the pricing for its Hepatitis C virus treatments Sovaldi and Harvoni. UNFAIR PRICING: Healey, in a letter addressed to Gilead CEO John Martin dated January 22 that has just been made public, said that her office is considering whether Gilead's pricing strategy for Sovaldi and Harvoni may constitute an "unfair trade practice" in violation of Massachusetts law. "Because Gilead's drugs offer a cure for a serious and life-threatening infectious disease, pricing the treatment in a manner that effectively allows HCV to continue spreading through vulnerable populations, as opposed to eradicating the disease altogether, results in massive public harm," Healey stated in her letter to Martin. Healey, who urged Gilead to adjust its pricing strategy, noted that the company has invoked the high cost and risk associated with research and development as a justification for its prices, but she said that Gilead quickly recouped its outlay to acquire Pharmasset by selling "$12.4B worth of HCV medication in the first year alone" after its deal. The AG, who said that Sovaldi costs $1,000 per pill in the U.S. but only $10 per pill in Egypt and about $4 per pill in India, contends that American taxpayers "have been footing the bill for Gilead's record profits." FREQUENT TARGET: The pricing of Gilead's hep C treatments have been the focus of significant criticism and political rhetoric in the past. In December, Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden and senior committee member Chuck Grassley released the results of an 18-month investigation into the pricing and marketing of Sovaldi and Harvoni. The company "pursued a marketing strategy and final wholesale price of Sovaldi - $1,000 per pill, or $84,000 for a single course of treatment - that it believed would maximize revenue," and "fostering broad, affordable access was not a key consideration in the process of setting the wholesale prices," the senators wrote. Members of the Affordable Drug Pricing Task Force, who held a press conference last November to announce "meaningful action" to combat the "skyrocketing" costs of pharmaceuticals, specifically took aim at Sovaldi. During her campaigning efforts, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has repeatedly decried the "outrageous" prices of specialty drugs. OTHERS TO WATCH: AbbVie (ABBV), Merck (MRK) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) also market or are at work on therapies for hepatitis C. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Gilead slid 2% to $90.35.
10:10 EDTBACActive calls: XOM AAPL SPY BAC UUP
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10:00 EDTBRGYYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: BG Group (BRGYY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi... Bill Barrett (BBG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Brown & Brown (BRO) downgraded to Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG... Canadian National (CNI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... DreamWorks (DWA) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Topeka... FirstMerit (FMER) downgraded at RBC Capital... Gentex (GNTX) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Haverty Furniture (HVT) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... Hercules Technology (HTGC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Horizon Technology (HRZN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Installed Building downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... Jarden (JAH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... K+S (KPLUF) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Berenberg... La-Z-Boy (LZB) downgraded at BB&T... Legacy Reserves (LGCY) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Medivation (MDVN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Merck (MRK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Metaldyne Performance (MPG) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Pier 1 Imports (PIR) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... Priceline (PCLN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Profire Energy (PFIE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Chardan... Regeneron (REGN) downgraded to Hold at Canaccord... Starwood (HOT) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA... Swiss Re (SSREY) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... TSYS (TSS) downgraded to Equal-Weight from Overweight at First Analysis... Talmer Bancorp (TLMR) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... TopBuild (BLD) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... TripAdvisor (TRIP) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... VMware (VMW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Summit Research... W.R. Grace (GRA) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... WEC Energy (WEC) downgraded to Neutral from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Welltower (HCN) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Yamana Gold (AUY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan.
09:32 EDTBACActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB AMZN AAL BAC PCLN NFLX MRK GOOG
09:02 EDTLLYEli Lilly and Roche to collaborate on Alzheimer's diagnostic tool
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07:26 EDTBRGYYRoyal Dutch Shell investors approve BG Group takeover, Bloomberg reports
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05:34 EDTBRGYYBG Group downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse
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January 26, 2016
18:37 EDTCPPershing Square says not selling Valeant a 'very costly mistake'
In its Annual Investor Letter, Pershing Square said, in part, that not selling Valeant (VRX) was a "very costly mistake." It also noted that not trimming its Canadian Pacific (CP) stake was a "similar error," and that they paid too much for additional stock in Platform Specialty Products (PAH). Reference Link
17:47 EDTCPSenator calls for investigation of Canadian Pacific pursuit of Norfolk Southern
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16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; January 26, 2016
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11:13 EDTBACActive options; AAPL BAC FB NFLX C MSFT TWTR VALE FCX COH XOM AMZN
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11:01 EDTBACStocks with call strike movement; COH BAC
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08:00 EDTBHIHalliburton weakness a buying opportunity for long-term investors, says UBS
UBS said the weakness in Halliburton (HAL) is a buying opportunity with or without Baker Hughes (BHI) as an acquisition. The firm believes the company offers the highest quality play on a recovery in North American oil prices. UBS reiterated its Buy rating and lowered its price target to $45 from $48 on Halliburton shares.
January 25, 2016
16:00 EDTBACOptions Update; January 25, 2016
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08:36 EDTLLYFDA accepts supplemental NDA for Eli Lilly and Boehringer's Jardiance
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January 24, 2016
11:02 EDTBACStocks post weekly gain after oil rebounds
Stocks recovered late in the week to post their first weekly gain of the new year as equities continue to be correlated closely with the oil market. A plunge in oil led equities lower early in the holiday shortened week, but as oil prices rebounded to close the week out, the major averages followed suit. MACRO NEWS: In the U.S., the consumer price index fell 0.1% during December, versus expectations for a flat reading. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, showed prices rose 0.1% from the prior month, versus expectations for an increase of 0.2%. Initial jobless claims rose to 293,000 last week, topping the expectation for 278,000 first-time claims. Markit's flash manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for January rose 1.5 points to 52.7, better than the 51.0 reading that was expected. Existing home sales climbed 14.7% to a 5.46M rate in December, topping the 5.2M rate that was forecast... In Asia, China's national bureau of statistics estimated that GDP growth slowed to 6.8% in the last quarter of the year, dipping from 6.9% growth in the previous quarter. China's industrial output rose 5.9% from a year earlier in December, compared with the consensus forecast for a 6% increase. Japan's Nikkei average was down early in the week, even falling into bear market territory, but rallied nearly 6% on Friday after the Nikkei Asian Review said that the Bank of Japan is taking a "serious look" at additional easing... In Europe, the European Central Bank left its key interest rates unchanged. However, at an associated press conference, ECB President Mario Draghi acknowledged downside risks were increasing again, meaning the bank may need to "review and possibly reconsider" its monetary policy stance at its next meeting in March. Markit's flash PMI for the euro zone slid to an 11-month low of 53.5, missing expectations for a more modest dip to a 54.2 reading. The International Monetary Fund cut its global growth forecasts for the third time in less than a year. The IMF now estimates that the world economy will grow 3.4% this year and 3.6% next year, down from its prior forecasts of 3.6% and 3.8% growth, respectively. COMPANY NEWS: On Tuesday, Morgan Stanley (MS) advanced 1% after its earnings and revenue topped analysts' consensus forecast. Big bank peer Bank of America (BAC) slid 1% after its earnings also beat expectations but its revenue narrowly missed the consensus estimate... On Wednesday, IBM (IBM) slid nearly 5% after reporting better than expected earnings and revenue for the fourth quarter, but forecasting below-consensus profits for the new year... On Thursday, Verizon (VZ) was among the best performers on the Dow, advancing over 3% after its earnings, revenue and wireless subscriber additions all topped expectations. Conversely, fellow Dow member Travelers (TRV) slid almost 1% after releasing its own quarterly results... On Friday, American Express (AXP) sunk more than 12% after the card issuer reported stronger than expected quarterly results but its 2017 profit guidance came in below the consensus outlook. The company's pledge to take out $1B in costs by the end of 2017 did little to change the mood of analysts or investors. Fellow Dow member GE (GE) slid a bit more than 1% after reporting better than expected earnings but lower than expected quarterly revenue... Schlumberger (SLB) shares gained 6% after the oil services giant reported earnings that topped expectations, approved a quarterly dividend of 50c per share and a new share repurchase program of $10B and said it plans to cut 10,000 more jobs... Netflix (NFLX) reported fourth quarter earnings that beat analyst estimates, powered by better than expected international subscriber growth. The numbers were met with positive commentary by several research firms, though decelerating U.S. subscriber growth was highlighted by bears as a warning sign for the company... Deutsche Bank (DB) disclosed that it expects a EUR2.1B net loss for the quarter due to a number of charges, including expected litigation costs of EUR1.2B... Xilinx (XLNX) advanced after reporting its third quarter numbers. The news may have been overshadowed, however, by a regulatory filing showing new agreements with its top executives, with several analysts highlighting that the change could signal a takeover is in the cards in the future... Alkermes (ALKS) plunged more than 44% after disclosing that two of three Phase 3 studies of its experimental depression disorder treatment did not meet their primary efficacy endpoints. INDEXES: For the four-day week, the Dow gained about 0.67% to close at 16,093.51, the S&P 500 rose about 1.4% to close at 1,906.90, and the Nasdaq increased about 2.3% to close at 4,591.18.
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